ward in our preparations. In short, Sir--at that instant a cursed gnawing seized my stomach, that I could not help telling her that both you and myself seldom make a good meal now-a-days once in a quarter of a year.
GAYLESS. Hell and confusion, have you betrayed me, villain? Did not you tell me this moment she did not in the least suspect my circumstances?
SHARP. No more she did, Sir, till I told her.
GAYLESS. Very well; and was this your skill and dexterity?
SHARP. I was going to tell you; but you won't hear reason. My mel20 ancholy face and piteous narration had such an effect upon her generous bowels, that she freely forgives all that's past.
GAYLESS. Does she, Sharp?
SHARP. Yes; and desires never to see your face again; and, as a farther consideration for so doing, she has sent you half a guinea. (Shows the money.)
GAYLESS. What do you mean?
SHARP. To spend it, spend it, Sir; and regale.
GAYLESS. Villain, you have undone me!
SHARP. What, by bringing you money, when you are not worth a farthing in the whole world? Well, well, then to make you happy30 again, I'll keep it myself; and wish somebody would take it in their head to load me with such misfortunes. (Puts up the money.)
GAYLESS. Do you laugh at me, rascal?
SHARP. Who deserves more to be laughed at! ha, ha, ha! Never for the future, Sir, dispute the success of my negotiations, when even you, who know me so well, can't help swallowing my hook. Why, Sir, I could have played with you backwards and forwards at the end of my fine, till I had put your senses into such a fermentation, that you should not have known in an hour's time, whether you was a fish or a man.40
GAYLESS. Why, what is all this you have been telling me?
SHARP. A downright lie from beginning to end.
GAYLESS. And have you really excused me to her?
SHARP. No Sir; but I have got this half guinea to make her excuses to you; and, instead of a confederacy between you and me to deceive her, she thinks she has brought me over to put the deceit upon you.
GAYLESS. Thou excellent fellow!____________________