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Copp. Fear! it isn't fear, look ye. But, somehow, 1 never fell in with a king before in all my crui sings.

Chas. [apart.] Copp and his niece! here's a pretty rencontre. [Summoning up dignity.

Copp. Well, I suppose I must begin. Oddstish! I had it all settled in my head, and now, the deuce a word can I muster up.

Mart/. Come, uncle, courage! I never saw you so cast down before.

Chas. [apart.] I hope he will not recognize me.

Roch. [low, to Lady Clara.] Is not my niece a pretty lass?

Lady C. She is, indeed, my lord; you may be proud of her.

Copp. Well, then, what I had to say is this. [Low.] Hey, Mary, what is it I had to say?

Mary. Relate simply what passed.

Copp. Right , my girl, right. But oddsfish! I feel so queer, I'll be hanged if I can look him in the face.

Mary. It would not be respectful to stare at his majesty. [Keeps her eyes modestly casWlown.

Chas. [to Copp.] What is your name, my good friend?

Copp. Copp, at your service; that is to say Cop

Mary. My uncle, being an honest man, has ♦ brought the watch to your majesty. *

Copp. Yes, by St. George, and here it is. The ♦ sharpers, to be sure, have run off with five pounds ♦ ten of my money, but that's neither here nor there. ♦ I don't say that because I expect you to pay it, * you know. In short, without more palaver, [cross- es to Charles and gives it] here's the watch. « [ Glancing at the King, stops short and gives a long J whistle.] Whew! [Treads softly back; low, foMARY.] J Smite my timbers, if it ben't the other rogue! J

Mary. What ails you, uncle f surely, you are J losing your senses to speak thus of his majesty! J

Copp. [low, to her.] Majesty or no majesty, I'll J put my hand in the fire on't he's the other. ♦

Chas. The watch is certainly mine.

Lady C. Your majesty's?

[Smiling significantly at Rochester.

Roch. [affecting astonishment.] Your majesty's watch!

Chas. Even so; and I might have lost it but for this man's honesty. I shall be more on my guard in the future.

[Looking sternly at Rochester. Mary, [looking at Charles and Rochester.] The voice and the face are astonishingly alike.

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land, or Captain Copp, as they call me. And here Mary, my niece, who. though I say it, is one of But it is impossible, the best girls. [While talking, he looks down Copp. [rapping his forehead.] I have it—I see and fumbles with his cap. how it is. [Low, to Mary.] We've made a pretty

Mary. But that's not the point, uncle. kettle of fish of it. The king, you know, is said

Copp. Eh! true, very true, always keep to the to cruise at night under false colors, point, like a good helmsman. First and foremost, Mary. Mercy on me! what will become of us f then, you must know, my lord—when I say my Copp. [to Mary.] Let me alone; I see, it's all lord, f mean your majesty. !a masquerade frolic. [Suppressing a laugh.] I'll

Chas. [apart.] Egad, he's as much puzzled as settle it all. [Aloud.] Your majesty will not be I was, to give an account of myself.

angry with my little fool of a niece. The two Copp. [still looking down.] in finis—you must I strangers might be very worthy people: many a

''' ''' '' man has a gallows look, and is an honest fellow

for all that. The truth is, they were a brace of

know, prima, then, that I command, that is to say, I keep the Grand Admiral, as honest a tavern as your majesty would wish to set your foot in—none but good company ever frequent it, except when a rogue or so drops in, in disguise; last night, for instance, a couple of 'scape gallows knaves, saving your majesty's presence—ah! if I could only lay eyes on them again—I should know'em, wherever I saw 'em—one in particular had a confounded hanging look—a man about the height of— [Eyeing Rochester, stops short.] Mary! Mary! if there isn't one of the very rogues!

Mary. My dear uncle, hush, for heaven's sake! [Apart.] That wine is still in his head.

Chas. [apart.] Rochester's face seems to puzzle him.

Copp. I'll say no more; for the more I look

were a

merry wags. Besides, if I had known for certain, I wouldn't for the world—ha! ha!—because, d'ye see—honor bright—mum! [Turning to Mary.] Come, I think I've got you pretty well out of this scrape, hey?

Lady C. I am of your opinion, Captain Copp. They were two sad madcaps.

Chas. They merit harsher titles, Lady Clara. One of them has been already punished, the other shall be presently. [Makes a sign to Edward, who brings forward a chair, c] Captain Copp, I am aware of all that passed at your house. [Sits.

Copp. Ah! your majesty knows that he who cracks a joke must not complain if he should chance to pinch his fingers.

