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sempster

(ˈsɛmpstə)
n
1. (Professions) a man who sews; tailor
2. (Knitting & Sewing) a man who sews; tailor
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The shoes, then, foretell her transition to a sempster's shop girl in scene 12; to a gentleman's fiancee in scene 14 when the shoe is delivered to Ralph so that he can make the bride a new pair, and in scene 18 when the shoemakers stop the couple while on their way to marry.
Alewife Alnager Armourer Baker Barber Brewer Cobbler Dragoman Fish-fag Hangman Lavender Mercer Midwife Minstrel Scrivener Sempster Smith Tapster Tinker Wakeman [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
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 Luce.
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." [23] In the main plot, for example, the imported lawns purchased from the merchant Master Brooke are delivered to Phillis at the Exchange by Brooke's servant.
(23.) For sempster, the OED gives "a needlewoman" and "a woman who sews" for definitions.
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.
Sixteen informants provide the narratives used as data in this study: the women are Jone Starkey (servant, 1559), Marie Daie (housewife, 1575), Katherine Cuffe (?, 1598), Susan Holland (servant, 1598), Agnes Ward (servant, 1599), Suzan Hill (servant, 1599), Johan Ward (wife, 1599); and the men are Richarde Dennye (gentleman, 1562), William Tuckar (?, 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 1.1, wearing clothes, Moll reveals, she supplied (4.1.69); and Moll is in male attire.
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.i.16-17, in the Revels Plays text edited by Paul A.
(6) Thomas Dekker offered satirical advice to one of his 'fashionate gulls': after your fifth turn around St Paul's, 'make your selfe away, either in some of the Sempsters' shops, the new Tobacco-office, or amongst the Booke-sellers, where, if you cannot reade, exercise your smoake, and inquire who has writ against this divine weede, &c'.
/ 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]')?