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Miss. RICHLAND.. I have heard of Sir William Honeywood ; he's abroad in employment: he confided in your judgment, I suppose.

FTY.

LIAM.

Why, yes, madam, I believe Sir William had some reafon to confide in my judgment; one little reason, perhaps.

Miss RichLAND. Pray, Sir, What was it?

LOFTY. Why, madam--but let it go no farther it was I procured him his place.

Sir William.
Did you, Sir.

. Lofty.
Either you or I, Sir.

Mifs RICHLAND.
This, Mr. Lofty, 'was very kind indeed.

Lofty. I did love him, to be fure; he had fome amusing qualities; no man was fitter to be toaft-master to a club, or had a better head.

"Miss RICHLAND. A better head?.

LOFTY. .. Ay, at a bottle. To be fure, he was as dull as a choice fpirit: but hang it, he was grateful, very grateful; and gratitude hides a multitude of faults. Sir WILLIAM. He might have reason, perhaps, His place. is pretty considerable, I'm told.

Lofty. A trifle, a mere trifle, among us men of business. The truth is, he wanted dignity to fill up a greater.

Sir WILLIAM. Dignity of person, do you mean, Sir? I'm told he's much about my size and figure, Sir.

Lofty.. Ay, tall enough for a marching regiment; but then he wanted a fomething a consequence of form-a kind of a I believe the lady perceives my meaning.

i Miss RICHLAND. 0, perfectly: you courtiers can do any thing, I see,

'Lofty. My dear madam, all this is but a meer exchange : we do greater things for one another every day. Why, as thus, now: let me suppose you the first lord of the treasury ; you have an employment in you that I want; I have a place in me that you want! do me here, do you there : interest of both fides, few words, flat, done and done, and its over.

Sir WILLIAM. A thought strikes me. ( Afide.) Now you mention Sir William Honeywood, madam ; and as he seems, · Sir, an acquaintance of yours ; you'll be glad to hear he's arriv'd from Italy ; I had it from a friend F 3

who who knows him as well as he does me, and you may depend on my information. .

LOFTY, The devil he is! If I had known that, we should not have been quite so well acquainted. (Afide.)

Sir William. He is certainly return’d; and, as this gentleman is a friend of yours, he can be of signal service to us, by introducing me to him ; there are some papers relative to your affairs, that require dispatch and his inspection.

Miss RICHLAND. This gentleman, Mr. Lofty, is a person employed in my affairs; I know you'll serve us.

Lofty.
My dear madam, I live bat to serve you. Sir
William shall even wait upon him, if you think
proper to command it.

Sir WILLIAM.
That would be quite unnecessary.

Lopty. Well, we must introduce you then. Call upon me let me see-ay, in two days.

Sir William.
Now, or the opportunity will be lost for ever.

Lofty. Well, if it must be now, now let it be. But damn it, that's unfortunate; my lord Grig's cursed Pen

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sacola business comes on this very hour, and I'm engaged to attend-another time

Sir ,WILLIAM.
A short letter to Sir William will do.

LOFTY. . You shall have it; yet, in my opinion, a letter is a very bad way of going to work ; face to face, that's my way. :

Sir WILLIAM.
The letter, 'Sir, will do quite as well.

Lorry.
Zounds! Sir, do you 'pretend to direct me; di-
rect me in the business of office? Do you know me,
Sir ? who am I?

Miss RICHLAND, Dear, Mr. Lofty, this request is not so much his as mine; if my commands--but you defpise my power.

Lofty. Delicate creature ! your commands could even controul a debate at midnight: to a power fo conftitutional, I am all obedience and tranquillity. He shall have a letter; where is my secretary! Dubardieu! And yet, I protest I don't like this way of doing business. I think if I spoke first to Sir Wil. liam-But you will have it fo.

. [Exit with Miss Richland.

Sir WILLIAM, alone. Ha, ha, ha! This too is one of my nephew's hopeful associates. O vanity, thou constant deceiver,

how do all thy efforts to exalt, serve but to fink us ! Thy false colourings, like those employed, to heighten beauty, only seem to mend that bloom which they contribute to destroy. I'm not displeased at this interview : exposing this fellow's impudence to the contempt it deserves, may be of use to my design; at least, if he can reflect, it will be of use to himself.

Enter J A R VIS.

Sir William.' How now, Jarvis, where's your master, my nephew?

JARVIS. At his wit's ends, I believe : he's scarce gotten out of one scrape, but he's running his head into another.

Sir WILLIAM. · How so?

JARVIS. The house has but just been cleared of the bailiffs, and now he's again'engaging tooth and nail in assisting old Croaker's son to patch up a clandestine match with the young lady that passes in the houfe for his fifter.

Sir William.
Ever busy to serve others,

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