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Enter John.

SCENE II.-Changes to another Room. Mrs Oak. Where's your master ?

Enter OAKLY, Major OAKLY, CHARLES, and John. Gone out, madam.

HARRIOT. Mrs Oak. Why did not you go with him? Char. My dear Harriot, do not make yourself

John. Because he went out in the major's cha so uneasy: riot, madam.

Hur. Alas! I have too much cause for my unMrs Oak. Where did they go to?

easiness. Who knows what that vile lord has done John. To the major's, I suppose, madam.

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father? Mrs Oak. Suppose ! Don't you know? Oak. Be comforted, madam: we shall soon hear

John. I believe so, but cann't tell for certain, of Mr Russet, and all will be well I dare say, indeed, madam.

Har. You are too good to me, sir :--But I Mrs Oak. Believe and suppose and don't can assure you, I am not a little concerned on your know, and cann't tell !-You are all fools. account as well as my own; and if I did not flatter Go about your business. (JOHN going]-Come myself with hopes of explaining every thing to here. (Returns)—Go to the major's-nomit Mrs Oakly's satisfaction, I should never forgive does not signify--go along. [John going.] – myself for having disturbed the peace of such a Yes, hark'e (Returns.) go to the major's, and worthy family. see if your master is there.

Maj. Don't mind that, madam; they'll be very John. Give your compliments, madam ? good friends again. This is nothing among married

Mrs Oak. My compliments, blockhead! Get people. -'Sdeath, here she is !-No,-it's along, (John going.] Come hither. (Returns.) only Mrs Toilet. Cann't

you go to the major's, and bring me word if Mr Oakly is there, without taking any further

Enter TOILET. notice?

Oak. Well, Toilet, what now? [TOILET whisJohn. Yes, ma'am.

pers.) Not well ?-Cann't come down to dinner?Mrs Oak. Well

, why don't you go, then? And Wants to see me above ?--Hark'e, brother, what make haste back. -And, d'ye hear, John shall I do?

(JOHN going, returns. Maj. If you go, you're undone. John. Madam.

Har. Gó, sir; go to Mrs Oakly-Indeed you Mrs Oak. Nothing at all go along-[JOHN had bettergoes.}-How uneasy Mr Oakly makes me ! Maj. 'Sdeath, brother! don't budge a footHark'e, John ! (JOHN returns.]

This is all fractiousness and ill-humour John. Madam!

Oak. No,I'll not go.—Tell her I have company, Mrs Oak. Send the porter here.

and we shall be glad to see her here. (Exit Toilet. John. Yes, madam.

[Erit.

Maj. That's right. Toil. So, she's in a rare humour! I shall have Oak. Suppose I go and watch how she proceeds? a fine time on't.-[Aside.] – -Will your ladyship Muj. What d'ye mean? You would not go to choose to dress?

her? Are you mad? Mrs Ouk. Prythee, creature, don't tease me Oak. By no means go to her-I only want to with your fiddle-faddlé stuff—I have a thousand know how she takes it. I'll lie perdue in my study, things to think of. Where is the porter? Why and observe her motions. has not that booby sent him? What is the mean Maj. I don't like this pitiful ambuscade work ing

this bush-fighting. Why cann't you stay here?

-Ay, ay !-I know how it will be-She'll Re-enter JOHN. come bounce in upon you with a torrent of

anger John. Madam, my master is this moment return- and passion, or, if necessary, a whole flood of tears, ed with Major Oakly, and my young master, and and carry all before her at once. the lady that was here yesterday.

Oak. You shall find that you're mistaken, major, Mrs Oak. Very well. [Exit John.] Returned! -Don't imagine that because I wish not to be void yes, truly, he is returned-and in a very extraordi- of humanity, that I am destitute of resolution. nary manner. This is setting me at open defiance. Now I am convinced I'm in the right, I'll support But I'll go down, and shew them I have too much that right with ten times your steadiness. spirit to endure such usage.-{Going.}-Or stay

Maj. You talk this well, brother. I'll not go amongst his company—I'll go out. Oak. I'll do it well, brother. Toilet !

