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it) are so different, that we must give up one in that he himself had orders to enquire after you; order to obtain the other?
for which reason, I suppose, he came to the ri. L. Trink. Totally opposite, madam. The chief ding-house stables, to look after a horse, thinking aim of the bon ton is to render persons of family it, to be sure, a very likely place to meet you. Your different from the vulgar, for whom indeed nature father, perhaps, is gone to seek you at the Tower, serves very well. For this reason it has, at various or Westminster-Abbey, which is all the idea he times, been ungenteel to see, to hear, to walk, to has of London; and your faithful lover is probe in good health, and to have twenty other hor- bably cheapening a hunter, and drinking strong rible perfections of nature. Nature indeed may beer at the Horse and Jockey in Smithfield. do very well sometimes. It made you, for instance, L. Free. The whole set admirably disposed of! and it then made something very lovely; and if Har. Did not your lordship inform him where you would suffer us of quality to give you the ton, I was? you would be absolutely divine : but now-me L. Trink. Not I, 'pon honour, madam : that I madam-me nature never made such a thing left to their own ingenuity to discover.
L. Free. And pray, my lord, where in this town Har. Why, indeed, I think your lordship has have this polite company bestowed themselves? very few obligations to her.
L. Trink. They lodge, madam, of all places in L. Trink. Then you really think it's all my own? the world, at the Bull and Gate-Inn, in Holbort. I declare now that is a mighty genteel compliment. L. Free. Ha, ha, ha! The Bull and Gate! 10Nay, if you begin to flatter already, you improve comparable! What, have they brought any hay apace. Pon honour, Lady Freelove, I believe we or cattle to town? shall make something of her at last.
L. Trink. Very well, Lady Freelove, very wel, L. Free. No doubt on't. It is in your lordship's indeed !—There they are, like so many graziers; power to make her a complete woman of fashion and there, it seems, they have learned that this at once.
lady is certainly in London. L. Trink. Hum! Why, ay
Har. Do, dear madam, send a card directly to Har. Your lordship must excuse me. I am of my father, informing him where I am, and that a very tasteless disposition. I shall never bear to your ladyship would be glad to see him here. For be carried out of nature.
my part, I dare not venture into his presence til L. Free. You are out of nature now, Harriot ! I you have, in some measure, pacified him; but, for am sure no wonian but yourself ever objected to Heaven's sake, desire him not to bring that wretchbeing carried among persons of quality. Woulded fellow along with him. you believe it, my lord? here has she been a L. Trink. Wretched fellow! Oho! Courage, whole week in town, and would never suffer me Milor Trinket!
[dside. to introduce her to a rout, an assembly, a concert L. Free. I'll send immediately. Who's there? or even to court, or to the opera ; nay, would
Enter Sertant. hardly so much as mix with a living soul that has visited me.
Serv. (Apart to L. FREELOVE.] Sir Harry Bez L. Trink. No wonder, madam, you do not adopt gle is below, madam. the manners of persons of fashion, when you will L. Free. (Apart to Serv.] I am not at home. not even honour them with your company. Were -Have they let him in. you to make one in our little coteries, we should Serv. Yes, madam. soon make you sick of the boors and bumpkins of L. Free. How abominably unlucky this is ! Weil the horrid country. By the bye, I met a monster then shew him into my dressing-room. I wa at the riding-house this morning, who gave me come to him there.
(Exit Seri. some intelligence, that will surprise you concern. L. Trink. Lady Freelove! No engagement, I ing your family.
hope. We won't part with you, 'pon honour. Har. What intelligence ?
L. Free. The worst engagement in the work! L. Free. Who was this monster, as your lord- A pair of musty old prudes! Lady Formal and ship calls him? A curiosity, 1 dare say.
