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THE object of the present Publication is so distinctly, although briefly stated in the Title Page, as to leave further explanation unnecessary. On the wit and talent with which the performances of Farquhar, Centlivre, and Congreve are replete, it is needless to enlarge ; but the reasons 'must be

obvious, why many will be gratified by being able to possess, or to present to others, the successful Comedies of Cumber

land, of Murphy, of Cowley, und of Sheridan, detached from those of earlier date.

CONTENTS.

Page

.....Cibber

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...Cumberland. 181

THE

PROVOKED HUSBAND;

OR,

A JOURNEY TO LONDON;

A COMEDY.

BY

SIR J. VANBRUGH AND COLLEY CIBBER.

VOL. 1.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

Lord TownųY.
SIR F. WRONGHEAD.
MR. MANLY.
SQUIRE RICHARD).
Count BASSET.
Mr. LUTESTRING.
POUNDAGE.
John Moody.
JAMES.
CONSTABLE.
WILLIAMS.

LADY TOWNLY.
LADY GRACE.
LADY WRONGHEAD.
Miss Jenny
MRS. MOTHERLY.
MYRTILLA.
TRUSTY.

THE

PROVOKED HUSBAND.

ACT I.

Scene I.-Lord Townly's Apartment.

LORD TOWNIY, solus. Why did I marry ?-'Was it not evident, my plain, rational, scheme of life was impracticable with a woman of so different a way of thinking?- Is there one article of it that she has not broke in upon ?-Yes—let me do her justice-her reputation—ThatI have no reason to believe, is in question-But then, how long her profligate course of pleasures may make her able to keep it—is a shocking consideration ! and her presumption, while she keeps it, insupportable ! for, on the pride of that single virtue, she seems to lay it down as a fundamental point, that the free indulgence of every other vice this fertile town affords, is the birthright prerogative of a woman of quality.- Amazing! that a creature, so warm in the pursuit of her pleasures, should never cast one thought towards her happiness—Thus, while she admits of no lover, she thinks it a greater merit still, in her chastity, not to care for her husband; and, while she herself is solacing in one continual, round of cards and good company, he, poor wretch, is left at large, to take care of his own contentment—'Tis time, indeed, some care were taken, and speedily there

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