Macheath some trifling liberties, I have this watch and other visible marks of his favor to show for it. A girl who cannot grant some things, and refuse what is most material, will make but a poor hand of her
|beauty, and soon be thrown upon the common.||10|
Virgins are like the fair flower in its lustre,
Which in the garden enamels the ground;
Near it the bees in play flutter and cluster;
And gaudy butterflies frolic around.
To Covent Garden1 'tis sent, (as yet sweet), There fades, and shrinks, and grows past all enduring,
But, when once plucked, 'tis no longer alluring, 15
Rots, stinks, and dies, and is trod under feet.
PEACH. You know, Polly, I am not against your
|toying and trifling with a customer in the way||20|
PEACHUM, POLLY, MRS. PEACHUM.
MRS. PEACHUM (in a very great passion).
Our Polly is a sad slut! nor heeds what we have taught her.
I wonder any man alive will ever rear a daughter!
For she must have both hoods and gowns, and hoops to swell her pride,
With scarfs and stays, and gloves and lace; and she will have men beside;
And when she's dressed with care and cost, all-
As men should serve a cowcumber, she flings herself away.
tempting, fine and gay, 5
Our Polly is a sad slut, etc.
You baggage, you hussy! you inconsiderate jade! had you been hanged, it would not have vexed me, for that might have been your misfortune; but to 10 do such a mad thing by choice! -- The wench is married, husband.
PEACH. Married! The captain is a bold man, and will risk anything for money; to be sure he believes
|her a fortune. -- Do you think your mother||15|
MRS. PEACH. I knew she was always a proud slut; and now the wench hath played the fool and mar
|ried, because forsooth she would do like the||20|
|not many husbands and wives who can bear the||25|
|lected, as if thou hadst married a lord!||30|
PEACH. Let not your anger, my dear, break through the rules of decency, for the captain looks upon himself in the military capacity, as a gentleman by his profession. Besides what he hath already, I
|know he is in a fair way of getting, or of dying;||35|
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Publication information: Book title: British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan. Contributors: George Henry Nettleton - Editor, Arthur Eillicot Case - Editor. Publisher: Boston ; Houghton Mifflin company,.. Place of publication: Boston; New York. Publication year: 1939. Page number: 541.
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