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Lady Mary Oldboy, Mr. Jessamy.
Mr. Jes. What's the matter with the Colonel, Madam; does your ladyship know I ..v
Lady M. Heigho! don't be surprised, my dear; it was the same thing with my late dear brother, Lord Jessamy; they never could agree: that good natured friendly soul, knowing the delicacy of my constitution, has often said, sister Mary, I pity you. Not but your father has good qualities, and I assure you I remember him a very fine gentleman himself. In. the year of the hard frost, one thousand seven hundred and thirty-nine, when he first paid his addresses to me, he was called agreeable Jack Oldboy, though I married him without the consent of your noble grandfather. 316
Mr. Jes. I think he ought to be proud of me: I believe there's many a Duke, nay Prince, who would esteem themselves happy in having such a son
Lady M. Yes, my dear; but your sister was always your father's favourite: he intends to give her a prodigious fortune, and sets his heart upon seeing her a woman of quality.
Mr. Jes. He should wish to see her look a little like a gentlewoman first. When she was in London last winter, I ara told she was taken notice of by a few men. But she wants air, manner. 327
Lady M. And has not a bit of the genius of our family, and I never knew a woman of it, but herself, without. I have tried her: about three years ago I set her to translate a little French song: I found she had not even an idea of versification; and she put down love and joy for rhyme—so I gave her over.
Mr. Jes. Why, indeed, she appears to have more fif the Thalestris than the Sappho about her.
Lady M. Well, my dear, I must go and dress myself, though I protest I am fitter for my bed than my coach. And condescend to the Colonel a little—Do my dear, if it be only to oblige your mamma. 339
L*et me consider: I am going to visit a country Baronet here : who would fain prevail upon me to marry his daughter: the old gentleman has heard of my parts and understanding j Miss of my figure and address. But, suppose I should not like her when.I see. her? Why, positively, then I will not have her; the treaty's at an end, and, sans compliment, we break up the congress. But, won't that be cruel, after having suffered her to flatter herself with hopes, and shewing myself to her. She's a strange dowdy I date believe: however, she brings provision with her for a separate maintenance, - , n ,' "i. 351
Antoine, appretez la toilet. I am going to spend a cursed day; that I perceive already; I wish it was. over, I dread it as much as a general election.
When a man of fashion condescends, .,. •
But as for this bruitish old clown here i
SCENE VI. - ■
Changes to a Study in Sir John Flowerda I.e's House; two Chairs and a Table, with Globes and Mathematical Instruments. Clarissa enters, followed by Jenny. "~ •
^...AIR. Clar. Immortal paw'rs proteH me, i . i; Assist, support, direH me: .... Relieve a heart opprtst: -i-
Ah! why this palpitation? 370
.'' . And let me, let me rest, .- J--*
Jen. My dear lady, what ails you 1 .. '. Clar. Nothing, Jenny, nothing.
Jen. Pardon me, Madam, there is something ailsyou indeed. Lord I what signifies all the grandeur and riches in this world, if they can't procure one content. I am sure it vexes me to the heart, so it . does, to see such a dear, sweet, worthy young Lady, as you are, pining yourself to death. ;380
Clar. Jenny, you are a good girl, and I am very much obliged to you for feeling so much on my account; but in a little time, I hope I shall be easier.
Jen. Why, now, here to day, Midam, for sartain you ought to be merry to day, when there's a fine gentleman coming to court you; but, if you like'any one else better, I am sure, I wish you had him, with all my soul. - *' -''' * .l / :'"i>
, Gldr. Suppose, Jenny, I was so unfortunate, as to like a man without my father's approbation; would
you wish me-married to him f v , 391
"'- Jen. I wish-you married to any one, Madam, that . could make you happy; Clar. Heigho!
Jen. Madam t Madam! yonder's Sir John and Mr. Lionel on the terrace; I believe they are coming up here. Poor, dear Mr. Lionel, he does not seem to be in over great spirits either. To be sure, Madam, it's no business of mine; but, I believe, if the truth was known, there are those in the house, who would give more than ever I shall be worth, or any the likes of me, to prevent the marriage of a sartain person that shall be nameless. ■ \ 403
Clar. What do you mean? I don't understand you 1 .
Jen. I hope you are not angry, Madam?
Clar. Ah! Jenny
Jen. Lauk! Madam, do you think, when Mr. Lionel's a clergyman, he'll be obliged to cut off his hair ? I'm sure it will be a thousand pities, for it is the sweetest colour, and looks the nicest put up in a cue —and your great pudding-sleeves! Lord! they'll quite spoil his shape, and the fall of his shoulders. Well! Madam, if I was a lady of large fortune, I'll be hanged if Mr. Lionel should be a parson, if I could help it. 416
Clar. I'm going into my dressing room—It seems then Mr. Lionel is a great favourite of yours; but pray Jenny, have a care how you talk in this manner to any one else.
Jen. Me talk I Madam, I thought you knew me better; and, my dear Lady, keep up your spirits. I'm sure I have dressed you to day as nice as hands and pins can make you.
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