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List of Illustrations vii Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Sauce for the Gander I 1. Near Neighbors, Women's Wars, and Merry Wives 33 2. Ale and Female: Gossips as Players, Alehouse as Theater 56 3. Between Women, or All Is Fair at Horn Fair 83 4. "0 such a rogue would be hang'd!" Shrews versus Wife Beaters 18 5. Scandalous Pleasures: A Coney-Catcher and Her Public Io5 6. Griselda the Fool 178 Epilogue: The Problem of Fun 218 Bibliography 223 Index 255Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: English drama Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 History and criticism, Women and literature England History 16th century, Women and literature England History 17th century, English drama 17th century History and criticism, English drama (Comedy) History and criticism, English wit and humor History and criticism, Jestbooks, English History, Comic, The, in literature, Sex role in literature, Women in literature