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- n. A clown-like character popular in German and Austrian plays during the 18th century, sometimes called the pickled-herring.
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In these Puppenspiele (puppet-shows) the comic element largely prevails and is kept up by the comic figure Kasperle, a buffoon or 'Hanswurst' of the same character as the Italian Pulcinella, the progenitor of our
Pudding (Hanswurst) twice removed; and Kasperl is as intimately bound up in the German nature as his cousin Punch in the English.
Hanswurst was a fat glutton of the fifteenth century who aimed to be clever but made blunders.
“Macaroni,” the Dutch “Pickel-herringe,” and the German “Hanswurst.”
_arlequino_ in Italy, _Hanswurst_ in Germany, -- becomes fixed like the buffoon (_maccus_) in the classical comedy.
a company of players in Leipsic, he discarded Punch (Hanswurst), whom they buried solemnly with great triumph.
"See -- look at this wooden snuff-box; in it you see a portrait of my great-grandfather, Hanswurst.