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Sir C. I guess it has been of the common-place kind.—Hats over the brows—-glum silence—thrust— parry—and riposte Explain and shake hands: Your man of honour never sets his friend right, till he has exchanged a shot—-or a thrust : Oh, a little steel recipe is a morning whet to the temper: It carries off all qualms, and leaves the digestion free for any thing that is presented to it.
Miss Als._ Dear, how fortunate! Considering the pills some folks have to swallow. ‘
Sir C. ‘Blandish, see if the door of Clifford's too is yet unlocked, there is a person within you little expect to find, and whom it may be proper for this
‘lady and me to interrogate together.
[The Door opens, and
Blandish. Lady Emily! Sir C. Inexplicable, with a vengeance. Illiss Als. [Aside] Lady Emily, shut up in Clifford's apartment! Beyond my expectation, indeed. [With a malicious Air. [LADY EMILY seems pleased. Sir C’. [Dryly.] Lady Emily, I know you were always cautious whom you visited,‘ and never gave a better proof of your discernment. Lady E. Never. Oh! my poor dear uncle, you little think what is going to befall you. Sir C. Not a disappointment in love, I hope. Lady E. No, but in something much nearer your heart—your system is threatened with a blow, that I think, and from my soul I hope, it never will recover: would you guess that the sagacious observations of your whole life are upon the point of being confotinded by the production—- Sir C. Qf what? Lady E. A woman of ingenuous discretion, and a man of unaffected integrity.
Sir C. Hah !
Mrs. Blandish. What can she mean?
Miss Als. Nothing good—she looks so pleasant.
Lady E. Come forth, my injured friend. Our personal acquaintance has been short, but our hearts were intimate from the first sight. [Presenting hen] Your prisoner, sir, is Miss Harriet Clifford.
Sir C. Clifford's sister!
Miss Als. What, the run-away Alton, turned into a sprig of quality. ~
Lady E. [Disdaiwgfully to Miss ALse1uP.] The humble dependent of Alscrip house—The wanton— the paragon of fraud—the only female that can equal Clifford. [Tauntingly to SIR. CLe1ur.1\*1'.] She is indeed ! [With Emphasis and Afectioa.
Blandish. [Aside] Oh, rot the source ofthe family fondness—I see I have no card left in my favourbut the heiress. [Goes to /zer and pays C0urt—During this Conversation, aside, LA DY EMILY seems encouraging Miss CLIP!-‘oRD.—-Sin. CLEMENT musing, and by Turns examining hen]
Sir C. [To himsef] “ Ingenuous discretion!"
Enter CLIFFORD, and runs to his Sister.
Clijf My dearest Harriet! the joy I purposed in presenting you here, is anticipated : but, my blameless fugitive! when your story is known, my pride in you will not be a wonder.--Miss Clifford, behold your pcrsecutor and your convert.
Enter Loan GAYV1LLE.
Lard G. [With Rapture.] Her persecutor and her convert. Her virtues, which no humility could conceal, and every trial made more resplendent, discovered, disgraced, and reclaimed a libertine.—
Miss Clifll How am I distressed!--what ought I to answer?
Lord G. lmpressed sentiment upon desire, gave honour to passion, and drew from my soul a vow‘, which Heaven chastise me when I violate, to obtain her by a legal, sacred claim, or renounce fortune, family and friends, and become a self-devoted outcast of the world.
Miss Clifll Oh! brother, intcrpose.
Sir C. My lord, your fortune, family and friends are much obliged to you. Your part is perfectMr. Clifford, you are called upon. Miss, in strict propriety, throws the business upon her relations
Come, finish the coniedy,join one of her hands to the
gallant's, while, with the other, she covers her blushes —aud he in rapture delivers the moral. All for Love, or, the World well lost.
[Miss CuFFoan still appears agitated.
Clif. Be patient, my Harriet, this is the school for prejudice, and the lesson of its shame is near.
