By COLLEY CIBBER
Scene, SIR CHARLES EASY'S lodgings.
Enter LADY EASYalone.
L. EA. Was ever woman's spirit, by an injurious husband, broke like mine? A vile, licentious man! must he bring home his follies too? Wrong me with my very servant! Oh, how tedious a relief is pa
|tience! and yet in my condition 'tis the only||5|
|tinual jealousy may tease him to a fixed aver||10|
|tongue shall yet be blind and silent to my||15|
Enter EDGING hastily.
EDG. Oh, madam!
|L. EA. What's the matter?||20|
EDG. I have the strangest thing to show your ladyship -- such a discovery -----
L. EA. You are resolved to make it without much ceremony, I find. What's the business, pray?
|EDG. The business, madam! I have not pa||25|
L. EA. Not to the purpose, I believe; but methinks
|you talk impertinently with a great deal of ease.||30|
EDG. Nay, madam, perhaps not so impertinent as your ladyship thinks: there's that will speak to the purpose, I am sure -- a base man!
(Gives a letter.)
L. EA. What's this -- an open letter? Whence
EDG. Nay, read it, madam, you'll soon guess ----- if these are the tricks of husbands, keep me a maid still, say I.
L. EA. (looking on the superscription, aside). 'To
|Sir Charles Easy!' Ha! Too well I know this||40|
|EDG. Why, madam, as my master was lying||45|
|mistress, which I had no sooner read but, I de||50|
L. EA. (aside). Intolerable! This odious thing's jealous of him herself, and wants me to join with her
|in a revenge upon him. Sure I am fallen indeed!||55|
EDG. Nay, pray, madam, read it; you'll be out of patience at it.
|L. EA. You are bold, mistress; has my indul||60|
|'twould not be my favor could protect you.||65|
Exit LADY EASY.
EDG. Your favor! Marry come up! Sure I don't depend upon your favor! -- 'tis not come to that, I hope. Poor creature -- don't you think I am my master's mistress for nothing: you shall find,
|madam, I won't be snapped up as I have been.||70|
|may very well expect it, that is but his wife. A||75|
Enter SIR CHARLES EASY.
SIR CHA. So! the day is come again. Life but
|rises to another stage, and the same dull journey||80|
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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: 403.
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