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like sir John Dorilant's company. I am sure I lities. But I hope you will acquaint Araminta have all the obligations in the world to him, and instantly with this change in your inclinations, so had my poor papa.

Sighing. Mode. I would do it, but dare not. Mode. Whatever were your papa's obligations, Celia. You should break it first to sir John. his gratitude, I am sure, was unbounded. O that Mode. My difficulty does not lie in the breakI had been his friend !

ing it; but, if I confess my passion at an end, I Celia. Why should you wish that, Mr Mode- must no longer expect admittance into this family? You would have had a great loss in him. ly, and I could still wish to talk to Celia as a

Mode. I believe I should. But I might like friend. wise have had a consolation for that loss, which Celia. Indeed, Mr Modely, I should be loth would have contained in it all earthly happiness. myself to lose your acquaintance; but, here Celia. I don't understand you.

comes my mamma! she may put you in a meMode. He might have left his Celia to me. thod. Celia. Dear, how you talk ! Mode. Talk, madam! Oh, I could talk for

Enter LADY BEVERLEY. ever, would you but listen to my heart's soft lan Lady Beo. In any method, my dear, which deguage, nor cruelly affect to disbelieve when I decency and reserve will permit. Your servant, clare I love you.

cousin Modely. What, you are talking strangely Celia. Love me, Mr Modely? Are you not in to this girl now?–O you men! love with Araminta?

Mode. Your ladyship knows the sincerity of Mode. I once thought I was.

my passion here. Celia. And do lovers ever change?

Celia. [With surprise.]-Knows your sinceMode. Not those who feel a real passion.-rity? But there are false alarms in love, which the un Lady Bev. Well, well; what signifies what I practised heart sometimes mistakes for true know?" You were mentioning some method I was

to put you in. Celia. And were yours such for Araminta? Celia. Mr Modely, madam, has been confes. Mode. Alas! I feel they were.

sing to me that he no longer loves Araminta. [Looking earnestly at her. Lady Bev. Hum!—Why, such things may hapCelia. You don't intend to marry her then, I pen, child. We are not all able to govern our hope?

affections. But I hope if he breaks off with her, Mode. Do you hope I should not marry her? he will do it with decency.

Celia. To be sure I do. I would not have the Mode. That, madaın, is the difficulty. poor lady deceived, and I would willingly have a Lady Bev. What! Is it a difficulty to be debetter opinion of Mr Modely, than to believe him cent? Fie, fie, Mr Modely. capable of making false protestations.

Mode. Far be it from me even to think so, Mode. To you he never could.

madam, before a person of your ladyship’s reCelia. To me ?-I am out of the question.- served behaviour.' But, considering how far I But I am sorry for Araminta, for I believe she have gone in the affairloves you.

Lady Bel. Well, well, if that be all, I may, Mode. If you can pity those who love in vain, perhaps, help you out, and break it to sir Jobn why am not 1 an object of compassion ? myself—Not that I approve of roving affections,

Celia. Dear Mr Modely, why will you talk I assure you. thus? My hand, you know, is destined to sir John Mode. You bind me ever to you. But there Dorilant, and my duty there does not even per- is another cause, which you alone can promote, mit me to think of other lovers.

and on which my eternal happiness--Mode. Happy, happy man! Yet give me leave Lady Bev. Leave us—leave us, cousin Modeto ask one question, madain. I dread to do it, ly. I must not hear you talk in this extravagant thongh my last glimpse of happiness depends up 1:—[Pushing him towards the scene, and on your answer.

then aside to him. --I shall bring it about better Celia. What question ? Nay, pray speak, I en in your absence. Go, go, man; go.-[Erit Modetreat it of you.

LY.}-A pretty kind of fellow, really. Now, CeMode. Then tell me, lovely Celia, sincerely lia: come nearer, child; I have something of imtell me, were your choice left free, and did it de- portance to say to you. What do you think of pend upon you only, to determine who should be that gentleman? the master of your affections, might I expect one Celia. Of Mr Modely, madam? favourable thought?

Lady Ber'

. Ay, Mr Modely, my cousin Vodely: Celia. After some hesitation.]-It-it does Celia. Think of him, madam? not depend upon me.

Lady Bev. Av, think of him, child; you are Mlode. I know it does not, but if it did ? old enough to think, sure, after the education I

Celia. Come, come, Mr Modely, I cannot talk have given you. Well, what answer do you upon this subject. Impossibilities are impossibi- make?

manner.

