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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)

    The conuerted Courtizan.
    Wife. Come not to me for any Key.
    Ile not be troubled to deliuer it.
    1400Cand. Good wife, kind wife, it is a needfull trouble,
    but for my Gowne.
    Wi. Mothes swallow downe your Gowne:
    You set my teeth an edge with talking on't.
    Cand. Nay prythee sweet, I cannot meet without it,
    1405I should haue a great Fyne set on my head.
    Wi. Set on your Coxcomb: tush, Fine me no Fines.
    Can. Beleeue me sweet, none greets the Senate-house,
    Without his Robe of reuerence, that's his Gowne.
    Wi. Well, then y'are like to crosse that custome once,
    1410You get nor key, nor gowne, and so depart:
    This trick will vexe him sure, and fret his heart. Exit.
    Cand. Stay, let me see, I must haue some deuice,
    My cloke's too short: fye, fye, no cloke will doo't:
    It must be something fashioned like a Gowne,
    1415With my armes out: oh George, come hither George,
    I prythee lend me thine aduice.
    Geor. Truth sir, were it any but you, they would breake (open chest.
    Cand. O no, break open chest! thats a theeues office:
    Therein you counsell me against my bloud:
    1420'Twould shew impatience that, any meeke meanes
    I would be glad to imbrace. Masse, I haue got it:
    Go, step vp, fetch me downe one of the Carpets,
    The saddest colourd Carpet, honest George,
    Cut thou a hole ith middle for my necke,
    1425Two for mine armes, nay prythee looke not strange.
    Ge. I hope you doe not thinke sir, as you meane.
    Can. Prythee about it quickly, the houre chides me:
    Warily George, softly, take heed of eyes, Exit George.
    Out of two euils hee's accounted wise,
    1430That can pick out the least; the Fine imposde
    For an vngowned Senator, is about
    Forty Cruzadoes, the Carpet not 'boue foure.
    Thus haue I chosen the lesser euill yet,
    Preseru'd my patience, foyld her desperate wit.
    1435Geo. Here sir, heer's the Carpet. Enter George.
    Cand. O