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keeping till I can buy them off with something eye of candour will, I hope, atone for any faults, she shall think more valuable; now, tell me when by which these good qualities are not impaired. shall I meet her?
Char. I dare say Mr Belcour's behaviour wants Mrs Ful. Ilow can I tell that! Don't you see no apology--we've no right to be over strict in what an alarm you've put her into ? Oh, you're a canvassing the morals of a common acquaintance. rare one! But go your ways for this while; leave Stock. I wish it may be my happiness to see her to my management, and come to me at seven Mr Belcour in the list, not of your common, but this evening; but remember not to bring empty particular acquaintance-of your friends, Miss pockets with you-Ha, ha, ha!
Rusport-1 dare not be more explicit.
be studious to deserve his friendship; and, though SCENE III.-LADY RUSPORT's house. I have long since unalterably placed my affection
on another, I trust, I have not left myself insenEnter Miss Rusport, followed by a servant. sible to the merits of Mr Belcour; and hope that Char. Desire Mr Stockwell to walk in. neither he nor you will, for that reason, think me
[E.cit servant. less worthy of your good opinion and regards.
Stock. Miss Rusport, í sincerely wish you Enter STOCKWELL.
happy : I have no doubt you have placed your Stock. Madam, your most obedient servant: affection on a deserving man; and I have no I am honoured with your commands, by captain right to combat your choice.
[Erit. Dudley, and have brought the money with me as Chur. How honourable is that behaviour! you directed-I understand the sum you have Now, it Charles were here, I should be happy. occasion for is two hundred pounds.
The old lady is so fond of her new Irish acquaintChar. It is, sir-I am quite confounded at ance, that I have the whole house at my disposal. your taking this trouble upon yourself, Mr
[Erit. Stockwell. Stock. There is a bank-note, madam, to the
SCENE IV. amount: your jewels are in safe hands, and will be delivered to you directly. If I had been
Enter Belcour, preceded by a Servant. happy in being better known to you, I should Ser. I ask your honour's pardon; I thought my bave hoped you would not have thought it ne- young lady was here: who shall I inform her cessary to place a deposit in my hands for so would speak to her? trifling a sum as you have now required me to Bel. Belcour is my name, sir; and pray beg supply you with.
your lady to put herself in no burry on my acChar. The baubles I sent you may very well count; for I'd sooner see the devil than see ber be spared ; and, as they are the only security in face.--[Exit Servant.]-In the name of all that's my present situation I can give you, I could wish mischievous, why did Stockwell drive me hither you would retain them in your hands : when I in such haste? A pretty figure, truly, I shall am of age (which, if I live a few months, I shall make ! an ambassador without credentials. be), I will replace your favour with thanks. Blockhead that I was, to charge myself with her
Stock. It is obvious, Miss Rusport, that your diamonds_officious, meddling puppy! Now charins will suffer no impeachment by the ab- they are irretrievably gone : that suspicious jade sence of those superficial ornaments; but they Fulmer wou’dn't part even with a sight of them, should be seen in the suite of a woman of fa- though I would have ransomed them at twice shion, not as creditors, to whom you are indebt-their value.- Now must I trust to my poor wits ed for your appearance, but as subservient at to bring me off: a lamentable dependance ! Fortendants, which help to make up your equipage. tune be my helper:--Here comes the girl.
Char. Mr Stockweil is determined not to wrong If sbe is noble-minded, as she is said to be, the confidence I reposed in his politeness. she will forgive me--if not, 'tis a lost cause;
Stock. I have only to request, madam, that you for I have not thought of one word in my will allow Mr Belcour, a young gentleman in excuse. whose happiness I particularly interest myself, to have the honour of delivering you the box of
Enter CHARLOTTE. jewels.
Char. Mr Belcour, I'm proud to see you: your Char. Most gladly; any friend of yours can- friend, Mr Stockwell, prepared me to expect this not fail of being welcome here.
honour; and I ain bappy in the opportunity of Stock. I flatter myself you will not find him being known to you. totally undeserving your good opinion-an edu Bel
. A fine girl, by my soul! Now what a cation, not of the strictest kind, and strong ani. cursed hang-dog do I look like! [Aside. mal spirits, are apt, sometimes, to betray hin into Char. You are newly arrived in this country, youthful irregularities : but an high principle of sir? honour, and an uncommon benevolence, in the Bel. Just landed, madam, just set a-shore,
with a large cargo of Muscavado sugars, rum- spinsters. The truth is, I've given away your puncheons, mahogany slabs, wet sweetmeats, and jewels; caught with a pair of sparkling eyes, green paroquets.
whose lustre blinded theirs; I served your proChar. May I ask you how you like London, perty as I should my own, and lavished it away.
