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Oro. You see how little cause I have to think Char. We had best stay a little, I think, to set

things settled again, had not we? Marriage is a Favour'd in my own person, in my friends ; serious thing, you know. Indulgd in all that can concern my care, Widow L. What do you talk of a serious In my Imoinda's soft society. (Embraces her. thing, Mr. Weldon ? I think you have found me Aboan. And therefore would you lie contented sufficiently serious: I have married my son to down

your sister, to pleasure you: and now I come to In the forgetfulness and arms of love,

claim your promise to me, you tell me marriage And get young princes for 'em ?

is a serious thing Oro. Say'st thou ? ha!

Char. Why, is it not? Aboan. Princes, the heirs of empire, and the Widor L. Fiddle faddle, I know what it is: last

tis not the first time I have been married, I hope; Of your illustrious lineage, to be born

but I shall begin to think you don't design to do To pamper up their pride and be their slaves ? fairly by me, so I shall. Oro. Imoinda! save me, save me from that Char. Why, indeed, Mrs. Lackitt, I'm afraid I thought!

can't do so fairly as I would by you. 'Tis what Aboan. I know you are persuaded to believe you must know, first or last; and I should be the The governor's arrival will prevent

worst man in the world to conceal it any longer; Those mischiefs, and bestow your liberty: therefore I must own to you that I am married But who is sure of that? I rather fear

already. More mischief from his coming. He is young, Widow L. Married ! You don't say so, I hope ? Luxurious, passionate, and amorous :

how have you the conscience to tell me such a Such a complexion, and made bold by power, thing to my face? I would have you to know I To countenance all he is prone to do,

understand better things than to ruin my son Will know no bounds, no law against his lusts. without a valuable consideration. If I can't have If, in a fit of his intemperance,

you, I can keep my money. Your sister shant With a strong hand he shall resolve to seize have the catch of him she expected: I wont part And force my royal mistress from your arms,

with a shilling to 'em. How can you help yourself?

Char. You made the match yourself, you Oro. Ha! thou hast rous'd

know; you can't blame me. The lion in his den; he stalks abroad,

Widow L. Yes, yes, I can and do blame you: And the wide forest trembles at his roar; you might have told me before, you were mar I find the danger now. My spirits start

ried. At the alarm, and from all quarters come

Char. I would not have told you now, but you To man my heart, the citadel of love.

followed me so close, I was forced to it: indeed I Is there a power on earth to force you from me, am married in England; but 'tis as if I were not; And shall I not resist it, nor strike first, for I have been parted from my wife a great while, To keep, to save you, to prevent that curse ? and, to do reason on both sides, we hate one This is your cause; and shall it not prevail ? another heartily. Now I did design, and will Oh! you were born always to conquer me. marry you still, if you'll have a little patience. Now am I fashion'd to thy purpose: speak, Widow L. A likely business truly, What combination. what conspiracy,

Char. I have a friend in England that I will Wouldst thou engage me in? t'll undertake write to, to poison my wife, and then I can marry All thou wouldst have me now for liberty, you with a good conscience. For the great cause of love and liberty.

Widow L. And will he do it, do you think? Aboan. Now, my great master, you appear Char. At the first word, or he is not the man

I take him to be. And, since we have you join'd in our design, Widow L. Well, you are a dear devil, Mr. It cannot fail us. I have muster'd up

Weldon : and would you poison your wife for The choicest slaves, men who are sensible me ? Of their condition, and seem most resoiv'd: Char. I would do any thing for you. They have their several parties.

Widow L. Well, I am mightily obliged to you. Oro. Summon 'em,

But 'twill be a great while before you can Assemble 'em: I will come forth and show an answer of your letter. Myself among them: if they are resolvid,

Char. "Twill be a great while, indeed. I'll lead their foremost resolutions.

Widow L. In the meantime, Mr. WeldonAboan. I have provided those will follow you. Char. Why, in the meantimeHere's Oro. With this reserve in our proceedings still, company. We'll settle that within; I'll follow The means that lead us to our liberty,


[Erit WIDOW LACKITT. Must not be bloody. Aboan. You command in all.

We shall expect you, Sir.
Oro. You sha'not long.

Stan. So, Sir, you carry on your business (E.reunt Oroonoko and Imoinda on one swimmingly: you have stolen a wedding, 1 side, ABOAN at the other.

hear. Enter CHARLOTTE Weldon, dressed in man's very near being run away with myself.

Char. Ay, my sister is married: and I am clothes, followed by Widow Lackitt.

Štan. The widow will have you ther? Widow L. These unmannerly Indians were Char. You come very seasonably to my race. something unreasonable to disturb us just in the Jack Stanmore is to be had, I hope? nick, Mr. Weldon; but I have the parson within Stan. At half an hour's warning. call still, to do us the good turn.

Char. I must advise with you. [Erns


seen at


Lucy. Why, you lubberly, slovenly block

head I see all good nature is thrown away SCENE I.

upon you Enter Widow LACK ITT, and CharlotTE WEL

Widow L. It was so with his father before DON, dressed in man's clothes.

him. He takes after him.

Lucy. And therefore I will use you as you deChar. Now, Mrs. Lackitt.

serve you tony: Widmo L. Well, well, Lackitt, or what you Widono L'Indeed, he deserves bad enough; will now; now I am married to you; I am very but don't call him out of his name: his name is well pleased with what I have done, I assure you. Daniel, you know. Mr. Weldon, what must I call you? I must have

Dan. "Let her call me what she pleases, mo some pretty fond name or other for you, it looks ther, 'tis not her tongue that I'm afraid of. negligent, and is the fashion, you know.

Lucy. I will make such a beast of thee! Char. To be negligent of their husbands, it is Widow L. O, pray no, I hope; do nothing indeed.

rashly, Mrs. Lucy. Widow L. Nay then I wont be in the fashion ; Dan. I had rather be a beast than what you for I can never be negligent of dear Mr. Weldon; would make me in a week, I'm sure ; ! have no and, to convince you, here's something to encourage more manhood left in me already, than there is in you not to be negligent of me. (Gives a purse and one of my mother's old under-petticoats. a little casket.] Five hundred pounds in gold in

Widow L. Sirrah, sirrah, meddle with your this; and jewels to the value of five hundred wife's petticoats, and let your mother's alone, pounds more in this.

(Beats him Char. (Opens the casket.] Ay, marry, this will you ungracious bird you.

Dan. Why, is the devil in the woman? What encourage me, indeed.

have I said now? Do you know if you were Widow L. There are comforts in marrying an asked, I trow? But you are all of a bundle ; e'en elderly woman, Mr. Weldon. Now a young wo hang together: he that unties you makes a rod man would have fancied she had paid you with for himself; and so he will find it that has any her person, or had done you the favour.

thing to do with you. Char. What do you talk of young women ? Widow L. Ay, rogue enough, you shall find you are as young as any of 'em, in every thing it; I have a rod for you still. but their folly and ignorance.

Dan. No wife, and I care not. Widow L. And do you think me so ? But I

Widow L. I'll swinge you into better manners, have reason to suspect you. Was not I


[Beats him off, and exit. your house this morning, do you think?

Char. You have consummated our project Char. You may venture again : you'll come at · night, I suppose?

Lucy. Nay, if I have a limb of the fortune, I Widow L. O dear, at night? so soon ? care not who has the whole body of the fool. Char. Nay, if you think it so soon

Char. That you shall, and a large one, I Widow L. 'O, no! 'tis not for that, Mr. Wel- promise you. don; but-I will come to please you.

Lucy. Have you heard the news? They talk Char. To please yourself; own it.

of an English ship in the river. Widow L. Well, well, to please myself then. Char. I have heard on't; and am preparing to You're the strangest man in the world, nothing receive it as fast as I can. can 'scape you.

Lucy. There's something the matter too with Enter DANIEL, followed by Lucy.

the slaves, some disturbance or other; I dont

know what it is. Dan. What would you have? what do you Char. So much the better still; we fish in follow me for?

troubled waters: we shall have fewer eyes upon Lucy. Why mayn't I follow you? I must fol

Pray, go you home, and be ready to assist low you now all the world over.

me in your part of the design. Dan. Hold you, hold you there : not so far by

Lucy. I can't fail in mine.

