Yes, marry will I. A great piece of business to go to
Covent Garden Square in a hackney coach, and take a turn with one's
Nay, two or three turns, I'll take my oath.
Well, what if I took twenty--I warrant if you had been
there, it had been only innocent recreation. Lord, where's the
comfort of this life if we can't have the happiness of conversing
where we like?
But can't you converse at home? I own it, I think
there's no happiness like conversing with an agreeable man; I don't
quarrel at that, nor I don't think but your conversation was very
innocent; but the place is public, and to be seen with a man in a
hackney coach is scandalous. What if anybody else should have seen
you alight, as I did? How can anybody be happy while they're in
perpetual fear of being seen and censured? Besides, it would not
only reflect upon you, sister, but me.
Pooh, here's a clutter: why should it reflect upon you?
I don't doubt but you have thought yourself happy in a hackney coach
before now. If I had gone to Knight's Bridge, or to Chelsea, or to
Spring Garden, or Barn Elms with a man alone, something might have
Why, was I ever in any of those places? What do you
No matter for that, it's as good a face as yours.
Not by a dozen years' wearing. But I do deny it
positively to your face, then.
I'll allow you now to find fault with my face; for I'll
swear your impudence has put me out of countenance. But look you
here now, where did you lose this gold bodkin? Oh, sister, sister!
Well, if you go to that, where did you find this bodkin?
Oh, sister, sister! Sister every way.
Oh, devil on't, that I could not discover her without
betraying myself. [Aside.]
I have heard gentlemen say, sister, that one should take
great care, when one makes a thrust in fencing, not to lie open
It's very true, sister. Well, since all's out, and as
you say, since we are both wounded, let us do what is often done in
duels, take care of one another, and grow better friends than
With all my heart: ours are but slight flesh wounds,
and if we keep 'em from air, not at all dangerous. Well, give me
your hand in token of sisterly secrecy and affection.
Well, as an earnest of friendship and confidence, I'll
acquaint you with a design that I have. To tell truth, and speak
openly one to another, I'm afraid the world have observed us more
than we have observed one another. You have a rich husband, and are
provided for. I am at a loss, and have no great stock either of
fortune or reputation, and therefore must look sharply about me.
Sir Sampson has a son that is expected to-night, and by the account
I have heard of his education, can be no conjurer. The estate you
know is to be made over to him. Now if I could wheedle him, sister,
ha? You understand me?
I do, and will help you to the utmost of my power. And I
can tell you one thing that falls out luckily enough; my awkward
daughter-in-law, who you know is designed to be his wife, is grown
fond of Mr Tattle; now if we can improve that, and make her have an
aversion for the booby, it may go a great way towards his liking
you. Here they come together; and let us contrive some way or other
to leave 'em together.