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Bel. Why, you are in spirits, you rogue. Buc. And because a hoop, as the ladies wear Buc. These I am now to convey to Lucetta. them now, is not the most decent dress to come Have
you any thing to say, sir ? down a ladder in, I have, in this other bundle, a Bel. Nothing, but that I will not fail at the suit of boy's clothes, which I believe will fit her; hour appointed. Bring me word to Mr Meggot's at least, it will serve the time she wants it. how you go on. Succeed in this, and it shall make You will soon be for pulling it off, I suppose.
SCENE I. - The Sireet before Mr STRICT Frank. (Aside.] The ladder! This must lead to LAND's House.
some discovery; I shall watch you, my young genEnter BELLAMY in a Chairman's coat.
tleman, I shalí. Bel. How tediously have the minutes pass’d
Enter CLARINDA and a Serpant. these last few hours ! and the envious rogues will Cla. This whist is a most enticing devil. I am fly, no lightning quicker, when we would have afraid I'm too late for Mr Strictland's sober hours. thein stay. Hold, let me not mistake—this is the Jac. Ha! I hear a noise! house. (Pulls out his watch.] By heaven it is not Cla. No; I see a light in Jacintha's window. yet the hour! I hear somebody coming. The You may go home. (Giving the servant money.) moon's so bright, I had better not be here till I am safe. the happy instant comes.
[Exit. Jac. Sure it must be he! Mr Bellamy-Sir, Enter FRANKLY.
Frank. (Aside.] Does he not call me?
Cla. [ Aside.) Ha! Who's that? I am frightenFrank. Wine is no antidote to love, but rathered out of my wits A man! feeds the flame: Now am I such an amorous pup
Jac. Is it you? py, that I cannot walk straight home, but must Frank. Yes, yes; 'tis I, 'tis I. come out of my way to take a view of my queen's Jac. Listen at the door. palace by moonlight - Ay, here stands the Frank. I will ; 'tis open-There is no noise : temple where my goddess is adored-the doors all's quiet. open!
(Retires. Clu. Sure it is my spark—and talking to Jacintha.
[Aside, Enter LUCETTA.
Frank. You may come down the ladder-quick. Luc. [Under the window.] Madam, madam, hist! Jac. Catch it then, and hold it. madam-How shall I make her hear?
Frank. I have it. Now I shall see what sort of
mettle my young spark is made of. (Aside. JACINTHA in Boy's clothes at the window. Cla. With a ladder too ! I'll assure you. But I Jac. Who is there? What's the matter? must see the end of it.
[Aside. Luc. It is I, madam ; you must not pretend to Jac. Hark! Did not somebody speak ? stir till I give the word; you'll be discovered if Frank. No, no; be not fearful>'Sdeath! we
are discover'd. [FRANKLY and CLARINDA retire. Frank. (Aside.] What do I see? A man! My heart misgives me.
Enter LUCETTA. Luc. My master is below, sitting up for Mrs
Luc. Hist! hist! are you ready? Clarinda. He raves as if he were mad about her Jac. Yes, may I venture? being out so late.
Luc. Now is your time. He is in high conferFrank. (Aside.] Here is some intrigue or other. ence with his privy counsellor, Mr Tester. You I must see more of this before I give further way may come down the backstairs, and I'll let you to love.
(Exit LUCETTA. Luc, One minute he is in the street; the next Juc. I will, I will, and am heartily glad of it. he is in the kitchen : now he will lock her out,
(Exit Jac. and then he'll wait himself, and see what figure Frank. (Advancing.) May be so; but you and she makes when she vouchsafes to venture home. I shall have a few words before you get off so
Jac. I long to have it over. Get me but once cleanly. out of his house.
Cla. (Advancing:) How lucky it was I came Frank. [Aside.] Cowardly rascal ! would I were home at this instant! I shall spoil his sport I be
lieve. Do you know me, sir? Luc. If I can but fix him any where, I can let
Frank. I am amazed ! You here! This was unyou out myself
-You have the ladder ready in expected indeed ! case of necessity.
Cla. Why, I believe, I do come a little unex(Exit Luc. / pectedly, but I shall amaze you more. I know the
in his place.
