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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)

    Ca st . Sblood, whats that to you: Ile haue a penny worth.
    Can. A penny-worth! why you shall: Ile serue you (presently.
    2. Pren. Sfoot, a penny-worth mi stris!
    565 Mi st . A penny-worth! call you these Gentlemen?
    Ca st . No, no: not there.
    Can. What then kinde Gentle-man? what at this corner (here?
    Ca st . No nor there neither.
    Ile haue it iu st in the middle, or els not.
    570 Can. Iu st in the middle: - ha - you shall too: what?
    Haue you a single penny>?
    Ca st . Yes, heeres one. Can. Lend it me I pray.
    Flu. An exlent followed ie st.
    Wife. What will he spoile the Lawne now?
    575 Can. Patience, good wife.
    Wife. I, that patience makes a foole of you: Gentlemen,
    you might ha found some other Citizen to haue made a
    kind gull on, be sides my husband.
    Can. Pray Gentlemen take her to be a woman,
    580Do not regard her language. -- O kinde soule:
    Such words will driue away my cu stomers,
    Wife. Cu stomers with a murrē: call you these cu stomers?
    Can. Patience, good wife. Wife. Pax, a your patience.
    Geor. Sfoot mi stris, I warrant these are some cheating
    Can. Looke you Gentleman, theres your ware, I thank
    you, I haue your mony; heare, pray know my shop, pray
    let me haue your cu stome.
    Wife. Cu stome quoth a.
    Can. Let me take more of your money.
    590 Wife. You had need so.
    Pio. Harke in thine eare, tha st lo st an hundred duckets.
    Ca st . Well, well, I knowt: i st po s sible that Homo,
    Should be nor man, nor woman: not once mooud;
    No not at such an iniurie, not at all!
    595Sure hees a pigeon, for he has no gall.
    Flu. Come, come, y'are angry tho you smother it:
    Yare vext ifaith, - confe s s e. Can. Why Gentle-men
    Should you conceit me to be vext or moou'd?