Benjamin [Ben] Jonson

C. H. Herford and Percy Simpson (eds), Ben Jonson, Vol. 3: The Tale of a Tub; The Case is Altered; Every Man in his Humour; Every Man out of his Humour

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Act i. Scene ii.

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Sogliardo, Carlo Bvffone, Macilente. NAy looke you Carlo: this is my Humour now! 2I haue land and money, my friends left me well, and Critical Apparatus3I will be a Gentleman, whatsoeuer it cost me.

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Car. A most gentleman-like resolution.

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Sog. Tut, and I take an humour of a thing once, I am Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus6like your taylors needle, I goe through: but, for my name, 7Signior, how thinke you? will it not serue for a gentlemans 8name, when the Signior is put to it? Ha?


Car. Let me heare: how is't?


Sog. Signior Insulso Sogliardo: me thinkes it sounds 11well.

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Car. O excellent! tut, and all fitted to your name, you 13might very well stand for a gentleman: I know many 14Sogliardos gentlemen.

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Sog. Why, and for my wealth I might be a Iustice of 16Peace.

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Car. I, and a Constable for your wit.


Sog. All this is my Lordship you see here, and those 19Farmes you came by.


Car. Good steps to gentility too, mary: but Sogli-21ardo, if you affect to be a gentleman indeede, you must Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus22obserue all the rare qualities, humours, and complements 23of a gentleman.

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Sog. I know it, Signior, and if you please to instruct, 25I am not too good to learne, Ile assure you.

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Car. Inough sir: Ile make admirable vse i'the proiec-27tion of my medicine vpon this lumpe of copper here. Ile Critical Apparatus28bethinke me, for you sir.

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Sog. Signior, I will both pay you, and pray you, and Critical Apparatus30thanke you, and thinke on you.



Cord. Is not this purely good?

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Macil. Sbloud, why should such a prick-eard hine as this,

pg 44533Be rich? Ha? a foole? such a transparent gull

34That may be seene through? wherefore should he haue land,

Critical Apparatus35Houses, and lordships? O, I could eate my entrailes,

36And sinke my soule into the earth with sorrow.

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Car. First (to be an accomplisht gentleman, that is, Editor’s Note38a gentleman of the time) you must giue o're house-keeping 39in the countrey, and liue altogether in the city amongst Critical Apparatus40gallants; where, at your first apparance, 'twere good you 41turn'd foure or fiue hundred acres of your best land into Critical Apparatus42two or three trunks of apparel (you may doe it without going Critical Apparatus43to a coniurer) and be sure, you mixe your selfe stil, with such Editor’s Note44as flourish in the spring of the fashion, and are least Critical Apparatus45popular; studie their carriage, and behauiour in all; learne Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus46to play at Primero and Passage, and (euer when you lose) Critical Apparatus47ha' two or three peculiar othes to sweare by, that no man Critical Apparatus48else sweares: but aboue all, protest in your play, and Critical Apparatus49affirme, Vpon your credit; As you are a true gentleman (at Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus50euery cast) you may doe it with a safe conscience, I warrant 51you.

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Sog. O admirable rare! he cannot choose but be 53a gentleman, that ha's these excellent gifts: more, more, I 54beseech you.

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Car. You must endeuour to feede cleanly at your Editor’s Note56Ordinarie, sit melancholy, and picke your teeth when 57you cannot speake: and when you come to Playes, be Editor’s Note58humorous, looke with a good startch't face, and ruffle your Critical Apparatus59brow like a new boot; laugh at nothing but your owne Critical Apparatus60iests, or else as the Noblemen laugh. That's a speciall grace 61you must obserue.

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Sog. I warrant you, sir.

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Car. I, and sit o'the stage, and flout: prouided, you 64haue a good suit.

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Sog. O, I'le haue a suit only for that, sir.

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Car. You must talke much of your kinred, and allies.


