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Lady Bee. Ha, ha ha!
. Ha, ha, ha!
Lady Bet. Well! my lord ! have you scen my Ld Fop. Perish the canaille ! lord Morelove?
Lady Grave. Oh, my lord, we women have Ld Fop. Seen hin?! ba, ba, ha!-0! 1 all reason to be jealous of Lady Betty Modish's have such things to tell you, madam—you'll power. die
Li More. (To Lady BETTY.)- As the mer, Lady Bet. O, pray let's hear them! I was madam, all bave of my lord Foppington; be never in a better humour to receive them. sides, favourites of great merit discourage those Ld Fop. Hark you.
[They whisper. of an inferior class for their prince's service; he Ld More. So, she's engaged already.
has already lost you one of your retinue, madam.
[To Sir Cha. Lady Bet. Not at all, my lord; he has only Sir Cha. So much the better; make but a made room for another: one must sometimes just advantage of my success, and she's undone. make vacancies, or there could be no prefer. Fop
Lady Easy. Ha, ha, ha! Ladies' favours, my Sir Cha. You see already what ridiculous pains lord, like places at court, are not always held for she is taking to stir your jealousy, and cover her life, you know.
Lady Bet. No, indeed! if they were, the poor fine women would be always used like their wises,
and no more minded than the business of the Ld More. O, never fear me; for upon my nation. word, it now appears ridiculous even to me. Ludy Easy. Have a care, madam: an undeSir Chu. And, hark yol
serving favourite has been the ruin of many a [Whispers Lord MORE. prince's empire. Lady Bet. And so the widow was as full of Ld Fop. Ha, ha, ha! Upon my soul, Lady airs as his lordship?
Betty, we must grow more discreet; for, posiSir Cha. Only observe that, and it is impossi- tively, if we go on at this rate, we shall have the ble you can fail.
Aside world throw you under the scandal of constancy; Ld More. Dear Charles, you have convinced and I shall have all the swords of condition at me, and I thank you.
my throat for a monopolist. Lady Grave. My lord Morelove! What, do *Ld More. Oh! there's no great fear of that, you leave us ?
my lord; though the men of sense give it over, Ld More. Ten thousand pardons, madam! I there will be always some idle fellows rain was but just
enough to believe their merit may succeed as well Lady Gruve. Nay, nay, no excuses, my lord, as your lordship’s. so you will but let us have you again.
Lady Bet. Or, if they should not, my lord, Sir Cha. (Aside to Lady GRAVEAIRS.]—I sec cast lovers, you know, need not fear being long you have good humour, madan, when you like out of employment, while there are so many your company.
well-disposed people in the world—There are Lady Grove. And you, I see, for all your generally neglected wives, stale maids, or charita mighty thirst of dominion, could stoop to be ble widows, always ready to relieve the necessities obedient, if one thought it worth one's while to of a disappointed passion
of a disappointed passion —And, by the way,
hark you, Sir CharlesSir Cha. Ha! power would make her an ad- Ld More. [ Aside.)-So! she's stirred, I see; mirable tyrant.
[Aside for all her pains to hide it- She would hardly Lidy Eusy. (Observing Sir CHARLES and La- have glanced an affront at a woman she was not dy GRAVEAIRS.]—So! there's another couple piqued at. have quarrelled, too, I find-Those airs to my Lady Grave. (Aside.]—That wit was throva lord Morelove look as if designed to recover Sir at me, I suppose; but I'll return it.
