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my uncle is a little unhappy in his manner; I suppose the reasun of this gentleman's visit but, I'll clear the matter in a moment-Miss to me?
[To HARRIET. llarriet, sir-your ward
Miss Har. Sir!
(Confused. Sir Cha. Get away, you puppy!
Heart. You may trust me, my dear. Don't Youny Cla. Miss Harriet, sir, your ward- be disturbed; I shall not reproach you with any a most accomplishsd young lady, to be sure- thing but keeping your wishes a secret from me
Sir Cha. Thou art a most accomplished cox- so long. cumb, to be sure!
Miss Har. Upon my word, sir,-Lucy! Heart. Pray, Sir Charles, let the young gen- Lucy. Well, and Lucy! I'll lay my life 'tis tleman speak.
a treaty of marriage! Is that such a dreadful Young Cla. You'll excuse me, Mr. Heartly, thing? Oh, tor shame, madam! Young ladies My uncle does not set up for an orator-little of fashion are pot frightened at such things, confused, or so, sir-You see me what I am- now-a days. But I ought to ask pardon for the young lady, Heart. [To Six Cha.]-We have gone too and myself.—We are young, sir-I must con- far, sir Charles. We must excuse her delicacy fess we were wrong to conceal it from you, and give her time to recover: I had better but my uncle, I see is pleased to be angry ; talk with her alonc ; we will leave her now. and, therefore, I shall say no more at pre- Be persuaded that no endeavours shall be
wanting on my part, to bring this affair to a Sir Cha. If you don't leave the room this mo- happy and speedy conclusion. ment, and stay in the garden till I call you Sir Cha. I shall be obliged to you, Mr.
Young Cla: I am sorry I have displeased you Heartly. Young lady, your servant. What -I did not think it was mal-a-propos ; but you grace and modesty! She is a most engaging must have your way, uncle-You command creature, and I shall be proud to make her one I submit-Mr. Heartly, yours.
of my family. [Exit Young Clackit. Heart. You do us honour, Sir Charles. Sir Cha. Puppy! (Aside.] My nephew's a
[Ereunt Sir CHARLES and Heart. little unthinking, Mr. Heartly, as you see; and, Lucy. Indeed, Miss Harriet, you are very therefore, I have been a little cautious how I particular; you was tired of the boardinghave proceeded in this affair : But, indeed, he school, and yet seem to have no inclination to has in a manner persuaded me, that your ward be married. What can be the meaning of all and he are not ill-together.
this ? that smirking old gentleman is uncle to Heart. Indeed ! this is the first notice I have Mr. Clackit; and, my life for it, he has made had of it, and I cannot conceive why Miss some proposals to your guardian. Harriet should conceal it from me ; for I have Miss Har. Pr’ythee, don't plague me about often assured her, that I would never oppose Mr. Clackit. ber inclination, though I might endeavour to Lucy. But why not, miss ? though he is a direct it.
little fantastical, loves to hear hinself talk, and Sir Cha. 'Tis human nature, neighbour. is somewhat self-sufficient; you must consider We are so ashamed of our first passion, that he is young, has been abroad, and keeps good we would willingly hide it froni ourselves company: the trade will soon be at an end, if But will you mention my nephew to her ? young ladies and gentlemen grow over nice and
Heart. I must beg your pardon, Sir Charles. exceptious. The name of the gentleman whom she chooses Miss Har. But if I can find one without these must first come from herself. My advice or faults, I may surely please myself. importunity shall never influence her ; If Lucy. Without these faults ! and is he young, guardians would be less rigorous, young people miss ? would be more reasonable; and I am so un- Miss Hur. He is sensible, modest, polite, affashionable to think, that happiness in marriage fable, and generous ; and charms from the nacant't be bought too dear-I am still on the tural impulses of his own heart, as much as wrong side of forty, Sir Charles.
others disgust by their senseless airs, and insoSir Cha. No, no ; you are right, neighbour.lent affectation. But here she is. Don't alarm her young hearl Lucy. Upon my word ! but why have you too much, I beg of you. Upon my word, she is kept this secret so long? your guardian is kind a sweet morsel!
to you beyond conception. What difficulties
can you have to overcome? Enter Miss HARRIET and Lucr.
Miss Har. Why, the difficulty of declaring
my sentiments. Miss Har. He is with company, I'll speak Lucy. Leave that to me, miss. But your to him anoiber time.