Celia. I really don't understand your ladyship’s Celia. But, dear madam, there are a thousand question.

obstacles. I am afraid sir. John loves me; I am Lady Beo. Not understand me, child? Why, sure he esteems me, and I would not forfeit his I ask you how you like Mr Modely? What you esteem for the universe. I am certain I can should think of him as a husband

make him an affectionate and an humble wife, Celia. Mr Modely as a hnsband! Why, sure- and I think I can forget Mr Modely. ly, madam, sir John

Lady Bev. Forget a fiddle! Don't talk to me Lady Bev. Fiddlefaddle, sir John ! sir John of forgetting. I order you, on your duty, not to knows better things than to plague himself with forget. Mr Modely is, and shall be, the man. a wife in leading-strings.

You may trust my prudence for bringing it about. Celia. Is your ladyship sure of that?

I will talk with sir John instantly. I know what Lady Beo. O ho! Would you be glad to have you are going to say, but I will not bear a word me sure of it?

of it. Can you imagine, Celia, that I shall do Celia. I don't know what I should be glad of. any thing but with the utmost decency and decoI would not give sir John a moment's pain to be rum? mistress of the whole world.

Celia. I know you will not, madam; but there Lady Bev. But if it should be brought about are delicacieswithout giving him pain. Hey! Celia

Lady Bev. With which I am unacquainted to [Patting her cheek with her fan. be sure, and my daughter must instruct me in Celia. I should be sorry for it.

them! Pray, Celia, where did you learn this Lady Bed. Hey day!

nicety of sentiments? Who was it that inspired Celia. For then he must think lightly of me. them?

Lady Bev. What does the girl mean? Come, Celia. But the maxims of the worldcome, I must enter roundly into this affair. Here, Lady Bev. Are altered, I suppose, since I was here, sit down, and tell me plainly and honestly, of your age. Poor thing, what world hast thou without equivocation or reservation, is Modely seen? Notwithstanding your delicacies and your indifferent to you? Nay, nay-look me in the maxims, sir John, perhaps, may be wiser than you face; turn your eyes towards me. One judges imagine, and choose a wife of somewhat more greatly by the eyes, especially in women. Your experience. poor papa used to say that my eyes reasoned bet Celia. May he be happy wherever he choosester than my tongue. Well, and now tell me, But, dear madamwithout blushing, is Modely indifferent to you? Lady Bed. Again? don't make me angry. I

Celia. I fear he is not, madam, and it is that will positively not be instructed. Ay, you may which perplexes me.

well blush. Nay, no tears. Come, come, Celia, Lady Bev. How do you feel when you meet I forgive you. I had idle delicacies myself once. him?

Lard! I remember when your poor papa-he, Celia. Fluttered.

he, he—but we have no time for old stories.Lady Beo. Hum! While you are with him? What would you say now, if sir John himself Celia. Fluttered.

should propose it, and persuade the match, and Lady Bev. Hum! When you leave him? yet continue as much your friend as ever, nay, Celia, Fluttered still.

become more so, a nearer friend? Lady Bev. Strong symptoms truly!

Celia. In such a case, madamCelia. When sir John Dorilant talks to me, Lady Bev. I understand you, and will about my heart is softened, but not perplexed. My it instantly. B'ye, Celia ; 0 how its little heart esteem, my gratitude overflows towards him. Í flutters !

[Erit. consider him as a kind father, with all the ten Celia. It does, indeed. A nearer friend ? I derness, without the authority.

hardly know whether I should wish her success Lady Bev. But when Mr Modely talks ? or not—Sir John is so affectionate. Would I

Celia. My tranquillity of mind is gone; I am had never seen Mr Modely! Araminta, pleased with hearing what I doubt is flattery, too! what will she say? 0, I see a thousand bad and when he grasps my hand

consequences. I must follow her, and prevent Lady Bed. Well, well, I know all that. Be them.

[Erit. decent, child. You need say no more.

Mr Modely is the man.

(Rising

ACT II.

SCENE 1.-Continues.

If she is really all this, how happy must the man

be, who can engage her affections ! But, alas! Enter LADY BEVERLEY and MODELY.

