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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Editor’s Note Act iii. Scene i.

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Shift, Orange, Clove. THis is rare, I haue set vp my bills, without discouery.


Oran. What? Signior Whiffe? what fortune 3has brought you into these west parts?

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shift. Troth, signior, nothing but your rheume; I Critical Apparatus5haue beene taking an ounce of tabacco hard by here, with Critical Apparatus6a gentleman, and I am come to spit priuate, in Paules. Critical Apparatus7Saue you sir.

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Oran. Adieu, good Signior Whiffe.

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Clove. Master Apple Iohn? you are well met: Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus10when shall we sup together, and laugh, and be fat with those 11good wenches? ha?

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shift. Faith, sir, I must now leaue you, vpon a few Critical Apparatus13humours, and occasions: but when you please, sir.

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Clove. Farewell, sweet Apple Iohn: I wonder, Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus15there are no more store of gallants here!


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Mit. What be these two, signior?

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Cor. Mary, a couple sir, that are meere strangers to the Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus18whole scope of our play; only come to walke a turne or two, Critical Apparatus19i' this Scene of Paules, by chance.

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Oran. Saue you, good master Clove.


Clove. Sweet master Orange.



Mit. How? Clove, and Orange?


Cor. I, and they are well met, for 'tis as drie an Critical Apparatus24Orange as euer grew: nothing, but Salutation; and, Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus25O god, sir; and, It pleases you to say so, Sir; one that can Critical Apparatus26laugh at a iest for company with a most plausible, and Critical Apparatus27extemporall grace; and some houre after, in priuate, aske Critical Apparatus28you what it was: the other, monsieur Clove, is a more 29spic't youth: he will sit you a whole afternoone sometimes, Editor’s Note30in a booke-sellers shop, reading the Greeke, Italian, and 31Spanish; when he vnderstands not a word of either: Critical Apparatus32if he had the tongues, to his sutes, he were an excellent Critical Apparatus33linguist.

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Clove. Doe you heare this reported, for certainty?

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Oran. O god, sir.

