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start nor stare ! you wasn't afraid of your own Enter O'FLANERTY, hastily.
conscience, never be afraid of me. O'Fla. Run, run! for holy St Antony's sake, Var. Of you, sir ! who are you, pray ? to horse and away! The conference is broke up, O'Fla, I'll tell you who I am : you seem to and the old lady advances upon a full Pied- wish to be honest, but want the heart to set about montese trot, within pistol-shot of your encamp it. Now, I am the very man in the world to ment.
make you so ; for, if you do not give me up that Chur. Here, here! down the back-stairs ! 0 paper this very instant, by the soul of me, fellow, Charles, remember me !
I will not leave one whote bone in your skin that Charles. Farewell! Now, now I feel myself a sha'n't be broken. coward
[Erit. Var. What right have you, pray, to take this Chur. What does he mean?
paper from me ? O'Fla. Ask no questions, but be gone : she O'Fla. What right have you, pray, to keep it has cooled the lad's courage, and wonders he feels from young Dudley? I don't know what it conlike a coward. There's a damned deal of mischieftains, but I am apt to think it will be safer in my brewing between this hyena and her lawyer : egad, hands than in yours; therefore, give it me without I'll step behind this screen and listen : a good more words, and save yourself a beating: do now; soldier must sometimes fight in amnbush as well as you had best.
(Retires. Var. Well, sir, I may as well make a grace of
necessity. There ! I have acquitted my consci. Enter LADY RUSPORT and VARLAND.
ence at the expence of five thousand pounds. Lady Rus. Sure I heard somebody. Hark! No; O'Fla. Five thousand pounds! Mercy upon only the servants going down the back-stairs. me !- When there are such temptations in the Well
, Mr Varland, I think then we are agreed : law, can we wonder if some of the corps are a you'll take my money ; and your conscience no disgrace to it? longer stands in your way.
Var. Well, you have got the paper ; if you are Var. Your father was my benefactor ; his will an honest man, give it to Charles Dudley. ought to be sacred ; but, if I commit it to the OʻFla, An honest man ! look at me, friend. I ftames, how will he be the wiser ? Dudley, 'tis am a soldier ; this is not the livery of a knave : true, has done me no harm ; but five thousand I am an Irishman, honey; mine is not the country pounds will do me much good: so, in short, ma of dishonour. Now, sirrah, be gone ; if you enter dam, I take your offer ; I will confer witli my these doors, or give Lady Rusport the least item clerk, who witnessed the will; and to-morrow of what has passed, I will cut off both your ears, morning put it into your hands, upon condition and rob the pillory of its due. you put five thousand good pounds into mine. Var. I wish I was once fairly out of his sight Lady Rus. 'Tis a bargain : I'll be ready for you :
(Erit. Vur. Let me consider-Five thousand pounds, SCENE VIII.- A Room in STOCKWELL's House. prompt payment, for destroying this scrap of paper, not worth five farthings ; 'tis a fortune easily
Enter STOCKWELL. earned ; yes; and 'tis another man's fortune ea Stock. I must disclose myself to Belcour ; this sily thrown away : 'tis a good round sum to be noble instance of his generosity, which old Dudpaid down at once for a bribe; but 'uis a damned ley has been relating, allies me to him at once ; rogue's trick in me to take it.
concealment becomes too painful; I shall be proud O'Fla. So, so! this fellow speaks truth to him to own him for my son -But see, he's here! self, though he lies to other people But hush!
(Aside. BELCOUR enters, and throws himself upon a sofa. Var. 'Tis breaking the trust of my benefactor; Bel. O my cursed tropical constitution ! Would that's a foul crime! but he's dead, and can never to Heaven I had been dropt upon the snows of reproach me with it: and 'tis robbing young Dud- Lapland, and never felt the blessed influence of ley of his lawful patrimony ; that's a hard case : the sun, so I had never burnt with these inflambut he's alive, and knows nothing of the matter. matory passions !
