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to 'em aloud out of his window, as they ride by in coaches. He has a lodging in the Strand on purpose : Or to watch when ladies are gone to the China houses, or the Exchange, that he may meet 'em by chance, and give 'em prefents, fome two or three hundred pounds' worth of toys, to be laugh’d at. He is never without a spare banquet, or sweet-meats in his chamber, for women to alight at, and come up to for a bait.
Dau. Excellent! What is his Christian name? I have forgot.
Cler. Sir Amorous La-Foole.
Cler. 'Heart, he's come to invite me to dinner, I hold my
life. Dau. Like enough : Prithee let's have him up.
Cler. Shew him in, boy![Exit boy.] I'll make him tell us his pedigree, now; and what meat he has to dinner; and who are his guests; and the whole course of his fortunes, with a breath.
La-F. Save dear Sir Dauphine! honour'd master Clerimont!
Cler. Sir Amorous! you have very much honoured my lodging with your presence.
La-F. Good faith, it is a fine lodging! almost, delicate a lodging as mine.
Cler. Not so, Sir.
La-F. Excuse me, Sir, if it were i' the Strand, I assure you. I am come, Master Clerimont, to intreat you to wait upon two or three ladies, to dinner to-day.
Cler. Where hold you your feast?
La-F. Captain Otter, Sir; he is a kind of gamester, but he has had command both by sea and by land.
Dau. Oh, then he is an amphibious animal.
La-F. Ay, Sir; his wife was the rich chinawoman, that the courtiers visited fo often ; that gave her rare entertainment. She commands all at home.
Cler. Then, he is captain Otter.
La-F. You say very well, Sir ; she is my kinfwoman, a La-Foole by the mother-lide, and will invite any great ladies, for my
La-F. No, Sir, the La-Foole's of London ; a very numerous family.
Cler. Now he's in.
Foole’s o'the North, the La-Foole's o'the West, the La-Foole's o’the East and South. We are as ancient a family as any is in Europe. But I myself am descended lineally of the French La-Foole’s. And, we do bear our coat yellow; Or, checker'd Azure, and Gules, and some three or four colours more, which is a very noted coat, and has, fometimes, been solemnly worn by divers nobility of our house--but let that go, antiquity is not refpected now. I had a brace of fat does sent me, gentlemen, and half a dozen of pheasants, a dozen or two of godwits, and some other fowl, which I would wish eaten, while thcy are good, and in good company. There will be a great lady or two, my lady Haughty, my lady Centaure, Mistress Dol Mavis. And they come o' purpose, to see the Silent Gentlewoman, Mistress Epicæne, that ho. neft Sir John Daw has promised to bring thither. And then, Mistress Trusty, my lady's woman, will be there too, and this honourable knight, Sir Dauphine, with yourself Master Clerimont. And we'll be very merry, and here fidlers and dance. I have been a mad wag in my time, and have spent some crowns since I was a page in court, to my lord Lofty, and after, my lady's gentlemanusher, who got me knighted in Ireland, since it
pleased my elder brother to die. I had as fair a
Dau. Can you take up ladies, Sir?
Dau. Would I were your half, in that commodity.
* La-F. No, Sir, excuse me: I meant money, which can take up any thing. I have another guest, or two, to invite, and say as much to, gentlemen. I'll take my leave abruptly, in hope you will not fail---your servant.
Dau. We will not fail you, Sir precious La-Foole; [Exit La-Foole.] but she shall, that your ladies come to see; if I have credit afore Sir Daw.
Cler. Did you ever hear such a bellows-blower
Dau. Or such a rook as the other! that will betray his mistress to be seen. Come, 'tis time we prevented it. Cler. Go. Poor Sir Amorous ! [Exeunt laughing.
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method, to save my servants the labour of speech, and mine ears the discord of sounds? Let me fee : All discourses but my own afflict me; they seem harsh, impertinent, and tiresome. Is it not possible, that thou shouldst answer me by signs, and I apprehend thee, fellow ? speak not, though I question you. [At the breaches fill the fellow makes legs or signs.] You have taken the ring off from the street-door, as I bad you? answer me not by speech, but by filence, unless it be otherwise (-) very good. And, you have faftened on a thick quilt, or flock-bed, on the outside of the door; that if they knock with their daggers, or with brickbats, they can make no noise ? but with your leg, your answer, unless it be otherwise (-) very good. This is not only