Jac. Yes, yes.
whole course of your amour: all the process of way — No, there is no game stirring. This same your mighty passion from its first rise
goddess, Diana, shines so bright with her chastity, Frank. What is all this?
that, egad, I believe the wenches are ashamed to Cla. To the very conclusion, which you vainly look her in the face. Now am I in an admirable hope to effect this night.
mood for a frolic: have wine in my head, and moFrank. By heaven, madam, I know not what you ncy in my pocket, and so am furnished out for the mean; I came hither purely to contemplate on cannonading of any countess in Christendom. Ha! your beauties.
what have we here? a ladder!--this cannot be Cla. Any beauties, sir, I find, will serve your placed here for nothing—and a window open! turn. Did I not hear you talk to her at the win Is it love or mischief now that is going on with dow?
in? I care not which I am in a right cue for eiFrank. Her!
ther. Up I go, neck or nothing. Stay, do I not Cla. Blush, blush, for shame; but be assured run a greater chance of spoiling sport than I do you have seen the last both of Jacintha and me. of making any? that I hate as much as I love the
(Exit. other. There can be no harm in seeing how the Frank. Jacintha! hear me, madam.-Sheisgone. land lies—I'll up (Gues up softly.] All is hushThis must certainly be Bellamy's mistress, and I Ha! a light, and a woman! by all that's lucky, have fairly ruin'd all his scheme. This it is to be neither old nor crooked ! I'll in -Ha ! she is in luck.
gone again! I will after her. (Gets in at the a m
dow.] And for fear of the squalls of virtue, and Enter BELLAMY, behind.
the pursuit of the family, I will make sure of the Bel. Ha! a man under the window !
ladder. Now, Fortune, be my guide! (Goes in. Frank. No, here she comes, and I may convey her to him.
SCENE II.-Mrs STRICTLAND's Dressing-Room. Enter JACINTHA, and runs to FRANKLY. Enter Mrs STRICTLAND, followed by LUCETTA. Jac. I have at last got to you. Let's haste Mrs Sır. Well, I am in great hopes she will away-Oh!
escape. Frank. Be not frightened, lady.
Luc. Never fear, madam, the lovers have the Jac. Oh! am I abused ? betray'd ?
start of him, and I warrant they keep it. Frank. Bellamy!
Mrs Str. Were Mr Strictland ever to suspect Bel. I can scarce believe it though I see it. my being privy to her flight, I know not what Draw
might be the consequence. Frank. Hear me, Bellamy -Lady
Luc. Then you had better be undressing. He Jac. Stay- do not fight!
may return immediately. Frank. I am innocent; it is all a mistake! [As she is sitting down at the toilet, RANGER
Jac. For my sake, be quiet! We shall be dis enters behind. covered! the family is alarmed!
Ran. Young and beautiful.
(Asade. Bel. You are obeyed. Mr Frankly, there is but Luc. I have watch'd him pretty narrowly of one way
late, and never once suspected till this morningFrank. I understand you. Any time but now. Mrs Str. And who gave you authority to watch You will certainly be discovered! To-morrow at his actions, or pry into his secrets ? your chambers.
Luc. I hope, madam, you are not angry. I Bel. Till then farewell. [Ereunt Bel. and JAC. thought it might have been of service to you to
Frank. Then, when he is cool, I may be heard ; | know my master was jealous. and the real, though suspicious, account of this Run. And her husband jealous ! if she does but matter may be believed. Yet, amidst all this per- send away the maid I am happy. plexity, it pleases me to find my fair incognita is Birs Str. [Within.] Leave me. jealous of my love.
Luc. This it is to meddle with other people's Str. [Within.) Where's Lucetta ? Search every affairs.
(Exit in arge. place.
Ran. What a lucky dog I am! I never made a Frank. Hark! the cry is up! I must be gone. gentleman a cuckold before. Now, impudence
(Exit FRANK. assist me!
Mrs Str. (Rising.] Provoking! I am sure I de Enter Mr STRICTLAND, TESTER, and Servants.
ver have deserved it of him. Str. She's gone! she's lost ! I am cheated ! pur Run. Oh, cuckold him by all means, madam, ! sue her! seek her!
am your man! (She shrieks.) Oh, fie, madam ! if Test. Sir, all her clothes are in her chamber. you squall so cursedly you will be discover'd.
Ser. Sir, Mrs Clarinda said she was in boy's Mrs Str. Discovered! What mean you, sir ! do clothes.
you come to abuse me? Str. Ay, ay, I know it !-Bellamy has her Run. I'll do my endeavour, madam, you can Come along-pursue her.
[Exeunt. have no more.
