William Congreve

D. F. McKenzie (ed.), The Works of William Congreve, Vol. 1

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Critical ApparatusACT IV. SCENE V.

Critical ApparatusJeremy, Sir Sampson Legend, with Buckram, a Lawyer.

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Sir SAMPSON. D'ye see, Mr. Buckram, here's the Paper sign'd with his 2own Hand.


BUCKRAM. Good, Sir. And the Conveyance is ready drawn in this Box, 4if he be ready to sign and seal.

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Sir SAMPSON. Ready, Body o' me, he must be ready: His Sham-Sickness 6shan't excuse him—O, here's his Scoundrel. Sirrah, 7where's your Master?


JEREMY. Ah, Sir, he's quite gone.


Sir SAMPSON. Gone! What, he is not dead?


JEREMY. No, Sir, not dead.

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Sir SAMPSON. What, is he gone out of Town, run away, ha! has he trick'd 12me? speak, Varlet.

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JEREMY. No, no, Sir, he's safe enough, Sir, an he were but as 14sound, poor Gentleman. He is indeed here, Sir, and not 15here, Sir.

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Sir SAMPSON. Hey day, Rascal, do you banter me? Sirrah, d'ye banter Critical Apparatus17me,—Speak Sirrah, where is he, for I will find him.

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JEREMY. Would you could, Sir; for he has lost himself. Indeed, Critical Apparatus19Sir, I have almost broke my Heart about him—I Critical Apparatus20can't refrain Tears when I think of him, Sir: I'm as mel-21ancholy for him as a Passing-Bell, Sir; or a Horse in 22a Pound.


Sir SAMPSON. A Pox confound your Similitudes, Sir—Speak to be Editor’s Note24understood, and tell me in plain Terms what the Matter Critical Apparatus25is with him, or I'll crack your Fools Skull.

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JEREMY. Ah, you've hit it, Sir; that's the Matter with him, Sir; his 27Skull's crack'd, poor Gentleman; he's stark mad, Sir.




BUCKRAM. What, is he Non Compos?


JEREMY. Quite Non Compos, Sir.

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BUCKRAM. Why then all's obliterated, Sir Sampson, if he be Non 32Compos mentis, his Act and Deed will be of no Effect, it is 33not good in Law.

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Sir SAMPSON. Oons, I won't believe it; let me see him, Sir—Mad, I'll 35make him find his Senses.


JEREMY. Mr. Scandal is with him, Sir; I'll knock at the Door.

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0.1 SCENE V.] om. Qq.
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0.2 * Jeremywith Buckram a Lawyer ] ⁓ …with a LAWYER ] Ww; Enter Sir Sampson Legend with a Lawyer Qq.
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1 Buckram] Buckrum Q1.
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5 Ready,] ⁓! W2.
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5 ready:] ⁓; Q1–2, 4.
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11 trick'd] trick't Q1–3.
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13 Sir,] ⁓; Q1.
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16 Hey‸day ] ⁓-⁓ Q4.
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17 me,] ⁓‸ Q1–2.
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18 Sir;] ⁓: Q3.
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19 *almost] W2; a most Qq, W1.
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20 Sir:] ⁓; Q1–2.
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20 melancholy] melancholly Q3.
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24 in plain Terms] Compare Tilley E152, and see note to OB iii. vi. 72.
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25 Fools] Fool's W2.
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25 *Skull] Q1; Scull Q2–4, W1.
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26 with] mith Q2.
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26–7 his Skull's crack'd] Tilley C789.
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31–2 Non Compos mentis] of unsound mind, therefore unable legally to subscribe to any will.
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34 Oons] Oo'ns Q1.
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34 Mad,] ⁓‸ Q2; ⁓! W2.
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36.1 [Goes … opens. ] [Goes … opens and discovers Valentine upon a Couch disorderly dress'd, Scandal by him. Qq.
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