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Now, in plain terms, sir, I shall not care to have Humph. I can say nothing to the latter-but my poor girl turned a-grazing, and that must be he says he can marry no one without your conthe case when
sent, while you are living. Sir J. B. But, pray, consider, sir, my son Sir J. B. If he said so much, I know he scorns
Mr Seal. Look you, sir, I'll make the matter to break his word with me. short. This unknown lady, as I told you, is all Humph. I am sure of that. the objection I have to him: but one way or Sir J. B. You are sure of that !-Well, that's other he is or has been certainly engaged to her some comfort-then I have nothing to do but to I am therefore resolved this very afternoon to vi see the bottom of this matter during this present sit her · now, from her behaviour or appearance I ruffle.-Oh, Humphreyshall soon be let into what I may fear or hope for. Humph. You are not ill, I hope, sir.
Sir J. B. Sir, I am very confident there can Sir J. B. Yes, a man is very ill that is in a very be nothing enquired into relating to my son that ill humour. To be a father, is to be in care for will not, upon being understood, turn to his ad- one whom you oftener disoblige than please by vantage.
that very care.-Oh, that sons could know the Mr Seal. I hope that as sincerely as you be- duty to a father before they themselves are falieve it—Sir John Bevil, when I am satisfied in thers !--But, perhaps, you'll say now, that I am this great point, if your son's conduct answers one of the happiest fathers in the world; but, I the character you give him, I shall wish your
al. assure you, that of the very happiest is not a liance more than that of any gentleman in Great condition to be envied. Britain, and so your servant.
[Exit. Humph. Sir, your pain arises not from the Sir J. B. He is gone in a way but barely civil; thing itself, but your particular sense of it.but his great wealth, and the merit of his only You are over-fond, nay, give me leave to say, you child, the heiress of it, are not to be lost for a are unjustly apprehensive from your fondness. My kittle peevishness
master Bevil never disobliged you, and he will, I
know be will, do every thing you ought to expect. Enter HUMPHREY.
Sir J. B. He won't take all this money with Oh! Humphrey, you are come in a seasonalıle this girl-For aught I know, he will, forsooth, minute; I want to talk to thee, and to tell thee, have so much moderation, as to think he ought my head and heart are on the rack about my not to force his liking for any consideration.
Humph. He is to marry her, not you; he is to Humph. Sir, you may trust his discretion, I am live with her, and not you, sir. sure you may.
Sir J. B. I know not what to think ; but I know Sir J. B. Why, I do believe I may, and yet I'm nothing can be more miserable than to be in this in a thousand fears when I lay this vast wealth doubt—Follow me; I must come to some resobefore me. When I consider his prepossessions, lution.
[Exeunt. either generous to a folly in an honourable love, or abandoned past redemption in a vicious one,
SCENE III.-Bevil Junior's Lodgings. and, from the one or the other, bis insensibility to
Enter Tom and PHILLIS. the fairest prospect towards doubling our estate, a father who knows how useful wealth is, and Tom. Well, madam, if you must speak with how necessary even to those who despise it, I say Mr Myrtle, you shall; he is now with my master a father, Humphrey, a father, cannot bear it. in the library.
Humph. Be not transported, sir ; you will grow Phil. But you must leave me alone with him, incapable of taking any resolution in your per- for he cann't make me a present, nor I so handplexity.
somely take any thing from him before you; it Sir J. B. Yes, as angry as I am with him, I would not be decent. would not have him surprised in any thing.—This Tom. It will be very decent, indeed, for me to mercantile rough man may go grossly into the retire, and leave my mistress with another man. examination of this matter, and talk to the gen Phil. He is a gentleman, and will treat one tlewoman so as to
properly. Humph. No, I hope not in an abrupt manner. Tom. I believe so-but, however, I won't be Sir J. B. No, I hope not! Why, dost thou far off, and therefore will venture to trust you. know any thing of her, or of him, or of any thing I'll call him to you.
