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no union in our families by the proposed Re-enter Lovewell, hastily; marriage.
Love. I beg your lordship’s pardon; are Ster. And I am very sorry to see it, my you alone, my lord ? lord.
Lord O. No, my lord, I am not alone; I Lord O. Have you set your heart upon be- am in company, the best company. ing allied to our house, Mr. Sterling?
Love. My lord! Ster. Tis my only wish at present, my om- Lord 0. I never was in such exquisite, ennium, as I may call it.
chanting company since my heart' first conLord O. Your wishes shall be fulfilled. ceived, or my senses tasled, pleasure. Sier. Shall they, my lord ? but how-how? Love. Where are they, my lord? Lord 0. I'll marry in your family.
[Looks about. Ster. What! my sister Heidelberg? Lord 0. In my mind, Horatio.
Lord 0. You throw me into a cold sweat, Love. What company have you there, my Mr. Sterling. No, nol your sister, but your lord?
Lord 0. My own ideas, sir, which so crowd Ster. My daughter ?
upon my imagination, and kindle in it such a Lord 0. Fanny ;-now the murder's out! delirium of ecstasy, that wit, wine, music, Ster. What you, my lord ?
poetry, all combined, and each in .perfection, Lord 0. Yes, I, I, Mr. Sterling.
are but merc mortal shadows of my felicity. Ster. No, no, my lord; that's too much. Love. I see that your lordship is happy, and
[Smiles. I rejoice at it. Lord O. Too much! I don't comprehend you. Lord 0. You shall rejoice at it, sir; my feSter. What you, my lord, marry my fan- licity shall not sellish!y be confined, but "sball ? Bless me! what will the folks say? spread its influence to the whole circle of my Lord O. Why, what will they say? friends. I need not say, Lovewell
, that you Ster. That you're a bold man, 'my lord; shall bave your share of it. that's all.
Love. Shall I, my lord ?—then I understand Lord 0. Mr. Sterling, this may be city wit, you; you bave heard; miss Fanny bas informed for aught I know. Do you court my alliance ?
youSter. To be sure, my lord.
Lord O. She has; I have heard, and she Lord O. Then I'll explain-My nephew won't shall be happy; 'tis determined. marry your eldest danghter, nor neither.- Love. Then I have reached the summit of Your youngest daughter won't marry him; I my wishes. And will your lordship pardon will marry your youngest daughter. the folly ?
Ster. What! with a youngest daughter's, Lord O. O yes, poor creature, how could fortune, my lord?
she help it? 'I was unavoidable-fate and neLord O. With any fortune, or no fortune cessity. at all, sir. Love is ihe idol of
my heart, and Love. It was indeed, my lord. Your kindthe demon interest sinks before bim. So, sir, ness distracts me. as I said before, I will marry your youngest Lord O. And so it did the poor girl, faith. daughter; your youngest daughter will marry Love. She trembled to disclose the secret, Sier. Who told you so, my lord ? [me. and declare her affections ? Lord O. Her own sweet self, sir.
Lord 0. The world, I believe, will not think Ster. Indeed!
her affections ill placed. Lord O. Yes, sir; our affection is mutual; Love. (Bows] You are too good, my lord. your advantage double and treble; your daugh-|--And do you really excuse the rashness of ter will be a countess directly-I shall bc ihe the action? happiest of beings, and you'll be father to an Lord 0. From my very soul, Lovewell. earl instead of a baronet.
Love. [Bows] I was afraid of her meeting Ster. But what will
with a cold reception. daughter?
Lord O. More fool you then. [beauty, Lord 0. I'll manage that matter; nay, if they Who pleads her cause with never failing won't consent, I'll run away
your daughter Here finds a full redress. in spite of you.
