has got a letter for you from his master, upon very urgent business.
|MEL. Sir William Gayless! What can this||250|
KITTY. In the little parlor, madam.
MEL. I'll go to him--my heart flutters strangely.
KITTY. O woman, woman, foolish woman! she'll
|certainly have this Gayless: nay, were she as||255|
|she going to throw away fifteen thousand||260|
Be this advice pursued by each fond maid,
|Ne'er slight the substance for an empty shade:||265|
For should spouse cool, his gold will always warm ye.
[ GAYLESS' lodgings.]
Enter GAYLESS and SHARP.
GAY. Prithee be serious, Sharp. Hast thou really succeeded?
SHARP. To our wishes, sir. In short, I have managed the business with such skill and dexterity, that
|neither your circumstances nor my veracity are||5|
GAY. But how hast thou excused me from the ball and entertainment?
SHARP. Beyond expectation, sir. But in that
|particular I was obliged to have recourse to||10|
|short, sir, -- at that instant a cursed gnawing||15|
GAY. Hell and confusion, have you betrayed me,
|villain? Did you not tell me this moment, she||20|
SHARP. No more she did, sir, till I told her.
GAY. Very well; and was this your skill and dexterity?
|SHARP. I was going to tell you; but you won't||25|
GAY. Does she, Sharp?
|SHARP. Yes; and desires never to see your||30|
(Shows the money.)
GAY. What do you mean?
SHARP. To spend it, spend it, sir; and regale.
|GAY. Villain, you have undone me!||35|
SHARP. What, by bringing you money, when you are not worth a farthing in the whole world? Well, well, then to make you happy again, I'll keep it myself; and wish somebody would take it in their
|head to load me with such misfortunes.||40|
(Puts up the money.)
GAY. Do you laugh at me, rascal!
SHARP. Who deserves more to be laughed at! ha, ha, ha! Never for the future, sir, dispute the success of my negotiations, when even you, who know
|me so well, can't help swallowing my hook.||45|
|you was a fish or a man.||50|
GAY. Why, what is all this you have been telling me?
SHARP. A downright lie from beginning to end.
GAY. And have you really excused me to her?
|SHARP. No, sir; but I have got this half||55|
|GAY. Thou excellent fellow!||60|
SHARP. Don't lose time, but slip out of the house immediately; the back way, I believe, will be the safest for you, and to her as fast as you can; pretend vast surprise and concern, that her indisposition has
|debarred you the pleasure of her company here||65|
GAY. But what shall we do, Sharp? here's her maid again.
SHARP. The devil she is -- I wish I could poison
|her; for I'm sure, while she lives, I can never||70|
KITTY. Your door was open, so I did not stand upon ceremony.
GAY. I am sorry to hear your mistress is taken so
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