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The Fair Maid of the West, or A Girl Worth Gold, 1
The Fair Maid of the West, or A Girl Worth Gold, 1

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ln 0001THETHE
ln 0002FAIRFAIR MAIDMAID
ln 0003OFOF THETHE WESTWEST.
ln 0004OROR,
ln 0005AA GirleGirl worthworth goldgold.
ln 0006TheThe firstfirst partpart.

ln 0007AsAs itit waswas latelylately actedacted beforebefore thethe KingKing andand
ln 0008QueenQueen, withwith approvedapproved likingliking.
ln 0009ByBy thethe QueensQueen’s MajestiesMajesty’smajesty’s ComediansComedians.
ln 0010WrittenWritten byby T.T. H.H.

ln 0011LONDONLONDON,
ln 0012PrintedPrinted forfor RichardRichard RoystonRoyston, andand areare toto bebe soldsold
ln 0013atat hishis ShopShop inin IvieIvy LaneLane. 16311631.


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ln 0001ToTo thethe muchmuch worthyworthy, andand mymy
ln 0002mostmost respectedrespected, IOHNJOHN OTHOVVOTHOW,
ln 0003EsquireEsquire, CounsellourCounselorCounsellor atat LawLaw, inin
ln 0004thethe noblenoble SocietieSociety ofof
ln 0005GraiesGray’sGray InneInn.

ln 0006SIRSIR,
ln 0007EXcuseEXcuse thisthis mymy boldnesseboldness,
ln 0008(II intreatentreat youyou) andand letlet itit
ln 0009passepass underunder thethe titletitle ofof mymy
ln 0010lovelove andand respectrespect, longlong
ln 0011devoteddevoted untounto youyou; ofof
ln 0012whichwhich, ifif II endeavourendeavorendeavour toto
ln 0013presentpresent thethe worldworld withwith aa duedue acknow-acknowledgementacknow∣ledgementacknowledgement
ln 0014ledgement
ln 0014withoutwithout thethe sordidsordid expecta-expectationexpecta∣tionexpectation
ln 0015tion
ln 0015ofof rewardreward, oror servileservile imputationimputation ofof
ln 0016flatterieflattery, II hopehope itit willwill bebe thethe ratherrather acceptedaccepted.
ln 0017II mustmust ingenuouslyingenuously acknowledgeacknowledge, aa weigh-weightierweigh∣tierweightier
ln 0018tier
ln 0018argumentargument wouldwould havehave betterbetter suitedsuited withwith
ln 0019youryour gravegrave imploymentemployment; butbut therethere areare retire-retiremētsretire|mētsretirements
ln 0020mēts
ln 0020necessarilynecessarily belongingbelonging toto allall thethe labourslaborslabours
ln 0021ofof thethe bodybody andand brainbrain: IfIf inin anyany suchsuch cessati-cessationcessati∣oncessation
ln 0022on,
ln 0022youyou willwill daignedeign toto castcast anan eyeeye uponupon
ln 0023thisthis weakweak andand unpollish’tunpolished PoemPoem, II shallshall re-receivere∣ceivereceive
ln 0024ceive
ln 0024itit asas aa courtesiecourtesy fromfrom youyou, muchmuch ex-exceedingex∣ceedingexceeding
A3
ceeding

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The Epistle Dedicatory.


ln 0025ceeding
ln 0025anyany meritmerit inin meeme, (mymy goodgood mea-meaningmea∣ningmeaning
ln 0026ning
ln 0026onelyonly acceptedaccepted.) ThusThus wishingwishing
ln 0027youyou healthfullhealthful abilitieab●ability inin bodybody, untroubled●ubleduntroubled
ln 0028contentcon●ntcontent inin minde●demind: withwith thethe happiehappi●happy fruitionfruition
ln 0029ofof bothboth thethe temporalltemporal felicitiesfelicities ofof thethe
ln 0030worldworld presentpresent, andand thethe eternalleternal blessednesseblessedness
ln 0031ofof thethe lifelife futurefuture; II stillstill remainremain asas everever,

ln 0032YoursYours, mostmost affectionatelyaffectionately
ln 0033devoteddevoted,

ln 0034THOMASTHOMAS HEYVVOODHEYWOOD.


To

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ln 0001ToTo thethe READERREADER.

ln 0002CVrteousCourteous ReaderReader, mymy PlaiesPlays havehave notnot
ln 0003beenebeen exposedexposed toto thethe publikepublic viewview ofof
ln 0004thethe worldworld inin numerousnumerous sheetssheets, andand
ln 0005aa largelarge volumevolume; butbut singlysingly (asas thouthou
ln 0006seestseest) withwith greatgreat modestymodesty, andand
ln 0007smallsmall noisenoise. TheseThese ComediesComedies, bear-bearingbear∣ingbearing
ln 0008ing
ln 0008thethe titletitle ofof, TheThe fairfair MaidMaid
ln 0009ofof thethe WestWest
: ifif theythey proveprove butbut asas gratiousgracious inin thythy
ln 0010privateprivate readingreading, asas theythey werewere plausibleplausible inin thethe pub-publickpub|lickpublic
ln 0011lick
ln 0011actingacting, II shallshall notnot muchmuch doubtdoubt ofof theirtheir successesuccess. NorNor
ln 0012needeneed theythey (II hopehope) muchmuch fearfear aa ruggedrugged andand censoriouscensorious
ln 0013browbrow fromfrom theethee, onon whomwhom thethe greatestgreatest andand bestbest inin thethe
ln 0014kingdomekingdom, havehave vouchsafedvouc●safedvouchsafed toto smilesmile. II holdhold itit nono neces-necessityneces∣sitynecessity
ln 0015sity
ln 0015toto troubletrouble theethee withwith thethe ArgumentArgument ofof thethe storystory, thethe
ln 0016mattermatter it selfitself lyinglying soso plainlyplainly beforebefore theethee inin ActsActs andand
ln 0017ScenesScenes, withoutwithout anyany deviationsdeviations, oror windingwinding indentsindents.
ln 0018PerusePeruse itit throughthrough, andand thouthou maistmayst findefind inin itit,
ln 0019SomeSome mirthmirth, somesome mattermatter, &and, perhapsperhaps, somesome witwit.

ln 0020HeHe thatthat wouldwould studiestudy thythy
ln 0021contentcontent,

ln 0022 T.T. H.H.

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ln 0001DramatisDramatis personæpersonaepersonae.

ln 0002TWoTWo SeaSea CaptainsCaptains.
ln 0003Mr.MasterMr. CarollCarrolCarol, aa GentlemāG●ntlemāGentleman.
ln 0004Mr.MasterMr. SpencerSpencer. ByBy Mr.MasterMr.
ln 0005MichaelMichael BowyerBowyer
.

ln 0006CaptainCaptain GoodlackGoodlack, Spen-SpencersSpen|cersSpencer’s
ln 0007cers

ln 0007friendfriend; byby Mr.MasterMr. Rich.RichardRich.
ln 0008PerkinsPerkins
.

ln 0009TwoTwo VintnersVintner’svintner’s boyesboys.
ln 0010BesseBess BridgesBridges, TheThe fairfair
ln 0011MaidMaid ofof thethe westwest; byby HughHugh
ln 0012ClarkClarkclerk
.

ln 0013Mr.MasterMr. ForsetForset, aa GentlemanGentleman;
ln 0014byby Christoph.ChristopherChristoph. GoadGoad.

ln 0015Mr.MasterMr. RuffmanRoughmanRuffman, aa swager-swaggeringswagger∣ingswaggering
ln 0016ing
ln 0016GentlemanGentleman; byby WilliamWilliam
ln 0017ShearlockShearlock
.

ln 0018ClemClem, aa drawerdrawer ofof winewine
ln 0019underunder BesseBess BridgesBridges; byby Mr.Mr.
ln 0020WilliamWilliam RobinsonRobinson
.

ln 0021ThreeThree SaylersSailors.. AA SurgeonSurgeon.
AA kitchingkitchen MaidMaid; byby Mr.MasterMr.
AnthonyAnthony FurnerFurner
.

TheThe MaiorMayor ofof FoyFoy, anan Al-AldermanAl∣dermanAlderman
derman,
andand aa servantservant.

AA SpanishSpanish Cap.CaptainCap. byby. C.C. GoadGoad
AnAn EnglishEnglish MerchantMerchant; byby
Rob.RobertRob. AxellAxellaxle.

