Mach. At the tree1 shall suffer with pleasure, At the tree I shall suffer with pleasure. 15 Let me go where I will,
In all kinds of ill,
I shall find no such furies as these are.
Peach. Ladies, I'll take care the reckoning shall be discharged. 20
Exit Macheath, guarded, with PEACHUMand Constables.
The Women remain.
VIX. Look ye, Mrs. Jenny, though Mr. Peachum may have made a private bargain with you and Suky Tawdry for betraying the captain, as we were all assisting, we ought all to share alike.
COAX. I think Mr. Peachum, after so long an 5 acquaintance, might have trusted me as well as Jenny Diver.
SLAM. I am sure at least three men of his hanging, and in a year's time too (if he did me justice) should be set down to my account. 10
TRULL. Mrs. Slammekin, that is not fair. For you know one of them was taken in bed with me.
JENNY. As far as a bowl of punch or a treat, I believe Mrs. Suky will join with me. As for anything else, ladies, you cannot in conscience ex 15 pect it.
SLAM. [inviting TRULL to precede her in leaving the room]. Dear madam -----
TRULL. I would not for the world -----
SLAM. 'Tis impossible for me ----- 20
TRULL. As I hope to be saved, madam -----
SLAM. Nay, then I must stay here all night.
TRULL. Since you command me.
Exeunt with great ceremony.
Lockit, Turnkeys, Macheath, Constables.
Lock. Noble captain, you are welcome. You have not been a lodger of mine this year and half. You know the custom, sir. Garnish,2 captain, garnish. [To Turnkey.] Hand me down those fetters there. 5
Mach. Those, Mr. Lockit, seem to be the heaviest of the whole set! With your leave, I should like the further pair better.
Lock. Look ye, captain, we know what is fittest for our prisoners. When a gentleman uses me 10 with civility, I always do the best I can to please him. -- Hand them down, I, say. -- We have them of all prices, from one guinea to ten, and 'tis fitting every gentleman should please himself.
Mach. I understand you, sir. (Gives money.) 15 The fees here are so many, and so exorbitant, that few fortunes can bear the expense of getting off handsomely, or of dying like a gentleman.
Lock. Those, I see, will fit the captain better. Take down the further pair. -- Do but examine 20 them, sir -- never was better work. How genteelly they are made! They will fit as easy as a glove, and the nicest man in England might not be ashamed to wear them. (He puts on the chains.) If I had the best gentleman in the land in my custody I could 25 not equip him more handsomely. And so, sir -- I now leave you to your private meditations.
Man may escape from rope and gun;
Nay, some have out-lived the doctor's pill;
Who takes a woman must be undone,
That basilisk is sure to kill.
The fly that sips treacle is lost in the sweets, 5 So he that tastes woman, woman, woman, He that tastes woman, ruin meets.
To what a woeful plight have I brought myself! Here must I (all day long, till I am hanged) be confined to hear the reproaches of a wench who lays 10 her ruin at my door. I am in the custody of her father, and to be sure, if he knows of the matter I shall have a fine time on't betwixt this and my execution. -- But I promised the wench marriage. -- What signifies a promise to a woman? does not 15 man in marriage itself promise a hundred things that he never means to perform? Do all we can, women____________________