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Fair Em eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 38 pages of information about Fair Em.

[Enter Em and Trotter, the Millers man, with a kerchife on his head, and an Urinall in his hand.]

Em
Trotter, where have you been?

Trotter
Where have I been? why, what signifies this?

Em
A kerchiefe, doth it not?

Trotter
What call you this, I pray?

Em
I say it is an Urinall.

Trotter
Then this is mystically to give you to understand, I have
been at the Phismicaries house.

Em
How long hast thou been sick?

Trotter
Yfaith, even as long as I have not been half well, and that
hath been a long time.

Em
A loitering time, I rather imagine.

Trotter
It may be so:  but the Phismicary tells me that you can help
Me.

Em
Why, any thing I can do for recovery of thy health be right
well assured of.

Trotter
Then give me your hand.

Em
To what end?

Trotter
That the ending of an old indenture is the beginning of a
new bargain.

Em
What bargain?

Trotter
That you promised to do any thing to recover my health.

Em
On that condition I give thee my hand.

Trotter
Ah, sweet Em!

[Here he offers to kiss her.]

Em
How now, Trotter! your masters daughter?

Trotter
Yfaith, I aim at the fairest. 
        Ah, Em, sweet Em! 
        Fresh as the flower,
        That hath pour
        To wound my heart,
        And ease my smart,
        Of me, poor thief,
        In prison bound—­

Em
        So all your rhyme
        Lies on the ground. 
But what means this?

Trotter
Ah, mark the device—­
        For thee, my love,
        Full sick I was,
        In hazard of my life. 
        Thy promise was
        To make me whole,
        And for to be my wife. 
        Let me enjoy
        My love, my dear,
        And thou possess
        Thy Trotter here.

Em
But I meant no such matter.

Trotter
Yes, woos, but you did.  I’ll go to our Parson, Sir John, and
he shall mumble up the marriage out of hand.

Em
But here comes one that will forbid the Banes.

[Here enters Manvile to them.]

Trotter
Ah, Sir, you come too late.

Manvile
What remedy, Trotter?

Em
Go, Trotter, my father calls.

Trotter
Would you have me go in, and leave you two here?

Em
Why, darest thou not trust me?

Trotter
Yes, faith, even as long as I see you.

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