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determined to assume a proper spirit, and act as to have pos’d him: this plaguy sword sticks so becomes a man upon this occasion.
hard in the scabbard — Well, come forth, rapier, Sir Ben. Upon my soul I'm very sorry for it. 'tis but one thrust; and what should a man fear
Bel. jun. Now am I so distracted between love, that has Lady Dove for his wife! rage, and disappointment, that I could find in Bel. jun. Hey-day! Is the man mad? Put up my heart to sacrifice her, myself, and all mankind. your sword, Sir Benjamin ; put it up, and don't
Sir Ben. Lord ha' mercy upon us, I'd better expose yourself in this manner. steal off and leave him to himself!
Sir Ben. You shall excuse me, sir; I have had Bel. jun. And yet, perhaps, all this may pro some difficulty in drawing it, and am determiceed from an excess of fondness in my Sophia. ned now to try what metal it's made of. So come
Sir Ben. Upon my word, you are blest with a most happy assurance.
Bel. jun. Really this is too ridiculous ; I tell Bel. jun. Something may have dropp'd from you, Sir Benjamin, I am in no humour for these Violetta to alarm ber jealousy; and, working up. follies. I've done no wrong to you or yours: on the exquisite sensibility of her innocent mind, on the contrary, great wrong has been done to may have brought my sincerity into question. me; but I bave no quarrel with you, so, pray, Sir Ben. I don't understand a word of all this.
put up your sword. Bel. jun. Now could I fall at her feet for par Sir Ben. And I tell you, Mr Belfield, 'tis in don, though I know not in what I have offend- vain to excuse yourself. The less readiness he el; I have not the heart to move. Fie upon it! shews, so much the more resolution I feel. What an arrant coward has love made me! Bel. jun. Well, Sir Knight, if such is your bu
Sir Ben. A coward, does he say? I am hearti mour, I won't spoil your longing. So have at ly rejoiced to hear it: if I must needs come to you. action, pray Heaven it be with a coward! I'll even take him while he is in the humour, for fear
Enter Lady Dove. he should recover his courage, and I lose mine. Lady Dove. Ah!
Shrieks. So, sir, your humble servant, Mr Belfield! Bel. jun. Hold, hold, Sir Benjamin, I never I'm glad I have found you, sir.
fight in ladies' company. Why, I protest you Bel. jun. Sir Benjamin, your most obedient. are a perfect Amadis de Gaul; a Don Quixote Pray what are your commands, now you have in heroism; and the presence of this your Dulfound me?
cinea renders vou invincible. Sir Ben. Hold ! hold ! don't come any near Sir Ben. O! my lady, is it you? don't be er : don't you see I am in a most prodigious pas alarmed, my dear ; 'tis all over: a small fracas sion! Fire and fury! what's the reason you have between this gentleman and myself ; that's all ; made all this disorder in my house ? my daugh don't be under any surprise; I believe the genter in tears, my wife in fits; every thing in an tleman has had enough ; I believe he is perfectly uproar, and all your doing. Do you think I'll satisfied with my behaviour, and I persuade myput up with this treatment? If you suppose you self you will have no cause for the future to have a coward to deal with, you'll find yourself complain of his. Mr Belfield, this is Lady Dove. mistaken, greatly mistaken, let me tell you, sir ! Bel. jun. Madam, to a generous enemy 'tis Mercy upon me, what a passion I am in ! In short, mean to deny justice, or withhold applause. You Mr Belfield, the honour of my house is con are happy in the most valiant of defenders; gencerned, and I must and will have satisfaction.- tle as you may find him in the tender passions, I think this is pretty well to set in with : I'm to a man, madam, he acquits himself like a man. horribly out of breath; I sweat at every pore. Sir Benjamin Dove, in justice to your merit, I What great fatigues do men of courage under am ready to make any submission to this lady
you shall please to impose-If you suffer her Bel. jun. Look'e, Sir Benjamin, I don't rightly to bully you after this, you deserve to be hencomprehend what you would be at; but, if you peck'd all the days of your life. think I have injured you, few words are best ; Sir Ben. Say no more, my dear Bob; I shall disputes between men of honour are soon ad- love you for this the longest hour I have to live. justed; I'm at your service, in any way you Bel. jun. If I have done you any service, prothink fit.
