By WILLIAM CONGREVE.
MIRABELLand FAINALL, rising from cards.
MIRA. You are a fortunate man, Mr. Fainall.
FAIN. Have we done?
MIRA. What you please. I'll play on to entertain you.
|FAIN. No, I'll give you your revenge another||5|
|slighted his ill fortune, than I'd make love to a||10|
MIRA. You have a taste extremely delicate, and are for refining on your pleasures.
FAIN. Prithee, why so reserved? Something has
|put you out of humor.||15|
MIRA. Not at all: I happen to be grave today; and you are gay; that's all.
FAIN. Confess, Millamant and you quarrelled last night, after I left you; my fair cousin has some
|humors that would tempt the patience of a||20|
MIRA. Witwoud and Petulant; and what was worse, her aunt, your wife's mother, my evil genius;
|or to sum up all in her own name, my old Lady||25|
FAIN. Oh, there it is then! She has a lasting passion for you, and with reason. What! then my wife was there?
|MIRA. Yes, and Mrs. Marwood and three or||30|
|FAIN. They had a mind to be rid of you.||35|
MIRA. For which reason I resolved not to stir. At last the good old lady broke through her painful taciturnity, with an invective against long visits. I would not have understood her, but Millamant
|joining in the argument, I rose and with a con||40|
|FAIN. You were to blame to resent what she||45|
MIRA. She is more mistress of herself than to be under the necessity of such a resignation.
FAIN. What? though half her fortune depends
|upon her marrying with my lady's approbation?||50|
MIRA. I was then in such a humor, that I should have been better pleased if she had been less discreet.
FAIN. Now I remember, I wonder not they were
|weary of you; last night was one of their cabal||55|
|are excluded; and it was once proposed that all||60|
|MIRA. And who may have been the foundress||65|
FAIN. The discovery of your sham addresses to her, to conceal your love to her niece, has provoked this separation: had you dissembled better, things might have continued in the state of nature.
|MIRA. I did as much as man could, with any||75|
|putation of an affair with a young fellow, which||80|
|woman is to be flattered further, unless a man||85|
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Publication information: Book title: British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan. Contributors: George Henry Nettleton - Editor, Arthur Eillicot Case - Editor. Publisher: Boston ; Houghton Mifflin company,.. Place of publication: Boston; New York. Publication year: 1939. Page number: 313.