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vil, and as often rude, without design, unseason- , past, but rather sooth you to a pleasure at my ably thoughtful, easy to a fault, and, in my best of sense of joy for my recovered happiness to come. praise, but carelessly good-natured ? How shall I Give, then, to any new-born love what name you reconcile your temper with having made so please; it cannot, shall not, be too kind : 0! it strange a choice?
cannot be too soft for what my soul swells up Lady Easy. Your own words may answer you with emulation to deserve-Receive me, then, Your having never seemed to be but what you entire at last, and take, what yet no woman ever really were; and, through that carelessness of truly had, my conquered heart ! temper, there still shone forth to me an undesign- Lady Ease o, the soft treasure ! O, the dear ing honesty, I always doubted of in smoother reward of long-deserving love !-Now am I blest faces : thus, while I saw you took least pains to indeed, to see you kind without the expence of win me, you pleased and wooed me inost: nay, pain in being so, to make you mine with easiness: I have thought, that such a temper could never thus! thús to have you mine, is something more be deliberately unkind: or, at the worst, I knew than happiness ; 'tis double life, and madness of that errors, from the want of thinking, might be abounding joy. But it was a pain intolerable borne; at least, when, probably, one moment's to give you a confusion. serious thought might end them these were my Sir Cha. O thou engaging virtue ! But I am worst of fears; and these, when weighed by grow- too slow in doing justice to thy love: I know thy ing love, against my solid hopes, were nothing. softness will refuse me; but remember, I insist
Sir Cha. My dear, your understanding startles upon it—let thy woman be discharged this me, and justly calls my own in question : I blush minute. to think I've worn so bright a jewel in my bosom, Lady Easy. No, my dear; think me not so and, till this hour, have scarce been curious once low in faith, to fear, that, after what you have to look upon its lustre.
said, it will ever be in her power to do me Lady Easy. You set too high a value on the future injury. When I can conveniently provide common qualities of an easy wife,
for her, I'll think on it: but to discharge her Sir Chu. Virtues, like benefits, are double, now, inight let her guess at the occasion; and when concealed : and, I confess, I yet suspect methinks I would have our difference, like you of an higher value far than I have spoke our endearments, be equally a secret to our seryou. Lady Easy. I understand you not.
Sir Cha. Still my superior every way!- be it as Sir Cha. I'll speak more plainly to you—be you have better thought--Well, my dear, free, and tell meWhere did you leave this now I'll confess a thing that was not in your handkerchief?
power to accuse me of; to be short, I own this Lady Easy. Ha!
creature is not the only one I have been to blame Sir Cha. What is it you start at? You hear with. the question.
Lady Easy. I know she is not, and was always Lady Easy. What shall I say? my fears con- less concerned to find it so); for constancy in erfound me.
(Aside. rors might have been fatal to me. Sir Cha. Be not concerned, my dear; be easy Sir Cha. What is it you know, my dear? in the truth, and tell me.
[Surprised. Lady Easy. I cannot speak—and I could wish Lady Easy. Come, I'm not afraid to accuse you'd not oblige me to it-'tis the only thing I you now--my lady Graveairs--Your careever yet refused you; and, though I want reason lessness, my dear, let all the world know it; and for my will, let me not answer you.
it would have been hard indeed, had it been Sir Cha. Your will, then, be a reason; and since only to me a secret. I see you are so generously tender of reproach- - Šir Cha. My dear, I will ask no more quesing me, it is fit I should be easy in my gratitude, tions, for fear of being more ridiculous; I do and make, what ought to be my shame, my joy. confess, I thought my discretion there had been Let me be therefore pleased to tell you now, your a master-piece-How contemptible must I have wondrous conduct has waked me to a sense of looked all this while ! your disquiet past, and resolution never to disturb Lady Easy. You shan't say so. it more-And (not that I offer it as a merit, but Sir Cha. Well, to let you see I had some yet in blind compliance to my will) let me beg shame, as well as nature in me, I had writ this you would immediately discharge your woman, to my lady Graveairs upon my first discovering
Lady Easy. Alas! I think not of her-0, my that you knew I had wronged you: read it. dear, distract me not with this excess of good- Lady Easy. (Reads.] ' Something has happenness.
(Weeping ed that prevents the visit I intended you; and Sir Cha. Nay, praise me not, lest I reflect how I could gladly wish, you never would reproach little I have deserved it; I see you are in pain to me if I tell you, 'tis utterly inconvenient that I give me this confusion. Come, I will not shock should ever see you more." your softness by my untimely blush for what is This, indeed, was more than I had merited.
Enter a Servant.
Lady Bet. O! madam, it has been his whole
business, of late, to make an utter breach between Sir Cha. Who is there? Here-Step with this my lord Morelove and me. 80 lady Graveairs.
Lady Easy. That may be owing to your usage (Seals the letter, and gives it the servant. of my lord : perhaps, he thought it would not Ser. Yes, sir—Madam, my lady Betty's disoblige you. I am confident you are mistaken
in him. Lady Easy. I'll wait on her.
Lady Bet. O! I don't use to be out in things Sir Cha. My dear, am thinking there may of this nature; I can see well enough: but I be other things my negligence may have wrong- shall be able to tell you more when I have talked ed you in; but be assured as I discover, all shall with my lord. be corrected.--Is there any part or circumn- Lady Easy. Here he comes; and because yon stance in your fortune that I can change or yet shall talk with hiin—No excuses—for positively make easier to you?
I will leave you together. Lady Easy. None, my dear; your good-nature Lady Bet. Indeed, my dear, I desire you never stinted me in that ; and now, methinks, I will stay, then; for I know you think now, that have less occasion there than ever.
I have a mind to
Lady Easy. Toto- -ha, ha, ha!
(Going Ser. Sir, my lord Morelove's come.
Lady Bet. Well! I'll remember this. Sir Cha. I am coming — I think I told you of the design we had laid against lady Betty
Enter LORD MORELOVE. Ludy Easy. You did, and I should be pleased Lord Mor. I hope I don't fright you away, to be myself concerned in it.
madam? Sir Cha. I believe we may employ you: I Lady Easy. Not at all, my lord; but I must bey know he waits for me with impatience. But, your pardon for a moment; I will wait upon you my dear, won't you think me tasteless to the joy immediately.
[Erit. you have given me, to suffer, at this time, any Lady Bet. My lady Easy gone ? concern but you to employ my thoughts ?
Lord Mor. Perhaps, madam, in friendship to Lady Easy. Seasons must be obeyed; and you; she thinks I may have deserved the coldsince I know your friend's happiness depending, ness you of late have shewn to me, and was wilI could not taste my own, should you neglect it. ling to give you this opportunity to convince me
Sir Cha. Thou easy sweetness S-0! what a you have not done it without just grounds and waste of thy neglected love has my unthinking reason. brain committed ! but time, and future thrift of Lady Bet. How handsomely does he reproach tenderness, shall yet repair it all. The hours me! but I cannot bear that he should think I will come when this soft gliding stream, that know it-[Aside.] My lord, whatever has passwells my heart, uninterrupted shall renew its sed between you and me, I dare swear that
could not be her thoughts at this time: for, And, like the ocean after ebb, shall move when two people have appeared professed eneWith constant force of due returning love. mies, she cannot but think one will as little care
[Exeunt. to give, as the other receive, a justification of
their actions. SCENE VII.-Changes to another room. Lord Mor. Passion, indeed, often does repea
ted injuries on both sides; but I don't remember, Re-enter LADY Easy and LADY BETTY.
in my heat of error, I ever yet professed myself Lady Bet. You have been in tears, my dear, your enemy. and yet you look pleased, too.
Lady Bet. My lord, I shall be very free with Lady Easy. You will pardon me, If I cannot you— confess, I do not think, now, I have a let you into circumstances : but be satisfied, greater enemy in the world. sir Charles has made me happy, even to a pain Lord Mor. If having loved you to my own of joy.
disquiet, be injurious, I am contented then to Lady Bet. Indeed, I am truly glad of it; stand the foremost of your enemies. though I am sorry to find, that any one who has Lady Bet. O! my lord, there's no great fear generosity enough to do you justice, should, un- of your being my enemy that way, I dare say provoked, be so great an enemy to me.
Lord Mor. There is no other way my heart Lady Easy. Sir Charles your enemy! can bear to offend you now; and I foresee in that
Lady Bet. My dear, you will pardon me if I it will persist to my undoing. always thought him so, but now I am convinced Lady Bet. Fy, fy, my lord! we know where of it.
your heart is well enough. Lady Easy. In what, pray? I cannot think you Lord Mor. My conduct has, indeed, deserved will find him so.
this scorn; and therefore, 'tis but just I should
submit to your resentment, and beg (though I am pain, and, by that time you had stretched and assured in vain) for pardun.
