Enter SPEED and LAUNCE severallySPEED
Launce! by mine honesty, welcome to Milan!LAUNCE
Forswear not thyself, sweet youth, for I am notSPEED
welcome. I reckon this always, that a man is never
undone till he be hanged, nor never welcome to a
place till some certain shot be paid and the hostess
Come on, you madcap, I′ll to the alehouse with youLAUNCE
presently; where, for one shot of five pence, thou
shalt have five thousand welcomes. But, sirrah, how
did thy master part with Madam Julia?
Marry, after they closed in earnest, they parted verySPEED
fairly in jest.
But shall she marry him?LAUNCE
How then? shall he marry her?LAUNCE
What, are they broken?LAUNCE
No, they are both as whole as a fish.SPEED
Why, then, how stands the matter with them?LAUNCE
Marry, thus: when it stands well with him, itSPEED
stands well with her.
What an ass art thou! I understand thee not.LAUNCE
What a block art thou, that thou canst not! MySPEED
staff understands me.
What thou sayest?LAUNCE
Ay, and what I do too: look thee, I′ll but lean,SPEED
and my staff understands me.
It stands under thee, indeed.LAUNCE
Why, stand-under and under-stand is all one.SPEED
But tell me true, will′t be a match?LAUNCE
Ask my dog: if he say ay, it will! if he say no,SPEED
it will; if he shake his tail and say nothing, it will.
The conclusion is then that it will.LAUNCE
Thou shalt never get such a secret from me but by a parable.SPEED
′Tis well that I get it so. But, Launce, how sayestLAUNCE
thou, that my master is become a notable lover?
I never knew him otherwise.SPEED
A notable lubber, as thou reportest him to be.SPEED
Why, thou whoreson ass, thou mistakest me.LAUNCE
Why, fool, I meant not thee; I meant thy master.SPEED
I tell thee, my master is become a hot lover.LAUNCE
Why, I tell thee, I care not though he burn himselfSPEED
in love. If thou wilt, go with me to the alehouse;
if not, thou art an Hebrew, a Jew, and not worth the
name of a Christian.
Because thou hast not so much charity in thee as toSPEED
go to the ale with a Christian. Wilt thou go?
At thy service.
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