The Case is Altered/Act II Scene II
Enter Christophero, Juniper, and Onion.
Chr. What says my fellow Onion? come on.
Oni. All of a house, sir, but not fellows;
you are my lord's steward: but I pray you
what think you of love, sir?
Chr. Of love, Onion! why it's a very honourable humour.'
Oni. Nay, if it be but worshipful, I care not.
Junip. Go to, it's honourable, check not
at the conceit of the gentleman.
Oni. But in truth, sir, you shall do well to
think well of love: for it thinks well of you,
in me, I assure you.
Chr. Gramercy, fellow Onion; I do think
well, thou art in love, art thou?
Oni. Partly, sir; but I am asham'd to say wholly.
Chr. Well, I will further it in thee to any
honest woman, or maiden, the best I can.
Junip. Why now you come near him, sir,
he doth vaile, he doth remunerate, he doth
chew the cud in the kindness of an honest
imperfection to your worship.
Chr. But who is it thou lovest, fellow Onion?
Oni. Marry, a poor man's daughter; but
none of the honestest, I hope.
Chr. Why, wouldst thou not have her honest?
Oni. O no, for then I am sure she would not have me.
'Tis Rachel de Prie.
Chr. Why she hath the name of a very virtuous maiden.
Junip. So she is, sir; but the fellow talks
in quiddities, he.
Chr. What wouldst thou have me do in the matter?
Oni. Do nothing, sir, I pray you, but
speak for me.
Chr. In what manner?
Oni. My fellow Juniper can tell you, sir.
Junip. Why as thus, sir: your worship
may commend him for a fellow fit for consanguinity, and that he shaketh with desire
of procreation, or so.
Chr. That were not so good, methinks.
Junip. No, sir! why so, sir? what if you
should say to her, corroborate thyself, sweet
soul, let me distinguish thy paps with my
fingers, divine mumps, pretty Pastorella!
lookest thou so sweet and bounteous? com-
fort my friend here.
Chr. Well I perceive you wish I should
say something may do him grace, and further his desires,
and that be sure I will.
Oni. I thank you, sir; God save your
life, I pray God, sir.
Junip. Your worship is too good to live
long; you'll contaminate me no service.
Chr. Command thou wouldst say; no,
Junip. Health and wealth, sir.
[Exeunt Onion and Juniper.]
Chr. This wench will I solicit for myself,
Making my lord and master privy to it;
And if he second me with his consent,
I will proceed, as having long ere this
Thought her a worthy choice to make my wife.