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Hum. Sirrah, who do you prate after--de-Joperas, and ridottoes, for the winter; the Parks spising men of sacred characters? I hope you and Bellsize for our summer diversions; and, never heard my young master talk so like a "Lard!” says she, "you are so wild, but

you profligate ?

have a world of humour.” Tom. Sir, I say you put upon me, when I Hum. Coxcomb! Well, but why don't you first came to town, about being orderly, and run with your master's letter to Mrs. Lucinda, the doctrine of wearing shams to make linen as he order'd you? last clean a fortnight, keeping my clothes fresh, Tom. Because Mrs. Lucinda is not so easily and wearing a frock within doors.

come at as you think for. Hum. Sirrah, I gave you those lessons be- Hum. Not easily come at? Why, sir, are cause I supposed at that time your master not her father and my old master agreed that and you might have dined at home every day, she and Mr. Bevil are to be one flesh before and cost you nothing; then you might have to-morrow morning? made a good family servant: but the gang Tom. It's no matter for that: ber mother, you have frequented since at chocolate-houses it seems, Mrs. Sealand, has not agreed to it; and taverns, in a continual round of noise and you must know, Mr. Humphrey, that in and extravagance

ibat family the grey mare is the better horse"). Tom. I don't know what you heavy in- Hur. What dost thou mean? mates call noise and extravagance; but we Tom. In one word, Mrs. Sealand pretends gentlemen who are well fed and cut a figure, to have a will of her own, and has provided sir, think it a fine life, and that we must be a relation of hers, a stiff-starched philosopher, very pretty fellows who are kept only to be and a wise fool, for her daughter; for which looked at.

reason,

for these ten days past, she has sufHum. Very well, sir, I hope the fashion offered no message or leiter' from my master being lewd and extravagant, despising of de- to come near her. cency and order, is almost at an end, since Hum. And where had you this intelligence? it is arrived at persons of your quality.

Tom. From a foolish fond soul, that can Tom. Master Humphrey, ha, ha! you were keep, nothing from me; one that will deliver an unhappy lad to be sent up to town in this letter too, if she is rightly managed. such queer days as you were. Why now, Hum. What, her preity handmaid, Mrs. sir, the lackeys are the men of pleasure of Phillis? the age, the top gamesters; and many a laced Tom. Even she, sir. This is the very

bour, coat about town have had their education in you know, she usually comes hither, under ? our party-coloured regiment. We are false pretence of a visit to our housekeeper forsooth, lovers, have a taste of music, poetry, billet-but in reality to have a glance at doux, dress, politics, ruin damsels; and when Hum. Your sweet face, I warrant you. we are weary of this lewd town, and have a Tom. Nothing else in nature.

You must mind to take up, whip into our masters' wigs, know I love to fret and play with the little and marry forlunes.

wanlon. Hum. Hey-day!

Hum. Play with the lillle wanton! What Tom. Nay, sir, our order is carried up to will this world come to? the highest dignilies and distinctions: step but Tom. I met her this morning in a new into the Painted Chamber, and by our titles manteau and petticoal, not a bit the worso you'd take us all for men of quality! then for her. Jady's wearing, and she has always again, come down to the Court of Requests, new thoughis and new 'airs with new clothes; and you shall sec us all laying our broken then she never fails to steal some glance or heads together for the good of the nation; and gesture from every visitant at their house, and though we never carry a question nemine is indeed the whole town of coquettes at se contradicente, yet this I can say with a safe cond-hand. But here she comes; in one motion conscience and I wish every gentleman of she speaks and describes herself better than our cloth could lay his hand upon his heart all the words in the world can. and say

the same), that I never took so much Jum. Then I hope, dear sir! when you as a single mug of beer for my vote in all own allair is over, you will be so good as to

mind your naster's with her. Hum. Sirrah, there is no enduring your

Tom Dear llumpbrey! you know my master extravagance; I'll hear you prate no longer: is my friend; and those are people I never forget. I wanted to see you to inquire how things Hum. Sauciness itsell! but I'll leare you to go with your master, as far as you under- do your best for him.

(Exit stand them. I suppose he knows he is to be married to-day?