mise me only one hour's conversation with your Sir Ben. How you fly out now! Is that giving lovely daughter, and make what use of me you me the satisfaction I require ? I am the person
please. injured in this matter, and, as such, have a right Sir Ben. Here's my hand, you shall have it; to be in a passion; but I see neither right nor
(Exit BELFIELD Junior. reason why you, who have done the wrong, Lady Dore. What am I to think of all this? should be as angry as I, who have received it. It cann't well be a contrivance; and yet 'tis
Bel. jun. I suspect I have totally mistaken this strange, that yon little animal should have the honest gentleman; he only wants to build some assurance to face a man, and be so bashful at a reputation with his wife upon this rencounter, rencounter with a woman. and 't would be inhuman not to gratify him. Sir Ben. Well, Lady Dove, what are you
Sir Ben, What shall I do now? Egad I seem musing upon you see you are obey'd, the ho
nour of your family is vindicated : slow to enter | with : this pass I defend : what, dost think, after into these affairs; being once engaged, I perti. having encountered a man, I shall turn my back naciously conduct them to an issue.
upon a woman ! No, madam, I have ventured Lady Dove. Sir Benjamin, -II my life to defend your honour; 'twould be hard
Sir Ben. Here, Jonathan, do you hear ? set my if I wanted spirit to protect my own. 3 things ready in the library; make haste.
Lady Dove. You, monster, would you draw
think. Sir Ben. Unless it has been your pleasure to Lady Dove. Bless us all, why you snap one up make me a monster, madam, I am none. 50—1 say, I think, my dear, you have acquitted Lady Dove. Would you murder me, you in. yourself tolerably well, and I am perfectly satis- human brute ? Would you murder your poor, fied.
fond, defenceless wife? Sir Ben. Humph! you think I have done to Sir Ben. Nor tears, nor threats, neither scoldlerably well? I think so too ; do you apprehending, nor soothing, shall shake me from my pur: me? Tolerably! for this business that you think pose : your yoke, Lady Dove, has lain too heavy s tolerably well done, is but half concluded, let me upon my shoulders ; I can support it no longer:
tell you ; nay, what some would call the tough to-morrow, madam, you leave this house. est part of the undertaking remains unfinished ; Lady Dove. Will you break my heart, you tybut, I dare say, with your concurrence, I shall rant? Will you turn me out of doors to starve, find it easy enough.
you barbarous man? Lady Dove. What is it you mean to do with Sir Ben. Oh! never fear ; you will fare to the ý my concurrence ? what mighty project does your full as well as you did in your first husband's wise brain teem with?
time; in your poor, dear, dead Mr Searcher's Sir Ben. Nay, now I reflect on't again, I don't time. You told me once you prized the paltry think there'll be any need of your concurrence; greyhound that bung at his button-hole, more for, nolens or volens, I'm determined it shall be than all the jewels my folly had lavish'd upon done. In short, this it is, I am unalterably re you. I take you at your word; you shall have solved, from this time forward, Lady Dove, to your bauble, and I will take back all mine; be sole and absolute in this house, master of my they'll be of no use to you hereafter. own servants, father to my own child, and so Lady Dove. 0! Sir Benjamin, Sir Benjamin, vereign lord and governor, madam, over my own for mercy's sake, turn me not out of your doors ! wife.
