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cumstances. I should not have proposed the se Fan. He compliments you; don't bé á fool! crecy of our marriage, but for your sake ; and -Now you have set her tongue a-running,

with hopes that the most generous sacrifice you she'll mutter for an hour. (To LOVEWELL.) I'll - have made to love and me, might be less injurious go and harken myself.

(Erit. I to you, by waiting a lucky moment of reconcilia Bet. I'll turn my back upon 'no girl for sine tion.

cerity and service. [Half aside, and muttering. Fan. Hush ! hush ! for Heaven's sake, my Lov. Thou art the first in the world for both; dear Lovewell, don't be so warm ! your gene- and I will reward you soon, Betty, for one and the rosity gets the better of your prudence ; you will other, be heard, and we shall be discovered.

Bet. I am not mercenary neither-I can live satisfied indeed I am-Excuse this weakness, on a little, with a good carreter.

this delicacy, this what you will. --My mind's .: at peace-indeed it is--think no inore of it, if you

Re-enter FANNY. love me!

Fun. All seems quiet-Suppose, my dear, you Lov. That one word has charmed me, as it al- go to your own room, I shall be much easier then ways does, to the most implicit obedience: it -and to-morrow we will be prepared for the diswould be the worst of ingratitude in me to discovery. tress you a moment.

[Kisses her. Bei. You may discover, if you please ; but,

for my part, I shall still be secret. Re-enter BETTY.

(Half aside, and muttering. Bet. [In a low voice.) I'm sorry to dîsturb you. Loo. Should I leave you now, if they still are Fan. Ha! what's the matter?

upon the watch, we shall lose the advantage of oũr Lod. Have you heard any body?

delay. Besides, we should consult upon to-morBet. Yes, yes, I have; and they have heard row's business. Let Betty go to her own room, you too, or I'm mistaken--if they had seen you and lock the outward door after her; we can fastoo, we should have been in a fine quandary! ten this ; and when she thinks all safe, she may Fan. Pr’ythee, don't prate now, Betty!

return and let me out as usual.
Loo. What did you hear ?

Bet. Shall I, madam?
Bet. I was preparing myself, as usual, to take

Fan. Do! let me håve my way to-night, and me a little nap

you shall command me ever after. I would not Lov. A nap?

have you surprised here for the world. Pray leave Bet. Yes, sir, a nap; for I watch much bet-me ! 'I shall be quite myself again, if you will ter so than wide awake; and when I had wrap- oblige me. ped this handkerchief round my head, for fear of Lov. I live only to oblige you, my sweet Fanny! the ear-ach from the key-hole, I thought I heard I'll be gone this moment.

[Going. a kind of a sort of buzzing, which I first took for Fun. Let us listen first at the door, that you a gnat, and shook my head two or three times, may not be intercepted. Betty shall go first, and, and went so with my hand.

if they lay hold of her Fan. Well-well--and so

Bet. They'll have the wrong sow by the ear, Bet. And so, madam, when I heard Mr Love- I can tell them that.

(Going hastily. well a little loud, I heard the buzzing louder too Fan. Softly—softly-Betty ! don't ventureout, -and, pulling off my handkerchief softly, I if you hear a noise. Softly, I beg of you! See, could hear this sort of noise

Mr Lovewell, the effects of indiscretion ! [Makes an indistinct sort of noise like speaking. Lov. But love, Fanny, makes amends for all. Fan. Well, and what did they say ?

[Excunt all softly, Bet. O! I could not understand a word of what was said.

SCENE II.- Changes to a Gallery which leads Loo. The outward door is lock'd ?

10 several Bed-chambers. Bet. Yes; and I bolted it too, for fear of the Enter Miss Sterling, leading Mrs HEIDELBERG Fan. Why did you? they must have heard

in a Night-cap. you, if they were near.

