Wine and Passion may be governable

— Vanbrugh, Sir John (1664-1726)

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Wine and Passion may be governable
Metaphor in Context


'Tis well--'tis very well--In spight of that young Jade's Matrimonial Intrigue, I am a downright stinking Cuckold--Here they are--Boo--

[Putting his Hand to his Forehead.

Methinks I could Butt with a Bull. What the plague did I marry her for? I knew she did not like me; if she had, she wou'd have lain with me; for I wou'd have done so, because I lik'd her: But that's past, and I have her. And now, what shall I do with her--If I put my Horns in my Pocket, she'll grow Insolent.-- If I don't; that Goat there, that Stallion, is ready to whip me through the Guts.--The Debate then is reduc'd to this; Shall I die a Heroe? or live a Rascal?--Why, Wiser Men than I, have long since concluded, that a living Dog is better than a dead Lion.--

[To Const. and Heart.]

Gentlemen, now my Wine and my Passion are governable, I must own, I have never observ'd any thing in my Wife's Course of Life, to back me in my Jealousie of her: but Jealousie's a mark of Love; so she need not trouble her head about it, as long as I make no more words on't.

Lady Fancyf. enters Disguis'd, and Addresses to Bellinda apart.

I am glad to see your Reason rule at last. Give me your Hand: I hope you'll look upon me as you are wont.
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.