I Charles into jealousy: I'll endeavour to join the Lady Bet. (Softly to Sir CHARLES.)--Pray, company, and, it may be, that will let me into how come you all this while to trust your mis. the secret.-[Aside.]--My lord Foppington, I tress so easily? vow this is very uncomplaisant, to engross so
Sir Cha. One is not so apt, madam, to be agreeable a part of the company to yourself. alarmed at the liberties of an old acquaintance,
Sir Cha. Nay, my lord, this is not fair, indeed, as perhaps your ladyship ought to be at the reto enter into secrets among friends! Ladies, what sentment of an hard-used, honourable lover. say you? I think we ought to declare against it. Lady Bet. Suppose I were alarmed, how does
I Lady Bet. Well, ladies, I ought only to ask that make you easy? your pardon: my lord's excuseable, for I would Sir Cha. Come, come, be wise at last; my haul him into a corner.
trusting them together may easily convince you, Ld Fop. I swear 'tis very hard, ho! I ob that (as I told you before) I know his addresses serve, two people of extreme condition can no to her are only outward, and it will be your fault sooner grow particular, but the multitude of both now, if you let him go on till the world thinks sexes are immediately up, and think their pro- him in earnest, and a thousand busy tongues are perties invaded
set upon malicious inquiries into your reputation. Lady Bet. Odious multitude !
Lady Bet. Why, Sir Charles, do you suppose,
make you so.
while he behaves himself as he does, that I won't | dyship has chosen a much properer person to imconvince him of my indifference?
prove your hand with. Sir Cha. But hear me, madam
L1 Fop. To me, madam-My lord, I presume Lady Grave. (Aside.]— The air of that whis- whoever the lady thinks fit to play the fool with, per looks as if the lady had a mind to be making will at least be able to give as much envy as the her peace again : and, 'tis possible, his worship’s wise person that had not wit enough to keep well being so busy in the matter, too, may proceed as
with her when he was so. much from his jealousy of my lord with me, as Lady Grade. O! my lord! Both parties must friendship to her; at least I fancy so; therefore, needs be greatly happy; for, I dare swear neiI'm resolved to keep her still piqued, and prevent ther will have any rivals to disturb them. it, though it be only to gall bim —Sir Charles, Ld More. Ha, ha, ha! that is not fair to take a privilege you just now Lady Bet. None that will disturb them, I declared against in my lord Foppington.
dare swear. Ld More. Well observed, madam.
Ld Fop. Ha, ha, ha!
Ludy Bet. Lady Bet. Oh! madam, your pardon in par- Sir Chu. I don't know, gentlefolks--but you ticular : but it is possible you may be mistaken : are all in extreme good humour, methinks; I the secrets of people, that have any regard to hope there's none of it affected. their actions, are not so soon guessed, as theirs Lady Easy. I should be loth to answer for any that have inade a confident of the whole town. but my lord Foppington.
(dside. Ld Fop. Ha, ha, ha!
Lady Bet. Mine is not, I'll zwear. Lady Grade. A coquette, in her affected airs Ld More. Nor mine, I'm sure. of disdain to a revolted lover, I'm afraid, must Lady Gruve. Mine's sincere, depend upon't. exceed your ladyship in prudence, not to let the Ld Fop. And may the eternal frowns of the world see, at the same time, she'd give her eyes whole sex doubly demme, if mine is not. to make her peace with him : ha, ha, ha!
Lady Elsy. Well, good people, I am mighty Ld More. Ha, ha, ha!
glad to hear it.
You have all performed exLudy Bet. 'Twould be a mortification, indeed, tremely well: but, if you please, you shall even if it were in the power of a fading widow's charms give over your wit now, while it is well
. to prevent it ; and the man must be miserably Lady Bet. (To herself.]-Now I see his hureduced, sure, that could bear to live buried in mour, I'll stand it out, if I were sure to die for’t. woollen, or take up with the motherly comforts
Siri Cha. You should not have proceeded so of a swan-skin petticoat. Ha, ha, ha!
far with my lord Foppington, after what I had Ld Fop. Ha, ha, ha!
(Aside to Lady BETTY. Lady Grave. Widows, it seems, are not so Lady Bet. Pray, Sir Charles, give me leave to squeamish to their interest; they know their own understand myself a little. minds, and take the man they like, though it Sir Cha. Your pardon, madam. I thought a happens to be one that a froward, vain girl has riglit understanding would have been for both disobliged, and is pining to be friends with. your interest and reputation.
