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SCENE between General SAVAGE, Captain SAVAGE, Miss'WAL Y
SINGHAM, and TORRINGTON, « Lawyer, in which the Gtd.
discovers his mistake. Capt. Sav. NAY, but my dearest Miss Walsingham, the ex. ,
tenuation of my conduct to Belville made it absolutely necessary for me to discover ny engagements with you: and as happiness is now so fortunately within our reach, I flatter myself you will be prevailed upon to forgive an error which proceeded only from the extravagance of love.
Miss Will. To think me capable of such an action, Captain Savage! I am terrified with the idea of an union with you ; and it is better for a woman at any time, to sacrifice an insolent lover, than to accept of a suspicious busband...
Cani. In the happiest union, my dearest creature, there must always be something to overlook on both sides.
Mis: Wai. Very civil, truly.
Cant. Pardon me, my life, for this fraikness; and recollect, that if the lover has through misconception, been unhappily guilty, he brings a husband altogether reformed to your hands.
Miss Wal. Well, I see I must forgive you at last; so I may as well make a merit of necessity, you provoking creature. ::
Capt. And may I indeed hope for the blessing of this hand.
Miss Wal. Why, you wretch, would you have me force it upon you? I think after what I have said, a soldier might venture to take it without further ceremony.
Capt. Angelie creature ! thus I seize it as my lawful prize..
Miss Wal. Well, but now you have obtained this inestima. ble prize, Captain, give me leave to ask, if you have had a certain explanation with the General. ...
Capt. How can you doubt it ?
Miss Wal. What! did he tell you of his interview with me this eyening when he brought Mr. Torrington ?
Capt. He did.
Capt. If a shadow of doubt remains, here he comes to remove it. Joy, my dear Sir, joy a thousand times!
Enter General SAVAGE und TORRINGTON. _
Miss Wul. I have been weak enough to indulge him with a victory, indeed, Generali
Gen. Fortune favors the brave, Torrington."
Gen. This had nearly proved a day of disappointment, but the stars have fortunately turned it in my favor, and now I reap the rich reward of my victory.
Caft. And here I take her from you as the greatest good which heaven can send me.
Miss W'al. O Captain !
Gen. You take her as the greatest good which Heaven can send you, Sirrah! I take her as the greatest good which Heaven can send me; and now what have you to say to her?
Miss Wal, General Savage!
Gen. What mistakes can have happened now, sweetest? you delivered up your dear hand this moment! * Miss Jval. True, Sir: but I tho't you were going to bestow my dear hand upon this dear gentleman.
Gen. How! that dear gentleman.
Tor. Fortune favors the brave, General, none but the brave. [Laughingly.]
Gen. So the covert way is cleared at last; and you have all along imagined that I was negociating for this fellow, when I was gravely soliciting for myself.
Aliss Wal. No other idea, Sir, ever entered iny imagination. Tor. General, noble niinds should never despair.
i [Laughingly: Gen. Well, my hopes are all blown up to the moon at once, and I shall be the laughing stock of the whole town.
SCENE between Mrs. BELVILLE, Miss WALSINGHAM, and
Lady RACHEL MILDEW.-On DUELLING. Mrs. Beli'. W HERE is the generosity, where is the sense,
[alone.] W where is the shame of men, to find pleasure in pursuits which they cannot remeniber without the deepest horror; which they cannot follow without the meanest fraud; and which they cannot effect without consequences the most dreadful; the greatest triuneph which a libertine can ever ex. perience, is too despicable to be envied ; 'tis at best nothing but a victory over humanity, and if he is a husband, he njust be doubly tortured on the wheel of recollection.
Enter Miss WALSINGHAM and Lady RACTEL MILDEW.
Miss Wil. My dear Mrs. Belville, I am extremely unhappy! to see you so distressed.
Lady Rach. Now I am extremely glad to see her so; for if she were not greatly distressed, it would be monstrously unnatural.
Mrs. Belv. () Matilda! my husband! my children!
Miss Wal. Don't weep, iny dear, don't weep! pray be com: forted; all may end happily, Lady Rachel, beg of her not to cry so.
Lady Rack. Why, you are crying yourself, Miss. Walsing: ham. And though I think it out of character to encourage her tears, I cannot help keeping you company.
Mrs. Belv. O, why is pot some method contrived to prevent this horrible practice of duelling.
Lary Rach. I'll expose it on the stage, since the law nowa. days kindly leaves the whole cognizance of it to the theatre.
Miss Wul. And yet, if the laws against it were as well ed. forced as the laws against destroying the game, perhaps it would be equally for the benefit oj the kingdom.