(Erit. a mile or two; I have enough of your company Char. The widow has furnish'd me, I thank already, by'r lady, and something to spare; you her, to carry it on. Now I have got a wife, 'tis may go home to your brother, an' you will; 1 high time to think of getting a husband. ! carry have no further to do with you. Widow L. Why, Daniel, child, thou art not and jewels. Let me see— 't will be a considerable

my fortune about me-a thousand pounds in gold out of thy wits sure, art thou ?

trust : and I think I shall lay it out to advantage. Dan. Nay, marry, I don't know; out I am very near, I believe. I am altered for the worse

Enter STANMORE. mightily since you saw me; and she has been the Stan. So, Weldon, Jack has told me his succause of it there.

cess; and his hopes of marrying the widow by Widos L. How so, child ?

your means. Dan. I told you before what would come on't Char. I have strained a point, Stanmore, upon of putting me to bed to a strange woman; but your account, to be serviceable to your family. you would not be said nay.

Stan. I take it upon my account; and am very Widow L. She is your wife now, child, you much obliged to you. But here we are all in an must love her.

uproar. Dan. Why, so I did at first.

Char. So they say. What 's the matter ? Widow L. But you must love her always. Stan. A mutiny among the slaves. Oroonoko

Dan. Always! I loved her as long as I could, is at the head of 'em. Our governor is gone out mother, and as long as loving was good, I believe; with his rascally militia against 'em. What it for I find now I don't care a fig for her. may come to nobody knows.

upon him.


Char. For my part, I shall do as well as the Oro. Thou art fall'n indeed; rest; but I'm concerned for my sister and cousin, Thy own blood be upon thee. whom I expect in the ship from England.

Lieut. Rest it there; Stan. There's no danger of 'em.

He did deserve his death. Take him away. Char. I have a thousand pounds here, in gold

[The body is removed and jewels, for my cousin's use, that I would You see, Sir, you and those mistaken men more particularly take care of: 'tis too great a Must be our witnesses, we do not come sum to venture at home: and I would not have As enemies, and thirsting for your blood. her wrong d of it; therefore to secure it, I think If we desir’d your ruin, the revenge my best way will be to put it into your own Of our companion's death had push'd it on. keeping

But that we overlook, in a regard stan. You have a very good opinion of my To common safety and the public good. (men, honesty.

(Takes the purse and casket. Oro. Regard that public good; draw off your Char. I have, indeed. If any thing should And leave us to our fortune: we're resolvid. happen to me in this bustle, as nobody is secure Lieut. Resolv’d! on what? your resolutions of accidents, I know you will take my cousin into Are broken, overturn'd, prevented, lost : your protection and care. Pray see her married You see our numbers could with ease compel as soon as you can.

What we request: and what do we request ! Stan. If she be as handsome as her picture, I Only to save yourselves. can promise her a husband.

[ The women with their children gather Char. If you like her when you see her, I wish

about the men. nothing so much as to have you marry her your

Oro. I'll hear no more. self; for I always thought you worth' making a Lieut. To those poor wretches, who have been friend.

seduc'd, Stan. You sha'n't find your good opinion We offer a full pardonthrown away upon me: I am in your debt, and

Oro. Then fall on. [Preparing to engage shall think so as long as I live. (Exeunt. Lieut. Lay hold upon't, before it be too late :

Pardon and mercy.
SCENE II.- The Country.

[The women clinging about the men, they Enter on one side of the stage OROONOKO, ABOAN, leave OROONOKO, and fall upon their facts,

and slaves; IMOINDA with a bord and quiter; crying out for pardon.
the women, some leading, others carrying their Slaves. Pardon, mercy, pardon!
children upon their backs.

Oro. Let them go all. Now, governor, I see,
Oro. The women with their children fall be- I own, the folly of my enterprise,
Imoinda, you must not expose yourself. (hind.

