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Fanny. Oh, Lord, your honour-[Mervin kisses her.] Pray don't-kiss me again.
Nervin. Again, and again-There's a thought come into my head.—Theodosia will certainly have no objection to putting on the dress of a sister of mine. So, and so only, we might escape to-nightThis girl, for a little money, will provide us with necessaries.
Funny. Dear gracious! I warrant you, now, I am as red as my petticoat: why would you royster and touzle one so ?-If Ralph was to see you, he'd be as jealous as the vengeance !
Mervin. Hang Ralph! Never mind him. There's a guinea for thee. Fanny. What! a golden guinea ?
Mervin. Yes; and if thou art a good girl, and do as I desire thee, thou shalt have twenty.
Fanny. Ay, but not all gold?
Fanny. Precious heart !-He's a sweet gentleman! Icod, I have a great mind
Mervin. What art thou thinking about?
Fanny. I don't know what I am thinking about, not I-Ha! ha! ha!-Twenty guineas !
Meroin. I tell thee thou shalt have them.
Fanny. Ha ! ha! ha!-Why, then, I'll do whatever your honour pleases.
Mervin, Stay here a little, to see that all keeps quiet: you'll find me. presently at the mill, where we'll talk farther,
Yes, 'lis decreed, thou maid divine.
I must, I will, possess thee:
To kiss and call thee mine!
Why should we dally;
Love will attend us ;
Love will befriend us ;
Fanny. What a dear, kind soul he is!--Here comes Ralph I can tell him, unless he makes me his lawful wife, as he has often said he would, the devil a word more shall he speak to me!
Ralph. So, Fan, where's the gentleman ?
Fanny. How should I know where he is ?-what do you ask me for?
Ralph. There's no harm in putting a civil question, be there? Why you look as cross and ill-natured
Fanny. Well, mayhap I do, and mayhap I have wherewithal for it.
Ralph. Why, has the gentleman offered any thing uncivil ?-'Ecod, I'd try a bout as soon as look at him.
Fanny. He offer !-no, he's a gentleman, every inch of him : but you are sensible, Ralph, you have been promising me, a great while, this, and that, and t'other; and, when all comes to all, I don't see but you are like the rest of them.
Ralph. Why, what is it I have promised ?
Funny. To marry me in the church, you have, a hundred times.
Ralph. Well, and mayhap I will, if you'll have patience.
Fanny. Patience me no patience; you may do it now if you please
Ralph. Well, but suppose I don't please; I tell you, Fan, you're a fool, and want to quarrel with your bread and butter; I have had anger enow from feyther already, upon your account, and you want me to come by more--As I said, if you have patience, mayhap things may fall out, and mayhap not.
Fanny. With all my heart then; and, now I know your mind, you may go hang yourself.
Ralph. Ay, ay !
Ralph. Well, and who cares for you, an you go to that?
Fanny. A menial feller! Go, mind your mill and your drudgery ; I don't think you worthy to wipe my shoes,-feller!
Ralph. Nay, but Fan, keep a civil tongue in your head-Odds flesh! I would fain know what fly bites all of a sudden now.
Fanny. Marry come up! the best gentlemen's sons in the country have made me proffers; and if one is a miss, be a miss to a gentleman, I say, that will give one fine clothes, and take one to see the show, and put money in one's pocket.
Ralph. Whu-whu-[Fanny hits him a Slap.] What's that for?
Funny. What do you whistle for then? Do you think I am a dog?
Ralph. Never trust me, Fan, if I have not a mind to give you, with this switch in my hand here, as good a lacing
Fanny. Touch me, if you dare : touch me, and I'll swear my life against you.
Ralph. A murrain! with her damn'd little fist as hard as she could draw! · Fanny. Well, it's good enough for you: I'm not necessitated to take up with the impudence of such a low-lived monkey as you are.—A gentleman's my friend, and I can have twenty guineas in my hand, all as good as this is.
Ralph. Belike from this Londoner, eh?
Fanny. Yes, from him-so you may take your promise of marriage; I don't value it that--[Spits.] and if you speak to me, I'll slap your chops again.
Ļord, sir, you seem mighty uneasy;
But I the refusal can bear:
. Nor die in a fit of despair.
For, sir, for to let you to know,
But I have two strings to my bow. (Exit, Ralph. Indeed! Now, I'll be judged by any soul living in the world, if ever there was a viler piece of treachery than this here; there is no such a thing as a true friend upon the face of the globe, and so I have said a hundred times ! A couple of base, deceitfulafter all my love and kindness shown. Well, I'll be revenged; see an I ben't-Master Marvint, that's his name, an he do not sham it: he has come here and disguised unself; whereof 'tis contrary to law so to do: besides I do partly know why he did it; and I'll fish out the whole conjuration, and go up to the castle, and tell every syllable; a sha'n't carry a wench from me, were he twenty times the mon he is, and
twenty times to that again, and moreover than so, the first time I meet un, I'll knock un down, tho't 'twas before my lord himself; and he may capias me for it afterwards an he wull.
As they count me such a niny,
So to let them rule the roast,
They have scored without their host.
A trick that's fairly worth two of it,
Thought the work as good as done,
Was so easy to be won.
A Room in the Mill; two Chairs, with a Table, and
a Tankard of Beer. Enter FAIRFIELD and LORD AIMWORTH. Fair. Oh the goodness, his lordship's honour-you are come into a littered place, my noble sir-the arm-chair-will it please your honour to repose you on this, till a better
Lord A. Thank you, Miller, there's no occasion