[To them] MRS. FAINALL, FOIBLE, MINCING.
O my shame! [MIRABELL and LADY go to MRS. FAINALL and
FOIBLE.] These currupt things are brought hither to expose me. [To
If it must all come out, why let 'em know it, 'tis but the
way of the world. That shall not urge me to relinquish or abate one
tittle of my terms; no, I will insist the more.
Yes, indeed, madam; I'll take my bible-oath of it.
And so will I, mem.
O Marwood, Marwood, art thou false? My friend deceive me?
Hast thou been a wicked accomplice with that profligate man?
Have you so much ingratitude and injustice to give
credit, against your friend, to the aspersions of two such mercenary
Mercenary, mem? I scorn your words. 'Tis true we found you
and Mr. Fainall in the blue garret; by the same token, you swore us
to secrecy upon Messalinas's poems. Mercenary? No, if we would
have been mercenary, we should have held our tongues; you would have
bribed us sufficiently.
Go, you are an insignificant thing. Well, what are you the
better for this? Is this Mr. Mirabell's expedient? I'll be put off
no longer. You, thing, that was a wife, shall smart for this. I
will not leave thee wherewithal to hide thy shame: your body shall
be naked as your reputation.
I despise you and defy your malice. You have aspersed
me wrongfully--I have proved your falsehood. Go, you and your
treacherous--I will not name it, but starve together. Perish.
Not while you are worth a groat, indeed, my dear. Madam,
I'll be fooled no longer.
Ah, Mr. Mirabell, this is small comfort, the detection of
Oh, in good time. Your leave for the other offender and
penitent to appear, madam.