Sog. Lies! no Signior, I shall not neede to doe so, Critical Apparatus68I haue kinred i'the city to talke of: I haue a neece is a Critical Apparatus69marchants wife; and a nephew, my brother Sordidos 70sonne, of the Innes of Court.

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Car. O, but you must pretend alliance with Courtiers 72and great persons: and euer when you are to dine or suppe Editor’s Note73in any strange presence, hire a fellow with a great chaine Critical Apparatus74(though it be copper it's no matter) to bring you letters, 75feign'd from such a Noble man, or such a Knight, or such Critical Apparatus76a Ladie, To their worshipfull, right rare, and noble qualified Critical Apparatus77friend or kinsman, Signior Insulso Sogliardo, giue your selfe 78stile enough. And there (while you intend circumstances Critical Apparatus79of newes, or enquiry of their health, or so) one of your Editor’s Note80familiars (whom you must carry about you still) breakes Critical Apparatus81it vp (as 'twere in a iest) and reades it publikely at the 82table: at which, you must seeme to take as vnpardonable Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus83offence, as if he had torne your Mistris colours, or breath'd 84vpon her picture; and pursue it with that hot grace, as if Critical Apparatus85you would aduance a challenge vpon it presently.

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Sog. Stay, I doe not like that humour of challenge, it Critical Apparatus87may be accepted; but I'le tell you what's my humour now: Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus88I will doe this. I will take occasion of sending one of my 89suites to the Taylors to haue the pocket repaired, or so; Critical Apparatus90and there such a letter, as you talke of (broke open and pg 44791all) shall be left: O, the Taylor will presently giue out what Critical Apparatus92I am, vpon the reading of it, worth twentie of your Gallants.


Car. But then you must put on an extreme face of 94discontentment at your mans negligence.


Sog. O, so I will, and beat him too: I'le haue a man 96for the purpose.


Macil. You may; you haue land and crownes: O 98partiall fate!


Carl. Masse well remembred, you must keepe your Critical Apparatus100men gallant, at the first, fine pyed liueries, laid with good 101gold lace, there's no losse in it, they may rip't off and 102pawne it, when they lacke victuals.

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Sog. By'r Ladie, that is chargeable Signior, 'twill bring 104a man in debt.


Car. Debt? why, that's the more for your credit sir: 106it's an excellent policy to owe much in these daies, if you 107note it.


Sog. As how good Signior? I would faine be a 109Polititian.

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Car. O! looke where you are indebted any great Critical Apparatus111summe, your creditor obserues you with no lesse regard, Critical Apparatus112then if hee were bound to you for some huge benefit, and Critical Apparatus113will quake to giue you the least cause of offence, lest he Critical Apparatus114loose his money. I assure you (in these times) no man has Critical Apparatus115his seruant more obsequious and pliant, then gentlemen Critical Apparatus116their creditors: to whom if (at any time) you pay but Critical Apparatus117a moitie, or a fourth part, it comes more acceptedly, then 118if you gave 'hem a new-yeares gift.

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Sog. I perceiue you, sir: I will take vp, and bring my 120selfe in credit sure.

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Car. Mary this, alwaies beware you commerce not with pg 448Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus122bankrupts, or poore needie Ludgathians: they are impudent 123creatures, turbulent spirits, they care not what violent 124tragedies they stirre, nor how they play fast and loose with Critical Apparatus125a poore gentlemans fortunes, to get their owne. Mary, these 126rich fellowes (that ha' the world, or the better part of it, 127sleeping in their counting-houses) they are ten times more Critical Apparatus128placable, they; either feare, hope, or modestie, restraines 129them from offering any outrages: but this is nothing to 130your followers, you shall not run a penny more in arrerage Critical Apparatus131for them, and you list your selfe.

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Sog. No? how should I keepe 'hem then?

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Car. Keepe 'hem? Sbloud let them keepe themselues, 134they are no sheepe, are they? What? you shall come in Critical Apparatus135houses, where plate, apparrell, iewels, and diuers other Critical Apparatus136pretie commodities lye negligently scattered, and I would Editor’s Note137ha' those Mercuries follow me (I trow) should remember 138they had not their fingers for nothing.