Mis Sterl. This way, dear madam, and then I'll Bet. And I did it on purpose, madam, and tell you all. cough'd a little too, that they might not bear Mr Mrs Heidel. Nay, but niece-consider a little Lovewell's voice-when I was silent, they were -don't drag me out this figure ; let me put on silent, and so I came to tell you.

my fly-cap !-if any of my lord's fammaly, or the Fan. What shall we do?

counsellors at law, should be stirring, I should be Loy. Fear nothing ; we know the worst; it will perdigus disconcerted. only bring on our catastrophe a little too soon Miss Sterl. But, my dear madam, a moment is but Betty might fancy this noise-she's in the an age in my situation. I am sure my sister has conspiracy, and can make a man of a mouse at been plotting my disgrace and ruin in that chamany time.

bero! she's all craft and wickedness. 1

Bet. I can distinguish a man from a mouse Mrs He:del. Well, but softly, Betsey !-- you as well as my betters—I'm sorry you think so are all in emotion-Your mind is too much Aus. ill of me, sir.

trated-you can neither eat, nor drink, nor tuke

worst.

your natural rest-compose yourself, child; for, / a little reason ; that cannot possibly do your vir if we are not as warysome as they are wicked, tue any harm. we shall disgrace ourselves and the whole fam Cham. But you may do me harm, Mr Brush, maly.

and a great deal of harın too; pray let me go; I Miss Sterl. We are disgraced already, madam. am ruined if they hear you; I tremble like an asp. Sir John Melvil has forsaken me; iny lord cares Brush. But they sha'n't hear us; and if you for nobody but himself; or, if any body, it is my have a mind to be ruined, it shall be the making sister ; my father, for the sake of a better bargain, of your fortune, you little slut, you! thereforel say would marry me to a 'Change broker; so that, if it again, if you have no love, hear a little reason ! you, madam, don't continue my friend—if you Cham. I wonder at your impurence, Mr Brush, forsake me—if I am to lose my best hopes and to use me in this manner; this is not the way to consolation—in your tenderness—and affections keep me company, I assure you. You are a tows-I had better—at once-give up the matter- rake, I see, and now you are a little in liquor, you and let my sister enjoy—the fruits of her treach- fear nothing. ery-trample with scorn upon the rights of her Brush. Nothing, by Heavens, but your frowns, elder sister, the will of the best of aunts, and the most amiable chambermaid ; I am a little electriweakness of a too interested father.

fied, that's the truth on't; I am not used to drink (She pretends to be bursting into tears all this port, and your master's is so heady, that a pint of speech.

it oversets a claret-drinker. Mrs Heidel. Don't, Betsey-keep up your spur Cham. Don't be rude! bless me! I shall be rit-I hate whimpering—I am your friend-de- ruined—what will become of me? pend upon me in every particular-but be com Brush. I'll take care of you, by all that's hoposed, and tell me what new mischief you have nourable. discovered ?

Cham. You are a base man to use me so-1'] Miss Sterl. I had no desire to sleep, and would cry out, if you don't let me yo. That is Miss not undress myself, knowing that my Machiavel Sterling's chamber, that Miss Fanny's, and that sister would not rest till she had broke

my

heart: Madam Heidelberg's. -I was so uneasy that I could not stay in my Brush. And that my lord Ogleby's, and that room; but, when I thought that all the house was my Lady What-d’ye-call-cm: I don't mind such quiet, I sent my maid to discover what was going folks when I'm sober, much less when I am whim. forward ; she immediately came back, and told me sical-rather above that too. that they were in high consultation ; that she had Cham. More shame for you, Mr Brush !-you heard only, (for it was in the dark,) my sister's terrify me--you have no modesty. maid conduct Sir John Melvil to her mistress, Brush. O, but I have, my sweet spider-brusher ! and then lock the door.

—for instance; I reverence Miss Fanny—she's a Mrs Heidel. And how did you conduct your most delicious morsel, and fit for a princeself in this dalimma ?

With all my horrors of matrimony, I could marry Miss Sterl. I returned with her, and could hear her myself—but for her sistera man's voice, though nothing that they said dis Miss Sterl. There, there, madam, all in a story! tinctly; and you may depend upon it, that Sir Cham. Bless me, Mr Brush !-1 heard someJohn is now in that room, that they have settled thing! the matter, ard will run away together before Brush. Rats, I suppose, that are gnawing the 1 morning, if we don't prevent them.

old timbers of this execrable old dungeon-If it Mrs Heidel. Why, the brazen slut! she has was mine, I would pull it down, and fill your fine got her sister's husband (that is to be) lock'd up canal up with the rubbish ; and then I should get in her chamber! at night too !—I tremble at the rid of two damn'd things at once. thoughts !