Mrs Str. Whence came you ? how got you Enter RANGER.
here? Ran. Hark! -Was not the noise this
Ran. Dear madam, so long as I am here, wha:
signifies how I got here, or whence I came ? but morrow morning, cight o'clock is the latest hour that I may satisfy your curiosity, first, as to your you shall stay in this lewd town. whence came you! I answer, out of the street: Juc. Oh, sir ; when once a girl is equipp'd with and to your how got you here? I say, in at the a hearty resolution, it is not your worship's sagawindow; it stood so invitingly open, it was irre- city, nor the great chain at your gate, can hinder sistible. But, madam—you were going to un- her from doing what she has a mind. dress. I beg I may not incommode you.
Str. Oh, Lord! Lord ! how this love improves Mrs Str. This is the most consummate piece of a young ladly’s modesty ! impudence
Jac. Am I to blame to seek for happiness any Ran. For heaven's sake have one drop of pity where, when you are resolved to make me miserfor a poor young fellow who long has loved you. able here? Mrs Str. What would the fellow have?
Str. I have this night prevented you making Ran. Your husband's usage will excuse you to yourself so; and I will endeavour to do it for the the world.
future. I have you safe now, and the devil shall Mrs Str. I cannot bear this insolence ! help! not get you out of my clutches again. I have help!
lock'd the doors and barred them, I warrant you. kan. Oh, hold that clamorous tongue, madam! So here, (Giving her a curdle.) troop to your Speak one word more, and I am gone, positively chamber, and to bed, whilst you are well
. Go! gone.
[He treuds on RANGER's hai.] What's here? a Mrs Str. Gone! so I would have you. hat! a man's hat in my wife's dressing room. Ran. Lord, madam, you are so hasty!
(Looking at the hat. Mrs. Str. Shall I not speak, when a thief, rob Mrs Str. What shall I do?
[Aside. ber, breaks into my house at midnight? Help! Str. (Taking up the hat, and looking at Mrs help!
STRICTLAND.) Ha! by hell, I see 'tis true! Ran. Ha! no one hears. Now, Cupid, assist me Mrs Sir. My fears confo:ind me. I dare not tell -Look ye, madam, I never could make fine the truth, and know not how to frame a lie! specches, and cringe, and bow, and fawn, and flat
(Aside. ter, and lie ! I have said more to you already, Str. Mrs Strictland, Mrs Strictland, how came than ever I said to a woman in such circumstances this hat into your chamber? in all my life. But since I find you will yield to Luc. Are you that way disposed, my fine lady, no persuasion to your good, I will gently force and will not trust me ?
[riside. you to be grateful. (Throws down his hat, and Str. Speak, wretch, speakseizes her.] Come, come, unbend that brow, and Jac. I could not have suspected this. [Aside. look more kindly on me!
Sir. Why dost thou not speak? Mrs Str. For shame, sir! thus on my knees let Mrs Str. Sirme beg for mercy.
(Knecling. Str. Guilt-'tis guilt that ties your tongue ! Run. And this on mine let me beg the same. Luc, I must bring her off, however. No cham(He kneels, catches, una kieses her. bermaid can help it.
| Aside. Sir. (Within.] Take away her sword! she'll Str. My fears are just, and I am miserableburt herself.
Thou worst of women! Mrs Str. Oh, Heavens! that's my husband's Mrs Str. I know my innocence, and can bear voice!
this no longer. Ran. (Rising.) The devil it is !
Str. I know you are false, and 'tis I who will Str. [1! dihin.] Take away her sword, I say, and bear my injuries no longer. then I can close with her.
(Both walk about in a passion. Mrs S:r. He is upon the stairs, now coming Luc. [TOJACINTHA,uside.]Is not the hat yours? up! I an, undone if he sees you.
own it, madam. Ran. Pox on him, I must decamp then. Which
[Takes away JACINTHA's hat, and crit. way?
Mrs Str. What ground, what cause have you Mrs Str. Through this passage into the next for jealousy, when you yourself can witness, your
leaving me was accidental, your return uncertain; Run. And so into the street. With all iny and expected even sooner than it happen'd? The heart. You may be perfectly easy, madam : mum's abuse is gross and palpable. the word ; I never blab. (Aside.j I shall not leave Str. Why this is true ! off so, but wait till the last moment.
Mrs Sir Indeed, Jacintha, I am innocent.
(Exit RANGER. Str. And yet this hat must belong to somebody. Mrs Str. So, he's gone What could I have Jac. Dear Mrs Strictland, be not concerneil. said, if he had been discovered !
When he has diverted himself a little longer with
itEnter Mr STRICTLAND driving in JACINTHA, Str. Ha ! LUCETTA following.
