JER. Ay, ay, fair words butter no cabbage; but guardian, make her sign, sign and seal; for otherwise, if you knew her as well as I, you would not trust her word for a farthing.
FREE. I warrant thee, squire. -- Well, wid 595 ow, since thou art so generous, I will be generous too; and if you'll secure me four hundred pound a year, but during your life, and pay my debts, not above a thousand pound, I'll bate you your person, to dispose of as you please. 600
WID. Have a care, sir, a settlement without a consideration is void in the law: you must do something for't.
FREE. Prithee, then let the settlement on me be called alimony, and the consideration, our sep 605 aration. Come; my lawyer, with writings ready drawn, is within, and in haste. Come.
WID. But what! no other kind of consideration, Mr. Freeman? Well, a widow, I see, is a kind of a sinecure, by custom of which the unconscion 610 able incumbent enjoys the profits without any duty, but does that still elsewhere. Exeunt omnes.
The scene changes to Olivia's lodging.
Enter OLIVIA with a candle in her hand.
OLIV. So, I am now prepared once more for my timorous young lover's reception. My husband is gone; and go thou out too, thou next interrupter of love. -- (Puts out the candle.) Kind darkness, that frees us lovers from scandal and bashfulness, from 5 the censure of our gallants and the world! -- So, are you there?
Enter to OLIVIA, FIDELIA, followed softly by MANLY.
Come, my dear punctual lover, there is not such another in the world; thou hast beauty and youth to please a wife; address and wit, to amuse1 and 10 fool a husband; nay, thou hast all things to be wished in a lover, but your fits. I hope, my dear, you won't have one tonight; and that you may not, I'll lock the door, though there be no need of it but to lock out your fits; for my husband is just gone out of 15 town again. Come, where are you?
(Goes to the door and locks it.)
MAN. (aside). Well, thou hast impudence enough to give me fits too, and make revenge itself impotent, hinder me from making thee yet more infamous, if it can be. 20
OLIV. Come, come, my soul, come.
FID. Presently, my dear; we have time enough, sure.
OLIV. How? time enough! True lovers can no more think they ever have time enough than 25 love enough. You shall stay with me all night; but that is but a lover's moment. Come.
FID. But won't you let me give you and myself the satisfaction of telling you how I abused your husband last night? 30
OLIV. Not when you can give me, and yourself too, the satisfaction of abusing him again tonight. Come.
FID. Let me but tell you how your husband --
OLIV. Oh, name not his, or Manly's more 35 loathsome name, if you love me! I forbid 'em last night: and you know I mentioned my husband but once, and he came. No talking, pray; 'twas ominous to us. -- (A noise at the door.) You make me fancy a noise at the door already, but I'm resolved not 40 to be interrupted. Where are you? Come, for rather than lose my dear expectation now, though my husband were at the door, and the bloody ruffian Manly here in the room, with all his awful insolence, I would give myself to this dear hand, to be led 45 away to heavens of joys which none but thou canst give. -- (The noise at the door increases.) But what's this noise at the door? So, I told you what talking would come to. Ha! -- O heavens, my husband's voice! -- (OLIVIA listens at the door.) 50
MAN. (aside). Freeman is come too soon.
OLIV. Oh, 'tis he! -- Then here's the happiest minute lost that ever bashful boy or trifling woman fooled away! I'm undone! my husband's reconcilement too was false, as my joy all delusion. But 55 come this way, here's a back door.
Exit, and returns.
The officious jade has locked us in, instead of locking others out; but let us then escape your way, by the balcony; and whilst you pull down the curtains I'll fetch from my closet what next will best secure 60 our escape. I have left my key in the door, and 'twill not suddenly be broke open. Exit.
(A noise as it were people forcing the door.)
MAN. Stir not, yet fear nothing.
FID. Nothing but your life, sir.
MAN. We shall now know this happy man 65 she calls husband.
OLIV. Oh, where are you? What, idle with fear? Come, I'll tie the curtains, if you will hold. Here, take this cabinet and purse, for it is thine, if we escape; -- (MANLY takes from her the cabinet and70purse) -- therefore let us make haste.
MAN. 'Tis mine indeed now again, and it shall never escape more from me, to you at least.
(The door broken open, enter VERNISH alone,____________________