Lock. And so, after all this mischief, I must stay here to be entertained with your caterwauling, Mistress Puss! Out of my sight, wanton strumpet! you shall fast and mortify yourself into reason, with now
|and then a little handsome discipline to bring||80|
Peachum then intends to outwit me in this affair; but I'll be even with him. The dog is leaky in his liquor, so I'll ply him that way, get the secret from him, and turn this affair to my own advantage.
|Lions, wolves, and vultures don't live together in||5|
|of the world, indeed, he may quote thousands of||10|
Thus gamesters united in friendship are found,
Though they know that their industry all is a
But if by mishap
They fail of a chap,
|To keep in their hands, they each other entrap.||20|
Now, Peachum, you and I, like honest tradesmen, are to have a fair trial which of us two can overreach
|the other. Lucy! (Enter LUCY.) Are there||25|
Lucy. Filch, sir, is drinking a quartem1 of strong waters in the next room with Black Moll.
Lock. Bid him come to me.
Lock. Why, boy, thou lookest as if thou wert half starved; like a shotten herring.2
FILCH. One had need have the constitution of a horse to go thorough the business. Since the favo
|rite child-getter was disabled by a mishap, I have||5|
|for another session.||10|
Lock. Truly, if that great man should tip off,3 'twould be an irreparable loss. The vigor and prowess of a knight-errant never saved half the ladies in distress that he hath done. But, boy, canst thou
|tell me where thy master is to be found?||15|
FILCH. At his lock, sir, at the Crooked Billet.
Lock. Very well. I have nothing more with you. (Exit FILCH.) I'll go to him there, for I have many important affairs to settle with him; and in the way
|of those transactions I'll artfully get into his||20|
Macheath in a fine tarnished coat, BEN BUDGE, MATT OF THE MINT.
Mach. I am sorry, gentlemen, the road was so barren of money. When my friends are in difficulties, I am always glad that my fortune can be serviceable to them. (Gives them money.) You see, gentle
|men, I am not a mere court friend, who professes||5|
SCENE III. 9|0I02Q sure, 'tis.____________________
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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: 559.
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