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OLIVIA. Your heart and fortune !
LeontinE. Don't be alarm'd, my deareft. Can Olivia think so meanly of my honour, or my love, as to suppose I could ever hope for happiness from any but her ? No, my Olivia, neither the force, nor, permit me to add, the delicacy of my passion, leave any room to suspect me. I only offer Miss Richland an heart, I am convinc'd she will refuse; as I am confident, that, - without knowing it, her affections are fixed upon Mr. Honeywood,
• OLIVIA. Mr. Honeywood! You'll excuse my apprehen. fions; but when your merits come to be put in the balance
LEONTINE. You view them with too much partiality. How. ever, by making this offer, I shew a seeming compliance with my father's command; and perhaps, upon her refusal, I may have his consent to chuse for myself.
OLIVIA. Well, I submit. And yet, my Leontine, I own, I shall envy her, even your pretended addresses. I consider every look, every expression of your esteem, as due only to me. This is folly perhaps: I allow it: but it is natural to suppose, that merit which
has made an impression on one's own heart, may be powerful over that of another.
. LEONTINE. Don’t, my life's treasure, don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter. At worst, you know, if Miss Richland should consent, or my father refuse his pardon, it can but end in a trip to Scotland; and
CROAKER. Where have you been, boy? I have been seeking you. My friend Honeywood here, has been saying such comfortable things. Ah! he's an example indeed. Where is he? I left him here.
. LEONTINE. Sir, I believe you may fee him, and hear him too in the next room: he's preparing to go out with the ladies.
CROAKER. Good gracious, can I believe my eyes or my ears! I'm struck dumb with his vivacity, and stunn’d with the loudness of his laugh. Was there ever such a transformation! (a laugh behind the scenes, Croaker inimies it ) Ha! ha! ha! there it goes: a plague take their balderdash; yet I could expect nothing less, when my precious wife was of the party. On my conscience, I believe she could spread an horselaugh through the pews of a tabernacle.
' LEONTINE. Since you find so many objections to a wife, fir, how can you be so earneit in recommending one to me:
CROAKER, I have told you, and tell you again, boy, that Miss Richland's fortune must not go out of the fa. mily; one may find comfort in the money, whatever one does in the wife.
LEONTINE. But, Sir,, though, in obedience to your desire, I am ready to marry her; it may be posible, she has no inclination to me.
I'll tell you once for all how it stands. A good part of Miss Richland's large fortune confifts in a claim upon government, which my good friend, Mr. Lofty, assures me the treasury will allow. One half of this she is to forfeit, by her father's will, in case the refuses to marry you. So, if she rejects you, we seize half her fortune; if she accepts you, we seize the whole, and a fine girl into the þargain.
Leontine. You have alledged that a mutual choice was the first requisite in matrimonial happiness.
CROAKER. Well, and you have both of you a mutual choice. She has her choice-to marry you, or lose half her fortune; and you have your choice to marry her, or pack out of doors without any fortune at all.
CROAKER. An only father, Sir, might expect more obedience; besides, has not your fifter here, that never disobliged me in her life, as good a right as you : He's a fad dog, Livy, my dear, and would take all from you. But he shan't, I tell you he shan't, for you shall have your fare.
OLIVIA. Dear, Sir, I wish you'd be convinc'd that I can never be happy in any addition to my fortune, which is taken from his.
CROAKER. Well, well, it's a good child, so fay no more; but come with me, and we shall see something that will give us a great deal of pleasure, I promise you ; old Ruggins, the curry-comb maker, lying in ftate; 'I'm told he makes a very handsome corps, and becomes his coffin prodigiously. He was an intimate friend of mine, and these are friendly things we ought to do for each other.
O LIVIA not his filter: Olivia not Leontine's fifter? You amaze me!
GARNET. No more his fifter than I am; I had it all from his own servant; I can get any thing from that quarter.
Garnet. Why, madam, as I told you before, instead of going to Lyons, to bring home his fifter, who has been there with her aunt these ten years; he never went further than Paris; there he saw and fell in love with this young lady, by the bye, of a prodigious family.
Mifs RICHLAND. And brought her home to my guardian, as his daughter ?