I will be obedient, gentle, and complying for the Lady Dore. You are?
future ; don't shame me; on my knees I beseech Sir Ben. I am. Gods! Gods! What a pitiful, you don't. contemptible figure does a man make under petticoat government ! Perish he that's mean enough
Enter BeLFIELD Senior. to stoop to such indignities ! I am determined to Sir Ben. Mr Belfield, I am heartily glad to see be free
you; don't go back, sir ; you catch us indeed a
little unawares; but these situations are not unPATERSON enters, and whispers Lady Dove.
common in well-ordered families; rewards and Hah! how's this, Mr Paterson? What liberties punishments are the life of government, and the are these you take with my wife, and before my authority of a husband must be upheld. face? No more of these freedoms, I beseech you, Bel. sen. I confess, Sir Benjamin, I was greatly sir, as you expect to answer it to a husband, who surprised at finding Lady Dove in that attitude: will have no secrets whispered to his wife, to but I never pry into family secrets ; I had inuch which he is not privy; nor any appointments rather suppose your lady was on her knees to inmade, in which he is not a party.
tercede with you in any behalf, than be told she Pat. Hey-day! what a change of government was reduced to that humble posture for any reais here! Egad, I'm very glad on't-I've no no son that affects herself. tion of a female administration,
[Exit. Sir Ben. Sir, you are free to suppose what you Lady Doce. What insolence is this, Sir Ben: please for Lady Dove; I'm willing to spare you jamin what ribaldry do you shock my ears with that trouble on my account ; and therefore I tell Let me pass, sir ; l'Il stay no longer in the same you plainly, if you will sign and seal your articles room with you.
this night, to-morrow morning Sophia shall be Sir Ben. Not in the same room, nor under the yours : I'm resolved that the self-same day, which same roof, shall you, long abide, unless you re consecrates the redemption of my liberty, shall form your manners; however, for the present confirm the surrender of yours. you must be content to stay where you are. Lady Dove. O! Mr Belfield, I beseech you in
Lady Dove. What, sir, will you imprison me tercede with this dear, cruel man in my behalf ; in my own house? I'm sick; I'm ill; I'm suffo would you believe that he harbours a design of excated; I want air ; I must and will walk into the pelling me his house, on the very day too when he garden.
purposes celebrating the nuptials of his daughter? Sir Ben. Then, madam, you must find some Bel. sen. Come, Sir Benjamin, I must speak to better weapon than your fan to parry my sword / you now as a friend in the nearest connection; I
beg you will not damp our happiness with so me shew the company what a refractory wife, in the lancholy an event: I will venture to pledge myself hands of a man of spirit, may be brought to subfor her ladyship.
mit to. Our wives, Mr Belfield, may tease us, and Sir Ben. Well, for your sake, perhaps, I may vex us, and still escape with impunity; but, if once prolong her departure for one day ; but I'm de- they thoroughly provoke us, the charm breaks, termined, if she does stay to-morrow, she shall and they are lost for ever.
(Excunt. set the first dish upon the table ; if 'tis only to
Good. There is. SCENE 1.-The Sea Coast, as before. Enter
Pat. Can you direct me to her ? I have busiGOODWIN and FANNY.
ness with her of the utmost consequence. Good. What you tell me, Fanny, gives me great Good. Fanny, you and Mr Francis step in and concern, that Mr Francis should think to seduce let the lady know.(Exeunt FANNY and FRANCIS, the innocence of my child for a paltry bribe: what can have passed to encourage him to put such
SCENE III. an affront upon you?
GOODWIN and PATERSON. Fan. Till this proposal, which I tell you of, I always took Mr. Francis for one of the best-be Good. If it's no offence, Mr Paterson, allow me haved, modestest young men I had ever met with. to ask you whether there is any hope of our young
Good. To say the truth, Fanny, so did I ; but gentleinan here, who is just returned, succeeding the world is full of hypocrisy, and our acquaint
in his addresses to Miss Dove? ance with him has been very short.
Pat. Certainly none, master Goodwin.
Good. I'm heartily sorry for it.
Pat. I find you are a stranger to the reasons Hark’e, young man, a word with you! What is which make against it : but how are you interestit I or my children have done to offend you?
ed in his success? Fran. Offend me! what is it you mean?
