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Marlow. I did. She's to be answerable for it's forth-coming, you know.
MARLOW. Wasn't I right? I believe you'll allow that I act ed prudently upon this occasion ?
HASTINGS. ( Afide) He must not fee my uneasiness.
MARLOW.. You seem a little disconcerted though, methinks. Sure nothing has happened?
HASTINGS. No, noshing. Never was in better fpirits in all my life. And so you left it with the landlady, who, no doubt, very readily undertook the charge ? - Marlow. .
. Rather too readily. For fhe not only kept the casket ; but, through her great precaution, was going to keep the messenger too. Ha! ha! ha!
MARLOW. As a guinea in a miser's purse.
HASTINGS. (Afide) So now all hopes of fortune are at an end, and we must set off without it. (To bum) Well, Charles, I'll leave you to your meditations on the pretty bar-maid, and, he! he! he! may you be as successful for yourself as you have been for me.
[Exit. MARLOW, Thank ye, George! I ask no more. 'Ha! ha!
HARDCASTLE. I no longer know my own house. It's turn'd all topsey-turvey. His servants have got drunk already. I'll bear it no longer, and yet, from my respect for his father, I'll be calm. (To him) Mr. Marlow, your servant. I'm your very humble servant.
(Bowing low. MARLOW. Sir, your humble servant. (Afide) What's to be the wonder now?
HARDCASTLE. I believe, Sir, you must be sensible, Sir, that no man alive ought to be more welcome than your fa. ther's son, Sir. I hope you think so.?".
MARA MARLOW. I do from my soul, Sir. I don't want much intreaty. I generally make my father's son welcome wherever he goes.
HARDCASTLE. I believe you do, from my soul, Sir. But though I say nothing to your own conduct, that of your fervants is unfufferable. Their manner of drinking is setting a very bad example in this house, I assure you.
Marlow. i protest, my very good Sir, that is no fault of mine. If they don't drink as they ought they are to blame. I ordered them not to spare the cellar. I did, I assure you. (To the side scene) Here, let one of my servants come up. (To him) My positive directions were, that as I did not drink myself, they should make up for my deficiencies below.
HARDCASTLE. . Then they had your orders for what they do! I'm fatisfied !
Mar Low. They had, I assure you. You shall hear from one of themselves.
Enter Servant, drunk.
MARLOW., You, Jeremy! Come forward, firrah! What were my orders ? Were you not told to drink freely,
and call for what you thought fit, for the good of the house?
JEREMY. Please your honour, liberty and Fleet-street for ever! Though I'm but a servant, I'm as good as another man. I'll drink for no man before supper, Sir, dammy! Good liquor will fit upon a good supper, but a good fupper will not fit uponhiccup- upon my conscience, Sir.
i Marlow. · You see, my old friend, the fellow is as drunk as he can possibly be. I don't know what you'd have more, unless you'd have the poor devil soused in a beer-barrel.
HARDCASTLE. Zounds! he'll drive me distracted if I contain myself any longer. Mr. Marlow. Sir; I have submitted to your insolence for more than four hours, and I see no likelihood of its coming to an end. I'm now resolved to be mafter here, Sir, and I defire that you and your drunken pack may leave my house dire&tly.
· MARLOW. Leave your house! Sure you jest, my good friend? What, when I'm doing what I can to please you.
HARDCASTLE. · I tell you, Sir, you don't please me ; so I desire you'll leave my house.
MARLOW. Sure you cannot be serious ? at this time o'night, and such a night. You only mean to banter me?
HARDCASTLE. I tell you, Sir, I'm serious! and, now that my passions are rouzed, I say this house is mine, Sir; this house is mine, and I command you to leave it directly. .
MARLOW. Ha! ha! ha! A puddle in a storm. I shan't ftir a step, I assure you. (In a serious tone) This your house, fellow! It's my house. This is my house. Mine, while I chuse to stay. What right have you to bid me to leave this house, Sir? I never met with such impudence, curse me, never in my whole life before.
Nor I, confound me if ever I did. To come to my house, to call for what he likes, to turn me out of my own chair, to insult the family, to order his servants to get drunk, and then to tell me, “ This “ house is mine, Sir;" By all that's impudent it makes me laugh. Ha! ha! ha! Pray, Sir, (banttering) as you take the house, what think you of taking the rest of the furniture? There's a pair of filver candlesticks, and there's a fire-screen, and