Baker quotes Edward Misselden, writing in 1623: "Poverty, alas, and Prodigality" are "the two extremities of the Kingdome at this day." Shopping is a form of prodigality and makes one "'a prey to the Diuell.'" William Harrison in his 1587 Description of England says "for desire of novelty we oft exchange our finest cloth, corn, tin and wools for halfpenny cockhorses for children, dogs of wax or of cheese, two penny tabors, leaden swords, painted feathers, gewgaws for fools, dog tricks for dizzards, hawkshoods, and suchlike trumpery, whereby we reap just mockage
and reproach in other countries." (17) The wares purchased sound like those on sale by Leatherhead.
Coningsby's report of the citizens of Rouen watching a skirmish from the 'bullwarks of the towne,' as if 'a tryumphe of sport,' rescues the episode in King John from any purely symbolic reading" since such "mockage
" by the citizens "paradoxically confirms" the real sacrifices of military involvement.