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For, in the marriage state, the world must own,
Divided happiness was never known.
To make it mutual, Nature points the way;
Let husbands govern; gentle wives obey. [Exeunt.

THE END.

THE

JEALOUS WIFE;

A COMEDY,

BY

GEORGE COLMAN.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

MRS. OAKLY. LADY FREELOVE. HARRIET. TOILET. CHAMBERMAID.

OAKLY.
MAJOR OAKLY.
CHARLES.
Kusset.
SIR HARRY BEAGLE.
CAPTAIN O'CUTTER.
LORD TRINKET.
PARIS.
WILLIAM.
John.
Том. ,
SERVANT.

SCENE-London.

THE

JEALOUS WIFE.

ACT I.

Scene 1.-A Room in Oakly's House.

Noise heard within.
Mrs. Oak. [Within.] Don't tell me I know it is so
It's monstrous, and I will not bear it.

Oak. [Within.] But, my dear !-
Mrs. Oak. Nay, nay, &c. [Squabbling within.
Enter Mrs. Oakly, with a Letter, Oakly following.

Mrs. Oak. Say what you will, Mr. Oakly, you shall never persuade me, but this is some filthy intrigue of yours,

Oak. I can assure you, my love

Mrs. Oak. Yo love ! -Don't I know your Tell me, I say, this instant, every circumstance relating to this letter.

Dak. How can I tell you, when you will not so much as let me see it?

Mrs. Oak. Look you, Mr, Oakly, this usage is not to be borne. You take a pleasure in abusing my tenderness, and soft disposition. - To be perpetually running over the whole town, nay, the whole kingdom too, in pursuit of your amours ! Did not I discover, that you was great with mademoiselle, my own woman ?-Did not you

VOL. I.

I

contract a shameful familiarity with Mrs. Freeman ? Did not I detect your intrigue with Lady Wealthy

Was not you

your baseness?

Oak. Oons! madam, the Grand Turk himself has not half so many mistresses—You throw me out of all patience-Do I know any body but our common friends ?-Am I visited by any body, that does not visit you?--Do I ever go out, unless you go with me?-And am I not as constantly by your side, as if I was tied to your apron-strings ?

Mrs. Oak. Go, go, you are a false man-Have not I found you out a thousand times? And have not I this moment a letter in my hand, which convinces me of

-Let me know the whole affair, or I willOak. Let you know? Let me know what you

would have of me- -You stop my letter before it comes to my hands, and then expect that I should know the contents of it!

Mrs. Oak. Heaven be praised, I stopped it!- I suspected some of these doings for some time past-But the letter informs me who she is, and I'll be revenged on her sufficiently. Oh, you base man, you!

Oak. I beg, my dear, that you would moderate your passion !-Show me the letter, and I'll convince you of my innocence.

Mrs. Oak. Innocence !-Abominable !—Innocence! But I am not to be made such a fool-I am convinced of your perfidy, and very sure that

Oak. 'Sdeath and fire ! your passion hurries you out of your senses- -Will

you

hear me? Mrs. Oak. No, you are a base man: and I will not

hear you.

Oak. Why then, my dear, since you will neither talk reasonably yourself, nor listen to reason from me, I shall take my leave till you are in a better humour. So, your servant !

(Going

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