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Wood. Tell me this instant, or I shall burst she is, I yet would recover her! Give her with rage and suspense.
back then io a father you first taught her to Jacob. Screaping, on a leetle viddle, no fear, and an habitation too bumble for any bigger than my hond; while madam ware a but the good to be happy in. huolding out her quoats, and danzing all Wood. Alas, sir! can you trifle with my round the room, zoa.
misery? Do you give her back to the wretch [Mimicks a Minuet awkwardly. who cannot survive her loss! Let me owe Wood. Why, I believe the impudent bump- her hand to your bounty, though her heart kin dares to jest with my misery! and yet I to her own! Did you know what this elopehave no other avenue ; for the rest I fear are ment of hers has cost meknares, and he seems only a fool. [Aside] Grey. Oh! most accomplished villain! but And are these all that came, Jacob?
think not to dupe me too! Jacob. Noa, tbare ware one moare, zur; a Wood. Who but you can have robbed me leelle mon in a black quoat; but aw only of her since morning? cuom'd now and tan.
Grey. Shallow artifice! Wood. A disguise , no doubt! Yes, yes, Wood. Hear me, sir! and even believe me, they were artful enough!
Aside when I solemnly swear I have deeply repentJacob. And zoa, arter he'd done wi' my ed my.crime, and offered her all the repaleady, aw did zhut hiz zelf up wi' Bridget; ration in my power; but since thenand zoa I ax'd her all about un, and zhe zaid Grey. What since then? az bow aw coom'd to teeach madam to turn IVood. Either by your means themmin great round balls, all bleue, and red, other, she has fled! and yaller'), that do stond by the books, and Grey. Impossible! larned zhe to wroite,
Wood. 'Tis too true, by heaven! Wood. Yes, yes, Mrs. Bridget was in all Grey. Perhaps while you are thus ingeher secrets, ledon't doubt. If that fellow in niously deluding me, she indeed flies. Study black comes here again, keep him, if you va- some other deception, while I examine the lue your life, and send for me. I know not whole house, for nothing else can convince what to do or think, and must renew my me.
[Exit. search, though hopeless of success. Erit. Wood. Surely this injured venerable man
Jacob. Dang ii! but he's in a desperate was sent by heaven to complete my misforteaking! Rabbit me, but I ware muortally tunes! My passions subside, but only into afeard aw un too, for aw flurishd hiz zword a vague horror and despondency, even more az yeazy az. I could a cudgel! I do think dreadful! If with rash hand she has shortconjurer moight as well ha' tould me madam ened her days, what remain of mine will be, would ha' run away, while aw, ware abeout indeed, all her father predicts! [Walks by it, and then I moight ha' run'd away first. the Tuiletle] Ha, a letter!
Grey. A total loneliness in the house! Grey. At length. I have gained entrance Wood. Now, sir, be convinced. I have just into this house of shame, which now, alas! found a letter froin her. contains my darling Cecilia ; plunged in vice, Grey. This cannot be the invention of a and lost to every sentiment, I spent so many moment. [Aside] Let me read it; it is indeed anxious years in implanting. This does not her hand. [Opens and reads it] Recewe seen to be the abode of pleasure, nor have I this as my last farewell. Providence has met a single being.
unexpectedly sent me a friend, whose pro
tection I dare accept; and lime may perEnter Woodville behind, sees Grey, and haps subdue a passion which seems interdrawing his Sword, flies at and seizes him. woven with my being. Forget me, I en
Wood. Ha! a man! and in black as Jacob treat; and seek that happiness with another, said. Villain, this moment is your last. I can never hope to bestow or parlake.
Grey. [Turning suddenly upon him) Yes, Consoled only by reflecting, that ihe grief young seducer, add to the daughter's ruin my error occasions, is inferior to that I the father's murder! Stab my heart, as you should have felt, had I, by an ungenerous already have my happiness!
use of my power, made you, in turn, my Wood. Alas!' was this her visitor? I dare victim. Once more, adieu! All search will not speak to bim!
certainly be fruitless.-P. S. In the cabiGrey. Embosomed by affluence, exalted by net you will find your valuable presents ; title, peace still shall be far from thy heart; and the key is in a dressing-bo.x. [Woodfor thou, with the worst kind of avarice, hast, ville snatches the Letter, and bursts into by specious pretences, wrested from poverly Tears] Cecilia! I may say, with tears of joy, its last dear possession-virtue.