The rashness of this action, and must blush, Retire, my love: I almost fear for you.

Quite through this veil of night, a whitely shame, Imo. I fear no danger; life, or death, I will

To think I could design to make those free, Enjoy with you.

Who were by nature slaves; wretches design'd Oro. My person is your guard.

To be their masters' dogs, and lick their feet. Aboan. Now, Sir, blame yourself: if you had I would not live on the same earth with creatures, not prevented my cutting his throat, that coward That only have the faces of their kind. there had not discovered us. He comes now to Why should they look like men, who are not so, upbraid you.

When they put off their noble natures, for

The grovelling qualities of downcast beasts ! Enter, on the other side, LIEUTENANT-GOVER- We were too few before for victory.

NOR, talking to Horman, with his rabbie. We're still enow to die.
Lieut. This is the very thing I would have

[T. IMOINDA and ABOAN. wish'd.

Enter BLANDFORD. Your honest service to the government

[To HorMAN.

Lieut. Live, royal Sir: Shall be rewarded with your liberty.

Live, and be happy long on your own terms; Aboan. His honest service ! call it what it is,

Only consent to yield, and you shall have His villany, the service of his fear.

What terms you can propose for you and yours. If he pretends to honest services,

Oro. Consent to yield! shall I betray myself? Let him stand out, and meet me like a man.

[BLANDFORD comes forvard [Advances

Bland. I'm glad you have proceeded by fair Oro. Hold, you: and you who come against

means. [10 LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR us, hold:

I came to be a mediator. I charge you in a general good to all;

Lieut. Try what you can to work upon him. And wish I could command you, to prevent

Oro. Are you come against me too ? The bloody havoc of the murdering sword.

Bland. Is this to come against you ? I would not urge destruction uncompell’d:

( Offering his sword to OROONOKO. But if you follow fate, you find it here.

Unarm’d, to put myself into your hands? The bonds are set, the limits of our lives :

I come, I hope, to serve you. Between us lies the gaping gulf of death,

Oro. You have serv'd me; To swallow all. Who first advances dies.

I thank you fort: and I am pleas'd to think

You were my friend while I had need of one: Enter Captain Driver, with his crew. But now 'tis past; this farewell, and be gone. Capt. D. Here, here, here they are, governor.

[Embraces kim What, seize upon my ship!

Bland. It is not past, and I must serve you still, Come, boys, fall on

Oro. I know what Í have done, and I should (Advancing first, OROONOKO kills him. A child to think they ever can forgive.

Forgive! were there but that, I would not live Try other means, and conquer force by force : To be forgiven: is there a power on earth, Break, cut off his hold, bring her away. That I can ever need forgiveness from ?

Imo. I do not ask to live, kill me but here. Bland. You sha'not need it,

Oro. O, bloody dogs ! inhuman murderers ! Oro. No, I wo'not need it.

[IMOINDA is forced out at one door by the Bland. You see he offers you your own con

LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR and others; For you and yours.


ORO. and ABOAN hurried out at another; Oro. Must I capitulate ?

Precariously compound, on stinted terms,
To save my life?

Bland. Sir, he imposes none.
You make 'em for your own security.

SCENE I. Lieut. He will rely on what you say to him. Enter STANMORE, CHARLOTTE WELDON, and | To BLANDFORD.

Offer him what you can; I will confirm
And make all good. Be you my pledge of trust.

Char. If I should consent to the fine things Bland. I'll answer with my life for all he says.

you can say to me, how would you look at last, Lieut. Ay, do, and pay the forfeit if you please. to find 'em thrown away on an old acquaintance }


Stan. An old acquaintance! Bland. Consider, Sir, can you consent to throw

Char. Lord, how easy are you men to be imThat blessing from you, you so hardly found,

posed upon! I am no cousin newly arrived from And so much valued once ?

England, not I; but the very Weldon you wot of. Oro. Iinoinda ! oh!

