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 Curtain Lecture.Curta’na. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Curtal Friar.
 
A friar who served as an attendant at the gate of a monastery court. As a curtal dog was not privileged to hunt or course, so a curtal friar virtually meant a worldly-minded one.   1
        “Some do call me the curtal Friar of Fountain Dale; others again call me in jest the Abbot of Fountain Abbey; others still again call me simply Friar Tuck.”—Howard Pyle: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, ii. p. 141.
 


 Curtain Lecture.Curta’na. 

 
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