Whores as shopkeepers: Money and sexuality in aretino’s ragionamenti

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    The nun betrays her sacred vows and the married woman murders the holy bond of matrimony, but the whore violates neither her monastery nor her husband; indeed she acts like the soldier who is paid to do evil, and when doing it, she does not realize that she is, for her shop sells what it has to sell. The first day that a tavern keeper opens his tavern, he does not have to put up a sign, for everyone knows that there one drinks, one eats, one gambles, one screws, betrays, and cheats, and anyone who would go there to say his prayers or start a fast would find neither altars nor Lent. Gardeners sell vegetables, druggists sell drugs, and the bordellos sell curses, lies, sluttish behavior, scandals, dishonesty, thievery, filth, hatred, cruelty, deaths, the French pox, betrayals, a bad name and poverty; but since the confessor is like a doctor who would rather cure the disease he can see on the palm of your hand rather than the one which is hidden from him, go there freely with Pippa and make a whore of her right off; and afterward, with the petition of a little penance and two drops of holy water, all whorishness will leave her soul.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationMoney, Morality, and Culture in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9781351916851
    ISBN (Print)9781315248707
    StatePublished - Dec 5 2016

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