Page images

Cimb. Madam, you cannot but observe the in Mrs Seal. With all that wit and learning, how conveniencies I expose myself to, in hopes that considerate! what an economist ! [Aside.) Sir, I your ladyship will be the consort of my better cannot make her any other than what she is, or part. As for the young woman, she is rather an say she is much better than the other young woimpediment than a help to a man of letters and men of this age, or fit for much besides being a speculation. Madam, there is no reflection, no mother ; but I have given directions for the marphilosophy, can at all times subdue the sensitive riage settlements, and Sir Geoffry Cimberton's lite, but the animal shall sometimes carry away counsel is to meet ours here at this hour conthe man -Ha! ay, the vermillion of her lips ? cerning his joining in the deed, which, when exeLuc. Pray don't talk of me thus.

cuted, makes you capable of settling what is due Cimb. The pretty enough-pant of her bosom! to Lucinda’s fortune. Herself, as I told you, I Luc. Sir! madam, don't you hear him? say nothing of. Cimb. Her forward chest!

Cimb. No, no, no; indeed, madam, it is not Luc. Intolerable!

usual, and I must depend upon my own reflecCimb. High health !

tion anal philosophy not to overstock my family. Luc. The grave, easy, iinpudence of him ! Mrs Seal. I cannot help her. cousin CimberCimb. Proud heart!

ton, but she is, for aught I see, as well as the Luc, Stupid coxcomb !

daughter of any body else. Cimb. I say, madam, her impatience, while we Cimb. That is very true, madam, are looking at her, throws out all attractionsher arms—her neck-what a spring in her step! Enter a Servant, who whispers Mrs SEALAND.

Luc. Don't you run me over thus, you strange Mrs Seal. The lawyers are come, and now we unaccountable

are to hear what they have resolved as to the Cumb. What an elasticity in her veins and ar- point, whether it is necessary that Sir Geoffry teries!

should join in the settlement, as being what they Luc. I have no veins, no arteries !

call in the remainder. But, good cousin, yout Mrs Seal. Oh, child! hear him; he talks fine must have patience with 'em. These lawyers, I Iy; he's a scholar ; he knows what you have. am told, are of a different kind; one is what they

Cimb. The speaking invitation of her shape, call a chamber-counsel, the other a pleader : the the gathering of herself up, and the indignation conveyancer is slow, from an imperfection in his you see in the pretty little thing !--Now I am speech, and therefore shunn’d the bar, but exconsidering her on this occasion but as one that tremely passionate and impatient of contradicis to be pregnant

tion : the other is as warm as he, but has a Luc. The familiar, learned, unseasonable pup- tongue so voluble, and a head so conceited, he py!

(Aside. will suffer nobody to speak but himself. Cimb. And pregnant undoubtedly she will be Cimb. You mean old Serjeant Target and yearly: I fear I sha'n't, for many years, have Counsellor Bramble: I have heard of 'em. discretion enough to give her one fallow season. Mrs Seal. The same: shew in the gentlemen. Luc. Monster! there's no bearing it. The

- [Exit Servant. hideous sot !—There's no enduring it, be thus surveyed like a steed at sale!

Re-enter Servant, introducing MYRTLE and Cimb. At sale!—she's very illiterate; but she's

Tom, disguis'd as BRAMBLE and Target. very well limb'd too. Turn her in, I see what Mrs Seal. Gentlemen, this is the party conshe is.

cern'd, Mr Cimberton; and I hope you have Mrs Seal. Go, you creature ! I am asham'd

of cor.sider'd of the matter. you.

