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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)

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    with a potle-pot , and stands aloofe off .
    Matheo. Saue you Gallants, signior Fluello exceedingly
    well met, as I may say.
    870 Flu. Signior Matheo, exceedingly well met too, as I may
    say.
    Ma. And how fares my little prettie Mi stris?
    Bell. Eene as my little pretie seruant; sees three court di-
    shes before her, and not one good bit in them: how now?
    875why the diuell stand st thou so? Art in a trance?
    Ro. Yes forsooth. Bell Why do st not fil out their wine?
    Ro. Forsooth tis fild out already: all the wine that the sig-
    nior has be stowde vpon you is ca st away, a Porter ranne a
    litle at me, and so fac' st me downe that I had not a drop.
    880 Bel. Ime accurs'd to let such a withered Artichocke faced-
    Rascall grow vnder my nose: now you looke like an old he
    cat, going to the gallowes: Ile be hangde if he ha not put vp
    the mony to cony-catch vs all.
    Ro. No truely forsooth, tis not put vp yet.
    885 Bell. How many Gentlemen ha st thou serued thus?
    Ro. None but fiue hundred, be sides prentices and seruing- (men.
    Bel. Doe st thinke Ile pocket it vp at thy hands?
    Ro. Yes forsooth, I feare you will pocket it vp.
    Bel Fye, fye cut my lace good seruant, I shall ha the mo-
    890ther presently, Im'e so vext at this horse-plumme.
    Flu. Plague, not for a scald pottle of wine.
    Ma. Nay, sweete Bellafronte, for a little Pigs wa sh.
    Ca st . Here Roger, fetch more, a mischance. Yfaith Ac-
    quantance.
    895 Bell Out of my sight, thou vngodly puritanical creature.
    Ro. For the tother pottle? yes forsooth. Exit.
    Bell. Spill that too: what Gentleman is that seruant your
    Friend?
    Ma. Gods so a stoole, a stoole, if you loue me Mi stris en-
    900tertaine this Gentleman respectiuely, & bid him welcome.
    Bell. Hees very welcome, pray Sir sit.
    Hip. Thankes Lady.
    Flu. Count Hypolito, i st not? cry you mercie signior, you
    walke here all this while, and we not heed you? let me be-

    stow