Love in a Tub (The Merchant Outwitted) [Laws N25]
DESCRIPTION: A vintner needs the consent of his sweetheart's rich father to obtain a dowry. The girl hides in one of her father's wine casks, and the vintner offers to buy its contents. The merchant agrees -- only to have his daughter revealed. He blesses the marriage
EARLIEST DATE: 1765 (chapbook by James Magee)
KEYWORDS: marriage courting trick hiding wine
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Laws N25, "Love in a Tub (The Merchant Outwitted)"
Belden, pp. 233-234, "Love in the Tub" (1 text)
DT 454, LOVETUB
NOTES: In 1664, Sir George Etherege produced a play called "The Comical Revenge, or Love in a Tub." The plot is unrelated, and Etherege never produced anything else of even this minimal degree of note. - RBW
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