mon dessert, see the heaps of gold drawn on all hands, without going to twelve.1 Let us go to my Lady Goodly's. 920
MAN. There, to flatter her looks, you must mistake her grandchildren for her own; praise her cook, that she may rail at him; and feed her dogs, not yourself.
FREE. What d'ye think of eating with your 925 lawyer, then?
MAN. Eat with him! damn him! To hear him employ his barbarous eloquence in a reading upon the two-and-thirty good bits in a shoulder of veal,2 and be forced yourself to praise the cold bribe 930 pie that stinks, and drink law-French wine as rough and harsh as his law-French. A pox on him! I'd rather dine in the Temple-rounds3 or walks, with the knights without noses,4 or the knights of the post, who are honester fellows, and better company. 935 But let us home and try our fortune; for I'll stay no longer here for your damned widow.
FREE. Well, let us go home then; for I must go for my damned widow, and look after my new damned charge. Three or four hundred years 940 ago a man might have dined in this hall.5
MAN. But now the lawyer only here is fed; And, bully-like, by quarrels gets his bread.
Enter MANLY and FIDELIA.
MAN. Well, there's success in thy face. Hast thou prevailed? say.
FID. As I could wish, sir.
MAN. So; I told thee what thou wert fit for, and thou wouldst not believe me. Come, thank me 5 for bringing thee acquainted with thy genius. Well, thou hast mollified her heart for me?
FID. No, sir, not so; but what's better.
MAN. How? what's better!
FID. I shall harden your heart against her. 10
MAN. Have a care, sir; my heart is too much in earnest to be fooled with, and my desire at height, and needs no delays to incite it. What, you are too good a pimp already, and know how to endear pleasure by withholding it? But leave off your 15 page's bawdy-house tricks, sir, and tell me, will she be kind?
FID. Kinder than you could wish, sir.
MAN. So, then: well, prithee, what said she?
FID. She said -- 20
MAN. What? thou'rt so tedious: speak comfort to me; what?
FID. That of all things you are her aversion.
FID. That she would sooner take a bedfellow 25 out of an hospital, and diseases, into her arms, than you.
FID. That she would rather trust her honor with a dissolute debauched hector, nay worse, with a 30 finical baffled 6 coward, all over loathsome with affectation of the fine gentleman.
MAN. What's all this you say?
FID. Nay, that my offers of your love to her were more offensive than when parents woo their 35 virgin-daughters to the enjoyment of riches only; and that you were in all circumstances as nauseous to her as a husband on compulsion.
MAN. Hold! I understand you not.
FID. (aside). So, 'twill work, I see. 40
MAN. Did not you tell me --
FID. She called you ten thousand ruffians.
MAN. Hold, I say.
FID. Brutes --
MAN. Hold. 45
FID. Sea-monsters --
MAN. Damn your intelligence! Hear me a little now.
FID. Nay, surly coward she called you too.
MAN. Won't you hold yet? Hold, or -- 50
FID. Nay, sir, pardon me; I could not but tell you she had the baseness, the injustice, to call you coward, sir; coward, coward, sir.
MAN. Not yet? --
FID. I've done. Coward, sir. 55
MAN. Did not you say she was kinder than I could wish her?
FID. Yes, sir.
MAN. How then? -- Oh! -- I understand you now. At first she appeared in rage and disdain, 60 the truest sign of a coming woman; but at last you prevailed, it seems: did you not?
FID. Yes, sir.
MAN. So then, let's know that only; come, prithee, without delays. I'll kiss thee for that 65 news beforehand.____________________