Cham. Law! law! how you blaspheme !-We Mis Sterl. Hush, madam! I hear something. shall have the house upon our heads for it.

Mrs Heidel. You frighten me let me put on Brush. No, no, it will last our time—but, as I my fly-cap- I would not be seen in this figur was saying, the eldest sister-Miss Jezebelfor the world.

Chum. Is a fine young lady, for all your evil Miss Sterl. 'Tis dark, madam ; you cann't be tongue.

Brush. No—we have smoaked her already ; !! Mrs Heidel. I protest there's a candle coming, and, unless she marries our old Swiss, she can and a man too!

have none of us—No, no, she won't do-we Miss Sterl. Nothing but servants; let us retire a are a little too nice. moment !

(They retire. Cham. You're a monstrous rake, Mr Brush, and

don't care what you say. Enler BRUSH, half drunk, laying hold of the Brush. Why, for that matter, my dear, I am a Chambermaid, who has a Candle in her Hund. little inclined to mischief; and if you don't have Cham. Be quiet, Mr Brush ; I shall drop down pity upon me, I will break open that door, and

ravish Mrs Heidelberg. with terror! Brush. But my sweet, and most amiable cham-ing this-you profligate monster!

Mrs Heidel. (Coming forward] There's no bear. bermaid, if you have no love, you may

hearken to

Cham. Ha ! I am undone!

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seen,

Brush. Zounds! here she is, by all that's mon (Miss STERL.lays hold of her, while Betty locks strous !

(Runs off the door, and puts ihe key into her pocket Miss Sterl. A fine discourse you have had with Bet. (Turning round.] What's the matter, mathat fellow !

dam? Mrs Heidel. And a fine time of night it is to Miss Sterl. Nay, that you shall tell my father be here with that drunken monster!

and aunt, madam. Miss Sterl. What have you to say for yourself? Bet. I am no tell-tale, madam, and no thief;

Cham. I can say nothing-I'm so frightened, they'll get nothing from me. and so ashamed-but indeed I am vartuous—I am Miss Sterl. You have a great deal of courage, vartuous, indeed.

Betty; and, considering the secrets you have to Mrs Heidel. Well, well-don't tremble so; but keep, you have occasion for it. tell us what you know of this horrible plot here. Bet. My mistress shall never repent her good

Miss Steri. We'l forgive you, if you'll discover opinion of me, ma'am. all. Cham. Why, madam-don't let me betray my

Enter Mr STERLING. fellow servants-1 sha'n't sleep in my bed, if I Sterl. What's all this? What's the matter? Why do.

am I disturb'd in this manner? Mrs Heidel. Then you shall sleep somewhere Miss Sterl. This creature, and my distresses, else to-morrow night.

sir, will explain the matter. Cham. O dear ! what shall I do? Mrs Heidel. Tell us this moment, or I'll turn Re-enter Mrs HEIDELBERG, with another head

dress. you out of doors directly.

Cham. Why, our butler has been treating us Mrs Heidel. Now I'm prepared for the ranbelow in his pantry-Mr Brush forced us to make counter.Well, brother, have you heard of this a kind of a holiday night of it.

scene of wickedness? Miss Sterl. Holiday! for what ?

Steri. Not l—but what is it? speak. I was Cham. Nay, I only made one.

got into my little closet, all the lawyers were in Miss Sterl. Well, well; but upon what account? | bed, and I had almost lost my senses in the con

Cham. Because, as how, madam, there was a fusion of Lord Ogleby's mortgages, when I was change in the family, they said, that his ho- | alarmed with a foolish girl, who could hardly nour, Sir John, was to marry Miss Fanny instead speak; and whether it's tire, or thieves, or murof your ladyship.

der, or a rape, I'm quite in the dark. Miss Sterl. And so you make a holiday for that Mrs Heidel. No, no, there's no rape, brother! - Very fine !

-all parties are willing, I believe. Chun. I did not make it, ma'am.

