The Way to Get Married: A Comedy, in Five Acts

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1808 - 82 pages

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Page 63 - Faith, lady, you have run me to a stand. I know you not — never before beheld you — Yet I'm in love with you extempore; And though, by a tremendous oath, I'm bound Never to hold communion with your sex, Yet has your beauty, and your modesty — Come, let me see your face. ZAM. Nay; that would prove I had no modesty, perhaps nor beauty. Besides, I too have taken a rash oath, Never to love but one man. ROL. At a time? ZAM. .One at all times.
Page 59 - And now, thou sketch and outline of a man ! Thou thing that hast no shadow in the sun ! Thou eel in a consumption, eldest born Of Death on Famine ! thou anatomy Of a starved pilchard ! Lamp.
Page 56 - ... half-blown rose stuck in thy braided hair, With no more diamonds than those eyes are made of. No deeper rubies than compose thy lips, Nor pearls more precious than inhabit them, With the pure red and white, which that same hand Which blends the rainbow mingles in thy cheeks: This well-proportioned form (think not I flatter).
Page 62 - I have sworn an oath, That female flesh and blood should ne'er provoke me; — That is, in towns, or cities : I remember There was a special clause, — or should have been, — Touching a woman sleeping in a wood: For though, to the strict letter of the law, We bind our neighbours; yet, in our own cause, We give a liberal and large construction To its free spirit.
Page 56 - I'll have no glittering gewgaws stuck about you, to stretch the gaping eyes of idiot wonder, and make men stare upon a piece of earth, as on the star-wrought firmament ; — no feathers to wave as streamers to your vanity — nor cumbrous silk, that with its rustling sound makes proud the flesh that bears it. She's adorn'd amply, that in her husband's eye looks lovely — the truest mirror that an honest wife can see her beauty in ! Jul.
Page 25 - The man that lays his hand upon a woman, save in the way of kindness, is a villain.
Page 53 - I by the vire zide, and zays — " Varmer, the horses be fed, the sheep be folded, and you have nothing to do but to zit down, smoke your pipe, and be happy!" Very well ! (becomes affected) Then I zays — " Henry, you be poor and friendless, zo you must turn out of my house directly.
Page 31 - Far too quickly, girl: Your shrewdness is a scare-crow to your beauty. Vol. It will fright none but fools, sir: men of sense must naturally admire in us the quality they most value in themselves ; a blockhead only protests against the wit of a woman, because he can't answer her drafts upon his understanding.
Page 44 - I the first great man that has been made off-hand by a tailor ? Show your grinders again, and I'll hang you like onions, fifty on a rope. I can't think what they see ridiculous about me, except, indeed, that I feel as if I was in armour, and my sword has a trick of getting between my legs, like a monkey's tail, as if it was determined to trip up my nobility. And now, villains ! don't let me see you tip the wink to each other, as I do the honours of my table. If I tell one of my best stories, don't...
Page 24 - I'll be a duchess, sir ! [Crosses, L. Duke. A duchess ! You shall be a queen, — to all Who, by the courtesy, will call you so. Jul. And I will have attendance ! Duke. So you shall, When you have learnt to wait upon yourself. Jul. To wait upon myself ! Must I bear this ? I could tear out my eyes, that bade you woo me, And bite my tongue in two, for saying yes ! [Crosses, R.

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