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Bring it here; and I'll give you a basin to wash in, my dear.”
Oliver got up; walked across the room; and stooped for an instant to raise the pitcher. When he turned his head, the box was gone.
Dickens : Oliver Twist, chap. IX.
(Thunder and lightning.) Enter Three Witches
Upon the heath.
All. Fair is foul, and foul is fair :
Shakespeare: Macbeth, 1, i.
16. Doctor. I have two nights watched with you, but can perceive no truth in your report. When was it she last walked ?
Gentlewoman. Since his majesty went into the field, I have seen her rise from her bed, throw her night-gown upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it, write upon it, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return to bed ; yet all this while in a most fast sleep.
Doctor. A great perturbation in nature, to receive at once the benefit of sleep and do the effects of watching! In this slumbery agitation, besides her walking and other actual performances, what, at any time, have
heard her say? Gentlewoman. That, sir, which I will not report after her. Doctor. You may to me, and 't is most meet you should.
Gentlewoman. Neither to you nor any one, having no witness to confirm ny speech.
Enter Lady Macbeth, with a taper Lo you! here she comes. This is her very guise ; and, upor my life, fast asleep. Observe her; stand close. Doctor. How came she by that light?
Gentlewoman. Why, it stood by her: she has light by her continually ; 't is her command. Doctor. You
eyes are open. Gentlewoman. Ay, but their sense is shut.
Doctor. What is it she does now ? Look, how she rubs her hands.
Gentlewoman. It is an accustomed action with her, to seem thus washing her hands. I have known her continue in this a quarter of an hour.
Lady Macbeth. Yet here's a spot.
Doctor. Hark! she speaks. I will set down what comes from her, to satisfy my remembrance the more strongly.
Lady Macbeth. Out, damned spot ! out, I say! One ; two : why, then, 't is time to do 't. Hell is murky! Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afеard ? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?
Doctor. Do you mark that?
Lady Macbeth. The Thane of Fife had a wife: where is she now? What! will these hands ne'er be clean? No more o' that, my lord, no more o' that: you mar all with this starting.
Doctor. Go to, go to; you have known what you should not.
Gentlewoman. She has spoke what she should not, I am sure of that; Heaven knows what she has known. Lady Macbeth. Here's the smell of the blood still: all the
perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh! oh! oh
Doctor. What a sigh is there! The heart is sorely charged. Gentlewoman. I would not have such a heart in
bosom for the dignity of the whole body.
Doctor. Well, well, well.
Doctor. This disease is beyond my practice: yet I have known those which have walked in their sleep who have died holily in their beds.
Lady Macbeth. Wash your hands, put on your night-gown; look not so pale. I tell you yet again, Banquo 's buried ; he cannot come out on 's grave.
Doctor. Even so ?
Lady Macbeth. To bed, to bed! there 's knocking at the gate. Come, come, come, come, give me your hand. What's done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed!
Doctor. Will she go now to bed ?
Doctor. Foul whisperings are abroad. Unnatural deeds
Shakespeare: Macbeth, v, i.
6. For general reading
SCENE FROM THE RIVALS
(Act II, Scene i)
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Enter Fag 17. Fag. Sir, there is a gentleman below desires to see you.
Shall I show him into the parlour?
Captain Absolute. Ay-you may.
Fag. Your father, sir.
[Exit Fag. Now for a parental lecture — I hope he has heard nothing of the business that has brought me here — I wish the gout had held him fast in Devonshire, with all my soul!
Enter Sir Anthony Absolute Sir, I am delighted to see you here; looking so well! your sudden arrival at Bath made me apprehensive for your health.
Sir Anth. Very apprehensive, I dare say, Jack. - What, you are recruiting here, hey?
Abs. Yes, sir, I am on duty.
Sir Anth. Well, Jack, I am glad to see you, though I did not expect it, for I was going to write to you on a little matter of business. - Jack, I have been considering that I grow
old and infirm, and shall probably not trouble you long.
Abs. Pardon me, sir, I never saw you look more strong and hearty; and I pray frequently that you may continue
Sir Anth. I hope your prayers may be heard, with all my heart. Well then, Jack, I have been considering that I am 80 strɔng and hearty I may continue to plague you a long time. Now, Jack, I am sensible that the income of your commission, and what I have hitherto allowed you, is but a small pittance for a lad of your spirit.
Abs. Sir, you are very good.
Sir Anth. And it is my wish, while yet I live, to have my boy make some figure in the world. I have resolved, therefore, to fix you at once in a noble independence. Abs. Sir, your
such generosity makes the gratitude of reason more lively than the sensations even of filial affection.
Sir Anth. I am glad you are so sensible of my attention and
you shall be master of a large estate in a few weeks.
Abs. Let my future life, sir, speak my gratitude ; I cannot express the sense have of your munificence. - Yet, sir, I presume you would not wish me to quit the army?
Sir Anth. Oh, that shall be as your wife chooses.
Abs. A wife, sir, did you say?
Sir Anth. Ay, a wife why, did not I mention her be fore?
Abs. Not a word of her, sir.
Sir Anth. Odd so! - I must n't forget her though. - Yes, Jack, the independence I was talking of is by a marriage the fortune is saddled with a wife - but I suppose that makes no difference. Abs. Sir! sir !
- you amaze me! Sir Anth. Why, what the devil's the matter with the fool? Just now you were all gratitude and duty. Abs. I
sir - you talked to me of independence and a fortune, but not a word of a wife.
Sir Anth. Why - what difference does that make? Odds life, sir! if you have the estate, you must take it with the live stock on it, as it stands.
Abs. If my happiness is to be the price, I must beg leave to decline the purchase. - Pray, sir, who is the lady? 1
Sir Anth. What is that to you, sir? - Come, give me your promise to love, and to marry her directly. Abs. Sure, sir, this is not very reaso
asonable, to summon my affections for a lady I know nothing of !
Sir Anth. I am sure, sir, 't is more unreasonable in you to object to a lady you know nothing of.
Abs. Then, sir, I must tell you plainly that my inclinations are fixed on another my heart is engaged to an angel.
Sir Anth. Then pray let it send an excuse. It is very sorry — but business prevents its waiting on her.
Abs. But my vows are pledged to her.
Sir Anth. Let her foreclose, Jack; let her foreclose ; they are not worth redeeming ; besides, you have the angel's vows in exchange, I suppose ; so there can be no loss there.
Abs. You must excuse me, sir, if I tell you, once for all, that in this point I cannot obey you.
Sir Anth. Hark'ee, Jack; — I have heard you for some time with patience - I have been cool — quite cool; but take
It chances that the lady whom Sir Anthony proposes for his son is the one to whom Captain Absolute is already engaged.