(44) But the moral influence of the theater was debated widely in the period, and these disputations were exemplified in print by Philip Stubbes's railing against the "good examples to be learned" there: "if you will learne falshood, if you will learn cosenage: if you will learn to deceive: if you will learn to play the Hipocrit: to cogge, lye and falsifie: if you will learn to jest, laugh and [leer], to grin, to nodd, and mow: if you will learn to playe the vice, to swear, teare, and blaspleme, both Heaven and Earth: If you will learn to become abawde, uncleane, and to deverginat Mayds, to deflour
honest Wyves: if you will learne to murther ...
The first speaker in Declamation 61 of The Orator employs a colour of a similar hue when she claims that 'I alone have ben defloured
by twaine, that is to say, by him that did the deed, & by her that would preserve him from death'(p.
He would learn of men who "defloured
many women", "kepeth other mennys wyves", "gropeth uncleanly children and maydens" and even keep a "suster openly as she had be his true wedded wyfe".(146) There is a similar openness about the lavatory.