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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
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    The Honest Whore, Part 1 (Quarto 2, 1604)

    Geo. Troth Mi stris, nothing: not so much as a Bee, he did
    2000not hum: not so much as a bawd he did not hem: not so
    much as a Cuckhold he did not ha: neither hum, hem, nor ha,
    onely star'de me in the face, pa st along, and made ha st in, as if
    my lookes had workt with him, to giue him a stoole.
    Wi. Sure hees vext now, this trick has mou'd his speene.
    2005Hees angred now, because he vttered nothing:
    And wordle s s e wrath breakes out more violent,
    May be heele striue for place, when he comes downe,
    But if thou lou' st me George, affoord him none.
    Geo. Nay let me alone to play my mai sters prize, as long as
    2010my Mi stri s s e warrants me: Ime sure I haue his be st cloathes
    on, and I scorne to giue place to any that is inferiour in appa-
    rell to me, thats an Axiom, a principle, & is obseru'd as much
    as the fa shion; let that perswade you then, that Ile shoulder
    with him for the vpper hand in the shop, as long as this
    2015chaine will maintaine it.
    Wif. Spoke with the spirit of a Mai ster, tho with the
    tongue of a Prentise.
    Enter Candido like a Prentise.
    Why how now mad man? what in your trick sicoates!
    2020 Cand. O peace good Mi stri s s e:
    Enter Crambo and Poh.
    See what you lack, what i st you buy? pure Callicoes, fine
    Hollands, choise Cambrickes, neate Lawnes: see what you
    buy? pray come neere, my Mai ster will vse you well, hee can
    2025affoord you a pennyworth.
    Wi. I that he can, out of a whole peece of Lawne yfaith.
    Cand. Pray see your choise here Gentlemen.
    Wi. O fine foole? what a mad-man? a patient mad-man?
    who euer heard of the like? well sir Ile fit you and your hu-
    2030mour presently: what? cro s s e-points, Ile vntie em all in a trice,
    Ile vex you faith. Boy take your cloake, quick, come. Exit.
    Cand. Be couered George, this chaine, and welted gowne,
    Bare to this coate: then the worlds vp side downe.
    Geo. Vmh, vmh, hum,
    2035 Cram. Thats the shop, and theres the fellow.
    Poh. I but the Mai ster is walking in there.