Maj. If you don't, you're undone. Toil. Ma'am.

Oak. Never fear, never fear.

(Exit. Mrs Oak. Order the coach, I'll go out. [TOILET Maj. Well, Charles. going) - Toilet, stay,—I'll e'en go down to them Char. I cann't bear to see my Harriot so unNo.- Toilet !

easy. I'll go immediately in quest of Mr Russet. Toil. Ma'am.

Perhaps I may learn at the inn where his lordship's Mrs Oak. Order me a boild chicken-l'll ruffians have carried him. not go down to dinner. I'll dine in my own room,

Rus. (Without.] Here? Yes, yes, I know she's sup there-I'll not see his face this three here well enough. Come along, Sir Harry, come

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Har. He's here My father ! I know his voice, Rus. Death and the devil ! I shall go distracted. Where is Mr Oakly? O now, good sir. [To the My daughter plotting against me-theMajor.) Do but pacify him, and you'll be a friend Maj. Come, come, Mr Russet, I am your man indeed.

after all. Give me but a moment's hearing, and

I'll engage to make peace between you and your Enter Russet, Lord Trinket, and Sir Harry daughter, and throw the blame where it ought to BEAGLE.

fall most deservedly. L. Trink. There, sir,- I told you it was so. Sir H. Ay, ay, that's right. Put the saddle on

Rus. Ay, ay, it is too plain. you provok- the right horse, my buck! ing slut! Elopement after elopement! And at last Rus. Well, sir !—What d'ye say ?-Speak. to have your father carried off by violence ! To I don't know what to do endanger my life! Zounds ! I am so angry, I dare Maj. I'll speak the truth, let who will be offendnot trust myself within reach of you.

ed by it. I have proof presumptive and positive Char. I can assure you, sir, that your daughter for you, Mr Russet. From his lordship's behaviour is entirely

at Lady Freelove's, when my nephew rescued her, Rus. You assure me? You are the fellow that we may fairly conclude that he would stick at no has perverted her mind -That has set my measures to carry his point.—There's proof preown child against me

sumptive.—But, sir, we can give you proot positive Char. If you will but hear me, sir

too-proof under his lordship's own hand, that he, Rus. I won't hear a word you say. I'll have likewise, was the contriver of the gross affront that my daughter-I won't hear a word.

has just been offered you. Maj. Nay, Mr Russet, hear reason. If you will Rus. Hey! how ? but have patience

L. Trink. Every syllable romance, 'pon honour. Rus. I'll have no patience I'll have my daugh Maj. Gospel, every word on't. ter, and she shall marry Sir Harry to-night. Char. This letter will convince you, sir !-!a

L. Trınk. That is dealing rather too much en cousequence of what happened at Lady Freelove's, cavalier with me, Mr Russet, ’pon honour. You his lordship thought fit to send me a challenge ; take no notice of my pretensions, though my rank but the messenger blundered, and gave me this and family

letter instead of it. [Giving the letter.] I have Rus. What care I for rank and family? I don't the case which inclosed it in my pocket. want to make my daughter a rantipole woman of L. Trink. Forgery, from beginning to end, ’pon quality. I'll give her to whom I please. Take her honour. away, Sir Harry; she shall marry you to-night. Maj. Truth, upon my honour.—But read, read,

Har. For Heaven's sake, sir, hear me but a mo Mr Russet, read and be convinced. ment.

Rus. Let me see-let me see (ReadingRus. Hold your tongue, girl. Take her away, Um-um-um-um—so, so !-um-um-umSir Harry, take her away.

damnation Wish me success--obedient slave Char. It must not be.

Trinket. Fire and fury! How dare you do this? Maj. Only three words, Mr Russet.

