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Sir Ar. Already ?
Frank. And more than so, sir, I have promis'd her
Sir Ar. Honest Frank !
Sir Ar. As for the money, 'Tis all thine own; and though I cannot make thee A present payment, yet thou shalt be sure I will not fail thee.
Frank. But our occasions
Sir Ar. Nay, nay, Talk not of your occasions; trust my bounty, It shall not sleep.--Hast married her i' faith, Frank? "Tis well, 't is passing well;—then, Winnifrede, Once more thou art an honest woman. Frank, Thou hast a jewel, love her; she 'll deserve it. And when to Waltham?
Frank. She is making ready :
Sir Ar. Most provident speed.
Frank. Sir, I cannot ; newly
Sir Ar. Marry, and do; I know thou hast a wit
Frank. I have a suit to you.
Sir Ar. What is it?
Frank. That you 'll please
Sir Ar. How?
Hath certainly inform'd him, that I purposed
Sir Ar. But what is there to quit
Frank. Why you were not A witness to it.
Sir Ar. I conceive; and thenHis land confirm'd, thou wilt acquaint him tho
Sir Ar. Provided
Frank. Alas, sir,
Sir Ar. Draw thyself the letter,
[Exit. Sir Ar. Go thy way, cuckoo !-have I caught the
young man ? One trouble then is freed. He that will feast At other's cost, must be a bold-faced guest.
Enter WINNIFREDE in a riding-suit. , is
The worst is past; thy lip, wench: [Kisses her.)–I
must bid Farewell, for fashion's sake; but I will visit thee Suddenly, girl. This was cleanly carried ; Ha! was't not, Win? But come, wench, tell me, when Wilt thou appoint a meeting ?
Win. What to do?
Sir Ar. Good, good! to con the lesson of our loves, Our secret game.
Win. Oh, blush to speak it further.
Sir Ar. I for trial ?
Win. Can you name
asham'd After so many months to be honest at last? Away, away ! fie on't !
Win. My resolution Is built upon a rock. This very day Young Thorney vow'd, with oaths not to be doubted, That never any change of love should cancel The bonds, in which we are to either bound, Of lasting truth: and shall I then for my part Unfile the sacred oath set on record In Heaven's book? Sir Arthur, do not study To add to your lascivious lust the sin Of sacrilege; for if you but endeavour By any unchaste word to tempt my constancy, You strive as much as in you lies to ruin A temple hallow'd to the purity
11. e. assure you.
Of holy marriage. I have said enough ;
Sir Ar. Get you to your nunnery,
Sir Ar. Yes ;
W in. None that I'll send for
Sir Ar. Go thy ways; as changeable a baggage As ever cozen'd knight; I 'm glad I am rid of her. Honest! marry, hang her! Thorney is my debtor; I thought to have paid him too; but fools have fortune.
Edmonton.- A Room in Carter's House.
Enter Old THORNEY and CARTER.” Thor. You offer, master Carter, like a gentleman; I cannot find fault with it, 't is so fạir.
Cur. No gentleman I, master Thorney; spare the mastership, call me by my name, John Carter. Master is a title neither my father, nor his before him, were acquainted with; honest Hertfordshire yeomen; such a one am I; my word and my deed shall be proved one at all times. I mean to give you no security for the marriage-money.
Thor. How! no security ? although it need not so long as you live; yet who is he has surety of his life one hour? Men, the proverb says, are mortal ; else, for my part, I distrust you not, were the sum double.
Car. Double, treble, more or less, I tell you, master Thorney, I'll give no security. Bonds and bills are but terriers to catch fools, and keep lazy knaves busy; my security shall be present payment. And we here, about Edmonton, hold present payment as sure as an alderman's bond in London, master Thorney.
Thor. I cry you mercy, sir; I understood you not.
Car. I like young Frank well, so does my Susan too; the girl has a fancy to him, which makes me ready in my purse. There be other suitors within, that make much noise to little purpose. If Frank love Sue, Sue shall have none but Frank: 't is a mannerly girl, master Thorney, though but a homely man's daughter: there have worse faces looked out of black bags, man.
Thor. You speak your mind freely and honestly. I marvel my son comes not; I am sure he will be here some time to-day.
Car. To-day or to-morrow, when he comes he shall be welcome to bread, beer, and beef, yeoman's fare; we have no kickshaws: full dishes, whole bellyfuls. Should I diet three days at one of the slender city-suppers, you might send me to BarberSurgeon's hall the fourth day, to hang up for an anatomy.—Here come they that, Enter WARBECK with Susan, SOMERTON with KATHE
How now, girls! every day play-day with you? Valentine's day, too, all by couples ? Thus will young folks do when we are laid in our graves, master Thorney: here's all the care they take. And how do you find the wenches, gentlemen? Win'em and wear 'em; they shall choose for themselves by my consent. War. You speak like a kind father.
Sue, thou hear'st