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Of Jeremy the butler. I'the mean time,
Do you two pack up all the goods and purchase,
That we can carry i’ the two trunks. I'll help him
Off for to-day, if I cannot longer; and then, 740
At night, I'll ship you both away to Ratcliff,
Where we'll meet to-morrow, and there we'll share.
Let Mammon's brass and pewter keep the cellar-
We'll have another time for that.



A Street. Enter Lovewit and Neighbours.

Has there been such resort, say you?

1 Nei. Daily, sir.
2 Nei. And nightly too.
3 Nei. Ay, some as brave as lords.
4 Nei. Ladies and gentlewomen.
5 Nei. Citizens wives, and knights in coaches.
2 Nei. Yes, and oyster-women.
ı Nei. Beside other gailants,
3 Nei. Sailor's wives.
4 Nei. Tobacco-men.
S Nei. Another Pimlico !

Love. What should my knave advance, “ To draw this company > He hung out no banners “ Of a strange calf, with five legs, to be seen? " Or a huge lobster, with six claws ?



6 Nei. No, sir.

3 Nei. We had gone in then, sirs Love. He has no gift “ Of teaching i' the nose, that e'er I knew of. “ You saw no bills set up that promis'd cure « Of agues, or the tooth-ach ?

2 Nei. No such thing, sir. " Love. Nor heard a drum struçk, for ba ns, or

puppets ? 5

Nei. Neither, sir." Love. What device should he bring forth now? I love a teeming wit as I love my nourishment. Pray, Heav'n, he ha' not kept such open house, That he hath sold my hangings and my bedding ; I left him nothing else. If he have eat them, A plague o' the mouth, say 1. “ Sure he has got • Some bawdy pictures, to call all this gang."

him ? 1 Nei. Who, sir ? Jeremy?

2 Nei. Jeremy, butler?' We saw him not this month.

Love. How!
4 Nei. Not these five weeks, sir.
6 Nei. These six weeks, at the least.
Love. Y' amaze me, neighbours !

5 Nei. Sure, if your worship know not where he is, He's slipp'd away.

41 6 Nei. Pray, Heav'n, he be not made away. [He knocks. Love. Ha ! It is ng time to question, then. 6 Mei. About

When saw you

Some three weeks since, I heard a doleful cry,
As I sat up, a mending my wife's stockings.

Love. This's strange, that none will answer !
Didst thou hear
A cry, say'st thou ?

6 Nei. Yes, sir, like unto a man That had been strangled an hour, and could not speak. 2 Nei. I heard it too, just this day three weeks at

two o'clock

Next morning

Love. These be miracles, or you make 'em so. A man an hour strangled, and could not speak, And both you heard him cry! 3 Nei. Yes, downward, sir. Love. Thou art a wise fellow. Give me thy land,


pray thee, What trade art thou? 3 Nei. A smith, an't please your worship.

60 Love. A smith! then lend me thy help to get this

door open.

3 Nei. That I will, presently, sir ; but fetch my

[Exit. 1 Nei. Sir, best to knock again, afore you break it.


Enter Face
Love. I will.
Face. What mean you, sir?
All Nei. Oh, here's Jeremy!
Face. Good sir, come from the door.
Love. Why, what's the matter?

Face. Yet farther ; you are too near yet.
Love. l’ the name of wonder, what means the fellow?
Face. The house, sir, has been visited.
Love. Stand thou then farther.
Face. No, sir, I had it not.

Love. Who had it then? I left
None else but thee i' the house.

Face. Yes, sir, my fellow,
The cat that kept the buttery, had it on her
A week before 1 spied it; but I got her
Convey'd away i' the night. And so I shut
The house

for a month-

80 Love. How !

Face. Purposing then, sir,
T' have burnt rose-vinegar, treacle, and tar,
And ha’made it sweet, thatyou should ne'er ha’known it.
Because I knew the news would but afflict you, sir.

Love. Why, this is stranger !
The neighbours tell me all here, that the doors
Have still been open

Face. How, sir !

Love. Gallants, men, and women,
And of all sorts, tag-rag, been seen to flock here
In threaves, these ten weeks, as to a second hog's-den,
In days of Pimlico and Eye-bright.

Face. Sir,
Their wisdoms will not say so!

Love. To-day, they speak
Of coaches and gallants; one in a French hood
Went in they tell me; and another was seen

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In a velvet gown at the window ; divers more
Pass in and out.

Face. They did pass thro' the doors then, Or walls, I assure their eye-sights, and their spectacles ; For here, sir, are the keys, and there have been, In this my pocket, now above twenty days. “ And for before, I kept the fort alone there. “ But that 'tis not yet deep i' the afternoon, “ I should believe my neighbours had seen double " Thro’ the black pot, and made these apparitions :" For, on my faith to your worship, for these three weeks, And upwards, the door has not been open’d.

Love. Strange!
Nei. Good faith, I think I saw a coach.

Love. Do you but think it now?
And but one coach ?

4 Nei. We cannot tell, sir; Jeremy Is a very honest fellow.

Face. Did you see me at all? i Nei. No ; that we are sure on. Love. Fine rogues to have your testimonies built on!


Re-enter 3 Neighbour, 3 Nei. Is Jeremy come?

i Nei. Oh, yes; you may leave your tools; We were deceiv’d; he says he has had the keys, And the door has been shut these three weeks.

3 Nei. Like enough.
Love. Peace, and get hence, you changelings.
Face. [ Aside.] Surly come!

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