Araminta, in every thing which regards me, it is Lady Bev. PRITHEE, don't tease me so; I duty, not love, which actuates her behaviour.vow, cousin Modely, you are almost as peremp- She steals away my very soul by her attentions; tory as my daughter. She, truly, was teaching me but never once expresses that heart-felt tenderdecorum just now, and plaguing me with her de ness, those sympathetic feelingslicacies, and her stuff. I tell you, sir John will Ara. Ha, ha, ha! O my stars! Sympathetic be in the garden immediately, this is always his feelings! Why, would you have a girl of her age hour of walking; and when he coines, I shall lay have those sympathetic feelings, as you call the whole affair before him, with all its concate-them? If she had, take my word for it, she nation of circumstances, and, I warrant you, bring would coquette it with half the fellows in town, it about.

before she had been married a twelvemouth.Mode. I have no doubt, madam, of the tran- Besides, sir John, you don't consider that you scendency of your ladyship's rhetoric; it is on was her father's friend; she has been accustomthat I entirely rely. But I must beg leave to ed, from her infancy, to respect you in that light; hint, that Araminta already suspects my passion, and our father's friends, you know, are always and should it be openly declared, would un- old people, greybeards, philosophers, enemies to doubtedly prevail, that instant, with her brother youth, and the destruction of gaiety. to forbid me the house.

Sir John. But I was never such. Lady Bev. Why, that might be

Ara. You may imagine so; but you always Mode. And though I told your daughter I did | had a grave turn. I hated you once myself. not care how soon it came to an eclaircissement; Sir John. Dear Araminta ! yet a woman of your ladyship's penetration and Ara. I did, as I hope to live; for many a time knowledge of the world, must see the necessity has your aversion to dancing hindered me from of concealing it, at least for a time. I beg par- having a fiddle. By the by, remember we are don for offering what may have even the distant to have the fiddles to-night. But let that pass. appearance of instruction. But it is sir John's de- As the case now stands, if I was not already so licacy which must be principally alarmed with near akin to you, you have the temper in the apprehensions of her disregard for him; and I world which I should choose in a husband. am sure your ladyship's manner of doing it, will Sir John. That is obliging, however. shew him where he might much better place his Ara. Not so very obliging, perhaps, neither

. affections, and with an undoubted prospect of It would be merely for my own sake; for, then, happiness.

would I have the appearance of the most obediLudy Beo. Ay, now you talk to the purpose ent, sympathetic wife in the universe, and yet be But stay, is not that sir John coming this way? | as despotic in my government as an eastern moIt is, I vow, and Araminta with him. We'll turn narch. And when I grew tired, as I probably down this walk, and reason the affair a little should do, of a want of contradiction, why, I should more, and then I will come round the garden up- find an easy remedy for that, too; I could break on him.

your heart in about a month. [Modely takes her hand to lead her out. Sir John. Don't trifle with me; 'tis your seriYou are very gallant, cousin Modely. [E.reunt. ous advice I want; give it me honestly as a

friend, and tenderly as a sister. Enter Sir John DORILANT and ARAMINTA.

Ara. Why, I have done it fifty times. What Ara. What do you drag me into the garden can I say more? If you will have it again, you for? We were private enough where we were must. This, then, it is, in plain terms. But you and I hate walking.

are sure you are heartily in love with her? Sir John. Forgive me, my dear sister : I am Sir John. Pshaw ! restless every where; my head and heart are full Ara. Well, then, that we will take for grantof nothing but this lovely girl.

ed; and now you want to know what is right Ara. My dear, dear brother, you are enough and proper for you to do in the case. Why, was to spoil any woman in the universe. I tell you, I in your place, I should make but short work again and again, the girl is a good girl, an excel- with it. She knows the circumstances of her lent girl, and will make an admirable wife. You father's will; therefore, would I go immediately may trust one woman in her commendations of to her, tell her how my heart stood inclined, and another; we are not apt to be too favourable in hope she had no objections to comply, with what our judgments, especially when there is beauty in it is not in her power to refuse. che case.

Sir John. You would not have me talk thits Sir John. You charm me, when you talk thus. abruptly to her?

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Ara. Indeed I would. It will save a world of Lady Bev. I-I-have wanted an opportunity trouble. She will blush, perhaps, at first, and of speaking to you, sir John, a great wbile. look a little awkward (and, by the by, so will you, Sir John. And I, madam, have long had an too); but if she is the girl I'take her for, after a affair of consequence to propose to your ladylittle irresolute gesture, and about five minutes ship. conversation, she will drop you a curtesy with Lady Ber. An affair of consequence to ine!the demure humility of a vestal, and tell you it | O lud! will you please to speak, sir. shall be as you and her mamma please.

