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and having but two in the dish, as I said, master Froth here, this very man, having eaten the rest, as I said, and, as I say, paying for them very honestly; — for, as you know, malter Froth, I could not give you three pence again.
FROTH. No, indeed.
Cro. Very well : you being then, if you be remember'd, cracking the stones of the foresaid prunes.
FROTH. Ay, so I did, indeed.
Clo. Why, very well: I telling you then, if you be remember'd, that such a one, and such a one, were past cure of the thing you wot of, unless they kept very good diet, as I told you;
FROTH. All this is true.
ESCAL. Come, you are a tedious fool: to the purpose.—What was done to Elbow's wife, that he hath cause to complain of? Come me to what was done to her. Clo. Sir, your honour cannot come to that
yet. · Escal. No, sir, nor I mean it not.
Clo. Sir, but you shall come to it, by your honour's leave: And, I beseech you, look into master Froth here, sir; a man of fourscore pound a year; 'whose father died at Hallowmas? - Was't not at Hallowmas, maller Froth?
FROTH. All-hollond eve.
Clo. Why, very well; I hope here be truths: He, fir, fitting, as I say, in a lower chair,9 fir;
9-in a lower chair,] Every house had formerly, among its other furniture, what was called a low chair, designed for the case of fick people, and, occafionally, occupied by lazy ones. Of these conveniencies I have seen many, though, perhaps, at present they are wholly disused. STLEVENS.
'twas in the Bunch of Grapes, where, indeed, you have a delight to fit: Have you not?
FROTH. I have so; because it is an open room, and good for winter.
Clo, Why, very wellthen;—I hope here be truths.
Ang. This will last out a night in Russia,
[Exit Angelo. Now, sir, come on: What was done to Elbow's wife, once more?
Clo. Once, fir? there was nothing done to her
ElB. I beseech you, sir, ask him what this man did to my wife.
Clo. I beseech your honour, ask me.
Clo.' I beseech you, fir, look in this gentleman's face: — Good master Froth, look upon his honour; 'tis for a good purpose: Doth your honour mark his face?
Escal. Ay, fir, very well. .
Clo. I'll be supposed * upon a book, his face is the worst thing about him: Good then; if his face be the worst thing about him, how could master
2 I'll be supposed --) He means deposed. MALONE,
Froth do the constable's wise any harm ? I would know that of your honour.
Escal. He's in the right: Constable, what say
you to it?
Els. First, an it like you, the house is a respected horfe; next, this is a respected fellow; and his miltress is a respected woman.
CLO. By this hand, fir, his wife is a more respected person than any of us all.
ELB. Varlet, thou liest; thou liest, wicked varlet: the time is yet to come, that she was ever respected with man, woman,
or child. Cio. Sir, she was respected with him before he married with her.
Escal. Which is the wiser here? Justice, or Iniquiry?s - Is this true ?
EiB. O thou caitiff! O thou varlet! O thou wicked Hannibal! · I respected with her, before I was married to her? If ever I was respected with her, or Me with me, let not your worship think me the poor duke's officer :-Prove this, thou wicked Hannibal, or I'll have mine action of battery on thee.
3. Justice, of Iniquity ?] These were, I suppose, two personages well known to the audience by their frequent appearance in the old moralities. The words, therefore, at that time produced a combination of ideas, which they have now loft. JOHNSON.
Justice, or Iniquiry? i. e. The Constable or the Fool. Escalus cails the latter Iniquity, in allufion to the old Vice, a familiar chara&er, in the ancient moralities and dumb-hews. justice may have a similar allufion, which I am unable to explain. Iniquitie is one of the personages in the “ Worthy interlude of Kynge Derius," 4to. bl. 1. no date. And in the First Part of King Henry IV. Prince Henry calls Falstaff, « that reverend Vice, that grey Iniquity." Ritson. Hannibal!] Miftaken by the constable for Cannibal.
Escal. If he took you a box o' the car, you might have your action of slander too.
ELB. Marry, I thank your good worship for it: What is’t your worship's pleasure I shall do with this wicked caitiff?
Escal. Truly, ófficer, because he hath some of fences in him, that thou wouldst discover if thou couldst, let him continue in his courses, till thou know'st what they are.
ElB. Marry, I thank your worship for it:--Thou feest, thou wicked varlet now, what's come upon thee; thou art to continue now, thou varlet; thou art to continue.
Escal. Where were you born, friend? [To FROTH.
[ To the Clown.
ESCAL. Nine! Come hither to me, master Froth, Master Froth, I would not have you acquainted with tapsters; they will draw you, ó master
thou art to continue.] Perhaps Elbow, mifinterpreting the language of Escalus, supposes the Clown is to continue in confinement; at lealt, he conceives some severe punishment or other to be implied by the word continue. STEEVENS.
they will draw you,] Draw has here a cluster of senses. As it refers to the tapfter, it ligpifics to drain, to empty; as it is
Froth, and you will hang them: Get you gone, and let me hear no more of
you. Froth. I thank your worship : For mine own part, I never come into any room in a taphouse, but ! I am drawn in.
ESCAL. Well; no more of it, master Froth: farewell. [ Exit Froth.}--Come you hither to me, malter tapster; what's your name, master tapster?
ESCAL. 'Troth, and your burn is the greatest thing about you; ' so that, in the beastliest fense, you are
related to hang, it means to be conveyed to execution on a hurdle. In Froth's answer, it is the fame as to bring along by fome notive or power. JOHNSON. 6 Pompey.] His mistress, in a preceding scene , calls him Thomas.
RITSON. greatest thing about you ;] Greene, in one of his pieces, mentions the great bumme of Paris." Again, in Tyro's Roaring Megge, 1598 : Tyro's round breeches have a cliffe behind."
STEEVENS. Harrison, in his Description of Britain , prefixed to Holinshed's Chronicle, condemns the excess of apparel amongst his countrymen, and thus proceeds : Neither can we be more justly burdened with any reproche' than inordinate behaviour in apparell, for which most nations deride us; as also for that we men doe seeme to bestowe moft cost upon our arses, and much more than upon all the rest of our bodies, as women do likewise upon their heads and shoulders." Should any curious reader wish for more information upon this subject, he is referred to "Struti's Manners and Customs of the English," Vol. III. p. 86. Douce.
But perhaps an ancient 'MS. ballad, entitled', A lamentable com plaint of the pore country men again jie great hose, for the lose of there catielles tailis, Mus. Brit. MS. Harl. 367. may throw further light on the subject. This ballad consists of 41 ftanzas. From these thic following are seleded.