MR. STOCKWELL. No--but I'm sure on't. That's better.10
JENNY. Lud! You'd make one mad.
MR. STOCKWELL. And you'd make me a fool if you could. No, no, I'm an ass, a poor simpleton that may be led by the nose. But you may tell my daughter that she shall marry Harlowe this night. And you may tell your friend Belford to let his creditors know that they need not stop proceedings. And you, madam, may return to your Jelly-shop and give my compliments to little Tom and all the little family. Ha, ha, ha! Exit.
JENNY. What does he mean by his Jelly-house--little Tom and all the little family? There's something at the bottom of this I cannot yet20 fathom. But I will fathom it. I never was out of a secret yet that I had a mind to find out--and that's all that have come across me-- and my pride won't let me be long out of this. I will go directly to Mr. Belford's, where we'll lay our heads together and beget such a piece of mischief that shall be hard for the devil himself, if he has the impudence to try confusions with me. Exit.
SCENE, the street before Stockwell's house. Mr. Stockwell, Martin, and Slip.
MR. STOCKWELL. Come, son-in-law, we'll go to my banker's and see how our cash stands, and settle matters as well as we can.
MARTIN. I'll attend you, sir, with pleasure. Cash or notes--all the same to me.
MR. STOCKWELL. I wish you'd take the houses, son-in-law; 'twould be more convenient for me and a greater advantage to you.
MARTIN. Advantage, sir? I scorn to take any advantage of you. I hate mean views. I desire nothing better than my bargain. The money and your daughter's charms are sufficient for your poor Man- humble servant.10
MR. STOCKWELL. Well, well, come along; we don't quite understand one another. Exit.
MARTIN. But we do. (To Slip.) The day's our own. Get everything ready to make our retreat good.
SLIP. Ay, ay, get you the money, and I'll be ready with the equipage.
"Thus far our arms have with success been crowned." I have only one doubt remaining, and that's about this same portion. I don't relish this dividing a booty. How shall I cheat Martin? I should deserve to be canonized could I but cheat that rogue of