real modesty, why should you put that great constraint upon yourself to feign it?
OLIV. Oh, hideous, hideous advice! Let us go out
|of the hearing of it. She will spoil us, Lettice.||200|
Exeunt OLIVIA and LETTICE at one door, ELIZA at t'other.
The scene changes to the Cock in Bow Street.
A table and bottles.
MANLY and FIDELIA.
MAN. How! saved her honor by making her husband believe you were a woman! 'Twas well, but hard enough to do, sure.
FID. We were interrupted before he could con
MAN. But can't you tell me, d'ye say, what kind of man he was?
FID. I was so frightened, I confess, I can give no other account of him but that he was pretty
|tall, round-faced, and one, I'm sure, I ne'er had||10|
MAN. But she, you say, made you swear to return tonight?
FID. But I have since sworn, never to go near her
|again; for the husband would murder me, or||15|
MAN. No, I'll go with you, and defend you tonight, and then I'll swear, too, never to go near her again.
|FID. Nay, indeed, sir, I will not go, to be||20|
MAN. No disputing, or advice, sir; you have reason to know I am unalterable. Go, therefore,
|presently, and write her a note, to enquire if||25|
|be gone out. Go, 'tis now almost six of the||30|
|FID. Ay, sir; but will you be sure to remem||35|
MAN. Did I ever break my word? Go, no more replies, or doubts. Exit FIDELIA.
Enter FREEMAN to MANLY.
Where hast thou been?
|FREE. In the next room, with my Lord||40|
MAN. Ay, we came hither, because 'twas a private house; but with thee indeed no house can be private, for thou hast that pretty quality of the familiar fops
|of the town, who, in an eating-house, always||45|
FREE. I went into their room, but to keep them, and my own fool the squire, out of your room; but
|you shall be peevish now, because you have no||50|
|MAN. Because I know 'em already, and can||55|
FREE. Deny you! they cannot. All of 'em have been your intimate friends.
MAN. No, they have been people only I have
FREE. Very well; therefore you ought to go to 'em the rather, sure.
MAN. No, no. Those you have obliged most, most certainly avoid you, when you can oblige 'em
|no longer; and they take your visits like so many||65|
FREE. Pshaw! but most of 'em are. your relations, men of great fortune and honor.
|MAN. Yes; but relations have so much honor||70|
|anticipate their contempt, and disown them.||75|
FREE: But you have many a female acquaintance whom you have been liberal to, who may have a heart to refund to you a little, if you would ask it: they are not all Olivias.
|MAN. Damn thee! how couldst thou think of||80|
|again; and he that fills it is surest never to keep||85|
FREE. Well, but noble captain, would you make me believe that you, who know half the town, have so many friends, and have obliged so many, can't
|borrow fifty or an hundred pound?||90|
MAN. Why, noble lieutenant, you who know all the town, and call all you know friends, methink, should not wonder at it, since you find ingratitude too for how many lords' families (though descended
|from; blacksmiths or tinkers) hast thou called||95|