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Ang. This will last out a night in Russia, • When nights are longest there : I'll take my leave, “ And leave you to the hearing of the cause; 141 « Hoping, you'll find good cause to whip them all. Escal. I think no less: Good imorrow to your lordship.

[Exit ANGELO « Now, sir, come on : What was done to Elbow's " wife, once more ?

Clown. Once, sir ? there was nothing done to her

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Froth. No, indeed.
Clown. Very well : you being then, if you be re-
member'd, cracking the stones of the foresaid prunes.
Froth. Ay, so I did, indeed.
Clown. Why, very well : I telling you then, if
you be remember'd, that such a one, and such a one,
were past cure of the thing you wot of, unless they
kept very good diet, as I told you.”
" Froth. All this is true,
Clown. Why, very well then.
Escal. Come, you are a tedious fool: to the pur.
pose.-What was done to Elbow's wife, that he
hath cause to complain of? come me to what was
done to her.
* Clown. Sir, your honour cannot come to that yet

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Escal. No, sir, nor I mean it not.
- Clown, Sir, but you shall come to it, by your
onour's leave: And, I beseech you, look into
naster Froth here, sir; a man of fourscore pound
year; whose father dy'd at Hallowmas :-Was't
ot at Hallowmas, master Froth ?
Froth. All-hollond eve.
Clown. Why, very well : I hope here be truths :
-, sir, sitting, as I say, in a lower chair, sir ;-
as in the Bunch of grapes, where, indeed, you
e a delight to sit, have you not ?
Froth. I have so; because it is an open room, and

Elb. I beseech you, sir, ask him what this man « did to my wife.

Clown. I beseech your honour, ask me. 150 ... Escal. Well, sir; what did this gentleman to her?

Clown. I beseech you, sir, look in this gentle5 mạn's face :-Good master Froth, look upon his 6 honour; 'tis for a good purpose : Doth your ho

nour mark his face?
Escal. Ay, sir, very well.
Clown. Nay, I beseech you mark it well.
« Escal. Well, I do so.
Clown. Doth your honour see any harm in his face?
Escal. Why, no.

160 Clown. I'll be suppos’d upon a book, his face is $the worst thing about him: Good then; if his face “ be the worst thing about hiin, how could master “ Froth do the constable’s wife any haim? I would s know that of your honour,

Escal. He's in the right: constable, what say you 66 to it?

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** Elb. First, an it like you, the house is a respect" ed house ; next, this is a respected fellow; and his « mistress is a respected woman.

170 Clown. By this hand, sir, his wife is a more res“ pected person than any of us all.

" Elb. Varlet, thou liest; thou liest, wicked varlet: " the time is yet to come, that she was ever respected 66 with man, woman, or child.

Clown. Sir, she was respected with him before he marry'd with her.

Escal. Which is the wiser here? Justice or Ini« quity ?-Is this true ?

179 Elb. O thou caitiff! O thou varlet! O thou wicked “ Hannibal! I respected with her, before I was mar"ry'd to her? If ever I was respected with her, or ** she with me, let not your worship think me the poor " duke's officer :-Prove this, thou wicked Hannibal, “ or I'll have mine action of battery on thee.

" Escal. If he took you a box o'the ear, you might s have your action of slander too.

Elb. Marry, I thank your good worship for it : " What is't your worship’s pleasure I shall do with ** this wicked caitiff?

190 “ Escal. Truly, officer, because he hath some offen* ces in him, that thou wouldst discover if thou o couldst, let him continue in his courses, till thou "s know'st what they are.

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. ed house; next, this is a respected fellow; and his “inistress is a respected woman.

170 "Clown. By this hand, sir, his wife is a more res. pected person than any of us all.

Elb. Varlet, thou liest; thou liest, wicked varlet: “ the time is yet to come, that she was ever respected “ with man, woman, or child.

Clown. Sir, she was respected with him before he marry'd with her. Escal. Which is the wiser here ? Justice or Ini

. quity ?-Is this true ?

179 Elb. O thou caitiff'! O thou varlet! Othou wicked · Hannibal! I respected with her, before I was marry'd to her? If ever I was respected with her, or she with me, let not your worship think me the poor duke's officer :--Prove this, thou wicked Hannibal

, or I'll have mine action of battery on thee. Escal. If he took you a box o'the ear, you might have your

action of slander too. * Elb. Marry, I thank your good worship for it: Vhat is’t your worship’s pleasure I shall do with

" thee; thou art to continue now, thou varlet; thou «« art to continue. “ Escal. Where were you born, friend ?

[To FROT. « Froth, Here in Vienna, sir. Escal. Are you of fourscore pounds a year? Froth. Yes, and't please you, sir. « Escal. So.-What trade are you of, sir ?

