L. GRA. It's almost six.
SIR CHA. At seven, then, be sure of me; till when I'd have you go back to the ladies to avoid suspicion,
|and about that time -- have the vapors.||60|
L. GRA. May I depend upon you? Exit.
SIR CHA. Depend on everything! -- A very troublesome business this -- send me once fairly rid on't, if ever I'm caught in an honorable affair again
|-----! A debt, now, that a little ready civility||65|
|Christendom -- ah! intolerable! Well, I'll even||70|
Enter LADY BETTY and LADY EASY.
L. BET. I observe, my dear, you have usually this great fortune at play; it were enough to make one suspect your good luck with an husband.
|L. EA. Truly, I don't complain of my fortune||75|
L. BET. Prithee tell me -- you are often advising me to it -- are there those real comfortable advantages in marriage that our old aunts and grand
|mothers would persuade us of?||80|
L. EA. Upon my word, if I had the worst husband in the world I should still think so.
L. BET. Ay, but then the hazard of not having a good one, my dear.
|L. EA. You may have a good one, I dare say,||85|
L. BET. Can there be the same dear, full delight in giving ease, as pain? Oh, my dear! the thought of parting with one's power is insupportable.
|L. EA. And the keeping it till it dwindles into||90|
L. BET, But still, to marry before one's heartily in love -----
L. EA. Is not half so formidable a calamity. But
|if I have any eyes, my dear, you'll run no great||95|
|L. BET. My dear, you are positively, one or||100|
L. EA. Ah! Poor Lady Betty!
The scene changes to SIR CHARLES'S lodgings.
Enter SIR CHARLES and LORD MORELOVE.
L. MO. Charles! you have transported me; you have made my part in the scene so very easy, too, 'tis impossible I should fail in it.
SIR CHA. That's what I considered, for now the
|more you throw yourself into her power, the||5|
L. MO. After all (begging the ladies' pardon) your fine women, like bullies, are only stout where they know their men: a man of an honest courage may
|fright 'em into anything, I Well, I am fully in -||10|
SIR CHA. That may not be so proper: besides, I have a little business upon my hands.
|L. MO. Oh, your servant, sir! -- Good bye to||15|
SIR CHA. My lord, your servant!
Exit LORD MORELOVE.
So! now to dispose of myself till 'tis time to think of my Lady Graveairs. -- Umph! -- I have no great
|maw to that business, methinks -- I don't find||20|
|my wife's bedchamber, too! I question if the||25|
|her ladyship afterwards -- besides, I want a lit --||30|
|EDG. Did you call me, sir?||35|
SIR CHA. (aside). Ha! all's right. ----- Yes, madam, I did call you. (Sits down.)
EDG. What would you please to have, sir?
SIR CHA. Have! why, I would have you grow a
|good girl and know when you are well used,||40|
EDG. Sir, I don't complain of anything, not I.
SIR CHA. Well, don't be uneasy -- I am not angry with you now. Come and kiss me.
|EDG. Lard, sir!||45|
SIR CHA. Don't be a fool, now -- come hither.
EDG. Pshah! (Goes to him.)
SIR CHA. No wry faces -- so -- sit down. I won't have you look grave, neither. Let me see you
|smile, you jade, you.||50|
EDG. Ha! ha!
(Laughs and blushes.)
SIR CHA. Ah, you melting rogue!
EDG. Come, don't you be at your tricks, now!____________________