Chas. True, Captain. But was there not ques

[low, to Mary] dash my buttons if it isn't himself!

Mary. Hush, I entreat you—I will speak for tion of one Rochester? you. [Takes his place, her'eyes still modestly cast Copp. [aside.] Zounds! that's his friend. This down.] My uncle has thought it his duty to inform is bringing one to close quarters. [Aloud.] Wrhy, your majesty that two strangers came to his house craving your majesty's pardon, I did let slip some last night, and after calling for a great deal of hard truths about him.

wine were unable to pay, and went off, leaving a Roch. And do you kuow him of whom you spoke valuable watch in pledge, which has proved to so bluntly f

belong to your majesty. [rochester ami Lady Copp. Not I, thank heaven! But I only said Clara in by-play caress great dehght at the what everybody says; and what everybody says, manner O/"mary. you know, must be true.

Copp. [apart, rubbing his hands.] Oh, bless her!' Chas. Spoken like an oracle; and did not you she talks like a book. say that this pretty lass was his niece?

Roch. [to Lady Clara.] Docs not my niece Copp. Aye, as to that matter, I'll stick to that, tell her little story with clearness and simplicity f proof in hand. Make a reverence, Mary, and no

Lady C. Charmingly! she has quito won my thanks to Rochester for the relationship, heart. Chas. I will take care that he shall make a

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suitable provision for his niece, or provide her an honorable husband.

Roch. I can assure your majesty you only anticipated his intentions.

Copp. Avast there! I don't give up my girl.

Roch. But you will choose a match suited to her noble family?

Copp. I'll choose for her an honest man; but no ranticumscout companion to suit that Earl of Rochester you talk of. [ Chuckling and winking. ] To tell the truth between friends, and all in confidence, I had a match in my eye, a young musicmaster. Nay, don't blush, girl, I knew there was a sneaking kindness in the case.

Chas. I oppose that match. That young man received a ring last night, but has not had the honesty, like Captain Copp, to seek the owner. [mary involuntarily springs forward to defend Edward against the charge, which Lady Clara and Rochester observe and smile at.

Copp. Oddsfish! that's true enough; he has absconded with the ring.

Mary. [earnestly.] I am a witness that the ring was freely given, and I'll pledge my life that he will bring it back.

Lady C. [aside, to Rochester.] Your niece is a brave girl; but I see she has no longer a heart.

Edw. [advancing.] He only waited a suitable moment to return it to your majesty.

(Kneels and presents it.

Chas. How! Edward 1 The resemblance is no longer a wonder.

Copp. What, little crotchet and quaver! Aha! ha! ha! there's witchcraft in all this.

Mary. Oh, heavens! Georgini a gentleman! But my heart knew it.

[copp and Mary go up the stage.

Chas. It is in vain, Lady Clara, to attempt concealment. Behold the heroes of the adventure.

[RisesEdward removes chairs.

Lady C. Pardon me, sire, I knew it all along— I was in the plot.

Chas. How?

Lady C. Her majesty, the queen, was at the head of it. If the Earl be guilty, it is we who induced him, and should undergo the punishment.

Cfuis. I understand the whole. But the treachery of this Earl I cannot forgive. He shall not obtain my pardon.

Lady C. [producing a paper.] It is already obtained. Your majesty, over-merciful, has signed it.

Chas. What! he, too, is the author for whom you have interested yourself. Ha, ha, ha! fairly taken in at all points. Rochester, thou hast conquered. [rochester kneels; Charles and

Lady Clara retire up; Copp and Mary come down.

Copp. [passionately.] Thunder and lightning! this man Rochester? Come along, girl, come along!

*Roch. Hold, Captain Copp. That lam Rochester, 'tis true—a wild fellow, no doubt, since everybody says so. But there is one crime that 1 will not take to my charge, for 'tis a sin against beauty—I am not the Rochester who deserted the pretty Mary; ho was my predecessor, and is dead.

Copp. Dead ! gone to his long home! Well, may heaven deal more kindly with him than he did with this little girl.

Chas. What say you, Captain Copp? What say you, my Lord of Rochester? Must we not find a husband for our niece?

Copp. Fair and softly, your.majesty—craving your majesty's pardon, I can't give up my right over my little girl. This lord is an uncle—I can't gainsay it; but he's a new-found uncle. For my part, I have bred her, and fed her, and been her uncle all her life ; haven't I, Mary?

