Bread and cheese and kisses

An early edition of Brewer (56) defines this as a bachelor's fare. That seems an unsatisfactory definition within the context of Dick Dauntless saying: "… with Zorah for my missis, there'll be bread and cheese and kisses …" A later edition of Brewer (54) defines "Bread and cheese" as the barest necessities of life. So let's say Dick is aware he'll never be rich, but he and Zorah will nevertheless live happily ever after.

Act II