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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Critical ApparatusAct iii. Scene iii.

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Kitely, Cash. WHat saies he, Thomas? Did you speake with him?


Cas. He will expect you, sir, within this halfe houre.


Kit. Has he the money readie, can you tell?


Cas. Yes, sir, the money was brought in, last night.


Kit. O, that's well: fetch me my cloke, my cloke.

6Stay, let me see, an houre, to goe and come;

7I, that will be the least: and then 'twill be

8An houre, before I can dispatch with him;

9Or very neere: well, I will say two houres.

10Two houres? ha? things, neuer dreamt of yet,

11May be contriu'd, I, and effected too,

12In two houres absence: well, I will not goe.

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus13Two houres; no, fleering oportunitie,

14I will not giue your subtiltie that scope.

15Who will not iudge him worthie to be rob'd,

16That sets his doores wide open to a thiefe,

Critical Apparatus17And shewes the fellon, where his treasure lies?

18Againe, what earthie spirit but will attempt

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus19To taste the fruit of beauties golden tree,

20When leaden sleepe seales vp the Dragons eyes?

21I will not goe. Businesse, goe by, for once.

Editor’s Note22No beautie, no; you are of too good caract,

23To be left so, without a guard, or open!

pg 347Critical Apparatus24Your lustre too'll enflame, at any distance,

25Draw courtship to you, as a iet doth strawes,

26Put motion in a stone, strike fire from ice,

Critical Apparatus27Nay, make a porter leape you, with his burden!

28You must be then kept vp, close, and well-watch'd,

Critical Apparatus29For, giue you oportunitie, no quick-sand

Critical Apparatus30Deuoures, or swallowes swifter! He that lends

31His wife (if shee be faire) or time, or place;

32Compells her to be false. I will not goe.

33The dangers are to many. And, then, the dressing

34Is a most mayne attractiue! Our great heads,

35Within the citie, neuer were in safetie,

Editor’s Note36Since our wiues wore these little caps: Ile change 'hem,

Critical Apparatus37Ile change 'hem, streight, in mine. Mine shall no more

Editor’s Note38Weare three-pild akornes, to make my homes ake.

Critical Apparatus39Nor, will I goe. I am resolu'd for that.

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus40Carry' in my cloke againe. Yet, stay. Yet, doe too.

41I will deferre going, on all occasions.

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Cash. Sir. Snare, your scriuener, will be there with th'bonds.

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Kite. That's true! foole on me! I had cleane forgot it, Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus44I must goe. What's a clock e?

Cash. Exchange time, sir.


Kite. 'Heart, then will Well-Bred presently be here, too,

Critical Apparatus46With one, or other of his loose consorts.

47I am a knaue, if I know what to say,

48What course to take, or which way to resolue.

Critical Apparatus49My braine (me thinkes) is like an houre-glasse,

Critical Apparatus50Wherein, my' imaginations runne, like sands,

51Filling vp time; but then are turn'd, and turn'd:

Critical Apparatus52So, that I know not what to stay upon,

pg 34853And lesse, to put in act. It shall be so.

54Nay, I dare build vpon his secrecie,

55He knowes not to deceiue me. Thomas?

Cash. Sir.


Kite. Yet now, I haue bethought me, too, I will not.

57Thomas, is Cob within?

Cash. I thinke he be, sir.


Kite. But hee'll prate too, there's no speech of him.

Editor’s Note59No, there were no man o' the earth to Thomas,

60If I durst trust him; there is all the doubt.

61But, should he haue a chinke in him, I were gone,

62Lost i' my fame for euer: talke for th'Exchange.

63The manner he hath stood with, till this present,

64Doth promise no such change! what should I feare then?

65Well, come what will, Ile tempt my fortune, once.

66Thomas——you may deceiue me, but, I hope——

67Your loue, to me, is more——

Cas. Sir, if a seruants

68Duetie, with faith, may be call'd loue, you are

Critical Apparatus69More then in hope, you are possess'd of it.


Kit. I thanke you, heartily, Thomas; Gi' me your hand:

Critical Apparatus71With all my heart, good Thomas. I haue, Thomas,

72A secret to impart, vnto you——but

73When once you haue it, I must seale your lips vp:

Critical Apparatus74(So farre, I tell you, Thomas.)

Cas. Sir, for that——


Kit. Nay, heare me, out. Thinke, I esteeme you, Thomas,

Editor’s Note76When, I will let you in, thus, to my priuate.

Critical Apparatus77It is a thing sits, neerer, to my crest,

Critical Apparatus78Then thou art ware of, Thomas. If thou should'st

79Reueale it, but——

Cas. How? I reueale it?

