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But. Why, who should step in, in the nick, there's Tommy Button, my uncle's own son, that but the very squire himself!
has an employment under the governmentSir Chr. I am afraid, Bill, your beauty is a Sir Chr. Ay, Billy, what is it? little bit of the jilt.
Bul. At this very time he is an exciseman at But. No, your worship, it is all along with her Wapping: and, besides, there is my cousin Paul mother ; cause her great aunt, by her father's Puff that kept the great pastry-cook's shop in side, was a clergyman's daughter, she is as prag- the Strand, now lives at Brentford, and is made matic and proud as the Pope ; so, forsooth, no- a justice of the peace. thing will please her for miss, but a bit of qua- be difficult yet to bring matters to bear.
Rac. As this is the case, I don't think it will lity biuding.
Rac. I knew the refusal could not come from Sir Chr. If Billy will but follow directions. the girl ; for, without a compliment, Billy there But. I hope you honour never found me deis no comparison between you and she-- why ficient. you are a pretty, slight, tight, light, nimble Sir Chr. We will instruct you farther within.
But. Yes-very nimble and slight, and we Major Racket your band. are both of a height-ha, ha, ha!
But. Let ine help you; folks may go farSir Chr. Why, love has made Billy a poet! ther and fare worse, as they say-why I have
But. No, no; quite an accident, as I hope to some thoughts, if I can call in my debts, to rebe kissed.
tire into the country and set up for a gentleman. Rac. And your rival is a fusty, foggy lumber Rac. Why not ! one meets with a great numing log.
ber of them, who were never bred to the buBut. For all the world like my goose: plaguy siness. hot and damned heavy, your honour!
But. I an't much of a mechanic at present; I Sir Chr. Why Billy blazes to-day?
does but just measure and cut. But. And though my purse mayhap, ben't so Rac. No! heavy as his'n, yet I contrive to pay every body But. I don't think that I have sat cross-legged their own.
for these six years. Rac. I dare say:
Rac. Indeed! But. Ay, and bave besides two houses in But. And who can tell, your honour, in a few Avon Street ; and, perhaps a bit or two of land years, if I behaves well, but like cousin Puff, I in a corner.
may get myself put in the commission. Sir Chr. O ! the curmudgeonly rogue !
Sir Chr. The worshipful William Button, But. And, moreover, if madam Linnet talks Esquire-It sounds well. I can tell you, Billy; of families, I would have her so to know, that I there have been magistrates inade of full
as bad have powerful relations as well as herself-materials as you.
how very widely they differ ! my nature is liberal
and frank, though I am but a little removed Enter MRS. LINNET and Miss.
from mediocrity; his heart, in the very bosonr Mrs. Lin. Yes, Kitty, it is in vain to deny it. of wealth, is shut to every social sensationI am convinced there is some little, low, paltry had the good luck to unlock. I hope you don't
Mrs. Lin. And yet, miss, this heart you hare passion, that lurks in your heart. Miss Lin. Indeed, my dear mother, you wrong urge his offers to you as a proof of his passion
for money? why you forget yourself, Kate ; who, Mrs. Lin. Indeed, my dear misss, but I don't; in the name of wonder, do you think you are ? what else could induce yon to reject the address- what because you have a baby face, aud can es of a lover like this? Ten thousand pounds a
bawl a few balladsyear! Gads my life! there is not a lady in town
Miss Lin. Nay, madam, you know I was would refuse liim, let her rank be ever so
never vain of my talents; if they can proMiss Lin. Not his fortune I firmly believe.
cure me a decent support, and in some meaMrs. Lin. Well; and who now-a-days, mar
sure repay my father and you for their kind culries any thing else? would you refuse an estate,
tivationbecause it happened to be a little encumbered?
Mrs. Lin. And how long are you sure your you must consider the man in this case as a kind talents as you call them, will serve you ? are a of mortgage.
set of features secure against time? won't a single Miss Lin, but the disproportion of years,
sore throat destroy the boasted power of your Mrs. Lin. In your favour, child ; the incum-pipe ? But suppose that should not fail, who can brance will be the sooner reinoved.
insure you against the whim of the public will Miss Lin. Then, any dear mother, our minds; they always continue their favour?
