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Asrs. Har. I break your heart, sir?

Mrs. Har. Must it?-to be sure it must! Cle. Yes, cruel fair—you-you have andone Cle. And may I hope some interest in your

heart? Mrs. Har. You amaze me, sir! pray, how can Mrs. Har. My heart, sir ! I

Cle. While it is divided, while another has Cle. And you can seem unconscious of the possession of but part of itmischief you hare made

Mrs. Har. I don't understand him !Why, it Mrs. Har. Pray unriddle, sir

has been given away long ago. Cle. Madain, your sister has told me all Cle. I pray you do not tyrannize me thus with

Mrs. Har. Ha, ha! what has she told you, alternate doubts and fears—if you will but bless sir?

me with the least kind returnCle. It may be sport to you—but, to me, 'tis Mrs. Har. Kind return! what, would you dcath

have me fall in love with you? Mrs. Har. What is death?

Cle. It will be generous to him, who adores Clc. The gentleman from India, madam-Iyou. have heard it all-you can give bim the prefer Mrs. Har. Adores me! ence-you can blast my hopes--my fond Cie. Even to idolatory. delighted hopes, which you yourself have che Mirs. Hur. What can he mean? I thought my rished,

sister was the object of your adoration. Mrs. Har. The gentleman is a very good sort Cle. Your sister, madam! I shall ever respect of man.

her as my friend on this occasion; but love-no Cle. Oh! she loves him, I sce-{Aside.] -no-she is no object for thatMadam, I perceive my doom is fixed, and fixed Mrs. Har. No! by you

Cle. She may have been handsome in her Mrs. Har. How have I fixed your doom?- time, but that has been all over long ago, if I speak favourable of Captain Cape, he de Mrs. Har. Well ! this is charming! I wish serves it, sir.

she beard him now, with her new-fangled airs, Cle. Oh! heavens! I cannot bear this [Aside.] But let me understand you, sir ; adore

[Aside. I me! Mrs. Har. I believe there is nobody that Cle. You, you! and only you ! by Ibis fair knows the gentleman, but will give him his due band

[Kisses it. praise

Mrs. Har. Hold, hold! this is going too far; Cle. Love, love, love!

(Aside. ! but pray, sir, have you really conceived a pas. Mrs. Har. And, besides, his claim is in fact sion for me? prior to yours.

Cle. You know I have; a passion of the tenCle. And must love be governed, like the bu- derest nature. siness of mechanics, by the laws of tyrant cus Alrs. Har. And was that your drift in coming tom?-Can you think so, madam?

bither? Mrs. Har. Why, sir, you know I am not in Cle. What else could induce me? love.

Mrs. Har. And introduced yourself here, to C'e. Oh! cruel !-no, madam, I see you are have an opportunity of speaking to ine?

Cle. My angel ! don't torment me thus Asrs. Har. And really now, sir, reasonably Mrs. Har. Angel ! and pray, sir, what do you speaking, my sister is for treati:g Captain Cape suppose Mr. Harlow will say to this? very ill-He has been dancing attendance here

Cle. Oh! madam-he! he approves my pasa these three years

sion. Cle. Yet, that you knew, when you were Mrs. Har. Does he really? I must speak to pleased to fan the rising flame, that inatchless him about thatbeauty had kindled in my heart.

Cle. Do so, inadamn, you will find I am a man Mrs. Har. Matchless beauty !-ha, ha!-I of more honour than to deceive

you cannot but laugh at that

[Aside. Mrs. Har. Well ! it will be whimsical if he Cle. Laugh, madam, if you will, at the pangs does; and my sister, too; this will be a charming: you yourself occasion-yes, triumph, if you will discovery for her ! [ Aside.) Ha, ha! well! really -I am resigned to my fate, since you will have sir, this is mighty odd; I'll speak to Mr. Har

low about this matter this very momentMrs. Har. I have it so !-you seem to frighten

(Going yourself without cause -If 'I speak favourably Cle. Oh!

you

will find it all true and may I of any body else, sir—what then?-I am not to then flatter myselfmarry him, you know.