MullishegMullisheg, K.KingK. ofof FesseFez, byby
Mr.MasterMr. Will.WillWilliamWill. AllenAllen.

BashawBashaw AlcadeAlcade; byby Mr.MasterMr.
WilbrahamWilbraham
.

BashawBashaw IofferJofferjoffer.
TwoTwo SpanishSpanish CaptainsCaptains.
AA FrenchFrench MerchantMerchant.
AnAn ItalianItalian MerchantMerchant.
AA ChorusChorus.
TheThe EarlEarl ofof EssexEssex goinggoing
toto CalesCales: thethe MaiorMayor ofof Pli-PlimothPli|mothPlymouth
moth
,
withwith PetitionersPetitioners,

MutesMutes, personatedpersonated.


wln 0001ProloguePrologue.
wln 0002AMongstAMongstamong thethe GreciansGrecians therethere werewer●were annuallannual feastsfeasts,
wln 0003ToTo whichwhich nonenone werewere invitedinvited asas chiefchief guestsguests,
wln 0004SaveSave PrincesPrinces andand theirtheir WivesWives. AmongstAmongst thethe menmen,
wln 0005ThereThere waswas nono argumentargument disputeddisputed thenthen,
wln 0006ButBut whowho bestbest govern’dgoverned: AndAnd (as’tas’t diddid appeareappear)
wln 0007HeHe waswas esteem’desteemed solesole SoveraigneSovereign forfor thatthat yeareyear.
wln 0008TheThe QueensQueens andand LadiesLadies arguedargued atat thatthat timetime,
wln 0009ForFor VertueVirtue andand forfor beautybeauty whichwhich waswas primeprime,
wln 0010AndAnd sheshe hadhad thethe highhigh honourhonorhonour. TwoTwo herehere bebe,
wln 0011ForFor BeautyBeauty oneone, thethe otherother MajestyMajesty,
wln 0012MostMost worthyworthy (diddid thatthat customecustom stillstill perseverpersever)
wln 0013NotNot forfor oneone yeareyear, butbut toto bebe SoveraignesSovereigns everever.

THE

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wln 0014THETHE FAIREFAIR MAIDMAID
wln 0015ofof thethe VVestWest:
wln 0016OROR,
wln 0017AA GirleGirl worthworth GoldGold.


wln 0018EnterEnter twotwo CaptainesCaptains, and●ndand Mr.MasterMr. CarrolCarrol.
wln 00191.1. Capt.CaptainCapt.
wln 0020WHenWhen putsputs mymy LordLord toto SeaSea?
wln 00212.2. Capt.CaptainCapt.WhenWhen thethe winde’swind’s fairefair.
wln 0022Car.CarrolCar.ResolveR●olveResolve meme II intreatentreat, cancan youyou notnot guesseguess
wln 0023TheThe purposepurpose ofof thisthis voyagevoyage?
wln 00241.1. Capt.CaptainCapt.MostMost menmen thinkethink
wln 0025TheThe Fleet’sFleet’s boundbound forfor thethe IlandsIslandsLands.
wln 0026Carr.CarrolCarr.NayNay, tis’tis likelike.
wln 0027TheThe greatgreat successesuccess atat CalesCales underunder thethe conductconduct
wln 0028OfOf suchsuch aa NobleNoble GenerallGeneral, hathhath putput heartheart
wln 0029IntoInto thethe EnglishEnglish: TheyThey areare allall onon firefire
wln 0030ToTo purchasepurchase fromfrom thethe SpaniardSpaniard. IfIf theirtheir CarracksCarracks
wln 0031ComeCome deeplydeeply ladenladen, weewe shallshall tuggetug withwith themthem
wln 0032ForFor goldengolden spoilespoil.
wln 00332.2. Capt.CaptainCapt.OO, werewere itit comecome toto thatthat!
wln 003411 Capt.CaptainCapt.HowHow PlimouthPlymouth swellsswells withwith GallantsGallants!! howhow thethe (streetsstreets
wln 0035GlisterGlister withwith goldgold! YouYou cannotcannot meetmeet aa manman
wln 0036ButBut trickttricked inin skarffescarf andand featherfeather, thatthat itit seemesseems
wln 0037AsAs ifif thethe pridepride ofof EnglandsEngland’s GallantryGallantry
wln 0038WereWere harbourdharboredharboured herehere. ItIt dothdoth appeareappear (me thinkesmethinks)
wln 0039AA veryvery CourtCourt ofof SouldiersSoldiers.
wln 0040Carr.CarrolCarr.ItIt dothdoth soso.
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wln 0041WhereWhere shallshall wewe dinedine to daytoday?
wln 00422.2. Capt.CaptainCapt.AtAt thethe nextnext TaverneTavern byby; there’sthere’s thethe bestbest winewine,
wln 004311 Cap.CaptainCap.AndAnd thethe bestbest wenchwench, BesseBess BridgesBridges, she’sshe’s thethe flowreflower
wln 0044OfOf PlimouthPlymouth heldheld: thethe CastleCastle needesneeds nono bushbush,
wln 0045HerHer beautybeauty drawesdraws toto themthem moremore gallantgallant CustomersCustomers
wln 0046ThenThanThen allall thethe signessigns ith’i’ th’i’th’ townetown elseelse.
wln 00472.2. Capt.CaptainCapt.AA sweetsweet LasseLass,
wln 0048IfIf II havehave anyany judgementjudgement.
wln 00491.1. Capt.CaptainCapt.NowNow inin trothtroth
wln 0050II thinkethink shee’sshe’s honesthonest.
wln 0051Carr.CarrolCarr.HonestHonest, andand livelive therethere?
wln 0052WhatWhat, inin aa publikepublic TaverneTavern, where’swhere’s suchsuch confluenceconfluence
wln 0053OfOf lustylusty andand bravebrave GallantsGallants? HonestHonest saidsaid youyou?
wln 00542.2. Capt.CaptainCapt.II vowvow sheshe isis forfor meme.
wln 00551.1. Capt.CaptainCapt.ForFor allall, II thinkthink. I’mI’m suresure she’sshe’s wondrouswondrous modestmodest.
wln 0056Carr.CarrolCarr.ButBut withallwithal
wln 0057ExceedingExceeding affableaffable.
wln 005822 Capt.CaptainCapt.AnAn argumentargument thatthat shee’sshe’s notnot proudproud.
wln 0059Carr.CarrolCarr.NoNo, werewere sheshe proudproud, she’dshe’d fallfall.
wln 006011 Capt.CaptainCapt.WellWell, shee’sshe’s aa mostmost attractiveattractive AdamantAdamant,
wln 0061HerHer veryvery beautybeauty hathhath upheldupheld thatthat househouse,
wln 0062AndAnd gain’dgained herher mastermaster muchmuch.
wln 0063Carr.CarrolCarr.ThatThat AdamantAdamant
wln 0064ShallShall forfor thisthis timetime drawdraw meme totooto, wee’llwe’ll dinedine therethere.
wln 00652.2. Capt.CaptainCapt.NoNo betterbetter motionmotion: ComeCome toto thethe CastleCastle thenthen.

