« PreviousContinue »
ter than you.
creature has the heart of a lion ; but who can resist fire at once :- And so Pompey barked for assistance-the hurt he received was upon his chest-the doctor would not advise hiin to venture out till the wound is healed, for fear of an inflamation. Pray what's trumps ?"
Sir C. My dear, you'd make a most excellent actress.
Lady R. Well, now, let's go to rest-but, Sir Charles, Low shockiogly you play'd that last rubber, when I stood looking over you!
Sir C. My lore, I played the truth of th game.
Lady R. No such thing, Sir Charles; the diamond was the play,
Sir C. Po! po! Ridiculous! The club was the card; against the world.
Lady R. Oh! No, no, non- -I say it was the diamond.
Sir C. Death and fury! Do you think I don't know what l'in about? I tell you once more, the club was the judgment of it.
Lady R. May be so-lave it your own way.
Sir °C. Vexation! You're the strangest woman that ever lived; there's no conversing with you.-Look 'ye here, my Lady Racket'tis the clearest case in the world-i'll make it plain in a moment.
Lady R. Well, Sir; ha, ha, ha!
Sir C. I had four cards left-a trump had ledthey were six-10, no, no--they were seven, and we nine —
then, you know the beauty of the play was to
Lady R. Well, now, 'tis amazing to me,that you can't see it. Give me leave, Sir Charles- your left hand adversary had led his last trumpand he had before finess. ed the club, and roughed the diamond—now if you had put on your dianıond
Sir O. But, Madam, ve played for the odd tricks
Eady R. And sure the play for the odd trick
Sir C. Death and fury ! Can't you hear me ?
life. Sir C. Why then you are enough to provoke the patience of a Sioic. Very well, madam! you know ho more of the game than
father's leaden Hercules on the top of the house. You know no more of whist than he does of gardening
Lady R. Ha, ha, ha!
Sir C. You're a vile woman,and I'll not sleep another night under one roof with you.
Ladyk. As you please, Sir.
Sir C. Madam, it shall be as I please--I'll order my chariot this moment. [Going.) I know how the cards should be played as well as any man in England, that let me tell you-[Going] And when your family were standing behind counters, measuring out tape, and bartering fur Whitechapel needless, my ancestors. my an., cestors, Madam, were squandering away whole estates at cards; whole estates, my lady Racket-[She humsa' tune] Why, then, by all that's dear to me, I'll never exchange another word with you, good, bad, or indiffer: ent. Look ye, my lady Racket-thus it stood the trump being led, it was then
businessLady R. To play the diamond, to be sure.
Sir C. I have done with you forever; aod so you may tell your father.
Lady R. What a passion the gentleman is in! Ha! ba! I promise him I not give up my judgment.
Re-enter Sir Charles. Sir C. My lady Racket-look'ye, Ma'am, once more, out of pure good bature
Lady R. Sir, I am convinced of your good nature.
Sir C. That, and that only, prevails with 'ıne to tell you, the club was the play.
Lady R. Well, be it so I have no objection.
Sir C. 'Tis the clearest point in the worldwere nine, and
Lady R. And for that very reason, you know the club was the best in the house.
Sir C. There's no such thing as talking to you. You're a base woman--I'll part with you forever, you may live here with your father, and admire his fantastical evergreeus, till you grow as fantastical yourself-I'll set out for London this instant Stops at the door] The club was not the best in the house.
Lady R. How calm you are! Well, I'll go to bed. Will you come ? You had better- -Poor Sir Charles.
[Looks and laughs, then exit. Sir C. That ease is provoking-(Crosses to ihe opposite door where she went out.)I tell you the diamond was not the play; and here I take my final leave of you(Walks back as fast as he can) I am resolved upon it; and I know the club was not the best in the house.
VIH.--Brutus and Cassius.-SHAKESPEARE. Cas. THAT you bave wrong'd me, doth app ar in this ; You have condemood and noted Lucius Pella For taking bribes here of the Sardians ; Wherein my letter (praying on his side, Because I knew the man was slighted off.
Bru. You wrong'd yourself to write in such a case.
Cas. At such a time as this, is it not meet
Bru. Yet let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
Cas. I an itching palm ?
Bru. The name of Cassius honors this corruption;
Cas. Chastisement ?
Bru. Remember March, the Ides of March remember, Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake? What! shall one of us, That stru the foremost man of all this worlds Bat for supporting robbers; Shall we now
Contaminate our fingers with base bribes ?
Cas. Brutus, bay not me:
Bru. Go to ! You are not, Cassius,
Cas Urge me no more : I shall forget myself:
B 4.-Away, slight man!
Bru Hear me, for I will speak.
Cas. Must I endure all this!
Eas. Is it come to this ?
Bru. You say you are a better soldier ;
Cas. You wrong me every way; you wrong me Brutusy
better? Bru. If you did I care not. Cas. When Cesar liy'd he durst not thus hare mor'd me,
Bru. Peace peace ; you durst not so have tempted hims,
Cas. Do not presume too much upon my love.
Bru. You have done that you should be sorry foró
I did send to you
not. Bru. You did,
Cas. I did not; he was but a fool That brought my answer back. Brutus hath riv'd ng:
Bru. I do not. Still you practise them on me.
faults. Cas. A friendly eye could never see such faults.
Bru. A flatterer's would not, though they did appear: As huge as high Olympus.
Cas. Come Anthony ! And young Octavius, come! Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius : For Cassius is weary of the world