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A monologue from the play by Aphra Behn
NOTE: This monologue is reprinted from The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. 3. Ed. Montague Summers. London: Heinemann, 1915.
I vow to Fortune, Ned, thou must come to London, and be a little manag’d: ‘slife, Man, shouldst thou talk so aloud in good Company, thou wouldst be counted a strange Fellow.
Pretty–and drest with Love–a find Figure, by Fortune: No, Ned, the painted Chariot gives a Lustre to every ordinary Face, and makes a Woman look like Quality; Ay, so like, by Fortune,
that you shall not know one from t’other, till some scandalous, out-of-favour’d laid-aside Fellow of the Town, cry–Damn her for a Bitch–how scornfully the Wh*re regards me–
She has forgot since Jack–such a one, and I, club’d for the keeping of her, when both our Stocks well manag’d wou’d not amount to above seven Shillings six Pence a week;
besides now and then a Treat of a Breast of Mutton from the next Cook’s.–Then the other laughs, and crys–Ay, rot her–and tells his Story too, and concludes with, Who manages the Jilt now;
Why, faith, some dismal Coxcomb or other, you may be sure, replies the first. But, Ned, these are Rogues, and Rascals, that value no Man’s Reputation, because they despise their own.
But faith, I have laid aside all these Vanities, now I have thought of Matrimony; but I desire my Reformation may be a Secret, because, as you know, for a Man of my Address, and the rest–’tis not altogether so Jantee.