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to guess at what they mean : but you have little reason to believe that a woman of this age, who has had an indifference for you in your prosperity, will fall in love with your ill-fortune. Besides, Angelica has a great fortune of her own; and great fortunes either expect another great fortune, or a fool.

Enter JEREMY.
Jer. More misfortunes, sir.
Val. What, another dun?

Jer. No, sir; but Mr. Tattle is come to wait upon you.

Val. Well, I cannot help it-you must bring him up; he knows I don't

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abroad.

Exit Jer. Scand. Pox on him, I'll be gone.

Val. No, pr’ythee stay: Tattle and you should never be asunder; you are light and shadow, and shew one another. He is perfectly thy reverse both in humour and understanding; and, as you

for defamation, he is a mender of reputations.

Scand. A mender of reputations ! ay, just as he is a keeper of secrets, another virtue that he sets

up

for in the same manner. For the rogue will speak aloud in the posture of a whisper; and deny a woman's name, while he gives you the marks of her person. “ He will forswear receiving a letter from “ her, and at the same time shew you her hand in “ the superscription : and yet perhaps he has coun“ terfeited her hand too, and sworn to a truth; but “ he hopes not to be believed; and refuses the repu

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“ tation of a lady's favour, as a doctor says no to a “ bishoprick, only that it may be granted him."--In short, he is a public professor of secrecy, and makes proclamation that he holds private intelligence.--He is here.

Enter TATTLE. Tatt. Valentine, good morrow: Scandal, I am yours -that is, when you speak well of me.

Scand. That is, when I am yours ? for while I am my own, or any body's else, that will never happen.

Tatt. How inhuman !

Val. Why, Tattle, you need not be much concerned at any thing that he says: for to conyerse with Scandal, is to play at Losing Loadum; you must lose a good name to him, before you can win it for yourself.

Tatt. But how barbarous that is, and how unfortu. nate for him, that the world shall think the better of any person for his calumniation l-I thank Heaven, it has always been a part of my character to handle the reputations of others very tenderly indeed.

Scand. Ay, such rotten reputations as you have to deal with are to be handled tenderly indeed. Tatt. Nay, why rotten? why should you say rotten,

know not the persons of whom you speak ? How cruel that is!

Scand. Not know them? Why, thou never hadst to do with any one that did not stink to all the town,

when you

Tatt. Ha, ha, ha! nay, now you make a jest of it indeed. For there is nothing more known, than that nobody knows any thing of that nature of me. As I hope to be saved, Valentine, I never exposed a woman, since I knew what woman was.

Val. And yet you have conversed with several ?

Tatt. To be free with you I have—I don't care if I own that-nay, more (I'm going to say a bold word no:v), I never could meddle with a woman that had to do with any body else,

Scand. How!

Val. Nay, faith, I'm apt to believe him-except her husband, Tattle.

Tatt. Oh that

Scand. What think you of that noble commoner, Mrs. Drab?

Tatt. Pooh, I know Madam Drab has made her brags in three or four places, that I said this and that, and writ to her, and did I know not what--but, upon my reputation, she did me wrong-well, well, that was malice-but I know the bottom of it. She was bribed to that by one we all know--a man toomonly to bring me into disgrace with a certain woman of quality

Scand. Whom we all know,

Tatt. No matter for tha:-Yes, yes, every body. knows no doubt on’t, every body knows my secrets! --But I soon satisfied the lady of my innocence ;

for I told her-Madam, says I, there are sonie persons who make it their business to tell stories, and say this

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Tatt. Ha, ha, ha! nay, now you make a jest of it indeed. For there is nothing more known, than that nobody knows any thing of that nature of me. As I hope to be saved, Valentine, I never exposed a woman, since I knew what woman was.

Val. And yet you have conversed with several ?

Tatt. To be free with you I have—I don't care if I own that—nay, more (I'm going to say a bold word no:v), I never could meddle with a woman that had to do with any body else,

Scand. How!

Val. Nay, faith, I'm apt to believe him--except her husband, Tattle.

Tatt. Oh that

Scand. What think you, of that noble commoner, Mrs. Drab?

Tatt. Pooh, I know Madam Drab has made her brags in three or four places, that I said this and that, and writ to her, and did I know not what-but, upon my reputation, she did me wrong-well, well, that was malice-but I know the bottom of it. She was bribed to that by one we all know--a man toomonly to bring me into disgrace with a certain woman of quality

Scand, Whom we all know,

Tatt, No matter for thai Yes, yes, every body. knows—10 doubt on’t, every body knows my secrets ! -But I soon satisfied the lady of my innocence ; I told her-Madam, says I, there are some persons svho make it their business to tell stories, and say this

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