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deny it, when I tax you with it to your face; all thoughts of the marriage; for though I sor, now sir Paul's gone, you are corum nobus. know you don't love Cynthia, only as a blind Mel. By heaven, I love her more than life, for ye ir passion to me, yet it will make me

jealous-0 Lord, what did I say? Jealous! Lady P. Fiddie, saddle, don't tell me of this no, no, I can't be jealous; for I must not love and that, and every thing in the world; but you-therefore don't bope-but don't despair give me mathemacular demonstration, answer neither. O, they're coming, I must fly: [E.cit

. me directly. But I have not patience. Ob! Mel. [After a Pause] So then, spite of my the impiety of it, as I was saying, and the un-care and foresight, I am caught, caught in my paralleled wickedness! O merciful father! how security: yet this was but a shallow artifice, could you think to reverse nature so, to make unworthy of my machiavilian aunt: there must the daughter the means of procuring the mother! be more behind: destruction follows bard, if

Mel. The daughter procure the mother! cot presently prevented.

Lady P. Ay; for though I am not Cynthia's own mother, I am her father's wise; and that's

Enter MASKWELL. near enough to make it incest.

Maskwell, welcome! Thy presence is a view Mel. O my precious aunt, and the devil in of land appearing to my shipwrecked hopes : conjunction!

[-4side. the witch' has raised the storm, and her miniLady P. O reflect upon the horror of that, sters have done their work; you see the resand then the guilt of deceiving every body; sels are parted. marrying the daughter, only to dishonour the Mask. I know it: I met sir Paul lowing father; and then seducing

away. Cynthia. Come, trouble not your head, Mel. Where am 1? is it day? and am I I'll join you together ere 10-morrow morning, awake ? Madam

or drown between you in the attempt. Lady P. And nobody knows how circum- Mel. There's comfort in a hand stretch'd stances may happen together. To my tbink-out to one that's sinking, though never so far ing now, I could resist the strongest ternpta- off. tion; bui yet I know 'tis impossible for me Mask. No sinking, nor no danger. Come, to know whether I could or no; there's no cheer up; why, you don't know ihat, while i certainly in the things of this life.

plead for you, your aunt has given me a reMel. Madam, pray give me leave to ask you iaining fee; nay, I am your greatest enemy, one question.

and she does but journey-work under me. Lady P. O Lord, ask me the question! I'll Mel. Ha! how's this? swear I'll refuse it; I swear I'll deny it, there- Mask. What d'ye think of my being emfore don't ask me; nay, you shan't ask me; ployed in the execution of all her plots? Ha, I swear I'll deny it. O gemini, you have ha, ha! Nay, it's true: I have undertaken to brought all the blood into my face; I warrant, break the match: I have undertaken to make I am as red as a turkey-cock. O fie, cousin your uncle disinherit you; to get you turn'd Mellefont!

out of doors, and to-Ha, ha, ha! - I can't tell Mel. Nay, madam, hear me

you for laughing-0 she has opened her heart Lady P. Ilear you? No, no: I'll deny you io me-- I'm to turn you a grazing, and tofirst, and hear you afterwards; for one does Ha, ha, ha! marry Cynthia mysell; there's a not know how one's mind may change upon plot for you. hearivg. Hearing is one of the senses, and Mel. Ha! O see, I see my rising sun! Light all the senses are fallible; I won't trust my breaks through clouds upon me, and I shall honour, I assure you; my honour is infallible live in day.-0, my Maskwell,' how shall I and un-come-at-ible.

thank or praise thee! thou hast outwilled woMel. For heaven's sake, madam

Bul tell me, how couldst thou thus get Lady P. ( name it no more.— Bless me, into her confidence, ha-how? But was it her how can you talk of heaven, and have so much contrivance to persuade my lady Pliant to this wickedness in your heart? May be, you don't extravagant belief? think it a sin-they say some of you gentle- Mask. It was; and, to tell you the truth, ! men don't think it'a sin-Indeed, 'if I did not encouraged it for your diversion: though it ihink it a sin-But still my honour, if it were made you a little uneasy for the present, yet no sin- But then, to marry my daughter, for the reflection of it musi' needs be entertaining. the conveniency of frequent opportunities-111 I warrant she was very violent at firsi. never consent to that; as sure as can be, I'll Mel. Ha, ha, ha! Ay, a very fury. break the match.

