VER. Damn him! Help me in here then with this dishonorer of my family.
FID. Oh! oh!
SERV. You say she is a woman, sir.
|VER. No matter, sir: must you prate?||510|
FID. O heav'ns! is there --
(They arust her in, and lock the door.)
VER. Stay there, my prisoner; you have a short reprieve.
I'll fetch the gold, and that she can't resist,
|For with a full hand 'tis we ravish best.||515|
Enter OLIVIA and ELIZA.
OLIV. Ah, cousin, nothing troubles me, but that I have given the malicious world its revenge, and reason now to talk as freely of me as I used to do of it.
ELIZA. Faith, then, let not that trouble you; for,
|to be plain, cousin, the world cannot talk worse||5|
OLIV. How, cousin? I'd have you to know, before this faux pas, this trip of mine, the world could not talk of me.
|ELIZA. Only that you mind other people's||10|
|OLIV. O wicked world!||15|
ELIZA. That you pretend an aversion to all mankind in public, only that their wives and mistresses may not be jealous, and hinder you of their conversation in private.
|OLIV. Base world!||20|
ELIZA. That abroad you fasten quarrels upon innocent men for talking of you, only to bring 'em to ask you pardon at home, and to become dear friends with them, who were hardly your acquaint
OLIV. Abominable world!
ELIZA. That you condemn the obscenity of modern plays, only that you may not be censured for never missing the most obscene of the old ones.
|OLIV. Damned world!||30|
ELIZA. That you deface the nudities of pictures and little statues only because they are not real.
OLIV. Oh, fie, fie, fie! hideous, hideous, cousin! the obscenity of their censures makes me blush!
|ELIZA. The truth of 'em, the naughty world||35|
Enter LETTICE hastily.
LET. O madam! here is that gentleman coming up who now you say is my master.
OLIV. 0 cousin! whither shall I run? protect me,
(OLIVIA runs away, and stands at a distance.)
VER. Nay, nay, come --
OLIV. O sir, forgive me!
VER. Yes, yes, I can forgive you being alone in the dark with a woman in man's clothes; but have
|a care of a man in woman's clothes.||45|
OLIV. (aside). What does he mean? he dissembles, only to get me into his power: or has my dear friend made him believe he was a woman? My husband may be deceived by him, but I'm sure I was not.
|VER. Come, come, you need not have lain||50|
|OLIV. She was -- (Aside.) I hope he has been||55|
VER. Come, what's the matter with thee? If I must not know who she is, I'm satisfied without.
OLIV. Sure you do know her; she has told you herself, I suppose.
VER. No, I might have known her better, but that I was interrupted by the goldsmith you know,
|and was forced to lock her into your chamber, to||65|
|and made her believe I'd ravish her, which she||70|
OLIV. And she got from you?
OLIV. And is quite gone?
OLIV. I'm glad on't -- otherwise you had ravished her, sir? But how dar'st you go so far as to make her believe you would ravish her? let me understand that, sir. What! there's guilt in your face, you
|blush too; nay, then you did ravish her, you||80|
|barbarous, unworthy wretch!||85|
ELIZA. So, So! --____________________