[Strikes his Breast. Sier. Well said, my lord ! your spirit's good: She's a fine girl, Lovewell
. I wish you had my constitution; but if you'll Love. Her beauty, my lord, is her least venture, I have no objection, if my sister has merit. She has an understanding
Lord O. Her choice convinces me of that. Lord O. I'll answer for your sister, sir. Love. [Bows] That's your lordship's goodA propos, the lawyers are in the house. I'll ness. Her choice was a disinterested one. have articles drawn, and the whole affair con- Lord O. No, no, not altogether; it began cluded to-morrow morning
with interest, and ended in passion. Ster. Very well! and I'll dispatch Lovewell Love. Indeed, my lord, if you were to London immediately for some fresh papers quainted with her goodness of heart, and geI shall want, you must excuse me, my lord, nerosity of mind, as well as you are with the but I can't help laughing at the match. - He, inferior beauties of her face and personhe, he! what will the folks say? E.cit. Lord O. I am so perfectly convinced of
Lord 0. What a fellow am I going to make their existence, and so totally of your mind, a father of! He has no more feeling than the touching every amiable particular of that sweet post in his ware-house-But Fanny's virtues girl, that were it not for the cold, unfeeling iune me to rapture again, and I won't think impediments of the law, I would marry her of the rest of the family.
-- have you
Love. My lord!
Sir J. Your lordship's generosity encourages Lord 0. I would, by all that's honourable me to tell you that I cannot marry miss in man, and amiable in woman.
Sterling Love. Marry her! - Who do you mean, Lord 0. I am not at all surprised at itmy lord ?
she's a bitter potion, that's the truth of it; Lord 0. Miss Fanny Sterling that is; the but as you were lo swallow it, and not I, it countess of Ogleby that shall be.
was your business, and not mine. Any thing Love. I am astonished ! Lord 0. Wby, could you expect less Sir J. But this, my lord; that I may
be from me?
permilled to make my addresses to the olber Love. I did not expect this, my lord, sister.
Lord 0. Trade and accounts have destroyed Lord 0. O yes, by all means -your feeling.
any hopes there, nephew? Do you think he'll Love. No indeed, my lord. [Sighs. succeed, Lovewell? Lord 0. The moment that love and pity
[Smiles and winks at Lovewell. entered my breast, I was resolved to plunge Love. I think nol, my lord. [Gravely. into matrimony, and shorten the girl's tor- Lord 0. I think so 100; but let the fool try. tures-I never do any thing by halvcs, do I, Sir J. Will your lordship favour me with Lovewell?
your good offices to remove the chief obstaLove. No indeed, my lord. [Sighs) What cle to the match, the repugnance of Mrs. an accident !
[Aside. Heidelberg? Lord O. What's the matter, Lovewell? thou Lord 0. Mrs. Heidelberg ? - Ilad not you seem'st to have lost thy faculties. Why don't beller begin with the young lady first? It will you wish me joy, mani?
save you a great deal of trouble, won't it, Love. O, I do, my lord.
[Sighs. Lovewell? [Siniles] But do whal you please, Lord O. She said that you would explain it will be the same thing to me: won't it, what she had not power to ulter; but I want- Lovewell?. [Conceitedly] Why don't you ed no interpreter for the language of love. laugh at him? Love. Bui has your lordship considered the Love, I do,
lord. [Forces a smile. consequences of your resolution?
Sir J. And your lordship will endeavour to Lord O. No, sir, I am above consideration, prevail on Mrs. Heidelberg to consent to my when my desires are kindled.
marriage with miss Fanny? Love. But consider the consequences, my Lord 0. I'll speak to Mrs. Heidelberg about lord, to your nephew, sir John.
the adorable Fanny as soon as possible. Lord Ó. Sir John has considered no con- Sir J. Your generosity transports me. sequences himself, Mr. Lovewell.
Lord 0. Poor fellow, what a dupe! he little Love. Mr. Sterling, my lord, will certainly thinks who's in possession of the town. [Aside. refuse his daughter to sir John.
Sir J. And your lordship is not in the Lord 0. Sir John has already refused Mr. least offended at this seeming inconstancy? Sterling's daughter.
Lord 0. Not in the least. Miss Fanny's Love. But what will become of miss Ster- charms will even excuse insidelity. I look ling, my lord?
upon women as the foræ naturæ-lawful game Lordo. What's that to you?-You may --and every man who is qualified, has a na, have her, if you will. I depend upon Mr. tural right to pursue them;-Lovewell as well Sterling's city philosophy to be reconciled to as you, and you as well as he, and I as well lord Ogleby's being his son-in law, instead of as cither of you. Every man shall do his sir John Melvil, obaronet
. Don't you think best, without ollence to any–what say you, that your master may be brought to that, kinsmen? without baving recourse to his calculations, Sir J. You have made me happy, my lord. eh, Lorewell?
