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Sir Anth. Well, well, Mrs. Malaprop, I will mind, Lucy – if ever you betray, what you dispute the point no further with you; though are intrusted with (unless it be other people's I must confess, that you are a truly moderate secrets to me), you forfeit my malevolence 1) and polite arguer, for almost every third word for ever; and your being a simpleton shall you say is on my side of the question. But, be no excuse for your locality ?). Mrs. Malaprop, to the more important point
[Exit Mrs. Mal. in debate, - you say, you bave no objection Lucy. Ha! ha! ha!-So, my dear simplito my proposal.
cily, let me give you a little respite-[alterMrs. Mal. None, I assure you. I am undering her manner] - let girls in my station no positive engagement wịth Mr. Acres, and be as fond as they please of appearing expert, as Lydia is so obstinale against him, perhaps and knowing in their trusts; commend me 10 your son may have better success.
a mask of silliness, and a pair of sharp eyes Sir Anth. Well, madam, I will write for for my own interest under it!—Let me see to the boy directly. He knows not a syllable of what account bave I turned my simplicity lathis yet, though I have for some time bad the tely - [Looks at a paper). For abetting proposal in my head. He is at present with Miss Lydia Languish in a design of runhis regiment.
ning away with an ensign!-in money, Mrs. Mal. We have never seen your son, sundry times, twelve pound twelve ; gowns, Sir Anthony; but I hope no objection on fwe; hats, ruffles, caps, etc. etc. nurnberhis side.
less !--From the said ensign, within this Sir Anth. Objection!- let him object if he last month, six guineas and a half.-- About dare! - No, no, Mrs. Malaprop, Jack knows a quarter's pay!-Item, from Mrs. Malaprop, that the least demur puts me in a phrensy for betraying the young people to her directly. My process was always very simple when I found matters were likely to be dis
- in their younger days, 'twas "Jack, do this; -..covered two guineas, and a black padusoy. if he demurred, I knocked him down--and if-Item, from Mr. Acres, for carrying dibe grumbled at that, I always sent him out vers letters — which I never delivered two of the room.
guineas, and a pair of buckles.- Item, from Mrs. Mal, Ay, and the properest way, o'my Sir Lucius O'Trigger, three crowns, two conscience! – nothing is so conciliating to gold pocket-pieces, and a silver snuff-box! young people as severity:-Well
, Sir Anthony, -Well done, simplicity!-yet I. was forced I shall give Mr. Acres his discharge, and pre- to make my Hibernian believe, that he was pare Lydia lo receive your son's invocations 1);- corresponding, not with the aunt, but with and I hope you will represent her to the the niece: for though not over rich, I found caplain as an object not altogether illegible 2). he had too much pride and delicacy to sacri
Sir Anth. Madam, I will handle the subject fice the feelings of a gentleman to the necesprudently.-Well, I must leave you; and let sities of his fortune.
[Exit. me beg you, Mrs. Malaprop, to enforce this matter roundly to the girl;--take my advice
A C T II. keep a tight hand: if she rejects this proposal,
Scene I. clap ber under lock and key; and if you were just to let the servants forget to bring her din- CAPTAIN ABSOLUTE's Lodgings. ner for three or four days, you can't conceive how she'd come about.
CAPTAIN ABSOLUTE and Fag. [Exit Sir Anth. Mrs. Mal. Well, at any rate I shall be glad Fag: Sir, while I was there Sir Anthony to get ber from under my intuition 3). She came in: I told him, you had sent me to inhas somehow discovered my partiality for Sir quire after his health, and to know if he was Lucius O'Trigger-sure, Lucy can't have be- at leisure to see you. trayed me!-No, the girl is such a simpleton, Abs. And what did he say, on hearing ! I should have made her confess it.-Lucy!
was at Bath? Lucy!- [Calls] Had she been one of your Fag. Sir, in my life I never saw an elderartificial ones, I should never have trusled her. ly gentleman more astonished! He started
back two or three paces, rapt out a dozen Enter Lucy.
interjectural oaths, and asked, what the devil Lucy. Did you call, ma’am?
had brought you bère ? Mrs. Mal. Yes, girl.–Did you see Sir Lu- Abs. Well, sir, and what did you say ? cius while you was out?
