« PreviousContinue »
ner of his expressing that love was wbat pleased
made one in our conversationi. But, Mr Bellamy, Bel. I suppose then he is just come out of the ( I saw a servant, I hope no engagement, for you country. two positively shall dine with me: I have the finest Frank. Nor that neither. I would venturea wa macaroni in life. Oblige me so far.
ger, from his own house hither, or to an auction Bel. Sir, your servant; what say you, Frankly? or two of old dirty pictures, is the utmost of his
J. Meg. Pho! pox! Charles, you shall go. My travels to-day; or he may have been in pursuit, aunts think you begin to neglect them; and old perhaps, of a new cargo of Venetian tooth-picks maids, you know, are the most jealous creatures Bel. A special acquaintance I have made to-das, in life.
Frank. For all this, Bellamy, he has a heart worFrank. Rangerswears they cann't be maids, they thy your friendship. He spends his estate freely, are so good-natured. Well, I agree, on condition 1 and you cannot oblige him more, than by shewing may eat what I please, and go away just when I will. him how he can be of service to you.
j. Meg. Ay, ay, you shall do just what you will. Bel. Now you say something. It is the heart, But how shall we do? my post-chaise won't carry Frankly, I value in a man.
Frank. Right—and there is a heart even in a Frank. My chariot is here; and I will conduct woman's breast that is worth the purchase, or by Mr Bellanıy.
judgment has deceived me. Dear Bellamy, I know Bet. Mr Meggot, I beg pardon ; I cann't possi- your concern for me; see her first, and then blame bly dine out of town; I have an engagement early me if you can. in the evening
Bel. So far from blaming you, Charles, that if J. leg. Out of town! No, my dear, I live just my endeavours can be serviceable, I will beat the by. I see one of the dilletanti I would not miss bushes with you. speaking to for the universe. And so I expect you Frank. That, I am afraid, will not do. For you at three.
[Exit. know less of her than I : but if in your walks you Frank. Ha, ha, ha! and so you thought you had meet a finer woman than ordinary, let her det at least fifty miles to go post for a spoonfal of ma- escape till I have seen her. Wheresoe'er she is caroni,
she cannot long lie hid.
(Exeunte ACT II. SCENE I.--St James's Park.
flatter or affront their beauty, they admire or for -
sake ours: they are not worthy even of our dis ( Enler CLARINDA, JACINTHA, and Mrs STRICT
pleasure ; and, in short, abusing them is but solek LAND.
much ill-nature merely thrown away. But the bzu Jac. Ay, ay, we both stand condemned out of man of sense, who values himself upon his high a our own mouths.
abilities; or the man of wit, who thinks a woman Cla. Why, I cannot but own, I never had a beneath his conversation to see such the subthought of any man that troubled me but him. jects of our power, the slaves of our frowns and
Mrs Str. Then I dare swear, by this time, you smiles, is glorious indeed ! heartily repent your leaving Bath so soon. Mrs Str. No man of sense, or wit eitber, if he
Cla. Indeed you are mistaken, I have not had be truly so, ever did, or ever can, think a woman one scruple since.
of merit beneath his wisdom to converse with. Jac. Why, what one inducement can he have Jac. Nor will such a woman value herself upon ever to think of you again?
making such a lover uneasy. Cla. Oh, the greatest of all inducements, curi Cla. Amazing! Why, every woman can give osity: let me assure you, a woman's surest hold ease. You cannot be in earnest. over a man is to keep him in uncertainty. As soon Mrs Str. I can assure you she is, and has put as ever you put him out of doubt, you put him out in practice the doctrine she has been teaching. of your power : but when once a woman has a Cla. Impossible! Who ever heard the name of waked his curiosity, she may lead him a dance of love mentioned withont an idea of torment? But many a troublesome mile, without the least fear
pray let us hear. of losing him at last.
