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  • Title: Pericles, Prince of Tyre (Quarto)
  • Editor: Tom Bishop

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Tom Bishop
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    Pericles, Prince of Tyre (Quarto)

    Pericles Prince of Tyre.
    Boult. I cannot be bated one doit of a thousand peeces.
    Pand. Well, follow me my maisters, you shall haue your
    money presenly, wife take her in, instruct her what she has
    1575to doe, that she may not be rawe in her entertainment.
    Bawd. Boult, take you the markes of her, the colour of
    her haire, complexion, height, her age, with warrant of her
    virginitie, and crie; He that wil giue most shal haue her first,
    such a maydenhead were no cheape thing, if men were as
    1580they haue beene: get this done as I command you.
    Boult. Performance shall follow.Exit.
    Mar. Alacke that Leonine was so slacke, so slow, he should
    haue strooke, not spoke, or that these Pirates, not enough
    barbarous, had not oreboord throwne me, for to seeke my
    Bawd. Why lament you prettie one?
    Mar. That I am prettie.
    Bawd. Come, the Gods haue done their part in you.
    Mar. I accuse them not.
    1590Bawd. You are light into my hands, where you are like
    to liue.
    Mar. The more my fault, to scape his handes, where I
    was to die.
    Bawd. I, and you shall liue in peasure.
    1595Mar. No.
    Bawd. Yes indeed shall you, and taste Gentlemen of all
    fashions, you shall fare well, you shall haue the difference of
    all complexions, what doe you stop your eares?
    Mar. Are you a woman?
    1600Bawd. What would you haue mee be, and I bee not a
    Mar. An honest woman, or not a woman.
    Bawd. Marie whip the Gosseling, I thinke I shall haue
    something to doe with you, come you'r a young foolish
    1605sapling, and must be bowed as I would haue you.
    Mar. The Gods defend me.