thou art indeed my daughter! more dear, if Wood. Pierced to the soul as I am by your possible, than ever! Å daughter monarchs reproaches, I darc appeal to Cecilia herself might contend for, though thy weak father for a testimony of my contrition! How shall abjures thee! May the friend you have found I convince you?
have a heart but like your own! For you, Grey. Hardly by a life of repentance. But young man! but I leave your anguish; I debase myself to exchange a word with the loss of such a woman is a sufficieut puyou. Give me back my Cecilia! Ruined as nishment. 1) Blue, red, ond yellow balls, meaning the globe. ;
Wood. Stay, sir! (Rises] by your holy Leacher of geography, and writing.
profession, I conjure you, stay! Plunge me
not into total despair! Though without a clue Gov. H. Zounds! I have a great mind to to her asylum, I would fain believe my heart make her know me! 'Od! I shall never be will lead me to it; and let me then hope you able to contain!
[Apart will beslow her on me.
Lord G. I was afraid, madam, I should Grey. There is a something in your man-prove an unwelcome guest—but beauty like ner, young gentleman, that affects me. I have yoursbeen young, wild, and extravagant myself; Brid. Does your lordship think I so very · and what is more strange, have not forgot 1 handsome then? Lord, how lucky was mi was so: my own experience proves reforma- dressing myself!
[ Aside. tion possible; act up to her, and atone your Lord G. Affected idiot! [Aside ] I was
afraid, madam, too of meeting Woodville here. Wood. I will endeavour it, sir! and oh, I know not what to say to her. Aside could those who yet but waver, know what Brid. He has not been here this morning; has passed in my heart during the last hour, but, if he had, he knows better than to å who would dare to deviale ? [Exeunt. arter my company, I do assure you, my
lordship ACT IV.
Lord G. I have been told he intends martySCENE I.-Cecilia's House. ing you; what a pity to monopolize such
merit! Bridget discovered, dressed in Cecilia's Brid. If he has any such kind intention,
Clothes, mixed with every thing vulgar 'tis more than I knows of, I assure you. and tawdry.
Lord G. His keeping that wise resolution Brid. So,I am ready against our gentle- from you, is some little comfort however. man comes. Deuce on him to run away last
Aside night, the moment I was dressed, and with Brid. But I promise ye, I shall make a an inferial fellow too! Lard, how can people rare person of quality; for I loves cards
, of quality demean themselves by keeping com-coaches, dancing, and dress, to my very beart pany with inferials? However, one thing 11-nothing in the world better-but blindman'sam sure of, he's too much on the fidgets to buff
. I had some thoughts of taking a trip to stay long away from our house; and in the Sadler's Wells or Fox Hall, but ihey don't mean while I can entertain myself extremely begin till five o'clock. well.
[Sits down to the Toilette. Gov. II. Ha, ha! though she can hardly Jacob. [Without] I tell ye, my leady's not spell out the ten commandments, she could at huome.
one with as much ease and Gov. H. [Without] I tell you, I won't take impudence as if she bad been bred in the your word for it; so come, my lord, and see. circle of St. James's.
[Aside Brid. Hey-day, my lord! What's the news Lord G. But, madamnow, I wonder §
Brid. My lord! Enter Lord GíenMORE and GOVERNOR HAR- willing to marry you, it is not in his power
Lord G.' You know, allowing Woodville COURT; both stop short.
while his father lives, without forfeiting bis Gov. H. Oh, I thought madam had learned fortune; the value of which
doubtless enough of the ton to lie by proxy!
understand? Brid. Dear heart! I am all of a twitter- Brid. Oh, yes, yes, for sartain, my lord. alion!
Lord G. Who knows too how far an inLord G. The vulgarity of the wench is as- censed parent my carry his resentment? He tonishing!
[Apart. might find means to entrap and punish you, Gov. #. Um, why, a little gawky or so, Brid. Ha, ha, ha! he entrap me! that would there's no denying it. Here's a pretty dis- be a good jest! No, no, I have more of the covery, now, after all my projects! Thank lady of quality than to be so easily catched. fortune, the secret is yet my own, though. Gov, H. (Mimicking). He, he, he! that is
[Aside. the only particular in which you have nothing Lord G. [Advancing to her] I ought to at all of the lady of quality. beg your excuse, madam, for so abrupt an Lord G. With me you may share a higher intrusion; but the opportunity, and so fair a rank and larger fortune without those fears. temptation, will, I flatter myself, be a suffi-|I am of an agecient apology.