Miss Prate. i. Trink. This monster, madam, was formerly
L. Trink. O the beldams! As nauseous as ipemy head groom, and had the care of all my run- cacuanha, ’pon honour. ning horses, but, growing most abominably surly L. Free. Lud! lud! what shall I do with them? and extravagant, as you know all these fellows do, Why do these foolish women come troubling nie I turned him off; and ever since, my brother, now? I must wait on them in the dressing-rocn, Slouch Trinket, has had the care of my stud, rides and you must excuse the card, Harriot, till they all my principal matches himself, and
are gone. I'll dispatch them as soon as I can, Har. Dear, my lord, don't talk of your groom but Heaven knows when I shall get rid of tben, , and your brother, but tell me the news. Do you for they are both everlasting gossips; though the know any thing of my father?
words come from her ladyship one by one, like L. Trink. Your father, madam, is now in town. | drops from a still, while the other tiresome wi This fellow, you must know, is now groom to Sir man overwhelms us with a flood of impertinence. Harry Beagle, your sweet rural swain, and in- Harriot, you'll entertain his lordship tiil I return. formed me, that his master and your father were running all over the town in quest of you; and L. Trink. Gone !—'Egad, my affairs here be
must excuse me.
gin to grow very critical,-the father in town! L. Free. Your conversation, sir, is as insolent lover in town!-Surrounded by enemies ! as your behaviour. Who are you, what brought What shall I do? [To HARRIOT.] I have nothing you here? for it but a coup de main. 'Pon honour I am not Char. I am one, madam, always ready to draw sorry for the coming in of these old tabbies, and my sword in defence of innocence in distress, and am much obliged to her ladyship for leaving us more especially in the cause of that lady I delisuch an agreeable tête-a-tête.
vered from his lordship's fury; in search of whom Hur. Your lordship will find me extremely bad I troubled your ladyship’s house. company.
L. Free. Her lover, I suppose, or what? L. Trink. Not in the least, my dear! We'll Char. At your ladyship's service; though not entertain ourselves one way or other, I'll warrant quite so violent in my passion as his lordship you.—'Egad, I think it a mighty good opportu there. nity to establish a better acquaintance with you. L. Trink. Impertinent rascal ! Har. I don't understand you.
L. Free. You shall be made to repent of this L. Trink. No!-Why then I'll speak plainer. insolence. -(Puusing, and looking her full in the fuce.) L. Trink. Your ladyship may leave that to me. You are an amazing fine creature, 'pon honour. Char. Ha! ha!
Har. If this be your lordship's polite conversa Sir H. But pray what is become of the lady all tion, I shall leave you to amuse yourself in soli- this while? Why, Lady Freelove, you told me she loquy
(Going. was not here, and, i'faith, I was just drawing off L. Trink. No, no, no, madam, that must not another way, if I had not heard the view-halloo. be. (Stopping her.] This place, my passion, the L. Free. You shall see her immediately, sir. opportunity, all conspire
Who's there? Hur. How, sir! you don't intend to do me any violence?
Enter a Servant. L. Trink. 'Pon honour, ma'am, it will be do- Where is Miss Russet ? ing great violence to myself if I do not. You Serv. Gone out, madam.
[Struggling with her. L. Free. Gone out! where? Har. Help! help! murder ! help!
Sero. I don't know, madam: but she ran down L. Trink. Your yelping will signify nothing; the back-stairs crying for help, crossed the sernobody will come.
(Struggling. vants’ hall in tears, and took a chair at the door. Har. For Heaven's sake! Sir ! My lord! L. Free. Blockheads ! to let her go out in a
(Noise within. chair alone! -Go, and enquire after her immeL. Trink. Pox on't, what noise ?. Then I diately.
[Exit Servant. must be quick.
[Still struggling. Sir H. Gone! What a pox, had I just run her Har. Help! murder! help! help!
down, and is the little puss stole away at last ?
L. Free. Sir, if you will walk in [To Sir HAR.) Enter CHARLES, hustily.
with his lordship and me, perhaps you may hear Char. What do I hear? My Harriot's voice call some tidings of her; though it is most probable ing for help? Ha (Seeing them.) Is it possible ? she may be gone to her father. I don't know any Turn, ruffian !-I'il find you employment. other friend she has in town.
