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One, whose hard heart is button'd up with steel;
termands The passages of alleys, creeks, and narrow lands;'
this quibble on the word buff, he calls the sergeant, in the next scene, the “ Picture of old Adam;" that is, of Adam before his fall, whilst he remained unclad : “ — What, have you got the picture of old Adam new apparelled ?”
So, in The Woman-Hater, Pandar says,—" Were it not for my smooth citizen, I'd quit this transitory trade, get me an everlasting robe, and turn sergeant.”. M. MASON.
9 A fiend, a fairy, pitiless and rough;] Dromio here bringing word in haste that his master is arrested, describes the bailiff by names proper to raise horror and detestation of such a creature, such as, a devil, a fiend, a wolf, &c. But how does fairy come up to these terrible ideas? we should read, a fiend, a fury, &c.
THEOBALD. There were fairies like hobgoblins, pitiless and rough, and described as malevolent and mischievous. Johnson. So, Milton:
“ No goblin, or swart fairy of the mine,
“ Hath hurtful power o'er true virginity.” MALONE. It is true that there is a species of malevolent and mischievous Fairies; but Fairy, as it here stands, is generical.
T. WARTON, "A back-friend, a shoulder-clapper, &c. of alleys, creeks; and narrow lands;] It should be written, I think, narrow. lanes, as he has the same expression in King Richard II. Act V. sc. vi: « Even such they say as stand in narrow lanes.”
GREY. The preceding rhyme forbids us to read-lanes. Lands, I believe, in the present instance, mean, what we now call landingplaces at the water-side.
A shoulder-clapper is a bailiff. So, in Decker's Satiromastix, 1602: "
Le bou “ fear none but these same shoulder-clappers.?...
A hound that runs counter, and yet draws dry-foot
well ; 2 One that, before the judgment, carries poor souls
Narrow lands is certainly the true reading, as not only the rhyme points out, but the sense: for as a creek is a narrow water, forming an inlet from the main body into the neighbouring shore, so a narrow-land is an outlet or tongue of the shore that runs into the water. . Besides, narrow Lanes and Alleys are synonymous. HENLEY.
? A hound that runs counter, and yet draws dry-foot well ;] To run counter is to run backward, by mistaking the course of the animal pursued; to draw dry-foot is, I believe, to pursue by the track or prick of the foot; to run counter and draw dryfoot well are, therefore, inconsistent. The jest consists in the ambiguity of the word counter, which means the wrong way in the chace, and a prison in London. The officer that arrested him was a sergeant of the counter. For the congruity of this jest with the scene of action, let our author answer.
Johnson. Ben Jonson has the same expression-Every Man in his Humour, Act II. sc. iv: “ Well, the truth is, my old master intends to follow my young, dry-foot over Moorfields to London this morning,” &c.
To draw dry-foot, is when the dog pursues the game by the scent of the foot: for which the blood-hound is famed. GREY. So, in Ram-Alley, or Merry Tricks :
“ A hunting, Sir Oliver, and dry-foot too!” Again, in The Dumb Knight, 1633:
“ I care not for dry-foot hunting." STEEVENS. A hound that draws dry foot, means what is usually called a blood-hound, trained to follow men by the scent. The expression occurs in an Irish Statute of the 10th of William III. for preservation of the game, which enacts, that all persons licensed for making and training up of setting dogs, shall, in every two years, during the continuance of their licence, be compelled to train up, teach, and make, one or more hounds, to hunt on dry-foot. The practice of keeping blood-hounds was long continued in Ireland, and they were found of great use in detecting murderers and robbers. M. Mason.
poor souls to hell.] Hell was the cant term for an
ADR. Why, man, what is the matter?
on the case.
obscure dungeon in any of our prisons. It is mentioned in The Counter-Rat, a poem, 1658:
“ In Wood-street's-hole, or Poultry's hell.” The dark place into which a tailor throws his shreds, is still in possession of this title. So, in Decker's If this be not a good Play, the Devil is in it, 1612:
" Taylors 'tis known
“ They scorn thy hell, having better of their own.” There was likewise a place of this name under the Exchequer Chamber, where the king's debtors were confined till they had “paid the uttermost farthing." STEEVENS.