wln 0066EnterEnter M.MasterM. SpencerSpencer, andand Capt.CaptainCapt. GoodlackGoodlack.
wln 0067Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.WhatWhat, toto thethe oldold househouse stillstill?
wln 0068Spenc.SpencerSpenc.CanstCanst blameblame meme, CaptaineCaptain,
wln 0069BeleeveBelieve meme, II waswas nevernever surprisdesurprised tilltill nownow,
wln 0070OrOr catchtcatch●catchedcaught uponupon thethe suddensudden.
wln 0071Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.PrayPray resolveresolve meme,
wln 0072WhyWhy beingbeing aa GentlemanGentleman ofof fortunesfortunes, meanesmeans,
wln 0073AndAnd wellwell revenuderevenuedreserved, willwill youyou adventureadventure thusthus
wln 0074AA doubtfulldoubtful voyagevoyage, whenwhen onelyonly suchsuch asas II
wln 0075BorneBorn toto nono otherother fortunesfortunes thenthen mymy swordsword
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wln 0076ShouldShould seekeseek abroadabroad forfor pillagepillage.
wln 0077Spenc.SpencerSpenc.PillagePillage, CaptaineCaptain?
wln 0078NoNo, tis’tis forfor honorhonorhonour; AndAnd thethe bravebrave societiesociety
wln 0079OfOf allall thesethese shiningshining GallantsGallants thatthat attendattend
wln 0080TheThe greatgreat L.LordL. GenerallGeneral, drewdrew meme hitherhither firstfirst:
wln 0081NoNo hopehope ofof gainegain oror spoylespoil.
wln 0082Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.IAyay, butbut whatwhat drawesdraws youyou toto thisthis househouse soso oftoft?
wln 0083Spenc.SpencerSpenc.AsAs ifif thouthou knewstknewst itit notnot.
wln 0084Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.WhatWhat, BesseBess?
wln 0085Spenc.SpencerSpenc.EvenEven sheshe.
wln 0086Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.ComeCome, II mustmust telltell youyou, youyou forgetforget your selfeyourself,
wln 0087OneOne ofof youryour birthbirth andand breedingbreeding, thusthus toto dotedote
wln 0088VponUpon aa TannersTanner’stanner’s daughterdaughter: whywhy, herher fatherfather
wln 0089SoldSold hydeshides inin SomersetshireSomersetshire, andand beingbeing trade-falnetrade-fallen,
wln 0090SentSent herher toto serviceservice.
wln 0091Spenc.SpencerSpenc.PretheePrithee speakespeak nono moremore,
wln 0092ThouThou telsttell’st meme thatthat whichwhich II wouldwould fainefain forgetforget,
wln 0093OrOr wishwish II hadhad notnot knowneknown. IfIf thouthou wiltwilt humorhumorhumour meme
wln 0094TellTell meme shee’sshe’s fairefair andand honesthonest.
wln 0095Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.YesYes, andand lovesloves youyou.
wln 0096Spenc.SpencerSpenc.ToTo forgetforget thatthat, werewere toto excludeexclude thethe restrest:
wln 0097AllAll savingsaving thatthat, werewere nothingnothing. ComeCome let’slet’s enterenter.

wln 0098EnterEnter 2.2. DrawersDrawers.
wln 00991.1. Draw.DrawerDraw.YouYou areare welcomewelcome GentlemenGentlemen. ShewShow themthem intointo
wln 0100thethe nextnext roomeroom therethere.
wln 01012.2. Draw.DrawerDraw.LookeLook outout aa TowellTowel, andand somesome RollsRolls, aa SaltSalt andand
wln 0102TrenchersTrenchers.
wln 0103Spenc.SpencerSpenc.NoNo sirsir, wewe willwill notnot dinedin●dine.
wln 01042.2. Draw.DrawerDraw.II amam suresure yeye wouldwould ifif yeye hadhad mymy stomackestomach.
wln 0105WhatWhat winewine drinkedrink yeeye, SackeSack oror ClaretClaret?
wln 0106Spenc.SpencerSpenc.WheresWhere’s BesseBess?
wln 01072.2. Draw.DrawerDraw.MarryMarry aboveabove withwith threethree oror fourefour GentlemenGentlemen.
wln 0108Spenc.SpencerSpenc.GoeGo callcall herher.
wln 01092.2. D.DrawerD.IleI’ll drawdraw youyou aa cupcup ofof thethe neatestneatest winewine inin PlimouthPlymouth
wln 0110Spen.SpencerSpen.IleI’ll tasttaste nonenone ofof youryour drawingdrawing. GoeGo callcall BesseBess.
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wln 011122 Draw.DrawerDraw.TheresThere’sthere’s nothingnothing inin thethe mouthesmouths ofof thesethese Gal-GallantsGal∣lantsGallants
wln 0112lants,
wln 0112butbut BesseBess, BesseBess.
wln 0113Spenc.SpencerSpenc.WhatWhat sa’ysa’ yesa’y SirSir?
wln 01142.2. Draw.DrawerDraw.NothingNothing sirsir, butbut IleI’ll goego callcall herher presentlypresently.
wln 0115Spenc.SpencerSpenc.TellTell herher who’swho’s herehere.
wln 01162.2. Draw.DrawerDraw.TheThe devilldevil ridrid herher outout ofof thethe househouse forfor meme.
wln 0117Spenc.SpencerSpenc.Sa’ySa’ yeSa’y sirsir?
wln 011822 Draw.DrawerDraw.NothingNothing butbut anonanon anonanon sirsir.

wln 0119EnterEnter BesseBess BridgesBridges.
wln 0120Spenc.SpencerSpenc.SeeSee she’sshe’s comecome.
wln 0121Bess.BessBess.SweetSweet MrMrMasterMr. SpencerSpencer, y’arey’ areyou’re aa strangerstranger grownegrown,
wln 0122WhereWhere havehave youyou beenebeen thesethese threethree dayesdays?
wln 0123Spenc.SpencerSpenc.TheThe lastlast nightnight
wln 0124IIfIfI sateatesatate upup latelate, atat gamegame: herehere taketake thisthis baggebag,
wln 0125AndAnd lay’tlay ’tlay’t upup tilltill II callcall for’tfor ’tfor’t.
wln 0126Bess.BessBess.SirSir II shallshall.
wln 0127Spenc.SpencerSpenc.BringBring meme somesome winewine.
wln 0128Bess.BessBess.II knowknow youryour tastetaste,
wln 0129AndAnd II shallshall pleaseplease youryour palatepalate.
wln 0130Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.TrothTroth tis’tis aa prettypretty soulesoul.
wln 0131Spenc.SpencerSpenc.ToTo theethee II willwill unbosomeunbosom allall mymy thoughtsthoughts,
wln 0132WereWere herher lowlow birthbirth butbut equallequal withwith herher beautybeauty
wln 0133HereHere wouldwould II fixefix mymy thoughtsthoughts.
wln 0134Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.YouYou areare notnot madmad sirsir?
wln 0135YouYou saysay youyou lovelove herher.
wln 0136Spenc.SpencerSpenc.NeverNever questionquestion thatthat.
wln 0137Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.ThenThen putput herher to’tto ’tto’t, winwin OportunityOpportunity,
wln 0138SheesShe’s thethe bestbest bawdbawd: IfIf (asas youyou saysay) sheshe lovesloves youyou,
wln 0139SheShe cancan denydeny youyou nothingno●hingnothing.
wln 0140Spenc.SpencerSpenc.II havehave provedproved herher
wln 0141VntoUnto thethe utmostutmost testtest. Examin’dExamined herher.
wln 0142EvenEven toto aa modestmodest forceforce: butbut allall inin vainevain:
wln 0143Shee’llShe’llshe’ll laughlaugh, conferreconfer, keepekeep companycompany, discoursediscourse,
wln 0144AndAnd somethingsomething moremore, kissekiss: butbut beyondbey●ndbeyond thatthat compassecompass
wln 0145SheShe nono wayway cancan bebe drawnedrawn.
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wln 0146Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.Tis’Tis aa vertuevirtue,
wln 0147ButBut seldomeseldom foundfound inin tavernestaverns.

wln 0148EnterEnter BesseBess withwith winewine.
wln 0149BesseBess.Tis’Tis ofof thethe bestbest GravesGraves winewine sirsir.
wln 0150Spenc.SpencerSpenc.GramarcieGramercygramercy GirleGirl, comecome sitsit.
wln 0151BesseBess.PrayPray pardonpardon sirsir, II daredare notnot.
wln 0152Spenc.SpencerSpenc.IleI’ll ha’itha’ it soso.
wln 0153BesseBess.MyMy fellowesfellows lovelove meme notnot, andand willwill complainecomplain
wln 0154OfOf suchsuch aa sawcysaucy boldnesseboldness.
wln 0155Spenc.SpencerSpenc.PoxPox onon youryour fellowesfellows,
wln 0156IleI’ll trytry whetherwhether theirtheir pottlepottle potspots oror headsheads
wln 0157BeBe harderharder, ifif II doedo butbut hearehear themthem grumblegrumble.
wln 0158SitSit: nownow BesseBess drinkedrink toto meme.
wln 0159BesseBess.ToTo youryour goodgood voyagevoyage.