Jac. I suppose he will give me my hat again. Str. Once more, my pretty masculine ma Sir. Y what! dam, you are welcome home; and I hope to keep Jac. Yes, my hat. You brush'd it from my side you somewhat closer than I have done; for to yourself, and then trod upon it; whether on pur
pose to abuse this lady or no, you best know your when it might so much better keep me waking! self.
Forbid it fortune, and forbid it love. This is a Str. It cannot be-'tis all a lie.
chamber, perhaps of some bewitching female, and Jac. Believe so still, with all my heart; but the I may yet be happy. Ha! a light! the door opens. hat is mine. Now, sir, who does it belong to? A boy! pox on him.
(He retires. (Snatches it, and puts it on. Str. Why did she look so ?
Enter JACINTHA with a candle. Jac. Your violence of temper is too much for Jac. I have been listening at the door, and, her. You use her ill, and then suspect her for from their silence, I conclude they are peaceably that confusion which you yourself occasion. gone to bed together.
Str. Why did not you set me right at first? Ran. A pretty boy, faith; he seems uneasy.
(Aside. reason why I should not be much concerned to Jac. (Sitting down.) What an unlucky night undeceive you at all. 'Tis for my lady's sake I do has this proved to me! Every circumstance has it now; who deserves much better of you than to fallen out unhappily. be thus exposed for every slight suspicion. See Ran. He talks aloud. I'll listen.
[ Aside. where she sits-Go to her.
Jac. But what most amazes me is, that ClaMrs Sir. (Rising.) Indeed, Mr Strictland, I have rinda should betray me! a soul as much above
Ran. Clarinda! she must be a woman. Well, Str. Whew ! Now you have both found your what of her? tongues, and I must bear with their eternal rat Juc. My guardian else would never have sustle.
pected my disguise. Jac. For shame, sir, go to her, and
Ran. Disguise! Ha, it must be so! What eyes Str. Well, well, what shall I say? I forgive_ she has ! what a dull rogue was I not to suspect all is over. I, I, I forgive.
(side. Mrs Str. Forgive! What do you mean?
Jac. Ha, I had forgot; the ladder is at the winJac. Forgive her ! is that all ? Consider, sir dow still, and I will boldly venture by myself
. Str. Hold, hold your confounded tongues, and [Rising briskly, sees Ranger.) Ha! a man,
and I'll do any thing. I'll ask pardon-or forgive well drest ! Ha, Mrs Strictland ! are you then or any thing. Good now, be quiet-I ask your at last dishonest! pardon--there-[Kisses her.) For you, madam, I Ran. By all my wishes she is a charming wo: am infinitely obliged to you, and I could find in man! lucky rascal !
(Aside. my heart to make you a return in kind, by mar Jac. But I will, if possible, conceal her shame, rying you to a beggar, but I have more conscience. and stand the brunt of his impertinence. Čome, come, to your chamber. Here, take this Ran. What shall I say to her! No matter ; candle.
any thing soft will do the business. (Aside.
Jac. Who are you?
Ran. A man, young gentleman.
have? lady to bed.
Ran. A woman. Str. No, no! no such thing, good madam. She Juc. You are very free, sir. Here are none shall have nothing but her pillow to consult this for you. night, I assure you. So, in, in. (The ladies take Run. Ay, but there is one, and a fair one too; leave. Erit Jac.] Good night, kind madam. the most charming creature nature ever set her
Luc. Pox of the jealous fool! we might both hand to; and you are the dear little pilot that have escaped out of the window purely. (Aside. must direct me to her heart.
Str. Go, get you down; and, do you here, or Juc. What mean you, sir? It is an office I am der the coach to be ready in the morning at eight, not accustomed to. exactly. \Erit LUCETTA.) So, she is safe till to Run. You won't have far to go, however. I morrow, and then for the country; and when she never make my errands tedious. It is to your is there, I can manage as 'I think' fit.
own heart, dear madam, I would have you whis. Mrs Str. Dear Mr Strictland
in my behalf. Nay, never start. Think you Str. I am not in a humour, Mrs Strictland, fit such beauty could ever be concealed from eyes to talk with you. Go to bed. I will endeavour so well acquainted with its charms ? to get the better of my temper, if I can; I'll fol. Jac. What will become of me! If I cry out, low you. (Exit Mrs STR.) How despicable bave Mrs Strictland is undone. This is my last reI made myself! [Erit. sort.
