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balls, routs, and ridottos, I have pursued you like Miss Gran. The place is too public. your shadow; I have besieged your door for a Young Wild. In short, madam, after having glimpse of your exit and entrance, like a distress gathered as many laurels abroad as would gared creditor, who has no arms against privilege but nish a Gothic cathedral at Christmas, I returned perseverance.
to reap the harvest of the well-fought ficld. Here Pap. So, now he is in for it; stop him who it was my good fortune to encounter you; then
was the victor vanquished; what the enemy could Young Wild. In short, madam, ever since I never accomplish, your eyes in an instant atquitted America, which I take now to be about chieved; prouder to serve here than command in a year, I have as faithfully guarded the live-long chief elsewhere; and more glorious in wearing night your ladyship's portal, as a centinel the your chains, than in triumphing over the vanpowder magazine in a fortified town.
quished world! Pap. Quitted America! well pulled.
Miss Gran. I have got here a most heroical Miss Grun. You have served in America, lover : But I see Sir James Elliot coming, and then?
must dismiss him.-[Aside.)-Well, sir, I acYoung Wild. Full four years, madam: and cept the tendre of your passion, and may find during that whole time, not a single action of time to renew our acquaintance; at present it consequence, but I had an opportunity to signa- ) is necessary we should separate. lize myself; and I think I may, without vanity Young Wild. “Slave to your will, I live but to affirm, I did not miss the occasion. You have obey you.' But may I be indulged with the know. heard of Quebec, I presume?
ledge of your residence? Pap. What the deuce is he driving at now? Miss Gran. Sir?
Young Wild. The project to surprise that Yonny Wild. Your place of abude. place was thought an happy expedient, and the, Miss Gran. Oh, sir, you can't want to be acfirs' mounting the breach, a gallant exploit.- quainted with that; you have a whole year stood There, indeed, the whole army did me justice. centinel at my ladyship's portal!
Miss Gran. I have heard the honour of that Young Wild. Madam, 1-1-I-conquest attributed to another name,
Miss Gran. Oh, sir, your servant. Ha, ha, ha! Young Wild. The mere taking the town, ma- What, you are caught? ha, ha, ha! Well, he has dam. But that's a trifle: Sieges now-a-days are a most intrepid assurance. Adieu, my Mars.reduced to certainties; it is amazing how mi- Ha, ha, ha!
[Erit Miss Grax. nutely exact we, who know the business, are at Pap. That last was an unlucky question, sir. calculation. For instance now, we will suppose Young Wild. A little mal-a-propos, I must the commander in chief, addressing himself to confess. me, was to say, 'Colonel, I want to reduce that Pap. A man should have a good memory who fortress; what will be the expence?'-'Why, deals much in this poetical prose. please your highness, the reduction of that for- Young Wild. Poh! I'll soon re-establish my tress will cost you one thousand and two lives, credit. But I must know who this girl is. Hark sixty-nine leys, ditto arms, fourscore fractures, ye, Papillion, could not you contrive to pump with about twenty dozen of flesh wounds.' out of her footman-I see there he stands—thie
Miss Gran. And you should be near the name of his mistress? mark?
Pap. I will try.
[Erit. Young Wild. To an odd joint, inadam. But, [WILDING retires to the back of the stage. madam, it is not to the French alone that my feats are confined : Cherokees, Catabaws, with all the Awes and Eees of the continent, have felt
Enter Sir JAMES Elliot, and Servunt. the force of my arins.
Sir James. Music and an eutertainment ? Pap. This is too much, sir!
Ser. Yes, sir. Young Wild. Hands off !-Nor am I less adroit Sir James. Last night, upon the water? at a treaty, madam, than terrible in battle. To Ser. Upon the water, last night. me we owe the friendship of the Five Nations ; Sir James. Who gave it? and I had the first honour of smoking the pipe Ser. That, sir, I can't say. of peace with the Little Carpenter. Miss (iran. And so young!
To them WILDING. Young Wild. This gentleman, though a Frenchman, and an enemy, I had the fortune to deliver Young Il'ild. Sir James Elliot, your most defrom the Mobawks, whose prisoner he had been voted. for nine years. He gives a most entertaining ac- Sir James. Ah, my dear Wilding? you are welcount of their laws and customs : he shall present you with the wam pum belt and a scalping Young Wild. You will pardon my impatience; knite. Will you permit hin, madam, just to I interrupted you; you seeined upon an intergive you a taste of the military dance, with a esting subject? short specimen of their war-wloop?
