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Faustus: Scene 3

an inn-yard
[Enter Robin.]

Robin O, this is admirable! Here I ha' stolen Dr. Faustus's conjuring book, and i' faith I mean to search some circles for my own use. Now will I make all the maidens in our parish dance at my pleasure, stark naked before me; and so by that means I shall see more than e'er I felt or saw yet.

[Enter Ralph calling Robin.]

Ralph Robin, prithee come away; there's a gentleman tarries to have his horse, and he would have his things rubb'd and made clean. He keeps such a chafing with my mistress about it; and she has sent me to look thee out. Prithee come away.

Robin Keep out, keep out, or else you are blown up; you are dismemb'red, Ralph: keep out, for I am about a roaring piece of work.

Ralph Come, what dost thou with that same book? Thou canst not read.

Robin Yes, my master and mistress shall find that I can read, he for his forehead, she for her private study; she's born to bear with me, or else my art fails.

Ralph Why, Robin, what book is that?

Robin What book! Why the most intolerable book for conjuring that e'er was invented by any brimstone devil.

Ralph Canst thou conjure with it?

Robin I can do all these things easily with it: first, I can make thee drunk with spiced wine at any tavern in Europe for nothing; that's one of my conjuring works.

Ralph Our Master Parson says that's nothing.

Robin True, Ralph; and more, Ralph, if thou has any mind to our kitchenmaid, then turn her and wind her to thy own use as often as thou wilt, and at midnight.

Robin and Ralph Dance
Ralph O brave Robin, shall I have her, and to mine own use? On that condition I'll feed thy devil with horsebread as long as he lives, of free cost.

Robin No more, sweet Ralph: let's go and make clean our boots, which lie foul upon our hands, and then to our conjuring in the Devil's name.

[Exit Robin and Ralph.]