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index “of a direful pageant—The flattering,” RICHARD III., iv. 4. 85. See the preceding article. “Pageants,” Steevens observes, “are dumb shows, and the poet meant to allude to one of these, the index of which promised a happier conclusion. The pageants then displayed on public occasions were generally preceded by a brief account of the order in which the characters were to walk. These indexes were distributed among the spectators, that they might understand the meaning of such allegorical stuff as was usually exhibited.”

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