I was that day shown to twelve sets of company, and as often forced to act over again the same fopperies
, till I was half dead with weariness and vexation; for those who had seen me made such wonderful reports, that the people were ready to break down the doors to come in.
He was well-mounted upon a sturdy chestnut cob, and had the graceful seat of an experienced horseman; while his riding gear, though free from such fopperies
as were then in vogue, was handsome and well chosen.
His mode of dressing, and the particular styles that from time to time he affected, had their marked influence on the young exquisites of the Mayfair balls and Pall Mall club windows, who copied him in everything that he did, and tried to reproduce the accidental charm of his graceful, though to him only half-serious fopperies
He is, he says, averse to dissimulation and gulling, to "enchauntments," "fopperies
," and "craftie and fained actions" (41-42).
The former was so frightening that audience members allegedly identified real devils in the staged demonic displays; the latter was described by contemporary spectator Nathaniel Tomkyns as being "from the beginning to' the ende of odd passages and fopperies
to provoke laughter ...
Write on, crie on, yawle to the common sort Of thickskin'd auditours: such rotten stuffs, More fit to fill the paunch of Esquiline, Then feed the hearings of judiciall eares, Yee shades tryumphe, while foggy Ignorance Clouds bright Apollos beauty : Time will cleere, The misty dullnesse of Spectators Eeys, Then woefull hisses to your fopperies
, O age when every Scriveners boy shall dippe Prophaning quills into Thessaliaes Spring, When every artist prentice that hath read The pleasant pantry of conceipts, shall dare, To write as confident as Hercules.
In suggesting that The Three Ladies is not "a total dead end" (155) he raises one of the general problems of characterizing the Queen's Men's career: their repertory was not one consistent thing, but began with what a rather later play calls "musty fopperies
of antiquity" and progressed to such sophisticated pieces as The Old Wives Tale and Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, both plays still consistently appearing in anthologies and read in courses on Elizabethan drama, and effective in modern stage revivals in schools and universities.
He buys his frills and fopperies
for Arcadia from Turkey and Eastern Europe.
Okeley faced down his Muslim captors with insistences that the Prophet Mohammed had "patch'd up a Cento of Jewish, and Monkish Fopperies
, which was now their Religion." He marveled at the hypocrisy of Ramadan, when by day the Algerians fasted with great solemnity, but by night they gorged themselves on food, drink, and sex, a "Hypocrisie so gross, that whether it be to be sampled any where in the World, unless, perhaps, by the Popish Carnevals, I cannot tell." Okeley and his companions stole away from Algiers and were providentially delivered back to England, but not before witnessing many cruelties and tortures by their Muslim captors.