The Double Dealer: A Comedy

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Author: William Congreve

Scene XXI.

[To them] LADY FROTH, BRISK.

BRISK. My lord, your humble servant; Sir Paul, yours,—the finest night!

LADY FROTH. My dear, Mr. Brisk and I have been star-gazing, I don’t know how long.

SIR PAUL. Does it not tire your ladyship? Are not you weary with looking up?

LADY FROTH. Oh, no, I love it violently. My dear, you’re melancholy.

LORD FROTH. No, my dear; I’m but just awake.

LADY FROTH. Snuff some of my spirit of hartshorn.

LORD FROTH. I’ve some of my own, thank you, dear.

LADY FROTH. Well, I swear, Mr. Brisk, you understood astronomy like an old Egyptian.

BRISK. Not comparably to your ladyship; you are the very Cynthia of the skies, and queen of stars.

LADY FROTH. That’s because I have no light but what’s by reflection from you, who are the sun.

BRISK. Madam, you have eclipsed me quite, let me perish. I can’t answer that.

LADY FROTH. No matter. Hark ’ee, shall you and I make an almanac together?

BRISK. With all my soul. Your ladyship has made me the man in’t already, I’m so full of the wounds which you have given.

LADY FROTH. O finely taken! I swear now you are even with me. O Parnassus, you have an infinite deal of wit.

SIR PAUL. So he has, gads-bud, and so has your ladyship.

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Chicago: William Congreve, "Scene 21," The Double Dealer: A Comedy, trans. Evans, Sebastian in The Double Dealer: A Comedy Original Sources, accessed April 19, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D22HUP4ETQSIJU3.

MLA: Congreve, William. "Scene 21." The Double Dealer: A Comedy, translted by Evans, Sebastian, in The Double Dealer: A Comedy, Original Sources. 19 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D22HUP4ETQSIJU3.

Harvard: Congreve, W, 'Scene 21' in The Double Dealer: A Comedy, trans. . cited in , The Double Dealer: A Comedy. Original Sources, retrieved 19 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D22HUP4ETQSIJU3.