Mrs. Har. Oh! to be sure-such an honourCle. Arn't you?

able project--I'll step to him this moment-and Mrs. Hur. Il-no, truly; thank heaven!. then, sister, I shall inake such a piece of work Cle. She revives me. [Aside. for you.

[Erit. Mrs. Har. That must be as my sister pleases. Cle. Very well, madam see Mr. Harlow Cle. Must it?

immediately-he will confirm it to you while

not.

it so

ter?

а

ye

there is life there is hope—such matchless bcau

Cle. This is the strangest accident! I assure ty!

you, sir-only give ine leave
Mr. Har. I will not give you leave-

-I in-
Enter Miss Harlow.

sist.

Capt. Cape. Nay, nay, Mr. Harlow, this is Miss Har. I beg your pardon, sir, for leav- neither time or place--and besides, hear the ing you ail this time-Well, what says my sis- gentleman; I have been over hasty, and he has

satisfied me-only hear himCle. She has given me some glimmering of Mr. Har. Sir, I will believe my own wise hope.

come on, sir. Miss Har. Well, don't be uneasy about her

Cle. I assure you, Mr. Harlow, I came into mit shall be as I please

this house upon honourable principles-induced, Cle. But with her own free consent it would sir, by my regard for Miss Harlow. be better-however, to you I am bound by every Capt. Cape. For Miss Harlow !

-zounds, tie, and thus let me seal a vow.

draw !

[Kisses her hand. Cle. Again! this is downright madness; two Miss Har. Ile certainly is a very passionate upon me at once! you will murder me between lover. Lord! he is ready to eat iny hand up you, with kisses ; I wish iny sister saw this—[ Aside.]

Mr. Har. There is one too many upon inim, Ilush! I hear Captain Cape's voice—the hideous sure enough; and so, Captain, put up. tramontane !- he is coming this way—I would Capt. Cape. Resign your pretensions to Viss not see him again for the world—I'll withdraw

Harlow. moment, sir-you'll excuse me, Jr. Clerimont; Cle. Resign Miss Harlow! not for the uni[Kisses her hand, and curtsies very low.] your verse! in her cause, I can be as ready as any servant, sir--Oh ! he is a charming man.

bravo ot all.

[Druws his sword. [Curtsies, and crit.

Mr. Har. For Heaven's sake? Captain Cape ! do moderate your anger--this is neither time or

place, I have been too rash myself-I beg you Enter CAPTAIN CAPE.

will be pacified—[ He puts up.] - Mr. Clerimout, Capt. Cape. There she goes, the perfidious! sheath your

sword. Sir, I understand your name is Clerimont

Clė. I obey, sir. Cle. At your service, sir.

Mr. Har. Captain Cape, how can you? You Capt. Cape. Then, sir, draw this moment. promised me you would let things take their Cle. Draw, sir ! for what?

course; if my sister will marry the gentleman,

how is he to blame? Capt. Cape. No evasion, sir. Cle. Explain the cause.

Capt. Cape. Very well, sir; I have done ; she Capt. Cape. The cause is too plain-your

is a worthless woman, that's all. making love to that lady, who went out there this

Cle. A worthless woman, sir !

C'upt. Cape. Ay; worthlessCle. That lady! not I, upon my honour, sir.

Cle. Damnation ! draw, sir ! Capt. Cape. No shuftling, sir, draw

Mr. Har. Nay, nay, Mr. Clerimont, you are Cle. Sir, I can repel an injury like this--but too warm; and there's a gentleman coming-this

is your quarrel is groundless-and, sir, if ever I your uncle, I suppose ? made love to that lady, I will lay my bosom

Cle. It is. naked to your sword. That lady !-I resign all

Enter MR. HEARTWELL. inanner of pretension to herCupt. Cape. You resign ber, sir ?

