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  • Title: The Honest Whore, Part 1 (Quarto 1, 1604)
  • Editor: Joost Daalder
  • Contributing editor: Brett Greatley-Hirsch
  • Coordinating editor: Brett Greatley-Hirsch
  • General textual editor: Eleanor Lowe
  • 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 1, 1604)

    The Honest Whore.
    Viola Puh, he would count such a cut no vnkindenes.
    Fust. The honester Cittizen he, then make him drunke and
    cut off his beard.
    Viola Fie, fie, idle, idle, hee's no French-man, to fret at the
    265losse of a little scalde haire. No brother, thus it shall be, you must
    be secret.
    Fu. As your Mid-wife I protest sister, or a Barber-surgeon.
    Viola Repaire to the Tortoys heere in S. Christophers streete,
    I will send you mony, turne your selfe into a brave man: insteed
    270of the armes of your mistris, let your sword and your militarie
    scarfe hang about your necke.
    Fust: I must have a great Horse-mans French feather too
    Uiola O, by any meanes, to shew your light head, else your
    275hat will sit like a coxcombe: to be briefe, you must bee in all
    points a most terrible wide-mouth'd swaggerer.
    Fust. Nay, for swaggering points let me alone.
    Viola Resort then to our shop, and (in my husbands presence)
    kisse me, snatch rings, jewells, or any thing; so you give it backe
    280agen brother in secret.
    Fust. By this hand sister.
    Uiola Sweare as if you came but new from knight-
    Fust. Nay, Ile sweare after 400. a yeare.
    285Uiola Swagger worse then a Lievetenant among fresh-wa-
    ter souldiers, call me your love, your yngle, your coosen, or so;
    but sister at no hand.
    Fust. No, no, It shall be coosen, or rather cuz, thats the gulling
    word betweene the Cittizens wives & their olde dames, 290that
    man em to the garden; to call you one a mine aunts, sister, were
    as good as call you arrant whoores no, no, let me alone to cosen
    you rarely.
    Uiola Haz heard I have a brother, but never saw him, there-
    fore put on a good face.
    295Fust. The best in Millan I warrant.
    Viola Take vp wares, but pay nothing, rifle my bosome, my
    pocket, my purse, the boxes for mony to dice with all; but bro-
    ther, you must give all backe agen in secret.