He concentrates on Gay's Polly, set in the West Indies, at the expense of the more Scriblerian Beggar's Opera, though he does attempt to read Macheath's collection of 'doxies
', via orientalist conceptions of the harem, as slave-related, a process far too attenuated to command assent.
In a preface breathless with excitement despite its posture of streetwise toughness (exactly the tone of rogue literature), Reynolds recalls being taken, at age fifteen, to the den of drug dealers, complete with rogue literature's doxies
"scantily clad in diaphanous blouses, lingerie, or topless" (x), and rogues conversing in thieves' cant: "Half of the conversation between our hosts and Benny was incomprehensible to me" (x).
Chester: yes, a popular fashion show for doxies
from Manchester and Scouseland, but vastly overpriced and really only for those who like animated roulette.
An anecdote collected by Draper in 1874 suggests Pattie spent his last evening with his 2 doxies
, Virginia Sal -- a buxom young redhead -- and Virginia Poll or Paul(ina): "one of whom was seen plaiting his long Hair just on the eve of the battle while the other lay in his bosom and sung him a song".
"predators, trollops, cheats, mousies, doxies
A hundred years on from Cookson's classic "unhand me, Sir Jasper" bosom heavings, the dialogue dipped deliciously from plummy puddings with lines like "you revolting little twerp" to dance hall doxies
delivering right-handers and later apologising because they were "a pint or two for the worse".
Trouble was this guy kept bringing his doxies
back to the launch in the middle of the night and humping them like it was going out of style.