Let me not totally despair of your forgiveness ! I Bel. To admiration : I think the town and frequently do wrong, but never with impunity: if the town's-folk are exactly suited; 'tis a great, your displeasure is added to my own, my punishrich, overgrown, noisy, tumultuous place : the ment will be too severe. When I parted from whole morning is a bustle to get money, and the jewels, I had not the honour of knowing their the whole afternoon is a hurry to spend it.
Char. Are these all the observations have Char. Mr Belcour, your sincerity charms me! made?
I enter at once into your character, and I make Bel. No, madam; I have observed the women all the allowances for it you can desire. I take are very captivating, and the men very soon your jewels for the present, because I know caught.
there is no other way of reconciling you to Char. Ay, indeed! Whence do you draw that yourself; but, if I give way to your spirit in conclusion
one point, you must yield to mine in another : Bel. From infallible guides; the first remark remember, I will not keep more than the vaI collect from what I now see, the second from lue of my own jewels : there is no need to be I now feel.
pillaged by more than one woman at a time, sir. Char. Oh, the deuce take you ! But, to wave Bel. Now, may every blessing that can crown this subject-I believe, sir, this was a visit of your virtues, and reward your beauty, be showbusiness, not compliment: was it not?
ered upon you! May you meet admiration withBet. Ay—now comes on my execution. out envy, love without jealousy, and old age Char. You have some foolish trinkets of mine, without malady! May the man of your heart be Mr Belcour; hav'n't you?
ever constant, and may you never meet a less Bel. No, in truth, they are gone in search of a penitent or less grateful offender than myself ! drinket, still more foolish than themselves.
Enter Servant, who delivers a letter. Char. Some diamonds, I mean, sir. Mr Char. Does your letter require such haste? Stockwell informed me you was charged with Ser. I was bade to give it into your own tbem.
hands, madam. Bel. Oh, yes, madam- but I have the most Char. From Charles Dudley, I see -Have I treacherous memory in life-here they are : pray your permission? Good sleaven, what do I read ? put them up; they're all right; you need not Mr Belcour, you are concerned in this— Dear examine them.
[Gives a bor. • Charlotte, in the midst of our distress, ProviChar. Hey-day-right, sir ! Why these are dence has cast a benefactor in our way, after not my diamonds; these are quite different; and, the most unexpected manner: a young West as it should seem, of much greater value. • Indian, rich, and with a warmth of heart, pecu
Bel. Upon my life, I'm glad on't! for then, I liar to his climate, has rescued my father from hope, you value them more than your own. ' his troubles, satisfied his wants, and enabled
Char. As a purchaser I should, but not as an him to accomplish bis exchange : when I relate owner : you mistake; these belong to somebody to you the manner in which this was done, you else.
will be charmed. I can only now add, that it Bel. 'Tis yours, I'm afraid, that belong to was by chance we found out that liis name is somebody else.
Belcour, and that he is a friend of Mr StockChar. What is it you mean? I must insist 'well's. I lose not a moment's time in making upon your taking them back again.
you acquainted with this fortunate event, for Bel. Pray, nadam, don't do that; I shall in- reasons which delicacy obliges me to suppress; fallibly lose them: I have the worst luck with but, perhaps, if you have not received the modiamonds of any man living.
ncy on your jewels, you will not think it necesChar, That you might well say, was you to sary now to do it. I have the honour to be, give me these in the place of mine. But pray,
• Dear madam, sir, what is the reason of all this? Why have you
• Most faithfully yours, changed the jewels, and where have you dispos
• CHARLES DUDLEY' ed of mine?
