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Pericles

Pericles Translation Act 4, Scene 2

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Enter Pandar, Bawd, and BOULT

PANDAR

Boult!

PANDAR

Boult!

BOULT

Sir?

BOULT

Sir?

PANDAR

Search the market narrowly; Mytilene is full ofgallants. We lost too much money this mart by beingtoo wenchless.

PANDAR

Search the market carefully. Mytilene is full of young men. We lost too much money this season because we didn't have enough girls.

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.

BAWD

We've never had such a shortage of creatures. We only have three, and they can only do what they can do. And they've worked so much they're 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.

PANDAR

So, let's get some fresh ones, no matter what we have to pay for them. If we don't put any heart into this business we'll never succeed.

BAWD

Thou sayest true: 'tis not our bringing up of poorbastards,—as, I think, I have brought up some eleven—

BAWD

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BOULT

Ay, to eleven; and brought them down again. Butshall I search the market?

BOULT

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BAWD

What else, man? The stuff we have, a strong windwill blow it to pieces, they are so pitifully sodden.

BAWD

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PANDAR

Thou sayest true; they're too unwholesome, o' conscience. The poor Transylvanian is dead, that lay with the little baggage.

PANDAR

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BOULT

Ay, she quickly pooped him; she made him roast-meatfor worms. But I'll go search the market.

BOULT

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Exit

PANDAR

Three or four thousand chequins were as pretty aproportion to live quietly, and so give over.

PANDAR

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BAWD

Why to give over, I pray you? is it a shame to getwhen we are old?

BAWD

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PANDAR

O, our credit comes not in like the commodity, nor 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.

PANDAR

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BAWD

Come, other sorts offend as well as we.

BAWD

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PANDAR

As well as we! ay, and better too; we offend worse. Neither is our profession any trade; it's no calling. But here comes Boult.

PANDAR

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Re-enter BOULT, with the Pirates and MARINA

BOULT

[To MARINA] Come your ways. My masters, you sayshe's a virgin?

BOULT

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FIRST PIRATE

O, sir, we doubt it not.

FIRST PIRATE

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BOULT

Master, I have gone through for this piece, you see:if you like her, so; if not, I have lost my earnest.

BOULT

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BAWD

Boult, has she any qualities?

BAWD

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BOULT

She has a good face, speaks well, and has excellentgood clothes: there's no further necessity ofqualities can make her be refused.

BOULT

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BAWD

What's her price, Boult?

BAWD

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BOULT

I cannot be bated one doit of a thousand pieces.

BOULT

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PANDAR

Well, follow me, my masters, you shall have your money presently. Wife, take her in; instruct her what she has to do, that she may not be raw in her entertainment.

PANDAR

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Exeunt Pandar and Pirates

BAWD

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

BAWD

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BOULT

Performance shall follow.

BOULT

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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!

MARINA

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BAWD

Why lament you, pretty one?

BAWD

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MARINA

That I am pretty.

MARINA

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BAWD

Come, the gods have done their part in you.

BAWD

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MARINA

I accuse them not.

MARINA

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BAWD

You are light into my hands, where you are like to live.

BAWD

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MARINA

The more my faultTo scape his hands where I was like to die.

MARINA

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BAWD

Ay, and you shall live in pleasure.

BAWD

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MARINA

No.

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BAWD

Yes, indeed shall you, and taste gentlemen of allfashions: you shall fare well; you shall have thedifference of all complexions. What! do you stop your ears?

BAWD

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MARINA

Are you a woman?

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BAWD

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

BAWD

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MARINA

An honest woman, or not a woman.

MARINA

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BAWD

Marry, whip thee, gosling: I think I shall have something to do with you. Come, you're a young foolish sapling, and must be bowed as I would have you.

BAWD

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MARINA

The gods defend me!

MARINA

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BAWD

If it please the gods to defend you by men, then menmust comfort you, men must feed you, men must stiryou up. Boult's returned.

BAWD

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Re-enter BOULT

BAWD

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

BAWD

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BOULT

I have cried her almost to the number of her hairs;I have drawn her picture with my voice.

BOULT

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BAWD

And I prithee tell me, how dost thou find theinclination of the people, especially of the younger sort?

BAWD

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BOULT

'Faith, they listened to me as they would have hearkened to their father's testament. There was a Spaniard's mouth so watered, that he went to bed to her very description.

BOULT

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BAWD

We shall have him here to-morrow with his best ruff on.

BAWD

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BOULT

To-night, to-night. But, mistress, do you know theFrench knight that cowers i' the hams?

BOULT

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BAWD

Who, Monsieur Veroles?

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BOULT

Ay, he: he offered to cut a caper at theproclamation; but he made a groan at it, and sworehe would see her to-morrow.

BOULT

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BAWD

Well, well; as for him, he brought his disease hither: here he does but repair it. I know he will come in our shadow, to scatter his crowns in the sun.

BAWD

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BOULT

Well, if we had of every nation a traveller, weshould lodge them with this sign.

BOULT

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BAWD

[To MARINA] Pray you, come hither awhile. You 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.

BAWD

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MARINA

I understand you not.

MARINA

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BOULT

O, take her home, mistress, take her home: theseblushes of hers must be quenched with some present practise.

BOULT

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BAWD

Thou sayest true, i' faith, so they must; for yourbride goes to that with shame which is her way to gowith warrant.

BAWD

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BOULT

'Faith, some do, and some do not. But, mistress, ifI have bargained for the joint,—

BOULT

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BAWD

Thou mayst cut a morsel off the spit.

BAWD

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BOULT

I may so.

BOULT

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BAWD

Who should deny it? Come, young one, I like themanner of your garments well.

BAWD

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BOULT

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

BOULT

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BAWD

Boult, spend thou that in the town: report what a 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.

BAWD

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BOULT

I warrant you, mistress, thunder shall not so awakethe beds of eels as my giving out her beauty stir upthe lewdly-inclined. I'll bring home some to-night.

BOULT

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BAWD

Come your ways; follow me.

BAWD

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MARINA

If fires be hot, knives sharp, or waters deep,Untied I still my virgin knot will keep.Diana, aid my purpose!

MARINA

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BAWD

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

BAWD

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About the Translator: Bailey Sincox

Bailey Sincox is a PhD student in English at Harvard University, where she researches the theatre of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Her teaching experience includes accessible online courses with edX on Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice. She holds a Master's from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor's from Duke University.