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Civ. You say well, Sister Delia, you say well; but I mean to live within my Bounds ; for look
I have see down my rest thus far, but to maintain my Wife in her French Hood, and her Coach, keep a couple of Geldings
, and a brace of Gray-hounds, and this is all I'll do. Del
. And you'll do this with forty Pounds a Year?
Civ. By my Troth well remembred, Frank,
Del. Keep you the rest for Points, alas the Day, Fools shall have Wealth though all the World say nay: Come, Brother, will you in, Dinner stays for us.
Civ. Ay, good Sister, with all my Heart.
Civ. And I the like, sweet Frank; no Sister,
Exeunta Enter young Flowerdale, and his Father, with foils in
their Hands. Flow. Sirrah, Kit, tarry you there, I have spied Sir Lancelot and old Weathercock coming this way, they are hard at Hand, I will by no means be spoken withal. Fath. I'll warrant you, go get you
Fath. I do, Sir.
Fath. Sir, to tell you true, my Master is within, but indeed would not be spoke withal ; there be some terms that stands upon his Reputation, therefore he will not ad, mit any Conference 'till he hath shook them off.
Lanc. I prethee tell him his very good Friend Sir Lancelot Spurcock intreats to speak with him.
Fath. By my rroth, Sir, if you come to take up the mat. ter between my Master and the Devon fire Man,
you but beguile your hopes, and lose
Lanc. Honest Friend, I have not any such thing to him, I come to speak with him about other Matters.
Fath. For my Master, Sir, hath fet down his Resolution, either to redeem his Honour, or leave his Life behind him.
Lanc. My Friend, I do not know any Quarrel touching thy Master or any other Person, my Business is of a different Nature to him, and I prethee fo tell him.
Fath. For howsoever the Devonshire Man is,
Lanc. I have no such thing to him, I tell thee once again. Fath. I will then so signifie to him. [Exit Father.
Lanc. Ay, Sirrah, I see this Matter is hotly carried. But I'll labour to difswade him from it.
Enter young Flowerdale and his Father.
Flow. Good morrow, good Sir Lancelot,
Lanc. Master Flowerdale, I do understand there is some
Lanc. It is a kind of safety in you to deny it, and a generous silence, which too few are indued withal: But, Sir, such a thing I hear, and I could wish it otherwise.
Flow. No such thing, Sir Lancelot, at my reputation, as I am an honest Man.
Larc. Now I do believe you then, if you do Ingage your Reputation there is none.
Flow. Nay I do not ingage my Reputation there is not, You shall not bind me to any condition of hardness :
But if there be any thing between us, then there is,
Lanc. I do perceive by this, that there is something be tween you, and I am very sorry for it.
Flow. You may be deceiv'd, Sir Lancelot, the Italian Hath a pretty saying, Quefto ? I have forgot it too, 'Tis out of my Head, but in my Translation (him. If't hold thus, thou hast a Friend, keep him; if a Foe trip
Lanc. Come, I do fee by this there is somewhat between And before God I could wish it otherwise,
Lanc. Mr. Flowerdale, every Man hath one Tongue,
Flow. That is as much as to say, a Man fhould hear more Than he should speak.
Lanc. You say true, and indeed I have heard more, Than at this time I will speak.
Flow. You say well,
Lanc. Slanders are more common than Troths, Master Flowerdale, but Proof is the Rule for both,
Flow. You say true, what do you call him Hath it there in his third Canton
Lanc. I have heard you have been wild: I have believ'd it. Flow, 'Twas fit, 'cwas necessary.
Lanc. But I have seen somewhat of late in you,
Flow. I'Faith, Sir, I am sure I never did you harm:
Lanc. Ay, your Will, Sir.
Flow. Ay, my Will, Sir ; 'sfoot do you know ought of Begod and you do, Sir, I am abus’d.
(my Will? Lans. Go, Mr. Flowerdale, what I know, I know ; And know you thus much out of my Knowledge, That I truly love you. For my Daughter, She's yours. And if you like a Marriage better Than a Brawl, all quirks of Reputation set aside, go with me presently: And where you should fight a blocdy Battel, you shall be married to a lovely Lady.
Flow. Nay but, Sir Lancelot
Lanc. If you will not imbrace my offer, yet assure your self thus much, I will have order to hinder
Encounter, Flow. Nay but hear me, Sir Lancelot. Lanc. Nay, stand not you upon imputative Honour, Tis meerly unsound, unprofitable, and idle Inferences ; your Business is to wed my Daughter, therefore give me your present word to do it; I'll go and provide the Maid, therefore give me your present Resolution, either DOW or never. Flow. Will
(never. Lanc. Ay, afore God, either take me now, or take me Else what I thought should be our match, shall be our parting, So fare you well for ever.
Flow. Stay; fall out, what
[Exit Sir Lancelot.
for We will not want for Cloaths, whatsoe'er betide.
Flow. And thou shalt see, when once I have my Dower,
Fath. Is't possible, he hath his second living,
Else would I swear, he never was my Son,
Enter young Flowerdale's Vacle.
Fath. O Brother, heedless as a Libertine,
Onc. I told you so, but you would not believe it.
Fath. Well I have found it, but one thing comforts me; Brother, to morrow'he's to be married To beauteous Luce, Sir Lancelot Spurcock's Daughter.
Unc. Is't possible ?
Fath. 'Tis true, and thus I mean to curb him
Onc. What, arrest him on his wedding Day?
Fath. Brother, I'll have it done this very Day,
Unc. Well, seeing you will have it so,