Macheath some trifling liberties, I have this watch and other visible marks of his favor to show for it. A girl who cannot grant some things, and refuse what is most material, will make but a poor hand of her beauty, and soon be thrown upon the common. 10
Virgins are like the fair flower in its lustre,
Which in the garden enamels the ground;
Near it the bees in play flutter and cluster;
And gaudy butterflies frolic around.
But, when once plucked, 'tis no longer alluring, 15 To Covent Garden1 'tis sent, (as yet sweet), There fades, and shrinks, and grows past all enduring,
Rots, stinks, and dies, and is trod under feet.
PEACH. You know, Polly, I am not against your toying and trifling with a customer in the way 20 of business, or to get out a secret, or so. But if I find out that you have played the fool and are married, you jade you, I'll cut your throat, hussy. Now you know my mind.
PEACHUM, POLLY, MRS. PEACHUM.
MRS. PEACHUM (in a very great passion).
Our Polly is a sad slut! nor heeds what we have taught her.
I wonder any man alive will ever rear a daughter!
For she must have both hoods and gowns, and hoops to swell her pride,
With scarfs and stays, and gloves and lace; and she will have men beside;
And when she's dressed with care and cost, all- tempting, fine and gay, 5 As men should serve a cowcumber, she flings herself away.
Our Polly is a sad slut, etc.
You baggage, you hussy! you inconsiderate jade! had you been hanged, it would not have vexed me, for that might have been your misfortune; but to 10 do such a mad thing by choice! -- The wench is married, husband.
PEACH. Married! The captain is a bold man, and will risk anything for money; to be sure he believes her a fortune. -- Do you think your mother 15 and I should have lived comfortably so long together, if ever we had been married? Baggage!
MRS. PEACH. I knew she was always a proud slut; and now the wench hath played the fool and married, because forsooth she would do like the 20 gentry. Can you support the expense of a husband, hussy, in gaming, drinking and whoring? have you money enough to carry on the daily quarrels of man and wife about who shall squander most? There are not many husbands and wives who can bear the 25 charges of plaguing one another in a handsome way. If you must be married, could you introduce nobody into our family but a highwayman? Why,thou foolish jade, thou wilt be as ill used, and as much neglected, as if thou hadst married a lord! 30
PEACH. Let not your anger, my dear, break through the rules of decency, for the captain looks upon himself in the military capacity, as a gentleman by his profession. Besides what he hath already, I know he is in a fair way of getting, or of dying; 35 and both these ways, let me tell you, are most excellent____________________