PHIL. What pretence have I to what is in your
hands, Mr. Tom?
TOM. As thus: there are hours, you know, when
sick or well; when she lolls or loiters; when she's
without desires -- from having more of everything
than she knows what to do with. PHIL. Well, what then?
|a lady is neither pleased or displeased, neither ||390|
keep her bright eyes quite open, to look at her own
dear image in the glass.
|TOM. -- When she has not life enough to ||395|
PHIL. Explain thyself, and don't be so fond of
thy own prating.
natured moments, as when a knot or a patch is happily fixed, when the complexion particularly flourishes.
|TOM. There are also prosperous and good- ||400|
PHIL. Well, what then? I have not patience!
-- we servants who have skill to know how to time
business see when such a pretty folded thing as this
(shows a letter) may be presented, laid, or dropped,
best suits the present humor. And, madam, be
|TOM. Why, then -- or on the like occasions ||405|
through all the several stages of a lady's temper, my
master, who is the most reasonable man in the world,
presents you this to bear your charges on the road.
(Gives her the purse.)
|cause it is a long, wearisome journey to run ||410|
PHIL. Now you think me a corrupt hussy.
Nay, I know you do, but I know my own
innocence; I take it for my mistress's sake.
|TOM. Oh, fie! I only, think you'll take the ||415|
TOM. I know it, my pretty one, I know it.
have my mistress deluded by one who gives no proof
of his passion; but I'll talk more of this as you see me
on my way home. No, Tom, I assure thee I take
this trash of thy master's, not for the value of the
|PHIL. Yes, I say, I do it because I would not ||420|
spect for my mistress. I remember a verse to the
|thing, but as it convinces me he has a true re ||425|
They may be false who languish and complain,
But they who part with money never feign. Exeunt.
BEVIL JUNIOR's lodgings.
BEVIL, JUNIOR, reading.
BEV. JUN. These moral writers practise virtue
after death. This charming vision of Mirza! Such
an author consulted in a morning sets the spirit for
the vicissitudes of the day better than the glass does
through! to put on an easy look with an aching heart.
If this lady my father urges me to marry should not
refuse me, my dilemma is insupportable. But why
should I fear it? Is not she in equal distress with
|a man's person. But what a day have I to go ||5|
morning confessed my inclination to another? Nay,
have I not moral assurances of her engagements, too,
to my friend Myrtle? It's impossible but she must
give in to it: for sure, to be denied is a favor any man
|me? Has not the letter I have sent her this ||10|
with the assurance of being rejected I think I may
confidently say to my father I am ready to marry
her. Then let me resolve upon -- what I am not
very good at, though it is -- an honest dissimulation.
|may pretend to. It must be so. Well, then, ||15|
|TOM. Sir John Bevil, sir, is in the next room. ||20|
BEV. JUN. Dunce! Why did not you bring him in?
TOM. I told him, sir, you were in your closet.
BEV. JUN. I thought you had known, sir, it was
my duty to see my father anywhere.
(Going himself to the door.)
has always more wit than I have.
|TOM (aside). The devil's in my master! he ||25|
BEV. JUN. (introducing SIR JOHN). Sir, you are the
most gallant, the most complaisant of all parents.
Sure, 'tis not a compliment to say these lodgings are
|yours. Why would you not walk in, sir? ||30|
SIR J. BEV. I was loth to interrupt you unseasonably on your wedding-day.
BEV. JUN. One to whom I am beholden for my
birthday might have used less ceremony.
have writ to your mistress this morning. It would
please my curiosity to know the contents of a wedding-day letter, for courtship must then be over.
|SIR J. BEV. Well, son, I have intelligence you ||35|
BEV. JUN. I assure you, sir, there was no insolence
being added to our family, but much acknowledgment of the lady's greater desert.
|in it upon the prospect of such a vast fortune's ||40|
SIR J. BEV. But, dear Jack, are you in earnest
in all this? And will you really marry her?
of yours, sir? -- nay, any inclination that I saw you
|BEV. JUN. Did I ever disobey any command ||45|
SIR J. BEV. Why, I can't say you have, son; but
methinks in this whole business you have not been
have visited her, it's true, but you have not been
particular. Everyone knows you can say and do as
handsome things as any man, but you have done
nothing but lived in the general -- been complaisant
|so warm as I could have wished you. You ||50|
BEV. JUN. As I am ever prepared to marry if you____________________
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Book title: British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan.
Contributors: George Henry Nettleton - Editor, Arthur Eillicot Case - Editor.
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Place of publication: Boston; New York.
Publication year: 1939.
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