George Villiers, second duke of Buckingham

Robert D. Hume and Harold Love (eds), Plays, Poems, and Miscellaneous Writings associated with George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham, Vol. 1

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Act: 2. Scene I.

Enter Vapor, Slaunder, Finical and Trim.

Fini. If you please Gentlemen to fix your scituation in this 2roome, I will contrive a way to have the Ladies passe by.


Vap. Madam you oblige us, and you shall find us persons that 4have a generous promptitude to expresse their gratitude.


Fin. Most daintily spoken yfaith.


Trim. This fantastical jade for a few new coind words would Editor’s Note7take the Strapado— aside.


Slau. Madam you need not doubt, but we that receive our 9happines from you, must ever be sollicitous of your felicity.

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Fin. I swear your Generosities confound me in a Labyrinth-11ious amaze, but I am proud to serve the Ornaments of our 12Nation.


Vap. Madam tis your goodnes—we will wait here in obedience 14to your comands.


Fin. Omit not the opportunity as they passe by—I doubt not Editor’s Note16but the litle Archer will hit them at the first sight of such 17amiable objects; your servant in all transcendent obedience.

exit Finical
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Slau. She was damd tœdious.


Vap. O pox confound her orations.


Trim. Hark yee my noble customers, as I take it, Trim that Critical Apparatus21now seems forgotten, was the first mover of this designe; but 22promises are turnd over to Mrs Finicall.


Vap. Ha ha ha.


Trim. Why so merry?


Sla. Ha ha ha.


Trim. The jest I beseech you.


Vap. Why thou art the jest Trim, why canst thou fancy that 28wee mean to give this formal Bawd any thing.

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Trim. What d'yee not?


Vap. Yes, may be we may purchase a large Suffolk Cheese to 31whet her gums, and swear tis Parmesan.


Sla. Or half a dozen botles of sowre cyder dasht with red wine, Editor’s Note33with labels of several French names sewd to the Corks.


Trim. Most excelent youths— aside


Sla. No Trim we will only do for thee. Women have seldom 36any thing from Jack and I but good words.


Vap. And those Mistress Finical shall alwaies receive and be 38laught at for her paines; but for honest Trim— {hugs him

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Trim. He shal be cousend. <aside>


Sla. Thou shalt Trim—let me see


Vap. Peace Tom, and let us for honest Trim outdoe expressions


Trim. Well Gentlemen, Ile step out and try what may be don.


Vap. Honest Trim I vow to Gad tis on thee we depend.

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Trim. <aside.> Now a third pox (for they have had two already) 45mark these for extraordinary raskals—Ile keep my young Ladies 46from such Caterpillars— exit


Slan. Now Jack to our fortune, I fancy we look so sillily now 48we are going to court honest women.


Vap. Faith Tom, I must not fancy them honest; if I doe the Editor’s Note50divell a word I shall get out.

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Sla. Pish these countrey whitepots will so gape at fine words, 52and gay clothes; that we shall have no more trouble but when they 53make us low curtsies, to take 'em up and kiss 'em.


Vap. Nay Tom I think as for our persons—our mines—and

Editor’s NoteEnter Lucy and Kate with hoods over their faces.

Critical Apparatus55Slife Tom they come, but veild.

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Slan. No matter Jack for their faces, their estats are the beaut-57ies—at 'urn Jack.


Vap. Nay together Tom—Ladies I hope we shall not appeare 59rude.


Luc. You may chuse Gentlemen whether you will or no.


Vap. Bless us Ladies with a litle day light.


Kat. What d'yee mean?


Slan. Draw but those sable curtains.


Vap. Those envious clouds that hang upon your suns and make 65it night.


Luc. Why Gentlemen we have nothing rare to show

{pull up their hoods Editor’s NoteEnter Trim hastily and stops.

Vap. O miracle!


Slan. O Fate.

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Trim. How is this—— over heares


Luc. What's the matter?


Kat. Some revelation sure.


Vap. The same Tom.


Slan. My heart misgave me Jack the very same.


Luc. Prithee lets steal away.


Slan. Ladies if you go, we dye—we had free hearts, till we saw 76you.


Kat. Saw us, where?


Vap. Alas! as you alighted from your coach.


Luc. Alighted from our coach.


Vap. Yes Madam as you alighted with your worthy father it 81seemd to us as if two deities had descended; no mortal ever 82appeard so divine.


Sla. Our passions urg'd us to gaze once more upon such more 84then charming objects.


Kat. What may this meane?


Luc. Sure they abuse us.


