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Of Jeremy the butler. I'the mean time,
ACT V. SCENE I.
A Street. Enter Lovewit and Neighbours.
1 Nei. Daily, sir.
“ 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.
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,
Love. This's strange, that none will answer !
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
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
3 Nei. That I will, presently, sir ; but fetch my
[Exit. 1 Nei. Sir, best to knock again, afore you break it.
Face. Yet farther ; you are too near yet.
Love. Who had it then? I left
Face. Yes, sir, my fellow,
80 Love. How !
Face. Purposing then, sir,
Love. Why, this is stranger !
Face. How, sir !
Love. Gallants, men, and women,
Love. To-day, they speak
In a velvet gown at the window ; divers more
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. Do you but think it now?
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.