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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)

    Wife. Thats well.
    1965The Senate will leaue wording presently:
    But is George ready,
    2. Pre. Yes forsooth, hees furbu sht.
    Wife. Now as you euer hope to win my fauour,
    Throw both your duties and respects on him,
    1970With the like awe as if he were your mai ster,
    Let not your lookes betray it with a smile,
    Or ieering glaunce to any cu stomer,
    Keepe a true Setled countenance, and beware,
    You laugh not whatsoeuer you heare or see.
    1975 2. Pren. I warrant you mi stris, let vs alone for keeping our
    countenance: for if I li st, theres neuer a foole in all Myllan shal
    make me laugh, let him play the foole neuer so like an A s s e,
    whether it be the fat Court foole, or the leane Cittie foole.
    Wife. enough then, call downe George.
    1980 2. Pren. I heare him comming.
    Enter George.
    Wife. Be redy with your legs then let me see,
    How curtzy would become him: gallantly!
    Be shrew my bloud a proper seemely man,
    1985Of a choice carriage walkes with a good port,
    Geo. I thanke you mi stris, my back's broad enough, now
    my Mai sters gown's on.
    Wif Sure I should thinke it were the lea st of sin,
    To mi stake the mai ster, and to let him in.
    1990 Geo. Twere a good Comedy of errors that yfaith.
    2. Pre. whi st, whi st, my mai ster.

    Enter Candido, and Exit presently.

    Wif. You all know your taskes: gods my life, whats that
    hee has got vpon's backe? who can tell?
    1995 Geo. That can I, but I will not.
    Wife. Girt about him like a mad-man: what: has he
    lo st his cloake too: this is the madde st fa shion that ere I
    What said he George when he pasde by thee?
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