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Lady T. Oh, yes: I have forsworn it.
Lady T. Solemnly, a thousand times; but then one is constantly forsworn.
Lrdy G. And how can you answer that?
upon to be no more binding than a lover's oath, or a great man's 'promise. But I beg pardon, child : I should not lead you so far into the world! you are a prude, and design to live soberly.
Lady G. Why, I confess my nature and my educalion do in a good degre: confine me that way.
Lady T. Well, how a woinan of spirit (for you don't want that, child) can dream of living soberly, is to me inconceivable; for you will marry, i suppose. Lady G. I can't tell but I
may. Lady T. And won't you live in town? Lidy G. Hali the year I should like it very well.
Lady T. My stars! And you would really live in London half the year, to be suber 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-totler half year.
Lady T. And pray, what comfortable scheme of life would
form now for your suminer and wiuter suber entertainments ?
Lady G. A scheme that I think might very well contentus.
Lady T. Oh, of all things, let's hear it.
Lady G. Why, in summer I could pass my leisure hours in riding, in reading, walking by a canal, or sitting at the end of it under a great tree; in dressing, dining, chatting with an agreeable friend; perhaps hearing a little music, taking a dish of tea, or a game at cards-soberly; managing iny family, looking into its accounts, playing with my children, if I bad any ; or in a thousand other innocent amusements-soberly ; and possibly, by these means, I might induce my husband to be as sober as in yself. 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 cree! ha! ha! ha! But I beg we may have the sober town scheme 100—for I
ai charm ed with the country one.
Lady G. You shall; and I'll try to stick to my sobrie. ty there too.
Lady T. Well, though I am sure it will give me the va pors,
I inust hear it. 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 should be soberly; for I can't think it any disgrace to a woman of my private fortune not to wear her lace as fine as the wedding suit of a first dutchess; though there is one extravagance I would venture to come up to.
Lady T. Ay, now for it
Lndy T. Why, the men say that's a great step to be made one. -Well, now you are drest, pray let's see te 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-50berly. I would see all the good plays.; and because 'tis the fashion, now and then go to an opera ; but I would not espire there--for fear I should never go again. And lastly, I can't say, but for curiosity, if I liked my company, I might be drawn in once to a masquerade ;-and, this, I think, is as far as any woman can go-soberly.
Lady T. Well, if it had not been for that last piece of sobriety, I was just a going to call for some surfeit water.
Lady G. Why, don't you think, with the farther aid of breakfasting, dining, taking the air, supping, sleeping, (not to say a word of devotion) the four and twenty hours might roll over in a tolerable manner?
Lady T Tolerable ? Deplorable; Why, child, all you propose is but lo endure life; now, I want to en
111.-Priuli and Jaffier.- Venice PRESERVED.
Pri. No more! I'll hear no more! Begone, and leave me.
Jaff. Not hear me ? By my sufferings, but you shall !
Pri. Have you not wrong'd me ?
Pri. Yes, wrong'd me. In the nicest point,
Jaff 'Tis to me you ove her ;
Was by a wave wash'u oft into the deep ;
Pri. You stole her from me ; like a thief, you stole her
you both ; continual discord make
Jaff. Half of your curse you have bestow'd in vain :
Pri. No more.
Jaff. Yes, all, and then-adieu forever.
Pri. Home and be humble, study to retrench ;
Drudge to feed loathsome life.
IV-Boniface and Aimwell.-BEAUX STRATAGEM. Bon. THIS way,
this way, Sir. Aim. Your're my landlord, I suppose.
Bon. Yes, Sir, I'm old Will Boniface ; pretty well known upon this road, as the saying is.
Aim. 0, Mr. Boniface, your servant.
Bon. 0, Sir What will your hunor please to drink, as the saying is ?
Aim. I have heard your town of Litchfield much famed for ale; I think I'll taste that.
Bon. Sir, I have now in my cellar ten tun of the best ale in Staffordshire; 'tis sinooth as oil, sweet as milk, clear as ainber, and strong as brandy; and will be just fuurteen years old the fifth day of next March old style Aim. You're very exact, I find, in the age
of your ale. Bon. As punctuai, Sir, as I am in the age
chil. dien:-I'll show you such ale !--Here, tapster, broach number 1706, as the saying is.--Sir, you shall taste ny anno domini. - I have lived in Litchfield, man and boy, above eight and fifty years, and I believe, have not coasumed eight and fifty ounces of meat.
Ain. At a meal, you inean, if one may guess by your buik.
Bon. Not in my life, Sir : 1. have fed purely upon ale: I have eat my ale, drank my ale, and I always sleep
[Exer tapster, with a tankcard. Now, Sir, you shall see. Your worship's health : [drinks]-Ha! Delicious, delicious! Fancy it Burgun. dy, oniy faocy it—and 'tis worth ten shillings a quarts: