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of family different from the vulgar, for whom perbaps, is gone to seek you at the Tower, indeed nature serves very well. For this reason or Westminster Abbey, which is all the idea it bas, at various times, been ungenteel to be bas of London; and your faithful lover is sec, to bear, to walk, to be in good health, probably cheapening a hunter, and drinking and to have lwenty other horrible perfections strong beer, at the Horse and Jockey in of nature. 2) Nature indeed may do
well Smithfield. sometimes. It made you, for instance, and it Lady F. The whole set admirably disposed of! then made something very lovely; and if you Har. Did not your lordship inform him would suffer us of quality, to give you the where I was? ton, you would be absolutely divine: but now Lord T. Not I, 'pon honour, madam; that -me--madam-me-nature never made such I left to their own ingenuity to discover. a thing as mc.
Lady F. And pray, my lord, where in this Har. Why, indeed, I think your lordship town have this polite company bestowed has very few obligations to her.
themselves? Lord T. Then you really think it's all my Lord T. They lodge, madam, of all places own? I declare now that is a mighty genteel in the world, at the Bull and Gate Inn, in compliment: nay, if you begin to flatter already, Holborn. you improve apace.' 'Pon honour, lady Free- Lady F. Ha, ha, ha! The Bull and Gate! love, I believe we shall make something of Incomparable! What, have they brought any her at last.
hay or cattle to town? Lady F. No doubt on't. It is in your Lord T. Very well, lady Freelove, very lordship's power to make her a complete well indeed! There they are, like so many woman of fashion at once.
graziers; and there it seems they have learned Lord T. Hum! Why, ay
that this lady is certainly in London. Har. Your lordship must excuse me. I am Har. Do, dear madam, send a card directly of a very tasteless disposition. I shall never to my father, informing him where I am, and bear to be carried out of nature.
that your ladyship would be glad to see him Lady F. You are out of nature now, Har- bere. For my part I dare not venture into riot! I am sure no woman but yourself ever his presence, till you have in some measure objected to being carried among persons of pacified him; but for heaven's sake, desire quality. Would you believe it, my lord! here him not to bring that wretched fellow along has she been a whole week in town, and with him. would never suffer me to introduce her to a Lord T. Wretched fellow! Oho! Courage, rout, an assembly, a concert, or even to court, Milor ket!
[ Aside. or the opera; nay, would hardly so much as Lady F. I'll send immediately. Who's there? mix with a living soul that has visited me. Lord T. No wonder, madam, you do not
Re-enter Servant. adopt the manners of persons of fashion, when Serv. [Apart to Lady Freelove] Sir Harry you will not even honour them with your Beagle is below, madam. company. Were you to make one in our Lady F. [Apart to Servant] I am not at litde coteries, we should soon make you sick bome. - Have they let him in? of the boors and bumkins of the horrid country. Scry. Yes, madam. By-the-by, I met a monster at the riding- Lady F. How abominably unlucky this is! house this morning who gave me some intel- Well, then, show him into my dressingligence, shat will surprise you, concerning room, I will come to him there. [Exit Servant. your family:
Lord T. Lady Freelove! no engagement, I Har. Vhat intelligence?
hope? We won't part with you, 'pon honour. Lady F. Who was this monster, as your Lady F. The worst engagement in the world. lordship calls him? a curiosity, I dare say. A pair of musly old prudes! lady Formal and
Lord T. This monster, madam, was formerly miss Prate. my head groom, and had the care of all my Lord T. O the beldams! As nauseous as running horses; but growing most abominably ipecacuanha, 'pon honour, surly and extravagant, as you know all these Lady F. Lud, lud! what shall I do with fellows do, I turned him off; and ever since them? Why do these foolish women come my
brother, Slouch Trinket, bas had the care troubling, me now? I must wait on them in of my stud, rides all my principal matches the dressing-room, and you must excuse the himself, and
card, Harriot, till they are gone. rll dispatch Har. Dear, my lord, don't talk of your them as soon as I can, but heaven knows groom and your brother, but tell me the when I shall get rid of them, for they are
Do you know any thing of my father? both everlasting gossips! though the words Lord T. Your father, madam, is now in come from her ladyship
, one by one, like town. This fellow, you must know, is now drops from a still, while the other tiresome groom to sir Harry Beagle, your sweet rural woman overwhelms us with a flood of imswain, and informed me that his master and pertinence. Harriot, you'll entertain bis lordyour father were running all over the town ship till I return.