Mr. Har. I'll wave all disputes, now, that I Cle. Entirely.

may conclude my sister's marriage. Aside. Capt. Cape. Then I am pacified

Čle. Mr. Heartwell, sir—Mr. Harlow, sìr.

(Puts up his sword. Heurt. My nephew has informed me, sir, of Cle. Upon my word, sir, I never so much as the honour you have done him, and I am come thought of the lady.

to give my consent.

Mr. Hur. I thought it necessary, sir, to bare Enter Mr. Harlow.

the advice of Mr. Clerimont's friends, as he is

very young, and my sister not very handsome. Mfr. Har. So, sir! fine doings you have been Cle. She is an angel, sir ! carrying on here

Heart. Patience, Charles, patience. My neCie. Sir!

phew's estate will provide for his eldest born; Mr. Har. You have been attempting my wife, and upon the younger branches of his marriage, I find

I mean to settle my fortune. Cle. Upon my word, Mr. Harlow.

Mr. Har. Generously spoken, sir; and so Mr. Har. You have behaved in a very base there is no occasion for delay; who waits there? manner, and I insist upon satisfaction ; draw, tell the ladies they are wanting

Heart. I bave ever loved my nephew, and

moinent

sir

my wife.

since he tells me he has made a good choice, I Miss Har. Yes, sir, but there is barm done; shall be glad to see him happy.

I am made sport of-exposed to derision-Oh! Capt. Cape. But, sir, let me tell you, that your I cannot bear this—I cannot bear it--- [Cries. nephew has used me very basely, and, sir

Mrs. Har. Don't cry, sister-some faces preMr. Har. Nay, nay, Captain, this is wrony, serve the bloom longer than others, you knownow; every thing was settled between us in the Ua, ha! other room ; recollect yourself; do, I beg you Cape. Cape. Loll toll loll! will-Oh, here come the ladies.

Heart. I don't understand all this; is that

lady your wife, sir? Enter Mrs, and Miss Harlow.

Mr. Mar. She is, sir. Miss Har. Now, sister, you shall see I have Heart. And pray, nephew, you took that lady completed my conquest

for Mr. Harlow's sister, I suppose ? Cle. Now, then, I am happy indeed; my love Cle. I did, sir. I beg pardon for the trouble ly, charming bride, thus let me suatch you to my I have given; I am in such confusion, I can heart, and thus, and thus

hardly [Embraces Mrs. Harlow. Heart. Well, well, the thing is cleared up, and B!r. Har. Zounds! Before my face !

there is no Larm done; but you should have

[Pushing him away. known what ground you went upon-ha, lia ! I Cle. Pr’yther, indulge my transport; my life, can't help laughing, neither. my angel !

Mr. Har. Why, faith, nor I; ba, ha! Dir. Har. I desire you will desist, sir

Cle. Since matters have turned so unexpectCie. Nay, nay; pr’ythee, be quiet-my charm- edly, I beg pardon for my mistake, and, sir, I ing, charming wité ?

take my leave.

[Going: Mr. Har. That lady is not

your
wife-

Aliss Har. And will you treat me in this manCle. How! my wife! not my wife! ecstacy ner, sir? Will you draw me into sucli a scrape, and bliss!

and not Mr. Har. Come, come, sir

this is too Cle. Madam, that gentleman would cut my much

throat-liis claim is prior to inine--. and, I Cle. Ha, ba! You are very pleasant, sir. dare say, he will be very glad to be reconciled, Mr. Har. Zounds ! sir, no trifling; that lady madam.

Miss Har. You are a base man, then, and I Cle. Sir!

reject you; Captain Cape, I see my error, sir, Mr. Har. I say, sir, that lady is my

wife! and I resign myself to you. Capt. Cape. Ha, ha! I see through this--it is Capt. Cape. No, madam, I beg to be excused! a comedy of errors, I believe! [Sings. I have been a dangler too long; I ought to have Heart. What does all this mean?

been a brisker lover ; I shall endeavour to surCle. Your wife, sir !

vive it, madam-I won't do myself a mischiefMr. Har. Yes, my wife; and there is my sis- and I have my answer--I am oft, madam--loll ter, if you please to take her.

toll loll! Cle. Sir!

