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Volpone

Volpone

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Well, I am in a humour at this time to make a present of

the small quantity my coffer contains; to the rich, in

courtesy, and to the poor for God's sake. Wherefore now mark:

I ask'd you six crowns, and six crowns, at other times, you

have paid me; you shall not give me six crowns, nor five, nor

four, nor three, nor two, nor one; nor half a ducat; no, nor a

moccinigo. Sixpence it will cost you, or six hundred pound—

expect no lower price, for, by the banner of my front, I will

not bate a bagatine, that I will have, only, a pledge of your

loves, to carry something from amongst you, to shew I am not

contemn'd by you. Therefore, now, toss your handkerchiefs,

cheerfully, cheerfully; and be advertised, that the first

heroic spirit that deignes to grace me with a handkerchief, I

will give it a little remembrance of something, beside, shall

please it better, than if I had presented it with a double

pistolet.

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