POLLY. ----- My distresses are doubled.
LUCY. When you come to the tree, should the
POLLY. I'm bubbled, etc.
Mach. Be pacified, my dear Lucy -- this is all a fetch1 of Polly's to make me desperate with you in
|case I get off. If I am hanged, she would fain||70|
|POLLY. And hast thou the heart to persist in||75|
Mach. And hast thou the heart to persist in persuading me that I am married? Why, Polly, dost thou seek to aggravate my misfortunes?
|LUCY. Really, Miss Peachum, you but ex||80|
POLLY. Cease your funning,
Force or cunning
|Never shall my heart trapan.2||85|
Are but malice
To seduce my constant man.
'Tis most certain,
|By their flirting,||90|
Never happy in their own!
|POLLY. Decency, madam, methinks, might||95|
Mach. But, seriously, Polly, this is carrying the joke a little too far.
|LUCY. If you are determined, madam, to||100|
POLLY. Give me leave to tell you, madam, these
|forward airs don't become you in the least,||105|
LUCY. Why, how now, Madam Flirt?
If you thus must chatter;
|And are for flinging dirt,||110|
POLLY. Why, how now, saucy jade;
Sure, the wench is tipsy!
|(To him.) How can you see me made||115|
(To her.) Saucy jade!
LUCY, Macheath, POLLY, PEACHUM.
Peach. Where's my wench? -- Ah, hussy! hussy! Come you home, you slut; and when your fellow is hanged, hang yourself, to make your family some amends.
|POLLY. Dear, dear father, do not tear me from||5|
Peach. Sure all women are alike! If ever they
|commit the folly, they are sure to commit an||10|
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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: 556.
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