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more humbly of me than I do of myself, I would take up his opinion and forego my own.
Stock. And, were I to choose a pupil, it ihould be one of your coniplexion : fo, if you will come along with me, we shall agree upon your admiffion, and enter upon a course of lectures directly. Bel. With all my heart.
II. Lady Townly and Lady Grace. Lady T. OH, my dear Lady Grace ! how could
you leave me so unmercifully alone all this while ?
Lady G. I thought my lord had been with you.
Lady T. Why, yes-and therefore I wanted your rolief; for he has been in loch a fluster here
Lady G. Bless me! for what?
Lady T. Only our usual breakfast; we have each of us had our dish of matrimonial comfort this morningwe have been charming company,
Lady G. I am mighty glad of it: fure it must be a vast happiness when man and wife can give themselves the same turn of conversation !
Lady T. Oh, the prettiest thing in the world?
Lady G. Now I fhould be afraid, that where two people are every day together so, they must often be in want of something to talk upon.
Lad; 7. Oh, my dear, yru are the most mistaken in the world ! inarried people have things to talk of, child, that never enter into the imagination of othetta Why, here's my lord and l, row, we have not been married above two short years, you know, and we have already eight or ten things conftantly in bank, that, whenever we want company, we can take up any one of them for two hours together, and the subject never the flatter; nay, if we have occasion it, it will be as fresh next day too, as it was the first hour it entertain
Lady G. Certainly that must be vastlý pretty,
Lany T. Oh, there's no life like it! Why, t'other day, for example, when you dined abroad, my :: and 1, after a pretty chceiful iéte à tête mea!, 17: es con by the fire-lide, in an caly, indolent, pick-tooth way,
for about a quarter of an hour, as if we had not thought of one another's being in the room. At last, stretching himself and yawning—My dear, says he, you came home very late last night.
-'Twas but just turned of two, says I.-I was in bed-aw by eleven, says he. So you are every night, fays I. Well, says he, I am amazed you can fit up so late.How can you be amazed, says I, at a thing that happens so often Upon which we entered into a conversation: and though this is a point has entertained us above fifty times already, we always find so many pretty new things to say apon it, that I believe in my soul it will last as long as we live.
Ledo G. But pray, in fuch fort of family-dialogues (though extremely well for passing the time) doesn't there now and then enter fome little witty fort of bite terness ?
Lady T. Oh, yes! which does not do amiss at all. A smart rapartee, with a zeft of recrimination at the head of it, makes the prettiest sherbet. Ay, ay, if we did not mix a little of the acid with it, a matrimonial fociety would be so luscious, that nothing but an old liquorish prude would be able to bear it.
Lady G. Well, certainly you have the most elegant taste
Lady T. Though, to tell you the truth, my dear, I racher think we squeezed a little too much lemon into it this bout ; for it grew fo four. at laft, that, I think
-I almost told him he was a fool and he again
-talked something oddly of turning me out of doors.
Lady G, Oh! have a care of that.
Lady T. Nay, if he thould, 1 may thank my wil wife father for it.
Lady G. How so?
Lucy T. Why, when my good lord first opened his honourable trenches before me, my unaccountable pa. pa, in whose hands I then was, gave me up at discre. tion.
G. Hy do you me 12? Lo T. veinid inie wives of this age were come to tirtinti liar lie won noi delire even his own claughter vuld be trafic wit pise money ; to that my whole
train of separate inclinations are left entirely at the mercy of a husband's odd humours.
Lady G. Why, that, indeed, is enough to make a woman of spirit look about her.
Lady T. Nay, but to be serious, my dear, what would you really have a woman do in my case ?
Lady Ć. Why, if I had a sober husband, as you have, I would make myself the happiest wife in the world, by being as fober as he.
Lady T. Oh, you wicked thing! how can you teaze one at this rate, when you know he is so very cober, that (except giving me money) there is not one thing in the world he can do to please me. And I, at the same time, partly by nature, and partly, perhaps, by keeping the best company, do with my foul love almost every thing hie hates. I dute upon assemblies ; my heart bounds at a ball; and at an opera- I expire. Then, I love play to distraction ; cards enchant me and dice-put me out of my little wits. Dear, dear hazard !-Oh, what a flow of spirits it gives one !-Do you never play at hazard, child?
