CHAIRM. We will, an't like your honor. 25
BELL. Now to come off, I must on --
In confidence and lies some hope is left;
'Twere hard to be found out in the first theft.
[MRS. LOVEIT'S lodgings.]
Enter MRS. LOVEITand PERT, her woman.
PERT. Well! in my eyes Sir Fopling is no such despicable person.
LOV. You are an excellent judge!
PERT. He's as handsome a man as Mr. Dorimant, and as great a gallant. 5
LOV. Intolerable! Is't not enough I submit to his impertinences, but must I be plagued with yours too?
PERT. Indeed, madam --
LOV. 'Tis false, mercenary malice --
Enter her Footman.
FOOTM. Mrs. Bellinda, madam. 10
LOV. What of her?
FOOTM. She's below.
LOV. How came she?
FOOTM. In a chair; Ambling Harry brought her.
LOV. [aside]. He bring her! His chair stands 15 near Dorimant's door and always brings me from thence. [To Footman.] Run and ask him where he took her up. [Exit Footman.] Go! there is no truth in friendship neither. Women, as well as men, all are false -- or all are so to me, at least. 20
PERT. You are jealous of her too?
LOV. You had best tell her I am. 'Twill become the liberty you take of late. This fellow's bringing of her, her going out by five o'clock -- I know not what to think. 25
-- Bellinda, you are grown an early riser, I hear.
BELL. Do you not wonder, my dear, what made me abroad so soon?
LOV. You do not use to be so.
BELL. The country gentlewomen I told you 30 of (Lord, they have the oddest diversions!) would never let me rest till I promised to go with them to the markets this morning to eat fruit and buy nose- gays.
LOV. Are they so fond of a filthy nosegay? 35
BELL. They complain of the stinks of the town, and are never well but when they have their noses in one.
LOV. There are essences and sweet waters.
BELL. Oh, they cry out upon perfumes, they 40 are unwholesome; one of 'em was falling into a fit with the smell of these nerolii.1
LOV. Methinks in complaisance you should have had a nosegay too.
BELL. Do you think, my dear, I could be so 45 loathsome, to trick myself up with carnations and stock-gillyflowers? I begged their pardon and told them I never wore anything but orange flowers and tuberose. That which made me willing to go, was a strange desire I had to eat some fresh nec 50 tarines.
LOV. And had you any?
BELL. The best I ever tasted.
LOV. Whence came you now?
BELL. From their lodgings, where I crowded 55 out of a coach and took a chair to come and see you, my dear.
LOV. Whither did you send for that chair?
BELL. 'Twas going by empty.
LOV. Where do these country gentlewomen 60 lodge, I pray?
BELL. In the Strand over against the Exchange.
PERT. That place is never without a nest of 'em. They are always, as one goes by, fleering in balconies or staring out of windows. 65
LOV. (to the Footman). Come hither! (Whispers.)
BELL. (aside). This fellow by her order has been questioning the chairmen. I threatened 'em with the name of Dorimant; if they should have told truth, I am lost forever. 70
LOV. In the Strand, said you?
FOOTM. Yes, madam; over against the Exchange.
LOV. [aside]. She's innocent, and I am much to blame.
BELL. (aside). I am so frighted, my coun 75 tenance will betray me.
LOV. Bellinda, what makes you look so pale?
BELL. Want of my usual rest and jolting up and down so long in an odious hackney.
FOOTM. Madam, Mr. Dorimant. 80
LOV. What makes him here?
BELL. (aside). Then I am betrayed, indeed. H'has broke his word, and I love a man that does not care for me!
LOV. Lord, you faint, Bellinda! 85
BELL. I think I shall -- such an oppression here on the sudden.____________________