Vap. We beg Madam but the permission to breath our pas-88sions to you.


Slan. And to assure you, that though your fortune might tempt 90mean durty souls; we only dote upon your persons.


Luc. Our fortunes: you are pleasant Gentlemen; sure you 92presume upon your good clothes.


Kat. Or upon the fashion, to say nothing that's true.

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Vap. We beseech you Madam wrong not our sincer hearts.


Sla. We are persons that never professe any thing, but what is 96real.


Luc. And you have told us truth.


Vap. By all that's good, by your fair selves, and by our honor.


Trim. The least Oath of all— aside


Kat. You saw us light out of the Coach.


Sla. By all thats good we did, and beg permission to receive 102the same happines to see you often.


Luc. As much as you did then, t'were no reason to deny you.


Sla. You blesse us divine Ladies, wee'l retire, and ruminate on 105our unexpected captivity, least we appear guilty of ill manners, by 106pressing at first time too much upon your gentlenes.


Vap. Pitty our flames you faire Divinities and let 'em not con-108sume hearts that adore you; We humbly take our leaves least we 109should add to the trouble of your journy, and kisse your hands 110fair Goddesses.


Sla. Most divine Ladies.

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Vap. S'life they are gon Tom, poor love-sick fools.

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Sla. Lets retire Jack with dying eyes—and thus chaldese 'em

{exeunt making faces. Trim peeps after them.

Luc. What may this frippery mean—our fortune might tempt 115meane durty souls, sure they meant old rasors, and washbals.


Kat. And talkt of our journey, and lighting out of a coach; they 117are a very impudent sort of Lyars.

Enter Trim

Luc. See my father—did you not meet two fine puppets Sir.


Trim. Yes, and know the mistake; they took you two for Sir 120Richard Plainbred's daughters—I could fit these hot lovers—but Critical Apparatus121I am a rogue if I would throw any thing upon 'em but cast 122whores.


Luc. If I mistake not, these kind of Gentlemen make no more 124of what they say, then of a tradesman bill, never examine either.

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Kate. I believe they are all slime within like snailes in painted 126shells.


Trim. They owe me money, and pay me with nothing but lyes.

Enter Sir Cautious Trouble-all and Sir Gravity Empty.

pg 275128Sir Cautious Trouble all, and Sir Gravity Empty—wou'd these 129would mistake so—they look this way—Girles pull up your coun-130tenances, be grave, and seem what the others took you for—obay— 131while I pay reverence to your Ladyships—they eye them still

Editor’s Note{Trim makes legs to them.

Caut. These are the Ladies certainly—Whist Mr Trim—are 133these—

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Trim. These are they Sir—advance


Caut. You must present us Trim.


Emp. By all means present us.

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Trim. Ladies here are two honorable persons rich merchants 138that desire to kisse your hands; you must know 'em by fame, when 139I tell you this is Sir Cautious Trouble-all, and this Sir Gravity 140Empty, men of parts, and buisnes.—Dispatch. Mr Vapor and 141Mr Slander have bin here.


Caut. Enough, we are warnd—Ladies, though affairs are ur-143gent for dispatch, they must give way to our expressing our selvs 144your admirers.


Empt. Yes Ladyes, affairs must stay.


Luc. We are obliged to your honors.


Empt. We imagind you must needs understand matters right; 148for buisnes being a weighty matter, and for all that, let it be as it 149will, we let you perceive that it must be, as it may be.


Caut. Ladies you shall find our services real, and it may be use-151full without many words.


Empt. Nay that's true, few words are best.


Kat. You counsell well Sir.


Caut. For counsell you shall not want it, and in the first place 155have a care of your Landlady.


Luc. Why Sir?


Empt. Why the reason is plain, I say as Sir Cautious said, have 158a care of your Landlady by all means.


Caut. Ladies she is a woman of contrivances.


Emp. That is of tricks.


Kat. A most admirable explanation.


Caut. And of small credit with her neighbors


Empt. Of litle or none at all.


Caut. She's a seller


Emp. Yes she is one that sells.


Luc. What Sir?


Emp. Sir Cautious, Lady, can tell you, as he was saying.

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Caut. Yes Ladies, she sels other peoples credits.


Luc. She is a dangerous woman it seems.


Caut. Tis not wise to trust her.


Emp. By no means, as Sir Cautious wisely intimates


Luc. S'life Kate these are Scoolmasters instead of lovers.


Kat. As I live, I am afraid of correction.


Caut. You may see, Ladies, our concern for your good.


