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In that week of October 1630 when the Court saw a performance of Fletcher's outrageous Custom of the Country Sir Thomas Roe wrote to Elizabeth of Bohemia that the public theatres had been closed for six months on account of the plague; `and that makes our statesmen see the good use of them, by the want: for if our heads had been filled with the loves of Pyramus and Thisbe, or the various fortunes of Don Quixote, we should never have cared who had made peace or war, but on the stage. But now every fool is inquiring what the French do in Italy, and what they treat in Germany.'
--F. P. Wilson, "Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama"

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