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ACT THE THIRD.
SCENE, Young HoneywOOD's House.
BailifF, HONEYWOOD, FOLLOWER.
LOOKEY, Sir, I have arrested as good men as you in my time : no disparagement of you neither. Men that would go forty guineas on a game of cribbage. I challenge the town to shew a man in more genteeler practice than myself.
Honeywood. Without all question, Mr. name, Sir ?
I forget your
Yes, you may. "
Bailiff. That I did'nt promise to tell you. He! he! he! • Vol. II.
A joke breaks no bones, as we say among us that practise the law.
Honeywood. You may have reason for keeping it a secret, perhaps?
Bailiff. The law does nothing without reason. I'm ashamed to tell my name to no man, Sir. If you can shew cause, as why, upon a special capus, that I should prove my name-But, come, Timothy Twitch is my. name. And, now you know my name, what have you to say to that?
Honeywood. Nothing in the world, good Mr. Twitch, but that I have a favor to ask, that's all.
Bailiff. Ay, favors are more easily asked than granted, as we say'among us that practise the law. I have taken an oath against granting favors. Would you have me perjure myself?
Honeywood. But my request will come recommended in so strong a manner, as, I believe, you'll have no scruple (pulling out his purse.) The thing is only this: I believe I shall be able to discharge this trifle in two or three days at farthest; but as I would not have the affair known for the world, I have thoughts of keeping you, and your good friend here, about me till the debt is discharged; for which I shall be properly grateful.
Bailiff Oh! that's another maxum, and altogether within my oath. For certain, if an honest man is to get any thing by a thing, there's no reason why all things should not be done in civility.
Honeywood. Doubtless, all trades must live, Mr. Twitch; and yours is a necessary one. (Gives him money.)
Bailiff. Oh! your honor; I hope your honor takes nothing amiss as I does, as I does nothing but my duty in so doing. I'm sure no man can say I ever give a gentleman, that was a gentleman, ill usage. If I saw that a gentleman was a gentleman, I have taken money not 10 see him for ten weeks together.
Bailiff. Ay, Sir, it's a perfect treasure. I love to see a gentleman with a tender heart. I don't know, but I think I have a tender heart myself. If all that I have lost by my heart was put together, it would make a—but no matter for that.
Honeywood. Don't account it lost, Mr. Twitch. The ingratitude of the world can never deprive us of the conscious happiness of having acted with humanity ourselves.
. Bailiff. Humanity, Sir, is a jewel. It's better than gold. I love humanity. People may say, that we in our way, have no humanity ; but I'll shew you my humanity this moment. There's my follower here, little Flanigan, with a wife and four children, a guinea or two would be more to him, than twice as much to another. Now, as I can't shew him any humanity myself, I must beg leave you'll do it for me.
Honeywood. I assure you, Mr. Twitch, yours is a most powerful recommendation. (Giving money to the follower.)
Bailiff. Sir, You're a gentleman. I see you know what to do with your money. But, to business: we are to be with you here as your friends, I suppose. But set in case company comes.-Little Flanigan here, to be sure has a good face; a very good face ; but then, he is a little seedy, as we say among us that practise the law. Not well in cloaths. Smoke the pocket-holes.
Servant. Sir, Miss Richland is below.
Honeywood. How unlucky! Detain her a moment. We must improve my good friend, little Mr. Flanigan's appear. ance first. Here, let Mr. Flanigan have a suit of my cloạths-quick-the brown and silver-Do you hear.
Servant, That your honor gave away to the begging gentleman that makes verses, because it was as good as new.
> Servant. That, your honor, I made bold to sell, because it was good for nothing.
Honeywood. Well, the first that comes to hand then. The blue and gold then. I believe Mr. Flanigan will look best in blue.
Bailiff. Rabbit me, but little Flanigan will look well in any thing. Ah, if your honor knew that bit of flesh as well as I do, you'd be perfectly in love with him. There's not a prettier scout in the four counties after a shy-cock than he: scents like a hound; sticks like a weazle. He was master of the ceremonies to the black Queen of Morocco, when I took him to follow me. (Re-enter Flanigan) Heh, ecod, I think he looks so well, that I don't care if I have a suit from the same place for myself.
Honeywood. Well, well, I hear the lady coming. Dear Mr. Twitch, I beg you'll give your friend directions not to speak. As for yourself, I know you will say nothing without being directed.
Bailiff Never you fear me ; I'll shew the lady that I have something to say for myself as well as another. One man has one way of talking, and another man has another, that's all the difference between them.