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worth, who is in the garden, to take a walk with him down to the mill—they will go before dinner, and it shall be hard if I cannot contrive to be one of the company:
Mervin. And what then ?
Theod. Why, in the mean time, you may devise, some method to carry me from hence; and I'll take care you shall have an opportunity of communicating it to me.
Mervin. Well, but dear Theodosia.
Blow me a kiss,
Well, 'tis forgot ;
The mill's the place :
Fanny. 'Please your honour, you were so kind as to say, you would remember
fellow-travellers for their trouble; and they think I have gotten the money
Mervin. Oh, here; give them this--[Gives her Money.] And for you, my dear little pilot, you have brought me so cleverly through my business, that I must
Fanny. Oh, Lord, your honour-[MERVIN kisses her.] Pray don't-kiss me again.
Mervin. Again, and again-_There's a thought come into my head.— Theodosia will certainly have no objection to putting on the dress of a sister of mine.-So, and so only, we may escape to-night.This girl, for a little money, will provide us with necessaries.
Fanny. Dear gracious! I warrant you, now, as red as my petticoat: why would you royster and touzle one so.- If Ralph was to see you, he'd be as jealous as the vengeance !
Mervin. Hang Ralph ! Never mind him.-- There's a guinea for thee. Fanny. What ! a golden guinea?
Mervin. Yes; and if thou art a good girl, and do as I desire thee, thou shalt have twenty.
Fanny. Ay, but not all gold ?
bids me? Mervin. You shall.
Fanny. Precious heart! He's a sweet gentleman ! Icod, I have a great mind
Mervin. What art thou thinking about?
Fanny. I don't know what I am thinking about, not I-Fla! ha! ha!--Twenty guineas!
Mervin. I tell thee thou shalt have them.
Fanny. Ha ! ha! ha!--Why, then, I'll do whatever your
honour pleases. Mervin. Stay here a little, to see that all keeps quiet: you'll find me presently at the mill, where we'll talk farther.
Yes, 'tis decreed, thou maid divine !
To kiss, and call thee mine!
All other pleasures I resign.
Why should we dally ;
Stand shilly-shally ;
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 i'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 ?
Fanny. 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 more-As 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 !
Ralpă. 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-wbu-[FANNY hits him a Slap.] What's that for?
Fanny. What do you whistle for then? Do you think I'm a dog?
Ralph. Never from me, Fan, if I have not a mind to give you, with this switch in my hand here, as good a lacivga
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.] avd if y
you speak to me, I'll slap your chops again.
Lord, sir, you seen 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 judg’d by any 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, deceitful after all my love and kindness shown. Well, I'll be revenged; see an I be’nt-Marster 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 shan't carry a wench from me, were he twenty times the mon he is, and