Emp. That you may easily; for we intending that your concerns 176shal be our concerns, and so of consequence our concerns must 177be your concerns, that matters may be in the way of prudential in-178trigues.

Enter Isabella and Philadelphia.

Trim. How now young Ladies—what shall I do, {steps to them 180Ladies come own your selvs my daughters, or poor Trims hopes are 181fled

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Caut. What are these Ladies?


Trim. An't please your honors they are my daughters, come to 184see their neighbor Mistress Finicall.


Caut. Sir Gravity, they must not visit uninstructed.


Emp. No, by no means without instruction.

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Caut. For here may grow a Caball.


Emp. A thousand to one else.

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Caut. Gentlewomen we perceive you are daughters to Mr Trim.


Isa. Who are these?


Trim. I have undon all— aside.


Caut. And we are friends to Mr Trim.


Emp. Yes, Ladies friends to Mr Trim, as Sir Cautious mature-194ly states the question


Isa. It may be so; and what then?


Trim. Why will you undoe me? {steps to the ladies.


Caut. We therfore thought fit to advise you to have no intim-198acy with Mistress Finicall.


Empt. No intimacy by any means.


Trim. I must be bold and venture— aside


Caut. For as Sir Gravity advises, if you trust Mistress Finicall 202you will prejudice your own reputation.


Isa. You expect no fee.


Caut. How Mistress?


Kat. Nor you Sir, doe you?


Emp. Why truly, Ladies, as for my part, as to the point of 207expectation, let it be more, or lesse, prudence must govern.

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Trim. Nay, nay Girles their honours give good advise


Isa. In pitty to our Father Trim we {aside and curtsy to him. 210forbeare

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Trim. Begon good Ladies or you will not long


Isa. We thank your honors for our good advise.


Phil. And hope we shall have the grace to remember.


Isa. Your servants, Ladies, wee'l wait upon you, when you are 215disingag'd from company exeunt Isabella, and Philadelphia.


Caut. Trim you put in seasonably, but you must carry a more 217severe hand over these wenches.


Emp. By all means Mr Trim, a more severe hand over these 219girles


Trim. I hope by time, and your honors advise I shall be able to 221manage an affaire—I'le follow them, and improve in them what 222has bin said—and give thanks for my deliverance. exit Trim


Luc. Now for us heires again.


Caut. Ladies, wee ask your pardon—somthing appertaining to 225your service cald us aside, Plots must be crosseplotted; mines 226countermind: I sow jealousie, and hinder all harvests, and by Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus227several wayes I study all humours, and constitutions, the sanguine, 228the phlegmatique, the bold, the fearfull; the easy, the wilfull, the 229rash, the sober, the crafty, the foolish, the vaine, the proud, the 230ponderous, the prodigal, the plain, the dissembler; the true man 231and the lyar, and accordingly fit my designs and instruments.


Lu. To what end is all this?

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Caut. To make 'em all need me, and conjure power within my 234circle.


Emp. There's policie for you Ladies, on my conscience the best 236you ever heard.

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Kat. We admire Sir.

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Emp. Ne'r stirre, you may well enough.


Caut. Ladies I beg your pardon, I had almost forgot a neces-240sary matter—I hear you were waited on by one Mr Vapor, and 241one Slaunder—for I have intelligence of evry thing—Ladies, you 242doe not know 'em.


Empt. No Ladies, you are ignorant of them.


Luc. They are at their politiques again— aside.


Caut. Ladies it's true, they are of our acquaintance.


Emp. Yes we know 'em,—but pish—they are—


Caut. Ladies, as Sir Gravity was a saying.


Kat. Nothing.


Caut. They are shadows, mere trifles of men.

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Emp. Yes Ladies, shadows of men, that was it, I was going to 251have told you; I suppose you know what shadows are.


Luc. Are they such things?


Caut. They are mere dust stird by evry thing, and fowle every 254thing they light upon


Luc. But why doe your Honors allow such acquaintance?


Caut. Why as spyes, and informers.


Empt. No, no for nothing else Ladies but to bring newes, and 258intelligence of such things as may possibly come to passe.


Caut. But Ladies if you please to accept of our loves, and coun-260sels you shall want neither.


Emp. No Ladies, you shall have 'em both.


Luc. He takes his Cues singularly well— aside.


Kat. We must in spight of our blushes acknowlege an obliga-264tion to your honors.


Luc. And hence forward shall have a care of our conversation 266according to your honors directions


Caut. Sweet Ladies we doat on your prudence, as much as your 268beauties.


Emp. Every whit Ladies, for as to the point of prudence, we 270are usd to it.


