LADY TEAZ. Why, you, to be sure. I said
|nothing -- but there's no bearing your temper.||290|
SIR PET. No, no, madam, the fault's in your own temper.
LADY TEAZ. Ave, you are just what my cousin Sophy said you would be.
|SIR PET. Your cousin Sophy is a forward,||295|
LADY TEAZ. You are a great bear, I'm sure, to abuse my relations.
SIR PET. Now may all the plagues of marriage
|be doubled on me, if ever I try to be friends||300|
LADY TEAZ. So much the better.
SIR PET. No, no, madam; 'tis evident you never cared a pin for me, and I was a madman to marry
|you -- a pert, rural coquette, that had refused||305|
LADY TEAZ. And I am sure I was a fool to marry you -- an old dangling bachelor, who was single at fifty, only because he never could meet with
|any one who would have him.||310|
SIR PET. Aye, aye, madam; but you were pleased enough to listen to me -- you never had such an offer before.
LADY TEAZ. No! didn't I refuse Sir Twivy
|Tarrier, who everybody said would have been||315|
SIR PET. I have done with you, madam! You are
|an unfeeling, ungrateful -- but there's an end||320|
|LADY TEAZ. Take care, Sir Peter! you had||325|
SIR PET. Very well, madam! very well! a separate maintenance as soon as you please. Yes, madam,
|or a divorce! I'll make an example of my||330|
LADY TEAZ. Agreed! agreed! And now, my dear Sir Peter, we are of a mind once more, we may
|be the happiest couple, and never differ again,||335|
SIR PET. Plagues and tortures! can't I make her angry neither? Oh, I am the miserablest fel 340 low! But I'll not bear her presuming to keep her temper -- no! she may break my heart, but she shan't keep her temper. Exit.
Enter TRIP, MOSES, and SIR OLIVER SURFACE.
TRIP. Here, Master Moses! if you'll stay a moment, I'll try whether -- what's the gentleman's name?
SIR OLIV. Mr. Moses, what is my name?
|MOS. Mr. Premium.||5|
TRIP. Premium -- very well.
Exit TRIP, taking snuff.
SIR OLIV. To judge by the servants, one wouldn't believe the master was ruined. But what! -- sure, this was my brother's house?
|MOS. Yes, sir; Mr. Charles bought it of Mr.||10|
SIR OLIV. In my mind, the other's economy in
|selling it to him was more reprehensible by half.||15|
TRIP. My master says you must wait, gentlemen; he has company, and can't speak with you yet.
SIR OLIV. If he knew who it was wanted to see him, perhaps he wouldn't have sent such a mes
TRIP. Yes, yes, sir; he knows you are here -- I didn't forget little Premium -- no, no, no.
SIR OLIV. Very well -- and I pray, sir, what may be your name?
|TRIP. Trip, sir -- my name is Trip, at your||25|
SIR OLIV. Well, then, Mr. Trip, you have a pleasant sort of a place here, I guess.
TRIP. Why, yes -- here are three or four of us
|pass our time agreeably enough; but then our||30|
SIR OLIV. [aside]. Bags and bouquets! halters and
TRIP. But à propos, Moses, have you been able to get me that little bill discounted?
SIR OLIV. [aside]. Wants to raise money, too! -- mercy on me! Has his distresses, I warrant, like a
|lord, -- and affects creditors and duns.||40|
MOS. 'Twas not to be done, indeed, Mr. Trip. (Gives the note.)
TRIP. Good lack, you surprise me! My friendBrush has indorsed it, and I thought when he put his mark on the back of a bill 'twas as good as