wln 0160EnterEnter thethe secondsecond DrawerDrawer.
wln 016122 Draw.DrawerDraw.DidDid youyou callcall sirsir?
wln 0162Sp.SpencerSp.YesYes sirsir, toto havehave youryour absenceabsence. CaptaineCaptain, thisthis healthhealth.
wln 0163Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.LetLet itit comecome sirsir.
wln 016422 Draw.DrawerDraw.MustMust youyou bebe setset, andand wewe waitwait, withwith aa
wln 0165Spenc.SpencerSpenc.WhatWhat saysay youyou sirsir?
wln 016622 Draw.DrawerDraw.AnonAnon, anonanon, II comecome therethere.ExitExit.
wln 0167Spenc.SpencerSpenc.WhatWhat willwill youyou ventureventure BesseBess toto seasea withwith meme?
wln 0168BesseBess.WhatWhat II lovelove bestbest, mymy heartheart: forfor II couldcould wishwish
wln 0169II hadhad beenebeen borneborn toto equallequal youyou inin fortunefortune,
wln 0170OrOr youyou soso lowlow, toto havehave beenebeen ranktranked withwith meme,
wln 0171II couldcould havehave thenthen presum’dpresumed boldlyboldly toto saysay,
wln 0172II lovelove nonenone butbut mymy SpencerSpencer.
wln 0173Spenc.SpencerSpenc.BesseBess II thankethank theethee.
wln 0174KeepeKeep●Keepe stillstill thatthat hundredhundred poundpound tilltill mymy returnereturn
wln 0175FromFrom th’Islandsth’ Islandsth’Islands withwith mymy LordLord: ifif nevernever, wenchwench
wln 0176TakeTake itit, itit isis thinethine owneown.
wln 0177BesseBess.YouYou bindebind meme toto youyou.
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wln 0178EnterEnter thethe firstfirst DrawerDrawer.
wln 017911 Draw.DrawerDraw.BesseBess, youyou mustmu●tmust fillfill somesome winewine intointo thethe Port-Port-cullisPortcullis
wln 0180cullis,
wln 0180thethe GentlemenGentlemen therethere willwill drinkedrink nonenone butbut ofof youryour
wln 0181drawingdrawing.
wln 0182Spenc.SpencerSpenc.SheShe shallshall notnot riserise sirsir, goego, letlet youryour MasterMaster snick-upsnick-up.
wln 018311 D.DrawerD.AndAnd thatthat shouldshould bebe cousin-germancousin-german toto thethe hick-uphiccup.

wln 0184EnterEnter thethe secondsecond DrawerDrawer.
wln 018522 Draw.DrawerDraw.BesseBess, youyou mustmust needsneeds comecome, thethe gentlemengentlemen
wln 0186flingfling potspots, pottlespottles, drawersdrawers, andand allall downedown●down stairesstairs. TheThe
wln 0187wholewhole househouse isis inin anan uproreuproar.
wln 0188BesseBess.PrayPray pardonpardon sirsir, II needsneeds mustmust bebe gonegone.
wln 018922 D.DrawerD.TheThe GentlemenGentlemen sweareswear ifif sheshe comecome notnot upup toto thēthem
wln 0190TheyThey willwill comecome downedown toto herher.
wln 0191Spenc.SpencerSpenc.IfIf theythey comecome inin peacepeace,
wln 0192LikeLike ciuillcivil GentlemenGentlemen, theythey maymay bebe welcomewelcome:
wln 0193IfIf otherwiseotherwise, letlet themthem usurpeusurp theirtheir pleasurespleasures.
wln 0194WeWe standstand prepar’dprepared forfor bothboth.

wln 0195EnterEnter CarollCarrolCaroll andand twotwo CaptainesCaptains.
wln 0196Car.CarrolCar.SaveSave youyou gallantsgallants, wewe areare somwhatsomewhat boldbold toto pressepress
wln 0197IntoInto youryour companycompany. ItIt maymay bebe heldheld scarcescarce mannersmanners,
wln 0198ThereforeTherefore fitfit thatthat wewe shouldshould cravecrave youryour pardonpardon.
wln 0199Spenc.SpencerSpenc.SirSir, youyou areare welcomewelcome, soso areare youryour friendsfriends.
wln 020011 Capt.CaptainCapt.SomeSome winewine.
wln 0201BesseBess.PrayPray givegive meme leaveleave toto fillfill itit.
wln 0202Sp.SpencerSp.YouYou shallshall notnot stirstir. SoSo pleaseplease youyou wee’lwe’ll joynejoin cōpanycompany.
wln 0203DrawerDrawer, moremore stoolesstools.
wln 0204Car.CarrolCar.II tak’ttake ’ttake’t that’sthat’s aa sheshe drawerdrawer. AreAre youyou ofof thethe househouse?
wln 0205BesseBess.II amam sirsir.
wln 0206CarollCarrolCaroll.InIn whatwhat placeplace?
wln 0207BesseBess.II drawdraw.
wln 0208CarollCarrolCaroll.BeereBeer, doedo youyou notnot? YouYou areare somesome tapstressetapstress.
wln 0209Spenc.SpencerSpenc.SirSir, thethe worstworst charactercharacter youyou cancan bestowbestow
wln 0210VponUpon thethe maidemaid isis toto drawdraw winewine.
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wln 0211CarollCarrolCaroll.SheShe wouldwo●would drawdraw nonenone toto usus,
wln 0212PerhapsPerhaps sheshe keepeskeeps aa RundletRundletRoundlet forfor youryour tastetaste,
wln 0213WhichWhich nonenone butbut youyou mustmust piercepierce.
wln 021422 Capt.CaptainCapt.II praypray be●ebe civillcivil.
wln 0215Spenc.SpencerSpenc.II knowknow notno●not, GentlemenGentlemen, whatwhat youryour intentsintents bebe,
wln 0216NorNor doedo II fearefear oror carecare. ThisThis isis mymy roome〈◊〉room,
wln 0217AndAnd ifif youyou bearebear youyou, asas youyou seemeseem inin shewshow,
wln 0218LikeLike GentlemenGentlemen, sitsit andand bebe sociablesociable.
wln 0219Car.CarrolCar.WeWe willwill. MinxMin●Minx, byby youryour leaveleave: RemoveRemove II saysay.
wln 0220Spenc.SpencerSpenc.SheShe shallshall notnot stirstir.
wln 0221Car.CarrolCar.HowHow sirsir?
wln 0222Spen.SpencerSpen.NoNo sirsir: couldcould youyou out-faceoutface thethe devilldevil,
wln 0223WeWe doedo notnot fearefear youryour roaringroaring.
wln 0224Car.CarrolCar.ThoughThough youyou maymay bebe companioncompanion withwith aa drudgedrudge,
wln 0225ItIt isis notnot fitfit sheeshe shouldshould havehave placeplace byby usus.
wln 0226AboutAbout youryour businessebusiness, huswifehuswifehousewife.
wln 0227Spenc.SpencerSpenc.SheShe isis worthyworthy
wln 0228TheThe placeplace asas thethe bestbest herehere, andand sheshe shallshall keep’tkeepekeep●keepekeep ’t.
wln 0229Car.CarrolCar.YouYou lielie.TheyThey bustlebustle. CarollCarrolCaroll slaines●aineslain.
wln 0230Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.TheThe Gentleman’sGentleman’s slaineslain, awayaway.
wln 0231BesseBess.OhOhO heavenheaven, whatwhat havehave youyou donedone?
wln 0232Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.VndoneUndone thy selfethyself andand mem●me tootoo. ComeCome awayaway!!
wln 0233BesseBess.OhOhO sadsad misfortunemisfortune, II shallshall loselose himhim everever.
wln 0234WhatWhat, areare youyou menmen oror milkmilk sopssops? StandStand youyou stillstill
wln 0235SenslesseSenseless asas stonesstones, andand seesee youryour friendfriend inin dangerdanger
wln 0236ToTo expireexpire hishis lastlast?
wln 023711 Capt.CaptainCapt.TushTush, allall ourour help’shelp’s inin vainevain.
wln 023822 Capt.CaptainCapt.ThisThis isis thethe fruitfruit ofof whooreswhores.
wln 0239ThisThis mischiefemischief camecame throughthrough theethee..
wln 0240BesseBess.ItIt grewgrew firstfirst fromfrom youryour incivilitieincivility.
wln 024111 Cap.CaptainCap.LendLend meme aa handhand toto liftlift hishis bodybody hencehence.
wln 0242ItIt waswas aa fatallfatal businessebusiness.ExeuntExeunt CaptainesCaptains.

