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Ben. To be sure, sir, we will put ourselves under your direction. 171

Mac. Have an eye upon the money-lenders—A rouleau or two would prove a pretty sort of an expedition. I hate extortion.

Mat. Those rouleaus are very pretty things—I hate your bank-bills—there is such a hazard in putting them off.

Mac. There is a certain man of distinction who in his time hath nicked me out of a great deal of the ready: he is in my cash, Ben—I'll point him out to you this evening, and you shall draw upon him for the debt—The company are met; I hear the dicebox in the other room; so, gentlemen, your servant. You'll meet me at Marybone.

Mat. Upon honour. 185

Scene, Peachum's loch.
A tabic, with wine, brandy, pipes, and tobacco.

Peachum, Lockit.

Loch. The coronation-account, brother Peachum, is of so intricate a nature that 1 believe it will never be settled.

Peach. It consists, indeed, of a great variety of articles—It was worth to our people, in fees of different

kinds, above ten instalments "This is part of the

"account, brother, that lies open before us.

Loch. "A lady's tail of rich brocade.—That I set is disposed of. 194

Peach. "To Mrs. Diana Trapes, the tally woman, "and she will make a good hand on't in shoes and "slippers to trick out young ladies upon their going "into keeping.—

Loch. "But I don't see anv article of the jewels.

Peach. "Those are so well known that they must "be sent abroad—you'll find them entered under the "article of Exportation—As for the snuff boxes, "watches, swords, &c. I thought it best to enter them "under their several heads.

Loch. "Seven.and twenty womens' pockets com"plete, with the several things therein contained, all "sealed, numbered, and entered."

Peach. But, brother, it is impossible for us now to enter upon this affair—we should have the whole day before us—Besides, the account of the last half-year's plate is in a book by itself, which lies at the other office. ■14

Loch. "Bring us then more liquor" To-day

shall be for pleasure—to-morrow for business. Ah, brother! those daughters of ours are two slippery hussies—Keep a watchful eye upon Polly, and Macheath in a day or two shall be our own again.

AIR.. ..
Down in the North country.

Lock. What gudgeons are we men!
Ev'ry woman's easy prey;

Tho' toe have felt the hooh, again 220
We bite and they betray.

The bird that hath been trapt,
When he hears his calling mate,
To her he flies; again he's clapt
Within the wiry grate.

Peach. But what signifies catching the bird, if your daughter Lucy will set open the door of the cage?

Loch. If men were answerable for the follies and frailties of their wives and daughters, no friends could keep a good correspondence together for two days— This is unkind of you, brother, for among good friends what they say or do goes for nothing. 233

Enter Filch.

Serv. Sir, here's Mrs. Diana Trapes wants to speak with you.

Peach. Shall we admit her, brother Lockit?

Loch. By all means she's a good customer,

and a fine spoken woman—rand a woman who drinks and talks so freely, will enliven the conversation.

Peach. Desire her to walk in. . [Exit Filch.

Enter Mrs. Trafes.

Dear Mrs. Dye! your servant—one may know by vour kiss, that your gin is excellent. E42 Trapes. I was always very curious in my liquors.

Loch. There is no perfumed breath like it—I have been long acquainted with the flavor of those lips— ha'nt I, Mrs. Dye?

Trapes. Fill it up—I take as large draughts of liquor as I did of love—I hate a flincher in either.

AIR.

A shepherd kept sheep, &c.

In the days of my youth I could bill lihe a dove, fa, la, la, (3c. ■49 Lihe a sparrow at all times was ready for love, fa, la, la, (Sc.

The life of all mortals in hissing should pass, Lip to tip while we're young, then the lip to the glass, fa, la, &c.

But now, Mr. Peachum, to our business. If you have blacks of any kind brought in of late, mantuas—velvet scarfs—petticoats—let it be what it will 1 am

your chap—for all my ladies are very fond of mourning.

Peach. Why look ye, Mrs. Dye—you deal so hard with us, that we can afford to give the gentlemen who venture their lives for the goods, little or nothing.

Trapes. The hard times oblige me to go very near in my dealing—To be sure of late years I have been a great sufferer by the parliament—three thousand pounds would hardly make me amends—The act for destroying the Mint was a severe cut upon our bus!.

ness till then, if a customer stept out of the way

—we knew where to have her i No doubt you

know Mrs. Coaxer—There's a wench now (till today) with a good suit of clothes of mine upon her back, and I could never set eyes upon her for three months together. Since the act too against imprisonment for small sums, my loss there too hath been very considerable; and it must be so when a lady can borrow a handsome petticoat or a clean gown, and I not have the least hank upon her; and o' my conscience, now-a-days, most ladies take delight in cheating when they can do it with safety I 277

Peach. Madam, you had a handsome gold watch

of us th' other day for seven guineas Considering

we must have our profit to a gentleman upon the

road a gold watch will be scarce worth the taking.

Trapes. Consider, Mr. Peachum, that watch was remarkable, and not of very safe sale- If you have any black velvet scarfs they are a handsome winter wear, and take with most gentlemen who deal

with my customers 'Tis I that put the ladies

upon a good foot: 'tis not youth or beauty that fixes their price; the gentlemen alwayS pay according to their dress, from half-a-crown to two guineas, and

yet those hussies make nothing of bilking of me

Then too, allowing for accidents I have eleven

fine customers now down under the surgeon's hand what with fees and other expences, there are great goings-out and 110 comings-in, and not U far

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