[Drawing. Char. I am heartily glad she is gone. She is L. Trink. You are a most impertinent scoundrel, safer any where than in this house. and I'll whip you through the lungs, 'pon honour. L. Free. Mighty well, sir!My lord ! Sir
[They fight, HARRIOT runs out screaming Harry!-I attend you.
L. Trink. You shall hear from me, sir !
[To CHARLES. Enter Lady FREELOVE, Sir HARRY BEAGLE,
Char. Very well, my lord. und Servants.
Sir H. Stole away !--Pox on't-stole away. L. Free. How's this ?-Swords drawn in my
(Exeunt Sir H. and Lord TRINK. house !—Part them— [They are parted] This L. Free. Before I follow the company, give me is the most impudent thing
leave to tell you, sir, that your behaviour here has L. Trink. Well, rascal, I shall find a time. I been so extraordinaryknow you, sir !
Char. My treatment here, madam, has indeed Chur. The sooner the better, I know your lord- been very extraordinary. ship too.
L. Free. Indeed !-Well-no matter-permit Sir H. l'faith, madam, (To L. FREE.] we had me to acquaint you, sir, that there lies your way like to have been in at the death.
out, and that the greatest favour you can do me, L. Free. What is all this? Pray, sir, what is is to leave the house immediately. the meaning of your coming hither to raise this Chur. That your ladyship may depend on.disturbance? Do you take my house for a brothel? Since you have put Miss Russet to flight, you may
[T. CHARLES. be sure of not being troubled with my company. Char. Not I, indeed, madam ! but I believe his I'll after her immediately—I cann't rest till I know lordship does.
what is become of her. L. I'rink. Impudent scoundrel!
L. Free. If she has any regard for her reputa
tion, she'll never put herself into such hands as yours.
Chur. O, madam, there can be no doubt of her regard for that, by her leaving your ladyship.
L. Free. Leave my house!
Char. Directly. A charming house ! and a charming lady of the house too! Ha, ha, ha!
L. Free. Vulgar fellow !
SCENE I.- Lady FREELOVE's House. and
may make some noise, I think it absolutely
necessary, merely to save appearances, that you Enter Lady FREELOVE, and Lord TRINKET.
should wait on her father, palliate matters as wel L. Trink. Doucement, doucement, my dear as you can, and make a forinal repetition of your Lady Freelove !-Excuse me! I meant no harm, proposal of marriage. ’pon honour.
i. Trink. Your ladyship is perfectly in the L. Free. Indeed, indeed, my Lord Trinket, this right. You are quite uu fuit of the affair. It is absolutely intolerable. What, to offer rude shall be done immediately, and then your reponess to a young lady in my house! What will the tation will be safe, and my conduct justitied to world say of it?
all the world. But should the old rustic continue L. Trink. Just what the world pleases. - It as stubborn as his daughter, your ladyship, I hope does not signify a doit what they say.—However, has no objections to my being a little rusée, for I I ask pardon ; but, 'egad, I thought it was the best must have her, 'pon honour. way.
L. Free. Not in the least, L. Free. For shame, for shame, my lord! I am L. Trink. Or if a good opportunity should ofquite hurt at your want of discretion. Leave the ser, and the girl should be still untractablewhole conduct of this affair to me, or I'll have 1. Free. Do what you will, I wash my hands done with it at once. How strangely you have of it. She's out of my care now, you know.—But acted! There I went out of the way on purpose you must beware of your rivals. One, you know, to serve you, by keeping off that looby Sir Harry is in the house with her, and the other will lose Beagle, and preventing him or her father from see no opportunities of getting to her. ing the girl, till we had some chance of managing L. Trink. As to the fighting gentleman, I shall her ourselves. —And then you chose to make a cut ont work for him in his own way. I'll send disturbance, and spoiled all.
him a petit billet to-morrow morning, and then 1. Trink. Devil take Sir Harry and t'other there can be no great difficulty in out witting her scoundrel too !—That they should come driving bumkin father and the baronct. hither just at so critical an instant !- And that the wild little thing should take wing, and fly
Enter a Sertant, away the Lord knows whither!