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Sog. That's not so good, me thinkes.

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Car. Why, after you haue kept 'hem a fortnight, or so, 141and shew'd 'hem ynough to the world, you may turne 'hem Critical Apparatus142away, and keepe no more but a boy, it's ynough.

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Sog. Nay, my humour is not for boyes, Ile keepe men, Critical Apparatus144and I keepe any; and Ile giue coats, that's my humour: Editor’s Note145but I lacke a cullisen.


Car. Why, now you ride to the citie, you may buy one, 147Ile bring you where you shall ha' your choise for money.

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Sog. Can you, sir?

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Car. O, I: you shall haue one take measure of you, Critical Apparatus150and make you a Coat of armes, to fit you of what fashion 151you will.

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Sog. By word of mouth, I thanke you, Signior; Ile be Critical Apparatus153once a little prodigall in a humour, i'faith, and haue a most 154prodigious coat.

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Maci. Torment and death! breake head and braine at once,

156To be deliuer'd of your fighting issue.

157Who can endure to see blinde Fortune dote thus?

158To be enamour'd on this dustie turfe?

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus159This clod? a whorson puck-fist? O god, god, god, god, &c.

Critical Apparatus160I could runne wild with griefe now, to behold

161The ranknesse of her bounties, that doth breed

Editor’s Note162Such bull-rushes; these mushrompe gentlemen,

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Car. Let him alone, some stray, some stray.

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Sog. Nay, I will examine him before I goe, sure.

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Car. The Lord of the soile ha's al wefts, and straies 167here? ha's he not?

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Sog. Yes, sir.

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Car. Faith, then I pitty the poore fellow, he's falne into 170a fooles hands.


Sog. Sirrah, who gaue you commission to lye in my 172lordship?


Maci. Your lordship?

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Sog. How? my lordship? doe you know me, sir?

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Maci. I doe know you, sir.

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Car. S'heart, he answeres him like an eccho.

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Sog. Why, who am I, Sir?

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Maci. One of those that fortune fauours.


Car. The Periphrasis of a foole; Ile obserue this better.

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Sog. That fortune fauours? how meane you that,


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Maci. I meane simply. That you are one that liues 183not by your wits.

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Sog. By my wits? No sir, I scorne to liue by my wits, Critical Apparatus185I. I haue better meanes, I tell thee, then to take such base Critical Apparatus186courses, as to liue by my wits. Sbloud, doest thou thinke 187I liue by my wits?

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Maci. Me thinkes, Iester, you should not relish this 189well.


Car. Ha? does he know me?


Maci. Though yours bee the worst vse a man can put Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus192his wit to, of thousands, to prostitute it at euery tauerne 193and ordinarie; yet (mee thinkes) you should haue turn'd 194your broad side at this, and haue beene readie with an Critical Apparatus195Apologie, able to sinke this hulke of ignorance into the 196bottome, and depth of his contempt.

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Car. Sbloud 'tis Macilente! Signior, you are Critical Apparatus198well encountred, how is't? O, we must not regard what hee Editor’s Note199saies man, a trout, a shallow foole, he ha's no more braine 200then a butter-flie, a meere stuft suit, he looks like a mustie 201bottle, new wickerd, his head's the corke, light, light. I am Critical Apparatus202glad to see you so well return'd, Signior.

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Maci. You are? Gramercie, good Ianvs.


Sog. Is he one of your acquaintance? I loue him the 205better for that.


Car. Gods precious, come away man, what doe you Critical Apparatus207meane? and you knew him as I doe, you'ld shun him, as 208you'ld doe the plague?

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Sog. Why, sir?

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Car. O, hee's a black fellow, take heed on him.

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Sog. Is he a Scholler, or a Souldier?


