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Simpkin, a clown
Bluster, a roarer
A pregnant housewife and her young lover, Simpkin, are canoodling in her home while her impotent old husband is out hunting. Her second lover, the boastful soldier Bluster, unexpectedly arrives and Simpkin hides in a chest, cheekily popping up the lid now and again to comment on the action. Hearing her husband knocking at the door, Wife and Bluster hatch a scenario: Bluster will pretend he has run into the house to chase a thief. Bluster is persuaded to leave and Wife and Husband release Simpkin from the chest. The Husband is sent out to buy wine and Simpkin and Wife immediately continue where they left off. The suspicious Husband bursts back in and catches them at it and Wife and Husband together beat Simpkin out of the house.
from notes by Lucie Skeaping © 2009
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