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Mirabell can't abide her. [ Calls] Jobn— re- Foi. Witwould and Mr. Petulant are come move my lady's toilet. Madam, your servant. to dine with your ladyship. My lady' is so impatient, I fear she'll come Lady W. Ó dear, I can't appear till I am for me, if I stay.

dress'd. Dear Marwood, sha!' I be free with Mrs. F. I'll go with you up the back stairs, you again, and beg you to entertain 'em? I'll Jest I should meet her.

[E.feunt. make all imaginable haste. Dear friend, exEnter Mrs. MARWOOD.

cuse me. [Exeunt Lady Wishfort and Foible. Mrs. Mar. Indeed, Mrs. Engine, is it thus

Enter MRS. MILLAMANT and MixcixG. with you? Are you become a go-belween of

Mrs. Mill. Sure never any thing was this importance?. Yes, I shall watch you. unbred as that odious man. Marwood, your Why this wench is the passe-partout, a very servanl. master-key to every body's strong box. My Mrs. Mar. You have a colour: what's ibe friend Fainall, have you carried it so swim- matter? mingly? I thought there was something in it; Mrs. Mill. That horrid fellow, Petulant, bas but it seems 'tis over with you. Your loathing provoked me into a flame. I have broke my is not from a want of appetite then, but from lan. Mincing, lend me yours.' Is not all the a surfeit: else you could never be so cool to powder out of my hair? fall from a principal to be an assistant; to Mrs. Mar. No.' What has he done? procure for him! a pattern of generosity, that Mrs. Mill. Nay, he has donc nothing: he I confess. Well, Mr. Fainall, you have met has only talk'd-nay, he has said vothing with your match. O man, man! Woman, neither; but he has contradicted every thing woman! The devil's an ass: if I were a paint- that has been said. For my part, I thought er, I would draw him like an idiot, à dri-Wilwould and he would have quarrellid. veller with a bib and bells. Man should have Min. I row, mem, I thought once they bis head and horns, and woman the rest of would have fit ?). him. Poor simple fiend! madam Marwood Mrs. Mill. Well

, 'lis a lamentable thing, I has a penchant, but he can't abide her 'Twere swear, ibal one has not the liberty of choose belter for him you had not been his confes- ing one's acquaintance as one does one's sor in that affair, without you could have clorhes. kept his counsel closer. I shall not prore Mrs. Mar. If we had that liberty, we should arother pattern of generosity-he has not ob- be as weary of one set of acquaintance, though, liged me to that with those excesses of him- never so good, as we are of one suit, though self; and now I'll have none of him. llere never so fine. A fool and a doily stuff would comes the good lady, panting, ripe; with a now and then sind days of grace, and be heart full of hope, and a head full of care, worn for variety. like airy chemisi upon the day of projection. Mrs. Mill. I could consent to wear 'em, if

they would wear alike; but fools never wear Enter LADY VVISHFORT.

out. They are such drup-de-berry things ! Lady W. O dear Marwood, what shall I without one could give 'em to one's chambersay for this rude forgetfulness ? But my dear maid after a day or two. friend is all goodness.

Mrs. Mar. 'I'were belter so indeed. Or Mrs. Mar. No apologies, dear madam. what think you of the play-house? A fine have been very well entertained.

gay glossy fool should be given there, like a Lady W. As I'm a person, I am in a very new masking-habit after the masquerade is chaos to think I should so forget myself; but over, and we have done with the disguise. I have such an olio of affairs, really I know For a fool's visit is always a disguise; and not what to do. [Calls] Foible!—I expect my never admitted by a woman of wit, but ta nephew, sir Wilful, every momenl' too. - blind her affair with a lover of sense. If

you Why, Foible !--Ile means to travel for improve- would but appear barefaced now, ment.

Mirabell, you might as easily put off Petulant Mrs. Mar. Methinks sir Wilful should rather and Witwould, as your hood and scarf. And think of marrying than travelling at his years. indeed 'tis time, for the town has found it: I hear he is turned of forty.

the secret is grown too big for the preteuce: Lady W. he's in less danger of being 'tis like Mrs. Primly's great belly; she may spoiled by his travels. I am against my ne- lace it down before, but it burnishes on her phew's marrying too young. li will be time hips. Indeed, Millamant, you can enough when be comes back, and has acquired conceal it than my lady Strammel can her discretion to choose for himself.

