from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A scene-shifter: so called in contempt (in the passage quoted, with a punning allusion to the name of Shakspere).
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 while 'shake-scene' is a pun or play on words on
“beautified with our feathers, that supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the rest of you, and, being an absolute Johannes factotum, is, in his own conceit, the only shake-scene in the country.”