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... She is more mistress of herself than to be under the necessity of such a resignation.
FAIN. What? though half her fortune depends upon her marrying with my lady's approbation?
MIRA. I was then in such a humour, that I should have been better pleased if she had been less discreet.
FAIN. Now I remember, I wonder not they were weary of you; last night was one of their cabal-nights: they have 'em three times a week and meet by turns at one another's apartments, whereThey come together like the Coroner's Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week.You and I are excluded, and it was once proposed that all the male sex should be excepted; but somebody moved that to avoid scandal there might be one man of the community, upon which motion Witwoud and Petulant were enrolled members.
MIRA. And who may have been the foundress of this sect? My Lady Wishfort, I warrant, who publishes her detestation of mankind, and full of the vigour of fifty-five, declares for a friend and ratafia; and let posterity shift for itself, she'll breed no... Congreve, William
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