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But they are fools. I want him to believe Bed. No; think'st thou I'd ruin thee too? I me beggared by him.
have enough of shame already-My wife! my Bates. And what then ?
wife! Wouldst thou believe it, Jarvis? I have na ir par Stuke. Ay, there's the question; but no not seen her all this long night-I, who have matter; at night you may know more. He loved her so, that every hour of absence seemed waits for me at Wilson's. - I told the women as a gap in life! but other bonds have held where to find him.
me-Oh, I have played the boy! dropping my Bates. To what purpose ?
counters in the stream, and reaching to ret Stuke. To save suspicion. It looked friendly, deem them, lost myself! and they thanked me.-Old Jarvis was dis- Jar. For pity's sake, sir! - I have no heart patched to him.
to see this change. Bates. And may entreat him home - Bco. Nor I to bear it-How speaks the
Stuke. No; he expects money from me, world of me, Jarvis? but I'll have none. His wife's jewels must go Jar. As of a good man dead-Of one who, - Women are easy creatures, and refuse walking in a dream, fell down a precipice. nothing where they love. Follow to Wilson's The world is sorry for you. -Come, sir.
Bev. Ay, and pilies me,
- Says it not so ? Let drudging fools by, honesty grow great; But I'was born to infamy. I'll tell thee wbat The sborter road to riches is deceit. it says; it calls me villain, a treacherous bus
[Exeunt. band, a cruel father, a false brother, one lost ACT II.
to nature and her charities; or, to say all in SCENE I. - A Gaming-house, with a Table,
one short word, it calls me-gamester. Go Box, Dice, etc.
to thy mistress I'll see her presently.'
Jar. And why not now? 'Rude people press
upon her; loud, bawling creditors; wreiches Bev. Why, what a world is this! The slave who know no pity-I met one at the doorthat digs for gold receives bis daily pittance, he would have seen my mistress: I wanted and sleeps contented; while those for whom means of present payment, so promised it tohe labours convert their good to mischief
, morrow: but others may be pressing, and she making abundance the means of want. What has grief enough already.—Your absence bangs had I to do with play? I wanted nothing - too heavy on her. My wishes and my means were equal. — The Bev. Tell her I'll come then. I have a mopoor followed me with blessings, love scattered ment's business. But what hast thou to do roses on my pillow, and morning waked me with my distresses? Thy honesty bas left thee to delight—Oh, bitter thought, that leads to poor; and age wants comfort. – Keep what what I was, by what I am! I would forget thou hast, lest, between thee and the grave both - Who's there?
misery steal in. I have a friend shall counsel
me-This is that friend.
Stuke. How fares it, Beverley? Honest Mr. Wait. No, sir, a stranger.
Jarvis, well met. That viper, Williams! vas Bev. Well
, show him in. [Exit Waiter] it not he that troubled you this morning? A messenger from Stukely then; from him Jar. My mistress heard him then; I am that has undone me! yet all in friendship -- sorry that she heard bim. And now he lends me his little to bring back Beo, And Jarvis promised payment. fortune to me.
Stuke. That must not be. Tell him I'll sa
tisfy him. Enter Jarvis.
Jar. Will you, sir? Heaven will reward yor Jarvis !-Why this intrusion ?-Your absence for it. had been kinder.
Bec. Generous Stukely! Friendship like Jar. I came in duty, sir. If it be trouble-yours, bad it ability like will, would more than
balance the wrongs of fortune. Bev. It is – I would be private -- hid even Sluke. You think too kindly of me
Mak from myself. Who sent you hither? haste to Williams; his clamours may be rud Jar. One that would persuade you bome else.
[Po Jarci again. My mistress is not well—her tears told Jar. And my master will go home again
Alas! sir, we know of hearts there breakin Bev. Go with thy duty there then-Pr'ythee, for his absence.
[E. be gone-I have no business for thee.