Good. I am a witness of his virtues, and conse Good. When your vessel was stranded upon quently not indifferent to his sucoess. (Erit. our coast, did we take advantage of your distress? On the contrary, wasn't this poor hut thrown
SCENE IV. open to your use, as a receptacle for your trea
Enter VIOLETTA. sures, and a repose for your fatigues? Have either those treasures, or that repose, been invaded ? Pat. Madam, I presume your name is Violetta? Whom amongst you have we robbed or defrauded? l'io. It is, sir.
Fran. None, none; your honesty has been as Pat. I wait upon you, madam, at Miss Dove's conspicuous as your hospitality.
desire, and as a particular friend of Mr Andrew Good. Why then, having received no injury, do Belfield's. you seek to do one ? an injury of the basest na Vio. Sir ! ture-You see there a poor girl, whose only por Pat. Madam! tion in this world is her innocence, and of that Vio. Pray proceed. you have sought to
Pat. To entreat the favour of your company at Fran. Hold; nor impute designs to me which Cropley-castle upon business, wherein that lady I abhor : you say your daughter has no portion and gentleman are intimately concerned : I prebut her innocence; assured of that, I ask none sume, madam, you guess what I mean. else; and, if she can forgive the stratagem I have Vio. Indeed, sir, I cannot easily guess how I can made use of, I am ready' to atone for it by a life possibly be a party in any business between Miss devoted to her service.
Dove and Mr Belfeld. I thought all intercourse Good. Well, sir, I nm happy to find you are the between those persons was now entirely at an end. man I took you for, and cannot discommend your Pat. Oh! no, madam, by no means; the affair caution; so that, if you like my daughter, and is far from being at an end. Fanny is consenting -But, soft! who have we Vio. How, sir ! not at an end ? got here?
Pat. No, madam : on the contrary, from Sir Fran. I wish Mr Paterson was further for in. Benjamin's great anxiety for the match, and, above terrupting us just now.
all, from the very seasonable intelligence you was
so good to communicate to Miss Sophia, I am not SCENE II.
without hopes that Mr Andrew Belfield will be Enter PATERSON.
happy enough to conquer all her scruples, and en.
gage her to consent to marry him. Pat. Pray, good people, isn't there a lady with Vio. Indeed ! but pray, sir, those scruples of you of the name of Violetta ?
Miss Dove's, which you flatter yourself Mr Bel
field will so happily conquer, how is it that ladies wife ! All that my soul held dear, in the same in this country reconcile themselves to such mat hour obtained and lost. O false, false Belfield ! ters? I should have thought such an obstacle ut- Strong indeed must be that passion, and deeply terly insurmountable.
seated in my heart, which even thytr achery could Put. Why, to be sure, madam, Miss Dove has not eradicate! Twice shipwrecked ! twicerescued had some doubts and difficulties to contend with; from the jaws of death ; just Heaven ! I do not, but duty, you know—and, as I said before, you, dare not murmur, nor can I doubt but that thy madam, you have been a great friend to Mr Bel- hand invisibly is stretched forth to save me, and, field ; you have forwarded matters surprisingly. through this labyrinth of sorrow, to conduct me Vio. It is very surprising, truly, if I have.
to repose. Pat. You seem greatly staggered at what I tell
Enter PATERSON. you : I see you are no stranger to the principles upon which young ladies frequently act in this
Put. Now, madam, if you will trust yourself country: I believe, madam, in England, as many, to my convoy, I'll bring you into harbour, where or more, matches are made from pique, than for you shall never suffer shipwreck more. (Exeunt. love ; and, to say the truth, I take this of Miss Dove's to be one of that sort. There is a certain
SCENE VI. person you know, who will feel upon this occasion. Sir BENJAMIN Dove's House. Enter Sir BenVia. Yes ; I well know there is a certain person
JAMIN Dove and Lady Dove. who will feel upon this occasion ; but, are the sufferings of that unhappy one to be converted into Sir Ben. Upon these terms and stipulations, raillery and amusement ?