Car. Both, both; a leane mungrell, he lookes as if he pg 451Critical Apparatus213were chap-falne, with barking at other mens good fortunes: 214'ware how you offend him, he carries oile and fire in his pen, Critical Apparatus215will scald where it drops: his spirit's like powder, quick, Critical Apparatus216violent: hee'le blow a man vp with a jest: I feare him Critical Apparatus217worse then a rotten wall do's the cannon, shake an houre Critical Apparatus218after, at the report. Away, come not neere him.

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Sog. For Gods sake let's be gone, and he be a Scholler, Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus220you know I cannot abide him, I had as leeue see a Cocka-221trice, specially as cockatrices goe now.

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Car. What, you'le stay, signior? this gentleman Critical Apparatus223Sogliardo, and I, are to visit the knight Pvntar-Critical Apparatus224volo, and from thence to the citie, wee shall meet there.


Maci. I, when I cannot shun you, we will meet.

Critical Apparatus226'Tis strange! of all the creatures I haue seene,

Editor’s Note227I enuie not this Bvffon, for indeede

Critical Apparatus228Neither his fortunes, nor his parts deserue it:

Critical Apparatus229But I doe hate him, as I hate the deuill,

230Or that brasse-visag'd monster Barbarisme.

231O, 'tis an open-throated, black-mouth'd curre,

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233A slaue, that to your face will (serpent-like)

234Creepe on the ground, as he would eate the dust;

Critical Apparatus235And to your backe will turne the taile, and sting

Critical Apparatus236More deadly then a scorpion: Stay, who's this?

Critical Apparatus237Now for my soule, another minion

238Of the old lady Chance's: I'le obserue him.

