[To them] PETULANT, WITWOUD.
How now? What's the matter? Whose hand's out?
Hey day! What, are you all got together, like players at the
end of the last act?
You may remember, gentlemen, I once requested your hands as
witnesses to a certain parchment.
Ay, I do, my hand I remember--Petulant set his mark.
You wrong him; his name is fairly written, as shall appear.
You do not remember, gentlemen, anything of what that parchment
contained? [Undoing the box.]
I writ; I read nothing.
Very well, now you shall know. Madam, your promise.
Ay, ay, sir, upon my honour.
Mr. Fainall, it is now time that you should know that your
lady, while she was at her own disposal, and before you had by your
insinuations wheedled her out of a pretended settlement of the
greatest part of her fortune -
Yes, sir. I say that this lady, while a widow, having, it
seems, received some cautions respecting your inconstancy and
tyranny of temper, which from her own partial opinion and fondness
of you she could never have suspected--she did, I say, by the
wholesome advice of friends and of sages learned in the laws of this
land, deliver this same as her act and deed to me in trust, and to
the uses within mentioned. You may read if you please [holding out
the parchment], though perhaps what is written on the back may serve
Very likely, sir. What's here? Damnation! [Reads] A DEED
OF CONVEYANCE OF THE WHOLE ESTATE REAL OF ARABELLA LANGUISH, WIDOW,
IN TRUST TO EDWARD MIRABELL
Even so, sir: 'tis the way of the world, sir; of the widows
of the world. I suppose this deed may bear an elder date than what
you have obtained from your lady.
Perfidious fiend! Then thus I'll be revenged. [Offers to
run at MRS. FAINALL.]
SIR WILFULL WITWOUD
Hold, sir; now you may make your bear-garden flourish
somewhere else, sir.
Mirabell, you shall hear of this, sir; be sure you shall.
Let me pass, oaf.
Madam, you seem to stifle your resentment. You had
better give it vent.
Yes, it shall have vent, and to your confusion, or I'll
perish in the attempt.