Enter Pullis. Tom. Ay, sir, he knows it, and is dressed Phil. Oh, Mr. Thomas, is Mrs. Sugarkey as gay as the sun; but between you and I, at home? Lard! one is almost ashamed to my dear! he has a very heavy heart under all pass along the streets. The town is quite that gaiely

as he was dressed 1 empty, and nobody of fashion left in it; and retired, but overheard him sigh in the most the ordinary people do so stare to see any heavy manner. He walked thoughtfully to and thing dress'd like a woman of condition passe fro in the room, ihen went into his closet: by. "Alas! alas! it is a sad thing to walk. Oh, when he came out he gave me this for his fortune, fortune! mistress, whose maid you know

Tom. What! a sad thing Hum Is passionately fond of your fine person. madam Phillis, do you wish yourself lame?

Tom. The poor fool is so tender, and loves Phil. No, Mr. Thomas; but I wish I were to hear me talk of the world, and the plays, 1) The lady is masier in the family.

my life.

As soon

to walk? Why,

generally carried in a coach or a chair, and hands., [He pulls out a Purse, she eyes it. of a fortune neither to stand nor go, but to Phil. What pretence have I to what is in totter or slide, to be shortsighted or stare, to your hands, Mr. Thomas? fleer in the face, to look distant, to observe, Tom. As thus: there are hours you know to overlook, yet all become me; and if I was when a lady is neither pleased nor displeased, rich I could iwire and loll as well as the best neither sick nor well, when she lolls or loiters, of them. Oh, Tom, Tom! is it not a pity that when she is without desires, from baving more you should be so great a coxcomb, and I so of every thing than she knows what to do with. great a coquette, and yet be such

poor

devils Phil. Well, what then? as we are?

Tom. When she has not life enough to Tom. Mrs. Phillis, I am your humble servant keep her bright eyes quite open to look at for that.

her own dear image in the glass. Phil. Yes, Mr. Thomas, I know how much Phil. Explain thyself, and don't be so fond you are my humble servant, and know what of thy own prating. you said to Mrs. Judy, upon secing her in Tom. There are also prosperous and goodone of her lady's cast manteaus- that any one natured moments; as when a knot or a patch would have thought her the lady, and that is happily fixed, when the complexion partishe had ordered the other to wear it till it sat cularly flourishes. easy (for now only it was becoming); to my Phil. Well, what then? I have not patience! lady it was only a covering, to Mrs. Judy it Tom. Why then, or on the like occasions was a habit. This you said after somebody we servants who have skill to know how to or other. Oh, Ton, Tom! thou art as false time business, see when such a pretty folded and as base as the best gentleman of them all: thing as this [Shows a Letter] may be prebut you, wretch! talk to me no more on the sented, laid, or dropped, as best suits the preold odious subject: don't, I. say.

sent humour. And, madam, because it is a Tom. I know not how to resist your com- long wearisome journey to run through all mands, madam.

the several stages of a lady's temper, my master, [In a submissive Tone, retiring. who is the most reasonable man in the world, Phil. Commands about parting are grown presents you this to bear your charges on the mighty easy to you of late.

road.

[Gives her the Purse. Toin. Oh, I have her! I have nettled and Phil. Now you think me a corrupt hussy. put her into the right temper to be wrought Tom. O fie! I only think you'll take the letter. upon and set a prating. [Aside] Why, truly, Phil. Nay, I know you do; but I know my to be plain with you, Mrs. Phillis, I can take own innocence: I take it for my mistress's sake. little comfort of late in frequenting your house. Tom. I know it, my pretty one! I know it.

Phil. Pray, Mr. Thomas, what is it all of a Phil. Yes, I say I do it because I would sudden offends your nicety at our house? not have my mistress deluded by one who

Tom. I don't care to speak particulars, but gives no proof of his passion: but I'll talk I dislike the whole.

more of this as you see me on my way home. Phil. I thank you, sir; I am a part of that No, Tom; I assure thee I take this trash of whole.

thy master's, not for the value of the thing, Tom. Mistake me not, good Phillis. but as it convinces me he has a true respect

Phil. Good Phillis! saucy enough. But, for my mistress. I remember a verse to the bowever

purposeTom. I

say it is that thou årt a part which!" They may be false who languish and complain, gives me pain for the disposition of the whole. But they who part with money never feign. You must know, madam, to be serious, I am

[Exeunt. a man at the bottom of prodigious nice hoYou are too much exposed to com

Scene II.-Bevil's Lodgings, pany at your house. To be plain, I don't like so many, that would be your mistress's lovers,

Bevil discovered, reading. whispering to you.