[Retiring. spark, with all his accomplishments, must have Lucy. Young, handsome, and afraid of being very little penetration, not to have discovered seen! You are very particular, iniss.
bis good fortune in your eyes. Heart. Miss Harriet you must not go.—[HAR- Aliss Har. I take care that my eyes don't tell RIET returns.)—Sir Charles, give me leave to too much; and he has too much delicacy to introduce you to this young lady. You know, I interpret looks to his advantage. Besides,
he would certainly disapprove my passion, Heart. And how long have you conceived and if I should ever make the declaration and this passion? meet with a denial, I should absolutely die with Miss Har. Ever since I left the country--to shame.
live with you.
(Sighs. Lucy. I'll insure your life for a silver thimble, Heart. I see your confusion, my dear, and will But what can possibly binder your coming to- relieve you from it immediately – I am ivformed gether?
of the wholeMiss Har. His excess of merit.
Miss Har. Sir! Lucy. His excess of a fiddlestick ! But come, Heart. Don't be uneasy; for I can with pleaI'll put you in the way: you shall trust me with sure assure you, that your passion is returned the secret; I'll intrust it again to half a dozen with equal tenderness. friends; they shall intrust it to half a dozen Miss Har. If you are not deceived, I canmore, by which means, it will travel half the not be more happy. town over in a week's time : the gentleman will Heart. I think I am not deceived. But, after certainly hear of it; and then, if he is not at the declaration you bare made, and the asyour feet in the fetching of a sigh, I'll give up surances which I have given you, why will all my perquisites at your wedding. What is you conceal it any longer : Have I not dehis name, miss ?
served a little more confidence from you? Miss Har. I cannot tell you his name-in- Miss Har. You have, indeed, deserved it, and deed I cannot ; I am afraid of being thought should certainly have it, were I not well assured too singular. But why should I be ashamed of that you would oppose my inclinations. my passion ? Is the impression, which a virtuous Heart. I oppose them! Am I, then, so uncharacter makes upon our hearts, such a weak- kind to you, my dear? Can you in the least ness, that it may not be excused?
doubt of my affection for you? I promise you Lucy. By my faith, miss, I can't understand that I have no will but yours. you: you are afraid of being thought singular, Miss Har. Since you desire it, then, I will and you really are so ; I would sooner renounce endeavour to explain myself. all the passions in the universe, than have one Heart. I am all attention-speak, my dear. in my bosom beating and fluttering itself to Miss Hur. And if I do, I feel I shall never be pieces. Come, come, miss, open the window, able to speak to you again. and let the poor devil out.
Heart. How can that be, when I shall agree
with you in every thing. Enter HEARTLY.
Miss Har. Indeed you won't : pray let me Heart. Leave us, Lucy.
retire to my own chamber--I am not well, sir. Lucy. There's something going forward : 'uis Heart. I see your delicacy is hurt, my dear : very hard I can't be of the party. [Erit Lucy. but let me entreat you once more to confide in
Heart. She certainly thinks, from the charac- me. Tell me bis name, and the next moment I ter of the young man, that I shall disapprove of will go to him, and assure him, that my consent ber choice.
[Aside. shall confirm both your happiness. Miss Har. What can I possibly say to him? Miss Hur. You will easily find him: And I am as much ashamed to make the declaration, when you have, pray tell him how improper it is as he would be to understand it. (Aside for a young woman to speak first : Persuade
Heart. Don't imagine, my dear, that I would him to spare my blushes, and to release ine know more of your thoughts than you desire I from so terrible a situation. I shall leave him
а should; but the tender care which I have ever with you—and hope that this declaration will shewn, and the sincere friendship which I shall make it impossible for you to mistake me any always have for you, give me a sort of right to longer. inquire into every thing that concerns you.
(HARRIET is going but, upon seeing Young Some friends have spoken to me in particular.
CLACKIT, remains upon the stage. But that is not all. I have lately found you
Heart. Are we not alone? What can this thoughtful, absent, and disturbed. Be plain mean?
Aside. with me. Has not somebody been happy
Young Cla. A-propos, faith! here they are enongh to please you.
together! Miss Har. I cannot deny it, sir : yes : some
Heart. I did not see him; but now the ridbody, indeed, has pleased me—but I must en- dle's explnined.
(Aside. treat you not to give credit to any idle stories,
Miss Har. What can he want now!-- This is or inquire farther into the particulars of my the most spiteful interruption ! inclination ; for I cannot possibly have resolu- Young Cla. By your leave, Mr. Heartlytion enough to say more to you.
