BY RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN
[LADY SNEERWELL'S house.]
LADY SNEERWELL at the dressing-table -- SNAKE drinking chocolate.
LADY SNEER. The paragraphs, you say, Mr. Snake, were all inserted?
SNAKE. They were, madam, and as I copied them myself in a feigned hand, there can be no suspicion
|whence they came.||5|
LADY SNEER. Did you circulate the reports of Lady Brittle's intrigue with Captain Boastall?
SNAKE. That is in as fine a train as your ladyship could wish, -- in the common course of things, I
|think it must reach Mrs. Clackit's ears within||10|
LADY SNEER. Why, truly, Mrs. Clackit has a very pretty talent, and a great deal of industry.
|SNAKE. True, madam, and has been tolerably||15|
|maintenances, and two divorces; -- nay, I have||20|
|LADY SNEER. She certainly has talents, but||25|
SNAKE. 'Tis very true, -- she generally designs well, has a free tongue, and a bold invention; but her coloring is too dark, and her outline often extrava
|gant. She wants that delicacy of hint, and mel||30|
LADY SNEER. Ah! you are partial, Snake.
SNAKE. Not in the least; everybody allows that
|Lady Sneerwell can do more with a word or a look||35|
LADY SNEER. Yes, my dear Snake; and I am no
|hypocrite to deny the satisfaction I reap from the||40|
SNAKE. Nothing can be more natural. But, Lady Sneerwell, there is one affair in which you have lately employed me, wherein, I confess, I am at a loss to guess your motives.
LADY SNEER. I conceive you mean with re 50 spect to my neighbor, Sir Peter Teazle, and his family?
SNAKE. I do; here are two young men, to whom Sir Peter has acted as a kind of guardian since their
|father's death; the elder possessing the most||55|
|ship, and apparently your favorite; the latter at||60|
|should not dose with the passion of a man of||65|
|LADY SNEER. Then, at once to unravel this||70|
|LADY SNEER. His real attachment is to Maria,||75|
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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: 849.