: I'll tell you why, then, if it makes you feel any better. You're cautious; and you want to marry me because I'm quiet. I'd make you a steady wife, and run a home for you.
HUBERT: There's nothing to be ashamed of in being steady. I'm steady myself.
OLIVIA: I know you are. HUBERT: Then why aren't you keen?
OLIVIA (_after a pause, tolerant but weary_): Because you're an unmitigated bore.
HUBERT: A bore? (_Horrified_) _Me_, a bore? Upon my word, Olivia, I think you're a bit eccentric, I do really. Sorry to be rude, and all that, but that's put the kybosh on it! People could call me a thing or two, but I've never been called a bore!
OLIVIA: Bores never are. People are too bored with them to call them anything.
HUBERT: I suppose you'd be more likely to say "Yes" if I were an unmitigated bounder?
OLIVIA (_with a laugh_): Oh, don't be silly....
HUBERT (_going to her_): You're a rum girl, Olivia, upon my soul you are. P'raps that's why I think you're so jolly attractive. Like a mouse
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