Kit. Nay,

80I doe not thinke thou would'st; but if thou should'st:

81'Twere a great weakenesse.

Cas. A great trecherie.

82Giue it no other name.

Kit. Thou wilt not do't, then?


Cas. Sir, if I doe, mankind disclaime me, euer.

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Kit. He will not sweare, he has some reseruation,

pg 34985Some conceal'd purpose, and close meaning, sure:

86Else (being vrg'd so much) how should he choose,

87But lend an oath to all this protestation?

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus88H'is no precisian, that I am certaine of.

89Nor rigid Roman-catholike. Hee'll play,

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus90At Fayles, and Tick-tack, I haue heard him sweare.

91What should I thinke of it? vrge him againe,

92And by some other way? I will doe so.

Critical Apparatus93Well, Thomas, thou hast sworne not to disclose;

94Yes, you did sweare?

Cas. Not yet, sir, but I will,

95Please you——

Kit. No, Thomas, I dare take thy word.

Editor’s Note96But; if thou wilt sweare, doe, as thou think'st good;

97I am resolu'd without it; at thy pleasure.


Cas. By my soules safetie then, sir, I protest.

99My tongue shall ne're take knowledge of a word,

100Deliuer'd me in nature of your trust.


Kit. It's too much, these ceremonies need not,

102I know thy faith to be as firme as rock.

103Thomas, come hither, neere: we cannot be

104Too priuate, in this businesse. So it is,

Critical Apparatus105(Now, he ha's sworne, I dare the safelier venter)

106I haue of late, by diuers obseruations———

Critical Apparatus107(But, whether his oath can bind him, yea, or no;

Editor’s Note108Being not taken lawfully? ha? say you?

109I will aske counsell, ere I doe proceed:)

110Thomas, it will be now too long to stay,

111Ile spie some fitter time soone, or to morrow.


Cas. Sir, at your pleasure?

Kit. I will thinke. And, Thomas,

113I pray you search the bookes 'gainst my returne,

114For the receipts 'twixt me, and Traps.

Cas. I will, sir.


Kit. And, heare you, if your mistris brother, Wel-Bred,

pg 350116Chance to bring hither any gentlemen,

117Ere I come backe; let one straight bring me word.


Cas. Very well, sir.

Kit. To the Exchange; doe you heare?

119Or here in Colman-street, to Iustice Clements.

120Forget it not, nor be not out of the way.


Cas. I will not, sir.

Kit. I pray you haue a care on't.

122Or whether he come, or no, if any other,

123Stranger, or else, faile not to send me word.


Cas. I shall not, sir.

Kit. Be't your speciall businesse

Critical Apparatus125Now, to remember it.

Cas. Sir. I warrant you.


Kit. But, Thomas, this is not the secret, Thomas,

127I told you of.

Cas. No, sir. I doe suppose it.


Kit. Beleeue me, it is not.

Cas. Sir. I doe beleeue you.

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Kit. By heauen, it is not, that's enough. But, Thomas,

130I would not, you should vtter it, doe you see?

Critical Apparatus131To any creature liuing, yet, I care not.

132Well, I must hence. Thomas, conceiue thus much.

133It was a tryall of you, when I meant

134So deepe a secret to you, I meane not this,

Critical Apparatus135But that I haue to tell you, this is nothing, this.

Critical Apparatus136But, Thomas, keepe this from my wife, I charge you,

137Lock'd vp in silence, mid-night, buried here.

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus138No greater hell, then to be slaue to feare.


Cas. Lock'd vp in silence, mid-night, buried here.

140Whence should this floud of passion (trow) take head? ha?

141Best, dreame no longer of this running humour,

142For feare I sinke! the violence of the streame

143Alreadie hath transported me so farre,

144That I can feele no ground at all! but soft,

145Oh, 'tis our water-bearer: somewhat ha's crost him, now.

