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Mrs. For. Was there ever such impudence, to “ make love to me before my husband's face? I'll swear,
I'll tell hiin. “ Scand. Do. I'll die a martyr rather than disclaim “ my passion. But come a little farther this way; " and I'll tell you what project I had to get him out “ of the way, that I might have an opportunity of " waiting upon you.
[Whisper. Foresight looking in the glass, “ For. I do not see any revolution here.—Me" thinks I look with a serene and benign aspect,“pale, a little pale—but the roses of these cheeks “ have been gathered many yearsHa, I do not like “ that sudden flushing-gone already !-Hem, hem, “ hem! faintish. My heart is pretty good; yet it “ beats: and my pulses, hal-I have note-mercy “ on me!-hum!-Yes, here they are.
Gallop, “ gallop, gallop, gallop, gallop, gallop ! hey, whither « will they hurry me ?Now they're gone agin" and now I'm faint again ; and pale again, ad, “ hem! and my, hem!-breath, and, hem!--gro < short; hem! he, he, hem!
“ Scand. It takes : pursue it, in the name of lore " and pleasure.
«« Mrs. For. How do you do, Mr. Foresight? “ For. Hum, not so well as I thought I was. Lend
hand. “ Scand. Look you there now. Your lady says your sleep has been unquiet of late. 66 For. Very likely !
w me your
« Mrs. For. O, mighty restless! but I was afraid to « tell him so.--He has been subject to talking and "starting
" Scand. And did not use to be so?
“ Mrs. For. Never, never; till within these three " nights, I cannot say that he has once broken my “ rest since we have been married. “ For. I will go to bed.
Scand. Do so, Mr. Foresight, and say your prayers He looks better than he did. “ Mrs. For. Nurse, nurse! “ For. Do you think so, Scandal?
“ Scand. Yes, yes; I hope this will be gone by “ morning : take it in time. ,
6. For. I hope so.
« Enter NURSE. “ Mrs. For. Nurse, your master is not well; put him to bed.
“ Scand. I hope you will be able to see Valentine rain, “ in the morning. You had best take a little diaco!--grcdium and cowslip water, and lie upon your back;
you may dream. “ For. I thank you, Mr. Scandal; I will.. Nurse, let me have a watch-light, and lay The Crumbs of Comfort by me. Nurse. Yes, sir.
[Exit. « For. And-hem, hem ! I am very faint. « Scand. No, no, you look much better. « For. Do I? And, d'ye hear-bring me, let me
? 5. Lend
“ see-within a quarter of twelve-hem-he, hem!“just upon the turning of the tide, bring me the uri. “ nal. And I hope, neither the lord of my ascend,
ant, nor the moon will be combust; and then I may 46 do well.
« Scand. I hope so-Leave that to me; I will erect
a scheme; and I hope I shall find both Sol and Ve. 66mus in the sixth house.
" For. I thank you, Mr. Scandal; indeed that “ would be a great comfort to me. Hem, hem! good
[Exit. “ Scand. Good night, good Mr. Foresight. And “ I hope Mars and Venus will be in conjunction 4 while your
wife and I are together.” Mrs. For, Well; and what use do you hope to make of this project? You don't think that you are ever like to succeed in your design upon me?
Scand. Yes, faith, I do; I have a better opinion both of you and inyself, than to despair.
Mrs. For. Did you ever hear such a toad?--Hark’ye, devil; do you think any woman honest ?
Scand, Yes, several, very honest--they'll cheat a little at cards, sometimes; but that's nothing.
Mrs. For, Pshaw! þut virtuous, I mean?.
Scand. Yes, faith, I believe some women are virtuous too; but 'tis as I believe some men are valiant, through fear-For why should a man court danger, or a woman shun pleasure ?
« Mrs. For. O monstrous! What are conscience " and honour
“ Scand. Why, honour is a public enemy; and con. " science a domestic thief: and he that would secure “ his pleasure, must pay a tribute to one, and go halves " with t'other. As for honour, that you have se“ cured; for you have purchased a perpetual oppor“ tunity for pleasure.
“ Mrs. For. An opportunity for pleasure ?
“ Scand. Ay, your husband; an husband is an op“portunity for pleasure. So you have taken care of “ honour, and 'tis the least I can do to take care of
“ Mrs. For. And so you think we are free for one 66 another?
“ Scand. Yes, faith, I think so; I love to speak my 16 mind.
“ Mrs. For. Why then I'll speak my mind. Now, so as to this affair between you and me. “ make love to me; why, I'll confess it does not dis“ please me. Your person is well enough, and your “ understanding is not amiss.
" Scand. I have no great opinion of myself; but I " think I am neither deformed, nor a fool.
“ Mrs. For. But you have a villanous character ; you are a libertine in speech, as well as practice.
“ Scand. Come, I know what you would say—yout “ think it more dangerous to be seen in conversation " with me, than to allow some other men the last fa. (6 vour.
You mistake; the liberty I take in talking “ is purely affected, for the service of your sex. He “ that first cries out stop thief, is often he that stole
“ the treasure. I am a juggler, that acts by confede“racy, and if you please, we'll put a trick upon the 66 world.
“ Mrs. For. Ay; but you are such an universal jug“ gler--that I'm afraid you have a great many con. 66 federates.
« Scand. Faith, I'm, sound." Mrs. For. “O fie!"-I'll swear you're impudent. Scand. I'll swear you're handsome.
Mrs. For. Pish, you'd tell me so, though you did not think so.
Scand. And, you'd think so, though I did not tell you so: and now I think we know one another pretty well.
Mrs. For. O Lord! who's here?
Enter Mrs. FRAIL and Ben. Ben. Mess, I love to speak my mind-Father has nothing to do with me. - Nay, I can't say that nei. ther; he has something to do with me; but what does that signify? If so be, that I ben't minded to be steered by him; 'tis as thof he should strive against wind and tide.
Mrs. F. Ay, but, my dear, we must keep it secret, till the estate be settled; for, you know, marrying with out an estate, is like sailing in a ship without ballast.
Ben. He, he, he! why that's true; just so for all the world, it is as like as two cable ropes.
Mrs. F. And though I have a good portion; you know one would not venture all in one bottom.