(Exit LUCINDA in a ruge. Turg. Yes, madam, we have agreed that it Cimb. No harm done. You know, madam, must be by indent--dent-dent-dentthe better sort of people, as I observ'd to you, Bramb. Yes, madam, Mr Serjeant and myself treat by their lawyers of weddings, [adjusting have agreed, as he is pleased to inform you, that himself ut the glass) and the woman in the bar- it must be an indenture tripartite, and tripartite gain, like the mansion-house in the sale of the let it be, for Sir Geoffry must needs be a party. estate, is thrown in, and what that is, whether Old Cimberton, in the year 1619, says, in that good or bad, is not at all consider'd.

ancient roll in Mr Serjeant's hands, as recourse Mrs Seal. I grant it, and therefore make no de- thereto being had will more at large appear-mand for her youth and beauty, and every other Targ. Yes, and by the deeds in your hands it accomplishment, as the common world think’em, appears thatbecause she is not polite.

Bramb. Mr Serjeant, I beg of you to make no Cimb. I know your exalted understanding, ab- inferences upon what is in our custody, but stracted as it is from vulgar prejudice, will not be speak to the titles in your own deeds. I shall offended when I dcclare to you, madam, I marry not shew that deed till my client is in town. to have an heir to my estate, and not to beget a Cimb. You know best your own methods. colony or a plantation. This young woman's Mrs Seal. The single question is, Whether beauty and constitution will demand provision the entail is such, that my cousin, Sir Geoffry, is for a tenth child at least.

necessary in this affair?


Bramb. Yes, as to the lordship of Tretriplet, 1 thoughts distinctly in writing-And, do you see, but not as to the messuage of Grimgribber. sirs, pray let me have a copy of what you say in

Targ. I say that G-, Gr-, tisat Gr-, Gr-, English. Grimgribber, Grimgribber is in us ; that is to Bramb. Why, what is all we have been saysay, the remainder thereof, as well as that of ing?-In English! Oh! but I forgot myself ; T-, Tr--, Triplet.

you're a wit.-But, however, to please you, sir, Bramb. You go upon the deed of Sir Ralph, you shall have it in as plain terms as the law will made in the middle of the last century, precedent admit of. to that in which old Cimberton made over the Cimb. But I will have it, sir, without delay, remainder, and made it pass to the heirs-general, Brumb. That, sir, the law will not admit of; by which your client comes in; and I question the courts are sitting at Westminster, and I am whether the remainder even of Tretriplet is in this moment oblig'd to be at every one of them, him—but we are willing to wave that, and give and 'twould be wrong if I should not be in the him a valuable consideration. But we shall not Hall to attend one of 'em at least; the rest would purchase what is in us for ever, as Grimgribber take it ill else:- therefore I must leave what I is

, at the rate, as we guard against the contingent have said to Mr Serjeant's consideration, and I of Mr Cimberton having no son.—Then we know will digest his arguments on my part, and you Sir Geoffry is the first of the collateral male line shall hear from me again, sir. (Exit BRAMBLE. in this family-yet

Targ. Agreed, agreed. Targ. Sir, Gr-, Gr—ber is

Cimb. Mr Bramble is very quick-he parted a Brumb. I apprehend you very well, and your little abruptly. argument might be of force, and we would be in Turg. He could not bear my argument :-I clined to hear that in all its parts—but, sir, I see pinched him to the quick about that G, Gvery plainly what you are going into- I tell you ber. it is as probable a contingent that Sir Geoffry Mrs Seal. I saw that, for he durst not so much may die before Mr Cimberton as that he may out

as hear you. -I shall send to you, Mr Serjeant, live him.

as soon as Sir Geoffry comes to town, and then Targ. Sir, we are not ripe for that yet, but I I hope all may be adjusted.

Targ. I shall be at my chambers at my usual Bramb. Sir, I allow you the whole extent of hours.

(Exit. that argument, but that will go no farther than as Cimb. Madam, if you please, I'll now attend to the claimants under old Cimberton.— I am of you to the tea-table, where I shall hear from your opinion that, according to the instructions of Sir ladyship reason and good sense, after all this law Ralph, he could not dock the entail, and then and gibberish. create a new estate for the heirs in general. Mrs Seal. 'Tis a wonderful thing, sir, that men

Targ. Sir, I have no patience to be told, that of their profession do not study to talk the sub when Gr-, Gr-ber

stance of what they have to say in the language Bramb. I will allow it you, Mr Serjeant; but of the rest of the world; sure they'd find their there must be the words heirs for ever to make account in it. such an estate as you pretend.