face, that goodly face, which, in defiance af Mrs. Mar. Methinks Mrs. Millamant and he her Rhenish-winc tea, will not be comprebend. would make a very fit match, lle may traveled in a'mask. afterwards. 'Tis a thing very usual with young Mrs. Mill. I'll take my death, Marwood, you gentlemen.

are more censorious than a decay'd beauty, Lady W. I promise you I have thought or a discarded toast. Mincing, tell the mea on't; and, since ''lis your judgment, I'll think they may come up: My aunt is not dresson't again. I assure you I will; I value your ins here; their folly is less provoking than judgment extremely. On my word, I'll pro- your malice, [Exit "Mincing] 'The town has

found it! what has it found? That Mirabell

loves me is no more a secret, than it is a seEnter Foille.

crel, that you discover'd it to my aunt, or Comc, come, Foible. I had forgoi me nephew than the reason why you discovered it is a secret. will be here before dinner. I must make baste.

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Mrs. Mar. You are nettled.

Wit. Ay, upon proof positive it must; but Mrs. Mill. You're mistaken. Ridiculous ! upon proof presumptive it only may. That's

Mrs. Mar. Indeed, my dear, you'll tear a logical distinction now, madam. another fan if you don't mitigate those vio- Mrs. Mur. I perceive your debates are of lent airs.

importance, and very learnedly handled. Mrs. Mill. Oh, silly! Ha, ha, ha! I could Pet. Importance is one thing, and learning's laugh immo:!erately. Poor Mirabell! His con- another; but a debate's a debate, that I assert. stancy to me bas quite destroyed his com- Wit. Petulant's an enemy to learning; he plaisance for all the world beside. I swear I relies altogether on his parts. never enjoined it him, to be so coy: if I had Pet. No, I'm no enemy to learning; it hurts the vanity to think he would obey me, I not me. would coin mand him to show more gallantry. Mrs. Mar. That's a sign indeed 'tis no ene'Tis hardly well-bred to be so particular on my to you. one hand, and so insensible on the other. But Pet. "No, no, 'tis no enemy to any body, ! despair to prevail, and so let him follow but them that have it. bis own way.' Ha, ha, ha! Pardon me, dear Mrs. Mill. Well, an illiterate man's my creature, I must laugh, ha, ha, ha! though I aversion. I wonder at the impudence of an grant you 'lis a little barbarous, ha, ha, ha! illiterate man, to offer to make love. Mrs. Mar. What pily 'tis, so much fiue

Wit. That I confess I wonder at too, raillery, and deliver'd with so significant gesture, Mrs. Mill. Ah! to marry an ignorant! that should be so unbappily directed to miscarry ! can hardly read or write.

Mra. Mill. Dear crcalure, ask your par- Pet. Why should a man be any further don. I swear I did not mind you.

from being married though he can't read, than Mrs. Mar. Mr. Mirabell and you both may he is from being hang’d. The ordinary's paid think a thing impossible, when I shall tell for setting the psalm, and the parish priest him by telling you

for reading the ceremony. And for the rest Mrs. Mill. 0'dear, what? for 'tis the same which is to follow, in both cases, a man may thing, if I hear it. ila, ha, ha!

do it without book; so all's one for that. Mrs. Mar. Thal l detest him, hate him, Mrs. Mill. D'ye hear the creature? Lord, malam.

here's company, I'll be gone. Mrs. Mill. O madam! why, so do I. And [Excunt Mrs. Millamant and Mincing. yet the creature loves me; ha, ha, ha! How can one forbear laughing to think of it Enter Sir Wilful Witwould in a Riding-I am a Sybil if I am not amazed to think

dress, and Foolman. what he can see in me. I'll take my death, Vit. In the name of Bartholomew and his I think you are handsomer, and within a year fair, what have we here? or two as young. If you could but stay for Mrs. Mar. 'Tis your brother, I fancy. Don't me, I shou'd overtake you. But that cannot you know him ? he. Well, that thoughi makes me melancho- Wit. Not l. Yes, I think it is he. I've lic. Now I'll be sad.

almost forgot him; I have not scen bim since Mrs. Mar. Your merry note may be chan- the Rerolution. ged sooner than you think.

Foot. Sir, my lady's dressing. Here's comMrs. Mill. D'ye say so? Then I'm resolved pany; if you please to walk in, in the mean I'll have a song to keep up my spiriis.

time.

Sir W. Dressing! What, 'tis but morning Enter MINCING.

here I warrant with you in London; we Min. The gentlemen stay but to comb, ma- should count it towards afternoon in our parts, dam; and will wait on you.

down in Shropshire. Why then belike my

aunt han't dined yet. Ha, friend? Enter PetuLANT and WITWould.

