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  • Title: The Honest Whore, Part 1 (Quarto 1, 1604)
  • Editor: Joost Daalder
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-490-5

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    Authors: Thomas Dekker, Thomas Middleton
    Editor: Joost Daalder
    Peer Reviewed

    The Honest Whore, Part 1 (Quarto 1, 1604)

    THE HONEST WHORE .
    Geor. You may see further for your mind, but tru st me
    you shall not find better for your body. Enter Candido.
    525 Ca st . O here he comes, lets make as tho we pa s s e,
    Come, come, weele try in some other shop.
    Cand. How now? what's the matter?
    Geor. The gentlemen find fault with this lawne, fall out
    with it, and without a cause too.
    530 Cand Without a cause!
    And that makes you to let 'em pa s s e away,
    Ah, may I craue a word with you gentlemen?
    Flu. He calls vs.
    Ca st . Makes the better for the ie st.
    535 Cand. I pray come neare, - y'are very welcome gallants,
    Pray pardon my mans rudene s s e, for I feare me
    Ha's talkt aboue a prentice with you, - Lawnes!
    Looke you kind gentlemen - this! no: - I this:
    Take this vpon my hone st-dealing faith,
    540To be a true weaue, not too hard, nor slack,
    But eene as farre from fal shood, as from black.
    Ca st . Well, how doe you rate it?
    Cand. Very conscionably, 18.s. a yard.
    Ca st . That's too deare: how many yards does the whole
    545piece containe thinke you?
    Cand. Why, some 17. yardes I thinke, or there abouts,
    How much would serue your turne? I pray.
    Ca st . Why let me see - would it were better too.
    Cand. Truth, tis the be st in Millan at fewe words.
    550 Ca st . Well: let me haue then - a whole penny-worth.
    Cand. Ha, ha: y'are a merry gentleman.
    Ca st . A pennorth I say.
    Cand. Of lawne !
    Ca st . Of lawne? I of lawne, a pennorth, sblood do st not
    555heare? a whole pennorth, are you deaffe?
    Cand. Deaffe? no Syr: but I mu st tell you,
    Our wares doe seldome meete such cu stomers.
    Ca st . Nay, and you and your lawnes be so squemi sh,
    Fare you well.
    560 Cand. Pray stay, a word, pray Signior: for what purpose
    is it I beseech you?
    Ca st
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