Bel. Miss Rusport, I cannot invent a lie for Is this your doing, sir? Never was generosity so my life; and, if it was to save it, I cou’dn't tell worthily exerted. one: I am an idle, dissipated, unthinking fellow, Bel. Or so grcatly overpaid. not worth your notice : in short, I am a West Char. After what you have now done for this Indian; and you must try me according to the noble, but indigent family, let me not scruple to charter of my colony, not by a jury of English unfold the whole situation of my heart to you
Know, then, sir, (and don't think the worse of me for the frankness of my declaration), that such is
Enter Louisa. my attachment to the son of that worthy officer, whom you relieved, that the moment I am of My dear, I'm rejoiced to see you : how d'ye do? age, and in possession of my fortune, I should I beg leave to introduce 'Mr Belcour, a very hold myself the happiest of women to share it worthy friend of mine: I believe, Louisa, you with young Dudley.
have seen him before. Bel
. Say you so, madam? then, let me perish Lou. I have met the gentleman. if I don't love and reverence you above all wo Char. You have met the gentleman! well
, sir, man-kind! and, if such is your generous resolu- and you have met the lady: in short, you have tion, never wait till you're of age; life is too met each other; why, then, don't you speak to short, pleasure too fugitive; the soul grows nar- each other? How you both stand! tongue-tied, rower ever hour. I'll equip you for your escape; and fixed as statues ! -Ha, ha, ha! Why I'll convey you to the man of your heart, and a you'll fall asleep by-and-by. way with you, then, to the first hospitable par Lou. Fy upon you, fy upon you! is this fair? son that will take you in.
Bel. Upon my soul, I never looked so like a Char. O blessed be the Torrid Zone for ever, fool in my life! the assurance of that girl puts whose rapid vegetation quickens nature into such me quite down.
Aside. benignity! These latitudes are made for politics
Char. Sir Mr BelcourWas it your and philosophy; friendship has no root in this pleasure to advance any thing? Not a syllable. soil. But, had I spirit to accept your offer, Come, Louisa, women's wit, they say, is never at which is not improbable, would'nt it be a morti- a lass—Nor you 'neither? Speechless bothfying thing for a fond girl to find herself mista- Why, you was merry enough before this lady ken, and sent back to her home like a vagrant? came in. and such, for what I know, might be my case. Lou. I am sorry I have been any, interruption
Bel. Then, he ought to be proscribed the soci- to your happiness, sir. ety of mankind for ever -Ay, ay; 'tis the sham Bel. Madam! sister that makes him thus indifferent; 'twill be Char. Madam! Is that all you can say? But a meritorious office to take that girl out of the come, my dear girl, I won't tease you. A proway.
pos, I must shew you what a present this dumb Enter Servant.
gentleman has inade me: are not these hand
some dianjonds? Ser. Miss Dudley to wait on you, madam. Lou. Yes, indeed, they seem very fine; but I Bel. Who?
am no judge of these things. Ser. Miss Dudley.
Char. On, you wicked little hypocrite ! you are Char, What's the matter, Mr Belcour? Are no judge of these things, Louisa; you have no you frighted at the name of a pretty girl? Tis diamonds ! not you! the sister of him we were speaking of-Pray, ad Lou. You know I have not, Miss Rusport: mit her.
you know those things are infinitely above my Bel. The sister! So, so! he has imposed on reach. her, too_This is an extraordinary visit, truly ! - Char. Ha, ha, ha! Upon my soul, the assurance of some folks is not Bel. She does tell a lie with an admirable to be accounted for.
[-4side. countenance, that's true enough. Char. I insist upon your not running away; Lou. What ails you, Charlotte ? What imperyou'll be charmed with Louisa Dudley.
tinence have I been guilty of, that you should Bel. Oh, yes, I am charmed with her. find it necessary to humble me at such a rate? Char. You have seen her, then, have you? If you are happy, long may you be so; but, Bel. Yes, yes; I've seen her.
surely, it can be no addition to it to make me mi Char. Well, isn't sbe a delightful girl ? serable. Bet. Very delightful.
Char. So serious! there must be some myste Char. Why, you answer as if you was in a ry in this—Mr Belcour, will you leave us to court of justice! O my conscience, I believe gether? You see I treat you with all the famili you are caught! I've a notion she has tricked arity of an old acquaintance already. you out of your heart.
Bel. Oh, by all means, pray command me.Bel. I believe she has, and you out of your Miss Rusport, I am your most obedient. By jewels; for, tell you the truth, she's the very your condescension in accepting these poor triperson I gave them to.
fes, I am under eternal obligations to you—To Char. You gave her my jewels! Louisa Dud-you, Miss Dudley, I shall not offer a word on ley my jewels? Admirable! inimitable ! Oh, the that subject: you despise finery; you have a sly little jade! But hush, here she comes; I soul above it; 1 adore your spirit; I was rather don't know how I shall keep my countenance. unprepared for meeting you here; but I shall
known to you:
hope for an opportunity of making myself better | very identical jewels which you pledged for me
[Exit to Mr Stockwell; and will you believe, that this Char. Louisa Dudley, you surprise me; I ne- little demure slut made up á face, and squeezed ver saw you act thus before: can't you bear a out three or four hypocritical tears, because I little innocent raillery before the man of your rallied her about it! heart?
