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* * Lady Town. Oh, my lord, my lord! they are
indeed, some care were taken; and speedily there Lord Town. And you promise to answer me shall be-Yet, let me not be rash- -Perhaps sincerely? this disappointment of my heart may make me Lady Town. Sincerely. too impatient; and some tempers, when reproach- Lord Town. Now, then, recollect your thoughts, ed, grow more untractable-Here she comes, and tell me seriously why you married me? Let me be calm awhile.
Lady Town. You insist upon truth, you say?
Lord Town. I think I have a right to it.
Lady Town. Why then, my lord, to give you, Going out so soon after dinner, madam? at once, a proof of my obedience and sincerity
Ludy Town. Lard, my lord! what can I pos- I think-1 married--to take off that restraint sibly do at home?
that lay upon my pleasures while I was a single Lord Town. What does my sister, Lady Grace, woman. do at home?
Lord Town. How, madam ! is any woman Lady Town. Why, that is to me amazing! under less restraint after marriage than before Have you ever any pleasure at home?
it? Lord Town. It might be in your power, madam, I confess, to make it a little more comfort-different creatures! Wives have infinite liberties able to me.
in life, that would be terrible in an unmarried Lady Town. Comfortable! And so, my good woman to take. lord, you would really have a woman of my rank Lord Town. Name one. and spirit stay at home to comfort her husband ! Lady Town. Fifty, if you please-To begin, Lord ! what notions of life some men have ! then-in the morning—A married woman may
Lord Town. Don't you think, madam, some have men at her toilet; invite them to dinner; ladies' notions are full as extravagant?
appoint them a party in the stage-box at the Lady Town. Yes, my lord; when the tame play; engross the conversation there; call them doves live cooped within the pen of your pre- by their christian names; talk louder than the cepts, I do think them prodigious indeed. players; from thence jaunt into the city; take
Lord Town. And when they fly wild about this a frolicsome supper at an India-House ; perhaps, town, madam, pray, what must the world think in her gaieté de caur, toast a pretty fellow; then of them, then?
clatter again to this end of the town; break, Lady Town. Oh! this world is not so ill-bred with the morning, into an assembly; crowd to as to quarrel with any woman for liking it! the hazard-table; throw a familiar levant upon
Lord Town. Nor am I, madam, a husband so some sharp, lurching man of quality, and, if he well-bred, as to bear my wife's being so fond of demands his money, turn it off with a loud laugh, it: in short, the life you lead, madam
-you'll owe it liim, to vex him, ha, Lady Town. Is to me the pleasantest life in ha! the world.
Lord Town. Prodigious !
[Aside. Lord Town. I should not dispute your taste, Lady Town. These, now, my lord, are some madam, if a woman had a right to please nobody few of the many modish amusements that disbut herself.
tinguish the privilege of a wife, from that of a Lady Town. Why! whom would you have her single woman. please?
Lord Town. Death, madam! what law has Lord Town. Sometimes her husband.
made these liberties less scandalous in a wife, Lady Town. And don't you think a husband than in an unmarried woman? under the same obligation?
Lady Town. Why the strongest law in the Lord Town. Certainly.
world, custom-custom, time out of mind, my Lady Town. Why, then, we are agreed, my lord. lord-For, if I never go abroad till I am wea- Lord Town. Custom, madam, is the law of ry of being at home, which you know is the case fools; but it shall never govern me. is it not equally reasonable, not to come home Lady Town. Nay, then, my lord, 'tis time for till one is weary of being abroad?
me to observe the laws of prudence. Lord. Town. If this be your rule of life, ma- Lord Town. I wish I could see an instance of dam, 'tis time to ask you one serious question. it. Lady Town. Don't let it be long a coming, then Lady Town. You shall have one this moment, for I am in haste.
my lord; for I think, when a man begins to lose Lord Town. Madam, when I am serious, I ex- his temper at home, if a woman has any prupect a serious answer.
dence, why—she'll go abroad 'till he comes to himLady Town. Before I know the question ?
[Going Lord Town. Psha ! -Have I power, madam, Lord Town. Hold, madam- I am amazed to make you serious by entreaty?
you are not more uneasy at the life you lead. Lady Town. You have.