Miss Slerl. Who's in that chamber? Mrs Heidel, But do you know nothing of Sir [Detaining BET. who seemed to be stealing away. John's being to run away with Miss Fanny to Bet. My mistress. night?

Miss Sterl. And who's with your mistress ? Cham. No, indeed, ma'am !

Bet. Why, who should there be ? Miss Sterl. Nor of his being now locked up

in Mis Steri. Open the door then, and let us see. my sister's chamber?

Bet. The door is open, madam. (Miss STERL. Cham. No, as I hope for marcy, ma'am. goes to the door.] I'll sooner die than peach. Mrs Heidel. Well, I'll put an end to all this di

[Exit hastily. rectly do you run to my brother Sterling Miss Ster!. The door is lock'd ; and she has got

Cham. Now, ma'am!—'T'is so very late, ma'am the key in her pocket.

Mrs Heidel. I don't care how late it is. Tell Mrs Heidel. There's impudence, brother ! pihim there are thieves in the house—that the house ping hot from your daughter Fanny's school! is on fire-tell him to come here immediately, Sterl. But, zounds ! what is all this about? You

tell me of a sum total, and you don't produce the Chani. I will, I will, though I'm frighten'd out particulars. of my wits.

Exit. Mrs Heidel. Sir John Melvil is locked up in your Mrs Heidel. Do you watch here, my dear; and daughter's bed-chamber—There is the particular. I'll put myself in order, to face them. 'We'll plot Sterl. The devil he is ! -That's bad. ’em, and counter-plot 'em too.

Miss Slerl. And he has been there some time [Exit into her chamber. Miss Sterl. I have as much pleasure in this re Sterl. Ditto! venge, as in being made a countess.--Ha! they Mrs Heidel. Ditto! worse and worse, I say. are unlocking the door.Now for it! (Retires. I'll raise the house, and expose him to my lord,

and the whole fammaly. Fanny's Door is unlock'd, and Betty comes out Sterl. By no means ! we shall expose ourselves, with a Candle. Miss STERLING approaches her. sister!—the best way is to insure privately-let

Bet. (Calling within.] Sir! sir !—now's your me alone! I'll make him marry her to-morrow time all's clear. [Sceing Miss STERL.] Stay, stay morning: -not yet—we are watch'd.

Miss Sterl. Make him marry her! this is beMiss Sterl. And so you are, madam Betty. yond all patience !-You have thrown away all

Go, I say.

too.

too.

your affection; and I shall do as much by my obe Mrs Heidel. You'll be ashamed to know, gendience; unnatural fathers make unnatural chil. tlemen, that all your labours and studies about dren. My revenge is in my own power, and I'll this young lady are thrown away-Sir John Mel. indulge it.

Had they made their escape, I vil is at this moment locked up with this lady's should have been exposed to the derision of the younger sister. world: but the deriders shall be derided; and so Flow. The thing is a little extraordinary, to

-help! help there ! thieves ! thieves ! be sure; but, why were we to be frighten'd out Mrs Heidel. Tit-for-tat, Betsey ! you are right, of our beds for this ? Could not we have tried my girl.

this cause to-morrow morning? Sterl

. Zounds ! you'll spoil allấyou'll raise the Miss Sterl. But, sir, by to-morrow morning, whole family -the devil's in the girl.

perhaps, 'even your assistance would not have Mrs Heidel

. No, no; the devil's in you, bro- been of any service—the birds now in that cage ther; I am ashamed of your principles.

-What! would have flown away. would you connive at your daughter's being locked

Enter Lord OGLEBY, in his Robe-de-chambre, up with her sister's husband? Help! thieves ! thieves ! I say

(Cries out. Night-cap, 8c. leaning on CANTON. Sterl. Sister, I beg you !-- daughter, I command Lord Og. I had rather lose a limb than my you !--- If you have no regard for me, consider night's rest. What's the matter with you all? yourselves we shall lose this opportunity of Sterl. Ay, ay, 'tis all over!-Here's my lord ennobling our blood, and getting above twenty per cent. for our money.

