SCENE I.Covent Garden
Enter Lord R
Lord R. Is the dog dead?
Col. No, dn him! I heard him wheeze.
Lord R. How the witch his wife howled!
Col. Ay, shell alarm the watch presently.
Lord R. Appear, knight, then; come, you have a good cause to fight for; theres a man murdered.
Enter Sir J
Sir J. Is there? then let his ghost be satisfied; for Ill sacrifice a constable to it presently, and burn his body upon his wooden chair.
Enter a Tailor, with a bundle under his arm.
Col. How now! What have we got here? a thief?
Tai. No, ant please you, Im no thief.
Lord R. That well see presently. Here, let the general examine him.
Sir J. Ay, ay; let me examine him and Ill lay a hundred pounds I find him guilty, in spite of his teeth; for he looks like a sneaking rascal. Come, sirrah, without equivocation, or mental reservation, tell me of what opinion you are, and what calling; for by them I shall guess at your morals.
Tai. Ant please you, Im a dissenting journeyman womans tailor.
Sir J. Then, sirrah, you love lying by your religion, and theft by your trade: and so, that your punishments may be suitable to your crimes, Ill have you first gagged, and then hanged.
Tai. Pray, good worthy gentlemen, dont abuse me: indeed, I am an honest man, and a good workman, though I say it that should not say it.
Sir J. No words, sirrah, but attend your fate.
Lord R. Let me see whats in that bundle.
Tai. Ant please you, its my ladys morning dress and hat.
Sir J. What lady, you reptile, you?
Tai. My Lady Brute, ant please your honour.
Sir J. My Lady Brute! my wife! the robe of my wife! With reverence let me approach it. The dear angel is always taking care of me in danger, and has sent me this suit of armour to protect me in this day of battle: on they go.
All. Oh, brave knight!
Lord R. Live, Don Quixote the second!
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