The expression "Cheaters and bawds
go together like washing and wringing" (3.
The world she so thickly describes is indeed fascinating, as the music halls and brothels are replete with distinctive rituals, such as showing bare bottoms or "slicing of the chops"; language, colorful names for whorehouses such as The Godless Church and The Porcelain Cellar; customs, such as 'going halves' (splitting the cost of room and board with a bawd
, or brother keeper) and values, including clear concepts of honor and dishonor.
24] Appended to the pamphlet is a comprehensive listing of prostitutes, bawds
, whorehouses, and pimps which made available to the public the haunts of specific prostitutes--a mock marketing tool that reinforced the pamphlet's uneasy connection to the world of commerce.
may not improbably be an abbreviation of that word, which is found in Fr.
Granted, there have been pimps and bawds
before Bellafront, but she is both bawd
and whore profiting from her own body, not someone else's.
hours were cups of sack, and minutes capons, and clocks the tongues of bawds
, and dials the signs of leaping-houses, and the blessed sun himself a fair hot wench in flame-coloured taffeta.
One of Angelo's first official acts in the play is to order that the brothels "in the suburbs of Vienna must be plucked down," as Pompey puts it, a law that threatens the livelihoods of the whores, bawds
, and pimps of the city.
Without a doubt, the London theater and the plays performed in them were populated by whores and their bawds
, in fiction and fact.
The Cappichos, which show whores and fools, bawds
and ninnies, thieves and asses, all engaged in mutual exploitation, with menacing birds and animals as witnesses and metaphors, are visual inscriptions of greed, vanity, lust, sloth, stupidity, envy, generalized cruelty - a portrait of us as human-all-too-human.
In careful analysis of Fletcher's A Wife for a Month, Dekker and Webster's Westward Ho, Middleton's Women Beware Women, and Shakespeare's Pericles, DiGangi shows how female bawds
seduce women by evoking commonplaces that make illicit relations appear acceptable and familiar, not transgressive or alien.
Southwark, which existed outside the city boundaries, was a melting pot for bawds
, whores, rent boys and pimps.
I begin with a reading of Juliet's indelibly pregnant body, the first text from which differently-interested readers--the bawds
, Claudio, Duke Vincentio, Angelo--disseminate the signifieds of female sexuality.
Set down' (write down) puns on |let out, disembark', as Sordido intends a glancing allusion to the carting of bawds
(on which see Hoy, iii.
Low point of the show would have to be the first-act ballet for bawds
Comic relief comes in the form of bawds
(Patti Al,son, George Dzundza), a cuckolded constable (Ted Rooney), a sanguine executioner (Stoney Westmoreland) and a drunken prisoner (Peter Francis James), but only Dzundza's fully realized turn as the pimp Pompey wrests our attention from the more sober action.