[Erit. in quest of you; and that he himself had Lord T. Gone!- 'Pon honour, I am not orders to inquire after you: for which reason, sorry for the coming in of these old tabbies, I suppose, he came to the riding-bouse stables and am much obliged to her ladyship for to look after a borse, thinking it, to be sure, leaving us such an agreeable tête-à-tête. a very likely place to meet you. Your father, Har. Your lordship will find me extremely
bad 1) Forrid, vulgar, healthy red-cheeks, as was once said,
company. in company, of a beautiful young lady from the country. Lord T. Not in the least, my dear! We'll
must excuse me.
entertain ourselves one way or other, I'll war- in search of whom I troubled your ladyship's rant you.—'Egad, I think it a mighty good bouse. opportunity to establish a better acquaintance Lady F. Her lover, I suppose; or what?
Charles. At your ladyship's service; though Har. I don't understand you.
not quite so violent in my passion as his lordLord T. No?-Why then I'll speak plainer. ship there. - [Pausing, and looking her full in the Lord T. Impertinent rascal! Face] You are an amazing fine creature, 'pon Lady F. You shall be made to repent of honour.
this insolence. Har. If this be your lordship's polite con- Lord T. Your ladyship may leave that to me. versation, I shall leave you to amuse yourself Charles. Ha, ha! in soliloquy
(Going Sir H. But, pray wbat is become of the lady Lord T. No, no, no, madam, that must not all this while? 'Why, lady Freelove, you told be. (Stopping her] This place, my passion, me she was not bere; and i'faith, I was just the opportunity, all conspire
drawing off another way, if I had not heard Har. How, sir! you don't intend to do me the view-hallon. any violence ?
Lady F. You shall see her immediately, sir! Lord T. 'Pon honour, ma'am, it will be do- Who's there? ing great violence to myself, if I do not. You
Enter Servant. [Struggling with her. Har. Help! help! murder! help
Where is miss Russet! Lord T. Your yelping will signify nothing Serv. Gone out, madam. -nobody will come.
[Struggling. Lady F. Gone out?-Where ? Har. For heaven's sake!-Sir!--My lord- Sero. I don't know, madam: but she run
[Noise within. down the back stairs, crying for help, crossed Lord T. Plague on't, what noise! — 'Then I the servants' ball in tears, and took a chair must be quick.
[Still struggling. at the door. Har. Help! murder! help! help!
Lady F. Blockbeads! to let her go out in a Enter CHARLES, hastily.
chair alone!–Go and inquire after her immediately.
[Exit Servante Charles. What do I hear? My Harriot's Sir H. Gone!-When I had just run her voice calling for help!-Ha! [Seeing them] down, and is the little puss stole away at last? Is it possible ? — Turn, rufiian? I'll find you Lady F. Sir, if you will walk in, [To Sir employment.
[Drawing. Harry] with his lordship and me, perhaps. Lord T. You are a most impertinent scoundrel, you may hear some tidings of her; though it and I'll whip you through the lungs, 'pon honour. is most probable she may be gone to her fa[They fight. Harriot runs out, scream- ther. I don't know any other friend she has ing Help, etc.
Charles. I am heartily glad she is gone. Re-enter LADY FREELOVE, with Sir HARRY She is safer any where than in this house. BEAGLE and Servants.
Lady F. Mighty well, sir! - My lord, sir Lady F. How's this ?--Swords drawn in my Harry,- I attend you. house! – Part them-[They are parted] This Lord T. You shall bear from me, sir! is the most impudent thing
[To Charles. Lord T. Well, rascal, I shall find a time; Charles. Yery well, my lord. I know you, sir!
Sir H, Stole away!--plague on't-stole away! Charles. The sooner the better; I know
(Exeuni Sir Harry and Lord your lordship too.
Trinket. Sir H. l'faith, madam, [To Lady Freelove] Lady F. Before I follow the company, give we had like to have been in at the death.") me leave to Hell you, sir, that your
behaviour Lady F. Wbat is all this? Pray, sir, what bere has been so extraordinaryis the meaning of your coming hither, to raise Charles. My treatment here, madam, bas this disturbance? Do you take my house for indeed been very extraordinary. a brothel ?