Notes Settings


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iii. iii.] Scene II.—The Old Jewry. Kitely's Warehouse. G
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1 he,] hee F2
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13 oportunitie] opportunitie F2
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iii. iii. 13. oportunitie. Cf. Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrrece, 876, 886: O opportunity thy guilt is great, … Thou fowle abettor, thou notorious bawd.
And Warner, Albions England, 1589, p. 154, of Aeneas and Dido, 'Being there all alone, vnknowne of and vnsought for of their Seruaunts, Oportunitie the chiefe Actresse in al attempts, gaue the Plaudiat in Loue his Comedie.'
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17 fellon,] fellon F2
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19 taste the F2: the taste F1
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19, 20. Milton has the same image in Comus, 393–7. For the artificial contrast of 'golden tree' and 'leaden sleepe' cf. Poet. iii. v. 13–14, 'golden sleepe' and 'siluer Tyber'—a translation from Horace in which Jonson has inserted the epithets.
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22. caract, carat. But Jonson confused the word with 'charact', a sign or mark. It is clear from the Grammar, i. iv. 219, that he preferred to spell it 'charact' from the Greek χαρακτήρ‎ as he does Disc, 2295; but it is 'caract' in Volp. i. v. 14, D. is A. i. vi. 88, M.L. i. i. 44, F.I. 330, and 'carract' in M.L. i. vii. 38, Und. lxxv. 100, lxxxiii. 27, U.V. xlii. 30.
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iii. iii. 24 enflame] inflame F2
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27 you,] you F2
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29 oportunitie] opportunitie F2
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30 Deuoures,] Devoures F2
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36. little caps. They were of velvet and fashionable in the City: cf. B.F. i. i. 19–23, 'Now you looke finely indeed, Win! this Cap do's conuince! you'Id not ha' worne it, Win, nor ha' had it veluet, but a rough country Beauer, with a copper-band. … Sweete Win, let me kisse it!' Gifford quotes The Taming of the Shrew, iv. iii. 64–70 (a passage expanded from the older play printed in 1594).
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37 'hem,] 'hem F2
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38. three-pild ahornes. 'Three-pile' was velvet of the richest and strongest quality. But there is a further quibble: Turbervile in The Noble Art of Venerie, 1575, p. 242, says of the hart's horns: 'His heade when it commeth first out, hath a russet pyll vpon it, the whiche is called Veluet, and his heade is called then, a veluet head.'
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39 Nor,] Nor F2
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40 Carry' in] Carry in F2
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40, 50. Carry' inmy' imaginations. Cf. i. i. 5 n.
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42 Sir.] Sir, F2 (but cf. 136, 139)
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43 it,] it; F2
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44 Exchange time,] Exchange-time F2
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44. Exchange time. 'Past ten' in the Quarto, and the timetable in the contemporary play, A Warning for Faire Women, 1599, CIv, agrees with this:
  • … in the morning, til twas nine a clocke,
  • I watcht at Sanders doore til he came forth.
  • Then folowed him to Cornhil, where he staied
  • An hower talking in a marchants warehouse,
  • From thence he went directly to the Burse,
  • And there he walkt another hower at least,
  • And I at 's heeles. By this it strooke eleuen,
  • Home then he comes to dinner.
But eleven is given as the opening hour for business on the Exchange in Nashe, The Returne of Pasquill, 1589, D2v, and Haughton, English Men for my Money, 1616, BIr, ''tis past aleauen, Exchange time full'.
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46 one,] one F2
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49 (me thinkes)] me thinks F2
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50 my' imaginations] my 'maginations F2
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52 So,] So F2
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59. to, to be compared with.
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iii. iii. 69, 78 then] than F2
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71 haue,] have F2
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74 farre,] far F2
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76. my priuate. Cf. Cat. iii. 481, 'Nor must I be vnmindfull of my priuate.'
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77 thing sits,] thing, sits F2
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78 ware] 'ware F2
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84 has] ha's F2
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iii. iii. 88 precisian] precision F2
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88. precisian, Puritan.
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90 Tick-tack] at Tick-tack F3
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90. Fayles, 'a very old table-game, and one of the numerous varieties of backgammon that were formerly used in this country. It was played with three dice and the usual number of men or pieces. The peculiarity of the game depended on the mode of first placing the men on the points. If one of the players threw some particular throw of the dice he was disabled from bearing off any of his men, and therefore fayled in winning the game, and hence the appellation of it.'—F. Douce in Gifford.
Tick-tack, or tric-trac, was also a variety of backgammon. It was played on a board with holes along the edge, in which pegs were placed for scoring. The rules are given in The Compleat Gamester, 2nd ed., 1680, p. 112.
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93 Well,] Well F2
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96. But; if. A good instance of the dramatic value of the old punctuation.
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105 venter)] ventuer F3
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107 no; F2: no', F1
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108. not taken lawfully. A point in casuistry, for which Gifford quotes 3 Henry VI, i. ii. 22–4:
  • An Oath is no moment, being not tooke
  • Before a true and lawfull Magistrate,
  • That hath authoritie ouer him that sweares.
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iii. iii. 125, 128 Sir.] Sir, F2
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129 But,] But F2
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131 liuing,] living; F2
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135 you,] you; F2
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136 you,] you. F2
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138 then] than F2
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138. Quoted in Belvedére or The Garden of the Muses, 1600, p. 145, under the heading 'Of Feare, Doubt, &c.'
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