Sir James. Oh, an affair of gallantry. Pap. For Heaven's sake!
Young H'ild. Of what kind?
come to town.
Sir James. A young lady regaled last night by gave a pause, and an opportunity for an elegant her lover on the Thaines.
dessert in Dresden China, by Robinson. Here Young Wild. As how?
the repast closed with a few favourite airs from Sir James. A band of music in boats. Eliza, Tenducci, and the Mattei. Young Wild. Were they good performers? Pap. Mercy on us !
Sir James. The best. "Then conducted to Young Mild. Opposite Lambeth, I had preMarblehall, where she found a magnificent col- pared a naval engagement, in which Boscawen's lation.
victory over the French was repeated : the action Young Wild. Well ordered?
was conducted by one of the commanders on Sir James. With elegance. After supper a that expedition, and not a single incident omitball; and, to conclude the night, a firework. ted.
Young Wild. Was the last well designed ? Sir James. Surely you exaggerate a little ! Sir James. Superb.
Pap. Yes, yes, this battle will sink him. Young Wild. And happily executed ?
Young Wild. True to the letter, upon my hoSir James. Not a single faux pas.
nour! I shan't trouble you with a repetition of Young Wild. And you don't know who gave our collation, ball, feu d'artifice, with the thouit?
sand little incidental amusements that chance o Sir James. I can't even guess.
design produced: it is enough to know, that all Young Wild. Ha, ha, ha!
that could Aatter the senses, fire the imagination, Sir James. Why do you laugh?
or gratify the expectation, was there produced in Young Wild. Ha, ha, ha! It was me. a lavish abundance. Sir Jumes. You !
Sir James. The sacrifice was, I presume, gratePap. You, sir!
fui to your deity? Young Wild. Moi-me.
Young Wild. Upon that subject you must parPap. So, so, so; he's entered again.
don my silence. Sir James. Why, you are fortunate to find a Pap. Modest creature! mistress in so short a space of time.
Sir Jumes. I wish you joy of your successYoung Wild. Short! why, man, I have been For the present you will excuse me. in London these six weeks.
Young Wild. Nay, but stay, and hear the conPap. O Lord, O Lord !
clusion, Young Wild. It is true, not caring to encoun- Sir James. For that I shall seize another occater my father, I have rarely ventured out but at sion.
[Erit Sir James. nights.
Pap. Nobly performed, sir! Pap. I can hold no longer! Dear sir
Young Wild. Yes; I think happily hit off. Young Wild. Peace, puppy!
Pap. May I take the liberty to offer one ques. Pap. A curb to your poetical vein!
tion. Young Wild. I shall curb your impertinence Young Wild. Freely.
-But since the story is got abroad, I will, my Pap. Pray, sir, are you often visited with these dear friend, treat you with all the particulars. wakiog dreanis?
Sir Jumes. I shall hear it with pleasure- Young Wild. Dreams! wliat dust mean by This is a lucky adventure : but he must not know dreams! be is my rival.
Pap. Those ornamental reveries, those frolics Young Wild. Why, sir, between six and seven of fancy, which, in the judgment of the vulgar, my goddess einbarked at Somerset-stairs, in one would be deemed absolute Hams. of the company's barges, gilt and bung with da- Young Wild. Why, Papillion, you have but & mask, expressly for the occasion.
poor, narrow, circumscribed genius! Pup. Mercy on us !
Pap. I must own, sir, I have not subliinity sufYoung Wild. At the cabin-door she was ac- ficient to relish the full fire of your Pindaric costed by a beautiful boy, who, in the garb of nuse. a Cupid, paid her sonic complinents in verse of Young Wild. No; a plebeian soul! But I my own composing. The conceits were pretty; will animate thy clay: mark my example, follow allusions to Venus and the sca—the lady and the my steps, and, in time, thou may'st rival thy Thames-no great matter ; but, however, well master. timed, and, what was better, well taken.