You don't want sense, and yet seem void of all
humanity; for, with a blush I say it, I think I design to play all the good house-wife I can; I have not wanted love.
am now going to a party at quadrille, only to Lady Town. Oh, don't say that, my lord, if you piddle with a little of it, at poor two guineas a suppose I have my senses !
fish, with the dutchess of Quiteright. [Erit. Lord Town. What is it I have done to you? Lord Town. Insensible creature ! neither l'ea What can you complain of?
proaches or indulgence, kindness or severity, can Lady Town. Oh, nothing in the least ! 'Tis wake her to the least reflection! Continual litrue, you have heard me say, I have owed my cence has lulled her into such a lethargy of care, lord Lurcher an hundred pounds these three that she speaks of her excesses with the same weeks—but what then- a husband is not easy confidence, as if they were so many virtues. liable to his wife's debts of honour, you know, What a turn has her head taken S-But and it a silly woman will be uneasy about money how to cure it-I am afraid the physic she can't be sued for, what's that to him? As must be strong that reaches her—Lenitives, long as he loves her, to be sure, she can have I see, are to no purpose- -take my friend's pothing to complain of.
opinion-Manly will speak freely-my Lord Town. By Heaven, if my whole fortune, sister with tenderness to both sides. They know thrown into your lap, could make you delight in my case-I'll talk with them. the cheerful duties of a wife, I should think myself a gainer by the purchase.
Enter a Servant. Lady Town. That is, my lord, I might receive your whole estate, provided you were sure I Ser. Mr Manly, my lord, has sent to know if would not spend a shilling of it.
your lordship was at home. Lord Town. No, madam; were I master of Lord Town. They did not deny me? your heart, your pleasures would be mine; but, Ser. No, my lord. different as they are, I'll feed even your follies, to Lord Town. Very well; step up to my sister, deserve it - Perhaps you may have some other and say, I desire to speak with her. trifling debts of honour abroad, that keep you Ser. Lady Grace is here, my lord. out of humour at home at least, it shall not
[Erit Servant. be my fault, it I have not more of your company —There, there's a bill of five hundred- -and
Enter LADY GRACE. now, madam
Lord Town. So, lady fair; what pretty weaLady Town. And now, my lord, down to the pon have you been killing your time with? ground I thank you- Now I am convinced, Lady Grace. A huge folio, that has almostwere I weak enough to love this man, I should killed me I think I have read half my never get a single guinea from him. (Aside. eyes out. · Lord Town. If it be no offence, madam
Lord Town. Oh! you should not pore so much Lady Town. Say what you please, my lord; I just after dinner, child. am in that harmony of spirits, it is impossible to Lady Grace. That's true ; but any body's put me out of humour.
thoughts are better always than one's own, you Lord Town. How long, in reason then, do you know. think that sum ought to last you?
Lord Town. Who's there? Lady Town. Oh, my dear, dear lord ! now you have spoiled all again : how is it possible I
Enter Servant. should answer for an event that so utterly de- Leave word at the door, I am at home to nobody pends upon fortune ? But, to shew you that I am but Mr Manly.
(Exit Ser. more inclined to get money than to throw it Lady Grace. And why is he excepted, pray, away- -I have a strong prepossession, that my lord ? with this five hundred, I shall win five thou- Lord Town. I hope, madam, you have no obsand.
jection to his company? Lord. Town. Madam, if you were to win ten Lady Grace. Your particular orders, upon my thousand, it would be no satisfaction to me. being here, look, indeed, as if you thought I had
Lady Town. Oh, the churl! ten thousand ! not. what! not so much as wish I might win ten Lord Town. And your ladyship’s inquiry into thousand ! -Ten thousand! Oh, the charm- the reason of those orders, shews, at least, it was ing sum ! what infinite pretty things might a not a matter indifferent to you. woman of spirit do with ten thousand guineas ! Lady Grace. Lord, you make the oddest conOmy conscience, if she were a woman of true structions, brother ! spirit, she-she might lose them all again. Lord Town. Look you, my grave lady Grace
Lord Town. And I had rather it should be so, in one serious word—I wish you had him. madam, provided I could be sure that were the Lady Grace. I can't help that. last you would lose.
Lord Town. Ha! you can't help it; ha, ha! Lady Town. Well, my lord, to let you see I The flat simplicity of that reply was admirable !
