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Lady A. Now. Colonel, to introduce you to Lady Pom pion--your arm?

| Takes Rocket's arm. Rock Kate, present arms to our host, and follow. Lady A. Executed with wonderful dispatch. Rock. Discipline!

(Roebuck and Miss Rocket, in earnest tête-à-tête, go Lady A. Only they are marching without orders.

Rock. Hollo! halt--attention ! [They go out, C., still con versing, without apparently hearing him. It's nothinga mere maneuvre-but we musn't club the battalion.

We only constitute the reserve, instead of the advance-a clever movement of Kate's ?

Lady A. Very~
Rock. What we call a diversion.
Lady A. Yes, very diverting indeed-ha! ha!

[Exeunt, c. Lit. So now, fate, I'm thy worshipper forever--do with me what you will:--this morning 1 arose without hope ; my belief in hearts was restricted to the thirteen in a pack of cards--and here I am, in a few hours, domiciled in Grosvenor Square, with expectations beyond a new railway company.

Enter Jesse RURAL, C. Strange, too--hum!

Rur. They tell me Littleton is here in this house if I could only-this gentleman, perhaps, might-pray, sir?

Lit. (Throwing himself in a chair, R.] Come what may to Thomas Coke, I'll never sign myself a brother.

Rur. Thomas Coke! let me look-{Takes out his spec tacles tremblingły.) yes, yes, it is he-it is-he stares at me he won't know me now.

Lit. What a strange old gentleman!

Rur. I tremble to-to--ask him; if he should meet me as a stranger-or-how altered he is in form :-perhaps he's changed in

Lit. (Starting up.] By heaven! I know that face.

Rur. Mr. Coke-I-ventured-I-you don't forget your tutor-friend-Jesse Rizral.

Lit. (Running to him and taking both his hunds. For get you! may Heaven forget me when I do!

Rur Ha! ha! ha! [Embracing him.) bless you, my child-vod bless you! I knew it-I knew you wouldı't -no-let me look at you-yes—it is you!

Lit. Tell me, how came you here, in town, and in this house?

Rur. Tom came up to Parliament-you know he is member now for Ashby.

Lit. (Aside.] Ha! that accounts, then, for the Earl's warm welcome-mistook me for him.

Rur. So I accompanied him to town.
Lit. And he is in this house?

Rur. Yes, he is dressing for dinner. I heard that you were here, and could not contain myself-came to bring you to him; he is unaware of your presence.

Lit. What, creep on my knees to his purse like a prodigal son! In what have I injured him ? He has my land, I wrote to offer to sell him the mortgages he heldhe refused me.

Rur. The same wild violent spirit he always had—just the same, ha! ha! Littleton, listen to me, my dear boy; Tom loves you, you don't know him. When we went to your chambers this morning

Lit. You, you! [Aside.) it must have been them whom Bob announced, and I mistook-for Scriven and Craft.

Rur. Tom was prepared to forgive you.
Lit. Forgive ! 'tis I who claim that office. (Crosses, L.
Rur. Ha! he! there he flies out again-the dear boy!

Lit. Let him ask my pardon !-I entreat you will not attempt a reconciliation ; it would only sever us more certainly.

Rur. But listen—my darling child, listen-Tom always meant to give you the money you asked for—[Aside.] God forgive me! (Aloud. see, here is the very, very sumlook-bless

you,

take it! [Takes out a pocket-book. Lit. How-and-[Aside.] this is impossible-ha! I see -'tis the old man's own savings with which he would conceal Tom's parsimony. [Aloud.] No, no-not a farthing! [Aside.] how can I refuse it ? | Aloud.] It comes too late.

Rur. Too late! why? (Aside.] I am so delighted to find at last some use for these things. (Aloud.] Here comes Tom.

Lit. Do not attract his notice to me; let me manage

this meeting the Earl supposes we arr'ved togetherhush!

Sits with Rural, R. Enter LORD POMPION and Tom Coke, L., Lady Pom

PION, ROCKET, LADY Alice HAWTHORN, R., dressed for dinner, followed at a distance by ROEBUCK and Miss ROCKET. Lord P. Your observations, Mr. Coke, are full of justice and originality.

Lady A. Hardly adapted for the House, then, my lord Rock. In the army, Mr. Coke?

Tom. Nay, sir, I'm it yeomanry, if that'll do, though a trust I shall never require ta know ma duty.

Rock. How, sir, you are nervous ?

Tom. Nay, not so; it requires courage to tak the life o' an enemy, but it wants more than that to be called on to strike at the heart of a neighbour-I confess, I look with more pity than pride on the ranks of brave fellows, marked out for slaughter, with red on their backs, like my sheep.