Bev, 'Would I were dead! Jar. Yes, sir; to lead you from this place. Stuke. Ha! ha! ha! Prythee, be a man, ar I am your servant still. Your prosperous for- leave dying to disease and old age. Fortur tune blessed my old age: If that has left you, may be ours again; at least we'll try for'l. I must not leave you.
Bev. No; it bas fooled us on too far. Bev. Not leave me! Recall past time then; Stuke. Ay, ruined us; and therefore we or, through this sea of storms and darkness, sit down contented. These are the despor) show me a
to guide me.--But what canst ings of men without money; but let the shi thou?
ing ore chink in the pocket, and folly tur Jar. The little that I can I will
. You have to wisdom. We are forlune's children-Tnt been generous to miomI would not offend you, she's a fickle mnother; but shall we droop b sir-but
cause she's peevish? - No; she has siniles
store, and these her frowns are meant to bright- Stuke. No matter; I have changed my mind
-Leave me to a prison; 'tis the reward of Ber. Is this a time for levity ?---But you friendship. are single in the ruin, and therefore may talk Bev, Perish mankind first!-Leave you to lightly of it; with me 'tis complicated misery. a prison! No! fallen as you see me, I'm not
Stuke. You censure me unjustly; I but as-that wretch: nor would I change this heart, sumed these spirits to cheer my friend. Heav- o'ercharged as 'tis with folly and misforlune, en knows he wants a comforter.
for one most prudent and most happy, if calBa. Wbat new misfortune?
lous to a friend's distress. Stuke. I would have brought you money, Stuke. You are too warm. but lenders want securities. What's to be Beo. In such a cause, not to be swarm is to done? All that was mine is yours already: be frozen. Farewell-I'll meet you at your
Bes. And there's the double weight' that lodgings. sinks me. I bare undone my friend too; one Štuke. Reflect a little. - The jewels may be who, to sare a drowning wretch, reached out lost-Better not hazard them-I was too presbis hand, and perished with him.
sing: Stuke. Have better thoughts.
Beo. And I ungrateful. Reflection takes up Bee. Whence are they to proceed? I have time. I have no leisure for't-Within an hour expect me.
[Exit: Stuke. Sighing] Then we're indeed undone- Stuke. The thoughtless, shallow prodigal! What! nothing ? No moveables, nor useless We shall have sport at night then--but hold trinkets? - Bawbles locked up in caskets, to -The jewels are not ours yet--The lady may starte their owners? I have ventured deeply refuse them-The husband may relent too
'Tis more than probable-I'll write a note to BevBe. Therefore this heart-ache; for I am erley, and the contents shall spur him to delost berond all hope.
mand them-Butam I grown this rogue through Stuke. No; means may be found to save avarice? No; I have warmer inotives, love and 1.-Jarvis is rich-Who made him so? This revenge - Ruin the husband, and the wife's s no time for ceremony:
virtue may be bid for. Ber. And is it for dishonesty? The good old man! Shall I rob him too? My friend
Enter Bates. would grieve for't.-No; let the little that he Look to your men, Bates; there's money bas buy food and clothing for him. stirring.–We meet to-night upon ibis spots
Stuke. Good morning then. [Going. Hasten, and tell them.-Hasten, I say, the room Der
. So hasty! why, then good morning gues will scatter else. Stuke. And when we meet again upbraid
Bates. Not till their leader bids thein. me-Say it was I that tempted you ---Tell Stuke. Give them the word, and follow me; Lewson so, and tell him I have wronged you I must advise with you—This is a day of bu- He has suspicions of me, and will thank
[Exeunt. Beo. No; we have been companions in rasb Foyage, , and the same storm has wrecked
SCENE II.-BEVERLEY's Lodgings. e both: mine shall be self-upbraidings. Stuke. And will they feed us? You deal un
Enter BEVERLEY and CHARLOTTE. kindly by moc. I have sold and borrowed for Char. Your looks are changed too ;-there's you whilo land or credit lasted; and now, wildness in them. My wretched sister! How when fortune should be tried, and my heart will it grieve her to see you thus ! orbispers me success, I am deserted - turned Bev. No, no; a little rest will ease me. And laose to beggary, while you have hoards. for your Lewson's kindness to her it has my Bee . What hoards ? Name them, and take thanks; I have no more to give him.