Pap. Never, never, sir; I have not the talents Sir James. Doubtless.
to fight battles without blows, and give feasts Pup. At what a rate le runs!
that don't cost me a farthing-Besides, sir, to Young Wild. As soon as we had gained the what purpose are all these embellishments:centre of the river, two boats, full of trumpets, Why tell the lady you had been in London a French-horns, and other martial music, struck up year? their sprightly strains from the Surry side, which Young Wild. The better to plead the length, were echoed by a suitable number of lutes, flutes, and consequently the strength, of iny passion. and hautboys, from the opposite shore. In this Pap. But why, sir, a soldier? state, the oars keeping time, we majestically Young Wild. How little thou knowest of the sailed along, till the arches of the New Bridge sex! What, I suppose, thou would'st have me attack them in mood and figure, by a pedantic | dou Gazette, than by all the sighing, dying, crying classical quotation, or a pompous parade of jar- crotchets, that the whole race of rhymers have gon from the schools? What, dost think that ever produced. women are to be got like degrees ?
Pup. Very.well, sir, this is all very lively; but Pap. Nay, sir
remember the travelling pitcher; if you don't Young Wild. No, no; the scavoir vivre is the oue time or other, under favour, lie yourself into science for them ! the man of war is their man : some confounded scrape, I will be content to be they must be taken like towns, by lines of ap- hanged. proach, counterscarps, angles,trenches, coehorns, Young Wild. Do you think so, Papillion? and covert-ways; then enter sword-in-hand, pell And whenever that bappens, if I don't lie myself mell! Oh, how they melt at the Gothic names of out of it again, why, then, I will be content to be General Swapinback, Count Rousomousky, crucified. And so, along after the lady—[Stops Prince Montecuculli
, and Marshal Fustenburg ! short, going out.}-Zounds, here comes my faMen may say what they will of their Ovid, their ther! I must Oy. Watch bim, Papillion, and Petrarch, and their Waller; but I'll undertake to bring me word to Cardigan. do more business by the single aid of the Lon
SCENE I.-A room in a tavern.
Pap. No injury to ruin her fame!
Young Wild. I will restore it to ber again. Young Wilding and PAPILLION rising from
Pap. How? table.
Young Wild. Turn tinker, and mend it my
self. Young Wild. Gad, I had like to have run into
Pap. Which way? the old gentleman's mouth.
Young Wild. The old way: solder it by marPap. It is pretty near the same thing: for Iriage: that, you know, is the modern salve for saw him join Sir James Elliot: so your arrival is every sore. no longer a secret. Young Wild. Why, then, I must lose my plea
Enter Waiter. sure, and you your preferment: I must submit to the dull decency of a sober family, and you to
Wait. An elderly gentleman to enquire for Mr. the customary duties of brushing and powdering. Wilding. But I was so fluttered at meeting my father, that
Young Wild. For me! What sort of a being I forgot the fair; pr’ythee, who is she?
is it? Pap. There were too.
Wait. Being, sir? Young Wild. That I saw.
Young Wild. Ay; how is he dressed ? Pap. From her footman I learnt her name was
Wait. In a tie wig, and snuff-coloured coat. Godfrey.
Pap. Zooks, sir, it is your father! Young Wild. And her fortune?
Young Wild. Show him up. [Erit Waiter. Pap. Immense.
Pap. And what must I do? Young Wild, single, I hope?
Young Wild. Recover your broken English, Pap. Certainly.
but preserve your rank: I have a reason for it. Young Wild. Then will I have her. Pap. What, whether she will or no?
Enter OLD WILDING. Young Wild. Yes.
Old Wild. Your servant, sir : you are welcome Pap. How will you manage that? Young Wild. By inaking it impossible for her
Young Wild. You have just prevented me, sir: to inarry any one else. Pup. I don't understand you, sir.
I was preparing to pay my duty to you. Young Wild. Oh, I shall only have recourse to I think, have sooner discharged it.
Old Wild. If you thought it a duty, you should, that talent you so mightily admire. You will see,
Young Wild. Sir! by the circulation of a few anecdotes, how soon I will get rid of my rivals.
Old Wild. Was it quite so decent, Jack, to be
six weeks in town, and conceal yourself only from Pap. At the expense of the lady's reputation, me? perhaps? Young Wild. That will be as it happens.
Young Wild. Six weeks! I have scarce been
six hours. Pap. And have you no qualms, sir? Young Wild. Why, where's the injury?
Old Wild. Come, come; I am better informed..
