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call your uncle presently: I have fitted my divine and my canonist, dy'd their beards and all. Come, master doctor, and master parfon, look to your parts now, and discharge 'em bravely; you are well set forth, perform it as well. If you chance to be out, do not confess it with standing still, or. humming, or gaping one at another ; but go on, and talk aloud, and eagerly; use vehement action, and only remember your terms, and you are safe. Here he comes: Set your faces, and look superciliously, while I present you.
Enter Morose and Dauphine. Mor. Are these the two learned men ? Tru. Yes, Sir; please you salute 'em !
Mor. Salute 'em? I had rather do any thing, than wear out time so unfruitfully, Sir.
Tru.We'll go to the matter then. [Sitat the table.] Gentlemen, master doctor, and master parson, I have acquainted you sufficiently with the business for which you are come hither; and
you are not now to inform yourselves in the state of the queftion, I know. This is the gentleman who expects your resolution; and therefore, when you please, begin.
Otter. Please you, master doctor. .
Cut. It must give place to positive divinity, Sir.
Mor. Nay, good gentlemen, do not throw me into circumstances. Let your comforts arrive quickly at me, those that are. Be swift in affording me my peace, if so I shall hope any. For the cause of noise, am I now a suitor to you. You do not know in what a misery I have been exercis'd this day, what a torrent of evil! My very house turns round with the tumult! I dwell in a windmill! The perpetual motion is here.
Tru. Well, good master doctor, will you break the ice? Master parson will wade after.
Cut. Sir, tho' unworthy, and the weaker, I will presume.
Otter. 'Tis no presumption, domine doctor.
Cut. Your question is, for how many causes a man may have divortium legitimum, a lawful divorce. First, you must understand the nature of the word divorce, a divertendo.
Mor. No excursions upon words, good doctor ; to the question briefly.
Cut. I answer then, the canon-law affords divorce but in few cases; and the principal is in the common case, the adulterous cafe : But there are duodecim impedimenta, twelve impediments (as we call 'em) all which do not dirimere contractum, but irritum reddere matrimonium, as we say in the canonlaw; not take away the bond, but cause a nullity therein.
Mor. I understood you before: Good Sir, avoid your impertinency of translation. Otter. He cannot open this too much, Sir, by
· Mor. Yet more! - Tru. Oh, you must give the learned men leave, Sir. To your impediments, master doctor.
Cut. The first is impedimentum erroris.
Otter. If thou contract thyself to one persong. thinking her another.
Cut. Then error fortune.
Otter. If she be a beggar, and you thought her rich.
Cut. Then error qualitatis.
Otter. If she prove stubborn or head-strong, that you thought obedient.
Mor: How? Is that, Sir, a lawful' impediment? One at once, I pray you, gentlemen.
Otter. Ay, 'ante copulam, but not post copulam, Sir.
Trů. Alas, Sir, what a hope are we fall’n from!
The fourth is cognatio: if the persons be of kin within the degrees.
Otter. Ay, do you know what the degrees are,Sir?
Mor. No, nor I care not, Sir; they offer me no comfort in the question, I am sure.
Cut. But there is a branch of this impediment may, which is cognatio spiritualis: If you were her. god-father, Sir, then the marriage is incestuous.
Mor. Oh, me! To end the controversy, I never was a god-father, I never was a god-father in
my life, Sir. Pass to the next.
Cut. The fifth is crimen adulterii ; the known case. The sixth cultús disparitas, difference of religion: Have you ever examin'd her, what religion she is of.
Mor. No, I would rather she were of none, than be put to the trouble of it.
Cut. The seventh is, viz, if it were upon compulsion or force.
: Mor. Oh, no, it was too voluntary, mine, too voluntary.
Cut. The eighth is, ordo; if ever she have taken holy orders.
Otter. That's superstitious, absurd, absurd, and merely apoftatical.
Cut. You shall pardon me, master parfon ; I can prove that
Otter. You can prove a will, master doctor ; you can prove nothing else. Does not your own canon fayxHæc focianda vetant connubia, facta retractant.
Cút. I grant you ; but how do they retractare, master parson? Mr. Oh, this was it I feard. Peace, good echoes! Oh, mine ears, mine ears!
Tru. Nay, good Sir, attend the learned men. They have near done. Proceed to the next, Sirs. Cat. The ninth is, ligamen, Otter. If you were bound to any other before,
Mor. No, no, I thrust myself too soon into these etters it. The tenth is, publica honeftas.
Ay, and is but leve impedimentum. . The eleventh is, afinitas ex fornicatione.
tier. Which is no less vera affinitas, than the other, master doctor. -Cut. True, quæ oritur ex legitimo matrimonio.
Puter. You say right, venerable doctor: And, nafcitur ex eo
Cut. I conceive you, master parson: Ita æque est verus pater
Otter. Et vere filius qui fic generatur. v Mor. What's all this to me? Cut. The twelfth and last is, fi forte