Scro. Captain O’Cutter to wait on your ledsa L. Free. Ay, And there again you was in- ship. discrcet past redemption, to let her know that L. Free, O the bideous fellow! The Irish sailher father was in town, and where he was to be or-man, for whom I prevailed on your lordshipa found too! For there, I am confident, she must be to get the post of regulating captain, I suppose gone, as she is not acquainted with one creature he is come to load me with his oqious thanks. I in London.
won't be troubled with him now. L. Trink. Why, a father is in these cases the L. Trink. Let him in, by all means. He is pisaller, I must confess
. 'Pon honour, Lady Free- the best creature to laugh at in nature. He is a love, I can scarce believe this obstinate girl a re- perfect sea-monster, and always looks anı talks lation of yours. Such narrow notions ! I'll swear, as if he was upon deck. Besides, a thought strikes there is less trouble in getting ten women of the
-He may be of use. prémicre volée than in conquering the scruples of L. Free. Well send the creature up a silly girl in that style of life.
L. Free. Come, come, my lord, a truce with But what fine thought is this? your reflections on my niece! Let us consider L. Trink. A coup de maitre, 'pon honour ! I what is best to be done.
intend-but hush! Here the porpus coincs. L. Trink. E'en just what your ladyship thinks proper.- For my part, I am entirely dérangée.
Enter Captain O'CUTTER. L. Free. Will you submit to be governed by L. Free. Captain, your humble servant ! I am me then?
very glad to see you. L. Trink. I'll be all obedience-your ladyship's O Cut. I am much oblaged to you, my lady: slave, ’pon honour.
Upon my conscience, the wind favours nie at all 1. Tree. Why then, as this is rather an ugly points. I had no sooner got under way to tank affuir in regard to nic, as well as your lordship, I your ladyship, but I have borne down upon my
then. [Exit Serrants
man in the navy.
ble friend his lordship too. I hope your lords 1 to clap your two lucking eyes upon of a summer's ship’s well ?
day, L. Trink. Very well, I thank you, captain - *L. Trink. I am much obliged to you. But, But you seem to be hurt in the service : what is captain, I have another little favour to beg of you. the meaning of that patch over your right eye? O’Cut. Upon my shoul, and I'll do it.
O’Cut. Some advanced wages from my new L. Trink. What, before you know it? post, my lord! This pressing is hot work, though O‘Cut. Fore and aft, my lord ! it entitles us to smart-money.
L. Trink. A gentleman has offended me in a L. Free. And pray in what perilous adventure point of honour did you get that scar, captain?
O'Cut. Cut his troat. oCut. Quite out of my element, indeed, my L. Trink. Will you carry him a letter fron lady! I got it in an engagement by land. A day me? or two ago I spied three stout fellows, belonging O'Cut. Indeed and I will: and I'll take you in to a merchant-man. They made down Wapping. tow too, and you shall engage him yard-arm and I immediately gave my lads the signal to chase, yard-arm. and we bore down right upon them. They tack L. Trink. Why then, captain, you'll come a ed, and lay to. We gave them a thundering little earlier to-morrow morning than you propobroadside, which they resaved like men ; and one sed, that you may attend him with my billet, beof them made use of small arms, which carried off fore you proceed on the other affair. the weatherniost corner of Ned Gage's hat; so I OʻGut. Never fear it, my lord !-Your sariinmediately stood in with him, and raked him, vant ! My ladyship, your humble sarvant ! but resaved a wound on my starboard eye, from L. Free. Captain, yours! Pray give my service the stock of the pistol. However, we took them to my friend Mrs O'Cutter. How dges she do? all, and they now lie under the hatches, with fifty o Cut. I tank your ladyship's axing — The more, a-board a tender off the Tower.
dear creature is purely right and well. L. Trink. Well done, noble captain !--But L. Trink. How many children have you, caphowever you will soon have better employment, tain? for I think the next step to your present post, is O Cut. Four, and please your lordship, and commonly a ship.
another upon the stocks. O’Cut. The sooner the better, my lord ! Ho L. Trink. When it is launched, I hope to be at nest Terence O'Cutter shall never flinch, I war the christening. I'll stand godfather, captain. rant you; and has had as much sea-sarvice as any O’Cut. Your lordship’s very good.