wln 0243EnterEnter thethe twotwo DrawersDrawers.
wln 024411 Dr.DrawerDr.OneOne callcall mymy MasterMaster, anotheranother fetchfetch thethe constableconstable,
wln 0245Here’sHere’s aa manman kildkilled inin thethe roomeroom.
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wln 024622 Dr.DrawerDr.HowHow, aa manman kill’dkilled saistsayest thouthou. IsIs allall paidpaid?
wln 024711 Dr.DrawerDr.HowHow fellfell theythey outout, canstcanst thouthou telltell?
wln 024822 Dr.DrawerDr.SureSure aboutabout thisthis boldbold BetriceBettriceBetrice: tis’tis notnot soso muchmuch forfor
wln 0249thethe deathdeath ofof thethe manman, butbut howhow shallshall wewe comecome byby ourour rec-reckoningrec∣koning
wln 0250koningreckoning?ExeuntExeunt DrawersDrawers.
wln 0251BesseBess.WhatWhat shallshall becomebecome ofof meme! OfOf allall lostlost creaturescreatures
wln 0252TheThe mostmost infortunateinfortunate. MyMy innocenceinnocence
wln 0253HathHath beenebeen thethe causecause ofof bloodblood, andand II amam nownow
wln 0254PurpledPurpled withwith murdermurder, thoughthough notnot withinwithin compassecompass
wln 0255OfOf thethe LawesLaw’slaw’s severesevere censurecensure: butbut whichwhich mostmost
wln 0256AddesAdds untounto mymy afflictionaffliction, II byby thisthis
wln 0257HaveHave lostlost soso worthyworthy andand approv’dapproved aa friendfriend,
wln 0258WhomWhom toto redeemeredeem fromfrom exileexile, II wouldwould givegive
wln 0259AllAll that’sthat’s withoutwithout andand inin meme.

wln 0260EnterEnter ForsetForset.
wln 0261Fors.ForsetFors.YourYour name’sname’s BesseBess BridgesBridges?
wln 0262BesseBess.AnAn unfortunateunfortunate MaidMaid.
wln 0263KnowneKnown byby thatthat namename tootoo wellwell inin PlimouthPlymouth herehere.
wln 0264YourYour businessebusiness, sirsir, withwith meme?
wln 0265Fors.ForsetFors.KnowKnow youyou thisthis RingRing?
wln 0266BesseBess.II doedo: itit isis mymy SpencersSpencer’s.
wln 0267II knowknow withallwithal youyou areare hishis trustytrusty friendfriend,
wln 0268ToTo whomwhom hehe wouldwould commitcommit itit. SpeakeSpeak, howhow faresfares hehe?
wln 0269IsIs heehe inin freedomefreedom, knowknow yeeye?
wln 0270Fors.ForsetFors.Hee’sHe’s inin healthhealth
wln 0271OfOf bodybody, thoughthough inin mindemind somwhatsomewhat perplextperplexed
wln 0272ForFor thisthis latelate mischiefemischief happenedhappened.
wln 0273BesseBess.IsIs hehe fledfled, andand freedfreed fromfrom dangerdanger?
wln 0274Fors.ForsetFors.NeitherNeither. ByBy thisthis tokentoken
wln 0275HeHe lovinglylovingly commendscommends himhim toto youyou BesseBess,
wln 0276AndAnd prayesprays youyou whenwhen tis’tis darkedark meetmeet himhim o’tho’ th’o’th HoeHoeho
wln 0277NeereNear toto thethe new-madenew-made FortFort, wherewhere hee’llhe’ll attendattend youyou,
wln 0278BeforeBefore hehe flyesflies, toto taketake aa kindekind farewellfarewell.
wln 0279TheresThere’sthere’s onelyonly GoodlackGoodlack inin hishis companycompany,
wln 0280HeHe intreatsentreats youyou notnot toto failefail himhim.
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wln 0281Bes.BessBes.TellTell himhim fromfrom meme, IleI’ll come●omecome, IleI’ll runnerun, IleI’ll flyefly,
wln 0282StandStand DeathDeath beforebefore meme: werewere II suresure toto diedie.ExitExit.

wln 0283EnterEnter SpencerSpencer andand GoodlackeGoodlackGoodlacke.
wln 0284Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.YouYou areare tootoo fullfull ofof passionpassion.
wln 0285Spenc.SpencerSpenc.CanstCanst thouthou blameblame meme,
wln 0286ToTo havehave thethe guiltguilt ofof murdermurder burdenburden meme,
wln 0287AndAnd nextnext, mymy lifelife inin hazatdhazardhaz●tdhazard toto aa deathdeath
wln 0288SoSo ignominiousignominious: lastlast, toto loselose aa LoveLove
wln 0289SoSo sweetsweet, soso fairefair, soso am’rousam’rousamorous, andand soso chastechaste,
wln 0290AndAnd allall thesethese atat anan instantinstant? ArtArt thouthou suresure
wln 0291CarolCarrolCarol isis deaddead?
wln 0292Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.II cancan beleevebelieve nono lesseless.
wln 0293YouYou hithit himhim inin thethe veryvery speedingspeeding placeplace.
wln 0294Spenc.SpencerSpenc.OhOhO butbut thethe lastlast ofof thesethese sitssits neer’stnearest mymy heartheart.
wln 0295Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.SirSir bebe advis’dadvised byby meeme.
wln 0296TryTry herher beforebefore youyou trusttrust herher. SheShe perchanceperchance
wln 0297MayMay taketake th’advantageth’advantage ofof youryour hopefullhopeful fortunesfortunes:
wln 0298ButBut whenwhen sheshe findesfinds youyou subjectsubject toto distressedistress
wln 0299AndAnd casualtycasualty, herher flatteringflattering lovelove maymay diedie:
wln 0300YourYour deceaseddeceased hopeshopes.
wln 0301Spenc.SpencerSpenc.ThouThou counselstcounsel’st wellwell.
wln 0302IleI’ll putput herher toto thethe testtest andand utmostutmost tryalltrial
wln 0303BeforeBefore II trusttrust herher furtherfurther. HereHere sheshe comescomes.

wln 0304EnterEnter ForsetForset, andand BesseBess withwith aa baggebag.

