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  • Title: The Honest Whore, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1630)
  • Editor: Joost Daalder
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-490-5

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

    The Hone st Whore.
    Duke. Those onely shall be caught that are of note,
    Harlots in each street flow:
    2175The fi sh being thus i'th net, our selfe will sit,
    And with eye mo st seuere dispose of it. ---come, Girle.
    Car. Araigne the poore Whore.
    A st . Ile not mi s s e that Se s sions.
    Font. Nor I.
    2180 Ber. Nor I,
    Tho I hold vp my hand there my selfe. Exeunt.

    Enter Matheo, Orlando, and Lodouico.
    Mat. Let who will come (my Noble Shauileir) I can but
    play the kind Hoa st, and bid vm welcome.
    2185 Lod. We'll trouble your house (Matheo) but as Dutchmen
    doe in Tauernes (drinke, be merry, and be gone.)
    Orl. Indeed if you be right Dutchmen, if you fall to drink-
    ing, you mu st be gone.
    Mat. The wor st is, my wife is not at home; but we'll flie
    2190hie (my generous Knight) for all that: there's no Mu sike
    when a woman is in the consort.
    Orl. No, for she's like a paire of Virginals,
    Alwaies with Iackes at her taile.

    Enter A stolfo, Carolo, Beraldo, Fontinell.
    2195 Lod. See, the Couy is sprung.
    Omnes. Saue you Gallants.
    Mat. Happily encounterd, sweet bloods.
    Lod. Gentlemen, you all know Signior Candido, the Linnen
    Draper, he that's more patient then a browne Baker, vpon
    2200the day when he heates his Ouen, and has forty Scolds a-
    bout him.
    Omnes. Yes, we know him all, what of him?
    Lod. Wud it not be a good fit of mirth, to make a piece
    of Engli sh cloth of him, and to stretch him on the Tainters,
    2205till the threds of his owne naturall humor cracke, by ma-
    king him drinke healths, Tobacco, dance, sing bawdy songs,
    or to run any bias according as we thinke good to ca st him?
    Car.