Foot. Your aunt, sir? Mrs. Mill. Is your animosily composed, Sir 12. My 2nt, sir? yes, my aunt, sir, gentlemen?

and your lady, sir; your lady is my aunt, sir. Wit. Raillery, raillery, madam; we have no Why, what, dost thou not know me, friend? animosity; we hit off a little wit now and Why then send somebody hither that does. then, but no animosity. The falling out of How long hast thou lived with thy lady, wits, is like the falling out of lovers. We agrec fellow, ha? in the main, like treble and bass. Ha, Petulant! Foot. A week, sir; longer than any in the

Pet. Ay, in the main. But when I have a house, except my lady's woman. bumour to contradict

Sir W. Why then belike thou dost not Wit. Ay, when he has a bumour to con- know thy lady, if thou seest her; ha, friend! tradict, then I contradict too. What, I know Foot. Why truly, sir, I cannot safely swear mny cue. Then we contradict one another to her face in a morning, besore she is dressid, like two battledores; for contradictions beget 'Tis like I may give a shrewd guess a: her one another like Jews.

by this time. Pet. If he says black's black - If I have a Sir W. Well, pr’ythee, try what thou can’st humour to say 'tis blue-Let that pass; all's do; if thou canst not guess, inquire her out; one for that. If I have a humour to prove dost bear, fellow ? and tell ber, her nephew, it, it must be granted.

sir Wilful Wilwould, is in the house. Wit. Not positively must—But it may-it Foot. I shall, sir. may

Sir W. Hold ye, hear me, friend; a word Þet . Yes, it positively must, upon proof with you in

your car: pr’ythee, who are positive.

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your boots.

aunt

Foot. Really, sir, I can't tell; here come so and hoping you are in good health, and so many here, 'tis hard to know 'em all. [Exit. forth-To begin with a Rat me, knight, I'm

Sir W. Dons, this fellow knows less than so sick of a last night's debauch--Ods heart, a starling; I don't think a'knows his own name. and then tell a familiar tale of a cock and a

Mrs. Mar. Mr. Wilwould, your brother is bull, and a wench and a bottle, and so connot behind-band in forgetfulness. I fancy be clude.

You could write news before you has forgot you too.

were out of your time, when you lived with Wit. I hope so. The deuce take him that honest Pimplenose, the attorney of Furniremembers first, I say.

val's Inn, you could entreat to be remembered Sir W. Save you, gentlemen and lady. then to your friends round the Wrekin.

Mrs. Mar. For shanie, Mr. Witwould; why Pet. 'Slife, Witwould, were you ever an won't you speak to him? And you, sir. altorney's clerk, of the family of the FurniW. Petulant, speak.

vals? Ha, ha, ha! Pet. It seems as if you had come a journey, Wit

. Ay, ay, but that was but for awhile. sir; hem, hem. (Surveying him round. Not long, not long; pshaw, I was not in my

Sir W. Very likely, sir, that it may seem so. own power then. An orphan, and this fellow Pet. No offence, I hope, sir.

was my guardian; ay, ay, I was glad to conSir W. May be not, sir; thereafter, as 'tis sent to that, man, to come to London. He meant, sir.

had the disposal of me then. If I had not Wil

. Smoke the boots, the boots; Petulant, agreed to that, I might have been bound 'prenthe boots. Ha, ha, ha!

tice to a feltmaker in Shrewsbury; this fellow Pet. Sir, I presume upon the information would have bound me to a maker of felts. of

Sir W. 'Sheart, and better than be bound Sir W. Why, 'tis like you may, sir: if you to a maker of fops; where, I suppose, you are not satisfied with the information of my hare served your time; and now you may set boots, sir, if you will step to the stable, you up for yourself. may inquire further of my horse, sir.

Mrs. Mar. You intend to travel, sir, as I'm Pet. Your horse, sir! your horse is an ass, sir! informed. Sir W. Do you speak by way of offence, sir? Sir W. Belike I may, madam. I may chance

Mrs. Mar. T'he gentleman's merry, that's all, to sail upon the sall seas, if my mind bold. sir—'Slife, we shall have a quarrel hetwixt an Pet. And the wind serve. horse and ass, before they find one another Sir W. Serve or not serve, I shan't ask out.—You must not take any thing amiss from licence of you, sir; nor the weather-cock your your friends, sir. You are among your friends, companion. i direct my discourse to the here, though it may be you don't know it. lady, sir. 'Tis like

my may

have told If I am not mistaken, you are sir Wilful you, madam; yes, I bave settled ny concerns, Witwould.

