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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)

    Bell. Goe, goe, hang your selfe. Ca st . Its dinner time Matheo, ( shalls hence?
    Omni. Yes, yes, farewell wench. Exeunt.
    Bell. Farewell boyes: Roger what wine sent they for?
    985 Ro. Ba stard wine, for if it had bin truly begotten, it wud
    not ha bin a shamde to come in, her's vi.s. to pay for nur sing
    the ba stard.
    Bell. A company of rookes! O good sweete Roger, run to
    the Poulters and buy me some fine Larkes.
    990 Ro. No woodcocks?
    Bell. Yes faith a couple, if they be not deare.
    Ro. Ile buy but one, theres one already here. Exit.
    Enter Hipolito.
    Hipo. Is the gentleman (my friend) departed mi stre s s e?
    995 Bell. His backe is but new-turnd syr.
    Hipo. Fare you well. Bell. I can direct you to him.
    Hipo. Can you? pray.
    Bell. If you please stay, heele not be absent long.
    Hipo. I care not much.
    1000 Bell. Pray sit forsooth. Hipo. I'me hot.
    Hipo. If may vse your roome, ile rather walke.
    Bell. At your be st pleasure-whew-some rubbers there.
    Hipo. Indeed ile non: -Indeed I will not: thanks.
    Pretty-fine-lodging. I perceiue my friend
    1005 Is old in your acquaintance. Bell. Troth syr, he comes
    As other gentlemen, to spend spare howers;
    If your selfe like our roofe (such as it is)
    Your owne acquaintance may be as old as his.
    Hipo. Say I did like; what welcome should I find?
    1010 Bell. Such as my present fortunes can afford.
    Hipo. But would you let me play Mathaeos part?
    Bell. What part?
    Hipo. Why imbrace you: dally with you, ki s s e:
    Faith tell me, will you leaue him, and loue me?
    1015 Bell. I am in bondes to no man syr. Hipo. Why then,
    Y'are free for any man: if any, me.
    But I mu st tell you Lady, were you mine,
    You should be all mine: I could brooke no sharers,
    I should be couetous, and sweepe vp all.

    I would
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