Fag. O, I lied, sir-I forget the precise lie; Lucy. No, indeed, ma'am, not a glimpse of but you may depend on't, he got no truth him.
from me. Yet, with submission, for fear of Mrs. Mal. You are sure, Lucy, that you blunders in future, I should be glad to fix never mentioned
what has brought us to Bath ; in order that Lucy. O Gemini! I'd sooner cut my ton- we may lie a liitle consistently.—Sir Anthony's
servants were curious, sir, very curious inMrs. Mal. Well, don't let your simplicity deed. be imposed on.
Abs. You have said nothing to them- ? Lucy. No, ma'am.
Fig. O, not a word, sir,- not a word. Mr. Mrs. Mal. So, come to me presently, and Thomas, indeed, thc coachman (whom I take I'll give you another letter to Sir Lucius; but to be the discreetest of whips)1) We invoke the deity.
Abs. 'Sdeath!-you rascal !--you have not been so much too high for her style.
trusted him! 2) Ineligible. 3) If we leave out the particle in in this word, we shall
Fag. O, no, sir-no-no-not a syllable, have the lady's meaning.
1) Benevolence. 2) Venality.
Adorations would not have
upon my veracity!—He was, indeed, a little! Abs. Softly, softly; for though I am coninquisitive; but I was sly, sir_devilish sly!jvinced my little Lyaia would elope with me My master, (said I) honest Thomas, (you know, as Ensign Beverley, yet am I by no means sir, one says honest to one's interiors), is certain that she would take me with the imcome to Báth to recruit-Yes, sir, I said to pediment of our friends' consent, a regular recruit 1)—and whether for men, money, or humdrum wedding, and the reversion of a constitution, you know, sir, is nothing to him, good fortune on my side: no, no; I must nor any one else.
prepare her gradually for the discovery, and Abs. Well, recruit will do-let it be so. make myself necessary to her, before I risk
Fag. O, sir, recruit will do surprisingly-it.-Well, but Faulkland, you'll dine with us indeed, to give the thing an air, I told Tho-to-day at the Hotel? mas, that your Honour had already inlisted Faulk. Indeed I cannot; I am not in spifive disbanded chairmen, seven minorily waiters, rits to be of such a party. and thirteen billiard-markers.
Abs. By heavens! I shall forswear your Abs. You blockhead, never say more than company. You are the most teasing, captious
, is necessary:
incorrigible lover!--Do love like a man. Fag. I beg pardon, sir-I beg. pardon-| Faulk. I own I am unfit for company. But, with submission, a lie is nothing unless Abs. Am not I a lover; ay, and a romanone supports it. Sir, whenever I draw on tic one too? Yet do I carry every where my invention for a good current lie, I always with me such a confounded farrago of doubts
, forge indorsements as well as the bill. fears, hopes, wishes, and all the flimsy fur
Abs. Well, take care you don't hurt your niture of a country miss's brain ! credit, by offering too much security,- Is Mr. Faulk. Ah! Jack, your heart and soul are Faulkland returned ?
not, like mine, fised iinmutably on one only Fag. He is above, sir, changing his dress. object. You throw for a large stake, but lo
Abs. Can you tell whether he has been in- sing, you could stake, and throw again:-but formed of Sír Anthony's and Miss Melville's I have set my sum of happiness on this cast, arrival?
and not to succeed, were lo be stript of all
. Fag. I fancy not, sir; he has seen no one Abs. But, for Heaven's sake! what grounds since he came in but his gentleman, who was for apprehension can your whimsical brain with him at Bristol.-I think, sir, I hear Mr. conjure up at present? Faulkland coming down
Faulk.' What grounds for apprehension, Abs. Go, tell him, I am bere.
did you say? Heavens! are there not a thouFag. Yes, sir-[Going]-I beg pardon, sir, sand! I fear for her spirits -- her health—her but should Sir Anthony call, you will do me life-My absence may fret her; ber anxiety the favour to remember, that we are recruit- for my return, her fears for me, may oppress ing, if you please.
her gentle temper. And for her health, does Abs. Well, well.
not every hour bring me cause to be alarmed? Fag. And in tenderness to my character, If it rains, some shower may even then have if your Honour could bring in the chairmen chilled her delicate frame!' If the wind be and waiters, I should esteem it as an obliga- keen, some rude blast may have affected her! tion; for though I never scruple a lie to serve the heat of noon, the dews of the evening, my master, yei it hurts one's conscience to be may endanger the life of her, for whom only found out.
[Exit. I value mine. O Jack! when delicate and Abs. Now for my whimsical friend—if he feeling souls are separated, there is not a does not know that his mistress is here, I'll feature in the sky, not a movement of the tease him a little before I tell him
elements, not an aspiration of the breeze, but
hints some cause for a lover's apprehension! Enter FAULKLAND.
