The Modern British Drama: Comedies

Walter Scott
William Miller, 1811

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Página 3 - He rather prays you will be pleased to see One such, today, as other plays should be; Where neither chorus wafts you o'er the seas, Nor creaking throne comes down the boys to please, Nor nimble squib is seen to make afeard The gentlewomen, nor rolled bullet heard To say it thunders, nor tempestuous drum Rumbles to tell you when the storm doth come...
Página 52 - Our drink shall be prepared gold and amber; Which we will take, until my roof whirl round With the vertigo: and my dwarf shall dance, My eunuch sing, my fool make up the antic, Whilst we, in changed shapes, act Ovid's tales, Thou, like Europa now, and I like Jove, Then I like Mars, and thou like Erycine: So, of the rest, till we have quite run through, And wearied all the fables of the gods. Then will I have thee in more modern forms...
Página 420 - I'm out of humour, without giving a reason. To have my closet inviolate; to be sole empress of my tea-table, which you must never presume to approach without first asking leave. And lastly, wherever I am, you shall always knock at the door before you come in. These articles subscribed, if I continue to endure you a little longer, I may by degrees dwindle into a wife.
Página 421 - Wilfull's drunk, and so noisy that my mother has been forced to leave Sir Rowland to appease him; but he answers her only with singing and drinking— what they may have done by this time I know not; but Petulant and he were upon quarrelling as I came by. Mrs. Mil. Well, if Mirabell should not make a good husband, I am a lost thing,— for I find I love him violently.
Página 413 - Or will he not fail when he does come ? Will he be importunate, Foible, and push ? For if he should not be importunate — I shall never break decorums — I shall die with confusion, if I am forced to advance — Oh no, I can never advance — I shall swoon if he should expect advances. No, I hope Sir Rowland is better bred, than to put a lady to the necessity of breaking her forms. I won't be too coy neither. — I won't give him despair — but a little disdain is not amiss ; a little scorn is...
Página 405 - WIT. No, no; his being positive is an incentive to argument, and keeps up conversation. FAIN. Too illiterate? WIT. That?
Página 3 - To make a child now swaddled, to proceed Man, and then shoot up, in one beard and weed, Past three-score years ; or, with three rusty swords, And help of some few foot and half-foot words, Fight over York and Lancaster's long jars, And in the tyring-house bring wounds to scars.
Página 403 - I'll tell thee, Fainall, she once used me with that insolence, that in revenge I took her to pieces ; sifted her, and separated her failings: I studied 'em, and got 'em by rote. The catalogue was so large, that I was not without hopes one day or other to hate her heartily : to which end I so used myself to think of 'em, that at length, contrary...
Página 23 - ... till they could all play very near, or altogether as well as myself. This done, say the enemy were forty thousand strong, we twenty would come into the field the tenth of March, or thereabouts; and we would challenge twenty of the enemy; they could not in their honour refuse us: Well, we would kill them; challenge twenty more, kill them; twenty more, kill them; twenty more, kill them too...
Página 378 - ... your words. So, when I ask you, if you can love me, you must say no ; but you must love me too. — If I tell you you are handsome, you must deny it, and say, I flatter you. But you must think yourself more charming than I speak you — and like me for the beauty which I say you have, as much as if I had it myself. If I ask you to kiss me, you must be angry; but you must not refuse me. If I ask you for more, you must be more angry, but more complying; and as soon as ever I make you say, you'll...

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