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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)

    905stowa stoole vpō you beseech you, you are a stranger here,
    we know the fashions ath house.
    Cast. Please you be heere my Lord. Tabacco.
    Hipo. No good Castruchio.
    Flu. You haue abandoned the Court I see my lord since
    910the death of your mistresse, well she was a delicate piece-be-
    seech you sweete, come let vs serue vnder the cullors of your
    acquaintance stil: for all that, please you to meete here at the
    lodging of my cuz, I shall bestow a banquet vpon you.
    Hipo. I neuer can deserue this kindnesse syr.
    915What may this Lady be, whom you call cuz?
    Flu. Faith syr a poore gentlewoman, of passing good ca-
    riage, one that has some sutes in law, and lyes here in an At-
    turnies house.
    Hipo. Is she married?
    920Flu. Hah, as all your punks are, a captens wife, or so?
    neuer saw her before, my Lord.
    Hipo. Neuer trust me a goodly creature.
    Flu. By gad when you know her as we do, youle swear she is
    the prettiest, kindest, sweetest, most bewitching honest ape
    925vnder the pole. A skin, your satten is not more soft, nor
    lawne whiter.
    Hipo. Belike then shees some sale curtizan.
    Flu. Troth as all your best faces are, a good wench.
    Hipo. Great pitty that shees a good wench.
    930Ma. Thou shalt haue it ifaith mistresse: how now signiors?
    what? whispering? did not I lay a wager I should take you
    within seuen daies in a house of vanity.
    Hipo. You did, and I beshrew your heart, you haue won.
    Ma. How do you like my mistresse?
    935Hipo. Well, for such a mistresse: better, if your mistresse
    be not you master.
    I must breake manners gentlemen, fare you well.
    Ma. Sfoote you shall not leaue vs.
    Bell. The gentleman likes not the tast of our company,
    940Omni. Beseech you stay.
    Hipo. Trust me my affaires becken for me, pardon me.
    Ma. Will you call for me halfe an houre hence here?
    D 2 Hipe.