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My pretty one, here is an ornament
Mr. Moonshine-have you lost your reason ? Moonshine. (apart to Inference) Hush, it is only
brass an article
Hebe. Twenty guineas!
Moonshine. So you must not refuse it, positivelyFor my sake you must not.
Hebe. (aside) For your sake, Robert, I will not.
Moonshine. Take it, fair nymph : "Twill from a necklace grace that ivory bosom.
Hebe. I thank you, sir, I thank you!
Moonshine. 'Tis a trifle. Don't mention it-But (significantly) tell me, miss,
Hebe. Yes, sir, it is!
Hebe. Sir, indeed It is at present.
Moonshine. Empty, empty! what? I'll not believe it, no, child.
Inference. Nor will I_ (aside) That I may feast on my imagination. Moonshine. For shame! have you forgotten my rich
boon? Hebe. Ah no, sir, I address my prayers above For your requital in a future state.
Inference. Which, 'tis conclusive, will erelong ar
If you do not supply our firesent wants.
'Hebe. I wish I could You do, alas! appear In need of sustenance yet, gentlemen, After this bounty you cannot be poor.
Moonshine. No, no, not poor ; but our misfortune is, That each of us since yester eve has been In galling durance to a horse's back: So have you aught or naught within your larder?
Hebe. Ah, why suspect me when I tell a truth That strikes me with reproach-The only cottage In all the country round reduc'd to want
Moonshine. (with importance) How, child?
Hebe. Of this want
Moonshine. One Ambert?
that question is impertinent :
Moonshine. If the man's crabbed let him be so stiil :
Hebe. Yes, very rich, I'm told- But, sir-
[exit Moonshine without deigning an answer Inference. Consequently, ma'am
Ho, general, hom(aside) The mercenary wretch Would have the start of me -Ho, general, ho! (exit
Hebe. This gift! Great Providence, I thank thee in my brother's name!
[goes out of the cottage
SCENE II.-An apartment in AMBERT's house.
Enter AMBERT, followed by a servant.
[exit servant, and in a few moments
Loobin, take this, (handing him a purse) give it to
Loobin. And if, sir, if he ask me whence it came-
Amb. Ha! who approaches ?- Lleave me. [exit Loobin at one door, and a few moments after, at
the opposite end of the stage,
Enter servant showing in FREDERIC WORLACE.
Fred. Worl. May I hope You'll pardon this intrusion from a stranger When, sir, you know I come to plead the cause Of suffering humanity. (Ambert returns Frederic's bow with some reserve,
and beckons the servant to leave the room) Not long since Tlie secret sway of an o'erruling power
Led me along an unfrequented road-
believ'd her. Fred. Worl. As firmly as I had the voice of inspi,
ration ! She nam'd a neighbouring cottage, and declar'd That half her life she had resided there,
Amb. This monster then
Fred. Worl. If I've awaken'd the remorse of guilt I have perform'd my wish.
Amb. But, sir, not mine!
Fred. Worl. If wrong, sir, I am open to conviction.
Amb. You've seen the outside only of the hag On whose foul lips my crime has been created. She seem'd in want- L'twas fiction all.
Fred. Worl, When forc'd Amb. Listen, rash youth, ere you insult me further! This woman has but to expend a breath And solve a doubt with which my soul's afflicted ; Yet e'en a breath she thinks too merciful! If absolutely sinking to the grave Would she not start at conscience, not disclose A truth which, told, would save her from perdition? The secret wasting in her perjur'd soul Is one on which my peace-my life depends : Nature, and love, and gratitucie, and duty, Command her to reveal it- -Yet she will not!
Fred. Worl. How?
Amb. No persuasion can entice it from her ; And I would wring it now!
Fred. Worl. Should it die with her ?