Lady G. Oh, never! I don't think it fits well upon women; there's something so masculine, so much the air of a rake in it. You see how it makes the men swear and curle; and, when a woman is thrown into the same paffion-why
Larly T. That's very true ; one is a little put to it, sometimes, not to make use of the same words to ex. press it.
Lady G. Well, and, upon ill luck, pray what words are you really forced to make use of?
Lady T. Why, upon a very hard case, indeed, when a fad wrong word is rising juftio one's tongue's end, I give a great gulp andelwallow is.
Lad; G. Well-and is it not enough to make you forswear play as long as you live?
Lady T. Oh, yes; I have for worn it.
Lady T, Solemnly, a thousand times, but then one is cortantly forfworn.
Lady G. And how can yon answer that?
Lady T. My dear, what we lay, when we are losers, we look upon to be no more binding than a lover's sath or a great man's promife. But I beg sardon, bild ; I
fhould not lead you so far into the world : you are a prude, and design to live soberly.
Lady G. Wby, I confess; my nature and my education do in a good degree incline me that way.
Lady T. Well, how a woman of spirit (for you don't want that, child) can dream of living soberly, is to me inconceivable ; for you will marry, I Tuppose ?
Lady G, I can't tell but I may.
Lady T. My stars! and you would really live in London half the year to be sober in it?
Lady G. Why not?
Lady T. Why, can't you as well go and be sober in the country?
Lady G. So I would t'other half year.
Lady T. And pray, what comfortable scheme of life : would
summer and winter fober entertainments ?
Lady G. A scheme that I think might very well content us.
Lady T. Oh, of all things, let's hear it.
Lady G. Why, in summer, I could pass my leisure heurs in riding, in reading, walking by a canal, or fitting at the end of it under a great tree; in dressing, dining, chatting with an agreeable friend ; perhaps, hearing a little music, taking a difh of tea, or a game at cards soberly ; managing my family, looking into its accounts, playing with my children, if I had any; or in a thousand other innocent amusements-soberly: and, possibly, by these means, I might induce my
husband to be as sober as myself.
Lady T. Well, my dear, thou art an astonishing creature ! for sure such primitive antediluvian notions of life have not been in any head these thousand years. Under a great tree ha! ha! ha! But I beg we may have the fober town-scheme too for I am charmed with the country one.
Lady G. You shall, and I'll try to stick to my sobriety there too. Lady T. Well
, though I am sure it will give me the vapours, I must hear it. Dd
Lady G. Why, then, for fear of your fainting, Madam, i will first so far come into the fashion, that I would never be dressed out of it-but still it thould be soberly ; for I can't think it any disgrace to a woman of my private fortune not to wear her face as fine as tlie wedding.suit of a first duchess; though there is one ex. travagance I would venture to come up to.
Lady T. Ay, now for it
Lady T. Why, the men say that's a great step to be made one. Well, now you are drest, pray, let's see to what purpose ?
Lady G. I would visit—that is, my real friends; but as little for form as possible.--I would go to court ; sometimes to an assembly; nay, play at quadrille-feberly. I would see all the good plays; and, because 'tis the fashion, now and then go to an opera; but I would not expire there—for fear i should never go again. And, laftly, I can't say, but for curiosity, if I liked my com. pany, I might be drawn in once to a masquerade ; and This, I think, is as far as any woman can go-. berly.
Lady T Well, if it had not been for that last piece of fobriety, I was just going to call for some furfeitwater.
Lady G. Why, don't you think, with the farther aid of breakfasting, dining, taking the air, fupping, Deeping, (not to say a word of devotion, the four-andtwenty hours might roll over in a tolerable manner ?
Lady T. Tolerable ! deplorable. ----Why, child, ali you propose is but to endure life : now, I want--to en.,
III. Priuli and Jafier. Pri. No more! I'll hear no more ! Be gone, and
leave me Jaf. Not hear me ! By my sufferings, but you fall! My lord, my lord ! i'm not that abject wretch You think me. Patience! Where's the distance throws Me back fo far, but I may boldly speak In right, though proud oppreslion will not hear-me ! Pri. Have you not wrong'd me?