Charles Courtly has recently arrived at Oak Hall estate. He has set
GRACE. Perhaps you would follow your friend into the dining- room; refreshment after your long journey must be requisite.
YOUNG COURTLY. Pardon me, madam; but the lovely garden and the loveliness before me is better refreshment than I could procure in any dining-room.
GRACE. Ha! Your company and compliments arrive together.
YOUNG COURTLY. I trust that a passing remark will not spoil so welcome an introduction as this by offending you.
GRACE. I am not certain that anything you could say would offend me.
YOUNG COURTLY. I never meant -
GRACE. I thought not. In turn, pardon me, when I request you will commence your visit with this piece of information: I consider compliments impertinent, and sweetmeat language fulsome.
YOUNG COURTLY. I would Condemn my tongue to a Pythagorean silence
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