Jac. Nay, there is nothing to hear that I know Jac. Now do I heartily wish he may have spirit of. enough to follow, and use you as you deserve. Cla. So I suspected, indeed. The novel is not Such a spirit, with but a little knowledge of our likely to be long, when the lady is so well prepa sex, might put that heart of yours into a strange red for the denouement. flutter.
Jac. The novel, as you call it, is not so short as Cla. I care not how soon. I long to meet with you may imagine. I and my spark have been long such a fellow. Our modern beaux are such joint acquainted: as he was continually with my father, babies in love, they have no feeling; they are en I soon perceived that he loved me; and the man, tirely insensible either of pain or pleasure, but from their own dear persons; and accordingly as we and won me most.
Cla. Well: and how was it? the old bait, flat Cla. Oh! I have no time to recover myself, I tery, dear flattery, I warrant ye.
am so frightened, and so pleased. In short then, Jac. No, indeed; I had not the pleasure of hear the dear man is here. ing my person, wit, and beauty painted out with Mrs Str. Here-Lord! - Where? forced praises; but I had a more sensible delight, Cla. I met him this instant; I saw him at a disin perceiving the drift of his whole behaviour was tance, turned short, and ran hither directly. Let to make every hour of my time pass away agree us go home. -I tell you he follows me. ably.
Mrs Str. Why, had you not better stay, and Čla. The rustic! what, did he never say a hand- let him speak to you? some thing of your person?
Cla. Ay!- But then he won't know where I Mrs Str. He did, it seems, what pleased her live, without my telling him. better; he flattered her good sense, as much as a Mrs Str. Come then. Ha, ha, ha! less cunning lover would have done her beauty. Juc. Ay, poor Clarinda! - Allons donc. (Exeunt.
Cla. On my conscience you are well matched.
Enter FRANKLY. piness (and this evening he is to pass his final sen. Frank. Sure that must be she ! her shape and tence,) nothing is left but to break my prison, and easy air cannot be so exactly copied by another. fly into my lover's arms for safety.
Now, you young rogue, Cupid, guide me directly to Cla. Hey-day!O’my conscience thou art a brave her, as you would the surest arrow in your quiver. girl . Thou art the very first prude that ever had
(Exit. honesty enough to avow her passion for a man.
Jac. And thou art the first finished coquette who SCENE II.-Changes to the Street before Mr ever had any honesty at all.
STRICTLAND's door. Mrs Str. Come, come ; you are both too good
Re-enter CLARINDA, JACINTHA, und Mrs or either of those characters.
STRICTLAND. Cla. And my dear Mrs Strictland here is the
Cla. Lord!-Dear Jacintha-for Heaven's sake irst young married woman of spirit who has an Il-natured fellow for a husband, and never once
make haste: he'll overtake us before we get in. hinks of using him as he deserves—Good Hea
Jac. Overtake us ! why, he is not in sight.
Cla, Is not he ? Ha! sure I have not dropt my en! If I had such a husbandMfrs Str. You would be just as unhappy as I am ! twee-I would not have him lose sight of me dei
(Aside. Cla. Biit come now, confess-do not you long
Mrs Str. Here he iso be a widow ?
Cla. In-in-in then.
Jac. (Laughing.) What, without your twee? reak that stout heart of his in less than a fort
Cia. Psha? I have lost nothing-In, in, I'll
follow light. I'd make him know
you. Mrs Str. Pray be silent. You know my resolu.
[Exeunt into the house, CLARINDA last. ion.
Enter FRANKLY. Cla. I know you have no resolution.
Frank. It is impossible I should be deceived. Mrs Str. You are a mad creature, but I forgive My eyes, and the quick pulses at the heart, as
sure me it is she. Ha! 'tis she, by Heaven! and Cla. It is all meant kindly, I assure you. But the door left open too-A fair invitation, by all ince you won't be persuaded to your good, I will
the rules of love.
