"I am that merry wanderer of the night
", cried the elf
Robin Goodfellow, sometimes called Puck
by commonfolk. Indeed, he was the jester of the faerie
, a cutup who lured travelers into swamps, pinched lazy housemaids and pulled stools from beneath inveterate gossips
. It was said that humans danced to his seductive
piping as trained bears
to a circus drum
, and that he took his pleasure
in causing confusion among mortals, whose follies he never tired of watching.
"That shrewd and knavish sprite call'd Robin Goodfellow."
- William Shakespeare