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Patch. I wish it be n't for the first night's lodging, nadam.
Sir Geo. W'ell, Sir Francis, since you are so concientious for my father's sake, then permit me the avour gratis.
Miran. peeping.] The favour! O’my life I believe is as you said, Patch.
Sir Fran. No verily; if thou dost not buy thy exerience thou wilt never be wise; therefore give me hundred, and try thy fortune.
Sir Geo. The scruples arose, I find, from the scanty um. -Let me see-a hundred guineas-[Takes 'en ut of a purse and chinks ’em.] Ha! they have a very retty sound, and a very pleasing look-But then, Mi. anda-but if she should be cruel
Miran. peeping.] As ten to one I shall-
Patch. Do't! what, whether you will or no, malam?
Sir Geo. Come, to the point; here's the gold; sum up the conditions. = [Sir Fran. pulling out a paper.]
Miran. peeping.] Ay, for Heaven's sake do, for my expectation is on the rack.
Sir Fran. Well, at your peril be it.
Sir Fran. Imprimis, you are to be admitted into my house in order to move your suit to Miranda, for the
space of ten minutes, without let or molestat vided I remain in the same room.
Sir Geo. But out of earshot.
Sir Fran. Well, well, I don't desire to h you say; ha, ha, ha! in consideration I an that purse and a hundred guineas. Sir Geo. Take it
[Gives him Miran. peeping.] So, 'tis well it's no worse
Sir Geo. And this agreement is to be perfor day.
Sir Fran. Ay, ay; the sooner the better. Po how Miranda and I shall laugh at him!-W George, ha, ha, ha! take the last sound guineas, ha, ha, ha! [Chinks 'em.]
Miran. peeping. ] Sure he does not know I a randa.
Sir Geo. A very extraordinary bargain I hav truly; if she should be really in love with t cuff now-Psha ! that's morally impossible.then, what hopes have I to succeed? I never sp her
Miran. peeping.] Say you so? then I am safe.
Sir Geo. What tho' my tongue never spoke eyes said a thousand things, and my hopes fla me her's answer'd 'em. If I'm lucky--if not but a hundred guineas thrown away.
[Miranda and Patch come for Miran. Upon what, Sir George?
Sir Geo. Hal my incognita—upon a woman, madam.
Miran. They are the worst things you can deal in, and damage the soonest; your very breath destroys 'em, and I fear you'll never see your return, Sir George, ha, ha!
Sir Geo. Were they more brittle than china, and dropped to pieces with a touch, every atom of her I have ventur'd at, if she is but mistress of thy wit, ballances ten times the sum.--Pr’ythee, let me see thy
Miran. By no means; that may spoil your opinion of my sense
Sir Geo. Rather confirm it, madam.
Sir Geo. No child, a dish of chocolate in the morn. ing never spoils my dinner: the other lady I design a set meal; so there's no danger.
Miran. Matrimony! ha, ha, ha! what crimes have -you committed against the god of Love, that he should revenge 'em so severely, to stamp husband on your forehead?
Sir Geo. For my folly, in having so often met you here without pursuing the laws of Nature and exercising her command-But I resolve ere we part now to know who you are, where you live, what kind of flesh and blood your face is; therefore unmask, and and don't put me to the trouble of doing it for you. Miran. My face is the same flesh and blood with
my hand, Sir George, which if you'll be so rude to provoke
Sir Geo. You'll apply it to my cheek—the ladies' favours are always welcome, but I must have that cloud withdrawn. [Taking hold of her.] Remember you are in the Park, child; and what a terrible thing would it be to lose this pretty white hand ?
Miran. And how will it sound in a chocolate house that Sir George Airy rudely pulled off a lady's mask, when he had given her his honour that he never would, directly or indirectly, endeavour to know her till she gave him leave ?
« Patch. I wish we were safe out."
Sir. Geo. But it that lady thinks fit to pursue and meet me at every turn, like some troubled spirit, shall I be blam'd if I inquire into the reality? I would have nothing dissatisfied in a female shape. Miran. What shall I do?
[Pauses. Sir Geo. Ay, pr’ythee consider, for thou shalt find me very much at thy service.
Patch. Suppose, sir, the lady should be in love with you?
Sir Geo. Oh! I'll return the obligation in a mo. ment.
Patch. And marry her?
Sir Geo. Ha, ha, ha! that's not the way to love her, child.
Miran. If he discovers me I shall die- Which way shall 1 escape? - let me see.
Sir Geo. Well, madam-
should allow something; if you'll excuse my face, and turn your back, (if you look upon me I shall sink, even mask'd as I am) I will confess why I have engag'd you so often, who I am, and where I live,
Sir Geo. Well, to shew you I'm a man of honour, I accept the conditions : let me but once know those, and the face won't be long a secret to me.
Patch. What mean you, madam!
Sir Geo. 'Tis something indecent to turn one's back upon a lady; but you command and I obey. [Turns his back.] Come, madam, begin
Miran. First, then, it was my unhappy lot to see you at Paris [Draws back a little way, and speaks.] at a ball upon a birthday; your shape and air charm’d 2. my eyes, your wit and complaisance my soul, and from that fatal night I lov'd you.
Sir Geo. Excellent--I hope she's handsome-Well, now madam, to the two other things, your name, and where you live-I am a gentleman, and this confession will not be lost upon me—Nay, pr’ythee don't weep, but go on, for I find my heart melts in thy behalf-Speak quickly, or I shall turn about Not