Ld More. Nay, though it happens to be one Lady Bet. For his, perhaps. that confesses he once was fond of a piece of fol. Sir Cha. Nay, then, madam, it's time for me ly, and afterwards ashamed on't.
to take care of my friend. Lady Bet. Nay, my lord, there's no standing Ludy Bet. I never, in the least, doubted your against two of you.
friendship to him, in any thing that was to shew Ld Fop. No, faith, that's odds at tennis, my yourself my enemy. lord: not but, if your ladyship pleases, I'll en- Sir Cha. Since I see, madam, you have so undeavour to keep your back-hand a little; though, grateful a sense of my lord Morelove's merit, upon my soul, you may safely set me up at the and my service, I shall never be ashamed of using line : for, knock me down if ever I saw a rest of my power henceforth to keep him entirely out of wit better played, than that last, in my life. your ladyship’s. What say you, madam ? shall we engage?
Lady Bet. Was ever any thing so insolent! I Lady Bet. As you please, my lord.
could find in my heart to run the hazard of a La Fop: Ha, ha, ha! Allons ! tout de bon downright compliance, if it were only to con. jouer, mi lor.
vince him, that my power, perhaps, is not infeLd Mlore. Oh, pardon me, sir, I shall never rior to his.
[To herself. think myself in any thing a match for the lady. Lady Easy. My lord Foppington, I think you Ld Fop. To you, madam.
generally lead the company upon these occasions. Lady Bet. That's much, my lord, when the Pray, will you think of some prettier sort of diworld knows you have been so many years tea- version for us than parties and whispers ? sing me to play the fool with you.
Ld Fop. What say you, ladies shall we step Ld Fop. 'Ah, bien-joué-Ha, ha, ha!
and see what's done at the basset-table ? Ld Nore. At that game, I confess, your la- Lady Bet. With all my heart. Lady Easy
my lord ?
Lady Easy. I think 'tis the best thing we Lady Bet. That's all, my lord. can do, and, because we won't part to-night, you Ld More. Is not your ladyship for walking ? shall all sup where you dined- What say you, Lady Bet. If your lordship dares venture with
Ld More. Your ladyship may be sure of me, Ld More. O! madam! (Taking her hand.] madam.
How my heart dances ! what heavenly music's Ld Fop. Ay! ay! we'll all come.
in her voice, when softened into kindness. Lady Easy. Then, pray, let's change parties
[Aside. a little. My lord Foppington, you shall 'squire Lady Bet. Ha! his hand trembles-Sir,
Charles may be mistaken. Ld Fop. O! you do me honour, madam. Ld Fop. My lady Graveairs, you won't let Lady Bet. My lord Morelove, pray let me Sir Charles leave us?
(Exeunt. speak with you.
(Manent Sir CHARLES and Lady GRAVEAIRS. Ld More. Me, madam ?
Lady Grave. No, my lord, we'll follow you, Ludy Bet. If you please, my lord.
(To Sir CHARLES. Ld More. Ha! that look shot through me. Šir Cha. I thought your ladyship designed to What can this mean?
(Aside. follow them. Lady Bet. This is no proper place to tell you Lady Gruve. Perhaps I'd speak with you. what it is, but there is one thing I'd fain be truly Sir Cha. But, madam, consider ; we shall ceranswered in: I suppose you'll be at my lady tainly be observed. Easy's by and by, and if you'll give me leave Lady Grave. Lord, sir, if you think it such a there
[Exit hustily, Ld More. If you please to do me that honour, Sir Cha. Is she gone? Let her go, &c. madam, I shall certainly be there.
stay a little.
Sir Cha. Come, come, no more of these reSCENE I.-Continues.
proachful looks; you'll find, madam, I have de
served better of you than your jealousy imagines Enter Sir CHARLES and Lord MORELOVE.
