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Yes, 'lis decreed, thou maid divine.
I must, I will, possess thee :
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 moreAs 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'f 'twas before my lord himself; and he may capias me for it afterwards an he wull,
As they count me such a ninny,
So to let them rule the roast,
They have scored without their host.
Thought the work as good as done,
Was so easy to be won.
A trick that's fairly worth two of it,
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
for either, I only want to speak a few words to you, and have company waiting for me without.
Fair. Without-won't their honours favour my poor hovel so far
Lord A. No, Miller, let them stay where they are. -I find you are about marrying your daughter I know the great regard my mother had for her; and am satisfied, that nothing but her sudden death could have prevented her leaving her a handsome provision.
Fair. Dear, my lord, your noble mother, you, and all your family, have heaped favours upon favours on my poor child.
Lord A. Whatever has been done for her she has fully merited
Fair. Why, to be sure, my lord, she is a very good girl.
Lord A. Poor old man-but those are tears of satisfaction.—Here, Master Fairfield, to bring matters to a short conclusion, here is a bill of a thousand pounds.- Portion your daughter with what you think convenient of it.
Fair. A thousand pound, my lord ! Pray excuse me; excuse me, worthy sir; too much has been done already, and we have no pretensions
Lord A. I insist upon your taking it.-Put it up, and say no more.
Fair. Well, my lord, if it must be so: but indeed, indeed
Lord A. In this I only fulfil what I am satisfied would please my mother. As to myself, I shall take upon me all the expenses of Patty's wedding, and have already given orders about it. 3, Fair. Alas, sir, you are too good, too generous ; but I fear we shall not be able to profit of
kind intentions, unless you will condescend to speak a little to Patty.
Lord A. How speak!