Bevil. These moral writers practise virtue Phil

. Don't think to put that upon me. You after death. This charming vision of Mirza!say this because I wrung you to the heart such an author consulted in a morning sets when I touched your guilty conscience about the spirits for the vicissitudes of the day better Judy.

than the glass does a man's person. But what l'om. Ah, Phillis, Phillis! if you but knew a day have I to go through! to put on an

easy look with an aching heart! If this lady Phil. I know too much on't.

my father urges me to marry should not reTom. Don't disparage your charms, good fuse me, my dilemma is insupportable. But Phillis, with jealousy of so worthless an ob- why should I fear it? is noi she in equal ject; besides she is a poor hussy; and if you distress with me? bas not the letter I have doubt the sincerity of my love, you will allow sent her this morning, confessed inclination me true to my interest.

You are a

.fortune, to another? nay, have I not moral assurances Phillis

of her er gagements too to my friend Myrtle? Phil. What would the fop, be at now? It's impossible but she must give in to it; for [Aside] In good time indeed you shali be sure to be denied is a favour any man may setting up for a fortune.

pretend to. It must be so. Well then, with Tom. "Dear Mrs. Phillis! you have such a ihe assurance of being rejected, I think I may spirit, that we shall never be dull in marriage confidently say to my father I am ready to when we come together. But I tell you yon marry her; then let me resolve upon (what I are a fortune, and you have an estate in mylam not very good at) an bonest dissimulation.

nour.

my heart!

my

Enter Tom.

and I know his violent inclinations for the Tom. Sir John Bevil, sir, is in the next room. match; I must betray neither, and yet deceive Bevil. Dunce! why did you not bring him in? you both, for your common good. Heaven Tom. I told him, sir, you were in your closct. grant a good end of this matter: but there is

Bevil. I thought you had known, sir, it was a lady, sir, that gives your father much trouble my duty to see my father any where.

and sorrow. You'll pardon me. [Going himself to the Door. Bevil. Humphrey, I know thou art a friend Tom. The devil's in my master! he has al- to both, and in that confidence I dare tell thee. ways more wit than I have. [Aside. That lady-is a woman of honour and virtue.

You may assure yourself I never will marry Enter Sir John Bevil, introduced by Bevil. without my father's consent; but give me leave

Becil. Sir, you are the most gallant, the to say too, this declaration does not come up most complaisant of all parents. Sure 'tis not to a promise that I will take whomsoever be a compliment to say these lodgings are yours. pleases. Why would you not walk in, sir?

Hum. My dear master! were I but worthy Sir J. I was loath to interrupt you unsea- to know this secret that so near concerns you, sonably on your wedding-day.

my life, my all, should be engaged to serve Bevil. One to whom I ani beholden for my you. This, sir, I dare promise, that I am sure birthday might have used less ceremony. I will and can be secret: your trust at worst

Sir J. Well, son, I have intelligence you but leaves you where you were; and if I can have writ to your mistress this morning. It not serve you, I will at once be plain, and would please my curiosity to know the con- tell you so. tents of a wedding-day letter, for courtship Bevil. That's all I ask. Thou hast made it must then be over.

now my interest to trust thee. Be patieg Bevil. I assure you, sir, there was no in-then, and hear the story of my heart. solence in it, upon the prospect of such a vast Hum. I am all attention, sir. fortune's being added to our family, but much Bevil. You may remember, Humphrey, that acknowledgment of the lady's great desert. in my last travels my father grew uncasy at

Sir J. But, dear Jack, are you in earnest my making so long a stay at loulon. in all this? and will you really marry her? Hum. I remember it; he was apprehensive

Bevil. Did I ever disobey any command of some woman had laid hold of you: yours,

sir ? nay, any inclination that I saw Bevil. His fears were just; for there I first you bent upon? If ihe lady is dressed and saw this lady: she is of English birth: her ready, you see I am. I suppose the lawyers father's name was Danvers, a younger brother are ready too.

