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have writ to your mistress this morning. It would please my curiosity to know the contents of a wed
Enter HUMPHREY. ding-day letter, for courtship must then be over. Humph. Sir, Mr Sealand is at the coffee-house,
B. jun. I assure you, sir, there was no inso- and has sent to speak with you. lence in it, upon the prospect of such a vast for Sir J. B. Oh! that's well! then I warrant the tune's being added to our family, but much ac- lawyers are ready. Son, you'll be in the way, you knowledgment of the lady's great desert.
say: Sir J. B. But, dear Jack, are you in earnest in all this? and will you really marry her?
B jun. If you please, sir, I'll take a chair and
go to Mr Sealand's, where the young lady and I B. jun. Did I ever disobey any command of will wait your leisure. yours, sir ? Nay, any inclination that I saw you Sir J. B. By no means—the old fellow will bent upon ?
be so vain if he seesSir J. B. Why, I cann't say you have, son: but B. jun. Ay—but the young lady, sir, will think methinks in this whole business you have not me so indifferentbeen so warm as I could have wished you; you Humph. Ay—there you are right-press your have visited her, it is true, but you have not been readiness to go to the bride-he won't let you. particular.—Every one knows you can say and do
(Aside to Bev.jun. as handsome things as any man;
but have B. jun. Are you sure of that? done nothing but lived in the general, being com
(Aside to HUMPH. plaisant only.
Humph. How he likes being prevented ! B. jun. As I am ever prepared to marry if you
(Aside. bid me, so I am ready to let it alone if you will Sir J. B. No, no; you are an hour or two have me. [Humphrey enters unobserted. too early.
(Looking on his ausch. Sir J. B. Look you there now! Why, what am B. jun. You'll allow me, sir, to think it too I to think of this so absolute and so indifferent late to visit a beautiful, virtuous, young woman, a resignation ?
in the pride and bloom of life, ready to give herB. jun. Think that I am still your son, sir-sir self to my arms, and to place her happiness or --you have been married, and I have not; and misery for the future in being agreeable or dise you have, sir, found the inconvenience there is pleasing to me, is a -Call a chair. when a man weds with too much love
in his Sir J. B. No, no, no, dear Jack ! Besides, this head. I have been told, sir, that at the time you Sealand is a moody old fellow. There's no dealmarried, you made a mighty bustle on the occa- | ing with some people but by managing with indif
or walls-locking up the lady—and the gallant un this day; it is the last of his commanding liis der an arrest for fear of killing all his rivals. Now, daughter. sir, I suppose you having found the ill consequence B.jun. Sir, he cann't take it ill that I am imof these strong passions and prejudices, in prefer- patient to be hers. ence of one woman to another, in case of a man's Sir J. B. Pray let me govern in this matter. becoming a widower
You cann't tell how humoursome old fellows are. Sir J. B. How is this?
- There's no offering reason to some of 'em, es: B. jun. I såy, sir, experience has made you pecially when they are rich.— If my son should wiser in your care of me ; for, sir, since you
lost see him before I've brought Old Sealand into betmy dear mother, your time has been so heavy, so ter temper, the match would be impracticable. lonely, and so tasteless, that you are so good as to
(Aside. guard me against the like unhappiness, by mar Humph. Pray, sir, let me beg you to let Mr Betrying me prudentially by way of bargain and sale; vil go.See whether he will not. (Aside to Sir
for, as you well judge, a woman that is espoused JOHN.)-Then to BEVIL.] Pray, sir, command for a fortune is yet a better bargain if she dies ; yourself; since you see my master is positive, it for then a man well enjoys what he did marry, is better you should not go. the money, and is disencumbered of what he did B. jun. My father commands me as to the obnot marry, the woman.
ject of my affections, but I hope he will not as to Sir J. B. But pray, sir, do you think Lucinda | the warmth and height of them. then a woman of such little merit?
Sir J. B. So I must even leave things as I B. jun. Pardon me, sir, I don't carry it so far found them, and in the mean time at least keep neither; I am rather afraid I shall like her too old Sealand out of his sight.-Well, son, I'll go well; she has, for one of her fortune, a great myself and take orders in your affair You'll be in many needless and superfluous good qualities.
suppose, if I send to you—I'll leave Sir J. B. I am afraid, son, there's something I your old friend with you-Humphrey—don't let don't see yet, something that's smothered under him stir, d'ye hear. Your servant, your servant. all this raillery.
[Exit Sir John. B. jun. Not in the least, sir.-If the lady is Humph. I have a sad time on it, sir, between dressed and ready, you see I am. I suppose the you and my master-I see you are unwilling, and lawyers are ready too.
Í know his violent inclinations for the match.
I must betray neither, and yet deceive you both, care of her ; the captain, too, proved to have hufor your common good. Heaven grant a good manity, and became a father to her; for having end of this matter: but there is a lady, sir, that himself married an English woman, and being gives your father much trouble and sorrow childless, he brought home into Toulon this her You'll pardon me.
little countrywoman, this orphan I may call her, B. jun. Humphrey, I know thou art a friend presenting hier, with all lier dead mother's moveto both, and in that confidence I dare tell thee-ables of value, to his wife, to be educated as his that lady is a woman of honour and virtue. You own adopted daughter. may assure yourself I never will without Humph. Fortune here seemed again to smile my father's consent; but give me too, this declaration does not come up to a pro B. jun. Only to make her frowns more terrimise that I will take whomsuçver he plcascsa ble; for in his height of fortune this captain too,
Humph. Come, šir, I wholly understand you : her benefactor, unfortunately was killed at sca, you weuld engage my services to free you from and dying intestate, his estate fell wholly to an this woman whom my master intends you, to advocate, his brother, who coming soon to take make
way in time for the woman you have really possession, there found, among his other riches, a mind to.
this blooning virgin at his mercy. B. jun. Honest Humphrey ! you have always Humph. He durst not sure abuse his power! been an useful friend to my father and myself ; B. jun. No wonder if his pampered blood was I beg you to continue your good offices, and fired at the sight of her.-In short, he loved; but don't let us come to the necessity of a dispute, for when all arts and gentle means had failed to if we should dispute, I must either part with move, he offered too his menaces in vain, demore than life, or lose the best of fathers. nouncing vengeance on her cruelty, demanding
Humph. My dear master! were I but worthy her to account for all her maintenance from her to know this secret that so near concerns you, childhood, seized on her little fortune as his own my life, my all, should be engaged to serve you. inheritance, and was dragging her by violence to This, sir, Í dare promise, that I am sure I will prison, when Providence at the instant interposed, # and can be secret: your trust, at worst, but leaves and sent me by miracle to relieve her. you where you were; and if I cannot serve you, Humph. 'Twas Providence, indeed! But pray, I will at once be plain and tell you so.
sir, after all this trouble, how came this lady at B. jun. That's all I ask. Thou hast made it last to England ? now my interest to trust thee.
B. jun. The disappointed advocate, finding she then, and hear the story of my heart.
had so unexpected a support, on cooler thoughts Humph. I am all attention, sir.
descended to a composition, which I, without her B. jun. You may remember, Humphrey, that knowledge, secretly discharged. in my last travels my father grew uneasy at my Humph. That generous concealment made the making so long a stay at Toulon.
obligation double. Humph. I remember it; he was apprehensive B. jun. Having thus obtained her liberty, I some woman had laid hold of you.
prevailed, not without some difficulty, to see her B. jun. His fears were just, for there I first safe to England, where we no sooner arrived, but saw this lady: she is of English birth : her fa- my father, jealous of my being imprudently en1 ther's name was Danvers, a younger brother of gaged, immediately proposed this other fatal an ancient family, and originally an eminent mer match that hangs upon my quiet. chant of Bristol, who, upon repeated misfortunes, Humph. I find, sir, you are irrecoverably fixed was reduced to go privately to the Indies. In upon this lady. this retreat, Providence again grew favourable to B. jun. As my vital life dwells in my hearthis industry, and in six years time restored him and yet you see what I do to please my father ; to his former fortunes. On this he sent direc- walk in this pageantry of dress, this splendid cotions over that his wife and little family should vering of sorrow—But, Humphrey, you have your follow him to the Indies. His wife, impatient lesson. to obey such welcome orders, would not wait the Humph. Now, sir, I have but one material ques
leisure of a convoy, but took the first occasion of tionI
a single ship, and with her husband's sister only B. jun. Ask it freely. and this daughter, then scarce seven years old, Humph. Is it then your own passion for this undertook the fatal voyage ; for here, poor crea secret lady, or hers for you, that gives you this ture, she lost her liberty and life: she and her aversion to the match your father has proposed family, with all they had, were unfortunately you? taken by a privateer from Toulon. Being thus B. jun. I shall appear, Humphrey, more romanmade a prisoner, though, as such, not ill treated, tic in my answer than in all the rest of my story; yet the fright, the shock, and the cruel disap- for though I dote on her to death, and have no pointment, seized with such violence upon her little reason to believe she has the same thoughts unhealthy frame, she sickened, pined, and died for me, yet, in all my acquaintance and utmost
privacies with her, I never once directly told her Humph. Poor soul! Oh, the helpless infant! that I loved. B. jun. Her sister yet survived, and had the Humph. How was it possible to avoid it?
B. jun. My tender obligations to my father you, that, from a secret I know, you may appear have laid so inviolable a restraint upon my con to your father as forward as you please to marry duct, that till I have his consent to speak, I am Lucinda, without the least hazard of its coming determined on that subject to be dumb for ever. to a conclusion. -Sir, your most obedient
-An honourable retreat shall always be at servant. least within my power, however Fortune may dis B. Jun. Honest Humphrey! continue but my pose of me; the lady may repine, perhaps, but friend in this exigence, and you shall always find never shall reproach me.
[Exii HUMPH.] I long to hear how Humph. Well
, sir, to your praise be it spoken, ny letter has succeeded with Lucinda. But.. you are certainly the most unfashionable lover in think it cannot fail; for at worst, were it possiGreat Britain.
ble she should take it ill, her resentment of my
indifference may as probably occasion a delay as Enter Tom.
her taking it right. -Poor Myrtle! what terTom. Sir, Mr Myrtle's at the next door, and rors must he be in all this while !---Since he if you are at leisure, will be glad to wait on you. knows she is offered to me, and refused to him,
B. jun. Whene'er he pleases-llold, Tom; there is no conversing or taking any measures did you receive no answer to my letter?
with him for his own service.—But I ought to Tom. Sir, I was desired to call again ; for I | bear with my friend, and use him as one in ad. was told her mother would not let her be out of versity. her sight; but about an hour hence Mrs Phillis said I should have one.
All his disquietudes by my own I prove, B. jun. Very well.
For none exceeds perplexity in love. Humph. Sir, I will take another opportunity;
(Exeunt. in the mean time I only think it proper to tell
Myrt. No—but such is my humorous and SCENE 1-Continues.
sickly state of mind, since it has been able to reEnter BEVIL, Jun. und TOM.
lish nothing but Lucinda, that though I must owe
my happiness to your aversion to this marriage, Tom. Sir, Mr Myrtle.
I cann't bear to hear her spoken of with levity or B. jun. Very well-Do you step again, and wait for an answer to my letter. [Exit Tom. B. jun. Pardon me, sir, I shall transgress that
She has understanding, beauty,
way no more. Enter MYRTLE.
shape, complexion, witWell, Charles, why so much care in thy counte Miyrt. Nay, dear Bevil ! don't speak of her as nance ? Is there any thing in this world deserves if you lov'd her neither. it? You who used to be so gay, so open, so vacant! B. jun. Why then, to give you ease at once,
Myrt. I think we have of late chang'd com- though I allow Lucinda to have good sense, wit, plexions. You who us’d to be much the graver beauty, and virtue, I know another in whom man are now all air in your behaviour. But these qualities appear to me more amiable than the cause of my concern may, for aught I know, in her. be the same object that gives you all this satis Myrt. There you spoke like a reasonable and faction. In a word, I am told that you are this good-natur'd friend. When you acknowledge very day (and your dress confirms me in it) to be her merit, and own your prepossession for anomarried to Lucinda.
ther, at once you gratify my fondness and cure B. jun. You are not misinformed.-Nay, my jealousy. put not on the terrors of a rival till you hear me B. jun. But all this while you take no notice, out. I shall disoblige the best of fathers if I don't you have no apprehension of another man, that seem ready to marry Lucinda; and you know I has twice the fortune of either of us. have ever told you, you might make use of my Myrt. Cimberton! Hang him, a formal, phisecret resolution never to marry her for your losophical, pedantic coxcomb!
-for the sot, own service as you please: but I am now driven with all these crude notions of divers things, unto the extremity of immediately refusing or com der the direction of great vanity and very little plying, unless you help me to escape the match. judgment, shews his strongest biasis avarice, which
Myrt. Escape, sir ! 'neither her merit nor her is so predominant in him, that he will examine fortune are below your acceptance. Escaping, the limbs of his mistress with the caution of a do you call it ?
jockey, and pays no more compliment to her per Ř. jun. Dear sir! do you wish I should de-sonal charms than if she were a mere breeding sire the match:
B. jun. Are
gure that is not affected? I right then. And now, Charles, your apprehenhave known some women sooner set on fire by sion of my marrying her is all you have to get that sort of negligence, than by all the blaze and ceremony of a court.
Myrt. Dear Bevil! though I know you are Myrt. No, no; hang him! the rogue has no my friend, yet when I abstract myself from my art; it is pure simple insolence and stupidity. own interest in the thing, I know no objection
B. jun. Yet with all this I don't take him for she can make to you, or you to her, and therea fool.
fore hope Myrt. I own the man is not a natural; he has B. jun. Dear Myrtle ! I am as much obliged a very quick sense, though a very slow under to you for the cause of your suspicion, as I am standinshe says indeed many things that offended at the efiect; but be assured I am tawant only the circuimstances of time and place to king measures for your certain security, and that be very just and agreeable.
all things, with regard to me, will end in your enB. jun. Well, you may be sure of me if you tire satisfaction. can disappoint him ; but my intelligence says the Myrt. Well, I'll promise you to be as easy and mother has actually sent for the conveyancer to s confident as I can, though I cannot but redraw articles for his marriage with Lucinda, member that I have more than life at stake on though those for mine with her are by her fa- your fidelity.
(Going. ther's order ready for signing; but it seems she B. jun. Then, depend upon it, you have no bas not thought fit to consult either him or his chance against you. darıghter in the matter.
Myrt. Nay, no ceremony; you know I must Jur!. Pshaw! a poor troublesome woman ! be going.
[Ecii MYRT. -Neither Lucinda nor her father will ever be B. jun. Well, this is another instance of the brought to comply with it—besides, I am sure perplexities which arise too in faithful friendship. Cimberton can make no settlement upon her with. We must often in this life go on in our good ofout the concurrence of his great uncle, Sir Geoffices, even under the displeasure of those to fry in the west.
whom we do them, in compassion to their weakB. jun. Well, sir, and I can tell you that's the nesses and mistakes. But all this while, poor Iudivery point that is now laid before her counsel, ana is tortured with the doubt of me ; she has no to know whether a firm settlement can be made support or comfort but in my fidelity, yet sees without this uncle's actually joining in it.-Now, me daily press’d to marriage with another. How pray consider, sir, when my affair with Lucinda | painful, in such a crisis, must be every hour she comes, as it soon must, to an open rupture, how thinks on me! I'll let her see, at least, my conare you sure that Cimberton's fortune may not
duct to her is not chang’d: I'll take this opporthen tempt her father too to hear his proposals ? tunity to visit her; for though the religious vow
Myrt. There you are right indeed; that inust I have made to my father restrains me from ever be provided against.–Do you know who are her marrying without his approbation, yet that concounsel ?
fines me not from seeing a virtuous woman, that B. jun. Yes, for your service I have found out is the pure delight of my eyes, and the guiltless that too; they are Serjeant Bramble and old Tar-joy of my heart. But the best condition of huget.-By the way, they are neither of 'em known man life is but a gentler misery. in the family: now I was thinking why you might not put a couple of false counsels upon her, to To hope for perfect happiness is vain, delay and confound matters a little-besides, it And love has ever its allays of pain. [Exit may probably let you into the bottom of her
u whole design against you.
SCENE II.-INDIANA's Lodgings.
Enter ISABELLA and INDIANA. and a gown, and be old Bramble yourself? Isab. Yes—I say 'tis artifice, dear child! I say
Myrt. Ha! I don't dislike it-but what shall to thee, again and again, 'tis all skill and manageI do for a brother in the case ?
B. jun. What think you of my fellow Tom? Ind. Will you persuade me there can be an ill The rogue's intelligent, and is a good mimic; all design in supporting me in the condition of a wohis part will be but to stutter heartily, for that's man of quality! attended, dress’d, and lodg’d, old Target's case-nay, it would be an immoral like one in my appearance abroad, and in my thing to mock him, were it not that his impa- furniture at home, every way in the most sumptience is the occasion of its breaking out to that tuous manner, and he that does it has an artifice, degree.—The conduct of the scene will chiefly a design in it? lie upon you.
Isab. Yes, yes. Myrt. I like it of all things ; if you'll send
Ind. And all this without so much as explainTom to my chambers, I will give him full instruc- ing to me that all about me comes from him? tions. This will certainly give me occasion to Isab. Ay, ay—the more for that—that keeps raise difficulties, to puzzle or confound her pro- the title to all you have the more in him ject for a while at least.
Ind. The more in him!bc scorns the B. jun. I warrant you success; so far we are thought
Isab. Then he-he-he
you doubt those who would contemn you for beInd. Well, be not so eager. If he is an ill lieving 'em? Take it from me, fair and natural man let's look into his stratagems: here's ano- dealing is to invite injuries ; 'tis bleating to ther of them : (Shewing a letter] here's two escape wolves wbo would devour you: Such is hundred and fifty pounds in bank notes, with the world, and such (since the behaviour of one these words, To pay for the set of dressing plate man to myself) have I believed all the rest of the which will be brought home to-morrow.' Why, sex,
(Aside. dear aunt! now here's another piece of skill for Ind. I will not doubt the truth of Bevil, I will you which I own I cannot comprehend—and it not doubt it : he has not spoken it by an organ it is with a bleeding heart I hear you say any that is given to lying: his eyes are all that have thing to the disadvantage of Mr Bevil. When he ever told me that he was mine: I know his virtue, is present, I look upon him as one to whom I owe I know his filial piety, and ought to trust his my life and the support of it; then again, as the management with a father to whom he has unman who loves me with sincerity and honour. common obligations. What have I to be conWhen his eyes are cast another way, and I dare cern’d for? My lesson is very short. If he takes survey him, my heart is painfully divided between me for ever, my purpose of life is only to please shame and love-Oh, I could tell you
him. If he leaves me, which Heaven avert,)I know Isab. Oh, you need not; I imagine all this for he'll do it nobly; and I shall have nothing to do you.
but to learn to die, after worse than death has Ind. This is my state of mind in his presence, happen'd to me. and when he is absent, you are ever dinning my Isab. Ay, do persist in your credulity! Alatter ears with notions of the arts of men, that his hid- yourself that a man of his figure and fortune will den bounty, bis respectful conduct, his careful inake himself the jest of the town, and marry a provision for me, after his preserving me from handsome beggar for love. the utmost misery, are certain signs he means no Ind. The town! I must tell you, madam, the thing but to make I know not what of me. fools that laugh at Mr Bevil will but make themIsab. Oh, you have a sweet opinion of him selves more ridiculous; his actions are the re
sult of thinking, and he has sense enough to Ind. I have, when I am with him, ten thou- make even virtue fashionable. sand things, besides my sex's natural decency Isab. O’ my conscience he has turned her and shame, to suppress my hcart, that yearns to head! Come, come; if he were the honest fool thank, to praise, to say it loves him. I say thus you take him for, why has he kept you here these it is with me while I see him, and in his absence three weeks without sending you to Bristol in I am entertain'd with nothing but your endea- search of your father, your fainily, and your res vours to tear this amiable image from my heart, lations? and in its stead to place a base dissembler, an art Ind. I am convinc'd he still designs it; and ful invader of my happiness, my innocence, my that nothing keeps him here but the necessity of honour.
not coming to an open breach with his father in Isub. Ah, poor soul! has not his plot taken ? regard to the match he has 'propos’d him : bedon't
you die for him ? has not the way he bas sides, has he not writ to Bristol ? and has not he taken been the most proper with you? O ho! advice that my father has not been heard of there he has sense, and has judged the thing right. almost these twenty years ?
Ind. Go on then, since nothing can answer Isab. All sham, mere evasion; he is afraid, if you; say
will of him.-Heigh ho ! he should carry you thither, your honest relaIsub. 'Heigh ho ! indeed. It is better to say tions may take you out of his hands, and so blow so as you are now than as many others are. up all his wicked hopes at once. There are among the destroyers of women the Ind, Wicked hopes ! did I ever give him any gentle, the generous, the mild, the affable, the such ? humble, who all, soon after their success in their Isab. Has he ever given you any honest ones? designs, turn to the contrary of those characters. Can you say in your conscience he has ever once I will own to you, Mr Bevil carries his hypocrisy offer'd to marry you ? the best of any man living ; but still he is a man, Ind. No; but by his behaviour I am convinc'd and therefore a hypocrite. They have usurp'd an he will offer it the moment ’tis in his power, or exemption from shame, from any baseness, any consistent with his honour to make such a procruelty towards us. They embrace without love; mise good to me. they make vows without conscience of obligation; Isub. His honour ! they are partners, nay, seducers to the crime, Ind. I will rely upon it; therefore desire you wherein they pretend to be less guilty.
will not make my life uneasy by these ungrateful Ind. That's truly observ’d. (Aside.) But what's jealousies of one to whon I am and wish to be all this to Bevil?
oblig'd; for from his integrity alone I have reIsab. This is to Bevil and all mankind. Trust solv'd to hope for happiness. not those who will think the worse of you for Isab. Nay, 1 have done my duty; if you won't your confidence in them; serpents who lie in see, at your peril be it. wait for doves. Won't you be on your guard Ind. Let it be. This is his hour of visiting against those who would betray you? won't