[To Charles. Lady F. Indeed !-Well, no matter-permit Charles. Not I, indeed, madam; but I be- me to acquaint you, sir, that there lies your lieve his lordship, does.
way out, and that the greatest favour you can Lord T. Iinpudent scoundrel!
do me, is to leave the house immediately. Lady F. Your conversation, sir, is as inso- Charles. That your ladyship may depend lent as your bebaviour. Who are you? Whaton. Since you have put miss Russet to flight, brought you here?
you may be sure of not being troubled with Charles. I am one, madam, always ready my company: I'll after her immediately. to draw my sword in defence of innocence in 'Lady F. If she has any regard for her redistress, and more especially in the cause of putation, she'll never put herself into such that lady I delivered from his lordship's fury; hands as yours. 1) A very honourable thing for a sportsman is, to be on
Charles. O, madam, there can be no doubt the spot-when hounds have canght the game, he then of her regard for that, by her leaving your leaps from his horse, whips the dogs away, and seiz- ladyship. ing the game holds il triomphantly over his head giring the death-halloo ; and then he is entitled to the
Lady F. Leave my house. brush, if a fox, antlers, if a stag, and one of the fore- Charles. Directly -A charming house! and fret, if a kid for his reward. These honourable tokens a charming lady of the house too. Ha, ha, ha!
prowess are to be seen in all the halls of the gentiemen fox-hunters in the country, tending to bring
Lady F. Vulgar fellow! back mans a moment of pleasure to the sportsman.
Charles. Fine lady![E.reunt severally.
O‘Cut. Some advanced wages from my new Scene I.-Lady FREELOVE's House. post, my lord! This pressing is hot work,
though it entitles us to smart?) money. Enter Lady FREELOVE and LORD TRINKET.
Lady F. And pray in what perilous advenLord T. Doncement, doucement, my dear ture did you get that scar, captain? lady Freelove!--Excuse me, I meant no harın, O‘Cut. Quite out of my element, indeed, 'pon honour!
my lady. I got it in an engagement by land. Lady F. Indeed, indeed, my lord Trinket, A day or two ago, I spied three stout fellows, this is absolutely intolerable! What, to offer belonging to a merchantman.
They made rudeness lo a young lady in my house! What down Wapping. I immediately gave my lads will the world say of ii?
the signal to chase, and we bore down right Lord T. Just what the world pleases. — It upon them. They tacked, and lay to 2)-We does not signisy, a doit what they say.—How- gave them a thundering broadside, which they ever, I ask "pardon; but, 'rgad, I thought it resaved 5) like men; and one of them made was the best way.
use of small arms, which carried off the weLady F. For shame, for shame, my lord! I athermost 4) corner of Ned Gage's hat; so I am quite hurt at your want of discretion; and immediately stood in with him, and raked 5) as this is rather an ugly affair in regard to him, but resaved a wound on my starboard) me as well as your lordship, and may make eye, from the stock of the pistol. However some noise, I think it absolutely necessary, we took them all, and they now lie under the merely to save appearances, that you should hatches, with fifty more, aboard a tender ?) off wait on her father, palliate matters as well as the Tower. you can, and make a formal repetition of your Lord T. Well done, noble captain !-- But proposal of marriage.
however you will soon have better employLord T. Your ladyship is perfectly in the ment, for I think the next step to your preright.- You are quite au fait of the affair. It sent post, is commonly a ship. shall be done immediately, and then your re- O'Cut. The sooner the better, my lord ! putation will be sase, and my conduct justified Honest Terence O'Cutter shall never flinch, I to all the world. But should the old rustic warrant you; and has bad as much sea-sarcontinue as stubborn as his daughter, your vice as any man in the navy. ladyship I hope has no objections to my be- Lord T. You
may depend on my good ofing a little rusé, for I must have her, 'pon fices, captain! But, in the mean time, it is in honour.
your power to do me a favour. Enter Servant.