Cimb. They might perhaps, madam, with peoCimb. I must be impartial, though you are coun-ple of your good sense, but with the generality sel for my side of the question. ---Were it not twould never do: the vulgar would have no rethat you are so good as to allow him what he has spect for truth and knowledge if they were exnot said, I should think it very hard you should pos’d to "naked view. answer him without hearing him. tlemen, I believe you have both considered this Truth is so simple of all art bereav’d, matter, and are firm in your different opinions ; Since the world will-why let it be deceived. ’twere better therefore you proceed according to

(Exeunt. the particular sense of each of you, and give


must say

-But, gen.


by Tom.

SCENE I.-BEVIL Junior's Lodgings. B. jun. What's the fool in such a fright for? Bevil, Jun. with a letter in his hand, followed whether Mr Myrtle shew'd any suspicion, or

I don't suppose you did; what I would know is,

ask'd you any questions, to lead you to say casuTom. Upon my life, sir, I know nothing of the ally that you had carried any such letter for me matter : I never open'd my lips to Mr Myrtle this morning? about any thing of your honour's letter to Ma Tom. Why, sir, if he did ask me any questions, dam Lucinda,

how could I help it?





had one.

[ocr errors]

B. jun. I don't say you could, oaf ! I am not gives me some terrors ; but my esteem for him questioning you but him. What did he say to inclines me to hope that only an ill effect which

sometimes accompanies a tender love, and what Tom. Why, sir, when I came to his chambers may be cured by a careful and unblameable conto be dress’d for the lawyer's part your honour duct.' was pleased to put me upon, he ask'd me if I had Thus has this lady made me her friend and conbeen to Mr Sealand's this morning ? -So I fidant, and put herself in a kind under my protold, sir, I often went thither because, sir, tection. I cannot tell him immediately the

purif I had not said that, he might have thought there port of this Tetter, except I could cure him of the was something more in my going now than at violent and untractable passion of jealousy, and another time.

so serve him and her, by disobeying her in the B. jun. Very well.—

The fellow's caution I find article of secrecy, more than I should by complyhas given him this jealousy. (Aside.] Did he asking with her directions. But then this duelling, you no other questions?

which custom has imposed upon every man who Tom. Yes, sir-now I remember, as we came would live with reputation and honour in the away in the hackney-coach from Mr Sealand's, world, how must I preserve myself from imputaTom, says he, as I came into your master's this tions there? He'll, forsooth, call it, or think it, morning he bade you go for an answer to a letter fear, if I explain without fighting But his letter he had sent; pray did you bring him any ? says I'll read it againhe-Ah! says I, sir, your honour is pleased to 'Sir, you have us'd me basely, in correspondjoke with me; you have a mind to know whe- ing and carrying on a treaty where you told me ther I can keep a secret or no.

you were indifferent. I have changed my sword B. jun. And so, by shewing him you could, you since I saw you, which advertisement I thought told him you

proper to send you against the next meeting beTom. Sir

(Confusedly. tween you and the injur'd B. jun. What mean actions does jealousy make

CHARLES MYRTLE.' a man stoop to! how poorly has he us’d art with

Enter Tom. a servant to make him betray bis master!-Well, and when did he give you this letter for me? Tom. Mr Myrtle, sir: would your honour

Tom. Sir, he writ it before he pull’d off his please to see him ? lawyer's gown at his own chambers.

B. jun. Why, you stupid creature, let Mr MyrB. jun. Very well, and what did he say when tle wait at my lodgings ! Shew him up. [Exit you brought him my answer to it?