Sir John. Not till I have heard your ladyship's Sir John. 0, that it were come to that!

commands, Ara. And, pray, what hinders it? Nothing Lady Bed. What, must women speak first ! upon earth but your consuminate prudence and Fie, sir Jobn_[Looking languishingly.}– discretion.

Well, then, the matter, in short, is this: I have Sir John. I cannot think of marrying her, till long been thinking how to dispose of my girl proI am sure she loves me.

perly. She is grown a woman, you see, and, Ara. Lud, lud !Why, what does that signify though I, who am her mother, say it, has her alIf she consents, is not that enough?

lurements. Sir John. Her gratitude may induce her to Sir John. Uncommon ones indeed. consent, rather than make me unhappy.

Lady Bev. Now, I would willingly consult with Ara. You would absolutely make a woman you how to get her well married, before she is mad.

tainted with the indecorums of the world. Sir John. Why, could you think of marrying a Sir John. It was the very subjecť which I proman who has no regard for you?

posed to speak to you upon. I am sorry to put Ara. The case is widely different, my good ca your ladyship in mind of a near and dear loss suistical brother; and perhaps I could not-un But you remember sir Harry's will. less I was very much in love with him.

Lady Bev. Yes, yes, I reinember it very well. Sir John. And could you

then?

Poor man! it was undoubtedly the ouly weak Ara. Yes, I could-to tell you the truth, I be thing he was ever guilty of. lieve I shall.

Sir John. Madam! Sir John. What do

Lady Beo. I say, sir John, we must pardon the Ara. I shall not tell you. You have business failings of our deceased friends. Indeed his afenough of your own upon your hands.

fection for his child excuses it. Sir John. Have you any doubts of Modely? Sir John. Excuses it!

Ara. I shall keep them to myself, if I have. Lady Bev. Yes, indeed, does it. His fondness For you are a wretched counsellor in a love-case. for her might naturally inake him wish to place Sir John. But dear Araminta--

her with a person of your known excellence of Ara. But dear sir Johu Dorilant, you may character; for my own part, had I died, 1 should make yourself perfectly easy, for you shall posi- have wished it myself

. I don't believe you have tively know nothing of my affairs. As to your your equal in the world. Nay, dear sir John, own, if you do not instantly resolve to speak to 'tis no compliment. This, I say, might make him Celia, I will go and talk to her myself.

not attend to the impropriety of the thing, and Sir John. Stay, lady Beverley is coining towards the reluctance a gentleman of your good sense

and judgment must undoubtedly have to accede Ara. And has left my swain yonder by him- to so unsuitable a treaty; especially as he could self.

not but know there were women of discretion in Sir John. Suppose I break it to her? the world, who would be proud of an alliance

Ara. It is not a method which I should advise ; where the prospect of felicity was so inviting and but do as you please. I know that horrid wo- unquestionable. man's sentiments very exactly, and I shall be glad Sir John. (Who had appeared uneasy all the to have her teased a little. Aside.]—I'll give time she was speaking.] What women, madam? you an opportunity by leaving you; and so adieu, i know of none. my dear sentimental brother !

Lady Bev. Sir John! That is not quite so

complaisant, methinks---to our sex, I mean. Enter LADY BEVERLEY and MODELY.

Sir John. I beg your pardon, madam; I hardly We'll change partners, if you please, madam.- know what I say. Your ladyship has disconcert(To Lady Beverley as she enters. And then ed every thing I was going to propose to you. ent with MODELY.]

Lady Bev. Bless me, sir John !--I disconcerted Lady Bev. Poor mistaken creature ! how fond every thing! How, pray? I have been only talkthe thing is! (Aside, and looking after Ara-ing to you in an open friendly manner, with reHINTA.) Your servant, sir John.

gard to my daughter; our daughter, indeed, I Sir John. Your ladyship's most obedient. inight call her, for you have been a father to her. After some irresolute gesture on both sides The girl herself always speaks of you as such. LADY BEVERLEY speaks.]

Sir John. Speaks of me as a father? VOL. II.