Love. And me, I assure you, my lord. Love. But, my lord, that is not the question. Lord O. And I am superlatively so—
so-allons Lord 0. Whatever is the question, l'll tell donc! To horse and away, boys!--you to you my answer. I am in love with a fine your affairs, and I to mine-suivons l'amour. girl, whom I resolve 10 marry:
[Sings. Exeunt severally. Enter Sir John MELVIL. That news with you, sir John ?-You look
ACT V. al hurry and impatience-like a messenger SCENE I. - FANNY's Apartmenl. aller a battle.
Sir J. After a battle indeed, my lord. 1 Enter LovEwell and Fanny, followed by have this day had a severe engagement; and
BETTY, wanting your lordship as an auxi iary, I have Fan. Why did you come at last mustered up resolution to declare wbat Lovewell? the family is not yet in bed, and my duty to you and to myself bave demanded Betty certainly heard somebody listening near from me some time.
the chamber-door. Lord 0. To the business then, and be as Bet. My mistress is right, sir! evil spirits concise as possible, for I am upon the wing are abroad; and I am sure you are both too -eh, Lovewell? [Smiles, and Lovewell bows. good, not to expect mischief from them.
Sir J. I find 'tis in vain, my lord, to strug- Love. But who can be so curious, or so gle against the force of inclination.
wicked ? Lordo. Very true, nephew; I am your Bet. I think we have wickedness and cuwitness, and will second the motion-shan't I, riosity enough in this family, sir, to expect Lovewell? [Smiles, and Lovewell bows. the worst.
so soon, Mr.
Fan. I do expect the worst. Prythee, head two or three times, and went so with Belly, return to the outward door, and listen my hand. if
you hear any body in the gallery; and let Fan. Well-well--and sous know directly.
Bet. And so, madam, when I heard Mr. Bel. I warrant you, madam—the Lord bless Lovewell a little loud, I heard the buzzing
. louder too-and pulling off my bandkerchief Fan, What did my father want with you softly, I could hear this sort of noisethis evening?
[Makes an indistinct sort of noise, like Love. He gave me the key of his closet,
speaking. with orders to bring from London some pa- Fan. Well, and what did they say ? pers relating to lord Ogicby.
Bet. 0! I could not understand a word of Fan. And why did you not obey him? wbat was said.
Love. Because I am certain ibat his lord- Love. The outward door is lock'd ? ship has opened his heart to bim about you, Bet. Yes; and I bolted it too, for fear of and those papers are wanted merely on that the worst. account-But as we shall discover all to-mor- Fan. Why did you? they must have heard row, there will be no occasion for them, and you, if they were near. it would be idle in me to go.
Bet. And I did it on purpose, madam, and Fan. Hark!-hark! bless me, how I tremble! cough'd a little too, that they might not hear -I feel the terrors of guilt-indeed, Mr. Love- Mr. Lovewell's voice, when I was silent, they well, this is too much for me--this silu- were silent, and so I came to tell you. tion may have very unhappy consequences.
Fan. What shall we do?
[Weeps. Love. Fear nothing; we know the worst; Love. But it sha'nt, I would rather tell our it will only bring on our catastrophe a little story this moment to all the house, and run loo soon- - but Betly might faney ihis noise the risk of maintaining you by the hardest she's in the conspiracy, and can make a man labour, than suffer you to remain in this dan- a mouse at any time. gerous perplexity. - What! shall I sacrifice all Bet. I can distinguish a man from a mouse my best hopps and affections, in your dear as well as my belters—I'm sorry you think health and safety, for the mean, and in such so ill of me, sir. case the meanest consideration of our for- Fan. He compliments you, don't be a fool! tune ?-Were we to be abandoned by all our --Now you have set her tongue a running, relations, we have that in our hearts and she'll mutter for an hour. [To Lovewell] minds will weigh against the most affluent go and hearken myself.
