Scene I.The Theatre, before the curtain.
Enter Puff, Sneer, and Dangle.
Puff. Well, we are ready; now then for the justices.
Justices, Constables, &c., discovered.
Sneer. This, I suppose, is a sort of senate scene.
Puff. To be sure; there has not been one yet.
Dang. It is the under-plot, isnt it?
Puff. Yes.What, gentlemen, do you mean to go at once to the discovery scene?
Just. If you please, sir.
Puff. Oh, very well!Harkee, I dont choose to say anything more; but, ifaith they have mangled my play in a most shocking manner.
Dang. Its a great pity!
Puff. Now, then, Mr. Justice, if you please.
Puff. Quick, sir.
Sneer. But, Mr. Puff, I think not only the Justice, but the clown seems to talk in as high a style as the first hero among them.
Puff. Heaven forbid they should not in a free country!Sir, I am not for making slavish distinctions, and giving all the fine language to the upper sort of people.
Dang. Thats very noble in you, indeed.
Enter Justices Lady.
Puff. Now, pray mark this scene.
Re-enter Constable with Son.
Puff. What, sir, do you leave out the account of your birth, parentage, and education?
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