Mrs. Hur. lla, ha! I told you this, my dear Mr. Har. Sir, this is the lady, whom you have sister desired in marriage.

Cle. Madam, I dare say, the gentleman will Cle. Who, I, sir? I beg your pardon; that think better of it: Mr. Harlow, I am sorry for lady I took to be your wifc—[ Pointing to Miss all this confusion, and I beg pardon of the Har.Hand that lady—{Pointing to Mes.Han.] whole company for my mistake-Mrs

. Harlow, -I took to be your sister.

I wish you all happiness, madam-angelic creaCapt. Cape.

ture! what a misfortune to lose her! Ha, ha, ha! Mrs. Har.

[Bows, and erit. Aliss Har. Lord ! lord ! have I been made a Capt. Cupe. And I will follow his example ; fool of all :bis time! furies ! torture! murder! Miss Harlow, I wish you all happiness-angelic

Capt. Cape. Ha, ha ! my lady fair is taken in, creature ! what a misfortune to lose her! upon I think.

my soul, I think you a most admirable jilt, and Mrs. Har. Sister, the men don't see with my so now you may go and bewail your virginity in eyes-ha, ha!

the mountains-loll toll lol ! Capt. Cape. Ha, ha! the gentleman is no dau

[ Erit Capt. Cape. gler, inadam.

Miss Har. Oh! oh! I can't bear to be treatMrs. Har. This is a complete conquest my sis- ed in this manner! I'll go and hide myself from ter has made

the world for ever-Oh! oh! the nen are all Miss Har. I can't bear this !-Sir, I desire I savages, barbarians, monsters, and I hate the may not be made a jest of; did not you solicit whole sex-Oh! oh![Cries bitterly.] je? importune me

[Exit Miss Har. Cle. For your interest in that lady, mada, Mrs. Har. My dear sister, with her beauty whom I took for Miss Harlow ; I beg your par- and her conquests, ha, ha! don if I am mistaken; I hope there is no harın M:. Plar. Ha, ha! very whimsical and ri. done.

diculous

Heart. Sir, my nephew is young-I am sorry for this scene of errors, and I hope you will ascribe the whole to bis inexperience.

Mr. Hur. I certainly shall, sir.

MIrs. Har. I cautioned my sister sufficiently about this matter; hut vanity got the better of her, and leaves her now a whimsical instance of folly and affectation.

In vain the faded Toast her mirror tries,
And counts the cruel murders of her eyes;
For Ridicule, sly peeping o'er her head,
Will point the roses and the lilies dead;.
And while, fond soul ! she weaves her myrtle

chain,
She proves a subject of the comic strain.

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SCENE I.-A room in Sir JASPER WILDING'S Will. She is, sir.
House.

Wild. How long has my father been gone out?

Will. This hour, sir. YOUNG WILDING, BEAUFORT, and Will fol

Wild, Very well. Pray, give Mr. Beaufort's lowing.

compliments to my sister, and he is come to wait

upon her. (Exit WILL.) You will be glad Wild. Ha, ha! my dear Beaufort! a fiery to see her, I suppose, Charles ? young fellow like you, melted down into a sigh Beuu. I live but in her presence! ing, love-sick dangler after a high heel, a well Wild. Live but in her presence ! How the dee turned ancle, and a short petticoat !

vil could the young baggage raise this riot in your Beau. Pr’ythee, Wilding, don't laugh at me, heart? 'Tis more than her brother could ever do Maria's charms

with any of her sex. Wild. Maria's charms ! and so now you would Beau. Nay, you hare no reason to complain; fain grow wanton in her praise, and have me you are come up to town, post-baste, to marry a listen to your raptures about my own sister? Ha, wealthy citizen's daughter, who only saw.you last ha! poor Beaufort ! Is iny sister at home, season at Tunbridge, and has been languishing Will?

for you ever since.

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