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PERSONS REPRESENTED. her colouring is too dark, and her outines ofien Sir L'ETER TEAZLE.
extravagant. She wants that delicacy of tint and Sır OLIVER SU'ILF ÁCE.
mellowness of sneer, which distinguish your ladyJOSEPE SURFACE.
ship's scandal. CHARLES SURFACE.
Lady S. Ah! you are partial, Snake. CRABTREE.
Snake. Not in the least --ererybody allows that Sir BENJAMIN BACKBITE
Lady Sneerwell can do more with a word or a loo! RowLEY,
than many can do with the most laboured detarade Moses.
even when they happen to have a little truth on Trip.
their side to support it. Sxak..
Lady S. Yes, my dear Snake; and I am no hy CARELESS.
pocrite to deny the satisfaction I reap from the Sir HARRY BUMPEL.
success of my efforts. Wounded myself in the
early part of my life by the envenomed tongue or 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. CAYDOUR.
Snake. Nothing can be more natural. But, Lady Sneerwell, there is one affair in which you have lately employed me, wherein, 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 Discovered Lady Sxeerwell, at the dressing-table, father's death ; the eldest possessing the most
Sir Peter has acted as a kind of guardian since their SNAKE drinking chocolate.
amiable character, and universally well spoken of Lady S. The paragraplis, you say, Mr. Snake, the youngest, the inost 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 lalyship's, and apparently your favourite: the latwhence they came.
ter attached to Maria, Sir Peter's ward, and conLady S. Did you circulate the report of Lady.sessedly beloved by her. Now, on the face of these Brittle's intrigue with Captain Boastall? circumstances, it is utterly unaccountable to me,
Snake. That's in as fine a train as your ladyship 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. Sara fors-and-twenty hours; and then, you know, the face; and more so why you should be so uncombusiness is as good as done.
monly earnest to destroy the mutual attachment Lady S. Why, truly, Mrs. Clackit has a very subsisting between his 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 has been tolerably suc-I must inform you, that love bos no share whatever cessful in her day. To my knowledge she has been in the intercourse between Mr. Surface and me. He cause of six matches being broken off, and Snake. No! Free sons being disinherited ; of four forced elope Lady S. His real atrachment is to Maria, or her pents, as many close confinements, nine separate fortune ; but finding in his brother a favoured rival, huintenances, and two divorces. Nay, I Lave more he has been obliged to mask his pretensions, and than once traced her causing a tête-à-tête in the profit by my assistance. Town and Country Magazine, when the parties, Srake. Yet still I am more puzzled wby you perhaps, had never seen each other's faces before in should interest yourself in his success. the course of their lives.
Lady S. Heavens ! how dull you are! Cannot Indy S. She certainly has talents, but her man- you surmiso the weakness which I hitherto, through (der is gross.
shame,? have concealed even from you ? Must I Sunke. "Tis very true. - She generally designs confess, that Charles, tbat liberline, thot exèravawallhas a free tongtie and a bolå invention ; but sant, that bankrupt in fortune and reputation, that