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thinks; what have you to do to concern yourself about any man but Darnley Charl. Olud! O ludi Pr'ythee, brother, don't be so wise ; if you had an empty house to let, would you be displeased to hear there were two people about it? Besides, to be a little serious, Darnley has a tincture of jealousy in his temper, which nothing but a substantial rival can cure. Col. Lamb. Oh, your servant, madam now you talk reason. I am glad you are concerned enough for Darnley's faults, to think them worth your mending—ha, hal Charl. Concern'd? why, did I say that?—look you, I'll deny it all to him—well, if I ever am serious with him again— Col. Lamb. Here he comes; be as merry with him as you please. Charl. Pshal
Enter DARNLEY.-CHA R Lotte takes a Book, and reads.
Darn. My dear Colonel, your servant.
Col. Lamb. I am glad you did not come sooner; for in the humour my father left me, 'twould not have been a proper time for you to have pressed your affair—I touched upon't—but—I'll tell you more presently; in the mean time, lose no ground with my sister.
Darn. I shall always think myself obliged to your friendship, let my success be what it will—Ma
dam—your most obedient—what have you got there, pray Charl. [reading.] Her lively looks a sprightly mind disclose; Quick as her eyes, and as unfix’d as those— Darn. Pray, madam, what is it Charl. Favours to none, to all she smiles extends— Darn. Nay, I will see. Charl. Oft she rejects, but never once offends. Col Lamb. Have a care: she has dipt into her own character, and she'll never forgive you if you don't let her go through with it. Darn. I beg your pardon, madam. Charl. Bright as the sun her eyes the gazers strike, And like the sun they shine on all alike—um—umDarn. That is something like, indeed. Col. Lamb. You would say so, if you knew all. Darn. All what I pray what do you mean * Col. Lamb. Have a little patience: I’ll tell you immediately. Charl. If to her share some female errors fall, Look on herface—and you'll forget them all. Is not that natural, Mr. Darnley Darn. For a woman to expect, it is indeed. Charl. And can you blame her, when 'tis at the same time a proof of the poor man's passion, and her power Darn. So that you think the greatest compliment a lover can make his mistress, is to give up his reason to her.
Charl. Certainly; for what have your lordly sex to boast of but your understanding, and till that's entirely surrendered to her discretion, while the least sentiment holds out against her, a woman must be downright vain to think her conquest completed Darn. There we differ, madam; for, in my opinion, nothing but the most excessive vanity could value or desire such a conquest. Charl. Oh, d'ye hear him, brother I the creature reasons with me; nay, has the effrontery to think me in the wrong too ! O ludl he'd make an horrid tyrant—positively I won't have him. Darn. Well; my comfort is, no other man will easily know whether you'll have him or not. Charl. Am I not an horrid vain, silly creature, Mr. Darnley Darn. A little bordering upon the baby, I must own. Charl. Laud l how can you love a body so then but I don't think you love me tho’—do you ? Darn. Yes, faith, I do; and so shamefully, that I'm in hopes you doubt it. Charl. Poor man he'd fain bring me to reason. Darn. I would indeed.—Nay, were it but possible to make you serious only when you should be so, I should think you the most amiable— Charl. O ludl he’s civil Darn. Come, come, you have good sense; use me but with that, and make me what you please. Charl. Laudl I don't desire to make any thing of you, not I.
Darn. Don't look so cold upon me; by Heaven, I cann’t bear it. Charl. Well, now you are tolerable. Darn. Come then, be generous, and swear at least. you'll never marry another. Charl. Ah, laud now you have spoiled all again : —besides, how; can I be sure of that, before I have seen this other man my brother spoke to me of Darn. What riddle's this Col. Lamb. I told you, you did not know all. To be serious, my father went out but now on purpose to avoid you.-In short, he absolutely retracts his promises; says, he would not have you fool away your time after my sister ; and, in plain terms told me, he had another man in his head for her. Darn. Another man I who what is he did not he name him t Col. Lamb. No ; nor has he yet spoke of him to my sister. * Darn. This is unaccountable l—what can have given him this sudden turn Col. Lamb. Some whim our conscientious doćtor has put in his head, I'll lay my life. Darn. He he cann’t be such a villain; he professes a friendship for me. * Col. Lamb. So much the worse. Darn. But on what pretence, what grounds, what reason what interest can he have to oppose me ! Col. Lamb. Are you really now as unconcerned as you seem to be
Charl. You are a strange dunce, brother—you know no more of love than I do of a regiment—You shall see now how I'll comfort him—Poor Darnley, \a, ha, ha!
Darn. I don’t wonder at your good humour, madam, when you have so substantial an opportunity to make me uneasy for life.
Charl. O lud how sententious he is I well, his reproaches have that greatness of soul—the confusion they give is insupportable.—Betty l—is the tea ready ?
Betty. Yes, madam. Charl. Mr. Darnley, your servant. [Exit. [Betty follows. Col. Lamb. So, you have made a fine piece of work on’t, indeed 1 Darn. Dear Tom, pardon me if I speak a little freely; I own the levity of her behaviour, at this time, gives me harder thoughts than I once believed it possible to have of her. Col. Lamb. Indeed, my friend, you mistake her. Darn. Nay, nay; had she any real concern for me, the apprehensions of a man's addresses, whom yet she never saw, must have alarmed her to some degree of seriousness. Col. Lamb. Not at all; for let this man be whom he will, I take her levity as a proof of her resolution to have nothing to say to him.