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Poster: John Strauss <jstrauss@gmu.edu>

As it happens, I'm researching commedia myself.

I don't have any books with me; but here's what I remember about
pulcinella. His origins are unknown; but the most interesting story about
that is that a COmmedia troupe left town and were eating by the roadside.
Some peasants were nearby in the fields. THe players taunted them. 

One peasant who had a humped back and a long hooked nose became the target
of many insults by virtue of his appearance. The peasant, however, gave
back much better than he got. The players retreated in shame-faced defeat.

On their way back to town, one of them got the bright idea that the fellow
would make an excellent addition to the troupe. The players went back and
recruited the guy on the spot.


      John Strauss             |    Henry Best, OP       
      Lexington, KY            |    Dragonsmark, Midrealm      
      jstrauss@gmu.edu         |    "Jugate Potentum Gaudii"

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