The court jester Hop-Frog, qbeing also a dwarf and a crippleq, is the much-abused qfoolq of the unnamed king. This king has an insatiable sense of humour: qhe seemed to live only for jokingq. Both Hop-Frog and his best friend, the dancer Trippetta (also small, but beautiful and well-proportioned), have been stolen from their homeland and essentially function as slaves. Because of his physical deformity, which prevents him from walking upright, the King nicknames him qHop-Frogq. Hop-Frog reacts severely to alcohol, and though the king knows this, he forces Hop-Frog to consume several goblets full. Trippetta begs the king to stop and, in front of seven members of his cabinet council, he strikes her and throws another goblet of wine into her face. The powerful men laugh at the expense of their two servants and ask Hop-Frog (who has very suddenly sobered up and become cheerful) for advice on an upcoming masquerade. He suggests some very realistic costumes for the men: costumes of orang-utans chained together. The men love the idea of scaring their guests and agree to wear tight-fitting shirts and pants saturated with tar and covered with flax. In full costume, the men are then chained together and led into the qgrand saloonq of masqueraders just after midnightab (Excerpt from Wikipedia)Because of his physical deformity, which prevents him from walking upright, the King nicknames him aquot;Hop-Frogaquot;. Hop-Frog reacts severely to alcohol, and though the king knows this, he forces Hop-Frog to consume several goblets full.
|Author||:||Edgar Allan Poe|
|Publisher||:||otbebookpublishing - 2014-02-14|