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way; when hearing my case, Sir Richard Rantum mentioned you; he said, he was sure you would permit me to remain at your house for a few days, and offered me a recommendation.
Cot. And there's likely to be a brat in the case— And the girl's friends are in business—I'll tell you what will be the consequence then—They will be for going to law with you for a maintenance—but no matter, I'll take the affair in hand for you—make me your solicitor; and, if you are obliged to pay for a single spoonful of pap, I'll be content to father all the children in the Foundling Hospital. 681
Har. You are very kind, Sir.
Col, But hold—hark you—you say there's money to be had—suppose you were to marry the wench?
Har. Do you think, Sir, that would be so right after w hat has happened1 Besides, there's a stronger objection—To tell you the truth, I am honourably in love in another place.
Col. Oh! you are. 689
Har. Yes, Sir, but there are obstacles—A father —In short, Sir, the mistress of my heart lives in this very county, which makes even my present situation a little irksome.
Col. In this county I Zounds! Then I am sure I am acquainted with her, and the first letter of her name is
Har. Excuse me, Sir, I have some particular reasons
Col. But look who comes yonder—Ha! ha! ha! TVIy son picking his steps like a dancing-master. Pr'ythee, Harman,' go into the house, and let my wife and daughter know we are come, while I go and have some sport with him: they will introduce you to Sir John Flowerdale.
Har. Then, Sir, I'll take the liberty
Col. But d'ye hear, I must have a little more discourse with you about this girl; perhaps she's a neighbour of mine, and I may be of service to you.
Har. Well, remember, Colonel, I shall try your friendship. 710
O bend in hind compassion,
For titles, wealth, and honours,
1 ash this only blessing,
Let her I love be mine.
Colonel Oldboy, Mr. Jessamy, and several Servants.
Col. Why, Zounds! one would think you had never put your feet to the ground before; you make as D
much work about walking a quarter of a mile, as if
you had gone a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.■; n)A 3:Jf?■i
Mr. Jes. Colonel, you have used me extremely ill, to drag me through the dirty roads in this manjji^r; you told me the way was all over a bowling-green; only see what a condition I am in!
Col. Why, how did I know the roads were dirty. ^ is that my fault? Besides, we mistook th$. if^aj^ Zounds, man, your legs will be never the worse when they are brushed a little. :. . . ■.MfJf
Mr.Jes. Antoine! have you sent La Roque for the shoes and stockings? Give me the glass out of your pocket—not a dust of powder left in my hair, and the frissure as flat as the fore-top of an attorney's clerk —get your comb and pomatum; you must borrow some powder; I suppose there's such a thing as a dressing-room in the house? t rj
Col. Ay, and a cellar too, I hope, for I want a glass of wine cursedly—but hold! hold! Frank, where are you going i Stay, and pay your devofrs here, if you please; I see there's somebody coming out to welcome us. < .. \. ^1 v i. 742
Colonel Oldboy, Mr. Jessamy, Lionel, Diaj^a,
Clarissa. „ .
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Lion. Colonel, your most obedient; Sir John is walking with my Lady in the garden, and has com ■ missioned me to receive yqtj.
Jenny. ■ j I .J.v ,nii
Well, but Mr. Lionel, consider, pray consider now; how can you be so prodigious uhdfeereet asy<jli are, walking about the hall here, white<hejgentlefolks are within in the parlour! D6n*t yon think they'll wonder at your getting up so soon after dinner, and before any of the rest of the company* :'"T Lion. For Heaven's sake, Jenny, don't Sp£ak' io me: i neither know where I am, nor what 1 am'doing; I am the most wretched and miserable of mankind. io