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Lady Flut. If that be the case, then I am resolved to take another course, and try what my endeavours to please him will do. Lady Med. What do you say to that Sir Harry Sir H. Flut. Say! 'gad, I don’t well know what to say to it. There is something devilish pleasant in hearing her talk so, if the humour would but last. Lady Med. Take my word for it, Sir Harry, it will be your own fault if it does not. Sir H. Flut. Faith, ma'am, I should be glad to keep up the ball as long as I could. Lady Flut. Indeed, indeed, Sir Harry, I will never. quarrel with you again. Sir H. Flut. Upon your honour. Lady Flut. Upon my honour. Sir H. Flut. Nor i with you, upon my soul—And shall we grow fond of one another. + Lady Plut. Immensely. Sir H. Flut. Agreed—I’ll never find fault with any thing you do. Lady Flut. Nor I with any thing you say. Sir H. Flut. I’ll never contradict you. Lady Flut. Nor I you. Sir H. Flut. Sweet rogue ! Lady Flut. My dear Sir Harry. [He takes her hand and kisses it. Lady Med. Well, now is not this charming congratulate you both on your happiness, and leave you to the enjoyment of it. [Exit Lady Medway. Sir H. Flut. Duce take me but I should think you prodigious agreeable, if you were always in good humour. Lady Flut. And, upon my life, I should think the same of you. Sir H. Flut. How came we not to discover this Sooner? Lady Flut. Because we never tried to find it out. Lady Medway was the first that told me we might be happy if we pleased. Sir H. Flut. Faith then she has more sagacity than my lord; for he was of a contrary opinion, and used to pity me of all things. Lady Flut. For what Sir H. Flut. For being married to you. Lady Flut. Really Sir H. Flut. Truth, upon my word. Lady Flut. I see his treachery. [Aside.] Then, Sir Harry, I will convince him of his error, by making the best wife in the world, in spite of him. Sir H. Flut. Charming creature | I shall grow too fond of you—I won’t let you be so engaging, hussyLady Plut. You shall tho’—
Enter Lord Medway, who stops on seeing Sir HARRY. Sir H. Flut. Pray, my lord, come in —I have a sad complaint to make to you. This is certainly the most perverse girl Lord Med. Oh, Sir Harry, this is the old story—I won't hear what you have to say. Sir H. Flut But, my lord, this is a new, a quite spick and span new affair. She has taken such a resolution 1 I Lord Med. Not to part I hope I Sir H. Flut. No, no, my lord, a much stranger thing. Lord Med. Ayl what can that be Sir H. Flut. You will be amazed when I tell you— We were disputing about it when you came in— Lord Med. I am sorry, Sir Harry, to find you always in disputes with your lady. I wish from my heart I could compose your differences— Sir H. Flut. Oh, she is the very spirit of contradićtion, my lord. Lady Flut. Depend upon it, Sir Harry, I’ll have my own way in this. Lord Med. And in every thing else, I’ll be sworn. [Aside to Sir Harry. Sir H. Flut. You must not. Lady Flut. I will. Lord Med. That's right. [Aside to Lady Flutter.] What's the matter in debate Sir H. Flut. Why, my lord, 'tis the oddest thing in the world; she is resolved right or wrong, in spite of all I can say—to be very good—and make me love her whether I will or not—Don’t you think that is monstrously provoking Lady Flut. And he, my lord, has taken up as unaccountable a design—of never contradicting me in any thing Is not that as provoking Sir H. Flut, A'n't we a couple of fools, my lord?
Lord Med. Why really, Sir Harry—if this could be —I cannot say—I am sure I sincerely wish to see you both on good terms—and if you have found out a way —with all my heart. [Sir H. Flut. and Lady Flut, both burst out a laughing, Lord Mod. I am glad to see you so merry, my young gentry—I wish it may last, that's all. Sir Harry, I have a word to say to you—Why, you are undone, man, if once you let her turn matters to ridicule. [Aside to Sir H. Flut. Sir H. Flut. Oh, my lord, you are quite mistaken, all this is serious. [Aside to Lord Med. Lady Flut. Come, I'll have no plotting. Lord Med. Poh, pohl she will get the better of you, I see—[Aide to Sir H. Flut..] Let me speak to her— Lady Flutter [Advances towards her. Lady Flut. The tables are turned, my lord; I'll whisper with nobody but Sir Harry, Lord Med. But two words When shall we meet? [Asside. Lady Flut. Never—[äside to Lord Med..] Sir Harry, now that you intend to be very fond of me, I desire that you will grow a little jealous, and tell my lord, that he must not come into my dressing-room in a morning. Sir H. Flat, Faith, my lord, that's true; I begin not to relish the Spartan scheme as well as I did. Lord Med. Mighty fine I this is an extraordinary metamorphosis, if it holds—but of that I own I have some doubt.
Lady Flut. You need not fear, my lord—We have your good wishes that it should, I know. Mord Med. That’s home. [Aside. Lady Flut. Come, Sir Harry, I want to go to an aučtion this morning; will you be so good as to give me your company Sir H. Flut. With all my heart, my dear, I’ll attend you; and see here I received all this to-day ! [Takes out a purse which she snatches from him.] Oh, you little plunderers give me a kiss for it—I’ll have another Lady Flut. Go, you extortioner l—day, day, my lord. [They go out romping together. Lord Med. What can be the meaning of all this t damned little coquet—So much art at her years!—or is it owing to my wife's interposition —Yet she knew not of my design.—Any way I am, ashamed to be baffled so ridiculously–And that puppy, Sir Harry, too
Enter a Servant.
Serv. Sir Anthony Branville's come to wait on your lordship.
Lord Med. Shew him into my study.—Here's another fool that don’t know his own mind; but I’ll fix him one way or other if I can.