[Exit Tom. of it, or all of it ?
Phil. What a deal of pother and sputter here Humph. My dear master! I know so much, is between my mistress and Mr Myrtle from mere that I told him this very day, you had reason to pụnctilio ! I could, any hour of the day, get her be secretly out of humour about her.
to her lover, and would do it—but she, forsooth, Sir J. B. Did you go so far? Well, what said will allow no plot to get him, but if he can come he to that?
to her, I know she would be glad of it; I must Humph. His words were, looking upon me therefore do her am acceptable violence, and surstedfastly, Humphrey, says he, that woman is a prise her into his farms. I am sure I go by the woman of honour.
best rule imaginable: if she were my maid, I Sir J. B. How! do you think he is married to should think her the best servant in the world for her, or designs to marry her?
doing so by me. VOL. IV.
Enter MYRTLE and TOM.
Tom. Come, to the business, and don't keep
the gentleman in suspense for the pleasure of Oh, sir ! you and Mr Bevil are fine gentlemen, to being courted, as you serve me.. let a lady remain under such difficulties as my Phil. I saw you at the masquerade act such a poor mistress, and not attempt to set her at li one to perfection : go, and put on that very habit, berty, or release her from the danger of being and come to our house as Sir Geoffry: there is instantly married to Cimberton.
not one there but myself knows his person; I was Myri. Tom has been telling -But what is born in the parish where he is lord of the manor; to be done?
I have seen him often and often at church in the Pher, What is to be done! when a man 'country. Do not hesitate, but come thither; cann't come at his mistress—why, cann't you fire they will think you bring a certain security against our house, or the next house to us, to make us Mr Myrtle, and you bring Mr Myrtle. Leave the run out, and you take us ?
rest to me! I leave this with you, and expectMyrt. How, Mrs Phillis
They don't, I told you, know you ; they think you Hinda Aylet me see that rogue deny to fire out of town, which you had as good be for ever, a house, make a riot, or any other little thing if you lose this opportunity.--I must be gone; when there was no other way to come at me. I know I am wanted at home. Tom. I am obliged to you, madam.
Myrt. My dear Phillis ! Phu. Wby, don't we hear every day of people's (Catches and kisses her, and gives her money. hanging themselves for love, and won't they ven Phil. Oh fie! My kisses are not my own; you ture the hazard of being hanged for love?--0h! have committed violence; but I'll carry 'em to were I a man
the right owner. [Tom kisses her.] Come, see me Myrl. What manly thing would you
down stairs, (To Tom) and leave the lover to undertake, according to your ladyship’s notion think of his last game for the prize. of a man?
[Ereunt Tom and PHILLIS. Phil. Only be at once what one time or other Myrt. I think I will instantly attempt this wild you may be, and wish to be, and must be. expedient—the extravagance of it will make
Myri. Dear girl! talk plainly to me, and con. me less suspected, and it will give me opporsider 1, in my condition, cann't be in very good tunity to assert my own right to Lucinda, withhumour-You say, to be at once what I must be. out whom I cannot live. But I am so mortified
Phil. Ay, ay-I mean no more than to be at this conduct of mine towards poor Bevil! he an old man; I saw you do it very well at the must think mearly of me. I know not how masquerade. In a word, old Sir Geoffry Cimber to reassumo myself, and be in spirit enough for ton is every hour expected in town, to join in the such an adventure as this
-yet I must atdeeds and settlenients for marrying Mr Cimber tempt it, if it be only to be near Lucinda under ton—He is half blind, half lame, half deaf, half her present perplexities; and suredumb; though, as to his passions and desires, he The next delight to transport with the fair, is as warm and ridiculous as when in the heat of Is to relieve her in her hours of care. youth,
Luc. Deuce on 'em! am I merchant because SCENE I.-SEALAND's House.
my father is?