Tom.] Well, I am resolved upon my carriage to Tom. He look'd a little out of humour, sir, and him—he is in love, and in every circumstance said it was very well.

of life a little distrustful, which I must allow for. B. jun. I knew he would be grave upon't

-But here he is.
Wait without.
Tom. Hum! 'gad I don't like this: I am

Enter Tom, introducing MYRTLE. afraid we are in the wrong box here

Sir, I am extremely obliged to you for this ho[Ex: Tom.

-But, sir, you with your very discerning B. jun. I put on a serenity while my fellow face, leave the room. [Exit Tom.] Well, Mr Myrwas present, but I have never been more thorough-tle, your conimands with me? ly disturb’d. This hot man, to write me a chal Myrt. The time, the place, our long acquaintlenge on supposed artificial dealing, when I pro- ance, and many other circumstances which affect fess'd myself his friend !-I can live contented me on this occasion, oblige me, without farther without glory, but I cannot suffer shame. What's ceremony or conference, to desire you would not to be done ? But first, let me consider Lucinda's only, as you already have, acknowledge the reletter again.

(Reuds. ceipt of my letter, but also comply with the re“Sir, I hope it is consistent with the laws a wo- quest in it. I must have farther notice taken of man ought to impose upon herself, to acknow my message than these half lines—I have yours ledge that your manner of declining a treaty of - I shall be at home marriage in our family, and desiring the refusal B. jun. Sir, I own I have received a letter may come from me, has something more enga from you in a very unusual style, but as I design ging in it than the courtship of him who I fear everything in this matter shall be your own acwill fall to my lot, except your friend exerts him- tion, your own seeking, I shall understand noself for our common safety and happiness. I thing but what you are pleas'd to confirm face to have reasons for desiring Hr Myrtle may not face; and I have already forgot the contents of know of this letter till hereafter, and am your your epistle. most obliged servant,

Myrt. This cool manner is very agreeable to LUCINDA SEALAND.' the abuse you have already made of my simpliWell, but the postscript.

(Reuds. city and frankness, and I see your moderation 'I won't, upon second thoughts, hide any thing tends to your own advantage and not mine, to from you: but my reason for concealing this is, your own safety, not consideration of your friend. that Mr Myrtle has a jealousy in his temper which B.jun. My own safety, Mr Myrtle?



[ocr errors]

t suffering.


apprehension is just or blameable, according to such a rasti me self, and shall not, for fear of what STBELE.] THE CONSCLOUS

Myrt. Your own safety, Mr Bevil.

Tom. Sir-Master-Mr Myrtle-Friends B. jun. Look you, Mr Myrtle, there's no dis- Gentlemen—what d’ye mean? I'm but a servant, guising that I understand what you would be at :/ but, sir, you know I have often dared to disap B. jun. Call a coach.

[Exit Tom. prove of the decisions a tyrant custom

has intro (a long pause, walking sullenly by each other. duced, to the breach of ail laws, both divine and [Aside.] Shall I, though provoked to the utterhuman.

most, recover myself at the entrance of a third Myrt. Mr Bevil, Mr Bevil! it would be a good person, and that my servant too, and not have first principle, in those who have so tender a respect enough to all I have ever been receiving conscience that way, to have as much abhorrence from infancy, the obligation to the best of fathers, of doing injuries as

to an unhappy virgin too, whose life depends on B. jun. As what?


(Shutting the door. Dyrt. As fear of answering for 'em.

[TO MYRTLE.) I have, thank Heaven, had time B. jun. As fear of answering for 'em! but that to recollect the object of that fear. I have often told you explained the Malše appearances under which in confidence of heart, I abhorred the daring to your infirmity of temper makes you suffer, when offend the Author of life, and rushing into his perhaps too much regard to a false point of hopresence.

I say, by the very same act, to com. nour makes me prolong that mit the crime against him, and immediately to Hyrt. I am sure Mr Bevil cannot doubt but urge on to his tribunal.

