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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
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    The Honest Whore, Part 1 (Quarto 2, 1604)

    I lay my little meadenhead, my nose itches so.
    Ro. I said so too last night, when our Fleas twing'd me.
    Bell. So Poke my ruffe now, my gowne. my gown, haue (I my fall?

    795Wher's my fall Roger? One knocks.
    Ro. Your fall forsooth is behind.
    Bell. Gods my pittikins, some foole or other knocks.
    Ro. Shall I open to the foole mistresse?
    Bell. And all these bables lying thus? away with it quick-
    800ly, I, I, knock & be dambde, whosoeuer you be. So: giue the
    fresh Salmon lyne now, let him come a shoare, hee shall
    serue for my breakefast, tho he goe against my stomack.
    Roger fetches in Fluello, Castruchio, and Pioratto.
    Flu. Morrow coz.
    805Cast. How does my sweete acquaintance?
    Pio. Saue thee little Marmoset: how doest thou good pret-
    ty roague?
    Bell. Well, Godamercy good pretty rascall.
    Flu. Roger some light I pry thee.
    810Ro. You shall Signior, for we that liue here in this vale
    of misery, are as darke as hell. Exit. for a candle.
    Cast. Good Tabacco, Fluello?
    Flu. Smell? Enter Roger.
    Pio. It may be tickling geere, for it playes with my nose (already.
    815Ro. Her's another light Angell, Signior.
    Bel. What you pyed curtal, whats that you are neighing?
    Ro. I say God send vs the light of heauen, or some more
    Bell. Goe fetch some wyne, and drinke halfe of it.
    820Ro. I must fetch some wyne gentlemen and drinke halfe (of it.
    Flu. Here Roger.
    Cast. No let me send pry thee.
    Flu. Hold you canker worme.
    Ro. You shall send both, if you please Signiors.
    825Pio. Stay, whats best to drinke a mornings?
    Ro. Hypocras sir, for my mistres, if I fetch it, is most deare (to her:
    Flu Hypocras! ther then, her's a teston for you, you snake
    Ro. Right syr, her's jjj. s. vi. d. for a pottle & a manchet. Fx.