you; but depend upon't your brother is utterly undone. (Going.) *450
CRAB. O lud, aye! undone as ever man was -- can't raise a guinea. (Going.) *
SIR BEN. And everything sold, I'm told, that was movable. (Going.) *
CRAB. I have seen one that was at his 455 house -- not a thing left but some empty bottles that were overlooked, and the family pictures, which I believe are framed in the wainscot. (Going.) *
SIR BEN. And I am very sorry to hear also some bad stories against him. (Going.) 460
CRAB. Oh, he has done many mean things, that's certain. (Going.)
SIR BEN. But, however, as he's your brother -- (Going.)
CRAB. We'll tell you all, another opportunity.
Exeunt CRABTREEand SIR BENJAMIN.
LADY SNEER. Ha, ha! ha! 'tis very hard for 465 them to leave a subject they have not quite run down.
JOS. SURF. And I believe the abuse was no more acceptable to your ladyship than to Maria.
LADY SNEER. I doubt1 her affections are 470 farther engaged than we imagined; but the family are to be here this evening, so you may as well dine where you are, and we shall have an opportunity of observing farther; -- in the meantime, I'll go and plot mischief, and you shall study sentiments. 475
SIR PETER TEAZLE'S house.
Enter SIR PETER
SIR PET. When an old bachelor takes a young wife, what is he to expect? -- 'Tis now six months since Lady Teazle made me the happiest of men -- and I have been the miserablest dog ever since that ever committed wedlock! We tift a little going 5 to church, and came to a quarrel before the bells were done ringing. I was more than once nearly choked with gall during the honeymoon, and had lost all comfort in life before my friends had done wishing me joy! Yet I chose with caution -- 10 a girl bred wholly in the country, who never knew luxury beyond one silk gown, nor dissipation above the annual gala of a race ball. Yet now she plays her part in all the extravagant fopperies of the fashion and the town, with as ready a grace as 15 if she had never seen a bush nor a grass-plat out of Grosvenor Square! I am sneered at by my old acquaintance -- paragraphed in the newspapers. She dissipates my fortune, and contradicts all my humors; yet the worst of it is, I doubt I love 20 her, or I should never bear all this. However, I'll never be weak enough to own it.
ROW. Oh! Sir Peter, your servant, -- how is it with you, sir?
SIR PIT. Very bad, Master Rowley, very 25 bad; -- I meet with nothing but crosses and vexations.
ROW. What can have happened to trouble you since yesterday?
SIR PET. A good question to a married man! 30
ROW. Nay, I'm sure your lady, Sir Peter, can't be the cause of your uneasiness.
SIR PET. Why, has anyone told you she was dead?
ROW. Come, come, Sir Peter, you love her, notwithstanding your tempers don't exactly agree. 35
SIR PET. But the fault is entirely hers, Master Rowley. I am, myself, the sweetest-tempered man alive, and hate a teasing temper -- and so I tell her a hundred times a day.
ROW. Indeed! 40
SIR PET. Aye; and what is very extraordinary, in all our disputes she is always in the wrong! But Lady Sneerwell, and the set she meets at her house, encourage the perverseness of her disposition. Then, to complete my vexations, Maria, my ward, 45 whom I ought to have the power of a father over, is determined to turn rebel too, and absolutely refuses the man whom I have long resolved on for her husband; -- meaning, I suppose, to bestow herself on his profligate brother. 50
ROW. You know, Sir Peter, I have always taken the liberty to differ with you on the subject of these two young gentlemen. I only wish you may not be deceived in your opinion of the elder. For____________________