Abs. Ay, but we may choose whether we Faulkland, you're welcome to Bath again; will take the bint or not.-So, then, Faulkyou are punctual in your return.
land, if you were convinced that Julia were Faulk. Yes; I had nothing to detain me, well' and in spirits, you would be entirely when I had finished the business I went on. content. . Well, what news since I left you? How stand Faulk. I should be happy beyond measure mallers between you and Lydia ?
-I am anxious only for that. Abs. Faith, much as they were; I have not Abs. Then to cure your anxiety at onceseen her since our quarrel; however, I ex- Miss Melville is in perfect health, and is at pect to be recalled every hour.
this moment in Bath. Faulk. Why don't you persuade her to go Faulk. Nay, Jack-don't trifle with me. off with you at once?'
Abs. She is arrived here with my fatber Abs. What, and lose two-thirds of her for- within this hour. tune? You forget that, my friend. - No, no, Faulk. Can you be serious ? I could have brought her lo that long ago. Abs. I thought you knew Sir Anthony bet,
Faulk. Nay then, you trifle too long-ifter than to be surprised at a sudden whim of you are sure of her, propose to the aunt in this kind.-Seriously then, it is as I tell you your own character, and write to Sir An- - upon my honour. thony for his consent.
Faulk. My dear friend!-Hollo, Du Peigne! 1) Here Mr. Faz gives a proof of the fertility of his in- my hal-my dear Jack-now nothing on earth
vention, for in the course of this phrase, he hits upon can give me a moment's uneasiness.
the word recruit; the stage effect is losi in the closel 2) A valet de chambre is never called by any other name
Enter Fag. than a gentleman now-a-days; and the gentleman calls for his gentleman, to come and dress him.
Fag. Sir, Mr. Acres, just arrived, is below
Abs. Stay, Faulkland, this Acres lives with-there is an innate levity in woman, that noin a mile of Sir Anthony, and he shall tell thing can overcome.- What! happy, and I you how your mistress has been ever since away! you left ber.-Fag, show the gentleman up. Abs. Have done: - - How foolish this is!
[Exit Fag. just now you were only apprehensive for your Faulk. What, is he much acquainted in mistress's spirits. the family?
Faulk. Why, Jack, have I been the joy Abs. 0, very intimate: I insist on your not and spirit of the company? going: besides, his character will divert you. Abs. No indeed, you have not.
Faulk. Well, I should like to ask him a Faulk. Have I been lively and entertaining? few questions.
Abs. O, upon my word, I acquit you. Aks. He is likewise a rival of mine-that Faulk. Have I been full of wit and buis, of my other self's, for he does not think mour ? his friend Captain Absolute ever saw the lady Abs. No, faith, to do you justice, you have in question; and it is ridiculous enough to been confoundedly stupid indeed. hear him complain to me of one Beverley, Acres. What's the maller with the gena concealed skulking rival, whom
tleman? Faulk. Hush!-He's here.
Abs. He is only expressing his great satis
faction at hearing that Julia has been so well Enter ACRES.
and happy that's all-hey, Faulkland? Acres. Hah! my dear friend, noble captain, Faulk. Oh! I am rejoiced to hear it-yes, and bonest Jack, how do'st thou? just arrived, yes, she has a happy disposition ! faith, as you see.-Sir, your humble servant. Acres. That she has indeed then she is so - Warm work on the roads, Jack – Odds accomplished—so sweet a voice-so expert at whips and wbeels! I've travelled like a comet, her harpsichord - such a mistress of flat and with a tail of dust all the way as long as the sharp, squallante, rumblante, and quiverante !) Mlall.
- there was this time month-Odds minnums Abs. Ab! Bob, you are indeed an eccentric and crotchets! how she did chirup at Mrs. planet, but we know your attraction hither- Piano's concert! Give me leave to introduce Mr. Faulkland to Faulk. There again, what say you to this ? you; Mr. Faulkland, Mr. Acres.
you see she has been all mirth and songAcres. Sir, I am most heartily glad to see not a thought of me! you: Sir, I solicit your connexions. - Hey, Abs. Pho! is not music the food of Jack-what, this is Mr. Faulkland, who- love?