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may say now, and am minded to Sir W. Right, lady; I am sir Wilful Wit- foreign parts. would, so I write myself; no offence to any Mrs. Mar. I thought you bad designed for body, I hope; and nephew to the lady Wish- France at all adventures. fort of this mansion.

Sir W. I can't tell that; 'tis like I may, and Mrs. Mar. Don't you know this gentle- 'tis like I

I am somewhat dainty

in making a resolution, because when I make Sir W. Hum! What, sure 'tis not-yea, it I keep it. I don't stand sbill I, shall I, then; by’r lady but 'tis. -'Sheart, I know not whether if I say't, I'll do't: but I have thoughts to 'tis or no.- -Yea but 'tis, by the wrekin. Brother tarry a small matter in town, to learn someAnthony! what, Tony, i'faith! what, dost thou what of your lingo first, besore I cross the not know me? By'r lady, nor I thee, thou seas. ld gladly have a spice of your French, art so belaced, and so beperiwiggd. Sheart as they say, whereby to hold 'discourse in why dost not speak? art thou o'erjoyed ?: foreign countries.

Wit. Odso, brother, is it you? your servant, Mrs. Mar. Here's an academy in town for brother.

that, and dancing, and curious accomplishSir W. Your servant! why yours, sir. ments, calculated purely for the use of grown Wit . No offence, I hope, brother.

gentlemen. Sir W. 'Sheart, sir, but there is, and much Sir W'. Is there? 'lis like there may. offence. A plague! is this your inns-o'court Mrs. Mar. No doubt you will return very breeding, not to know your friends and your much improved. relations, your elders, and your betters? Wit

. Yes, refined like a Dutch skipper from Wit. Vhy, brother Wilful of Salop, you a whale-fishing. may be as short as a Shrewsbury cake, if you

Enter Lady WISHFORT and FAINALL. please. But I tell you 'tis not modish to know relations in town. 'Tis not the fashion here; Lady W. Nephew, you are welcome. 'tis not indeed, dear brother.

Sir W. Aunt, your servant, Sir W. The fashion's a fool; and you're a Fain. Sir Wilful, your most faithful servant. fop, dear brother. 'Sheart, I've suspected this; Sir W. Cousin Fainall

, give me your hand. by'r lady, I conjectured you were a fop, since Lady W. Cousin Wilwould, your servant; you began to change the style of your letters, Mr. Petulant, your servant. Nephew, you and write in a scrap of paper, gilt round the are welcome again. Will

any edges, no bigger than a subpoena. ), I might thing after your journey, nephew, before you expect this when you left off honoured brother; eat? dinner's almost ready.

Sir W. I'm very well,' I thank yolu, aunt; 1) A writ commanding a person to appear in court under a certain penally (subpoena).

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'Sheart, I was afraid you would have been in Fain. This has an appearance. the fashion too, and bave remembered to have Mrs. Mar. I'm sorry I hinted to my lady forgot your relations. Here's your cousin to endeavour a match between Millamant and Tony; belike I mayn't call him brother, for sir Wilful; that may be an obstacle. fear of offence.

Fain. O, for that matter leave me to manage Lady W. O, he's a railer, nephew; my him; I'll disable him for that; he will drink cousin's a wit: and your great wits alway's like a Dane: 'after dinner, I'll set his hand in. rally their best friends to choose. When you Mrs. Mar. Well, how do you sland affected have been abfoad, nephew, you'll understand towards your lady? raillery belter.

Fain. Why, faith, I'm thinking of it. Let [Fainall and Mrs. Marwood talk apart. me see-I am married already; so that's over Sir W. Why then let him hold his tongue - my wife has play'd the jade with me-well, in the mean time, and rail when that day comes. that's over too-I never loved her, or if I had,

why that would have been over too by this Enter MINCING.

time-jealous of her I cannot be, for I am

certain; so there's an end of jealousy; Weary Min. Mem, I am come to acquaint your of ber, I am and shall be-no, there's no end la'ship that dinner is impatient.

of that; no, no, that were too much to hope. Sir W. Impatient? why then belike it won't Thus far concerning my repose. Now for my stay till I pull off my boots. Sweetheart, can reputation-as to my own, I married not for you help me to a pair of slippers ? My man's it; so that's out of the question. And as to with his horses I warrant.

my part in my wife's — why she had parted Lady W. Fie, fie, nephew, you would not with hers before; so bringing, none to me, pull off your boots here; go down into the she can take none from me: 'tis against all hall; dinner shall stay for you. [E:reunt rule of play, that I should lose to one, who Mincing and Sir Wilfull] My nephew's a has not wherewithal to stake. little unbred, you'll pardon him, madam. Mrs. Mar. Besides you forget, marriage is Gentlemen, will you walk? Marwood ? bonourable.

