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Char. I am afraid, then, you'll never make Cha. Pooh! pooh! all this is nothing; don't yourself understood by ber.
I know you never play? Cha. It is not fit I should; there is no need of Char. You mistake; I have a spirit to set not love to make me miserable; 'tis wretchedness only this trifle, but my whole fortune, upon a enough to be a beggar.
stake; therefore, make no wry faces, but do as Cher. A beggar, do you call yourself? 0 I bid you : you will find Mr Stockwell a very baoCharles, Charles ! rich in every merit and accom nourable gentleman. plishment, whom may you not aspire to? And why think you so unworthily of our sex, as to
Enter Lucy in haste. conclude there is not one to be found with sense Lucy. Dear madam, as I live, here comes the to discern your virtue, and generosity to reward old lady in a hackney-coach. it?
Char. The old chariot has given her a second Cha. You distress me; I must beg to hear no tumble: away with you ! you know your way
out without meeting her: take the box, and do as Char. Well, I can be silent. Thus does he I desire you. always serve me, whenever I am about to dis Cha. I must not dispute your orders. Fareclose myself to him.
[ Aside. well! Cha. Why do you not banish me and my mis
[Ereunt Charles and CHARLOTTE, fortunes for ever from your thoughts? Chur. Ay, wherefore do I not, since you never
SCENE V. allowed me a place in yours? But go, sir ; I have no right to stay you; go where your heart di- Enter LADY Rusport, leaning on MAJOR O'FLA
HERTY's arm. rects you; go to the happy, the distinguished fair one.
O'Fla. Rest yourself upon my arm; never Cha. Now, by all that's good, you do me spare it; 'tis strong enough: it has stood harder wrong: there is no such fair one for me to go service than you can put it to. to; nor have I an acquaintance among the sex, Lucy. Mercy upon me, what is the matter! I yourself excepted, which answers to that descrip- am frightened out of my wits : has your ladyship uon.
had an accident? Char. Indeed!
Lady Rus. O, Lucy! the most untoward one Cha. In very truth : there, then, let us drop in nature ! I know not how I shall repair it. the subject. May you be happy, though I never O'Fla. Never go about to repair it, my lady; can.
even build a new one; 'twas but a crazy piece Char. O, Charles ! give me your hand: if I of business at best. have offended you, I ask your pardon : you have Lucy. Bless me ! is the old chariot broke down been long acquainted with my temper, and know with you again? how to bear with its infirmities.
Lady Rus. Broke, child? I don't know what Cha. Thus, my dear Charlotte, let us seal our might have been broke, if, by great good fortune, reconciliation. (Kissing her hand.] Bear with this obliging gentleman had not been at hand tó thy infirmities! By Heaven, I know not any one failing in thy whole composition, except that Lucy. Dear madam, let me run and fetch you of too great a partiality for an undeserving man. a cup of the cordial drops.
Char. And you are now taking the very course Lady Rus. Do, Lucy. Alas, sir ! ever since to augment that failing. A thought strikes me : I Jost my husband, my poor nerves have been I have a commission that you must absolutely shook to pieces: there hangs his beloved picexecute for me; I have immediate occasion for ture: that precious relic, and a plentiful jointhe sum of two hundred pounds : you know any ture, is all that remaius to console me for the fortune is shut up till I am of age; take this best of men. paltry box (it contains my car-rings, and some O'Fla. Let me see: i'faith a comely personother baubles I have no use for), carry it to our age! by luis fur cloak, I suppose he was in the opposite neighbour, Mr Stockwell (I don't know Russian service; and, by the gold chain round where else to apply), leave it as a deposit in his his neck, I should guess he had been honoured hands, and beg him to accommodate me with with the order of St Catharine. that sum.
Lady Rus. No, no; he meddled with no St Cha. Dear Charlotte, what are you about to Catharines : that's the habit he wore in his maydo? How can you possibly want two hundred oralty; sir Stephen was lord-mayor of London: pounds?
but he is gone, and has left me a poor, weak, soChar. How can I possibly do without it, you litary widow behind him. mean? Doesn't every lady want two hundred O'Fla. By all means, then, take a strong, able, pounds? Perhaps, I have lost it at play; perhaps, hearty man to repair his loss. If such a plain I mean to win as much to it; perhaps, I want it fellow as one Dennis O'Flaherty can please yolla for two hundred different uses.
