SCENE 3. A room in FORD'S house.
[Enter MISTRESS FORD and MISTRESS PAGE.]
What, John! what, Robert!
Quickly, quickly:--Is the buck-basket--
I warrant. What, Robin, I say!
[Enter SERVANTS with a basket.]
Come, come, come.
Here, set it down.
Give your men the charge; we must be brief.
Marry, as I told you before, John and Robert, be
ready here hard by in the brew-house; and when I suddenly
call you, come forth, and, without any pause or
staggering, take this basket on your shoulders: that done,
trudge with it in all haste, and carry it among the whitsters
in Datchet-Mead, and there empty it in the muddy ditch
close by the Thames side.
You will do it?
I have told them over and over; they lack no
direction. Be gone, and come when you are called.
Here comes little Robin.
How now, my eyas-musket! what news with you?
My Master Sir John is come in at your back-door,
Mistress Ford, and requests your company.
You little Jack-a-Lent, have you been true to us?
Ay, I'll be sworn. My master knows not of your
being here, and hath threatened to put me into everlasting
liberty, if I tell you of it; for he swears he'll turn me away.