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In Act 2 Scene 2, can somebody please tell me what the sexual meaning of "Come In...

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jsos | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 25, 2007 at 2:28 AM via web

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In Act 2 Scene 2, can somebody please tell me what the sexual meaning of "Come In Tailor, here you may roast your goose"?

the whole entire part of "English tailor come hither, for stealing out of
a French hose: come in, tailor; here you may
roast your goose.", I know them most common translation, but i have been told that there is a sexual joke in those lines. Can somebody please point it out for me? thanks

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lmillerm | College Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted February 26, 2007 at 4:00 AM (Answer #1)

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*All information and translations are adaptations taken from The Norton Shakespeare, based on the Oxford Edition.

The information I can find regarding this quote ("Come in tailor. Here you may roast your goose." Lines 12-13), is that the tailor has been sent to the porter because the tailor has not provided enough fabric for a pair of breeches. The comment: "Here you may roast your goose" is interpreted to mean that the tailor can heat his smoothing iron, but also, the word "goose" could refer to "swelling" which would indicate that he is suffering from some kind of venereal (sexually transmitted) disease.

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sampu88 | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted January 14, 2008 at 9:06 PM (Answer #2)

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The quote actually refers to an English Talior who is very skimpy with the fabric that he uses to make clothes for his customers, but since there was a newly introduced trend of tight pants at that time, he would now have to deal with the situation. Thereby, being sent to hell for reprecussions.

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