I think I may venture to say, without any dis
paragement to the gentleman in the fur-gown | sent a-begging to me for money to fit him out there
upon some wild-goose expedition to the coast of Lady Rus. What are you going to say? Don't Africa, I know not where? shock my ears with any comparisons, I desire. O'Fla. Well, you sent him what he wanted?
OʻFl. Not I, by my soul! I don't believe Lady Rus. I sent him what he deserved, a fiat there's any comparison in the case.
refusal. Lady Rus. Oh, are you come? Give me the O'Fla. You refused him? drops; I'm all in a flutter!
Lady Rus. Most undoubtedly. O'Fla. Hark'e, sweetheart, what are those OʻFia. You sent him nothing? same drops? have you any more left in the bot Lady Rus. Not a shilling. tle? I didn't care if I took a little sip of them O Fia. Good morning to you—Your servantmyself.
(Going Lucy. Oh, sir, they are called the cordial res Lady Rus. Hey-day! what ails the man? torative elixir, or the nervous golden drops ;- where are you going? they are only for ladies' cases,
O'Fla: Out of your house, before the roof falls ÖFla. Yes, yes, my dear, there are gentlemen on my head-to poor Dudley, to share the little as well as ladies that stand in need of those modicum that thirty years hard service has left same golden drops: they'd suit my case to a tit- me. I wish it was more for his sake. tle.
[Drinks. Lady Rus. Very well, sir; take your course; Lady Rus. Well, major, did you give old I shan't attempt to stop you: I shall survive Dudley my letter? and will the silly man do as I it; it will not break my heart, if I never see you bid him, and be gone?
O'Fla. You are obeyed; he's on his march. O'Fla. Break your heart ! No, o' my conscience Lady Rus. That's well; you have managed will it not. You preach, and you pray, and you this matter to perfection. I did'nt think he turn up your eyes, and all the while you're as would have been so easily prevailed upon.
hard-hearted as an byeta! Au hyena, truly! O'Fla. At the first word; no difficulty in life; By my soul, there isn't, in the whole creation, so 'twas the very thing he was determined to do, savage an animal as a human creature without before I came : I never met a more obliging gen- pity?
Lady Rus. A hyena, truly! Where did the Lady Rus. Well, 'tis no matter; so I am but fellow blunder upon that word? Now the deuce rid of him, and his distresses : would you believe take him for using it, and the Macaronies for init, major O'Flaherty, it was but this inorning he venting it!
SCENE I.-A room in STOCKWELL's house. marry, it must be a staid, sober, considerate dan
sel, with blood in her veins as cold as a turtle's ; Enter STOCKWELL and BELCOUR.
quick of scent as a vulture, when danger's in the Stock. Gratify me so far, however, Mr Bel- wind; wary and sharp-sighted as a hawk, when cour, as to see Miss Rusports carry her the sum treachery is on foot: with such a companion at she wants, and return the poor girl her box of my elbow, for ever whispering in my ear-have diamonds, which Dudley left in my hands; you a care of this man, he's a cheat! don't go bear know what to say on the occasion better than I that woman, she's a jilt! over head there's a scafdo: that part of your commission I leave to your fold! under foot there's a well! Oh! sir, such a own discretion, and you may season it with what woman might lead me up and down this great gallantry you think fit.
city without difficulty or danger; but, with a girt Bel. You could not have pitched upon a greater of Miss Rusport's complexion! heaven and earth, bungler at gallantry than myself, if you had rum- sir! we should be duped, undone, and distracted, maged every company in the city, and the whole in a fortnight. court of aldermen into the bargain. Part of your Stock. Ha, ha, ha! Why, you are become wooerrand, however, I will do; but whether it shall drous circumspect of a sudden, pupil ; and if you be with an ill grace or a good one, depends upon can find such a prudent damsel as you describe, the caprice of a moment, the humour of the la- you have my consent only beware how you dy, the mode of our meeting, and a thousand un-chuse! Discretion is not the reigning quality definable small circumstances, that nevertheless amongst the fine ladies of the present time; and determine us upon all the great occasions of life. I think, in Miss Rusport's particular, 1 have given
Stock. I persuade myself you will find Miss you no bad counsel. Rusport an ingenious, worthy, animated girl. Bel. Well, well, if you'll fetch me the jere's
Bel. Why, I like her the better, as a woman; I believe I can undertake to carry them to ber; but nane lier not to me as a wife! No, if ever I but as for the money, I'll have nothing to do with
that; Dudley would be your fittest ambassador us, 'tis true; but we are the responsible creators on that occasion, and, if I mistake not, the most of our own faults and follies. agreeable to the lady.