Chas. You arc right, Captain—you alone ought to dispose of her. But I hope to propose a match that shall please all parties. What think you of my page—the music-master who brought back the ring I

Copp. Your majesty has fathomed my own wishes. Roch. And mine.

Edw. And mine. [Approaching Mary.

Mary. And—[extending her hand] and mine.

Copp. So, hero we are, all safe in port, after last night's squall. Oddsfish! I feel so merry my girl's provided for; I have nothing now to care for—I'll keep open house at the Grand Admiral— I'll set all my liquor a-tap—I'll drown all Wapping in wine and strong beer—I'll have an illumination—I'll make a bonfire of the Grand Admiral —I'll sing,

"Iu the time of the Rump—"

[mary runs down and stops him. Chas. Captain Copp, I recollect that I am your debtor—five pounds ten; accept this watch j as a mark of my esteem. This ring I reserve for I the lovely Mary. [Putting it on her finger.] And now, [beckoning all the characters to the front with ; an air of mystery] let me particularly enjoin on all present the most profound secrecy in regard to our whimsical adventures at Wapping.

Copp.' [clapping his finger to his lips.] Honor bright! Mum!

The End.

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KING CHARLES.—Largo drab beaver hut. white plumes, point lace collar and cuffs. Mack circular clonk lined with white satin, and turned buck with gold trimming. A star on the cloak. Green doublet, slashed with white satin from top to the bottom of sleeves, and richlv embroidered. Sash of umber-colored silk. with bows round the waist and sleeves. Deep buff full breeehes. richly em-; broidered. with point luce at the knees. Yellow boots.—Sailor s drew Vcrv full blue tunic, to draw round the waist. full blue i breeehes, blue stockings, striped shirt, course baize cap, russet shoes.

ROCHESTER.—Two dresses of the smrc fashion ns the king's, | except that the embroidered dress is of plum color and no cloak. White satin sash, white bows, and white shoes. j

EDWARD.—Scarlet doublet, white full breeehes trimmed with gold bntton-holes ami tassels, white puffs. white silk sioh and gold fringe, white shoes.—Second dressSame shape as the first. but of plain puce brown. trimmed with amber-colored silk.

CAPTAIN COPP.—Very full scarlet tunic. drawn round the waist with black cord and black bows. striped shirt, large blue breeehes. trimmed with yellow and large gilt ball buttons, cloak to mutch. with a few buttons but no other trimming, and large drnb beaver hat.

TWO WAITERS.—Plain doublet.

LADY CLARA.—VAy rich pink satin dress. with full sleeves.

trimmed with pearl beads. MARY.—Black velvet body. blue silk skirt trimmed with point

lace, and point lace apron.

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Casts Of Characters. Stage Business, Costumes, Relative Positions, &c,

ADAPTED TO

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VOL. 2.

Eatered according to Act of Congress, in the year l$76, by Wheat A Cornett, In the Officu

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of the Librarian of Cnngreu. at Washington, D. C.

NO. 19.

Rip Van Winkle:

§t- gtomuntic grama, in Euo ^ct$.

ADAPTKD WO* WASHInGTOn IRVInC'8 SKETcH rOOK

BY CHARLES BURKE.

CAST OK Ch^vr-plcters.
Act /.—1763.
liroadimy. N. I., 1857. Olympic. N. T„ 1866.

Rip Van Winkle Mr. Hackett. Mr. Jos. Jefferson.

Knickerbocker "Norton.

Derrie Van Slaus "MuDonull. 'Stixldart.

Herman Van Slaw...

Nicholas Tedder "Anderson. "C. Peters.

Clauifin "Burke.

Rory Van Clump "Price.

(rustaffe Miss Wood.

Dame Van Winkle Mrs. Bellamy. Mrs. Saunders.

Alice "Svlvcstor.

Lurrenna Miss tfeary. Marie LeBrun.

Swaggrino i Spirits 1 Mr. Lainy Mr. J. V. Dailey.

Gauderkin I of Uie \
Icken ( Catxkitls)

A lapse of tweaty years is supposed to occur between the First and
Second Acts.

Act n.—mx

Rip Van Winkle Mr. Haekett. Mr. Jor. Jefferson.

Herman Van SSlaux— *' Warwick.

Scth Slough "Whiting. M E. T. Sinclair.

Knickerbocker "Norton.

Judge

Gustafe "Levere.

Rip Van Winkle, Jr... " Ryder.

First Villager "Brown. Mrs. Sinclair.

Seeond Villager "Hoffman. Mitts Held.

Alice. Knickerbocker Mrs. Sylvester.

