SCENE I.Pinchwifes House
Enter Pinchwife and Mrs. Pinchwife. A table and candle.
Pinch. Come, take the pen and make an end of the letter, just as you intended; if you are false in a tittle, I shall soon perceive it, and punish you as you deserve.[Lays his hand on his sword.] Write what was to followlets seeYou must make haste, and help me away before to-morrow, or else I shall be for ever out of your reach, for I can defer no longer ourWhat follows our?
Mrs. Pinch. Must all out, then, bud?Look you there, then.
[Mrs. Pinchwife takes the pen and writes.
Pinch. Lets seeFor I can defer no longer ourwedding Your slighted Alithea.Whats the meaning of this? my sisters name tot? speak, unriddle.
Mrs. Pinch. Yes, indeed, bud.
Pinch. But why her name tot? speakspeak, I say.
Mrs. Pinch. Ay, buy youll tell her then again. If you would not tell her again
Pinch. I will not:I am stunned, my head turns round. Speak.
Mrs. Pinch. Wont you tell her, indeed, and indeed?
Pinch. No; speak, I say.
Mrs. Pinch. Shell be angry with me; but I had rather she should be angry with me than you, bud; and, to tell you the truth, twas she made me write the letter, and taught me what I should write.
Pinch. [aside]. Ha! I thought the style was somewhat better than her own.[Aloud.] Could she come to you to teach you, since I had looked you up alone?
Mrs. Pinch. O, through the key-hole, bud.
Pinch. But why should she make you write a letter for her to him, since she can write herself?
Mrs. Pinch. Why, she said becausefor I was unwilling to do it
Pinch. Because whatbecause?
Mrs. Pinch. Because, lest Mr. Horner should be cruel, and refuse her; or be vain afterwards, and show the letter, she might disown it, the hand not being hers.
Pinch. [aside]. Hows this? Ha!then I think I shall come to myself again.This changeling could not invent this lie: but if she could, why should she? she might think I should soon discover it.Staynow I think ont too, Horner said he was sorry she had married Sparkish; and her disowning her marriage to me makes me think she has evaded it for Horners sake: yet why should she take this course? But men in love are fools; women may well be so[aloud.] But hark you, madam, your sister went out in the morning, and I have not seen her within since.
Mrs. Pinch. Alack-a-day, she has been crying all day above, it seems, in a corner.
Pinch. Where is she? let me speak with her.
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