Brid. Yes, one may see that without being Brid. He takes me for my lady, that's a a conjurer. (Aside] 'Why, will you marry sure thing! oh, this is charming! [Aside) me, my lord? You need not make no 'pologys, my lord; Lord G. Convince me that you don't lose inferials never knows how to suspect people this Woodville, and I know not how far my of quality; but I understands good breeding passion may carry me. better.
Brid. Love him! Do you think I knows Lord G. Why, what a barn-door mawkin no more of high life than that comes to? To it is! [Aside] Your politeness, madam, can only be sure, he is a sweet pretty man, and all be equalled by your beauty!
that-but as to love, I loves nobody ball so Brid. Dear heart, my lord, you flatter me! well as myself! Won't you please to sit?
Lord G. Upon my soul I believe you, and [Waits affectedly till they consent to seat wish he had the whole benefit of the decla
themselves. ration. Her ingratitude is as shocking Lord G. Surely by using my title, she ignorance, and Bridewell too gentle a punishknows me!
[Apart to Goo, H.
Gov. H. Then build a Bridewell large enough here? Zoa, what's my leady tbeare? to contain the whole sex; for the only differ- Lord G. See there now! Oh, the arlful ence between her and the rest is—this country Jezebel! mawkin tells what the towa-bred misses con- Brid. Oh, Jacob! why, don't ye see I am ceal.
[ Apart. Bridget ?-Pray satisfy my lord here. Lord G. Why, governor, you are as testy Jacob. Why, be ye Bridgel ?-Never trust as if you bad' the care of her education.
me else! [ Apart.
Gov. H. Here's a fool of t'other sex now Gov. H. I the care ? Zounds, what I say can hardly take a hint though so plainly given is merely from friendship to your lordship. him !—Thanks to the natural difference; for I hate to see you deceive yourself. [Apari] art is nature in woman. Surely be can never suspect!
[Lord Glenmore draws him aside. [Aside. Bridget is employed in cramming Jacob. Āuh, Bridget, Bridget! where didst
Trinkets fron the Dressing-table into thee get theesum foin claws? Noa, noa, as her Pockets.
theest brew'd, thee meay'st beake. Brid. Now I am ready to go, my lord. Brid. Oh, do you take pity on me! Why, Gov. H. [Roughly snatching her other they be going to carry me to some routlandHand] To where you little dream of, you ish place, and make a nunnery of me! sain, affected, presuming, ignorant baggage. Jacob. A nunnery? what's that? any thing Brid. Hey-day! my lord?
Christin? 2) Well, if I do spake to um, will Lord G. Appeal not to me, base woman! ye ha'e me? Know I am the father of that poor dupe,
Brid. O, yes, yes, yes! Woodville.
Lord G. Brother, I shall leave you to the Brid. Dear heart! be ye indeed? what will completion of this affair; I am sick to the become of me then?
soul' of the gawky.
[Exit. Lord G. And as a moderate punishment for Gov. H. Yes, yes, I don't doubt it, I don't your hypocrisy, ambition, and ingratitude, doubt it.-Will you take her or no? [To sentence you to be shut up for life in a mon- Vane] I shall never be able to stifle my agiastery.
tation, and burst with
if I show it. Brid. O Lord! among monsters!
Jacob. Why, zure, zure, ye won't carr' Gov. H. No, ignoramus! No, among nuns; away our Bridget? though they are but monsters in human na- Vane. Ha, ha, ha! ture either
Gov. M. Oh, she has beat her meaning into Brid. What, where they'll cut off my bair, thy thick scull at last!— Pr’ythee keep thy and make me wear sackcloth next my skin? blockhead out of my way, if thou mean'st to
Gov. H. Yes, if they leave you any skin keep it on thy own shoulders. at all.
