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Scene from the husband.
Countess. Why, hang the fellow, how that air becomes him,
His very modesty abashes me;
And yet his boldness might embarrass more.
Come hither, John.
John. My lady!
Countess. Will you come?
I said come hither, and you cry, "My lady!"
As if "My lady" meant to say, "I come."
John. My wish, my lady, was to study thine,
So thou wouldst see if thou couldst read my heart.
Countess. Thy heart! And what is that? A footman's heart?
Hast thou a heart at all? Or, if thou hast,
Is it a heart that thou canst call thine own?
John. If I can call mine own what I have lost,
Then still my heart is mine, though I have lost it.
Countess. I'd like to know what thou dost call a heart.
John. It is a thing of weakness, yet of strength,
Yielding but firm - 'tis soft, and yet 'tis hard.
But when 'tis not one's own, 'tis harder still.
Countess. Why, how the knave describes my very self.
You talk too freely, sir.
John. O lady! lady!
Countess. Beware, sir, how you do mistake my speech.
Thou art a varlet, arrant serving knave,
And I a countess, great, and nobly born.
What right hast thou to wear thy shoulder-knot,
With such a jaunty and chivalric air;
As if it were thy buckler, not thy badge?
Emblem of knighthood, not of servitude.
Who was it taught thee, sirrah, to obey,
With such a high-bred air of courtesy,
That seems to fit thee rather to command?
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