Notes Settings


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1 Nay,] Nay F2: Sog. Nay Qq
you,] you Qq
now!] now; Qq 1, 2: now: Q3
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3 Gentleman, corr. F1: gentleman Qq 1, 2: Gentleman Q3, F1, F2
whatsoeuer] whatsoever Q1
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4 Car. … resolution. ] Missing in some copies of F1, in which these words should end page 90.
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1. ii. 5 humour] humor Qq 2, 3
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6 name,] name Qq
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i. ii. 6. like your taylors needle, I goe through. Contrast C is A. ii. iii. 15–16:
  • What true stich sister? both your sides alike?
  • Be of a sleighter worke.
for my name. Gifford pointed out that Carlo's lessons in the art of becoming a gentleman are chiefly derived from the chapter in Erasmus's Colloquies entitled ΄Ιππεὺς ἅνιπποςsive Ementita Nobilitas; and that Dekker in The Guls Home-book expanded several of Jonson's points. See Erasmus, Omnia Opera, 1540, i, p. 709: 'N. Restat cognomen. Hie illud in primis cauendum, ne plebeio more te patiaris uocari Harpalum Comensem: sed Harpalum à Como: hoc enim nobilium est.'
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12 excellent! tut,] excellent: tut Qq
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15 Why,] Why Qq
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17. a Constable for your wit. Proverbial: cf. Dekker, The Guls Hornbooke, 1609, p. 2, 'all that are chosen Cunstables for their wit go not to heauen'; Middleton, A Mad World, v. ii (1608, H3), 'This is some new player now, they put all their fooles to the Constables part still'; and the title of Glapthorne's play, Wit in A Constable, 1640.
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22 obserue] observe Q1: obserne Q3
humours] humors Qq
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22. complements, accomplishments, as in C.R. iv. iii. 8. Branded by Jonson in Disc. 2275 as one of 'the perfumed termes of the time'.
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24 it,] it Qq
Signior Qq 2, 3, corr. F1, F2: signior Q1, F1
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26 make] maks F2
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28 me, Ff: me Q1: mee Qq 2, 3
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29 pay you,] pay you Qq
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30 thanke you,] thanke you Qq 1. 2
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32 Sbloud] Why F2, F3
hine] Hind Qq
this,] this Qq
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32. hine = 'hind'. See T. of T. ii. ii. 50.
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1. ii. 35 entrailes] intrailes F2
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37 gentleman, that] Gentleman; that Q3
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38. giue o're house-keeping in the countrey. From Erasmus (Opera, 1540, i, p. 709): 'Primum fac procul te abducas à patria. Ha. Memini. Ne. Ingere te in conuictum iuuenum vere nobilium—' skilfully adapted to the economic facts of Jonson's time. The decay of country houses and the rush to town was the theme of the reformer and the satirist: see Shakespeare's England, i, pp. 33–5.
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40 apparance] appearance F2
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42 apparel (you] apparell; you Qq 1, 2: apparell, you Q3
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43 coniurer)] Coniurer: Qq
sure,] sure Qq
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44. least popular, like Bobadill (E.M.I, i. v. 37).
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45 carriage, Ff: carriage Q1: cariage Qq 2, 3
behauiour] behauior Qq 1, 2
all; corr. F1, F2: all: Qq, F1
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46 lose] loose Qq
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46. Primero, a card-game of Spanish origin, so called because it was won by the holder of the 'prime', a sequence of the best cards (Ep. cxii. 22). Each player had four cards. The best hand for 'prime' was the ace, counting sixteen, and the seven, six, and five, which were trebled, making a total of 54; but this could be beaten by the 'flush', four cards of one colour. The combination was a record hand (Alch. i. ii. 47). The game is elaborately described in Harington's Epigrams, 1618, ii, ep. 99, 'The Story of Marcus Life at Primero'.
Passage. Gifford quoted Cotton, The Compleat Gamester, 1680, p. 119: 'Passage is a Game at dice to be play'd at but by two, and it is performed with three Dice. The Caster throws continually till he hath thrown Dubblets under ten, and then he is out and loseth, or dubblets above ten, and then he passeth and wins.'
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47 peculiar] peeuliar Q1
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48 all,] all; Q2
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49 true om. Qq 2, 3
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50 cast)] cast:) Qq
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50. with a safe conscience. Cf. E.M.I. iv. ii. 30.
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52 choose] chuse Qq, F2
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55 endeuour] endevour Q1
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56. picke your teeth. Amorphus gives similar advice in C.R. iii. i. 24–5. Cf. Fletcher, The Wild-Goose, 1652, i. ii: 'Italie for my money, … | The very pick-teeth speak more man than we do, | And season of more salt'; Earle, Micro-cosmographie, 1628, 19, 'A Gallant', 'His Pick-tooth beares a great part in his discourse'.
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58. ruffleboot. Cf. Earle, ib., 'Hee has learnt to ruffle his face from his boote'; Cartwright, The Ordinary, i. ii (1651, p. 8):

Sli. Your playster'd face doth drop against moist weather.

Sha. Fie, how you writh it; now it looks just like

A ruffled boot.

