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claim I had to his attention, I willingly resign to one who has a better tille.
Charles S. How, Maria !
Sir P. Hey day! what's the mystery now?--while he appeared an incorrigible rake, you would give your hand to no one else; and now that he is likely to reform , l'll warrant you won't have him.
Maria. His own heart and Lady Sneerwell know
Charles S. Lady Sneerwell! Joseph S. Brother, it is with great concern I am obliged to speak on this point, but my regard to justice compels me, and Lady Sneerwell's injuries can no lon ger be concealed.
[Opens the door. Enter Lady SNEERWELL. Sir P. So! another French milliner! Egad, he has one in every room in the house, I suppose.
Lady S. Ungrateful Charles! Well may yon be surprised, and feel for the indelicate situation your perfidy has forced me into.
Charles S. Pray, uncle, is this another plot of yours? For, as I have life, I don't undi rstand it.
Joseph S. I believe, sir, there is but the evidence of one person more necessary to make it extremely clear.
Sir P. And that person , I imagine, is Mr. Snake. Rowley, you were perfectly right to bring him with us, and pray let him appar. Row. Walk in , Mr. Snake.
Enter SNAKE. I thought his testimony might be wanted: however, it happens unluckily, that he comes to confront Lady Sneerwell, not to support her.
Lady S. A villain! Treacherous to me at last! Speak, fellow; have you, too, conspired against me ?
Snake. I beg your ladyship ten thousand pardons : you paid me extremely liberally for the lie in question ; but I, unfortunately, have been offered double to speak the truth.
Sir P. Plot and counter plot! I wish your ladyship joy of your negociatiou.
Lady S. The torments of shame and disappointment on you all!
Lady T. Hold, Lady Sneerwell: before you go, let me thank you for the trouble you and that gentleman have taken, in writing letters from me to Charles, and answering them yourself; and let me also request you to make my respects to the scandalous college, of which you are president, and inform them, that Lady Teazle, licentiate, begs leave to return the diploma they granted her, as she leaves off practice, and kills characters no longer.
Lady S. You, too, madam-provoking-insolent.-May your husband live these fifty years!
[Exit. Sir P. Oons! what a fury! Lady T. A malicious creature, indeed! Sir P. What! not for her last wish ? Lady T. O no! Sir O. Well, sir, and what have you to say now ?
Joseph S. Sir, I am so confounded, to find that Lady Sneerwell could be guilty of suborning Mr Snake in this manner, to impose on us all, that I know now what to say: however, lest her revengeful spirit should prompt her to injure my brother, I had better follow her directly. For the man who attempts to
[Exit. Sir P. Moral to the last !
Sir O. Ay, and marry her, Joseph, if you can Egad ! you'll do very well together.
Row. I believe we have no more occasion for Mr. Snake, at present.
Snake. Before I go, I beg pardon once for all, for whatever uneasiness I have been the humble instrument of causing to the parties present.
Sir P. Well, well, you have made atonement by a good deed at last.
Snake. But I must request of the company, that it shall never be known.
Sir P. Hey—What the plague !-Are you ashamed of having done a right thing once in your life?
Snake. Ah, sir, consider, -I live by the badness of my character; and if it were once known that I had been betrayed into an honest action, I should lose every friend I have in the world.
[Exit. Sir O. Well, well; we'll not traduce you by saying any thing in your praise, never fear.
Lady T. See, sir Oliver, there needs no persuasion now to reconcile your nephew and Maria.
Sir O. Ay, ay, that's as it should be; and, egad, we'll have the wedding to morrow-morning.
Charles S. Thank you, dear uncle !
Sir P. What, you rogue! don't you ask the girl's consent first!
Charles S. Oh, I have done that a long time—a minute ago-and she has looked yes.
Maria. For shame, Charles!—I protest , sir Peter, there has not been a word.
Sir P. Well, then, the fewer the better ; -may your love for each other never know abatement !
Sir P. And may you live as happily together as Lady Teazle and I intend to do!
Charles S. Rowley, my old friend, I am sure you congratulate me; and I suspect that I owe you much.
Sir P. Ay, honest Rowley always said you would reform.
Charles S. Why, as to reforming, sir Peter, I'll make no promises, and that I take to be a proof that I intend to set about it; but here shall be my monitor-my gentle guide-Ah! can I leave the virtuous path those eyes illumine?
Though thou, dear maid , should'st wave thy beauty's
[To the audience. You can, indeed, each anxious fear remove, For even Scandal dies, if you approve.
EPILOGUE-BY MR. COLMAN.
Spoken by Lady Teazle.
I, who was late so volatile and gay,
Must I, then, watch the early crowing cock,
And you, ye knockers, that with brazen throat,
THERE is, perhaps, no comedy of the class in any language superior to the 'School for Scandal.' The liveliness of the dialogue, the constant, and sometimes powerful satire of the sentiments, and the variety of characters which it exhibits, give it a claim to attention, not only as an acting drama, but as one of the best commentaries on many of the passing scenes of life which can be read. Its faults are, a superabundance of wit, which sometimes renders the dialogue unnatural, and a too favourable view of one folly to correct another.