Mrs. Mar. I'll follow you, madam, before Fain. Hum! faith, and that's well thought sir Willul is ready.

on. Marriage is honourable, as you say; and [E.reuni Lady Wishful, Petulant if so, wherefore should cuckoldom be a disand Witwould.

credit, being derived from so honourable a root? Fain. Why then Foible's a procuress; an Mrs. Mar. Nay, I know not; if the root be errant, rank, match-making procuress. And 1 honourable, why not the branches? it seems am a husband, a rank husband; and Fain. So, so, why this point's clear-well, my wife a very errant, rank wife, all in the how do we proceed? way of the world. 'Sdeath! to be out-witted, Mrs. Mar. I will contrive a letter which out-jilted, out-matrimony'd—and be out-stripp'd shall be deliver'd to my lady at the time when by my wife; 'tis scurvy wedlock.

that rascal who is to act sir Rowland is with Mrs. Mar. Then shake it off: you have often her. It shall come as from an unknown hand wish'd for an opportunity to part; and now -for the less I appear to know of the truth, you have it. But first prevent their plot-the the better I can play the incendiary: Besides, half of Millamant's fortune is too considerable I would not have Foible provoked' if I could to be parted with, to a foc, to Mirabell. help it, because you know she knows some

Fain. Ay, that had been mine, had you not passages-nay, I expect all will come outmade that fond discovery; that had been for- but let the mine be sprung first, and then I feited, bad they been married. My wife had care not if I am discover'd. added lustre to my dishonour by that increase Fain. If the worst come to the worst, I'll of fortune. I could have worn 'em tipt with turn my wise to grass: I have already a deed gold, though my forehead had been furnish'd of settlement of the best part of her eslate, like a deputy-lieutenant's hall.

which I wheedled out of her; and that you Mrs. Mar. They may prove a cap of main- shall partake at least. tenance to you still, if you can away with Mrs. Mar. I hope you are convinced that your wife. And she's no worse than when I hale Mirabell now; you'll be no you bad her-I dare swear she had given up jealous. her game before she was married.

Fain. Jealous! no, by this kiss, let husbands Fain. Hum! that

may.
be.

be jealous; but let the lover still believe: or Mrs. Mar. You married her to keep you; if he doubt; let it be only to endear his pleasure, and if you can contrive to have her keep you and prepare the joy that follows, when he better than you expected, why should you proves his mistress true. But let husbands' not keep her longer than you intended ? doubts convert to endless jealousy; or if they Fain. The means, the means.

have belief, let it corrupt to superstition, and Mrs. Mar. Discover to my lady your wife's blind credulity: I am single, and will herd conduct; threaten to part with her. My lady no more with 'em. True, I wear the badge, loves her, and will come to any composition but I'll disown the order. And since I to save her reputation. Take the opportunity take my leave of 'em, I care not if I leave of breaking it, just upon the discovery of this 'em

motto to their imposture. My lady will be enraged beyond crest. bounds, and sacrifice niece and fortune, and All husbands must, or pain, or shame all, at ibat conjuncture. And let me alone to

endure; keep her warm; if she should flag in her part, The wise too jealous are, fools too secure. I will not fail to prompt ber.

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Mrs. Mill. Ay, if you please, Foible, send
Scene 1.- The same.

him away, or send him hither, just as you

will, dear Foible. I think I'll see him: shall Enter Lady Wishfort and Foible.

I ? ay, let the wretch comeLady W. Is sir Rowland coming, say'st Thyrsis a youth of the inspired train. thou, Foible? and are things in order?

[Repeating Foi. Yes, madam. I have put wax-lights - Dear Fainall, entertain sir Willull; thou in the sconces, and placed the footmen in a hast philosophy to undergo a fool; thou art row in the ball, in their best liveries, with married and hast patience; I would confer the coachman and postilion to fill up the with my own thoughts. equipage.

Mrs. F. I am obliged to you, that

you

would Lady W. Slave you pulvilld the coachman make me your proxy in this affair; but I have and postilion, that they may not stink of the business of my own. slable, when sir Rowland comes by ? Foi. Yes, madam.