TÉ.cit. circumstances. I should not have proposed Bet. I'll turn my back upon no girl for the secresy of our marriage, but for your sincerity and service. sake; and with hopes that the most generous
[Half aside and muttering. sacrifice, you have made to love and me, Love. Thou art the first in the world for might be less injurious to you, by waiting a both; and I will reward you soon, Betty, for lucky moment of reconcilištion.
one and the other. Fan. Hush! bush! for heaven's 'sake, my Bet. I am not mercenary neither-I can dear Lovewell; don't be so warm! your ge- live on a little, with a good carreter). nerosity, gets the better of your prudence;
Re-enter FANNY, you will be heard, and we shall be discover- Fan. All seems quiet.-Suppose, my dear, ed. -I am satisfied-indeed I am. - Excuse you go to your own room-I shall be much this weakness, this delicacy, this what you easier then-and to-morrow we will be prewill. — My mind's at peace - indeed it is- pared for the discovery. think no more of it, if you love me!
Bet. You may discover, if you please; but Lovr. That one word has charmed me, as for my part, I shall still be secret. it always does, to the most implicit obedience:
[Half aside, and muttering. it would be the worst of ingratitude in me lo Love. Should I leave you now; if they distress you a moment. [Kisses her. I still are upon the watch, we shall lose the Re-enter Betty.
advantage of our delay. Besides, we should Bet. [In a low Voice] I'm sorry to dis- consult upon to-morrow's business. Let Betty
go to her own room, and lock the outward Fan. Ha! what's the matter?
door after her; we can sasten this; and whe Love. Have you heard any body? she thinks all safe, she may return and let me
Bet. Yes, yes, I have; and they have heard out as usual. you too, or I'm mistaken-if they had seen Bet. Shall I, madam? you too, we should have been in
Fan. Do let me have my way to-night, quandary:
and you shall command me ever after. Fan. 'Pr’ythee don't prate now, Betty! Love. I live only to oblige you, my sweet Love. What did
Fanny! I'll be gone this moment. (Going. Bet. I was preparing myself, as usual, to Fan. Belly shall go first, and if they lay take me a little nap
hold of her Love. A nap!
Bet. They'll have the wrong sow by the Bet. Yes, sir, a nap; for I watch much ear, I can tell them that. [Going hastily. belter so than wide awake; and when I had Fan. Softly-sosily-Betly! don't venture wrapped this handkerchief round my head, out, if you hear a noise. Softly, I beg of for fear of the ear-ache from the key-hole, 1 you! See, Mr. Lovewell, the effects of indisthought I beard a kind of a sort of a buzzing, crction! which I first took for a gnat, and shook my 1) Character.
Love. But love, Fanny, makes amênds for Miss S. Hush, madam! I hear something! all.
[Exeunt softly. Mrs. H. You frighten me-let me put on
my fly-cap-I would not be seen in this figur Scene II.-A Gallery, which leads to se for the world. veral Bed-chambers. The Stage dark. Miss S. 'Tis dark, madam; you can'l be seen.
Mrs. H. I protest there's a candle coming, Enter Miss STERLING, leading Mrs. Her- and a man too! DELBERG in a Night-cap.
Miss S. Nothing but servants;- let us reMiss. S. This way, dear madam, and then tire a moment !
[They retire. r'll tell you all.
Mrs. H. Nay but, niece-consider a little - Enter Brush, half drunk, laying hold of don't drag me out ibis figure; let me pul on
the Chamber-maid, who has a Candle my fly-cap!– If any of my lord's fammaly, or
in her Hand. the counsellors at law should be stirring, I Cham. Be quiet, Mr. Brush; I shall drop should be perdigus disconcerled.
down with terror! Miss S. But, my dear madam, a moment Brush. But my sweet, and most amiable is an age, in my situation. I am sure my chrambermaid, if you have no love, you may sister has been plotting my disgrace and ruin hearken to a liule reason'; that cannot posin that chamber! -- O! she's all craft and sibly do your virtue
any harm. wickedoess.