[Crosses him to go to HARRIET.}-Have I Heurt. But have you made a choice, my caught you at last my divine Harriet ! Well, dear.
Mr. Heartly, sans façon-But what's the matMiss Hur. I have in my own mind, sir; and ter? ho! Things look a little gloomy here : ’lis imposible to make a better reason, ho- One mutters to himself, and gives me no tour, ci ery thing must approve it.
answer; and the other turns the head and
winks at me. How the devil am I to interpret | not. 'Tis delicate in you to be upon the reall this?
Miss Har. I wink at you, sir ! Did I, sir? Miss Har. Indeed, sir, this behaviour of yours
Young Cla. Yes, you, my angel-But mum- is most extraordinary ! Mr. Heartly, for Heaven's sake, what is all this? Young Cla. Come, come, my dear, don't carry Speak, I conjure you, is it life or death with this jest too far; é troppo troppo mia Carissima me?
---what the devil, when every thing is agreed Miss Har. What a dreadful situation I am upon, and uncles and guardians, and such folks, in !
have given their consent, wby continue the hypoYoung Cla. Hope for the best; I'll bring mat- crișy? ters about, I warrant you.
Miss Har. They may have consented for you; Heart. You have both of you great reason to but I am mistress of my affections, and will never be satisfied —Nothing shall oppose your hap- dispose of them by proxy. piness.
Young Cla. Upon my soul, this is very
droll! Young Cla. Bravo, Mr. Heartly!
what, has not your guardian been here this moHeart. Miss Harriet's will is á law to me; ment, and expressed all imaginable pleasure at and, for you, sir—the friendship which I have our intended union? ever professed for your uncle, is too sincere not Miss Hur. He is in an error, sir: and had I to exert some of it upon this occasion.
not been too much astonished at your behaviour, Miss Hur. I shall die with confusion ! I had undeceived him long before now. [ Aside. Young Cla. [Humming u tune.]
-But, pray, Young Cla. I am alive again. Dear Mr. miss, to return to business- -What can be Heartly, thou art a most adorable creature! your intention in raising all this confusion in the What a happiness it is to have to do with a family, and opposing your own inclinations? man of sense, who has no foolish prejudices, and Miss Har. Opposing my own inclinations, can see when a young fellow has something to- sir ! lerable about him!
Young Cla. Ay, opposing your own inclinaHeart. Sir, not to flatter you, I must declare, tions, madam. Do you know, child, if you car
I that it is from a knowledge of your friends and ry on this farce any longer, I shall begin to be a family, that I have hopes of seeing you and this little
? young lady happy.. I will go directly to your Miss Har. I would wish it, sir; for, be assuruncle, and assure him that every thing goes on toed, that I never in my life had the least thought our wishes.
[Going about you. Miss Har. Mr. Heartly-Pray, sir !
Young Cla. Words, words, wordsHeart. Poor Miss Harriet, I see your distress, Miss Har. 'Tis most sincerely and literally and am sorry for it; but it must be got over, and true. the sooner the better. Mr. Clackit, my dear, Young Cla. Come, come; I know what I will be glad of an opportunity to entertain you, knowfor the little time I shall be absent. Poor Miss Miss Har. Don't make yourself ridiculous, Mr. Harriet!
[Erit HEARTWELL. Young Cla. Don't make yourself miserable, Young Cla. Allez, allez, monsieur! I'll answer Miss Harriet. for that. Well, madam, I think every thing suc- Miss Har. I am only so when you persist to ceeds to our wishes. Be sincere, miy adorable! torment me. -Don't you think yourself a gery happy young Youny Cla. [Smiling.)–And you really belady?
lieve that you don't love me? Miss Har. I shall be most particularly obliged Miss Har. Positively not. to you, sir, if you would inform me what is the Young Clo. (Conceitedly.)- And you are very meaning of all this?
sure, now, that
hate me Young Cla. Inform you, miss! the matter, I Miss Har. Oh! most cordially. believe, is pretty clear: our friends have under- Young Cla. Poor young lady! I do pity you, standing we have affections and a mar- from my soul. riage follows, of course.
Miss Har. Then, why won't you
leave me? Miss Har. Marriage, sir! Pray, what relation, Young Cla.' She never told her love, or particular connection, is there between you But let concealment, like a worm i' th' bud and me, sir?