Abs. Ay, Bob, Miss Melville's Mr. Faulk- Faulk. Well, well, it may be so.—Pray, land,
Mr.- what's his damn'd name!-Do you rememAcres. Od'so! she and your father can be ber what songs Miss Melville sung? but just arrived before me. I suppose you
Acres. Not I indeed. have seen them. Ab! Mr. Faulkland, you are Abs. Stay now, they were some pretty.meindeed a happy man.
lancholy purling-stream airs, I warrant; perFaulk. I have not seen Miss Melville yet, baps you may recollect;- did she sing, 'When sir ;-I hope she enjoyed full healtlı - and spi- absent from my soul's delight?" rits in Devonshire ?
Acres. No, ihat wa'n't it. Acres. Never knew her better in my life, Abs. Or, 'Go, gentle gales!' -'Go, gentle sir,-nerer better. Odds blushes and blooms! gales!'
[Sings. she has been as healthy as the German Spa. Acres. O no! nothing like it.-Odds! now
Faulk. Indeed -I did hear that she had I recollect one of them—My heart's my own, been a little indisposed.
(Sings. Acres. False, false, sir-only said to vex Faulk. Fool! fool that I am! to fix all my you: quite the reverse, I assure you. happiness on such a trifler! 'Sdeath! to make
Faulk. There, Jack, you see she has the herself the pipe and ballad-monger of a ciradvantage of me; I had almost fretted my-cle! to sooth her light heart with catches and self ill.
glees !- What can you say to this, sir?. Abs. Now are you angry with your mi- Abs. Why, that I should be glad to hear stress for not having been sick.
my mistress had been so merry, sir. Faulk. No, no, you misunderstand me:- Faulk. Nay, nay, nay—I'm not sorry that yet surely a little trifling indisposition is not an she has been happy-no, no, I am glad of unnatural consequence of absence from those that, I would not have had her sad or sick we love.-Now. confess—isn't there something --yet surely a sympathetic heart would have unkind in this violent, robust, unseeling health?shown itself even in the choice of a song
Abs. 0, it was very unkind of her to be she might have been temperately bealthy, and well in your absence to be sure!
somehow, plaintively gay; but she has been Acres. Good apartments, Jack.
dancing too, I doubt not! Faulk. Well, sir, but you was saying that Acres. What does the gentleman say
about Miss Melville has been so exceedingly well dancing? -what then she bas been merry
Abs. He says the lady we speak of dances suppose? --Always in spirits-hey?
as well as she sings. Acres. Merry, odds crickets ! 'she has been Acres. Ay truly, does she-there was, at the bell and spirit of the company wherever our last race ball - :: she bas been-so lively and entertaining! so full of wit and bumour !
1) The English words squall, rumble, and qniver, italia
nized by Mr. Acres' ingenious application of their Faulk. There, Jack, there.-0, by my soul!)
Faulk. Hell and the devil! There ! there--so here—now ancient madam has no voice in I told you so! I told you so! Oh! she thri- it.—I'll make my old clothes know who's masves in my absence !-Dancing! but her whole ter- I shall straightway casbier the huntingfeelings have been in opposition with mine!—frock-and render my leather breeches incaI have been anxious, silent, pensive, sedentary pable – My bair has been in training some - my days have been hours of care, my nights time. of watchsulness. — She bas been all health! Abs. Indeed! spirit! laugh! song! dance! – Oh! damnd, Acres. Ay—and tho'ff the side curls are a damn'd levity!
little restive, my bind-part takes it very kindly. Abs. For Heaven's sake, Faulkland, don't Abs. 0, you'll polish, I doubt not. expose yourself so.--Suppose she has danced, Acres. Absolutely ! propose so — than ifl what then?-docs not the ceremony of socie- can find out this Ensign Beverley, odds trig. ty often oblige
gers and flints! I'll make bim know the diFaulk. Well, well, I'll contain myself— ference o't. perhaps as you say-for form sake.—What, Abs. Spoke like a man
an-but pray, Bob, 1 Mr. Acres, you were praising Miss Melville's observe you have got an odd kind of a new manner of dancing a minuei-hey? method of swearing
Acres. (), I dare insure ber for that-but Acres. Ila! ha! you've taken notice of ilwhat I was going to speak of was her coun- tis genteel, isn't it?- I didn't invent it mytry-dancing: -Odds swimmings! sbe bas such self ibough'; but a commander in our militia an air with her!