Lord P. Necessity, Mr. Coke.
Tom. Not the less sad for that, my lord.

Rock. Who would not die in defence of such a city as London? How did it strike you?

Tom. As big—but not enough to hold the evil done in't. Lord P. But you admired its buildings ?

Tom. Yes-Whitehall, the Nelson Pillar, the Fire Of fices, the Duke of York's Pillar, the National Galleries, and the triumphal arches.

Lord P. Ah, sir, an immense sum they cost.

Tom. But what puzzled me was, no one seemed to know who lived in any of 'em.

Lord A. Why, you see-a-nobody lives in them.

Tom. Then I have no hesitation in saying "nobody" is the best housed man in the country.

Lady A. (c.) Surely, sir, you consider our streets are splendid?

Tom. Yes, but not as glorious as the heaven they shut out. Since I came into this city I haven't seen a fair inch of blue sky, or a blade of green grass. Stop.I did, though-yes, I did see a puir sickly plot penned up in a place they called a square, looking as if they'd put nature in a wound for straying into town.

Lady A. Ha! ha! sir, yours will be a distinguished voice in the house.

Tom. And yours is the most musical and honest ono I've heard since I left Yorkshire.

Lady A. Here's a hand belonging to it

Lit. (Aside.] By Heaven, can she be smitten with him already?

Enter BUTLER, C. But. Dinner, my lady. Lord P. Colonel Röcket, her ladyship-permit me. (Leads the way, followed by Rocket and Lady Pom

pion, c. Tom. (To Lady Alice. You'll favour me.

[Offers his arm to her on her L. Lit. [Starting up.] Lady Alice, my arm is at your service.

(Offers on the other side. Tom. Ha !-it-it-must be !

Lady A. (Looking surprisedly from one to the other.] Your-brother, I believe.

Tom. Here--and I-dom it-I canna help it! (Affectionately. Yes, it-is my brother.

[ Offering his hand, Littleton bows coldly. Lit. I fear, your ladyship, they wait for usLady A. (Looking with reproof on him.] True—they do. [Takes Tom's arm and goes up with him.-Exeunt, c. Lit. My brother and my rival! be it so!

[Walks violently up and down, followed by Rural. Rur. Don't be violent, my dear boy

Lit. Yes—I will not let her see how she can wound me —and him—'twould be too deeply gratifying. (Rural takes his arm.] I will

go-yes. Rur. That's right. Coke takes fierce strides, Rural running to keep up

with himhe suddenly stops. Lit. Y at can I endure without betraya-I must.

[Exit rapidly with Rural, c.

END OF ACT II.

ACT III. SCENE 1.The Drawing-Room in Lady Pompion's House

Arch, C., draperied and surmounted with a rich Cornice, discovering an inner Drawing-Room with a fireplace in C. F.-Fireplace and fire, R. T. E., Windows, R. 8. E. and L., draperied in rich crimson damask and gilded va lences.- The Room is decorated in white and gold, with a bouquet pattern, a brilliant chandelier, branches between the windows, and divans and consols R., and L.,

mirrors and chandelier in the inner room. LADY ALICE is discovered playing at a Piano, L. U. E.,

Tom Coke leuning over it-Rural is seated, L., on a prideux, reading a pamphlet.-Lord Pompion ana Colonel ROCKET are walking up and down, from L. to R. corner of the inner room, while LADY Pompion is lying on a sofa opposite the fire, a Servant is offering her coffee on a salver, while another Servant waits with liqueurs. LITTLETON Coke is playing with her Spaniel, but watching Lady Alice and Tom. ROEBUCK and Miss Rocket are seated on a flirting vis-à-vis, pre

tending to play ecarte on a small ornamental table. Rock. My opinion is, that a submarine battery is attracted to the keel of the vessel, and exploded by concussion.

Lord P. Bless me! had Guy Faux lived in these times, what would become of the House of Peers ?

Rock. Pooh! vote me a hundred thousand pounds, and I'll undertake to blow up both houses.

[ They go up conversing, c. Roe. I propose Kate. I won't let you, I've a beautiful hand. Roe. I've been admiring it.

[Plays. Kate. I take your heart.

Takes a trick. Roe. I wish you would take my hand with it.

Plays his last card. Kato. I do, the game's mine ;—what were we playing for ?

Roe. For love Kats. Exactly—that means for nothing. [They flirt aside.--Lord Pompion watches them, while

Colonel Rocket joins Lady Alice.

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