[Exit. hink of making you easy in your submission as oon as ever I can. I dare say, I may have the SCENE JII.—Changes to an Apartment in Mr ame lodging I had last year : I can know imme
STRICTLAND's House. jately—I see my chair; and so, ladies, both adieu.
Enter CLARINDA, FRANKLY following her. Jac. Come, Mrs Strictland, we shall but just Frunk. I hope, madam, you will excuse the boldave time to get home before Mr Bellamy comes. ness of this intrusion, since it is owing to your own
Mrs Str. Let us return then to our common beh viour that I am forced to it, rison. You must forgive my ill-nature, Jacintha, Cla. To my behaviour, sir? f I almost wish Mr Strictland may refuse to join Frank. You cannot but remember me at Bath, our hand where your heart is given.
madam, where I so lately had the favour of your Jac. Lord, madam, what do you mean? handMrs Str. Self-interest only, child. Methinks Cla. I do remember, sir, but I little expected our company in the country would soften all my any wrong interpretation of my behaviour from orrows, and I could bear them patiently.
one who had so much the appearance of a gen
tleman. Re-enter CLARINDA,
Frunk. What I saw of your behaviour was so Cla. Dear Mrs Strictland—I am so confused, just, it would admit of no misrepresentation. I nd so out of breath
only feared, whatever reason you had to conceal Mrs Str. Why, what's the matter
your name from me at Bath, you might have the Juc, I protest you fright me.
same to do it now; and though my happiness was
so nearly concerned, I rather chose to venture thus feared from Mr Strictland's temper; an utter des abruptly after you, than be impertinently inquisi- nial. I know hot why, but he really grows more tive.
and more ill-natured, Cla. Sir, there seems to be so much civility in Cla. Well; now do I heartily wish my affairs your rudeness, that I can easily forgive it, though were in his power a little, that I might have a few I don't see how your happiness is at all concerned. difficulties to surmount: I love difficulties; and
Frank. No, madam! I believe you are the only yet, I don't know-it is as well as it is. lady, who could, with the qualifications you are Mrs Sir. Ha, ha, ha! Come, the tea waits. mistress of, be insensible of the power they give
(Excaut. you over the happiness of our sex.
Enter Mr STRICTLAND. Cla. How vain should we women be, if you gentlemen were but wise! If you did not all of you
Str. These doings in my house distract me. say the same things to every woman, we should I met a fine gentleman : when I enquired who be certainly be foolish enough to believe some of you was, why, he came to Clarinda. I met a footu.21 were in earnest.
too, and he came to Clarinda. I shall not be easy Frank. Could you have the least sense of what I till she is decamped. My wife had the character feel whilst I am speaking, you would know me to
of a virtuous woman--and they have not been be in earnest, and what I say to be the dictates of long acquainted: but then they were by themselves a heart that admires you ; niay I not say that“.
at Bath-That hurts--that hurts they must be Cla. Sir, this is carrying the
watched, they must; I know them, I know all Frank. When I danced with you at Bath, I was
their wiles, and the best of them are but hypocharmed with your whole behaviour, and felt the crites---Ha!-(LUCETTA pusses over the stage. same tender admiration! but my hope of seeing Suppose I bribe the maid ? she is of their counci, you afterwards, kept in my passion till a more pro
the manager of their secrets ; it shall be so; mo per time should offer. You cannot therefore blame
ney will do it, and I shall know all that passes.
Lucetta! me now, if, after having lost you once, I do not suffer an inexcusable modesty to prevent my ma
Luc. Sir. king use of this second opportunity.
Str. Lucetta ! Ciu. This bebaviour, sir, is so different from the
Re-enter LUCETTA. gaiety of your conversation then, that I am at a loss how to answer you.
Luc. Sir.- If he should suspect, and searc Fronk. There is nothing, madam, which could
me now, I'm undone. take off from the gaiety with which your presence
Str. She is a sly girl, and may be service inspires every heart, but the fear of losing you.
able. [Aside.] Lucetta, you are a good girl, and How can I be otherwise than as I am, when I
have an honest face. I like it. It looks as if : know not but you may leave London as abruptly
carried no deceit in it-Yet, if she should be false as you did Bath?
she can do me most harm.
