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laced “mutton—A,” THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, i. 1. 95. In this very common cant expression for a courtesan (see mutton) the meaning of laced has been a good deal disputed. Perhaps themutton was called laced with a quibble,—courtesans being notoriously fond of finery, and also frequently subjected to the whip. Du Bartas tells us that St. Louis put down the stews,
“Lacing with lashes their unpitied skin,
Whom lust or lucre had bestowed therein.”
Works, by Sylvester,—St. Louis the King, p. 539, ed. 1641.
But in the present passage is laced mutton to be regarded as synonymous with courtesan? When Speed applies that term to Julia, does he not use it in the much less offensive sense of—a richly-attired piece of woman's flesh?

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