Lord Og. What's all this shrieking and scream, Miss Sterl. What, by my disgrace and my sis- ing? Where's my angelic Fanny? She's safe, 1 ter's triumph! I have a spirit above such mean hope ? considerations; and, to shew you that it is not a Mrs Heidel. Your angelic Fanny, my lord, i low-bred, vulgar 'Change alley spirit-help! lock'd up with your angelic nephew in that help! thieves thieves ! thieves !" I say. chamber.

Sterl. Ay, ay, you may save your lungs--the Lord Og. My nephew! then will I be excorhouse is in an uproar ; women at þest have no municated. discretion; but in a passion they'll fire a house, Mrs Heidel. Your nephew, my lord, has been or burn themselves in it, rather than not be re- plotting to run away with the younger sister; venged.

and the younger sister has been plotting to run

away with your nephew : and if we had not Enter CANTON, in a Night-gown and Slippers. watched them, and call’d up the fammaly, they Can. Eh, diable! vat is de raison of dis great

had been upon the scamper to Scotland by this

time. noise, dis tintamarre? Sterh Ask those ladies, sir ; 'tis of their making. John has conceived a violent passion for Miss

Lord Oy. Look'e, ladies! I know that Sir Lord Og. (Calls within.) Brush ! Brush:Can: Fanny ; and I know too that Miss

Fanny has ton! where are you?-What's the matter ? [Rings conceived a violent passion for another person; a bell.] Where are you? Sterl. 'Tis my lord calls, Mr Canton.

and I am so well convinces of the rectitude of Cun. I come, mi lor! (Exit CANTON.

her affections, that I will support them with my (Lord OGLEBY still rings. fortune, my honour, and my life. -Eh, sha'n't Serj. Flow. (Calls within.] A light! a light here! 1, Mr Sterling ! [Smiling.] what say you'? -where are the servants ? Bring a light for me

Sterl. (Suikily.) To be sure, my lord.-and my brothers.

These bawling women have been the ruin of Sterl. Lights here ! lights for the gentlemen!

every thing.

[dside (Exit STERLING.

Lord Og. But come, I'll end this business in Mrs Heidel. My brother feels, I see-your sis. and Mr Sterling will ensure Miss Fanny from

a trice-if you, ladies, will compose yourselves, ter's turn will come next. Miss Sterl. Ay, ay, let it go round, madam, it is violence, I will engage to draw her from her

pillow with a whisper through the key-hole. the only comfort I have left.

Mrs Heidel. The horrid creatures !-I say, Re-enter STERLING, with lights, before Serjeant my lord, break the door open. FLOWER, with one boot and a slipper, and TRA-, be too precipitate! Now to our experiment !

Lord Og. Let me beg of your delicacy not to Sterl. This way, sir'! 'this way, gentlemen!

(Advancing towards the door.

Miss Sterl. Now, what will they do?-my Flow. Well

, büt, Mr Sterling, no danger I hope? heart will beat through my bosom. Have they made a burglarious entry? Are you prepared to repulse them? I am very much alarm

Enter Betty with the key. ed about thieves at circuit-time. They would be Bet. There's no occasion for breaking open particularly severe with us gentlemen of the bar.

doors, my lord ; we have done nothing that we Trav. No danger, Mr Sterling, no trespass, ought to be ashamed of, and my mistress shall I hope?

face her enemies. (Going to unlock the door. Sierl. Nonc, gentlemen, but of those ladies' Mrs Heidel. There's impudence! making.

VERSE.

ness.

Lord Og The mystery thickens. Lady of Sterl. What now ! did not I send you to Lonthe bedchamber, (To BETTY.) open the door, don, sir ? and entreat Sir John Melvil (for the ladies will Lord Og. Eh !-What! How's this? by what have it that he is there) to appear, and answer right and title have you been half the night in that to high crimes and misdemeanors.--Call Sir John lady's bed-chamber? Melvil into the court !

Lov. By that right which makes me the bap

piest of men ; and by a title which I would not Enter Sir JOHN MELVIL or the other Side.

forego for any the best of kings could give. Sir John. I am here, my lord.

Bet. I could cry my eyes out to hear his magMrs Heidel. Hey-day !

nimity. Miss Sterl. Astonishment !

