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shall not serve his turn, to cheat me of my present 1
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,
“ 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
bring me to no more handy-blows. I shall make bold
Enter JuriteR and PHAEDRA.
Phaed. Indeed, I wondered at your quick return.
Jup. Ev’n so almighty love wou’d have it, Phaedra;
Phaed. And yet a second time you left Alcmena,
Jup. Wou’d it had never been 1
Phaed. ” Tis difficult.
jup. But nothing is impossible to love;