Charn. But you may do me harm, Mr. Brush, Mrs. H. Well, but softly; Betsy !-you are and a great deal of harm too; - pray let me all in emotion-your mind is too much fus-go; I am ruined if they bear you;
I tremble trated-you can neither eat, nor drink, nor like an asp?). take your natural rest — compose yourself
, Brush. But they shan't bear us; and if you child; for if we are not as warisome as they have a mind to be ruined, it shall be the are wicked, we shall disgrace ourselves and making of your fortune, you little slut, you! the whole sammaly.
therefore, I say it again, if you bave no love, Miss S. We are disgraced already, madam. hear a little reason! Sir John Melvil has forsaken me; my lord Cham. I wonder at your impurence 2), Mr. cares for nobody but himself; or if any body, Brush, to use me in this manner; this is not it is my sister: my father, for the sake of a the way to keep me company, I assure you. better bargain, would marry me to a 'Change You are a town-rake, I see, and now you broker: so that if you, madam, don't continue are a little in liquor you fear nothing. my friend--if you forsake me-if I am to Brush. Nothing by heavens! but your lose my best hopes and consolation--in your frowns, most amiable chambermaid; I am a tenderness-and' alfections - I had better-at little electrified, that's the truth on't; I am not once-give up the matter-and let my sister used to drink port, and your master's is so enjoy.-the fruits of her treachery - trample heady, that a pint of il oversets a claret drinwith scorn upon the rights of her elder sister ker. Come now, my dear little spider-the will of the best of aunts--and the weak- brusher! ness of a too interested father.
Cham. Don't be rude! bless me!-I shall [She pretends to be bursting into Tears be ruined—what will become of me?
during this speech. Brush. I'll take care of you, by all that's Mrs. H. Don't, Betsy-keep up your spur-honourable. rit-I hate whimpering-I am your friend
Cham. You are a base man to use me so depend upon me'in every particular.-But be -- I'll cry out, if you don't let me go. That composed, and tell me what new mischief is miss Sterling's chamber, that miss Fanny's, you have discovered.
and that madam Heidelberg's. Miss S. I had no desire to sleep, and Brush. We know all that. And that lord would not undress myself, knowing that my Ogleby's, and that my lady What-d'ye-callMachiavel sister would not rest till she had 'em's: I don't mind such folks when I'm sobroke my heart:- I was so uneasy that I ber, much less when I am whimsical-rather could not stay in my room, but when I thought above that, loo. that all the house was quiet, I sent my maid Cham. More shame for you, Mr. Brush! to discover what was going forward; - she you terrify me-you have no modesty. immediately came back and told me, that Brush. O, but I have, my sweet spiderthey were in hig consultation; that she had brusher-for instance, I reverence miss Fanny heard only, for it was in the dark, my sister's -she's a most delicious morsel, and fit for a maid conduct sir John Melvil to her mistress, prince.- With all my horrors of matrimony, and then lock the door.
I could marry her myself—but for her sister Mrs. H. And how did you conduct your
Miss S. [Within] 'There, there, madam, all
, self in this dilemma?
in a story! Miss S. I returned with her, and could Cham. Bless Mr. Brush! -I heard hear a man's voice, though nothing that they something ! said distinctly; and you may depend upon it, Brush. Rats, I suppose, that are gnawing that sir John is now in that room, that they the old timbers of this execrable old dungeon have settled the matter, and will run away - If it was mine, I would pull it down, and together before morning, if we don't prevent them. Gill your fine canal up, with the rubbish; and
Mrs. H. Why, the brazen slut! she has got then I should get rid of two d-n'd things her sister's husband (that is to be) lock'd up at once. in her chamber! at night too!-Í tremble at Cham. Law! law! how you blaspheme!the thoughts!
1) An aspen leaf, 3) Impudence,
we shall have the house
upon our heads
Cham. I will, I will, though I'm frighten'd for it.
out of my wits.
[Exit Brush. No, no, it will last our time--but, Mrs. H. Do you watch here, my dear; as I was saying, the eldest sister Miss and I'll put myself in order to face them. Jezebel
We'll plot 'em, and counterplot 'em too. Cham. Is a line young lady, for all your
[Exit into her Chamber. evil tongue.
Miss S. I have as much pleasure in this Brush. No-we have smoked ber already; revenge, as in being made a countess.-Ha! and unless she marries our old Swiss, she they are unlocking the door.-Now for it! can have none of us.-No, no, she won't do
[Retires. -we are a little too nice.
