SCENE I.A Room in La Castres House.
Enter De Gard, and a Footboy.
De Ga. Sirrah, you know I have rid hard; stir my horse well, And let him want no litter.
Boy. I am sure I have run hard;
Would somebody would walk me, and see me litterd,
For I think my
fellow horse cannot in reason
Desire more rest, nor take up his chamber before me:
But we are the beats
now, and the beasts are our masters.
De Ga. When you have done, step to the ten-crown ordinary
Boy. With all my heart, sir; for I have a twenty-crown stomach.
De Ga. And there bespeak a dinner.
Boy. [Going.] Yes, sir, presently.
De Ga. For whom, I beseech you, sir?
Boy. For myself, I take it, sir.
De Ga. In truth, you shall not take it; tis not meant for you;
Theres for your provender. Bespeak a dinner
Monsieur Mirabel, and his companions;
Theyll be in town within this hour. When you have done, sirrah,
ready all things at my lodgings, for me,
And wait me there.
Boy. The ten-crown ordinary?
De Ga. Yes, sir, if you have not forgot it.
Boy. Ill forget my feet first:
Tis the best part of a footmans faith.
De Ga. These youths,
For all they have been in Italy to learn thrift,
And seem to wonder at mens lavish
Yet they cannot rub off old friends, their French itches;
They must meet sometimes to disport their
With good wine, and good women; and good store too.
Let em be what they will, they are armd
at all points,
And then hang saving, let the sea grow high!
This ordinary can fit em of all sizes.
salute their country with old customs.
Enter La Castre and Oriana.
De Ga. My dearest sister!
Ori. Welcome, welcome!
Indeed, you are welcome home, most welcome!
De Ga. Thank ye!
Youre grown a handsome woman, Oriana:
Blush at your faults. I am wondrous glad to
Monsieur La Castre, let not my affection
To my fair sister make me held unmannerly:
I am glad
to see you well, to see you lusty,
Good health about you, and in fair company;
Believe me, I am proud
La Ga. Fair sir, I thank you.
Monsieur De Gard, you are welcome from your journey!
Good men have still
good welcome: Give me your hand, sir.
Once more, you are welcome home! You look still younger.