A monologue from the perform by Ben Jonson
NOTE: This monologue is reprinted from Volpone(1605).
CORVINO: Death of mine honour, with the city\s fool!
A juggling, tooth-drawing, prating mountebank!
And at a public windows! where, whilst he
Together with his strained action, and his dole of faces
To his drug-lecture attracts your irritation ears
A crew of old, unmarried, noted lechers
Stood leering up just like satyrs, and you smile
The majority of graciously, and fan your favours forth
To give the hot spectators satisfaction!
What, was the mountebank their very own call? all their whistle?
Or were y\ enamoured in the copper wedding rings?
His saffron jewel with the toad-stone in\t?
Or his embroidered suit, with the cope-stitch
Made of a hearse-cloth? or perhaps his old tilt-feather?
Or his starched beard? Very well, you shall have him, yes!
This individual shall return home, and minister unto you
The fricace of the mother. Or, let me see
I do think you\d rather mount, might you not attach?
Why, in the event that you\ll install, you may, yes, truly, you might!
And so you could possibly be seen, to th\ ft ..
Get you a cittern, Lady Vanity
And be a dealer with all the virtuous person
Make 1. I\ll yet protest personally a cuckold
And keep your dowry. I\m a Dutchman, I!
Pertaining to if you thought me a great Italian
It would be easiest damned ere you performed this, you whore!
Thou\dst tremble to assume that the murder
Of father, mother, buddy, all thy race
Should follow, while the subject of my own justice!
I ought to strike this steel in to thee, with as many stabs
As thou wert gazed upon with goatish sight!
You had been an acting professional, with your handkerchief
Which he most sweetly kissed inside the receipt
And may, no doubt, go back it using a letter
And \point the place where you might meetyour sister\s
The mother\s, or perhaps your aunt\s might serve the change.
And therefore indicate me: thy restraint just before
Was freedom To what I now decree.
Initial, I will have this bawdy light damned up
And till\t be done, a few two or three back yards off
I\ll chalk a line, o\er which if perhaps thou yet chance
To create thy desp\rate foot, even more hell, more horror
Even more wild remorseless rage shall seize in thee
Than on a conjuror that experienced heedless kept
His circle\s safety ere his satan was put.
Then, here\s a secure which I will certainly hang after thee
And, now I think on\t, I will keep thee backwards
Thy lodging shall be backwards, thy walks back
Thy potential customer all be back, and no enjoyment
That thou shalt find out, but back. Nay, while you force
My personal honest nature, know it is definitely your very own
Being too open, makes me employ you as a result
Since you will not likely contain your subtle nostrils
In a sweet room, nonetheless they must snuff the air
Of rank and sweaty people!