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Should all that use the seas be reckon'd cap
tains, There's not a ship should have a scullion in her To keep her clean.
War. Do you scorn me, mistress Susan? Am I a subject to be jeer'd at?
Enter FRANK. Car. Master Francis Thorney, you are welcome indeed; your father expected your coming. How does the right worshipful knight, Sir Arthur Clarington, your master ?
Frank. In health this morning. Sir, my duty.
[Aside. Sus. You must excuse me.
Frank. Virtuous mistress Susan. Kind mistress Katherine.
Gentlemen, to both Good time o’th' day.
Som. The like to you.
War. 'Tis he: A word, friend. (Aside to Som.) On my life, this
is the man Stands fair in crossing Susan's love to me. Som. I think no less; be wise and take no no
tice on't ;
Som. Prithee, friend, no more.
Car. Gentlemen all, there's within a slight dinner ready, if you please to taste of it. °Master Thorney, master Francis, master Somerton ! Why, girls! what, huswives ! will you spend all your forenoon in tittle-tattles ? away; it's well, i'faith. Will you go in, gentlemen ?
Thor. We'll follow presently; my son and I
[Exeunt all but THORNEY and FRANK. Thor. I think you guess the reason, Frank, for
which I sent for you.
Frank. Yes, sir.
Thor. I need not tell you
whole estate's encumber'd; Nor have I any clue to wind it out, But what occasion proffers me; wherein, you
should falter, I shall have the shame, And you
the loss. On these two points rely Our happiness or ruin. If you marry With wealthy Carter's daughter, there's a portion Will free
land; all which I will instate, Upon the marriage, to you: otherwise I must be of necessity enforced To make a present sale of all; and yet, For ought I know, live in as poor distress, Or worse, than now I do; you hear the sum: I told you thus before; have you consider'd on't ?
Frank. I have, sir; and however I could wish To enjoy the benefit of single freedom, For that I find no disposition in me To undergo the burden of that care That marriage brings with it; yet to secure And settle the continuance of your credit,
I humbly yield to be directed by you
Thor. You have already used
truth,You love her, do you not?
Frank. 'Twere pity, sir,
Thor. Better you had been unborn.
i'rank. Else, sir,
Thor. Oh, thou art a villain !
Frank. To me, sir, this ! oh, my cleft heart!
Thor. To thee, Son of my curse. Speak truth and blush, thou
monster! Hast thou not married Winnifrede, a maid Was fellow-servant with thee?
Frank. Some swift spirit Has blown this news abroad; I must outface it.
[Aside. Thor. Do you study for excuse ? why all the
country Is full on't.
Frank. With your license, 'tis not charitable, I'm sure it is not fatherly, so much To be o'ersway'd with credulous conceit Of mere impossibilities; but fathers Are privileged to think and talk at pleasure. Thor. Why, canst thou yet deny thou hast no
wife? Frank. What do
an atheist ?
Thor. Thou hast, dissembler.
Frank. Sir, though mine innocence
Thor. From whom?
on I must: Fate leads me; I will follow.] With the usual inconsiste What may confirm you.
Thor. Yes, and wonder at it.
Frank. Alas! I knew
Thor. My good son,
Re-enter Old CARTER and Susan. Car. Why, master Thorney, do you mean to talk out your dinner? the company attends your coming. What must be, master Frank ? or son Frank? I am plain Dunstable.*
Thor. Son, brother, if your daughter like to have
Frank. I dare be confident, she is not alter'd
fair maid ? ency of those who seek to smother their conscience by plunging deeper into guilt, Frank observes, just below, that the fate which here “ leads him on,” pursues him !–GIFFORD.
I am plain Dunstable.] i. e. Blunt and honest. The proverb is of very ancient date, and is not even yet quite worn out; only, as Sir Hugh says, the phrase is a little variutions: for, with the usual propensity of our countrymen to assist the memory by alliteration, a man like Carter is now Downright Dunstable.-GIFFORD. “ As plain as Dunstable road” occurs among the Proverbs of Bedfordshire, given by Fuller in his Worthies; and hence, no doubt, the application of the phrase to plain and honest people.