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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.


vil, and as often rude, without design, unseason-, past, but rather sooth you to a pleasure at my ably thoughtful, easy to a fault, and, in my best of sense of joy for my recovered happiness to come. praise, but carelessly good-natured ? How shall I Give, then, to my new-born love what name you reconcile your temper with having made so please; it cannot, shall not, be too kind : 0! it strange a choice?

cannot be too soft for what my soul swells up Lady Easy. Your own words may answer you with emulation to deserve—Receive me, then, -Your having never seemed to be but what you entire at last, and take, what yet no woman ever really were; and, through that carelessness of truly had, my conquered heart ! temper, there still shone forth to me an undesign- Lady Easy. O, the soft treasure ! O, the dear ing honesty, I always doubted of in smoother reward of long-deserving love !--Now am I blest faces: thus, while I saw you took least pains to indeed, to see you kind without the expence of win me, you pleased and wooed me most: nay, pain in being so, to make you mine with easiness: I have thought, that such a temper could never thus ! thus to have you mine, is something more be deliberately unkind: or, at the worst, I knew than happiness ; 'tis double life, and madness of that errors, from the want of thinking, might be abounding joy. But it was a pain intolerable borne ; at least, when, probably, one moment's to give you a confusion. serious thought might end them : these were my Sir Cha. () thou engaging virtue ! But I am worst of fears; and these, when weighed by grow- too slow in doing justice to thy love: I know thy ing love, against my solid hopes, were nothing. softness will refuse me; but remember, I insist

Sir Cha. My dear, your understanding startles upon it-let thy woman be discharged this me, and justly calls my own in question : I blush minute. to think I've worn so bright a jewel in my bosom, Lady Easy. No, my dear; think me not so and, till this hour, have scarce been curious once low in faith, to fear, that, after what you have to look upon its lustre.

said, it will ever be in her power to do me Lady Easy. You set too high a value on the future injury. When I can conveniently provide common qualities of an easy wife.

for her, I'll think on it: but to discharge her Sir Cha. Virtues, like benefits, are double, now, might let her guess at the occasion; and when concealed : and, I confess, I yet suspect methinks I would have our difference, like you of an higher value far than I have spoke our endearments, be equally a secret to our seryou. Lady Easy. I understand you not.

Sir Cha. Still my superior every waybe it as Sir Cha. I'll speak more plainly to you—be you have better thought--Well, my dear, free, and tell me, -Where did you leave this now I'll contess a thing that was not in your handkerchief?

power to accuse me of; to be short, I own this Lady Easy. Ha!

creature is not the only one I have been to blame Sir Cha. What is it you start at? You hear with. the question.

Lady Easy. I know she is not, and was always Lady Easy. What shall I say? my fears con- less concerned to find it so; for constancy in er

(Aside. rors might have been fatal to me. Sir Cha. Be not concerned, my dear; be easy Sir Cha. What is it you know, my dear? in the truth, and tell me.

[Surprised. Lady Easy. I cannot speak--and I could wish Lady Easy. Come, I'm not afraid to accuse you'd not oblige me to it—'tis the only thing I you now --my lady Graveairs--Your careever yet refused you; and, though I want reason lessness, my dear, let all the world know it, and for my will, let me not answer you.

it would have been hard indeed, had it been Sir Cha. Your will, then, be a reason; and since only to me a secret. I see you are so generously tender of reproach- Šir Cha. My dear, I will ask no more quesing me, it is fit I should be easy in my gratitude, tions, for fear of being more ridiculous; I do and make, what ought to be my shame, my joy. confess, I thought my discretion there had been Let me be therefore pleased to tell you now, your a master-piece-How contemptible must I have wondrous conduct has waked me to a sense of looked all this while ! your disquiet past, and resolution never to disturb Lady Easy. You shan't say so. it more--And (not that I offer it as a merit, but Sir Cha. Well

, to let you see I had some yet in bliud compliance to my will) let me beg shame, as well as nature in me, I had writ this you would immediately discharge your woman. to my lady Graveairs upon my first discovering

Lady Easy. Alas! I think not of her—0, my that you knew I had wronged you: read it. dear, distract me not with this excess of good- Lady Easy. [Reads.] • Something has happen

(Weeping.ed that prevents the visit I intended you; and Sir Cha. Nay, praise me not, lest I reflect how I could gladly wish, you never would reproach little I have deserved it; I see you are in pain to me if I tell you, 'tis utterly inconvenient that I give me this confusion. Come, I will not shock should ever see you more.' your softness by my untimely blush for what is This, indeed, was more than I had merited.

found me.



think now,

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Enter a Servant.

