Mrs. Pinch. Truly, I dont know: but I have not been well since you told me there was a gallant at the play in love with me.
Alith. Thats by my example too!
Pinch. Nay, if you are not well, but are so concerned, because a lewd fellow chanced to lie, and say he liked you, youll make me sick too.
Mrs. Pinch. Of what sickness?
Pinch. O, of that which is worse than the plague, jealousy.
Mrs. Pinch. Pish, you jeer! Im sure theres no such disease in our receipt-book at home.
Pinch. No, thou never metst with it, poor innocent.Well, if thou cuckold me, twill be my own faultfor cuckolds and bastards are generally makers of their own fortune.
Mrs. Pinch. Well, but pray, bud, lets go to a play to-night.
Pinch. Tis just done, she comes from it. But why are you so eager to see a play?
Mrs. Pinch. Faith, dear, not that I care one pin for their talk there; but I like to look upon the player-men, and would see, if I could, the gallant you say loves me: thats all, dear bud.
Pinch. Is that all, dear bud?
Alith. This proceeds from my example!
Mrs. Pinch. But if the play be done, lets go abroad, however, dear bud.
Pinch. Come, have a little patience and thou shalt go into the country on Friday.
Mrs. Pinch. Therefore I would see first some sights to tell my neighbours of. Nay, I will go abroad, thats once.
Alith. Im the cause of this desire too!
Pinch. But now I think ont, who, who was the cause of Horners coming to my lodgings to-day? That was you.
Alith. No, you, because you would not let him see your handsome wife out of your lodging.
Mrs. Pinch. Why, O Lord! did the gentleman come hither to see me indeed?
Pinch. No, no.You are not the cause of that damned question too, Mistress Alithea?[Aside.] Well, shes in the right of it. He is in love with my wifeand comes after hertis sobut Ill nip his love in the bud; lest he should follow us into the country, and break his chariot-wheel near our house, on purpose for an excuse to come tot. But I think I know the town.
Mrs. Pinch. Come, pray, bud, lets go abroad before tis late; for I will go, thats flat and plain.
Pinch. [aside.] So! the obstinacy already of the town-wife; and I must, whilst shes here, humour her like one.[Aloud.] Sister, how shall we do, that she may not be seen or known?
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