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and that of one and the other, and every thing in the world; and, says I, if your grace

Scand. Grace !
Tatt. O Lord, what have I said?

-My unlucky tongue !

Val. Ha, ha, ha!

Scand. Why, Tattle, thou hast more impudence than one can in reason expect : I shall have an esteem for thee-well, and ha, ha, ha! well, go on, and what did you say to her grace ?

Val. I confess this is something extraordinary.

Tatt. Not a word, as I hope to be saved ; an arrant lapsus linguæ!--Come, let us talk of something else.

Val. Well, but how did you acquit yourself?

Tatt. Pooh, pooh, nothing at all, I only rallied with you.--A woman of ordinary rank was a little jealous of me, and I told her something or otherfaith, I know not what, -Come, let's talk of something else.

[Hums a song Scand. Hang him, let him alone; he has a mind we should inquire.

Tatt. Valentine, I supped last night with your mistress, and her uncle old Foresight: I think your

father lies at Foresight's.

Val. Yes.

Tatt. Upon my soul, Angelica’s a fine woman.And so is Mrs. Foresight, and her sister Mrs. Frail.

Scand. Yes, Mrs. Frail is a very fine woman ; we all know her.

Tatt, Oh, that is not fair.

Scand. What?
Tatt. To tell.

Scand. To tell what? Why, what do you know of Mrs. Frail?

Tatt. Who I? Upon honour I don't know whether she be a man or woman; but by the smoothness of her chin, and roundness of her hips.

Scand. No!
Tatt. No.
Scand. She says

otherwise.
Tatt. Impossible!
Scand. Yes, faith. Ask Valentine else.

Tatt. Why then, as I hope to be saved, I believe a woman only obliges a man to secresy, that she rray have the pleasure of telling herself.

Scand. No doubt on it. Well, but has she done you wrong, or no? You have had her? ha ?

Tatt. Though I have more honour than to tell first; I have niore manners than to contradict what a lady has declared.

Scand. Well, you own it?

Tatt. I am strangely surprised ! Yes, yes, I cannot deny it, if she taxes me with it.

Scand. She'll be here by and by; she sees Valentine every morning.

Tatt. How !

Pal. She does me the favour-I mean, of a visit sometimes. I did not think she had granted more to any body.

Scand. Nor I, faith.-But Tattle does not use to

belie a lady; it is contrary to his character. -How one may be deceived in a woman, Valentine !

Tatt. Nay, what do you mean, gentlemeti ?
Scand. I'm resolved I'll ask her.
Tatt. O barbarous! Why did you not tell me
Scand. No, you told us.
Tatt. And bid me ask Valentine?

Val. What did I say? I hope you won't bring me to confess an answer, when you never asked me the question !

Tatt. But, gentlemen, this is the most inhuman proceeding.

Val. Nay, if you have known Scandal thus long, and cannot avoid such a palpable decoy as this was ; the ladies have a fine time, whose reputations are in your keeping

Enter JEREMY. Jer. Sir, Mrs. Frail has sent to know if you are stirring.

Val. Shew her up when she comes. [Exit Jer.
Tatt. I'll be gone.
Val. You'll meet her.
Tatt. Is there not a back way?

Val. If there were, you have more discretion than to give Scandal such an advantage; why, your running an ay will prove all that he can tell her.

Tatt. Scandal, you will not be so ungenerous—0,1 shall lose my reputation of secrecy for ever.--I shall never be received but opon public days; and my

visits will never be admitted beyond a drawing-room : I shall never see a bed-chamber again, never be locked in a closet, nor run behind a screen, or under a table; never be distinguished among the waiting women by the name of trusty Mr. Tattle more.You will not be so cruel ?

Val. Scandal, have pity on him ; he'll yield to any conditions.

Tatt. Any, any terms.

Scand. Come then, sacrifice half a dozen women of good reputation to me presently. -Come, where are you familiar ?

And see that they are women of quality too, the first quality.

Tatt. 'Tis very hard.Won't a baronet's lady pass?

Scand. No, nothing under a right honourable.
Tatt. O inhuman! You don't expect their names?
Scand. No, their titles shall serve.

Tatt. Alas, that is the same thing. Pray spare me their titles; I'll describe their persons.

Scand. Well, begin then. But take notice, if you are so ill a painter, that I cannot know the person by your picture of her, you must be condemned, like other bad painters, to write the name at the bottom.

Tatt. Well, first then

Enter Mrs. FRAIL.

O unfortunate! she's come already. Will you have patience till another time :~I'll double the number.

Scand. Well, on that condition - Take heed you don't fail me.

Mrs. F. I shall get a fine reputation, by coming to see fellows in a morning! Scandal, you devil, are you here too? Oh, Mr. Tattle, every thing is safe with you, we know.

Scand. Tattle !

Tatt. Mum-wwe madam, you do me too much honour,

Val. Well, lady Galloper, how does Angelica
Mrs. F. Angelica ?--Manners!
Val. What, you will allow an absent lover

Mrs. F. No, I'll allow a lover present with his mis. tress to be particular—but otherwise I think his pas sion ought to give place to his manners.

Val. But what if he has more passion than män

ners ?

Mrs. F. Then let him marry, and reform.

Val. Marriage indeed may qualify the fury of liis passion; but it very rarely mends a man's manners.

Mrs. F. You are the most mistaken in the world; there is no creature perfectly civil, but å husband : for in a little time he grows only rude to his wife ; and that is the highest good-breeding, for it begets his civility to other people. Well, I'll tell you news; but, I suppose, you heard your brother Benjamin is landed. And my brother Foresight's daughter come out of the country-I assure you, there's a match talk'd of by the old people. Well, if he be but as great a sea beast, as she is a land monster, we

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