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  • Title: The Puritan (Folio 3, 1664)

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    Authors: Thomas Middleton, William Shakespeare
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    The Puritan (Folio 3, 1664)

    Enter Moll, and Sir John Penny-Dub.
    1750Pen. But I hope you will not serve a Knight so, Gen-
    tlewoman, will you? to casheer him, and cast him off
    at your pleasure; what doe you think I was dubb'd for
    nothing, no by my faith Ladies daughter.
    Moll. Pray Sir John Penny-Dub, let it be defer'd a-
    1755while, I have a heart to marry as you can have; but as
    the Fortune-teller told me.
    Penny. Pax-oth' Fortune-teller, would Derrick had
    been his fortune seven yeare ago, to crosse my love thus:
    did he know what case I was in? why this is able to make
    1760a man drown himself in's Father's Fish-pond.
    Moll. And then he told me moreover, Sir John, that
    the breach of it, kept my Father in Purgatory.
    Penny. In Purgatory? why let him purge out his heart
    there, what have we to doe with that? there's Physicians
    1765enow there to cast his water, is that any matter to us?
    how can he hinder our love? why let him be hang'd now
    he's dead?---Well, have I rid post day and night, to
    bring you merry newes of my Fathers death, and now---
    Moll. Thy Fathers death? is the old Farmer dead?
    1770Penny. As dead as his Barn door, Moll.
    Moll. And you'll keep your word with me now, sir
    John, that I shall have my Coach and my Coach-man?
    Penny. I faith.
    Moll. And two white Horses with black Feathers to
    1775draw it?
    Penny. Too.
    Moll. A guarded Lackey to run befor't, and py'd Li-
    veries to come trashing after't.
    Pen. Thou shalt Moll.
    1780Mol. And to let me have money in my purse to go whe-
    ther I will.
    Pen. All this.
    Moll. Then come, whatsoe're come's on't, we'll be
    made sure together before the Maids oth' Kitchin.