Bel. Sir! Stock. Why, indeed, from what I know of the Stock. Slave of every face you meet, some matter, it may not improbably be destined to find hussy has inveigled you, some handsome profliis way into his pockets.
[Exit. gate (the town is full of them); and, when once Bel. Then, depend upon it, these are not the fairly bankrupt in constitution, as well as foronly trinkets she means to dedicate to captain tune, nature no longer serves as your excuse for Dudley. As for me, Stockwell indeed wants me being vicious, necessity, perhaps, will stand your to marry; but till I can get this bewitching girl, friend, and you'll reform. this incognita, out of my head, I can never think Bel. You are severe. of any other woman.
Stock. It fits me to be somit well becomes a
father-I would say a friend — How strangeEnter Servant, and delivers a letter.
ly I forget myself-How difficult it is to counterHey-day! Where can I have picked up a cor- feit indifference, and put a mask upon the heart ! respondent already! 'Tis a most execrable ma -I've struck him hard; he reddens ! nuscript- Let me see-Martha Fulmer-Who is Bel. How could you tempt me so ? Had you Martha Fulmer! Pshaw! I won't be at the not inadvertently dropped the name of father, I trouble of decyphering her danned pot-hooks. fear our friendship, short as it has been, would Hold, hold, hold! what have we got here? scarce have held me -But even your mistake
I reverence -Give me your hand—'tis over. Dear sir,
Stock. Generous young man !-let me embrace • I've discovered the lady you was so much you—How shall I hide my tears? I have been to smitten with, and can procure you an interview blame; because I bore you the affection of a fawith her. If you can be as generous to a pretty ther, I rashly took up the authority of one. I ask
girl, as you was to a paltry old captain, -how your pardon -pursue your course; I have no did she find that out ! you need not despair. right to stop it What would
havc me do Come to nic iminediately; the lady is now in my with these things ? house, and expects you.
Bel. This, if I might advise; carry the money Yours,
to Miss Rusport immediately: never let genero• MARTIA FULMER. sity wait for its materials; that part of the busi
ness presses. Give me the jewels; I'll find an O thou dear, lovely, and enchanting paper, opportunity of delivering thein into her hands ; which I was about to tear into a thousand scraps, and your visit may pave the way for my recepdevoutly I entreat thy pardon! I have slighted tion.
[Erit. thy contents, which are delicious; slandered thy Stock. Be it so: good morning to you. Farecharacters, which are divine; and all the atone- well advice ! Away goes he upon the wing for ment I can make, is implicitly to obey thy man- pleasure! What various passions he awakens in dates.
ine! He pains, yet pleases me; affrights, offends, STOCKWELL returns.
yet grows upon my heart. His very failings set
him off-for ever trespassing, for ever atoning, I Stock. Mr Belcour, here are the jewels; this almost think he would not be so perfect, were he letter incloses bills for the money; and, if you free from fault: I must dissemble longer; and will deliver it to Miss Rusport, you'll have no yet how painful the experiment !--- Even now farther trouble on that score.
he's gone upon some wild adventure, and who Bel. Ah, sir! the letter which I have been can tell what mischief may befal him? O nature, reading disqualifies me for delivering the letter what it is to be a father! Just such a thoughtless which you have been writing. I have other game headlong thing was I, when I beguiled his mother on foot; the loveliest girl my eyes ever feasted into love.
[Erit. apon, is started in view, and the world cannot now divert me from pursuing her.
SCENE II.-Changes to Fulmen's house. Stock. Hey-day! what has turned you thus on ,a sudden?
Enter Fulmer and his wife. Bel. A woman : one that can turn, and over Ful. I tell you, Patty, you are a fool to think turn me and my tottering resolutions every way of bringing him and Miss Dudley together; 'twill she will. Ob, sir, if this is foliy in me, you must ruin every thing, and blow your
whole scheme up rail at nature: you must chide the sun, that was to the moon at once. vertical at my birth, and would not wink upon my Mrs Ful. Why, sure, Mr Fulmer, I may
be nakedness, but swaddled me in the broadest, hot- | allowed to rear a chicken of my own hatching, test glare of his meridian beams.
