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Scene II

Enter two Scholars.

Enter WAGNER.

[Exit.]

[Exeunt.]

FIRST SCHOLAR.
I wonder what's become of Faustus that
was wont to make our school ring with sic probo?
SECOND SCHOLAR.
That shall we know, for see here
comes his boy.
FIRST SCHOLAR.
How now, sirrah! Where's thy master?(5)
WAGNER.
God in heaven knows!
SECOND SCHOLAR.
Why, dost not thou know?
WAGNER.
Yes, I know. But that follows not.
FIRST SCHOLAR.
Go to, sirrah! leave your jesting, and tell us
where he is.(10)
WAGNER.
That follows not necessary by force of argument,
that you, being licentiates, should stand upon: therefore
acknowledge your error and be attentive.
SECOND SCHOLAR.
Why, didst thou not say thou
knewest?(15)
WAGNER.
Have you any witness on't?
FIRST SCHOLAR.
Yes, sirrah, I heard you.
WAGNER.
Ask my fellows if I be a thief.
SECOND SCHOLAR.
Well, you will not tell us?
WAGNER.
Yes, sir, I will tell you; yet, if you were not(20)
dunces, you would never ask me such a question; for
is not he corpus naturale? and is not that mobile? then
wherefore should you ask me such a question? But
that I am by nature phlegmatic, slow to wrath, and
prone to lechery (to love, I would say), it were not for(25)
you to come within forty foot of the place of execu-
tion, although I do not doubt to see you both hanged
the next sessions. Thus having triumphed over you, I
will set my countenance like a precisian, and begin
to speak thus:—Truly, my dear brethren, my master(30)
is within at dinner, with Valdes and Cornelius, as this
wine, if it could speak, would inform your worships;
and so, the Lord bless you, preserve you, and keep you,
my dear brethren, my dear brethren.
FIRST SCHOLAR.
Nay, then, I fear he is fallen into that(35)
damned Art for which they two are infamous through
the world.
SECOND SCHOLAR.
Were he a stranger, and not allied to
me, yet should I grieve for him. But come, let us go and
inform the Rector, and see if he by his grave counsel(40)
can reclaim him.
FIRST SCHOLAR.
O, but I fear me nothing can reclaim
him.
SECOND SCHOLAR.
Yet let us try what we can do.