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His own man 'till he be angry-to keep
Dame. Ay, but what harm might have come of it, brother?
Well. What, school'd on both sides ! Prithee, Bridget, save me from the rod and lecture.
[Bridget and Well-bred retire. Kite. With what a decent modesty she rates him ! My heart's at ease, and she shall see it is How art thou, wife ? thou look'st both gay and comely, In troth thou dost-I am sent for out, my dear, But I shall soon return. Indeed, my life, Business that forçes me abroad is irksom, I cou'd content me with less gain and 'vantage To have thee more at home, indeed I cou'd.
Dame. Your doubts, as well as love, may breed these thoughts.
Kite. That jar untunes me. What dost thou say? duubt thee?
Dime. But sure, my dear,
Kite. And so she may- And I'll go with thee, child ;
Dame. Why, were you ever so ?
She stabs me home. (Aside) Jealous of thee ?
[Erit. [Well-bred and Bridget come forward. Well. What have you done to make your husband part so merry from you? he has of-late. been little given to laughter.
Dame. He laugh'd indeed, but seemingly without mirth; his behaviour is new and strange : he is much agitated, and has some whimzy in his head, that puzzles mine to read it.
Well. 'Tis jealousy, good sister, and writ so largely that the blind may read it; have not you perceiv’d it yet?
Dume. If I have, 'tis not always prudent that my tongue shou'd betray my eyes, so far my wisdom tends, good brother, and little more I boast-But what makes him ever calling for Cob so? I wonder how he can employ him,
Well. Indeed, sister, to ask how he employs Cob, is a necessary question for you, that are his wife, and a thing not very easy for you to be satisfy'd in-But this, I'll assure you, Cob's wife is an excellent bawd, sister, and oftentimes your husband haunts her house ; marry to what end, I cannot altogether accuse him : imagine you what you think convenient, But I have known fair hides have foul hearts, ere now,
out the back-ward.way. I would to fortune I could take him there, I'd return him his own, I warrant him ! I'd fit hiin for his jealousy!
[Exit. Well. Ha, ha! so, e'en let em go ; this
make sport anon-What, Brain-worm ?
Enter BRAIN-WORM. Brain. I saw the merchant turn the corner, and came back to tell you, all goes well; wind and tide, my master.
Well. But how got'st thou this apparel of the justice's man ?
Brain. Marry, sir, my proper fine penman wou'd needs bestow the grist 'o me at the wind-mill, to hear some martial discourse, where I so marshalled him, that I made him drunk with admiration: and because too much heat was the cause of his distemper, I stript him stark naked, as he lay long asleep, and borrow'd his suit to deliver this counterfeit message in, leaving a rusty armour, and an old brown bill, to watch him 'till my return; which shall be when I have pawn’d his apparel, and spent the better part of his money, perhaps.
Well. Well, thou art a successful merry knave, Brainworm : his absence will be subject for more mirth. I pray thee return to thy roung master, and will him to mect me and my sister Bridget at the Tower instantly ; for here, tell him, the house is so stor’d with jealousy, there is no room for love to stand upright in. We must get our fo:tunes committed to some large prison, say'; and then the Tower, I know no better air, nor where the liberty of the house may do us more present service. Away.
[Exit Brain-worm. Bridg. What, is this the engine that you told me of? What further meaning have you in the plot?
Well. That you may know, fair sister-iir-law how happy a t'iing it is to be fair a'd beautiful.
Bridg. That touches not me, brother.
Well. That's true; that's ev’n the fault of it; for, indeed beauty stands a woman in no stead, unless it procure her t suching -Well, there's a dear and well respected friend of mine, sister, stands very strongly and worthily affected towards you, and have vow'd to infiame whole bone-Gres of zcal at his heart, in honour of your perfections. I have already enga ed my promise to bring you where you shall
hear him confirm much more. Ned Kno'well is the many sister. There's no conception against the party; you are ripe for a husband, and a minutes loss to such an occasion is a great trespass in a wise beauty. -What say you, sister ? On my soul, he loves you. Will you give him the meeting?
Bridg. Faith, I had very little confidence in my own constancy, brother, if I durst not meet.a man: but this motion of yours favours an old kinght adventurer's ser: vant, a little too much, methinks.
Well, what's that, sister?
Bridg. I think she be gone frh, sir.
Kite. How ! is my wife gone forth? whither, for heaven's sake ?
Bridg. I know inot, sir.
. Beca!ise she's not my wife; if she were, ta keep her to her tether.
Kite. So, so; now 'tis too plainI shall go mad
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lose no time; the coast is clear; away, away; the affair is worth it, and cries haste.
Bridg, I trust me to your guidance, brother; and so fore tune for us.
? ha? Bob. Why, what should they say ? but as of a discreet gentleman ? quick, wary, respectful of nature's fair lineaments.: and that's all,
Mat. Why so! but what can they say of your beating?
Bob. A rude part, a touch with soft wood, a kind of gross battery usd, lain on strongly, born most patiently: and that's all. But wherefore do I wake this remembrance? I was fascinated, by Jupiter! fascinated: but I will be unwitched and reveng'd by law.
Mat. Do you hear? i’st not best to get a warrant and have him arrested, and brought before justice Clement ?
Bob, It. were not amiss, would we had it!
Enter BRAIN-WORM as Formal.
Mat. Sir, there is one Doren-right, hath abus'd this gentieman and myself, and we determine to make ourselves a mends by law; now, if you would do us the favour to procure a warrant to bring him before your master, you shall be well considered of, I assure you, sir.
Bruin. Sir, you know my service is my living, sucli fa. vours as these, gotten of my master, is his only preferment, and therefore, you must consider me, as I may make benefit of my place. Mat. How is that, sir?