Miss Lin. Perhaps not.
indeed, some time ago, I was inclined to believe Mrs. Lin. What must become of you then? Mr. Button--now, by this means you are safe, above the reach Lady Cath. What, yon tailor in Stall-street? of ill-fortune. Besides, child, to put your own ah, Mrs. Linnet, you are aw out of in your guess; interest out of the question, have you no tender the lass is ow'r weel bred and ow'r saucy to gi feelings for us ? Consider, my love you don't her heart to sik a burgis at he. Willy Button! want for good nature ; your consent to this match nae, he is nae the lad awaw. will, in the worst of times, secure a firm and Mrs. Lin. Major Racket, I once thought able friend to the family.
but your ladyshiy knows his affairs took a differMiss Lin. You deceive yourself, indeed, my ent turn. dear mother ; he, a friend ! i dare believe the Lady Cath. Ah, Racket! that's another man's first proof you will find of his friendship, will be matter; lasses are apt enow to set their hearts his positive commands to break off all corres- upon scarlet ; a cockade has muckle charms wi pondence with every relation I have.
our sex: well, iniss, comes the wind fra that corner! Mrs. Lin. That's a likely story, indeed! Miss Lin. Does your ladyship think to dislike Well, child, I must set your father to work; 1 Mr. Flint, it is absolutely necessary to have a find what little weight my arguinents have. prepossession for somebody else?
(LADY CATHERINE COLDSTREAM without.] Lady Cath. Mrs Linnet an you will withIs Mrs. Linnet within ?
draw for a while, perhaps miss may throw off Mrs. Lin, Oh! here comes a protectress of her reserve, when there's nobody but curselves; yours, lady Catherine Coldstream ; submit the a mother, you ken weel, may prove ane ow'r matter to her ; she can have no views, is well money sometimes. read in the ways of the world, and has your in Mrs. Lin. Your ladyship is most exceedingly terest sincerely at heart.
kind—d'ye hear, Kitty, mind what her ladyship
says; do, my dear, and be ruled by your friends; Enter LADY CATHERINE COLDSTREAM. they are older and wiser than you. Erit.
Lady Cath. Well, iniss, what's the cause of Lady Cath. How is aw wi you, Mestress Lin- aw this ? what makes you so averse to the will net and Miss ? what a dykens is the matter wil of your friends? miss she seems got quite in the dumps. I Miss Lin. Your ladyship knows Mr. Flint ? thought you were aw ready to jump out of yoar Lady Cath. Ah, unco weel. skins at the bonny prospect afore you.
Miss Lin. Can your ladyship then be at a Mrs. Lin. Indeed, I wish your ladyship would loss for a cause. take Kitty to task, for what I can say signifies Lady Cath. I canna say Mr. Flint is quite an nothing.
Adonis ; but wha is there in matrimony gets aw Lady Cath. Ay, that's aw wrang ; what has they wish? When I intermarried with Sir Launbeen the matter, Miss Kitty? you keo well enow celot Coldstream, I was een sick a spree that children owe an implicit concession to their yoursel; and the baronet bordering upon his parents--it is na for bairns to litigate the will of grand climacteric; you mun ken, miss, my fatheir friends.
ther was so unsonsy as to gang out with Charley Mrs. Lin. Especially, my lady, in a case where in the forty-five, after which his fidelity was retheir own happiness is so nearly concerned ; warded in France by a commission, that did na there is no persuading hier to accept Mr. Flint's bring in a bawbee, and a pension, that he never offers.
was paid. Lady Cath. Gad's mercy, miss, how comes Aliss Lin. Infamous ingratitude ! aw this about? dinna you think you hae drawn Lady Calh. Ay, but I dinna think they will a braw ticket in the lottery of life? do na you find ony mare sic fools in the north. ken that the mon is the laird of aw the land in Miss Lin. I hope not. the country.
Lady Cath. After this, you canna think, Miss Lin. Your ladyship knows, madam, that there was mickle siller for we poor bairns that real happiness does not depend upon wealth. were left; so, that, in troth I was glad to get an
Lady Cath. Ah, miss, but it is a bonny in- establishment; and ne'er heeded the disparity gredient! don't you think, Mrs. Linnet, the lass between my guidman and mysel. has got some other lad in her head ?
Miss Lin. Your ladyship gave great proof of Mrs. Lin, Your ladyship joins in judgment your prudence; hut my affairs are not altogewith me; I have charged her, but she stoutly ther so desperate. denies it.
Lady Cath. Gad's mercy, miss ! I hope you Lady Cath. Miss, you munna be bashful ; an dinna make any comparison between Lady Cayou solicit a cure, your physician must ken the tharine Coldstream, wha has the best blood in cause of your malady.
