The Beggar’s Opera – Monologue (Mrs. Peachum)

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A monologue from the play by John Gay

Mrs. Peachum

You baggage, you hussy! you inconsiderate jade! Had you been hanged, it would not have vexed me, for that might have been your misfortune; but to do such a mad thing by choice!

—The wench is married, husband. (…) I knew she was always a proud sl*t; and now the wench hath played the fool and married, because forsooth she would do like the gentry.

Can you support the expense of a husband, hussy, in gaming, drinking and whoring? have you money enough to carry on the daily quarrels of man and wife about who shall squander most?

There are not many husbands and wives who can bear the charges of plaguing one another in a handsome way. If you must be married, could you introduce nobody into our family but a highwayman?

Why, thou foolish jade, thou wilt be as ill-used, and as much neglected, as if thou hadst married a lord!

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