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law. That was strauge. Zoevil. Beyond all belief; he could have ‘d • down innocent people, with half the pains that this uy perjury gave him. "...o. that about ! 19erit. Why—I don't know—he had unfortunately to do with an obstinate magist, ate, who bears a mortal hatred to rogues, and whose sagacity could not be deceived, But, however, tho' he was not able to save his friend from the shame of conviction, (a trifle, which he indeed but little regarded,) yet he had the address to evade, or at least deser, the time of his puuishment. Inr. By what means? Devil. By finding a flaw. Iuv. A flaw what's a flaw " Devil. A legal loophole, that the lawyers leave open for a rogue now and then to creep through, that the game mayn't be wholly destroyed. Inc. Provident sportsmen Would it not be too much trouble to favour me with this particular instance 2 Devil. Not at all. Why, sir, when matters grew desperate, and the case was given over for lost, little Beszy starts up in the form of an able practitioner, and humbly conceived, that his client could not be convicted upon that indictment; for as much as therein he was charg’d with foreswearing himself Now ; whereas it clearly appeared, by the evidence, that he had only foresworn himself then : If, indeed, he had been indicted generally, for committog perjury now and then, proofs might be produced of any perjury he may have committed; whereas, by limiting the point of time to the now, no proofs could be admitted as to the then. So that, with rubmission, he ho conceived, his client was clearly absolved, and his character as fair and as tiess as a babe that's just born, and immaculate as a sheet of white paper. sww. And the łośion was good? Devi. Fatas; there was no getting rid of the flaw. ro. And the gentlemanwalks about at his ease; not public slo, out he thrusts his o full in your face. - o
Inv. That ought not to be; the eontempt of the public, that necessary supplement to the best digested Lody of laws, should in these cases be never dispensed with. Devil. In days of yore, when the world was but young, that method had merit, and the sense of shame was a kind of a curb ; but knaves ale now so numerous and wealthy, they can keep one another in countenance, and laugh at the rest of the world.' Inv. There may be something in that.—Well, sir, I have twice been out of my guess; will you give me leave to hazard a third * Perhaps you are Belphegor, or Uriel ? Devil. Neither. They too are but diminutive devils: the first favours the petty pilfering frauds; he may be traced in the double score and soap'd pot of the publican, the alum and chalk of the baker, in the sophisticated mixtures of the brewers of wine and
beer, and in the false measures and weights of them all.
Devil. He is the demon of quacks and of mountebanks; a thriving race all over the world, but their sword, a tie, and a nostrum, a month's advertising, with a shower of handbills, never fail of creating a occasion to speak hereafter.
Int. Well, but, sir
for, from my appearance, it is impossible you should ever guess at my person.—Now, miss, what think you
Har. You? you Cupid? you the gay god of love 1
Devil. Yes; me, me, miss!—what, I suppose you
hand; the purple pinions, and filleted forehead, * the blooming graces of youth and of beauty, me to expect charms—
Devil. That never existed but in the fire of their
Isu. Then, perhaps, sir, these creative gentlemen any or as much is your office, as it is clear they
Juv. And Uriel 1 true seat of empire is England : there, a short fortune. But of this tribe I foresee I shall have
Deril. Come, sir, I will put an end to your of Cupid. expected the quiver at my back, and the bow in
Har. Why, I can't but say the poets had taught fancy; all fiction and phrenzy have mistaken your person. * * * *
Devil. Why, their notions of me are but narrow. It is true, I do a little business in the amorous way; but my dealings are of a different kind to those they describe.—My province lies in forming conjunctions absurd and preposterous : it is I that couple boys and beliannes, girls and greybeards, together; and when you see a man of fashion lock'd in legitimate wedlock with the stale leavings of half the tellows in town, or a lady of tortune setting out for Edinburgh in a postchaise with her footman, you may always set it down as some of uny handy work. But this is but an inconsiderable branch of my business. Inv. Indeed! Levil. The several arts of the drama, dancing, music, and painting, owe their existence to me: I am the father of fashions, the inventor of quinte, trente, guarante, and hazard; the guardian of gamesters, the genius of gluttony, and the author, protector, and patron of licentiousness, lewdness, and luxury. Inv. Your department is large. Devil. One time or other I may give you a more minute account of these matters; at present we have not a moment to lose. Should my tyraut return, I must expect to be again cork'd up in a bottle. [Knocking.] And hark it is the consul that knocks at the door; therefore be quick! how can I serve you ? Inr. You are no stranger, sir, to our distress : here, we are unprotected and friendless; could your art convey us to the place of our birth— Devil. To England 2 • Int'. "so please.
Devil. Without danger, and with great expedition. Come to this window, and lay hold of my cloak.-I have often resided in England; at present indeed, there are but few of our family there; every seven year, we have a general dispensation for residence; for at that time the inhabitants themselves can #: the devil without our aid or assistance.—Off we go! stick fast to your hold! Devil on two Sticks.
ots of wir and pleasure Avout town.
Rhoderique. What, Monsieur D'Olive, the only admirer of wit and good words. uči *:::: to: *::::: : wits: my
tie parcels of wit, I have in pickle for How dost, Jack; may I call thee, .. yet! you
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