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Teach me to bear this killing sight, or let everlasting smile to me! This asks a little think-
Me think my dreaming senses are deceived ! ing-something should be done—I'll see her in-
For sure, a sight like this might raise the arm stantly, and be resolved from her behaviour.
Of duty, even to the breast of love! At least,

[Exit. I'll throw this vizor of my patience off: Now wake him in his guilt,

SCENE VI.-Changes to another Room. And, barefaced, front him with my wrongs. I'll talk to himn till he blushes, nay, till he

Enter Lady Easy and EDGING. Frowns on me, perhaps-and then

Lady Easy. Where have you been, Edging ? I'm lost again—The ease of a few tears

Edg. Been, madam! 1-1-1-I came as soon Is all that's left to me

as I heard you ring, madam. And duty, too, forbids me to insult,

Lady Easy. How guilt confounds her! but When I have vowed obedience-Perhaps she's below my thought-Fetch my last new sack The fault's in me, and nature has not formed bither-I have a mind to alter it a little-make Me with the thousand little requisites

haste. That warm the heart to love

Edg. Yes, madam-I see she does not sus. Somewhere there is a fault

pect any thing.

[Exit. But Heaven best knows wliat both of us descrve: Lady Easy. Heigh ho! (Sitting down.] I had Ha! bare-headed, and in so sound a sleep! forgot-but I'm untit for writing now 'Twas Who knows, while thus exposed to the unwhole- an hard conflict--yet it's a joy to think it over ; some air,

a secret pride, to tell my heart my conduct has But Heaven offended may o'ertake his crime, been just—How low are vicious minds, that ofAnd, in some languishing distemper, leave him

fer injuries ! how much superior innocence, that A severe example of its violated laws

bears them ! Still there's a pleasure, even m the Forbid it mercy, and forbid it love!

melancholy of a quiet conscience-Away, my This may prevent it.

fears ; it is not yet impossible—for, while his hu(Takes a steinkirk off her neck, and lays it man nature is not quite shook off, I ought not to gently on his head.

despair. And, if he should wake offended at my too busy care, let my heart-breaking patience, duty, and

Re-enter EDGING, with a Suck. my fond affection, plead my pardon. (Exit. Edg. Here's the sack, madam. (After she has been out some time, a bell rings; Lady Easy. So, sit down there—and, let me EDGING wakes, and stirs Sir CHARLES.


-rip off all that silver. Edg. Oh!

Edy. Indeed, I always thought it would beSir Chu. How now! what's the matter?

come your ladyship better without it-But, Edg. Oh, bless my soul! my lady's come now, suppose, madam, you carried another row home.

of gold round the scollops, and then you take and Sir Cha. Go,


[Bell rings. lay this silver plain all along the gathers, and Edg. Oh lud! my head's in such a condition, your ladyship will perfectly see, it will give the too. (Runs to the glass.) I am coming, madam— thing ten thousand times another air. Oh lud! here's no powder, neither-Here, ma- Lady Easy. Pr’ythee, don't be impertinent; dam.

(E.cit. | do as I bid you. Sir Cha. How now! (Freling the steinkirk Edg. Nay, madam, with all my heart; your upon his head.) What's this? How came it here? | ladyslip may do as you please. (Puts on his wig.] Did not I see my wife wear Lady Eusy. This creature grows so confident; this to-day?-Death! she cann't have been here, and I dare not part with her, lest he should think sure-It could not be jealousy that brought her it jealousy.

