John Heywood's "Play of the Wether": A Study in Early Tudor Drama

John Heywood's "Play of the Wether": A Study in Early Tudor Drama

John Heywood's "Play of the Wether": A Study in Early Tudor Drama

John Heywood's "Play of the Wether": A Study in Early Tudor Drama

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THE CHIEF SOURCE OF HEYWOOD'S WETHER1

In 1903, Creizenach2 suggested that the source of the chief idea in Wether was probably Aesop's famous fable of the father and the two daughters, one of whom had married a gardener and the other, a potter. The first woman desired only that heavy storms might come to water her husband's plants; the second prayed that the hot sun might continue to bake her husband's tiles; and their confused parent found reconciliation of the two wishes impossible:3

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