VER. Damn him! Help me in here then with this dishonorer of my family.
FID. Oh! oh!
SERV. You say she is a woman, sir.
VER. No matter, sir: must you prate? 510
FID. O heav'ns! is there --
(They arust her in, and lock the door.)
VER. Stay there, my prisoner; you have a short reprieve.
I'll fetch the gold, and that she can't resist, For with a full hand 'tis we ravish best. 515
Enter OLIVIA and ELIZA.
OLIV. Ah, cousin, nothing troubles me, but that I have given the malicious world its revenge, and reason now to talk as freely of me as I used to do of it.
ELIZA. Faith, then, let not that trouble you; for, to be plain, cousin, the world cannot talk worse 5 of you than it did before.
OLIV. How, cousin? I'd have you to know, before this faux pas, this trip of mine, the world could not talk of me.
ELIZA. Only that you mind other people's 10 actions so much that you take no care of your own, but to hide 'em; that, like a thief, because you know yourself most guilty, you impeach your fellowcriminals first, to clear yourself.
OLIV. O wicked world! 15
ELIZA. That you pretend an aversion to all mankind in public, only that their wives and mistresses may not be jealous, and hinder you of their conversation in private.
OLIV. Base world! 20
ELIZA. That abroad you fasten quarrels upon innocent men for talking of you, only to bring 'em to ask you pardon at home, and to become dear friends with them, who were hardly your acquaintance before. 25
OLIV. Abominable world!
ELIZA. That you condemn the obscenity of modern plays, only that you may not be censured for never missing the most obscene of the old ones.
OLIV. Damned world! 30
ELIZA. That you deface the nudities of pictures and little statues only because they are not real.
OLIV. Oh, fie, fie, fie! hideous, hideous, cousin! the obscenity of their censures makes me blush!
ELIZA. The truth of 'em, the naughty world 35 would say now.
Enter LETTICE hastily.
LET. O madam! here is that gentleman coming up who now you say is my master.
OLIV. 0 cousin! whither shall I run? protect me, or -- 40
(OLIVIA runs away, and stands at a distance.)
VER. Nay, nay, come --
OLIV. O sir, forgive me!
VER. Yes, yes, I can forgive you being alone in the dark with a woman in man's clothes; but have a care of a man in woman's clothes. 45
OLIV. (aside). What does he mean? he dissembles, only to get me into his power: or has my dear friend made him believe he was a woman? My husband may be deceived by him, but I'm sure I was not.
VER. Come, come, you need not have lain 50 out of your house for this; but perhaps you were afraid, when I was warm with suspicions, you must have discovered who she was: and prithee may I not know it?
OLIV. She was -- (Aside.) I hope he has been 55 deceived: and since my lover has played the card, I must not renounce.1
VER. Come, what's the matter with thee? If I must not know who she is, I'm satisfied without. Come hither. 60
OLIV. Sure you do know her; she has told you herself, I suppose.
VER. No, I might have known her better, but that I was interrupted by the goldsmith you know, and was forced to lock her into your chamber, to 65 keep her from his sight; but, when I returned, I found she was got away by tying the window- curtains to the balcony, by which she slid down into the street; for, you must know, I jested with her, and made her believe I'd ravish her, which she 70 apprehended, it seems, in earnest.
OLIV. And she got from you?
OLIV. And is quite gone?
VER. Yes. 75
OLIV. I'm glad on't -- otherwise you had ravished her, sir? But how dar'st you go so far as to make her believe you would ravish her? let me understand that, sir. What! there's guilt in your face, you blush too; nay, then you did ravish her, you 80 did, you base fellow! What, ravish a woman in the first month of our marriage! 'Tis a double injury to me, thou base, ungrateful man! wrong my bed already, villain! I could tear out those false eyes, barbarous, unworthy wretch! 85
ELIZA. So, So! --____________________