L. Trink. When you are cool, Mr Russet, I Rus. Why don't the booby take her?

will explain this matter to you. Sir H. Hold hard ! hold hard ! You are all on Rus. Cool! 'Sdeath and hell!-l'll never be a wrong scent : Hold hard ! I say, hold hard !- cool again. I'll be revenged. So, my Harriot

, Hark ye, 'Squire Russet.

dear girl, is innocent at last. Say so, my HarRus. Well ! what now?

riot; tell me you are innocent. (Embracing her, Sir H. It was proposed, you know, to match me Har. I am indeed, sir; and happy beyond with Miss Harriot

-But she cann't take kindly expression, at your being convinced of it. -When one has made a bad bet, it is Rus. I am glad on't I am glad on't-I bebest to hedge off, you know-and so I have e'en lieve you, Harriot! You was always a good girl. swopped her with Lord Trinket here for his brown Maj. So she is, an excellent girl!-Worth a horse Nabob, that he bought of Lord Whistle regiment of such lords and baronets-Come, Jacket for fifteen hundred guineas.

sir, finish every thing handsomely at once.Rus. Swopped her ? swopped my daughter for Come-Charles will have a handsome fortune. a horse? Zouns, sir, what d'ye mean?

Rus. Marry !-She durst not do it. Sir H. Mean? Why I mean to be off, to be Dlaj. Consider, sir, they have long been fond sure— t won't do I tell you it won't do First of each other-old acquaintance-faithful lovers of all I knocked up myself and my horses, when -turtles—and may be very happy. they took for London-and now I have been Rus. Well, well-since things are so stewed aboard a tender - I have wasted three love my girl.-Hark’ye, young Oakly, if you stone at least If I could have rid my match, don't make her a good husband, you'll break niy it would not have grieved me -And so, as I said heart, you rogue. before, I have swopped her for Nabob.

Chur. Do not doubt it, sir! my Harriot has Rus. The devil take Nabob, and yourself and reformed me altogether. Lord Trinket, and

Rus. Has she?-_Why then-there-Heaven L. Trink. Pardon ! je vous demande pardon, bless you both-there-now there's an end on’t. Monsieur Russet, 'pon honour.

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Sir H. So, my lord, you and I are both dis obliged to you too for the attempt on my daughtanced---A hollow thing, damme.

ter, by that thing of a lord yonder at your house. L. Trink. N'importe.

Zouns! madam, these are injuries never to be Sir H. (Aside.] Now this stake is drawn, my forgiven—They are the grossest affronts to me lord may be for hedging off mayhap. Ecod! and my family-All the world shall know themI'll go to Jack Speed's, and secure Nabob, and Zouns !-1'llbe out of town in an hour.---Soho! Lady Free. L. Free. Mercy on me! how boisterous are love! yoics !

[Exit. these country gentlemen! Why really, Mr Rus

set, you rave like a man in Bedlam-I am afraid Enter Lady FREELOVE.

you'll beat me—and then you swear most aboL. Free. My dear Miss Russet, you'll ex minably.--- How can you be so vulgar ?I

see the meaning of this low malice~But the Char. Mrs Oakly, at your ladyship's service. reputations of women of quality are not so easily L. Free. Married ?

impeached-My rank places me above the scanHar. Not yet, madam; but my father has been dal of little people, and I shall meet such petty go good as to give his consent.

insolence with the greatest ease and tranquillity. L. Free. I protest I am prodigiously glad of it. But you and your simple girl will be the sufferers. My dear, I give you joy--and you, Mr Oakly. I had some thoughts of introducing her inI wish you joy, Mr Russet, and all the good to the first company-But now, madam, I shall company-for I think the most of them are par neither receive nor return your visits, and will ties concerned.

entirely withdraw my protection from the ordiMaj. How easy, impudent, and familiar! nary part of the family.

[Erit. [Aside. Rus. Zouns, what impudence! that's worse L. Free. Lord Trinket here too! I vow I did than all the rest. not see your lordship before.

