Proviso Scene in The Way of the World
In Act 4 of The Way of the World, couple Mirabell and Millamont find themselves in a battle of wit as they discuss the terms of their marriage. This scene, called the proviso scene, gives important insight into Mirabell and Millamont's relationship. The terms of both characters illustrate their concerns and fears for their future marriage.
"I banish all foreign forces, all auxiliaries to the tea table, as orange brandy, all aniseed, cinnamon, citron and Barbados waters..."
"But for cowslip-wine, poppy water, and all dormatives, those I allow.