Enter AMANDA, her Woman following her.
WOM. If you please, madam, only to say, [whether] you'll have me buy 'em or not.
AMAN. Yes, no, go fiddle! I care not what you do. Prithee leave me.
|WOM. I have done. Exit Woman.||290|
BER. What in the name of Jove's the matter with you?
AMAN. The matter, Berinthia! I'm almost mad, I'm plagued to death.
|BER. Who is it that plagues you?||295|
AMAN. Who do you think should plague a wife, but her husband?
BER. O ho, is it come to that? We shall have you wish yourself a widow by and by.
|AMAN. Would I were anything but what I||300|
BER. What! he has been ogling now, I'll warrant you?
|AMAN. Yes, he has been ogling.||305|
BER. And so you are jealous? Is that all?
AMAN. That all! Is jealousy then nothing?
BER. It should be nothing, if I were in your case.
AMAN. Why, what would you do?
|BER. I'd cure myself.||310|
BER. Let blood in the fond vein: care as little for my husband as he did for me.
AMAN. That would not stop his course.
|BER. Nor nothing else, when the wind's in||315|
|can be true to his wife, or ever was, or ever will||320|
AMAN. Do you then really think he's false to me? for I did but suspect him.
BER. Think so? I know he's so.
|AMAN. Is it possible? Pray tell me what||325|
BER. Don't press me then to name names, for that I have sworn I won't do.
AMAN. Well, I won't; but let me know all you can
BER. I'll let you know enough to prevent any wise woman's dying of the pip; and I hope you'll pluck up your spirits, and show, upon occasion, you can be as good a wife as the best of 'em.
|AMAN. Well, what a woman can do I'll en||335|
BER. Oh, a woman can do a great deal, if once she sets her mind to it. Therefore pray don't stand trifling any longer, and teasing yourself with this
|and that, and your love and your virtue, and||340|
AMAN. You are sure on't?
|BER. Positively; he fell in love at the play.||345|
AMAN. Right, the very same; do you know the ugly thing?
BER. Yes, I know her well enough; but she's no such an ugly thing, neither.
|AMAN. Is she very handsome?||350|
BER. Truly, I think so.
AMAN. Hey ho!
BER. What do you sigh for now?
AMAN. Oh, my heart!
|BER. (aside). Only the pangs of nature! she's||355|
AMAN. I'm very ill, I must go to my chamber. Dear Berinthia, don't leave me a moment.
|BER. No, don't fear. (Aside.) I'll see you||360|
Exeunt, AMANDA leaning upon BERINTHIA.
[The gate of] a country house.
Enter YOUNG FASHION and LORY.
Y. FAS. So, here's our inheritance, Lory, if we can but get into possession. But methinks the seat of our family looks like Noah's ark, as if the chief part on't were designed for the fowls of the air and
|the beasts of the field.||5|
LO. Pray, sir, don't let your head run upon the orders of building here; get but the heiress, let the devil take the house.
Y. FAS. Get but the house, let the devil take the heiress, I say; at least if she be as old Coupler 10 describes her. But come, we have no time to squander. Knock at the door. (LORY knocks two or three times.) What the devil, have they got no ears in this house? Knock harder.
|LO. I'gad, sir, this will prove some enchanted||15|
Y. FAS. Hush! they come.
[SERV.] (from within). Who is there?
|LO. Open the door and see: is that your||20|
[SERV.] (within). Ay, but two words to a bargain: Tummas, is the blunderbuss primed?
Y. FAS. Oons, give 'em good words, Lory; we
|shall be shot here a fortune-catching.||25|