L. T'rink. Fine presence of mind, faith !-The L. Trink. Your ladyship’s most obedient slave. true French nonchalance-But, good folks, why

(Bowing such a deal of rout and topage about nothing at L. Free. You seem grave, my lord ! —Come, all ?- If Mademoiselle Harriot had rather be come, I know there has been some difference Mrs Oakly than Lady Trinket--Why~I wish between you and Mr Oakly-You must give me her joy, that's all.—Mr Russet, I wish you joy of leave to be a mediator in this affair..

your son-in-law-Mr Oakly, I wish you joy of the L. Trink. Here has been a small fracas to be lady—and you, madam, (To HARRIOT.] of the sure, madam !-We are all blown, ’pon honour. gentleman--And, in short, I wish you all joy L. Free. Blown! What do you mean, my lord? of one another, 'pon honour !

[Exit. L. Trink. Nay, your ladyship knows that I Rus. There's a fine fellow of a lord now! The never mind these things, and I know that they devil's in your London folks of the first fashion, never discompose your ladyship—But things as you call them. They will rob you of your eshave happened a little en travers—The little tate, debauch your daughter, or lie with your wife billet I sent your ladyship has fallen into the —and all as if they were doing you a favourhands of that gentleman-[Pointing to CHAR.) | 'pon honour !-and so—there has been a little brouillerie Maj. Hey! what now? (Bell rings violently. about it, that's all. L. Free. You talk to me, my lord, in a very

Enter OAKLY. extraordinary style-If you have been guilty of Oak. D’ye bear, major, d'ye hear? any misbehaviour, I am sorry for it; but your Maj. Zouns! what a clatter ! -She'll pull ill conduct can fasten no imputation on me. down all the bells in the house. Miss Russet will justify me sufficiently.

Oak. My observations since I left you have Maj. Had not your ladyship better appeal to confirmed my resolution. I see plainly, that her my friend Charles here?- The letter ! Charles ! | good humour, and her ill-humour, her smiles, her -Out with it this instant !

tears, and her fits, are all calculated to play upon Char. Yes, I have the credentials of her lady- me. ship’s integrity in my pocket. - Mr Russet, Maj. Did not I always tell you so? It's the the letter you read a little while ago was inclo way with them all — they will be rough and sed in this cover, which also I now think it my smooth, and hot and cold, and all in a breath.duty to put into your hands.

Any thing to get the better of us. Rus. [Reading.] To the Right Honourable Ouk. She is in all moods at present, I promise Lady Freelove Sdeath and hell !--and now you~I am at once angry and ashamed of her ; I recollect, the letter itself was pieced with scraps and yet she is so ridiculous I cann't help laughof French, and madam, and your ladyship--Fire ing at her-There has she been in her chamand fury! madam, how came you to use me so? ber, fuming and fretting, and dispatching a mesI am obliged to you then for the insult that has senger to me every two minutes--servant after been offered me.

servant-now she insists on my coming to her L. Free. What is all this? Your obligations to now again she writes a note to entreat --then me, Mr Russet, are of a nature that

Toilet is sent to let me know that she is ill, abRus. Pine obligations ! I dare say I am partly I solutely dying-then, the very next minute, she'll

never see my face again-she'll go out of the Oak. Talked to ! Why not? You have house directly. [Beli rings.] Again! now the talked to me long enough-almost talked me to storm rises !

death-and I have taken it all in hopes of making Maj. It will soon drive this way then-now, you quiet—but all in vain; for the more one bears brother, prove yourself a man—You have gone the worse you are. Patience, I find, is all thrown too far to retreat.

away upon you; and henceforward, come what Oak. Retreat !-Retreat !-No, no !-I'll pre- may, I am resolved to be master of my own house. serve the advantage I have gained, I am deter Mrs Oak. So, so !-Master, indeed !-YE mined.

sir, and you'll take care to have mistresses enough Maj. Ay, ay!-keep your ground !-fear no too, I warrant you. thing-up with your noble heart! Good disci Oak. Perhaps I may; but they shall be quiet pline makes good soldiers ; stick close to my ad- ones, I can assure you. vice, and you may stand buff to a tigress

Mrs Oak. Indeed !-And do you think I am Oak. Here she is, by heavens !-now, brother ! such a tame fool as to sit quietly, and bear ell this? Maj. And now, brother-Now or never ! You shall know, sir, that I will resent this beta

viour-You shall find that I have a spirit Enter Mrs OAKLY.

