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Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816). The School for Scandal.
The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.

Scene II

Act Fourth

Another room in the same


Mos.Well, sir, I think, as Sir Peter said, you have seen Mr. Charles in high glory; ’tis great pity he’s so extravagant.

Sir Oliv.True, but he would not sell my picture.

Mos.And loves wine and women so much

Sir Oliv.But he would not sell my picture.

Mos.And games so deep.

Sir Oliv.But he would not sell my picture. Oh, here’s Rowley.


Row.So, Sir Oliver, I find you have made a purchase—

Sir Oliv.Yes, yes, our young rake has parted with his ancestors like old tapestry.

Row.And here has he commissioned me to redeliver you part of the purchase money—I mean, though, in your necessitous character of Old Stanley.

Mos.Ah! there is the pity of all; he is so damned charitable.

Row.And I left a hosier and two tailors in the hall, who, I’m sure, won’t be paid, and this hundred would satisfy them.

Sir Oliv.Well, well, I’ll pay his debts, and his benevolence too. But now I am no more a broker, and you shall introduce me to the elder brother as old Stanley.

Row.Not yet awhile; Sir Peter, I know, means to call there about this time.

Enter TRIP

Trip.Oh, gentlemen, I beg pardon for not showing you out; this way—Moses, a word.[Exit with MOSES.

Sir Oliv.There’s a fellow for you! Would you believe it, that puppy intercepted the Jew on our coming, and wanted to raise money before he got to his master!


Sir Oliv.Yes, they are now planning an annuity business. Ah, Master Rowley, in my days servants were content with the follies of their masters, when they were worn a little threadbare; but now they have their vices, like their birthday clothes, with the gloss on.[Exeunt.