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Re: Quotation: "The dead wench"
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0357.  Sunday, 24 April 1994.
 
(1)     From:   W. L. Godshalk  <
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        Date:   Saturday, 23 Apr 1994 22:23:32 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   The dead wench
 
(2)     From:   A.G. Bennett <BENNETT@BRANDEIS.BITNET>
        Date:   Saturday, 23 Apr 1994 22:31 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0353  Qs: Quotation
 
(3)     From:   Ed Pechter <
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        Date:   Sunday, 24 Apr 1994 08:31:31 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0353  Qs: Quotation
 
 
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Date:           Saturday, 23 Apr 1994 22:23:32 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        The dead wench
 
For Terence Martin,
 
The passage is from Marlowe's THE JEW OF MALTA, 4.1.42 (according to the
Fehrenbach, et al. Concordance). But, of course, that was in another country --
a phrase that has provided titles and words for many another writer.
 
Nostalgically yours, Bill Godshalk
 
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From:           A.G. Bennett <BENNETT@BRANDEIS.BITNET>
Date:           Saturday, 23 Apr 1994 22:31 EDT
Subject: 5.0353  Qs: Quotation
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0353  Qs: Quotation
 
The quotation Terence Martin asked about is from Marlowe's _Jew of Malta_,
IV, 1. The full quotation is as follows:
 
Friar Barnadine: "Thou hast committed--"
Barabas: "Fornication-- but that was in another country;
          And besides, the wench is dead."
 
One question that's always nagged at me about this-- could this be Abigail's
mother he's talking about? After all, she, too, is dead before the play begins
and isn't mentioned (I don't think) otherwise. Any ideas?
 
Cheers,
Alex Bennett (
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Date:           Sunday, 24 Apr 1994 08:31:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0353  Qs: Quotation
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0353  Qs: Quotation
 
Let me join what I'm sure will be hundreds in telling Terence Martin
that the quotation is from Marlowe's *Jew of Malta*.  It's Barabas,
describing extenuating circumstances surrounding a charge of fornication:
"But that was in another country and besides, the wench is dead."  (Given
Menendez & Bobbitt decisions, he's probably got a good defense here.)
 

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