(Kneels. saped him heartily out of patience, of a sudden Enter SiR CHARLES.
most importantly remeinber you had outsat
your appointment with my lady, Fiddle-faddle, Sir Cha. How, my lord !
and immediately order your coach to the park? (LORD MORELOVE rises. Lady Bet. Yet, sir, have you done? Lady Bet. Ha! He here! This was unlucky. Sir Cha. No-though this might serve to
[Aside shew the nature of your principles : but the noLord Mor. O, pity my confusion !
ble conquest you have gained at last over defeat
[To Lady Betty. cd sense of reputation, too, has made your fame Sir Cha. I am sorry to see you can so soon immortal. forget yourself: methinks the insults you have Lord Mor. How, sir? borne froin that lady, by this time should have Lady Bet. My reputation ? warned you into a disgust of her regardless prin- Sir Cha. Aye, madam, your reputation-My ciples.
lord, if I advance a falsehood, then resent it. I Lord Mor. Hold, sir Charles, while you and say your reputation—It has been your life's I are friends! I desire you would speak with ho- whole pride of late to be the common toast of nour of this lady——'Tis sufficient I have no com- every public table, vain even in the infamous plaint against her, and
addresses of a married man, my lord FoppingLady Bet. My lord, I beg you would resent this ton; let that be reconciled with reputation, I thing no farther : an injury like this is better will now shake hands with shame, and bow me punished with our contempt; apparent malice to the low contempt which you deserve from should only be laughed at.
him; not but I suppose you will yet endeavour Sir Cha. Ha, ha! the old resource. Offers to recover him. Now, you find ill usage in danof any hopes to delude him from his resentment, ger of losing your conquest, 'tis possible you will and then as the Grand Monarque did with Ca- stop at nothing to preserve it. valier: and then you are sure to keep your word Lady Bet. Sir Charleswith him. Lady Bet. Sir Charles, to let you know how Sir Cha. alks disordered, and he after her.
know your vanity is so voracious, far I am above your little spleen, my lord, your it will even wound itself to feed itself; offer him hand! from this hour
a blank, perhaps, to fill up with hopes of what. Sir Cha. Pshaw! pshaw! all design ! all nature he pleases, and part even with your pique! mere artifice and disappointed woman. pride to keep him.
Lady Bet. Look you, sir, not that I doubt my Lady Bet. Sir Charles, I have not deserved lord's opinion of me; yet
[Bursting into tears. Sir Cha. Look you, madam, in short, your Sir Cha. Ah! true woman! drop him a soft word has been too often taken, to let you make dissembling tear, and then his just resentment up quarrels, as you used to do, with a soft look, must be bushed of course. and a fair promise you never intended to keep. Lord Mor. O Charles ! I can bear no more ;
Lady Bet. Was ever such insolence ! He won't those tears are so reproaching. give me leave to speak.
Sir Cha. Hist, for your life! (Aside, and then Lord Mor. Sir Charles !
aloud.] My lord, if you believe her, you are unLady Bet. No, pray, my lord, have patience ; done; the very next sight of my lord Foppington and since his malice seems to grow particular, I would make her yet forswear all that she can dare his worst, and urge him to the proof on't : promise. Pray, sir, wherein can you charge me with breach Lady Bet. My lord Foppington ! Is that the of promise to my lord?
mighty crime that must condemn me, then ? You Sir Cha. Death! you won't deny it? How often, know I used him but as a tool of my resentment, to piece up a quarrel, have you appointed him to which you yourself, by a pretended friendship to visit you alone; and, though you have promised us both, most artfully provoked me to to see no other company the whole day, when Lord Mor. Hold, I conjure you, madam; I he was come he has found you among the laugh want not this conviction. of noisy fops, coquettes,and coxcombs, dissolutely Lady Bet. Send for him this minute, and you gay, while your full eyes ran over with transport and he shall both be witnesses of the contempt at their fattery, and your own vain power of and detestation I have for any forward hopes bis pleasing? How often, I say, have you been vanity may have given him, or your malice would known to throw away, at least, four hours of insinuate. your good humour upon such wretches, and, the Sir Cha. Death! you would as soon eat fireminute they were gone, grew only dull to him, as soon part with your luxurious taste of folly, sunk into a distasteful spleen, complained you as dare to own the half of this before his face, had talked yourself into the head-ache, and then or any one, that would make you blush to deny indulged upon the dear delight of seeing him in it to—Here coines my wife now, we shall see
this of you.
