The mummers from the count's.
The mummers (some of the house serfs) dressed up as bears, Turks, innkeepers, and ladies--frightening and funny--bringing in with them the cold from outside and a feeling of gaiety, crowded, at first timidly, into the anteroom, then hiding behind one another they pushed into the ballroom where, shyly at first and then more and more merrily and heartily, they started singing, dancing, and playing Christmas games.
Half an hour later there appeared among the other mummers in the ballroom an old lady in a hooped skirt--this was Nicholas.
Before Natasha had finished singing, fourteen-year-old Petya rushed in delightedly, to say that some mummers had arrived.
Surrounded by the screaming children the mummers, covering their faces and disguising their voices, bowed to their hostess and arranged themselves about the room.
Ten minutes later, all the young Melyukovs joined the mummers.
Nicholas, who, as the roads were in splendid condition, wanted to take them all for a drive in his troyka, proposed to take with them about a dozen of the serf mummers and drive to "Uncle's."
Pelageya Danilovna began to recognize the mummers, admired their cleverly contrived costumes, and particularly how they suited the young ladies, and she thanked them all for having entertained her so well.
The only remaining part of a traditional mummers play is used, and mixed with the special effects of today.
I know it's Carmen, but the company really got off lightly with just a few mummers from the audience.
mummers play called the Plow Monday Plays, performed in January.
From that sleigh one could hear the shouts, laughter, and voices of the mummers.
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