L. Trink. Well, you'll come to-morrow. L. Trink. You may depend on my good offices, O’Cut. O, I'll not fail, my lord! Little Te. captain!-But in the mean time it is in your rence O'Cutter never fails, fait, when a troat is power to do me a favour.
to be cut.
(Exit. O’Cut. A favour! my lord! your lordship does L. Free. Ha, ha, ha! But sure you don't ina me honour. I would go round the world, from tend to ship off both her father and her country one end to the other, by day or by night, to sarve lover for the Indies? your lordship, or my good lady here.
L. Trink. Oh no! only let them comtemplate L. Trink. Dear madam, the luckiest thought the inside of a ship for a day or two. in nature ! (Apart to L. FREE] — The favour I Ļ. Free. Well, but after all, my lord, this is a have to ask of you, captain, need not carry you very bold undertaking. I don't think you'll be so far out of your way. The whole affair is, that able to put it in practice. there are a couple of impudent fellows at an inn L. Trink. Nothing so easy, 'pon honour. To in Holborn, who have affronted me, and you would press a gentleman-a man of quality—one of usoblige me infinitely, by pressing them into his would not be so casy, I grant you. But these majesty's service.
fellows, you know, have not half so decent an apL. Free. Now I understand you. -Admira- pearance as one of my footmen : and from their
(Apart to L. TRINK. behaviour, conversation, and dress, it is very posO’Cut. With all my heart
, my lord, and tank sible to mistake them for grooms and ostlers. you too, fait. But, by the bye, I hope they are L Free. There may be something in that in. not housekeepers, or freemen of the city. There's deed. But what use do you propose to make of the devil to pay in meddling with them. They this stratagem? boder one so about liberty, and property, and L. Trink. Every use in nature. This artifice stuff. It was but t'other day that Jack Trowser must at least take them out of the way for some was carried before my lord mayor, and lost about time, and in the mean while, measures may be a twelvemonth's pay, for nothing at all--at all. concerted to carry off the girl.
L. Trink. I'll take care you shall be brought into no trouble. These fellows were formerly my
Enter a Servant. grooms. If you'll call on me in the morning, I'll go with you to the place.
Serv. Mrs Oakly, madam, is at the door, in her O’Cut. I'll be with your lordship, and bring chariot, and desires to have the honour of speakwith me four or five as pretty boys as you'll wishing to your ladyship, on particular business.
L. Trink. Mrs Oakly! what can that jealous L. Free. Jealous of her husband! So, so ! now pated woman want with you?
I know my game.
(Aside. L. Free. No matter what.--I hate her mor. Mrs Oak. But pray, madam, give me leave to tally.—Let her in.
(Erit Servant. ask, was there any thing very particular in her L. Trink. What wind blows her hither ? conduct, while she was in your ladyship’s house? L. Free. A wind that must blow us some good. L. Free. Why, really, considering she was here L. Trink. How !- was amazed you
chose scarce a week, her behaviour was rather mysteto see her.
rious ;-letters and messages to and fro, between L. Free. How can you be so slow of apprehen- her, and I don't know who I suppose you know sion! She comes, you may be sure, on some that Mr Oakly's nephew has been here, madam? occasion relating to this girl : in order to assist Mrs Oak. I was not sure of it. Has he been young Oakly, perhaps, to sooth me, and gain in- to wait on your ladyship already on this occasion? telligence, and so forward the match ; but I'll L. Free. To wait on me!--the expression is forbid the banns, I warrant you. -Whatever much too polite for the nature of his visit.—My she wants, I'll draw some sweet mischief out of Lord Trinket, the nobleman whom you met as it. But away! away! I think I hear here you came in, had, you must know, madam, some slip down the back-stairs -or, stay, now I think thoughts of my niece, and, as it would have been on't, go out this way-meet her—and be sure to an advantageous match, I was glad of it; but I make her a very respectful bow, as you go out. believe, after what he has been witness to this L. Trink. Hush ! here she is.
morning, he will drop all thoughts of it.
