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you like the
Isab. Oh! to be sure, keep up your forms; do B.jun. You certainly distinguish right, madam; not see him in a bed-chamber. This is pure pru- love often kindles from external merit onlydence, when she is liable, whene'er he meets her, Ind. But esteem arises from a higher source, to be conveyed where'er he pleases. (Apart. the merit of the soul
Ind. All the rest of my life is but waiting till B. jun. True—and great souls only can dehe comes: I live only while I am with him. [Erit
. serve it.
[Bowing respectfully. Isai. Well, go thy way, thou wilful innocent ! Ind. Now I think they are greater still that can I once had almost as much love for a man who so charitably part with it. poorly left me to marry an estate and I am B. jun. Now, madam, you make me vain, since new, against my will, what they call an old maid the utmost pride and pleasure of my life is, that - but I will not let the peevishness of that con- | 1 esteem you—as I ought. dition grow upon memonly keep up the suspi Ind. (Aside.] As he ought! still more percion of it, to prevent this creature's being any plexing ! he neither saves nor kills my hope. other than a virgin, except upon proper terms. B. jun. But, madam, we grow grave, methinks
[Exit. -let's find some other subject.Pray, how did
opera last night? Re-enter INDIANA, speaking to a Servant.
Ind. First, give me leave to thank you for my Ind. Desire Mr Bevil to walk in.-Design! tickets. impossible! a base designing mind could never B. jun. Oh! your servant, madam.—But, pray, think of what he hourly puts in practice--and tell me ; you, now, who are never partial to the yet, since the late rumour of his marriage he fashion, I fancy, must be the properest judge of a seems more reserv'd than formerly-he sends in mighty dispute among the ladies; that is, whether too before he sees me, to know if I am at leisure. Crispo or Griselda is the more agreeable enter-Such new respect may cover coldness in the tainment. heart-it certainly makes me thoughtful—I'll Ind. With submission, now, I cannot be a know the worst at once; I'll lay such fair occa proper judge of this question. sions in his way, that it shall be impossible to B. jun. How so, madam? avoid an explanation for these doubts are in Ind. Because I find I have a partiality for one supportable. --But see, he comes, and clears them of them. all.
B. jun. Pray, which is that?
Ind. I do not know—there's something in that Enter BEVIL, Jun.
rural cottage of Griselda, her forlorn condition, B. jun. Madam, your most obedient.-I am her poverty, her solitude, her resignation, her afraid I broke in upon yourtest last night—'twas innocent slumbers, and that lulling dolce sogno very late before we parted, but 'twas your own that's sung over her, it had an effect upon me fault; I never saw you in such agreeable hu-that-In short, I never was so well deceiv'd at
Ind. I am extremely glad we are both pleas'd; B. jun. Oh! now, then, I can account for the for I thought I never saw you better company.
dispute: Griselda, it seems, is the distress of an B. jun. Me! madam : you rally; I said very injur'd innocent woman, Crispo that only of a little.
man in the same condition; therefore, the men Ind. But I am afraid you heard me say a great are mostly concerned for Crispo, and, by a nadeal; and when a woman is in the talking vein, tural indulgence, both sexes for Griselda. the most agreeable thing a man can do, you Ind. So that judgment, you think, ought to be know, is to have patience to hear her.
though fancy and complaisance have got B. jun. Then it's pity, madam, you should ground for the other. Well, I believe you will ever be silent, that we might be always agreeable never give me leave to dispute with you on any to one another.
subject, for I own Crispo has its charms for me Ind. If I had your talent or power to make my too, though, in the main, all the pleasure the best actions speak for me, I might indeed be silent, opera gives us is but a keen sensation.—Methinks and yet pretend to something more than the agree- 'tis pity the mind cann't have a little more share in able.
the entertainment. The music is certainly fine; B. jun. If I might be vain of any thing in my but, in my thoughts, there's none of your compopower, madam, it is that my understanding, sers come up to old Shakespeare and Otway. from all your sex, has mark'd you out as the B. jun. How, madam! why, if a woman of your most deserving object of my esteem.
sense were to say this in a drawing-room-
Serv. Sir, here's Signior Carbonelli says he B. jun. How so, madam?
waits your commands in the next room. Ind. Because esteem is the result of reason, B. jan. A-propos ! you were saying yesterday, and to deserve it from good sense the height of madam, you had a mind to hear him.-Will you human glory. Nay, I had rather a man of ho- give him leave to entertain you now? nour should pay me that, than all the homage of Ind. By all means. Desire the gentleman to a sincere and humble love.
any of them.