- Is it a fault to be tender of your reputation? Sir Chu. Come a little this way, -My lady-fie, fie-This may be a proper time to talk, Gravcairs had an eye upon me as I stole otf, and of my contriving, too —you see I just now and, I'm apprehensive, will make use of any op
shook off my lord Morelove on purpose. portunity to talk with me.
Lady Grave. May I believe you? Lcd More. O! we are pretty safe here
Sir Cha. Still doubting my fidelity, and misWell, you were speaking of Lady Betty. taking my discretion for want of good nature !
Sir Chu. Ay, my lord-1 say, notwithstanding Ludy Grave. Don't think me troublesomeall this sudden change of her behaviour, I would For I confess 'tis death to think of parting with not have you yet be too secure of her: for, be- you: since the world sees for you I have netween you and I, since I told you I have pro- glected friends and reputation, have stood the fessed inyself an open enemy to her power with little insults of disdainful prudes, that envied me you—'tis not impossible but this new air of good perhaps your friendship; have borne the freezing humour may very much proceed from a little looks of near and general acquaintance-Since woman's pride, of convincing me you are not yet this is so—don't let them ridicule me, too, and out of her power.
say my foolish vanity undid me! Don't let them Ld More. Not unlikely. But still, can we make point at me as a cast mistress ! no advantage of it?
Sir Cha. You wrong me, to suppose thethought: Sir Cha. That's what I have been thinking of you'll have better of me when we meet: When
-Death! my lady Gravcairs ! shall you be at leisure ? L1 More. Ha! she will have audience, I find. Lady Grave. I confess I would see you once
Sir Chu. There's no avoiding her-the truth again : if what I have more to say prove ineffco. is, I have owed her a little good nature a great tual, perhaps it may convince me then, 'uis my while I see there's but one way of getting rid interest to part with you—Can you come to of her-I must even appoint her a day of pay- night? ment at last. If you'll step into my lodgings, my Sir Cha. You know we have company, and lord, I'll just give her an answer, and be with you I'm afraid they'll stay too late--Cann't it be bein a moment.
fore supper ?-What's o'clock now? Ld More. Very well, I'll stay there for you. Lady Grude. It's almost six. [Exit Lorů MORELOVE. Sir Cha. At seven, then, be sure of me; till
when, I'd have you go back to the ladies, to Enler Lady GRAVEAIRS on the other side.
avoid suspicion, and about that time have the Lady Grave. Sir Charles !
Lady Grave. May I depend upon you? (Erit. I am fully instructed, and will about it instantly
Sir Cha. Depend on every thing—A very -Won't you go along with me? troublesome business this--Send me once fairly Sir Cha. That may not be so proper-besides, rid on't-if ever I'm caught in an honourable af. I have a little business upon my hands. fair again !-A debt, now, that a little ready ci- Ld More. Oh, your servant, sir—Good bye to vility, and away, would satisfy, a man might bear you-you sha'n't stir. with; but to have a rent-charge upon one's good Sir Chu. My lord, your servant-[Exit Lord nature, with an unconscionable long scroll of ar- MORE.) So ! now to dispose myself 'till 'tis time rears, too, that would eat out the profits of the to think of my lady Graveairs-Umph! I have best estate in Christendom-ah-intolerable ! no great maw to that business, methinks—I don't Well ! I'll even to my lord, and shake off the find myself in humour enough to come up to the thoughts on't.
[Erit. civil things that are usually expected in the maEnter Lady Betty and Lady EASY.
king up of an old quarrel-[EDGING crosses the
stage.] There goes a warmer temptation by half Lady Bet. I observe, my dear, you have usually -Ha! into my wife's bed-chamber, too-I this great fortune at play; it were enough to question if the jade has any great business there ! make one suspect your good luck with an hus- -I have a fancy she has only a mind to be band.
taking the opportunity of nobody's being at Lady Easy. Truly, I don't complain of my for home, to make her peace with me~let me see tune either way.