Mrs. Brio. No law will ever be effectual, till the custom is rendered infamous. Wives must shiriek! mothers must agonize! orphans must be multiplied! unless some blessed hand strip the fascinating glare froin honorable murder, and bravely expose the idol wlio is worshipped thus in blood. While it is disreputable to obey the laws, we cannot look for reformation, But if the duellist is once banished from tlie presence of his sovereign; if he is for life excluded the confidence of bis country; if a mark of indelible disgrace is stamped upon him, the sword of public justice will be the sole chastiser of wrongs; trilles will not be punis!red with death, and offences really meriting such punishment, will be reserved for the only proper Revenger, the common executioner.
Lady Rach. I could no: have expressed myself better on this subject, my dear; but till such a hand as you talk of, is found, the best will fall into the error of the times.
Miss Wal. Yes, and buicher each other like madmen, for fear their courage should be suspected by fools.
COLONEL RIVERS AND SIR HARRY. Sir Hur. ULONEI , your most obedient: I am come upon
• U the old business; for unless I am allowed to entertain hopes of Miss Rirers, I shall be the most miserable of
Riv. Sir Harry, I have already told you by letter, and I now tell you personally, I cannot listen to your proposals. .
Sir Har. No. Sir ?
Riv. No, Sir; I have promised my daughter to Mr. Sidney; do you know that, Sir ?
Sir Har. I do ; but what then? Engagements of this kind, you know
Riv. So then, you know I have promised her to Mr. Sidney?
Sir Har. I do; but I also know that matters are not finally settled between Mr. Sidney and you ; and I mcreover know, that his fortune is by no means equal to mine, therefore
Riv. Sir Harry, let me ask you one question before you, make your consequence.
Sir Har. A thousand if you please, Sir..
Rir. Why then, Sir, let me ask you, what you have ever observed in me or my conduct, that you desire me so familiarly to break my word? I thought, Sir, you considered me as a man of honor.
Sir Hari And so I do, Sir, a man of the nicest honor.
Riv. And yet, Sir, you ask me to violate the sanctity of my word; and tell me directly that it is my interest to be a rascal.
Sir Har. I really don't understand you, Colonel : I thought I was talking to a man who knew the world ; and as you have not signed
Riv. Why this is mending matters with a witness! And so you think because I am not legally bound, I am under no necessity of keeping my word! Sir Harry, laws were never made för men of honor; they want no bond but the rectitude of their' olvo sentiments ; and laws are of no use but to bind the villains of society.
sir Har, Well but my dear Colonel, if you have no regard for me, shew some little regard for your daughter. i n :
Riv. I shew the greatest regard for my daughter, by giv. ing her to a man of honor, and I must not be ins ulted with any further repetition of your proposals.
Sir Far. Insult you, Colonel! is the offer of my alliance an insult? is my readiness to make what settlements you think proper
Ric. Sir Harry, I should consider the offer of a kingdom an insult, if it were to be purchased by the violation of my word. Besides, though my daughter'shall never go a beggar to the arms of her husband, I would rather see her happy thanrich; and
if she has enough to provide handsomely for a young family, and something to spare for the exigencies of a worthy friend, I shall think her as affluent as if she was mistress of Mexico.
Sir Har. Well, Colonel, I have done ; but I believe
Riv. Well, Sir Harry, and as our conference is done, we will if you please, retire to the ladies ; I shall be always glad of your acquaintance, though I cannot receive you as a son-inlaw: for a union of interest I look upon as a union of dishonor, and consider marriage for money, at best buta legal prostitution.
SCENE BETWEEN SHYLOCK AND TUBAL. *Sly. TOW now, Tubal ! what news from Genoa ? Have
you heard any thing of my backsliding daughter ? Tub. I often came where I heard of her, but could not find her.
Shy. Why there, there, a diamond gone that cost me two thousand ducats at Frankfort! The curge never fell upon the nation till now! I never felt it before! Two thousand ducats, in that and other precious jewels! I wish she lay dead at my feet! No news of them! and I know not what spent in the search. Loss upon loss. The thief gone with so much, and so much to find the thief; and no satisfaction, no revenge ; 10 ill luck stirring but what lights on my shoulders. .
Tub. O yes, other men have id luck too, Antonio, as I heard in Genoa
Shy. (Interrupting him) What, has he had ill luck?:
Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped from the wreck.
Shy. I thank you, good Tubal. Good news! Good news ! What, in Genoa, you spoke with them.
Tub. Your daughter, as I heard, spent twenty ducats in one night.
Shy, You stick á dagger in me, Tubal. I never shall see my gold again. Twenty ducats in one night! Twenty ducats! O father Abraham!
Tud. There came several of Antonio's creditors in my company to Venice, who say he cannot but break.
sly. I am glad on't ; l'll plague him ; I'll torture hiin: I am glad on't.
* Shylock had sent Tubal after his daughter, who had eloped from his house, Antonio wae a merchant, hatcd by Shylock.