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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
    2075I thanke em for't: be sides I had decreed
    To haue a vaine prickt, I did meane to bleede,
    So that theres mony sau'd: they are hone st men,
    Pray vse em well, when they appeare agen.
    Geo. Yes sir, weele vse em like hone st men.
    2080 Cand. I well said George, like hone st men, tho they be ar-
    rant knaues, for thats the phrase of the citty; helpe to lay vp
    these wares

    Enter Candido's wife, with Officers.

    Wife. Yonder he stands.
    2085 Off What in a Prentise-coate?
    Wif. I, I, mad, mad, pray take heed.
    Cand. How now? what newes with them? what make they
    with my wife? officers? is she attachd? looke to your wares.
    Wif. He talkes to himselfe, oh hees much gone indeed.
    2090 Off . Pray pluck vp a good heart, be not so fearfull,
    Sirs hearke, weele gather to him by degrees.
    Wi. I, I. by degrees I pray: oh me! what makes he with
    the Lawne in his hand, heele teare all the ware in my shop.
    Off . Feare not weele catch him on a sudden.
    2095 Wi. O you had need do so, pray take heed of your warrant
    Off . I warrant mi stris. -- Now Signior Candido?
    Cand. Now sir, what newes with you sir?
    Wi. What newes with you he sayes: oh hees far gon.
    Off . I pray feare nothing, lets alone with him,
    2100Signior, you looke not like your selfe me thinkes,
    (Steale yon a tother side) y'are changde, y'are altred.
    Cand. Changde sir, why true sir, is change strange, tis not
    the fa shion vnle s s e it alter: Monarkes turne to beggers; beg-
    gers creepe into the ne sts of Princes, Mai sters serue their
    2105prentises: Ladies their Seruingmen, men turne to women.
    Off . And women turne to men.
    Cand. I, and women turne to men, you say true, ha ha, a
    mad world, a mad world.
    Off . Haue we caught you sir?
    2110 Cand. Caught me: well, well: you haue caught: me.
    Wi. Hee laughes in your faces.
    Geo