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ACT IV - SCENE II. Mytilene. A room in a brothel.
Enter Pandar, Bawd, and BOULT

Pandar
1    Boult!
BOULT
2    Sir?
Pandar
3    Search the market narrowly; Mytilene is full of
4    gallants. We lost too much money this mart by being
5    too wenchless.
Bawd
6    We were never so much out of creatures. We have but
7    poor three, and they can do no more than they can
8    do; and they with continual action are even as good as rotten.
Pandar
9    Therefore let's have fresh ones, whate'er we pay for
10   them. If there be not a conscience to be used in
11   every trade, we shall never prosper.
Bawd
12   Thou sayest true: 'tis not our bringing up of poor
13   bastards,--as, I think, I have brought up some eleven--
BOULT
14   Ay, to eleven; and brought them down again. But
15   shall I search the market?
Bawd
16   What else, man? The stuff we have, a strong wind
17   will blow it to pieces, they are so pitifully sodden.
Pandar
18   Thou sayest true; they're too unwholesome, o'
19   conscience. The poor Transylvanian is dead, that
20   lay with the little baggage.
BOULT
21   Ay, she quickly pooped him; she made him roast-meat
22   for worms. But I'll go search the market.
Exit

Pandar
23   Three or four thousand chequins were as pretty a
24   proportion to live quietly, and so give over.
Bawd
25   Why to give over, I pray you? is it a shame to get
26   when we are old?
Pandar
27   O, our credit comes not in like the commodity, nor
28   the commodity wages not with the danger: therefore,
29   if in our youths we could pick up some pretty
30   estate, 'twere not amiss to keep our door hatched.
31   Besides, the sore terms we stand upon with the gods
32   will be strong with us for giving over.
Bawd
33   Come, other sorts offend as well as we.
Pandar
34   As well as we! ay, and better too; we offend worse.
35   Neither is our profession any trade; it's no
36   calling. But here comes Boult.
Re-enter BOULT, with the Pirates and MARINA

BOULT
To MARINA
37    Come your ways. My masters, you say
38   she's a virgin?
First Pirate
39   O, sir, we doubt it not.
BOULT
40   Master, I have gone through for this piece, you see:
41   if you like her, so; if not, I have lost my earnest.
Bawd
42   Boult, has she any qualities?
BOULT
43   She has a good face, speaks well, and has excellent
44   good clothes: there's no further necessity of
45   qualities can make her be refused.
Bawd
46   What's her price, Boult?
BOULT
47   I cannot be bated one doit of a thousand pieces.
Pandar
48   Well, follow me, my masters, you shall have your
49   money presently. Wife, take her in; instruct her
50   what she has to do, that she may not be raw in her
51   entertainment.
Exeunt Pandar and Pirates

Bawd
52   Boult, take you the marks of her, the colour of her
53   hair, complexion, height, age, with warrant of her
54   virginity; and cry 'He that will give most shall
55   have her first.' Such a maidenhead were no cheap
56   thing, if men were as they have been. Get this done
57   as I command you.
BOULT
58   Performance shall follow.
Exit

MARINA
59   Alack that Leonine was so slack, so slow!
60   He should have struck, not spoke; or that these pirates,
61   Not enough barbarous, had not o'erboard thrown me
62   For to seek my mother!
Bawd
63   Why lament you, pretty one?
MARINA
64   That I am pretty.
Bawd
65   Come, the gods have done their part in you.
MARINA
66   I accuse them not.
Bawd
67   You are light into my hands, where you are like to live.
MARINA
68   The more my fault
69   To scape his hands where I was like to die.
Bawd
70   Ay, and you shall live in pleasure.
MARINA
71   No.
Bawd
72   Yes, indeed shall you, and taste gentlemen of all
73   fashions: you shall fare well; you shall have the
74   difference of all complexions. What! do you stop your ears?
MARINA
75   Are you a woman?
Bawd
76   What would you have me be, an I be not a woman?
MARINA
77   An honest woman, or not a woman.
Bawd
78   Marry, whip thee, gosling: I think I shall have
79   something to do with you. Come, you're a young
80   foolish sapling, and must be bowed as I would have
81   you.
MARINA
82   The gods defend me!
Bawd
83   If it please the gods to defend you by men, then men
84   must comfort you, men must feed you, men must stir
85   you up. Boult's returned.
Re-enter BOULT
86   Now, sir, hast thou cried her through the market?
BOULT
87   I have cried her almost to the number of her hairs;
88   I have drawn her picture with my voice.
Bawd
89   And I prithee tell me, how dost thou find the
90   inclination of the people, especially of the younger sort?
BOULT
91   'Faith, they listened to me as they would have
92   hearkened to their father's testament. There was a
93   Spaniard's mouth so watered, that he went to bed to
94   her very description.
Bawd
95   We shall have him here to-morrow with his best ruff on.
BOULT
96   To-night, to-night. But, mistress, do you know the
97   French knight that cowers i' the hams?
Bawd
98   Who, Monsieur Veroles?
BOULT
99   Ay, he: he offered to cut a caper at the
100  proclamation; but he made a groan at it, and swore
101  he would see her to-morrow.
Bawd
102  Well, well; as for him, he brought his disease
103  hither: here he does but repair it. I know he will
104  come in our shadow, to scatter his crowns in the
105  sun.
BOULT
106  Well, if we had of every nation a traveller, we
107  should lodge them with this sign.
Bawd
To MARINA
108   Pray you, come hither awhile. You
109  have fortunes coming upon you. Mark me: you must
110  seem to do that fearfully which you commit
111  willingly, despise profit where you have most gain.
112  To weep that you live as ye do makes pity in your
113  lovers: seldom but that pity begets you a good
114  opinion, and that opinion a mere profit.
MARINA
115  I understand you not.
BOULT
116  O, take her home, mistress, take her home: these
117  blushes of hers must be quenched with some present practise.
Bawd
118  Thou sayest true, i' faith, so they must; for your
119  bride goes to that with shame which is her way to go
120  with warrant.
BOULT
121  'Faith, some do, and some do not. But, mistress, if
122  I have bargained for the joint,--
Bawd
123  Thou mayst cut a morsel off the spit.
BOULT
124  I may so.
Bawd
125  Who should deny it? Come, young one, I like the
126  manner of your garments well.
BOULT
127  Ay, by my faith, they shall not be changed yet.
Bawd
128  Boult, spend thou that in the town: report what a
129  sojourner we have; you'll lose nothing by custom.
130  When nature flamed this piece, she meant thee a good
131  turn; therefore say what a paragon she is, and thou
132  hast the harvest out of thine own report.
BOULT
133  I warrant you, mistress, thunder shall not so awake
134  the beds of eels as my giving out her beauty stir up
135  the lewdly-inclined. I'll bring home some to-night.
Bawd
136  Come your ways; follow me.
MARINA
137  If fires be hot, knives sharp, or waters deep,
138  Untied I still my virgin knot will keep.
139  Diana, aid my purpose!
Bawd
140  What have we to do with Diana? Pray you, will you go with us?
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • PROLOGUE
  • PROLOGUE
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT II
  • PROLOGUE
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT III
  • PROLOGUE
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT IV
  • PROLOGUE
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI


  • ACT V
  • PROLOGUE
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE III

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