(Aside. Enter Phillis, with lights before MYRTLE,
Myrt. But is he directly a trader at this time? disguised like old Sir GEOFFRY, supported by trades to all parts of the world.
Cimb. There is no hiding the disgrace, sir; he Mrs SEALAND, LUCINDA, and CIMBERTON.
Myrt. We never had one of our family before Mrs Seul. Now I have seen you thus far, Sir who descended from persons that did any thing, Geoffry, will you excuse me a moment, while I Cimb. Sir, since it is a girl that they have, I give my necessary orders for your accommoda- am, for the honour of my family, willing to take tion ?
[Exit Mrs SEALAND. it in again, and to sink it into our name, and no Myrt. I have not seen you, cousin Cimberton, harm done. since you were ten years old; and as it is incum Myrt. ”Tis prudently and generously resolved bent on you to keep up your name and family, Is this the young thing? I shall, upon very-reasonable terms, join with you Cimb. Yes, sir. in a settlement to that purpose, though I must Phil. Good madam ! don't be out of humour, tell you, cousin, this is the first merchant that tut let them run to the utmost of their extravahas married into our houso.
gance-Hear them out.
Myrt. Cann't I see her nearer ! my eyes are Myrt. Hush ! 'tis I, 'tis I, your lover; Myrbut weak.
tle himself, madam. Phil. Beside, I am sure the uncle has some Luc. Oh, bless me! what rashness an! solly thing worth your notice. I'll take care to get off to surprise me so ! -But hush--my motherthe young one, and leave you to observe what may be wrought out of the old one for your good. Enter Mrs SEALAND, CIMBERTON, and PHILLIS.
(Exit. Mrs Seal. How now ! what is the matter? Cimb. Madam, this old gentleman, your great Luc. Oh, madam! as soon as you left the uncle, desires to be introduced to you, and to see room my uncle fell into a sudden fit, and-and you nearer -Approach, sir.
-so I cry'd out for help to support him, and Myrt. By your leave, young lady—[Puts on conduct him to his chamber. speciacles.]-Cousin Cimberton, she has exactly Mrs Seul. That was kindly done. Alas, sir ! that sort of neck and bosom for which my sister how do you find yourself? Gertrude was so much admired in the year sixty Myrt. Never was taken in so odd a way in my one, before the French dresses first discovered life -Pray lead me-Oh, I was talking hereany thing in women below the chin.
Pray carry me-to my cousin Cimberton's young Luc. What a very odd situation I am in ! | lady. though I cannot but be diverted at the extrava Mrs Seal. [Aside.] My cousin Cimberton's gance of their humours, equally unsuitable to young lady! How zealous he is, even in his extheir age.-Chin, quoth-a!
—I don't believe my tremity, for the match ! A right Cimberton ! passionate lover there knows whether I have one (CIMBERTON and LUCINDA lead him us one
Ha! ha! Cimb. Madam, I would not willingly offend, Cimb. Pox, uncle, you will pull my ear off! but I have a better glass
Luc. Pray, uncle, you will squeeze me to [Pulls out a large one.
Mrs Seal. No matter, no matter-he knows Enter Phillis to CIMBERTON.
not what he does. Come, sir, shall I help you Phil. Sir, my lady desires to shew the apart- out ? ment to you that she intends for Sir Geoffry. Myrt. By no means; I'll trouble nobody but
Cemb. Well, sir, by that time you have suffi- my young cousins here. ciently gazed and sunned yourself in the beauties
(Cim. and Luc. lead him off. of my spouse there, I will wait on you again. Phil. But pray, madam, does your ladyship in
(Exeunt Cim. and Phil. tend that Mr Cimberton shall really marry my Myrt. Were it not, madam, that I might be young mistress at last ? I don't think he likes troublesome, there is something of importance, her. though we are alone, which I would say more Mrs Seal. That's not material; men of his safe from being heard.
speculation are above desires. -But be it as it Luc. There is something in this old fellow, may, now I have given old Sir Geoffry the trolimethinks, that raises my curiosity.
