Alewife Alnager Armourer Baker Barber Brewer Cobbler Dragoman Fish-fag Hangman Lavender Mercer Midwife Minstrel Scrivener Sempster
Smith Tapster Tinker Wakeman
Second Luce, Wise-woman's assistant who has disguised herself as Jack, induced Wise-woman in act 1 to help her teach Young Chartley a lesson and make him return to her, his first wife, rather than his second wife, sempster
Phillis Flower and Mall Berry, the sempsters who work at London's Royal Exchange, and the respective protagonists of plot and subplot, negotiate the myriad transactions involved in merchandising textiles, and the play's accurate representation of an early modern sempster's activities illustrates the inadequacy of envisioning these women as merely "needlewomen.
For sempster, the OED gives "a needlewoman" and "a woman who sews" for definitions.
In this anonymously written city comedy, two sempsters work in London's Royal Exchange and devise embroidered handkerchiefs not as commodities to sell, but as tokens to give to their lovers.
It is clear that both sempsters live at home and both work in London's paid labor market.
Planning to re-publish it as a book, the author found that it fell some 20,000 words short of the necessary length; so, like a good sempster
, she set to make up the deficit with tackings-on and embroideries of incident and description.
1575), Richard Morley (servant or apprentice, 1575), Ralfe Atkinson (servant, 1575), John Harding (waterman, 1575), Arthur Thomlyns (servant, 1577), Henrye Broke (servant, 1577), Thomas Webster (married to a sempster, 1598) and Thomas Lucey (servant, 1598).
dwelling at the Temple gate whose wyfe is A Sempster
When Moll enters with Sebastian and Mary she is (like Mary) 'costumed': Mary is in disguise, as the sempster
she was in 1.
In the first scene of Middleton and Dekker's The Roaring Girl, Mary Fitzallard meets her lover disguised as a sempster
come to deliver falling bands; see I.
Sixe pickled Taylors sliced and Cutt, / Sempsters
, tirewomen, fitt for his pallett, / Wth fethermen and Perfumers putt / Some twelve in a Charger, to make a Grand sail[et]')?