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Daemon
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Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)
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A truly elegant taste is generally accompanied with excellency of heart.
Henry Fielding
Milica Boghunovich
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Love in Several Masques
ACT IV, SCENE XI.
Scene, Lady Matchless's House.
Lady MATCHLESS, VERMILIA.
La. Match.
Ha, ha, ha! Love, and Scandal, are the best Sweetners of Tea.
Ver.
The best Embitterers, you mean; but, in my Opinion, Scandal is the sweetest of the two, and least dangerous. La.
Match.
Love is not so dangerous to our Sex, as you imagine. It is a Warfare wherein we always get the better, if we
manage prudently; Men are perfect empty Bullies in it, and, as a certain Poet says—
Swift to attack, and swift to run away. Ver.
Well, but what do you intend by your Assignation? La. Match.
Only, to get an Excuse for discarding a troublesome Lover. Lookee, Vermilia, you shall attack him for me; I am
afraid of a Discovery myself. If you can but bring him to Terms, that is, if you can procure his Consent to a
second Treaty, I shall be very handsomely, disengaged of mine.
Ver.
You banter, sure. But, if you are in earnest, I must advise you to get another Proxy, for I heartily hate Mankind,
and will forswear any Conversation with them.
La. Match.
Nay, but you shall force your Inclination to serve your Friend.
Ver.
And, pray, what has caused this sudden Revolution in your Temper, since, if I am not mistaken, you, but
yesterday, expressed some Favour for him? La. Match.
But I have found him such an out−of−fashion Creature that I am heartily ashamed of him; besides, I have this
Morning, received Proposals from that Prince of pretty−Fellows—Lord Formal.
Ver.
O Constancy! Thou art a Virtue. La. Match.
It is indeed. For Virtues, like Saints, are never canonized 'till after they are dead—which poor Constancy has been
long ago.
Ver.
I am afraid it proved abortive, and died before it was born. But if it ever had Being, it was most certainly
feminine; and, indeed, the Men have been so modest to allow all the Virtues to be of our Sex. La. Match.
O! we are extremely obliged to them, they have found out Housewifery to belong to us too. In short, they throw
their Families and their Honour into our Care, because they are unwilling to have the Trouble of preserving them
themselves.
Ver.
But you railly, sure, in what you say concerning Lord Formal . La. Match.
Fie! my Dear, is a Title so ludicrous a thing? —But, come, you shall undertake my Assignation with Wisemore.
Ver.
Were I sure it wou'd give an uneasy Moment to Malvil, I wou'd; for there is nothing I wou'd stick at to be
revenged on him. La. Match.
When we resolve Revenge against our Lovers, that little Rogue Love, sits on his Throne, and laughs till he almost
bursts.
Tho' ne'er so high our Rage, the Rogue will find
Some little, ticklish Corner in the Mind,
Work himself in, and make the Virgin kind.
When next before her Feet her Lover lies,
All her Resentment, in a Moment, dies.
Then, with a Sigh, the tender Maid forgives,
And Love's the only Passion that survives.

www.searchengine.org.uk/ebooks/58/35.pdf
Shehzadi S.
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Scandal? d'oh!
Bully_rus
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Love and scandal are common in that they both go beyond common sense and common decency.
pedro
Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 4:42:11 AM

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Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea

if you can stand the mouth sores

All good ideas arrive by chance- Max Ernst
Vit Babenco
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That was before mass media.
Sri Harsha
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Obviously they are part of our lives
socratoad
Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 6:36:37 AM

