SCENE I.A Room in Bonifaces Inn
Knocking without, enter Boniface.
Bon. Coming! Coming!A coach and six foaming horses at this time o night! some great man, as the saying is, for he scorns to travel with other people.
Enter Sir Charles Freeman.
Sir Chas. What, fellow! a public house, and abed when other people sleep?
Bon. Sir, I ant abed, as the saying is.
Sir Chas. Is Mr. Sullens family abed, thinkee?
Bon. All but the squire himself, sir, as the saying is; hes in the house.
Sir Chas. What company has he?
Bon. Why, sir, theres the constable, Mr. Gage the exciseman, the hunch-backed barber, and two or three other gentlemen.
Sir Chas. I find my sisters letters gave me the true picture of her spouse.
Enter Squire Sullen, drunk.
Bon. Sir, heres the squire.
Squire Sul. The puppies left me asleepSir!
Sir Chas. Well, sir.
Squire Sul. Sir, I am an unfortunate manI have three thousand pounds a year, and I cant get a man to drink a cup of ale with me.
Sir Chas. Thats very hard.
Squire Sul. Ay, sir; and unless you have pity upon me, and smoke one pipe with me, I must een go home to my wife, and I had rather go to the devil by half.
Sir Chas. But I presume, sir, you wont see your wife to-night; shell be gone to bed. You dont use to lie with your wife in that pickle?
Squire Sul. What! not lie with my wife! why, sir, do you take me for an atheist or a rake?
Sir Chas. If you hate her, sir, I think you had better lie from her.
Squire Sul. I think so too, friend. But Im a justice of peace, and must do nothing against the law.
Sir Chas. Law! as I take it, Mr. Justice, nobody observes law for laws sake, only for the good of those for whom it was made.
Squire Sul. But, if the law orders me to send you to jail, you must lie there, my friend.
Sir Chas. Not unless I commit a crime to deserve it.
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