of an ancient family, and originally an emai

nent merchant of Bristol, who upon repeata Enter HUMPHREY.

misfortunes was reduced to go private!y to the Hum. Sir, Mr. Sealand is at the coffee- Indies. In this retreat, Providence again grey house, and has sent to speak with you.

favourable to his industry, and in six years Sir J. Oh! that's well! then I warrant the time restored him to his foriner fortunes, 0 lawyers are ready. Son, you'll be in the way, this he sent directions over that his wife and you say.

little family should follow him to the Indies Bevil. If you please, sir, I'll take a chair His wife, impatient to obey such welcom: and go to Mr. Sealand's; where the young orders, would not wait the leisure of a conlady and I will wait your leisure.

voy ?), but took the first occasion of a singke Sir J. By no means; the old fellow will be ship; and with her husband's sister only ani so vain if he sees

this daughter, then scarce seven years old Beoil. Ay; but the young lady, sir, will undertook the fatal voyage; for here, poez think me só indifferent

creature, she lost her liberty and life: she and Hum. Ay, there you are right. Press

your her family, with all they had, were unfortureadiness to go to the bride-he won't let you. nately taken by a privateer from Toulon

[ Apart to Bevil. Being thus made a prisoner, though as such Bevil. Are you sure of that?'

not ill-treated, yet the fright, the shock, and [Apart to Humphrey. the cruel disappointment, seized with such Hum. How he likes being prevented! [Aside. violence upon her unhealthy frame, that she

Sir J. No, no; you are an hour or two too sickened, pined, and died at sea. early; (Looking on his Watch] besides, this Hum. Poor soul! Oh, the helpless infart! Scaland is a moody old fellow. There's no Bevil. Her sister yet survived, and had the dealing with some people; but by managing care of her: the captain too proved to have with indifference. We must leave to him the humanity, and became a father to her; for conduct of this day; it is the last of his com- baring married himself an English womat, manding his daughter.

and being childless, he brought home into Beoil. Sir

, he can't take it ill that I am im- Toulon this her liale countrywoman, this of patient to be hers.

phan I may call her, presenting her with all Sir J. Well, son, I'll go myself and take her dead mother's moveables of value to hi orders in your 'affair. You'll be in the way wife, to be educated as his own adopted I suppose, if I send to you: I leave your old daughter. friend with you. Humphrey, don't let him Hum. Fortune here seemed again to smile stir, d'ye hear. Your servant, your servant. on her.

[Exit. Hum. I bave a sad time on't, sir, between 1) A ship of war to protect the merchant-vessels, which you and my master; I see you are unwilling,

sailing together in a great dumber, make what is called

I convoy.

convo

Bevil. Only to make her frowns more ter-| Bevil. Whenever he pleases — Hold, Tom; rible; for in his height of fortune this captain did you receive no answer to my letter? loo, her benefactor, unfortunately was killed Tom. Sir, I was desired to call again; for at sea; and dying intestate, bis estate fell wholly I was told ber mother would not let her be to an advocate, bis brother, who coming soon out of her sight; but about an hour hence to take possession, there found among his Mrs. Phillis said I should have one. other riches this blooming virgin at his mercy: Bevil. Very well

. Hum. He durst not sure abuse his power? Hum. Sir, I will take another opportunity; Bevil

. No wonder if his pampered blood in the mean time I only think ii proper to was fired at the sight of her. In short he tell you, that from a secret I know, you may loved; but when all arts and gentle means appear to your father as forward as you please had failed to move, be offered too his menaces to marry Lucinda, without the least hazard in vain, denouncing vengeance on her cruelty, of its coming to a conclusion.-Sir, your most demanding her to account for all her nuainte-obedient servant. nance from her childhood, seized on her little Bevil. Honest Humphrey, continue but my fortune as his own inheritance, and was dragging friend in this exigence, and you shall alway's her by violence to prison, when Providence find me yours., (Exit' Humphrey] I long to at the instant interposed, and sent me, by hear how my leiter has succeeded with Lumiracle, to relieve her.

cinda.- Poor Myrtle! what terrors must be be Hum. 'Twas Providence indeed! But pray, in all this while! -Since he knows she is ofsir, after all this trouble, how came this lady fered to me, and refused to him, there is no at last to England ?

nversing or taking any measures with him Bevil. The disappointed advocale, finding for his own service. - But I ought to bear she had so unexpected support, on cooler with my friend, and use him as one in adversity. thoughts descended to a composition, which All bis disquietudes by my own I prove, I without her knowledge secretly discharged. For none exceeds perplexity in love. [Excrunt.

