Act 5, Scene I

Scene: A Street

Enter CRATES, EUPHANES, NEANTHES, SOSICLLES, and ERATON.

Euphanes.
I have won the lady to it, and that good
Which is intended to her, your faith only
And secresy must make perfect; think not, sir,
I speak as doubting it, for I dare hazard
My soul upon the trial.
Crates.
You may safely;
But are Agenor and Leonidas ready
To rush upon him in the act, and seize him
In the height of his security?
Euphanes.
At all parts
As you could wish them.
Crates.
Where's the lady?
Euphanes.
There
Where you appointed her to stay.
Crates.
'Tis wisely order'd.
Euphanes.
Last, when you have him sure, compel him this way;
For, as by accident, here I'll bring the queen
To meet you; 'twill strike greater terror to him,
To be ta'en unprovided of excuse,
And make more for our purposes.
[Exit.
Crates.
Come, Neanthes;
Our fames and all are at the stake.
Neanthes.
'Tis fit,
That, since relying on your skill we venture
So much upon one game, you play with cunning,
Or we shall rise such losers as——
Sosicles.
The prince!

Enter THEANOR.

Crates.
The plot is laid, sir; howsoe'er I seem'd
A little scrupulous, upon better judgment
I have effected it.
Theanor.
'Tis the last service
Of this foul kind I will employ you in.
Crates.
We hope so, sir.
Theanor.
And I will so reward it——
Neanthes.
You are bound to that; in every family
That does write lustful, your fine bawd gains more
(For, like your broker, he takes fees on both sides)
Than all the officers of the house.
Sosicles.
For us then
To be a great man's pandars, and live poor,
That were a double fault.
Crates.
Come, you lose time, sir;
We will be with you instantly: The deed done,
We have a masque that you expect not.
Theanor.
Thou
Art ever careful; for Jove's Mercury
I would not change thee.
[Exit.
Eraton.
There's an honour for you.
Neanthes.
To be compared with the celestial pimp,
Jove's smock-sworn squire, dort Hermes.
Crates.
I'll deserve it;
And, gentlemen, be assured, though what we do now
Will to the prince Theanor look like treason
And base disloyalty, yet the end shall prove,
(When he's first taught to know himself, then you)
In what he judged us false, we were most true.
[Exeunt.