B. jun. I fancy you will find something in his , can say of him—Why, madam, a greater exhand that is uncommon.
pence than all this men lay out upon an unneces. Ind. You are always finding ways, Mr Bevil, sary stable of horses. to make life seem less tedious to me.
Ind. Can you be sincere in what you say? Enter Music- Masler.
B. jun. You may depend upon it, if you know
any such man, he does not love dogs inordinately. When the gentleman pleases.
Ind. No, that he does not. (After a sonata is played, Bevil, jun. waits on B. jun. Nor cards, nor dice. the muster to the door, &c.]
Ind. No. B. jun. You smile, madam, to see me so com B. jun. Nor bottle-companions. plaisant to one whom I pay for his visit. Now, Ind. No. I own, I think it not enough barely to pay those B. jun. Nor loose women. whose talents are superior to our own, (I mean Ind. No, I'm sure he does not. such talents as would become our condition if we B. jun. Take my word then, if your admired had thein); methinks, we ought to do something hero is not liable to any of these kind of demore than barely gratify them for what they do mands, there's no such pre-eminence in this as at our command, only because their fortune is you imagine : nay, this
expence you speak
of, is what exalts and raises him that has a taste Ind. You say I smile; I assure you it was a for it ; and, at the same time, his delight is incasmile of approbation; for, indeed, I cannot but pable of satiety, disgust, or penitence. think it the distinguished part of a gentleman to Ind. But, still, I insist, his having no privato make his superiority of fortune as casy to his in- interest in the action makes it prodigious, almost feriors as he can.- Now, once more to try him. incredible. [Aside.] I was saying just now, I believe you B. jun. Dear madam! I never knew you more would never let me dispute with you, and I dare mistaken. Why, who can be more an usurer say, it will always be so: however, I must have than he who lays out his money in such valuable your opinion upon a subject which created a de- purchases ? If pleasure be worth purchasing, how bate betwixt my aunt and me just before you great a pleasure is it to him, who has a true taste came hither; she would needs have it, thať no If life, to ease an aching heart; to see the human man ever does any extraordinary kindness or ser fountenance lighted up into smiles of joy, on the vice for a woman but for his own sake.
feceipt of a bit of ore, which is superfluous, and B.jun. Well, madam ! indeed, I cann't but be botherwise useless, in a man's own pocket! What of her mind.
could a man do better with his cash? This is the Ind. What, though he should maintain and sup- ||effect of a humane disposition, where there is port her, without demanding any thing of her on only a general tie of nature and common neces
sity ; what then must it be, when we serve an obB. jun. Why, madam, is making an expence ject of merit, of admiration ! in the service of a valuable woman, (for such I Ind. Well, the more you argue against it, the must suppose her,) though she should never do more I shall admire the generosity: him any favour, nay, though she should never B.jun. Nay-Then, madam, 'tis time to fly, know who did her such service, such a mighty after a declaration that my opinion strengthens heroic business?
my adversary's argument-1 had best hasten to Ind. Certainly! I should think he must be a my appointment with Mr Myrtle, and be gone man of an uncommon mould.
while we are friends, and—before things are B. jun. Dear madam ! why so ? 'tis but at best brought to an extremity. [Exit carelessly. a better taste in expence. To bestow upon one whom he may think one of the ornaments of the
Enter ISABELLA. whole creation; to be conscious that from his su Isab. Well, madam, what think you of him pertiuity an innocent, a virtuous spirit is support- now, pray
y? ed above the temptations, the sorrows of life; Ind. I protest I begin to fear he is wholly that he sees satisfaction, health, and gladness in disinterested in what he does for me. her countenance, while he enjoys the happiness heart, he has no other view but the mere pleasure of seeing her : (as that I will suppose too, or he of doing it, and has neither good or bad designs must be too abstracted, too insensible,) I say, if upon nie. he is allowed to delight in that prospect, alas ! Isab. Ah, dear niece! don't be in fear of both; what mighty matter is there in all this?
I'll warrant you, you will know time enough that Ind. No mighty matter in so disinterested a he is not indifferent. friendship!
Ind. You please me when you tell me so: for, B. jun. Disinterested ! I cann't think him $o. if he has any wishes towards me, I know he will Your hero, madam, is no more than what every
not pursue them but with honour. gentleman ought to be, and I believe very many Isab. I wish I were as confident of onc as
-He is only one who takes more delight in t'other.-I saw the respectful downcast of his reflections than in sensations ; he is more pleased eye when you catch'd him gazing at you during with thinking than eating ; that's the utmost you the music. He, I warrant, was surprised as if he
her part !
had been taken stealing your watch. Oh, the symptom, if there could be such a thing as a disundissembled guiity. look !
interested lover ; but till—till-tillInd. But did you observe any thing really? I Ind. 'Till what? thought he look'd most charmingly graceful. How Isab. Till I know whether Mr Myrtle and Mr engaging is modesty in a man, when one knows Bevil are really friends or foes—and that I will there is a great mind within ! So tender a confu- be convinc'd of before I sleep; for you
shall not sion, and yet, in other respects, so much himself, be deceiv’d.
