British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan

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Re-enter Servant.

SERV. Sir, my Lord Morelove's come.

SIR CHA. I am coming. -- I think I told you of the design we had laid against Lady Betty.

L. EA. You did, and I should be pleased to be

myself concerned in it. 210

SIR CHA. I believe we may employ you: I know he waits me with impatience. But, my dear, won't you think me tasteless to the joy you've given me, to suffer at this time any concern but you t'employ

my thoughts? 215

L. EA. Seasons must be obeyed; and since I know your friend's happiness depending, I could not taste my own should you neglect it.

SIR CHA. Thou easy sweetness! -- Oh, what a

waste on thy neglected love has my unthink­ 220
ing brain committed! But time and future thrift of tenderness shall yet repair it all: the hours will come when this soft gliding stream that swells my heart uninterrupted shall renew its course,

And like the ocean after ebb, shall move 225
With constant force of due returning love.

Exeunt.


[SCENE VII]
The scene changes to another room.

And then re-enter LADY EASYand LADY BETTY.

L. BET. You have been in tears, my dear, and yet you look pleased too.

L. EA. You'll pardon me if I can't let you into circumstances, but be satisfied Sir Charles has made

me happy ev'n to a pain of joy. 5

L. BET. Indeed, I am truly glad of it, though I am sorry to find that anyone who has generosity enough to do you justice should, unprovoked, be so great an enemy to me.

L. EA. Sir Charles your enemy! 10

L. BET. My dear, you'll pardon me if I always thought him so. But now I am convinced of it.

L. EA. In what, pray? I can't think you'll find him so.

L. BET, Oh, madam! it has been his whole 15
business of late to make an utter breach between my Lord Morelove and me.

L. EA. That may be owing to your usage of my lord: perhaps he thought it would not disoblige you:

I am confident you are mistaken in him. 20

L. BET. Oh, I don't use to be out in things of this nature; I can see well enough. But I shall be able to tell you more when I have talked with my lord.

L. EA. Here he comes, and because you shall talk

with him -- no excuses! -- for positively I'll 25
leave you together.

L. BET. Indeed, my dear, I desire you would stay, then; for I know you think now that I have a mind to -- to --

L. EA. To -- to -- ha! ha! ha! (Going.) 30

L. BET, Well! remember this!

Enter LORD MORELOVE.

L. MO. I hope I don't fright you away, madam.

L. EA. Not at all, my lord, but I must beg your pardon for a moment; I'll wait upon you immediately.

Exit.

L. BET. My Lady Easy gone? 35

L. MO. Perhaps, madam, in friendship to you; she thinks I may have deserved the coldness you of late have shown me, and was willing to give you this opportunity to convince me you have not done it with

out just grounds and reason. 40

L. BET. (aside). How handsomely does he reproach me! But I can't bear that he should think I know it. -- My lord, whatever has passed between you and me, I dare swear that could not be her thoughts

at this time, for when two people have appeared 45
professed enemies she can't but think one will as little care to give as t'other to receive a justification of their actions.

L. MO. Passion, indeed, often does repented in

juries on both sides, but I don't remember in 50
my heat of error I ever yet professed myself your enemy.

L. BET. My lord, I shall be very free with you -- I confess I do think now I have not a greater enemy

in the world. 55

L. MO. If having long loved you, to my own disquiet, be injurious, I am contented then to stand the foremost of your enemies.

L. BET. Oh, my lord, there's no great fear of your

being my enemy that way, I dare say. 60

L. MO. There's no other way my heart can bear to offend you now, and I foresee in that it will persist to my undoing.

L. BET. Fie, fie, my lord! we know where your

heart is well enough. 65

L. MO. My conduct has indeed deserved this scorn, and therefore 'tis but just I should submit to your resentment, and beg (though I am assured in vain) for pardon. (Kneels.)

Enter SIR CHARLES.

SIR CHA. How, my lord! 70

( LORD MORELOVErises.)

L. BET. (aside). Ha! He here? This was unlucky.

L. MO. (to LADY BETTY). Oh, pity my confusion!

SIR CHA. I am sorry to see you can so soon forget

____________________
212] DD waits, for me.
SCENE VII. 1] QQDD You've.
2] D8 look'd.
3] QQ can't yet let.
6] DD Indeed, I'm.
23] QQ lord, ha! ha! ha!
25] QQDD I will.
34] QQ om. Exit.
44] QQ thought.
49-50 DD repeated injuries.
61] QQ There is.
68] QQDD I'm.

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