[Aside. bome-for my coming was accidental—so, too, I fear, was hers-How careless have I been ?-not

Enter Sir CHARLES. to secure the door, neither—'Twas foolish-It Sir Cha. So, my dear! What, at work! how must be so ! She certainly has seen me here are you employed, pray? sleeping with her woman: if so, how low an hy, Lady Eusy. I was thinking to alter this sack pocrite to her must that sight have proved me! here. The thought has made me despicable, even to Sir Cha. What's amiss ? Methinks it's very myself-How mean a vice is lying, and how often pretty. have these empty pleasures lulled my honour and Edg. Yes, sir, it's pretty enough for that matiny conscience to lethargy, while I grossly have ter; but my lady has a mind it should be proper, abused her, poorly skulking behind a thousand falsehoods !--Now I reflect, this has not been Sir Chi. Indeed ! the first of her discoveries—How contemptible a Lady Easy. I fancy plain gold and black figure must I have made to her! A crowd of re- would become me better. collected circumstances confirms me now, she Sir Cha. That's a grave thought, my dear. has been long acquainted with my follies; and Edg. O, dear sir, not at all; my lady's much in yet, with what amazing prudence has she borne the right ; I am sure, as it is, it's fit for nothing the secret panys of injured love, and wore an but a girl,



Sir Cha. Leave the room.

Lady Easy. What shall I say? my fears conEdg. Lord, sir! I cann’t stir-I must stay to-found me.

(Aside. Sir Cha. Go

[Angrily. Sir Cha. Be not concerned, my dear ; be easy Edg. (Throwing down the work hastily, and in the truth, and tell me. rrying, aside.] If ever I speak to him again, I'll Lady Easy. I cannot speak—and I could wish be burned !

(Erit EDGING. you'd not oblige me to it-'tis the only thing I Sir Cha. Sit still, my dear-I came to talk ever yet refused you; and though I want reason with you—and, which you well may wonder at, for my will, let me not answer you. what I have to say is of importance, too; but it Sir Cha. Your will, then, be a reason; and since is in order to my hereafter always talking kindly I see you are so generously tender of reproachto you.

ing me, it is fit I should be easy in my gratitude, Lady Easy. Your words were never disobli- and make, what ought to be my shame, my joy. ging, nor can I charge you with a look that ever Let me be therefore pleased to tell you now, your had the appearance of being unkind.

wondrous conduct has waked me to a sense of Sir Cha. The perpetual spring of your good your disquiet past, and resolution never to disturb humour lets me draw no merit from what I have it more-And (not that I offer it as a merit, but appeared to be, which makes me curious now to yet in blind compliance to my will) let me beg know your thoughts of what I really am: and ne- you would immediately discharge your woman. ver having asked you this before, it puzzles me: Lady Easy. Alas! I think not of her-0, my nor can I (my strange negligence considered) re- dear, distract me not with this excess of goodconcile to reason your first thought of venturing ness.

(Weeping. upon marriage with me.

Sir Cha. Nay, praise me not, lest I reflect how Lady Eusy. I never thought it such a hazard. little I have deserved it; I see you are in paio to

Sir Cha. How could a woman of your restraint give me this confusion. Come, I will not shock in principles, sedateness, sense, and tender dispo- your softness by my untimely blusb for what is sition, propose to lead an happy life with one past, but rather sooth you to a pleasure at my (now I reflect) that hardly took an hour's pains, sense of joy for my recovered happiness to come.

I even before marriage, to appear but what I am: Give, then, to my new-born love what name you a loose, unheeded wretch, absent in all I do, ci- please; it cannot, shall not, be too kind : 0! it vil, and as often rude, without design, unseason- cannot be too soft for what my soul swells up ably thoughtful, easy to a fault, and, in my best with emulation to deserve-Receive me, then, of praise, but carelessly good-natured ? How shall entire at last, and take, what yet no woman ever I reconcile your temper with baving made so truly had, my conquered heart ! strange a choice?

