Re: RARA-AVIS: Title query

William Denton (
Fri, 19 Mar 1999 00:11:28 -0500 (EST) On 18 March 1999, pabergin wrote:

: I am sure that I've read a poem, or maybe a longer speech in a play,
: that concluded [yadda yadda] " . . . and besides, the wench is dead."

Right near the end of _Casino Royale_ James Bond says, "The bitch is
dead." Or so I recall. Ah, but a search on "the wench is dead" at leads to a clew, which leads to:

Friar Barnardine: Thou has committed--
Barabas: Fornication; but that was in another country;
And besides, the wench is dead.

That's from _The Jew of Malta_, by Christopher Marlowe (!). A Gutenberg
e-text is available at the usual archives.


William Denton                       <URL:>
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