The Plays of David Garrick: A Complete Collection of the Social Satires, French Adaptations, Pantomimes, Christmas and Musical Plays, Preludes, Interludes, and Burlesques - Vol. 1

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TAG. She'll make him a cuckold though, for all that, if you force her

to marry him.30

AUNT. You shock me, Tag, with your coarse expressions. I tell you her chastity will be her guard, let her husband be what he will.

TAG. Chastity! Never trust to that, Madam. Get her a husband that's fit for her, and I'll be bound for her virtue. But with such a one as Sir Simon, I'm a rogue if I'd answer for my own.

AUNT. Well, Tag, the child shall never have reason to repent of my severity. I was going before to my lawyer's to speak about the articles of marriage. I will now put a stop to 'em for some time, till we can make farther discoveries.

TAG. Heaven will bless you for your goodness. Look where the poor40
bird comes, quite moped and melancholy. I'll set my pump at work and draw something from her before your return, I warrant you.

Exit Aunt.

There goes a miracle. She has neither pride, envy, or ill-nature, and yet is near sixty and a virgin.

Enter Biddy.

BIDDY. How unfortunate a poor girl am I. I dare not tell my secrets to anybody, an if I don't I'm undone. Heigho! (Sighs.) Pray, Tag, is my aunt gone to her lawyer about me? Heigho!

TAG. What's that sigh for, my dear young mistress?

BIDDY. I did not sigh, not 1. (Sighs.)

TAG. Nay, never gulp 'em down. They are the worst things you can50
swallow. There's something in that little heart of yours that swells it and puffs it and will burst it at last, if you don't give it vent.

BIDDY. What would you have me tell you? (Sighs.)

TAG. Come, come, you are afraid I'll betray you, but you had as good speak. I may do you some service you little think of.

BIDDY. It is not in your power, Tag, to give me what I want. (Sighs.)

TAG. Not directly, perhaps; but I may be the means of helping you to it, as for example--If you should not like to marry the old man your aunt designs for you, one might find a way to break --

BIDDY. His neck, Tag?60

TAG. Or the match. Either will do, Child.

BIDDY. I don't care which indeed, so I was clear of him. I don't think I'm fit to be married.

TAG. To him, you mean. You have no objection to marriage but the man, and I applaud you for it. But come; courage, Miss, never keep it in. Out with it all.

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42. your] O1, O2, Q1, D1, O3, D2, O4, D3, O5, D4; you W1, W2, O6.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xix
  • Introduction xxi
  • Lethe; Or, Esop in the Shades - A Dramatic Satire 1740 1
  • Epilogue 33
  • The Lying Valet 1741 35
  • Dramatis Personae 37
  • Scene 1. Gayless' Lodgings. Enter Gayless and Sharp. 37
  • Scene [ii]. Melissa's Lodgings. Enter Melissa and Kitty. 45
  • Scene [ii]. Melissa's Lodgings. Enter Melissa and Kitty. 45
  • Scene [ii]. Melissa's Lodgings. Enter Melissa and Kitty. 51
  • Epilogue 67
  • Miss in Her Teens: Or, the Medley of Lovers - A Farce 1747 69
  • Advertisement 71
  • Prologue 72
  • Dramatis Personae 74
  • Act I. Scene I. 74
  • Scene [ii.] Changes to A Chamber. 83
  • Act Ii. Scene I. 83
  • Epilogue 103
  • Lilliput 1756 - A Dramatic Entertainment 105
  • Advertisement 107
  • Prologue 110
  • Dramatis Personae 112
  • Epilogue 130
  • The Male-Coquette; Or, Seventeen-Hundred Fifty-Seven 1757 133
  • Advertisement 135
  • Prologue 136
  • Dramatis Personae 138
  • Act I. [scene I.] [a Hall in Sophia's House.] 138
  • [scene Ii.] 146
  • Act Ii. [scene I.] 146
  • Act Ii. [scene I.] 155
  • Act Ii. [scene I.] 162
  • The Guardian A Comedy 1759 169
  • Advertisement 171
  • Dramatis Personae 172
  • Act I. Scene I. A Hall in Mr. Heartly's House. 172
  • Act II 173
  • Act II 188
  • Harlequin's Invasion; Or, A Christmas Gambol 1759 199
  • Dramatis Personae 201
  • Act I 201
  • Scene Ii. Plain Chamber 205
  • Scene Ii. Plain Chamber 205
  • Scene Ii. Plain Chamber 213
  • Scene Ii. Plain Chamber 216
  • Scene Ii. Plain Chamber 221
  • The Enchanter; Or, Love and Magic A Musical Drama 1760 227
  • Advertisement 229
  • Persons 230
  • Act I. Scene I. 231
  • Scene Ii. Plain Chamber 233
  • Scene Ii. Plain Chamber 233
  • Scene Ii. Plain Chamber 234
  • Scene Ii. Plain Chamber 235
  • Scene Ii. Plain Chamber 235
  • Scene Ii. Plain Chamber 235
  • Scene Ii. Plain Chamber 238
  • Scene Ii. Plain Chamber 240
  • Scene Ii. Plain Chamber 240
  • The Farmer's Return from London . - An Interlude 1762 243
  • Advertisement 245
  • Persons of the Interlude 246
  • The Clandestine Marriage - Acomedy 1766 253
  • Advertisement 255
  • Prologue 256
  • Dramatist Personae 258
  • Act I. [scene I.] 258
  • Scene Ii. Plain Chamber 268
  • Act Ii. [scene I.] 268
  • [scene Ii.] 281
  • [scene Ii.] 281
  • [scene Ii.] 291
  • [scene Ii.] 298
  • Act Iv. Scene I. 298
  • [scene Ii.] 306
  • [scene Ii.] 306
  • [scene Ii.] 317
  • [scene Ii.] 320
  • Epilogue 332
  • Neck or Nothing A Farce 1766 337
  • Advertisement 339
  • Dramatis Personae 340
  • Act I. [scene I.] 340
  • Scene II 347
  • Scene II 355
  • Scene II 363
  • Scene II 364
  • List of References 373
  • Commentary and Notes 377
  • Index to Commentary 431
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