Feed on her damask cheek.' Young Cla. I may be deceived, faith; but, Take warning, miss, when you once begin to pine upon my honour, I always supposed, that there in thought, 'uis all over with you; and be assurwas a little smattering of inclination between ed, since you are obstinately bent to give your
self airs, that, if you once suffer me to leave this Miss Hur. And have you spoke to my guar-house in a pet do you mind me? not all your dian upon this supposition, sir? Young Cla. And are you angry at it? I be- sighing, whining, tits, vapours, and hysterics, shall
ever move me to take the least comp - sion on lieve not.-[Smiling.)-Come, come; I believe yor-Coute qui coute.
Enter HEARTLY and SIR CHARLES. girl, those coxcomical airs of yours would surSir Cha. I am overjoyed to hear it: There Young Cla. But as the young ladies are not they are, the pretty doves! That is the age, quite so squeamish as you, uncle, I fancy they neighbour Heartly, for happiness and pleasure! will choose me as I am. Ha, ha! But what
Heart. I am willing, you see, to lose no time; can the lady object to? I have offered to marwhich may convince you, Sir Charles, how proud ry her; is not that a proof sufficient that I like I am of this alliance in our families.
her? A young fellow must have some affection Sir Cha, The thought of it rejoices me!- that will go to such lengths to indulge it. Ha, Gad, I will send for the fiddles, and take a dance ha! myself, and a fig for the gout and rheumatism. Sir Cha. Why, really, friend Heartly, I don't --But hold, hold the lovers, methinks, see how a young man can well do more, or a laare a little out of humour with each other-dy desire more. What say you, neighbour? What is the matter, Jack? Not pouting, sure, Heart. Upon my word, I am puzzled about it. before your time?
My thoughts upon the matter are so various, and Young Cla. A trifle, sir- -the lady will tell so confused- -every thing I see and hear is so you
(Hums a tune. contradictory—is so-She certainly cannot like Heart. You seem to be troubled, Harriet? — any body else? What can this mean?
Young Cla. No, no; I'll answer for that. Miss Har. You have been in an error, sir, Heart. Or she may be fearful, then, that your about me.-I did not undeceive you, because I passion for her is not sincere; or, like other could not imagine that the consequences could young men of the times, you may grow careless have been so serious and so sudden :-But I am upon marriage, and neglect ber. now forced to tell you, that you have misunder- Young Cla. Ha! egad, you have hit it! nostood me that you have distressed me thing but a little natural delicate sensibility Heart, How, my dear?
(Hums a tune. Sir Cha. What do you say, miss?
Heart. If so, perhaps the violence of her reYoung Cla. Mademoiselle is pleased to be out proaches may proceed from the lukewarmness of of humour : but I can't blame her; for, upon your professions. my honour, I think a little coquettry becomes Young Cla. Je vous demunde pardon—I have her.
sworn to her a hundred and a hundred times, Sir Cha. Ay, ay, ay,,Oh, ho!-Is that all? that she should be the happiest of her sex. But These little squalls seldom overset the lover's there is nothing surprising in all this; it is the boat, but drive it faster to port-Ay, ay, ay!- misery of an overfond heart, to be always doubt
Heart. Don't be uneasy, my dear, that you ful of its happiness. have declared your passion.—Be consistent now, Heart. And if she marries thee, I fear that lest should be thought capricious.
she'll be kept in a state of doubt as long as she Young Cla. Talk to her a little, Mr. Heartly; lives.
[Half aside. she is a fine lady, and has many virtues; but she does not know the world.
Enter Lucy. Sir Char. Come, come; you must be friends Lucy. Pray, gentlemen, what is the matter again, my children.
among you? And which of you has affronted my Bliss Har. I beg you will let me alone, sir. mistress? She is in a most prodigious taking
Heart. For Heaven's sake, Miss Harriet, ex- yonder, and she vows to return into the country plain this riddle to me!
again-1 can get nothing but sighs from her. Miss Har. I cannot, sir-I have discovered Young Cla. Poor thing! the weakness of my heart, I have discovered Lucy. Poor thing! The devil take this love, it to you, sir.—But your unkind interpretations I say! - There's more rout about it than 'tis and reproachful looks convince me, that I have worth. already said but too much.- [Exit Harriet. Young Cla. I beg your pardon for that, Mrs.
