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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.

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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.


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

(Exit singing version for us than parties and whispers ?

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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.


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 ?

other, the most censorious creature in the world. VOL. II.

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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?


(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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Lord Fop. Let's be more familiar upon't, and the chaises; we must make a little more haste, give her disorder ! ha, ha!


[Excunt. Lady Bet. Ha, ha, ha!

Lord Fop. Stap my breath, but lady Easy is SCENE IV. - Changes to Sir CHARLES'S an admirable discoverer !-Marriage is indeed a

prodigious security of one's inclination ; a man's
Tikely to take a world of pains in an employment, Enter Lady Easy, and a Servant.
where he can't be turned out for his idleness.

Lady Bet. I vow, my lord, that's vastly ge Lady Easy. Is your master come home?
nierous to all the fine women; you are for giving Ser. Yes, madam.
them a despotic power in love, I see, to reward Lady Easy. Where is he?
and punish as they think fit.

Ser. I believe, madam, he's laid down to sleep. Lord Fop. Ha, ha! Right, madam; what sig Lady Easy. Where's Edging ? Bid her get me nifies beauty without power? And a five woman,

some wax and paper-stay, it's no matter, now when she's married, makes as ridiculous a figure, I think on it there's some above upon my toias a beaten general marching out of a garrison.


[Exeunt severally.
Lady Easy. I'm afraid, lady Betty, the great-
est danger in your use of power, would be from

a too heedless liberality; you would more mind
the man than his merit.

Opens, and discovers Sir CHARLES without his
Lord Fop. Piqued again, by all that's fretful!-

periwig, and EDGING by him, both asleep, in Well, certainly

, to give envy is a pleasure inex- | two easy chairs. Then enters LADY Easy, who pressible.


starts and trembles, some time unable to speak. Lady Bet. Ha, ha!

Lady Eusy. Ha ! protect me, virtue, patience, Lady Easy. Does not she show him well, my reason! lord?

[Aside to Lord Mor. Teach me to bear this killing sight, or let Lord Mor. Perfectly, and me to myself, Me think my dreaming senses are deceived ! For now, I almost blush to think I ever was un For sure, a sight like this might raise the arm easy at him.

[To Lady Easy. Of duty, even to the breast of love! At least,
Lord Fop. Lady Easy, I ask ten thousand par- I'll throw this vizor of my patience off:
dons; I'm afraid I am rude all this while. Now wake him in his guilt,
Lady Easy. Oh, not at all, my lord; you are

And, barefaced, front him with my wrongs.
always good company, when you please : not I'll talk to him till he blushes, nay, till he-
but in some things, indeed, you are apt to be like Frowns on me, perhaps and then
other fine gentlemen, a little too loose in your I'm lost again—The ease of a few tears

Is all that's left to me-
Lord Fop. Oh, madam, never to the offence And duty, too, forbids me to insult,
of the ladies; I agree in any community with When I have vowed obedience-Perhaps
them; nobody is a more constant churchman, The fault's in me, and nature has not formed
when the fine women are there.

Me with the thousand little requisites Lady Easy. Oh fy, my lord ! you ought not That warm the heart to love to go for their sakes at all! And I wonder, you Somewhere there is a faultthat are for being such a good husband of your But Heaven best knows what both of us de virtues, are not afraid of bringing your prudence into a lampoon, or a play.

Ha! bare-headed, and in so sound a sleep! Lady Bet. Lampoons and plays, madam, are Who knows, while thus exposed to the unwholeonly things to be laughed at.

some air,
Lord Fop. Odso! ladies, the court's coming But Heaven offended may o'ertake his crime,
home, I see; shall not we make our bows? And, in some languishing distemper, leave him
Lady Bet. Ok, by all means !

A severe example of its violated laws
Lady Easy. Lady Betty, I must leave you; Forbid it mercy, and forbid it love!
for I am obliged to write letters; and I know This may prevent it.
you won't give me time after supper.

{ Takes a steinkirk off her neck, and lays it Lady Bet. Well, my dear, I'll make a short

gently on his head.] visit, and be with you.' (Erit Lady Easy.] Pray, | And, he should wake offended at my too busy what's become of my lady Graveairs ?

care, let my heart-breaking patience, duty, and Lord Mor. Oh, I believe she's gone home, ma my fond affection, plead my pardon. Exit. dam; she seemed not to be very well.

[After she hus been out some time, a bellrings ;
Lord Fop. And where's sir Charles, my lord ? EDGING wakes, and stirs Sir Charles.]
Lord Nor. I left him at his own lodgings. Edg. Oh!
Lady Bet. He's upon some ramble, l'ın afraid. Sir Cha. How now! what's the matter?