O'Flu. These lawyers are so used to bring off Stock. So, so ! you seem disordered, Mr Belthe rogueries of others, that they are never without an excuse for their own.
ered, sir ! Why did I ever quit the Vur. Were I assured now, that Dudley would | soil in which I grew? what evil planet drew me give me half the money for producing this will, from that warm sunny region, where naked nathat Lady Rusport does for concealing it, I would ture walks without disguise, into this cold, condeal with him, and be an honest man at half price. triving, artificial country! I wish every gentleman of my profession could lay his hand on his heart, and say the same thing.
Stock. Come, sir, you've met a rascal—what O'Fla. A bargain, old gentleman! Nay, never
of that ? general conclusions are illiberal.
Bel. No, sir ; I've met reflection by the way;
I abandon you,
I've come from folly, noise, and fury, and met a on Mr Belcour's honour for the justice of it; and silent monitor-Well, well, a villain !-'twas not willingly stake my life in his defence. to be pardoned-pray never mind me, sir.
O'Fla. Sir, you're a gentleman of honour, and Stock. Alas, my heart bleeds for him !
I shall be glad of being better known to you Bel. And yet I might have heard him : now, But hark'e, Belcour, I had like to have forgot part plague upon that blundering Irishman for co of my errand : there is the money you gave old ming in as he did! the hurry of the deed might pal- Dudley; you may tell it over, 'faith; 'tis a receipt liate the event : deliberate execution has less to in full: now the lad can put you to death with a plead.-Mr Stockwell, I am bad company to you.
safe conscience ; and when he has done that job Stock. Oh, sir, make no excuse. "I think you for you, let it be a warning how you attempt the have not found me forward to pry into the secrets
sister of a man of honour, of your pleasures and pursuits ; 'tis not my dispo
Bel. The sister ! sition; but there are times, when want of curi OʻFla. Ay, the sister ; 'tis English, is it not ? osity would be want of friendship.
Or Irish ; 'tis all one : you understand me? his Bel. Ah, sir, mine is a case wherein you and sister, or Louisa Dudley, that's her name, I think, I shall never think alike ; the punctilious rules, call her which you will. By St Patrick, 'tis a foolby which I am bound, are not to be found in your ish piece of a business, Belcour, to go about to ledgers, nor will pass current in the counting- take away a poor girl's virtue from her, when house of a trader.
there are so many to be met in this town, who Stock. 'Tis very well, sir : if you think I can have disposed of theirs to your hands. (Erit. render you any service, it will be worth your trial Slock. Why, I am thunderstruck! What is it to confide in me; if not, your secret is safer in you have done, and what is the shocking busiyour own bosom.
ness in which I have engaged ! If I understood Bel. That sentiment demands my confidence: him right, 'tis the sister of young Dudley you've pray, sit down by me. You must know, I have an been attempting: you talked to me of a professed affair of honour on my hands with young Dudley; wanton! the girl he speaks of has beauty enough and, though I put up with no man's insult, yet i indecd to inflame your desires, but she has honour, wish to take away no man's life.
and simplicity, to awe the most licenStock. I know the young man, and am appri- tious passion : if you have done that, Mr Belsed of your generosity to his father: what can have cour, I renounce you,
I forswear bred a quarrel between you ?
all fellowship or friendship with you for ever. Bel. A foolish passion on my side, and a haugh
Bel. Have patience for a moment: we do inty provocation on his. There is a girl, Mr Stock deed speak of the same person—but she is not inwell, whom I have unfortunately seen, of most un
nocent; she is not young Dudley's sister. common beauty. She has, withal, an air of so Stock. Astonishing! Who told you this ? much natural modesty, that had I not had good
Bel: The woman where she lodges; the person assurance of her being an attainable wanton, I de- who put me on the pursuit, and contrived our clare I should as soon have thought of attenpting meetings. the chastity of Diana.
Stock. What woman? what person?
Bel. Fulmer her name is : I warrant you I did Enter Servant.
not proceed without good grounds. Stock. Hey-day, do you interupt us?