For the fashion in boots compare T. M., The Ant, and the Nightingale, 1604, C4: 'I beheld a curious payre of Bootes of King Philips leather, in such artificiall wrinckles, sets and pleats, as if they had been starcht lately, and came new from the Laundresses.'
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60 iests] jests Q1
laugh. That's] laugh; that's Qq
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1. ii. 63 flout] floult Q2
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63. sit o' the stage. Cf. ii. vi. 52–3; C.R. Ind. 144–6; D. is A. i. vi. 31–8.
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that,] that Qq
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66 kinred,] kinred Q1: kindred Qq 2, 3, F2, F3
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66. kinred. 'Kindred' first became common in the seventeenth century; the 1640 Folio so spells it.
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68 I haue] Il haue Q2: Il'haue Q3
kinred Q1, F1: kindred Qq 2, 3, F2, F3
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69 marchants F1: merchants Q1: Merchants Qq 2, 3, F2, F3
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71 O,] O Qq
Courtiers] Courtiours Q1
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73. a great chain, the steward's badge of office. Whalley quotes Middleton, A Mad World, ii. i (1608, B4), 'Sir Bonn. Run sirrah, cal in my chief gentleman i'th' chaine of gold, expedite'. Cf. Love's Cure, i. ii (Beaumont and Fletcher Folio, 1647, p. 127), 'how dos't thou think I shall become the Stewards chaire ha? will not these slender hanches show well with a chaine, and a gold night-Cap after supper when I take the accompts?' and Alch. ii. iii. 329–30.
Jonson adapts Erasmus (Opera, i. 709), 'Iam quo firmior sit hominum opinio, fingito literas à magnatibus ad te missas, in quibus identidem appelleris eques clarissimus, magnarumque rerum fiat mentio. … Curabis ut huiusmodi literæ tibi uelut elapsæ, aut per obliuionem relictæ ueniant ad aliorum manus.'
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74 copper] copper, F2
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76 noble] nobly F2, F3
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77 Sogliardo,] Sogliardo; Qq
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79 enquiry] enquire Q3
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80. breakes it up, opens, by breaking the seal. Cf. Lodge, The Wounds of Ciuill War, ii. iii (1594, D), 'Lectorius read, and breake these letters vp'.
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81 iest] jeast Q1
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83 offence,] offence Qq
Mistris] mistresse Qq 1, 2: Mistresse Q3: Mistresses F2, F3
breath'd] breat'd Q3
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83–4. breath'd vpon her picture. Cf. Sir John Davies, Epigram 38, 3–4, 'the seller Of painting which with breathing will be thawd'.
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85 aduance] enforce Qq
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86 humour] humor Qq 1, 2: Humor Q3
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87 accepted;] accepted: Qq
humour] humor Qq
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88 this.] this, Qq, F2
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88 foll. From Erasmus, op. cit., 'Interdum insue uesti, aut relinque in crumena, ut quibus sarciendi negocium dederis illic reperiant. Illi non silebunt, & tu simulac resciueris, compones uultum ad iracundiam ac mœsticiam, quasi doleat casus.'
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of] off Q3
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1. ii. 92 am,] am Qq
it,] it: Qq 1, 2
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100 liueries,] Liueries Qq
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103 By'r] Byr Qq 1, 2: Bir Q3
Ladie,] Ladie Qq 1, 3: Lady Q2
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110 O!] O, Qq
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110 foll. From Erasmus (l.e., p. 710): 'Iam ut ludas creditores, mille sunt artes. Ha. Earum quidem rudis non sum. Sed tandem urgebunt, ubi perspexerint nihil esse nisi uerba. Ne. Imò nulla est commodior ad regnum uia, quam debere quam plurimis. Ha. Quî sic? Ne. Primum creditor obseruat te non aliter quàm obligatus magno beneficio, uereturque ne quam præbeat ansam amittendæ pecuniae. Seruos nemo magis habet obnoxios, quàm debitor suos creditores, quibus si quid aliquando reddas, gratius est quàm si dono dones. Ha. Animaduerti. Ne. Illud tamen caueto, ne cum tenuibus habeas commercium. Nam hi ob paruam summulam ingentes excitant tragœdias. Placabiliores sunt, quibus lautior est fortuna, cohibet illos pudor, lactat spes, deterret metus, norunt quid possint equites.' This passage was also copied by Rabelais, Œuvres, ed. Marty-Laveaux, 1868, iii. iii, who, like Jonson, took the idea from Erasmus.
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111 obserues] observes Q1
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112, 115, 117 then] than Qq 1, 2, F2
bound] bouud Q3