Scotland that rins in her veins Miss Lin. Your ladyship may believe me, ma Miss Lin. I hope your ladyship does not supdam, I have no complaint of that kind. pose
Lady Cath. The lass is obstinate ; Mestress Lady Cath. A lady lineally descended from Linnet, cannot yoursel gi a guess?
the great Ossian himself, and allied to aw the Mrs. Lin. I can't say that I have observed lillustrious houses abroad and at home
Miss Lin. I beg, madam, your ladyship-deavour. Madam Linnet, I have made bold to
Lady Cath. And Kitty Linnet ! a little play bring you a presents a small paper of tea, in my actor, wha gets applauded, or hissed, just e’en as pocket-you will order the tea betele
con. Miss Lin. I am extremely concerned that Flint. I won't put you to any expence, Lady Cath. Look'e miss, I will cut matters
[Exit Mrs. LINNET. short: ken well enough, the first notice that Well, miss, I understand here by my lady, that, e'er I took of you, was in your acting in Allan that she, that is, that you, with respect and reRamsay's play of Patie and Roger ? ere sine Igard to the-ah, ah-won't you please to be hae heen your fast friend; but an you continue seated? obstinate, and will na succumb, I shall strait Miss Lin. Sir!--my lover seems as confused way withdraw my protection.
[dside. Miss Lin. I shall be extremely unhappy in Flint. I say, miss, that as I was saying, your losing her ladyship’s favour.
friends here have spoke to you all how and about Lady Cath. Miss, that depends entirely on it. yoursel.
Miss Lin. About it! about what ? Miss Lin. Well, madam, as a proof how Flint. About this bere business, that I come highly I rate it, and how desirous I am of obey- about? Pray miss, are you fond of the country? ing the commands of my parents, it shan't be my Miss Lin. Of the country? fault if their wishes are not accomplished. Flint. Ay; because why, I think it is the most
Lady Cath. That's aw right now, Kitty ; gi prettiest place for your true lovers to live inme a kiss, you are the prudent lass that I thought something so rural; for my part I cau't see what you. Love, miss, is a pastinse for boys and grown pleasure pretty misses can take in galloping to girls.: aw stuff fit for nathing but novels and ro-plays and to balls, and such expensive vagaries; mances ; there is nathing solid, na stability. there is ten times more pastime in fetching walks Miss Lin. Madam
in the fields, in plucking of dasies, Lady Cuth. But to fix your fortune at once, Miss Lin. Haymaking, feeding the poultry, to get ahove the power of the world ; that, child, and milking the cows? is a serious concern.
Flint. Right, miss. Mrs. Lin. (Without.] with your ladyship's Miss Lin. It must be owned they are pretty leave
employments for ladies. Lady Cath. You inay come in, Mrs. Lninet ; Flint. Yes, for my mother used to say, who, Enter MRS. LINNET.
between ourselves, was a notable housewife, your daughter is brought to a proper sense of her
Your folks that ai e idle, duty, and is ready to coincide with your wish.
May live to bite the bridle. Miss Lin. We are infinitely obliged to your ladyship ; this is lucky indeed ; Mr. Flint is now
Miss Lin. What a happiness to have been
bred under so prudent a parent! madam, below, and begs to be admitted. Lady Cath. Ah! the mon comes in the nick:
Flint. Ay, miss, you will have reason to say shew him iu, in the instant. (Erit. Mrs. Linnet.] so ; her maxims have put many a pound into my Now Kitty's your time ; dinna be shy, lass, but pocket.
Miss Lin. How does that concern me? throw out all your attractions, and fix him that he canna gang back.
Flint. Because why, as the saying is, Miss Lin. Madam, I hope to behave
Though I was the maker, Lady Cath. Gad's mercy how the girl trem
You may be the partaker. bles and quakes ! come, pluck up a heart, and consider your aw is at stake.
Miss Lin. Sir, you are very obliging. Miss Lin. I am afraid I shall be hardly able Flint. I can tell you, such offers are not every to say a single
day to be met with; only think, miss, to have Lady Cath. Suppose then, you sing; gi him a victuals and drink constantly found you, without sang; there is nothing moves a love-sick loon cost or care on your side ; especially, vow, meat mair than a sang--[Noise without.] I. hear the is so dear. lad on the stairs; but let the words be aw melt Miss Lin. Considerations by no means to be ing and saft—the Scotch tunes, you ken, are slighted. unco pathetic; sing him the Birks of Endermay, Flint. Moreover, that you may live, and apor the Braes of Ballendine, or the
like my wife, I fully intend to keep you
a coach, Enter FLINT and Mrs. LINNET.
