Act 2, Scene VII
Scene: A Room in the House of Venturewell.
Enter HUMPHREY and VENTUREWELL.
- Oh, George, here's Master Humphrey again now that
lost Mistress Luce, and Mistress Luce's father. Master
Humphrey will do somebody's errand, I warrant him.]
- Father, it's true in arms I ne'er shall clasp her;
For she is stoln away by your man Jasper.
- I thought he would tell him.]
- Unhappy that I am, to lose my child!
Now I begin to think on Jasper's words,
Who oft hath urged to me thy foolishness:
Why didst thou let her go? thou lov'st her not,
That wouldst bring home thy life, and not bring her.
- Father, forgive me. Shall I tell you true?
Look on my shoulders, they are black and blue:
Whilst to and fro fair Luce and I were winding,
He came and basted me with a hedge-binding.
- Get men and horses straight: we will be there
Within this hour. You know the place again!
- l know the place where he my loins did swaddle;
I'll get six horses, and to each a saddle.
- Meantime I will go talk with Jasper's father.
- George, what wilt thou lay with me now, that Master
Humphrey has not Mistress Luce yet? speak, George,
what wilt thou lay with me?
- No, Nell; I warrant thee, Jasper is at Puckeridge with
her by this.
- Nay, George, you must consider Mistress Luce's feet
are tender; and besides 'tis dark; and, I promise you
truly, I do not see how he should get out of Waltham
forest with her yet.
- Nay, cony, what wilt thou lay with me, that Ralph has
her not yet?
- I will not lay against Ralph, honey, because I have
not spoken with him.]