(Exit ISAB. so collected, so dauntless, so determin’d !
Ind. I'm sure I never shall, if your fears can Isab. Ah, niece! there is a sort of bashfulness guard me. In the mean time, l'll wrap myself which is the best engine to carry on a shameless up in the integrity of my own heart, nor dare to purpose. Some men's modesty serves their wick- doubt of his. edness, as hypocrisy gains the respect due to As conscious honour ail his actions steers, piety. But I will own to you there is one hopeful So conscious innocence dispels my fears.
fell in love with me, and what you have suffer'd, SCENE I.-SEALAND's House.
or are ready to suffer for me.
Tom.Oh, the unmercifuljade! when I'm in haste Enter Tom, meeting Puullis.
master's letter-But I must go through Tom. Well, Phillis ! - What! with a face it. [Aside.]—Ah! too well I remember when, as if y you had never seen me before?
and how, and on what occasion, I was first surwork have I to do now! She has seen some new pris’d. It was on the first of April, one thouvisitant at their house, whose airs she has catch’d, sand seven hundred and fifteen, I came into Mr and is resolv’d to practise them upon me. Num- Sealand's service: I was then a hobble-de-hoy, berless are the changes she'll dance through be- and you a pretty little tight girl, a favourite handfore she'll answer this plain question, videlicet, maid of the housekeeper. -At that time we Have you deliver'd my master's letter to your neither of us knew what was in us. I remember lady? Nay, I know her too well to ask an account I was ordered to get out of the window, one pair of it in an ordinary way; I'll be in my airs as of stairs, to rub the sashes clean-the person emwell as she. (Aside. Well, madam, as unhap- ployed on the inner side was your charming self, py as you are at present pleased to make me, I whom I had never seen before. would not in the general be any other than what Phil. I think I remember the silly accident. I am; I would not be a bit wiser, a bit richer, a What made ye, you oaf, ready to fall down into bit taller, a bit shorter, than I am at this instant. the street ?
(Looking stedfastly at her. Tom. You know not, I warrant you-you could Phil. Did ever any body doubt, Master Thomas, not guess what surpris'd me—you took no delight but that you were extremely satisfied with your when you immediately grew wanton in your consweet self?
quest, and put your lips close, and breath'd upon Tom. I am, indeed. The thing I have least the glass, and when my lips approach'd, a dirty reason to be satisfied with is my fortune, and I cloth you rubb'd against my face, and hid your am glad of my poverty; perhaps, if I were rich, beauteous form; when I again drew near, you I should overlook the finest woman in the world, spit and rubb’d, and smild at my undoing. that wants nothing but riches to be thought so. Phil. What silly thoughts you men have !
Phil. How prettily was that said ? But I'll have Tom. We were Pyramus and Thisbe-but ten 2 great deal more before I say one word. [-Aside. times harder was my fate: Pyramus could peep
Tum. I should perhaps have been stupidly above only through a wall; I saw her, saw my Thisbe, her had I not been her equal, and by not being in all her beauty, but as much kept from her as her equal, never had opportunity of being her if a hundred walls between; for there was more, slave. I am ny master's servant for hire, I am there was her will against me.-Would she but my mistress's from choice, would she but approve relent! Oh, Phillis, Phillis ! shorten my tormy passion.
ment, and declare you pity me. Phil. I think it is the first time I ever heard Phil. I believe it's very sufferable; the pain is you speak of it with any sense of anguish, if you not so exquisite but that you may bear it a little really do suffer any.
longer. Tom. Ah, Phillis! can you doubt after what Tom. Oh, my charming Phillis ! if all depended you have seeu ?
on my fair one's will, I could with glory satter Phil. I know not what I have seen, nor what -but, dearest crcature ! consider our miserI have heard; but since I am at leisure, you may
able state. tell me when you fell in love with me, how you Phil. How! miserable !
Tom. We are miserable to be in love, and un Phil. No, prythee, Tom, mind your business. der the command of others than those we love We must follow that interest which will take,
-with that generous passion in the heart, to but endeavour at that which will be most for us, be sent to and fro on errands, call’d, check'd, and we like most. -Oh, here is my young mise and rated for the meanest triflesOh, Phillis! tress! (Tom taps her neck behind, and kisses his you don't know how many china cups and glasses fingers.] Go, ye liquorish fool. (Exit Tom. my passion for you has made me break: You have broken my fortune as well as my heart.