Lady Easy. O, the soft treasure ! O, the dear Lady Easy. Your own words may answer you reward of long-deserving love !–Now am I blest - Your having never seemed to be but what you indeed, to see you kind without the expence of really were ; and, through that carelessness of pain in being so, to make you mine with easiness: temper, there still shone forth to me an unde- thus ! thus to have you mine, is something more signing honesty, I always doubted of in smoother than happiness ; 'tis double life, and madness of faces: thus, while I saw you took least pains to abounding joy. But it was a pain intolerable to win me, you pleased and wooed me most ; nay, give you a confusion. I have thought, that such a temper could never Sir Chu. O thou engaging virtue! But I am be deliberately unkind; or, at the worst, I knew too slow in doing justice to thy love: I know thy that errors, from the want of thinking, might be softness will refuse me; but remember, I insist borne; at least, when, probably, one moment's upon it-let thy woman be discharged this miserious thought might end them: these were my worst of fears; and these, when weighed by grow. Lady Easy. No, my dear; think me not so ing love, against my solid hopes, were nothing. low in faith, to fear, that, after what you have

Sir Cha. My dear, your understanding startles said, it will ever be in her power to do me me, and justly calls my own in question. I blush future injury. When I can conveniently provide to think I've worn so bright a jewel in my bosom, for her, T'I think on it; but to discharge her and, till this hour, have scarce been curious once now, might let her guess at the occasion; and to look upon its lustre.

methinks I would have our difference, like our Lady Easy. You set too high a value on the endearments, be equally a secret to our servants. common qualities of an easy wife.

Sir Cha. Still my superior every way!-be it Sir Cha. Virtues, like benefits, are double, as you have better thought - Well, my dear, when concealed : and, I confess, I yet suspect now I'll confess a thing that was not in your you of an higher value far than I have spoke you. power to accuse me of;-to be short, I own this Lady Eusy. I understand you not.

creature is not the only one I have been to blame Sir Cha. I'll speak more plainly to you-Be with. free, and tell me- - Where did you leave this Lady Easy. I know she is not, and was always handkerchief?

less concerned to find it so; for constancy in erLady Easy. Ha!

rors might bave been fatal to me. Sir Cha. What is it you start at ? You hear Sir Chu. What is it you know, my dear? the question.


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Lady Eusy. Come, I'm not afraid to accuse you now my lady Graveairs —Your care- SCENE VII.-Changes to another Room. lessness, my dear, let all the world know it; and it would have been hard indeed, had it been only

Re-enter Lady Easy and Lady Betty. to me a secret.

Lady Bet. You have been in tears, my dear, Sir Cha. My dear, I will ask no more ques. and yet you look pleased, too. tions, for fear of being more ridiculous; I do Lady Easy. You will pardon me, if I cannot confess, I thought my discretion there had been let

you into circumstances; but be satisfied, Sir a master-piece-How contemptible must I have Charles has made me happy, even to a paiu of looked all this while !

joy. Lady Easy. You sha'n't say so.

Lady Bet. Indeed, I am truly glad of it; Sir Chu. Well, to let you see I had some though I am sorry to find, that any one who has shame, as well as nature in me, I had writ this generosity enough to do you justice, should, unto my lady Graveairs, upon my first discovering provoked, be so great an enemy to me. that you knew I had wronged you: read it. Lady Easy. Sir Charles your enemy !

Lady Easy. (Reads.] “Something has happen. Lady Bet. My dear, you will pardon me if I ed that prevents the visit I intended you; and I always thought him so, but now I am convinced could gladly wish, you never would reproach me of it. if I tell you, 'tis utterly inconvenient that I should Lady Easy. In what, pray? I cannot think you ever see you more.' This, indeed, was more will find him so. than I had merited.

Ludy Bet. O! madam, it has been his whole

business, of late, to make an utter breach between Enter a Serdunt.

my lord Morelove and me. Sir Cha. Who is there? HereStep with this Lady Eusy. That may be owing to your visage to Lady Graveairs.

of my lord: perhaps he thought it would not (Seals the Letter, and gives it the Servant. disoblige you. I am confident you are mistaken Serv. Yes, sir- -Madam, my lady Betty's in him.

Lady Bet. 0! I don't use to be out in things Lady Easy. I'll wait on her.

of this nature; I can see well enough : but I Sir Chu. My dear, I am thinking there may be shall be able to tell you more when I have talked other things my negligence may have wronged with my lord. you in; but be assured, as I discover, all shall be Lady Easy. Here he comes; and because you corrected. — Is there any part or circumstance shall talk with hins—No excuses—for positively in

your fortune that I can change or yet make I will leave you together. easier to you?