I had rather have satisfaction from his innocence Myrt. Mr Bevil, I must tell you this coolness, than his sword. this gravity, this shew of conscience, shall never B. jun. Why, then, would you ask it first that cheat me of my mistress. You have indeed the best excuse for life, the hopes of possessing Lu Myrt. Consider, you kept your temper yourself cinda ; but consider, sir, I have as much reason no longer than till I spoke to the disadvantage of to be weary of it if I am to lose her, and my first her you loved. attempt to recover her shall be, to let her see the B. jun. True. But, let me tell you, I have dauntless man who is to be her guardian and pro- saved you from the most exquisite distress ; even tector.

though you bad succeeded in the dispute. I know B. jun. Sir, shew me but the least glimpse of you so well, that, I am sure, to have found this argument, that I am authorised, by my own hand, letter about a man you had killed, would have to vindicate any lawless insult of this nature, and been worse than death to yourself.—Read it.I will shew thee, to chastise thee hardly deserves When he is thoroughly mortified, and shame has the name of courage. Slight inconsiderate man! got the better of jealousy, he will deserve to be There is, Mr Myrtle, no such terror in quick assisted towards obtaining Lucinda. (Aside. anger; and you shall, you know not why, be cool, Myrt. With what a superiority has he turn'd as you have, you know not why, been warm. the injury upon me as the aggressor ! I begin to

Myrt. Is the woman one loves so little an occa- fear I have been too far transported—A treaty sion of anger ? You, perhaps, who know not what in our family!' is not that saying too much ? I it is to love, who have your ready, your commo. shall relapse-But I find (on the poscript) dious, your foreign trinket, for your loose hours, something like jealousy'-With what face can I and from your fortune, your specious outward see my benefactor, my advocate, whom I have carriage, and other lucky circumstances, as easy treated like a betrayer ?

-Oh, Bevil! with what a way to the possession of a woman of honour, words shall I you know nothing of what it is to be alarmed, to B. jun. There needs none; to convince is much be distracted with anxiety and terror of losing more than to conquer. more than life. Your marriage, happy man! goes Myrt. But can youon like common business, and, in the interim, you B. jun. You have o'erpaid the inquietude you have your rambling captive, your Indian princess, gave me in the change I see in you towards me. for your soft moments of dalliance, your conve Alas ! what machines are we ! Thy face is alter'd nient, your ready, Indiana.

to that of another man ; to that of my companion, B. jun. You have touch'd me beyond the pa my

friend. tience of a man! and I'm excusable in the guard Myrt. That I could be such a precipitate of innocence, or from the infirmity of human na wretch ! ture, which can bear no more, to accept your in B. jun. Pray, no more. vitation, and observe your letter. Sir, I'll at Myrt. Let me reflect how many friends have

died by the hands of friends for want of temper; Enter Tom.

and you must give me leave to say, again and

again, how much I am beholden to that superior Tom. Did you call, sir? I thought you did; I spirit you have subdued me with.—What had beheard you speak loud.

come of one of us, or perhaps both, had you been B. jun. Yes ; go, call a coach.

as weák as I was, and as incapable of reason ?

tend you.

B. jun. I congratulate to us both the escape Mr Seal. Sir John, let him apply to any wofrom ourselves, and hope the memory of it will man else, and have as many mistresses as he make us dearer friends than ever.

pleases. Myrt. Dear Bevil! your friendly conduct has Sir J. B. My son, sir, is a discreet and sober convinced me that there is nothing manly but gentleman. what is conducted by reason, and agreeable to the Mr Seal. Sir, I never saw a man that wench'd practice of virtue and justice; and yet how many soberly and discreetly that ever left it off-the have been sacrificed to that idol, the unreason- decency observ'd in the practice hides, from the able opinion of men ! Nay, they are so ridiculous sinner, even the iniquity of it: they pursue it, not in it that they often use their swords against each that their appetites hurry'em away, but, I warrant other with dissembled anger and real fear. you, because 'tis their opinion they may do it.