Oak. Of the devil. Mrs Oak. I think, Mr Oakly, you might have Mrs Oak. Intolerable !-You shall find then had humanity enough to have come to see how I that I will exert that spirit. I am sure I have did. You have taken your leave, I suppose, of need of it. As soon as the house is once cleared all tenderness and affection-but I'll be calm, again, I'll shut my doors against all company.I'll not throw myself into a passion-you want to You sha'n't see a single soul for this month. drive me out of your house -I see what you Oak. 'Sdeath, madam, but I will !—I'll keep aim at, and will be aforehand with you-let me open house for a year.-—I'll send cards to the keep my temper! I'll send for a chair, and leave whole town—Mr Oakly's route !--All the world the house this instant.

will come and I'll go among the world too Oak. True, my love ! I knew you would not I'll be mew'd up no longer. think of dining in your own chamber alone, when Mrs Oak. Provoking insolence! This is not to I had company below. You shall sit at the head be endured-Look'e, Mr Oaklyof the table, as you ought to be sure, as you say, Oak. And look'e, Mrs Oakly, I will have my and make my friends welcome.

own way. Mrs Oak. Excellent raillery ! Look ye, Mr Mrs Oak. Nay then, let me tell you, sirOakly, I see the meaning of all this affected cool Oak. And let me tell you, madam, I will not ness and indifference.

be crossed-I wont be made a fool. Oak. My dear, consider where you are

Mrs Oak. Why, you won't let me speak. Mrs Oak. You would be glad, I find, to get me Oak. Why, you don't speak as you ought. out of your house, and have all your flirts about Madam, madam! you sh'an't look, nor walk, noz you.

talk, nor think, but as I please. Oak. Before all this company! Fie !

Mrs Oak. Was there ever such a monster! I Mrs Oak. But I'll disappoint you, for I shall can bear this no longer. (Bursts into tears.) O remain in it to support my due authority-As for you vile man! I can see through your designyou, Major Oakly!

you cruel, barbarous, inhuman—such usage to Maj. Hey-day! What have I done?

your poor wife! you'll be the death of her. Mrs Oak. I think you might find better employ Oak. She sha'n't be the death of me, I am de ment, than to create divisions between married termined. people-And you, sir

Mrs Oak. That it should ever come to this! Oak. Nay, but, my dear !

-To be contradicted-(Sobbing)-insultedMrs Oak. Might have more sense, as well as abused-hated -'tis too much-my heart will tenderness, than to give ear to such idle stuff burst with-oh-oh! -(Falls into a fit.HAROak. Lord, lord !

RIOT, CHARLES, &c. run to her assistance.]
Mrs Oak. You and your wise counsellor there, Ouk. (Interposing.] Let her alone.
I suppose, think to carry all your points with me Har. Sir, Mrs Oakly-
Oak. Was ever any thing-

Char. For Heaven's sake, sir, she will be Mrs Oak. But it won't do, sir. You shall find Oak. Let her alone, I say; I won't have her that I will have my own way, and that I will go touched-let her alone-if her passions throw vern my own family.

her into fits, let the strength of them carry her Oak. You had better learn to govern yourself through them. by half. Your passion makes you ridiculous. Did Har. Pray, my dear sir, let us assist her. She ever any body see so much fury and violence ? af- mayfronting your best friends, breaking my peace, and Oak. I don't care-you sha'n't touch her-let disconcerting your own temper. And all for what? her bear them patiently-she'll learn to behave For nothing. 'Sdeath, nadam ! at these years you better another time. --Let her alone, I say. ought to know better.

Mrs Oak. (Rising.) O you monster !--you Mrs Oak. At these years ! - Very fine !-Am I villain !-you base man! Would you let me to be talked to in this manner ?

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Oak. Bless me, madam! your fit is very vio- , into it demands a thousand apologies. But the lent-take care of yourself.

occasion must be my excuse. Mrs Oak. Despised, ridiculed-but I'll be re Mrs Oak. How have I been mistaken! (Aside.) venged-you shall see, sir

-But did not I overhear you and Mr OaklyOak, Tol-de-rol loll-de-rol loll-de-rol loll.

