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The Neighbourhood of Edmonton.- A Room in the



Frank. Come, wench; why, here's a business

soon dispatch'd. Thy heart I know is now at ease: thou need'st

Fear what the tattling gossips in their cups
Can speak against thy fame; thy child shall know
Whom to call dad now.

Win. You have [here] discharg’d
The true part of an honest man; I cannot
Request a fuller satisfaction
Than you have freely granted : yet methinks
'Tis an hard case, being lawful man and wife,
We should not live together.

Frank. Had I fail'd
In promise of my truth to thee, we must
Have then been ever sunder'd; now the longest

Of our forbearing either's company,
Is only but to gain a little time
For our continuing thrift; that so, hereafter,
The heir that shall be born may not have cause
To curse his hour of birth, which made him feel
The misery of beggary and want;
Two devils that are occasions to enforce
A shameful end. My plots aim but to keep
My father's love.

Win. And that will be as difficult
To be preserv’d, when he shall understand
How you are married, as it will be now,
Should you confess it to him.

Frank. Fathers are
Won by degrees, not bluntly, as our masters
Or wronged friends are; and besides I'll use
Such dutiful and ready means, that ere
He can have notice of what's past, th' inheritance
To which I am born heir, shall be assured ;
That done, why let him know it: if he like it not,
Yet he shall have no power in him left
To cross the thriving of it. ·

Win. You who had The conquest of

my maiden-love, may easily Conquer the fears of my distrust. And whither Must I be hurried ?

Frank. Prithee do not use A word so much unsuitable to the constant Affections of thy husband : thou shalt live Near Waltham-Abbey, with thy uncle Selman; I have acquainted him with all at large :

He'll use thee kindly; thou shalt want no plea

sures, Nor any other fit supplies whatever Thou canst in heart desire.

Win. All these are nothing Without your company.

Frank. Which thou shalt have Once every month at least.

Win. Once every month! Is this to have an husband ?

Frank. Perhaps oftener; That's as occasion serves.

Win. Ay, ay; in case No other beauty tempt your eye, whom you Like better, I may chance to be remember'd, And see you now and then. Faith! I did hope You'd not have us'd me so: 'tis but my fortune. And yet, if not for my sake, have some pity Upon the child I go with; that's your own: And 'less you'll be a cruel-hearted father, You cannot but remember that. Heaven knows, how

Frank. To quit which fear at once, As by the ceremony late perform’d, I plighted thee a faith, as free from challenge, As any double thought; once more, in hearing Of Heaven and thee, I vow that never henceforth Disgrace, reproof, lawless affections, threats, Or what can be suggested 'gainst our marriage, Shall cause me falsify that bridal oath That binds me thine. And, Winnifrede, whenever

The wanton heats of youth, by subtle baits
Of beauty, or what woman's art can practise,
Draw me from only loving thee, let Heaven
Inflict upon my life some fearful ruin!
I hope thou dost believe me.

Win. Swear no more;
I am confirm’d, and will resolve to do
What you think most behoveful for us. .

Frank. Thus then;
Make thyself ready; at the furthest house
Upon the green, without the town, your uncle
Expects you. For a little time, farewell!

Win. Sweet,
We shall meet again as soon as thou canst pos-

sibly? Frank. We shall. One kiss—away!

[Exit Win.


Sir Ar. Frank Thorney!
Frank. Here, sir.
Sir Ar. Alone ? then must I tell thee in plain

terms, Thou hast wrong'd thy master's house basely and

lewdly. Frank. Your house, sir?

Sir Ar. Yes, sir: if the nimble devil That wanton'd in your blood, rebell’d against All rules of honest duty, you might, sir, Have found out some more fitting place than here,

To have built a stews in. All the country whispers
How shamefully thou hast undone a maid,
Approv'd for modest life, for civil carriage,
Till thy prevailing perjuries enticed her
To forfeit shame. Will you be honest yet,

, Make her amends and marry her?

Frank. So, sir, I might bring both myself and her to beggary; And that would be a shame worse than the other. Sir Ar. You should have thought on this before,

and then
Your reason would have oversway'd the passion
Of your unruly lust. But that you may
Be left without excuse, to salve the infamy
Of my disgraced house, and 'cause you are
A gentleman, and both of you my servants,
I'll make the maid a portion.

Frank. So you promised me
Before, in case I married her. I know
Sir Arthur Clarington deserves the credit
Report hath lent him; and presume you are
A debtor to your promise: but upon
What certainty shall I resolve? Excuse me,
For being somewhat rude.

Sir Ar. It is but reason.
Well, Frank, what think'st thou of two hundred

pounds, And a continual friend?

Frank. Though my poor fortunes Might happily prefer me to a choice Of a far greater portion; yet to right



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