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red; for though I see this news has disturbed my Lady Bet. And so the widow was as full of
friend, I can't help being pleased with my hopes airs as his lordship?
of my lady Graveairs being otherwise disposed Sir Cha. Only observe that, and it is impossi-
of. [Aside.] My dear, I am afraid

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(Aside. voked her a little too far.

Lord Mor. Dear Charles, you have convinSir Cha. Oh! not at all --You shall seem ced me, and I thank you. I'll sweeten her, and she'll cool like a dish of Lady Grave. My lord Morelove! What, do

you leave us ? Lady Bet. I may see him with his complaining Lord Mor. Ten thousand pardons, madam! I face again

was but justSir Cha. I am sorry, madam, you so wrongly Lady Grave. Nay, nay, no excuses, my lord, judge of what I've told you; I was in liopes to so you will but let us have you again. have stirred your pity, not your anger : I little Sir Cha. (Aside to Lady GRAVEAIRS.)-1 see thought your generosity would punish him for you have good humour, madam, when

you

like faults, which you yourself resolved he should your company. commit -Yonder he comes, and all the Lady Gruve. And you, I see, for all your world with him: might 1 advise you, madam, mighty thirst of dominion, could stoop to be you should not resent the thing at all- obedient, if one thought it worth one's while to I would not so much as stay to see him in his make you so. fault; nay, I'd be the last that heard of it: Sir Cha. Ha! power would make her an adnothing can sting him more, or so justly punish mirable tyrant. his folly, as your utter neglect of it.

[Aside. Lady Easy. Come, dear creature, be persuad- Lady Easy. [Observing Sir CHARLES and Laed, and go home with me? Indeed it will shew DY GravearRs.}-So ! there's another couple more indifference to avoid him.

have quarrelled, too, I find-Those airs to my Lady Bet. No, madam, I'll oblige his vanity lord Morelove look as if designed to recover sir for once, and stay to let him see how strongly he Charles into jealousy: I'll endeavour to join the has piqued me.

company, and, it may be, that will let me into Sir Cha. [Aside.] O not at all to speak of; the secret.-[Aside.] --My lord Foppington, I you had as good part with a little of that pride of vow this is very uncomplaisant, to engross so yours, or I shall yet make it a very troublesonie agreeable a part of the company to yourself. companion to you.

Sir Cha. Nay, my lord, this is not fair, indeed, [Goes from them, and whispers Lord Morelove. {to enter into secrets among friends! Ladies,

what say you? I think we ought to declare Enter LORD FOPPINGTON; a little after, LORD

against it. Morelove, and Lady GRAVEAIRS.

Lady Bet. Well, ladies, I ought only to ask Lord Fop. Ladies, your servant-0! we your pardon : my lord's excuseable, for I would have wanted you beyond reparation---such haul him into a corner. diversion !

Lord Fop. I swear 'tis very hard ; ho! I obLudy Bet. Well! my lord ! have you seen my serve, two people of extreme condition can no lord Morelove?

sooner grow particular, but the multitude of both Lord Fop. Seen him! ha, ha, ha!-0! I sexes are immediately up, and think their prohave such things to tell you, madam- -you'll perties invadeddie

Lady Bet. Odious multitude !Lady Bet. 0, pray let's hear them ! I was Lord Fop. Perish the canaille ! never in a better humour to receive them.

Lady Grave. Oh, my lord, we women have Lord Fop. Hark you. [They whisper. all reason to be jealous of lady Betty Modish's Lord Mor. So, she's engaged already.

[To Sir Cha. Lord More. [TO LADY Betty.}-As the men, Sir Cha. So much the better; make but a madam, all have of my lord Foppington; bejust advantage of my success, and she's undone. sides, favourites of great merit discourage those Lord Fop. Ha, ha, ha!

of an inferior class for their prince's service; he Lady Bet.

has already lost you one of your retinue, maSir Cha. You see already what ridiculous dam. pains she is taking to stir your jealousy, and Lady Bet. Not at all, my lord; he has only cover her own.

made room for another: one must sometimes Lord Fop.

make vacancies, or there could be no preferLady Bet.

