Introduction: Wearing the Codpiece
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LUCETTA: What fashion, madam, shall I make your breeches?
JULIA: That fits as well as “Tell me, good my lord,
What compass will you wear your farthingale?”
Why, e’en what fashion thou best likes, Lucetta.
LUCETTA: You must needs have them with a codpiece, madam.
JULIA: Out, out, Lucetta. That will be ill-favoured.
LUCETTA: A round hose, madam, now’s not worth a pin
Unless you have a codpiece to stick pins on.
JULIA: Lucetta, as thou lov’st me let me have
What thou think’st meet and is most mannerly.
But tell me, wench, how will the world repute me
For undertaking so unstaid a journey?
I fear me it will make me scandalized.1
KeywordsGender Identity National Identity Male Actor Audience Member Male Role
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