Mrs Ouk. I am sorry that any relation of mine Enter Mrs OAKLY.
should so far forget himself(L. TRINKET bows, and exit.] L. Free. It's no matter-his behaviour, indeed, Mrs Oak. I beg pardon for giving your lady as well as the young lady's, was pretty extraorship this trouble.
dinary-and yet, after all, I don't believe he is L. Free. I am always glad of the honour of see the object of her affections. ing Mrs Oakly
Mrs Ouk. Ha!
(Much alarmede Mrs Oak. There is a letter, madam, just come L. Free. She has certainly an attachment somefrom the country, which has occasioned some where, a strong one; but his lordship, who was alarm in our family. It comes from Mr Russet present all the time, was convinced, as well as L. Free. Mr Russet !
myself, that Mr Oakly's nephew was rather : Mrs Oak. Yes, from Mr Russet, madam ! and convenient friend, a kind of go-between, than the is chiefly concerning his daughter. As she has | lover. -Bless me, madam, you change colour! the honour of being related to your ladyship, I you seem uneasy ! What's the matter? took the liberty of waiting on you.
Mrs Oak. Nothing, --madam, nothing, L. Free. She is indeed, as you say, madam, a -a little shock'd that my husband should be relation of mine; but, after what has happened, I have so. scarce know how to acknowledge her.
L. Free. Your husband, madam! Mrs Oak. Has she been so much to blame then ? Mrs Oak. His nephew, I mean.--His unpar.
L. Free. So much, madam!-Only judge for donable rudeness -but I am not well-I am yourself.—Though she had been so indiscreet, sorry I have given your ladyship so much trouble not to say indecent in her conduct, as to elope I'll take my leave. from her father, I was in hopes to have hush'd L. Free. I declare, madam, you frighten me. up that matter, for the honour of our family. Your being so visibly affected, makes me quite But she has run away from me too, madam!- uneasy. I hope I have not said any thing I went off in the most abrupt manner, not an hour really don't believe your husband is in fault. Men, ago.
to be sure, allow themselves strange liberties. But Mrs Oak. You surprise me. Indeed her fa- | I think, nay I am sure, it cannot be so. It is imther, by his letter, seems apprehensive of the possible. Don't let what I have said have any worst consequences.—But does your ladyship ima- effect on you. gine any harm has happened?
Mrs Oak. No, it has not--I have no idea of L. Free. I can't tell - I hope not-But in- such a thing.--Your ladyship’s most obedient deed she is a strange girl. You know, madam, —[Going, returns.] -But sure, madam, you young women cann't be too cautious in their con have not heard, or don't know any thing? duct. She is, I am sorry to declare it, a very L. Free. Come, come, Mrs Oakly, I see how dangerous person to take into a family.
it is, and it would not be kind to say all I know. Mrs Oak. Indeed !
[Alarmed. I dare not tell you what I have heard. Only be L. Free. If I was to say all I know !
on your gnard—there can be no harm in that.' Do Mrs Ouk. Why, sure, your ladyship knows of no- you be against giving the girl any countenance, thing that has been carried on clandestinely be and see what effect it has. tween her and Mr Oakly? [In disorder. Mrs Oak. I will —.-I am much obliged L. Free. Mr Oakly!
But does it appear to your ladyship then that Mr Mrs Oak. Mr Oakly-no, not Mr Oakly—that Oaklyis, not my husband—I don't mean him-not him L. Free. No, not at all-nothing in't, I dare --but his nephew-young Mr Oakly.
say—I would not create uneasiness in a family