Lorrenna Allen. "K.Newton.

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Vedd. Neighbor Clausin, on your way hither, saw you anything of our friend, Rip Van Winkle? Where there's a cup of good liquor to be shared, he's sure to be on hand—a thirsty soul.

Knick. Truly, the man that turns up his nose at good liquor is a fool, as we Dutchmen have it; but cut no jokes on Rip; remember, I'm soon to be a member of his family; and any insult offered to him I shall resent in the singular number, and satisfaction must follow, as the Frenchmen have it.

Vedd. So, Knickerbocker, you are really determined to marry Rip's sister, the pretty Alice f

Knick. Yes, determined to be a prisoner in Hymen's chains, as the lovers have it. I've got Rip's consent, I've got Alice's consent, and I've got my own consent.

Clau. But have you got the dame's consent, eh f

Knick. There I'm dished and done up brown; would you believe it? she calls me a long, scraggy, outlandish animal, and that I look like two deal boards glued together.

Rory. Here comes Alice, and with her Rip's daughter. [Music. Enter Alice, with Lorrenna, R. V. E.

Alice. Come along, loiterer! woe betide us when we get home, for having tarried so long. What will the dame say f

Lor. Well, it's not my fault, for you have been up and down the lane a dozen times, looking for the school-master, Knickerbocker.

Ahwe. Hold your tongue, miss; it's no such thing.

Lor. You know you love him.

Ahwe. How do you know that, Miss Pert?

Lor. I can see it; and seeing is believing, they say. Oh, you're monstrous jealous of him, you know you are. [knickerbocker advances, L.

Alice. Jealous. I, jealous of him f No, indeed, I never wish to see his ugly face again.

Knick. Say not so, sweet blossom of the valley, for m that case I shall shoot myself in despair.

Alice. Oh, don't think of such a thing, for then your ghost might haunt me.

Lor. And I'm sure you would rather have him than his ghost; wouldn't you, Alice f

Knick. That's a very smart child. But Alice, sweet Alice, can't I drop in this evening, when the old folks are out of the way?

Alice. Not for the world; if the dame were to find you in the house, I don't know what would happen.

Lor. Don't you know, Alice, mammy always goes out for an hour in the evening, to see her neighbor, Dame Wrigrim t Now, if you [to KnickErbocker] come at eight o'clock, and throw some

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gravel at the window, there's no knowing but you might see Alice.

Knick. That's an uncommon clever girl; but, Alice, I'm determined to turn over a new leaf with Dame Van Winkle; the next time I see her, I'll pluck up courage and say to her—

Dame. [without, R. U. E.] Alice! Alice! odds bodikins and pins, but I'll give it you when I catch you. [The Villagers exit R. and L.

Knick. Run, Alice, run! [alice, Lorrenna and Knickerbocker run to R.

Dame. [without, v..] Alice! [alice, Lorren>'A and Knickerbocker exit hastily, L.

Rory. Egad! the dame's tongue is a perfect scarecrow.

Vedd. The sound of her voice sets them running just as if she were one of the mountain spirits, of whom we hear so "much talk. But where the deuce can Rip be all this while? [rip sings without, L. 2 E.] But talk of the devil and his imps appear.

Enter Rip Van Winkle, L. 2 E., with gun, game-bag, etc.

Rip. Rip, Rip, wass is dis for a business? You are a mix nootze, unt dat is a fact. Now, I started for de mountains dis mornin', determined to fill my bag with game, but I met Von Brunt, de oneeyed sergeant—comma see hah, unt brandy-wine hapben my neiber friend; well, I couldn't refuse to take a glass mit him, unt den I tooks anoder glass, unt den I took so much as a dozen, do I drink no more as a bottle; he drink no more as I —he got so topheavy, I rolled him in de hedge to sleep a leetle, for his one eye got so crooked, he never could have seed his way straight; den I

goes to de mountain; do I see double, d d a bird

could I shooted. But I stops now, I drinks no more; if anybody ask me to drink, I say to dem [vedder comes down R., and offers cup to him] here is your goot health, and your family's goot health, and may you all live long and prosper.

[Drinks.

Vedd. Why, neighbor Rip, where have you been all day? We feared some of the elfin goblins of the ('at ski lis had caught you.

Rip. Ha, ha! I never see no ghosts, though I've fought mit spirits in my time. Ha, ha!

Vedd. And they always throw you, eh? Ha, ha!

Rip. Dat's a fact! Ha, ha, ha"!

Vedd. But, Rip, where have you been?

