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Or scarlet juice left in our veins sufficient
To this uncivil post-Do you approve?
may pass : 'tis tolerable.
temper ; Politeness bids me give the thing a trial. Moonshine. (aside) You lie, you hang-dog; it is mere
convenience : You can't invent a better (tying Inference and himself
to the post). Inference. (groaning) Oh, do-not pull The cord into such tension !
Moonshine. Pray you, pardon : Do not suppose I meant to give you pain, I who'd (drawing the cord still more tightly) relieve
you from all earthly woes(aside) With pressing out your life, you sorry knave !
Inference. (still groaning) Oh! not so tight, I say ! (catches the cord from Moonshine, and in his turna draws it with great violence).
Moonshine. (groaning) Zounds, man, you'll kill me! Inference. (aside) And of an arrant scoundrel rid the
world. My dear, dear friend, I feel for you; and yet You have concluded that the knot be tied (tying the rope, while Moonshine again groans.)
Harry Courl. (aside) A very odd contriyance, on
Moonshine. Ho, murder!
Harry Courl. How now, good gentlemen. (approach. ing them)
Harry Courl. Why in the name of common sense is it You break the peace with this exceeding uproar ? Moonshine. Maltreated, sir-we've been, alas,
Inference. We've been purloin'd of
long days. Harry Courl. Fellows, you mean three tedious livelong But you may pass the livelong tedious night here (fast
ening them more firmly.) If you'd kill time with ratiocination, I leave you free to indulge in every branch Save that which is call'd pugilistic logic : You have a tenable position now : The two extremes (touching Inference and Moonshine, who. hang down their heads in confusion) are doubtful,
'tis allow'd ; But as the middle term (touching the post) is not une
sound, There's promise the conclusion will be lawful. Ha, ha, ha!
(exit) [The scene closes on Inference and Moonshine.
SCENE 1.--An apartment in Mr. Courland's house.
FREDERIC WORLACE and LOUISA COURLAND.
Fred. Worl. Louisa, you mistake me- -think
Louisa Courl. Frederic, I can never act
Fred. Worl. Hope !
Fred. Worl. Until of late, Louisa ?
Fred. Worl. You mean
Louisa Courl. I do.
Spes etiam valida solatur compede vinctum:
Tibulli Eleg. 6. lib. 2. Fred. Worl. Then for your peace We ought to part ?
Louisa Courl. No, no, I said not, meant not so:
Louisa Courl. Frederic, if you love me say no more.
Enter MR, COURLAND.
Mr. Courl. Ha !
Sir, you gaze-
Fred. Worl. Your daughter !
Mr. Courl. Yes, she is not yours, is she ? Then why claim her more than my other chattels? She is the costliest piece of household stuff I have in my possession-Mark my words While in a gentle mood I give you warning: This watch (winding it up) must half run down, when
if it appear That you still trespass on the premises, Some honest rustic for redress shall make Due application to your intellect. Fred. Worl, Insolent !. -(aside) But Louisa calls him father.
[exit (offering his hand to Moonshine) Your friend the ge
neral, Mr. Scholium ?--Inference. (apart to Harry) For such he passes. Moonshine. (aside) Thanks to my wits, I am not re
collectedYes, sir, his horoscope and mine were one : I know no mortal to himself affin'dIn nearer points of genius and regard, Than I to Mr. Scholium-apart to Inference) Idiot,
speak, Return the compliment.
Inference. (apart to Moonshine) I'm silent.
Harry Courl. (apart to Inference) Your friend, Perhaps he'd view a specimen of life At variance with common rule--you'll ask him. Inference. (to Moonshine) Will you, sir, view a cu
riosity? Moonshine. (aside) The puppy would indulge at my
expense. Inference. Will you, sir, view a curiosity ? Moonshine. (looking contemptuously but steadily at Inference) With all my heart, my worthy Mr. Scho.
lium. Harry Courl. Then, general, if you'll ride
Moonshine. I thank you, no : I can view one quite at my leisure here (his eyes still
fixed on Inference.) Inference. Say, general, who is it you're scanning
thus? Harry Courl. Good sirs, each of you does mistake