Luc. Alas! I fear we are not worthy.


Caut. Nay I beseech you Ladies wrong not our jugements.


Emp. Ladies we are judicious, else the world mistakes that 274esteems us so.


Kat. We submit, as in prudence we ought.


Caut. Ladies our admiration is compleat—at this time wee'l 277take our leaves, and give you no further trouble, but beg leave to 278attend you often with our loves and counsels—so your servants 279Ladies

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Emp. I realy Ladies, your servants truly {exeunt ambo

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Luc. Was there ever such things; how true their names are, one 282troubles all things.


Kat. And the other like his name, as empty as an Eccho.


Luc. That Cautious is as malitious as a hurt titmouse, he snaps 285at every thing.


Kat. As I am a living woman my father will help us to the 287worst on't.


Luc. For my part, I had rather have an honest fellow, though Editor’s Note289he cryd smal coal, and I fain to wash him evry night, before he 290came to bed.


Kat. And good reason, for nothing can wash away their fouines.

pg 279Enter Trim hastily.

Trim. How now my Girles? what do the fish bite?


Luc. Yes most eagerly, but by my troth Sir I think they are 294hardly worth the pulling up.


Trim. Pish, hamper 'em I say, and then hold hook and line, Editor’s Note296and Trim is made for ever.


Luc. Troth Sir we had rather have plain honest men of our 298own size, honest Tradesmen, or Farmers that could but stuff us 299up with bacon and pudding.


Trim. No more I say, be obedient, we may be all advanc't, you 301both Ladies; and I for ought I know, more then I'le speak of.


Luc. Why father?


Trim. Why daughter, into the ladies, and be ruld—or—no 304more—so— exeunt Lucy and Kate

305Succesfull Trim hitherto as I may say; ha Trim thou maist live Editor’s Note306to leave waiting upon lowsy customers all Saturday night, and mow-307ing of bristly beards, that turn razors to hand sawes.

Enter Mistress Finical running.

Fin. Where, where where Mr Trim?


Trim. Here, here, here Mistress Finicall.


Fin. The Gentlemen I mean, the Ladies are coming.


Trim. And the Gentlemen are gon.


Fin. Gone.


Trim. Yes gone.


Fin. How gone?


Trim. How gone? why upon their legs; troth Mistress Finical I 316told the Gentlemen, that I thought you could not effect matters.


Fin. Did you so Mr Trim, you might have spard your opinion 318Mr Trim, and talkt of your own trade—gon—thus.


Trim. Goodnes, goodnes if you fume so, you will waste into 320exhalations.

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Fin. Shall I so Snapfinger, pray meddle no more with my 322matters.


Trim. But be advisd good Tinder.


Fin. Advise how to make cheating wash bals of nothing but 325soap and ashes—you advise a person that knowes how—

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Trim. To out scold Billingsgate Corporation.

Enter Worthy

Fin. Sirrah Shaver I'de have you know.

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Wor. How now Landlady instructing Trim in fury?

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Trim. O Sir take heed, she shoots case-shot at her next sput-330tering volley, tis ten to one but she hits you with a brace of teeth Editor’s Note331like a chain bullet.


Wor. By this light then she shall mumble pap the remaining 333part of her welbred days, come clear up this December weather, 334and dry thy twincklers.


Fin. Hands off you rude Countrey Bumkin.

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Wor. That sowre look of thine would turn milk beyond runnet 337come wipe &c

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Fin. Let me alone or Ile thrust my bodkin in your Chops.

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Trim. O good Sir, the moon's in Cancer, as an antient Poet 340observes, and she'l run horn mad.


Wort. Why what wind blew up this storme?


Trim. Why Sir here were two Gallants.


Fin. Hold thy tongue thou Varlet, or ile stop thy mouth with 344my glove {goes to stop his mouth with her glove.


Trim. Oh, oh help Mr Worthy oh, oh, she has {spits} almost Editor’s Note346poysond me with the ambergrease of her palmes.


Fin. He lyes basely upon my honor, smell Mr Worthy, they 348are as sweet as a nut.


Wort. Away with your staind sheepskin, and hear me and mark 350me; if you continue the trick of scolding, I'le take an old joynt Editor’s Note351stool, and fix it upon Trim's Pole, and thus compose a cucking Editor’s Note352stoole for thee, and baptize thee for a scold in kennell water.


Fin. I was never so uncivilly usd in all my life, I have livd in 354this street these ten years, and with credit, and regard among my 355neighbors; and to be thus flowted— {weeps.