-ay, I shall have time enough to go to her lady, Lady Bet. Pr’ythee tell me, you are often ad- ship afterwards Besides, I want a little sleep, I vising me to it; are there those real comfortable find-Your young fops may talk of their women advantages in marriage, that our old aunts and of quality—but, to me now, there's a strange grandmothers would persuade us of?
agreeable convenience in a creature one is not Lady Eusy. Upon my word, if I had the worst obliged to say much to upon these occasions. husband in the world, I should still think so.
(Going. Lady Bet. Ay, but then the hazard of not having a good one, my dear.
Enter EDGING. Lady Eusy. You may have a good one, I dare Edg. Did you call me, sir? say, if you don't give airs till you spoil him. Sir Cha. Ha! all's right-[Aside.] — Yes, maLady Bet. Can there be the same dear, full de- dam, I did call you.
(Sits down. light, in giving ease as pain? Oh, my dear, the Edg. What would you please to have, sir? thought of parting with one's power is insupport- Sir Cha. Have ! Why, I would have you grow able!
a good girl, and know when you are well used, Lady Easy. And the keeping it, till it dwindles
hussy: into no power at all, is most ruefully foolish. Edg. Sir, I don't complain of any thing, not I.
Lady Bet. But still, to marry before one's Sir Cha. Well, don't be uneasy-I am not anheartily in love
-Come and kiss me.
Edg. Lard, sir ! mity- -but if I have any eyes, my dear, you'll Sir Cha. Don't be a fool, now-Come hither. run no great hazard of that in venturing on my Edg. Pshaw
[Goes to him. lord Morelove-You don't know, perhaps, that Sir Cha. No wry face-o-sit down. I won't witbin this half hour, the tone of your voice is have you look grave neither ; let me see you strangely softened to him : ha, ha, ha!
smile, you jade you. Lady Bet. My dear, you are, positively, one or
Edg. Ha, ha!
(Laughs und blushes. other, the most censorious creature in the world Sir Cha. Ah, you melting rogue! -and so I see it's in vain to talk with you- Edg. Come, don't you be at your tricks now Pray, will you go back to the company?
-Lard, cann't you sit still and talk with one! Lady Eusy. Ah! poor Lady Betty! (Exeunt. I am sure there's ten times more love in that,
and fifty times the satisfaction, people may say SCENE II. Changes to Sir CHARLES's
what they will. Lodgings.
Sir Chu. Well! now you're good, you shall
have your own way-I am going to lie down in Enter Sir CHARLES and Lord MORELOVE. the next room; and, since you love a little chat,
come and throw my night-gown over me, and Ld More. Charles, you have transported me! you shall talk me to sleep. (Exit Sir CHARLES, You have made my part in the scene so very easy, Edg. Yes, sir.- For all his way, I see he too, 'tis impossible I should fail in it.
likes me still.
(Exit after him. Sir Chu. That's what I considered; for, now, the more you throw yourself into her power, the SCENE III.-Changes to the Terrace. more I shall be able to force her into yours.
Ld More. After all, (begging the ladies par-Enter Lady Betty, Lady Easy, and Lord don,) your fine women, like bullies, are only stout
MORELOVE. when they know their men: a man of an honest Ld More. Nay, madam, there you are too secourage may fright them into any thing! Well, vere upon him ; for, bating now and then a little
easy at him.
vanity, my lord Foppington does not want wit Lady Easy. Does not she show him well
, my sometimes to make him a very tolerable woman's lord ?
[ Aside to Lord MORE.
Ld More. Perfectly, and me to myselfLady Bet. But such eternal vanity grows tire- For now, I almost blush to think I ever was us
[To Lady East. Ludy Easy. Come, if he were not so loosein his Id Fop. Lady Easy, I ask ten thousand par. morals, his vanity, methinks, might be easily ex- dons : I'm afraid I am rude all this while. cused, considering how much 'tis in fashion; for, Lady Easy. Oh, not at all, my lord; you are pray observe what's half the conversation of always good company, when you please : not most of the fine young people about town, but a but in some things, indeed, you are apt to be like perpetual affectation of appearing foremost in other fine gentlemen-a little too loose in you the knowledge of manners, new modes, and principles. scandal? and, in that, I don't see any body Ld Fop. Oh, madam, never to the offence of comes up to him.
