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thers: I never yet disobeyed him; in which I have had little merit; for his commands hitherto have only been to secure my own felicity. 540
Mr. Jes. Apres ma chere— . C(ar. But now, Sir, I am under the shocking necessity of disobeying him, or being wretched for ever. . Mr. Jes. Hem!
. Ciar. Our union is impossible—my present situation —the gloomy prospecf before me—the inquietude of my mind
. Poor, panting heart, ah! wilt thou ever
Throb within my troubled breast;
Shall I see the moment never, ,550
That is dctmt'd to give thee rest t
f Cruel stars! that thus torment me,
Mr. Jes. Who's there 1
Mr. Jes. Hark you, old gentleman! who are you i Jen. Sir, my name is Jenkins.
Mr. Jes. Oh! you are Sir John Flowerdale's ste* Ward; a servant he purs confidence in. 561 Jen. Sir, I have served Sir John Flowerdale many years: he is the best of masters; and, I believe, he lias some dependance on my attachment and fidelity.
Mr. Jes. Then, Mr. Jenkins, I shall condescend to speak to you. Does your master know who I am f Does he know, Sir, that lam likely to be a Peer of Great Britain? That I have ten thousand pounds a year; that I have passed through all Europe with distinguished eclat; that I refused the daughter of Mynheer Van Slokenfolk, the great Dutch burgomaster; and, that, if I had not had the misfortune of being bred a protestant, I might have married the niece of his present holiness the Pope, with a fortune of two hundred thousand piasters?
Jen. I am sure, Sir, my master has all the respect
Mr. Jes. Then, Sir, how comes he, after my shewing an inclination to be allied to his family; how comes he, I say, to bring me to his house to be affronted? I have let his daughter go; but, I think, I > as in the wrong; for a woman that insults me, is no more safe than a man. I have brought a Lady to reason before now, for giving me saucy language; hnd left her male friends to revenge it* Jen. Pray, good Sir, what's the matter f
Mr. Jes. Why, Sir, this is the matter, Sir—your master's daughter, Sir, has behaved to me with damn'd insolence, and impertinence: and you may tell Sir John Flowerdale, first, with regard to her, that I think she is a silly, ignorant, awkward, ill-bred country puss. •
Jen. Oh! Sir, for Heaven's sake
Mr. Jes. And, that with regard to himself, he is, in my opinion, an old, doating, ridiculous, country 'squire; without the knowledge of either men or things; and, that he is below my notice, if it were not to despise him.
Jen. Good Lord! Good Lord!
Mr. Jes. And, advise him and his daughter to keep out of my way; for, by gad I will affront them, in
the first place I meet them And, if your master
is for carrying things further; tell him, I fence better than any man in Europe.
In Italy, Germany, France have I been;
The great have caress'd me,
And, now, shall a pert,
With insolence use me,
But tout au contraire, ,
I must go and inform Sir John of what has happened; but, I will not tell him of the outrageous behaviour of this young spark; for he is a man of spirit, and would resent it. Egad, my own fingers itched to be at him, once or twice; and, as stout as he is, I fancy these old fists would give him a bellyful. , He complains of Miss Clarissa: but she is incapable of treating him in the manner he says. Perhaps, she may have behaved with some coldness towards him; and yet, that is a mystery to me too.
We all say the man was exceedingly hnowing,, . . :63? And hnowing most surely was he,
Who found out the cause of the ebhing andflowing,
Nor was he in hnowledgefarfrom it,
To what it was owing,
its coming and going,
But the man that divines
4 Lady's designs,
Their cause or effeS,
In any respeB,
Changes to Sir John Flower Da it's Garden; with q View of a Canal, by Moon-light: the Side Scenes represent Box-hedges, intermixed with Statues and Flowering Shrubs, Lionel enters, leading Clarissa.
Lion. Hist—methought I heard a noise—should we be surprised together, at a juncture so critical; what might be the consequence—I know not how it is; but, at this the happiest moment of my life, I feel a damp, a tremor, at my heart
Clar. Then, what should I do ? If you tremble, I ought to be terrified indeed, who have discovered