[HEARTLY muses. Abigail. Sir Cha. Well, but harky'e, nephew—This is Heart. I must inquire farther into this; her going a little too far. What have you done to behaviour is too particular for me not to be disher?
turbed at it. Heart. I never saw her so much moved be
Lucy. She desires, with the leave of these fore!
gentlemen, that, when she has recovered herYoung Cla. Upon my soul, gentlemen, I am self, she may talk with you alone, sir. as much surprised at it as you can be :
[To HEARTWELA The little brouillerie between us, arose upon her Heart. I shall with pleasure attend her. persisting that there was no passion, no penchant
[Erit Lucy. between us.
Young Cla. [Sings.) Divin Bacchus, 8c. La, Sir Cha. I'll tell you what, Jack- -there
la, la ! is a certain kind of impudence about you, that I do not approve of; and, were I a young Sir Cha. I would give, old as I am, a leg or an
arm, to be beloved by that sweet creature as you yourself at her feet, and swear how much her are, Jack !
beauty and virtue have captivated you, and don't Young Cla. And throw your gout and rheu- let her go till you have set her dear httle heart at matism into the bargain, uncle! Ha, ha ! [Sinys. rest. Divin Bacchus, 8c. La, la, la, &c.
Young Cla. I must desire to be excused.Would
you have me say the same thing over and Sir Cha. What the plague are you quavering over again ? I can't do it, positively. It is my at! Thou hast no more feeling for thy happiness turn to be piqued, now. than my stick, here.
Sir Cha. Damn your conceit, Jack! I can Young Cla. I beg your pardon for that, my bear it no louger. dear uncle.
Heart. I am very sorry to find that any young ['Takes out a pocket looking-glass. lady, so near and dear to me, should bestow her Sir Cha. I wonder what the devil is come to heart where there is so little prospect of its bethe young fellows of this age, neighbour Heartly? ing valued as it ought. However, I shall not opWhy, a fine woman has no effect upon them- pose my authority to her inclinations; and so Is there no method to make them less fond of Who waits there? theinselves, and more mindful of the ladies? Heart. I know but of one, Sir Charles.
Enter Servant. Sir Cha. Ay; what's that?
Let the young lady know that I shall attend her Heart. Why, to break all the looking-glasses commands in the library.—Erit Servant.}in the kingdom.
Will you excuse me, gentlemen ? (Pointing to Young Clackit. Sir Cha. Ay, ay; we'll leave you to your Sir Cha. Ay, ay; they are such fops, so taken selves; and pray convince her, that I and my up with themselves ! Zounds, when I was young, nephew are, most sincerely, her very humble serand in love--
Young Cla. You were a prodigious fine sight, Young Cla. O yes; you may depend upon to be sure !
Heart. Look ye, Mr. Clackit, if Miss Harriet's Heart. A very slender dependence, truly! affections declare for you, she must not be treat
[Aside. 'Erit. ed with neglect or disdain-Nor could I bear it, Young Cla. We'll be with you again, to know sir. Any man must be proud of her partiality to what your téte-a-tête produces; and, in the mean him; and he must be fashionably insensible, in- time, I am hers and yours adieu-Come, deed, who would not make it his darling care to uncle. Fal, lal, la, la ! defend, from every inquietude, the most delicate Sir Cha. I could knock him down with pleaand tender of her sex.
Aside. Sir Cha. Most nobly and warmly said, Mr.
[Ereunt. Heartly! Go to her, nephew, directly. Throw
SCENE I.--A Library.
I left you so abruptly without making an apo
logy? Enter HEARTLY, speaking to a Servant. Heart. I am angry that you think an apology Heart. Tell Miss Ilarriet that I am here, If necessary. The matter we were upon was of she is indisposed, I will wait upon her in her own such a delicate nature, that I was more pleased room. [Erit Servant.] However mysterious her with your confusion, than I should have been conduct appears to me, yet still it is to be decy with your excuses. -You'll pardon me, my phered. This young gentleman has certainly dear. touched her. There are some objections to him, Miss Har. I have reflected, that the person for and among so many young men of fashion that whom I have conceived the most tender regard, fall in her way, she certainly might have made may, from the wisest motives, doubt of my pasa better choice. She has an understanding to sion; and, therefore, I would endeavour to anbe sensible of this: and, if I am not mistaken, swer all his objections, and convince him how it is a struggle between her reason and her pas- deserving he is of my highest esteem. sion, that occasions all this confusion. But here Heart. I have not yet apprehended what kind she is.
of dispute could arise between you and Mr.
Clackit : I would advise you both to come to a Enter Miss HARRIET.
reconciliation as soon as possible. The law of Aliss Har. I hope you are not angry, sir, that nature is an imperious one, and cannot, like