Hum. That generous concealment made the obligation double

ACT II. Bevil. Having thus obtained her liberly, I

Scene I.-The same. prevailed, not without some difficulty, to see her safe to England; where we no sooner ar

Enter Bevil and Tom. rived but my father, jealous of my being im

Tom. Sir, Mr. Myrtle. prudently engaged, immediately proposed this Bevil. Very well." Do you step again, and other fatal match that hangs upon my quiet. wait for an answer to my letter. [Exit Tom. Hum. I find, sir, you are irrecoverably fixed

Enter MYRTLE. upon this lady Bevil

. As my vital life dwells in my heart; Well, Charles, why so much care in thy and yet you see what I do to please my father countenance? is there any thing in this world walk in ihis pageantry of dress, this splendid deserves it? you who used to be so gay, so, covering of sorrow. But, Humphrey, you have open, so vacant!

Myr. I think we have of late chang'd comHum. Now, sir, I have but one material plexions: you, who us'd to be much the graver question.

man, are now all air in your behavior.Bevil. Ask it freely.

But the cause of any concern may, for aught Hum. Is it then your own passion for this I know, be the same object that gives you all secret lady, or hers for you, that gives you this satisfaction. In a word, I am told that this aversion to the maich your father 'bas you are this very day (and your dress conproposed you?

firms me in it) to be married to Lucinda. Bevil . I shall appear, Humphrey, more ro

Bevil. You are not misinformed.-Nay, put mantic in my answer than in all the rest of not on the terrors of a rival till you hear ine my story; for though I dote on her to death, out. I shall disoblige the best of fathers if I and have no little reason to believe she has don't seem ready to marry Lucinda; and you the same thoughts for me, yet in all my ac- know I have ever told you, you might make quaintance and utmost privacies with her 1 use of my secret resolution never to marry never once directly told her that I loved. her for your own service as you please; but

Hum. How was it possible to avoid it? I am now driven to the extremity of imme

Bevil. My tender obligations to my father diately refusing or complying, unless you help have laid so inviolable à restraint upon my me to escape the match. conduct, that till I have bis consent to speak, Myr. Escape, sir! neither her merit nor her I am determined on that subject to be dunib fortune are below your acceptance.-Escaping, for ever.—An honourable retreat shall always do you call it? be at least within my power, however fortune Bevil. Dear sir! do you wish I should demay dispose of me; the lady, may repine sire the match? perhaps, but never shall reproach me.

Myr. No -- but such is my humorous and Hum. Well, sir, to your praise be it spoken, sickly state of mind, since it has been able to you are certainly ihe most unfashionable lover relish nothing but Lucinda, that, though I must in Great Britain.

owe my happiness to your aversion to this

marriage, I can't bear to hear her spoken of Re-enter Tom.

with levily or unconcern. Tom. Sir, Mr. Myrtle's at the next door, Bevil. "Pardon me, sir, I shall transgress and if you are at leisure, would be glad to that way no more. She' has understanding,

beauty, shape, complexion, wit

your lesson.

wait on you.

women

Myr. Nay, dear Bevil, don't speak of her as Myr. As how, pray? if you loved her neither.

Bevil. Why, can't you slip on a black wig Bevil. Why then, to give you ease at once, and a gown, and be old Bramble yourself? though I allow Lucinda lo have good sense, Myr. Ha! I don't dislike it. But what shall wit, beauty, and virtue, I know another in I do for a brother in the case? whom these qualities appear to me more amiable Bevıl. What think you of my fellow Tom? than in her.

The rogue's intelligent, and is a good mimic; Myr. There you spoke like a reasonable all his part will be but to stulter heartily, for and goodnatured friend. Wben you acknow-that's old Target's case. --Nay, it would be an ledge her merit, and own your prepossession immoral thing to mock him, were it not that for another, at once you gratify my' fondness, bis impatience is the occasion of its breaking and cure ny jealousy.

out to that degree.— The conduct of the scene Bevil. But all this while you take no notice, will chiefly lie upon you. you have no apprehension of another man thai Myr. I like it of all things; if you'll send has twice the fortune of either of us.