Miss Lin. Indeed ! Maister Flint, your servant. There, sir, you ken Flint. Yes, and you shall command the horses the lass of your heart; I have laid for you a whenever you please, unless during the harvest, pretty solid foundation ; but as to the edifice, and when they are employed in ploughing and you must e'en erect it yoursel.
carting ; because the main chance must be [Exit Lady CATHERINE. minded, you know. Flint. Please your ladyship I will do my en Miss. Lin. True, true,
Flint. Though I don't think you will be Miss Lin. Oh, sir, you are very polite. vastly fond of coaching about ; for why, we are Flint. No, miss, it is not for that; but you off of the turnpike, and the roads are deadly must know that there is a large bow window fadeep about we.
cing the east, that does finely for drying of herbs, Miss Lin. What, you intend to reside in the it is hụng round with batchments of ali the folks country?
that have died in the family; and then the piPlint. Without doubt; for then, miss, I shall geon-house is over our heads. be sure to bave you all to myself.
Miss Lin. The pigeon-house ! Miss Lin. An affectionate motive but even Flint. Yes; and there every morning, we shall in this happy state, where the most perfect union be waked by day-break, with their murmuring, prevails, some solitary hours will intrude, and cooing, and courting, that will make it as fine as the time, now and then, hang heavy on our can be. hands.
Miss Lin. Ravishing ! Well, sir, it must be Flint. What, in the country, my dear miss ? confessed, you have given me a most bewitching not a minute-you will find all pastime and jol- picture of pastoral life ; your place is a pecfect lity there ; for what with minding the dairy, Arcadia—but I am afraid half the charms are dunning the tenants, preserving and pickling, derived from the painter's flattering pencil, nursing the children, scolding the servants, Flint Not heightened a bit, as yourself shall mending and making, roasting, boiling, and bak- be judge and then, as to the company, miss, ing, you won't have a moment to spare ! you you may have plenty of that when you will, for will be merry and happy as the days are long, we have as pretty a neighbourhood as a body
Miss Lin. I am afraid the days will be hardly can wish, long enough to execute so extensive a plan of Miss Lin. Really? enjoyment.
Flint. There is the widow Kilderkin, that Flint. Never you fear ! I am told, miss, that keeps the Adam and Eve at the end of the town, you write an exceeding good hand.
quite an agreeable body, indeed--the death of Miss Lin. Pretty well, I believe.
her husband has drove the poor woman to tipple Flint. Then, miss, there is more pleasure in a bit-Farmer Dobbins' daughters, and doctor store ; for you may employ any leisure time that Surplice, our Curate, and wife, a vast conversible you have in being my clerk, as a justice of peace woman, if she was not altogethor so deaf. shall share sixpence out of every warrant,
Miss Lin. A very sociable set !---why, sir, plato buy any little thing that you want. ced in paradise, there is nothing left you to
Miss Lin. That's finely imagined ! as your wish, enjoyments are chiefly domestic, I presume you Flint. Yes, miss but there is have contrived to make home as convenient as Miss Lin. Ay? what can that be? can be ; you have sir, good gardens, no doubt? Flint. The very same that our grandfather
Flint. Gardens ! ay, ay; why before the great had to have a beautiful Eve by my side-could parlour window there grows a couple of yews, I lead the lovely Linnet, nothing loath, to that as tall as a mast, and as thick as a steeple; and bowerthe boughs casts so delightful a shade, that you Miss Lin. Oh, excess of gallantry? can't see your hand in any part of the rooin. Flint. Would her sweet breath but deign to Miss Lin. A most delicate gloom !
kindle, and blow up my hopes ! Flint. And then there constantly roosts in Miss Lin. Oh, Mr. Flint ! I must not suffer the trees, a curious couple of owls, which I won't this, for your sake; a person of your importance suffer our folks to disturb as they make so rural and rankà noise in the night
Flint. A young miss of your great merit Miss Lin A most charming duet !
and beauty Flint. And besides, miss, they pay for their Miss Lín. A gentleman so accomplised and lodgings, as they are counted very good mousers,
Flint. Whose perfections are not only the Miss Lin. True, but within doors your man- talk of Bath, but of Bristol, and the whole counsion is capacious, and
Flint. Capacious ! yes, yes, capacious enough; Miss Lin. Oh, Mr. Flint, this is too you may stretch your legs without crossing the Flint. Her goodness, her grace, her duty, her threshold ; why we go up and down stairs into decency, her wisdom, her wit ; her shape, slimevery room of the house to be sure, at present, ness, and size, with her lovely black eyes; so it is a little out of repair ; not that it rains in, elegant, engaging, so modest, so prudent, so where the casements are whole, at above five or pious; and if I am rightly informed, possessed six places at present.
