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Sup. I'll never tell while I live, sir.
Antony, I let my empire moulder from my Sir Sol. Nay, then, I'll trust thee further. Be hands, and gave up all for love -I must have a tween thee and I, Supple, I have reason to be young wife, with a mcrrain to me. I hate her, lieve my wife hates me, too.
too-and yet the devil on't is, I'm still jealous Sup. Ah, dear sir! I doubt that's no secret; of her. Stay ! let me reckon up all the fafor, to say the truth, iny lady's bitter young, and shionable virtues she has that can make a man gamesome.
happy. In the first place I think ber very ugly. Sir Sol. But can she have the impudence, Sup. Ah, that's because you are married to think'st thou, to make a cuckold of a knight, one her, sir. that was dubbed by the royal sword ?
Sir Sol. As for her expences, no arithmetic Sup. Alas, sir, I warrant she has the courage can reach them; she's always longing for someof a coumtess; if she's once provoked, she cares | thing dear and useless; she will certainly ruin not what she does in her passion; if you were me in china, silks, ribbands, fans, laces, perfumes, ten times a knight she'd give you dub for dub, washes, powder, patches, jessamine, gloves, and sir.
ratifia. Sir Sol. Ah! Supple, when her blood's up, I Sup. Ah, sir, that's a cruel liquor with them. confess she's the devil; and I question if the Sir Sol. To sum up all would rap me mad. whole conclave of cardinals could lay her. But The only way to put a stop to her career, must suppose she should resolve to give me a sample be to put off my coach, turn away her chairmen, of her sex, and make me a cuckold in cool lock out her Swiss porter, bar up the doors, keep blood?
out all visitors, and then she'll be less expensive. Sup. Why, if she should, 'sir, don't take it so Sup. Ay, sir, for few women think it worth to heart; cuckolds are no such monsters now-a their while to dress for their husbands. days : in the city, you know, sir, it's so many Sir Sol. Then we shan't be plagued with my honest men's fortune, that no body minds it old lady Tittle-tattle's howd'ye's in a morning, there; and, at this end of the town, a cuckold nor my lady Dainty's spleen, or the sudden inhas as much respect as his wife, for aught I see; disposition of that grim beast her horrible Dutch for gentlemen don't know but it may be their mastiff, own case another day, and so people are willing Sup. No, sir, nor the impertinence of that to do as they would be done by.
great fat creature, my lady Swill-Tea. Sir Sol. And yet I do not think but my spouse Sir Sol. And her squinting daughter.--No, is honest—and think she is not would I were Supple, after this night, nothing in petticoats satisfied!
shall come within ten yards of my doors. Sup. Troth, sir, I don't know what to think; Sup. Nor in breeches neither. but, in my conscience, I believe good looking after Sir Sol. Only Mr Clerimont; for I expect him her can do her no harm.
to sign articles with me for the five hundred Sir Sol. Right, Supple; and in order to it, I'll pounds he is to give me, for that ungovernable first demolish her visiting days. For how do I jade, my niece Clarinda.- But now to my own know but they may be so many private clubs for affairs. I'll step into the Park, and see if I can cuckoldom?
meet with my hopeful spouse there. I warrant, Sup. Ah, sir !: your worship knows I was engaged in some innocent freedom, as she calls always against your coming to this end of the it, as walking in a mask, to laugh at the impertown.
tinencies of fous that don't know her; but 'tis Sir Sol. Thou wert indeed, my honest Supple: more likely, I'm afraid, a plot to intrigue with but woman ! fair and faithless woman, wormed those that do. Oh, how many torments lie in and worked me to her wishes;-like fond Mark the small circle of a wedding-ring! [Exeunt.
that, for aught you know, may be no gentleman. Enter CLARINDA and Sylvia.
Syl. That's impossible: his conversation could
not be counterfeit. An elevated wit, and good Cla. Ha, ha ! poor Sylvia!
breeding, have a natural lustre that's inimitable. Syl. Nay, prithee, don't laugh at me. There's Beside, he saved my life at the hazard of his no accounting for inclination : for if there were, own; so that part of what I give him, is but you know, why should it be a greater folly in me, gratitude. to fall in love with a man I never saw but once Cla. But suppose now he is married, and has in my life, than it is in you to resist an honest three or four children? gentleman, whose fidelity has deserved your heart Syl. Psha! prithee don't tease me with so an hundred times over.
