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DAVID AND GOLİAH.
Dav. Behold him here !
Dav. I stand prepared; thy single arm to mine.
Gol. Why, this is mockery, minion! it may chance
Dav. The election of my sovereign falls on me.
Gol. On thee! on thee! by Dagon, 't is too much!
Dav. (Crosses to L.) I do defy thee,
Gol. Indeed ! 't is wondrous well! Now, by my gods !
Dav. Ha! say'st thou so ? Come on, then! Mark us well. Thou comest to me with sword, and spear, and shield ! In the dread name of Israel's God I come; The living Lord of hosts, whom thou defiest ! Yet, though no shield I bring, no arms, except These five smooth stones I gathered from the brook, With such a simple sling as shepherds use, Yet all exposed, defenseless as I am, The God I serve shall give thee up a prey
To my victorious arm. This day I mean
Gol. Follow me.
Scene, DR. GREGORY's study. A table, C., and chair, R. and L. Enter PATIENT, L., a plump Glasgow merchant. DR. GREGORY discovered reading, R.
Patient. Good-morning, Dr. Gregory! I'm just come into Edinburgh about some law business, and I thought when I was here, at any rate, I might just as weel take your advice, sir, about my trouble.
Doctor. Pray, sir, sit down. (PATIENT sits, L.) And now, my good sir, what may your trouble be ?
Pa. Indeed, doctor, I'm not very sure ; but I'm thinking it's a kind of weakness that makes me dizzy at times, and a kind of pinkling about my stomach ; - I'm just na right.
Dr. You are from the west country, I should suppose, sir ?
Pa. Heaven forbid, sir! I'm one of the plainest men living in all the west country.
Dr. Then, perhaps, you are a drunkard ? Pa. No, Dr. Gregory; thank Heaven, no one can accuse me of that! I'm of the dissenting persuasion, doctor, and an elder ; so you may suppose I ’m na drunkard. Dr. I'll suppose no such thing till you
mode of life. I'm so much puzzled with your symptoms, sir, that I should wish to hear in detail what you do eat and drink. When do you breakfast, and what do you take at it?
tell me your
Pa. I breakfast at nine o'clock; take a cup of coffee, and one or two cups of tea, a couple of eggs, and a bit of ham or kippered salmon, or, may be, both, if they're good, and two or three rolls and butter.
Dr. Do you eat no honey, or jelly, or jam, at breakfast ?
Dr. Come, this is a very moderate breakfast. What kind of a dinner do you make ?
Pa. O, sir, I eat a very plain dinner, indeed. Some soup, and some fish, and a little plain roast or boiled; for I dinna care for made dishes; I think, some way, they never satisfy the appetite.
Dr. You take a little pudding, then, and afterwards some cheese?
Pa. O, yes ! though I don't care much about them.
Dr. You west-country people generally take a glass of Highland whiskey after dinner.
Pa. Yes, we do; it's good for digestion.
Dr. What quantity of port do you drink?
Dr. In the west-country, it is impossible, I hear, to dine without punch?
Pa. Yes, sir : indeed, 't is punch we drink chiefly; but, for myself, unless I happen to have a friend with me, I never take more than a couple of tumblers or so, and that's moderate.
Dr. O, exceedingly moderate, indeed! You then, after this slight repast, take some tea and bread and butter?
Pa. Yes, before I go to the counting-house to read the evening letters.
Dr. And on your return you take supper, I suppose ?
Pa. No, sir, I canna be said to tak supper ; just something before going to bed ; a rizzered haddock, or a bit of toasted cheese, or a half-hundred of oysters, or the like o' that, and, may be, two thirds of a bottle of ale; but I tak no regular supper.
Dr. But you take a little more punch after that ?
Pa. No, sir, punch does not agree with me at bedtime. I tak a tumbler of warm whiskey-toddy at night; it is lighter to sleep on.
Dr. So it must be, no doubt. This, you say, is your everyday life; but, upon great occasions, you perhaps exceed a little ?
Pa. No, sir, except when a friend or two dine with me, or I dine out, which, as I am a sober family man, does not often happen.
Dr. Not above twice a week ?
Pa. Yes, sir, thank Heaven, I have ; indeed, any ill health that I have is about meal-time.
Dr. (Rising with a severe air the PATIENT also rises.) Now, sir, you are a very pretty fellow, indeed! You come here and telí me you are a moderate man; but, upon examination, I find, by your own showing, that you are a most voracious glutton. You said you were a sober man; yet, by your own showing, you are a beer-swiller, a dram-drinker, a wine-bibber, and a guzzler of punch. You tell me you eat indigestible suppers, and swill toddy to force sleep. I see that you chew tobacco. Now, sir, what human stomach can stand this ? Go home, sir, and leave your present course of riotous living, and there are hopes that your stomach may recover its tone, and you be in good health, like your neighbors.
Pa. I'm sure, doctor, I'm very much obliged to you. (Taking out a bundle of bank-notes.) I shall endeavor to
Dr. Sir, you are not obliged to me: put up your money, sir. Do
know as well as myself? Though you're ro physician, sir, you are not altogether a fool. Go home, sir, and reform, or, take my word for it, your life is not worth half a year's purchase. Pa. Thank you, doctor, thank you. Good-day, doctor.
(Exit, R., followed by DOCTOR.)
XXIV. - NORVAL. Enter first GLENALVON, L. ; then NORVAL, R. The latter seems looking off
at some distant object. Glenalvon. (Aside.) His port I love : he's in a proper mood To chide the thunder, if at him it roared. (Aloud.) Has Norval seen the troops ?
Norval. The setting sun
The hill they climbed, and, halting at its top,
Glen. Thou talk'st it well ; no leader of our host
Norv. If I should e’er acquire a leader's name,
Glen. You wrong yourself, brave sir ; your martial deeds
Norv. Sir, I have been accustomed, all my days,
Glen. I did not mean
Glen. Suppress it, as you wish to prosper ;
Norv. A shepherd's scorn! (Crosses, L.)
Glen. (R.) Yes, if you presume
you took the measure of their minds, And said in secret, You ’re no match for me, What will become of you ?
Norv. Hast thou no fears for thy presumptuous self?