Lady Bet. Indeed, my dear, I desire you will Lady Eusy. None, my dear; your good nature stay, then; for I know you think now, that I never stinted me in that; and now, methinks, I have a mind tohave less occasion there than ever.

Lady Easy. Totoha, ha, ha!

(Going Re-enter Servant.

Lady Bet. Well! I'll remember this. Sero. Sir, my lord Morelove's come.

Enter Lord MORELOVE. Sir Cha. I am coming — I think I told you of the design we had laid against Lady Betty.

Ld More. I hope I don't fright you away, maLady Easy. You did, and I should be pleased dam? to be myself concerned in it.

Lady Eusy. Not at all, my lord; but I must Sir Cha. I believe we may employ you: I beg your pardon for a moment; I will wait upon know he waits for me with impatience. But, you immediately.

(Exit. my dear, won't you think me tasteless to the joy Lady Bet. My lady Easy gone? you have given me, to suffer, at this time, any Ld More. Perhaps, madam, in friendship to concern but you to employ my thoughts? you; she thinks I may have deserved the cold

Lady Easy. Seasons must be obeyed; and ness you of late have shewn to me, and was will. since I know your friend's happiness depending, ing to give you this opportunity to convince me I could not taste my own, should neglect it. you have not done it without just grounds and

. waste of thy neglected love has my unthinking Lady Bet. How handsomely does he reproach brain committed! but time, and future thrift of me! but I cannot bear that he should think I tenaerness, shall yet repair it all. The hours know it. (Aside.]—My lord, whatever has passwill come when this soft gliding stream that ed between you and me, I dare swear that swells my heart, uninterrupted shall renew its could not be her thoughts at this time ; for,

when two people have appeared professed ene

mies, she cannot but think one will as little care And, like the ocean after ebb, shall move to give, as the other receive, a justification of With constant force of due returning love. their actions.

Ld More. Passion, indeed, often does repeat-

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ed injuries on both sides; but I don't remember, to piece up a quarrel, have you appointed him to in my heat of error, I ever yet professed myself visit you alone; and, though you have promised your enemy.

to see no other company the whole day, when he Ludy Bet. My lord, I shall be very free with was come he has found you among the laugh of you-i confess, I do not think, now, I have a noisy fops, coquettes, and coxcombs, dissolutely greater enemy in the world.

your full eyes ran over with transport Ld More. If having loved you to my own dis- at their flattery, and your own vain power of quiet, be injurious, I am contented then to stand pleasing? How often, I say, have you been known the foremost of your enemies.

to throw away, at least, four hours of your good Luty Bit. O! my lord, there's no great fear humour upon such wretches, and, the minute they of your being my enemy that way, I dare say— were gone, grew only dull to bim, sunk into a dis

La More. There is no other way my heart can tasteful spleen, complained you had talked yourbear to cili nd you now; and I foresee in that it self into the head-ache, and then indulged upon will persist to my undoing.

the dear delight of seeing him in pain, and, by that Ludy Bet. Fie, fie, my lord! we know where time you had stretched and gaped him heartily out your heart is well enough.

of patience, of a sudden most importantly rememLd More. My conduct has, indeed, deserved ber you had outsat your appointment with my this scorn; and therefore 'tis but just I should lady Fiddle-faddle, and immediately order your submit to your resentment, and beg (though I am coach to the park? assured in vain) for pardon.

(Kneels. Lady Bet. Yet, sir-have you done?

Sir Cha. No—though this might serve to shew Enter Sir CHARLES.

the nature of your principles : but the noble conSir Cha. How, my lord !

quest you have gained at last over defeated sense (Lord MORELOVE rises. of reputation, too, has made your fame immortal. Lady Bet. Ha! He here! This was unlucky. Ld More. How, sir ?