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Lady Bev. Why, more unlikely things have Sir John. But 'tis impossible. I have observed happened, sir John.

all her motions, all her attentions, with a lover's Sir John. Than what, madam?

eye, incapable of erring. Yet stay— has any Lady Bev. Dear sir Joho! You put such pe- body written to her? remptory questions; you might easily uuderstand Lady Bev. There is no occasion for letters, what one meant, methinks.

when people are in the same house together. Sir John. I find, madam, I must speak plain Sir John. Confusion ! at once. Know, then, my heart, my soul, my Lady Bev. I was going to offer some proposals every thought of happiness, is fixed upon that to you, but your strange declaration stopped me lovely girl.

sbort. Lady Bev. O, astonishing ! Well, miracles are Sir John. You proposals ?—You ?-Are you not ceased, that's certain. But every body, they her abettor in the affair? O madam, what unparsay, inust do a foolish thing once in their lives. donable crine have I committed against you, And can you really and sincerely think of put- that you should thus conspire my ruin? Hare ting sir Harry's will in execution>

not I always behaved to you like a friend, a broSir John. Would I could !

ther?-I will not call you ungrateful. Lady Bev. To be sure the girl has a fine for Lady Bev. Mercy on us !—The man raves

How could it possibly enter into my head, or the Sir John. Fortune! I despise it. I would give girl's either, that you had any serious thoughts of it with all my soul to any one who could engage marrying her? But I see you are too much disme her affections. Fortune! dirt.

composed at present, to admit of calm reasonLady Bev. I am thunderstruck!

ing. So I shall take some other opportunity. Sir John. [Turning eagerly to her.] 0, ma- Friend—brother—ungrateful ! – Very fine truly ! damn, tell me, sincerely tell me, what method can --I hope, at least, you will not think of forcing I possibly pursue to make her think favourably of the poor girl's inclinations ! Ungrateful indeed! me! You know her inmost soul, you know the

[Erit in a passion. tender moments of address, the easy avenues to Sir John. Not for the universe-Stay, madam! her unpractised heart. Be kind, and point them She is gone. But it is no matter. "I am but

[Grasping her hand. little disposed for altercation now. Heigh ho!Lady Bev. I vow, sir John, I don't know what Good Heaven! can so slight an intercourse have to say to you. Let go my hand. You talked of effected all this? I have scarce ever seen them my disconcerting you just now; I am sure you together. O that I had been born with Belmour's disconcert me with a witness. {Aside.) I happy talents of address !— Address ! 'tis abdid not think the man had so much rapture in solute magic, 'tis fascination—Alas! 'tis the rahim. He squeezed my hand with such an ein- pidity of real passion. Why did Modely bring phasis, I may gain him, perhaps, at last. him hither to his wedding? Every thing has con

Sir John. Why will you not speak, madam? spired against me. He brought him; and the Can you see me on the brink of desperation, and delay of the lawyers has kept him here. Had I not lend a friendly hand to my assistance? taken Araminta's advice a poor fortnight ago, it

Lady Bev. I have it. (Aside.) -Alas, sir had not been in the power of fate to have undone Johı, what signifies what I can do? Can I an me. And yet she might have seen him afterswer for the inclinations of a giddy girl ? wards, which would at least have made her duty

Sir John. You know she is not such ; her inno- uneasy to her. Heigh ho! cent mind is yet untainted with the follies of her sex. And if a life devoted to her service, with

Enter ARAMINTA and MODELY. out a wish but what regards her happiness, can Ara. [Entering.} I tell you, I heard them rery win her to be mine

loud! and I will see what is the matter. 0? Lady Bev. Why, that might go a great way here is my brother alone. with an unprejudiced mind. But when a first Sir John. [Taking her tenderly by the hand.] passion has taken place

O Araminta! I am lost beyond redemption! Sir John. (With umazement.] What do you Ara. Dear brother, what can have happened mean?

to you? Lady Bev. To tell you the truth, I am afraid Sir John. [Turning to Modely.] Mr Modely, the girl is not so untainted as you imagine. you could not intend it, but you have ruined me.

Sir John. You distract me. -How-when Mode. [Alarmed.] I, sir John! whoin can she have seen?

Sir John. You have brought a friend with you, Lady Bev. Undoubtedly there is a man who has pierced me to the very soul !

Sir John. Tell ine who, that I may no, that Mode. Belmour ! I may give her to him, and make her happy, Sir John. He has stolen my Celia's affections whatever becomes of me.

from me. Lady Bev. That is generous indeed -So Ara. [ Looking slyly at Modely.) Belmour!

Aside. Mode. This must be a mistake, but I'll humour

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