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Gage. Encourage you! to be sure I do, in the way of trade.
All. Aye, in the way of trade. 1st W oman. Yes, and she has been rating the poor girl, and says I dress her up thus only to make the better bargains
Gage. And e'cod you're in the right of it; your mother is a sensible old woman. Well said, dame, put plenty in your baskets, and sell your wares at the sign of your daughter's face.
Ist Woman. Aye, aye, so I say. Gage. Right—Soldiers are testy customers, and this is the market where the prettiest will always make the best bargains.
Ali. Very true, very true. Gage. To be sure; I hate to see an awkward gawkey come sneaking into the market; with her damned halfprice countenance, and is never able to get scarce double the value of her best goods.
Nell. I can hold no longer: are you not ashamed, you who are a contractor, and has the honour te carry his Majesty's inkhorn at your button-hole, to teach these poor wretches all your court tricks. I'll tell you what-if I was to sit on a court-martial against such a fellow as you, you should have had your deserts, from the pilfering suttler to the head contractor, you should have the cat o’nine tails, and be forced to run the gauntlet, from Coxheath to Warley Common, that you should.
1st Man. How durst you talk so saucily to his worship?
Neil. Hold your tongue, or I'll throttle you, you sheep-biter.
[Collaring him. 1st Man. O lord, your worship! if you don't put her under an arrest she'll choke me.
Gage. [Aside.] Come, Nell, hold your tongue, and I'll give you a pound of smuggled hyson, and throw youa silk handkerchief into the bargain.
Nell. Here's a rogue! Bear witness, neighbours, he has offered me a bribe;-a pound of tea. No, sir, take
your pitiful present, and know that I am not to be bribed to screen your villanies by influence and corruption.
[Throws it at him. Gage. Don't mind her, she's mad, she talks treason. Away with you ! I'll put every body under an arrest that stays to listen to her.
All. Aye, aye, she's mad. Come along, we shall be too late for market.
[Gage drives them all off. Gage. Here, Nell, will you take the tea ?
[Offers it to her. Nell. No, sir, I wont. Gage. Well, then, I will. [Puts in his pocket.
Now wheedling, distressing,
Her smile or her frown
Sets them up, knocks them down, Turning, turning, turning as the wheel goes round.
O fie, Mr. Gage!
Quit the tricks of the age; Scorn the slaves that to fortune, false fortune are bound,
Their cringes and hows,
Protections and vows, Turning, turning, &c.
[Exit Nell. Gage. Foolish girl, not to accept a bribe, and follow the example of her betters.---But who have we here?
I will not want an interpreter to shew me the views about here; and by my shoul, I'll force you to accept my offer. Gage. Why, what's your errand ?
O’ Daub. Why, wpon my conscience, a very dangerous one : Jack the Painters's job was a fool to it. I am come to take the Camp.
Gage. The devil you are.
O’ Daub. Aye, and must bring it away with ine in my pocket too.
Gage. Indeed !
Oʻ Daub. Aye, here's my military chest; these are my colours, you know. Gage. O, I guess your errand.
O'Daub. Then, faith, it's a very foolish one. You must know, I got so much credit at the Fête Champêtre there, that little Roscius recommended me to the Managers of Drury-Lane, and so now I am a sort of deputy superintendant under Mr. Lanternberg, the great painter; that as soon as he executes a thing, I always design it after him, my jewel; so I'm going to take a side front view of it.
Gage. What then, they are going to introduce the Camp on the stage, I suppose.
O Daub. To be sure you have hit it-Coxheath by candle-light, my jewel. Gage. And will that answer ?
O’ Daub. O, to be sure it will answer, when a jontleman can have a warm seat, and see the whole tote of it for two thirteens, and be comfortable into the bargain. Why it has cost me above three guineas already, and I came the cheapest way too; for three of us went halves in the Maidstone Dilly, my dear. Gage. Well, and how do you like the prospect ?
O Daub. Upon my shoul, my jewel, I don't know what to make on't, so I am come to be a little farther off, that I may have a nearer view of it. I think it looks like my cousin O’ Doiley's great bleach yard in the county of Antrim. [BOULARD sings without.] Tunder and wounds! what outlandish creature is this coming here? Gage. O, that is Monsieur Boulard, the sulller.
© Daub. Then perhaps he can help me to a bit of something to eat, for I feel a sort of craving in my stomach after my journey.
Gage. Why, he's a very honest fellow, and will be happy in obliging you. Oh, here he comes.
Enter BOULARD. Boul. Ah ! begar, Monsieur Gage, I am glad I have found you ; begar, I have been through Berkshire, Suffolk, and Yorkshire, and could not find you.
OʻDaub. Through Berkshire, Suffolk, andYorkshire -What the devil docs he mean? Gage. Oh, he means through the regiments.
Boul. By gar, Monsieur Gage, I must depend on you for supply I have got one, two, tree brigade dinners bespoke, besides the fat alderman and his lady from London.
Gage. Then you must send out a party of cooks to forage at Maidstone.
Boul. Parbleu, Monsieur Gage, I must look to you, for be_gar, I have got nothing in de house to eat.
O'Daub. Then the devil burn me if I come to dine with you, honey.
Boul. O, sare, I have got every ting for you and Monsieur Gage. You shall have any ting you like in von momenti OʻDaub. Ah, ah, I thank you, honey: but pray
Mr. Blaud, if your own countrymen were to come over here, would not you be a little puzzled to know which side to be on?
Boul. Puzzled !-parblen, Monsieur, I do assure you I love de English ver well, and vill never leave dem vile dey are victorious; and I do love mine own countrymen very well; but depend on it, Monsieur Gage, I vill always stay with de strongest.
Gage. You see, Mr. O'Daub, my friend, Monsieur Boulard, is divested of all national prejudice, I as
Boul. Prejudice--by gar, I have too much honour ever to leave de English while dey do vin de battle. But, Monsieur Gage , vil you bring your friend and taste my vine; I have got every ting for you and your friend. I assure you, M. Gage, I vill never forsake de English, so long as dey are victorious; but if mine own countrymen were to come, and make de English run, I would run a little way with dem,
and if mine own countrymen were likely zo overtake dem, I would stop short, bow to dem, and say, how do you do, my ver good countrymen. By gar, I shall be ver glad to see you both, so come along-but depend on mine honour, Monsieur Gage, I vill never leave de English vile dey do vin de battle-No, never,
[Exit singing Gage. Well said, Monsieur Boulard
O’Duub. Your sarvant, Mr. Blaud, though, faith, to do him justice, he has forgot the fashion of his country, for when he is determined to be a rogue he is honest enough to own it. But pray, what connexion have you with the suttlers? You are no victualler here, are you?
Gage. Not absolulely a victualler, but I deal in various articles.
Gage. Yes, but no business is done here only by contract.
OʻDaub. A contractor! Why, what the devil, you are not risen to such preferment as that sure? I never knew you was able tn furnish any contract.
Gage. Nothing more easy; the circumstance depends upon the quantity, not the quality: I got on very well lately, but at first it brought me into several confounded scrapes.
O'Daub. As how ?
Gage. Why, I undertook to serve a regiment with hair powder.
O‘Daub. Hair powder! what, and you sent them flour, I suppose.
Gage. Flour! no, no-I should hare saved nothing by that: I went to the fountain head-the pit, and gave them a plentiful stock of lime.
O‘Daub. Lime! brick and mortar lime?
O‘Daub. And, what the plague, was not the cheat found out?
Gage. Why at first it answered the purpose very well; while the weather was fine it did charmingly;