Would you succeed, a faithful friend depute,
Whose head can plan, and front can execute.
I am the man, and I hope you neither dispute my friendship or qualifications.
Gay. Indeed I don't. Prithee be gone.
Sharp. I fly. [Exeunt.
Enter Melissa and Kitty.
Mel. You surprise me, Kitty! the master not at home! the man in confusion? no furniture in the house! and ill-looking fellows about the doors! 'Tis all a riddle.
Kitty. But very easy to be explained.
Mel. Prithee explain it then, nor keep me longer in suspense. Kitty. The affair is this, madam, Mr. Gayless is over head and ears in debt; you are over head and ears in love; you'll marry him to-morrow; the next day, your whole fortune goes to his creditors, and you and your children are to live comfortably upon the remainder.
Mel. I cannot think him base.
Kitty. But I know they are all base--you are very young, and very ignorant of the sex; I am young too, but have more experience. You never was in love before; I have been in love with an hundred, and tried 'em all; and know 'em to be a parcel of barbarous, perjured, deluding, bewitching devils.
Mel. The low wretches you have had to do with may answer the character you give 'em; but Mr. Gayless--