Ran. Pardon, dear lady, the boldness of this
visit, which your guardian's care has forced me
to: but I long have loved you, long have doated Enter RANGER.
on that beauteous face, and followed you from Ran. All seems hush'd again, and I may ven place to place, though perhaps unknown and unture out. I may as well sneak off whilst I am in regarded. a whole skin. And shall so much love and claret Juc. Here's a special fellow!
(Aside. as I am in possession of only lull me to sleep, Ran. Turn then an eye of pity on my suffer
ings; and, by Heaven, one tender look from those from him.] There is a man who will make you piercing eyes, one touch of this soft hand
repent this usage of me. Oh, Bellamy! where (Going to take her hand.
art thou now? Jac. Hold, sir, no nearer.
Ran. Bellamy! Ran. Would more than repay whole years of Jac. Were he here, you durst not thus affront pain.
(Bursting into tears. Jac. Hear me; but keep your distance, or I Ran. His mistress, on my soul ! (Aside.] You raise the family
can love, madam; you can love, I find. Her tears Ran. Blessings on her tongue, only for prat- affect me strangely.
[Aside. tling to me!
[Aside Jac. I am not ashamed to own my passion for Jac. Oh, for a moment's courage, and I shall a man of virtue and honour. I love and glory shame him from his purpose. (Aside.) If I were in it. certain so much gallantry had been shewn on my Ran. Oh, brave! and you can write letters, account only
“ I will not trust myself home with Ran. You wrong your beauty to think that you this evening, because I know it is inconveany other could have power to draw me hither. nient.” By all the little loves that play about your lips, I Jac. Ha!
Ran.“ Therefore I beg you would procure me Jac. You came to me, and me alone?
a lodging ; 'tis no matter how far off my guarRan. By all the thousand graces that inhabit dian's. Yours, Jacintha.” there, you, and only you, have drawn me bither. Jac. The very words of my letter! I am amazed !
Jac, Well said Could I but believe you Do you know Mr Bellamy?
Ran. By Heaven she comes ! Ah, honest Ran. Ran. There is not a man on earth I have so ger, I never knew thee fail.
(Aside. great a value for : and he must have some value Jac. Pray, sir, where did you leave this hat ? for me too, or he would never have shewn me
Ran. That hat! that hat—'tis my hat-1 dropt your pretty epistle; think of that, fair lady. The it in the next chamber as I was looking for yours
ladder is at the window, and so, madam, I hope Jac. How mean and despicable do you look delivering you safe into his arms will, in some now !
measure, expiate the crime I have been guilty of Ran. So, so ! I am in a pretty pickle! (Aside.
to you. Jac. You know by this that I am acquainted Jac. Good Heaven ! how fortunate is this! with every thing that has passed within; and how Ran. I believe I make myself appear more wickill it agrees with what you have professed to me. ed than I really am. For, damn me, if I do not Let me advise you, sir, to begone immediately : feel more satisfaction in the thoughts of restothrough that window you may easily get into the ring ou to my friend, than I could have pleastreet. One scream of mine, the least noise at sure in
your bounty could have bethat door, will wake the house.
stowed. Let any other rake lay his hand upon Ran. Say you so ?
(Aside. his heart, and say the same. Jac. Believe me, sir, an injured husband is not Jac. Your generosity transports me! So easily appeased, and a suspected wife, that is Ran. Let us lose no time then; the ladder's jealous of her honour
ready. Where was you to lodge? Ran. Is the devil, and so let's have no more Jac, At Mr Megyot's. of her. Look ye, madam, (Getting between the Ran. At my friend Jacky's! better and better door and her.] I have but one argument left, and still. that is a strong one. Look on me well; I am as Juc. Are you acquainted with him too? handsome, a strong, well-made fellow as any about Ran. Ay, ay; why did I not tell you at first town; and, since we are alone, as I take it, we that I was one of your old acquaintance ? I know can have no occasion to be more private. all about you, you see; though the devil fetch me
(Going to lay hold of her: | if ever I saw you before. Now, madam, give me Jac. I have a reputation, sir, and will maintain it. Ran. You have a bewitching pair of eyes.
Jar. And now, sir, have with you. Jac. Consider my virtue. (Struggling. Ran. Then thou art a girl of spirit. And Ran. Consider your beauty and my desires. though I long to hug you for trusting yourself
Jac. If I were a man, you dared not use me with me, I will not beg a single kiss, till Bellamy thus.
himself shall give me leave. He must fight weil Ran. I should not have the same temptation.' that takes you from me.
[Ereunt, Jac. Hear me, sir, I will be heard. (Breaks