Lard! can't you sit still and talk with one? I am
|sure there's ten times more love in that, and fifty||55|
SIR CHA. Well! now you're good you shall have your own way. I am going to lie down in the next room, and, since you love a little chat, come and
|throw my night-gown over me, and you shall||60|
EDG. Yes, sir. -- For all his way, I see he likes me still.
Exit after him.
The scene changes to the terrace.
Enter LADY BETTY, LADY EASY, and LORD MORELOVE.
L. MO. Nay, madam, there you are too severe upon him, for bating now and then a little vanity, my Lord Foppington does not want wit sometimes to make him a very tolerable woman's man.
|L. BET. But such eternal vanity grows tire||5|
L. EA. Come, if he were not so loose in his morals, vanity, methinks, might easily be excused, considering how much 'tis in fashion. For pray observe,
|what's half the conversation of most of the fine||10|
|L. MO. Nor I, indeed -- and here he comes.||15|
L. BET. Nay, with all my heart; you'll second
|me, my lord.||20|
L. MO. Upon occasion, madam.
L. EA. (aside, and smiling to LORD MORELOVE). Engaging upon parties, my lord?
Enter LORD FOPPINGTON.
L. FOP. So, ladies! what's the affair now?
|L. BET. Why, you were, my lord; I was allow||25|
L. FOP. You see, madam, how I am scandalized upon your account. But it's so natural for a prude to be malicious when a man endeavors to be well with anybody but herself: did you never observe
|she was piqued at that before? Ha! ha!||35|
L. BET. I'll swear you are a provoking creature.
L. FOP. Let's be more familiar upon't and give her disorder: ha! ha!
L. BET. Ha! ha! ha!
|L. FOP. Stap my breath, but Lady Easy is an||40|
|L. BET. I vow, my lord, that's vastly generous||45|
L. FOP. Ha! ha! Right, madam! what signifies
|beauty without power? And a fine woman when||50|
L. EA. I'm afraid, Lady Betty, the greatest danger in your use of power would be from a too
|heedless liberality; you would more mind the||55|
L. FOP. (to LADY BETTY). Piqued again, by all that's fretful! Well, certainly to give envy is a pleasure inexpressible.
|L. BET. Ha! ha! ha!||60|
L. EA. (aside to LORD MORELOVE). Does not she show him well, my lord?
L. MO. (to LADY EASY). Perfectly, and me too to myself, for now I almost blush to think I ever was
|uneasy at him.||65|
L. FOP. Lady Easy, I ask ten thousand pardons! I'm afraid I am rude all this while.
L. EA. Oh, not at all, my lord: you are always good company when you please: not but in some things,
|indeed, you are apt to be like other fine gentle -||70|
L. FOP. O madam! never to the offence of the ladies; I agree in any community with them; nobody is a more constant churchman, when the fine women
L. EA. Oh fie, my lord! you ought not to go for their sakes at all. And I wonder you, that are for being such a good husband of your virtues, are not afraid of bringing your prudence into a lampoon or
L. BET. Lampoons and plays, madam, are only things to be laughed at.
L. MO. Plays now, indeed, we need not be so much afraid of, for since the late short-sighted view of
|I em1 vice may go on and prosper; the stage||85|
L. EA. 'Tis hard, indeed, when people won't distinguish between what's meant for contempt and
|what for example.||90|