Stock. Fulmer! Fuliner Who waits ? Sero. Sir, there's an Irish gentleman will take
Enter a Servant. no denial : he says he must see Mr Belcour directly, upon business of the last
Send Mr Stukely hither directly. (Exit Serv.] I
consequence. Bel. Admit him : 'tis the Irish officer that parted begin to see my way into this dark transaction. us, and brings me young Dudley's challenge: I
Mr Belcour, Mr Belcour! you are no match for should have made a long story of it, and he'll tell
the cunning and contrivances of this intriguing you in three words.
Pr’ythee, Stukely, what is the name of the woO'Flu. Save you, my dear : and yoủ, sir ! I
man and her husband, who were stopt upon sushave a little bit of a word in private for you. picion of selling stolen diamonds at our next-door
Bel. Pray deliver your commands: this gentle. neighbour's, the jeweller? man is my intimate friend.
Stuke. Fulmer. O'Fla. Why, then, Ensign Dudley will be glad Stock, So! to measure swords with you, yonder, at the Lon Bel. Can you procure me a sight of those diadon Tavern, in Bishopsgate-street, at nine o'clock monds ? -you know the place ?
Sluke. They are now in my hand; I was de. Bel. I do ; and shall observe the appointment. sired to shew them to Mr Stockwell. O'Fla. Will yon be of the party, sir? We shall
Stock. Give them to me: what do I see ? As I want a fourth hand.
live, the very diamonds Miss Rusport sent hiStuck. Savage as the custom is, I close with ther, and which I intrusted to you to return, your proposal; and, though I am not fully inform Bel. Yes, but I betrayed that trust, and gave ed of the occasion of your quarrel, I shall rely 1 them to Mrs Fnlmer to present to Miss Dudley.
Stock. With a view, no doubt, to bribe her to character ; I did not know what disgrace attendcompliance ?
ed the detection of it. Bel. I own it.
Stock. I see it was a trap laid for you, which Slock. For shame, for shame! and 'twas this you have narrowly escaped, you addressed a wowoman's intelligence you relied upon for Miss man of honour with all the loose incense of a Dulley's character ?
profane admirer, and you have drawn upon you Bel. I thought she knew her ; by Heaven, I the resentment of a man of honour, who thinks would have died sooner than have insulted a wo himself bound to protect her.Well, sir, you man of virtue, or a man of honour !
must atone for this mistake, Stock. I think you would: but mark the dane Bel. To the lady, the most penitent submission ger of licentious courses : you are betrayed, rob- I can make is justly due; but, in the execution bed, abused, and, but for this providential disco. of an act of justice, it shall never be said my soul very, in a fair way of being sent out of the world was swayed by the least particle of fear : I have with all your follies on your head -Dear received a challenge from her brother; now, though Stukely, go to my neighbour, tell him I have an I would give my fortune, almost my life itself, to owner for the jewels, and beg him to carry the purchase her happiness, yet I cannot abate her people under custody to the London Tavern, and one scruple of my honour; I have been branded wait for me there.-[Erit STUKELY.]– I fear the with the name of villain. law does not provide a punishment to reach the Stock. Ay, sir, you mistook her character, and yillainy of these people; but how, in the name of he mistook yours; error begets error. wonder, could you take any thing on the word of Bel. Villain, Mr Stockwell, is a harsh word. such an informer?
Stock. It is a harsh word, and should be unBel. Because I had not lived long enough in said. your country to know how few informers' words Bel. Come, come; it shall be unsaid. are to be taken: persuaded, however, as I was of Stock. Or else what follows ? Why, the sword Miss Dudley's guilt, I must own to you, I was is drawn, and, to heal the wrongs you have done staggered with the appearance of such innocence, to the reputation of the sister, you make an hoespecially when I saw her admitted into Miss nourable amends, by murdering the brother. Rusport's company.