wln 0305Fors.ForsetFors.II havehave donedone mymy messagemessage sirsir.
wln 0306Bes.BessBes.FeareFear notnot sweetsweet SpencerSpencer, wewe areare nownow alonealone,
wln 0307AndAnd thouthou artart sanctuar’dsanctuaried inin thesethese minemine armesarms.
wln 0308Goodl.GoodlackGoodl.WhileWhile thesethese conferreconfer wee’llwe’ll centinelsentinel theirtheir safetysafety.
wln 0309ThisThis placeplace IleI’ll guardguard.
wln 0310Fors.ForsetFors.II thisthis.
wln 0311Bes.BessBes.AreAre youyou notnot hurthurt?
wln 0312OrOr youryour skinneskin rac’drazed withwith hishis offensiveoffensive steelesteel?
wln 0313HowHow isis itit withwith youyou?
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wln 0314Spenc.SpencerSpenc.BesseBess, allall mymy afflictionsafflictions
wln 0315AreAre thatthat II mustmust leaveleave theethee: thouthou knowstknow’stknowest withallwithal
wln 0316MyMy extreameextreme necessitynecessity, andand thatthat thethe fearefear
wln 0317OfOf aa mostmost scandalousscandalous deathdeath dothdoth forceforce meme hencehence.
wln 0318II amam notnot nearenear mymy CountryCountry, andand toto staystay
wln 0319FromFrom newnew supplysupply fromfrom thencethence, mightmight deeplydeeply ingageengage meeme●me
wln 0320ToTo desperatedesperate hazardhazard.
wln 0321BesseBess.IsIs itit coynecoin youyou wantwant?
wln 0322HereHere isis thethe hundredhundred poundpound youyou gavegave meme latelate,
wln 0323VseUse thatthat, besidebeside whatwhat II havehave stor’dstored andand sav’desaved
wln 0324WhichWhich makesmakes itit fiftyfifty moremore: werewere itit tenten thousandthousand
wln 0325NayNay, aa wholewhole millionmillion, SpencerSpencer, allall werewere thinethine.
wln 0326Spenc.SpencerSpenc.NoNo, whatwhat thouthou hasthast keepekeep stillstill, tis’tis allall thinethine owneown.
wln 0327HereHere bebe mymy keyeskeys, mymy trunkestrunks taketake toto thythy chargecharge:
wln 0328SuchSuch goldgold fitfit forfor transportagetransportage asas II havehave,
wln 0329IleI’ll bearebear alongalong: thethe restrest areare freelyfreely thinethine,
wln 0330MoneyMoney, apparellapparel, andand whatwhat elseelse thouthou findstfindst,
wln 0331PerhapsPerhaps worthworth mymy bequestbequest andand thythy receivingreceiving,
wln 0332II makemake theethee mistressemistress ofof.
wln 0333BesseBess.BeforeBefore II doteddoted,
wln 0334ButBut nownow youyou strivestrive toto havehave meme extasideecstasied.
wln 0335WhatWhat wouldwould youyou havehave meme doedo, inin whichwhich t’t’toexpresseexpress
wln 0336MyMy zealezeal toto youyou?
wln 0337Spenc.SpencerSpenc.WhichWhich inin mymy chamberchamber hangshangs,
wln 0338MyMy picturepicture, II injoyneenjoin theethee toto keepekeep everever,
wln 0339ForFor whenwhen thouthou partstpartest withwith thatthat, thouthou losest〈◊〉losest meme.
wln 0340BesseBess.MyMy soulesoul maymay fromfrom mymy bodybody bebe divorc’ddivorced,
wln 0341ButBut nevernever thatthat fromfrom meme.
wln 0342Spenc.SpencerSpenc.II havehave aa househouse inin FoyFoy, aa tavernetavern calldcalled
wln 0343TheThe Winde-millWindmill, thatthat II freelyfreely givegive theethee tootoo,
wln 0344AndAnd thitherthither ifif II livelive IleI’ll send●endsend toto theethee.
wln 0345BesseBess.SoSo soonesoon asas II havehave castcast mymy reckoningsreckonings upup,
wln 0346AndAnd mademade eveneven withwith mymy MasterMaster, IleI’ll notnot failefail
wln 0347ToTo visitvisit FoyFoy inin CornwallCornwall. IsIs therethere elseelse
wln 0348OughtAughtaught thatthat youyou willwill injoyneenjoin meme?
wln 0349Spenc.SpencerSpenc.ThouThou artart fairefair,
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wln 0350IoyneJoinjoin toto thythy beautybeauty vertuevirtue. ManyMany suiterssuitors
wln 0351II knowknow willwill tempttempt theethee: beauty’sbeauty’s aa shrewdshrewd baitebait,
wln 0352ButBut untounto thatthat ifif thouthou add’stadd’st chastitiechastity,
wln 0353ThouThou shaltshalt ore-comeo’ercome allall scandallscandal. TimeTime calscalls hencehence,
wln 0354WeWe nownow mustmust partpart.
wln 0355BesseBess.OhOhO thatthat II hadhad thethe powerpower toto makemake TimeTime lamelame,
wln 0356ToTo staystay thethe starresstars, oror makemake thethe MooneMoon standstand stillstill,
wln 0357ThatThat futurefuture dayday mightmight nevernever hastehaste thythy flightflight.
wln 0358II couldcould dwelldwell herehere for everforeverfor ever inin thinethine armesarms.
wln 0359AndAnd wishwish itit alwayesalways nightnight.
wln 0360Spenc.SpencerSpenc.WeWe trifletrifle howershours. FarewellFarewell.
wln 0361BesseBess.FirstFirst taketake thisthis RingRing:
wln 0362Twas’Twas’twas thethe firstfirst tokentoken ofof mymy constantconstant lovelove
wln 0363ThatThat pastpassed betwixtbetwixt usus. WhenWhen II seesee thisthis nextnext,
wln 0364AndAnd notnot mymy SpencerSpencer, II shallshall thinkethink theethee deaddead:
wln 0365ForFor tilltill deathdeath partpart thythy bodybody fromfrom thythy soulesoul
wln 0366II knowknow thouthou wiltwil●wilt notnot partpart withwith itit.
wln 0367Spenc.SpencerSpenc.SweareSwear forfor meme BesseBess: forfor thouthou maistmayst safelysafely doe’tdo●do ’tdo’t.
wln 0368OnceOnce moremore farewellsarewellfarewell: atat FoyFoy thouthou shaltshalt hearehear fromfrom meme.
wln 0369BesseBess.TheresThere’sthere’s notnot aa wordword thatthat hathhath aa partingparting soundsound
wln 0370WhichWhich throughthrough minemine earesears shrillsshrills notnot immediateimmediate deathdeath.
wln 0371II shallshall notnot livelive toto loselose theethee.
wln 0372Fors.ForsetFors.BestBest bebe gonegone, forfor harkehark II hearehear somesome treadtread.
wln 0373Spenc.SpencerSpenc.AA thousandthousand farewelsfarewells areare inin oneone contractedcontracted.
wln 0374CaptaineCaptain awayaway.
wln 0375ExitExit SpencerSpencer, &and GoodlackeGoodlackGoodlacke.

wln 0376BesseBess.OhOhO, II shallshall dyedie.
wln 0377Fors.ForsetFors.WhatWhat meanmean youyou BesseBess, wilwill youyou betraybetray youryour friendfriend,
wln 0378OrOr callcall mymy namename inin questionquestion? SweetSweet, lookelook upup.
wln 0379BesseBess.HahHa, isis mymy SpencerSpencer gonegone?
wln 0380Fors.ForsetFors.WithWith speedspeed towardstowards FoyFoy,
wln 0381ThereThere toto taketake shipship forfor FiallFayalFiall.
wln 0382BesseBess.LetLet meme recollectrecollect my selfemyself,
wln 0383AndAnd whatwhat hehe leftleft inin chargecharge. VertueVirtue andand ChastitieChastity.
wln 0384NextNext, withwith allall suddensudden expeditionexpedition
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wln 0385PreparePrepare forfor FoyFoy: allall thesethese willwill II conserveconserve,
wln 0386AndAnd keepekeep themthem strictlystrictly, asas II wouldwould mymy lifelife.
wln 0387PlimouthPlymouth farewellfarewell: inin Cornwall●ornwallCornwall II willwill proveprove
wln 0388AA secondsecond fortunefortune, andand for everforeverfor ever mournemourn,
wln 0389VntillUntil II seesee mymy SpencersSpencer’s safesafe returnereturn.
wln 0390HoboysHautboysHoboys.
wln 0391AA dumbedumb ShowShow. EnterEnter GenerallGeneral, CaptainesCaptains, thethe MayorMayor:
wln 0392PetitionersPetitioners thethe otherother wayway withwith paperspapers: amongstamongst thesethese thethe
wln 0393DrawersDrawers. TheThe GenerallGeneral givesgives themthem baggesbags ofof moneymoney. AllAll
wln 0394goego offoff savingsaving thethe twotwo DrawersDrawers.


wln 039511 Draw.DrawerDraw.Tis’Tis wellwell yetyet wew●we havehave gottengotten allall thethe moneymoney duedue
wln 0396toto mymy MasterMaster. ItIt isis thethe commonestcommonest thingthing thatthat cancan beebe forfor
wln 0397thesethese CaptainesCaptains toto scorescore andand toto scorescore: butbut whenwhen thethe scoresscores
wln 0398areare toto bebe paidpaid, NonNon estest inventusinventus.
wln 039922 Draw.DrawerDraw.Tis’Tis ordinaryordinary amongstamongst GallantsGallants now a dayesnowadays,
wln 0400whowho hadhad ratherrather sweareswear fortyforty oathsoaths, thenthanthen onelyonly thisthis oneone
wln 0401oathoath, GodGod letlet meme nevernever bebe trustedtrusted.
wln 040211 Draw.DrawerDraw.ButBut ifif thethe CaptainesCaptains wouldwould followfollow thethe noblenoble
wln 0403mindemind ofof thethe GenerallGeneral, beforebefore nightnight therethere wouldwould notnot beebe
wln 0404oneone scorescore owingowing inin PlimouthPlymouth.
wln 040522 Draw.DrawerDraw.LittleLittle knowesknows BesseBess●Bess thatthat mymy MasterMaster hathhath gotgot
wln 0406inin thesethese desperatedesperate debtsdebts: butbut sheshe hathhath castc●stcast upup herher accountaccount::
wln 0407andand isis gonegone.
wln 040811 Draw.DrawerDraw.WhitherWhither canstcanst thouthou telltell?
wln 040922 Draw.DrawerDraw.TheyThey saysay toto keepekeep aa TaverneTavern inin FoyFoy, andand thatthat
wln 0410M.MasterM. SpencerSpencer hathhath givengiven herher aa stockestock toto setset upup forfor her selfeherself.
wln 0411WellWell, howsoeverhowsoever, II amam gladglad, thoughthough hehe kildkilled thethe manman weewe
wln 0412havehave gotgot ourour moneymoney.