Char. Yes; a sister and her fortune. I trifle Stuke. Jewels.
with him, and he complains--My looks, he Bee. And shall this thriftless hand seize them says, are cold upon him. He thinks too180? My poor, poor wife! Must she lose all? Bev. That I have lost your fortune--He dares I would not wound her so.
not think so. Stuke. Nor I, but from necessity. One ef- Char. Nor does he-you are too quick at and fortune may grow kind.--I have guessing-He cares not if you had. That care
is mine-I lent it you to husband, and now Bec. Think of some other means then. I claim it. Stuke. I have, and you rejected them. Bev. You have suspicions then ? Bec . Pr’ytbee let me be a man.
Char. Cure them, and give it me. Stuke. Ay, and your friend a poor one- Bev. To stop a sister's chidings? But I bare done: and for these trinkets of a Char. To vindicate her brother. woman, why let her keep them to deck her Bev. How, if he needs no vindication ? pride with, and show a laughing world that Char. I would fain hope so. to starve in.
Bev. Ay; would and cannot - Leave it to Beo. No; she shall yield up all-My friend time then; 'twill satisfy all doubts. demands it. But need we have talked lightly Char. Mine are already satisfied. of ber? The jewels that she values are truth Bee. 'Tis well. And when the subject is and innocence -Those will adorn her for ever; renewed, speak to me like a sister, and'I will and for the rest, she wore them for a bus-answer like a brother. band's pride, and to his wants will give them. Char. To tell me I'm a beggar.-\Vhy, tell Aas you know her not. Where shall we meet? it now. I, that can bear the ruin of those
Tuore, bousual hopes.
ste bas finery
dearer to me—the ruin of a sister and her ripens manhood in him, shall ripen rice tooinfant, can bear that too.
I'll prove him, and lay bim
open Bev. No more of this-you wring my heart. Till then be warned-1"know him, and ihere
Char. 'Would that the misery were all your fore shun him. own! But innocence must suffer-Unthinking Bev. As I would those that
him.rioter!-whose home was heaven to him! an You are too busy, sir. angel dwelt there, and a little cherub, that Mrs. B. No; not too busy-Mistaken, per crownd his days with blessings. -How has be haps—That had been milder. lost this heaven, to league with devils!
Lew. No matter, madam. I can bear thi Bev. Forbear, I say; reproaches come too and praise the heart that prompts'it-Pity suc late ;---they search, but cure not. And, for the friendship should be so placed! fortune demand, we'll talk to-morrow on't Bev. Again, sir! But I'll bear too - Yo --our tempers may be milder.
wrong him, Lewson, and will be sorry fortChar. Or, if 'tis gone, why farewell all. I Char. Ay; when 'tis proved he wrongs bin claimed it for a sister.—But I'll upbraid no The world is full of hypocrites.
What heaven permits, perhaps it may Bev. And Stukely one-so you would infe ordain.--Yet, that the husband, father, brother, I think.—I'll hear no more of this—my bea should be its instruments of vengeance!—'Tis aches for him-I have undone him. grievous to know that!
Lew. The world says otherwise. Beo. If you're my sister spare the remem- Beo. The world' is false then I have busi brance--it wounds too deeply. To-morrow ness with you, love. [To Mrs. Beverley shall clear all; and when the worst is known, We'll leave them to their rancour. [Goin it may be better than your sears. Comfort my Char. No; we shall find room within for wife; and for the pains of absence I'll make -Come this way, sir. [To Lewson atonement.