Miss Als. I vow these singular circumstances give me quitea confusion of pleasure. The astonishing good fortune of my late protegee, in finding so impassioned a friendship in her brother's bed-chamber; the captivating eloquence of Lord Gayville, in winding up an eclaircissement which I admire—-not for the first titne—to-day—-and the superlative joy Sir Clement must feel at an union, founded upon the purity of the passions,—are subjects of such different congratulation, that I hardly know where to begin.
Lady B. [Aside] Charming! her insolence will justify what so seldom occurs to one——a severe retort, without a possible sense of compunction.
llliss Als. But in point of fortunc—-don’t imagine, Sir Clement, I would insinuate that the lad is destitute—oh Lord, far from it. Her musica talents a1'e a portion—
ALSCRIP and RIGHTLY without. Alscrip. Why, stop a moment-
Sir C. What have we here—thc lawyers in dispute ?
Alscrip. [Enteringn] You have not heard my last word yet.
Rightly. [Entcringm] You have heard mine, sir.
Alscrip. [Wlzispering.] l'll make the five thousand I offered, ten.
Rightly. Millions would not bribe mc—[C0ming f0ruard.] Whenl detect wrong, and vindicate -the sufferer, I feel the spirit of the law of England, and the pride ofa practitioner.
Alscrip. Lucifer confound such practices! [In this Part of the Scene, Sm CLEMENT, Loan GAYVILLE, LAnv EMILY, Cmrroao, and Miss CueFORD, form one Gr0up.]
[R-[G1-ITLY opensa Deed, and points out a Part of it
to Sm CLE1rz1~i'r.]
[Ma. and Miss ALSCRIP carry on the following Speeches on the Side at which ALSCRIP has entered. And MR. and Mits. BLANDISH are farther back, observing.]
Alscrip. That cursed ! cursed flaw.
Miss Als. Flaw! who has dared to talk ofone? not in my reputation, sir?
Alscrip. No, but in my estate; which is a damned deal worse. '
Miss Als. How ? what ? when ?—wbere? The estate that was to be settled upon me?
Alscrip. Yes, but that me turned topsey turvey—when me broke into my room this morning, and the devil followed, to fly away with all my faculties at once—-I am ruined—Let us_ see what you will settle upon your poor father.
Miss Als. I settle upon you ?
Mrs. Blandish. This is an embarrassing accident.
Miss Ala. Yes, and a pretty help you are, with a drop chin, like a frontispiece to the Lamentations.
Rightly. [Coming forward with SIR CL1maNr.] I stated this with some doubt this morning, but now my credit as a lawyer upon the issue.—The heiress falls short of the terms in your treaty by two thousand pounds a-year—which this deed, lately and provideutially discovered, entails upon the heirs of Sir William Charlton, and consequently, in right of his mother, upon this gentleman.
Lady E. How!
Lord G. Happy disappointment.
Sir C. [Aside] Two thousand a-year to Cliflhrd! It's a pity, for the parade of disinterestedness, that he
opened_ his designs upon Emily, before he knew his '
Lady E. [Aside.] Now, if there were twenty cielings, and as many floors, could not I find a spot to settle my silly looks upon.
[Stu CLEMENT observes her with his usual Shyness.
Sir C. [Turning towards ALsc1uP.] Palm 9. false title upon me? I should have thought the attempt beyond the collective assurance of Westminster-hall —-and he takes the loss as much to heart as if he bought the estate with his own money.
Alscrip, [With Hesitatiori] Sir Clement—what think you—of an amicable adjustment of all these businesses ?
Sir C. [Ironically] Nothing can be more reasonable. The value of Miss Alscrip's amiable disposition, placed against the abatement of her‘ fortune, is a matter of the most easy computation ; and to decide the portion, Mr. Clifford ought to rttlinquish of his acquisition—Lady Emily—will you be a referéet
Lady B. [Aside.] Yes, the lynx has me—l thought I should not escape.—[To him.] No, sir; my poor abilities only extend to an amicable endeavour here[To Miss ALscnr1>.] And really, Miss Alscrip, I see no reason for your being dispirited; there may be