Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 1

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2.1Sc. 4

Enter a Carrier with a lanterne in his hand.
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1 Car. Heigh ho. An it be not foure by the day ile be hangd, 2Charles-waine is ouer the new Chimney, and yet our horse not packt. 3What Ostler.


Ost. Anon, anon.

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1 Car. I preethe Tom beat Cuts saddle, put a few flockes in the Critical Apparatus6point, poore iade is wroong in the withers, out of all cesse.

Enter another Carier.
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2 Car. Pease and beanes are as danke here as a dog, and that is 8the next way to giue poore iades the bottes: this house is turned vpside Critical Apparatus9downe since Robin Ostler died.


1 Car. Poore fellow neuer ioyed since the prise of Oates rose, it 11was the death of him.

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2 Car. I thinke this bee the most villainous house in all 13London road for fleas, I am stung like a Tench.

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1 Car. Like a Tench, by the Masse there is nere a King christen 15could be better bit then I haue bin since the first cocke.


2 Car. Why, they will allowe vs nere a Iordan, and then 17we leake in your Chimney, and your chamber-lie breedes fleas like a 18loach.


1 Car. What Ostler, come away and be hangd, come away.

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2 Car. I haue a gammon of bacon, and two razes of Ginger, to 21be deliuered as farre as Charing Crosse.

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1 Car. Gods bodie, the Turkies in my Panier are quite 23starued: what Ostler? a plague on thee, hast thou neuer an eie in thy 24heade? canst not heare, and twere not as good deed as drinke to break 25the pate on thee, I am a verie villain, come and be hangd, hast no faith 26in thee?

Enter Gadshill:

Gadshill. Good morrow Cariers, whats a clocke?


Car: I thinke it be two a clocke.


Gad: I preethe lend me thy lanterne, to see my gelding in the 30stable.

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1 Car: Nay by God soft, I knowe a trike worth two of that Critical Apparatus32I fayth.


Gad: I pray thee lend me thine.

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2 Car. I when canst tell? lend mee thy lanterne (quoth he) 35marry ile see thee hangd first.

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Gad. Sirrha Carrier, what time do you meane to come to London?

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2 Car. Time enough to go to bed with a candle, I warrant C3r Link 38thee, come neighbour Mugs, weele call vp the Gentlemen, they will 39along with companie, for they haue great charge.


Gad. What ho: Chamberlaine.

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Cham. At hand quoth pickepurse.


Gad. Thats euen as faire as at hand quoth the Chamberlaine: for 43thou variest no more from picking of purses, then giuing direction doth 44from labouring: thou layest the plot how.


Cham. Good morrow maister Gadshil, it holdes currant that I Critical Apparatus46tolde you yesternight, ther's a Frankelin in the wild of Kent hath 47brought three hundred Markes with him in golde, I heard him tell it to 48one of his companie last night at supper, a kinde of Auditor, one that 49hath abundance of charge too, God knowes what, they are vp alreadie, 50and call for Egges and Butter, they will away presently.


Gad: Sirrha, if they meete not with Saint Nicholas clearkes, ile giue 52thee this necke.

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Cham. No, ile none of it, I pray thee keepe that for the hangman, Critical Apparatus54for I know thou worshippest [Saint] Nicholas, as trulie as a man of 55falshood may.


Ga. What talkest thou to me of the hāgman? if I hang, ile make 57a fat paire of Gallowes: for if I hang, olde sir Iohn hangs with me, and Critical Apparatus58thou knowest he is no starueling: tut, there are other Troyans that thou 59dreamst not of, the which for sport sake are content to do the profession, 60some grace, that would (if matters should be lookt into) for their owne Critical Apparatus61credit sake make all whole. I am ioyned with no foot landrakers, no 62long-staffe six- pennie strikers, none of these mad mustachio purplehewd Critical Apparatus63malt-worms, but with nobilitie, & tranquilitie, Burgomasters & great Critical Apparatus64[Oiezres], such as can hold in such as wil strike sooner then speak, 65and speake sooner then drinke, and drinke sooner then pray, and yet Critical Apparatus66(zoundes) I lie, for they pray continually to their Saint the Common-pg 563Critical Apparatus67wealth, or rather not pray to her, but pray on her, for they ride vp and 68downe on her, and make her their bootes.


Cham. What, the Common-wealth their bootes? will shee hold 70out water in foule way?

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Gad. She will, she will, Iustice hath liquord her: wee steale as in a 72Castell cocksure: we haue the receyte of Ferneseede, wee walke inuisible.

