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

    Copyright Digital Renaissance Editions. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Authors: Thomas Dekker, Thomas Middleton
    Editor: Joost Daalder
    Peer Reviewed

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

    THE HONEST WHORE .
    And to my face to play the Anticke thus:
    1285If youle needs play the madman, choose a stage
    Of le s s er compa s s e, where few eyes may note
    Your actions errour; but if still you mi s s e,
    As heere you doe, for one clap, ten will hi s s e.
    Fu st . Zwounds Cozen, he talks to me, as if I were a scur-
    1290uy Tragedian.
    2. pren. Sirra George, I ha thought vpon a deuice, how to
    breake his pate, beat him soundly, and ship him away.
    Geor. Doo't. 2. Pre. Ile go in, pa s s e thorow the house,
    giue some of our fellow Prentices the watch-word when
    1295they shal enter, then come & fetch my ma ster in by a wile,
    and place one in the hall to hold him in conference, whil st
    we cudgell the Gull out of his coxcombe.
    Geor. Doo't: away, doo't.
    Wife. Mu st I call twice for these Cambricks & lawnes?
    1300 Cand. Nay see, you anger her, George, prithee dispatch.
    2. pr. Two of the choise st pieces are in the warehouse sir.
    Cand. Go fetch them presently. Exit 1. prentice.
    Fu st . I, do, make ha ste, sirra.
    Cand. Why were you such a stranger all this while,
    1305being my wiues Cozen?
    Fu st . Stranger? no sir, I me a naturall Millaner borne.
    Can. I perceyue still it is your naturall guize to mi stake
    me, but you are welcom sir, I much wi sh your acquaintāce.
    Fu st . My acquaintance? I scorne that ifayth; I hope my
    1310acquaintance goes in chaines of gold three and fifty times
    double: you know who I meane, Coz, the po sts of his gate
    are a paynting to. Enter the 2. Prentice.
    2. Pren. Signior Pandulfo the Marchāt de sires conference
    with you. Can. Signior Pandulfo? Ile be with him straight.
    1315Attend your mi stris and the Gentleman. Exit.
    Wife. When do you shew those pieces?
    Fu st . I, when doe you shew those pieces?
    Omn. Presently sir, presently, we are but charging thē.
    Fu st . Come sirra, you Flat-cap, where be these whites?
    Geo. Flat-cap? heark in your eare sir, yare a flat foole, an
    1320A s s e, a gull, & Ile thrum you: do you see this cambrick sir?
    Fu st . Sfoot,
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