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When the element of comedy entered into the miracle and mystery plays of mediaeval times (if 1 remember rightly the first comic character to he introduced by the playwright was one of the shepherds who watched their flocks by night; his name was Mak, and he was made not only a comic but a sheepstealer into the bargain) -- I feel fairly sure the local padre went to the producer of the play, which was always enacted inside the churches themselves, and said, "Look here, we simply will not have this sort of thing; either you cut out this so-called funny stuff or else you take yourself and your frivolous players outside the sacred precincts of this church."
a lost child, 257 -- the Spanish chasseurs and their dogs, 258 -- a sheepstealer discovered by a bloodhound, 260 -- atrocities of the