Mask. Ha, ha, ha! I know her temper. Well

, Mel. Death and amazement! Madam, upon you must know then thal all my contrivances

were but bubbles ; till at last I pretended to Lady P. Nay, nay, rise up: come, you shall have been long secretly in love with Cynthia; see my, good nature. I know love is power- thai did my business; that convinced your ful, and nobody can help his passion: 'tis not aunt I might be trusted; since it was as much your fault, nor I swear it is not mine. How my interest as hers to break the match: then can I help it, if I have charms? And how can she thought my jealousy might qualify me to you welp it, if you are made a captive? O assist her in her revenge; and, in short

, in Lord, here's somebody coming; I'dare not that belief, told me the secrets of her heart stay.' Well, you must consider of your crime, At length we made this agreement: if I acand strive as much as can be against it-strive, complish ber designs (as I told you before) be sure: but don't be melancholy, don't de- she has engaged io put Cynthia, with all her spair: but never think that I'll grant you any fortune, into my power. Ibing-0 Lord, no: but be sure you lay asidel Mel. She is most gracious in her favour.

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Well, and, dear Jack, how hast thou contrived?! Lord T. There should have been demon

Mask. I would not have you stay to hear stration of the contrary too, before it had been it now; for I don't know but she may come believed.

I am lo meet her anon; afier tbal Lady T. So I suppose there was. I'll tell you the whole maller. Be here in this Lord T. How? where? when ? gallery an hour herce: by that time, I ima- Lady T. That I can't tell; nay, I don't say gine, our consultation may be over. there was; I am willing to believe as favourMel. I will. Till then, success attend thee. ably of my nephew as I can.

[E.rit. Lord T. I don't know that. [Half aside. Mask. Till then, success will allend me; Lady T. How? Don't you believe that, say for when I meet you, I meet the only obstacle you, my lord ? to my fortune.-- Cynthia, let thy beauty gild Lord T. No, I don't say so. I confess I am my crimes; and whatsoever I commit of treach-troubled to find you so cold in his defence. ery or deceit shall be imputed to me as a Lady T. His defence? Bless me, would you merit.- Treachery! what treachery? Love can- have me defend an ill thing? cels all the bonds of friendship, and sets men Lord T. You believe it then? right upon their first foundations. Duty to Lady T. I don't know; I am very unwillkings, piety to parents, gratitude to benefac- ing to speak my thoughts in any thing that tors, and lidelity to friends, are different and may be io my cousin's disadvantage; besides, particular ties: but the name of rival cuts 'em I find, my lord, you are prepared to receive all asunder, and is a general acquittance. Ri- an ill impression from any opinion of mine, val is equal; and love, like death, a universal which is not consenting with your own; bui Jeveller of mankind.-lla! but is there not such since I am like to be suspected in the end, a thing as honesty ? Yes, and whosoever has and 'tis a pain any longer to dissemble, I own il about him bears an enemy in his breast; it to you: in short, I do beliere it; nay, and for your honest man, as I take it, is that nice, can believe any thing worse, if it were laid scrupulous, conscientions persou, who will to his charge. -Don't ask me my reasons, my cheat nobody but himself: such another cox- lord; for they are not fit to be told you. comb as your wise man, who is too hard for Lord T. I'm amazed! Here must be someall the world, and will be made a fool of by thing more than ordinary in this. [Aside] Not nobody but himself. Ha, ha, ha! Well, for fit to be told me, madam? You can have no wisdom and honesty, give me cunning and interests wherein I am not concerned; and hypocrisy! Oh, 'tis such a pleasure to angle consequently the same reasons ought to be for fairfaced fools! Then that hungry gudgeon, convincing to me, which create your satisfaccredulity, will bite at any thing. - Whý, leition or disquict. me see: I have the same face, the same words Lady T. But those which cause my disquiet, and accents, when I speak what I do think, I am willing to have remote from your hearand when I speak what I do not think; the ing. Good my lord, don't press me. very same: and dear dissimulation is the only Lord T. Don't oblige me to press you. art not to be known from nature.

Lady T. Whatever it was, 'lis past; and Why will mankind be fools, and be decçiv'd? that is better to be unknown, which cannot And why are friends and lovers' oaths believid?be prevented; therefore let me beg of you to When each, who searches strictly his own rest satisfied. mind,

Lord T. When you have told me I will. May so much fraud and power of baseness Lady T. You won't. find.