Trim. She melts.


Wort. O the showre layes the storme, and I grow gratious; go Editor’s Note358in poor Landlady, and compose thy totterd pinner by thy broad 359brass andiron, for I broke thy fraile lookinglasse set in cedar, the 360last unhappy night, but I'le buy thee a better, my poor girle of 361forty and so all friends; go in—go in and drye those pearly drops


Fin. But to be so usd.

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Wort. No more, no more looshe, looshe exit Finical

364Why what the Divell inspird this Fury Trim.


Trim. On my conscience your worship is a very honest Gentle-366man.


Wor. Faith Trim as the world goes, I am so, so.


Trim. May I trust your Worship.

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Wort. That thou maist Trim.


Trim. And will you lend your helping hand.


Wort. If it be honest Trim.


Trim. Why then Sir the matter is Mistress Finical is ingag'd in 373assisting Mr Vapor and Mr Slander to help them to Sir Richards 374daughters.


Wort. How by this light I'le go drown the jade in one of her 376own washing tubs.


Trim. Nay good Sir have patience—These fierce gallants at 378their first entrance by good fortun met my daughters, and tak-379ing them for the young ladies, immediatly made an onset with a 380volley of oaths.


Wort. And thou wouldst continue the mistake, and drive it 382into matrimony.


Trim. No Sir, not to them, for truly I should count my 384wenches cast away upon 'em; but presently after in came others of 385more profound purses, Sir Cautious Trouble all and Sir Gravity 386Empty; and they fell upon the same mistake (with some small as-387sistance of mine) and courted my daughters with many good 388words of themselvs, and more ill ones of all others.


Wort. O, and these should be the parties—enough I have thee 390to a haire.


Trim. A very pretty conceit Sir considering my trade.


Wort. Well Trim, most happy notions, and contrivances begin 393to inspire thee—Thy daughters shall be the heires—and Mistress 394Finicals Galants shall be disposed of.

Enter Love-truth
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Lov. How now Worthy are our Lodgings hanted with ribbands?


Wort. I never heard of walking ribbands.


Love. Nay they were born about by a couple of images of men.


Trim. O Sir those were they.


Lov. I stayrd upon 'em, heard 'em tell 5 or 6 to their foot boyes, 400and came away.


Wor. Lyes to their foot boys.


Lov. Why they sent so many howd'yees to several persons, and 403to every one swore they were her servants before al the world.


Wort. And art thou disturbd at such misdemeanors?


Lov. Why I hate a lye naturally, and am disturbd at such 406things, as I am at spiders, and cobwebs, that they are not swept 407away, and make the nation a litle cleaner.

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Wort. Trim Lovetruth is an honest fellow, wee'l take him in to 409help contrive.


Trim. I commit myself wholy to your worship.


Wort. Lovetruth you must enter into a designe with Trim, and 412me concerning those fine rascals.


Lov. Enough, I am ready—but where are the Ladies Worthy?


Wort. S'life wel remembred, wee'l send Trim to entertain Sir 415Richard, and try for a look or two. D'hear Trim, find out Sir Editor’s Note416Richard, and entertain him a litle while with the praises of Queen 417Elizabeth, or deep mouthd hounds or fat lands, while we vent our 418working thoughts to the Ladies.

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Trim. With utmost diligence. Exit


Wort. Now Lovetruth if we could but finish this adventure, 421and enter these castles of treasure.


Lov. To see the luck o'nt, that our first loves should be brought 423after us, tis a good omen.


Wort. The coach that brought them was an inchanted vessell Editor’s Note425directed by Organda the unknown—blesse my eysight, they come 426Lovetruth.

Enter Isabella and Philadelphia.

Lov. I had a pretty saying in my head, tis gon; how shall we 428begin after Madam?


Wort. Follow man, and I will lead the way to the breach; the 430boldest always enter—Save you Ladies, this is a happines above 431our merits.


Isa. Why truly if you speak as you think, you deserve very litle.


Lov. But we are willing to merit.


Phi. What Gentlemen?


Wort. Why you faire Ladies.


Isa. And what then?


Wort. Why we would have our deseres.


Isa. That is us, as you would have us understand.


Wort. Nay I think you knew that before.


Isa. Yes, I think you talkt some fustian stuff to me at my 441fathers house in the Countrey.


Phi. And this Gentleman mumbled over a few prayers to me.


Lov. And am as devout as ever.

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Phi. I warrant you have chang'd your religion twenty times since 445you came to London.


Isa. Sinners you are without question.

