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Leon. How blest, and unexpected! What, what can we say to such goodness! But our future obedience shall be the best reply. And, as for this gentleman, to whom we owe
Sir W. Excuse me, sir, if I interrupt your thanks, as I have here an interest that calls me. [Turning to Honeywood.] Yes, sir, you are surprised to see me; and I own that a desire of correcting your follies led me hither. I saw, with indignation, the errors of a mind that only sought applause from others; that easiness of disposition, which, though inclined to the right, had not courage to condemn the wrong. I saw with regret those splendid errors, that still took name from some neighbouring duty. Your charity, that was but injustice; your benevolence, that was but weakness ; and your friendship but credulity. I saw your mind with a thousand natural charms: but the greatness of its beauty served only to heighten my pity for its prostitution.
M1. H. Cease to upbraid me, sir; I have for some time but too strongly felt the justice of your reproaches. But there is one way still left me. Yes, sir, I have determined, this very hour, to quit for ever a place where I have made myself the voluntary slave of all; and to seek among strangers that fortitude which may give strength to the mind, and marshal all its dissipated virtues.
Lofty. Mr. Honeywood, I'm resolved upon a reformation, as well as you. I now begin to find, that the man who first invented the art of speaking truth was a much more cunning fellow than I thought him. And to prove that I design to speak truth for the future, I must now assure you, that you owe your late enlargement to another; as, upon my soul, I had no hand in the matter. So now, if any of the company has a mind for preferment, he may take my place. I'm determined to resign.
(Exit. Mr. H. How have I been deceived !
Sir W. No, sir, you have been obliged to a kinder, fairer friend, for that favour-To Miss Richland. Would she complete our joy, and make the man, she has honoured by her friendship, happy in her love, I should then forget all, and be as blest as the welfare of my dearest kinsman can make me.
Miss R. After what is past, it would be but affectation to pretend to indifference. Yes, I will own an attachment, which, I find, was more than friends ship. And if my entreaties cannot alter his resolution to quit the country, I will even try if
hand has not power to detain him. (Giving her Hand.
Mr. H. Heavens! how can I have deserved all this ? How express my happiness, my gratitude! A moment, like this, overpays an age of apprehension.
Croak. Well, now I see content in every face; but Heaven send we be all better this day three months !
Sir W. Henceforth, nephew, learn to respect yourself. He, who seeks only for applause from without, has all his happiness in another's keeping.
Mr. H. Yes, sir, I now plainly perceive my errors. My vanity, in attempting to please all, by fearing to offend any–my meanness, in approving folly, lest fools should disapprove. Henceforth, therefore, it shall be my study to reserve my pity for real distress; my friendship for true merit; and my love for her, who first taught me what it is to be happy.