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Dr. C. Ah! thou heavenly woman : Lady L. Your hand need not be there, sir. Dr. C. I was admiring the softness of this silk. They are indeed come to prodigious perfection in all manufactures; how wonderful is human art! Here it disputes the prize with nature: that all this soft and gaudy lusture should be wrought from the labours of a poor worm : Lady L. But our business, sir, is upon another subject: sir John informs me, that he thinks himself . no obligations to Mr. Darnley, and therefore resolves to give his daughter to you. Dr. C. Such a thing has been mentioned, madam; but, to deal sincerely with you, that is not the happiness I sigh after ; o is a soft and serious excellence for me, very different from what your stepdaughter possesses. Lady. L. Well, sir, pray be sincere and open your heart to me. Dr. C. Open my heart 1 can you then, sweet lady, be yet a stranger to it? Has no action of my life been able to inform you of my real thoughts? Lady L. Well, sir, I take all this, as I suppose you intend it, for my good and spiritual welfare. Dr. C. Indeed I mean your cordial service. Lady L. I dare say you do : you are above the low, momentary views of this world. Dr. C. Why, I should be so; and yet, alas ! I find this mortal clothing of my soul is made like other mens', of sensual flesh and blood, and has its frailties. Lady L. We all have those, but yours are well corrected by your divine and virtuous contemplations. Dr. C. Alas! madam, my heart is not of stone: I may resist, call all my prayers, my fastings, tears and penance to my aid; but yet, I am not an augel; I am still but a man; and virtue may strive, but nature will be uppermost. I love, you madam. Lady L. Ah, doctor, what have you done to me? the trouble of my mind is not to be expressed. You have indeed discovered to me what, perhaps, for my own ace ’twere better I had never been acquainted with, ut I had not an opportunity to lay my heart open to Foul. y Dr. C. Ah! do not endeavour to decoy my foolish
heart, too apt to flatter itself. You cannot sure think kindly of me ! Lady L. Well, well, I would have you imagine SO. Dr. C. Besides, may I not with reason suspect, that this apparent goodness is but artifice; a shadow of compliance, meant only to persuade me from your daughter. Lady L. Methinks this doubt of me seems rather founded on your settled resolution not to resign her.— I am convinced of it. I can assure you, sir, I should have saved you this trouble, had I known how deeply you were engaged to her. Dr. C. Tears then I must believe you But indeed you wrong me. I have myself pressed sir John to give Charlotte to young Darnley. Lady L. Mere artifice. You knew that modest resignation would make sir John warmer in your 1nterest. Dr. C. No, indeed, indeed. I had other motives, which you may hereafter be made acquainted with, and will convince you Lady L. Well, sir, now I'll give you reason to guess why, at our last meeting, I pressed you so warmly to resign Charlotte. Dr. C. Ah dear! ah deal | Lady L. You cannot blame me for having opposed your happiness, when my own, perhaps, depended upon it. IPr. C. Spare me, spare me; you kill me with this kindness. Lady L. But now that I have discovered my weakness, be secret; for the least imprudence Dr. C. It is a vain fear. Zady L. Call it not vain; my reputation is dearer to me than life. Dr. C. Where can it find so sure a guard The graye austerities of my life will dumb-found suspicion, and yours may defy detraction. f so A. Well, doctor, 'tis you must answer for my oily. Ž. I o: it all upon myself. *...But there's one thing still to be afraid of. * C. Nothing, nothing, Dg aid of
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Dr. C. Which opinion is immoveable. Char. No rock so firm Dr. C. I am afraid then it will be a vain pursuit, hen. I solicit you, in compliance with my worthy end's desire and my own inclinations, to become my rtner in that blessed estate in which we may be a onsort and support to each other. Char. I would die rather than consent to it. Dr. C. In other words, you hate me. Char. Most transcendently. Dr. C. Well, there is sincerity at least in your niession: you are not, I see, totally deprived of all tue, though I must say I never could perceive in u but very little. ,
Char. Oh, fie! you flatter me. Dr. C. No, I speak it with sorrow, because you • the daughter of my best friend. But how are we proceed now 2 are we to preserve temper ? Char. Oh I never fear me, sir, I shall not fly out, no convinced that nothing gives so sharp a point one's aversion as good breeding ; as, on the conry, ill manners often hide a secret inclination. Dr. C. Well then, young lady, be assured so far I from the unchristian disposition of returning ines that your antipathy to me causes no hatred in soul towards you ; on the contrary, I would wildy make you happy, if it may be done according iny conscience, with the interest of heaven in w. 4tr. Why, I can't see, sir, how heaven can be way concerned in a transaction between you and
Jr. C. When you marry any other person, my ent is necessary. har. So I hear, indeed but pray, doctor, how d your modesty receive so insolent a power, withputting my poor father out of countenance with blushes 2 Mr. C. I sought it not ; but he would crowd it to other obligations. He is good natured ; and I raw it might serve to pious purposes. har. I don't understand you. or C. I take it for granted, that you would marry Darnley. Am I right 1
