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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.

Thor. Now
You come as I could wish.
War. Frank Thorney? ha !

[Aside. Sus. You must excuse me.

Frank. Virtuous mistress Susan. Kind mistress Katherine.

Kisses them.

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 ;
He that can win her, best deserves her.

War. Marry
A serving man? mew!

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
Have a few words of business.
Car. At your pleasure.

[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
With what a labyrinth of dangers daily
The best part

of
my

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

my

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,

If

I humbly yield to be directed by you
In all commands.

Thor. You have already used
Such thriving protestations to the maid,
That she is wholly your's; and speak the

truth,You love her, do you not?

Frank. 'Twere pity, sir,
I should deceive her.

Thor. Better you had been unborn.
But is your love so steady, that you mean,
Nay more, desire, to make her your wife?

i'rank. Else, sir,
It were a wrong not to be righted.

Thor. True,
It were :

and
you
will
marry

her ?
Frank. Heaven prosper it,
I do intend it.

Thor. Oh, thou art a villain !
A devil like a man! Wherein have I
Offended all the powers so much, to be
Father to such a graceless, godless son?

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.

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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

you

for?

an atheist ?
One that nor hopes the blessedness of life
Hereafter, neither fears the vengeance due
To such as make the marriage-bed an inn?
Am I become so insensible of losing
The glory of creation's work, my soul ?
Oh, I have lived too long !

Thor. Thou hast, dissembler.
Dar'st thou perséver yet, and pull down wrath
As hot as flames of hell, to strike thee quick
Into the grave of horror ? I believe thee not ;
Get from my sight!

Frank. Sir, though mine innocence
Needs not a stronger witness than the clearness
Of an unperish'd conscience ; yet for that
I was inform’d, how mainly you had been
Possess'd of this untruth,— to quit all scruple
Please you peruse this letter; 'tis to you.

Thor. From whom?
Frank. Sir Arthur Clarington, my master.
Thor. Well, sir.

[Reads.
Frank. On every side I am distracted;
Am waded deeper into mischief
Than virtue can avoid ; but on I must:
Fate leads me; I will follow.*_Aside.) There

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on I must: Fate leads me; I will follow.] With the usual inconsiste What may confirm you.

Thor. Yes, and wonder at it.
Forgive me, Frank; credulity abus'd me.
My tears express my joy; and I am sorry
I injured innocence.

Frank. Alas! I knew
Your rage and grief proceeded from your love
To me; so I conceiv'd it.

Thor. My good son,
I'll bear with many faults in thee hereafter ;
Bear thou with mine.
Frank. The peace is soon concluded.

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

it so.

Frank. I dare be confident, she is not alter'd
From what I left her at our parting last:
Are
you,

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.

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