(Asia Luc. Pray, sir, speak out. Enter LUCETTA.
Str. (Aside.] No, she is woman, and it i Luc. Madam, the tea is ready, and my mistress the highest imprudence to trust her, waits for you.
Luc. I am not able to understand you. Cla. Very well, I come—[Exit LUCETTA. You Str. I am glad of it. I would not have you! see, sir, I am called away: but I hope you will ex
understand me. cuse it, when I leave you with an assurance that Luc. Then what did you call me for ?- If b the business, which brings me to town, will keep should be in love with my face, it would be rare me here some time.
[dude Frank. How generous it is in you thus to case
Str. Tester, ay, Tester is the proper person. the heart that knew not how to ask for such a fa- (Aside.] Lucetta, tell Tester I want him. vour-1 fear to offend-But this house, I suppose,
Luc. Yes, sir. Mighty odd, this! It gives me is your's ?
time, however, to send Buckle with this letter to Cla. You will hear of me, if not find me here. his master.
[ Aside. Exil. Frank. I then take my leave.
Exit. Str. Could I but be once well satisfied that Clu. I'm undone !-He has me !
my wife had really finished me, I believe I should
be as quiet as if I were sure to the contrary: buc Enter Mrs STRICTLAND.
whilst I am in doubt, I am miserable. Mrs Str. Well; how do you
find yourself? Cla. I do find-that, if he goes on as he has be
Enter TESTER. gur, I shall certainly have him without giving him Test. Does your honour please to want me? the least uneasiness.
Str. Ay, Tester-I need not fear. The ho. Ars Sır. A very terrible prospect, indeed ! nesty of his service, and the goodness of his look,
Cla, But I must tease him a little Where is make me secure. I will trust him. (Aside.) Tes Jacintha? how will she laugh at me, if I become ter, I think I have been a tolerable good master a propil of hers, and learn to give ease ! No; posi- to you. tiie Isall never do it.
Test. Yes, sir,—very tolerable. Mrs Sır. Poor Jacintha has met with what I Str. I like his simplicity well. It promises
honesty. (Aside.] I have a secret, Tester, to im Frank. Who should it be, but I shall know part to you; a thing of the greatest importance. her name to-morrow, (Sinys and dances. Look upon me, and don't stand picking your fin J. Meg. What is the matter, ho? Is the man gers.
mad? Test. Yes, sir.--No, sir.
Frank. Even so, gentlemen; as mad as love and Str. But will not his simplicity expose him joy can make me. the more to Lucetta's cunning? Yes, yes; she Bel. But inform us whence this joy proceeds. will worm the secret out of him. I had better Frank. Joy! joy! my lads! She's found ! my trust her with it at once. So--I will. [Aside.] Perdita ! my charmer ! Tester, go, send Lucetta hither.
J. Meg. 'Egad! her charms have bewitch'd the Test. Yes, sir.Here she is.
man, I think
-But who is she?
Bel. Come, come, tell us, who is this wonder?
Frunk. But will you say noth:ng? Lucetta, my master wants you.
Bel. Nothing, as I live. Str. Get you down, Tester.
Frank. Nor you? Test. Yes, sir.
[Exit. J. Meg. I'll be as silent as the graveLuc. If you want me, sir, I beg you would Frank. With a tomb-stone upon it, to tell evemake haste, for I have a thousand things to do. ry one whose dust it carries.
Sir. Well, well; what I have to say will not J. Meg. I'll be as secret as a debauched prudetake up much time, could I but persuade you to
Frank. Whose sanctity every one suspects.be honest.
Jack, Jack, 'tis not in thy nature; keeping a seLuc. Why, sir, I hope you don't suspect my cret is worse to thee than keeping thy accounts. honesty ?
