A well-known poetical letter of the dramatist Francis Beaumont to Jonson celebrates the club meetings; and equally well known is a description given in the next generation from hearsay and inference by the antiquary Thomas Fuller: 'Many were the wit-combats betwixt Shakspere and Ben Jonson, which two I behold like a Spanish great galleon and an English man-of-war: Master Jonson, like the former, was built far higher in learning; solid, but slow in his performances; Shakespere, with the English man-of-war, lesser in bulk, but lighter in sailing, could turn with all tides, tack about and take advantage of all winds, by the quickness of his wit and invention.'
These tendencies appear in the plays of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, whose reputations are indissolubly linked together in one of the most famous literary partnerships of all time.
Shakspere's later contemporaries, under Elizabeth and James I: Jonson, Chapman, Dekker, Heywood, Middleton, Marston, Beaumont and Fletcher, Webster.
I suppose I have not been a great reader of the drama, and I do not know that I have ever greatly relished any plays but those of Shakespeare and Goldoni, and two or three of Beaumont
and Fletcher, and one or so of Marlow's, and all of Ibsen's and Maeterlinck's.
He had become a few years previously the bellringer of Notre-Dame, thanks to his father by adoption, Claude Frollo,--who had become archdeacon of Josas, thanks to his suzerain, Messire Louis de Beaumont
,--who had become Bishop of Paris, at the death of Guillaume Chartier in
One evening, on the road leading to Beaumont
, she came upon a wagon loaded with hay, and when she overtook it, she recognised Theodore.
Of course, Beaumont
was the real boss; but he lived in the rarefied atmosphere of some Olympian height from which he could distinguish nothing smaller than an international crisis or a split in the Cabinet.
Her ladies -- that is to say Madame de Bregy, Mademoiselle de Beaumont
, Madame de Motteville, and Socratine, her sister, so called on account of her sense -- had just brought into her dressing-room the remains of the dinner, on which, according to her usual custom, she supped.
, the editor, too--I suppose he is lying upon the blue-and-red Turkey carpet which adorned his sanctum.
The old notion of all the inhabitants of the earth having been swept away at successive periods by catastrophes, is very generally given up, even by those geologists, as Elie de Beaumont
, Murchison, Barrande, &c., whose general views would naturally lead them to this conclusion.
" One bale of silk velvet for the Abbey of Beaumont
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill, Our fatal shadows that walk by us still." Epilogue to Beaumont
and Fletcher's Honest Man's Fortune.