are those, were standing about your door when I came in? They want your master too, I suppose.
SHARP. Hum! yes, they are waiting for him. -- They are some of his tenants out of the country that
|want to pay him some money.||200|
KITTY. Tenants! what, do you let his tenants stand in the street?
SHARP. They choose it; as they seldom come to town, they are willing to see as much of it as they
|can, when they do; they are raw, ignorant, hon||205|
KITTY. Well, I must run home, farewell! --But do you hear? Get something substantial for us in the kitchen--a ham, a turkey, or what you will --
|we'll be very merry; and, be sure remove the||210|
|you soon. Exit KITTY.||215|
SHARP. And without any compliment, I pray heaven you may!
(They look for some time sorrowful at each other.)
GAY. O Sharp!
SHARP. O master!
|GAY. We are certainly undone!||220|
SHARP. That's no news to me.
GAY. Eight or ten couple of dancers--ten or a dozen little nice dishes, with some fruit--my Lord Stately's servants, ham and turkey!
|SHARP. Say no more, the very sound creates||225|
GAY. Cursed misfortune! what can we do?
SHARP. Hang ourselves; I see no other remedy;
|except you have a receipt to give a ball and a||230|
GAY. Melissa has certainly heard of my bad circumstances, and has invented this scheme to distress me, and break off the match.
|SHARP. I don't believe it, sir; begging your||235|
GAY. No? why did her maid then make so strict an enquiry into my fortune and affairs?
SHARP. For two very substantial reasons: the
|first, to satisfy a curiosity, natural to her as a||240|
GAY. Prithee be more serious: is not our all at
SHARP. Yes, sir: and yet that all of ours is of so little consequence, that a man, with a very small share of philosophy may part from it without much pain or uneasiness. However, sir, I'll convince you
|in half an hour, that Mrs. Melissa knows noth||250|
GAY. How, how, dear Sharp!
|SHARP. 'Tis here, here, sir! warm, warm,||255|
Would you succeed, a faithful friend depute,
|Whose head can plan, and front can execute.||260|
GAY. Indeed I don't. Prithee be gone.
SHARP. I fly. Exeunt.
Enter MELISSAand KITTY.
MEL. You surprise me, Kitty! the master not at home! the man in confusion! no furniture in the house! and ill-looking fellows about the doors! 'Tis all a riddle.
|KITTY. But very easy to be explained.||5|
MEL. Prithee explain it then, nor keep me longer in suspense.
KITTY. The affair is this, madam: Mr. Gayless is over head and ears in debt; you are over head and
|ears in love; you'll marry him tomorrow, the||10|
MEL. I cannot think him base.
|KITTY. But I know they are all base--you||15|
|parcel of barbarous, perjured, deluding, be||20|
MEL. The low wretches you have had to do with may answer the character you give 'em; but Mr. Gayless --
|KITTY. Is a man, madam.||25|
MEL. I hope so, Kitty, or I would have nothing to do with him.
KITTY. With all my heart -- I have given you my sentiments upon the occasion, and shall leave
|you to your own inclinations.||30|
MEL. Oh, madam, I am much obliged to you for your great condescension, ha, ha, ha! However, I____________________
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Publication information: Book title: British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan. Contributors: George Henry Nettleton - Editor, Arthur Eillicot Case - Editor. Publisher: Boston ; Houghton Mifflin company,.. Place of publication: Boston; New York. Publication year: 1939. Page number: 635.
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