Lady Dove, I consent to your remaining at CropPai. Oh! madam! the ladies will tell you, ley-castle
. Enjoy your own prerogative, and leave that therein consists the very luxury of revenge. dear, I must insist that Mr Paterson be lience
me in possession of mine ; above all things, my -But, I beseech you, have the goodness to make haste; my friend Mr Belfield may stand in forward considered as my friend and companion, need of your support,
and not your ladyship’s. Vio. Thus insulted, I can contain myself no
Ludy Dove. Nay, but indeed and indeed, my longer. Upon what infernal shore am I cast ! into dear Sir Benjamin, that is being too hard with what society of demons am I fallen! that a woman,
me, to debar me the common gratifications of whom, by an act of honour, I would have redeemed every woman of distinction : Mr Paterson, you from misery and ruin, should have the insolence, know, is my very particular friend. the inhumanity, to invite me to be a spectatress
Sir Ben. 'Tis for his being so very particular, of her marriage with my own husband !
my dear, that I object to him. Pat. With your husband! What do I hear ! Lady Dove. Friendship, Sir Benjamin, is the Is Mr Andrew Belfield your husband ?
virtuous recreation of delicate and susceptible Vio. Ay; do you doubt it? Would I could say
minds; would you envy me that innocent pleahe was not!
sure? Why you know, my dearest, that your Pat. Just Heaven ! you then are the Violetta, passion for me, which was once so violent, is
now softened and subsided into mere friendship. you are the Portuguese lady I have heard so much of, and married to Mr Belfield: base and perfidi
Sir Ben. True, my dear; and, therefore, I am ous ! — Why, madam, both Miss Dove and myrr ened into friendship, his friendship should, by as
afraid lest my love having, by easy degrees, slackself conceived that 'twas the young adventurer with whom you suffered shipwreck, that
natural a transition, quicken into love; say no Vio. What! Lewson, the brave, generous,
more, therefore, upon this point, but leave me honourable Lewson?
to Mr Paterson, and Mr Paterson to me--40Pat. Lewson! Lewson! as sure as can be you
send Sophia to me-oh here she comes : your mean young Belfield ; for now the recollection ladyship need not be present at our conference; strikes me, that I've heard he took that name be- I think my own daughter surely belongs to my fore he quitted England. That Lewson, madam, province, and not your’s. Good morning to you. whom we believed you married to, is Robert Bel
[Exit Lady Dove. field, and younger brother to your husband.
SCENE VII. Pio. Mercy defend me! into what distress had this mutual mistake nearly involved us?
Enter SOPHIA. Pat. Come then, madam, let us lose no time, but fly with all dispatch to Cropley-castle; I have Sir Ben. Well, daughter, are you prepared to a post-chaise waiting, which will convey us thither comply with my desires, and give your hand to in a few minutes : but, before we go, I'll step in, Andrew Belfield this inorning? and direct these good people to find young Bel Soph. Sir! field, and send him after us--Old Ironsides and Sir Ben. My heart is fixt upon this event; 1 all must be there.
[Exit Pat. have watched late and early to bring it to bear;
and you'll find, my child, when you come to peSCENE V.
I use your marriage settlement, how tenderlyi Vio. Let me reflect upon my fate Wedded, have consulted your happiness in this match. betrayed, abandoned ! at once a widow and a Soph. Alas! I should never think of search,
ing for happiness amongst deeds and convey that the elder brother is her husband; he who this ances; 'tis the man, and not the money, that is very morning, but for my discovery, had been likely to determine my lot.
Sir Ben. Well, and is not Mr Belfield a man? Soph. What's this you tell me, sir? —Where a fine man, as I take it, he is; and a fine is this lady? where is Violetta ? where is young estate I'm sure he has got ; then it lies so Belfield ? handy and contiguous to my own; only a hedge Pat. Violetta, madam, I have put under safe betwixt us; think of that, Sophy, only a hedge convoy, and by this time your waiting woman has that parts his manor from mine ; then consider, lodged her privately in the closet of your bed. likewise, how this alliance will accommodate chamber: there you will find her, and learn the matters in the borough of Knavestown, where I whole process of this providential escape.and my family have stood three contested elec I'll only speak a word to Sir Benjamin, and come tions with his, and lost two of them; that sport to you without any further delay. (Exit SOPHLA. will now be at an end, and our interest will be consolidated by this match, as well as our estates.