Şir J. B. Were what you suspect a truth-do Betray'd by honour, and compellid by shame, you design to keep your daughter a virgin till you They hazard being to preserve a name;

find a man unblemish'd that way? Nor dare inquire into the dread mistake,

Mr Seal. Sir, as much a cit as you take me Till plung'd in sad eternity they wake. for-I know the town and the world—and give

(Exeunt. me leave to say, that we merchants are a species

of gentry that have grown into the world this last X SCENE II.-St James's Park. century, and are as honourable, and almost as

useful, as you landed folks, that have always Enter Sir John Bevil and Mr SEALAND.

thought yourselves so much above us ; for your Sir J. B. Give me leave, however, Mr Sea-trading, forsooth! is extended no farther than a land, as we are upon a treaty for uniting our fa- load of hay or a fat ox-You are pleasant people milies, to mention only the business of an an indeed ! because you are generally bred up to be cient house.—Genealogy and descent are to be lazy, therefore warrant you industry is dishonourof some consideration in an affair of this sort able.

Mr Seal. Genealogy and descent !-Sir, there Sir J. B. Be not offended, sir; let us go back has been in our family a very large one.

There to our point. was Gulfrid, the father of Edward, the father of Mr Seul. Oh! not at all offended-but I don't Ptolemy, the father of Crassus, the father of Earl | love to leave any part of the account unclos'd Richard, the father of Henry the Marquis, the Look you, Sir John, comparisons are odious, and father of Duke John

more particularly so on occasions of this kind, Sir J. B. What! do you rave, Mr Sealand when we are projecting races that are to be made All these great names in your family?

out of both sides of the comparisons, Mr Seul. These! yes, sir-I have heard my Sir J. B. But my son, sir, is in the eye of the father name them all, and more.

world a gentleman of merit. Sir J. B. Ay, sir !--and did he say they were Mr Seal. I own to you I think him so-But, all in your family!

Sir John, I am a man exercised and experienced Mr Seal. Yes, sir, he kept them all-he was in chances and disasters; I lost in my earlier the greatest cocker in England-He said Duke years a very fine wife, and with her a poor little John won many battles, but never lost him one. infant : this makes me perhaps over-cautious to

Sir J. B. Oh, sir, your servant ! you are laugh- preserve the second bounty of Providence to me, ing at my laying any stress upon descent.—But I and be as careful as I can of this child.—You'll must tell you, sir, I never knew any one, but he pardon me; my poor girl, sir, is as valuable to me that wanted that advantage, turn it into ridicule. as your boasted son to you. Mr Seal. And I never knew any who had many

Sir J. B. Why, that's one very good reason, better advantages, put that into his account. But, Mr Sealand, why I wish my son had her. Sir John, value yourself as you please upon your

Mr Seal. There is nothing but this strange ancient house; I am to talk freely of every thing lady here, this incognita, that can be objected to you are pleased to put into your bill of rates on him.--Here and there a man falls in love with an this occasion.-Yet, sir, I have made no objec- artful creature, and gives up all the motives of tions to your son's family, it is his morals that I life to that one passion. doubt.

Sir J. B. A man of my son's understanding Sir. J. B. Sir, I cann't help saying, that what cannot be supposed to be one of them. might injure a citizen's credit, may be no stain to Mr Seal. Very wise men have been so enslaved ; gentleman's honour.

and when a man marries with one of them upon Mr Seat, Sir John, the honour of a gentleman his hands, whether moved from the demand of is liable to be tainted by as small a matter as the world, or slighter reasons, such a husband the credit of a trader : we are talking of a mar soils with his wife for a month perhaps then riage, and, in such a case, the father of a young good b'w'ye, madam—the show's over-Ah! woman will not think it an addition to the honour John Dryden points out such a husband to a hair, or credit of her lover--that he is a keeper.

where he says, Sir J. B. Mr Sealand, don't take upon you to And while abroad so prodigal the dolt is, spoil my son's marriage with any woman else. Poor spouse at home as ragged as a celt is.

[ocr errors]
[blocks in formation]

مناخ اتعامل مع

je ti

« PreviousContinue »