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iii. i. With the life-like picture of Paul's given in these scenes compare Dekker's The Guls Horne-booke, 1609, ch. iv, 'How a Gallant should behaue himselfe in Powles-walkes'. The chapter is a good commentary on Jonson. Cf. also The burnynge of Paules church in London in the yeare of our Lord 1561, Giiij, 'he South Alley for Usurye and Poperye, the North for Simony, and the Horse faire in the middest for all kind of bargains, metinges, brawlinges, murthers, conspiracies, and the Font for ordinary paiments of money, are so well knowen to all menne as the begger knowes his dishe…; The Meeting of Gallants at an Ordinarie; or, The Walkes in Powles, 1604, B2r, where Signior Ginglespurre tells Signior Shuttlecocke, 'But see yonder, Signior Stramazoon and Signior Kickshawe, now of a suddaine allighted in Powles with their durtie Bootes, lets encounter them at the fift Pillar, … What Signior, both well met vppon the old worne Brasse'; T. M., The Blacke Booke, 1604, B2, referring to country people:
  • And how they grate with their hard nayly soales
  • The stones in Fleet-streete, and strike fire in Powles:
  • Nay, with their heauie Trot, and yron-stalke,
  • They haue worne off the brasse in the mid-walke.
J. H. in the 'Characters' appended to The House of Correction, 1619, D2V, describes a courtesan: 'Faine would she haue beene a Quirrister at Pauls, but that she loues not to stand in a. Surplisse: yet many times she repayres thither, especially vnto the lower end of the Middle Ile.'
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iii. i. Act … Clove. ] Act III. SCENE I.—The Middle Aisle of St. Paul's. G: Enter Orenge. Qq.
(Qq spell Orenge throughout the scene.)
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1 This] Shift. This Qq
bills,] bils Qq
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I. without discouery. The variety would have exposed him. Cf. too Alch. i. i. 93, 'Write thee vp bawd, in Paules'. On a report of the Attorney-General Noye in 1631 the practice was stopped, and a notice posted up that it was the King's pleasure that 'no man, of what qualifie soeuer, shall presume to Walke in the Isles of the Quire, or in the Body, or Isles, of the Church, during the time of Diuine Seruice' (Domestic State Papers, Charles I, ccxiv, f. 94, ccxxix, f. 116).
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4 Troth,] Troth Qq
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5 beene] ben Q1
here,] here Qq 1, 2: heere Q3
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6 priuate,] priuate Qq: privat F2
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7 Saue F1: 'Save F2: God saue Qq
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8 Adieu,] Adieu Q1: Adue Qq 2, 3
Enter Cloue, add Qq
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9 Master] Maister Qq
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10 laugh,] laugh Qq
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10. laugh, and be fat. A proverbial phrase, also played on in Ent. Highgate, 236.
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12 Faith,] Faith Qq
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13 humours,] Humours Q1: Humors Qq 2, 3
please,] please Qq Exit. add Qq
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14 Farewell,] Farewell Qq 1, 3: Farewel Q2
wonder,] wonder Qq
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15 here!] here? Qq
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15. store of gallants. Cf. Cat. i. 171, 'store, and change of women'.
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iii. i. 17 Mary,] Mary Q1: Marry Qq 2, 3
strangers] straungers Qq 1, 2
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17. strangers to, the whole scope of our play. An extraordinary confession for a dramatist to make: compare in The Case is Altered the insertion of a new character, Antonio Balladino, to satirize Anthony Munday, and the 'interloping scene' in Act IV of A Tale of a Tub, to satirize Inigo Jones.
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18 two,] two Qq
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18. onlya turne or two. Dekker is emphatic about the propriety of not being seen 'aboue foure turnes, but in the fift make your selfe away, either in some of the Sempsters shops, the new Tobacco-office, or amongst the Booke-sellers' (The Guls Horne-booke, 1609, pp. 18–19).
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19 Paules,] Paules Qq
chance] chaunce Qq
St. dir. after 19] They walke togither. Qq
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20 Saue] 'Save F2
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24 nothing,] nothing Qq
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24–5 Salutation; and, O god, sir; and,] Salutation, and O God sir, and Qq
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25 so,] so Qq
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25. O god, sir. A fashionable stopgap when conversation flagged or when an awkward question called for a reply. Cf. ii. v. 50, and Shakespeare's satire on 'O Lord, sir' in All's Well, ii. ii. 40–53, and Marston, The Dutch Courtezan, ii. i. 197–9 (ed. Bullen), 'Hol. O Lord, sir! Cac. Well spoken; good English'.
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26 iest] jest Q1
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27 after, in priuate,] after in priuate Qq
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28 monsieur] mounsieur F2
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30. in a booke-sellers shop. Like Emulo in Dekker and Chettle's Patient Grissill, ii. i (1603, Ci), 'my briske spâgled babie wil come into a Stationers shop, call for a stoole and a cushion, and then asking for some greeke Poet, to him he falles, and there he grumbles God knowes what, but Ile be sworne he knowes not so much as one Character of the tongue'. This play, acted in 1599, has some striking parallels to Jonson's work: see especially Brisk's duel, iv. vi. 72 foll. 32. the tongues, to his suits. The international costume of the Elizabethan fop is a common topic of satire: see the commentators on Much Ado, iii. ii. 27–35, Merch. of Venice, i. ii. 66–8. Jonson recurs to it in N.I. ii. ii. 61–8. Cf. W. Goddard, A Neaste of Waspes, 1615, Fiv, stanza 65:
  • But speake I praie, who ist would gess or skann
  • Fantasmus to be borne an Englisheman?
  • Hees hatted spanyard-like, and bearded to,
  • Ruft Itallyon-like; pac'd like them also,
  • His hose and doublett's Frenche: his bootes and shoes
  • Are fashond pole in heeles, but French in toes
  •   Oh! hees compleate! what shall I descant an?
  •   A compleate Foole: noe compleate Englishe man.
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32 tongues,] Tongues Qq
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iii. i. 33 Lingnist Q3 originally
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34 reported,] reported Qq
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35 god, sir] good sir Qq: god, sir- F2
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