SCENE III. [A hall in the same. ]



Greedy. Not to be seen!

Over. Still cloistered up! Her reason,

I hope, assures her, though she make herself

Close prisoner ever for her husband's loss,

“Twill not recover him.

Ord. Sir, it is her will,

Which we, that are her servants, ought to serve,

And not dispute. Howe'er, you are nobly welcome;

And, if you please to stay, that you may think so,

There came, not six days since, from Hull, a pipe

Of rich Canary, which shall spend itself

For my lady's honour.

Greedy. Is it of the right race?

Ord. Yes, Master Greedy.

Amb. How his mouth runs o'er?

Furn. I'll make it run, and run. Save your good worship!

Greedy. Honest Master Cook, thy hand; again, how I love thee!

Are the good dishes still in being? Speak, boy.

Furn. If you have a mind to feed, there is a chine〖Part of the back: ribs or sirloin.〗

Of beef, well seasoned.

Greedy. Good!

Furn. A pheasant, larded.

Greedy. That I might now give thanks for't!

Furn. Other kickshaws.

Besides, there came last night, from the forest of Sherwood,

The fattest stag I ever cook'd.

Greedy. A stag, man!

Furn. A stag, sir; part of it prepar'd for dinner,

And bak'd in puff-paste.

Greedy. Puff-paste too! Sir Giles,

A ponderous chine of beef! a pheasant larded!

And red deer too, Sir Giles, and bak'd in puff-paste!

All business set aside, let us give thanks here.

Furn. How the lean skeletons rapt!

Over. You know we cannot.

Mar. Your worships are to sit on a commission,

And if you fail to come, you lose the cause.

Greedy. Cause me no causes. I'll prove't, for such dinner,

We may put off a commission: you shall find it

Henrici decimo quarto.

Over. Fie, Master Greedy!

Will you lose me a thousand pounds for a dinner?

No more, for shame! We must forget the belly

When we think of profit.

Greedy. Well, you shall o'er-rule me;

I could ev'n cry now.—Do you hear, Master Cook,

Send but a corner of that immortal pasty,

And I, in thankfulness, will, by your boy,

Send you—a brace of three-pences.

Furn. Will you be so prodigal?


Over. Remember me to your lady. Who have we here?

Well. You know me.

Over. I did once, but now I will not;

Thou art no blood of mine. Avaunt, thou beggar!

If ever thou presume to own me more,

I'll have thee cag'd and whipp'd.

Greedy. I'll grant the warrant.

Think of pie-corner, Furnace!


Watch. Will you out, sir?

I wonder how you durst creep in.

Ord. This is rudeness.

And saucy impudence.

Amb. Cannot you stay

To be serv'd, among your fellows, from the basket,〖The basket of broken meats given in alms.〗

But you must needs press into the hall?

Furn. Prithee, vanish

Into some outhouse, though it be the pigstye;

My scullion shall come to thee.


Well. This is rare:

Oh, here's Tom Allworth. Tom!

All. We must be strangers;

Nor would I have you seen here for a million. Exit.

Well. Better and better. He contemns me too!

Enter Waiting Woman and Chambermaid

Woman. Foh, what a smell's here! What thing's this?

Cham. A creature

Made out of the privy; let us hence, for love's sake,

Or I shall swoon.

Woman. I begin to feel faint already.

[Exeunt Waiting Woman and Chambermaid.

Watch. Will you know your way;

Amb. Or shall we teach it you,

By the head and shoulders?

Well. No; I will not stir;

Do you mark, I will not: let me see the wretch

That dares attempt to force me. Why, you slaves,

Created only to make legs,〖Bow.〗 and cringe;

To carry in a dish, and shift a trencher;

That have not souls only to hope a blessing

Beyond black-jacks〖A leathern beer can.〗 or flagons; you, that were born

Only to consume meat and drink, and batten〖Feed.〗

Upon reversions!—who advances? Who

Shews me the way?

Ord. My lady!

Enter LADY ALLWORTH, Waiting Woman, and Chambermaid

Cham. Here's the monster.

Woman. Sweet madam, keep your glove to your nose.

Cham. Or let me

Fetch some perfumes may be predominant;

You wrong yourself else.

Well. Madam, my designs

Bear me to you.

L. All. To me!

Well. And though I have met with

But ragged entertainment from your grooms here,

I hope from you to receive that noble usage

As may become the true friend of your husband,

And then I shall forget these.

L. All. I am amaz'd

To see and hear this rudeness. Dar'st thou think,

Though sworn, that it can ever find belief,

That I, who to the best men of this country

Deni'd my presence since my husband's death,

Can fall so low as to change words with thee?

Thou son of infamy, forbear my house,

And know and keep the distance that's between us;

Or, though it be against my gentler temper,

I shall take order you no more shall be

An eyesore to me.

Well. Scorn me not, good lady;

But, as in form you are angelical,

Imitate the heavenly natures, and vouchsafe

At the least awhile to hear me. You will grant

The blood that runs in this arm is as noble

As that which fills your veins; those costly jewels,

And those rich clothes you wear, your men's observance,

And women's flattery, are in you no virtues,

Nor these rags, with my poverty, in me vices.

You have a fair fame, and, I know, deserve it;

Yet, lady, I must say, in nothing more

Than in the pious sorrow you have shewn

For your late noble husband.

Ord. How she starts!

Furn. And hardly can keep finger from the eye

To hear him nam'd.

L. All. Have you aught else to say?

Well. That husband, madam, was once in his fortune

Almost as low as I; want, debts, and quarrels

Lay heavy on him: let it not be thought

A boast in me, though I say, I reliev'd him.

'Twas I that gave him fashion; mine the sword,

That did on all occasions second his;

I brought him on and off with honour, lady;

And when in all men's judgments he was sunk,

And, in his own hopes, not to be buoy'd〖Q. bung'd.〗 up,

I stepp'd unto him, took him by the hand,

And set him upright.

Furn. Are not we base rogues,

That could forget this?

Well. I confess, you made him

Master of your estate; nor could your friends,

Though he brought no wealth with him, blame you for it;

For he had a shape, and to that shape a mind

Made up of all parts, either great or noble:

So winning a behaviour, not to be

Resisted, madam.

L. All. 'Tis most true, he had.

Well. For his sake, then, in that I was his friend,

Do not contemn me.

L. All. For what's past excuse me,

I will redeem it. Order, give the gentleman

A hundred pounds.

Well. No, madam, on no terms:

I will nor beg nor borrow sixpence of you,

But be suppli'd elsewhere, or want thus ever.

Only one suit I make, which you deny not

To strangers; and 'tis this. Whispers to her.

L. All. Fie! nothing else?

Well. Nothing, unless you please to charge your servants

To throw away a little respect upon me.

L. All. What you demand is yours.

Well. I thank you, lady.

Now what can be wrought out of such a suit

Is yet in supposition: I have said all;

When you please, you may retire.— [Exit LADY ALL.]

Nay, all's forgotten; [To the Servants.]

And, for a lucky omen to my projects,

Shake hands, and end all quarrels in the cellar.

Ord. Agreed, agreed.

Furn. Still merry Master Wellborn. Exeunt.

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