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Act I, Scene III.
Lady, Palate, Rut.
Lad. Hee keeps off all her Suitors, keepes the portion,
That Is a maine one! how much is the portion ? Lad. No petty summe. Pal. But sixteene thousand
pound. Rut. He should be forc'd, Madam, to lay it downe. 10 When is it payable ? Lad. When she is married. Pal. Marry her, marry her, Madam. Rut. Get her
married. Loose not a day, an houre- Pal. Not a minute. Pursue your project reall. Mr. Compasse,
Advis'd you, too. He is the perfect Instrument, 15 Your Ladiship should saile by. Rut. Now, Mr. Compasse Is a fine witty inan; I saw him goe in, now. Lad. Is hee gone in ? Pal. Yes, and a Fether with
him, He seemes a Souldier. Rut. Some new Sutor, Madam.
Lad. I am beholden to him : hee brings ever 20 Variety of good persons to my table, And I must thanke him, though my brother Interest Dislike of it a little. Pal. Hee likes nothing That runs your way. Rut. Troth, and the other cares
not. Hee'll goe his owne way, if he thinke it right.
Act . . . Rut.] om. G [Iron. and Com. go into the house. G 15 Now,] om. G
Lad. Hee's a true friend! and ther's Mr. Practise, 25 The fine young man of Law comes to the house : My brother brooks him not, because he thinkes He is by me assigned for my Neice : Hee will not heare of it. Rut. Not of that eare ; But yet your Ladiship doth wisely in it-
Pal. 'Twill make him to lay downe the portion sooner, If he but dreame you'l match her with a Lawyer.
Lad. So Mr. Compalle sayes. It is betweene The Lawyer, and the Courtier, which shall have her. Bal. Who, Sir Diaphanous Silke-worme ? Rut. A 35
Act I. Scene IV.
writ, and Docind Mr. Compa it be long.
Polish, Lady, Palate, Rut. Pal. Your Ladiship is still the Lady Loadstone That drawes, and drawes unto you, Guests of all sorts : The Courtiers, and the Souldiers, and the Schollers, The Travelleis, Physicians, and Divines, As Doctor Ridley writ, and Doctor Barlow ? They both have wrote of you, and Mr. Compasse. Lad. Wee meane, they shall write more, ere it be long.
Pol. Alas, they are both dead, and 't please you ; But, Your Ladiship meanes well, and shall meane well,
35 Bal.] Pal. 1692, f 38 comes !] Enter mistress Polish. G 40 this ?] Aside to Palate. G Act ... Rut.] om. G
10 So long as I live. How does your fine Neice ?
Doctor sayes so.
Soap-ashes, Loame, and has a dainty spice
Her noble Aunt. Pol. Shee is a noble Aunt ! 20 And a right worshipfull Lady, and a vertuous; I know it well; Rut. Well, if you know it, peace.
Pal. Good sister Polish heare your betters (peake.
Pol. Sir I will speake, with my good Ladies leave, And speake, and speake againe ; I did bring up 25 My Ladies Neice, Mrs. Placentia Steele,
With my owne Daughter (who's Placentia too)
Steele (as I faid) her curious Neice, was left 30 A Legacie to me; by Father, and Mother
With the Nurse, Keepe, that tended her: her Mother
They were a godly couple ! yet both di'd,
I have heard our Pastor say: no, not the faithful !
thus. Pol. And did bequeath her, to my care, and hand, 40 To polish, and bring up. I moulded her,
And fashion'd her, and form'd her; she had the sweat
Both of my browes and braines. My Lady knowes it
Act I. Scene V.
Act ... Ironside.] Enter Compass and Ironside from the house. G
Pol. And lov'd together, like a paire of Turtles ?
Com. Yes. 5 Pol. And feasted all the Neighbours ? Com. Take
her off Some body that hath mercy. Rut. O he knowes her, It seemes ! Com. Or any measure of compassion : Doctors, if you be Christians, undertake One for the soule, the other for the body! 10 Pol. She would dispute with the Doctors of Divinity
At her owne table ! and the Spitle Preachers !
Pol. I lay the Armenians. Com. Nay, I say so too!
Pol. So Mr. Polish calld 'hem, the Armenians ! . 15 Com. And Medes, and Persians, did he not ? Pol.
Yes, he knew 'hem, And so did Mistris Steele! she was his Pupill! The Armenians, he would say, were worse then Papists ! And then the Persians, were our Puritanes, Had the fine piercing wits ! Com. And who, the Medes ? 20 Pol. The midle men, the Luke-warme Protestans ? Rut. Out, out. Pol. Sir she would find them by
their branching : Their branching sleeves, brancht cassocks, and brancht
doctrine, Beside their Texts. Rut. Stint Karlin : Ile not heare,
Confute her Parson. Pol. I respect no Persons, 25 Chaplins, or Doctors, I will speake. Lad. Yes, so't be
Com. Nor sense, if we be Masters of our senses !
12 Arminians ?] Armenians ? 1540 Y., 1692, 1716, W minians, G 24 Persons] Parsons 1692, f