[ To the Clown. Clown. A tapster ; a poor widow's tapster. « Escal. Your mistress's name? << Clown. Mistress Overdone. " Escal. Hath she had any more than one husband ? Clown. Nine, sir; Over-done by the last. 208

* Escal. Nine!-- Come hither to me, master Froth. “ Master Froth, I would not have you acquainted is with tápsters; they will draw you, master Froth, “ and you will hang them: Get you gone, and let " me hear no more of you.

'Froth. I thank your worship: For mine own part, "I never come into any room in a taphouse, but I 66 am drawn in.

Escal. Well ; no more of it, master Froth: fare. ik wel.--Come you hither to me, master Tapster; “ what's your name, master Tapster?

Clown. Pompey. ** Escal. What else? « Clown. Bum, sir.

« Escal. Troth, and your bum is the greatest thing “ about you ; so that, in the beastliest sense, you are

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190 Escal. Truly, officer, because he hath some offen. s in him, that thou wouldșt discover it thou uldst, let him continue in his courses, till thou Olv'st what they are. Elb. Marry, I thank your worship for it:-Thou st, thou wicked varlet now, what's come upon

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« better for you.
« Clown. Truly, sir, I am a poor fellow that would live.
«« Escal. How would you live, Pompey? by being

båwd? What do you think of the trade, Pompey? " is it a lawful trade?

232 Clown. If the law will allow it, sir.

Escal. But the law will not allow it, Pompey; " nor it shall not be allowed in Vienna.

« Clown. Does your worship mean to geld and spay * all the youth in the city? Escal. No, Pompey?

238 “ Clown. Truly, sir, in my poor opinion, they will * to't then : If your worship will take order for the " drabs and the knaves, you need not to fearthe bawds.

" Escal. There are pretty orders beginning, I can “ tell you : it is but heading and hanging.

Clown. If you head and hang all that offend that

way but for ten year together, you'll be glad to give " out a commission for more heads. If this law hold « in Vienna ten years, I'll rent the fairest house in it, « after three pence a bay: If you live to see this come “ to pass, say, Pompey told you so.

249 Escal. Thank you, good Pompey: and in re« quital of your prophecy, hark you, I advise you, " let me not find you before me again upon any com

plaint whatsoever, no, not for dwelling where you “ do; if I do, Pompey, I shall beat you to your tent,

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Pompey the great. Pompey, you are partly a bawd, Pompey, howsoever you colour it in being tapster; Tre you not? come, tell me true; it shall be the etter for you. Clown. Truly, sir, I am a poor fellow that would live. Escal. How would you live, Pompey?' by being bawd? What do you think of the trade, Pompey? it a lawful trade?

23% Clown. If the law will allow it, sir. Escal. But the law will not allow it, Pompey; it shall not be allowed in Vienna. lown. Does your worship mean to geld and spay he youth in the city ? cal. No, Pompey? wn. Truly, sir, in my poor opinion, they will then : If your worship will take order for the and the knaves, you need not to fearthe bawds. il. There are pretty orders beginning, I can u: it is but heading and hanging. n. If you head and hang all that offend that it for ten year together, you'll be glad to give ommission for more heads. If this law hold ia ten years, I'll rent the fairest house in it, ee pence a bay: If you live to see this come say, Pompey told you so.

249 Thank you, good Pompey: and in reyour prophecy, hark you, I advise you, t find you before me again upon any comatsoever, no, not for dwelling where you lo, Pompey, I shall beat you to your tent,

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Pompey, I shall have you whipt: so, for this time, Pompey, fare you

well. Clown. I thank your worship for your good coun. " sel; but I shall follow it, as the flesh and fortune « shall better determine.

260 Whip me ? No, no: let carman whip his jade ; “The valiant heart's not whipt out of his trade. [Exit.

Escal. Come hither to me, master Elbow; come “ hither, master constable. How long have you

been “in this place of constable?

Elb. Seven year and a balf, sir. Escal. I thought, by your readiness in the office, you had continued in it some time: You say, seven years together? Elbu And a half, sir.

270 Escal. Alas! it hath been great pains to you! they “ do you wrong to put you so oft upon't : Are there “ not mien in your ward sufficient to serve it?

Elb. Faith, sir, few of any wit in such matters :

as they are chosen, they are glad to chuse me for “ them; I do it for some piece of money, and go “ through with all.

Escal. Look you, bring me in the names of some "six or seven, the most sufficient of your parish.

Elb. To your worship’s house, sir ? 280

Escal. To my house : Fare you well, “ What's a clock, think you

Just. Eleven, sir.
Escal. I pray you home to dinner with me.

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