Daffodil's lodgings. Enter Daffodil and Ruffle.
DAFFODIL. But are you sure, Ruffle, that you delivered the letter last night in the manner I ordered you?
RUFFLE. Exactly, Sir.
DAFFODIL. And are you sure that Mr. Dotterel saw you slip the note into his wife's hand?
RUFFLE. I have alarmed him, and you may be assured that he is as uneasy as you would wish to have him. But I should be glad, with your honor's leave, to have a little serious conversation with you; for my mind forebodes much peril to the bones of your humble servant, and very little satisfaction to your honor10.
DAFFODIL. Thou art a most incomprehensible blockhead.
RUFFLE. No great scholar or wit, indeed; but I can feel an oak sapling as well as another. Aye, and I should have felt one last night, if I had not had the heels of all Mr. Dotterel's family. I had the whole pack after me.
DAFFODIL. And did not they catch you?
RUFFLE. No, thank heaven.
DAFFODIL. You was not kicked, then?
RUFFLE. No, sir.
DAFFODIL. Nor caned?20
RUFFLE. No, sir.
DAFFODIL. Nor dragged through a horse-pond?
RUFFLE. Oh lord, no, Sir!
DAFFODIL. That's unlucky.
DAFFODIL. You must go again, Ruffle; tonight perhaps you may be in better luck.
RUFFLE. If I go again, sir, may I be caned, kicked, and horseponded for my pains? I believe I have been lucky enough to bring an old house over your head30.
DAFFODIL. What d'ye mean?
RUFFLE. Mr. Dotterel only hobbled after me, to pay me the postage of your letter; but being a little out of wind, he soon stopped to curse and swear at me. I could hear him mutter something of scoundrel and pimp, and my master, and villain, and blunderbuss and sawpit. And then he shook his stick and looked like the devil.____________________