TRIP. O gentlemen, I beg pardon for not showing
|you out; this way -- Moses, a word.||30|
Exeunt TRIP, and MOSES.
SIR OLIV. There's a fellow for you! Would you believe it, that puppy intercepted the Jew on our coming, and wanted to raise money before he got to his master!
SIR OLIV. Yes, they are now planning an annuity business. Ah, Master Rowley, in my days, servants were content with the follies of their masters, when they were worn a little threadbare -- but now they
|have their vices, like their birthday clothes,1||40|
A library [in JOSEPH SURFACE'S house.]
JOSEPH SURFACEand Servant.
JOS. SURF. No letter from Lady Teazle?
SERV. No, sir.
JOS. SURF. [aside]. I am surprised she hasn't sent, if she is prevented from coming. Sir Peter
|certainly does not suspect me. Yet I wish I||5|
|SERV. Sir, I believe that must be Lady Teazle.||10|
JOS. SURF. Hold! See whether it is or not, before you go to the door -- I have a particular message for you, if it should be my brother.
SERV. 'Tis her ladyship, sir; she always leaves her
|chair at the milliner's in the next street,||15|
JOS. SURF. Stay, stay -- draw that screen before the window -- that will do; -- my opposite neighbor is a maiden lady of so curious a temper. -- (Servant draws the screen, and exit.) I have a difficult hand
|to play in this affair. Lady Teazle has lately||20|
Enter LADY TEAZLE.
LADY TEAZ. What, sentiment in soliloquy! Have
|you been very impatient now? O lud! don't||25|
JOS. SURF. O madam, punctuality is a species of constancy, a very unfashionable quality in a lady.
LADY TEAZ. Upon my word, you ought to pity
|me. Do you know that Sir Peter is grown so ill-||30|
tempered to me of late, and so jealous of Charles too -- that's the best of the story, isn't it?
JOS. SURF. (aside). I am glad my scandalous friends keep that up.
|LADY TEAZ. I am sure I wish he would let||35|
JOS. SURF. (aside). Indeed I do not. -- Oh, certainly I do! for then my dear Lady Teazle would
|also be convinced how wrong her suspicions||40|
LADY TEAZ. Well, well, I'm inclined to believe you. But isn't it provoking, to have the most ill-natured things said to one? And there's my friend Lady Sneerwell has circulated I don't 45 know how many scandalous tales of me! and all without any foundation, too--that's what vexes me.
JOS. SURF. Aye, madam, to be sure, that is
|the provoking circumstance -- without founda||50|
|LADY TEAZ. No, to be sure -- then I'd forgive||55|
|suspicious, when I know the integrity of my||60|
JOS. SURF. But, my dear Lady Teazle, 'tis your own fault if you suffer it. When a husband entertains a groundless suspicion of his wife, and with
|draws his confidence from her, the original com||65|
LADY TEAZ. Indeed! So that, if he suspects me without cause, it follows that the best way of
|curing his jealousy is to give him reason for't?||70|
|LADY TEAZ. To be sure, what you say is very||75|
JOS. SURF. Ah, my dear madam, there is the great mistake; 'tis this very conscious innocence that is of the greatest prejudice to you. What 80 is it makes you negligent of forms, and careless of the world's opinion? why, the consciousness of your innocence. What makes you thoughtless in your conduct, and apt to run into a thousand little
|imprudences? why, the consciousness of your||85|