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wln 0414ActusActus secundussecundus, ScenaScaena primaprima.

wln 0415EnterEnter ForsetForset andand RoughmanRoughman.

wln 0416ForsetForset.
wln 0417ININ youryour timetime havehave youyou seeneseen aa sweetersw●tersweeter creaturecreature?
wln 0418Roughm.RoughmanRoughm.SomeSome weekeweek oror thereaboutsthereabouts.
wln 0419Fors.ForsetFors.AndAnd inin thatthat smallsmall timetime sheeshe hathhath almostalmost undoneundone
wln 0420allall thethe otherother TavernsTaverns. TheThe GallantsGallants makemake nono rendezvousrendezvous
wln 0421nownow butbut atat thethe Wind-millWindmill.
wln 0422Roughm.RoughmanRoughm.SpightSpite ofof themthem IleI’ll havehave herher. ItIt shallshall costcost meme
wln 0423thethe settingsetting onon butbut IleI’ll havehave herher.
wln 0424Fors.ForsetFors.WhyWhy, doedo youyou thinkethink sheshe isis soso easilyeasily wonwon?
wln 0425Roughm.RoughmanRoughm.EasilyEasily oror notnot, IleI’ll bidbid asas fayrefair andand farrefar asas anyany
wln 0426manman withinwithin twentytwenty milesmiles ofof mymy headhead, butbut II willwill putput herher
wln 0427toto thethe squeakesqueak.
wln 0428Fors.ForsetFors.TheyThey saysay therethere areare KnightsKnights’Knights sonnessons alreadyalready comecome
wln 0429asas suiterssuitors toto herher.
wln 0430Roughm.RoughmanRoughm.Tis’Tis likelike enoughenough, somesome youngeryounger brothersbrothers, andand
wln 0431soso II intendintend toto makemake themthem.
wln 0432Fors.F●s.ForsetFors.IfIf thesethese doingsdoings holdhold, sheeshe willwill growgrow richrich inin shortshort
wln 0433timetime.
wln 0434Roughm.RoughmanRoughm.ThereThere shallshall beebe doingsdoings thatthat shallshall makemake thisthis
wln 0435Wind-millWindmill mymy grandgrand seateseat, mymy mansionmansion, mymy pallacepalace, andand
wln 0436mymy ConstantinopleConstantinople.

wln 0437EnterEnter BesseBess BridgesBridges likelike aa MistresseMistress,
wln 0438andand Clem.ClemClem.


wln 0439Fors.ForsetFors.HereHere sheshe comescomes: observeobserve howhow modestlymodestly sheshe bearesbears
wln 0440her selfeherself.
wln 0441Roughm.RoughmanRoughm.II mustmust knowknow ofof whatwhat burdenburden thisthis vessellvessel isis, II
wln 0442shallshall notnot bearebear withwith herher tilltill sheeshe bearebear withwith meeme, andand tilltill
wln 0443thenthen, II cannotcannot reportreport herher forfor aa womanwoman ofof goodgood cariagecarriage.
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wln 0444BesseBess.YourYour oldeold MasterMaster thatthat dweltdweltdwelled herehere beforebefore mymy
wln 0445commingcoming, hathhath turn’dturned overover youryour yearesyears toto meme.
wln 0446Clem.ClemClem.RightRight forsoothforsooth: beforebefore hehe waswas aa VintnerVintner, heehe
wln 0447waswas aa shoo-makershoemaker, andand leftleft twotwo oror threethree turne-oversturn-overs moremore
wln 0448besidesbesides my selfemyself.
wln 0449BesseBess.HowHow longlong hasthast thouthou toto serveserve.
wln 0450Clem.ClemClem.ButBut eleveneleven yearesyears nextnext grassegrass, andand thenthen II amam inin
wln 0451hopehope ofof mymy freedomfreedom. ForFor byby thatthat timetime II shallshall bebe atat fulfull ageage.
wln 0452BesseBess.HowHow oldold artart thouthou nownow?
wln 0453Clem.ClemClem.ForsoothForsooth newlynewly comecome intointo mymy TeenesTeens. II havehave
wln 0454scrap’dscraped trencherstrenchers thisthis twotwo yearesyears, andand thethe nextnext VintageVintage II
wln 0455hopehope toto bebe Barre-boyBar-boybar-boy.
wln 0456BesseBess.What’sWhat’s thythy namename?
wln 0457Clem.ClemClem.MyMy namename isis ClemClem, mymy fatherfather waswas aa BakerBaker, andand byby
wln 0458thethe reportreport ofof hishis neighborsneighborsneighbours, asas honesthonest aa manman asas everever livedlived
wln 0459byby breadbread.
wln 0460Bes.BessBes.AndAnd wherewhere dweltdweltdwelled hehe?
wln 0461Clem.ClemClem.BelowBelow herehere inin thethe nextnext crookedcrooked streetstreet, atat thethe
wln 0462signesign ofof thethe LegLeg. HeeHe waswas nothingnothing soso talltall asas II, butbut aa littlelittle
wln 0463wee-manwee-man, andand somewhatsomewhat huckt-backthuck-backedhunchbacked.
wln 0464BesseBess.HeHe waswas onceonce ConstableConstable?
wln 0465Clem.ClemClem.HeeHe waswas indeedeindeed, andand inin thatthat oneone yeareyear ofof hishis
wln 0466raignereign, II havehave heardheard themthem saysay, heehe boltedbolted andand siftedsifted outout
wln 0467moremore businessebusiness, thenthan othersothers inin thatthat officeoffice inin manymany yearesyears
wln 0468beforebefore himhim.
wln 0469BesseBess.HowHow longlong istis ’tis’t sincesince hehe dyeddied?
wln 0470Clem.ClemClem.MarryMarry thethe lastlast dearedear yeareyear. ForFor whenwhen cornecorn grewgrew
wln 0471toto bebe atat anan highhigh raterate, mymy fatherfather nevernever doweddowed afterafter.
wln 0472BesseBess.II thinkethink II havehave heardheard ofof himhim.
wln 0473Clem.ClemClem.ThenThen II amam suresure youyou havehave heardheard hehe waswas anan honesthonest
wln 0474neighborneighborneighbour, andand oneone thatthat nevernever lov’dloved toto bebe meale-mouth’dmeal-mouthed.
wln 0475BesseBess.WellWell sirrahsirrah, prooveprove anan honesthonest servantservant, andand youyou
wln 0476shallshall findefind meme youryour goodgood MistresseMistress. WhatWhat companycompany isis inin
wln 0477thethe MarmaidMarmaid?
wln 0478Clem.ClemClem.ThereThere bebe fourefour SeaSea captainescaptains. II beleevebele●vebelieve theythey bebe
wln 0479littlelittle betterbetter thenthan spiratsspiratspirates, theythey areare soso flushflush ofof theirtheir rudocksruddocks.
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wln 0480Bess.BessBess.NoNo mattermatter, weewe●we willwill taketake nono notenote ofof themthem.
wln 0481HereHere theythey ventvent manymany bravebrave commoditiescommodities,
wln 0482ByBy whichwhich somesome gaingain accrewsaccrues. Th’areTh’ arethey’re mymy goodgood customerscustomers,
wln 0483AndAnd stillstill returnereturn meme profitprofit.
wln 0484Clem.ClemClem.WotWot youyou whatwhat MistresseMistress, howhow thethe twotwo SaylersSailors
wln 0485wouldwould havehave servedserved meme, thatthat calldcalled forfor thethe poundpound andand halfehalf
wln 0486ofof CheeseCheese?
wln 0487Bess.BessBess.HowHow waswas itit ClemClem?
wln 0488Clem.ClemClem.WhenWhen II broughtbrought themthem aa reckoningreckoning, theythey wouldwould
wln 0489havehave hadhad meme toto havehave scor’dscored itit upup. TheyThey tooketook meme forfor aa sim-simplesim∣plesimple
wln 0490ple
wln 0490gullgull indeedindeed, thatthat wouldwould havehave hadhad meme toto havehave takentaken
wln 0491ChalkeChalk forfor CheeseCheese:
wln 0492BesseBess.WellWell, goego waitewait uponupon thethe CaptainesCaptains, seesee themthem
wln 0493wantwant nono winewine.
wln 0494Clem.ClemClem.NorNor reckoningreckoning neytherneither, taketake mymy wordword MistressMistress.
wln 0495Roughm.RoughmanRoughm.Shee’sShe’s nownow atat leasureleisure, IleI’ll toto herher.
wln 0496LadyLady, whatwhat GentlemenGentlemen areare thosethose aboveabove?
wln 0497BesseBess.SirSir theythey areare suchsuch asas pleaseplease toto bebe mymy guestsguests,
wln 0498AndAnd theythey areare kindlykindly welcomewelcome.
wln 0499Roughm.RoughmanRoughm.GiveGive meme theirtheir namesnames.
wln 0500BesseBess.YouYou maymay goego searchsearch thethe Church-bookeChurch-book wherewhere
wln 0501theythey werewere christnedchristened.
wln 0502ThereThere youyou perhapsperhaps maymay learnelearn themthem.
wln 0503Roughm.RoughmanRoughm.MinionMinion, howhow?
wln 0504Fors.ForsetFors.FieFie, fiefie, youyou areare tootoo ruderude withwith thisthis fairefair creaturecreature,
wln 0505ThatThat nono wayway seekesseeks t’offendt’ offendt’offend youyou.
wln 0506Bess.BessBess.PrayPray handshands offoff.
wln 0507Roughm.RoughmanRoughm.II telltell theethee maidmaid, wifewife, oror what e’erwhate’er thouthou beestbeest,
wln 0508NoNo manman shallshall enterenter herehere butbut byby mymy leaveleave.
wln 0509ComeCome, let’slet’s bebe moremore familiarfamiliar.
wln 0510Bess.BessBess.’Las’Las good-mangoodman.
wln 0511R.RoughmanR.WhyWhy knowstknow’stknowest thouthou whōwhom thouthou sleightstsleightftslight’st. II amam RoughmanRoughman,
wln 0512TheThe onelyonly approvedapproved gallantgallant ofof thesethese partsparts,
wln 0513AA manman ofof whomwhom thethe RoarersRoarers standstand inin aweawe,
wln 0514AndAnd mustmust notnot bebe putput offoff.
wln 0515Bess.BessBess.II nevernever yetyet heardheard manman soso praisepraise himselfehimself,
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The faire Maid of the West:


wln 0516ButBut prov’dproved in’thin th’in’th endend aa cowardcoward.
wln 0517Roughm.RoughmanRoughm.CowardCoward, BessBess?
wln 0518YouYou willwill offendoffend meme, raiseraise inin meme thatthat furyfury
wln 0519YourYour beautybeauty cannotcannot calmecalm. GoeGo toto, nono moremore,
wln 0520YourYour languagelanguage isis tootoo harshharsh andand peremptoryperemptory.
wln 0521PrayPray letlet meme hearehear nono moremore on’ton’●on ’ton’t. II telltell theethee
wln 0522ThatThat quietquiet dayday scarcescarce pastpast meme thesethese sevenseven yearesyears
wln 0523II havehave notnot cracktcracked aa weaponweapon inin somesome frayfray,
wln 0524AndAnd willwill youyou movemove mymy spleenespleen?
wln 0525Fors.ForsetFors.WhatWhat, threatthreat aa womanwoman?
wln 0526Bes.BessBes.SirSir, ifif youyou thusthus persistpersist toto wrongwrong mymy househouse,
wln 0527DisturbeDisturb mymy guestsguests, andand nightlynightly domineiredomineerdomineire,
wln 0528ToTo putput mymy friendsfriends fromfrom patiencepatience, IleI’ll complainecomplain,
wln 0529AndAnd rightright my selfemyself beforebefore thethe MagistrateMagi●trateMagistrate.
wln 0530CanCan wewe notnot livelive inin compassecompass ofof thethe LawLaw,
wln 0531ButBut mustmust bebe swaggerdswaggered outout on’ton ’ton’t?
wln 0532Roughm.RoughmanRoughm.GoeGo tooto, wenchwench,
wln 0533II wishwish theethee wellwell, thinkethink on’ton ’ton’t, theresthere’s goodgood forfor theethee
wln 0534Stor’dStored inin mymy brestbreast, andand whenwhen II comecome inin placeplace
wln 0535II mustmust havehave nono manman toto offendoffend minemine eyeeye:
wln 0536MyMy lovelove cancan brookebrook nono rivalsrivals. ForFor thisthis timetime
wln 0537II amam contentcontent youryour CaptainesCaptains shallshall havehave peacepeace,
wln 0538ButBut mustmust notnot bebe us’dused to’tto ’tto’t.
wln 0539Bes.BessBes.SirSir ifif youyou comecome likelike otherother freefree &and civillcivil GentlemenGentlemen
wln 0540Y’areY’ areYou’re welcomewelcome, otherwiseotherwise mymy dooresdoors areare barr’dbarred youyou.
wln 0541Roughm.RoughmanRoughm.That’sThat’s mymy goodgood GirleGirl,
wln 0542II havehave fortunesfortunes laidlaid upup forfor theethee: whatwhat II havehave
wln 0543CommandCommand itit asas thinethine owneown. GoeGo tooto, bebe wisewise.
wln 0544Bes.BessBes.WellWell, II shallshall studystudy for’tfor ’tfor’t.
wln 0545Roughm.RoughmanRoughm.ConsiderConsider on’ton ’ton’t. FarewellFarewell.ExitExit.
wln 0546Bes.BessBes.MyMy mindemind suggestssuggests meeme thatthat thisthis pratingprating fellowfellow
wln 0547IsIs somesome notoriousnotorious CowardCoward. IfIf hehe persistpersist
wln 0548II havehave aa tricketrick, toto trytry whatwhat metall’smetal’s inin himhim.
wln 0549EnterEnter ClemClem.Clem.Clem.
wln 0550WhatWhat newesnews withwith youyou?
wln 0551Cle.ClemCle.II amam nownow goinggoing toto carrycarry thethe CaptainesCaptains aa reckningreckoning.
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wln 0552BesseBess.AndAnd what’swhat’s thethe summe●ummesum?
wln 0553Clem.ClemClem.LetLet meme seesee, eighteight shillingsshillings andand sixsix pencepence.
wln 0554Bes.BessBes.HowHow cancan youyou makemake thatthat goodgood? writewrite themthem aa billbill.
wln 0555Clem.ClemClem.IleI’ll watchwatch themthem forfor thatthat, tis’tis nono timetime ofof nightnight toto
wln 0556useuse ourour bilsbills, thethe GentlemenGentlemen areare nono dwarfesdwarfsdwarves, andand withwith oneone
wln 0557wordword ofof mymy mouthmouth, II cancan telltell themthem whatwhat isis toto be-tallbe-tall.
wln 0558BesseBess.HowHow comescomes itit toto soso muchmuch?
wln 0559Clem.ClemClem.ImprimisImprimis, sixsix quartsquarts ofof winewine atat sevenseven pencepence thethe
wln 0560quartquart, sevenseven sixpencessixpences.
wln 0561BesseBess.WhyWhy dostdost thouthoureckonthou reckonreckon itit soso?
wln 0562Clem.ClemClem.BecauseBecause asas theythey camecame inin byby habhab nabnab, soso II willwill
wln 0563bringbring themthem inin aa reckningreckoning atat sixsix andand atat sevenssevens.
wln 0564Bes.BessBes.WellWell, winewine 33 ss, 66 dd.d.d..
wln 0565Clem.ClemClem.AndAnd whatwhat wantswants thatthat ofoftenoftenof tenten groatsgroats?
wln 0566BesseBess.Tis’Tis twotwo pencepence overover.
wln 0567Clem.ClemClem.ThenThen putput sixsix pencepence moremore toto itit, andand makemake itit 44 ss,
wln 0568winewine, thoughthough youyou batebate itit themthem inin theirtheir meatemeat.
wln 0569BesseBess.WhyWhy soso II pretheeprithee?
wln 0570Clem.ClemClem.BecauseBecause ofof thethe oldold proverbeproverb, VVhatWhat theythey wantwant inin
wln 0571meatemeat, letlet themthem taketake outout inin drinkedrink. ThenThen forfor twelvetwelve peny-penyworthpeny|worthpennyworth
wln 0572worth
wln 0572ofof AnchovesAnchoves, 1818 d.d.
wln 0573BesseBess.HowHow cancan thatthat bebe?
wln 0574Clem.ClemClem.MarryMarry veryvery wellwell MistresseMistress, 1212 d.d. AnchovesAnchoves, andand
wln 057566 d.d. oyleoil andand vinegervinegar. NayNay theythey shallshall havehave aa sawcysaucy recko-reckoningrecko∣ningreckoning(ning
wln 0576Bes.BessBes.AndAnd whatwhat forfor thethe