Young Wild. Indeed, sir, you are imposed | stood in his own country, that, at the last llereupon. This gentleman (whom, first, give me the ford assize, a cause, as clear as the sun, was ableave, to have the honour of introducing to you), solutely thrown away by his being merely menthis, sir, is the Marquis de Chateau Brilliant, of tioned as a witness. an ancient house in Brittany; who, travelling Old Wild. A strange turn! through England, chose to makeOxford for some Young Wild. Unaccountable. But there, I riine the place of his residence, where I had the think, they went a little too far; for, if it had happiness of his acquaintance.
come to an oath, I don't think he would have Old Wild. Does he speak English?
bounced, neither; but, in common occurrences, Young Wild. Not fluently; but understands it there is no repeating after him. Indeed, my perfectly.
great reason for dropping him, was, that my crew Pap. Pray, sir
dit began to be a little suspected, too. Old Wild. Any services, sir, that I can render Pap. Poor gentleman ! you bere, you may readily command.
Old Wild. Why, I never heard this of him. Pap. Beaucoup d'honneur.
Young Wild. That may be; but can there be Young Wild. "This gentleman, I say, sir, whose a stronger proof of his practice, than the flam he quality and country are sufficient securities for has been telling you of fire-works, and the Lord his veracity, will assure you, that yesterday we know's-what! And, I dare swear, sir, he was very left Oxford together.
fluent and florid in his description. Old Wild. Indeed!
Old Wild. Extremely. Pap. C'est vrai.
Young Wild. Yes, that is just his way; and Old Wild. This is amazing! I was at the same not a syllable of truth from the beginning to the time informed of another circumstance, too, ending, marquis ! that, I confess, made me a little uneasy, as it Pap. Oh, dat is all a fiction, upon mine h interfered with a favourite scheme of my own.
Young Wild. What could that be, pray, sir? Young Wild. You see, sirOld Wild. That you had conceived a violent Old Wild. Clearly. I really can't help pityaffection for a a fair lady.
ing the poor man. I have heard of people, who, : Young Wild. Sir!
by long habit, become a kind of constitutional Old Wild. And had given her very gallant and liars. very expensive proofs of your passion.
Young Wild. Your observation is just; that is Young Wild. Me, sir !
exactly his case. Old Wild. Particularly last night; music, col- Pap. I'm sure it's yours.
[Aside. lations, balls, and fire-works.
Old Wild. Well, sir, I suppose we shall see Young Wild. Monsieur le Marquis ! and pray, you this evening? sir, who could tell you all this?
Young Wild. The Marquis has an appointOld Wild. An old friend of yours.
ment with some of his countrymen, which I have Young Wild. His name, if you please? promised to attend : besides, .sir, as he is an Old. Wild, Sir James Elliot.
entire stranger in town, he may want my little Young Wild. Yes; I thought he was the man. services. Old Wild. Your reason?
Old Wild. Where can I see you in about an Young Wild. Why, sir, though Sir James El- hour? I have a short visit to make, in which you liot has a great many good qualities, and is, upon are deeply concerned. the whole, a valuable man, yet he has one fault Young Wild. I shall attend your commands; which has long determined me to drop his ac- but where? quaintance.
Old Wild, Why, here. Marquis, I am your Old Wild. What may that be?
obedient servant. Young Wild. Why, you can't, sir, be a stran- Pap. Votre serviteur tres humble. ger to his prodigious skill in the traveller's ta
[Erit Old Wild. lent?
Young Wild. So, Papillion, that difficulty is Old Wild. How?
dispatched. I think I'am even with Sir James Young Wild. Oh, notorious to a proverb! His for his tattling. friends, who are tender of his fame, gloss over Pap. Most ingeniously managed ! but are not his foible, by calling him an agreeable novelist; you afraid of the consequence ? and so he is with a vengeance. Why, he will Young Wild. I don't comprehend you. tell ye more lies in an hour, than all the circu- Pap. A future explanation between the parlating libraries, put together, will publish in a ties. year.
Young Wild. That may embarrass : but the Old Wild. Indeed !
day is distant. I warrant I will bring myself Young Wild. Oh, he is the modern Mandeville off. at Oxford: he was always distinguished by the Pap. It is in vain for me to advise. facetious appellation of the Bouncer.
Young Wild. Why, to say truth, I do begin to Old Wild. Amazing!
my system attended with danger. Give me Young Wild. Lord, sir, he is so well under- your hand, Papillion—I will reform.
