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as the wench is very ačtive and industrious, you may sa-
tisfy her that I'll soften the evidence.
Filch. Tom Gagg, Sir, is found guilty.
Peach. A lazy dog! When I took him the time be-
fore, I told him what he would come to, if he did not
mend his hand. This is death without reprieve. I may
venture to book him : [Writes.] for Tom Gagg, forty
pounds. Let Betty Sly know that I’ll save her from
transportation, for I can get more by her staying in Eng-


Filch. Betty hath brought more goods into our lock to

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Peach. But make haste to Newgate, boy, and let my friends know what I intend; for I love to make them

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But really, husband, you should not be too hard-hearted,
for you never had a finer, braver set of men than at pre-
sent. We have not had a murder among them all, these
feven months. And truly, my dear, that is a great
blesfing. -
Peach. What a dickens is the woman always a whim-
pering about murder for No gentleman is ever looked

upon the worse for killing a man in his own defence;

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Mrs. Peach. Yes, my dear; and though the bank
hath stopt payment, he was so chearful and so agreeable !
Sure there is not a finer gentleman upon the road than
the Captain l if he comes from Bagshot at any reasona-
ble hour, he hath promised to make one this evening
with Polly, me, * Bob Booty, at a party at quadrille.
Pray, my dear, is the Captain rich
Peach. The Captain keeps too good company ever to
grow rich. Marybone and the chocolate-houses are his
undoing. The man that proposes to get money by
play, should have the education of a fine gentleman,
and be trained up to it from his youth.
Mrs. Peach. Really, I am sorry, upon Polly's account,
the Captain hath not more discretion. What business
hath he to keep company with lords and gentlemen he
should leave them to prey upon one another.
Peach. Upon Polly's account ' What, a plague, does
the woman mean 2–Upon Polly's account
Mrs. Peach. Captain Macheath is very fond of the
girl. -
§ Prach. And what then * :
Mrs. Peach. If I have any skill in the ways of women,
I am sure Polly thinks him a very pretty man.
Peach. And what then P’you would not be so mad to
have the wench marry him Gamesters and highway-
men are generally very good to their whores, but they
are very devils to their wives. -
Mrs. Peach. But if Polly should be in love, how
Íhould we help her, or how can she help herself? Poor
girl, I'm in the utmost concern about her.

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