Simpleton


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Simpleton

 

a theatrical type; the role of a person who is open-hearted and naïve or dull-witted or sometimes a person who only appears to be so. Early prototypes of the simpleton are the traditional character (the second zanni) in the Italian commedia dell’arte of the second half of the 16th century and the fools in old German, Russian, and other folk performances. Later this type became widespread in comedy (mainly vaudeville) and operetta. Examples of the simpleton are Sir Andrew

Aguecheek in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Mitrofanushka in Fonvizin’s The Minor, and Lariosik in Bulgakov’s The Days of theTurbins.

References in classic literature ?
And a moment later the swift runner reappeared, and, stepping on board the ship, handed the healing water to the Simpleton.
So he told another courtier to go to the Simpleton with the command that he and his comrades were instantly to eat up twelve oxen and twelve tons of bread.
Next, the King ordered that forty casks of wine, containing forty gallons each, were to be drunk up on the spot by the Simpleton and his party.
Then the King took counsel with himself and sent an order to the Simpleton that he was to have a bath, in a bath-room at the royal palace, and after that the betrothal should take place.
As on former occasions, the quick-eared comrade had overheard the King's command and repeated it to the Simpleton.
During the night the Simpleton and his comrade went, together into a big field, not forgetting to take the bundle of wood with them, which the man spread out in all directions--and in a moment a mighty army stood upon the spot, regiment on regiment of foot and horse soldiers; the bugles sounded and the drums beat, the chargers neighed, and their riders put their lances in rest, and the soldiers presented arms.
And his son-in-law put on the royal robes, and he looked so grand and stately that it was impossible to recognise the poor Simpleton, so changed was he; and the Princess fell in love with him as soon as ever she saw him.
Also competent is Strike, an English actor in his 20s, intriguing enough as a handsome and noble simpleton who transforms into the scarred and extremely violent grotesquery.
Sharma plays the simpleton Manga who falls in love with Sargi (Ishita Dutta).
A luxury hotel meal would cost 10 times the cost of a meal in a local simpleton hotel.
If the figures published, relating to attendance and costs, were as shown, even a simpleton like me can see that there should be no question of cancelling the event but, without doubt, there should be a minimum PS10 entrance fee.
It takes a lot for sweet-natured simpleton Sam Dingle to lose his temper, but Jai Sharma is just about evil enough to incur his wrath.