Will: You’re a complete Herbert.
Ben: Why, thank you, kind sir.
Will: I don’t think that it was a compliment, Ben.
Ben:No? Well, it’s probably the closest I’ll get, Will. Compliments are few and far between when you are Ben Jonson.
Will: I wouldn’t know, Ben; not being Ben Jonson, myself.
Ben: True, Will. I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone.
Will: it was certainly a cruel twist of fate that chose you to bear that monicker, Ben.
Ben: Yes. I feel that even Monica Jonson would have been better.
Will: And, moreover, it would have suited you admirably; what with your penchant for the ladies.
Ben: I didn’t realise that the Jacques were separated at this time in history.
Will: Obviously, Ben. There have been complaints.
Ben: Not from me.
Will: No. (Will pauses for a moment) Ben?
Ben: Yes, Will.
Will: Promise me that you will look up the word ‘Irony’ in a dictionary today.
Ben: I will and I shall, Will.
Will: Do so and you ‘may’ learn something.
Ben: Do you think so, Will.
Will: I think that you had better look up ‘Coppery’ as well, it will steel your mettle.
Ben: I shall, indeed I shall. Oh, joyous day.
(Ben exeunts left in search of a Johnson’s dictionary)
Will: Hey ninny go!