-a great scholar, I assure you — says that Faulk. Now disappointment on her! de- there is no meaning in the common oaths
, send this, Absolute; why don't you defend and that nothing but their antiquity makes this?-Country-dances! jigs and reels! am I them respectable; – because, be says, the anto blame now? A minuel I could have for-cients would never stick to an oath or two given-I should not have minded that-I say but would say, by Jove! or by Bacchus! or I should not bave regarded a minuet — but by Mars! or by Venus! or by Pallas! accord country-dances !--Zounds! bad she made one ing to the sentiment so that to swear with in a cotillion-1 believe I could have forgiven propriely, says, my little major, the oath even that, but to be monkey-led for a night! should be an echo io the sense;' and this we
to run the gauntlet through a string of call the oath referentiul, or sentimentalswearamorous palming , puppies! - 10 show paces ing-ba! ha! ha! 'tis genteel
, isn't it? like a managed tilly! - Jack, there never Abs. Very genteel, and very new indeed can be but one man in the world, whom a and I dare say will supplant all other figures truly modest and delicate woman ought to of imprecation. pair with in a country-dance; and even then, Acres. Ay, ay, the best terms will grow ihe rest of the couples should be her great obsolete-Damns have had their day. uncles and aunts! Abs. Ay, to be sure! - grandfathers and
Enter Fag. grandmothers!
Fag. Sir, there is a gentleman below de Faulk. If there be but one vicious mind in sires to see you—Shall I show him into the the set, 'twill spread like a contagion-the ac-parlour? tion of their pulse beats to the lascivious move- Abs. Ay-you may. ment of the jig — their quivering, warm- Acres. 'Well, I must be gonebreathed sighs impregnate the very air-the Abs. Stay; who is it, Fag? atmosphere becomes electrical to love, and Fag. Your father, sir. each amorous spark darts through every link of the chain !--I must leave you-I own I am up directly?
Abs. You puppy, why didn't you show him somewbat flurried-and that confounded looby Acres. You have business with Sir Anbas perceived it.
(Going. thony.—1 expect a message from Mrs. MalaAbs. Nay, but stay, Faulkland, and thank proop at my lodgings—I have sent also to my Mr. Acres for his good news.
dear friend Sir Lucius O'Trigger
. - Adies, Fuulk. Dawn his news! [Exit Faulkland. Jack, we must meet at night, when you shall
Abs. Ha! ha! ha! poor Faulkland five mi- give me a dozen bumpers to little Lydia. nutes since-nothing on earth could give him Abs. That I will with all
heart. [Erit a inoment's uneasiness!'
Acres] Now for a parental lecture-l hope Acres. The gentleman wa'n't angry at my he has heard nothing of the business that has praising his mistress, was he?
brought me here-I wish the gout bad held Abs. A little jealous, I helieve, Bob. him fast in Devonshire, with all my soul!
Acres. You don't say, so ? Ha! ba! jealous of me- that's a good joke.
Enter SIR ANTHONY. Abs. There's nothing strange in that, Bob; Sir, I am delighted to see you bere; 200 let me tell you, that sprightly grace and in- looking so well? your sudden arrival at Bath sinuating manner of yours will do some mis- made me apprehensive for your health.
Acres. Ah! you joke-ba! ha! mischief- Jack. What, you are recruiting here, bey? ha! ha! but you know. I am not my own Abs. Yes, sir, I am on duty. property, my dear lydia has forestalled me. Sir Anth. Well, Jack, I am glad to see
she could never abide me in the country, you, thongh I did not expect it, for I was because I used to dress so badly-but odds
[Exit Fag. going to write to you on a little matter of Abs. But my rows are pledged to 'her. business.-Jack, I have been considering that Sir Anth. Let her foreclose, Jack; let her I grow old and infirm, and shall probably not foreclose; they are not worth redeeming; betrouble you long.
that time our male fashions were imported from Frater; frogs and tambours !?) I sha'n't take matters 1) The people in Englur.d call frenchmen frogs, and all
work for frilla, rufle, ele.
now, we bave the advantage, and we have trimmed the Frenchman's jacket Ihese many years, Tambouse
sides, you have the angel's vows in exchange, Abs. Pardon me, sir, I never saw you look I suppose; so there can be no loss there. more strong and hearty; and I pray frequent- Abs. You must excuse me, sir, if I tell y you, ly that you may continue so.
once for all, that in this point I cannot obey Sir Anth. I hope your prayers may
you. heard, with all my heart. Well then, Jack, Sir Anth. Hark'ee, Jack;-I have heard I have been considering that I am so strong you for some time with patience-I have been and hearty, I may continue to plague you a cool-quite cool; but take care
re-you know I long time.-Now, Jack, I am sensible that the am compliance itself-when I am not thwartincome of your commission, and what I bave ed ;-no one more easily led -- when I have hitherto allowed you, is but a small pittance my own way;—but don't put me in a phrensy. for a lad of your spirit.