Tom to my chambers, I will give him full Myr. Cimberton? Hang him, a formal, phi-instructions. This will certainly give me oclosophical, pedantic coscomb! - for the sot,casion to raise difficulties, to puzzle or conwith all these crude notions of divers things, found her project for awbile ai least. under the direction of great vanity, and very

Bevil. I'warrant you success; so far we little judgment, shows his strongest bias ís are right then. And now, Charles, your apavarice; which is so predominant in him, that prehension of my marrying ber

all

Fou he will examine the limbs of his mistress wilb|have to get over. the caution of a jockey, and pays no more Myr. Dear Bevil! though I know you are compliment to her personal charms than if my friend, yet, when I abstract myself from she were a mere breeding animal.

!ny own interest in the thing, I know no obBevil. Are you sure that is not affected?jection she can make to you, or you to her, I have known some

sooner set on and therefore hopefire by that sort of negligence, than by all the Bevil. Dear Myrile! I am as much obliged blaze and ceremony of a court.

to you for the cause of your suspicion, as Myr. No, no, hang him! the rogue has no am offended at the effect; but be assured ! art; it is pure simple insolence and stupidity. am taking measures for your certain security,

Bevil. Yet with all this I don't take him and that all things with regard to me wil for a fool.

end in your entire satisfaction. Myr. I own the man is not a valural; he Myr.'Well, I'll promise you to be as easy has a very quick sense, though a very slow and as confident as I can : though I cannot understanding; he says indeed many things but remember that I have more than life al that want only the circumstances of lime and stake on your fidelity.

[Going place to be very just and agreeable.

Bevil. Then depend upon

it

you Bevil. Well, you may be sure of me if you chance against you. can disappoint bim; but my intelligence says, Myr. Nay, no ceremony; you know I must the mother has actually sent for the con- be going.

(Exit veyancer to draw articles for his marriage Bevil. Well, this is another instance of the with Lucinda, though those for mine with her perplexities which arise too in faithful friendare, by her father's order, ready for siguing; ship. But all this while poor Indiana is torbut it seems she has not thought fit to con- lured with the cloubt of me. I'll take this opsult either him or his daughter in the nialter.portunity to visit her; for though the religious

Myr. Pshaw! a poor troublesome woman!-vow I have made to my father restrains que Neither Lucinda nor her father will ever be from ever marrying without his approbatiou, brought to comply with it; besides, I am sure yet that conlines nie not from seeing a virtuous Cimberton can make no settlement upon her wornan, that is the pure delight of my eles, without the concurrence of his greai uncle, and the guilless joy of my heart

. But the sir Geoffry, in the west.

best condition of human life is but a gentler Bevil. Well, sir, and I can tell you that's misery. the very point that is now laid before her To hope for perfect happiness is vain, counsel, to know whether a firm selilement And lore bas ever its allays of pain. Eril can be made without this uncle's actually

Scene II.-Indiana's Lodgings. joining in it. --Now, pray consider, sir, when my affair with Lucinda comes, as it soon musi,

Enter Isabella and IndiaNA. to an open rupture, how are you sure thaí Isa. Yes-1 say 'tis artifice, dear child!! Cimberton's fortune may not then tempt her say 10 thee, again and again, 'lis all skill and father too to hear his proposals ?

management. Myr. There you are right indeed; that must Ind. Will you persuade me there can be be provided against.–Do you know who are an ill design in supporting me in the condiber counsel? Bevil. Yes, for your service, I have found and lodg'd like one in my appearance abroad, tion of a woman of quality; altended, dress'd

, out that too; they are sergeant Bramble and and my furniture at home every way in the old Targel.-By the way, they are neither of most sumpluous manner; and he that does it 'em known in the family; now I was thinking bas an ariilice, a design in it? why you might not put a couple of false counsel upon her, to delay and confound matters Ind. And all this without so much as esa little; besides, it may probably let you into plaining to me that all about me comes froma the bottom of her whole design against you. him.

bave no

Isa. Yes, yes.

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