ble of coming up to sign and seal, with what Myrt. To be free, madam, I as heartily con. countenance can I be off? temn this kinsman of mine as you do, and ai Phil. As well as with twenty others, madami. sorry to see so much beauty and merit devoted by It is the glory and honour of a great fortune to your parents to so insensible a possessor. live in continual treaties, and still to break off;
Luc. Surprising !-I hope then, sir, you will it looks great, madam. not contribute to the wrong you are so generous Mrs Šeal. True, Phillis-yet to return our to pity, whatever may be the interest of your blood again into the Cimbertons' is an honour not family.
to be rejected.—But were not you saying that Myrt. This hand of mine shall never be em Sir John Bevil's creature, Humphrey, has been ploy'd to sign any thing against your good and with Mr Sealand ? happiness.
Phil. Yes, madam, I overheard them agree Luc. I am sorry, sir, it is not in my power to that Mr Sealand should go himself and visit this make you proper acknowledgment, but there is unknown lady that Mr Bevil is so great with, and a, gentleman in the world whose gratitude will, if he found nothing there to fright him, that Mr I'm sure, be worthy of the favour.
Bevil should still marry my young mistress. Myrt. All the thanks I desire, madam, are in Mrs Seut. How! nay, then he shall find she is your power to give.
my daughter as well as bis—I'll follow him this Luc. Name them, and command them. instant, and take the whole family along with me. Myrt. Only, madam, that the first time you The disputed power of disposing of my own are alone with your lover you will with open daughter shall be at an end this very night. ---arms receive him.
I'll live no longer in anxiety for a little hussy that Luc. As willingly as heart could wish it. hurts my appearance wherever I carry her, and Myrt. Thus then he claims your promise. for whose sake I seem to be not at all regarded, Oh, Lucinda!
and that in the best of my days, Luc. Oh, a cheat, a cheat!
Phil. Indeed, madam, if she were married,
your ladyship might very well be taken for Mr | that can tell you for certain-she can make Sealand's daughter.
bold to ask my lady herself. Mrs Seal. Nay, when the chit has not been Mr Seal. Oh, then she is within I find, though with me I have heard the men say as much-I'll you dare not say so. no longer cut off the greatest pleasure of a wo Boy. Nay, nay, that's neither here nor there ; man's life (the shining in assemblies) by her for what's the matter whether she is within or no, if ward anticipation of the respect that's due to she has not a mind to see any body? her superior-She shall down to Cimberton-hall Mr Seal. I cann't tell, sirrah, whether you are she shall-she shall.
archi or simple ; but, however, get me a direct Phil. I hope, madam, I shall stay with your answer, and here's a shilling for you. ladyship
Boy. Will you please to walk in ? I'll see Mrs Seal. Thou shalt, Phillis, and I'll place what I can do for you. thee then more about me -But order chairs Mr Seal. I see you will be fit for your busiimmediately I'll be gone this minute. ness in time, child; but I expect to meet with
(Ereunt. nothing but extraordinaries in such a house.
Boy. Such a house, sir ! you ha'n't seen it yet.
Pray walk in.
(Exeunt. Enter Mr SEALAND and HUMPHREY. Mr Seal. I am very glad, Mr Humpbrey, that SCENE III.-INDIANA's House. you agree with me, that it is for our coinmon good Í should look thoroughly into this matter.
