Digital Renaissance Editions

Author: Thomas Dekker
Editor: Joost Daalder
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The Honest Whore, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1630)

The Honest Whore.
Cand. What's that he saies, pray Gentlemen?
Lod. Mary he saies we are like to haue the best wares.
Cand. The best wares? all are bad, yet wares doe good,
1590And like to Surgeons, let sicke Kingdomes blood.
Bry. Faat a Deuill pratest tow so, a pox on dee, I preddee
let me see some Hollen, to make Linnen shirts, for feare my
body be lowsie.
Cand. Indeed I vnderstand no word he speakes.
1595Car. Mary, he saies, that at the siege in Holland there was
much bawdry vsed among the Souldiers, tho they were
lowsie.
Cand. It may be so, that's likely, true indeed,
In euery garden, sir, does grow that weed.
1600Bry. Pox on de gardens, and de weedes, and de fooles
cap dere, and de cloutes; heare? doest make a Hobby-horse
of me.
Omnes. Oh fie, he has torne de Cambricke.
Cand. 'Tis no matter.
1605Asto. It frets me to the soule.
Cand. So doest not me.
My Customers doe oft for remnants call,
These are two remnants now, no losse at all.
But let me tell you, were my Seruants here,
1610It would ha cost more.-- Thanke you Gentlemen,
I vse you well, pray know my shop agen. Exit.
Omnes. Ha, ha, ha; come, come, let's goe, let's goe. Exeunt.

Enter Matheo (braue) and Bellafront.
Mat. How am I suited, Front? am I not gallant, ha?
1615Bel. Yes, sir, you are suited well.
Mat. Exceeding passing well, and to the time.
Bel. The Taylor has plaid his part with you.
Mat. And I haue plaid a Gentlemans part with my Tay-
lor, for I owe him for the making of it.
1620Bel. And why did you so, sir?
Mat. To keepe the fashion; It's your onely fashion now
of your best ranke of Gallants, to make their Taylors waite
for