Pericles


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V

Enter the three Bawds
bawd (n.) pimp, procurer, pander, go-between See Topics: Frequency count


PANDAR

Boult!


BOULT

Sir?


PANDAR

Search the market narrowly. Mytilene is full of
narrowly (adv.) carefully, with close attention

gallants. We lost too much money this mart by being too
mart (n.) 1 market

wenchless.
wenchless (adj.) lacking in women


BAWD

We were never so much out of creatures. We have

but poor three, and they can do no more than they can

do. And they with continual action are even as good as

rotten.


PANDAR

Therefore let's have fresh ones, whate'er we pay

for them. If there be not a conscience to be used in every

trade, we shall never prosper.


BAWD

Thou sayst true. 'Tis not our bringing up of poor

bastards – as, I think, I have brought up some eleven –


BOULT

Ay, to eleven, and brought them down again. But

shall I search the market?


BAWD

What else, man? The stuff we have, a strong wind

will blow it to pieces, they are so pitifully sodden.
sodden (adj.) 2 diseased, rotten, limp


PANDAR

Thou sayst true, there's two unwholesome, o'
unwholesome (adj.) 2 corrupted, infected, diseased

conscience. The poor Transylvanian is dead that lay

with the little baggage.


BOULT

Ay, she quickly pooped him; she made him roast
poop (v.) make a fool of; or: do away with [through venereal disease]

meat for worms. But I'll go search the market.

Exit


PANDAR

Three or four thousand chequins were as pretty
chequin (n.) type of gold coin [of Italy and Turkey] See Topics: Money

a proportion to live quietly, and so give over.
give over (v.) 2 retire, give up a trade, abandon a way of life
give over (v.) 3 cease, finish, leave off
proportion (n.) 2 part, portion, amount


BAWD

Why to give over, I pray you? Is it a shame to get
get (v.) 4 make money, get wealth, earn a living

when we are old?


PANDAR

O, our credit comes not in like the commodity,
commodity (n.) 3 profit, gain, proceeds
credit (n.) 3 reputation, name, standing, honour

nor the commodity wages not with the danger. Therefore,
wage (v.) 3 compete, be a rival to, measure up to

if in our youths we could pick up some pretty

estate, 'twere not amiss to keep our door hatched.
estate (n.) 5 piece of property
hatched (adv.) with the upper half closed

Besides, the sore terms we stand upon with the gods will
sore (adj.) 1 severe, harsh, heavy

be strong with us for giving o'er.
give over (v.) 2 retire, give up a trade, abandon a way of life
strong (adj.) 3 forceful, persuasive, influential


BAWD

Come, other sorts offend as well as we.
sort (n.) 1 class, level, social rank


PANDAR

As well as we? Ay, and better too; we offend

worse. Neither is our profession any trade; it's no
trade (n.) 3 regular line of work, recognized business

calling. But here comes Boult.
calling (n.) 2 vocation, profession, high station in life

Enter Boult with the Pirates and Marina


BOULT

Come your ways, my masters. You say she's a

virgin?


FIRST PIRATE

O, sir, we doubt it not.


BOULT

Master, I have gone through for this piece you see.
go through (v.) 2 haggle at length, carry out a piece of bargaining

If you like her, so. If not, I have lost my earnest.
earnest (n.) pledge, instalment, deposit, payment in advance


BAWD

Boult, has she any qualities?
quality (n.) 2 accomplishment, capacity, ability


BOULT

She has a good face, speaks well, and has excellent

good clothes. There's no further necessity of qualities

can make her be refused.


BAWD

What's her price, Boult?


BOULT

I cannot be bated one doit of a thousand pieces.
bate (v.) 2 [of quantities] lessen, reduce, deduct
doit (n.) [small Dutch coin = half an English farthing] trivial sum, worthless amount, trifle See Topics: Money


PANDAR

Well, follow me, my masters; you shall have

your money presently. Wife, take her in. Instruct her
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

what she has to do, that she may not be raw in her
raw (adj.) unrefined, unskilled, unpolished

entertainment.
entertainment (n.) 4 treatment, attitude, disposition

Exeunt Pandar and Pirates


BAWD

Boult, take you the marks of her, the colour of her

hair, complexion, height, her age, with warrant of her

virginity, and cry ‘ He that will give most shall have her

first.’ Such a maidenhead were no cheap thing, if men

were as they have been. Get this done as I command

you.


BOULT

Performance shall follow.

Exit


MARINA

Alack that Leonine was so slack, so slow!

He should have struck, not spoke. Or that these pirates,

Not enough barbarous, had not o'erboard

Thrown me for to seek my mother!


