The Plays of David Garrick - Vol. 1

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Snt JOHN. Poor Lovewell, he can't bear it, I see. She charged you20
not to kiss and tell, eh, Lovewell? However, though you will not honor me with your confidence, I'll venture to trust you with mine. What dy'e think of Miss Sterling?

LOVEWELL. What do I think of Miss Sterling?

SIR JOHN. Ay, what dy'e think of her?

LOVEWELL. An odd question! But I think her a smart, lively girl full of mirth and sprightliness.

SIR JOHN. All mischief and malice, I doubt

LOVEWELL. How?

SIR JOHN. But her person--what dy'e think of that?30

LOVEWELL. Pretty and agreeable.

SIR JOHN. A little grisette thing.

LOVEWELL. What is the meaning of all this?

SIR JOHN. I'll tell you. You must know, Lovewell, that notwithstanding all appearances-- (Seeing Lord Ogleby, etc.) We are interrupted. When they are gone I'll explain.

Enter Lord Ogleby, Sterling, Mrs. Heidelberg, Miss Sterling, and Fanny.

LORD OGLEBY. Great improvements indeed, Mr. Sterling! Wonderful improvements! The four seasons in lead, the flying Mercury, and the basin with Neptune in the middle are all in the very extreme of

fine taste. You have as many rich figures as the man at Hyde Park40
Corner.

STERLING. The chief pleasure of a country house is to make improvements, you know, my Lord. I spare no expense, not I. This is quite another-guess sort of a place than it was when I first took it, my Lord. We were surrounded with trees. I cut down above fifty to make the lawn before the house and let in the wind and the sun-- smack-smooth, as you see. Then I made a greenhouse out of the old laundry, and turned the brew-house into a pinery. The high octagon summer house you see yonder is raised on the mast of a

ship given me by an East India captain who has turned many a50
thousand of my money. It commands the whole road. All the coaches and chariots and chaises pass and repass under your eye. I'll mount you up there in the afternoon, my Lord. 'Tis the pleasantest place in the world to take a pipe and a bottle, and so you shall say, my Lord.

LORD OGLEBY. Ay--or a bowl of punch, or a can of flip, Mr. Sterling, for it looks Eke a cabin in the air. If flying chain were in use, the

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32. little grisette thing] O1, O2, O3, O4, O5, O6, O7, O8, O9, D1, W1, W2; little grisetta thing D2; little thing C.

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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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