Lord Fop. Nay, as for that matter, a man Edg. Oh, bless my soul! my lady's come may ramble at home sometimes-But, here come home.


Sir Cha. Go, go, then.

(Bell rings. Edg. Indeed, I always thought it would beEdg. Oh, lud! my head's in such a condition, come your ladyship better without it-But, too. (Runs to the glass.) I am coming, madam now, suppose, madam, you carried another row Oh, lud! here's no powder, neither-Here, ina- of gold round the scollops, and then you take and dam.

[Erit. lay this silver plain all along the gathers, and your Sir Cha. How now? (Feeling the steinkirk ladyship will perfectly see, it will give the thing upon his head.] What's this? How came it here? ten thousand times another air. [Puts on his wig.) Did not I see my wife wear Lady Easy. Prithee, don't be impertinent; do this to-day ?-Death! she can't have been here, as I bid you. sure-It could not be jealousy that brought her Edg. Nay, madam, with all my heart; your lahome-for my coming was accidental-so, too, I dyship may do as you please. fear, was hers-How careless have I been? --not Lady Easy. This creature grows so confident; to secure the door, neither--Twas foolish-It and I dare not part with her, lest he should think must be so! She certainly has seen me here sieep-it jealousy.

[dside. ing with her woman : if so, how low an hypocrite to her must that sight have proved me! The

Enter Sir CHARLES. thought has made ine despicable, even to myself -llow mean a vice is lying, and how often have Sir Cha. So, my dear! What, at work! how these empty pleasures lulled my honour and my are you employed, pray? conscience to lethargy, while I grossly have abu Lady Easy. I was thinking to alter this sack sed her, poorly skulking behind a thousand false- here. hoods !--Now I reflect, this has not been the first Sir Cha. What's amiss? Methinks it's very of ber discoveries - How contemptible a tigure pretty must I have made to her! A crowd of recollected Edg. Yes, sir, it's pretty enough for that matcircumstances confirms ine now, she has been ter; but my lady has a mind it should be proper, long acquainted with my follies; and yet, with too. what amazing prudence has she borne the secret Sir Cha. Indeed! pangs of injured love, and wore an everlasting Ludy Easy. I fancy plain gold and black would smile to me! This asks a little thinking—some- become me better. thing should be doue--I'll see her instantly, and Sir Cha. That's a grave thought, my dear. be resolved froin her behaviour.


Edg. O, dear sir, not at all; my lady's much in,

the right; I am sure, as it is, it's fit for nothing SCENE VI.--Changes to another room.

but a girl.

Sir Cha. Leave the room.
Enter Lady Easy, and EDGING.

Edg. Lord, sir! I can't stir-I must stay to-
Sir Cha. Go-

[Angrily. Lady Easy. Where have you been, Edging? Edg. [Throwing down the work hastily, and

Edg. Been, madaın! I-1-1-I came as soon crying, aside.] If ever I speak to him again, I'll ay I heard you ring, madain,

be burned !

[Exit Edging. Lady Easy. How guilt confounds her! but Sir Cha. Sit still, my dear--I caine to talk she's below iny thought-Fetch my last new sack with you -and, which you well may wonder at, hither-I have a inind to alter it a little-make what I have to say is of importance, too; but it haste

is in order to my hereafter always talking kindly Edg. Yes, madam- I see she does not suspect any thing.

[Erit. Lady Easy. Your words were never disobliging, Lady Easy. Heigh ho! [Sitting down.] I had nor can I charge you with a look that ever had forgot-but I'm untit for writing now --'Twas the appearance of being unkind.

an hard conflict yet it's a joy to think it over: Sir Cha. The perpetual spring of your good la secret pride, to tell my heart my conduct has humour lets me draw no merit from what I have ; been just -Ilow low are vicious minds, that ot- appeared to be, which makes me curious now to

for injuries! how much superior innocence, that know your thoughts of what I really am: and debears them! Still there's a pleasure, even in the ver having asked you this before, it puzzles me :

melancholy of a quiet conscience-Away, my por can I (my strange negligence considered) re| tears, it is not yet impossible--for, wbile his hu-. concile to reason your first thought of venturing

mai nature is not quite shook off, I ought not to upon marriage with me. despair.

Lady Easy. I vever thought it such a hazard.

Sir Cha. Ilow could a woman of your restraint Re-enter EDGING, with a Sack.

in principles, sedateness, sense, and tender dispo

sition, propose to lead an happy life with one Edg. Here's the sack, madam.

(now I rolect) that hardly wok an hour's pains, Lady Easy. So, sit down there--and, let me even before marriage, to appear but what I am : sec-here-- rip off all that silver,

a loose, unhccded wretch, absent in all I do, ci

to you.

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