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date: 28 February 2020

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Middleton explores the concept of layering using literal and linguistic means by presenting a diverse range of sartorially informed dramatic moments. This article examines a selection of examples from Your Five Gallants, The Roaring Girl, and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside. For example, in The Roaring Girl, Moll Frith is measured for breeches by a lecherous tailor, Master Allwit is seen being trussed in preparation for ‘his’ child's christening party in A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, and Tailby strips off whilst gambling and is subsequently reclothed by doting female ‘clients’. The three examples chosen from Middleton's body of work emphasize the links between clothing, the economy, and the daily and life rituals of early modern Londoners.

Keywords: Thomas Middleton, plays, clothing, Your Five Gallants, Roaring Girl, A Chaste Maid

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