the ladies ; I agree in any community with them; Ld More. Nor I, indeed—and here he comes nobody is a more constant churchman, when the --Pray, madam, let's have a little more of him ; fine women are there. nobody shews him to more advantage than your Lady Easy. Oh fie, my lord! you ought not ladyship.
to go for their sakes at all! And I wonder, you Ludy Bet. Nay, with all my heart; you'll se- that are for being such a good husband of your cond me, my lord?
virtues, are not afraid of bringing your prudence Ld More. Upon occasion, madam
into a lampoon or a play. Lady Easy. Engaging upon parties, my lord ? Lady Bet. Lampoons and plays, madam, are ( Aside, and smiling to Lord MORE. only things to be laughed at.
Ld Fop. Odso! ladies, the court's coming Enter Lord FOPPINGTON.
home, I see; shall not we make our bows? Id Fop. So, ladies! what's the affair now? Lady Bet. Oh, by all means ! Lady Bet. Why, you were, my lord! I was Lady Easy. Lady Betty, I must leave you; allowing you a great many good qualities; but for I am obliged to write letters; and I know you Lady Easy says you are a perfect hypocrite; and won't give me time after supper. that, whatever airs you give yourself to the wo- Lady Bet. Well, my dear, I'll make a short men, she's confident you value no woman in the visit, and be with you. (Exit Lady Easy.) Pray, world equal to your own lady:
what's become of my lady Graveairs ? Ld Fop. You see, madam, how I am scandali- Ld More. Oh, I believe she's gone home, mazed upon your account. But it is so natural for dam : she seemed not to be very well. a prude to be malicious, when a man endeavours Lii Fop. And where's Sir Charles, my lord? to be well with any body but herself—did you Ld More. I left him at his own lodgings. ever observe she was piqued at that before? ha, Lady Bet. He's upon some ramble, I'm afraid. ha !
Ld Fop. Nay, as for that matter, a man may Lady Bet. I'll swear you are a provoking ramble at home soinetimes—But here come the
chaises; we must make a little more haste, ma. Ld Fop. Let's be more familiar upon't, and dam.
(Ereunt. give her disorder! ha, ha! Lady Bet. Ha, ha, ha!
SCENE IV.-Changes to Sir CHARLES's La Fop. Stop my breath, but Lady Easy is
Lodgings. an admirable discoverer !—Marriage is indeed a prodigious security of one's inclination ; a man's Enter Lady Easy and a Sertant. likely to take a world of pains in an employment, Lady Easy. Is your master come home?? where he cann't be turned out for his idleness. Serv. Yes, madam.
Lady Bet. I vow, my lord, that's vastly, ge- Lady Eusy. Where is he? nerous to all the fine women; you are for giving Serv. I believe, madam, he's laid down to them a despotic power in love, I see, to reward sleep. and punish as they think fit.
Lady Eusy. Where's Edging? Bid her get me Ld Fop. Ha, ha! Right, madam ; what signi- some wax and paper-stay, it's no matter, now fies beauty without power? And a fine woman, I think on it-there's some above upon my to:when she's married, makes as ridiculous a figure, lette.
(Exeunt sererally. as a beaten general marching out of a garrison.
Lady Eusy. I'm afraid, Lady Betty, the great. SCENE V.-Opens, and discovers Sir CHARLES est danger in your use of power, would be from without his periwig, and Edging by him, butá a too heedless liberality ; you would more mind asleep, in tạo eusy chairs. Then enters Lady the man than his merit.
Easy, who starts and trembles, some time uk Ld Fop. Piqued again, by all that's fretful !
able to speuk. Well, certainly, to give envy is a pleasure inexpressible.
(To Lady BETTY.
Lady Easy. Ha! protect me, virtue, patience Lady Bet. Ha, ha !