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  • Title: The Honest Whore, Part 1 (Quarto 2, 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 2, 1604)

    The converted Curtezan.
    George I, ile be sworne, for we have a cur st mi stris.
    Wife You mumble, do you mumble? I would your mai ster
    or I could be a note more angry: for two patient folkes in a
    490house, spoile all the servants that ever shall come vnder them.
    1 Prentise You patient! I, so is the divell when he is horne

    Enter Ca struchio, Fluello, and Pioratto.

    All three Gentlemen, what do you lacke? what i st you buy?
    495See fine hollands, fine cambrickes, fine lawnes.
    George What i st you lacke?
    2 Pren. What i st you buy?
    Ca st . Wheres signior Candido thy ma ster?
    George Faith signior hees a little negotiated, hee'le appeare (presently.
    500 Ca st . Fellow, lets see a lawne, a choise one sirra.
    George The be st in all Millan Gentlemen, and this is the
    peece. I can fit you Gentlemen with fine callicoes too for dub-
    lets, the onely sweete fa shion now, mo st delicate and courtly, a
    meeke gentle callico, cut vpon two double affable taffataes, ah,
    505mo st neate, feate, and vnmatchable.
    Flu. A notable-voluble tongde villaine.
    Pio. I warrant this fellow was never begot without much
    Ca st . What, and is this she sai st thou?
    510 George I, and the pure st she that ever you fingerd since you
    were a gentleman: looke how even she is, look how cleane she
    is, ha, as even as the browe of Cinthia, and as cleane as your sons
    and heires when they ha spent all.
    Ca st . Puh, thou talk st, pox on't tis rough.
    515 George How? is she rough? but if you bid pox on't sir, t'will
    take away the roughnes presently.
    Flu. Ha signior; haz he fitted your French curse?
    George Looke you Gentleman, heeres another, compare
    them I pray, compara Virgilium cum Homero , compare virgins
    520with harlots.
    Ca st . Puh, I ha seene better, and as you terme them, evener
    and cleaner.