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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)

    Make no great stirre, because they're gentlemen,
    And a thing partly done in meriment.
    680Tis but a size aboue a ie st thou know st,
    Therefore pursue it mildly, goe be gone,
    The Con stabl's hard by, bring him along, - make ha st a- (gaine.
    Wife. O y'are a goodly patient Woodcocke, are you not
    now? (Exit George.
    685 See what your patiēce comes too: euery one sadles you, and
    rides you, youle be shortly the common stone-horse of
    Myllan: a womans well holp't vp with such a meacocke, I
    had rather haue a husband that would swaddle me thrice a
    day, then such a one, that will be guld twice in halfe an how-
    690er. Oh I could burne all the wares in my shop for anger.
    Cand. Pray weare a peacefull temper, be my wife,
    That is, be patient: for a wife and husband
    Share but one soule between them: this being knowne
    Why should not one soule then agree in one? Exit.
    695 Wife Hang your agreements: but if my beaker be gone.
    Enter Ca struchio, Fluello, Pioratto, and George.
    Cand. Oh, here they come.
    Geor. The Con stable syr, let 'em come along with me,
    because there should be no wondring, he staies at dore.
    700 Ca st . Con stable goodman Abram.
    Flu. Now signior Candido, Sblood why doe you attach (vs?
    Ca st . Sheart! attach vs!
    Cand. Nay sweare not gallants,
    Your oathes may moue your soules, but not moue me,
    705You haue a siluer beaker of my wiues.
    Elu. You say not true: tis gilt.
    Cand. Then you say true.
    And being gilt, the guilt lyes more on you.
    Ca st . I hope y'are not angry syr.
    710 Cand. Then you hope right, for I am not angry.
    Pio. No, but a little mou'de.
    Cand. I mou'de! twas you were mou'd, you were brought (hither.
    Ca st But you (out of your anger & impatience,)
    Caus'd vs to be attacht.
    715 Cand. Nay you misplace it.

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