Re: RARA-AVIS: Title query

Duane Spurlock (
Fri, 19 Mar 1999 06:34:17 -0500 >: 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."

The first thought in my head was "Christopher Marlowe." But it was 15 years
ago that I last read Marlowe, so I thought, "Surely not. Maybe Shakespeare."
And then...
> 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.
Thank you Bill, for reaffirming my faith in my memory, which has been
particularly sieve-like recently.

And C. Marlowe, like P. Marlowe, not only had a hardboiled style but an
ironic twist with language. -- Duane

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