many ill-natured objections, I tell you he is not married ! I am sure he is not: for I never saw [Aside.) Was there a good deal of company, maa face look more in humour in my life. Beside, dam? he told me himself, he was a country gentleman, Lady Sad. Abundance ! and the best I have just come to town upon business : and I am re- seen this season : for 'twas between twelve and solved to believe him.
one, the very hour, you know, when the mob are Cla. Well, well; I'll suppose you both as fit violently hungry. Oh, the air was so inspiring ! for one another as a couple of tallies. But, still, so amorous ! And, to complete the pleasure, I my dear, you know there's a surly old father's was attacked in conversation by the most charmcommand against you; he is in articles to marry | ing, modest, agreeably insinuating young fellow, you to another : and, though I know love is a sure, that ever woman played the fool with. notable contriver, I can't see how you'll get over Cla. Who was it? that difficulty.
Lady Sad. Nay, Heaven knows; his face is as Syl. 'Tis a terrible one, I own; but, with a entirely new as his conversation. What wretches little of your assistance, dear Clarinda, I am still our young fellows are to him! in hopes to bring it to an even wager, I prove as Syl. What sort of a person? wise as my father.
Lady Sad. Tall, straight, well-limbed, walked Cla. Nay, you may be sure of me; you may firin, and a look as cheerful as a May-day mornsee, by the management of my own amours, I ing. have so natural a compassion for disobedience, Syl. The picture's very like: pray Hearen it I shan't be able to refuse you any thing in dis- is not my gentleman's !
[ Aside. tress—There's my hand; tell me how I can Cla. I wish this don't prove my colovel. serve you?
[Aside. Syl. Why, thus:--because I would not wholly Syl. How came you to part with him so soon? discover myself to him at once, I have sent him Lady Sad. Oh, name it not! that eternal a note to visit me here, as if these lodgings were damper of all pleasure, my husband, sir Solomon, my own.
came into the Mall in the very crisis of our conCla. Hither! to my lodgings ! Twas well Iversation I saw him at a distance, and comsent Colonel Standfast word I should not be at plained that the air grew tainted, that I was sick home.
[ Aside. I o' th’ sudden, and left him in such abruptness Syl. I hope you'll pardon my freedom, since and confusion, as if he had been himself my husone end of my taking it, too, was to have your band. opinion of him before I engage any farther.
Cla. A melancholy disappointment, indeed! Cla. Oh, it needs no apology; any thing of Lady Sad. Oh, 'tis a husband's nature to give mine is at your service- I am only afraid my them. troublesome lover, Mr Clerimont, should happen to see him, who is of late so impertinently jealous
A Servant enters, and whispers Sylvia of a rival, though from what cause I know not Syl. Desire him to walk in-Cousin, you'll be not but I lie too- Aside. I say, should he see at hand? him, your country gentleman would be in dan- Cla. In the next room—Come, madam, Sylvia ger, I can tell you.
has a little business ; I'll shew you some of the Syl. Oh, there's no fear of that; for I have sweetest, prettiest figured china. ordered him to be brought in the back way: Lady Sad. My dear, I wait on you. when I have talked with him a little alone, I'll
[Exeunt LADY SAD, and CLAR. find an occasion to leave him with you; and then we'll compare our opinions of him.
Enter Atall, as Mr FREEMAN.
Syl. You find, sir, I have kept my word in Enter a Servant to CLARINDA.
seeing you; 'tis all you yet have asked of me; Ser. Madam, my lady Sadlife.
(Erit. and when I know 'tis in my power to be more Syl. Psha! she here!
obliging, there's nothing you can coinmand in Cla. Don't be uneasy; she shan't disturb you : honour I shall refuse you." I'll take care of her.
Atall. This generous offer, madam, is so high an
obligation, that it were almost mean in me to ask Enter Lady SADLIFE.
a farther favour. But 'tis a lover's merit to be a Lady Sad. Oh, my dears, you have lost the miser in his wishes, and grasp at all occasions to sweetest morning, sure, that ever peeped out of enrich them. I own I feel your charms too senthe firmament. The park was never in such sibly prevail, but dare not give a loose to my perfection.
ambitious thoughts, till I have passed one dread Cla. 'Tis always so when your ladyship's ful doubt that shakes them. there.
Syl. If 'tis in my power to clear it, ask me Lady Sad. 'Tis never so without my dear Cla- | freely. rinda!
