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shall not serve his turn, to cheat me of my present 1
—[Aside.] Why, Sosial what, in a brown study ?
Sos. A little cogitabund, or so, concerning this dis-
mal revolution in our family.
Phad. But that should not make you negle&t your
duty to me, your mistress.
Sos. Pretty soul: I would thou wert; upon con-
dition that old Bromia were six foot under ground.
Phaed. What! is all your hot courtship to me dwin-
dled into a poor unprofitable wish You may remem-
ber, I did not bid you absolutely despair.
Sos. No, for all things yet may be accommodated,
in an amicable manner, betwixt my master and my
lady.
Phad. I mean, to the business, betwixt you and
rhe -
Sos. Why, I hope, we two never quarrelled.
Phaed. Must I remember you of a certain promise
that you made me at our last parting :
Sos. Oh, when I went to the army; that I should
still be praising thy beauty to Judge Gripus, and keep
up his affections to thee.
Phad. No, I mean the business betwixt you and
me this morning—that you promised me—
Sos. That I promised thee—I find it now: that
strong dog, my brother Sosia, has been here before
me, and made love to her. [Aside.
Phaed. You are considering whether or no you
should keep your promise—
Sos. No, sweet creature, the promise shall not be

broken; but what I have undertaken I will perform like a man of honour. Phaed. Then you remember the preliminaries of the present Sos. Yes, yes, in gross I do remember something; but this disturbance of the family has somewhat stupified my memory : some pretty quelque chose, I warrant thee; some acceptable toy, of small value. Phad. You may call a gold goblet a toy; but I put a greater value upon your presents. Sos. A gold goblet, say'st thou! Yes, now I think on't, it was a kind of a gold goblet; as a gratuity— Phaed. No, no; I had rather make sure of one bribe before-hand, than be promised ten gratuities. Sos. Yes, now I remember, it was, in some sense, a gold goblet, by way of earnest; and it contained— Phaed. One large— Sos. How, one large— Phaed. Gallon. Sos. No ; that was somewhat too large in conscience: it was not a whole gallon; but it may contain, reasonably speaking, one large—thimble-full. “But gallons and thimble-fulls are so like, that, in “speaking, I might easily mistake them.” Phaed. Is it come to this Out, traitor | “Sos. I had been a traitor indeed, to have be“trayed thee to the swallowing of a gallon; but a “thimble-full of cordial water is easily sipt off; and “ then, this same goblet is so very light too, that it “will be no burden to carry it about with thee in thy “pocket,

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Phad.” Oh, apostate to thy love! Oh, perjured villain l

Enter BRO MIA.

What, are you here, Bromial I was telling him his own : I was giving him a rattle for his treacheries to you, his love: you see I can be a friend upon occasion. Brom. Ay, chicken, I never doubted of thy kindness: but, for this fugitive this rebel—this miscreant– Sos. A kind welcome to an absent lover, as I have been. Brom. Ay; and a kind greeting you gave me at your return; when you used me so barbarously this morning. Sos. Ay, the t'other Sosia has been with her too, and has used her barbarously: barbarously, that is to say, uncivilly ; and uncivilly, I am afraid that means too civilly. [Aside. Phaed. You had best deny you were here this morning ! And by the same token Sos. Nay, no more tokens, for Heaven’s sake, dear Phaedra. Now must I again ponder with myself a little, whether it be better for me to have been here, or not to have been here, this morning. [Aside.

Enter a Servant.

Serv. Piedra, my lord's without ; and will not enter till he has first spoken with you. [Exit. Serv

Phad. [7% him in private.] Oh, that I could stay to help to worry thee for this abuse; but the best on’t is, I leave thee in good hands—Farewell, thimble— To him, Bromia. [Exit Phaedra. Brom. No ; to be sure you did not beat me, and put me into a swoon, and deprive me of the natural use of my tongue for a long half hour: you did not beat me down with your little wand: but I shall teach you to use your rod another time I shall. Sos. Put her into a swoon with my little wand, and so forth : that's more than ever I could do. These are terrible circumstances, that some Sosia or other has been here. [Aside..] Well, but Bromia—if I did beat thee down with my little wand, I warrant I was monstrous kind to thee afterwards. Brom. Yes, monstrous kind indeed You never said a truer word; for, when I came to kiss you, you pulled away your mouth, and turned your cheek to me. Sos. Good. Brom. How, good! Here's fine impudence ; what, do you insult upon me too : Sos. No, I do not insult upon you :—but, for a certain reason that I best know, I am glad that matter ended so fairly and peaceably betwixt us. Brom. Yes, ’twas very fair and peaceably; to strike a woman down, and beat her most outrageously. Sos. Is it possible that I drubbed thee Brom. I find your drift—You would fain be provoking me to a new trial now ; but, i'faith, you shall

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bring me to no more handy-blows. I shall make bold
to trust to my tongue hereafter. You never durst
have offered to hold up a finger against me, till you
went a trooping.
Sos. Then I am conqueror; and I laud my own
courage. This renown I have achieved by soldier-
ship and stratagem. Know your duty, spouse, hence-
forward, to your supreme commander. [Strutting,

Enter JuriteR and PHAEDRA.

Phaed. Indeed, I wondered at your quick return.

Jup. Ev’n so almighty love wou’d have it, Phaedra;
“And the stern goddess of sweet bitter cares,
“Who bows our necks beneath her brazen yoke.”
I would have mann'd my heart, and held it out :
But, when I thought of what I had possess'd;
Those joys, that never end but to begin,
My duty soon was overborne; I scorn’d
The busy malice of censorious tongues,
And, careless to conceal my stolen journey,
Determin'd one day more to spend in Thebes.

Phaed. And yet a second time you left Alcmena,
With looks unkind that threaten’d longer absence.
"Twas but ev’n now

Jup. Wou’d it had never been 1
I die to make my peace.

Phaed. ” Tis difficult.

jup. But nothing is impossible to love;
To love like mine; for I have prov’d its force.
If I submit, there's hope.

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