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The name given to puppet‐plays in the 16th and 17th cents. These dealt originally with scriptural subjects, but their scope was afterwards extended. Shakespeare in The Winter's Tale (iv. iii) refers to a ‘motion of the Prodigal Son’, and there are references to ‘motions’ in Jonson's Bartholomew Fair, A Tale of a Tub, and Every Man out of his Humour.

Subjects: Literature.

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