Jucob. Why, he ye in arnest then? Dear Brid. Oh dear, dear, dear! [Sobs and heart alive! why, this is cousin Bridget! groans] Upon my bended knees, I do beg Brid. Only send for Mr. Woodville. you won't send me there! Why, I shall go Gov. H. Prettily devised again! Ha, ha, ha! mallancholy; I shall make away with myself -Dost think, my little dear, we bave lived for sartain, and my ghost will appear to you three times as long as your ladyship to learn all in white.
a quarter as much? — Send for Mr. WoodGov. H. All in black, I rather think; for the ville, hey? - No, no, you won't find us quite devil a speck of white is there in your whole so simple, composition.
Jacob. Oh, doan't
carr'off zbe; Lord G. Your conduct,, wretch, justifies a or if ye wull, do pray take 1. severer sentence. To seduce him from his Vane. Yes, you would be a choice piece duty was crime enough.
of lumber, truly. Brid. Who, I seduce him? I did not, my Gov. H. Drag her away this moment. lord; indeed I did not.
Brid. Oh dear, oh dear! to be hanged at Lord G. Have you not owned
last for another's crime is all that vexes me. Brid. No, indeed, no; that I wished to take [They carry her off; Governor Harcourt my lady's place, I believe I did own.
follows. Gov. H. Ha, ha, ha! Your lady! Ha, ha, ha! Lord G. Shallow subterfuge!
Scene II.-Miss MORTIMER'S Apartment.
Enter Cecilia, and sits down to Embroidery. Enter VANE, with Slaves.
Cecil How fond, how weak, how ungrateVane, is all ready?-Seize this woman, and ful are our hearts! Mine still will presumpobserve my orders.
tuously fancy this house its home, and ally Brid. Ah, dear heart! I shall dic away, if itself to every one to whom Woodville is dear. the blacks do but touch me.-Indeed you do mistake; I be no lady; I be only Bridget.
Enter LORD GLENMORE. Gov. H. I would give ten thousand pounds heavens, my
lord!-How unlucky!-If I go, that you were only oBridget, you artful puss! he may find the captain with miss Mortimer. Take her away, however; and let us try how
[Aside. miss likes riding out in her own coach. Lord G. You see, madam, you have only [Vane and the Slaves seize her; she to retire, to engage us to pursue you even lo
screams out and catches Lord Glen- rudeness. — But tell me, can it be your own more's Coat, falling on her Knces. choice to punish us so far as to prefer soliEnter JACOB.
tude to our society ? Jacob. Why, what a dickens be ye all at 1) Christian.
Cecil. I know myself too well, my lord, to mine the creature of his pleasures; a wretch, receive distinctions of which I am unworthy; only distinguished by his folly and her own yet think not, therefore, I fail in respect. infamy—But can you, who so powerfully plead
Lord G. But is that charming bosom sus- the cause of another, be deaf to the sighs of ceptible of nothing beyond respect? Why is a man who adores you, who offers you a rankit capable of inspiring a passion it cannot Cecil. Be satisfied, my lord, with knowing participate?
I have all that esteem your merit claims, which Cecil. Your goodness, my lord-my profound influences me beyond every casual advantage. veneration will always attend you." But the Lord G. But, madam-snore generously you are inclined to forget Cecil. Alas, my lord! [Bursts into Tears] what is due to yourself, the more strongly it Be silent, if possible, both pride and virtue. is impressed on my memory.
I have deserved, and will submit to it; yet Lord G. Were what you say true, the surely the bitterness of this moment espiates bounties of nature alone amply to you for the all past offences.
. parsimony of fortune; nor would your want Lord G. Amiable creature! what an amazing of every other advantage lessen your merit, elegance of mind and person! Tears were her or my sense of it.
only, answers to my questions, and blushes to Cecil. Had he thought thus a few months my looks; yet these only heighten a curiosity since, how happy had' I now been! [Aside] they have softened into love. [Exit
. Your approbation at once flatters and serves me, by justifying miss Mortimer's protection
Scene III.-Woodville's Apartment. of me.