Enter SIR WILFULL. Lady W. And are the dancers and the Mrs. F. O sir Wilfull, you are come at music ready, that he may be entertain'd in all the critical instant. There's your mistress up points with correspondence to his passion? to the cars in love and contemplation; pursue Foi. All is ready, madam.

your point, now or never. Lady W. And-well—and how do I look, Sir W. Yes, my aunt will have it so: I Foible?

would gladly have been encouraged with a Foi. Most killing well, madam.

bottle or two, because I'm somewhat wary at Lady W. Well, and how shall I receive first, before I am acquainted;--but I hope, him? in what figure shall I give his heart the after a time, I shall break my mind-that is, first impression? There is a great deal in the upon further acquaintance. [This while Milfirst impression. Shall I sit?' No, I won't lamant walks about repealing to herseif] sit~ I'll walk-ay, I'll walk from the door So for the present, cousin, I'll take my

leave.
upon his entrance; and then turn full upon If so be you'll be so kind to make my excuse,
him-no, that will be too sudden. I'll lie-ay, I'll return lo my company:
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Mrs. F. O fie, sir VVillull! what, you must dressing-room. There's a couch-yes, yes, I'll not be daunted. give the first impression on a couch-I won't Sir W. Daunted, no, that's not it, it is not fie neither, but loll and lean upon one elbow, so much for that; for if so be that 1 set on', with one foot a little dangling off, jogging in I'll do's. But only for the present, 'tis suffa thoughtful way; yes, and then as soon as cient till further acquaintance, that's all-your he appears, stari, ay, start and be surprised, servant. and rise to meet him in a pretty disorder- Mrs. F. Nay, I'll swear you shall never lose yes-0, nothing is more alluring than a levee so favourable an opportunity, if I can help it. from a couch in some confusion-It shows the l'll leave you together, and lock the door. foot to advantage, and furnishes with blushes, (Eireunt Mrs. Fainall and Foible. and re-composing airs beyond comparison. Sir W. Nay, nay, cousin, I have forgot my Hark! there's a coach.

gloves. What d'ye do? 'Sheart, a'has lock'd Foi. 'Tis be, madam.

the door indeed, I think; nay, cousin Fainall, Lady W. O dear, has my nephew made open the door; pshaw, what a vixen trick is bis addresses to Millámaut? I order'd him. this!-Nay, now a'has seen me loo_Cousin,

Foi. Sir Wilfull is set in to drinking, madam, I made Lold to pass through as it were-i in the parlour.

think this door's enchanted. Lady W. Odds my life, I'll send hiin to her. Mrs. Mill. [Repeating] Call her down, Foible; bring her hither. I'll I pr’ythec spare me, gentle boy, send him as 1 go-when they are together, Press me no more for that slight toy. then come to me, Foible, thai I may not be Sir W. Anan? cousin, your servant. too long alone with sir Rowland. [Erit. Mrs. Mill. That foolish trifle of a heart

Sir Vilfull! Entei MRS. MILLAMANT and Mrs. FAINALL.

Sir W. Yes your servant. No offence. I Foi. Madam, I staid here, to tell your lady-hope, cousin? ship that Mr. Mirabell bas waited this bálf Mrs. Mill. [Repeating] hour for an opportunity to talk with you. I swear it will not do its part, Though my lady's orders were to leave you Though thou dost thine, "employ'st thy and sir Wilfull together. Shall I tell Mr.

power and art. Mirabell that you are at leisure ?

- Natural, easy Suckling!
Mrs. Mill. No-what would the dear man Sir W. Anan? Suckling? No such suckling
hare? I am thoughtful, aud would amuse neither, cousin, nor stripling: I thank heaven,
myself. Bid him come another time.

I'm no minor.
There never yet was woman made, Mrs. Mill. Ah rustic, ruder than Gothic.
Nor shall, but to be curs').

Sir W. Well, well, I shall understand your [Repeating and walking about. lingo one of these days, cousin; in the mean That's hard!

while, I must answer in plain English. Mrs. F. You are very fond of sir John Mrs. Mill. Have you any business with me, Suckling to-day, Millamant, and the poets. sir Wilfull?

Mrs. Mill. He? ay, and filthy rerses, so I am. Sir W. Not at present, cousin. Yes, I made

Foi. Sir Wilfull' is coming, madam. Shall bold to see, to come and know if that how I send Mr. Mirabell away?

you were disposed to fetch a walk this evening;

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