LUCY. Did you call, ma'am?
MRS. MAL. Yes, girl. -- Did you see Sir Lucius while you was out?
LUCY. No, indeed, ma'am, not a glimpse of him.
|MRS. MAL. You are sure, Lucy, that you||365|
LUCY. O Gemini! I'd sooner cut my tongue out.
MRS. MAL. Well, don't let your simplicity be imposed on.
|LUCY. No, ma'am.||370|
MRS. MAL. So, come to me presently, and I'll give you another letter to Sir Lucius; -- but mind, Lucy -- if ever you betray what you are intrusted with -- (unless it be other people's secrets to me) you forfeit
|my malevolence forever: -- and your being a||375|
Exit MRS. MALAPROP.
LUCY. Ha! ha! ha! -- So, my dear simplicity, let me give you a little respite -- (altering her manner) -- let girls in my station be as fond as they please of appear
|ing expert, and knowing in their trusts -- com||380|
|in a design of running away with an Ensign! --||385|
|Item, from Mrs. Malaprop, for betraying the||390|
|guineas, and a pair of buckles. -- Item, from||395|
|but with the niece: for, though not over rich, I||400|
CAPTAIN ABSOLUTE'S lodgings.
CAPTAIN ABSOLUTEand FAG.
FAG. Sir, while I was there Sir Anthony came in: I told him you had sent me to inquire after his health, and to know if he was at leisure to see you.
ABS. And what did he say on hearing I was at
FAG. Sir, in my life I never saw an elderly gentleman more astonished! He started back two or three paces, rapped out a dozen interjectoral oaths, and asked what the devil had brought you here!
|ABS. Well, sir, and what did you say?||10|
FAG. O, I lied, sir -- I forget the precise lie; but you may depend on't, he got no truth from me. Yet, with submission, for fear of blunders in future, I should be glad to fix what has brought us to Bath, in
|order that we may lie a little consistently. -- Sir||15|
ABS. You have said nothing to them -----?
FAG. O, not a word, sir -- not a word. -- Mr.
|Thomas, indeed, the coachman (whom I take to||20|
ABS. 'Sdeath! -- you rascal! you have not trusted him!
FAG. O, no, sir! -- no -- no -- not a syllable, upon
|my veracity! -- He was, indeed, a little inquis||25|
|money, or constitution, you know, sir, is nothing||30|
ABS. Well -- recruit -- will do -- let it be so -----
FAG. O, sir, recruit will do surprisingly -- indeed, to give the thing an air, I told Thomas that your
|Honor had already enlisted five disbanded chair||35|
ABS. You blockhead, never say more than is necessary.
|FAG. I beg pardon, sir -- I beg pardon --||40|
|ABS. Well, take care you don't hurt your||45|
FAG. He is above, sir, changing his dress.
ABS. Can you tell whether he has been informed
|of Sir Anthony's and Miss Melville's arrival?||50|
FAG. I fancy not, sir; he has seen no one since he came in, but his gentleman, who was with him at Bristol. -- I think, sir, I hear Mr. Faulkland coming down --
|ABS. Go tell him I am here.||55|