Enter ISABELLA and Boy. Humph. I am indeed of that opinion ; for Isab. What anxiety do I feel for this poor creathere is no artifice, nothing concealed in our fa- ture! What will be the end of her? Such a lans mily which ought in justice to be known. I need guishing unreserved passion for a man that at not desire you, sir, to treat the lady with care and last must certainly leave or ruin her, and perrespect.
haps both! then the aggravation of the distress Mr Seal. Mr Humphrey-I shall not be rude, is that she dare not believe he will not but I though I design to be a little abrupt, and come must own, if they are both what they would into the matter at once, to see how she will bear seem, they are made for one another as much as upon a surprise
Adam and Eve were, for there is no other of Humph. That's the door ; sir, I wish you suc their kind but themselves. So, Daniel, what cess. [While HUMPHREY speaks, SEALAND con news with you? sults his table book.] I am less concern'd what Boy. Madam, there's a gentleman below would happens there, because I hear Mr Myrtle is as speak with my lady, well lodg'd as old Sir Geoffry, so I am willing to Isab. Sirrah, don't you know Mr Bevil yet? let this gentleman employ himself here to give. Boy. Madam, 'tis not the gentleman who them time at home; for I am sure it is neces comes every day and asks for you, and won't go sary for the quiet of our family that Lucinda in till he knows whether you are with her or no. were dispos'd of out of it, since Mr Bevil's in. Isub. Ha! that's a particular I did not know clination is so much otherwise engaged. [Exit. before. Well, be who it will, let him come up
Mr Seal. I think this is the door. [Knacks.] to me, I'll carry this matter with an air of authority, to [Exit Boy, und re-enters with Mr SEALAND. enquire, though I make an errand to begin dis
ISABELLA looks amazed. course. (Knocks again, enter a foot boy.] So, young Mr Scal. Madam, I cann't blame your being man, is your lady within ?
a little surpris’d to see a perfect stranger make a Boy. A-lack, sir! I am but a country boy-I visit
, anddon't know whether she is or noa; but an you'll Isab. I am indeed surpris’d—I see he does stay a bit I'll goa and ask the gentlewoman that's not know me. with her.
Mr Seal. You are very prettily lodg’d here, Mr Seal. Why, sirrah, though you are a coun madam; in troth you seem to have every thing try boy, you can see, cann't you? you know when in plenty-a thousand a-year I warrant youl, ther she is at home when you see her, don't you? upon this pretty nest of rooms, and the dainty Boy. Nay, nay, I'm not such a country lad one within them.
(Aside, und looking about. neither, master, to think she is at home because Isub. [Apart.] Twenty years, it seems, have I see her; I have been in town but a month, and less effect in the alteration of a man of thirty I lost one place already for believing my own than of a girl of fourteen-he's almost still the eyes.
same: but, alas ! I find by other men as well Mr Seal. Why, sirrahı, have you learnt to lie as himself I am not what I was.- As soon as he already?
spoke, I was convinced 'twas he.--How shall I Boj. Ah, master! things that are lies in the contain my surprise and satisfaction !—He must country are not lies at London-I begin to know not know me yet. my business a little better than so—but an you Mr Seal. Madam, I hope I don't give you any please to walk in, I'll call a gentlewoman to you disturbance; but there is a young lady here wick
whom I have a particular business to discourse, , quaint me, why the care of your daughter obliges and I hope she will admit me to that favour. a person of your seeming worth and fortune to Isab. Why, sir, have you had any
be thus inquisitive about a wretched, helpless, cerning her?
I wonder who could give it you. friendless—[Weeping.) But I beg your pardon Mr Seal. That, madam, is fit only to be com- | -though I ain an orphan, your child is not, and municated to herself.
your concern for her, it seems, has brought you Isab. Well, sir, you shall see her I find he hither-I'll be compos'd—pray go on, sir. knows nothing yet, nor shall for me: I am re Mr Seal. How could Mr Bevil be such a monsolved I will observe this interlude, this sport of ster to injure such a woman ! nature and fortune.-You shall see her presently, Ind. No, sir, you wrong him; he has not insir; for now I am as a mother, and will trust her jured me—my support is from his bounty. with you.
