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Bawds and Bonesetters
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1791  Monday, 26 August 2002

From:           Peter Groves <
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Date:           Monday, 19 Aug 2002 10:28:19 +1000
Subject:        Bawds and Bonesetters

Can anybody recall an Early Modern text in which "bonesetter" is used as
a slang term for a pimp or bawd?  I'm almost certain I came across such
a reference once.  It doesn't appear to be in Shakespeare, nor in either
of the two main Webster tragedies.

Thanks,
Peter Groves
Department of English
Monash University

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