Atall. I tremble at the trial; and yet, me Syl. How civilly we women hate one another ! thinks, my fears are vain : but yet to kill or cure
them once for ever, be just and tell me-are you! Atall. I shall be proud to be better known amarried?
| mong any of your friends.
[Salutes her, Syl. If that can make you easy, no.
Cla. Soh! he takes the hint, I see, and seems Atall. 'Tis ease, indeed --nor are you promised, not to know me neither : I know not what to nor your heart engaged?
think I am confounded! I hate both him and Syl. That's hard to tell you : but to be just, I her. How unconcerned he looks! Confusion ! own my father has engaged my person to one I he addresses her before my face. never saw; and my heart, I fear, is inclining to one he never saw.
Lady Sadlife peeping in. Atall. Oh, yet be merciful, and ease my doubt; tell me the happy man that has deserved su ex
Lady Sad. What do I see? The pleasant young quisite a blessing.
fellow that talked with me in the park just now? Syl. That, sir, requires some pause : first, tell This is the luckiest accident! I must know a litme why you're so inquisitive, without letting me tle more of him.
Retires. know the condition of your own heart?
Syl. Cousin, and Mr Freeman, I think I need Atall. In every circumstance my heart's the not make any apology-you both know the occasame with yours; 'tis promised to one I never sion of my leaving you together-in a quarter of saw, by a commanding father, who, by my firm an hour I'll wait on you again. [Erit Sylvia. hopes of happiness, I am resolved to disobey, Atall. So ! I'm in a hopeful way now, faith; unless your cruelty prevents it.
but buff's the word : I'll stand it. Syl. But my disobedience would beggar me. Cla, Mr Freeman ! So, my gentleman has
Atall. Banish that fear. I'm heir to a fortune changed his name, too! How harmless he looks! will support you like yourself. May I not know I have iny senses sure, and yet the demureness of your family?
that face looks as if he had a mind to persuade Syl. Yet you must not.
me out of them. I could find in my heart to huÅtall. Why that nicety? Is not it in my mour his assurance, and see how far he'll carry power to enquire whose house this is when I am it-Will you please to sit, sir? [They sit.
Atall. What the devil can this mean? Sure Syl. And be never the wiser. These lodgings she has a mind to counterface me, and not are a friend's, and are only borrowed on this oc- know me, too— With all my heart: if her lacasion : but to save you the trouble of any fur- dyship won't know me, I'm sure 'tis not my busither needless questions, I will make you one pro-ness, at this time, to know her.
Aside. posal. I have a young lady here within, who is Cla. Certainly that face is cannon proot. the only confident of my engagements to you :
. [Aside. on her opinion I rely; nor can you take it ill, if Atall. Now for a formal speech, as if I had I take no farther steps without it: 'twould be never seen her in my life before. (Aside.] Mamiserable, indeed, should we both meet beggars. | dam-a-hem! Madam-1-a-hem! I own your actions and appearance merit all Cla. Curse of that steady face! Aside. you can desire; let her be as well satisfied of Atall. I say, madam, since I am an utter your pretensions and condition, and you shall stranger to you, I am afraid it will be very diffifind it shan't be a little fortune shall make me cult for me to offer you more arguments than ungrateful.
one to do me a friendship with your cousin; but Atall. So generous an offer exceeds my hopes! | if you are, as she seems to own you, her real Syl. Who's there?
friend, I presume you can't give her a better
proof of your being so, than pleading the cause Enter a Serdant.
of a sincere and humble lover, whose tender Desire my cousin Clarinda to walk in.
wishes never can propuse to taste of peace in Atall. Ha ! Clarinda! If it should be my Cla- | life without her. rinda now, I'm in a sweet condition-by all that's Cla. Uinph! I'm choaked.
Aside. terrible, the very she ! this was finely contrived of Atall. She gave me hopes, that when I had fortune.
Aside. satisfied you of my birth and fortune, you would
do me the honour to let me know her name and Enter CLARINDA.
family. Cla. Defend me! Colonel Standfast! She has Cla. Sir, I must own you are the most perfect certainly discovered my affair with him, and has master of your art, that ever entered the lists of a mind to insult me by an affected resignation of assurance. her pretensions to him. I'll disappoint her-I Atall. Madam! won't know him.
