Discover LYDIAshowing in H0GGARD and PRABBLE. PRABBLEis a little provincial grocer, very small, but very self-important.
LYDIA. The Minister's in his study. I'll tell him you're here.
PRABBLE. Miss Fletcher's not come home yet?
LYDIA. No, she hasn't.
HOGGARD. Not come home! How's that?
LYDIA. Because she's stayed away. (Exit.)
HOGGARD. Prabble, I have my suspicions about this girl's visit to London. (Sits.)
PRABBLE. Ah! London is a sink of iniquity. I lived there three months when I was a young man.
HOGGARD. I think as deacons of the chapel we ought to get from Fletcher some explanation of his daughter's absence.