NURSE. That, miss, is for fear you should be drank before you are ripe. 20
MISS. Oh, don't you trouble your head about that: I'm as ripe as you, though not so mellow.
NURSE. Very well; now have I a good mind to lock you up again, and not let you see my lord tonight. 25
MISS. My lord? Why, is my husband come?
NURSE. Yes, marry is he, and a goodly person too.
MISS (hugging Nurse). O my dear nurse, forgive me this once, and I'll never misuse you again; 30 no, if I do, you shall give me three thumps on the back, and a great pinch by the cheek.
NURSE. Ah, the poor thing, see how it melts; it's as full of good-nature as an egg's full of meat.
MISS. But, my dear nurse, don't lie now; is 35 he come, by your troth?
NURSE. Yes, by my truly, is he.
MISS. O Lord! I'll go put on my laced smock, though I'm whipped till the blood run down my heels for't. Exit running. 40
NURSE. Eh ----- the Lord succor thee, how thou art delighted! Exit after her.
[Another room in the house.]
Enter SIR TUNBELLY and YOUNG FASHION. A Servant with wine.
SIR TUN. My lord, I am proud of the honor to see your lordship within my doors, and I humbly crave leave to bid you welcome in a cup of sack wine.
Y. FAS. Sir, to your daughter's health. 5
SIR TUN. Ah, poor girl, she'll be scared out of her wits on her wedding night; for, honestly speaking, she does not know a man from a woman, but by his beard, and his britches.
Y. FAS. Sir, I don't doubt but she has a 10 virtuous education, which, with the rest of her merit, makes me long to see her mine. I wish you would dispense with the canonical hour, and let it be this very night.
SIR TUN. Oh, not so soon, neither; that's 15 shooting my girl before you bid her stand. No, give her fair warning: we'll sign and seal to-night if you please, and this day seven-night -- let the jade look to her quarters.
Y. FAS. This day sennight? ----- Why, what! 20 do you take me for a ghost, sir? 'Slife, sir, I'm made of flesh and blood, and bones and sinews, and can no more live a week without your daughter -- (aside) than I can live a month with her.
SIR TUN. Oh, I'll warrant you, my hero; 25 young men are hot, I know, but they don't boil over at that rate, neither; besides, my wench's wedding gown is not come home yet.
Y. FAS. Oh, no matter, sir; I'll take her in her shift. (Aside.) A pox of this old fellow; he'll 30 delay the business till my damned star finds me out, and discovers me. (To Sir TUNBELLY.) Pray, sir, let it be done without ceremony; 'twill save money.
SIR TUN. Money? ----- save money when Hoyden's to be married? Udswoons, I'll give my 35 wench a wedding dinner, though I go to grass with the King of Assyria1 for't; and such a dinner it shall be, as is not to be cooked in the poaching of an egg. Therefore, my noble lord, have a little patience; we'll go and look over our deeds and settlements im 40 mediately; and as for your bride, though you may be sharp set before she's quite ready, I'll engage for my girl, she stays your stomach at last. Exeunt.
[A room in SIR TUNBELLY's house.]
Enter MISS HOYDEN and Nurse.
NURSE. Well, miss, how do you like your husband that is to be?
MISS. O Lord, nurse, I'm so overjoyed, I can scarce contain myself.
NURSE. Oh, but you must have a care of being 5 too fond, for men nowadays hate a woman that loves 'em.
MISS. Love him? Why, do you think I love him, nurse? I'cod, I would not care if he were hanged, so I were but once married to him. No ----- that 10 which pleases me, is to think what work I'll make when I get to London; for when I am a wife and a lady both, nurse, i'cod, I'll flaunt it with the best of 'em.
NURSE. Look, look, if his honor be not coming 15 again to you; now if I were sure you would behave yourself handsomely, and not disgrace me that have brought you up, I'd leave you alone together.
MISS. That's my best nurse: do as you would be done by; trust us together this once, and if I 20 don't show my breeding from the head to the foot of me, may I be twice married, and die a maid!
NURSE. Well, this once I'll venture you; but if you disparage me -----
MISS. Never fear; I'll show him my parts, I'll 25 warrant him. Exit Nurse.
(Sola.) These old women are so wise when they get