Ha ! and my lord Foppington with her-Now! |ment of our reconciliation; for though, in the now, we shall see this mighty proof of your sin- little outward gallantry I received from him, I cerity–Now! my lord, you'll have a warning did not immediately trust him with my design in sure, and henceforth know me for your friend, it, yet I have a better opinion of bis understandindeed.
ing, than to suppose he could mistake it.
Lord Fop. I am struck dumb with the delibeEnter Lady Easy, and Lord FOPPINGTON.
ration of her assurance ! and do not positively Lady Easy. In tears, my dear! what's the remember, that the nonchalance of my temper matter?
ever had so bright an occasion to shew itself beLady Bet. O, my dear, all I told you is true : fore. Sir Charles has shewn himself so inveterately my Lady Bet. My lord, I hope you will pardon enemy, that, if I believed I deserved but half his the freedom I have taken with you. hate, 'twould make me hate myself.
Lord Fop. Oh, madam, do not be under the Lord Fop. Hark you, Charles; prithee what is confusion of an apology upon my account; for, this business?
in cases of this nature, I am never disappointed, Sir Cha. Why, yours, my lord, for aught I but when I find a lady of the same mind two know-I have made such a breach betwixt them hours together-Madam, I have lost a thou-I cannot promise much for the courage of a sand fine women in my time; but never had the woman; but if hers holds, I am sure it is wide ill manners to be out of humour with any one enough; you may enter ten abreast, my lord. for refusing me, since I was born.
Lord Fop. Say'st thou so, Charles? Then, I Lady Bet. My lord, that's a very prudent temhold six to four, I am the first man in the town. per.
Lady Easy. Sure there must be some mistake Lord Fop. Madam, to convince you that I am in this: I hope he has not made my lord your in an universal peace with mankind, since you enemy.
own I have so far contributed to your happiness, Lady Bet. I know not what he has done. give me leave to have the honour of completing
Lord More. Far be that thought! Alas! I am it, by joining your hand, where you have already too much in fear myself, that what I have this offered up your inclination. day committed, advised by his mistaken friend- Lady Bet. My lord, that's a favour I cannot ship, may have done my love irreparable preju- refuse you. dice.
Lord More. Generous, indeed, my lord! Lady Bet. No, my lord; since I perceive his
(Lord FOPPINGTON joins their hands. little arts have not prevailed upon your good na- Lord Fop. And, stap my breath, if ever I was ture to my prejudice, I am bound in gratitude, better pleased since my first entrance into human in duty to myself, and to the confession you have nature ! made, my lord, to acknowledge now, I have been Sir Cha. How now, my lord! what? throw up to blame, too.
the cards before you have lost the game? Lord More. Ha! is it possible? can you own Lord Fop. Look you, Charles, 'tis true, I did so much? O my transported heart!
design to have played with her alone : but he Lady Bet. He says I have taken pleasure in that will keep well with the ladies, must someseeing you uneasy-1 own it—but 'twas when times be content to make one at a pool with that uneasiness I thought proceeded from your them; and, since I know I must engage her in love; and if you did love-twill not be much iny turn, I don't see any great odds in letting him to pardon it.
take the first game with her. Lord More. O let my soul, thus bending to Sir Cha. Wisely considered, my lord ! your power, adore this soft descending good- Lady Bet. And now, sir Charlesness!
Sir Cha. And now, madam, I'll save you the Lady Bet. And, since the giddy, woman's trouble of a long speech; and, in one word, conslights I have shewn you too often, have been fess that every thing I have done in regard to public, 'tis fit, at last, the amends and reparation you this day, was purely artificial I saw there should be so: therefore, what I offered to Sir was no way to secure you to my lord Morelove, Charles, I now repeat before this company, my but by alarming your pride with the danger of utter detestation of any past, or future gallantry, losing him : and, since the success must have by that has, or shall be offered by me, to your unea- this time convinced you, that in love nothing is siness.
more ridiculous than an over-acted aversion, I Lord More. Oh! be less generous, or teach am sure you won't take it ill, if we at last conme to deserve it- -Now blush, sir Charles, at gratulate your good-nature, by heartily laughing your injurious accusation.
at the fright we had put you in : ha, ha, ha! Lord Fop. Ah! Pardi, Voila quelque chose Lady Easy. Ha, ha, ha! d'extraordinaire !
