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7o tell you the truth,
As mirth and nature bid,
And I did asyounhers did.
But now I am old,
I must those freahs forbear;
A man grows worse for wear.
Mr. Jessamy, Lady Mary Oldbo Y, and then Colonel Oldbo Y.
LadyM. Shut the door, why don't you shut the door there f Have you a mind I should catch my death? This house is absolutely the cave of i^olus; one had as good live on the eddy-stone, or in a wind-mill. 201
Mr. Jes. I thought they told your Ladyship, that there was a messenger here from Sir John Flowerdale.
Col. Well, sir, and so there was; but he had not patience to wait upon your curling-irons. Mr. Jenkins was here, Sir John Flowerdale's steward, who has lived in the family these forty years.
Mr. Jes. And pray, Sir, might not Sir John Flowerdale have come himself: if he had been acquainted with the rules of good breeding, he would have known that I ought to have been visited.
Lady M. Upon my word, Colonel, this is a solecism.
Col. 'Sblood, my Lady, it's none. Sir John Flowerdale came but last night from his sister's seat in the West, and is a little out of order. But I suppose he thinks he ought to appear before him with his daughter in one hand, and his rent-roll in the other, and cry, Sir, pray do me the favour to accept them. 218
Lady AT. Nay, but, Mr. Oldboy, permit me to say—
Col. He need not give himself so many affected airs; I think it's very well if he gets such a girl for going for; she's one of the handsomest and richest in this country, and more than he deserves. , 'i V
Mr. Jes. That's an exceeding fine china jar vow la-dyship has got in the next room; I saw the fellow of it the other day at Williams's, and will send to my agent to purchase it: it is the true matchless old blue and white. Lady Betty Barebones has a couple that she gave an hundred guineas for, on board anIndiaman; but she reckons them at a hundred and twenty-five, on account of half a dozen plates, four Nankeen beakers, and a couple of shaking Mandarins, that the custom-house officers took from under her petticoats. , " .-. eig4
Cot. Did you ever hear the like of this! He's chattering about old china, while I am talking to him of a fine girl. I tell you what, Mr. Jessamy, since that's the name you choose to be called by, I have a good mind to knock you down.
Mr. Jes. Knock me down! Colonel? What do you mean 1 I must tell you, Sir, this is a language to which I have not been accustomed; and, if you think proper to continue to repeat it, I shall be under a necessity of quitting your house i
Col. Quitting my housed
Afr. Jes. Yes, Sir, incontinently.
Col. Why, Sir, am not I your father, Sir, and hava I not a right to talk to you as I like? I will, sirrah. But, perhaps, I mayn't be your father, and I hope not. ;-- > ---'on - 'j 850 Lady M. Heavens and earth, Mr. Oldboy!
Col. What's the matter, Madam1 I mean, Madam, that he. might have been changed at nurse, Madam; and I believe he was.
Mr. Jes. Huh! huh I huh!
Col. Do you laugh at me, you saucy jackanapes!
Lady M. Who's there ? somebody bring me a chair. Really, Mr. Oldboy, you throw my weakly frame into such repeated convulsions—but I see your aim; you want to lay me in my grave, and you will very soon have that satisfaction. s6i
Col. I can't bear the sight of him.
Lady M. Open that window, give me air, or I shall faint.
Mr. Jes. Hold, hold, let me tie a handkerchief about my neck first. This cursed sharp north wind —Antoine, bring down my muff".
Col. Ay, do, and his great-coat.
Lady M. Marg'ret, some harts-horn. My dear Mr. Oldboy, why will you fly out in this way, when you know how it shocks my tender nerves f
Col. 'Sblood, Madam, its enough to make a man road.
Lady M. Hartshorn! Hartshorn
Mr. Jes. Colonel I, . . , .- ,-. Col. Do you hear the puppy?
Mr. Jes. Will you give me leave to ask you one question? ., r ,. «1. \
'Cel. I don't know whether I will or not. 279/
Mr. Jes. I should be glad to know, that's all, what single circumstance in my conduct, carriage, or figure you can possibly find fault with—Perhaps i may be brought to reform—Pr'ythee let me hear from your own mouth, then, seriously what it is you do like, and what it i: you do not like.
Col. Hum! - . - ,"
Mr. Jes. Be ingenuous, speak and spare not.
Col. You would know?
Zounds, Sir! then I'll tell you without any jest,
A coxcomb, a fop, ago
A dainty milh-sop;
A thing full of prate,
Allfashion, no weight;
Who shrugs, and tahes snuff,
And carries a muff j ,
Finihingr , gso
And now, Sir, Ifancy, I've toldyou enough.
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