An account of the local situation of Hell may be found in the Journals of the House of Commons, Vol. X. p. 83, as the Commons passed through it to King William and Queen Mary's Coronation, and gave directions concerning it. In Queen Elizabeth's time the office of Clerk of the Treasury was situated there, as I find in Sir James Dyer's Reports, fol. 245, A, where mention is made of “ one Christopher Hole Secondary del Treasurie, et un auncient attorney and practiser in le office del Clerke del Treasurie al HELL.”
This I take to be the Treasury of the Court of Common Pleas, of which Sir James Dyer was Chief Justice, and which is now kept immediately under the Court of Exchequer. The Office of the Tally-Court of the Chamberlain of the Exchequer is still there, and tallies for many centuries back are piled up and preserved in this office. Two or three adjacent apartments have within a few years been converted to hold the Vouchers of the public Accounts, which had become so numerous as to overstock the place in which they were kept at Lincoln's Inn. These, therefore, belong to the Auditors of public Accounts. Other rooms are turned into coal cellars.-There is a pump still standing of excellent water, called HELL pump: And the place is to this day well known by the name of Hell. VAILLANT.
4 on the case.] An action upon the case, is a general action given for the redress of a wrong done any man without force, and not especially provided for by law. Grey.
Dromio, I believe, is still quibbling. His master's case was touched by the shoulder-clapper. See p. 424: “ — in a case of leather,” &c. MALONE.
. ADR. What, is he arrested ? tell me, at whose
suit. Dro. S. I know not at whose suit he is arrested,
well; But he's in 5 a suit of buff, which 'rested him, that
can I tell: Will you send him, mistress, redemption, the money
in the desk?
[Exit LUCIANA. That he, unknown to me, should be in debt :Tell me, was he arrested on a band ??
DRO. S. Not on a band, but on a stronger thing; A chain, a chain; do you not hear it ring?
s But he's in-] The old copy readsBut is in. The emendation is Mr. Rowe's. Malone.
o That he,] The original copy has-Thus he. The emendation was made by the editor of the second folio. MALONE.
i was he arrested on a band?] Thus the old copy, and I believe rightly; though the modern editors read-bond.A bond, i. e. an obligatory writing to pay a sum of money, was anciently spelt band. A band is likewise a neckcloth. On this circumstance, I believe, the humour of the passage turns. Ben Jonson, personifying the instruments of the law, says
“- Statute, and band, and wax shall go with me.” Again, without personification:
“ See here your mortgage, statute, band, and wax." Again, in Histriomastix, 1610:
tye fast your lands
STEEVENS. Band is used in the sense which is couched under the words, " a stronger thing,” in our author's Venus and Adonis:
“ Sometimes her arms infold him, like a band.” See Minsheu's Dictionary, 1617, in v: “ BAND or Obligation.” In the same column is found“A BAND or thong to tie withal.” Also—“ A Band for the neck, because it serves to bind about the neck.” These sufficiently explain the equivoque.
Adr. What, the chain?
gone. It was two ere I left him, and now the clock strikes
one. ADR. The hours come back! that did I never
hear. Dro. S, O yes, if any hour meet a sergeant,
a' turns back for very fear. ADR. As if time were in debt! how fondly dost
thou reason? · Dro. S. Time is a very bankrupt, and owes more
than he's worth, to season. Nay, he's a thief too: Have you not heard men say, That time comes stealing on by night and day? : If he be in debt, and theft, and a sergeant in the
way, Hath he not reason to turn back an hour in a day?
Enter LUCIANA. Adr. Go, Dromio; there's the money, bear it
straight; And bring thy master home immediately.Come, sister; I am press'd down with conceit;? Conceit, my comfort, and my injury.
. If he be in debt,] The old edition reads—If I be in debt.
STEEVENS. For the emendation now made I am answerable. Mr. Rowe reads-If time, &c. but I could not have been confounded by the ear with time, though it might with he. MALONE.
i conceit;] i. e. fanciful conception. So, in King Lear:
" — I know not how conceit may rob