Enter WOODVILLE. Lord G. Her partiality for you does her Wood. No intelligence of my Cecilia yet
! more honour than it can ever do you advan- Were I only assured of her safety, it would tage. But you must tell me how she gained be some consolation. first the happiness of knowing you. Cecil. My—my lord, by a misfortune so
Enter Jacob. touching
Jacob. Zur, zur! I do meake so bowld as Lord G. Nay, I would not distress you to ax to spake to you. neither; yet I own, madam, I wish to make :: Wood. 'Jacob, 'my bonest fellow, the very a proposal worth a serious answer; but ought sight of thee revives my hopes, and sets my first to koow why you affect a mystery? Tell heart in motion!--Well
, what's the news? me then, my dear, every incident of your life, Jacob. Zurprising news indeed, zur!—Loord! and I will raise you to a title, I may without I thought I should never meat wi' ye; I com'd vanily say, many have aspired to!
to your lodgings twice, and ye warn't up. Cecil. You oppress my very soul, my lord! Wood. Up!''Sdeath, you ignorant booby! -But, alas! unconquerable obstacles deprive why didn't you order them to rouse me that me for ever of that title. Neither would i moment? obtain it by alienating such a son from such Jacob. Loord, zur! why your gentlemen a father.
(as they do caal un) ware só terrable foine, Lord G. Put him entirely out of the ques- i ware afeard of affronting un. tion; the meanness of his conduct acquits me Wood. Plague on the stupidity of both, say to myself, Do you know, madam, he has 1.–But what's all this to the purpose? 'The resolved to marry a creature of low birth, il-news! the news! literate, vulgar, and impudent? And, to com- Jacob. Las-a-deazy! muortal bad news plete her perfections, she has been his mistress indeed! at least.
Wood. You tedious blockhead! is your lady Cecil. Surely be knows, and purposely shocks returned ? me thus.
[Aside. Jacob. Noa, zur. Lord G. But your integrity doesn't render [Shakes his Head very mournfully
. you less amiable in my eyes; it greatly en Wood. The horrid forebodings of my heart hances every other merit.' As to his wretch, recur; yet surely she could noi be so despeI have her in my power, and shall make her rate! - Shocking as the suspense is, 1 more dearly repent.
dread the certainty. [Aside] Speak, however
, Cecil. Then I am lost indeed! [Aside] You my good fellow! [Jacob wipes his Eyes] ! have, my lord, though I know not how, dis- sballoever value your sensibility. Tell me then covered
[Rises in confusion. the simple truth, whatever it may be.' Lord G. [Rises, and lakes Snuff, without Jacob. I wull, zur, I wull.-There has comed looking at her] Oh, nothing more easy, ma- two foine gentlemen, wi' zwords by their zides, dam; I had him carefully traced to her house, just for all the world like yourn. and, during his absence, took servants and Wood. Well, and what did these gentleforced her away.
men say? Cecil. That, however, cannot be me.—Every Jacob. Why, they went up stears, willyword seems to add to a mystery I dare not pilly, and carr'd off-our Bridget. inquire into. [Aside] Deprived of the weak, the guilty, the miserable wretch you justly Wood. You impudent, ignorant clown!!! condemn, 'a little time will no doubt incline give you cause for your tears. (Shakes him. bim lo bis duty.
Jacob. Loord! Loord! do ye ha' a litle Lord G. I will confess I resent his mis- Cristin commiseration ! - Well, if ever I do conduct the more, as I ever treated him with cuome nigh ye again, I do wish ye may break friendship as well as tenderness: to presume every buone in my zkin. to insult me, by introducing into a family like Vood. [Walks about in a Rage] To in
[Bursts out a crying:
sult me with your own paltry love affairs!-mortal to come here? [Aside] I should have These great and mighty gentlemen were only waited on you in half an hour, sir. constables, I dare swear, and your fears con- Gov. H. Ay, and that's what I wanted to verted their staves to swords.
avoid. The more I talk to your father, Frank, Jacob. Ay, but that an't the worst neither. the more I find him fixed on the match with I do verily think my turn wull cuome next- bis miss Mortimer: nay, he tells me he will can't zleep in my bed for thinking on't, nor have you married this very day, enjoy a meal's meat-zo, except you do bring Wood. That's mighty probable, in the buyour zword, and cuome and live in our houze, mour I am in. I wull guo out on't, that's a zure thing; for i Gov. H. Ah, Frank, the girl I offer the had rather sceare craws at a graat 2) a deay Wood. Is no more agreeable to me than all my loife long, than 'bide there to be so her
you despise. terrifoid.