[Aside. Cla. And I don't doubt but you will find it a Syl. Cousin, pray, come forward; this is the much easier task to impose upon my cousin, than gentleman I am so much obliged to—sir, this me. lady is a relation of mine, and the person we Atall. Impose, madam! I should be sorry any were speaking of, .
thing I have said could disoblige you into such hard thoughts of me. Sure, madam, you are un- | that, till my innocence is clear to her, and she der some misinformation.
again receives me into mercy, Cla. I was indeed; but now my eyes are open; A madman's frenzy's heaven to what I feel; for, till this minute, I never knew that the gay The wounds you give 'tis she alone can beal. colonel Standfast was the demure Mr Freeman.
[Erit ATALL, Atall. Colonel Standfast! This is extremely Cla. Most abandoned impudence! And yet I dark, madam,
know not which vexes me most, his out-facing my Cla. This jest is tedious, sir-impudence grows senses, or his insolent owning his passion for my duil, when 'tis so very extravagant.
cousin to my face: 'tis impossible she could put Atall. Madam, I am a gentleman-but not yet him upon this; it must be all his own; but, be it wise enough, I find, to account for the humours as it will, by all that's woman, I'll have revenge! of a fine lady.
[Erit Cla, Cla. Troth, sir, on second thoughts, I begin to be a little better reconciled to your assurance ; Re-enter ATALL and Lady SADLIFE at the 'tis, in some sort, modesty to deny yourself; for
other side. to own your perjuries to my face, had been an insolence transcendently provoking.
Atall. Hey-day! is there no way down stairs Atall. Really, madam, my not being able to here? Death! I can't find my way out! This is apprehend one word of all this, is a great incon- | the oddest housevenience to my affair with your cousin : but if Lady Sad. Here he is--I'll venture to pass by you will first do me the honour to make me ac- him. quainted with her name and family, I don't much L Ątall. Pray, madam, which is the nearest war care if I do take a little pains afterwards to come out? to a rigbt understanding with you.
Lady Sad. Sir, out--aCla. Come, come, since you see this assurance Atail. Oh, my stars! is't you, madam? this is will do you no good, you had better put on a fortunate indeed—I beg you'll tell me, do you simple look, and generously confess your frailties: live here, madamn? the same slyness, that deceived me first, will still Lady Sad. Not very far off, sir : but this is no find me woman enough to pardon you.
place to talk with you alone-indeed I must beg Atall. That bite won't do. [ Aside. Sure, ma- | your pardon. dam, you mistake me for some other person. Atall. By all those kindling charms that fire . Cla. Insolent, audacious villain! I am not to my soul, no consequence on earth shall make me have my senses, then !
quit my hold, till you've given me some kind as Atall. No.
Aside. surance that I shall see you again, and speedily! Cla. And you are resolved to stand it to the egad I'll have one out of the family at least. Jast!
Lady Sad. Oh, good, here's company! Atall. The last extremity.
Aside. Atall. Oh, do not rack me with delays, but Cla. Well, sir, since you are so much a stran- quick, before this dear, short-lived opportunity's ger to colonel Standfast, I'll tell you where to find lost, inform me where you live, or kill me : to luim, and tell him this from me. I hate him, part with this soft white hand is ten thousand scorn, detest, and loath him : I never meant him daggers to my heart. [Kissing it eagerly. but at best for my diversion; and, should he ever 1 Lady Sad. Oh, lud! I am going home this inirenew his dull addresses to me, I'll have him used nute; and if you should offer to dog my chair, I as his vain insolence deserves. Now, sir, I have protest
I w as ever such usage- Lordno more to say, and I desire you would leave the sure! Oh—follow me down, then. (Ereunt. house immediately. Atall. I would not willingly disoblige you, ma
Re-enter CLARINDA and SYLVIA, dam; but 'tis impossible to stir 'till I have seen | Syl. Ha, ha, ha! your cousin, and cleared myself of these strange | Cla. Nay, you may laugh, madam, but what I aspersions.
tell you is true. Cla. Don't flatter yourself, sir, with so vain a 1 Syl. Ha, ha, ha! hope; for I must tell you, once for all, you've seen Cla. You don't believe, then? the last of her; and if you won't be gone, you'll Syl. I do believe, that when some women are oblige me to have you forced away.
inclined to like a man, nothing more palpably Atall. I'll be even with you. Aside. Well, discovers it, than their railing at him; ha, ha madam, since I find nothing can prevail upon Your pardon, cousin; you know you laughed at your cruelty, I'll take my leave: but, as you hope me just now upon the same occasion. for justice on the man that wrongs you, at least Cla. The occasion's quite different, madam ; I be faithful to your lovely friend. And when you hate bim. And, once more I tell you, he's a vilhave named to her my utmost guilt, yet paint my lain ; you're imposed on. Ile's a colonel of foot, passion, as it is, sincere. Tell her what tortures his regiment's now in Spain, and his naine's StandI endured in this severe exclusion from her sight, fast.
