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Changes to a grand Apartment in Lord Aimwortmil House, opening to a view of the Garden.
Lord Aimworth, Fairfield, Patty, Ralph, I
L. Aim. Thus, Master Fairfield, I hope I have fully' satisfied you with regard to the falsity of the imputation thrown upon your daughter and me
Fai. My lord, I am very well content; pray do not give yourself the trouble of saying any more. 590
Ral. No, my lord, you need not say any more.
Fai. Hold your tongue, sirrah.
L. Aim. I am sorry, Patty, you have had this mor-' tl fixation.
Pat. I am sorry, my lord, you have been troubled about it; but really it was against my consent.
Fai. Well, come children, we will not take up his Honour's time any longer; let us be going towards
home Heaven prosper your lordship; the pray'rs
of me and my family shall always attend you. 600
L. Aim. Miller, come back Patty, stay
Fai. Has your lordship any thing further to command us f
L. Aim. Why yes, Master Fairfield, I have a word
or two still to say to you In short, though you are
satisfied in this affair, 1 am not; and you seem to forget the promise I made you, that, since I had been the means of losing your daughter one husband, I would find her another.
Fat. Your honour is to do as you please. 610
L. Aim. What say you, Patty, will you accept of a husband of my chusing?
Pat. My lord, I have no determination; you are the best judge how I ought to aft; whatever you command, I shall obey.
L. Aim. Then, Patty, there is but one person I can
offer you and I wish, for your sake, he was more
deserving Take me
L. Aim. From this moment our interests are one, as our hearts; and no earthly power shall ever divide us. 622
Fax. "O the gracious!" Patty—my lord—Did I hear right! You, sir, you marry a child of mine!
L. Aim. Yes, my honest old man, in me you behold the husband designed for your daughter; and I am happy that, by standing in the place of fortune, who has alone been wanting to her, I shall be able to set her merit in a light, where its lustre will be rendered conspicuous. 630
Fai. But good, noble sir, pray consider j don't go to put upon a silly old man: my daughter is unworthy Patty, child, why don't you speak f
Pat. What can I say, father I what answer to such unlook'd-for, such unmerited, such unbounded generosity 1
Ral. Down on your knees, and fall a crying.
Pat. Yes, sir, as my father says, consider your
noble friends, your relations—It must not, cannot be.-*-"' 640 "L. Aim. It must, and shall——Friends! relations! "from henceforth I have none, that will not acknowledge you! and' I am sure, when they become ac"qnainted with your perfections, those, whose suf-' "frage I most esteem, will rather admire the justice *' of my choice, than wonder at its singularity."
L. Aim. My lift, my joy, my blessing,
Patty• To you my all is owing;
, 01 tahe a heart o'er flowing it.:..... .. • fftfigratitude and love.
L. Aim. Thus infolding,
Enter Sir Harry, Lady Sycamore, Theodosia, Mervin.
S. Har. Well, we have followed your lordship'*
counsel, and made the best of a bad market So
my lord, please to know our son-in-law, that is to be.
L. Aim. You do me a great deal of honour—I wish you joy, sir, with all my heart.—And now, Sir Harry, give me leave to introduce to you a new relation of mine This, sir, is shortly to be my wife.
5. Har. My lord!
L. Syc. Your lordship's wife!
L. Aim. Yes, madam.
L. Syc. And why so, my lord? 669 L. Aim. Why, faith, ma'am, because I can't live
happy without her And I think she has too many
amiable, too many estimable qualities to meet with a worse fate.
5. Har. Well, but you are a peer of the realm; you will have all the fleerers
L. Aim. I know very well the ridicule that may be thrown on a lord's marrying a miller's daughter j and I own, with blushes, it has for some time had too great weight with me: but we should marry to please ourselves, not other people: and, on mature consideration, I can see no reproach justly merited, by raising a deserving woman to a station she is capable of adorning, let her birth be what it will. 683 S. Har. Why 'tis very true, my lord. I once knew a gentleman that married his cook-maid: he was a relation of my own—You remember fat Margery, my lady! She was a very good sort of a woman, indeed she was, and made the best suet dumplings I ever tasted.
L. Syc. Will you never learn, Sir Harry, to guard
your expressions? Well, but give me leave, my
lord, to say a word to you There are other ill
consequences attending such an alliance. 693
L. Aim. One of them I suppose is, that I, a peer, should be obliged to call this good old miller fatherin-law. But where's the shame in that? He is as good as any lord, in being a man ; and if we dare suppose a lord that is not an honest man, he is, in my opinion, the more respectable character. Come, Master Fairfield, give me your hand; from henceforth you have done with working; we will pull down your mill, and build you a house in the place of it; and the money I intended for the portion of your daughter, shall now be laid out in purchasing a commission for your som
Ral. What, my lord, will you make me a captain f
L. Aim. Ay, a colonel, if you deserve it.
Ral. Then I'll keep Fan. 708