Rip. Oh, very hard at work—very busy; dere is nothing slipped fun my fingers as was come at abe.

Rory. [down L.] They appear to have slipped through your game-bag, though, for its full of emptiness. Ha, ba, ha!

Rip. Ho, ho, ho! cut no jokes at my bag, or I'll gib you de sack.

Vedd. Come, Rip, sit down, take a pipe and a glass, and make yourself comfortable.

Rip. Nine, nine—ech con neiched—it behoves a man to look after his interest unt not drink all de while; I shall den be able to manage—

Vedd. Your wife, Rip I

Rip. Manage mine frow? Can you fly to de moon On a paper kite? can you drink all de beer and brandy-wine at one gulp? when you can do dat, mine goot im himmel, you can manage mine frow. [All laugh.

Rory. Take one glass. Rip.
Rip. No, I won't touch him.

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Vedd. Well, if you won't.

. [All go to table but Rip. Rip. Dere is a drinks, dere is a drinks, I have conquered temptation at last. Bravo, resolution! bravo, resolution! resolution, you shall have one glass for dat. [ Goes to table.

Omnes. Ha, ha, ha!

Rory. Here, Rip, here's a glass at your service, and as for the contents, I'll warrant it genuine and no mistake. [Gives Rip a cup.

Rip. Rory, here is your goot health, and your family's goot health, unt may you all live long unt prosper.

Rory. Come, Rip, give us a stave.

Vedd. Yes, yes, Rip, a stave, for the old dame will be after you soon, and then we will all have to make a clearance.

Rip. Oh, tunner wasser! won't my old woman skin me when I get home!

Vedd. and Rory. Ha, ha, ha! come, the song, the song!

Rip. Well, hero is Rip Van Winkle's warning to all single fellows.

SONG.—Rir.

List. my friends. to caution's voice,

Ere ri(s marriage knot you tie; It is the devil. mit shrews to splice,

Dat uobody can deny. deny,
Dat nobody can deny.

Chorus.—That* nobody cau deny. etc.

When a wife to rule once wishes,
Mit poor spouse 'tis all my eye,

I'm d d if sho don't wear de breeehes,

Dat nobody can deny. deny,
Dat nobody can deny.

OAonw.—Thut nobody cau deny, etc.

Tet dere is a charm about dem,

Do dere voices are so high
We can't do mit'em. [Pause.
Nor we can't doniitout 'em,
Dat nobody can deny, deny,
Dat nolwdy oan deny.

Chorus.—That nobody can deny, etc.

Dame. [without, R. 1. E.] Rip, Rip! I'll stretch your ears when I get hold of them.

Rip. Mine goot im himmel, dere is my frow.

Dame. [without.] Rip! you lazy varmint! Rip!

Rip. [gets under the table with bottle.] Look out, boys! de wildcat's coming. [Music. VedDer, Rory and Clausfn at table.

Enter Dame, with a stick, R. U. E.

Dame. Where is this wicked husband of mine? Odds bodikins and pins! I heard his voice; you've hid him somewhere ! you ought to be ashamed of yourselves to inveigle a husband from a tender, loving spouse; but I'm put upon by all, because they know the mildness of my temper. [They laugh.] Odds bodikins and curling irons, but some of you shall laugh the other sides of your mouths—I'll pull your pate for you. [Music. Chases them round table; they exit L. and R. Dame upsets table and discovers Rrp.

Dame. Oh, you Rip of all rips! what have you to say for yourself?

Rip. Hero is your goot health, unt your family's, unt may you all live long and prosper.

Dame. [pulling him down the stage by the ear.] j I'm cool—that is to say not very hot; but the mildest temper in the world would be in a pasI sion at such treatment. Get home, you drunken j monster, or I shan't be able to keep my hands off you—tell me, sir, what have you been about all day?

Rip. Hard at work, my dumpsy dumpsy; de first thing I see dis morning was a fine fat rabbit.

Dame. A rabbit f Oh, I do like rabbits in a stew; I like everything in a stew.

Rip. I be d d fun dat is a fact.

Dame. Well, well, the rabbit?

Rip. I was going to tell you—well, dere was de rabbit feeding in de grass.

Dame. Well, well, Rip t

Rip. I puts my gun to my shoulder—

Dame. Yes—

Rip. I takes goot aim mit him.
Dame. Yes—

.Rip. I pulls my trigger, unt— Dame. Bang went the gun and down the rabbit fell.

Rip. Eh ? snap went de gun and off de rabbit run. Ha, ha, ha! Dame. No!