as they say! Who first sprung the thought but I, Slock. Mere rhapsody! mere childish rhapso- pray? Who first contrived the plot? Who prody! the libertine's familiar plea—Nature made posed the letter, but I, I? VOL. II
Ful. And who dogged the gentleman home? Bel. That's true : she cannot be a woman of Who found out his name, fortune, connexions ; honour; and Dudley is an unconsciouable young that he was a West Indian, fresh landed, and full rogue to think of keeping one fine girl in pay, by of cash; a gull to our heart's content; a hot- raising contributions on another : he shall therebrained, head-long spark, that would ruu into our fore give her up; she is a dear, bewitching, mis trap, like a wheat-car under a turf?
chievous, little devil; and he shall positively give Mrs Ful. Hark! he's come ! disappear, march, her up. and leave the field open to my machinations. Mrs Ful. Ay, now the freak has taken you
[Erit FULMER. again ! I say, give her up!—there's one way, in
deed, and certain of success. Enter BELCOUR.
Bel. What's that?
Mrs Ful. Out-bid him; never dream of oudBel. O, thou dear minister to my happiness, blustering him; buy out his lease of possession, let me embrace thee! Why, thou art my polar and leave her to manage his ejectment. star, my propitious constellation, by which I na Bel. Is she so venal? Never sear me then : vigate my impatient bark into the port of plea- when beauty is the purchase, I shan't think much sure and delight!
of the price. Mrs Ful. Oh, you men are sly creatures! Do Mrs Ful. All things, then, will be made easy you remember now, you cruel, what you said to enough: let me see; some little genteel present me this morning?
to begin with : what have you got about you? Bel. All a jest, a frolic; never think on't; Ay, search ; I can bestow it to advantage; there's bury it for ever in oblivion. Thou ! why, thou art no time to be lost. all over nectar and ambrosia, powder of pearl Bel. Hang it! confound it; a plague upon't
, and odour of roses; thou hast the youth of Hebe, say I! I hav'n't a guinea left in iny pocket; I the beauty of Venus, and the pen of Sappho ! parted from my whole stock here this morning, But, in the name of all that's lovely, where's the and have forgot to supply myself since. lady? I expected to find her with you.
Mrs Ful. Mighty well! let it pass; there's an Mrs Ful. No doubt you did; and these rap- end; think no more of the lady, that's all. tures were designed for her; but where have Bel. Distraction! think no more of her? Let you loitered ? the lady's gone; you are too late. me only step home, and provide myself, I'll be Girls of her sort are not to be kept waiting, like back with you in an instant. negro slaves in your sugar plantations.
Mrs Ful. Pooh, pooh! that's a wretched shift: Bel. Gone! whither is she gone ? tell me, that have you nothing of value about you? Money's a I follow her.
coarse, slovenly vehicle, fit only to bribe electors Mrs Ful. Hold, hold! not so fast, young gen- in a borough; there are more graceful ways of tleman; this is a case of some delicacy; should purchasing a lady's favours; rings, trinkets, jewe captain Dudley know that I introduced you to els ! his daughter, he is a man of such scrupulous ho Bel. Jewels! Gadso, I protest I had forgot!
I have a case of jewels--but they won't do, I Bel. What do you tell me! is she daughter to must not part from them : no, no, they are apthe old gentleman I met here this morning ? propriated; they are none of my own.
Mrs Ful. The same; him you was so generous Mrs Ful. Let me see, let me see! Ay, now, to.
this were something-like : -pretty creatures, Bel. There's an nd of the matter, then, at how they sparkle! these would ensure success. once; it shall never be said of me, that I took Bel. Indeed! advantage of the father's necessities to trepan Mrs Ful. These would make her your own the daughter.
[Going. / for ever. Mrs Ful. So, so, I've made a wrong cast; he's Bel. Then, the deuce take them for belonging one of your conscientious sinners, I find; but I to another person! I could find in my heart to won't lose him thus-Ha, ha, ha!
give them the girl, and swear I've lost them. Bel. What is it you laugh at?
Mrs Ful. Ay, do; say they were stolen out of Mrs Ful. Your absolute inexperience: have your pocket. you lived so very little time in this country, as Bel. No, hang it, that's dishonourable : here, not to know, that, between young people of equal give me the paltry things; I'll give you an order ages, the term of sister often is a cover for that on my merchant for double their value. of mistress? This young lady is, in that sense of Dirs Ful. Au order! No; order me no or the word, sister to young Dudley, and conse ders upon merchants, with their value receiquently daughter to my old lodger.
ved, and three days grace; their noting, protes. Bel. Indeed! are you serious ?
ing, and indorsing, and all their counting-house Mrs Ful. Can you doubt it! I must have been formalities; I'll have nothing to do with them pretty well assured of that before I invited you leave your diamonds with me, and give your or hither.
der for the value of them to the owner: the mo
ney would be as good as the trinkets, I warrant Lou. As I live, the very man that beset me in you.