Bel. Murdering! Stock. Goed Heaven! did you meet her at Stock. 'Tis thus religion writes and speaks the Miss Rusport's, and could you doubt of her being word; in the vocabulary of modern honour there a woman of reputation ?
is no such term—But come, I don't despair of Rel. By you, perhaps, such a mistake could not satisfying the one, without alarming the other; have been made ; but in a perfect stranger, I that done, I have a discovery to unfold, that you hope, it is venial. I did not know what artifices will then, I hope, be fitted to receive. (Excant. young Dudley might have used to conceal her
defence of the reputation of Miss Dudley, to reSCENE I.-The London Tuvern, dress the injuries of an innocent young lady.
OʻFla. By my soul, the man knows he's to fight, Enter O’FLAHERTY, STOCKWELL, CHARLES, only he mistakes which side he's to be of. and BELCOUR.
Stock. You are about to draw your sword to O'Fla. Gentlemen, well met ! you understand refute a charge against your sister's honour ; you each other's min:ls; and, as I see you have brought would do well, if there were no better means nothing but your swords, you may set to without within reach: but the proofs of her innocence any further ceremony.
are lodged in our bosoms, and if we fall, you deStock. You will not find us backward in any stroy the evidence that most effectually can clear worthy cause; but, before we proceed any further, her fame. I would ask this young gentleman, whether he has Charles. How's that, sir? any explanation to require of Mr Belcour. Stock. This gentleman could best explain it to
Charles. Of Mr Belcour none; his actions speak you, but you have given bim an undeserved name for themselves : but to you, sir, I would fain pro-ihat seals his lips against you : I am not under pose one question.
the same inhibition ; and, if your anger can keep Stock, Name it.
cool for a few minutes, I desire I may call in two Charles. How is it, Mr Stockwell, that I meet a witnesses, who will solve all difficulties at once. man of your character on this ground?
Here, waiter ! bring those people in that are withStock. I will answer you directly, and my an- out. swer shall not displease you. I come hither in OʻFla. Out upon it, what need is there for so
much talking about the matter? can't you settle make part of our company. Come, major, do your differences first, and dispate about them a f-you consent ? terwards?
OFła. Most readily, Mr Stockwell; a quarrel
well made up, is better than a victory hardly FULMER and Mrs FULMER brought in. earned. Give me your hand, Belcour; o' my Charles. Fulmer and his wife in custody? conscience, you are too honest for the country
Stock. Yes, sir ; these are your honest landlord you live in. And now, my dear lad, since peace and landlady, now in custody for defrauding this is concluded on all sides, I have a discovery to gentleman of certain diamonds intended to have make to you, which you must find ont for yourbeen presented to your sister.—Be so good, Mrs self; for deuce take me if I rightly comprehend Pulmer, to inform the company why you so it, only that your aunt Rusport is in a conspiracy grossly scandalized the reputation of an innocent against you, and a vile rogue of a lawyer, whose lady, by persuading Mr Belcour, that Miss Dud name I forget, at the bottoin of it. ley was not the sister, but the mistress, of this Cha. What conspiracy? Dear znajor, recollect gentleman.
yourself. Mrs Ful. Sir, I don't know what right you O'Fla. By my soul, I've no faculty at recolI have to question me, and I shall not answer till lecting myself; but I've a paper somewhere about I see occasion.
me, that will tell you more of the inatter than I Stock. Had yon been as silent heretofore, ma When I get to the merchant's, I will en. dam, it would have saved you soine trouble ; but deavour to find it
. we don't want your confession. This letter, Charles. Well, it must be in your own way; but which you wrote to Mr Belcour, will explain your 1 confess you have thoroughly roused my curio. design; and these diamonds, which, of right, be sity.
[ Excunt. long to Miss Rusport, will confirm your guilt : the law, Mrs Fulmer, will make you speak, SCENE II.-STOCKWELL'S House, though I cann't. Constable, take charge of your Enter Captain Dudley, Louisa, and STUKELY. prisoners.