Pap. Ah, sir !
in the bank, some on this loan, some on the Young Wild. I positively, will. Why, this other! so that if one fund fails, I have a sure practice may, in time, destroy tay credit. resource in the rest.
Pap. That is pretty well done already. [Aside.] Miss God. Very true. Ay, think of that, sir.
Miss Gran. Well, my dear, just so I manage Young Wild. Well, if I don't turn out the my love-affairs: If I should not like this manmerest dull matter-of-fact fellow-But, Papil- if he should not like me if we should quarrel liou, I must scribble a billet to my new fame. I-if, if-orin short, if any of the its should hapthink her name is
pen, which you know break engagements every Pap. Godfrey; her father, an India governor, lay, why, by this means •I shall he never at a shut up in the strong room at Calcutta, left her loss. all his wealth : she lives near Miss Granthamn, by Bliss God. Quite provident! Well, and pray Grosvenor-square.
on how many different securities bave you at Young Wild. A governor ! O ho! Bushels of present placed out your love? rupees, and pecks of pagodas, I reckon. Well, J. Miss Grun. Three: The sober Sir James Ellong to be rummaging. But the old gentleman liot; the new America-man; and this morning I will soon return: I will hasten to finish my letter. expect a formal proposal from an old friend of But, Papillion, what could my father incan by a
my father. visit, in which I am deeply concerned.
Miss God. Mr. Wilding? Pap. I can't guess.
Miss Gran. Yes; but I don't reckon much Young Wild. I shall know presently. To Miss upon him: for you know, my dear, what can I Godfrey, formerly of Calcutta, now residing in do with an aukward, raw, college cub! Though, Grosvenor-square. Papillion, I won't tell her a upon second thoughts, that mayn't be too bad word of a lie.
neither; for as I must have the fashioning Pap. You won'ı, sir.
of liim, he may be easily moulded to one's Young Wild. No; it would be ungenerous to mind. deceive a lady. No; I will be open, candid, and sincerc.
Enter a Servant. - Pap. And if you are,
it will be the first time.
Ser. Mr. Wilding, madam.
Miss Gran. Show hiin in. (Exit Servant.You need not go, my dear: we have no particu
lar business. SCENE II.- Ar Apartment in Miss GRANT
Miss God, I wonder, now, what she calls parII A AL's House.
Enter Miss GRANTIAM and Miss GODFREY.
Enter OLD WILDING. Miss God. And you really like this gallant Old Wild. Ladies, your servant. I wait upon spark?
you, madam, with a request from my son, that Miss Gran. Prodigiously! Oh, I am quite in he may be permitted the honour of kissing your love with his assurance ! I wonder who he is : hand. he can't have been long in town: a young fellow Miss Gran. Your son is in town, then? of his easy impudence must have soon made his Old Wild. He came last night, madam; and way into the best of company.
though but just from the university, I think I Miss God. By way of amusement, he may may venture to affirm with as little the air of a prove no disagreeable. acquaintance; but you pedant ascan't, surely, bave any scrious designs upon Miss Gran. I don't, Mr. Wilding, question the him?
accomplishments of your son; and shall own too, Miss Gran. Indeed, but I have.
that his being descended from the old friend Miss God. And poor Sir James Elliot is to be of my father is to me the strongest recommendadiscarded at once?
tion. Miss Gran. Oh, no!
Old Wild. You honour me, madam. Miss God. What is your intention in regard to Miss Gran. But, sir, I have something to him?
Miss Gran. Hey? I can't tell you. Perhaps, Old Wild. Pray, madam, speak out; it is imif I don't like this new man better, 1 may marry possible to be too explicit on these important him.
occasions. Miss God. Thou art a strange, giddy girl. Miss Gran. Why then, sir, to a man of your
Miss Gran. Quite the reverse ; a perfect pat- wisdom and experience, I need not obserre, ihat tern of prudence; why, would you have me less the loss of a parent to counsel and direct at this careful of my person, than my purse?
solemn crisis, has made a greater degree of perMiss God. My dear?
soval prudence necessary in me. Miss Gran. Why, I say, child, my fortune be- Old Wild. Perfectly right, madam! ing ir. money, I have some in India-bonds, some Miss Gran. We live, sir, in a very censorioas