But, to leave fooling, listen to me both, that I may Str. Well, well; I believe you honest. whisper it into your ears, that echo may not catch
(Shuts the door. the sinking sound I cannot tell who she is, Luc. What can be at the bottom of all this? faith-Tol de rol, lol
(Aside. J. Meg. Mad ! mad! very mad ! Str. So; we cannot be too private. Come Frank. All I know of her is, that she is a charmhither, hussy; nearer yet.
ing woman, and has given me liberty to visit her Luc. Lord, sir ! You are not going to be rude. again—Bellamy, 'tis she, the lovely she. (Asiile, I vow I will call out.
Bel. So I did suppose.
(To FRANKLY. Str. Hold your tongue
-Does the baggage J. Meg. Poor Charles ! for Heaven's sake, Mr laugh at me? 'She does; she mocks me, and will Bellamy, persuade him to go to his chamber, reveal it to my wife ; and her insolence upon it whilst I prepare every thing for you at home. will be more insupportable to me than cuckoldom Adieu. [Aside to BELLAMY.) B’ye Charles ; ha, itself . (Aside.) I have not leisure now, Lucetta— ha, ha!
(Erit. some other time-Hush! Did not the bell ring? Frank. Oh, love! thou art a gift worthy of a Yes, yes; my wife wants you. Go, go, go to her. god, indeed ! Dear Bellamy, nothing now could (Pushes her out.] There is no hell on earth like add to my pleasure, but to see my friend as deep being a slave to suspicion.
(Exit. in love as I am.
Bel. I shew my heart is capable of love, by the SCENE IV.-The Piazza, Covent Garden. friendship it bears to you. Enter BellAMY and JacK MEGGOT.
Frank. The light of friendship looks but dim
before the brighter flame of love: love is the Bel. Nay, nay, I would not put your family spring of cheerfulness and joy. Why, how dull into any confusion.
and phlegmatic do you shew to me now? whilst J. Neg. None in life, my dear, I assure you. I am all life, light as feather'd Mercury-Yo, I will go and order every thing this instant for dull and cold as earth and water ; I, light and
warm as air and fire. These are the only cleBel. You are too obliging, sir; but you need ments in love's world! Why, Bellamy, for shame! not be in this
hurry, for I am in no certainty when get thee a mistress, and be sociable. I shall trouble you; I only know that my Jacin Bel. Frankly, I am now going to tha has taken such a resolution.
Frank. Why that face now? Your humble ser. J. Meg. Therefore we should be prepared ; vant, sir. My food of joy shall not be stopp’d for when once a lady has such a resolution in by your melancholy fits, I assure you. (Going. her head, she is upon the rack till she executes Bel. Stay, Frankly, I beg you stay. What it. 'Foregad, Mr Bellamy, this must be a girl of would you say now if I really were in love?
Frank. Why, faith, thou hast such romantic no
tions of sense and honour, that I know not what Enter FRANKLY. Frank, Buxom and lively as the bounding doe Bel. To confess the truth then, I am in love. --Fair as painting can express, or y uthful poets
Frank. And do you confess it as if it were a sin? fancy when they love-- Tol, de rol, lol ! Proclaim it aloud; glory in it; boast of it as your
(Singing and dancing: gre te i virtue. Swear it witli a lover's oatti, and Bel. Who is this you talk thus rapturously of? | i will believe you.
Bel. Why then, by the bright eyes of her i love her, and she loves me. She has thirty that love
sand pounds to her fortune. Frank. Well said !
Ran. The devil she has !
Ran. Nor does any one thing like any other Frank. Bravo!
woman, I suppose. Bel. I swear, I am as true an enamorato as Prunk. Not so, I hope, neither. eyer tagg'd rhyme.
Bel. Oh, Frankly, Ranger, I never felt such Fran. And art thou then thoroughly in love? ease before the secret's out, and you don't laugh Come to my arms thou dear companion of my
at me. joys
[They embruce. Frank. Laugh at thee, for loving a woman with
thirty thousand pounds! thou art a most unaEnter RangeR.