Stan. Weldon! 'Tis she that holds me on this argument

Char. Not murdered, nor made away, as my Of tedious life; I could resolve it soon,

sister would have you believe; but am, in very Were this curs'd being only in debate.

good health, your old friend in breeches that was, But my Imoinda struggles in my soul;

and now your humble servant in petticoats. She makes a coward of me, I confess;

Stan. I am glad we have you again. But what I am afraid to part with her in death;

service can you do me in petticoats, pray? And more afraid of life to lose her here.

Char, Can't you tell what? Bland. This way you must lose her. Think

Stan. Not I, by my troth. I have found my

friend and lost my mistress, it seems; which I did upon The weakness of her sex, made yet more weak

not expect from your petticoats. With her condition, requiring rest,

Char. Come, come, you have had a friend of And soft indulging ease, to nurse your hope,

your mistress long enough; 'tis high time now to And make you a glad father.

have a mistress of your friend. Oro. There I feel

Stan. What do you say? A father's fondness, and a husband's love.

Char. I am a woman, Sir.

Stan. A woman?
They seize upon my heart, strain all its strings,
To pull me to 'em from my stern resolve.

Char. As arrant a woman as you would have Husband and father! all the melting art

had me but now, I assure you. Of eloquence lives in those softening names.

Stan. And at my service ? Methinks I see the babe, with infant hands,

Char. If you have any for me in petticoats. Pleading for life, and begging to be born.

Stan. Yes, yes, I shall find you employment. Shall I forbid its birth, deny him light,

Char. I need not tell you, I made that little The heavenly comforts of all-cheering light,

plot, and carried it on only for this opportunity.

1 And make the womb the dungeon of his death,

was resolved to see whether you liked me as a His bleeding mother his sad monument ?

woman, or not: if I had found you indifferent, 1 These are the calls of nature, that call loud;

would have endeavoured to have been so too: but They will be heard, and conquer in their cause:

you say you like me, and therefore I have ventured He must not be a man, who can resist 'em.

to discover the truth. No, my Imoinda! I will venture all

Stan. Like you! I like you so well, that I am To save thee and that little innocent.

afraid you wont think marriage a proof on't: The world may be a better friend to him

shall I give you any other? Than I have found it. Now 1 yield myself.

Char. No, no, I'm inclined to believe you, and [Gives up his sword.

that shall convince me. At more leisure, I'll The conflict 's past, and we are in your hands.

satisfy you how I came to be in man's clothes; [Several men seize Oro. and Aboan. for no ill, I assure you, though I have happened Lieut. So you shall find you are. Dispose of to play the rogue in 'em. They have assisted me them as I commanded you.

in marrying my sister, and have gone a great Bland. Good Heaven forbid. You cannot way in befriending your cousin Jack with the

widow. Can you forgive me for pimping for your Lieut. This is not your concern.

family. (To BLANDFORD, who goes to ORO.

Enter JACK STANMORE. I must take care of you.

[76 IMOINDA. Imo. I'm at the end

Stan. So, Jack, what news with you? Of all my care: here will I die with him.

Jack s. I am the forepart of the widow, you

(Holding ORO. know she's coming after with the body of the Oro. You shall not force her from me.

family, the young 'squire in her hand, my son-in

(Holds her. law that is to be, with the help of Mr. Weldon. Lieut. Then I must.

Char. Say you so, Sir ? [They force her from him.

[Ćlaps JACK S. upon the back.



Enter Widow Lackitt and her son DANIEL. and that you may bestow upon honest Jack Star

Widow L. So, Mrs. Lucy, I have brought Widow L. Is he the man then ? him about again; I have chastised him.

Will Char. He is the man you are obliged to. you ever rebel again ? will you, sirrah ? But come, Jack S. Yes, faith, widow, I am the man. come, down on your marrow-bones, and ask her

Widow L. Well, well, I see you will have me; forgiveness. [Daniekneels.) Say after me, pray, even marry me, and make an end of the business. forsooth, wife.