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113 lest] least Qq
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114 loose] lose F2
money.] money: Qq 1, 2
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115 seruant] servant Q1
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116 creditors] creditours F2
if (at] (if at Qq, Ff
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117 moitie,] moiety Qq 1, 2: moietie Q3
acceptedly] acceptably F3
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119 you, sir:] you sir, Qq
vp] up Q1
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121 this,] this; Qq 1, 2
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1. ii. 122 bankrupts] Bankroutes Q3
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122. Ludgathians, bankrupts committed to the debtor's prison at Ludgate, and summarily calling in the money due to them. Dekker uses the term in The Seuen deadly Sinnes of London, 1606, p. 2, ch. i, 'Politick Bankruptisme'; and Sharpham in Cupids Whirligig, 1607, E3, 'I am none of these Ludgations that beg for fourescore and ten poore men: my suite is only for my selfe'.
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125 fortunes,] fortunes Qq
owne. Mary,] owne: marry, Qq
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128 placable] peacable Q3
they;] they: Qq
feare,] feare F2
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131 and] an' F2, F3
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132 foll. From Erasmus, op. cit., 'At famuli sunt alendi. Ne. Sunt: at non ales famulos ἀχείρους‎, & ob id ἀχείρους‎. Mittantur hue & illuc: inuenient aliquid. Scis uarias esse talium rerum occasiones. … Ergo famulos ale non segnes, aut etiam sanguine propinquos, qui alioqui forent alendi. … Reperient aliquid in diuersorijs, aut in ædibus, aut in nauibus incustoditum. Tenes? Meminerint non frustra datos homini digitos.' A broken-down gallant in Measure for Measure, iv. iii. 13, is named 'Master Starve-lackey'.
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133 Sbloud om. F2, F3
themselues] themselves Q1
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135 diuers] diverse Q1
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136 negligently] necligently Q3
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137. Mercuries. Mercury, the messenger god, was also god of thieves.
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139 good,] good Qq
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140, 146 Why,] Why Qq
haue] have Q1
kept' hem] kept them Q3
fortnight,] fornight Q1: fortnight Qq 2, 3
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142 ynough] yenough Q3
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143 Nay,] Nay Qq
humour] humor Qq
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144 that's] rhat's Q3
humour] humor Qq 2, 3
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145. cullisen. Cf. C. is A. iv. ix. 39.
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148 you,] you Qq, F2
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149 O,] O Qq
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150 and] an' F2
armes,] armes Qq
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1. ii. 152 mouth,] mouth Qq
you,] you Qq
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153 humour, i'faith] Humor in faith Qq
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155 death!] death, Qq
once,] once Qq 1, 2
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159 god, … god, ] God, … God, Qq
Editor’s Note
159. puck-fist. Literally, the puff-ball fungus (cf. Poet. iv. vii. 21); hence an empty boaster (ib. v. iii. 37; Alch. i . ii. 63). Cf. also N.I. iii. i. 151.
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160 now,] now Qq
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162. mushrompe gentlemen. Cunningham quotes Marlowe, Edward II, i. iv (1594, CIv):
  •                a night growne mushrump.
  • Such a one as my Lord of Cornewall is.
Jonson spells 'mushrome' in S.W. ii. iv. 153, Cat. ii. 136, M.L. iii. vi.70. Cf. Plautus, Trinummus, 1851, 'Pol hicquidem fungino genere est'.
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163 place,] place Qq
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165 Nay,] Nay Qq
goe,] goe Qq
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166 wefts,] wefts Qq
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166. wefts, waifs. 'Weft' is a spelling of 'waift', which is apparently 'waif' with a parasitic t. Spenser has 'waift' once (F.Q. iv. xii. 31), and 'weft' several times, and the latter is frequent in collocation with 'stray'. Cf. Fletcher and Massinger, The Elder Brother, iv. iv (1637, H3), 'you are Lord o' the soyle Sir, | Lilly is a Weft, a Stray, shee's yours, to use Sir'.
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168 Yes,] Yes Qq, F2
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169 Faith,] Faith Qq, F2
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174 me,] me Qq
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175 you,] you Qq
