June 16th, 2003

bear by san

Book-keeping

The dog will keep panting at me. (He has been fed, been outed, been thumped. The AC is cranked up for his comfort and he has a big bowl of cold water. I am considering changing his name to "Canine from Porlock." Gah.)

The Stratford Man: 2052 hardfought words.
Reason for stopping: No idea what happens in the rest of this chapter, which is currently only ~750 words long.

Will's discovered he's in a mystery and Kit doesn't want to get out of bed. I have however discovered *why* he's such a little strumpet, which is a handy bit of character insight. (hint: It's not easy being Kit Marlowe.)

Bernardine: "Thou hast committed--"

Barabas: " --Fornication.
But that was in another country,
And besides, the wench is dead."

-Christopher Marlowe: The Jew of Malta, Act IV, scene i
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    Jimmy Buffett - The Pascagoula Run
bear by san

The Anatomie of Abuses 1583

Do they not maintain bawdry, insinuate foolery, and renew the remembrance of heathen idolatry? Do they not induce whoredom and uncleanness? Nay, are they not rather plain devourers of maidenly virginity and chastity? For proof whereof but mark the flocking and running to Theaters and Curtains, daily and hourly, night and day, time and tide, to see plays and interludes where such wanton gestures, such bawdy speeches, such laughing and fleering, such kissing and bussing, such clipping and culling, such winking and glancing of wanton eyes, and the like is used, is wonderful to behold. Then these goodly pageants being ended, every mate sorts to his mate, every one brings another homeward of their way very friendly, and in their secret conclaves (covertly) they play the sodomites, or worse. And these be the fruits of plays and interludes, for the most part. And whereas, you say, there are good examples to be learnt in them: truly, so there are; if you will learn falsehood; if you will learn cozenage, if you will learn to deceive; if you will learn to play the hypocrite, to cog, to lie and falsify; if you will learn to jest, laugh and fleer, to grin, to nod and mow; if you will learn to play the Vice, to swear, tear and blaspheme both heaven and earth; if you will learn to become a bawd, unclean, and to devirginate maids, to deflower honest wives; if you will learn to murder, flay, kill, pick, steal, rob and rove; if you will learn to rebel against princes, to commit treasons, to consume treasures, to practice idleness, to sing and talk of bawdy love and venery; if you will learn to deride, scoff, mock and flout, to flatter and smooth; if you will learn to play the whoremaster, the glutton, drunkard, or incestuous person; if you will learn to become proud, haughty and arrogant; and finally, if you will learn to contemn God and all His laws, to care neither for Heaven nor Hell, and to commit all kinds of sin and mischief, you need to go to no other school, for all these good examples may you see painted before your eyes in interludes and plays.

-PHILIP STUBBES (Puritan)
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    Trevor Jones - A Challenge to Honour