Ha, ha, ha! Lord Mor. 0, never fear me: for, upon my Lady Easy. Ha, ha, ha! Ladies' favours, my word, it now appears ridiculous even to me. lord, like places at court, are not always held for Sir Chu. And, hark you.

lite, you know. [Whispers Lord Mor. Lady Bet. No, indeed! if they were, the poor

power.

ments.

fine women would be always used like their Lord More. Well observed, madam. wives, and no more minded than the business of Lady Grave. Besides, it looks so affected to the nation.

whisper, when erery body guesses the secret. Lady Easy. Have a care, madam; an unde- Lord More. Ha, ha, ha! serving favourite has been the ruin of many a Lady Bet. Oh! madam, your pardon in parprince's empire.

ticular: but it is possible you may be mistaken: Lord Fop. Ha, ha, ha! Upon my soul, lady the secrets of people, that have any regard to Betty, we must grow more discreet; for, posi- their actions, are not so soon guessed, as theirs tively, if we go on at this rate, we shall have the that have made a contidant of the whole town. world throw you under the scandal of constancy;

Lord Fop. Ha, ha, ha! and I shall have all the swords of condition at Lady Grave. A coquette, in her affected airs of my throat for a monopolist.

disdain to a revolted lover, I'm afraid, must exLord More. Oh !" there's no great fear of that, ceed your ladyship in prudence, not to let the my lord; though the men of sense give it over, world see, at the same time, she'd give her eyes there will be always some idle fellows vain to make her peace with him: ha, ha, ha! enough to believe their merit may succeed as Lord More. Ha ha, ha! well as your lordship's.

Lady Bet. Twould be a mortification, indeed, Lady Bet. Or, if they should not, my lord, if it were in the power of a fading widow's cast-lovers, you know, need not fear being long charms to prevent it; and the man must be miout of employment, while there are so many weil serably reduced, sure, that could bear to live budisposed people in the world— There are gene- ried in woollen, or take up with the motherly rally neglected wives, stale maids, or charitable comforts of a swap-skin petticoat. Ha, ha, ha! widows, always ready to relieve the necessities Lord Fop. Ha, ha, ha! of a disappointed passion- -And, by the way,

Lady Grave. Widows, it seems, are not so hark you, sir Charles

squeainish to their interest; they know their own Lord More. (Aside.)-So! she's stirred, I see; minds, and take the man they like, though it hapfor all her pains to hide it- She would hardly pens to be one that a froward, vain girl has disohave glanced an affront at a woman she was not bliged, and is pining to be friends with. piqued at.

Lord More. Nay, though it happens to be one Lady Grave. [Aside.]—That wit was thrown that confesses he once was fond of a piece of at me, I suppose; but I'll return it.

folly, and afterwards ashamed on't. Lady Bel. Softly to Sir CHARLES. -Pray, Lady Bet. Nay, my lord, there's no standing how come you all this while to trust your mis against two of you. tress so easily?

Lord Fop. No, faith, that's odds at tennis, my Sir Cha. One is not so apt, madam, to be lord : not but, if your ladyship pleases, I'll endeaalarmed at the liberties of an old acquaintance, vour to keep your back-hand a little; though, as perhaps your ladyship ought to be at the re- upon my soul, you may safely set me up at the sentment of an hard-used, honourable lover. line : for, knock me down if ever I saw a rest

Lody Bet. Suppose I were alarmed, how does of wit better played, than that last, in my life. that make you easy?

What say you, madam ? shall we engage? Sir Cha. Come, come, be wise at last; my Lady Bet. As you please, my lord. trusting them together may easily convince you, Lord Fop. Ha, ha, ha! Allons! tout de bon that (as I told you before) I know his addresses jouer, milor. to her are only outward, and it will be your fault Lord More. Oh, pardon me, sir, I shall never now, if you let him go on till the world thinks think myself in any thing a match for the lady. him in earnest; and a thousand busy tongues Lord Fop. To you, madam. are set upon malicious enquiries into your repu- Lady Bet. That's much, my lord, when the tation.

world knows you have been so many years Lady Bet. Why, sir Charles, do you suppose, teasing me to play the fool with you. while he behaves himself as he docs, that I won't Lord Fop. Ah, bien-joué-Ha, ha, ha! convince him of my ind ifference?