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Wo. Why forgive us, and take us into Paradise, and prevent 448our future transgressions.


Isa. And when you have us, then—


Wor. We are happy.


Isa. For a moneth.


Phi. Or till the first ill humour we shew.


Isa. Then if we kick the litle dog, we shal be cald froward.


Phi. Or if we laugh, wanton.


Isa. A lac't hankerchef will be thought profusenes.


Phi. And at last be turnd to look after the poultry in red morn-457ing wastcoats and petticoats.


Isa. And our Coach horses turnd to Plow.


Phi. And—


Wor. Hold, hold we desire to be heard a word for the Defend-461ants, we will grant a lease of love with honest and sufficient cov-462enants, which shal not expire till after our deaths.


Lov. We will never let you be out of humour.


Wo. For you shal never have so much time out of our arms.


Lo. We will keep you alwais pleasd.

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Wo. And be ourselvs as cheerful as larks in glasing mornings.


Lov. We wil save our Estais, and spend our revenues.


Wo. And leave posterity an easy example.


Lov. You shall always be obayd.


Wo. And your Commission shall not be taken from you after 471mariage, but always command in chief.


Lov. Go abroad when you please.


Wo. And we ask leave to ride with you in the Coach.


Isa. Enough, enough.


Wo. Nay these are joynt and several answers, we give em upon 476oath, and we hope the Court will judge 'em sufficient.


Lo. Peace man—Sir Richard as I live.

Enter Sir Richard Plainbred, Lucy and Kate, and Trim following at a litle distance scratching his head.

Wo. How this slave Trim has neglected his duty.


Sir Rich. Here Girles, here are Mr Trims daughters come to see 480you, and as fine as both their hands can make 'em.


Trim. I did what man could doe— aside to Worthy.


Wo. Rogue you should have hung about his legs.


Sir Ri. And how is't my good neighbors, shal we be merry this 484ev'ning?—ho—Trim call the boys exit Trim

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485I want breath in this town, it grows fusty for want of air, ha, 486neighbor that we might depart to our country peace.

Editor’s NoteEnter Trim and Boyes with their hats tuckt up.

487—here boys—how now with your hats tuckt up? what jumpt into 488the fashion before you are an houre old here; Down with 'em I 489say—Or—S'life your friends shall know you when they see you— 490here carry these notes, this to my counsell Mr Plodwell, and the 491other to Smithfield about my returns for money, and make hast 492back.


Boyes. I, we will Sir exeunt boys

Enter Mrs Finicall.

Fin. May it please you Sir Richard your Atturney waits you 495without.


Sir Ri. I go, I go, Gentlemen Ile be for you presently exit


Wo. Now the blessing upon my deare Landlady.

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Fin. Hands of, Sir Rude be in troth I am not so quickly 499friends.


Wo. Why so hot have you eaten onyon porridge to day.


Fin. I'de have you to know, my breath's as sweet as yours: I 502swear Ladies I have severe apprehensions that this boystrous 503Gentleman offends your modesties.


Isa. No Landlady he assaults none but yours.


Fin. But I shall preserve my chastity.

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Wo. From bore cats, and monkies.


Fin. I have had as good men as thy self present their addresses 508to me, and I would have thee to know


Wo. Trim carry the magpye to her cage, Trim away with her.


Fin. Let me alone Sirrah, or I'le


Trim. Nay Mistress Finicall but one word.


Lo. Trim away with her


Fin. I am abusd thus always Ladies.


Trim. But Mistress Finicall, Mr Vapor and Mr Slaunder have 515sent word they are coming, and if you should not be in the way, 516matters may go ill.

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Fin. Uds my life I go, I go, your servant Ladies. <exit Finical>


Wo. After her Trim, and dam up the floud, that it overflow 519here no more, exit Trim

520now Ladies if you please to reply we'l rejoyne.

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Isa. And what then?


Wo. Proceed to tryal.

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Isa. You are too hasty for chancery suits, it is enough we have 524received your Depositions: come Mistress Lucy, and Mistress Kate 525I swear Mr Trim may be proud of two such pretty daughters.


Wo. Nay Madam you must needs stand for Esquire Trims 527daughters a litle while.


Isa. The meaning?


Wo. A designe we have, which you shall know within, as soon 530as Trim can get from his duty, tis honest, and you may be charit-531able.


Isa. When we deny such a thing we are neither.


Lo. Some pitty leave for us.

Wo. —unles you doubt us.


Isa. Perhaps you ask more, then we have about us.

Finis Actus secundi.

