[To him] WAITWELL, FOIBLE.
Sirrah, Waitwell, why, sure, you think you were married for
your own recreation and not for my conveniency.
Your pardon, sir. With submission, we have indeed been
solacing in lawful delights; but still with an eye to business, sir.
I have instructed her as well as I could. If she can take your
directions as readily as my instructions, sir, your affairs are in a
Give you joy, Mrs. Foible.
O--las, sir, I'm so ashamed.--I'm afraid my lady has been in
a thousand inquietudes for me. But I protest, sir, I made as much
haste as I could.
That she did indeed, sir. It was my fault that she did not
That I believe.
But I told my lady as you instructed me, sir, that I had a
prospect of seeing Sir Rowland, your uncle, and that I would put her
ladyship's picture in my pocket to show him, which I'll be sure to
say has made him so enamoured of her beauty, that he burns with
impatience to lie at her ladyship's feet and worship the original.
Excellent Foible! Matrimony has made you eloquent in love.
I think she has profited, sir. I think so.
You have seen Madam Millamant, sir?
I told her, sir, because I did not know that you might find
an opportunity; she had so much company last night.
Your diligence will merit more. In the meantime--[gives
O dear sir, your humble servant.
Stand off, sir, not a penny. Go on and prosper, Foible. The
lease shall be made good and the farm stocked, if we succeed.
I don't question your generosity, sir, and you need not doubt
of success. If you have no more commands, sir, I'll be gone; I'm
sure my lady is at her toilet, and can't dress till I come. Oh
dear, I'm sure that [looking out] was Mrs. Marwood that went by in a
mask; if she has seen me with you I m sure she'll tell my lady.
I'll make haste home and prevent her. Your servant, Sir.--B'w'y,