Enter LUCINDA. Phil. Well, Mr Thomas, I cannot but own to Luc. Who was that you were hurrying away? you, that I believe your master writes, and you Phil. One that I had no mind to part with. speak, the best of any men in the world. Never Luc. Why did you turn him away then? was a woman so well pleas'd with a letter as my Phil. For your ladyship’s service, to carry your young lady was with his, and this is an answer to ladyship’s letter to his master. I could hardly
[Gives him a lelter. get the rogue away, Tom. This was well done, my dearest ! Consi Luc. Why, has he so little love for his master? der, we must strike out some pretty livelihood Phil. No, but he has so much love for his misfor ourselves by closing their affairs; it will be tress. nothing for them to give us a little being of our Luc. But I thought I heard him kiss you: why own, some small tenement, out of their large do you suffer that? possessions: whatever they give us, it will be Phil. Why, madam, we vulgar take it to be a more than what they keep for themselves; one sign of love. We servants, we poor people, that acre with Phillis would be worth a whole county have nothing but our persons to bestow or treat without her.
for, are forced to deal and bargain by way of Phil. Oh, could I but believe you!
sample; and therefore, as we have no parchments Tom. If not the utterance, believe the touch or wax necessary in our agreements, we squeeze of my lips.
[Kisses her. with our hands, and seal with our lips, to ratify Phil. There's no contradicting you. How close vows and promises. ly you argue, Tom !
Luc. But cann't you trust one another, without Tom. Ănd will closer in due time; but I must such earnest down? hasten with this letter, to hasten towards the pos Phil. We don't think it safe, any more than session of you--then, Phillis, consider how I must you gentry, to come together without deeds exebe reveng' (look to it!) of all your skittishness, cuted. shy looks, and at best but coy compliances. Luc. Thou are a pert, merry hussy.
Phil. O, Tom! you grow wanton and sensual, Phil. I wish, madam, your lover and you were as my lady calls it; I must not endure it Oh, as happy as Tom and your servant are. foh! you are a man, an odious, filthy, male crea Luc. You grow inpertinent. ture! you
should behave, if you had a right sense, Phil. I have done, madam ; and I won't ask or were a man of sense, like Mr Cimberton, with you what you intend to do with Mr Myrtle, what distance and indifference; or, let me see, some your father will do with Mr Bevil, nor what you other becoming hard word, with seeming in-in all, especially my lady, mean by admitting Mr -advertency, and not rush on one as if you were Cimberton as particularly here as if he were seizing a prey. But hush--the ladies are coming married to you already; nay, you are married ac-Good Tom, don't kiss me above once, and be tually, as far as people of quality are. gone.-Lard; we have been fooling and toying, Luc. How's that? and not considered the main business of our mas Phil. You have different beds in the same house. ters and mistresses.
Luc. Pshaw! I have a very great value for Tom. Why, their business is to be fooling and Mr Bevil, but have actually put an end to his toying as soon as the parchments are ready. pretensions, in the letter I gave you for him; but Phil
. Well remember'd-Parchments—my lady, iny father, in his heart, still has a mind to him, to my knowledge, is preparing writings between were it not for this woman they talk of, and I am her coxcomb, cousin Čimberton, and my mistress, apt to imagine he is married to her, or never dethough my master has an eye to the parchments signs to marry at all. already prepar'd between your master, Mr Bevil, Phil. Then, Mr Myrtleand my mistress; and I believe my mistress her Luc. He had my parent's leave to apply to me, self has sign’d and seald in her heart to Mr Myr- and by that he has won me and my affections: tle-Did I not bid you kiss me but once, and be who is to have this body of mine, without 'em, it gone? but I know you won't be satisfy'd. scems is nothing to nie: My mother says, 'tis inTom. No, you smooth creature ! how should I? decent for me to let my thoughts stray about the
[Kisses her hand. person of my husband : Nay, she says a maid Phil. Well, since you are so humble, or so cool, rightly virtuous, though she may have been where as to ravish my hand only, I'll take my leave of her lover was a thousand times, should not have you like a great lady, and you a man of quality. made observations enough to know him from an
[They salute formally, other man, when she sees him in a third place. Tom. Pox of all this state !