(Exil. Mr Scul. Bounty! when gluttons give high Mr Seal. As a mother! right; that's the old prices for delicates, they are prodigious bountiphrase for one of those commode ladies who ful! lend out beauty for hire to young gentlemen that Ind. Still, still you will persist in that errorhave pressing occasions. But here comes the but my own fears tell me all
. You are the genprecious lady herself: in troth, a very sightly tleman, I suppose, for whose happy daughter he is woman!
desigu'd a husband by his good father, and he has, Enter INDIANA.
perhaps, consented to the overture, and he is to
be, perhaps, this night a bridegroom. Ind. I am told, sir, you have some affair that Mr Senl. I own he was intended such; but, requires your speaking with me.
madam, on your account, I am determined to deMr Seal. Yes, madam. There came to my fer my daughter's marriage, till I am satisfied, hands a bill drawn by Mr Bevil, which is payable from your own mouth, of what nature are the to-morrow, and he, in the intercourse of business, obligations you are under to him. sent it to me, who have cash of his, and desireci Ind. His actions, sir, his eyes, have only made me to send a servant with it; but I have made me think he design’d to make me the partner of bold to bring you the money myself.
his heart. The goodness and gentleness of his Ind. Sir, was that necessary?
demeanour made me misinterpret all; 'twas my Mr Seal. No, madam ; þut to be free with you, own hope, my own passion, that deluded me; the fame of your beauty, and the regard which he never made one amorous advance to me; Mr Bevil is a little too well known to have for his large heart and bestowing hand have only you, excited my curiosity.
help'd the miserable: nor know I why, but from Ind. Too well known to have for me! Your bis mere delight in virtue, that I have been his sober appearance, sir, which my friend described, care, the object on which to indulge and please made me expect no rudeness or absurdity at least. himself with pouring favours.
-Who's there? Sir, if you pay the money to Mr Seul. Madam, I know not why it is, but I, a servant 'twill be as well.
as well as you, am metiinks afraid of entering Mr Seal. Pray, madam, be not offended; I into the matter I came about ; but 'tis the same came hither on an innocent, nay, a virtuous de- thing as if we had talk'd ever so distinctly—he sign; and if you will have patience to hear me, ne'er shall have a daughter of mine. it may be as useful to you, as you are in friend Ind. If you say this from what you think of me, ship with Mr Bevil, as to my only daughter, you wrong yourself and him. Let not me, miwhom I was this day disposing of.
serable though I may be, do injury to my beneInd. You make me hope, sir, I have mistaken factor : no, sir, my treatment ought rather to reyou: I am compos'd again : be free, say on concile you to his virtues.-If to bestow without what I am afraid to hear.
[ Aside. a prospect of return, if to delight in supporting Mr Seal. I fear'd, indeed, an unwarranted pas. what night, perhaps, be thought an object of desion here, but I did not think it was in abuse of sire, with no other view than to be her guard 80 worthy an object, so accomplish'd a lady, as against those who would not be so disinterested, your sense and mien bespeak—but the youth of if these actions, sir, can in a careful parent's eye our age care not what merit and virtue they bring commend him to a daughter, give yours, sir, to shame, so they gratify
give her to my honest, generous Bevil !- What Ind. Sir--you are going into very great er
have I to do but sigh, and weep, to rave, run wild, rors—but as you are pleas’d to say you see some
a lunatic in chains, or, hid in darkness, mutter in thing in me that has chang’d at least the colour distracted starts and broken accents my strange, of your suspicions, so has your appearance alter'd strange story! mine, and made me earnestly attentive to what Mr Seaí. Take comfort, madam. has any way concern'd you, to enquire into my Ind. All my comfort must be to expostulate affairs and character.
in madness, to relieve with frenzy my despair, Mr Seal. How sensibly, with what an air she and, shrieking, to demand of Fate why, why was talks !
I born to such variety of sorrows ! Ind. Good sir, be seated and tell me tender Mir Seal. If I have been the least occasion ly-keep all your suspicions concerning me alive, Ind. No; 'twas Heaven's high will I should be that you may, in a proper and prepared way, ac such-to be plunder'd in my cradle, toss'd on the