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Scand. I hear the fiddles that Sir Sampson provided for his own wedding; methinks it is pity they should not be employed when the match is so much mended. Valentine, though it be morning, we may have a dance.
Val. Any thing, my friend; every thing that looks like joy and transport.
Scand. Call them, Jeremy. Ang. I have done dissembling now, Valentine; and if that coldness which I have always worn before you should turn to an extreme fondness, you must not suspect it.
Val. I'll prevent that suspicion-for I intend to doat 10 that immoderate degree, that your fondness shall never distinguish itself enough to be taken notice of. If ever you seem to love too much, it must be only when I can't love enough.
Ang. Have a care of promises : you know you are apt to run more in debt than you are able to pay.
Val. Therefore I yield my body as your prisoner, and make your best on’t. Scand. “ The music stays for you.”
[To Ang.] Well, madam, you have done exemplary justice, in punishing an inhuman father, and rewarding a faithful lover : but there is a third good work, which I, in particular, must thank you for: I was an infidel to your sex, and you have converted me for now I am convinced that all women are not, like fortune, blind in bestowing favours, either on those who do not merit, or who do not want them.
Ang. It is an unreasonable accusation, that you lay upon our sex.
You tax us with injustice, only to co ver your own want of merit. You would all have the reward of love ; but few have the constancy to stay till it becomes your due. Men are generaly hypocrites and infidels ; they pretend to worship, but have neither zeal nor faith. How few, like Valertine, would persevere even to martyrdom, and sacrfice their interest to their constancy! In admiring me, you misplace the novelty.
The miracle to-day is, that we find
SURE Providence at first design'd this place
many years were past, in men again.
And thus our audience, which did once resort
flights, and bombasi /
first station !