Cha. I'in all astonishment! Louisa, tell me, Lou. The man of my hcart, madam? Be as- without reserve, has Mr Belcour given you any sured I never was so visionary to aspire to any diamonds ? man whom Miss Rusport honours with her
Lou. None; upon my
honour ! choice.
Cha. Has he made any professions to you? Char, My choice, my dear! Why, we are Lou. He has ; but altogether in a style so playing at cross-purposes : how entered it into whinisical and capricious, that the best which your head that Mr Belcour was the man of my can be said of them is to tell you, that they seemchoice?
ed more the result of good spirits than good manLou. Why, did not he present you with those ners. diamonds ?
Char. Ay, ay; now the murder's out; he's in Char. Well, perhaps he did and, pray, love with her, and she has no very great dislike Louisa, have you no diamonds ?
to him; trust to my observation, Charles, for Lon. I diamonds, truly! Who should give me that: as to the diamonds, there's some mistake diamonds ?
about them, and you must clear it up: three Char. Who, but this very gentleman? apro- minutes conversation with him will put every pos, here comes your brother.
thing in a right train; go, go, Charles; 'tis a bro
ther's business; about it instantly; ten to one Enter CHÁRLES.
you'll find him over the way at Mr Stockwell's. I insist upon referring our dispute to him: your Cha. I confess I'm impatient to have the case sister and I, Charles, bave a quarrel. Belcour, cleared up. I'll take your advice, and find him the hero of your letter, has just left us—some out: good bye to you. how or other, Louisa's bright eyes have caught Char. Your servant; my life upon it you'll him; and the poor fellow's fallen desperately in find Belcour a man of honour. Come, Louisa, love with her-(don't interrupt me, hussy)-Well
, let us adjourn to my dressing room. I've a little that's excusable enough, you'll say; but the jest private business to transact with you, before the of the story is, that this hair-brained spark, who old lady comes up to tea and interrupts us. does nothing like other people, has given her the
SCENE I.-Fulmer's house.
Mrs Ful. But that's not all: look here! Here
are the sparklers ! [Shewing the jewels.] Now, Enter FULMER and Mrs FULMER.
what d'ye think of my performances ! eh? a Ful. Patty, was not Mr Belcour with you? foolish scheme, is not it-a silly woman-?
Dirs Ful. He was; and is now shut up in my Ful. Thou art a Judith, a Joan of Arc, and chamber, in high expectation of an interview with I'll march under thy banners, girl, to the world's Miss Dudley; she's at present with her brother, end. Come, let's begone ; I've little to regret; and 'twas with some difficulty I persuaded my my creditors may share the old books amongst hot-headed spark to wait till he has left her. them; they'll have occasion for philosophy to supFul. Well, child; and what then?
port their loss; they'll find enough upon my Mrs Ful. Why then, Mr Fulmer, I think it shelves : the world is my library; I read. manwill be time for you and me to steal a march, and kind-Now, Patty, lead the way.
Mrs Ful. Adieu, Belcour! [Ereunt. , Ful. So, this is all the fruit of your ingenious project? a shameful overthrow, or a sudden flight?
SCENE II. Mrs Ful. Why, my project was a mere im
Enter CHARLES DUDLEY and LOUISA. promptu, and can, at worst, but quicken our departure a few days; you know we had fairly out Cha. Well, Louisa, I confess the force of what lived our credit here, and a trip to Boulogne is you say: I accept Miss Rusport's bounty; and, no ways unseasonable. Nay, never droop, man. when you see my generous Charlotte, tell herHark! Hark! here's enough to bear charges. but have a care! there is a selfishness even in
[Shewing a purse. gratitude, when it is too profuse: to be overFul. Let me see, let me see this weighs well; thankful for any one favour, is in effect to lay this is of the right sort: why your West Indian out for another; the best return I could make bled freely.
my benefactress would be, never to see her more.
Lou. I understand you.
