Arthur O'Bradley's Wedding (II)
DESCRIPTION: Arthur asks Winifred's mother for Winifred's hand. He proudly lists the junk inherited from his father. Mother agrees and, not to be outdone, lists the junk she will leave Winifred. There is a small wedding and party.
EARLIEST DATE: "before 1642?" (Ebsworth; his text is from 1656 _Wits Merriment_)
LONG DESCRIPTION: Arthur of Bradley proposes to Winifred of Madly. They go to discuss marriage with her mother. Mother takes Winifred aside and says she is too young (twelve); Winifred says she is at least fifteen. Arthur proudly lists the junk inherited from his father, such as "an old spade," saying "I can have as good as thee." Mother agrees to the match and, not to be outdone, lists, "with courteous modesty," the junk she will leave Winifred, such as "a wooden ladle." After the small wedding the staff and guests -- who are named -- eat, drink, play and dance.
KEYWORDS: wedding dancing drink food music party humorous moniker husband mother wife
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Williams-Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 427, "Arthur O'Bradley O" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Roger Ebsworth, editor, Choyce Drollery: Songs & Sonnets ... 1656 ... Merry Drollery, 1661 (Boston, 1876 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 397-403, "Arthur O'Bradley" ("All you that desire to merry be") (1 text)
NOTES [12 words]: cf. "Arthur O'Bradley's Wedding" (I) (subject) and notes and references there
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