Lord Og. I am annihilated ! Sir John. What's all this alarm and confusion? Sterl. I have been choked with rage and wonthere is nothing but hurry in the house; what is der; but now I can speak.-Zounds, what have the reason of it?

you to say to me? Lovewell, you are a villain. Lord (g. Because you have been in that cham -You have broke your word with me. ber: have been ! nay, you are at this moment, as Fan. Indeed, sir, he has not-you forbad him these ladies have protested, so don't deny it to think of me when it was out of his power to

Trad. This is the clearest alibi I ever knew, obey you; we have been married these four Mr Ser jeant.

months. Flow. Luce clarius.

Sterl And he sha'n't stay in my house four Lord Og. Upon my word, ladies, if you have hours. What baseness and treachery! As for often these frolics, it would be really entertain- you, you shall repent this step as long as you live, ing to pass a whole summer with you. But come madam. (To Betty.] open the door, and entreat your Fun. Indeed, sir, it is impossible to conceive amiable mistress to come forth, and dispel all our the tortures I have already endured in consedoubts with her smiles.

quence of my disobedience. My heart has conBet. {Opening the door.] Madam, you are tinually upbraided me for it; and, though I was wanted in this room,

[Pertly. too weak to struggle with affection, I feel that I

must be miserable for ever without your forgiveEnter FANNY, in great confusion. Miss Sterl. You see she's ready dressed and Slerl. Lovewell you shall leave my house diwhat confusion she's in !

rectly ; and you shall follow him, madam. Mrs Heidel. Ready to pack off, bag and bag Lord Oy. And if they do, I will receive them gage! her guilt confounds her!

into mine. Look ye, Mr Sterling, there have Flow. Silence in the court, ladies !

been some mistakes, which we had all better forFan. I am confounded, indeed, madam! get for our own sakes; and the best way to for

Lord Og. Don't droop, my beauteous lily! get them is to forgive the cause of them; which but, with your own peculiar modesty, declare i do from my soul.- Poor girl! I swore to supa your state of mind.- Pour conviction into their port her affection with my life and fortune ;ears and raptures into mine. (Şiiling. 'tis a debt of honour, and must be paid-you

Fan. I am at this moment the most unhappy swore as much too, Mr Sterling; but -most distressed the tumult is too much for in the city will excuse you, I suppose; for you my heart-and I want the power to reveal a never strike a balance without errors excepted. secret, which to conceal has been the misfortune Sterl. I am a father, my lord; but, for the sake and misery of my

[Faints away.

of all fatbers, I think I ought not to forgive her, Lord Og. She faints; help, help! for the fair- for fear of encouraging other silly girls like herest and best of women !

self to throw themselves away without the conBet. (Running to her.] 0, my dear mistress ! sent of their parents. - help, help, there !

Lov. I hope there will be no danger of that, Sir John. Ha ! let me fly to her assistance. sir. Young ladies, with minds like my Fanny's,

would startle at the very shadow of vice; and LOVEWELL rushes out of the Chamber. when they know to what uneasiness only an inLov. My Fanny in danger! I cane conto other of encouraging

, will rather serye to deter them,

discretion has exposed her, her example, instead longer.-Prudence were now a crime; cares were lost in this!—speak, speak, speak to Mrs Heidel. Indiscretion, quoth-a!" a mighty me, my dearest Fanny! -- let me but hear thy pretty delicate word to express disobedience! voice, open your eyes, and bless me with the Lord Vs. For my part, I indulge my own pasEmallest sign of life!

sions too w uch to tyrannize 'over those of other (During this speech they are all in amazement. people

. Poor souls, I pity them. And you must Miss Sterl. Lovewell!

forgive them too. Come, come, melt a little of Mrs Heidel. I am thunderstruck!

your flint, Mr Sterling! Lord Og. I am petrified !

Sterl. Why, why, as to that, my lord-to be Sir John. And I undone !

sure he is a relation of yours, my lord what Fun. (Recovering:) 9, Lovewell even sup say you, sister Heidelberg? ported by thee, I dare not look my father nor his Mrs Heidel. The girl's ruin'd, and I forgive Jordship in the face.

her.

your laws

I am casy

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