[4side. Lady Bet. My reputation? Ld More. O, pity my confusion !

Sir Cha. Ay, madam, your reputation-My

[To Lady Betty. lord, if I advance a falsehood, then resent it. I Sir Cha. I am sorry to see you can so soon say your reputation-It has been your life's forget yourself: methinks the insults you have whole pride of late to be the common toast of borne from that lady, by this time should have every public table, vain even in the infamous adwarned you into a disgust of her regardless prin- dresses of a married man, my lord Foppington; ciples.

let that be reconciled with reputation, I will now Ld More. Hold, Sir Charles, while you and I shake hands with shame, and bow me to the low are friends! I desire you would speak with ho- contempt which you deserve from him; not but nour of this lady—'Tis sufficient I have no com- I suppose you will yet endeavour to recover him. plaint against her, and

Now you find ill usage in danger of losing your Lady Bet. My lord, I beg you would resent this conquest, 'tis possible you will stop at nothing to thing no farther : an injury like this is better pu- preserve it. nished with our contempt; apparent malice should Lady Bet. Sir Charlesonly be laughed at.

(Walks disordered, and he after her. Sir Cha. Ha, ha! the old resource. Offers of Sir Cha. I know your vanity is so voracious, any hopes to delude him from his resentment, and it will even wound itself to feed itself; ofier him then as the Grand Monarque did with Cavalier: a blank perhaps, to fill up with hopes of what naand then you are sure to keep your word with him. ture he pleases, and part even with your pride to

Lady Bet. Sir Charles, to let you know how keep him. far I am above your little spleen,-my lord, your Ludy Bet. Sir Charles, I have not deserved this hand! from this hour

[Bursting into tears. Sir Cha. Pshaw! pshaw! all design! all pique ! Sir Cha. Ah ! true woman! drop him a soft mere artifice and disappointed woman.

dissembling tear, and then his just resentment Lady Bet. Look you, sir, not that I doubt my must be hushed of course. lord's opinion of me; yet

Ld More. O Charles ! I can bear no more; Sir Cha. Look you, madam; in short, your word those tears are so reproaching, has been too olten taken, to let you make up Sir Cha. Hist, for your life! (Aside, and then quarrels, as you used to do, with a soft look, and aloud.] My lord, if you believe her, you are una fair promise you never intended to keep. done; the very next sight of my lord Foppington

Lady Bet. Was ever such insolence ! He won't would make her yet forswear all that she can progive me leave to speak.

mise. Ld More. Sir Charles !

Ludy Bet. My lord Foppington! Is that the Lady Bet. No, pray, my lord, have patience; mighty crime that must condemn me, then? You and since his malice seems to grow particular, I know I used him but as a tool of my resentmeni, dare his worst, and urge him to the proof on’t : which you yourself, by a pretended friendship to Pray, sir, wherein can you charge me with breach us both, most artfully provoked me toof promise to my lord?

Ld More. Hold, I conjure you, madam ; I want Sir Cha. Death! you won't deny it? How often, not this conviction.

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Lady Bet. Send for him this minute, and you Ld Fop. Ah ! Pardi, voila quelque chose d'exand he shall both be witnesses of the contempt traordinaire ! and detestation I have for any forward hopes his Lady Bet. As for my lord Foppington, I owe vanity may have given him, or your malice would him thanks for having been so friendly an instruinsinuate.

ment of our reconciliation; for though, in the Sir Cha. Death! you would as soon eat fire-little outward gallantry I received from him, I as soon part with your luxurious taste of folly, as did not immediately trust him with my design in dare to own the half of this before his face, or it, yet I have a better opinion of his understandany one, that would make you blush to deny iting, than to suppose he could mistake it. to-Here comes my wife; now we shall see--Ha! Ld Fop. I am struck dumb with the deliberaand my lord Foppington with her-Now! now, tion of her assurance ! and do not positively rewe shall see this mighty proof of your sincerity, member, that the nonchalance of my temper ever Now! my lord, you'll have a warning sure, and had so bright an occasion to shew itself before. henceforth know me for your friend, indeed. Lady Bet. My lord, I hope you will pardon

the freedom I have taken with you. Enter Lady EASY and Lord FOPPINGTON.

