AIM. Your caution may be necessary. -- 130 Then I presume you're no captain?
GIB. Not I, sir; captain is a good travelling name, and so I take it; it stops a great many foolish inquiries that are generally made about gentlemen that travel; it gives a man an air of something, and 135 makes the drawers obedient: -- and thus far I am a captain, and no farther.
AIM. And pray, sir, what is your true profession?
GIB. O sir, you must excuse me! -- Upon my word, sir, I don't think it safe to tell you. 140
AIM Ha, ha, ha I upon my word, I commend you.
Well, Mr. Bonniface, what's the news?
BON. There's another gentleman below, as the saying is, that hearing you were but two, would be glad to make the third man, if you would give 145 him leave.
AIM. What is he?
BON. A clergyman, as the saying is.
AIM. A clergyman! Is he really a clergyman? or is it only his travelling name, as my friend the 150 captain has it?
BON. O sir, he's a priest, and chaplain to the French officers in town.
AIM. Is he a Frenchman?
BON. Yes, sir, born at Brussels. 155
GIB. A Frenchman, and a priest! I won't be seen in his company, sir; I have a value for my reputation, sir.
AIM. Nay, but, captain, since we are by ourselves -- Can he speak English, landlord? 160
BON. Very well, sir; you may know him, as the saying is, to be a foreigner by his accent, and that's all.
AIM. Then he has been in England before?
BON. Never, sir; but he's a master of lan 165 guages, as the saying is -- he talks Latin -- it does me good to hear him talk Latin.
AIM. Then you understand Latin, Mr. Bonniface?
BON. Not I, sir, as the saying is; but he talks 170 it so very fast, that I'm sure it must be good.
AIM. Pray, desire him to walk up.
BON. Here he is, as the saying is.
FOI. Save you, gentlemens, both.
AIM. [Aside]. A Frenchman! - [To FOIGARD] 175 Sir, your most humble servant.
FOI. Och, dear joy1 I am your most faithful shervant, and yours also.
GIB. Doctor, you talk very good English, but you have a mighty twang of the foreigner. 180
FOI. My English is very vel for the vords, but we foreigners, you know, cannot bring our tongues about the pronunciation so soon.
AIM. (aside). A foreigner! a downright Teague,2 by this light! -- Were you born in France, 185 doctor?
FOI. I was educated in France, but I was borned at Brussels; I am a subject of the King of Spain, joy.
GIB. What King of Spain, sir? speak!
FOI. Upon my shoul, joy, I cannot tell you 190 as yet.3
AIM. Nay, captain, that was too hard upon the doctor; he's a stranger.
FOI. Oh, let him alone, dear joy; I am of a nation .that is not easily put out of countenance. 195
AIM. Come, gentlemen, I'll end the dispute. -- Here, landlord, is dinner ready?
BON. Upon the table, as the saying is.
AIM. Gentlemen - pray -- that door --
FOI. No, no, raft, the captain must lead. 200
AIM. No, doctor, the church is our guide.
GIB. Ay, ay, so it is. Exit foremost, they follow.
Scene changes to a gallery in LADY BOUNTIFUL'S
Enter ARCHER and SCRUB Singing, and hugging one another, SCRUB with a tankard in his hand, GIPSEY listening at a distance.
SCRUB. Tall, all dall! -- Come, my dear boy, let's have that song once more.
ARCH. No, no, we shall disturb the family. -- But will you be sure to keep the secret?
SCRUB. Pho! upon my honor, as I'm a gentle 5 man.
ARCH. 'Tis enough. -- You must know, then, that my master is the Lord Viscount Aimwell; he fought a duel t'other day in London, wounded his man so dangerously that he thinks fit to withdraw till he 10 hears whether the gentleman's wounds be mortal or not. He never was in this part of England before, so he chose to retire to this place, that's all.
GIP. [aside]. And that's enough for me. Exit.
SCRUB. And where were you when your 15 master fought?
ARCH. We never know of our masters' quarrels.
SCRUB. No? If our masters in the country here receive a challenge, the first thing they do is to tell their wives; the wife tells the servants, the se 20 vants alarm the tenants, and in half an hour you shall have the whole county in arms.
ARCH. To hinder two men from doing what they have no mind for. -- But if you should chance to talk now of my business? 25____________________