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[Scene 10]
Enter a Captain, John Cobbler, and [John's] wife.
CAPTAIN
Come, come, there's no remedy,
1030Thou must needs serve the king.
JOHN
Good master captain, let me go;
I am not able to go so far.
WIFE
1035I pray you, good master captain,
Be good to my husband.
CAPTAIN
Why, I am sure he is not too good to serve the king?
JOHN
1040Alas no, but a great deal too bad,
Therefore I pray you let me go.
CAPTAIN
No, no, thou shalt go.
JOHN
1045Oh, sir, I have a great many shoes at home to
Cobble.
WIFE
I pray you let him go home again.
CAPTAIN
1050Tush, I care not; thou shalt go.
JOHN
Oh, wife, an you had been a loving wife to me
This had not been, for I have said many times
That I would go away, and now I must go
1055Against my will.
He weepeth.
Enters Derrick[, with a pot lid as armor].
DERRICK
How now? Ho, Busillus Manus, for an old codpiece.
Master captain, shall we away?
Zounds, how now, John? What, a crying?
1060What make you and my dame there?
I marvel whose head you will throw the stools at
Now we are gone.
WIFE
I'll tell you. Come, ye cloghead,
1065What do you with my pot lid? Hear you,
Will you have it rapped about your pate?
She beateth him with her pot lid.
DERRICK
Oh, good dame, Here he shakes her
An I had my dagger here, I would worry you all to pieces,
1070That I would.
WIFE
Would you so? I'll try that.
She beateth him.
DERRICK
Master captain, will ye suffer her?
1075Go to, dame! I will go back as far as I can,
But an you come again,
I'll clap the law on your back, that's flat!
I'll tell you, master captain, what you shall do:
Press her for a soldier. I warrant you
1080She will do as much good as her husband and I too.
Enters the thief[, Gadshill].
Zounds, who comes yonder?
CAPTAIN
How now, good fellow, dost thou want a master?
GADSHILL
1085Aye, truly, sir.
CAPTAIN
Hold thee then, I press thee for a soldier
To serve the king in France.
DERRICK
1090How now, Gads? What, dost know's, thinkest?
GADSHILL
Aye, I knew thee long ago.
DERRICK
Hear you, master captain?
1095CAPTAIN
What sayst thou?
DERRICK
I pray you, let me go home again.
CAPTAIN
1100Why, what wouldst thou do at home?
DERRICK
Marry, I have brought two shirts with me,
And I would carry one of them home again,
For I am sure he'll steal it from me,
1105He is such a filching fellow.
CAPTAIN
I warrant thee he will not steal it from thee.
Come, let's away.
DERRICK
1110Come, master captain, let's away.
Come, follow me.
JOHN
Come, wife, lets part lovingly.
WIFE
1115Farewell, good husband.
DERRICK
Fie, what a kissing and crying is here?
Zounds, do ye think he will never come again?
Why John, come away. Dost think that we are so base-
1120Minded to die among French men?
Zounds, we know not whether they will lay
Us in their church or no. Come, master captain, let's away.
CAPTAIN
I cannot stay no longer, therefore come away.
Exeunt omnes.