The modes of the court so common are grown
That a true friend can hardly be met;
Friendship for interest is but a loan,
|Which they let out for what they can get.||10|
'Tis true, you find
Some friends so kind,
Who will give you good counsel themselves to defend.
In sorrowful ditty,
|They promise, they pity,||15|
But we, gentlemen, have still honor enough to break through the corruptions of the world. And while I can serve you, you may command me.
|BEN. It grieves my heart that so generous a||20|
MATT. See the partiality of mankind! One man
|may steal a horse, better than another look over||25|
|not more respected.||30|
Mach. There will be deep play tonight at Marybone and consequently money may be picked up upon the road. Meet me there, and I'll give you the hint who is worth setting.1
|MATT. The fellow with a brown coat with||35|
Mach. What do you mean, Matt? Sure you will not think of meddling with him! He's a good honest
|kind of a fellow, and one of us.||40|
BEN. To be sure, sir, we will put ourselves under your direction.
Mach. Have an eye upon the money-lenders. A rouleau2 or two would prove a pretty sort of an
|expedition. I hate extortion.||45|
MATT. Those rouleaus are very pretty things. I hate your bank bills -- there is such a hazard in putting them off.
Mach. There is a certain man of distinction
|who in his time hath nicked me out of a great||50|
|your servant! You'll meet me at Marybone.||55|
A table with wine, brandy, pipes and tobacco.
Lock. The coronation account,5 brother Peachum, is of so intricate a nature that I believe it will never be settled.
Peach. It consists, indeed, of a great variety of
|articles. It was worth to our people, in fees, of||5|
Lock. A lady's tail7 of rich brocade -- that, I see, is disposed of.
|Peach. To Mrs. Diana Trapes, the tally-||10|
Lock. But I don't see any article of the jewels.
|Peach. Those are so well known that they||15|
|Lock. Seven and twenty women's pockets8||20|
Peach. But, brother, it is impossible for us now to enter upon this affair. We should have the whole
|day before us. Besides, the account of the last||25|
Lock. Bring us then more liquor. Today shall be for pleasure -- tomorrow for business. -- Ah
|brother, those daughters of ours are two slippery||30|
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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: 560.
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