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Dumfriesshire 1965 ACTING DR Á M A;
JOHN WILLIAMSON AND CO.,
12, WARWICK SQUARE.
LIBRARY OF STANDARD WORKS.
THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL:
her colouring is too dark, and her outines often Sir l'ETER TEAZLE.
extravagant. She wants that delicacy of tint and Sır OLIVEN SURFACE.
mellowness of sneer, wbich distinguish your ladyJosepi SURFACE.
ship's scandal. CHARLES SURFACE.
Lady S. Ah! you are partial, Snake. CRABTREE.
Snake. Not in the least -- ererybody allows that Sir BENJAMIN BACKDITE
Lady Sneerwell can do more with a word or a lool Rowley.
than many can do with the most laboured detail, Moses.
even when they happen to have a little truth on TRIP.
their side to support it. SXALE.
Lady S. Yes, my dear Snake; and I am nc hy CARELESS.
pocrite to deny the satisfaction I reap from the Sir HARRY Bumpen.
success of my efforts. Wounded myself in the
early part of my life by the envenomed tongue of Lady TeaZLE.
slander, I confess I have since known no pleasure MARIA.
equal to the reducing others to the level of my own Lady SNEERWELL.
reputation. Mis. CANDOUR.
Snake. Nothing can be more natural. But, Lady Sneerwell, there is one affair in which you have lately employed me, wlierein, I confess, I am at
loss to guess your motives. ACT 1
Lady S. I'conceive you mean with respect to
my neighbour, Sir Peter Teazle, and his family. SCENE 1.- Lady Sneerwell's House.
Snake. I do. Here are two young men, to whom Discorered Lady SNEERWELI., at the dressing-table, Father's death; the eldest possessing the most
Şir Peter has acted as a kind of guardian since their Sxake drinking chocolate.
amiable character, and universally well spoken or Lady S. The paragraphs, you say, Mr. Snake, the youngest, the most dissipated and extravawere all inserted ?
gant young fellow in the kingdom, without friends Snake. They were, madam; and as I copied them or character: the former an avowed admirer of your myself in a feigned hand, there can be no suspicion ladyslip's, and apparently your favourite: the latwbence they came.
ter attached to Maria, Sir Peter's ward, and conLady S. Did you circulate the report of Lady iessedly beloved by her. Now, on the face of these Brittle's intrigue with Captain Boastall?
circumstances, it is utterly unaccountable to me, Snahe. That's in as fine a train as your ladyslip why you, the widow of a city knight, with a good could wish. In the common course of things, I jointure, should not close with the passion of a think it must reach Mrs. Clackitt's ears within man of such character and expectations as Mr. Sarfort-and-twenty hours; and then, you know, the face; and more so why you should be so uncom. business is as good as done.
monly earnest to destroy the mutual attachment Lady S. Why, truly, Mrs. Clackitt bas a very subsisting between liis brother Charles and Maria. pretty talent, and a great deal of industry.
Lady S. Then at once to unravel this mystery, Snake. True, madam, and lias been tolerably suc- I must inform you, that love has no sbare whatever cessful in her day. To my knowledge she has been in the intercourse between Mr. Surface and me. the cause of six matches being broken off, and Snake. No! three soos being disinherited ; of four forced elope- Lady S. His real attachment is to Maria, or her ments, as many close confinements, nine separate fortune ; but finding in bis brother a favoured rival, maintenances, and two divorces. Nay, I have more he has been obliged to mask his pretensions, and than once tracei her causing a tête-à-tête in the profit by my assistance, Town and Country Magazine, when the parties, Snake. Yet still I am more puzzled why you perhaps, had never seen each other's faces before in should interest yourself in his success. the course of their lives.
Lad: S. Heavens! bow dul you are! Cannot Lady S. She certainly has talents, but her man- you surmise the weakness which I hitherto, through ner is gross.
shame, have concealed even from you ? Must I Snake. "Tis very true. She generally designs conless, that Charles, that libertine, that extravawall, bas a free tongue and a buli invention ; but gant, that bankrupt in fortune and reputatio.., that No. 1.