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Par. My meaning in't, I protest, was very honest in the behalf of the maid: for I knew the young count to be a dangerous and lascivious boy; who is a whale to virginity, and devours up all the fry it finds.
Ber. Damnable, both sides rogue! 1 Sold. When he swears oaths, bid him drop gold,
and take it; After he scores, he never pays the score: Half won, is match well made; match, and well
• make it;3
He ne'er pays after delts, take it before;
PAROLLES. Ber. He shall be whipped through the army, with this rhyme in his forehead.
2 Lord. This is your devoted friend, sir, the manifold linguist, and the armipotent soldier.
Ber. I could endure any thing before but a cat, and now he's a cat to me.
i Sold. I perceive, sir, by the general's looks, we shall be fain to hang you.
Par. My life, sir, in any case: not that I am afraid to die; but that, my offences being many, I would repent out the remainder of nature: let me live, sir, in a dungeon, i'the stocks, or any where, se I may live.
i Sold. We'll see what may be done, so you con
s Ilalf won, is match well made; match, and well make it;] The meaning is, “A match well made, is half won; make your match, therefore, but make it weh."
esses not a Vishments 1 egg out of
Keeping of de parallels N cloister: 4
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fess freely; therefore, once more to this captain Dumain : You have answered to his reputation with the duke, and to his valour: What is his honesty?
Par. He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloister;4 for rapes and ravishments he parallels Nessus. He professes not keeping of oaths; in breaking them, he is stronger than Hercules. He will lie, sir, with such volubility, that you would think truth were a fool: drunkenness is his best virtue; for he will be swine-drunk; and in his sleep he does little harm, save to his bed-clothes about him; but they know his conditions, and lay him in straw. I have but little more to say, sir, of his honesty: he has every thing that an honest man should not have; what an honest man should have, he has nothing.
i Lord. I begin to love him for this.
Ber. For this description of thine honesty ? A pox upon him for me, he is more and more a cat.
i Sold. What say you to his expertness in war?
Par. Faith, sir, he has led the drum before the English tragedians,—to belie him, I will not, and more of his soldiership I know not; except, in that country, he had the honour to be the officer at a place there call’d Mile-end, to instruct for the doubling of files: I would do the man what honour I can, but of this I am not certain.
1 Lord. He hath out-villained villainy so far, that the rarity redeems him.
Ber. A pox on him! he's a cat still.
i Sold. His qualities being at this poor price, I need not ask you, if gold will corrupt him to revolt.
- an egg out of a cloister;] He will steal any thing, howe ever trifling, from any place, however holy. Robbing the spital, is a common phrase, of the like import.
Par. Sir, for a quart d'ecus he will sell the feesimple of his salvation, the inheritance of it; and cut the entail from all remainders, and a perpetual succession for it perpetually.
I Sold. What's his brother, the other captain Dumain?
2 Lord. Why does he ask him of me?.. | Sold. What's he?
Par. E'en a crow of the same nest; not altogether so great as the first in goodness, but greater a great deal in evil. He excels his brother for a coward, yet his brother is reputed one of the best that is: In a retreat he out-runs any lackey; marry, in coming on he has the cramp.
1 Sold. If your life be saved, will you undertake to betray the Florentine?
Par. Ay, and the captain of his horse, count Rousillon.
I Sold. I'll whisper with the general, and know his pleasure.
Par. I'll no more drumming; a plague of all drums! Only to seem to deserve well, and to beguile the supposition? of that lascivious young boy the count, have I run into this danger: Yet, who would have suspected an ambush where I'was taken?
[Aside. I Sold. There is no remedy, sir, but you must die: the general says, you, that have so traitorously discovered the secrets of your army, and made such pestiferous reports of men very nobly held, can
"- for a quart d'ecu -] The fourth part of the smaller French crown; about eight-pence of our money.
o Why does he ask him of me?] This is nature. Every man is, on such occasions, more willing to hear his neighbour's character than his own. JOHNSON
i to beguile the supposition - ] That is, to deceive the opinion, to make the Count think me a man that deserves well.
serve the world for no honest use; therefore you must die. Come, headsmen, off with his head.
Par. O Lord, sir; let me live, or let me see my death!
1 Sold. That shall you, and take your leave of all your friends.
[Unmuffling him. So, look about you ; Know you any here?
Ber. Good morrow, noble captain.
2 Lord. Captain, what greeting will you to my lord Lafeu? I am for France.
i Lord. Good captain, will you give me a copy of the sonnet you writ to Diana in behalf of the count Rousillon? an I were not a very coward, I'd compel it of you; but fare you well.
F Exeunt BERTRAM, Lords, &c. 1 Sold. You are undone, captain: all but your scarf, that has a knot on't yet.
Par. Who cannot be crushed with a plot?
i Sold. If you could find out a country where but women were that had received so much shame, you might begin an impudent nation. Fare you well, sir; I am for France too; we shall speak of you there.
(Exit. Par. Yet am I thankful: if my heart were great, 'Twould burst at this: Captain, I'll be no more; But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft As captain shall, simply the thing I am Shall make me live. Who knows himself a braggart Let him fear this; for it will come to pass, That every braggart shall be found an ass. Rust, sword! cool, blushes! and, Parolles, live 2 Safest in shame! being fool'd, by foolery thrive! There's place, and means, for every man alive. J I'll after them.
Enter Helena, Widow, and Diana.
Nor you, mistress,
my motive --] Motite for assistant, or rather for morer. 9 When saucy -] Saucy may very properly signify luxurious, and by consequence lascivious.