TAG. She'll make him a cuckold though, for all that, if you force her to marry him.30
AUNT. You shock me, Tag, with your coarse expressions. I tell you her chastity will be her guard, let her husband be what he will.
TAG. Chastity! Never trust to that, Madam. Get her a husband that's fit for her, and I'll be bound for her virtue. But with such a one as Sir Simon, I'm a rogue if I'd answer for my own.
AUNT. Well, Tag, the child shall never have reason to repent of my severity. I was going before to my lawyer's to speak about the articles of marriage. I will now put a stop to 'em for some time, till we can make farther discoveries.
TAG. Heaven will bless you for your goodness. Look where the poor40 bird comes, quite moped and melancholy. I'll set my pump at work and draw something from her before your return, I warrant you.
There goes a miracle. She has neither pride, envy, or ill-nature, and yet is near sixty and a virgin.
BIDDY. How unfortunate a poor girl am I. I dare not tell my secrets to anybody, an if I don't I'm undone. Heigho! (Sighs.) Pray, Tag, is my aunt gone to her lawyer about me? Heigho!
TAG. What's that sigh for, my dear young mistress?
BIDDY. I did not sigh, not 1. (Sighs.)
TAG. Nay, never gulp 'em down. They are the worst things you can50 swallow. There's something in that little heart of yours that swells it and puffs it and will burst it at last, if you don't give it vent.
BIDDY. What would you have me tell you? (Sighs.)
TAG. Come, come, you are afraid I'll betray you, but you had as good speak. I may do you some service you little think of.
BIDDY. It is not in your power, Tag, to give me what I want. (Sighs.)
TAG. Not directly, perhaps; but I may be the means of helping you to it, as for example--If you should not like to marry the old man your aunt designs for you, one might find a way to break --
BIDDY. His neck, Tag?60
TAG. Or the match. Either will do, Child.
BIDDY. I don't care which indeed, so I was clear of him. I don't think I'm fit to be married.
TAG. To him, you mean. You have no objection to marriage but the man, and I applaud you for it. But come; courage, Miss, never keep it in. Out with it all.____________________