SCENE IX. Soph. Still you mistake my meaning; I talk of the qualities of a man, you of his possessions ; I Enter Sir BenJAMIN Dove and BELFIELD
Senior. require in a husband, good morals, good nature, and good sense; what has all this to do with con Sir Ben. Well, Mr Paterson, what says my tiguous estates, connected interests, and contest- daughter? ed elections ?
Put. Every thing that becomes an obedient Sir Ben. I don't rightly understand what you daughter to say; so that if this gentleman is not would have, child; but this I well know, that if made completely happy within this hour, the money alone will not make a woman happy, fault will lie at his door, and not with Miss So'twill always purchase that that will. I hope, phia. Sophy, you've done thinking of that rambling, Sir Ben. This is good news, Paterson ; but I idle young fellow, Bob Belfield.
am impatient to have the ceremony concluded: Soph. Perish all thought of him for ever! No- the bells are ringing, the parson is waiting, and thing can be more contrary, more impossible in the equipages are at the door; step up to Sophia, nature, than my union with young Belfield :-age, and tell her to hasten; and, heark'e, my friend, ugliness, ill-nature, bring any thing to my arms, as you go by Lady Dove's door, give her a call, rather than him !
do you mind me, only a call at the door: don't Sir Ben. But why so angry with him, child? you go in; she's busy at work upon a large parThis violent detestation and abhorrence is as fa- cel of ribbands, which I have given her to make vourable a symptom as any reasonable lover could into wedding favours; she'll be very angry if you wish for.
go into her chamber. Go, go, get you gone.
(Exit PATERSON. SCENE VIII.
Bel. sen. How comes it to pass, Sir Benjamin,
that Mr Paterson becomes so necessary an agent Enter PATERSON.
in the female affairs of your family? I confess to Pat. Joy to you, Sir Benjamin ! all joy attend you, my pride is wounded, when I find I am to you both! the bridegroom by this time has ar thank him for your daughter's consent to marry rived; we saw his equipage enter the avenue as The man that can prevail upon a woman ours drove into the court.
to act against her liking, what may he not perSir Ben. Mr Paterson, sir, I know not if yet suade her to do with it? your friend is to be a bridegroom; I find my Sir Ben. Your remark is just ; Paterson has daughter here so cold and uncomplying, for my certainly some secret faculty of persuasion ; and own part, I don't know how I shall look Mr Bel. all that can be said is, that 'tis better to see your field in the face.
danger before marriage, than to be feeling it out, Pat. Fear nothing, Sir Benjamin : make haste as I have done, afterwards. and receive your son-in-law; I have news to communicate to Miss Dove, which, I am confi
SCENE X. dent, will dispose her to comply with your wishes. Sir Ben. Well, sir, I shall leave her to your
Enter Captain IRONSIDES and BELFIELD Junior. tutorage. This obliging gentleman undertakes Sir Ben. What, old acquaintance, are you not only for my wife, but my daughter too. come to rejoice with me on this occasion ?
[Exit. Bob Belfield too, as I live; you are both heartily Soph. I am surprised, Mr Paterson
welcome-I could have spared their visit notPut. Hold, madam, for one moment: I have withstanding,
(Aside. made a discovery of the last importance to your
Bel. sen. My brother here? vexation ! welfare : you are in an error with regard to young Bel. jun. Sir Benjamin, I come now to claim Belfield Violetta, the lady.you believed him to your promise of one hour's conversation with be married to, is here in the house; I have brought your daughter. her hither at your request, and from her I learn Șir Ben. The devil you do!