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punishment. We are now come back, to appeal from your justice to your humanity. By her father's consent, I first paid her my addresses, and- our passions were first founded in duty.
Hard. I'm glad they are come back to reclaim their due. Come hither, Tony boy. Do you.1 refuse this lady's hand whom I now offer you?
Tony. What signifies my refusing? You know I cant refuse her till I'm of age, father.
Hard. While I thought concealing your age, boy, was likely to conduce to your improvement, I concurred with your mother's desire to keep it secret. But since I find she turns it to a wrong use, I must now declare, you have been of age these three months.
Tony. Of age! Am I of age, father?
Tony. Then you'll see the first use Pll make of my liberty. [Taking Miss Neville's hand.'] Witness all men by these presents, that I, Anthony Lumpkin, Esquire, of blank place, refuse you, Constantia Neville, spinster, of no place at all, for my true and lawful wife.- So Constantia Neville may marry whom she pleases, and Tony Lumpkin is his own. man again.
Sir C. O brave 'squire!
Hast. My worthy friend!
Mrs. Hard. My undutiful offspring!
Mar. Joy, my dear George, I give you joy sincerely. And could I prevail upon my little tyrant here to be less arbitrary, I should be the happiest man alive, if you would return me the favour.
Hast. [To Miss Harbcastle.]' Come, madam, you are now driven to the very last scene of all your contrivances. I know you like him, I'm sure he loves yon, and you must and shall have him.
Hard. [Joining their hands.] And I say so too. And, Mr. Marlow, if she makes as good a wife as she has a daughter, I don't believe you'll ever repent your bargain. So, boy, take her; and as you have been mistaken in the mistress, my wish is, that you may never be mistaken in the wife. [Exeunt.