Ful. Hold a moment! Mr Stockwell, you are Dud. And are those wretches, Fulmer and his a gentleman that knows the world, and a mem wife, in safe custody? ber of parliament; we shall not attempt to im Siuke. They are in good hands; I accompapose upon you; we know we are open to the pied them to the tavern, where your son was to law, and we know the utmost it can do against be, and then went in search of ou. You may us. Mr Belcour has been ill used, to be sure, be sure Mr Stockwell will enforce the law against and so has Miss Dudley; and for my own part, them as far as it will go. I always condemned the plot, as a very foolish Dud. What mischief might their cursed maplot; but it was a child of Mrs Fulmer's brain, chinations have produced, but for this timely disand she would not be put out of conceit with it. covery!
Mrs Ful. You are a very foolish man, Mr Lou, Still I am terrified !I tremble with apFulmer ; so, pr’ythee, hold your tongue.
prehension lest Mr Belcour's impetuosity, and Ful. Therefore, as I was saying, if you send Charles's spirit, should not wait for an explanaher to Bridewell, it won't be amiss; and if you tion, but drive them both to extremos, before the give her a little wholesome discipline, she may be mistake can be unravelled. the better for that too: but for me, Mr Stock Stuke. Mr Stockwell is with them, madam, well, who am a man of letters, I must beseech and you have nothing to fear-you cannot sup you, sir, not to bring any disgrace upon my pro- pose he would ask you hither for any other purfession.
pose but to celebrate their reconciliation, and to Stock. 'Tis you, Mr Fulmer, not 1, that dis- receive Mr Belcour's atonement. grace your profession; therefore be gone, nor ex. Dud. No, no, Louisa. Mr Stockwell's honour pect that I will betray the interests of mankind and discretion guard us against all danger or ofso far as to shew favour to such incendiaries. fence-he well knows we will endure no imputaTake them away; I blush to think such wretches tion on the honour of our family, and he cershould have the power to set two honest men at tainly has invited 15 to receive satisfaction on variance.
[ Exeunt FULMER, &c. that score in an amicable way. Charles. Mr Belcour, we have mistaken each Lou. Would to Heaven they were returneu !
let us exchange forgiveness, I am con Stuke. You may expect them every minute; you
intended no affront to my sister, and and see, madam, agreeable to your wish, they ask your pardon for the expression I was betray. are here.
(Erit STUKE. ed into. Bel. 'Tis enough, sir; the error began on my
Enter CHARLES, and afterwards STOCKWELL) side, and was Miss Dudley here, I would be the
and O'FLAHIERTY first to atone.
Lou, O Charles ! O brother! how could you Stock. Let us all adjourn to my house, and serve me so? how could you tell me you fas goconclude the evening like friends: you will finding to Lady Rusport's, and then set out 'ith a little entertainment ready for you; and if I am design of fighting Mr Belcour? But where := '1.!? not mistaken, Miss Dudley and her father will / Where is your antagonist?
Stock. Captain, I am proud to see you; and demanded of you, but your more favourable opiyou, Miss Dudley, do me particular honour. We nion for the future, if you should chance to think have been adjusting, sir, a very extraordinary of me. Upon the part of virtue, I'm not emand dangerous mistake, which I take for granted, powered to speak; but if, hereafter, as you range my friend Stukely has explained to you. through life, you should surprise her in the per
Dud. He has. I have too good an opinion of son of some wretched female, poor as myself, Mr Belcour to believe he could be guilty of a and not so well protected, enforce not your addesigned affront to an innocent girl; and I ain vantage, complete not your licentious triumph, much too well acquainted with your character, to but raise her, rescue her from shame and sorrow, suppose you could abet him in such design ; I and reconcile her to herself again. have no doubt, therefore, all things will be set to Bel. I will, I will: by bearing your idea ever rights in very few words, when we have the plea- present in my thoughts, virtue shall keep an adsure of seeing Mr Belcour.
