- n. Plural form of groundling.
“He settled himself against the balustrade separating the groundlings from the lower seats and waited.”
“Beside that was a patch of hard-pressed gravel, part of the area where the "groundlings" - theatergoers holding cheap standing-room-only tickets - crowded together to watch plays.”
“In Shakespeare's day the groundlings were a lot more unruly, and you could say that that actress wasn't being sincere or true to her Shakespearean traditions, taking umbrage at a harmless bit of tom foolery that wouldn't have caused Richard Burbage to drop so much as a single iamb from To be, or not to be.”
“Almost his only concession to the groundlings is the star-gazing episode of Lady Froth and Brisk: a mistake, because it spoils her inconsequent folly, but a small matter.”
“His appeal has been to the few rather than the many, to an audience of scholars and of the judicious rather than to the "groundlings" of the general public.”
“The six-penny spectators, or "groundlings," stood in the yard, or pit, which had neither floor nor roof.”
“Court were known as "groundlings" (jige); the residence of the”
“The six-penny spectators, or "groundlings," stood in the yard or pit, which had neither floor nor roof.”
“Undoubtedly, the "groundlings" shouted with delight when this fiend was plunged into the boiling caldron which he had heated for others.”
“But it is probable that the tastes thus generated were maintained long after the necessity for their existence had departed, and that, even when seats were permitted them, the "groundlings" still held by their old forms of amusement, demanding dramas of liveliness, incident, and action, and greatly preferring spectacle to speeches.”
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