Lady Grace. Pooh, you teaze one, brother! but that I saw you an exception to it—Where's
Lord Town. Come, I beg pardon, childthis is not a point, I grant you, to trifle upon; Lord Town. That, I believe, is impossible to therefore, I hope you'll give me leave to be se- guess. rious.
Man. Then I won't try, my lordLady Grace. If you desire it, brother; though, Lord Town. But, 'tis probable, I may hear of upon my word, as to Mr Manly's having any se- her, by the time I have been four or five hours rious thoughts of ine—I know nothing of it. in bed.
Lord Town. Well- —there's nothing wrong in Man. Now, if that were my case-I believe your making a doubt of it-But, in short, I 1-But, I beg pardon, my lord. find, by his conversation of late, that he has been Lord Town. Indeed, sir, you shall not: you looking round the world for a wife ; and if you will oblige me if you speak out; for it was upon were to look round the world for a husband, he this head I wanted to see you. is the first man I would give to you.
Man. Why then, my lord, since you oblige me Lady Grace. Then, whenever he makes me to proceed-if that were my case I believe I any offer, brother, I will certainly tell you of it. should certainly sleep in another house.
Lord Town. Oh! that's the last thing he'll do: Lady Grace. How do you mean? he'll never make you an offer, till he's pretty sure Man. Only a compliment, madam: it won't be refused.
Lady Grace. A compliment ! Lady Grace. Now you make me curious. Pray, Man. Yes, madam, in rather turning myself did he ever make any offer of that kind to you? out of doors than her.
Lord Town. Not directly; but that imports Lady Grace. Don't you think that would be nothing: he is a man too well acquainted with going too far? the female world to be brought into a high opi- Man. I don't know but it might, madam; for, in nion of any one woman, without some well-exa- strict justice, I think she ought rather to go than I. mined proof of her merit; yet I have reason to Lady Grace. This is new doctrine, Mr Manly. believe, that your good sense, your turn of mind, Man. As old, madam, as love, honour, and and your way of life, have brought him to so fa- obey. When a woman will stop at nothing that's vourable a one of you, that a few days will re- wrong, why should a man balance any thing that's duce him to talk plainly to me; which, as yet, right? (notwithstanding our friendship) I have neither Lady Grace. Bless me! but this is fomenting declined nor encouraged him to.
things Lady Grace. I am mighty glad we are so near Man. Fomentations, madam, are sometimes in our way of thinking; for, to tell you the truth, necessary to dispel tumours: though I do not he is much upon the same terms with me: you directly advise my lord to this This is only know he has a satirical turn; but never lashes what, upon the same provocation, I would do any folly, without giving due encomiums to its myself. opposite virtue: and, upon such occasions, he is Lady Grace. Ay, ay, you would do ! Bachelors sometimes particular, in turning his compliments wives, indeed, are finely governed. upon me, which I don't receive with any reserve, Man. If the married men's were as well-I lest he should imagine I take them to myself. am apt to think we should not see 'so many mu
Lord Town. You are right, child: when a man tual plagues taking the air in separate coaches. of merit makes his addresses, good sense may Lady Grace. Well, but suppose it your own give him an answer, without scorn or coquetry. case; would you part with your wife, because she Lady Grace. Hush! he's here
now and then stays out in the best company?
Lord Town. Well said, lady Grace! Come, Enter MR Manly.
up for the privilege of your sex. This is
like to be a warm debate. I shall edify. Man. My lord, your most obedient.
Man. Madam, I think a wife, after midnight, Lord Town. Dear Manly, yours- I was think- has no occasion to be in better company than ing to send to you.
her husband's; and that frequent unreasonable Man. Then, I am glad I am here, my lord hours make the best company the worst she can Lady Grace, I kiss your hands—What, only you fall into. two! How many visits may a man make, before Lady Grace. But if people of condition are to he falls into such unfashionable company? A keep company with one another, how is it possible brother and sister soberly sitting at home, when to be done, unless one conforms to their hours? the whole town is a gadding! I question if there Man. I can't find that any woman's good breedis so particular a tête à tête again, in the whole ing obliges her to conform to other people's vices. parish of St James's.
Lord Town. I doubt, child, here we are got a Lady Grace. Fy, fy, Mr Manly! how censo little on the wrong side of the question. rious you are !