Ran. How the devil could he work her up to Ran. Why–Hey! is there never a wench to this! I never could have had the face to have be got for love or money?
done it. But I know not how-there is a de Bel. Pshaw! Ranger here?
gree of assurance in you modest gentlemen, which Ran. Yes, Ranger is here, and perhaps does we impudent fellows never can come up to. not come so impertinenıly as you may imagine. Bel. Oh! your servant, good sir. You should Faith! I think I have the knack of finding out not abuse me now, Ranger, but do all you can ta secrets. Nay, never look so queer-Here is a assist me. letter, Mr Bellamy, that seems to promise you Ran. Why, look ye, Bellamy, I am a damnable better diversion than your hugging one another. unlucky fellow, and so will have nothing to do in Bel. What do you mean?
this affair: I'll take care to be out of the way, so Ran. Do you deal much in these paper tokens ? Bel. Oh, the dear kind creature ; it is from and so-success attend you. (Going.) I cannot
as to do you no harm; that's all I can answer for; herself.
[To FRANKLY. leave you quite to yourself neither; for if this Ran. What, is it a pair of laced shoes she should prove a round-house affair, as I make no wants ? or have the boys broke her windows ? doubt it will, I believe I may have more interest Bel. Hold your profane tongue !
there than you; and so, sir, you may hear of me Frank. Nay, pr’ythee, Bellamy, don't keep it
[Whispers to yourself, as if her whole affections were con Bel. For shame, Ranger: the most noted ga tained in those few lines.
ming-house in town. Ran. Pr’ythee, let him alone to his silent rap Ran. Forgive me this once, my boy. I must tures. But it is as I always said-your grave men go, faith, to pay a debt of honour to some of the ever are the greatest whoremasters.
greatest rascals in town. Bel. I cannot be disobliged now, say what you Frank. But where do you design to lodge her? will. But how came this into your hands? Bel. At Mr Meggot's -He is already gone
Ran. Your servant Buckle and I changed com. missions; he went on my errand, and I came on
to prepare for her reception.
Frank. The properest place in the world: his his.
aunts will entertain her with honour. Bel. 'Sdeath! I want him this very instant. Bel. And the newness of his acquaintance will
Ran. He will be here presently; but I demand prevent its being suspected.--Frankly, give me to know what I have brought you.
your hand : this is a very critical time. Frank. Av, ay ! out with it ! you know we ne Frank. Pho! none of your musty
reflections ver blab, and may he of service.
now! When a man is in love, to the very brink Bel Í'welve o'clock! oh, the dear hour!
of matrimony, what the devil has he to do with Ran. Why, it is a pretty convenient time, in. Plutarch and Seneca? Here is your servant, with decd.
a face full of business—I'll leave you together Bel. By all that's happy, she promises in this I shall be at the King's Arms, where, if you want letter here-to leave her guardian this very night my assistance, you may find me. -and run away with me. Run. How is this?
Enter BUCKLE. Bel. Nay, I know not how myself—she says Bel. So, Buckle, you seem to have your hands at the bottom_“ Your servant has full instruca full. tions from Lucetta how to equip me for my ex Buc. Not fuller than my head, sir, I promise pedition. I will not trust myself home with you you. You have had your letter, I hope. to-night, because I know it is inconvenient; there. Bel. Yes, and in it she refers me to you for my fore I beg you would procure me a lodging, it is instructions. no matter how far off my guardian's.
Buc. Why the affair stands thus.—As Mo Yours,
JACINTHA.” Strictland sees the door lock'd and barred every Ran. Carry her to a bagnio, and there you night himself, and takes the key up with bim, it may lodge with her.
is impossible for us to escape any way but through Frank. Why, this must be a girl of spirit, faith! the window; for which purpose I krave a ladder of Bel. And beauty equal to her sprightliness. Il ropes.