[Exit. Lord T. By my life, my dear, I will.

Lady T. What if you can':?
ACT III.

Lord T. How? Then I must know; nay, I
Scene I.-The same.

will: no more trifling-I charge you tell me

-- by all our mutual peace to come, upon Enter LORD and Lady Touchwood, Lady T. My lord, can you blame my bro- Lady ľ. Nay, my lord, you need say no ther Pliant, if he refuse his daughter upon this more, to make me lay my heart before you; provocation?. The contract's void by ibis un- but don't be thus transported; compose yourheard-of impiety.

self: it is not of concern, to make you lose Lord T. I don't believe it true; he has bet- one minute's temper.

'Tis not indeed, my ter principles-pho, 'tis nonsense. Come, come, dear. O Lord, I wish I had not told you I know my lady Pliant: 'tis not the first any thing. -Indeed, my lord, you have frighttime she has mistaken respect for love, and ened me. Nay, look pleased, I'll tell you. made sir Paul jealous of the civility of an Lord T. Well, well. undesigning person, the better to bespeak bis Lady T. Nay, but will you be calm? Insecurity in her unfeigned pleasures.

deed it's nothing butLady T. You censure hardly, my lord: my Lord T. But what? sister's honour is very well known.

Lady T. But will you promise me not to Lord T. Yes, I believe I know some that'be angry?-nay, you must-not to be angry bave been familiarly acquainted with it. This with Nellcfont? –1 dare swear he's sorry; and, is a little trick wrought by some pitiful con- were it to do again, would nottriver, envious of my nephew's merit, Lord T. Sorry for what? 'Death, you rack Lady T. Nay, my lord, it may

be and me with delay I hope it will be found so; but that will re- Lady T. Nay, no great matter, only~well, quire some time; for, in such a case as this, I have your promise-pho, why nothing, only demonstration is necessary.

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sometimes with a little gallantry towards must be performed in the remaining part of me. Nay, I can't think he meant any thing this evening, and before the company break seriously; but methought it looked oddly. up, lest my lord should cool, and have an

Lord T. Confusion! what do I hear? opportunity to talk with him privately: my

Lady T. Or, may be, he thought he was lord must not see him again. not enough akin to me upon your account, Mask. By no means; therefore you must and had a mind to create a nearer relation aggravate my lord's displeasure to a degree on his own; a lover, you know, my lord-ha, that will admit of no conference with him.ha, ba !-Well

, but that's all. Now you have What think you of mentioning me? it.-Well, remember your promise, my lord; Lady T. How? and don't take any notice of it to him. Mask. To my lord, as having been privy Lord T. No, no, no.

to Mellefont's design upon you, but still using Lady T. Nay, I swear you must not-a little my utmost endeavours to dissuade him: though harmless mirth-only misplaced, that's all.- my friendship and love to bim has made me But if it were more, 'tis over now, and all's conceal it, yet you may say I threatened the well. For my pari, I have forgot it; and so next time he attempted any thing of that kind, has he, I hope; for I have not heard any thing to discover it to my lord. from him these two days.

Lady T. To what end is this? Lord T. These two days! Is it so fresh ?- Mask. It will confirm my lord's opinion of Unnatural villain! I'll have him stripped, and my honour and honesty, and create in him a turned naked out of my doors this moment, new confidence in me, which (should this deand let him rot and perish!

sign miscarry) will be necessary to the formLady T. O, my lord, you'll ruin me, if you ing of another plot that I have in my head lake such public notice of it; it will be a - to cheat you, as well as the rest. (Aside. town-talk: consider your own and my honour. Lady T. I'll do it. -Stay, I told you you would not be satisfied Mask. You had best go to my lord, keep when you knew it.

him as long as you can in his closet, and I Lord T. Before I've done, I will be satis-doubt not but you will mould him to what fied. Ungrateful monster! How long- yon please: your guests are so engaged in