Lady Bet. Why-Well, I declare it now, I Lady Bet. As for my lord Foppington, I owe hate you worse than ever. him thanks for having been so friendly an instru- Sir Cha. Ha, ha, ha! And was it afraid they
sup with us
would take away it's love from it?- -Poor lady Lady Grave. Have you then fallen into the Betty! Ha, ha, ha!
low contempt of exposing me, and to your wife, Lady Easy. My dear, I beg your pardon; but too? it is impossible not to laugh when one is so heart- Sir Cha. Twas impossible; without it, I could ily pleased.
never be sincere in my conversion. Lord Hop. Really, madam, I am afraid the Lady Grave. Despicable ! humour of the company will draw me into your
Sir Cha. Do not think so- -for my sake I displeasure, too; but, if I were to expire this know she'll not reproach you—nor, by her car, moment, my last breath would positively go out riage, ever let the world perceive you have wrongwith a laugh. Ha, ha, ha!
ed her. My dearLady Bet. Nay, I have deserved it all, that's Lady Easy. Lady Graveairs, I hope you will the truth on't-but I hope, my lord, you were not in this design against me.
Lady Grave. I cannot refuse so much good Lord More. As a proof, madam, I am inclined coinpany, madam. never to deceive you more-1 do confess I had Sir Cha. You see the worst of her resentmy share in it.
ment- In the mean time, don't endeavour to Lady Bet. You do, my lord--then I declare it be her friend, and she'll never be your enemy. was a design, one or other—the best carried on Lady Grave. I am unfortunate —'tis what my that ever I knew in my life; and (to my shame folly has deserved, and I submit to it. I own it) for aught I know, the only thing that Lord More. So ! here is the music. could have prevailed upon my temper; 'twas a Lady Easy. Come, ladies, shall we sit ? foolish pride that has cost me many a bitten lip to support it-I wish we don't both repent, my
SONG. lord. Lord More. Don't you repent with me, and
Sabina, with an angel's face, we never shail.
By love ordained for joy ; Sir Cha. Well, madam, now the worst that Seems of the siren's cruel race, the world can say of your past conduct, is, that To charm and then destroy. my lord had constancy, and you had tried it.
With all the arts of look and dress,
She fans the fatal fire ;
Through pride, mistaken oft for grace, Ser. My lord, Mr Lefevre's below, and desires
She bids the swains expire. to know what time your lordship will please to The god of love, enraged to see have the music begin.
The nymph defy his flame, Lord More. Sir Charles, what say you ? will Pronounced his merciless decree you give me leave to bring them hither?
Against the haughty dame. Sir Cha. As the ladies think fit, ny lord.
Let age with double speed o'ertake her, Lady Bet. Oh! by all means; 'twill be better Let love the room of pride supply ; here, unless we could have the terrace to our- And, when the lovers all forsake her, selves.
A spotless virgin let her die. Lord More. Then, pray desire them to come hither immediately.
Sir CHARLES comes forward with Lady Easy. Ser. Yes, my lord.
[Erit Sertant. Sir Cha. Now, my dear, I find my happiness Enter LADY GRAVEAIRS.
grow fast upon me; in all my past experience of
the sex, I found, even among the better sort, so Sir Cha. Lady Graveairs !
much of folly, pride, malice, passion, and irresoLady Grave. Yes, you may well start! But lute desire, that I concluded thee but of the foredon't suppose I am now come, like a poor tame most rank, and, therefore, scarce worthy my confool, to upbraid your guilt; but, if I could, to cern; but thou hast stirred me with so severe a blast you with a look.
proof of thy exalted virtue, it gives me wonder Sir Cha. Come, come, you have sense-don't equal to my love-If, then, the unkindly thought expose yourself--you are unhappy, and I own of what I have been, hereafter shall intrude upon myself the cause. The only satisfaction I can of thy growing quiet, let this reflection teach thec to fer you, is to protest, no new engagement takes be easy: me from you; but a sincere reflection of the Thy wrongs, when greatest, most thy virtue long neglect, and injuries I have done the best of proved; wives; for whose amends, and only sake, I now And, from that virtue found, I blushed, and must part with you, and all the inconvenient truly loved. pleasures of my life.