months together. -- Since the act too against imprisonment for small sums my loss there too hath
been very considerable; and it must be so, when a
gown, and I not have the least hank upon her! And,
o' my conscience, now-a-days most ladies take a delight in cheating, when they can do it with safety.
|lady can borrow a handsome petticoat, or a clean ||35|
PEACH. Madam, you had a handsome gold watch
ing we must have our profit -- to a gentleman upon
the road, a gold watch will be scarce worth the taking.
|of us t'other day for seven guineas. Consider ||40|
TRAPES. Consider, Mr. Peachum, that watch was
remarkable and not of very safe sale. If you have
winter wear, and take with most gentlemen who deal
with my customers. 'Tis I that put the ladies upon a
good foot. 'Tis not youth or beauty that fixes their
price. The gentlemen always pay according to their
|any black velvet scarfs -- they are a handsome ||45|
those hussies make nothing of bilking of me. Then,
too, allowing for accidents. I have eleven fine customers now down under the surgeon's hands; what
with fees and other expenses, there are great goings-
|dress, from half a crown to two guineas; and yet ||50|
for at least a month's clothing. We run great risks --
great risks indeed.
|out, and no comings-in, and not a farthing to pay ||55|
PEACH. As I remember, you said something just
now of Mrs. Coaxer.
of a suit of my own clothes about two hours ago, and
have left her as she should be, in her shift, with a
lover of hers, at my house. She called him up stairs,
as he was going to Marybone in a hackney coach.
And I hope, for her own sake and mine, she will 65
persuade the captain to redeem her, for the captain
is very generous to the ladies.
| TRAPES. Yes, sir. To be sure, I stripped her ||60|
LOCK. What captain?
TRAPES. He thought I did not know him. An
-- only Captain Macheath -- as fine as a lord.
|intimate acquaintance of yours, Mr. Peachum||70|
PEACH. Tomorrow, dear Mrs. Dye, you shall set
your own price upon any of the goods you like. We
have at least hall a dozen velvet scarfs, and all at
you a present of this suit of nightclothes for your own
wearing? But are you sure it is Captain Macheath?
|your service. Will you give me leave to make ||75|
TRAPES. Though he thinks I have forgot him;
nobody knows him better. I have taken a great
second-hand, for he always loved to have his ladies
|deal of the captain's money in my time at ||80|
PEACH. Mr. Lockit and I have a little business
with the captain -- you understand me -- and we
|will satisfy you for Mrs. Coaxer's debt. ||85|
LOCK. Depend upon it -- we will deal like men of
TRAPES. I don't enquire after your affairs -- so
whatever happens, I wash my hands on't. It hath
assist another. But if you please, I'll take one of
the scarfs home with me: 'tis always good to have
something in hand. [Exeunt.]
|always been my maxim, that one friend should ||90|
Jealousy, rage, love and fear are at once tearing
me to pieces. How I am weatherbeaten and shattered with distresses!
AIR XLVII. One evening, having lost my way.
I'm like a skiff on the ocean tossed,
With her rudder broke, and her anchor lost,
Deserted and all forlorn.
While thus I lie rolling and tossing all night,
That Polly lies sporting on seas of delight!
|Now high, now low, with each billow borne, ||5|
Shall appease my restless sprite.
|Revenge, revenge, revenge, ||10|
I have the ratsbane ready. I run no risk, for I
can lay her death upon the gin, and so many die of
that naturally that I shall never be called in ques
could be hanged for anything that would give me
greater comfort than the poisoning that slut.
|tion. But say I were to be hanged -- I never ||15|
FILCH. Madam, here's our Miss Polly come to
wait upon you.____________________
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Book title: British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan.
Contributors: George Henry Nettleton - Editor, Arthur Eillicot Case - Editor.
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Place of publication: Boston; New York.
Publication year: 1939.
Page number: 562.
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