*Cut. A favour, my lord ? — your lordship
does me honour. I would go round the world, Sero. Captain O'Cutter, to wait on your from one end to the other, by day or by night, ladyship.
to sarve your lordsbip, or my good lady here. Lady F. O the hideous fellow! The Irish Lord 1. Dear madam, the luckiest thought sailor-man, for whom I prevailed on your in nature ! [Apart to Lady F.] The favour I lordship to get the post of regulating captain. have to ask of you, captain, need not carry I suppose he is come to load me with his you so far out of your way. The whole afodious thanks. I won't be troubled with bim fair is, that there are a couple of impudent
fellows at an inn in Ilolborn, who have afLord T. Let him in, by all means. He is fronted me, and you would oblige me infinithe best creature to laugh at in nature. He lely, by pressing them into his majesty's service. is a perfect seamorster, and always looks and Lady F. Now I understand-Admirable! talks as if he was upon deck. Besides, a
[Apart. thought strikes me - He may be of use. O‘Cut. With all my heart, my lord, and
Lady F. Well-send the creature up then, tank you too, 'fait. S) But, by-the-by, I hope [Exit Servant] But what fine thought is this? they are not house-keepers, or freemen of the
Lord T. A coup de maitre, 'pon honour! I city: There's the devil to pay in meddling intend-but, hush! here the porpus comes. wiih them. They boder ') one so about li
berty, and property, and stuff. - It was but Enter CAPTAIN O'Cutter.
t'other day, that Jack Trowser was carried Lady F. Captain, your humble servant! before my lord mayor, and lost above a twelveam very glad to see you.
month's pay for nothing at all, at all. O'Cut. I am much obliged to you, my lady! Lordt. I'll take care you shall be brought Upon my conscience, the wind favours me at into no trouble. These fellows were formerly all points. I had no sooner got under weigh, ) to tank your ladyship, but I have borne down
1) The smart is the money which is sometimes laken to
obtain the discharge of any oue who has entered as a upon”) my noble friend his lordship too. 1 sailor, or eulisted as a soldier. hope your lordship's well?
2) Turned round and stood still. 3) Received, Lord T. Very well, I thank you, captain :- 4) Windward-side, that side of any thing from which But you seem to be hurt in the service: what
5) I went up to him, and began is the meaning of that patch over your right
lighting. 6) Right eye. 7) The tender is la vessel which receives the men who
have been pressed for the service, previous to their 1) Caplain O'Culler's mixture of Irish and sea-terms is
being sent on board any of the king's ships wanting laughable enongh on the stage, because the actor must
hands; from here the parties can appeal to the magis
Irales for their release; and if they can 'prove they not only speat Irish, but look Irish also, if he will perform his part well. To get under weigh means,
do not come within the persons denominaled by the io raise the anchor, set the sails; and when the wind
they are liberated, and the press-gang punish has blled them, the vessel moves on ils way.
8) And thank you too in faith. :) Sail lowards.
9) Pother, Irish for trouble,
the wind comes.
my grooms. If you'll call on me in the mor- me, and gain intelligence, aud so forward the ning, I'll go with you to the place. match; but I'll forbid the banns, I warrant you.
© Cut. I'll be with your lordship, and bring - Whatever she wants, I'll draw some sweet with me four or five as pretty boys as you'll mischief out of it. ---But away! away!—I think wish to clap your two good looking eyes upon I hear her-slip down the back stairs of a summer's day.
stay, now I think on't, go out this
way- meet Lord T. I am much obliged to you. But, her-and be sure to make her a very respectcaptain, I have another little favour to beg of sul bow, as you go out. you.
Lord T. Hush! bere she is! O‘Cut. Upon my sho
I'll do it. Lord T. Wbat, before you know it?
Enter Mrs. OAKLY. OʻCul. Fore and aft, my lord !
[Lord Trinket bows, and exit. Lord T. A gentleman bas offended me in a Mrs. O. I beg pardon, for giving your lapoint of honour
dyship this trouble. O'Cut. Cut his troat!
Lady F. I am always glad of the honour of Lord T. Will you carry him a letter from seeing Mrs. Oakly. me?
Mis. 0. There is a letter, madam, just come O'Cut. Indeed and I will :--and I'll take you from the country, which has occasioned some in town) too; and you shall engage him yard- alarm in our family. It comes from Mr. Russetarm and yard-arm. 2)
Lady F. Mr. Russet! Lord T. Why then, captain, you'll come a Mrs. O. Yes, from Mr. Russet, madam; and little earlier to-morrow morning than you pro- is chiefly concerning his daughter. As she has posed, that you may attend him with my bil- the honour of being related to your ladyship, let, before you proceed on the other aftáir. I took the liberty of waiting on you.
