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Daw. Why, we have been

La-F. In the great bed at Ware together in our time. On, Sir John.

Cler, Do you hear, Sir John ? You shall tell me but one thing truly, as you love me.

Daw. If I can, I will, Sir.

Cler. You lodged in the same house with the bride here?

Daw. Yes, and convers’d with her hourly, Sir.

Cler. And what humour is she of? Is she coming and open, free?

Daw. Oh, exceeding open, Sir. I was her fervant, and Sir Amorous was to be.

Cler. Come, you both have had favours from her: I know, and have heard so much.

Daw. Oh, n'o, Sir.

La-F. You shall excuse us, Sir; we must not wound reputation.

Cler. Tut, she is married now; and therefore speak plainly: Which of you led first? ha ?

La-F. Sir John, indeed.

Daw. Oh, it pleafes him to say so, Sir; but Sir Amorous knows as well.

Cler. Doft thou, i'faith, Amorous ?
La-F. In a manner, Sir.

Cler. Why, I commend you, lads. Little knows don Bridegroom of this; nor shall he, for me.


Daw. Hang him, mad ox.

Cler. Speak foftly; here comes his nephew. He'll get the ladies from you, Sirs, if you look not to him in time.

La-F. Why, if he do, we'll fetch 'em home again, I warrant you. [Exeunt Daw and La-Foole.

Enter Dauphine. Cler. Where's Truewit, Dauphine? We want him much. His knights are wound up as high and insolent as ever they were.

Dau. You jeft.

Cler. No drunkards, either with wine or vanity, ever confefs'd such stories of themselves. I would not give a fly's leg in balance against all the womens' reputations here, if they could be but thought to speak truth: And, for the bride, they have made their affidavit against her directly.

Dau. Indeed !
Cler. Yes; and tell times, and circumstances.
Dau. Not both of 'em ?

Cler. Yes, faith; they would have fet it down under their hands.

Dau. Why, they will be our sport, I see, still, whether we will or no. Enter Truewit, with Otter and Cutberd disguised. Tru. Oh, are you here? Come, Dauphine ; go


call your uncle presently : I have fitted my divine and my canonist, dy'd their beards and all. Come, master doctor, and master parfon, look to your parts now, and discharge 'em bravely; you are well set forth, perform it as well. If you chance to be out, do not confess it with standing still, or. humming, or gaping one at another; but go on, and talk aloud, and eagerly; use vehement action, and only remember your terms, and you are safe. Here he comes: Set your faces, and look superciliously, while I present you.

Enter Morose and Dauphine. Mor. Are these the two learned men ? Tru. Yes, Sir; please you salute 'em !

Mor. Salute 'em? I had rather do any thing, than wear out time so unfruitfully, Sir.

Tru.We'll go to the matter then. [Sit at the table.] Gentlemen, master doctor, and master parson, I have acquainted you sufficiently with the business for which you are come hither; and you are not now to inform yourselves in the state of the queltion, I know. This is the gentleman who expects your refolution; and therefore, when you please, begin.

Otter. Please you, master doctor.
Cut. Please you, good master parson.
Otter. I would hear the canon-law speak first.


Cut. It must give place to positive divinity, Sir.

Mor. Nay, good gentlemen, do not throw me into circumstances. Let your comforts arrive quickly at me, those that are. Be swift in affording me my peace, if so I shall hope any. For the cause of noise, am I now a suitor to you. You do not know in what a misery I have been exercis'd this day, what a torrent of evil! My very house turns round with the tumult! I dwell in a wind. mill! The perpetual motion is here.

Tru. Well, good master doctor, will you break the ice? Master parson will wade after.

Cut. Sir, tho’unworthy, and the weaker, I will presume.

Otter. 'Tis no presumption, domine doctor.
Mor. Yet again!

Cut. Your question is, for how many causes a man may have divortium legitimum, a lawful divorce. First, you must understand the nature of the word divorce, a divertendo.

Mor. No excursions upon words, good doctor ; to the question briefly.

Gut. I answer then, the canon-law affords divorce but in few cases; and the principal is in the common cafe, the adulterous case : But there are duodecim impedimenta, twelve impediments (as we call 'em) all which do not dirimere contractum, but


irritum reddere matrimonium, as we say in the canon-
law; not take away the bond, but cause a nullity

Mor. I understood you before: Good Sir, avoid
your impertinency of translation.
Otter. He cannot open this too much, Sir, by

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your favour.

Mor. Yet more !
» Tru. Oh, you 'must give the learned men leave,
Sir. To your impediments, master doctor.

Cut. The first is impedimentum erroris.
Otter. Of which there are several species.
Gut. Ay, as error persone.

Otter. If thou contract thyself to one person,. thinking her another.

Cut. Then error fortune.

Otter. If she be a beggar, and you thougøt her rich.

Cut. Then error qualitatis.

Otter. If the prove stubborn or head-strong, that you thought obedient.

Mor. How? Is that, Sir, a lawful' impediment? One at once, I pray you, gentlemen.

Otter. Ay, ante copulam, but not post copulam, Sir.

Tru. Alas, Sir, what a hope are we falln from! * Cut. The next is conditio: The third is votum :


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