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Authors: Thomas Dekker, Thomas Middleton
Editor: Joost Daalder
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The Honest Whore, Part 1 (Quarto 2, 1604)

CVRTIZAN.
Geo. A rescue Prentises, my maister's catch-pold.
Off. I charge you keepe the peace, or haue your legs gar-
tered with Yrons, we haue from the Duke a warrant strong
2115enough for what we doe.
Cand. I pray rest quiet, I desire no rescue.
Wi. La: he desires no rescue, las poore heart,
He talkes against himselfe.
Cand. Well, whats the matter?
2120Off. Looke to that arme,
Pray make sure worke, double the cord.
Cand. Why, why?
Wi. Looke how his head goes! should he get but loose,
Oh twere as much as all our liues were worth.
2125Off. Feare not, weele make all sure for our owne safetie.
Cand. Are you at leisure now? well, whats the matter?
Why do I enter into bonds thus? ha?
Off. Because y'are mad, put feare vpon your wife.
Wi. Oh I, I went in danger of my life, euery minute.
2130Cand. What? am I mad say you, and I not know it?
Off. That proues you mad, because you know it not.
Wi. Pray talke as little to him as you can,
You see hees too farre spent.
Cand. Bound with strong corde!
2135A Sisters thred yfaith had beene enough,
To lead me any where: Wife do you long?
You are mad too, or els you do me wrong.
Geo. But are you mad indeed Maister?
Cand. My Wife sayes so,
2140And what she sayes; George, is all trueth you know:
And whether now? to Bethlem Monastery? -- ha! whether?
Off. Faith eene to the mad-mens pound.
Cand. A Gods name, still I feele my patience sound. Exe.
Geo. Come weele see whether he goes, if the maister be
2145mad, we are his seruants, and must follow his steps, weele
be mad caps too; Farewell mistrisse, you shall haue vs all in
Bedlam. Exeunt.
Wi. I thinke, I ha fitted now, you and your clothes,
If this moue not his patience, nothing can,
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