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Milica Boghunovich wrote:
Love in Several Masques
ACT IV, SCENE XI.
Scene, Lady Matchless's House.
Lady MATCHLESS, VERMILIA.
La. Match.
Ha, ha, ha! Love, and Scandal, are the best Sweetners of Tea.
Ver.
The best Embitterers, you mean; but, in my Opinion, Scandal is the sweetest of the two, and least dangerous. La.
Match.
Love is not so dangerous to our Sex, as you imagine. It is a Warfare wherein we always get the better, if we
manage prudently; Men are perfect empty Bullies in it, and, as a certain Poet says—
Swift to attack, and swift to run away. Ver.
Well, but what do you intend by your Assignation? La. Match.
Only, to get an Excuse for discarding a troublesome Lover. Lookee, Vermilia, you shall attack him for me; I am
afraid of a Discovery myself. If you can but bring him to Terms, that is, if you can procure his Consent to a
second Treaty, I shall be very handsomely, disengaged of mine.
Ver.
You banter, sure. But, if you are in earnest, I must advise you to get another Proxy, for I heartily hate Mankind,
and will forswear any Conversation with them.
La. Match.
Nay, but you shall force your Inclination to serve your Friend.
Ver.
And, pray, what has caused this sudden Revolution in your Temper, since, if I am not mistaken, you, but
yesterday, expressed some Favour for him? La. Match.
But I have found him such an out−of−fashion Creature that I am heartily ashamed of him; besides, I have this
Morning, received Proposals from that Prince of pretty−Fellows—Lord Formal.
Ver.
O Constancy! Thou art a Virtue. La. Match.
It is indeed. For Virtues, like Saints, are never canonized 'till after they are dead—which poor Constancy has been
long ago.
Ver.
I am afraid it proved abortive, and died before it was born. But if it ever had Being, it was most certainly
feminine; and, indeed, the Men have been so modest to allow all the Virtues to be of our Sex. La. Match.
O! we are extremely obliged to them, they have found out Housewifery to belong to us too. In short, they throw
their Families and their Honour into our Care, because they are unwilling to have the Trouble of preserving them
themselves.
Ver.
But you railly, sure, in what you say concerning Lord Formal . La. Match.
Fie! my Dear, is a Title so ludicrous a thing? —But, come, you shall undertake my Assignation with Wisemore.
Ver.
Were I sure it wou'd give an uneasy Moment to Malvil, I wou'd; for there is nothing I wou'd stick at to be
revenged on him. La. Match.
When we resolve Revenge against our Lovers, that little Rogue Love, sits on his Throne, and laughs till he almost
bursts.
Tho' ne'er so high our Rage, the Rogue will find
Some little, ticklish Corner in the Mind,
Work himself in, and make the Virgin kind.
When next before her Feet her Lover lies,
All her Resentment, in a Moment, dies.
Then, with a Sigh, the tender Maid forgives,
And Love's the only Passion that survives.


Thank you very much.

www.searchengine.org.uk/ebooks/58/35.pdf
Mehrdad77
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LOVE: A word properly applied to our delight in particular kinds of food; sometimes metaphorically spoken of the favorite objects of all our appetites.
Henry Fielding
Mehrdad77
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You find out who your real friends are when you're involved in a scandal.
Elizabeth Taylor
NeuroticHellFem
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Daemon wrote:
Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)


Q: Would you like lemon with your tea?
A: No thanks, I'm bitter enough.


When you make an assumption, you make an ass of u & umption! - NeuroticHellFem
monamagda
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From : "Love in Several Masques"

Love in Several Masques, a play by Henry Fielding, was first performed on 16 February 1728 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The moderately received play comically depicts three lovers trying to pursue their individual beloveds. The beloveds require their lovers to meet their various demands, which serves as a means for Fielding to introduce his personal feelings on morality and virtue. In addition, Fielding introduces criticism of women and society in general.

The play marks Fielding's early approach to theatre and how he begins to create his own take on tradition 18th-century theatre conventions. Critics have emphasised little beyond how the play serves as Fielding's first play among many. The possible sources of the play including a possible failed pursuit of a lover by Fielding, or the beginnings of Fielding's reliance on the topic of gender, identity, and social ethics.


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sandeep patra
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Love being lead to a scandal, not that much of a sweetner for today's world
Gary98
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Love, yes. Scandal? No.
striker
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it's always good gossip
Corner of Josh
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I still don't know what love is.

The world loves talent but pays off on character. (John Gardner, 1982)
Maria Carneiro
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I believe love can be both a sweet and a bitter simultaneously
Bareskin2000
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Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.

These days it is more often "sex and scandal" that is the downfall of Politicians and Celebrities!



John M Murray: Semi-retired International Consultant, Coach & Public Speaker, South Africa
Gezbez1
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Thanks for posting quote in context!

This is an excellent line from the play:
(It rings true to me at this time since I am in the midst of a civil battle with my beloved!)

Lady Matchless:
Love is not so dangerous to our sex, as you imagine. It is a Warfare wherein we always get the better, if we manage prudently;
Men are perfect empty Bullies in it, and, as a certain Poet says— Swift to attack, and swift to run away.
MaryWilbur
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Fielding must have been referring to the English custom of having a meal called tea in the late afternoon. Gossip about love and scandal "sweetened" the conversation to make the event more palatable to the tea drinkers.
Fredric-frank Myers
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Interesting comment, I'm assuming it is in regards to the conversation around "tea time"...
Dr WWWW
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Ha, Ha, Ha!!!

Thank you for the passage Milica. There must be half a dozen pithy quotes in there.

"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting." -- Edmund Burke
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