Abs. Sir, I must repeat it—in this I cannot Abs. Sir, you are very good.
obey you: Sir Anth. And it is my wish, while yet I Sir Anth. Now damn me! if ever I call you live, to have my boy make some figure in Jack again while I live! the world. I have resolved, therefore, to fix Abs. Nay, sir, but bear me. you at once in a noble independence.
Sir Anth. Sir, I won't hear a word-not a Abs. Sir, your kindness overpowers me
word! not one word! so give me your prosuch generosity makes the gratitude of reason mise by a nod -- and I'll tell you what, Jack more lively than the sensations even of filial -I mean, you dog--if you don't hjaffection.
Abs. What, sir, promise to link myself to Sir Anth. I am glad you are so sensible of some mass of ugliness! to my attention-and you shall be master of a Sir Anth. Zounds! sirrah! the lady shall be large estate in a few weeks.
as ugly as I choose! she shall bave a bump Abs. Let my future life, sir, speak my gra- on each shoulder, she shall be as crooked as titude; I cannot express the sense I have of the Crescent; her one eye shall roll like your munificence.-- Yet, sir, I presume you the bull's in Cor's Museum; she shall have would not wish me to quit the army? a skin like a mummy, and the beard of a
Sir Anth. O, that shall be as your wife chooses. Jew she shall be all this, sirrah!- yet I Abs. My wife, sir!
will make you ogle her all day, and sit up Sir Anth. Ay, ay, settle that between you all night to write sonnets on her beauty. -settle that between you.
Abs. This is reason and moderalion indeed! Abs. A wife, sir, did you say?
Sir Anth. None of your sneering, puppy! Sir Anth. Ay, a wife-why, did not I men- no grinning, jackanapes! tion her before?
Àbs. Indeed, sir, 1 never was in a worse Abs. Not a word of her, sir.
humour for mirth in my life. Sir Anth. Odd so!-I mustn't forget her Sir Anth. 'Tis false, sir, I know you are though.— Yes, Jack, the independence I was laughing in your sleeve; I know you'll grin talking of is by a marriage-the fortune is when I am gone, sirrah ! saddled with a wife but I suppose that Abs. Sir, I hope I know my duty better. makes no difference.
Sir Anth. None of your passion, sir! none Abs. Sir! Sir-you amaze me!
of your violence; if you please-It won't do Sir Anth. Why, what the devil's the matter with me, I promise you. with the fool? Just now you were all gratitude Abs. Indeed, sir, I never was cooler in my life. and duty.
Sir Anth. 'Tis a confounded lie! I know Abs. I was, sir,-you talked to me of inde- you are in a passion in your heart; I know pendence and a fortune, but not a word of a wife. you are, you hypocritical young dog! but it
Sir Anth. Why-what difference does that won't do. make? Odds lise, sir! if you have the estale, Abs. Nay, sir, upon my word. you must take it with the live stock on it, as Sir Anth. So you will fly out! can't you it slands.
be cool like me?' What the devil good can Abs. If my happiness is to be the price, 1 passion do?--Passion is of ro service, you must beg leave to decline the purchase.- impudent, insolent, overbearing reprobale! Pray, sir, who is the lady?
There you sneer again! - don't provoke me! Sir Anth. What's that to you, sir?-Come, --but you rely upon the mildness of my give me your promise to love, and to marry temper—you do, you dog! you play, upon Ler directly
the meekness of my disposition! Yet take care Abs. Sure, sir, this is not very reasonable, -the patience of a saint may be overcome to summon my affections for a lady I know at last!--but mark! I give you six hours and nothing of:
a half to consider of this: if
you Sir Anth. I am sure, sir, 'tis more unrea- without any condition, to do every thing on sonable in you to objéct to a lady you know carth that I choose, why-confound you'! I nothing of.
may in time forgive you— If not, zounds! don't Abs. Then, sir, I must tell you plainly, enter the same hemisphere with me! don't that my inclinations are fixed on another dare to breathe the same air, or use the same my heart is engaged to an angel.
light with me; but get an almosphere and a Sir Anth. Then pray let it send an excuse. sun of your own! I'll strip you of your com-t is very, sorry - but business prevents its mission; I'll lodge alive-and-threepence in the waiting on her.
hands of trustees, and you shall" live on the