|Pericles, Prince of Tyre|
| Act 4, Scene 2
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Enter Pandar, Bawd, and BOULTPandar
Search the market narrowly; Mytilene is full ofBawd
gallants. We lost too much money this mart by being
We were never so much out of creatures. We have butPandar
poor three, and they can do no more than they can
do; and they with continual action are even as good as rotten.
Therefore let's have fresh ones, whate'er we pay forBawd
them. If there be not a conscience to be used in
every trade, we shall never prosper.
Thou sayest true: 'tis not our bringing up of poorBOULT
bastards,--as, I think, I have brought up some eleven--
Ay, to eleven; and brought them down again. ButBawd
shall I search the market?
What else, man? The stuff we have, a strong windPandar
will blow it to pieces, they are so pitifully sodden.
Thou sayest true; they're too unwholesome, o'BOULT
conscience. The poor Transylvanian is dead, that
lay with the little baggage.
Ay, she quickly pooped him; she made him roast-meatPandar
for worms. But I'll go search the market.
Three or four thousand chequins were as pretty aBawd
proportion to live quietly, and so give over.
Why to give over, I pray you? is it a shame to getPandar
when we are old?
O, our credit comes not in like the commodity, norBawd
the commodity wages not with the danger: therefore,
if in our youths we could pick up some pretty
estate, 'twere not amiss to keep our door hatched.
Besides, the sore terms we stand upon with the gods
will be strong with us for giving over.
Come, other sorts offend as well as we.Pandar
As well as we! ay, and better too; we offend worse.BOULT
Neither is our profession any trade; it's no
calling. But here comes Boult.
Re-enter BOULT, with the Pirates and MARINA
[To MARINA] Come your ways. My masters, you sayFirst Pirate
she's a virgin?
O, sir, we doubt it not.BOULT
Master, I have gone through for this piece, you see:Bawd
if you like her, so; if not, I have lost my earnest.
Boult, has she any qualities?BOULT
She has a good face, speaks well, and has excellentBawd
good clothes: there's no further necessity of
qualities can make her be refused.
What's her price, Boult?BOULT
I cannot be bated one doit of a thousand pieces.Pandar
Well, follow me, my masters, you shall have yourBawd
money presently. Wife, take her in; instruct her
what she has to do, that she may not be raw in her
Exeunt Pandar and Pirates
Boult, take you the marks of her, the colour of herBOULT
hair, complexion, height, 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.
Performance shall follow.MARINA
Alack that Leonine was so slack, so slow!Bawd
He should have struck, not spoke; or that these pirates,
Not enough barbarous, had not o'erboard thrown me
For to seek my mother!
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 live.MARINA
The more my faultBawd
To scape his hands where I was like to die.
Ay, and you shall live in pleasure.MARINA
Yes, indeed shall you, and taste gentlemen of allMARINA
fashions: you shall fare well; you shall have the
difference of all complexions. What! do you stop your ears?
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.Bawd
Marry, whip thee, gosling: I think I shall haveMARINA
something to do with you. Come, you're a young
foolish sapling, and must be bowed as I would have
The gods defend me!Bawd
If it please the gods to defend you by men, then menBOULT
must comfort you, men must feed you, men must stir
you up. Boult's returned.
Re-enter BOULTNow, sir, hast thou cried her through the market?
I have cried her almost to the number of her hairs;Bawd
I have drawn her picture with my voice.
And I prithee tell me, how dost thou find theBOULT
inclination of the people, especially of the younger sort?
'Faith, they listened to me as they would haveBawd
hearkened to their father's testament. There was a
Spaniard's mouth so watered, that he went to bed to
her very description.
We shall have him here to-morrow with his best ruff on.BOULT
To-night, to-night. But, mistress, do you know theBawd
French knight that cowers i' the hams?
Who, Monsieur Veroles?BOULT
Ay, he: he offered to cut a caper at theBawd
proclamation; but he made a groan at it, and swore
he would see her to-morrow.
Well, well; as for him, he brought his diseaseBOULT
hither: here he does but repair it. I know he will
come in our shadow, to scatter his crowns in the
Well, if we had of every nation a traveller, weBawd
should lodge them with this sign.
[To MARINA] Pray you, come hither awhile. YouMARINA
have fortunes coming upon you. Mark me: you must
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.
I understand you not.BOULT
O, take her home, mistress, take her home: theseBawd
blushes of hers must be quenched with some present practise.
Thou sayest true, i' faith, so they must; for yourBOULT
bride goes to that with shame which is her way to go
'Faith, some do, and some do not. But, mistress, ifBawd
I have bargained for the joint,--
Thou mayst cut a morsel off the spit.BOULT
I may so.Bawd
Who should deny it? Come, young one, I like theBOULT
manner of your garments well.
Ay, by my faith, they shall not be changed yet.Bawd
Boult, spend thou that in the town: report what aBOULT
sojourner we have; you'll lose nothing by custom.
When nature flamed this piece, she meant thee a good
turn; therefore say what a paragon she is, and thou
hast the harvest out of thine own report.
I warrant you, mistress, thunder shall not so awakeBawd
the beds of eels as my giving out her beauty stir up
the lewdly-inclined. I'll bring home some to-night.
Come your ways; follow me.MARINA
If fires be hot, knives sharp, or waters deep,Bawd
Untied I still my virgin knot will keep.
Diana, aid my purpose!
What have we to do with Diana? Pray you, will you go with us?
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