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GARNET. Yes, and his daughter she will be. If he don't consent to their marriage, they talk of trying what a Scotch parson can do.
Miss RiCHLAND. . Well, I own they have deceived me—And so demurely as Olivia carried it too !-Would you believe it, Garnet, I told her all my secrets; and yet the lly cheat concealed all this from me?
GARNET. And, upon my word, madam, I don't much blame her : she was loth to trust one with her secrets, that was so very bad at keeping her own.
Miss Richland, But, to add to their deceit, the young gentleman, it seems, pretends to make me serious proposals, My guardian and he are to be here presently, to open the affair in form. You know I am to lose half my fortune if I refuse him.
GARNET. Yet, what can you do? For being, as you are, in love with Mr. Honeywood, madam .
Miss RichLAND, : How! idiot; what do you mean? In love with Mr. Honeywood! Is this to provoke me ?
GARNET. That is madam, in friend thip with him ; I meant nothing more than friendship, as I hope to be married; nothing more.
Mifs RICALAND. · Well, no more of this ! As to my guardian, and his son, they shall find me prepared to receive them; I'm resolved to accept their proposal with seeming pleasure, to mortify them by compliance, and so throw the refusal at last upon them.
Garnet. Delicious! and that will secure your whole fortune to yourself. Well, who could have thought so innocent a face could cover so much cuteness!
. Miss Richland. Why, girl, I only oppose my prudence to their cụnning, and practise a lesson they have taught me against themselves.
GARNET.. , Then you're likely not long to want employment, for here they come, and in close conference.
Enter Croaker, Leontine.
LEONTINE. · Excuse me, Sir, if I seem to hesitate upon the point of putting to the lady so important a queftion.
CROAKER. Lord! good Sir, moderate your fears; you're so plaguy shy, that one would think you had changed sexes. I tell you we must have the half of the whole. Come, let me see with what fpirit you begin? Well, why don't you? Eh! What? Well
then-I muft, it seems-Miss Richland, my dear, I believe you guess at our business; an affair which my son here comes to open, that nearly concerns your happiness.
Miss RichLAND. I Sir, I should be ungrateful not to be pleased with any thing that comes recommended by you.
Croaker. How, boy, could you desire a finer opening? Why don't you begin, I say?
(To Leont.) . LEONTINE. 'Tis true, madam, my father, madam, has some intentions--hem-of explaining an affair-which himself-can best explain, madam.
Yes, my dear; it comes entirely from my son; it's all a request of his own, madam. And I will permit him to make the best of it.
LEONTINE. The whole affair is only this, madam; my father has a proposal to make, which he infifts none but himself shall deliver. .
CROAKER, My mind misgives me, the fellow will never be brought on. (Afade.) In short, madam, you see bea fore you one that loves you; one whose whole happiness is all in you,
Miss RICHLAND. I never had any doubts of your regard, Sir; and I hope you can have none of my duty.
CROAKER. That's not the thing, my little sweeting ; my love! No, no, another guess lover than I; there he stands, madam, his very looks declare the force of his passion-Call up a look, you dog ( Afíde.)—But then, had you seen him, as I have, weeping, speaking soliloquies and blank verse, sometimes melancholy, and sometimes absent-
Miss RichLAND, I fear, Sir, he's absent now; or such a declaration would have come most properly from him.' self.
CROAKER. - Himself! madam, he would die before he could make such a confefsion; and if he had not a channel for his passion through me, it would ere now have drowned his understanding.
Miss RICHLAND. I must grant, Sir, there are attractions in modest diffidence above the force of words. A filent address is the genuine eloquence of fincerity.
CROAKER. Madam, he has forgot to speak any other language ; filence is become his mother tongue. .
Miss RICHLAND. And it must be confessed. Sir, it freaks very powerfully in his favour. And yet I shall be
thought too forward in making such a confession : Man't 1, Mr, Leontine?
LEONTINE. Confusion! my reserve will undo me. But, if modesty attracts her, impudence may disgust her. I'll try. Aside.) Don't imagine from my silence, madam, that I want a due sense of the honour and happiness intended me. My father, madam, tells me, your humble servant is not totally indifferent to you. He admires you; I adore you; and when we come together, upon my soul I believe we shall be the happiest couple in all St. James's.
Miss RichLAND). If I could flatter myself, you thought as you speak, Sir
Doubt my fincerity, madam? By your dear felf I swear. Ask the brave, if they defire glory? alk cowards, if they covet safety
· Leontine. Ask the sick, if they long for health ? ask misers, if they love money? ak
CROAKER. As a fool, if they can talk nonsense! What's come over the boy? What signifies aking, when there's not a foul to give you an answer? If you