of a sweet pretty pipe. Miss Lin. Your prospects are pleasing? Miss Lin. This is such a profusion
Flint. From of the top of the leadș ; for why Flint Permit me, miss, to solicit a specimen I have boarded up most of the windows, in or- of your delicate talents. dor to save paying the tax ; but to my thinking, Miss Lin. Why, sir, as your extravagant comour bed-chamber, miss, is the most pleasantest pliments have left me nothing to say, I think the place in the house.
best thing I can do is to sing,
Lady Cath. Yes, yes, it is in very fine preser
vation. The smiling morn, the breathing spring, Flint. lo this here paper, there are two Invite the tuneful birds to sing :
mourning rings; that, which my aunt Bother'ein And, as they warble from each spray, left me, might serve very well, I should think, Love melts the universal luy, &c.
for the approaching happy occasion.
Lady Cath. How! a mourningFlint. Enchanting! ravishing sounds! not the Flint. Because why, the motto's so pat; nine Muses themselves, nor Mrs. Baddeley, is
• True till death shall stop my breath.' equal to you. 'Miss Lin. Oh, fie! Fiint. May I Hatter myself, that the words of rality, miss.
Lady Cath. Ay, ay, that contains mickle mothat song were directed to me?
Flint. And here is, fourthly, a silver coral and Miss Lin. Should I make such a confession, I bells, with only a bit broke off the coral when I should ill deserve the character you have been was cutting my grinders. This was given me by pleased to bestow.
my godfather Slingsby, and I hope will be in use Enter Lady CatherinĖ COLDSTREAM.
again before the year comes about.
Lady Cuth. Na doubt, na doubt; leave that Lady Cuth. Come, come, Maister Flint, I'll matter to us—I warrant we impede the Flint faset your heart at rest in an instant-you ken well mily from fawing into oblivion. enow, lasses are apt to be modest and shy; then Flint. I hope som I should be glad to have a take her answer fra me-prepare the minister, son of my own, if so be, but to leave him iny and aw the rest of the tackle, and you will find fortune; because why at present, there is no us ready to gang to the kirk.
mortal that I care a farthing about. Flint. Miss, may I rely on what her ladyship Lady Cath. Quite a philosopher!- ben dissays?
patch, master Flint, dispatch; for you ken, at Lady Cath. Gad's mercy! I think the man is your time of life, you hanna a moment to lose. bewitched? he wonna take a woman of quality's Flidt. True, true; your ladyship's entirely deword for sik a trifling thing as a wife !
voted-- Miss, I am your most affectionate slave. Flint. Your ladyship will impute it all to my
Erit. fears- -then I will strait set about getting the Lady Cath. A saucy lad, this Master Flint? needful.
you see, miss, he has a nieaning in aw that he Lady Cath. Gang your gait as fast as you does. list.
Miss Lin. Might I be permitted to alter your Flint. Lord bless us ! I had like to bave for ladyship’s words, I should rather say, meanness. got-I have, please your ladyship, put up here Lady Cath. It is na mickle matier what the in a purse, a few presents that, if miss would mou is at present; wi' a little management, you deign to accepta
may mold him into any form that you list. Lady Cath. Ah! that's right, quite in the Miss Lin. I am afraid he is not made of such order of things; as matters now stand, there is pliant materials; but, however, I have too far no harm in her accepting presents fra you mas- advanced to retire; the die is cast, I have no ter Flint; you may produce.
chance now, unless my Corydon, should happen Flint. Here is a Porto Bello pocket-piece of to alter his mind Admiral Vernon, with his image a one side, and Lady Cath. Na, miss; there is va danger ir six men of war, all in full sail, on the other that; you ken the treaty is concluded under my
Lady Cath. That's a curious medallion. mediation; an he should dare to draw back, lady
Flint. And here is half a crown of queen Catherine Coldstream would soon find means to Anne's, as fresh as when it came from the mint, punish his perfidy-Come away, iniss.
SCENE I.—Sir Christopher CRIPPLE, SOUB Rac. There is no danger of that I lodged
Crout, De JarseY, Major Racket, and hiin safely at Linnet's Button stands centry at Poultice, discovered sitting at table. the end of the street, so that we shall be instant
ly apprised of every motion he makes. Sir Chr. We must take care, that Flint does Poul. Well managed, my Major not surprise us, for the scoundrel is very suspi Sir Chr. Yes, yes; the cunning young dog cious,
knows very well what he is about,