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Giles. Why, Master Fairfield, you do know I had a great regard for Miss Patty; but when I came to consider all in all, I finds as how it is not adviseable to change my condition yet awhile. 369
Fai. Friend Giles, thou art in the right; marriage is a serious point, and can't be considered too warily. —Ha, who have we here!—Shall I never keep my
house clear of these vermin? Look to the goods
there, and give me a horse-whip—by the Lord Harry, I'll make an example—Come here, Lady Lightfingers, let me see what thou hast stolen.
Mer. Hold, miller, hold!
Fat. O gracious goodness! sure I know this faceMiss young Madam Sycamore Mercy heart,
here's a disguise! 380
The. Discover'd 1
Mer. Miller, let me speak to you.
The. What ill fortune is this!
Giles. Ill fortune Miss! I think there be
nothing but crosses and misfortuness of one kind or other.
Fat. Money to me, sir! not for the world; you want no friends but what you have already—Lack-aday, lack-a-day—see how luckily I came in: I believe you are the gentleman to whom I am charged to
give this, on the part of my lord Aimworth Bless,
you, dear sir, go up to his honour, with my young lady—There is a chaise waiting at the door to carry you 1 and my daughter will take another way.
Mervin, Theodosia, Giles.
Mer. Pr'yfhee read this letter, "and tell me what «* you think of it."
The. Heavens, 'tis a letter from lord Aimworth !— We are betrayed.
Mer. By what means I know not. 399
The. I am so frighted and flurried, that I have scarce strength enough to read it.
"It is with the greatest concern I find, that I "have been unhappily the occasion of giving some "uneasiness to you and Miss Sycamore: be assured, "had I been apprized of your prior pretensions, and «tthe young lady's disposition in your favour, I "should have been the last person to interrupt your ** felicity. I beg, sir, you will do me the favour to "come up to my house, where I have already so far "settled matters, as to be able to assure you, that «< every thing will go entirely to your satisfaction."
Mer. Well! what do you think of it! Shall we
go to the castle f'
V l *» The. Well fi .fi -W *•'•'
"Mer: What do you think of it? ~.**.Tfa. Nay, what do you think of it? "Mer. Egad, I can't very well tell However,
"on the whole, I believe it would be wrong of us to "proceed any further in our design of running away, "even if the thing was practicable. 422 The. I am entirely of your opinion. I swear this "lord Aimworth 'is a charming man: I fancy 'tis "lucky for you I had not been long enough acquairit"ed with him to find out all his good qualities.— "But how the deuce came he to hear
"Mer. No matter; after this, there can be nothing "to apprehend.——What do you say, shall we go "up to the castle?" 43<r
Tbe. By all means! and in this very trim; to show what we were capable of doing, if my father and mother had not come to reason.—, "But, perhaps,
"the difficulties being removed, may lessen your pen "chant: you' men are such unaccountable mortals.—. "Do you love me well enough to marry me, without ** making a frolic of it f
"Mer. Do I love you !—.
"The. Ay, and to what degree?
'« Mer. Why do you ask me 440'
"Who upon the oozy beech,
"Can count the num'rous sands that tu t~" "Or distinctly rechon each''"
«' Transparent orb that studs the shy?"'
*' As thrir multitude betray,
"Andfrustrate all attempts to tell:
*' So 'tis impossible to say
"How much I love, I love so well."
But hark you, Mervin, will you take after my father, and be a very husband now ?—Or don't you think I shall take after my mother, and be a commanding wife! 552
Mer. Oh, I'll trust you.
The. But you may pay for your confidence.
So, there goes a couple! Icod, I believe Old Nick has got among the people in these parts. This is as queer a thing as ever I heard of. Master Fairfield, and Miss Patty, it seems, are gone to the castle too; where by what I lams from Ralph in the mill, my lord has promised to get her a husband among the servants. Now set in case the wind sets in that corner, I have been thinking with myself who the plague it can be: there are no unmarried men in the family, that I do know of, excepting little Bob, the postillion, and master Jonathan, the butler; and he's a matter of sixty or seventy years old. I'll be shot if it be'nt little Bob. Icod, I'll take the way to the castle,
as well as the rest; for I'd fain see how the nail do drive. It is well I had wit enough to discern things, and a friend to advise with, or else she would have
fallen to my lot. But I have got a surfeit ot
going a courting, and burn me if I won't live a bachelor; for, when all comes to all, I see nothing but ill blood and quarrels among folk when they are married.
Then hey for a frolichsome life!
Strihe up with the free-hearted lasses;
Plague on it, men ate but asses, 580
Had we leen together buchl'd;
'Twould have prov'd a fine affair:
And boys, pointing, cry'd Looh there.