AMAN. Cousin, you know you command my house.
WOR. (to BERINTHIA). And, madam, you know
|you command me, though I'm a very wretched||145|
BER. Oh, you play well enough to lose your money, and that's all the ladies require; so without any more ceremony let us go into the next room
|and call for the cards.||150|
AMAN. With all my heart.
Exit WORTHY leading AMANDA.
BER. (sola). Well, how this business will end, heaven knows; but she seems to me to be in as fair a way ----- as a boy is to be a rogue, when he's put
|clerk to an attorney.||155|
Enter LOVELESS cawiously in tke dark.
LOV. So, thus far all's well. I'm got into her bed- chamber, and I think nobody has perceived me steal into the house; my wife don't expect me home till four o'clock; so if Berinthia comes to bed by eleven,
|I shall have a chase of five hours. Let me see,||5|
|when she comes to her prayers: that's the most||10|
(He opens the closet, goes in, and shuts the door after him.)
Enter BERINTHIA with a candle in her hand.
BER. Well, sure I am the best-natured woman in the world. I that love cards so well (there is but one
|thing upon earth I love better) have pretended||15|
|with myself? I don't know how in the world to||20|
|Lord knows what? Oh, but then if I should||25|
|Plotting Sisters.3 (She opens the closet, sees||30|
Enter LOVELESS, running to her.
LOV. Peace, my dear; it's no ghost; take it in your arms ----- you'll find 'tis worth a hundred of 'em.
|BER. Run in again; here's somebody coming.||35|
Enter her Maid.
MAID. Lord, madam, what's the matter?
BER. O heav'ns! I'm almost frighted out of my wits: I thought verily I had seen a ghost, and 'twas nothing but the white curtain, with a black hood
|pinned up against it; you may be gone again, I||40|
LOV. Is the coast clear?
BER. The coast clear! I suppose you are clear4 ----- you'd never play such a trick as this else.
|LOV. I am very well pleased with my trick||45|
BER. At cards.
LOV. With whom?
|BER. With Worthy.||50|
LOV. Then we are safe enough.
BER. Are you so? Some husbands would be of another mind, if he were at cards with their wives.
LOV. And they'd be in the right on't too. But I
|dare trust mine. Besides, I know he's in love in||55|
BER. Nay, the truth on't is, you'd pity him if you saw how uneasy he is at being engaged with us; but
|'twas my malice: I fancied he was to meet his||60|
LOV. What says Amanda to my staying abroad so late?
|BER. Why, she's as much out of humor as he;||65|
LOV. Then I'm afraid they'll quarrel at play, and soon throw up the cards; (offering to pull her into the closet) therefore, my dear charming angel, let us
|make a good use of our time.||70|
BER. Heavens, what do you mean?
LOV. Pray, what do you think I mean?
BER. I don't know.
LOV. I'll show you.
|BER. You may as well tell me.||75|