Cham. You're a monstrous rake, Mr. Brush, Fanny's Door is unlocked, and Betty comes and don't care what you say.
out; Miss STERLING approaches her. Brush. Why, for ibat matter, my dear, 1. Bet. [Calling within] Sir! sir! - now's am a little inclined to mischief; and if you your time-all's clear. [Seeing Miss Sterling] don't have pity upon me, I will break open Stay, stay-not yet—we are watch'd. that door, and ravish Mrs. Heidelberg.
Miss S. And so you are, madam Betty. Mrs. H. [Coming forward] There's no [Miss Sterling lays hold of her, while bearing this--you profligate monster!
Betty locks the Door, and puts the Key Cham. Ha! I am undone!
into her Pocket. Brush. Zounds! here she is, by all that's Bet. [Turning round] What's the matter,
[Runs off: madam? Miss S. A fine discourse
have had Miss S. Nay, that you shall tell my father with that fellow.
and aunt, madam. Mrs. H. And a fine time of night it is to Det. I am no tell-tale, madam, and no thief; be here with that drunken monster!
they'll get nothing from me. Miss S. What have you to say for yourself?
Miss S. You bave a great deal of courage, Cham. I can say nothing--I'm so frightened, Betty, and considering the secrels you have and so ashamed. --But indeed I am vartuous to keep, you have occasion for it. - I am vartuous, indeed.
Bet. My mistress shall never repent her Mrs. H. Well, well - don't tremble so; but good opinion of me, ma'am. tell us what you know of this horrable plot
Enter STERLING. here,
Ster. What's all this? What's the matter? Miss S. We'll forgive you, if you'll dis- Why am I disturb'd in this manner? cover all,
Miss S. This creature, and my distresses, Cham. Why, madam, don't let me betray sir, will explain the matter. my fellow-servants-1 sha'n't sleep in my bed, if I do.
Re-enter Mrs. HEIDELBERG, with another
Head-dress. Mrs. H. Then you shall sleep somewhere else to-morrow night.
Mrs. H. Now I'm prepar'd for the rancounCham. O dear! what shall I do?
ter.- Well, brother, have you heard of this Mrs. H. Tell us this moment, or I'll turn scene of wickedness? you out of doors directly.
Ster. Not I-But what is it? speak.-I was Cham. Why our butler has been treating got into my litle closet, all the lawyers were us below in his pantry --- Mr. Brush forced us in bed, and I had almost lost my senses in to make a kind of a holiday night of it.
the confusion of lord Ogleby's mor!gages, Miss S. Holiday! for what?
when I was alarmed with a foolish girl, who Cham. Nay, I only made one.
could hardly speak; and wbether it's fire, or Miss S. Well, well; but upon what ac-thieves, or murder, or a rape, I'm quite in count?
the dark. Cham. Because as how, madam, there was Mrs. H. No, no, there's no rape, brother! a change in the family, they said that his all parties are willing, I believe. honour, sir John, was lo marry miss Fanny
Miss S. Who's in that chamber? instead of your ladyship.
[Detaining Betly, who seenied to be slealMiss. S. And so you make a holiday for
ing away: that-Very fine!
Bet. My mistress. Cham. I did not make it, ma'am.
Miss S. And who's with your mistress? Mrs. H. But do you know nothing of sir Bet. Why, who should there be ? John's being to run away with miss Fanny Miss S. Open the door then, and let us see. to-night?
Bet. The door is open, madam. [Miss SierCham. No indeed, ma'am.
ling goes to the Door] I'll sooner die than Miss S. Nor of his being now locked up in peach.
[E.rit hastily. my sister's chamber?
Miss S. The door is lock'd; and she bas Cham. No, as I hope for marcy, ma'am. got the key in her pocket.
Mrs. H. Well, I'll put an end to all this Mrs. H. There's impudence, brother! piping directly-do you run to my brother Sterling- hot from your daugbier Fanny's school!
Cham. Now, ma'am?_ 'Tis so very late, Ster. But, zounds! what is all this about? ma'am
You tell me of a sum tolal, and you don't Mrs. H. I don't care how late it is. Tell produce the particulars. bim there are thieves in the house that the Mrs. H. Sir John Melvil is locked up in house is on fire-tell him to come here im- your daughter's bed-chamber- There is the mediately-Go, I say.