Lou. Hold! are you mad? I see you are a Cha. We that are poor, Louisa, should be cau bold, assuming man, and know not where to tious: for this reason, I would guard you against stop. Belcour; at least, till I can unravel the mystery Bel. Who, that beholds such beauty, can? By of Miss Rusport's diamonds. I was disappointed Heaven, you put my blood into a fame! Proof finding him at Mr Stockwell's, and am now go voking girl ! is it within the stretch of my fortune ing in search of him again: he may intend ho to content you? What is it you can further ask nourably; but, I confess to you, I ain staggered; that I am not ready to grant? think no more of him, therefore, for the present:
Lou. Yes, with the same facility that you be of this be sure, while I have life, and you have stowed upon me Miss Rusport's diamonds. For honour, I will protect you, or perish in your de- shame! for shame! was that a manly story? fence.
[Erit Cha. Bel. So! so! these devilish diamonds meet Lou. Think of him no more! Well
, I'll obey; me every where-Let me perish if I meant you but if a wandering uninvited thought should creep any harm. Oh! I could tear my tongue out for by chance into my bosom, must I not give the saying a word about the matter. harmless wretch a shelter? Oh! yes; the great Lou. Go to her, then, and contradict it; till artificer of the human heart knows every thread that is done, ny reputation is at stake. he wove into its fabric, nor puts his work to Bel. Her reputation ! Now she has got upon harder uses than it was made to bear : my wishes that, she'll go on for ever.- What is there I will then, my guiltless ones, I mean, are free: how not do for your sake? I will go to Miss Rosport. fast they spring within me at that sentence ! Lou. Do so; restore her own jewels to her, Down, down, ye busy creatures! Whither would which, I suppose, you kept back for the purpose you carry me? Ah! there is one amongst you, a of presenting others to her of a greater value; forward, new intruder, that, in the likeness of but, for the future, Mr Belcour, when you would an offending, generous man, grows into favour do a gallant action to that lady, don't let it be at with my heart. Fye, fye upon it! Belcour pur- my expence. sues, insults me; yet, such is the fatality of my Bel. I see where she points : she is willing condition, that what should rouse resentment, enough to give up Miss Rusport's diamonds, now only calls up love.
she finds she shall be a gainer by the exchange. Be it so ! 'tis what I wished !- Aside.}- Well
, Enter BeLcOUR.
madam, I will return Miss Rusport her own Bel. Alone, by all that's happy!
jewels, and you shall have others of tenfold their Lou, Ab!
value. Bel. Oh! shriek not, start not, stir not, love Lou. No, sir; you err most widely; it is my liest creature! but let me kneel, and gaze upon good opinion, not my vanity, which you must
bribe. Lou. Sir! Mr Belcour, rise! What is it you Bel. Why, what the devil would she have now? do?
-Miss Dudley, it is my wish to obey and please Bel. See, I obey you; mould me as you will, you, but I have some apprehension that we misbehold your ready servant ! New to your coun- take each other. try, ignorant of your manners, habits, and desires, Lou. I think we do : tell me, then, in a few I put myself into your hands for instruction; words, what is it you aim at? make me only such as you can like yourself, and Bel. In few words, then, and in plain honesty, I shall be happy
I must tell you, so entirely am I captivated with Lou. I must not hear this, Mr Belcour : go; you, that had you but been such as it would have should he, that parted from ine but this minute, become me to have called my wife, I had been now return, I tremble for the consequence. happy in knowing you by that name; as it is, you
Bel. Fear nothing; let him come: I love you, are welcome to partake my fortune : give me, in madam; he'll find it hard to make me unsay return, your person, give me pleasure, give me that.
love; free, disencumbered, anti-matrimonial love! Lou. You terrify me! your impetuous temper Lou. Stand off! and let me nerer see you frightens me; you know my situation ; it is not generous to pursue me thus.
Bel. Ilold, bold, thou dear, tormenting, tanBel. True; I do know your situation, your talizing girl! Upon my knees, I swear, you shall real one, Miss Dudley, and ain resolved to snatch not stir till you've consented to my bliss. you from it: 'twill be a meritorious act. The old Lou. Unhand me, sir : 0 Charles ! protect me, captain shall rejoice; Miss Rusport shall be made rescue me, redress me!
Erit lor. happy; and even he, even your beloved brother, with whose resentment you threaten me, shall, in
Enter Charles DUDLEY. the end, applaud and thank me. Come, thou Cha. How's this ! Rise, villain, and defend art a dear, enchanting girl, and I'm determined yourself! not to live a minute longer without thee!
Bel. Villain !