Phil. That's more than the severity of a nun, (Offers to kiss her more closely. I for not to see when one may is hardly possible,
not to see when one cannot is very easy: at this
Enter Mrs SEALAND and Mr CIMBERTON. rate, madam, there are a great many whom you have not seen, who
Mrs Seal. How do I admire this noble, this Luc. Mamma says, the first time you see your learned taste of yours, and the worthy regard you husband should be at that instant he is made so. have to our own ancient and honourable house, in When your father, with the help of the minister, consulting a means to keep the blood as pure and gives you to him, then you are to see him, then as regularly descended as may
be! you are to observe and take notice of him, be Cimb. Why, really, madam, the young women cause then you are to obey him.
of this age are treated with discourses of such a Phil
. But does not my lady remember you are tendency, and their imaginations so bewilder'd to love as well as to obey ?
in flesh and blood, that a man of reason cann't Luc. To love is a passion, 'tis a desire, and we talk to be understood : they have no ideas of must have no desires. Oh! I cannot endure the happiness but what are more gross than the grareflection! with what insensibility on my part, tification of hunger and thirst. with what more than patience, have I been ex
Luc. With how much reflection he is a coxpos’d and offer'd to some awkward booby or other, comb !
(Aside. in every county of Great Britain !
Cımb. And in truth, madam, I have consider'd Phil. Indeed, madam, I wonder I never heard it as a most brutal custom, that persons of the you speak of it before with this indignation. first character in the world should go as ordina
Luc. Every corner of the land has presented rily, and with as little shame, to bed as to dinner me with a wealthy coxcomb: As fast as one treaty with one another. They proceed to the propagahas gone off, another has come on, till my name
tion of the species as openly as to the preşervaand person has been the tittle-tattle of the whole tion of the individual. town. What is this world come to! no shame Luc. She that willingly goes to bed to thee left! to be bartered for like the beasts of the must have no shame, I'm sure.
[ Aside. field, and that in such an instance as coming to
Mrs Seal. Oh, cousin Cimberton! cousin Cimgether, to an entire familiarity, and union of soul berton! how abstracted, how refined is your and body, and this without being so much as well sense of things ! but indeed it is too true, there wishers to each other, but for increase of for is nothing so ordinary as to say, in the best gotune!
verned families, my master and lady are gone to Phil. But, madam, all these vexations will end bed-one does not know but it might have been very soon in one for all: Mr Cimberton is your said of one's self. mother's kinsman, and three hundred years an
(Hiding her face with her fan. older gentleman than any lover you ever had ; Cimb. Lycurgus, madam, instituted otherwise:
for which reason, with that of his prodigious large among the Lacedemonians, the whole female 1 estate, she is resolved on him, and has sent to world was pregnant, but none but the mothers
consult the lawyers accordingly; nay, has, whe- themselves knew by whom ; their meetings were ther you know it or no, been in treaty with Sir secret, and the amorous congress always by Geoffry, who, to join in the settlement, has ac stealth; and no such professed doings between cepted of a sum to do it, and is every moment ex
the sexes a
as are tolerated among us under the pected in town for that purpose.
audacious word marriage. Luc. How do you get all this intelligence ? Mrs Seal. Oh! had I liv'd in those days, and
Phil. By an art I have, I thank my stars, be-been a matron of Sparta, one might, with less yond all the waiting-maids in Great Britain; the indecency, have had ten children according to that art of list’ning, madam, for your ladyship's ser modest institution, than one under the confusion vice.
of our modern barefac'd manners. *Luc. I shall soon know as much as you do. Luc. And yet, poor woman! she has gone Leave me, leave me, Phillis; be gone. Here, here, through the whole ceremony, and here I stand a I'll turn you out. My mother says I must not melancholy proof of it.
(Axide. converse with my servants, though I must con Mrs Seal. We will talk then of business. That verse with no one else. (Exit Phil.) How un girl, walking about the room there, is to be your happy are we who are born to great fortunes ! wife : she has, I confess, no ideas, no sentiments, No one looks at us with indifference, or acts to that speak her born of a thinking mother. wards us on the foot of plain dealing, yet by all Cimb. I have observ'd her; her lively look, I have been heretofore offered to, or treated for, free air, and disengaged countenance, speaks her I have been usd with the most agreeable of all veryabuses, flattery; but now, by this phlegmatic fool, Luc. Very what? I am us'd as nothing, or a mere thing : He, for Cimb. If you please, madam-to set her a little sooth, is too wise, too learned to have any regard that way. to desires, and I know not what the learned oaf Mrs Seal. Lucinda, say nothing to him, you are calls sentiments of love and passion !-Here he not match for him: when you are married, you comes, with my mother-It's much if he looks at may speak to such a husband when you're spome, or if he does, takes no more notice of me ken to; but I am disposing of you above yourthan of uny other moveable in the room,
self every way.