"Wait a minute, we'll make him tidy first," and Lizaveta Petrovna laid the red wobbling thing on the bed, began untrussing
and trussing up the baby, lifting it up and turning it over with one finger and powdering it with something.
of her latest collection is not just of a poet coming to terms with a failed marriage and the hopes attached to a new love, but also an untrussing
of memory and place.
Dekker makes use of one of Jonson's own characters to conduct the untrussing: Jonson's Captain Tucca reappears in Dekker's play to attack Horace.
The "untrussings" they engage in act more or less transparently as attacks.
Yet another confirmation that Marston was involved in the composition of Histriomastix comes from Thomas Dekker, who implies that Marston collaborated with him on Satiromastix, or the Untrussing of the Humorous Poet in 1601, when he writes that "the Poetasters untruss'd Horace" ("To the World" l.
`Satiromastix,' therefore, appears to be the literary title, and `The Untrussing of the Humorous Poet' the theatrical." (26) Bowers' suspicion is bolstered by a contemporary witness: Edward Pudsey refers to the play as "The Untrussing of the Humorous Poet" in his commonplace book.
27 Thomas Dekker, Satiromastix, or The Untrussing
of the Humorous Poet (London, 1602), sig.
First, by not clarifying whether Lucio recognizes the Duke in the disguise of a friar, Shakespeare allows for the possibility that, in fact, Lucio does know of the Duke's "mad, fantastical trick" of "usurp[ing] the beggary he was never born to" (3.2.90), a phrase that some scholars have read as Lucio's recognition of the Duke's mendicant friar status.(51) Lucio's words, then, can be read as more than just pointless defamation of character: they can be read as his attempt to impress upon an absent ruler, whom he recognizes, the need to "return" (3.2.167) and save the life of a young man, who would be executed for the forgivable crime of "untrussing
" (3.2.173): "Why, what a ruthless thing is this in [Angelo], for the rebellion of a codpiece to take away the life of a man!
About 1601, Thomas Dekker brought the so-called "War of the Theatres" to its culmination with his Satiromastix or The Untrussing
of the Humorous Poet, which presents a thinly veiled caricature of Ben Jonson as the character Horace--his own self-chosen persona from The Poetaster of the previous year.
Dekker answered with Satiromastix, or The Untrussing
of the Humorous Poet in 1602, but Jonson did not take up the stage aspects of the war again.