Forty-Nine Year Old – Jack Pinchwife

 

HORNER: But, prithee, why would’st thou marry her? If she be ugly, ill-bred, and silly, she must be rich then?

PINCHWIFE: As rich as if she brought me twenty thousand pound out of this town; for she’ll be as sure not to spend her moderate portion as a London baggage would be to spend hers, let be what it would; so ‘tis all one. Then, because she’s ugly she’s the likelier to be my own; and being ill-bred, she’ll hate conversation; and since silly and innocent, will not know the difference betwixt a man of one-and-twenty and one of forty.

HORNER: Nine – to my knowledge; but if she be silly she’ll expect as much from of forty-nine as from him of one-and-twenty.

William Wycherley, The Country Wife 

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