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vanity “the puppet's part—Take,” KING LEAR, ii. 2. 33. The commentators may be right in seeing here an allusion to the character of Vanity in some of the early Moralities or Moral-plays; but we occasionally meet with similar passages where there does not appear to be any such allusion; e. g.:
“Young Mistris Vanity is also sad,
Because the parrat's dead she lately had,”
Withers's Abuses Stript and Whipt,—Joy, p. 141,
ed. 1617.
In supposing that in the present passage Kent alludes to a puppet-show, Mr. Collier is perhaps mistaken; here, as in many other passages of our old writers, “puppet” may be nothing else than a term of contempt for a female.

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