O'Cut. Never fear it, my lord – Your sar- Lady F. She is indeed, as you say, madam, vant !-My ladyship, your humble sarvant! a relation of mine; but, after what has hap
Lady F. Captain, yours-Pray give my ser-pened, I scarce know how to acknowledge her. sice to my friend Mrs. O'Cutter. How does Mrs. O. Has she been so much to blame then? sbe do?
Lady F. So much, madam!-Only judge for O'Cut. I tank your ladyship's axing — The yourself.—Though she had been so indiscreet, dear creature is purely tight and well. not to say indecent in her conduct, as to elope
Lord T. How many children have you, from her fatber, I was in hopes 10 have hushed captain?
up that matter, for the honour of our family. O’Cut. Four, and please your lordship, and --But she has run away from me too, máanother upon the stocks.
dam :-went off in the most abrupt manner, Lord T. When it is launched, I hope to be not an hour ago. at the christening.- I'll stand godfather, caplain. Mrs. 0. You surprise me. Iudeed, her father,
O'Cut. Your lordship's very good. by his letter, seems apprehensive of the worst · Lord T. Well, you'll come to-morrow. consequences. But does your ladyship ima
O'Cut. Ay, my lord, and every day next week. gine any harm has happened ? --Little Terence O'Cutter never fails, fait, when Lady F. I can't tell - I hope not — But ina troat is to be cut.
. deed she's a strange girl. You know, madam, Lady F. Ha, ha, ha! But, sure you don't young women can't be too cautious in their intend to ship off both her father and her conduct. She is, I am sorry to declare it, a country lover for the Indies ?
very dangerous person to take into a family. Lord T. O no! Only let them contemplate Mrs. 0. Indeed!
[Alarmed. the inside of a ship, for a day or two. Lady F. If I was lo say all I knowLady F. Well
, my lord, what use do you Mrs. 0. Why sure your ladyship knows of propose to make of this stratagem ? nothing that has been carried on clandestinely
Lord T. Every use in nature. This artisce between her and Mr. Oakly? [In disorder. must, at least, take them out of the way for Lady F. Mr. Oakly! some time; and in the mean while measures Mrs. 0. Mr. Oaklý - no, not Mr. Oaklymay be concerted to carry off the girl. that is, not my husband—I don't mean him
not bim-but his nephew-young Mr. Oakly. Re-enter Servant.
Lady F. Jealous of her husband! So, só! Sero. Mrs. Oakly, madam, is at the door, now I know my game.
[Aside. in her chariot, and desires to have the honour Mrs. O. But pray, madam, give me leave to of speaking to your ladyship on particular ask, was there any thing very particular in her business.
conduct while she was in your ladyship's house? Lord T. Mrs. Oakly! what can that jealous-, Lady F. Why really, considering she was paled woman want with you?
here scarce a week, her behaviour was rather Lady F. No matter what.-I hate her mor- mysterious ;-letters and messages, to and fro, tally - Let her in.
[Exit Servant. between her and I don't know who.—I supLord T. What wind blows her hither? pose you know that Mr. Oakly's nephew bas Lady F. A wind that must blow us some good. been bere, madam ?
Lord T. How?-I was amazed you chose Mrs. O. I was not sure of it. Has be been to see her.
to wait on your ladyship already on this ocLady F. How can you be so slow of ap- casion ? prehension?-She comes, you may be sure, Lady F. To wait on me!—The expression on some occasion relating to this girl: in or- is much too polite for the nature of his visit. der to assist young Oaklý, perhaps, to sooth -My lord Trinket, the nobleman whom you 1) Condpei, defend. 1) Clovely.
as you came in, bad, you must know,
madam, some thoughts of my niece, and, asi. Lord T. Ha, ba, ha!- My dear lady Freeit would have been an advantageous match, I love, you have a deal of ingenuity, a deal of was glad of it: but I believe, after what he esprit, 'pon bonour. has been witness to this morning, he will drop Lady F. A little shell 2) thrown into the all thoughts of it.
's works, that's all. Mrs. 0. I am sorry that any relation of Both. Ha, ha, ha, ha! mine should so far forget himself
Lady F. But I must leave you-I have twenty Lady F. It's no matter-bis hehaviour indeed, visits to pay. You'll let me know how you as well as the young lady's, was pretty extra- succeed in your secret expedition. ordinary--and yet, after all, I don't believe be Lord T. That you may depend on. is the object of her affections.
Lady F. Remember then that to-morrow Mrs. O. Ha!