Lady 7. Lord, I don't know: I wish my ikeir own follies and intrigues, they'll miss lips had grown together when I told you. neither of you. Almost a twelvemonth-nay, I won't tell you Lady T. When shall we meet?- At eight any more, till you are yourself. Pray, my this evening in my chamber; there rejoice at lord, don't let the company see you in this our success, and ioy away an hour in mirth. disorder: yet I confess I can't blame you ; Mask. I will not fail. [Exit Lady Touchfor I think I was never so surprised in my wood] I know what she means well enough. life. Who would have thought my nephew I have lost all appetite to her ; yet she's a line could bave so misconstrued my kindness?- woman, and I loved her once; but I don't But will you go into your closet, and recover know, the case is altered; what was my pleayour temper? T'll make an excuse of sudden sure is become my duty; and I am as indifbusiness to the company, and come to you. serent to her now, as if I were her husband. Pray, good, dear my lord, let me beg you do Should she smoke my design upon Cynthia, now: I'll come immediately, and tell you all. I were in a fine pickle. She has a penetraWill you, my lord ?

ting head, and knows how to interpri a coldLord T. I will. I am mute with wonder. ness the right way; therefore I must dissemble

Lady T. Well, but go now; here's some-ardour and ecstacy, that's resolved. How easily body coming

and pleasantly is that dissembled before fruiLord T. Well, I go. You won't stay; fortion! Plague on't, that a man can't drink withI would hear more of this.

out quenching his thirst.— Ha! yonder comes Lady T. I'll follow instantly.

Mellefont, thoughtful. Let me think: meet her [Exit Lord Touchwood. at eight-hum-ha! I have it. If I can speak

to my lord before, I will deceive 'em all, and Enter MASKWELL.

yet secure myself. 'Twas a lucky thought! So!

Well, this double dealing is a jewel. - flere Mask. This was a masterpiece, and did not be comes-now for me. need my help; though I stood ready for a

come in, and confirm all, had there Enter MELLEFONT, mușing.–MASKWELL, prebeen occasion.

tending not to see him, walks by him, and Lady T. Have you seen Mellefont?

speaks, as it were, to himself. Mask. I have; and am to meet him here Mercy on us! what will the wickedness of this about this time.

world come to! Lady T. How does he bear his disappoint- Mel. How now, Jack? What, so full of ment?

contemplation that you run over? Mask. Secure in my assistance, he scemed Mask. l'm glad you're come, for I could not much afflicted, but rather laughed at the not contain myself any longer; and was just shallow artifice, which so little time must of going to give vent to a secrel, which nobody necessity discover: yet he is apprehensive of but you ought to drink down. Your aunt's some further design of yours, and has engaged just gone from hence. me to watch you. I believe he will bardly Mel. And having trusted thee with the sebe able to prevent your plot; yet I would crets of her soul, thou art villanously bent to have you use caution and expedition. discover 'em all to me, ha?

Lady T. Expedition indeed; for all we do! Hask. I'm afraid my frailty leans that way;

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!! but I don't know whether I can in honour Mel. Why, what's the matter? She's con discover all.

vinced tbat I don't care for her. Mel. All, all, man. What, you may, in Care. I can't get an answer from her, thad bonour betray, ber as far as she betrays her- does not begin with ber honour, or her virtue, self. No tragical design upon my person, 1 or some such ca at. Then she has told me bope ?

the whole history of sir Paul's nine years' Mask. No, but it's a comical design upon courtship; how he has lain for whole nights mine.

together upon the stairs, before her chamberMel. What dost thou mean?

door; and that the first favour he received Mask. Listen, and be dumb: we have been from her, was a piece of an old scarlet petbargaining about the rate of your ruin - ticoat for a stomacher; which, since day

Mel. Like any two guardians to an orphan of his marriage, he has, out of a piece of galbeiress.-Well.'

lantry, converted into a night-cap; and wears Mask. And whereas pleasure is generally it still, with much solemnity, on bis anniverpaid with mischief, what mischief I shall dosary wedding-night. is to be paid with pleasure.

Mcl. You are very great with him. I wonMel. So when you've swallowed the potion, der he never told you his grievances. he will, you sweeten your mouth with a plum?

I warrant you. Mask. You are merry, sir; but I shall probe. Care. Excessively foolish!-- But that which your constitution : in short, the price of your gives me most hopes of her, is her telling me banishment is to be paid with the person of- of the many temptations sbe bas resisted.