Gov. H. How do you know that, pepperWood. Sceare craws truly! why, the craws corn? how do you know that? 'Od, I could will sceare you, ye hen-hearted puppy!—There, tell youteake that, [Gives him Money] and guo Wood. And to tell you my full mind, sir, home, or to the devil, so you never fall in I had rather make myself miserable to gratify my way again.
my father than any other man. Jacoð. Zome faulk that I do knaw wull zee Gov. H. 'Od, thou art so obstinate, boy, I the black gentleman first, 'tis my belief; zoa I can't help loving thee. I don't see why I am had best keep out o'his woy too, [Exit
. obliged to know his miss is my daughter: I
have a great mind to own what we have done Enter CAPTAIN HARCOURT.
with her; and, if he will marry, e'en take care Capt. H.
Woodville, what's the matter? nobody hinders him; then trump up a farce Why, you will raise the neighbourhood. about forgiving them ; and yet it goes against
my conscience to punish the puppy for life, Re-enter JACOB.
though he has punished me pretty sufficiently, Jacob. Here's a peaper housemaid do zend by the lord Harry.
[Aside. you, wi' her humble duly; but if zo be it do Capt. H. I don't like this affair at all, and put you in another desperate teaking, I do tremble for my Sophia, when I see this odd huope ye wull zend for zhe to beat, and not soul so inveterate against her. [Aside. I.-Loord! Loord! what wall becuome of me Gov. H. Well, my lad, do you know I am in this woide world of London! [Exit. as deep in all your secrets as your favourite Capt. H. Ha, ha, ha! he is a choice fellow! valet de chambre?
[To Woodville. Wood. A heart oppressed with its own Wood, I don't understand you, sir. feelings fears every thing I have hardly cou- Gov. H. Pho, pbo, pho! keep that face till rage to open a letter without an address. I show thee one as solemn as my lord's. Why
Capt. H. Come, come, give it me then.— should not you please yourself, and marry Hey, what?-Confusion! Was ever any thing your miss, instead of your father's ? so unlucky?
[Attempts to tear it. Wood. Capt. H. Astonishing! Wood. lla! it is important then.
Gov. H. 'Od, if you turn out the honest [Snatches it from him. fellow I take you for, I know a pretty round Capt. H. Why will you invent torments for sum, an onion and a black coat'?) may one yourself?–My own letter, by every thing care-day, or other entitle you to; so never mind less!-Here's a stroke!
[Aside. lord Gravity's resentment. Wood. [Reads in a broken Voice and Wood. I act from belter motives, sir,
and Manner] Woodville on the brink of mar- were unworthy your wealth, could it tempt riage
you will be discngaged--A nobleman me to disobey the best of fathers. Damnation! - Heart and fortune at her Gov. H. Why then marry miss Mortimer, feel. -- I'll let his soul out there. Hell and and oblige him; take a back seat in your own furies! but I will find him, if money–Never coach, get a family of pale-faced brats, born will I close my eyes till-Oh, Cecilia! with ostrich feathers on their heads, and hate
[Throws himself into a Seat. away a long life with all due decorum. Zounds, Capt. H. This is the most unforeseen - 1 here's a fellow more whimsical than - even know not what to say to him. [ Aside] Pr'y- myself. Yesterday you would have the puss, thee, Woodville, do not sacrilice so many spite of every body; but, you no sooner find reasonable presumptions in her favour, to a it in your power to oblige your best friend, paper that may be a forgery for aught you know. by humouring your inclinations, than, lo, you
Wood. Oh, Charles, that I could think so! are taken with a most violent fit of duty and but I have seen the villain's execrable hand submission! 'Od, you don't know what you somewhere! Did you never see the hard ? have lost by i:! But, since you are bent on
Har. Um, I can't but own I have.-What crossing me, I'll cross you, and once for all the devil shall I say to him? [Aside. too. My secret shall henceforth be as im
penetrable as the philosopher's stone. Ay, Re-enter GOVERNOR HARCOURT.
stare as you please, I'll give you more years Gov. H. Woodville, my dear boy, I am than you have seen days to guess it in. [Exit
. come to have a little talk with thee. Charles, Capt. H. What this uncle of ours can mean don't run away; you are in all your cousin's is quite beyond my guess.
Wood. What signifies seeking to expound Wood. What should possess this tiresome
1) A black coat For mourning, and an
onion in your 1) I would rather scaro crows at a groat (fonr pence)
handkerchief to make the water come into your eyes 1-day.
al my fancral,