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Trů. How will you go out of the house, Sir? He knows you are i’ the house, and he'll watch you this se'nnight, but he'll have you: He'll out-wait a serjeant for you.

La-F. Why, then I'll stay here.

Iru. You must think how to victual yourself in time then,

La-F. Why, sweet master Truewit, will you entreat my cousin Otter to send me a cold venison pasty, a bottle or two of wine, and a pallet to lie on?

Trų. Oh, I would not advise you to sleep, by any means.

La-F. Would not you, Sir? why, then I will not.

Tru. Yet there's another fear.
La-F. Is there, Sir? What is't?

Tru. No, he cannot break open this door with bis foot, sure.

La-F. I'll set my back against it, Sir. I have a good back.

Tru. But then if he should batter?

La-F. Batter! If he dare, I'll have an action of battery against him.

Tru. Caft you the worst. He has fent for powder already, and what he will do with it, no man knows: Perhaps blow up the corner 'o' the house where he suspects you are. Think upon fome satisfaction, or terms, to offer him.

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La-F. Sir, I'll give him any fatisfaction: I dare give any terms.

Tru, You'll leave it to me then ?
La-F. Ay, Sir: I'll stand to any conditions.

[Goes into the closet. Tru. How now? what think you, Sirs ? [He calls forth Cler. and Dau.] Were't not a difficult thing to determine, which of these two fear'd most?

Cler. Yes, but this fears the bravest: The other, a whindling daftard, Jack Daw! But La-Foole, a brave heroick coward ! and is afraid in a great look, ärd a stout accent. I like him rarely.

Tru. Had it not been pity these two should have been conceal'd ?

Cler. Shall I go fetch the ladies to the catastrophe ?

Tru. Umph! Ay, by my troth. Do, Clerimont, fetch 'em, and discourse to 'em all that's pass’d, and bring 'em into the gallery here.

Dau. This is thy extreme vanity now: Thou think'st thou wert undone, if every jest thou mak'st were not publish’d.

Tru. Thou shalt see how unjust thou art prefently. Clerimont, say it was Dauphine's plot.

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Trust me not, if the whole drift be not for thy good. [Exit Clerimont.] There's a fcarf i the next room, put it on, and be ready when I call Amorous. Away!--John Daw!

Daw peeping out of the clofet.
Daw. What good news, Sir?

Tru. Faith, I have followed, and argued with him hard for you. I told him you were a knight, and a scholar, and that you knew fortitude did consist magis patiendo quàm faciendo, magis ferenda quàm feriendo.

Daw. It doth fo indeed, Sir.

Tru. And that you would suffer, I told him: So at first he demanded, by my troth, in my conceit, too much.

Daw. What was it, Sir?
Tru. Your upper lip, and fix oʻyour foré-teeth.
Daw. 'Twas unreasonable.

Trú. Nay, I told him plainly, you could not spare 'em all. So after long argument (pro & con, as you know) I brought him down to your two butter-teeth, and them he would have.

Daw. Oh, did you so? Why, he shall have 'em.

Tru. But he shall not, Sir, by your leave. The conclusion is this, Sir: Because you shall be very

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boast he has done any such thing to you in his own 1 person, he is to come here in disguise, give you

five, kicks in private, Sir, take your sword from siyou, and lock you up in that study during pleasure: Which will be but a little while ; we'll get it releas'd presentlya ... !

Daw. Five kicks? He shall have fix, Sir, to be friends.

Tru. Believe me, you shall not over-shoot yourfelf, to send him that word by me.

Daw. Deliver it, Sir, he shall have them with all my heart, to be friends.

Tru. Friends ? Nay, an he should not be fo, and heartily too, upon these terms, he shall have me to enemy while I live. Come, Sir, bear it bravely.

Daw. Oh, Sir, 'tis nothing. Tru. True. What's six kicks to a man that reads Seneca ?

Daw. I have had a hundred, Sir.

Ladies enter here, brought by Clerimont, and listen.

Tru. Sir Amorous ! No speaking one to another, or rehearsing old matters. [Dauphine comes forth and kicks him.

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Daw. One, two, three, four, five. I protest, Sir Amorous, you shall have fix.

Tru. Nay, I told you, you should not talk. Come, give him fix, an he will needs. Your fword. Now return to your safe custody; you shall presently meet afore the ladies, and be the dearest friends one to another. [Exit Daw.] Give me the scarf now, thou shalt beat the other barefac'd. Stand by-Sir Amorous !

Re-enter Sir Amorous.

La-F. What's here? a sword ? Tru. I cannot help it, without I should take the quarrel upon myself. Here he has fent you his sword

La-F. :'ll receive none on't.

Tru. And he wills you to faften it against a wall, and break your head in some few several places against the hilts.

La-F. I will not, tell him roundly. I cannot endure to shed my own blood.

Tru. Will you not?

La-F. No. I'll beat it against a fair flat wall, if that will satisfy him: If not, he shall beat it himself for Amorous.

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