FISHERMAN. No; Prince Pretty-man.
AMARYLLIS. So! -- drag him hence, Till torture of the rack produce his sense. Exeunt. 30
BAYES. Mark how I make the horror of his guilt confound his intellects -- for he's out at one and t'other; and that's the design of this scene.
SMITH. I see, sir, you have a several design for every scene. 35
BAYES. Aye, that's my way of writing, and so, sir, I can dispatch you a whole play, before another man, 'y gad, can make an end of his plot.
BAYES. So, now enter Prince Pretty-man in a rage. -- Where the devil is he? Why, Pretty-man! Why, when, I say? Oh, fie, fie, fie, fie! all's marred, I vow to gad, quite marred.
-- Phoo, pox! you are come too late, sir; now 5 you may go out again, if you please. I vow to gad, Mr. -- a -- I would not give a button for my play, now you have done this.
PRETTY-MAN. What, sir?
BAYES. What, sir! 'Slife, sir, you should 10 have come out in choler, rous1 upon the stage, just as the other went off. Must a man be eternally telling you of these things?
JOHNSON. Sure, this must be some very notable matter that he's so angry at. 15
SMITH. I am not of your opinion.
BAYES. Pish! come, let's hear your part, sir.
PRETTY-MAN.2 Bring in my father; why d'ye keep
him from me?
Although a fisherman, he is my father!
Was ever son yet brought to this distress, 20 To be, for being a son, made fatherless? Ah, you just gods, rob me not of a father:
The being of a son take from me rather. Exit.
SMITH. Well, Ned, what think you now?
JOHNSON. A devil! this is worst of all. -- Mr. 25 Bayes, pray what's the meaning of this scene?
BAYES. O, cry you mercy, sir; I purest I forgot to tell you. Why, sir, you must know that, long before the beginning of this play, this prince was taken by a fisherman. 30
SMITH. How, sir -- taken prisoner?
BAYES. Taken prisoner! O Lord, what a question's there! did ever any man ask such a question? Godsookers, he has put the plot quite out of my head with this damned question. What was I 35 going to say?
JOHNSON. Nay, the Lord knows; I cannot imagine.
BAYES. Stay, let me see -- taken. O, 'tis true. Why, sir, as I was going to say, his highness 40 here, the Prince, was taken in a cradle by a fisherman and brought up as his child.
BAYES. Nay, prithee, hold thy peace. -- And so, sir, this murder being committed by the river- 45 side, the fisherman, upon suspicion, was seized; and thereupon the prince grew angry.
SMITH. So, so; now 'tis very plain.
JOHNSON. But, Mr. Bayes, is not this some disparagement to a prince to pass for a fisher 50 man's son? Have a care of that, I pray.
BAYES. No, no, not at all; for 'tis but for a while: I shall fetch him off again presently, you shall see.
Enter PRETTY-MANand THIMBLE.
PRETTY-MAN. By all the gods, I'll set the world on fire 55 Rather than let 'em ravish hence my sire.
THIMBLE. Brave Pretty-man, it is at length revealed That he is not thy sire who thee concealed.
BAYES. Lo, you now; there he's off again.
JOHNSON. Admirably done, i' faith. 60
BAYES. Aye, now the plot thickens very much upon us.
PRETTY-MAN. What oracle this darkness can evince?
Sometimes a fisher's son, sometimes a prince.
It is a secret, great as is the world, 65 In which I, like the soul, am tossed and hurled. The blackest ink of fate, sure, was my lot,
And, when she writ my name, she made a blot. Exit.
BAYES. There's a blust'ring verse for you now.
SMITH. Yes, sir, but why is he so mightily 70 troubled to find he is not a fisherman's son?
BAYES. Phoo! that is not because he has a mind to be his son, but for fear he should be thought to be nobody's son at all.
SMITH. Nay, that would trouble a man, in 75 deed.
BAYES. So; let me see.
[BAYES] (reads). 'Enter Prince Volscius going out of town.'
SMITH. I thought he had been gone to Piccadillé.
BAYES. Yes, he gave it out so; but that was only to cover his design. 5
JOHNSON. What design?
BAYES. Why, to head the army that lies concealed for him in Knightsbridge.
JOHNSON. I see here's a great deal of plot, Mr. Bayes. 10
BAYES. Yes, now it begins to break; but we shall have a world of more business anon.____________________