"Of course; I must be at Paris Garden, the Southwark bear ring."

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The bear ring (or bear garden) was a ground for the blood-sport of bear baiting, popular during Elizabethan times. It would consist of a pit, in which a bear would be chained by the neck or leg to a pole in the middle, and banks of raised seating for the spectators. A pack of hunting dogs would be released to fight the bear, and bets would be placed on which would win. The main bear ring in London was the Paris Garden at Southwark.