Char. Once in your life, perhaps, you may. Dr. C. Nay, let us be plain. ould you marry him 2 Char. You're mighty nice, methinks. Well, I would. Dr. C. Then I will not consent. Char. You won't 7 Dr. C. My conscience will not suffer me. I know you to be both luxurious and worldly-minded ; and you would squander upon the vanities of the world, those treasures which ought to be better laid out. Char. Hum !—I believe I begin to conceive you. Dr. C. If you can think of any project to satisfy my conscience, I am tractable. You know there is a considerable moiety of your fortune which goes to my lady in case of our disagreement. Char. That's enough, sir.—You think we should have a fellow feeling in it. At what sum do you rate your concurrence to my inclinations 2 that settled, I am willing to strike the bargain. Dr. C. What do you think of half Char. How two thousand pounds Dr. C. Why, you know you gain two thousand pounds; and really the severity of the times for the poor, and my own stinted pittance, which cramps my charities, will not suffer me to require less. Char. But how is my father to be brought into this 2 Dr. C. Leave that to my management. * Char. And what security do you expect for the money? Dr. C. Oh Mr. Darnley is wealthy; when I deliver my consent in writing, he shall lay it down to me in bank-bills. * Char. Pretty good security —On one proviso though. : I}r. C. Name 1b. Char. That you immediately tell my father that o are willing to give up your interest to Mr. DarneV. Dr. C. Hum !—stay—I agree to it; but in the mean time, let me warn you, child, not to expect to turn that, or what has now passed between us, to my confusion, by sinister construction, or evil representation to your father, I am satisfied of the piety of
my own intentions, and care not what the wicked
oth e ii. LITER at e Fa Natic. Doctor cANT well, old LADY LAMBERT, and sev wa to d. Sey. Sir, Mr. Mawworm is without, and would be glad to be permitted to speak with you. Old Lady L. Oh pray, doctor, admit him; I have not seen Mr. Mawworm this great while; he's a pious man, though in an humble estate; desire the worthy creature to walk in.
Enter MAwwon M.
—How do you do, Mr. Mawworm?
eard afar off; and that sheep shall become a sheprid; nay, if it be only as it were a shepherd's dog, bark the stray lambs into the field. Old Lady L. He wants method, doctor. Pr. C. Yes, madam ; but there is the matter, and despise not the ignorant.
Maw. He's a saint till I went after him, I was tle better than the devil; my conscience was tanned ith sin, like a piece of neat's leather, and had no ore feeling than the sole of my shoe; always roving ter fantastical delights : I used to go every Sunday ening, to the Three Hats at Islington it's a publicuse, mayhap, your ladyship may know it : I was great lover of skittles too, but now I can’t bear “in. o Old Zady L. What a blessed reformation Maw. I believe, doctor, you never know’d as how was instigated one of the stewards of the reforming icty. f convicted a man of five oaths, as last ursday was a seu'night, at the Pewter-platter, in • Borough ; and another of three, oil. he was lying trap-ball in St. George's-fields: I bought this listcoat out of my share of the money. Old Lady L. But how do you our business? Maw. We have lost almost all our customers; beise I keeps extorting them whenever they come o the shop.
Old Lady L. And how do you live? Maw. Better than ever we did : while we were rldly-minded, my wife and I (for I am married to likely a woman as you shall see in a thousand) ld hardly make things do at all ; but since this d man has brought us into the road of the righte, we have always plenty of every thing; and/my e goes as well dressed as a gentlewoman—we e had a child too.
Jod Lady L. Merciful' saw. And between you and me, doctor, I believe y’s breeding again. or. C. Thus it is, madam; I am constantly told, igh I can hardly believe it, a blessing follows rever I come. grew. And yet, if you would hear how the neighrs reviles my wife; saying as how she sets no
store by me, because we have words now and then ; but as I says, if such was the case, would ever she have cut me down that there time as I was melancholy, and she found me hanging behind the door; I don't believe there's a wife in the parish would have done so by her husband. IDr. C. I believe 'tis near dinner-time ; and sir John will require my attendance. Maw. Oh I am troublesome—nay, I only come to you, doctor, with a message from Mrs. Grunt. I wish your ladyship heartily and heartily farewell; . doctor, a good day to you. Old Lady L. Mr. Maww.crim, call on me some time this afternoon; I want to have a little private discourse with you; and, pray, my service to your spouse. Maw. I will, madam; you are a malefactor to all goodness; I'll wait upon your ladyship; I will indeed : [Going returns] Oh, doctor, that's true; Susy desired me to give her kind love and respects to you. [Erit. Dr. C. Madam, if you please, I will lead you into the parlour. Old Lady L. No, doctor, my coach waits at the door. - The Hypocrite.
Low AMIBITION AND HONou RABLE fee LING CONTRAST FD.
Sir PERTINAx Macsycoph ANT and his Son EGERto N.
Sir Per. Weel, sir! vary weel vary weel ! are nat ye a fine spa; , ! are nat ye a fine spark, I say? —ah you are a——so you wou'd not come up till the levee
Eger. Sir, I beg your pardon ; but I was not very well: besides, I did not think my presence there was necessary.
Sir Per. [Snapping him up) Sir, it was necessary; I tauld you it was necessary, and, sir, I must now tell you that the whole tenor of your conduct is most offensive.
Eger. I am sorry so think so, sir; I am sure I do not intend to offend you.
Sir Per. I care not what you intend—Sir, I tell