Bayes

Definition

Theater

  • A character in The Rehearsal (1671), by George Villiers, 2ndDuke of Buckingham, who is designed to satirize the poet and playwright John Dryden. The name alludes to the bay laurel of the laureateship, Dryden having been appointed poet laureate in 1668. The phrase dead men may rise again, like Bayes's troops refers to the ludicrous play-within-a-play in The Rehearsal, in which a battle is fought betweenfoot-soldiers and great hobby horses. At last Drawcansir kills everybody on both sides. When asked how they are to get off the stage, Bayes (the author) replies, "As they came on - upon their legs", upon which they all jump up alive again.
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