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Cham: Nay by my faith, I thinke you are more beholding to the Critical Apparatus74night then to Ferneseed, for your walking inuisible.

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Gad. Giue me thy hand, thou shalt haue a share in our purchase, as 76I am a true man.


Cham. Nay rather let me haue it, as you are a false theefe.


Gad. Go to, homo is a common name to al men: bid the Ostler Critical Apparatus79bring my gelding out of the stable, farewell you muddye knaue.

Notes Settings


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2.1.1 An it 1short; an't jaggard
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2.1.1 jaggard reads 'an't' for 'An it'
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2.1.5 1short
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2.1.6 poore→ the poore
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2.1.7 that→ this
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2.1.9 Ostler→ the Ostler
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2.1.12 bee 1short; to be 6law; is jaggard. Indifferent variants in jaggard.
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2.1.14 by the Masse 1short; not in jaggard
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2.1.14 christen→ in Christendome
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2.1.14 jaggard omits 'by the Masse'
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2.1.20 razes = races
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2.1.22 Gods bodie, the 1short; The jaggard
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2.1.22 jaggard omits 'Gods bodie',
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2.1.31 by God soft 1short; soft I praye ye jaggard
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2.1.31 jaggard reads 'soft I praye ye' for 'by God soft'
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2.1.32 I fayth 1short; not in jaggard
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2.1.32 jaggard omits 'I fayth'
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2.1.34 quoth he 1short; quoth-a jaggard
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2.1.34 jaggard reads 'quoth-a' for 'quoth he'
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Critical Apparatus Enter Chamberlaine. kittredge; Enter Chamberlaine. 2short (before 'Exeunt.', 2.1.40). The position to the left of 'Exeunt.' suggests that the entry was written in the left margin, where it would have competed for space with the speech prefixes. The required point of entry may have been ambiguous as a result.
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2.1.46 wild = Weald
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2.1.53 hangman 1short (hang-|man). The word is not hyphenated elsewhere in 1short or 2short. Elsewhere compound-forming hyphens at line breaks are preserved unless otherwise noted.
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2.1.53 pray thee→ prythee
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2.1.54 Saint 2short; Saine 1short. The particular spelling appearing in 1short does not appear in the variants from the OED entry for 'saint' (though variants do include 'sayn' and 'sain'). The only other time this spelling occurs in Shakespeare is in Love's Labour's Lost (5.2.466) (1594), in which 'saine' appears to be a graphical or case error for 'zanie'. Finally, a search of the exact spelling of 'saine' in EEBO–TCP from 1564 to 1616 returns 279 hits in 160 records, with the vast majority referring to one of the other words for which 'saine' may be an alternative spelling ('saying', 'seen', 'sain', 'seine'). The spelling in 2short is more likely, and the replacement of 't' with an 'e' could have been the result of a misreading in the manuscript.
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2.1.58 he is 1short; hee's jaggard
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2.1.58 jaggard reads 'hee's' for 'he is'
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2.1.61 foot landrakers 5law (foot-landrakers), jaggard (Foot-land-Rakers); footland rakers 1short
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2.1.63 malt worms 1short (malt-|worms); maltworms 2short. Modernized to 2short.
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2.1.64 Oiezres jowett; Oneyers 1short, jaggard; mynheers capell; owners hanmer; moneyers theobald; O-yeas davison; oneyers weil–weil (= honeyers). jowett points out that 'oiez' is an accepted spelling variant of 'oyez' or 'o yes', the word used to call made by a court official to command silence (OED). As jowett argues, 'the suffix "-res" gives both a closer analogy with "Burgomasters" and a more directly applicable sense. The result is a nonce-word, but in context a recognizable one, with a combination of letters that could easily have confused a compositor' (334).
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2.1.66 (zoundes) 1short; not in jaggard
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2.1.66 to→ vnto
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2.1.66 jaggard omits '(zoundes)'
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2.1.67 pray→ to pray
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2.1.71 1short
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2.1.73 by my faith 1short; not in jaggard
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2.1.73 beholding= beholden
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2.1.73 thinke→ thinke rather
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2.1.73 jaggard omits 'by my faith'
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2.1.74 Ferneseed→ the fernseed
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2.1.75 purchase→ purpose
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2.1.79 knaue. 1short; Knaue. Exeunt.| Scena (catchword)| Scœna Secunda. jaggard
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2.1.79 my→ the
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2.1.79 jaggard adds 'Exeunt.' to the end of the line and inserts 'Scœna Secunda.' at the top of the next page
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