Rip. I be d d fun dat is a fact.

Dame. And you shot nothing t

Rip. Not dat time; but de next time, I picks me my flint, unt I creeps up to de little pond by de old field, unt dere what do you tink I see?

Dame. Ducks f

Rip. More as fifty black ducks—ducks as big as a goose—well, I hauls up again.

Dame. And so will I [raising stick] if you miss fire this time.

Rip. Bang!

Dame. How many down f
Rip. One!

Dame. Not more than one duck out of fifty?
Rip. Yes, a great deal more as one duck.
Dame. Then you shot more than one f
Rip. Yes, more as one duck—I shot one old bull.
Dame. Whatf

Rip. I'm d d fun dat is a fact! dat was one

down, and my goot im himmel how he did roar and bellow unt lash his tail unt snort and sneeze unt snifl'! Well, de bull puts right after me, unt I puts right away fun de bull; well, de bull comes up mit me just as I was climbing de fence, unt he catch me mit his horns fun de seat of my breeches, unt sent me flying more as a mile high. Well, by and bye directly I come down already in a big tree, unt dere I sticks fast, unt den—

Dame. Youwent fast asleep for the restoftheday.

iiip. Dat's a fact. How you know dat? you must be a witch.

Dame, [catching him by the collar.] Home, sir, home! you lazy scamp. [Beating him.

Rip. But, mine lublicka frow—

Dame. Home! [Beating him.

Rip. Nine! nine !—

Dame. Home! [Beats him.

Rip. Mine goot im himmel.

[Music. Dame beats him offn. 1. E.

Scene II.—A Plain Chamber.

Enter Derric Van Slacs, L.

Derr. Should the present application fail, I am a rained man; all my speculations will be frustrated, and my duplicity exposed; yes, the dissipation of my son must inevitably prove his ruin as well as mine. To supply his wants, the public money has been employed; and if unable to replace it, heaven knows what may be the consequence. But my son is now placed with an able

advocate in New York, and should he pursue the right path, there may be still hopes of his reformation.

Herman, [without, L.] My father, you say, is this way?

Derr. What voice is that; my son? What can have recalled him thus suddenly f Some new misadventure. Oh, my forboding thoughts!

Enter Herman, L.

Herman, what brings you back? Are all my cautions thus lightly regarded, that they can take no hold upon your conduct f

Herm. You have good cause for warmth, sir, but learn the reason of my disobedience, ere you condemn. Business of importance has urged me hither—such as concerns us both most intimately.

Derr. Some fresh extravagance, no doubt, to drain my little left, and set a host of creditors loose upon me.

Herm. Not so, sir, but the reverse. List! you know our neighbor, Rip Van Winkle?

Derr. Know him f Aye, his idleness is proverbial; you have good cause to recollect him too, since 'twas by his courage your life was preserved, when attacked by the famished wolf.

Herm. He has a daughter scarcely seven years old; now, the attorney whom I serve has been employed to draw up the will and settle the affairs of this girl's aunt, who, for some slight oftered by Van Winkle, has long since discarded the family. At her death, the whole of her immense wealth, in cash and land, is the inheritance of the girl, who is, at this moment, the richest presumptive heiress in the land.

Derr. What connection can Van Winkle's fortune have with ours?

Herm. Listen! Were it possible to procure his signature to a contract that his daughter, when of age, should be married to me, on this security money might be raised by us to any amount. Now, my good father, ami comprehensible 1 .

Derr. Truly, this seems no visionary dream, like those in which, with fatal pertinacity, you have so oft indulged; and on recollection, the rent of his tenement is in arrears; 'twill otter favorable opportunity for my calling and sounding him; the contract must be your care.

Herm. 'Tis already prepared and lacks only his signature. [Presenting it.] Lawyers who would do justice to their clients must not pause at conscience; 'tis entirely out of the question when their own interest is concerned.

Derr. Herman, I like not this black-leg manner of proceeding; yet it augurs thou wilt be a pettifogger. I'll to Van Winkle straight, and though not legalized to act, yet in this case I can do work whwh honest lawyers would scorn.

[Exit R.

Herm. [solus.] True; the honest lawyer lives by his reputation, and therefore pauses to undertake a cause he knows unjust; but how easily are some duped. Can my father for a moment suppose that the rank weeds of youth are so easily uprooted f No! what is to be done, good father of mine, but to serve myself? Young men of the present generation cannot live without the means of entering into life's varieties and this supply will henceforth enable me to do so to the fullest extent of my ambitious wishes. [Exit L.

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