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possibly attend it ?—The design is his own, as in pArt will be the execution.—He may perhaps be angry when he finds out the deceit.—Well —he deceives himself; and faults we commit ourselves, we seldom find much difficulty in pardoning.
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Hence with caution, hence with fear,
Beauty prompts, and nought shall stay vie;
Boldly for that prize I steer;
Rochs, nor winds, nor waves dismay me. 420
Yet, rash lover, looh behind,
Thinh what evils may betide yov;
And you have none else to guide you.
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Changes to a handsome Dressing-room, supposed, to: Ik" Clarissa's. On one side, between the fViiigs,^i\i Table with a Glass, Boxes, and two Chairs. DrANA enters before Jessamy.
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Dian. Come, brother, I undertake to be mistress, of the ceremony upon this occasion, aod introduce
i'ou to your first audience. Miss Flowerdale is not
here, I perceive; but no matter.— . ,« ,
-if ) A: ,'clarjssa, Mr. Jessamy.
'iCfeai-.* Sfr, I took the liberty to desire a few moment'* private conversation with you—I hope you will excuse it-*— I am, really, greatly embarrassed. But, in an af* fair of such immediate consequence to us both-—;
Mr. Jes. My dear creature, don't be embariass'd before me; 1 should be extremely sorry to strike you with any awe; but, this is a species of mauvaise honte, which the company I shall introduce you to, wnt soon cure you of.* .''"' : v.t". \
Clar. Upon mjfeword, Sir, I don't understand you.
Mr. Jes. Perhaps you may be under some uneasiness lest I should not 'life'quite so w arm in the prosecution of this affair,'as you could wish: it is true with regard to quality, I might do better; and, with regard to fortune, full as well—But, you please me— Upon my soul, I have not met with any thing more agreeable to me a great while. Clar. Pray, Sir, keep your seat. Mr. Jes. Mauvaise honte again. My dear, there is nothing in these little familiarities between you and me—When we are married, I shall do every thing to render your life happy. 5°9 Clar. Ah! Sir, pardon me. The happiness of my
life depends upon a circumstance
Mr. Jes. Oh! I understand you—You have been told, I suppose, of the Italian opera girl—Rat peoples* tongues—However, 'tis true, I had an affair with her at Naples, and she is now here. But, be satisfied: I'll give her a thousand pounds, and send her about her business.
Clar. Me, Sir! I protest nobody told me—Lord! I never heard any such thing, or enquired about it. Mi. Jes. No I have they not been chattering to you
of my affair at Pisa, with the Principessa del ■
Clar. No, indeed, Sir.
Mr. Jes. Well, I was afraid they might, because, in this rude country—But, why silent on a sudden I —don't be afraid to speak.
Clar. No, Sir, I will come to the subject, on which I took the liberty to trouble you—Indeed, I have great reliance on your generosity.
Mr. Jes. You'll find me generous as a prince, depend on't. 53°
Clar. I am bless'd, Sir, with one of the best of fa