mountebank


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mountebank

(formerly) a person who sold quack medicines in public places
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Word was brought to Count Leonardo that a company of mountebanks besought his hospitality.
That gentleman was a sort of Barnum, the director of a troupe of mountebanks, jugglers, clowns, acrobats, equilibrists, and gymnasts, who, according to the placard, was giving his last performances before leaving the Empire of the Sun for the States of the Union.
Then, the religious spirit yielding inevitably in part to that of merrymaking, minstrels and mountebanks began to flock to the celebrations; and regular fairs, even, grew up about them.
In their train were minstrels, not unknown in London streets; wandering players, whose theatres had been the halls of noblemen; mummers, rope-dancers, and mountebanks, who would long be missed at wakes, church ales, and fairs; in a word, mirth makers of every sort, such as abounded in that age, but now began to be discountenanced by the rapid growth of Puritanism.
On mentioning this at Monte Video, I was told that a vessel containing some mountebanks and their horses, being wrecked in the Plata, one horse swam seven miles to the shore.
It were well if this discourse were taken to heart by all those who are too ready to associate Nietzsche with lesser and noiser men,--with mountebanks and mummers.
Then the theatre is open for nothing, then the waters of Monblaisir begin to play (it is lucky that there is company to behold them, for one would be afraid to see them alone)--then there come mountebanks and riding troops (the way in which his Transparency was fascinated by one of the horse-riders is well known, and it is believed that La Petite Vivandiere, as she was called, was a spy in the French interest), and the delighted people are permitted to march through room after room of the Grand Ducal palace and admire the slippery floor, the rich hangings, and the spittoons at the doors of all the innumerable chambers.
Volpone appears strongest when disguised as a mountebank.
Gary Dahl, the man behind that scheme -- described variously as a marketing genius and a genial mountebank -- died on March 23 at 78.
This reviewer has but two complaints, both minor: he regrets the written and pictorial attention paid the mountebank "Grey Owl," and notices that two sources to which the reader is directed on page 112 in the endnotes fail to appear in the bibliography.
He makes Alex Salmond look like what he really is: a cheap, huckstering, deceitful charlatan, a mountebank in it for nothing but himself.
However, I was very unhappy to see an article that treated the head mountebank of the Catholic Church with respect ("Papal Economics" by Leah Mickens, M/J 2014).