Excerpt: ...you, saucy Woman, And as you are my Wife, command your absence, And know your duty, 'tis the Crown of modesty. Duke of Medina Your Wife? Leon Yes good my Lord, I am her Husband, And pray take notice that I claim that honour, And will maintain it. Cacafogo It thou beest her Husband, I am determin'd thou shalt be my Cuckold, I'll be thy faithful friend. Leon Peace, dirt and dunghil, I will not lose my anger on a Rascal, Provoke me more, I'll beat thy blown body Till thou rebound'st again like a Tennis-Ball. Alonzo This is miraculous. Sanchio Is this the Fellow That had the patience to become a Fool, A flurted Fool, and on a sudden break, As if he would shew a wonder to the World, Both in Bravery, and Fortune too? I much admire the man, I am astonisht. Margarita I'll be divorced immediately. Leon You shall not, You shall not have so much will to be wicked. I am more tender of your honour, Lady, And of your Age, you took me for a shadow; You took me to gloss over your discredit, To be your Fool, you had thought you had found a Coxcomb; I am innocent of any foul dishonour I mean to ye. Only I will be known to be your Lord now, And be a fair one too, or I will fall for't. Margarita I do command ye from me, thou poor fellow, Thou cozen'd Fool. Leon Thou cozen'd Fool? 'tis not so, I will not be commanded: I am above ye: You may divorce me from your favour, Lady, But from your state you never shall, I'll hold that, And then maintain your wantonness, I'll wink at it. Margarita Am I braved thus in mine own house? Leon 'Tis mine, Madam, You are deceiv'd, I am Lord of it, I rule it and all that's in't; You have nothing to do here, Madam; But as a Servant to sweep clean the Lodgings, And at my farther will to do me service, And so I'll keep it. Margarita As you love me, give way. Leon It shall be better, I will give none, Madam, I stand upon the ground of mine own Honour, And will maintain it, you shall know me now To be an understanding feeling man, And...
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John Fletcher (1579-1625) was a Jacobean playwright. Following William Shakespeare as house playwright for the King's Men, he was among the most prolific and influential dramatists of his day; both during his lifetime and in the early Restoration, his fame rivaled Shakespeare's. Though his reputation has been eclipsed since, Fletcher remains an important transitional figure between the Elizabethan popular tradition and the popular drama of the Restoration. His works include: The Humourous Lieutenant, The Faithful Shepherdess (1608), Wit Without Money (1614) and Rule a Wife and Have a Wife (1624).
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