[Aside. Bel. Hey! how! I never thought of that: Bel. An angel, by this light! Oh, I am gone but a breach of trust—'tis impossible; I never past all retrieving !
[Aside. can consent; therefore, give me the jewels back Lou. Mrs Fulmer, sir, informs me you are the again.
gentleman from whom my father has received Mrs Ful. Take them: I am now to tell you such civilities. the lady is in this house.
Bel. Oh! never name them. Bel. In this house !
Lou. Pardon me, Mr Belcour; they must be Mrs Ful. Yes, sir, in this very house—but both named and remembered; and if my father what of that? You have got what you like bet
was hereter-your toys, your trinkets. Go, go! oh! Bel. I am much better pleased with his repre-, you're a man of a notable spirit, are you not ? sentative.
Bel. Provoking creature! bring me to the Lou. That title is my brother's, sir; I have no sight of the dear creature, and dispose of me as claim to it. you think fit.
Bel. I believe it. Mrs Ful. And of the diamonds, too?
Lou. But as neither he nor my father were forBel. Damp them! I would there was not such tunate enough to be at home, I could not resist a bauble in nature ! But come, come, dispatch : the
opportunityif I had the throne of Delhi, I should give it to Bel. Nor I neither, by my soul, madam! let her.
us improve it, therefore. I am in love with you Mrs Ful. Swear to me, then, that you
will to distraction—I was charıned at the first glance keep within bounds remember, she passes for -I attempted to accost you—you fled—I folthe sister of young Dudley. Oh! if you come lowed—but was defeated of an interview: at to your flights and your rhapsodies, she'll be off length I have obtained one, and seize the upporin an instant.
tunity of casting my person and fortune at your Bel. Never fear me.
feet. Mrs Ful. You must expect to hear her talk Lou. You astonish me! Are you in your senses? of her father, as she calls him, and her brother, or do you make a jest of my misfortunes ? Do and your bounty to her family.
you ground pretences on your generosity, or do Bel. Ay, ay; never mind 'what she talks of, you make a practice of this folly with every woonly bring her.
man you meet? Mrs Ful. You'll be prepared upon that head? Bel. Upon my life, no: as you are the handBel. I shall be prepared, never fear : away somest woman I ever met, so you are the first to with you!
whom I ever made the like professions : as for Mrs Ful. But hold! I had forgot: not a word / my generosity, madam, I must refer you, on that of the diamonds-leave that matter to my ma score, to this good lady, who, I believe, has somenagement.
thing to offer in my behalf. Bel. Hell and vexation ! Get out of the room, Lou. Don't build upon that, sir; I must have or I shall run distracted. (Erit Mrs Fulmer.) better proofs of your generosity, than the mere of a certain, Belcour, thou art born to be the divestinent of a little superfluous dross, before I foul of woman : sure no man sins with so much can credit the sincerity of a profession so abruptly repentance, or repents with so little amendinent, delivered.
[Erit hastily. as I do. I cannot give away another person's Bel. O ye gods and goddesses ! how her anger property—honour forbidş me: and I positively animates lier beauty !
[Going out. cannot give up the girl—love, passion, constitu Mrs Ful. Stay, sir; if you stir a step after 1100—every thing protests against that. How her, I renounce your interest for ever: why, shall I decide? I cannot bring myself to break a you'll ruin every thing! trust; and I am not at present in the humour to Bel. Well, I must have her, cost what it will: baulk my inclination. Is there no middle way? I see she understands her own value, though; a Let me consider—There is, there is : my good little superfluous dross, truly! She must have genius has presented me with one—apt, obvious, better proofs of my generosity! honourable: the girl shall not go without her Mrs Ful. 'Tis exactly as I told you-your baubles, I'll not go without the girl-Miss Rus- money she calls dross-she's too proud to stain port sha'n't lose her diamonds—I'll save Dudley her fingers with your coin: bate your hook well from destructiou—and every party shall be a with jewels-try that experiment, and she's your gainer by the project.
Bel. Take them— let them go-lay them at Enter Mrs FULMER, introducing Miss Dyd- her feet-I must get out of the scrape as I can
my propensity is irresistible--there--you have Mrs Ful. Miss Dudley, this is the worthy gen- them—they are yours—they are hers—but reAleman you wish to see; this is Mr Belcour. member they are a trust- I commit them to her