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if I can satisfy you in my past conduct, I shall expect the honourable performance of your promise, and that you will stay with me in England.

Colonel S. Stay! Nor fame nor glory e'er shall part us more. My honour can be no where more concerned than here.

Enter Sir H. WILDAIR and ANGELICA.

Oh, Sir Harry!. Fortune has acted miracles to-day : the story's strange and tedious, but all amounts to this-that woman's mind is charming as her person, and I am made a convert too to beauty.

Sir H. I wanted only this to make my pleasure perfect.

Enter SMUGGLER. Smug. So, gentlemen and ladies, I'm glad to find you so merry; is my gracious nephew among ye?

Sir H. Sir, he dares not show his face among such honourable company; for your gracious nephew is

Smug. What, sir ? Have a care what you say.
Sir H, A villain, sir.

Smug. With all my heart. I'll pardon you the beating me for that very word. And pray, Sir Harry, when you see him next, tell him this news, from me, that I have disinherited him—that I will leave him as poor as a disbanded quarter-master.Oh, Sir Harry, he is as hypocritical

Lady L. As yourself, Mr Alderman. How fares my good old nurse, pray, sir ?--Come, Mr Alder: man, for once let a woman advise : -Would

you be thought an honest man, banish covetousness, that worst gout of age: avarice is a poor, pilfering, quality of the soul, and will as certainly cheat as a thief would steal. Would you be thought a reformer of the times, be less severe in your censures, less rigid in your precepts, and more strict in your example.

Sir H. Right, madam, virtue flows freer from imitation than compulsion ; of which, colonel, your conversion and mine are just examples.

In vain are musty morals taught in schools,
By rigid teachers, and as rigid rules,
Where Virtue with a frowning aspect stands,
And frights the pupil from its rough commands,
But woman
Charming woman can true converts make,
We love the precept for the teacher's sake.
Virtue in them appears so bright, so gay,
We hear with transport, and with pride obey.

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INCONSTANT;

A COMEDY,

IN FIVE ACTS ;

By GEORGE FARQUHAR, Esq.

AS PERFORMED AT THE

THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY-LANE,

PRINTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE MANAGERS

FROM THE PROMPT BOOK.

WITH REMARKS

BY MRS INCHBALD.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND

BROWN, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

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