Lord More. At that game, I confess, your laSir Cha. But hear me, madam

dyship has chosen a much properer person to imLady Grave. (Aside. --The air of that whis- prove your hand with. per looks as if the lady had a mind to be making Lord Fop. To me, madam-My lord, I preher peace again : and, 'tis possible, his worship's sume, whoever the lady thinks fit to play the fool being so busy in the matter, too, may proceed as with, will at least be able to give as much envy much from his jealousy of my lord with me, as as the wise person that had not wit enough to friendship to her; at least I fancy so; therefore, keep well with her when he was so. I'm resolved to keep her still piqued, and pre- Lady Grave. O! my lord ! Both parties must vent it, though it be only to gall him- -Sir needs be greatly happy; for, I dare swear, neiCharles, that is not fair to take a privilege you ther will have any rivals to disturb thein. just now declared against in my lord Foppington. Lord More. Ha, ha, ha!

swear.

where you

Lady Bet. None that will disturb them, I dare Lord Fop. What say you, ladies? shall we step

and see what's done at the basset-table? Lord Fop. Ha, ha, ha!

Lady Bet. With all my heart: lady EasyLord More.

Lady Easy. I think 'tis the best thing we can Lady Grave. Ha, ha, ha!

do, and, because we won't part to-night, you shall Lady Bet.

all sup

dined—What

say you, my lord? Sir Cha. I don't know, gentlefolks—but you Lord Mor. Your ladyship may be sure of me, are all in extreme good-humour, methinks; I hope madam. there's none of it affected.

Lord Fop. Ave! aye ! we'll all come., Lady Easy. I should be loth to answer for Lady Easy. Then, pray, let's change parties a any but my lord Foppington.

little. My lord Foppington, you shall 'squire

[Aside. me. Lady Bet. Mine is not, I'll swear.

Lord Fop. O! you do me honour, madam. Lord More. Nor mine, I'm sure,

Lady Bet. My lord Morelove, pray let me Lady Grave. Mine's sincere, depend upon't speak with you?

Lord Fop. And may the eternal frowns of the Lord Mor. Me, madam? whole sex doubly demme, if mine is not.

Lady Bet. If you please, my lord. Lady Easy. Well, good people, I am mighty Lord Mor, Ha! that look shot through me. glad to hear it. You have all performed ex- What can this mean?

(Aside. tremely well : but, if you please, you shall even Lady Bet, This is no proper place to tell you give over your wit now, while it is well.

what it is, but there is one thing I'd fain be truly Lady Bet. [To herself:]-Now, I sec his hu- answered in: I suppose you'll be at my lady mour, I'll stand it out, if I were sure to die for’t. Easy's by and by, and if you'll give me leave

Sir Cha. You should not have proceeded so therefar with my lord Foppington, after what I had Lord Mor. If you please to do me that ho

nour, madam, I shall certainly be there. [Aside to Lady Betty. Lady Bet. That's all, my lord. Lady Bet. Pray, sir Charles, give me leave to Lord Mor. Is not your ladyship for walking ? understand myself a little.

Lady Bet. If your lordship dares venture with Sir Cha. Your pardon, madam. I thought a me. right understanding would have been for both Lord Mor. O! madam! [Taking her hand.} your interest and reputation.

How
my

heart dances ! what heavenly music's in Lady Bet. For his, perhaps .

her voice, when softened into kindness. Sir Cha. Nay, then, madam, its time for me

[Aside. to take care of my friend.

Lady Bet. Ha! his hand trembles- -Sir Lady Bet. I never, in the least, doubted your Charles may be mistaken. friendship to him, in any thing that was to shew Lord Fop. My lady Graveairs, you won't let yourself my enemy.

sir Charles leave us ?

[Ereunt. Sir Cha. Since I see, madam, you have so un- [Manent Sir Charles and Lady GRAVEAIRS. grateful a sense of my lord Morelove's merit, Lady Grave, No, my lord, we'll follow youand my service, I shall never be ashamed of using stay a little. my power henceforth to keep him entirely out

[To Sir CHARLES of your ladyship's.

Sir Cha. I thought your ladyship designed to Lady Bet. Was ever any thing so insolent! I follow them. could find in my heart to run the hazard of a Lady Grave. Perhaps I'd speak with you. downright compliance, if it were only to con- Sir Cha. But, madam, consider; we shall cervince him, that my power, perhaps, is not infe- tainly be observed. rior to his.

[To herself: Lady Grave. Lord, sir, if you think it such a Lady Easy. My lord Foppington, I think you favour.

[Erit hastily. generally lead the company upon these occasions. Sir Cha. Is she gone? let her go, &c. Pray, will you think of some prettier sort of di

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told you.