[To HARRIOT. (Singing. Har. Dear madam ! you had but a partial hear. Mrs Oak. What, am I made a jest of? Expo- ing of our conversation. It related entirely to this sed to all the world ?-If there's law or justice-gentleman. Oak. Tol-de-rol loll-de-rol loll-de-rol loll. Char. To put it beyond doubt, madam, Mr

(Singing. Russet and my guardian have consented to our Mrs Oak. I shall burst with anger.Have a marriage; and we are in hopes that you will not care, sir, you may repent this. -Scorned and withhold your approbation. made ridiculous !No power on earth shall hin Mrs Oak. I have no further doubt-I see you der my revenge!

[Going. are innocent, and it was cruel to suspect you Har. [Interposing.] Stay, madam.

You have taken a load of anguish off my mind Mrs Oak. Let me go. I cannot bear this place. and yet your kind interposition comes too late Har. Let me beseech you, madam.

Mr Oakly's love for me is entirely destroyed. Oak. What does the girl mean? [Apart.

[Weeping. Maj. Courage, brother! you have done won Oak. I must go to her

{Apart. ders. (Apart. Maj. Not yet! -not yet!

(Apart. Oak. I think she'll have no more fits. [Apart. Har. Do not disturb yourself with such appre

Har. Stay, madam.- Pray stay but one moment. hensions'; I am sure Mr Oakly loves you most afI have been a painful witness of your uneasiness, fectionately. and in great part the innocent occasion of it. Give Oak. I can hold no longer. [Going to her.] My me leave then

affection for you, madam, is as warm as ever. Mrs Oak. I did not expect indeed to have found Nothing can ever extinguish it. My constrained you here again. But however

behaviour cut me to the soul-For within these Hur. I see the agitation of lyour mind, and it few hours it has been all constrained and it was makes me miserable. Suffer me to tell you the with the utmost difficulty that I was able to supreal truth. I can explain every thing to your satisfaction.

Mrs Oak. O, Mr Oakly, how have I exposed Mrs Oak. May be so—I'cannot argue with you. myself! What low arts has my jealousy induced Char. Pray, madam, hear her—for my sake me to practise ! I see my folly, and fear that you for your own-dear madam!

can never forgive me. Mrs Oak. Well-well-proceed.

Oak. Forgive you!

-You are too good, my Oak. I shall relapse,- I cann't bear to see her so love !_Forgive you !-Can you forgive me? uneasy.

[Apurt. This change transports me.-Brother! Mr RusMaj. Hush !--Hush!

[ part. set ! Charles! Harriot ! give me joy !-I am the Har. I understand, madam, that your first alarm happiest man in the world. was occasioned by a letter from my father to your Maj. Joy, much joy to you both! though, bynephew.

the-bye, you are not a little obliged to me for it. Rus. I was in a bloody passion to be sure, ma Did not I tell

you

I would cure all the disorders dam!

—The letter was not over civil, I believe in your family? I beg pardon, sister, for taking the I did not know but the young rogue had ruined liberty to prescribe for you. My medicines have my girl.--But it's all over now, and so

been somewhat rough, I believe, but they have Mrs Oak. You was here yesterday, sir? had an admirable effect, and so don't be angry

Rus. Yes, I came after Harriot. I thought I with your physician. should find my young madam with my young sir, Mrs Oak. I am indeed obliged to you, and I here,

feelMrs Oak. With Charles, did you say, sir? Oak. Nay, my dear, no more of this. All that's

Rus. Ay, with Charles, madam! The young past must be utterly forgotten. rogue has been fond of her a long time, and she of Mrs Oak. I have not merited this kindness, him, it seems.

but it shall hereafter be my study to deserve it. Mrs Oak. I fear I have been to blame. (Aside. Away with all idle jealousies ! And since my sus

Rus. I ask pardon, madam, for the disturbance picions have hitherto been groundless, I am reI made in your house.

solved for the future never to suspect at all. Har. And the abrupt manner in which I came

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