der! Poor fool, I'll give thee ease immediately. ----- But, madam, you were pleased just now to offer me my revenge at piquet. Now, here's nobody within, and I think we can't make use of a better opportunity.
|L. BET. Oh, no! not now, my lord; I have a||620|
L. FOP. But time, madam, is very precious in this place, and I shall not easily forgive myself if I don't take him by the forelock.
|L. BET. But I have a great mind to have||625|
L. FOP. Oh, with all my heart! -- (aside) and, upon second thoughts, I don't know but piquing a
|rival in public may be as good sport as being||630|
|you in this affair?||635|
L. BET. Why, methought, as my Lord Morelove went out, he showed a stem resentment in his look that seemed to threaten me with rebellion and downright defiance. Now I have a great fancy that you
|and I should follow him to the terrace and||640|
L. FOP. And so punish his fault before he commits it -- ha! ha! ha!
|L. BET. Nay, we won't give him time, if his||645|
L. FOP. Ha! ha! ha! let me blood, if I don't long to be at it! ha! hal
L. BET. Oh,'twill be such diversion to see him bite
|his lips and broil within, only with seeing us||650|
L. FOP. (aside). Ha! ha! I see the creature does really like me. -- And then, madam, to hear him
|hum a broken piece of a tune in affectation||655|
L. BET. And if at last his sage mouth should open in surly contradiction of our humor, then will we, in
|pure opposition to his, immediately fall foul||660|
|liberty and pleasure be our standing principles.||665|
L. FOP. Madam, you transport me: for if ever I was obliged to nature for any one tolerable qualification, 'twas positively the talent of being exuberantly pleasant upon this subject. I am im
|patient -- my fancy's upon the wing already||670|
L. BET. No, no; stay till I am just got out: our going together won't be so proper.
L. FOP. As your ladyship pleases, madam. But
|when this affair is over, you won't forget that||675|
L. BET. Ay! ay! after supper I am for you. Nay, you shan't stir a step, my lord.
L. FOP. (seeing her to the door). Only to tell you,
|you have fixed me yours to the last existence||680|
L. BET. Oh, your servant! Exit.
L. FOP. Ha! Ha! stark mad for me, by all that's handsome! Poor Morelove! that a fellow who has
|ever been abroad should think a woman of her||685|
|the fatigue of bombarding a woman's under||690|
|her into piquet at her own lodgings, not mind||695|
|-- sweep counters, cards and money all upon||700|
Scene, the Castle terrace.
Enter LADY BETTYand LADY EASY.
L. EA. My dear, you really talk to me as if I were your lover, and not your friend; or else I am so dull that by all you've said I can't make the least guess at your real thoughts. Can you be serious for a
L. BET. Not easily, but I would do more to oblige you.
L. EA. Then pray deal ingenuously, and tell me without reserve, are you sure you don't love my
L. BET. Then seriously--I think not: but because I won't be positive, you shall judge by the worst of my symptoms. First, I own I like his con____________________