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Lady Grave. I confess I would see you once

again; if what I have inore to say prove in a Enter SIR CHARLES and LORD MORELOVE.

fectual, perhaps it niay couvince me then, Sir Cha. Come a little this way-----My lady nuy interest to part with you—Can you come tuGraveairs had an eye upon me, as I stole off, night? and, I'm apprehensive, will make use of any op- Sir Cha. You know we have company, and portunity to talk with me.

I'm afraid they'll stay too late-Can't it be beLord More. O! we are pretty safe here fore supper?-What's o'clock now? Well, you were speaking of lady Betty.

Lady Grave. It's almost six. Sir Cha. Aye, my lord—I say, notwithstand- Sir Cha. At seven, then, be sure of me; till ing all this sudden change of her behaviour, I when, I'd have you go back to the ladies, tu would not have you yet be too secure of her : avoid suspicion, and about that time have the for, between you and I, since I told you, I have vapours. professed myself an open enemy to her power Lady Grave. May I depend upon you? (Erit. with you—'tis not impossible but this new air of Sir Cha. Depend on every thing----A very good humour may very much proceed from a troublesome business this--Send me once fairly little woman's pride, of convincing me you are rid on't-if ever I'm caught in an honourable afnot yet out of her power.

fair again - A debt, now, that a little ready ciLord More. Not unlikely. But still, can we vility, and away, would satisfy, a man might make no advantage of it?

bear with; but to have a rent-charge upon one's Sir Cha. That's what I have been thinking of good-nature, with an unconscionable long scroll -look you----Death! my lady Graveairs ! of arrears, too, that would eat out the profits of

Lord More. lla! she will have audience, I the best estate in Christendom-ah-intolerable! find.

Well! I'll even to my lord, and shake off the Sir Cha. There's no avoiding hepa-the truth thoughts on't.

[Exit. is, I have owed her a little good nature a great while------I see there's but one way of getting

Enter LADY Betty and LADY EASY. rid of her----I must even appoint her a day of Lady Bet. I observe, my dear, you have usupayment at last. If you'll step into my lodgings, ally this great fortune at play; it were enough my lord, I'll just give her an answer, and be with to make one suspect your good luck with ali you in a moment.

husband. Lord More. Very well,

I'll stay there for you. Lady Easy. Truly, I don't complain of my for[Exit LORD MORELOVE.

tune either way.

Lady Bet. Prithee tell me, you are often adEnter LADY GRAVEAIRS on the other side.

vising me to it; are there those real comfortable Lady Grave. Sir Charles !

advantages in marriage, that our old aunts and Sir Cha. Come, come, no more of these re- grandmothers would persuade us of? proachful looks; you'll find, madam, I have de- Lady Easy. Upon my word, if I had the worst served better of you than your jealousy imagines husband in the world, I should still think so. -Is it a fault to be tender of your reputation ? Lady Bet. Ay, but then the hazard of not

fy, fy—This may be a proper time to having a good one, my dear. talk, and of my contriving, too----you see I just Lady Easy. You may have a good one, I dare now shook off my lord Morelove on purpose.

if

you don't give airs till you spoil bim. Lady Grave. May I believe you?

Lady Bet. Can there be the same dear, full Sir Cha. Still doubting my fidelity, and mis- delight, in giving ease as pain? Oh, my dear, the taking my discretion for want of good nature ! thought of parting with one's power is insup

Lady Gruve. Don't think me troublesome- portable ! For I confess 'tis death to think of parting with Lady Easy. And the keeping it, till it dwindles you: since the world sees for you I have ne- into no power at all, is most ruefully foolish. glected friends and reputation, have stood the Lady Bet. But still, to marry before one's little insults of disdainful prudes, that envied me heartily in love perhaps your friendship; bave borne the freezing Lady Easy. Is not half so formidable a calalooks of near and general acquaintance-Since mity- -but if I have any eyes, my dear, you'll this is so don't let them ridicule me, too, and run no great hazard of that in venturing on my say my foolish vanity undid me! Don't let them lord Morelove- -You don't know, perhaps, that point at me as a cast mistress!

within this half hour, the tone of your voice is Sir Cha. You wrong me, to suppose the strangely softened to him: ha, ha, ha! thought: you'll have better of me when we Lady Bet. My dear, you are positively, one or meet: When shall you be at leisure ?

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and so I see its in vain to talk with you- Edg. Ha, ha!

(Loughs and blushes. Pray, will you go back to the company?

