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1 Lord. Hoodman comes: Portotartarosa.
Int. 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.
Int. Bosko Chimurcho.
Int. You are a merciful General: our General bids you answer to what I Ihall ask you out of a note.
Par. And truly, as I hope to live.
Int. First demand of him, how many Horse the Duke is strong. What say you to that?
Par. Five or fix thousand, but very weak and unsere viceable ; the troops are all scatter'd, and the Comman. ders very poor rogues, upon my reputation and credit, and as I hope to live..
Int. Shall I set down your answer so?
Par. Do, I'll take the Sacrament on't, how and which way you will : all's one to me.
Ber. What a paft-saving slave is this
i Lord. Y’are deceiv'd, my Lord, this is Monsieur Parolles, the gallant militarist, that was his own phrase, that had the whole theory 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 keeping his sword clean ; nor believe, he can have every thing in him by wearing his apparel neatly.
Int. Well, that's set down.
Par. Five or fix thousand horse I faid, (I will say true,) or thereabouts, set down ; for I'll speak truth.
1 Lord. He's very near the truth in this.
Ber. But I con him no thanks for’t, in the nature he delivers it.
Par. Poor rogues, I pray you, say.
Par. I humbly thank you, Sir ; a truth's a truth, the rogues are marvellous poor.
Int. Demand of him, of what itrength they are a-foot. What fay you to that?
Par. By my trcth, Sir, if I were to live this present
hour, I will tell true. Let me fee; Spurio a hundred and fifty, Sebaftian so many, Corambus lo many, Jaques fo many ; Guiltian, Cofmo, Lodowick, and Gratii, two hundred and fifty each; mine own company, Chitopher, Vaumond, Bentii, two hundred and fifty each; so that the muster file, rotten and found, upon my life amounts not to fifteen thousand Poll; half of the which dare not shake the snow from off their caflocks, left they shake themselves to pieces.
Ber. What shall be done to him ?
i Lord. Nothing, but let him have thanks. Demand of him my conditions, and what credit I have with the Duke.
Int. Well, that's set down. You shall demand of him, whether one Captain Dumain be i'th' camp, a Frenchman : what his reputation is with the Duke, what his valour, honesty, and expertness in war; or whether he thinks, it were not posible with wellweighing sums of gold to corrupt him to a revolt. What say you to this? what do you know of it ? Par. I beseech
let me answer to the particular of the Interrogatories. Demand them fingly.
Int. Do you know this Captain Dumain ?
Par. I know him; he was a botcher's prentice in Paris, from whence he was whipt for getting the sheriff's fool with child ; a dumb innocent, that could not say him
nay. Ber. Nay, by your leave, hold your hands; tho' I know, his brains are forfeit to the next tile that falls.
Int. Well, is this Captain in the Duke of Florence's Camp?
Par. Upon my knowledge he is, and lowfie.
i Lord. Nay, look not lo upon me, we shall hear of your Lordship anon.
Int. What is his reputation with the Duke ?
Par. The Duke knows him for no other but a poor officer of mine, and writ to me the other day to turn him out o'th' band. I think, I have his letter in my pocket.
Int. Marry, we'll search.
Par. In good sadness, I do not know; either it is there, or it is upon the file with the Duke's other letters in my tent.
Int. Here 'tis, here's a paper, shall I read it to you?
Par. That is not the Duke's letter, Sir; that is an advertisement to a proper maid in Florence, one Diana, to take heed of the allurement of one Count Roufillon, a foolish idle boy ; but, for all that, very ruttish. pray you, Sir, put it up again.
İnt. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour.
Par. My meaning in't, I protest, was very honest in the behalf of the maid; for I knew the
Count to be a dangerous and lascivious boy, who is a whale to virginity, and devours up all the fry it finds. Ber. Damnable! both sides rogue.
Interpreter reads the letter.
After he scores, he never pays the score :
He ne'er pays after-debts, take it before.
(22) Men are to mell with, boys are not to kiss.] All the Editors have obtruded a new Maxim upon us here, that Boys are not to kiss. - Livia, in Beaumont and Fletcher's Tamer tam'd, is of a quite opposite Opinion,
For Boys were made for Nothing but dry Kiles. And our Poet's Thought, I am perswaded, went to the same Tune; that •Boys are only to kiss ; Men to mingle with, and give more substantial Pleasures. To mell, is deriv'd from the French Word, miler; to mingle.
Ber. He shall be whipt through the army with this rhime in his forehead.
2 Lord. This is your devoted friend, Sir, the manifold linguist, and the armi-potent soldier.
Ber. I could endure any thing before but a cat, and now he's a cat to me.
Int. I perceive, Sir, by the General's looks, we shall be fain to hang you:
Par. My life, Sir, in any case; not that I am afraid to die ; but that my offences being many, I would repent out the remainder of nature. Let me live, Sir, in à Dungeon, i'th' Stocks, any where, so I may live.
Int. We'll see what may be done, so you confess freely; therefore, once more, to this Captain Dumain : you have answer'd to his reputation with the Duke, and to his valour.
What is his honesty ? Par. He will steal, Sir, an egg out of a cloister ; for rapes and ravishments he parallels Neffus. He professes no keeping of oaths ; in breaking them he is stronger than Hercules. He will lie, Sir, with such volubility, that you would think, truth were a fool : drunkenness is his best virtue, for he will be swinedrunk, and in his sleep he does little harm, fave to his bed-cloaths about him ; but they know his conditions, and lay him in straw. I have but little more to say, Sir, of his honesty, he has every thing that an honest man should not have ; what an honest man should have, he has nothing
1 Lord. I begin to love him for this. Ber. For this
description of thine honesty ? a pox upon him for me, he is more and more a cat.
Int. What say you to his expertness in war?
Par. Faith, Sir, h'as led the drum before the Exgliss Tragedians : to belie him, I will not; and more of his foldiership I know not ; except, in that Country, he had the honour to be the Officer at a place there call'd Mile-end, to instruct for the doubling of files. I would do the man what honour I can, but of this I am
i Lord. He hath out-villain!d villany so far, that the rarity redeems him.
Ber. A pox on him, he's a cat ftill.
Int. His Qualities being at this poor price, I need not to ask you, if gold will corrupt him to revolt.
Par. Sir, for a Quart-d'ecu he will sell the fee-simple of his falvation, the inheritance of it, and cut th'intail from all remainders, and a perpetual fucceflion for it perpetually.
Int. What's his Brother, the other Captain Dumain? 2 Lord. Why does he ask him of me? Int. What's he?
Par. E'en a crow o'th' fame nest; not altogether so great as the first in goodness, but greater a great deal in evil. He excels his Brother for a Coward, yet his brother is reputed one of the best that is. In a Retreat he out-runs any lacquey ; marry, in coming on he has
Int. If your life be saved, will you undertake to betray the Florentine?
Par. Ay, and the Captain of his horse, Count RoxAillon.
Int. I'll whifper with the General, and know his pleasure.
Par. I'll no more drumming, a plague of all drums! Only to seem to deserve well, and to beguile the supposition of that lascivious young boy the Count, have I şun into danger ; yet who would have suspected an ambush where I was taken ?
[ Aside. Int. There is no remedy, Sir, but you must die ; the General fays, you, that have fo traiterously discovered the secrets of your army, and made fuch peftiferous reports of men very nobly held, can serve the world for no honest use; therefore you must die. Come, headf. man, off with his head.
Par. O lord, Sir, let me live, or let me see my death.
Int. That shall you, and take your leave of all your friends.
[Unbinding him. So, look about you; know you any here?