My Particular Friend footnotes: The Bride Who Wasn’t There 4

Beginning with Mr Simms’s Confession:

‘Oh ho! The plot thickens.’

The plot thickens: I am unsure when this phrase is first used, but I have found it in The Rehearsal by George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, Act III, Scene 4.

BAYES: Ay, now the Plot thickens very much upon us.

It was a time for shopkeepers and costermongers and fishwives to be about but fortunately we attracted little attention, except for two children, a boy and girl, who approached us. I recognized the girl as Donna who immediately gave Charlotte her report.
costermonger: a seller of fruits and vegetables
fishwife: either a woman who sells fish (usually married to a fisherman) or a coarse-mannered woman who is prone to shouting

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