Sir Cha. Ah, you melting rogue!
Laily Easy. Ah! poor lady Betty! [Ereunt. Elg. Come, don't you be at your tricks now

-Lard, can't you sit still and talk with one! SCENE II.-Changes to SIR CHARLES'S I am sure there's ten times more love in that, and lodgings.

titty times the satistaction, people may say what Enter Sir CHARLES and LORD MORELOVE.

they will.

Sir Cha. Well! now you're good, you shall Lord Mor. Charles, you have transported have your own way-I am going w lie down in me! you have made my part in the scene so the next room; and, since you love a little chat, very easy, too, 'tis impossible I should fail in it. come and throw my might-gown over me, and

Sir Cha. That's what I considered; for, now, you shall talk me to sleep. [Erit Sir Charles. the more you throw yourself into her power, the Edg. Yes, sir,- for all his way, I see he more I shall be able to force her into yours. likes me still.

[Erit after him. Lord Mor. After all, (begging the ladies' pardon) your fine women, like bullies, are only stout SCENE III.-Changes to the Terrace. when they know their men: a man of an honest courage may fright them into any thing! Well,

Enter Lady Betty, Lady Easy, and Lord I am fully instructed, and will about it instantly

MORELOVE. -Won't you go along with nic?

Lord Vor. Nay, madam, there you are too Sir Cha. That may not be so proper—besides, severe upon bim; for, bating now and then a litI have a little business upon my hands.

tle vanity, iny lord Foppington does not want wit Lord Nor. Oh, your servant, sir-Good bye sometimes to make him a very tolerable woman's to you--you shan't stir.

Sir Cha., My lord, your servant-[Erit Lord Lady Bet. But such eternal vanity grows tireMor.) So! now to dispose myself 'till 'tis time some. to think of my lady Graveairs-Umph! I have Lady Easy. Come, if he were not so loose in no great maw to that business, methinks--I don't bis morals, his vanity, methinks, might be easily find myself in humour enough to come up to the excused, considering how much 'tis in fashion : civil things that are usually expected in the ma- for, pray observe what's half the conversation of king up of an old quarrel-[Edging crosses the most of the fine young people about town, but a stuge.] There yoes a warmer temptation by half perpetual affectation of appearing foremost in

-Ba! into my wife's bed-chamber, too- the knowledge of mauners, new modes, and I question if the jade has any great business scandal ? and, in that, I don't see any body comes there! I have a fancy she has only a mind up to him. to be taking the opportunity of nobody's being Lord Mor. Nor I, indeed

-and here he at home, to make her peace with me-lét me see -- Pray, madam, let's have a little more -aye, I shall have time enough to go to her lady of him; nobody shews him to more advantage ship afterwards-Besides, I want a little sleep, I than your ladyship. find-Your young fops may talk of their women Lady Bet. Nay, with all my heart ; you'll seof quality—but, to me now, there's a strange cond me, my lord. agreeable convenience in a creature one is not Lord Mor. Upon occasion, madamobliged to say much to upon these occasions. Lady Easy. Engaging upon parties, my lord?

(Going

(Aside, and smiling to Lord Mor. Enter EDGING.

Enter LORD FOPPINGTON, Edg. Did you call me, sir?

Sir Cha. Ha! all's right (Aside.}-Yes, ma- Lord Fop. So, ladies ! what's the affair now? dam, I did call you.

[Sits down.

Lady Bet. Why, you were, my lord! I was Edg. What would vou please to have, sir? allowing you a great many good qualities; but

Sir Cha. Have! why, I would have you grow lady Easy' says you are a perfect bypocrite ; and a good girl, and know when you are well used, that, whatever airs you give yourself to the wohussy.

men, she's contident you value no woman in the Edg. Sir, I don't complain of any thing, not I. world equal to your own lady.

Sir Cha. Well, don't be uneasy-I am not an- Lord Fop. You see, madam, how I am scangry with you now-Come and kiss me,

dalized upon your account.

But, it is so natural Edg. Lard, sir!

for a prude to be malicious, when a man endeaSir Cha. Don't be a fool, now-Come hither. vour to be well with any body but herself-did Edg. Pshawa

(Goes to him. you ever observe she was piqued at that before? Sir Cha. No wry face~-50sit down. I won't ha, ha! have you look grave neither; let me see you smile, Lady Bet. I'll swear you arc a provoking creayou jade, you

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