Notes Settings


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7. Strapado. A form of torture in which the victim's hands were tied behind his back and he was hoisted by them on a pulley and let halfway down with a jerk.
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10–11. Labyrinthious. A coined word evidently signifying surprise and confusion. Cf. Milton, 'Into perplexity and new amaze' (Paradise Regained, 1671, ii. 38).
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16. litle Archer. Cupid.
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18. tœdious. Tedious. The OED does not include this form of the word, but gives an example from 1663 under 'tedium': 'deceive the tædium of a winter night'. This is the sort of verbal ostentation for which Shadwell ridiculed Sir Robert Howard in The Sullen Lovers. Both here and at III. 81 we read 'tœdious' rather than 'tædious', but the latter is much the more common form, derived from the Latin 'taedium'.
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21 now] ~ now
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29 What] W
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33. labels of several French names sewd to the Corks. Labels affixed to the bottle were a slightly later development. See Wine Labels: 1730–2003—A Worldwide History, ed. John Salter (London: Antique Collectors' Club, 2004).
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39 aside] eds.
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39. cousend. Cheated. Cf. Howard and Dryden's The Indian-Queen, 'Be cousen'd by thy guilty honesty' (I. i. 110; Works, viii. 188).
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44 aside] eds.
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50. divell a word … get out . The basic situation in Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer a century later.
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51. whitepots. A custard or milk-pudding, made chiefly in Devonshire.
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54.1. hoods. At this time women often wore hoods (rather than hats) as a means of keeping their head and shoulders warm and dry in bad weather. They were often attached to capes for travelling.
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55 Slife] Slifle
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66.2. Enter Trim … and stops . Not a full entrance in view of the characters already on stage. Three lines later he is eavesdropping; at line 99 he has an aside; at 113.2 he 'peeps after' the fops when they leave.
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69 heares] hearers
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112. are gon. Meaning 'far gone in love'. This speech and the next one are asides, since Kate and Lucy have not left the stage and are clearly not meant to hear these sentiments.
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113. chaldese. To cheat or trick. The first example in the OED is from Butler's Hudibras (1664). Cf. 'Chaldeans' at III. i. 209.
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121–2 cast | whores] castwhores
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125–6. snailes in painted shells. The expression 'painted Snails' is used of mercenary suitors in Killigrew's The Parsons Wedding, in Thomas Killigrew, Comedies and Tragedies (London, 1664), 149.
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131.1. makes legs. 'To perform a bodily movement or gesture, e.g. one expressive of respect or of contempt'; in this case probably to 'make an obeisance, a salaam' (OED, 'make', v.i 57.c).
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134. advance. Trim tells his daughters to come forward.
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137. merchants. The application of this term to Sir Cautious and Sir Gravity is odd. In the finished form of the play they are definitely pretenders to government rather than mercantile 'business'. This reference might be a remnant of an earlier draft or alternatively a snide suggestion that they are wealthy cits pretending to parliamentary influence that they do not really possess. Behn uses the name 'Sir Cautious' for a city knight in The Luckey Chance (1686). We may wonder whether Howard designed them as cits and Buckingham then rejigged them as politicians.
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182. What are these Ladies? Cautious is asking whether Isabella and Philadelphia are gentlewomen.
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187. Caball. A clique or faction engaged in secret intrigue. This is not an allusion to 'the Cabal' (Clifford, Arlington, Buckingham, Ashley, and Lauderdale), the uneasy ministerial alliance that dominated Charles's government from roughly 1668 to 1673, on which see Maurice Lee, Jr., The Cabal.
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189 daughters] daugters
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211. not long. The text appears to be corrupt here. The sense is that if Isabella and Philadelphia do not leave they will quickly betray their identity to Cautious and Trouble-all.
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227 constitutions] consti-|tutions
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227. I study all humours. A joke: Sir Cautious is himself a 'humours' character, a butt in the Jonsonian tradition.
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233–4. conjure power within my circle. This refers to magicians doing their conjuring within circles and (as Bernard Richards suggests) 'obliquely prefigures the table with a hole in it' displayed in Act III.
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237. admire. Wonder, or are surprised. Empty's response indicates that he takes the word in its modern sense.
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238. Ne'r stirre. A mild expletive. It is used six times in this play, twice by Empty and four times by Vapor and Slander. Harold Brooks suggested to Robert D. Hume that the phrase was earlier a Puritan asseveration or substitute for profanity, citing a verse from Alexander Brome: 'Gods nigs and ne'er stir, sir, has vanquished God damn me.' Two years later the phrase appears in Elizabeth Polwhele's comedy The Frolicks where two characters faced with a tavern reckoning respond as follows:
