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Roe. (Coming down.) Be assured, dearest; confide in my devoted love, and farewell. Enough-I leave her to your care; farewell, dearest-now for the saddle, and I'm off-hurra for the road !
, L. Lit. (Appearing at R., in the dress of a postillion.] Is she ready?
Bob. Very near, sir : all right.
Lit. True-I'll introduce the turnpikes to fourteen miles an hour,
, L. Kate. I trembleRur. So do I, my dear child.
Enter LADY Alice HAWTHORN, L., dressed.
Lady A.' 1–1-I'm-give me a kiss, Kate; we are both a pair of fools, dear.
Rur. Well, 'tis no clearer now--my dear--he waits.
Bob. [Aside.] Extraordinary express--another elopement. Lord Charles Roebuck with the Lady Alice Hawthorn. Ten pounds
Rur. 'Tis no clearer now. [Lady Alice takes his arm.
Bob. This way. (Conducts Miss Pocket, L. up with Lady Alice, L. C.
Rur. I wish you-both-farewell.
END OF ACT IV,
SCENE I. --Ghuznee Lodge.— The house is a villa, with
an Indian character apparently forced upon it-the lawn and shrubberies extend out, c. f., hrubberies, R. and L., with a pagoda summer-house, L. 3d E.-a broad carriage entrance leads off, 1-extreme entrance—a sentry box is discovered c., in a bush. Stripe is discover. ed standing in c. at the back, directing a field-glass down the avenue-a Veteran, in Bombay cavalry uniform, walks as if keeping guard.
Stripe. No signs of the colonel, yet his orders were for us to be in readiness to receive him at two this morning, and here's half-past eleven-I've despatched Wilcox with the old howitzer to the top of the hill, to give us a sig. nal; hollo! whom have we here? good light cavalry figure.
Enter LITTLETON COKE down the avenue, L. Aid-de-camp with despatches from head-quarters, perhaps.
Lit. I've left B ob addressing the free and independent electors of Closeborough from the hustings. [Very distant shouts, 1..] There's another shout, elicited by his rhetoric. I believe the rascal has compromised me with every opinion on the political creed; 'twas useless arguing with him-he said, 'twas no good in losing a vote for a mere promise-so, damn the fellow, if he didn't promise every thing to everybody. [Distant shouts, R. U. e.) Whether I am whig, tory, or radical, will puzzle the Times to disco
Enter Rural from the house, R. Rur. (L.) My dear boy, I don't know what's the matter inside, but sumething has gone wrong; Lady Hawthorn won't hear a word from me.
Lit. [Aside.] She has discovered ny disguise; no mat ter, she will readily forgive it.
Rur. Just now, she and Miss Rocket flew upon me ; put all they could say was, “Explain, sir, explain.”
Lit. And you ?
Rur. I ran away, because, you see, explain was just the thing I couldn't do.
Lit. (Aside.] He is in the dark still; 'twill be safer to keep him 30. My dear old friend, 'tis all a freak, a--
Rur. Ah! ah! come, now, you are at some of your old tricks-oh! oh! I know you are !
Lit. We have planned a surprise, by which the old colonel and the earl will find that our young hearts have outmanæuvred their old heads—but 'tis a secret.
Rur. Oh, let me into it!
Lit. When the colonel arrives, and discovers Roebuck, he may storm a little. Rur. What for ? have I not his orders that you
should use his carriage ?
Lit. You will never mind his temper.
Rur. Annoyed !-he'll be enraged !--ha! ha!—he said he would, oho! and you—now, this is all your plot, you rogue, you know it is, isn't it?
Lit. It is—but hush ! here they come leave us.
Rur. Oh, you wild, mischievous dog--oh, just what you were, when you played me those tricks in the poultry yard; when, ha! ha! you tied a gcsling to my coat tail. and when I walked off
, the gander was nearly the death of me-oh! ha! ha! ha! you villain !
Lit. But go, I beseech.
Rur. [Going, returns.] And, that fifth of November too, when
Lit. I remember, there-
oh! bless you! oh! a squib in
[Exit behind house, R., chuckling. Lit. And bless you, for the simplest, kindest soul alive.
(Littleton goes up, R.C. Enter from the house, R., Lady Alice HAWTHORN, with a newspaper, and Miss Rocket, followed by ROEBUCK. Roe. But hear me.
Lady A. Not a word-here's a fine catastrophe to your clever intrigues ! here's an exposée~ I shouldn't wonder if they put the whole affair into a novel, or on the stage,
Fancy my follies published in penny numbers, with illustrations; or your blunders enjoying a run at the Haymarket. Bah!- I could laugh my life out at you both,
if I wasn't mad with rage. Lit. But
dearestLady A. No, sir, you have precluded the possibility of my ever being som Lit. Charles, what does this mean?
Rne. Hang me if I know, I have only been here a few minutes, but I found them both fulminating over that Post.
Kate. Do you pretend ignorance, my lord ? Lady A. Listen-you precious intriguers, listen :[Reads.] “ Express.-Elopement in high life.—Enormous fortune won by a young barrister.- We understand, from the best authority, that an elopement took place last night from the opera.
The imprudent pair are- -Mr. Littleton Cuke, of qui tam celebrity, and the great heiress, Miss Rocket—whose fortune is said to exceed 20,0001. a-year.”
Lit. The idiots—what could have caused
Lady A. “ Second edition-extraordinary express-another elopement in high life. Last night, the young and eccentric Lady Alice Hawthorn, whose meteoric course through the fashionable world has been grected with such admiration, eloped from Lord Pompion's house, with her cousin, Lord Charles Roebuck. It is stated, one of the parties rode postillion ; our authority omits to mention which.”
Lit. The dolts : by what mistake could this have happened?
Lady A. By none.
Lady A. You thought to outwit me and the old people--and thus you set about it. [To Coke. The lady, before whom you spurred and thrashed, sir, was Miss Rocket; [To Roebuck, and the humble individual who admired your equitation for three hours, was your obliged servant.
Lit. What! and-1-Miss-and he-you-eh!
Lit. I didn't_I- [They look at each other astonished.
Roe. Oh! but surely this mysterious blunder is not so serious—it can be mended by
Lady A. What, sir—when all London know that my cousin ran away with-or rather, they don't know which of us ran away with the other-ah! you wretch! and in the middle of the night, too-and—10—I must marry Charley after all! [Crosses to Roebuck, and cries.
Kate. And you--sir-you-
Lady A. And all your cunning to outwit the governors has just effected their purposes.
Roe. But Kate-surely-you will not, by marrying him to save your character, condemn yourself to eternal misery?
Lit. [Crosses to Roebuck.] Eternal what, sir ? let me tell you, my lord, that this is your fault, your blunderhad I been there, l
Roe. Mine, sir, mine!
Lit. Enough, the word suffices; but for this presence, I feel you would have substituted a stronger term,
butThey speak apart as they go up, R. Kate. My dear Alice, they are quarrelling. Lady A. No!
Kate. They are. I've seen so many men do it-I know it in a minute—they'll fight.
Lady A. A duel, and on our account! no more is required to complete our destruction. Mr. Coke-Charles —will you listen ?, [Lord Roebuck goes up.] There's nothing so like a mad bull as a man in a rage. Charles Mr. Coke, you shall not quarrel; you have not the excuse of a long dinner; will you hear me ?
Roe. I repeat, that it was his trusting to Mr. Rural that has caused this dreadful catastrophe—and to prove it, I will find him.
Erit into house, R. Lit. Rural, could it—it is. Oh, my folly and weakness ! Why did I entrust so dear a confidence io him ? he must exonerate me from this fatal blunder-wbere shall I find