BAWD

Why lament you, pretty one?


MARINA

That I am pretty.


BAWD

Come, the gods have done their part in you.


MARINA

I accuse them not.


BAWD

You are light into my hands, where you are like to
light (v.) 1 alight, descend, fall, come to rest

live.


MARINA

The more my fault
fault (n.) 4 misfortune, mischance, bad luck

To 'scape his hands where I was like to die.
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count


BAWD

Ay, and you shall live in pleasure.


MARINA

No.


BAWD

Yes, indeed shall you, and taste gentlemen of all

fashions. You shall fare well. You shall have the
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope See Topics: Frequency count

difference of all complexions. What! do you stop your
complexion (n.) 2 constitution, physical make-up, outward appearance
difference (n.) 4 variety, range, assortment

ears?


MARINA

Are you a woman?


BAWD

What would you have me be, an I be not a woman?


MARINA

An honest woman, or not a woman.
honest (adj.) 1 chaste, pure, virtuous


BAWD

Marry, whip the gosling. I think I shall have something
gosling (n.) beginner, greenhorn, novice

to do with you. Come, you're a young foolish

sapling, and must be bowed as I would have you.
bow (v.) 1 make to bend, cause to bend


MARINA

The gods defend me!


BAWD

If it please the gods to defend you by men, then

men must comfort you, men must feed you, men stir

you up. Boult's returned.

Enter Boult
cry (v.) 5 offer for sale, advertise

Now, sir, hast thou cried her through the market?


BOULT

I have cried her almost to the number of her hairs.
cry (v.) 5 offer for sale, advertise

I have drawn her picture with my voice.


BAWD

And I prithee tell me, how dost thou find the

inclination of the people, especially of the younger sort?


BOULT

Faith, they listened to me as they would have

hearkened to their father's testament. There was a

Spaniard's mouth watered, and he went to bed to her

very description.


BAWD

We shall have him here tomorrow with his best

ruff on.


BOULT

Tonight, tonight. But, mistress, do you know the

French knight, that cowers i'the hams?
cower (v.) bend, crouch, squat
hams (n.) thighs, legs


BAWD

Who, Monsieur Veroles?


BOULT

Ay, he. He offered to cut a caper at the proclamation,
caper, cut a perform a leap in which the feet are kicked together in the air
offer (v.) 1 attempt, start, try, make a move

but he made a groan at it, and swore he would see

her tomorrow.


BAWD

Well, well, as for him, he brought his disease

hither; here he does but repair it. I know he will come in
repair (v.) 2 restore, renew, revive

our shadow to scatter his crowns of the sun.
crown of the sun French gold crown
shadow (n.) 7 shelter, roof


BOULT

Well, if we had of every nation a traveller, we

should lodge them with this sign.


BAWD

(to Marina)

Pray you, come hither awhile. You

have fortunes coming upon you. Mark me. You must
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

seem to do that fearfully which you commit willingly;

despise profit where you have most gain. To weep that

you live as ye do makes pity in your lovers. Seldom but

that pity begets you a good opinion, and that opinion a

mere profit.
mere (adj.) 2 sole, personal, particular


MARINA

I understand you not.


BOULT

O, take her home, mistress, take her home. These

blushes of hers must be quenched with some present

practice.


BAWD

Thou sayst true, i'faith, so they must, for your

bride goes to that with shame which is her way to go

with warrant.
warrant (n.) 2 licence, sanction, authorization


BOULT

Faith, some do and some do not. But, mistress, if

I have bargained for the joint –


BAWD

Thou mayst cut a morsel off the spit.


BOULT

I may so.


BAWD

Who should deny it? Come, young one, I like the

manner of your garments well.


BOULT

Ay, by my faith, they shall not be changed yet.


BAWD

Boult, spend thou that in the town. Report what a

sojourner we have. You'll lose nothing by custom.
sojourner (n.) guest, lodger, visitor

When nature framed this piece, she meant thee a good
frame (v.) 1 fashion, make, form, create
piece (n.) 2 specimen, masterpiece

turn. Therefore say what a paragon she is, and thou hast

the harvest out of thine own report.


BOULT

I warrant you, mistress, thunder shall not so awake
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

the beds of eels as my giving out her beauty stirs up the

lewdly inclined. I'll bring home some tonight.


BAWD

(to Marina)

Come your ways. Follow me.


MARINA

If fires be hot, knives sharp, or waters deep,

Untied I still my virgin knot will keep.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

Diana, aid my purpose!
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count


BAWD

What have we to do with Diana? Pray you, will you

go with us?

Exeunt

 
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