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compliment upon her temper. Could not you, compatibly with the immaculate sincerity you profess, venture as far as admiration?

Clifl”. Iadmire her, sir, as I do a bright star in the firmament, and consider the distance of both as equally immeasurable.

Sir C. [Aside.] Spccious rogue! [To him.] Well, leave Emily then -to be winked at through telescopes; and now to a matter of nearer observation What is Gayville doing? "

Clijfl Every thing you desire, sir, I trust; but you know I have been at home only three days, and have hardly seen him since I came.

Sir C. Nor I neither; but I find he has profited wonderfully by foreign experience. After rambling half the world over without harm, he is caught, like a travelled woodcock, at his landing.

Clif. If you suspect Lord Gayville of indiscretion, why do you not put him candidly to the test? I'll be bound for his ingenuousness not to withold any confession you may require.

Sir C. You may be right, but he'll confess more to you in an hour, than to me in a month, for all that; come, Clifford, look as you ought to do at your interest—Sift him—Watch him—You cannot guess how much you will make me your friend, and how grateful I may be if you will discover

Clifl”. Sir, you mistake the footing upon which Lord Gayville and I live _ I am often the partner of his thoughts, but never a spy upon his actions.

[Bows and exit.

Sir C. [Alana] Well played Cliflord !- Good air and emphasis, and well suited to the trick of the scene.—He would do, if the practical part of deceit were as easy at his age, as discernment of it is at mine. Gayville and Emily, if they had not a vigilant guard, would be his sure prey; for they are examples of the generous affections coming to matu


rity with their stature; while suspicion, art, and interest are still dormant in the seed. I must employ Blandish in this business—A rascal of a different cast—Below Clifford in hypocrisy, but greatly

_above him in the scale of impudence. They shall

both forward my ends, while they think they are pursuing their own. I shall ever be sure of a man's

endeavours to serve me, while I hold out a lure to '

his knavery and interest. ' [Erit.


An Antichamber.

Alscrip. [Wit/wut.] Dinner not ordered till seven o'clock—Bid the kitchen-maid get me some eggs and bacon. Plague, what with the time of dining and the French cookery, I am in the land of starvation, with half St. .lames's-Market upon my weekly bills.

Enter [while speaking the last Sentence.]

What a change have I made to please my unpleasaable daughter ? Instead of my regular meal at Furnival's Inn, here am I transported to BerkeleySquare, to fast at Alscrip House, till my fine company come from their morning ride two hours after dark-——Nay, it's worse, if I am carried among my great neighbours in Miss Alscrip's suite, as she calls it. My lady looks over me; my lord walks over me; and sets me in a little tottering cane chair, at the cold corner of the table—Though l have a mortgage ‘upon the house and furniture, and arrears due of the whole interest. It's a pleasure though to be well dressed. My daughter maintains all fashions are founded in sense——~Icod the tightness of my wig,

and the stiffness of my cape, give me the sense of the pillory—Plaguy scanty about the hips too—And the

_ breast something of a merrythought reversed—But

there is some sense in that, for if one sex pares away in proportion where the other swells, we shall take up no more room in the world than we did before.

Enter a SERVA NT.

Serv. Sir, Miss 'Alscrip wishes to see you.

Alscrip. Who is with her?

Serv. Only Mrs. Blandish, sir.

Alscrip. She must content herself with that com

pany, till I have had my whet Order up the eggs and bacon. [E.rit.



Miss ALscrti1> discovered at har Toilet. CHIGNON, [her Valet dc Chambre,] dressing her Head. Mas. BLAN ms}! sitting by, and holding a Box of Diamond


Miss Als. And so, Blandish, you really think that the introduction of Otabaite feathers in my trimming succeeded ?

Mrs. Blandislz. Oh, with the mixture of those charming Italian flowers, and the knots of pearl that gathered up the festoons, never any thing had so happy an effect It put the whole ball-room out

of humour. Monsieur Chignon, that pin a little more to the front.

Miss Als. And what did they say ? lllrs. Blandish. You know it is the first solicitude of my life to see the friend of my heart treated with


justice. So when you stood up to dance, I got into the thick of the circle Monsieur, don’t you think this large diamond would be well placed just in the middle ?

Chignon. Eh! non, madame; ce ne releve pas Dat give no relief to de weight of de curl Full in de front un gros bouton, von great nob of diamond ! pardie ce seroit un accommodage a la Polyphéme; de big eye of de geant in de centre of de forehead.

Zlliss Als. Chignon is right in point oftaste, though not quite so happy in his allusions as he is sometimes. I

C/zignon/Ah! Madame, you have done von grands injure to my contrée : You go for von monthe, and bring avay all de good taste——At Paris all von side de' diamond-—-de cap—de glance—de bon mot méme—-All von side, nothing direct A Paris.


Miss Als. [Smiling at Cmouou, and then turning


to Mas. BLANDISH-] Well! And so

Mrs. Blandish. So it was all admiration ! Elegant, says Lady Spite—-it may do very well for Miss A!scrip, who never looks at expense. The dress ofa bridal princess! cries Mrs. Scanty, and for one night's wear too !

Miss Als. Delightful! the very language I wished for Oh, how charmingly apropos was my accident ! did you see when my trimming in the passepicd of a cotilion came luckily in contact with Billy Skim's great shoe-buckle—-How it ripped away?

Mrs. Blandish. Did I see it?

Miss Als. One of the great feathers stuck fast on the shoe, and looked for all the world like the heel wing of a Mercury in a pantomime.

Mrs. Blandish. Oh ! you witty creature, how you describe!

Miss Als. It was a most becoming rent !

Mrs. Blandish. And what a display ofindifference; what an example for a woman of fortune, did you


exhibit in the bustle of picking up the scattered fragments !

Miss Als. When the pearls were trundling about, and I insisted upon the company being no longer disturbed, but would leave what remained for fairy favours to the maid who swept the room. He ! he! be! Do you think Lady Emily would have done that better ?

llIrs.BZandish. Lady Emily? poor girl !—-How soon must she submit to be the humble second of the family.

llliss Als. He ! he! he ! Do you sincerely think so, Blandish? And yet it would be strange ifit were otherwise, for I could buy her ten times over.

C’/tignon. Madame, vat humeure vould you wear to-day ?

Miss Als. Humour, Chignon? What am I dressed for now ? '

C/zignon. The parfaite aimable, madam: but my bringing de point of de hair more down to de eyebrow, or adding a little blowse to de sides, Ican give you do look severe, capricieuse--vat you please.

Miss Als. We'll put it off for half an hour, I am not quite decided. I was in the capricieuse yester

day—I believe I shall keep on the perfect amiable. _

[Exit CH1GNOI\'.] Tiffany, take off my powdering gown Ah ! ho ! How the wench tugs—do you think you are pulling off the coachman's greatcoat ? Mrs. Blandish. My dear amiable l-—do not let that sweet temper be rut-‘fled—Why will yo not employ me in these little offices. Delicacy likeigiours should he waited upon by the softness of a sylph. [During this Speech exit TIFIAN Y peerishly. llliss Als. I am promised a creature to be about me out of the common way. Mrs. Blandish. A new woman ?

Miss Als. No; something to be raised much high

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