Lady Grace. Why so, my lord? I can't think Mán. I had not made the reflection, madam, the case so bad as Mr Manly states it-People
of quality are not tied down to the rules of those Man. That, I am afraid, we had best not dewho have their fortunes to make.
pend upon. But, since you have had so much Man. No people, madam, are above being tied patience, my lord, even go on with it a day or down to some rules, that have fortunes to lose. two more; and, upon her ladyship’s next sally, be
Lady Grace. Pooh! I'm sure, if you were to a little rounder in your expostulations; if that take my side of the argument, you would be able don't work-drop her some cool hints of a deto say something more for it.
termined reformation, and leave her-to breakLord Town. Well, what say you to that, Man- fast upon them.
Lord Town. You are perfectly right. How vaMan. Why, troth, my lord, I have something luable is a friend, in our anxiety!
Man. Therefore, to divert that, my lord, I beg, Lady Grace. Ay! that I should be glad to for the present, we may call another cause, hear, now.
Lady Grace. Ay, for goodness' sake, let us Lord Town. Out with it.
have done with this. Man. Then, in one word, this, my lord, I have Lord Town. With all my heart. often thought, that the misconduct of my lady Lady Grace. Have you no news abroad, Mr has, in a great measure, been owing to your lord- Manly? ship's treatment of her.
Man. A propos—I have some, madam; and I Lady Grace. Bless me!
believe, my lord, as extraordinary in its kindLord Town. My treatment!
Lord Town. Pray, let us have it. Man. Ay, my lord; you so idolized her before Man Do you know that your country-neighmarriage, that you even indulged her like a mis- bour, and my wise kinsman, sir Francis Wrongtress after it: in short, you continued the lover, head, is coming to town with his whole family? when you should have taken up the husband. Lord Town. The fool! What can be his busi
Lady Grace. Oh, frightful ! this is worse than ness here? t'other; can a husband love a wife too well ? Man. Oh! of the last importance, I'll assure
Man. As easy, madam, as a wife may love her you- -No less than the business of the nation. husband too little.
Lord Town. Explain. Lord Town. So; you two are never like to Man. He has carried his election-against sir agree, I find.
John Worthland. Lady Grace. Don't be positive, brother- -I Lord Town. The deuce! What! for-foram afraid we are both of a mind already. [Aside.] Man. The famous borough of Guzzledown. And do you, at this rate, ever hope to be married, Lord Town. A proper representative, indeed! Mr Manly?
Lady Grace. Pray, Mr Manly, don't I know Man. Never, madam, till I can meet with a him? woman that likes my doctrine.
Man. You have dined with him, madam, when Lady Grace. 'Tis pity but your mistress should I was last down with my lord, at Bellmont. hear it.
Lady Grace. Was not that he that got a little Man. Pity me, madam, when I marry the wo-merry before dinner, and overset the tea-table in man that won't hear it.
making his compliments to my lady? Lady Grace. I think, at least, he can't say Man. The same. that's ine.
[Aside. Lady Grace. Pray, what are his circumstanMan. And so, my lord, by giving her more ces ? I know but very little of him. power than was needful, she has none where she Man. Then he is worth your knowing, I can wants it; having such entire possession of you, tell you, madam. His estate, if clear, I believe, she is not mistress of herself.' And, mercy on might be a good two thousand pounds a-year; us! how many fine women's heads have been though as it was left him, saddled with two jointurned upon the same occasion !
tures, and two weighty mortgages upon it, there Lord Town. Oh, Manly, 'tis too true! there's is no saying what it is–But that he might be sure the source of my disquiet; she knows, and has never to mend it, he married a profuse young abused her power; nay, I am still so weak, (with hussy, for love, without a penny of money. Thus, shame I speak it) 'tis not an hour ago, that, in having, like his brave ancestors, provided heirs the midst of my impatience I gave her another for the family (for his dove breeds like a tame bill for five hundred to throw away.
pigeon), he now finds children and interest-moMan. Well, my lord, to let you see I am some-ney making such a bawling about his ears, that, times upon the side of good nature, I won't abso- at last, he has taken the friendly advice of his lutely blame you; for the greater your indulgence, kinsman, the good lord Danglecourt, to run his the more you have to reproach her with. estate two thousand pounds more in debt, to put
Lady Grace. Ay, Mr Manly, here now, I be the whole management of what is left into Paul gin to come in with you. Who knows, my lord, Pillage's hands, that he may be at leisure himbut you may have a good account of your kind self to retrieve his affairs, by being a parliament ness?
