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courtesan

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(esp formerly) a prostitute, or the mistress of a man of rank
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(49) Marston, What You Will, F4v and G4r; Marston, The Dutch Courtezan, D4r; and Marston, The Malcontent (London, 1604; STC: 17479), E2r.
(10.) Schoenbaum, "The Precarious Balance of John Marston," Publications of the Modern Language Association 67 (1952): 1075, 1069-78: "Women become symbols of sheer animalism, a tendency culminating in the ferocious Franceschina of The Dutch Courtezan."
The word liberty in the mouth of Mr Webster sounds like the word love in the mouth of a courtezan. (26)
Singing Policeman Bob Lawrence Another Policeman James Wilkinson Antipholus of Ephesus Ronald Graham Dromio of Ephesus Teddy Hart Dancing Policeman George Church Tailor Clifford Dunstan Tailor's Apprentice Burl Ives Antipholus of Syracuse Eddie Albert Dromio of Syracuse Jimmy Savo Merchant of Syracuse Byron Shores Duke of Ephesus Carroll Ashburn Aegeon John O'Shaughnessy Luce Wynn Murray Adriana Muriel Angelus Luciana Marcy Wescott Sorcerer Owen Martin Courtezan Betty Bruce Secretary to Courtezan Heidi Vosseler Assistant Courtezan Dolores Anderson Angelo John Clarke First Maid Florine Callahan Second Maid Claire Wolf Third Maid Alice Craig Merchant of Ephesus Clifford Dunstan Seeress Florence Fair
Flamineo tells Cornelia that had the 'common'st courtezan in Rome' been his mother, he would have enjoyed 'plurality of lathers' (I.2.334-35, 338) and avoided exposure to hopeless poverty.
Nivelon's Clown became the basis for a scene depicting one particular `Passion', The Amorous Clown; or, The Courtizan, which was first given at Covent Garden on 3 May 1733 with Nivelon and Pelling as Clowns, Miss Latour and Mrs Ogden as their Wives, and Mrs Pelling as the Courtezan.
Rachel played, Lewes wrote, "enchantingly." In the role of the empress, he praised her "maternal tenderness." And playing Lycisca, the courtesan, she seemed to him the "ideal of the Greek and Roman courtezan" (L, 12 July 1851, 663).
The Dutch Courtezan (produced 1603-04) as well as The Malcontent earned him his place as a dramatist.