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But you may heare it: for wee are all of Counsell.
The gentle Mr. Practise, hath dealt clearly, 5 And nobly with you, Madam. Lad. Ha’you talk'd with him? And made the overture ? Com. Yes, first I mov'd The busines trusted to me, by your Ladiship, l' your owne words, almost your very Sillabes :
Save where my Memory trespallid 'gainst their elegance : 10 For which I hope your pardon. Then I inlarg'd
In my owne homely stile, the speciall goodnesse,
So without ends, conditions, any tye
To call him to your kindred, to your veines,
With such a portion; which when hee had heard, 30 And most maturely acknowledg'd (as his calling
Tends all unto maturity) he return'd A thankes, as ample as the Curtelie, (In my opinion) said it was a Grace,
Too great to be rejected, or accepted
Hee was not to prevaricate, with your Ladiship,
Refuse it, since he could not with his honesty, 30 (Being he was ingag'd before) receive it. Pal. The same he said to me. Com. And name the
party. Pal. He did, and he did not. Com. Come, leave
your Schemes, And fine Amphibolies, Parlon. Pal. You'll heare more.
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Pol. Why, now your Ladiship is free to choose, The Courtier Sir Diaphanous : he shall doe it,
35 Ile move it to him my selfe. Lad. What will you move
to him ? Pol. The making you a Countesse. Lad. Stint,
fond woman. Know you the partie Mr. Practise meanes ?
To Compafle. Com. No, but your Parson sayes he knowes, Madam.
Lad. I feare he fables ; Parson doe you know
the hideous secret
Lad. Will Mr. Practise be of Councell against us?
Com. He is a Lawyer, and must speake for his Fee, 55
60 Offer to meddle, let them take their couise :
53 Enter at a distance, in discourse, sir Moth Interest, Practice, and Bias. G 44 mad.) mad ? 1716,
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Dispatch, and marry her off to any husband;
So he lay downe the portion, though he gueld it :
Something in hand is better, then no birds; .
The wealth of fix East Indian Fleets at least!
Pla. And will you make me a Vi-countesse too? For
Interest. Practise. Bias. Compalle. Palate. Rnt. To them.
I doe confesse it, as a just man should.
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69 Pol. [to Diaphanous.] G 75 (Exit. G 76 For,] sir ? G 78 [Exeunt sir Diaphanous and Placentia. G Act . . . Ironside.] om. G 1 Int.] Sir Moth. [coming forward.] G Rnt.] Rut. 1692– W
To the relation : I will still be just.
Pra. But (as you knew to use it i' that time)
Pra. A direct bargaine, and in open sale market.
Int. And what I have furnish'd him with all o' the by, To appeare, or so : A matter of foure hundred, 25 To be deduc'd upo' the payment, Bia. Right. You deale like a just man still. Int. Draw up this Good Mr. Practise, for us, and be speedy.
Pra. But here's a mighty gaine Sir, you have made Of this one stock! the principall first doubled, In the first seven yeare; and that redoubled I' the next leven! beside fixe thousand pound, There's threescore thousand got in fourteene yeare, After the usual rate of ten i' the hundred, And the ten thousand paid. Int. I thinke it be! 35
Pra. How will you scape the clamour, and the envie ?
22 Those) these. W, f market. W, f
23 in open sale market.] sale in open
Int. Let 'hem exclaime, and envie : what care I ? Their murmurs raise no blisters i' my flesh.
My monies are my blood, my parents, kindred : 40 And he that loves not those, he is unnatural:
I am perswaded that the love of monie
I find me able make good the Assertion. 45 To any reasonable mans understanding.
And make him to confesse it. Com. Gentlemen, Doctors, and Schollers, yo'll heare this, and looke for As much true secular wit, and deepe Lay-sense,
As can be showne on such a common place. 50 Int. First, wee all know the soule of man is infinite
In what it covets. Who desireth knowledge,
No hard thing, for a coveting man, to prove 55 Or to confesse, hee aimes at infinite wealth. Com. His soule lying that way. Int. Next, every
man Is i’ the hope, or possibility Of a whole world : this present world being nothing,
But the dispersed issue of first one: 6. And therefore I not see, but a just man May with just reason, and in office ought Propound unto himselfe. Com. An infinite wealth! Ile beare the burden: Goe you on Sir Moath.
Int. Thirdly, if wee consider man a member, 65 But of the body politique, we know,
By just experience, that the Prince hath need
Com. There you went out o' the road, a little from us.
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