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2 LORD. Let it be forbid, sir! so should I be a great deal of his act.
i Lord. Sir, his wife, some two months since, fled from his house; her pretence is a pilgrimage to Saint Jaques le grand; which holy undertaking, with most auftere sanctimony, she accomplish’d: and, there residing, the tenderness of her nature became as a prey to her grief; in fine, made a groan of her last breath, and now she sings in heaven.
2 LORD. How is this justified ?
I Lord. The stronger part of it by her own letters; which makes her story true, even to the point of her death: her death itself, which could not be her office to say, is come, was faithfully confirm'd by the rector of the place.
2 Lord. Hath the count all this intelligence? "I Lord. Ay, and the particular confirmations, point from point, to the full arming of the verity.
2 Lord. I am heartily sorry, that he'll be glad of this.
i Lord. How mightily, sometimes, we make us comforts of our losses!
2 Lord. And how mightily, some other times, we drown our gain in tears! The great dignity, that his valour hath here acquired for him, shall at home be encounter'd with a shame as ample.
i Lord. The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together: our virtues would be proud, if our faults whipp'd them not; and our crimes would despair, if they were not cherish'd by our virtues.
Enter a Servant.
How now? where's your master?
Serv. He met the duke in the street, fir, of whom he hath taken a solemn leave; his lordship will next morning for France. The duke hath offered him letters of commendations to the king.
2 LORD. They shall be no more than needful there, if they were more than they can commend.
Enter BertraM. i Lord. They cannot be too sweet for the king's tartness. Here's his lordship now. How now, my lord, is’t not after midnight?
Ber. I have to-night despatched sixteen businesses, a month's length a-piece, by an abstract of success: I have conge'd with the duke, done my adieu with his nearest; buried a wife, mourn'd for her; writ to my lady mother, I am returning; entertain'd my convoy; and, between these main parcels of despatch, effected many nicer needs; the last was the greatest, but that I have not ended yet.
2 Lord. If the business be of any difficulty, and this morning your departure hence, it requires haste of your lordship.
Ber. I mean, the business is not ended, as fear-. ing to hear of it hereafter: But shall we have this dialogue between the fool and the soldier? Come, bring forth this counterfeit module;s he
s bring forth this counterfeit module;] Module being the pattern of any thing, may be here used in that sense. Bring forth this fellow, who by counterfeit virtue pretended to make himself a pattern. JOHNSON.
It appears from Minsheu that module and model were synonymous.
has deceived me, like a double-meaning prophesier.
2 Lord. Bring him forth: [Exeunt Soldiers.] he has fat in the stocks all night, poor gallant knave.
Ber. No matter ; his heels have deserved it, in usurping his fpurs so long.' How does he carry himself?
i Lord. I have told your lordship already; the stocks carry him. But, to answer you as you would be understood; he weeps, like a wench that had Thed her milk: he hath confess'd himself to Morgan, whom he supposes to be a friar, from the time of his remembrance, to this very instant disaster of his setting i'the stocks : And what think you he hath confessed ?
Ber. Nothing of me, has he?
2 Lord. His confession is taken, and it shall be read to his face: if your lordship be in't, as, I believe you are, you must have the patience to hear
In K. Richard II. model fignifies a thing fashioned after an archetype :
Who was the model of thy father's life.” Again, in K. Henry VIII:
« The model of our chaste loves, his young daughter." Our author, I believe, uses the word here in the same sense:Bring forth this counterfeit representation of a soldier. MALONE.
- a double-meaning prophefier.] So, in Macbeth:
“ But break it to our hope.” Steevens. 7 in ufurping his spurs so long.] The punishment of a recreant, or coward, was to have his fpurs hacked off. MALONE.
I believe these words allude only to the ceremonial degradation' of a knight. I am yet to learn, that the same mode was practised in disgracing daftards of inferior rank. STEVENS.
Re-enter Soldiers, with PAROLLES.
Ber. A plague upon him! muffled! he can say nothing of me; hush! hush!
I Lord. Hoodman comes !--Porto tartarosa.
I Sold. He calls for the tortures; What will you say without 'em ?
PAR. I will confess what I know without constraint; if ye pinch me like a pasty, I can say no more.
I Sold. Bosko chimurcho.
I Sold. You are a merciful general :-Our general bids you answer to what I shall ask you out of a note.
PAR. And truly, as I hope to live.
i Sold. First demand of him how many borse the duke is strong. What say you to that?
Par. Five or fix thousand; but very weak and unserviceable: the troops are all scatter'd, and the commanders very poor rogues, upon my reputation and credit, and as I hope to live.
I Sold. Shall I set down your answer fo? .
Par. Do ; I'll take the sacrament on't, how and which way you will.
Ber. All's one to him. What a past-saving Nave is this!
8 Re-enter Soldiers, with Parolles.] See an account of the examination of one of Henry the Eighth's captains, who had gone over to the enemy (which may pollibly have suggested this of Parolles) in The Life of lacke Wilton, 1594. lig. C. iii. Ritson., 9 All's one to him.] In the old copy these words are given by
LORD. You are deceived, my lord: this is more sieur Parolles, the gallant militarist, (that was his own phrase,) that had the whole theorick 8 of war in the knot of his scarf, and the practice in the chape of his dagger.
2 Lord. I will never trust a man again, for keep. ing his sword clean; nor believe he can have every thing in him, by wearing his apparel neatly.
I Sold. Well, that's set down.
PAR. Five or fix thousand horse, I said, I will say true,-or thereabouts, set down,-for I'll speak truth.
i LORD. He's very near the truth in this.
Ber. But I con him no thanks for't,' in the nature he delivers it.
mistake to Parolles. The present regulation, which is clearly right, was suggested by Mr. Steevens. MALONE.
It will be better to give these words to one of the Dumains, than to Bertram. Ritson.
8- that had the whole theorick ) i. e. theory. So, in Montaigne's Essaies, translated by J. Florio, 1603: “ They know the theorique of all things, but you must seek who shall put it in practice.” Malone.
In 1597 was publihed Theorique and Practise of Warre, written by Don Philip Prince of Castil, by Don Bernardino de Mendoza. Translated out of the Castilian tonge in Englishe, by Sir Edward Hoby, Knight.” 4to. Reen. I I con him no thanks for's,] To cox thanks exactly answers the French scavoir gré. To con is to know. I meet with the fame expression in Pierce Pennilele his Supplication, &c.
" I believe he will con thee little thanks for it." Again, in Wily Beguiled, 1606:
- I con master Churms thanks for this.” Again, in Any Thing for a Quiet Life: “ He would not trust you with it, I con him thanks for it." STEEVENS.
2 -- in the nature he delivers it.] He has said truly that our numbers are about five or fix thousand; but having described them as “ weak and unserviceable," &c. I am not much obliged to him. MALONE,