SCENE: A tavern in Deptford. -- A lapse of three years between Acts II. and III. -- It is a shabby interior, with scores scrawled in chalk upon smoky walls and wainscot. -- Doorway centre giving on the street. From right to centre at back, the corner of the room is cut of in a series of casement windows, all open, showing a bench outside against the inn wall; and a distance. Beside this casement, a table and a seat. Books on the table, ink-horn and quills. -- Left, up, door leading into tap-room. Against the wall, other tables with draught- boards, etc. -- It is afternoon.
Discovered at rise, LODGE, looking bronzed and somewhat older, on the threshold. He enters, looks about, peers out of the casement, sees and tries the quills; opens a book; smile and turns a few pages.