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good friends hereafter, and this never to be remember'd or upbraided; besides, that he may not boast he has done any such thing to you in his own person, he is to come here in disguise, give you

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

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.

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Ladies enter here, brought by Clerimont, and liften.

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. i'll receive none on't.

Tru. And he wills you to fasten 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 fiat wall, if that will satisfy him: If not, he shall beat it himself for Amorous.

Tru. Why, this is strange starting off, when a

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man undertakes for you! I offer'd him another condition; will you stand to that?

La-F. Ay, what is't?
Tru. That you will be beaten in private.
La-F. Yes, I am content, at the blunt.

Tru. Then you must submit yourself to be hooda wink'd in this scarf, and be led to him, where he will take your sword from you, and make you bear a blow over the mouth, and tweaks by the nose out of number.

La-F. I am content. But why must I be blinded?

Tru. That's for your good, Sir; because if he should grow insolent upon this, and publish it hereafter to your disgrace (which I hope he will not do) you might swear safely, and protest, he never beat you, to your knowledge.

La-F. Oh, I conceive.

Tru. I do not doubt but you'll be perfect good friends upon't, and not dare to utter an ill thought one of another in future.

La-F. Not I, as Heaven help me, of him.

Tru. Nor he of you, Sir. If he should Come, Sir. All hid ?-Sir John!

[Dauphine enters to tweak him. La-F. Ok, Sir John, Sir John! Oh, 0-0-0-0-0Oh

Tru. Good Sir John, leave tweaking; you'll blows VOL. III.

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his nose off. 'Tis Sir John's pleasure, you should retire into the study. Why, now you are friends. All bitterness between you, I hope, is buried; you shall come forth by and by, Damon and Pythias upon't, and embrace with all the rankness of friendship that can be. [Exit La-Foole.] I trust, we shall have 'em tamer i' their language hereafter. Dauphine, I worship thee. Heaven's will! the ladies have surpriz'd us.

Haughty, Centaure, Mavis, Mrs. Otter, Epicæene,

and Trusty, come forward, having discovered part of ihe past scene.

Hau. Centaure, how our judgments were impos'd on by these adulterate knights !

Cen. Nay, madam, Mavis was more deceiv'd than we; 'twas her commendation utter'd 'em in the college.

Mavis. I commended but their wits, inadam, and their braveries. I never look'd towards their valours.

Hau, Sir Dauphine is valiant, and a wit toq, it seems.

Mavis. And a bravery too.
Hau. Was this his project ?

Mrs. Otter. So master Clerimont intimates, madam.

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Mavis. He is a very worthy gentleman.
Cen. I could love a man for such a nofe!
Mavis. Or such a leg!
Cen. He has an excellent good eye, madam.
Mavis. And a very good look !

Tru. See how they eye thee, man! They are taken, I warrant thee.

Hau. You have unbrac'd our brace of knights here, master Truewit.

Tru. Not I, madam; it was Sir Dauphine's engine.

Hau. I am glad of the fortune (besides the difcovery of two such empty caskets) to gain the knowledge of fo rich a mine of virtue as Sir Dauphine.

Cen. We would be all glad to stile him of our friendship, and fee him at the college.

Mavis. He cannot mix with a sweeter fociety, I'll prophesy; and I hope he himself will think so.

Dau. I should be rude to imagine otherwise, lady.

Tru. Did not I tell thee, Dauphine ? But pure sue it now, thou hast 'em.

Hau. Shall we go in again, Morose ?
Epi. Yes, madam.
Cen. We'll entreat Sir Dauphine's company.
Tru, Stay, good madam, the interview of the

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