Lady Bet. O! madam, it has been his whole

business, of late, to make an utter breach between Sir Cha. Who is there? Here—Step with this my lord Morelove and me. to lady Graveairs.

Ludy Easy. That may be owing to your usage [Seals the letter, and gives it the servant. of my lord : perhaps, he thought it would not Ser. Yes, sir-Madam, my lady Betty's disoblige you." I ain confident you are mistaken

in him. Lady Easy. I'll wait on her.

Lady Bet. O! I don't use to be out in things Sir Cha. Äly dear, I am thinking there may of this nature; I can see well enough: but I be other things my negligence may have wrong- shall be able to tell you more when I have talked ed you in; but be assured as I discover, all shall with my lord. be corrected.---Is there any part or circum- Lady Easy. Here he comes; and because you stance in your fortune that I can change or yet shall talk with him-No excuses—for positively make easier to you?

I will leave you together. Lady Easy. None, my dear; your good-nature Ludy Bet. Indeed, my dear, I desire you never stinted me in that; and now, methinks, I will stay, then; for I know you

that have less occasion there than ever.

I have a mind to

Ludy Easy. To- -ha, ha, ha!
Re-enter Servant.

(Going Ser. Sir, my lord Morelove's come.

Lady Bet. Well! I'll remember this. Sir Cha. I ain coming- I think I told you of the design we had laid against lady Betty

Enter Lord MORELOVE. Lady Easy. You did, and I should be pleased Lord Mor. I hope I don't fright you away, to be myself concerned in it.

madam? Sir Cha. I believe we may employ you: I Lady Easy. Not at all, my lord; but I must beg know he waits for me with impatience. But, your pardon for a moment; I will wait upon you my dear, won't you think me tasteless to the joy immediately.

(Erit. you have given me, to suffer, at this time, any Lady Bet. My lady Easy gone? concern but you to employ my thoughts?

Lord Mor. Perhaps, madam, in friendship to Lady Easy. Seasous must be obeyed; and you; she thinks I may have deserved the coldsince I know your friend's happiness depending, ness you of late have shewn to me, and was wilI could not taste my own, should you neglect it. ling to give you this opportunity to convince me

Sir Cha. Thou easy sweetness S0! what a you have not done it without just grounds and waste of thy neglected love has my unthinking reason. brain committed ! but time, and future thrift of Lady Bet. How handsomely does he reproach tenderness, shall yet repair it all. The hours me! but I cannot bear that he should think I will come when this soft gliding stream, that know it {Aside.] My lord, whatever has passwells my heart, uninterrupted shall renew its sed between you and me, I dare swear that

could not be her thoughts at this time : for, And, like the ocean after ebb, shall move when two people have appeared professed eneWith constant force of due returning love. mies, she cannot but think one will as little care

[Exeunt. to give, as the other receive, a justification of

their actions. SCENE VII.-Changes to another room. Lord Mor. Passion, indeed, often does repea

ted injuries on both sides; but I don't remember, Re-enter LADY Easy and Lady Betty.

in my heat of error, I ever yet professed myself Lady Bet. You have been in tears, my dear, your enemy. and yet you look pleased, too.

Lady Bet. My lord, I shall be very free with Lady Easy. You will pardon me, If I cannot you-I confess, I do not think, now, I have a let you into circumstances- but be satisfied, greater enemy in the world. sir Charles has made me happy, even to a pain Lord Mor. If having loved you to my own of joy.

disquiet, be injurious, I am contented then to Lady Bet. Indeed, I am truly glad of it; stand the foremost of your enemies. though I am sorry to find; that any one who has Lady Bet. O! my lord, there's no great fear generosity enough to do you justice, should, un- of your being my enemy that way, i dare sayprovoked, be so great an enemy to me.