  • Sir Gregory. I never will be bailed so again.
  • Zany. Ne'er stir, if henceforth I do not … (III. 73–4)
Cf. also Rochester's 'To the Postboy', l. 15 (Works, 43).
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280. ambo. The two (Latin).
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281. how true their names are. With the exception of the four young women, all of the principals in this play have 'telling' names, whether positive (Worthy and Lovetruth) or descriptive (Trim and Sir Richard Plainbred) or derogatory (Mistress Finical, Vapor, Slander, and the pretentious men of business).
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289. cryd smal coal. Charcoal or small pieces of coal, hawked in the streets of London for cooking and heating—obviously a very dirty occupation.
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296. Trim is made for ever. Trim—though an ally of the heroes and heroines in the play—is satirized here. He is anxious to marry his daughters for his own advantage, and simply orders them to 'be obedient' in overriding Lucy's protest (ll. 297–300).
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306. all Saturday night. So that customers would be clean-shaven for church the following day. Barbers could not work on the sabbath.
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321. Snapfinger. A barber. Mrs Finical uses this expression again at IV. i. 52. Cf. Scoggin's Iestes (1616): 'they say in our country that he is a foole that cannot snap with his finger and thumbe … as Berbars vse to do with their hands when they wash a mans face' (F1r).
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326. Billingsgate Corporation. A joking reference to the scurrilous, vituperative invective to be found in the famous Billingsgate Fish Market near Lower Thames Street—cf. 'speak like a fishwife'. A market was on the site by 1016, but it was not officially chartered as a fishmarket until a Parliamentary Act of 1698.
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329. case-shot. 'A collection of small projectiles put up in cases to fire from a cannon; canister shot' (OED).
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331. chain bullet. Better known as 'chain shot', linked projectiles used in naval warfare to destroy a ship's rigging.
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336. runnet. Rennet; anything used to curdle milk.
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338. Chops. Jaws.
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339. moon's in Cancer … antient Poet . The conjunction of the moon, Saturn, and Jupiter in May 1385 bringing a great downpour of rain. See Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, iii. 624–5: 'The bente moone with hire homes pale, / Saturne, and Jove, in Cancro joyned were.'
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346. ambergrease. Ambergris. 'A wax-like substance of marbled ashy colour, found floating in tropical seas, and as a morbid secretion in the intestines of the sperm-whale. It is odoriferous and used in perfumery' (OED).
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351–2. cucking stoole. A chair to which a person was bound when being punished by 'ducking'. The OED gives an example from 1633: 'committed … to be duck'd in a Cucking-Stool at Holborn Dike'.
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352. kennell water. Liquid waste from the central gutter of a city street. Cf. I. i. 393 and note above.
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358. totterd. Bernard Richards suggests plausibly that what is meant is not OED 1 (tattered) but rather OED 2, 'in a tottering condition'. Mrs Finical has wept so copiously that her starched pinner has gone limp and soggy, and hence needs to be restarched and ironed.
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363. looshe. A variant of the colloquial expression lush, lusche, lousche, etc. To run or dash. Delivered here as an imperative, it is equivalent to the modern 'scoot!' or 'scram!'
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395. hanted. Haunted.
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416–17. praises of Queen Elizabeth, or deep mouthd hounds. Exemplary figure though Sir Richard is, his enthusiasm for Old England and country pursuits is being teased here. Buckingham was himself, of course, a great hunter, and a fanatical enthusiast for hunting dogs.
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419 utmost] ut most
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425. Organda. Urganda la Desconocida, a fairy in the romance Amadis de Gaule.
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444. chang'd your religion. Found a series of different women attractive.
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466. glasing. Perhaps mornings glazed by frost or by the sun on dew.
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486.1. hats tuckt up. This refers to a change in haberdashery fashions. After 1660, brims became wider and were turned up at the sides—an innovation that evidently offends Sir Richard. For illustrations, see R. Turner Wilcox, The Mode in Hats and Headdress (New York: Scribner's, 1948).
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498. Sir Rude be. Rudesby, as in Twelfe Night, line 1916: 'Rudesbey be gone' (IV. i).
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506. bore cats. Archaic form of 'tomcat'.
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517 exit Finical] eds.
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523. too hasty for chancery suits. The longueurs and inefficiency of the Court of Chancery were notorious two centuries before Dickens ridiculed them in Bleak House. Isabella is saying that they will sit indefinitely on Worthy and Lovetruth's 'Depositions' before arriving at any decision.
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