vocate within me. But tell me, loveliest, when Stock. He has only stept into the counting: you pardon the offence, can you, all perfect as house, and will wait upon you directly. You will you are, approve of the offender? As I now cease not be over strict, madam, in weighing Mr Bel- to view you in that false light I lately did, can cour's conduct to the minutest scruple. His man you,
and in the fulness of your bounty, will you, ners, passions, and opinions, are not, as yet, as cease also to reflect upon the libertine addresses şimilated to this climate; be comes amongst you I have paid you, and look upon me as your rea new character, an inhabitant of a new world; formed, your rational admirer? and both hospitality, as well as pity, recommend Lou. Are sudden reformations apt to last ? and him to our indulgence.
how can I be sure the first fair face you meet
will not ensnare affections so unsteady, and that Enter BELCOUR, who bows to Miss Dudley.
I shall not lose you lightly as I gained you? Bel. I am happy, and ashamed, to see you Bel. Because, though you conquered me by no man in his senses would offend you— 1 for- surprise, I have no inclination to rebel ; because, feited mine, and erred against the light of the sun, since the first moment that I saw you, every inwhen I overlooked your virtues—hut your beauty stant has improved you in my eyes; because, by was predominant, and hid them from my sight principle as well as passion, I am unalterably I now perceive I was the dupe of a most impro. yours: in short, there are ten thousand causes bable report, and humbly entreat your pardon. for my love to you :-would to Heaven I could
Lou. Think no more of it; 'twas a mistake. plant one in your soft bosom, that might move
Bel. My life has been composed of little else; you to return it ! 'twas founded in mystery, and has continued in Lou. Nay, Mr Belcourerror : I was once given to hope, Mr Stockwell, Bel. I know I am not worthy your regard. I that you was to have delivered me from these know I'm tainted with a thousand faults, sick of difficulties; but, either I do not deserve your a thousand follies ; but there's a healing virtue confidence, or 1 was deceived in my expecta- in your eyes that makes recovery certain. I cantions.
not be a villain in your arms. Stock. When this lady has confirmed your par Lou. That you can never be: whomever you don, I shall hold you deserving of my confi- shall honour with your choice, iny life upon't that dence.
woman will be happy: it is not from suspicion Lou. That was granted the moment it was that I hesitate, it is from honour : 'tis the seveasked.
rity of my condition : it is the world, that never Bel. To prove my title to his confidence, ho will interpret fairly in our case. pour me so far with yours, as to allow me a few Bel. Oh, what am I? and who in this wide minutes conversation in private with you. world concerns himself for such a nameless, such
She turns to her father. a friendless thing as I am ? I see, Miss Dudley, Dud. By all means, Louisa ; come, Mr Stock. I've not yet obtained your pardon. well, let us go into another room.
Lou. Nay, that you are in full possession of Cha. And now, Major O'Flaherty, I claim your Bel. Oh, seal it with your hand then, loveliest promise of a sight of the paper, that is to unra- of women; confirm it with your heart; make me vel this conspiracy of my aunt Rusport's: I think honourably happy, and crown your penitent, not I have waited with great patience.
with your pardon only, but your love. OʻFla. I have been endeavouring to call to Lou. My love! mind what it was I overheard I've got the pa Bel. By Heaven, my soul is conquered with per, and will give you the best account I can of your virtues, more than my eyes are ravished with the whole transaction.
(Ereunt. your beauty! Oh, may this soft, this sensitive Munent BeLcOUR and LOUISA.
alarm, be happy, be auspicious ! Doubt not, deli
berate not, delay not. If happiness be the end Bel. Miss Dudley, I have solicited this audi- of life, why do we slip a moment? ence, to repeat to you my penitence and confusion. How shall I atone? What reparation can
Enter OʻFLAHERTY, and afterwards DUDLEY, I make to you and virtue?
ind CHARLES, with STOCKWELL. Lou. To me there's nothing due, nor any thing O'Fla. Joy, joy, joy! Sing, dance, leap, laugh