· Mel. Of Cynthia, and her fortune. – Why, Mel. Nay, then you have her; for a woyou forget, you told me this before.

man's bragging to a man that she has overMask. No, no; so far you are right; and come temptations, is an argument that they I am, as an earnest of that bargain, to have were weakly offered, and a challenge to him full and free possession of the person of- to engage her more irresistibly. - Here she your aunt.

comes with sir Paul. I'll leave you, Ply her Mel. Ha !--Pho! you trifle.

close, and by-and-by clap a billet-doux into Mask, By this light, I'm serious, all raillery her band; for a woman never thinks a apart, I knew 'would stun you. This eve-truly in love with her, till he has been fool ning, at eight, she will receive me in her bed- enough to think of her out of her sight, and chamber.

to lose so much time as to write to her. (Exit. Mel. Hell and the devil! is she abandoned of all grace?-Why, the woman is possessed.

Enter Sir Paul and LADY PLIANT. Mask. Well, will you go in my stead? Sir P. Shan't we disturb your meditation, Mel. Into a hot furnace sooner.

Mr. Careless? you would be private ? Mask. No you would not; it would not be Care. You bring that along with you, sir so convenient, as I can order malters. Paul, that shall be always welcome to my Mel. What d'ye mean?

privacy Mask. Mean! 'not to disappoint the lady, 1 Sir P. O, sweet sir, you load

your

humble assure you.-Ha, ha, ha! how gravely he looks. servants, both me and my wise, with conti-Come, come, I won't perplex you. 'Tis the nual favours. only thing that Providence could have contrived

Lady P. Sir Paul, what a phrase was there! to make me capable of serving you, either to You will be making answers, and taking that my inclination or your own necessity. upon you which ought to lie upon me: that

Mel. How, how, for heaven's sake, dear you should have so little breeding, to think Maskwell?

Mr. Careless did not apply himself to me. Mask. Why thus: I'll go according to ap- Pray what have you to entertain any body's pointment; you shall have notice, at the cri- privacy? I swear and declare, in the face of lical minute, to come and surprise your aunt ihe world, I'm ready to blush for your ignoand me together. Counterfeit a rage against rance. me, and I'll make my escape through the pri- Sir P. I acquiesce, my lady; but don't snub vate passage from her chamber, which I'!I take so loud.

[Apart. care to leave open.

'Twill be bard if then Lady P. Mr. Careless, if a person that is you can't bring her to any conditions; for wholly illiterate might be supposed to be caibis discovery will disarm her of all defence, pable of being qualified to make a suitable and leave her entirely at your mercy: nay, return to those obligations, which you are she must ever after be in awe of you, pleased to confer upon one that is wholly in

Mel. Let me adore thee, my better genius! capable of being qualified in all those circum: I think it is not in the power of fate now to stances, I'm sure I should rather attempt it disappoint my hopes-my hopes ? my certainty! than any thing in the world; [Courtesies

Mask. Well, i'll meet you here, within a for, I'm sure, there's nothing in the world quarter of eight; and give you notice. that I would rather. [Courtesies] But I know Mel. Good fortune ever go with thee! Mr. Careless is so great a critic, and so fine

[Exit Maskwell. a gentleman, that it is impossible for me-

Care, O heavens, madam! you confound me. Enter CARELESS.

Sir P. 'Gadsbud, she's a fine person. Care. Mellefont, get out o'the way. – My Lady P. © Lord, sir, pardon me,, we lady Pliant's coming, and I shall never suc- men have not those advantages: I know my ceed wbile thou art in sight, though she be- own imperfections; but, at the same time, you gins to lack about; but I made love a great must give me leave to declare in the face of while to no purpose.

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favours and things; for, with the reserve of great grief to me, indeed it is, Mr. Careless, my honour, I assure you, Mr. Careless, I that I have not a son to inherit this. _ 'Tis don't know any thing in the world I would true, I have a daughter; and a fine dutiful refuse to a person so meritorious.--You'll par-child she is, though I say it-blessed he Prodon my want of expression.

vidence, I may say ; for indeed, Mr. Careless, Care. O, your ladyship is abounding in all I am mightily beholding to Providence-a poor excellence, particularly that of phrase. unworthy sinner!-But if I had a son-ab,

Lady P. You are so obliging, sir. that's my affliction, and my only affliction; Care. Your ladyship is so charming. indeed, I cannot refrain from tears when it Sir P. So, now, now; now, my lady.

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[Cries. Lady P. So well bred.

Care. Why, melhinks that might be easily Care. So surprising.

remedied-my lady's a fine likely woman. Lady P. So well dressed, so bonne mine, Sir P. Oh; a fine likely woman as you shall so cloqueat, so unaffected, so easy, so free, see in a summer's day-indeed sbe is, Mr. so particular, so agreeable

Careless, in all respects. Sir P. Ay, so, so, there.