Syl. But, pray, good cousin, whence had you mont's way is, to be severe in his construction of this intelligence of him?
people's meaning. Cla. From the same place that you had your Syl. I'll write my letter, and be with you, coufalse account, madam ; his own mouth.
[Erit SYLVIA. Syl. What was his business with you?
Cle. It was always my principle, madam, to Čla. Much about the same, as his business | have an humble opinion of my merit; when a wowith you-love.
man of sense frowns upon me, I ought to think I Syl. Love! to you!
deserve it. Cla. Me, madain! Lord, what am I? Old, or Cla. But to expect to be always received with a monster! Is it so prodigious that a man should a smile, I think, is having a very extraordinary like ine?
opinion of one's merit. Syl. No! but I'm amazed to think, if he had Cle. We differ a little as to fact, madam : for liked you, he should leave you so soon, for me! these ten days past, I have had no distinction,
Cla. For you! leave me for you! No, madamn, but a severe reservedness. You did not use to I did not tell you that, neither! Ha, ha, ha! be so sparing of your good-humour; and, while
Syl. No! What made you so violently angry I see you gay to all the world but me, I cannot with him, then? Indeed, cousin, you bad better but be a little concerned at the change take some other fairer way; this artifice is much Cla. If he has discovered the colonel now, I'm too weak to make me break with him. But, undone! he could not meet him, sure. I must however, to let you see I can be still a friend, humour him a little.-Aside. Men of your prove him to be what you say he is, and my en- sincere temper, Mr Clerimont, I own, don't algagements with hiin shall soon be over.
ways meet with the usage they deserve : but woCla. Look you, madam, not but I slight the men are giddy things, and, had we no errors to tenderest of his addresses; but, to convince you auswer for, the use of good-nature in a lover that my vanity was not mistaken in him, I'll write would be lost. Vanity is our inherent weakness : to him by the name of Colonel Standfast, and do you must not chide, if we are sometimes fonder you the same by that of Freeman; and let's each of your passions than your prudence. appoint him to meet us at my lady Sadlife's at the Cle. This friendly condescension inakes me same time : if these appear two different men, Imore your slave than ever. Oh, yet be kind, and think our dispute's easily at an end; if but one, tell me, have I been tortured with a groundless and he does not own all I have said of him to jealousy? your face, I'll make you a very humble curtesy, Cla. Let your own heart be judge--But don't and beg your pardon.
take it ill if I leave you now I have some earSyl. And, if he does own it, I'll make your la nest business with my cousin Sylvia: But todyship the same reverence, and beg yours. night, at my lady Dainty's, I'll make you atends:
you'll be there? Enter CLERIMONT.
Cle. I need not promise you. Cla. Pshaw! he here !
Cla. Your servant. Ah, how easily is poor Cle. I am glad to find you in such good com- sincerity imposed on! Now for the colonel. pany, madam.
[Exit CLARINDA. Cla. One's seldom long in good company, sir. Cle. This unexpected change of humour more
Cle. I am sorry mine has been so troublesome stirs my jealousy than all her late severity. I'll of late; but I value your ease at too high a rate watch her close : to disturb it.
[Going. For she, that from a just reproach is kind, Syl. Nay, Mr Clerimont, upon my word you Gives more suspicion of her guilty mind, shan't stir. Hark you—[Whispers.] –Your par And throws her smiles, like dust, to strike the don, cousin,
lover blind. Cle. I must not lose him, neither-Mr Cleri
you should e'en fling your physic out of the winSCENE I. - LADY Dainty's apartment: a ta- | dow: if you were not in perfect health in three
ble, with phials, gallipots, glasses, fc. LADY | days, I'd be bound to be sick for you. DAINTY and Situp, her woman.
Lady Dain. Peace, good impertinence! I tell Lady Dain. Sirup! Situp!
thee, no woman of quality is, or should be, in Sit. Madam!
perfect health- Huh, huh! - Coughs faintly. Lady Dain. Thou art strangely slow; I told To be always in health is as vulgar as to be althee the hartshorn; I have the vapours to that ways in humour, and would equally betray one's degree !
want of wit and breeding : Where are the felSit. If your ladyship would take my advice, Vol. II.