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my purse; I am yet thy debtor.- Boy, go along with this -This news distracts me!
Exeunt QUICKLY and Robin. Pit. This punk is one of Cupid's carriers :Clap on more sails ; pursue, up with your fights ;h Give fire; she is my prize, or ocean whelm them all!
Exit Pistoi. Fal. Say'st thou so, old Jack ? go thy ways ; I'll make more of thy old body than I have done. Will they yet look after thee? Wilt thou, after the expence of so much money, be now a gainer? Good body, I thank thee : Let them say, 'tis grossly done; so it be fairly done, no matter.
Enter BARDOLPH. Bard. Sir John, there's one master Brook below would
fain 5 Punk is a plausible reading, yet absurd on examination. For are not all punks Cupid's carriers ? Shakspeare certainly wrote :
" This PINK is one of Cupid's carriers: And then the sense is proper, and the metaphor, which is all the way taken from the marine, entire. A pink is a vessel of the small craft, em. ployed as a carrier (and so called) for merchants. Fletcher uses the word in his Tamer Tamed : “ This PINK, this painted foift, this cockle-boat.
WARBURTON. So, in Tbe Ladies' Privilege, 1640 : “ These gentlemen know better to cut a caper than a cable, or board à pink in the bordells, than a pinnace at
A small salmon is called a salmon pink. Dr. Farmer, however, observes, that the word punk has been unneces. sarily altered to pink. In Ben Jonson's Bartbolomew Fair, justice Overdo says of the pig-woman; “She hath been before me, punk, pinnace, and bawd, any time these two and twenty years.” STEEVENS.
6 The word fights, was then, and, for aught I know, may now, common sea-term. Sir Richard Hawkins in his Voyages, p. 66, says: «« For once we cleared her deck; and had we been able to have spared but a dozen men, doubtless we had done with her what we would; for the had no close FIGHTS,” i. e. if I understand it right, no small arms. that by fights is meant any manner of defence, either small arms or can. non. So, Dryden, in his tragedy of Amboyna :
** Up with your FIGHTS,
WARBURTON. The quotation from Dryden might at least have raised a suspicion that figbes were neither small arms, nor cannon. Fights and nettings are properly joined. Fights, I find, are cloarks hung round the ship to conceal the me? from the enemy; and sisse fights are bulk-beads, or any other shelter the the fabrick of a ship affusus. TOHNSON.
fain speak with you, and be acquainted with you; and hath sent your worship a morning's draught of fack.*
Fal. Brook, is his name?
Fal. Call him in ; [Exit BARDOLPH.) Such Brooks ars welcome to me, that o'erflow such liquor. Ah ! ha! mistress Ford and mistress Page, have I encompass'd you ? go to; via !!3
Re-enter BARDOLPH, with FORD disguised, Ford. Bless you, fir. Fal. And you, fir : Would you speak with me? Ford. I make bold, to press with so little preparation upon you.
Fal. You're welcome ; What's your will? Give us leave, drawer,
[Exit BARDOLPH, Ferd Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent much; my na.ne is Brook.
Fal. Good master Brook, I desire more acquaintance of
Ford. Good fir John, I sue for yours : not to charge you ;! for I must let you understand, I think myself in better plight for a lender than you are: the which hath something embolden'd me to this unseason'd intrusion; for they say, if money go before, all ways do lie open.
2 It seems to have been a common custom at taverns, in our author's time, to send presents of wine from one room to another, either as a me. morial of friendihip, or (as in the present instance) by way of introduce tion to acquaintance. Of the existence of this practice the following anecdote of Ben Jonson and the ingenious Bishop Corbet furnithes a proof. “Ben Jonson was at a tavern, and in comes Bishop Corbet (but not so then) into the next room. Ben Jonson calls for a quart of raw wine, and gives it to the tapster. • Sirrah, says he, carry this to the gentleman in the next chamber, and tell him, I sacrifice my service to him.' The fellow did, and in those words. Friend, says Dr. Corbet, I thank him for his love; but 'proythee tell him from me that he is mistaken; fos facrifices are always burnt." Merry Pallages and Jcafts, MSS. Harl. 6395. MALONE.
i Markham uses this word as one of the vocal helps neceffary for reviving a horse's spirit, in galloping large rings, when he grows Nothful, Hence this cant phrase (perhaps from the Italian, via) may be used on other occasions to quicken the pulse or courage. TOLLET.
4 That is, not with a purpose of putting you to expen:", or being bur. thensome. Johnson. Vol. I.
Fal. Money is a good soldier, fir, and will on.
Ford. Troth, and I have a bag of money here troubles me : if you will help me to bear it, fir John, take all, or half, for easing me of the carriage.
Fal. Sir, I know not how I may deserve to be your porter.
Fal. Speak, good master Brook; I shall be glad to be your servant.
Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar, - I will be brief with you ; and you have been a man long known to me, ihough I had never so good means, as desire, to make myself acquainted with you. I shall discover a thing to you, wherein I must very much lay open mine own imperfection: but, good fir John, as you have one eye upon my follies, as you hear them unfolded, turn another into the register of your own; that I may pass with a reproof the easier, fith you yourself know, how easy it is to be such an offender.
Fal. Very well, fir; proceed.
Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, her husband's naine is Ford.
Fal. Well, fir.
Ford. I have long loved her, and, I protest to you, beItow'd much on her; follow'd her with a doting observance ; engröss'd opportunities to meet her ; fee'd every slight occafion, that could but niggardly give me sight of her; not only bought many presents to give her, but have given largely to many, to know what she would have given : briefly, I have pursued her, as love hath pursued me; which hath been, on the wing of all occasions. But whatsoever I have merited, either in my mind, or in my means, meed, I am sure, I have received none; unless experience be a jewel: that I have purchased at an infinite rate ; and that hath taught me to say
Love like a shadow flies, when fubftance love pursues ;
Pursuing that that flies, and flying what pursues. Fal. Have you received no promise of satisfaction at her hands?
Sequentem fugit, fugientem sequitur
Fal. Of what quality was your love then ?
Ford. Like a fair house, built upon another man's ground;
Ford. When I have told you that, I have told you all. Some say, that, though she appear honeft to me, yet, in other places, the enlargeth her mirth fo far, that there is threwd construction made of her. Now, fir John, here is the heart of my purpose: You are a gentleman of excellent breeding, admirable discourse, of great admittance, authentick in your place and perfon, generally allowed 6 for your many warlike, court-like, and learned preparations.
Fal. O, fir !
Ford. Believe it, for you know it :-There is money; spend it, spend it; spend more ; spend all I have ; only give me so much of your time in exchange of it, as to lay an amiable fiege ? to the honesty of this Ford's wife : use your art of wooing, win her to consent to you; if any man may, you may as soon as any.
Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemency of your affection, that I fhould win what you would enjoy ? Methinks, you prescribe to yourself very preposterously.
Ford. O, understand my drift! fhe dwells fo fecurely on the excellency of her honour, that the folly of my soul dares not present itself ; she is too bright to be look'd against. Now, could I come to her with any detection in my hand, my desires had instance and argument 8 to commend themfelves; I could drive her then from the ward of her purity,' her reputation, her marriage vow, and a thousand other her defences, which now are too strongly embattled against me: What say you to't, fir John ?
Fal, 5.1. e. admitted into all, or the greatest companies. STEEVENS.
Allowed is approved. STEIVENS.
Instance is example. JOHNSON.
What Ford means to say is, that if he could once detect her in a crime, be should then be able to drive her from chofe defences with which mite would otherwise ward off his addresses, such as her purity, her reputation, ber marriage row, &c. M. Mason.
Fal. Master Brook, I will firft make bold wish your money ; next, give me your hand; and laft, as I am a gentleman, you fall, if you will, enjoy Ford's wife.
Ford. O good fir!
Fal. Want no mistress Ford, master Brook, you shall want none, I shall be with her (I may tell you,d by her own apa pointment; even as you came in to me, her affiftant, or gobetween, parted from me: I say, I shall be with her between ten and eleven ; for at that time the jealous rascally knave, her husband, will be forth. Come you to me at night; you Mall know how I speed.
Ford. I am blelt in your acquaintance. Do you know Ford, fir?
Fal. Hang him, poor cuckoldly knave! I know him not :--yet I wrong him, to call him poor ; they say, the jealous wittolly knave hath masses of money; for the which, his wife seems to me well-favour'd. I will use her as the key of the cuckoldly rogue's coffer; and there my harvesthome.
Ford, I would you knew Ford, fir; that you might avoid him, if you saw him.
Fal. Hang him, mechanical falt-butter rogue! I will stare him out of his wits ; I will awe him with my cudgel : it shall hang like a meteor o'er the cuckold's horns : master Brook, thou shalt know, I will predominate over the peasant, and thou shalt lie with his wife, -Come to me foon at night :-Ford's a knave, and I will aggravate his ftile; 2 thou, master Brook, shalt know him for knave and cuckold :come to me foon at night.
[Exit. Ford. What a damn'd Epicurean rascal is this!-My heart is ready to crack with impatience. Who says, this is improvident jealousy? My wife hath sent to him, the hour is fixed, the match is made. Would any man have thought this : -See the hell of having a false woman !
bed lhall be abused, my coffers ransacked, my reputation gnawn at; and I shall not only receive this villainous wrong, but stand
under 2 Stile is a phrase from the Herald's office. Falstaff means, that be will add more titles 20tbose be already enjoys. STEEVIA".