Care. And I should not have taken you to Care. O Lord, 1 beseech you, madam, don't have been so old

Lady P. So gay, so graceful, so good teeth, Sir P. Alas, that's not it, Mr. Careless; ah! so fine shape, so fine limbs, so fine linen; that's not it; no, no, you shoot wide of the and I don't doubt but you have a very good mark a mile, indeed you do; that's not it, skin, sir.

Mr. Careless; no, no, ibat's not it. Care. For heaven's sake, madam-I'm quite Care. No! what can be the matter then ? out of countenance.

Sir P. You'll scarcely believe me, when I Sir P. And my lady's quite out of breath, shall tell you.- Why, my lady is so nice-I or else you should hear. -"Gadsbud, you may am her husband, as Í

may say, though far talk of my lady Froth

unworthy of that honour; yet I am her husCare. O fie, fie; not to be nam'd of a day. band; but, alas-a-day, I have no more famiMy lady Froth is very well in her accom- liarity with her person, as to that matter, than plishments, but it is when my lady Pliant is with my own mother; no indeed. not thought of; if that can ever be.

Care. Alas-a-day, this is a lamentable story; Lady P. O, you overcome me—that is so 'tis an injury to the world; my lady must be

told on't; she must, i'faith, sir Paul. Sir P. Nay, I swear and vow, that was prelty.

Sir P. Ah! would to heaven you would, Care. 0, sir Paul, you are the happiest Mr. Careless; you are mightily in her favour. man alive. Such a lady! that is the envy of Care. I warrant you ;-what! we must have her sex, and the admiration of ours.

a son some way or other. Sir P. Your humble servant.-I am, I thank Sir P. Indeed I should be mightily bound beaven, in a fine way of living, as I may say, to you, if you could bring it about, Mr. Capeacefully and happily; and, I think,' need reless, not envy any of my neighbours, blessed be Lady P. Sir Paul, it's from your steward; Providence !- Ay, truly, Mr. Careless, my lady here's a return of six hundred pounds; you is a great blessing; a fine, discreet, wellspo- may take fifty of it for your next balf year. ken woman, as you shall see, if it becomes

[Gives him the Letter. me to say so; and we live very comfortably together she is a little basty sometimes, and

Enter LORD FROTI and CYNTHIA. so am I; but mine is soon over, and then Sir P. How does my girl?. Come hither I'm so sorry. O, Mr. Careless, if it were not to thy father-poor lamb, ibou'rt melancholy. for one thing

Lord F. Heaven's, sir Paul! you amaze me,

of all things in the world— You are nerer Enter Timothy, with a Letter, and offers pleased but when we are all upon the broad it to SIR Paul Pliant.

grin; all laugh, and no company: ah, then 'Gadso, 'gadsbud-Tim, carry it to my lady ; 'tis such a sight to see some teeth—Sure you're you should have carried it to my lady firsi. a great admirer of my lady Whifler, Mr. Tim. 'Tis directed to your worship.

Sneer, and sir Lawrence Loud, and that gang. Sir P. Well, well, my lady reads all let- Sir P. I vow and swear she's a very merry ters first.

woman; but I think she laughs a little too Lady P. How often have you been told of much. that, you jackanapes?

Lord F. Merry! O Lord, what a character Sir P. Child, do so no more; d'ye hear, that is of a woman of quality! - You base Tim?

been al my lady Whisler's upon her day, Tim. No, and please you. [Erit. madam ?

To Cynthia Sir P. A bumour of my wife's—you know, Cyn. Yes, my lord.-I must humour this women have little fancies. But, as I was tell-fool.

Aside. ing you, Mr. Careless, if it were not for one Lord F. Well, and how? be! What is thing, I should think myself the happiest man your sense of the conversation there? in the world; indeed, ihat touches me near, Cyn. O, most ridiculous! a perpetual con

cert of laughing without any harmony; for Care. What can that be, sir Påul? sure, my lord, to laugh out of time is as dis

Sir P. Why, I have, I thank heaven, a very agreeable as to sing out of time, or out of tube. plentiful fortune, a good estate in the country, Lord F. He, he, he! right; and then, my some houses in town, and some money, a lady, Whifler is so ready, she always comes pretty tolerable personal estate: and it is alin three bars too soon: and then what do

very near.

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