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Snacks. Dolly! Pray, my lord, who's Dolly?
Rob. Why, Dolly is to be my lady, and your mistress, if I find you honest enough to keep you in my employ.
Snacks. He rather smokes me. (Aside.) I have a beauteous daughter, who is allowed to be the very pink of perfection.
Rob. Hang your daughter! I have got something else to think of ; don't talk to me of your daughter; stir your stumps, and get the money.
Snacks. I am your lordship's most obsequious-Zounds! what a peer of the realm. (Aside and exit.)
Rob. Ha! ha! ha! What work I will make in the village ! -Work! no, there shall be no such thing as work: it shall be all play.—Where shall I go? I'll go to—No, I won't go there; I'll go to Farmer Hedgestakes, and tell him—No, I'll not go there ; I'll go—I'll go no where; yes, I will; I'll go every where ; I'll be neither here nor there, nor any where else. How pleased Dolly will be when she hears
(Enter villagers, shouting.) Dick, Tom, Jack, how are you, my lads ?—Here's news for you! Come, stand round, make a ring, and I'll make a bit of a speech to you. (They all get round him.) First of all, I suppose Snacks has told you that I am your landlord ?
Vil. We are all glad of it.
Rob. So am I; and I'll make you all happy; I'll lower all your rents.
All. Huzza! long live lord Robin!
Rob. I'll have no poor people in the parish, for I'll make 'em all rich ; I'll have no widows, for I'll marry 'em all. (Vallagers shout.) I'll have no orphan children, for I'll father 'em all myself ; and if that's not doing as a lord should do, then I say I know nothing about the matter—that's all. All. Huzza! huzza !
(Enter Snacks.) Snacks. I have brought your lordship the money. He means to make 'em fly, so I have taken care the guineas shall be all light. (Aside.)
Rob. Now, then, young and old, great and small, little and tall, merry men all, here's among you—(Throws the money; they scramble.) Now you've got your pockets filled, come to the castle, and I'll fill all your mouths for you. (Villagers carry him off shouting. Snacks follows.)