Lord Mor. There is no other way my heart Lady Easy. Sir Charles your enemy! can bear to offend you now; and I foresee in that

Lady Bet. My dear, you will pardon me if I it will persist to my undoing. always thought hin so, but now I am convinced Lady Bet. Fy, fy, my lord ! we know where of it.

your heart is well enough. Lady Easy. In what, pray? I cannot think you Lord Mor. My conduct has, indeed, deserved will find him so.

this scorn; and therefore, 'tis but just I should


submit to your resentment, and beg (though I am pain, and, by that time you had stretched and assured in vain) for pardon,

(Kneels. gaped him beartily out of patience, of a sudden Enter SiR CHARLES.

most importantly remember you had outsat

your appointment with my lady Fiddle-faddle, Sir Cha. How, my lord!

and immediately order your coach to the park? (Lord MORELOVE rises. Lady Bet. Yet, sir, have you done? Lady Bet. Ha! He here! This was unlucky. Sir Cha. No-though this might serve to

[Aside shew the nature of your principles : but the noLord Mor. O, pity my confusion !

ble conquest you have gained at last over defeat

[To Lady Betty. ed sense of reputation, too, has made your fame Sir Cha. I am sorry to see you can so soon immortal. forget yourself: methinks the insults you have Lord Mor. How, sir? borne froin that lady, by this time should have Lady Bet. My reputation? warned you into a disgust of her regardless prin- Sir Cha. Aye, madam, your reputation-My ciples.

lord, if I advance a falsehood, then resent it. I Lord Mor. Hold, sir Charles, while you and say your reputation—It has been your life's I are friends! I desire you would speak with ho- whole pride of late to be the common toast of nour of this lady—'Tis sufficient I have no com- every public table, vain even in the infamous plaint against her, and

addresses of a married man, my lord FoppingLady Bet. My lord, I beg you would resent this ton; let that be reconciled with reputation, I thing vo farther : an injury like this is better will now shake hands with shame, and bow me punished with our contempt; apparent malice to the low contempt which you deserve from should only be laughed at.

him; not but I suppose you will yet endeavour Sir Cha. Ha, ha! the old resource. Offers to recover him. Now, you find ill usage in danof any hopes to delude him from his resentment, ger of losing your conquest, 'tis possible you will and then as the Grand Monarque did with Ca- stop at nothing to preserve it. valier: and then you are sure to keep your word Lady Bet. Sir Charles with him.

(Walks disordered, and he after her. Lady Bet. Sir Charles, to let you know how Sir Cha. I know your vanity is so voracious, far I am above your little spleen, my lord, your it will even wound itself to feed itself; offer him hand! from this hour

a blank, perhaps, to fill up with hopes of what Sir Cha. Pshaw! pshaw! all design ! all nature he pleases, and part even with your pique! mere artifice and disappointed woman. pride to keep him.

Lady Bet. Look you, sir, not that I doubt my Lady Bet. Sir Charles, I have not deserved lord's opinion of me; yet

[Bursting into tears. Sir Cha. Look you, madam, in short, your Sir Cha. Ah! true woman! drop him a soft word has been too often taken, to let you make dissembling tear, and then his just resentment up quarrels, as you used to do, with a soft look, must be hushed of course. and a fair promise you never intended to keep. Lord Mor. O Charles ! I can bear no more ;

Lady Bet. Was ever such insolence ! He won't those tears are so reproaching. give me leave to speak.

Sir Cha. Hist, for your life! [Aside, and then Lord Mor. Sir Charles !

aloud.] My lord, if you believe her, you are unLady Bet. No, pray, my lord, have patience ; done; the very next sight of my lord Foppington and since his malice seems to grow particular, I would make her yet forswear all that she can dare his worst, and urge him to the proof on't : promise. Pray, sir, wherein can you charge me with breach Lady Bet. My lord Foppington ! Is that the of promise to my lord?

mighty crime that must condemn me, then ? You Sir Cha. Death! you won't deny it? How often, know I used him but as a tool of my resentment, to piece up a quarrel, have you appointed him to which you yourself, by a pretended friendship to visit you alone; and, though you have promised us both, most artfully provoked me toto see no other company the whole day, when Lord Mor. Hold, I conjure you, madam; I he was come he has found you among the laugh want not this conviction. of noisy fops, coquettes, and coxcombs, dissolutely Lady Bet. Send for him this minute, and you gay,

while your full eyes ran over with transport and he shall both be witnesses of the contempt at their fattery, and your own vain power of and detestation I have for any forward hopes bis pleasing? How often, I say, have you been vanity may have given him, or your malice would your good humour

upon such wretches, and, the "Sir Cha. Death ! you would as soon cat fireminute they were gone, grew only dull to him, as soon part with your luxurious taste of folly, sunk into à distasteful spleen, complained you as dare to own the half of this before his face, had talked yourself into the head-ache, and then or any one, that would make you blush to deny 'indulged upon the dear delight of seeing him in it to—Here comes my wife now, we shall see

this of you.

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