[Much alarmed. morning I expect to see you. At present, your Lady F. She has certainly an attachment lordship will excuse me.
[Exeunt. somewhere, a strong ope; but his lordship,
SCENE II.-MR. Oakly's House, who was present all the time, was convinced, as well as myself, that Mr. Oakly's nephew
Enter Harriot, following William. was rather a convenient friend, a kind of go- Har. Not at home! Are you sure that Mrs. between, than the lover.-Bless, me, madam, Oakly is not at home, sir? you change colour!-you seem uneasy! What's Wil. She is just gone out, madam. the matter?
Har. I have something of consequence-If Mrs. O. Nothing-madam-nothing-a little you will give me leave, sir, I will wait till shocked, that my husband should behave so. she returus. Lady F. Your busband, madam!
Wil. You would not see her, if you did, Mrs. 0. His nephew, I mean. — His unpar- madam. She has given positive orders not to donable rudeness—But I am not well - I'am be interrupted with any company to-day: sorry. I have given your ladyship so much Har. Sure, sir, if you was to let her know trouble-I'll take my leave.
that I had particular businessLady F. I declare, madam, you frighten me. Wil. I should not dare to trouble her, inYour being so visibly affected makes me quite deed, madam. uneasy. I hope I have not said any ibing-1. Har. How unfortunate this is! What can I really don't believe your husband is in fault
. I do?-Pray, sir, can I see Mr. Oakly then? Men, to be sure, allow themselves strange li- Wil. Yes, madam: I'll acquaint my master, berties–But I think, nay, I am sure, it can
you please. not be so-It is impossible! Don't let what I Har. Pray do, sir. have said have any effect on you.
Wil. Will you favour me with your name, Mrs. 0. No, it has not-I have no idea of madam? such a thing. - Your ladyship's most obedient Har. Be pleased, sir, to let him know that - [Going, returns], But sure, madam, you a lady desires to speak with him. have not heard-or don't know any thing- Wil. I shall, madam.
[Exit. Lady F. Come, come, Mrs. Oakly, I see Har, I wish I could have seen Mrs. Dakly. how it is, and it would not be kind to say What an unhappy situation am I reduced to all I know. I dare not tell you what I have by my father's obstinate perseverance to force heard. Only, be on your guard — there can me into a marriage which my soul abhors. be no harm in that. Do you be against giv
Enter Oakly. ing the girl any countenance, and see what cffect it has.
Oak. [At entering] Where is this lady? Mrs. 0. I will-I am much obliged – But [Seeing her)-Bless me, miss Russet, is it does it appear lo your ladyship then that Mr. you?- Was ever any thing so unlucky?' [Asi Oakly
de] Is it possible, madam, that I see you here? Lady F. No, nol at all-nothing in't, I dare Har. It is too true, sir; and the occasion say-I would not create uneasiness in a fa- on which I am now to trouble mily-but I am a woman myself, have been much in need of an apology, that married, and can't belp feeling for you.—But Oak. Pray make none, madam.-If my wife don't be uneasy; there's nothing in', I dare say. should return before I get her out of the house Mrs. 0. I think so.—Your ladyship's humble again!
Har. I dare say, sir, you are not quite a Lady F. Your servant, madam.–Pray don't stranger to the attachment your nephew has be alarmed; I must insist on your not making professed to me. yourself uneasy.
Oak. I am not, madam.--I hope Charles Mrs. O. Noi at all alarmed-not in ihe least has not been guilty of any baseness towards lineasy-Your most obedient.
[Exit you. If he has, I'll never see his face again, Lady F. Ha, ha, ha! There she
brim- Har, I have no cause to accuse him.-Butful of anger and jealousy, to vent it all on her Oak. But what, madam ? Pray be, quick !husband.-Mercy on the poor man! The very person in the world I would not Re-enter LORD TRINKET. have seen!
[Aside. Bless me, my lord, I thought you was gone! Har. You seem uneasy, sir !
Lord T. Only into the next room. My cu- Oak. No, nothing at all-Pray go on, madam. riosity would not let me stir a step further. Har. I am at present, sir, through a conI heard it all, and was never more diverted currence of strange accidents, in a very unin my life, 'pon honour. Ha, ha, ha! fortunate situation, and do not know what
Lady F. How the silly creature took it.—IIa, will become of me without your assistance. ha, ha!
1) A bomb-shell.