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Mrs. Otter. 'Fore me, I will na-ture 'em over to Paris-garden, and na-ture you thither too, if you pronounce 'em again. Is a bear a fit beast, or å bull, to mix in fociety with great ladies ?

Otter. The horse thén, good princess.
Mrs. Otter. Well, I am contented for the horse.

Otter. And it is a delicate fine horse; 'tis Poetarum Pegasus. Under correction, princess, Jupiter did turn himself into a--Taurus, or bull, under correctio:1, good princess.

Mrs. Otter. By integrity, I'll send you over to the Bank-lide, I'll commit you to the master of the garden, if I hear but a syllable more. Is this according to the instrument, when I married you, That I would be princess, and reign in mine own house; and you would be my subject and obey me? Do I allow you your half-crown a-day, to spend where you will, to vex and torment me at such times as these?

Enter Truewit, Dauphine, Clerimont, behind, Who graces you with courtiers, or great personages, to speak to you out of their coaches, and come home to your house? Were you ever so much as look'd upon by a lord or a lady, before I married you, but on the Easter or Whitson holidays? and

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then out at the Banqueting-house window, when Ned Whiting or George Stone were at the stake?

Tru. Let's go ftave her off him.

Mrs. Otter. Answer me to that. And did not I take you up from thence, in an old greasy buffdoublet, with points and green velvet sleeves, out at the elbows ? You forget this.

Tru. She'll worry him, if we help not in time.

Mrs. Otter. Oh, here are some o' the gallants ! Go to, behave yourself distinctly, and with good morality; or, I proteft, I'll take away your exhibition,

Tru. By your leave, fair Mistress Otter, I'll be bold to enter these gentlemen in your acquaintance.

Mrs. Otter. I shall not be obnoxious, or dificil, Sir.

Tru. How does my noble captain? Is the bull, bear, and horse in rerum naturâ ftill?

Otter. Sir, fic visum fuperis.

Mrs. Otter. I would you would but intimate 'em, do. Go your ways in, and get toasts and butter made for the woodcocks : That's a fit province for you.

Otter. [going out.] Sic visum fuperis ! [Exit.

Cler. Alas, what a tyranny is this poor fellow married to !

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Tru. Oh, but the sport will be anon, when we get him loose.

Dau. Dares he ever speak?

Iru. No Anabaptist ever rail'd with the like licence; but mark her language in the mean time, I beseech you.

Mrs. Otter. Gentlemen, you are very aptly come.. My cousin, Sir Amorous, will be here briefly.

Tru. In good time, lady. Was not Sir John Daw here to ask for him, and the company?

Mrs. Otter. I cannot assure you, Mr. Truewit. Here was a very melancholy knight, that demanded my subject for somebody, a gentleman, I think.

Cler. Ay, that was he, lady.

Mrs. Otter. But he departed straight, I can resolve you.

Dau. What an excellent choice phrase this lady expresses in !

Tru. Oh, Sir! she is the only authentic courtier, that is not naturally bred one, in the city.

Mrs. Otter. You have taken that report upon trust, gentlemen.

Tru. No, I assure you, the court governs it so, lady, in your behalf.

Mrs. Otter. I am the servant of the court and courtiers, Sir.

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Tru. They are rather your idolaters.
Mrs. Otter. Not fo, Sir.

Enter Cutberd.
Dau. How now, Cutberd ? Any cross?

Cut. Oh, no, Sir, omnia bene. 'Twas never better o' the hinges, all's sure. I have fo pleas'd him with a curate, one that has catch'd a cold, Sir, ana can scarce be heard fix inches off; as if he spoke out of a bullrush that were not pick’d, or his throat were full of pith a fine quick fellow, and an excellent barber of prayers. I came to tell you, Sir, that you might omnem movere lapidem (as they say) be ready with your vexation.

Dau. Gramercy, honeft Cutberd; be thereabouts with thy key to let us in.

Cut. I will not fail you, Sir: Ad manum. [Exit.
Tru. Well, I'll go watch my coaches.
Cler. Do; and we'll send Daw to you,

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[Exit Truewit. Mrs. Otter. Is Mr. Truewit gone ?

Dau. Yes, lady, there is some unfortunate bufiness fallen out.

Mrs. Otter. So I judg’d by the physiognomy of the fellow that came in. Will it please you to enter the house further, gentlemen ? Dau. And your favour, lady: But we stay to

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speak with a knight, Sir John Daw, who is here come. We shall follow you, lady.

Mrs. Otter. At your own time, Sir. It is my cousin Sir Amorous's feast

Dau. I know it, lady

Mrs. Otter. And mine together. But it is for his honour, and therefore I take no name of it, more than of the place.

Dau. You are a bounteous kinswoman.
Mrs. Otter. Your servant, Sir.

[Exit.

Enter Sir John Daw.
Cler. Why, do you know it, Sir John Daw ?
Daw. No, I am a rook if I do. What is it?

Cler. I'll tell you then; she's married by this time. And whereas you were put i'th' head, that she was gone with Sir Dauphine, I assure you, Sir Dauphine has been the noblest, honeftest friend to you, that ever gentleman of your quality could boat of. He has discover'd the whole plot, and made your mistress fo ashamed of her injury to you, that she delires you to forgive her, and but

grace her wedding with your presence to-day. She is to be married to a very good fortune, she says, his uncle old Morofe: And she will'd me in private to tell vou, that the shall be able to do you more favours, and with more security now than before.

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