Ld Fop. Oh, madam, do not be under the conLady Easy. In tears, my dear! what's the mat- fusion of an apology upon my account; for, in ter?

cases of this nature, I am never disappointed, but Lady Bet. O, my dear, all I told you is true: when I find a lady of the same mind two hours Sir Charles has shewn himself so inveterately my together—Madam, I have lost a thousand tine enemy, that, if I believed I deserved but half his women in my time, but never had the ill manhate, 'twould make me hate myself.

ners to be out of humour with any one for refirLd Fop. Hark you, Charles ; prythee what is sing me, since I was born. this business?

Ludy Bet. My lord, that's a very prudent temSir Cha. Why, yours, my lord, for aught I per. know I have made such a breach betwixt them Ld Fop. Madam, to convince you that I am in

- I cannot promise much for the courage of a an universal peace with mankind, since you own woman; but if hers holds, I am sure it is wide I have so far contributed to your happiness, give enough; you may enter ten abreast, my lord. me leave to have the honour of completing it, by

Fop. Say'st thou so, Charles? Then, I hold joining your hand, where you have already offersix to four, I am the first man in the town. ed up your inclination.

Lady Easy. Sure there must be some mistake Lady Bet. My lord, that's a favour I cannot in this: I hope he has not made my lord your refuse you. enemy.

Ld More. Generous, indeed, my lord ! Lady Bet. I know not what he has done.

(Lord FOPPINGTON joins their hands. Ld More. Far be that thought! Alas! I am Ld Fop. And, stop my breath, if ever I was too much in fear myself, that what I have this better pleased since my first entrance into human day committed, advised by his mistaken friend- nature! ship, may have done my love irreparable prejudice. Sir Cha. How now, my lord! what? throw up

Lady Bet. No, my lord; since I perceive his the cards before you have lost the game ? little arts have not prevailed upon your good na- Ld Fop. Look you, Charles, 'tis true I did deture to my prejudice, I am bound in gratitude, in sign to have played with her alone: but he that duty to myself, and to the confession you have will keep well with the ladies, must sometimes made, my lord, to acknowledge now, I have been be content to make one at a pool with them; and to blame, too.

since I know I must engage her in my turn, I Ld More. Ha! is it possible ? can you own so don't see any great odds in letting him take the much? O my transported heart !

first game with her. Lady Bet. He says I have taken pleasure in Sir Chu. Wisely considered, my lord ! seeing you uveasy-I own it-but 'twas when Lady Bel. And now, Sir Charlesthat uneasiness I thought proceedled from your Sir Cha. And now, madam, I'll save you the love; and if you did love- —'twill not be inuch trouble of a long speech, and, in one word, conto pardon it.

fess that every thing I have done in regard to you Ld More. O let my soul, thus bending to your this day, was purely artificial-I saw there was power, adore this soft descending goodness! no way to secure you to my lord Morelove, but

Ludy Bet. And, since the giddy woman's slights by alarming your pride with the danger of losing I have shewn you too often, have been public, 'tis him; and, since ihe success must have by this fit, at last, the amends and reparation should be time convinced you, that in love nothing is more so: therefore, what I offered to Sir Charles, I ridiculous than an over-acted aversion, I am sure now repeat before this company, my utter detes- you won't take it ill, if we at last congratulate tation of any past or future gallantry, that has, or your good nature, by heartily laughing at the shall be offered by me, to your uneasiness. fright we had put you in : ha, ha, ha!

Ld More. Oh! be less generous, or teach me Lady Easy. Ha, ha, ha! to deserve it--Now blush, Sir Charles, at your Lady Bet. Why—-Well, I declare it now, I injurious accusation.

hate you worse than ever.


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