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176 S'heart, om. F2, F3
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177 I,] I Qq
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178, 180 fauours] fauors Qq
Editor’s Note
178. those that fortune fauours. Alluding to the proverb Fortuna f avet fatuis, also quoted in the prologue to The Alchemist. Professor Skeat connected the proverb with the old 'Audentes fortuna iuvat' (Virgil, Aen. x. 284), 'fortis fortuna adiuvat' (Terence, Phormio, 203) by suggesting an extension of 'favours the hardy' to 'favours the fool-hardy'. Cf. Chaucer, Troilus, iv. 600–1:
  • Thenk ek Fortune, as wel thy-selven wost,
  • Helpeth an hardy man to his emprise.
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180 that,] that Qq
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1. ii. 182 simply.] simply; Qq
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184. scorne to liue by my wits. Cf. S.W. ii. iii. 112–16.
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185 I. I] I; I Qq
meanes,] meanes Qq
then] than Qq, F2 (So in 200, 217)
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186 Sbloud, F1: Sbloud Qq 1, 2: Sblood Q3: What F2, F3
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188 thinkes,] thinkes Qq
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192 to,] too Qq
Editor’s Note
192. at euery tauerne. Hence the point of Dekker's fling at Jonson in Satiromastix, 1602, M1v: 'In brieflynes, when you Sup in Tauernes, amongst your betters, you shall sweare not to dip your Manners in too much sawce, nor at Table to fling Epigrams, Embleames, or Playspeeches about you (lyke Hayle-stones) to keepe you out of the terrible daunger of the Shot, vpon payne to sit at the vpper end of the Table, a'th left hand of Carlo Buffon.'
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195 hulke] bulk F3
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197 Sbloud Q1, F1: Sboud Q2: Sblood Q3: Oh F2, F3
Macilente!] Macilente: Qq
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198 O,] O Qq
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199. a trout. Cf. Tw. Night, ii. v. 19, 20 (of Malvolio), 'heere comes the Trowte, that must be caught with tickling'.
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202 return'd,] return'd Qq
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203 Gramercie,] Gramercie Qq
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207 and] an' F2
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209 Why,] Why Qq
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210. a blacke fellow. From Horace, Sat. i. iv. 85, 'hie niger est, hunc tu, Romane, caveto'.
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211 Scholler,] Scholler Qq
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1. ii. 213 chap-falne, F1: chap-falne Qq: chop-falne, F2: Chopfal'n, F3
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215 drops:] drops, Qq
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216 jest] iest Qq 2, 3
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217 houre after,] hower after Qq
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218 report. Away] report: away Qq
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219 and] an' F2
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220 him,] him. F2
Editor’s Note
220. Cockatrice, or basilisk, a fabled reptile hatched by a serpent from a cock's egg, and reputed to kill by its mere glance. Cf. Poet., prol. 36–7, Volp. v. viii. 27, N.I. i. v. 48, and Pliny's Naturall Historie (Holland's translation, 1601, p. 356), xxix. iv: 'To come now unto the Basiliske, whom all other serpents doe flie from and are afraid of: … he killeth them with his very breath and smell that passeth from him; yea, and (by report) if he do but set his eye on a man, it is enough to take away his life.' Wyclif rendered Psalm xci. 13 (1382) 'Vpon the eddere and the kokatrice shalt thou go', where the Vulgate is super basiliscum and the LXX ὲπὶ βασιλίσκον‎. Hence, applied to persons in the sense of monster; and especially to a prostitute. Cf. Poet. iv. vii. 6, Alch. v. iii. 34, Ep. xii. 21.
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222 stay,] stay Qq
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223 Sogliardo, and I,] Sogliardo and I Qq
Pvntarvolo] Puntarvolo Q1
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224 Exeunt Car. and Sog. add Qq
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226 strange!] strange: Qq
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227. Búffon. The old accent: cf. E.M.I. ii. v. 8.
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228 fortunes,] fortunes Qq, F2
it:] it; Qq
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229 him,] him Qq
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232 on] not F3
him.] him, Qq 1, 2: him: Q3
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235 taile,] taile Qq
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236 then] than Qq, F2
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237 soule,] soule F2
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