Lord Town. A most admirable scheme, in- | he's so near common sense, that he passes for a deed !
wit in the family. Man. And, with this prolific prospect, he is Lady Grace. I beg, of all things, we may have now upon his journey to London
him: I am in love with uature, let her dress be Lord Town. What can it end in?
never so homely. Man. Pooh! A journey into the country Man. Then desire him to come hither, James. again.
[Exit JAMES. Lord Town. Do you think he'll stir, till his Lady Grace. Pray, what may be Mr Moody's money is gone; or, at least, till the session is post ? over?
Man. Oh! his maitre d'hotel, his butler, his Man. If my intelligence is right, my lord, he bailiff
, his hind, his huntsman, and sometiineswon't sit long enough to give his vote for a turn- his companion. pike.
Lord Town. It runs in my head, that the moLord Town. How so?
ment this knight has set him down in the house, Man. Oh, a bitter business; he had scarce a he will get up, to give them the earliest proof of vote in the whole town, beside the returning of what importance he is to the public, in his own ficer., Sir John will certainly have it at the bar country. of the house, and send him about his business Man. Yes; and, when they have heard him, again.
he will find, that his utmost importance stands Lord Town. Then he has made a fine business valued at- -sometimes being invited to dinner. of it, indeed.
Lady Grace. And her ladyship, I suppose, Man. Which, as far as my little interest will will make as considerable a figure in her sphere; go, shall be done in as few days as possible. too?
Lady Grace. But why would you ruin the poor Man. That you may depend upon : for (if I gentleman's fortune, Mr Manly?
don't mistake) she has ten times more of the jade Man. No, madain; I would only spoil his proin her, than she yet knows of; and she will so ject, to save his fortune.
improve in this rich soil in a month, that she will Lady Grace. How are you concerned enough visit all the ladies that will let her into their to do either?
houses; and run in debt to all the shop-keepers Man. Why, I have some obligations to the fa- that will let her into their books: in short, bemily, madam: I enjoy, at this time, a pretty fore her important spouse has made five pounds estate, which sir Francis was heir-at-law to: by his eloquence at Westminster, she will have but, by his being a boaby, the last will of an ab- lost five hundred at dice and quadrille, in the pastinate old uucle gave it to me,
rish of St James's.
Lord Town. So that, by that time he is deEnter a Servant.
clared unduly elected, a swarm of duns will be Ser. [To Manly.)—Sir, here is one of your ready for their money; and his worship—will be servants from your house, desires to speak with ready for a gaol. you.
Man. Yes, yes; that, I reckon, will close the Man. Will you give him leave to come in, my account of this hopeful journey to London lord ?
see, here comes the fore-horse of the team. Lord Town: Sir, the ceremony's of your own making.
Enter John MOODY.
Oh, honest John!
J. Moody. Ad's waunds and heart, Measter Man. Well, James, what's the matter? Manly! I'm glad I ha' fun ye. Lawd, lawd,
James. Sir, here is John Moody just come to give me a buss! Why, that's friendly, naw. town : he says sir Francis, and all the fainily, Flesh! I thought we would never ha' got hither. will be here to-night, and is in a great hurry to Well, and how do you do, Measter ?--Good lack ! speak with you.
I beg pardon for my bawldness—I did not see Man. Where is he?
'at his honour was here. James. At our house, sir; he has been gaping Lord Town. Mr Moody, your servant: I am and stumping about the streets in his dirty boots, glad to see you in London: I hope all the good and asking every one he meets, if they can tell family is well. him where he may have a good lodging for a par- J. Moody. Thanks be praised, your honour, liament man, till he can hire a handsome house, they are all in pretty good heart; tho'f we have fit for all his family, for he winter.
had a power of crosses upo' the road. Man. I am afraid, my lord, I inust wait upon Lady Grace. I hope my lady has had no hurt, Mr Moody.
Mr Moody? Lord Town. Prithee, let us have him here; he J. Moody. Noa, and please your ladyship, she will divert us.
was never in better humour: there's money Man. Oh, my lord, he's such a cub! Not but enough stirring now.