« 이전계속 »
Jess. Upon my word, a pretty, elegant, dressing. room this ! but confound our builders, or architects, as they call themselves; not one of them knows the situation of doors, windows, or chimnies.
Diana. My dear brother, you are not come here as a virtuoso, to admire the temple; but, as a votary, to address the deity to whom it belongs. Show, I beseech you, a little more devotion, and tell me, how do you like Miss Flowerdale ? - Don't you think her very handsome ?
Jess. Pale-but that I am determined she shall remedy; for, as soon as we are married, I will make her put on rouge-Let me see, has she got any in her boxes here?
Diana. Brother, I would fain give you some ad. vice upon this occasion, which may be of service to you. You are now going to entertain a young lady
Let me prevail upon you to lay aside those airs, on account of which, some people are impertinent enough to call you a coxcomb; for I am afraid she may be apt to think you a coxcomb too, as I assure you, she is very capable of distinguishing.
Jess. So much the worse for me :-If she is capable of distinguishing, I shall meet with a terrible re. pulse I don't believe she'll have me.
Diana. I don't believe she will, indeed.
Diana. I protest, I am serious! Though, I perceive, you have more faith in the counsellor before you there, the looking-glass : But, give me leave to tell you, it is not a powdered head, a laced coat, a grimace, a shrug, a bow, or a few pert phrases, learnt by rote, that constitutes the power of pleasing all women.
Jess. You' had better return to the gentleman, and give him his tea, my dear.
Diana. These qualifications we find in our parrots and monkies. I would undertake to teach Doll, in
three weeks, the fashionable jargon of half the fine men about town; and I am sure it must be allowed, that pug, in a scarlet coat, is a gentleman as degage and alluring as most of them.
my hair, And call myself a man.
[Exit Enter CLARISSA. Clar. Sir, I took the liberty to desire a few moments private conversation with you--I hope you will excuse it I am really greatly embarrassed; but, in an affair of such immediate consequence to us both
Jess. "My dear creature, don't be embarrassed be. fore me--I should be extremely sorry to strike you with any awe; but this is a species of mauvaise honte, which the company I shall introduce you to will soon cure you of. . Clar. Upon my word, sir, I don't understand you.
Jess. Perhaps, you may be under some uneasiness lest I should not be quite so warm in the prosecution of this affair as you could wish—it is true, with re. gard to quality, I might do better: and, with regard to fortune, full as well. But you please me-Upon
my soul, I have not met with any thing more agree able to me a great while.
Clar. Pray, sir, keep your seat.
Jess. Mauvaise honte again. My dear, there is nothing in these little familiarities between you and
-When we are married, I shall do every thing to render your life happy.
Clar. Ah, sir! pardon me. The happiness of my life depends upon a circumstance
Jess. Oh! I understand you—You have been told, I suppose, of the Italian opera girl-Rat people's tongues !-However, 'tis true, I had an affair with her, at Naples, and she is now here. But be satisfied : I'll give her a thousand pounds, and send her about her business.
Clar. Me, sir! I protest nobody told me-Lord ! I never heard any such thing, or enquired about it.
Jess. No! have they not been chattering to you of my affair at Pisa, with the Principessa del —
clar. No, indeed, sir.
Jess. Well, I was afraid they might; because, in this rude country-But, why silent on a sudden ? don't be afraid to speak.
Clar. No, sir, I will come to the subject, on which I took the liberty to trouble you-Indeed, I have great reliance on your generosity.
Jess. You'll find megenerous as a prince, depend on't.
Clar. I am blessed, sir, with one of the best of fa. 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.
Jess. Apres ma chere
Clar. But now, sir, I am under the shocking ne. cessity of disobeying him, or being wretched for ever,
Clar. Our union is impossible. Perhaps this frank. ness may
but the anxiety under which / now labour, will, I hope, plead my excuse. The com.
mands of such a father as I am blessed with, I own, ought to be held sacred; yet such is his liberality of sentiment, that, I am well assured, he will not sacri. fice my happiness to interest; neither can I act so basely, as to bestow my hand without my heart. (Exit. Jess. Who's there?
Jess. Oh, you are Sir John Flowerdale's steward a servant he puts confidence in.
Jenk. Sir, I have served Sir John Flowerdale many years.
Jess. Then, Mr Jenkins, I shall condescend to speak to you. Does your master know who I am Does he know, sir, that I am 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 burgo: master 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 piastres ?
Jenk. I am sure, sir, my master has all the respect imaginable
Jess. Then, sir, how comes he, after my showing 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 was 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, and left her male friends to revenge it.
Jenk. Pray, good sir, what's the matter?
daughter, sir,'has behaved to me with damned 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,
Jenk. Oh, sir! for Heaven's sake
Jess. And that, with regard to himself, he is, in my opinion, an old, ridiculous, doting, country'squire, without the knowledge of either men or things, and that he is below my notice, if it were not to despise him.
Jenle. Good Lord! Good Lord !
Jess. 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, Mr Jenkins.
But, tout au contraire,
I'm pleased I declare,
Serviteur, mam’selle ; my claim I withdraw, Hey, where are my people? Fal, lal, lal, lal la. (Exit,
Jenk. 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 spi, rit, and would resent it. Egad, my own fingers itched