Stan. Why, that 's well said ; now we are all Dan. Pray, forsooth, wife.

agreed, and all well provided for. Lucy. Well, well, this is a day of good nature, and so I take you into favour: but first take the Enter a SERVANT to STANMORE. oath of allegiance. (He kisses her hand, and

Sero. Sir, Mr. Blandford desires you to conne rises.) If ever you do so againDan. Nay, marry if I do, I shall have the to him, and bring as many of your friends as you

can with you. worst on't. Lucy. Here 's a stranger forsooth, would be with me. Come, young gentleman, marriage is

Stan. I come to him. You shall all go along glad to be known to you, a sister of mine; pray the fashion you see ; you must like it now. salute her. (Widow starts at CHARLOTTE.

Dan. If I don't, how shall I help myself? Widow L. Your sister, Mrs. Lucy! What do you mean? This is your brother, Mr. Weldon. noose, if you please, but you'll never get out on't

Lucy. Nay, you may hang yourself in the Do you think I do not know Mr. Weldon ?

with struggling Lucy. Have a care what you say; this gentle

Dan. Come, then, let's e'en jog on in the old man 's about marrying her: you may spoil all.

road. Widoro L. Fiddleofaddle; what, you would Cuckold, or worse, I must now be contented : put a trick upon me.

I'm not the first has married and repented. Char. No, faith, widow, the trick is over; it has taken sufficiently; and now I will teach you

(Eseunt. the trick, to prevent your being cheated another Enter LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR, BLANDFORD, time.

and Planters. Widow L. How! cheated, Mr. Weldon ?

Bland. Have you no reverence for future Char. Why, ay, you will always take things

fame? by the wrong handle: I see you will have me, No awe upon your actions, from the tongues, Mr. Weldon: I grant you I was Mr. Weldon The censuring tongues, of men, that will be free! a little while, to please you or so; but Mr. Stanmore here has persuaded me into a woman Re-enter STANMORE, JACK STANMORE, CHARagain.

LOTTE Weldon, Lucy, Widow LACKITT, Widow L. A woman! pray let me speak with and DANIEL you. [Draws her aside. You are not in earnest, So, Stanmore, you, I know, the women too, I hope, a woman?

Will join with me: 'tis Oroonoko's cause, Char. Really a woman.

A lover's cause, a wretched woman's cause, Widoro L. 'Gads my life! I could not be cheat- That will become your intercession. ed in every thing. I know a man from a woman

[To the Women at these years, or the devil is in't. Pray did not Stan. So far from further wrong, that tis a you marry me?

shame Char. You would have it so.

He should be where he is. Good governor, Widow L. And did not l give you a thousand Order his liberty: he yielded up pounds this morning?

Himself, his all, at your discretion. Char. Yes, indeed, 'twas more than I deserved: Bland. Discretion ! no; he yielded on your but you had your pennyworth for your penny, I suppose: you seemed to be pleased with your And I am made the cautionary, pledge, bargain.

The gage and hostage of your keeping it. Widow L. A rare bargain I have made on't, Remember, Sir, he yielded on your word; truly! I have laid out my money to a fine purpose Your word; which honest men will think shoul upon a woman.

be Char. You would have a husband, and I pro- The last resort of truth ar trust on earth: vided for you as well as I could.

There's no appeal beyond it but to Heaven. Widow L. Yes, yes, you have provided for me. Stan. He's out of all power of doing any harm Char. And you have paid me very well fort; now, if he were disposed to it.

Char. But he is not disposed to it. Widoio L. 'Tis very well : I may be with Bland. To keep him where is, will make him child too, for aught I know, and may go look for the father.

Find out some desp’rate way to liberty: Char. Nay, if you think so, 'tis time to look He'll hang himself, or dash out his mad brains about you, indeed. For my part, Mrs. Lackitt, Char. Pray try him by gentle means: we'll all your thousand pounds will engage me not to laugh be sureties for hím. at you. Then my sister is married to your son; Omnes. All, all. he is to have half your estate, I know; and in- Lucy. We will all answer for him now. deed they may live upon it very comfortably to Lieut. Well, you will have it so; do what you themselves, and very creditably to you.

please, just what you will, with him; I give you Widow L. Nay, 1 can blame nobody but my- leave. self

Bland. We thank you, Sir; this way, pray Char. You have enough for a husband still, I come with me.



I thank you.


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