Lew. Another time my friend will than Char. See where she comes !Look cheer- me; that time is hastening too. fully upon her Affections such as hers are
[Exeunt Lewson and Charlotte prying, and lend those eyes that read the soul. Bev. They hurt me beyond bearing
Stukely false! Then honesty has left us! "Twer Enter MRS. BEVERLEY and LEWSON.
sinning against heaven to think so. Mrs. B. My life!
Mrs. B. I never doubted him. Bev. My love! bow fares it? I have been Bev. No; you are charity. Meekness an a truant husband.
ever-during patience live in that heart, an Mrs. B. But we meet now, and that heals love that knows no change.—Why did I rui all-Doubts and alarms I have had; but in you ? this dear embrace I bury and forget them. My Mrs. B. You have not ruined me.
I hai friend here, [Pointing to Lesson] has been no wants when you are present, nor wish indeed a friend. Charlotte, 'tis you must thank lin your absence, but to be blest with you him: your brother's thanks and mine are of return. Be but resigned to what has happene too little value.
and I am rich beyond the dreams of avario Bev. Yet what we have we'll
I thank Bev. My generous girl! -But memory wi you, sir, and am obliged. I would say more, but be busy; stili crowding on my thoughts, ihat your goodness to the wise upbraids' the sour the present by the past. Í have anothi husband's Jollies. Had I been wise, she had pang too. not trespassed on your bounty:
Mrs. B. Tell it, and let me cure it. Lew. Nor has she trespassed. The little I Beo. That friend that generous frien have done acceptance overpays.
whose fame they have traduced, I have ur Char. So friendship thinks
done him too. While he had means be le Mrs. B. And doubles obligations by striving me largely; and now to conceal them-We'll talk another time on't portion. - You are too thoughtful, love.
Mrs. B. No; I hope otherwise. Bev. No; I have reason for these thoughts. Bev. To hope must be to act.
Char. And hatred for the cause — -'Would table wish feeds not the hungry-Somethin you had that too!
must be done. Bev. I have– The cause was avaricc.
Mrs. B. What? Char. And who the tempter?
Bev. In bitterness of heart he told me, ju Bev. A ruined friend-ruined by too much now he told me, I had undone him. Com kindness.
I hear that, and think of happiness?, No, Lew. Ay, worse than ruined; stabbed in his have disclaimed it while he is miserable. fame, mortally stabbed-riches can't cure him. Mrs. B. The world may mend with us, an
Beo. Or if they could, those I have drained then we may be grateful. There's comfort i him of. Something of this he hinted in the that hope. morning--that Lewson had suspicions of him Beo. Ay, 'tis the sick man's cordial, his pre - Why these suspicions ? [.Angrily. mised cure; while, in preparing it, the patien
Lew. At school we knew this Stukely. Adies-What now? cunning, plodding boy he
sordid and cruel, slow at his task, but quick at shifts and
Enter Lucy. iricking. Je schemed out mischief, that others Lucy. A letter, sir. [Delicers it, and eri might be punished; and would tell his tale Bev. The hand is Stukely's. with so much arí, that for the lash he merited,
[Opens it, and reads it to himsel rewards and praise were given him. Show Mrs. B.' And brings good news—at lea: me a boy with such a mind, and time, that I'll hope so- - What says he, love?
a prison must be
Bec. Why this - too much for patience. ther. The dwarf that has it shall trip the let he directs me to conceal it from you. giant's heels up
(Reads. Stuke. And bind him to the ground. Why, Let your haste to see me be the only proof we'll erect a shrine for nature, and be her of your esteem for me. I have determined, oracles. Conscience is weakness; fear made since we parted, to bid adieu to England; it, and fear maintains it. The dread of shame, choosing rather to forsake my country, inward reproaches, and fictitious burnings swell than ove my freedom in it to the means out the phantom. Nature knows none of this; we talked of. Keep this a secret at home, her laws are freedom. and hasten to the ruined, R. STUKELY. Bates. Sound doctrine, and well delivered!
Ruined bị friendship!-I must relieve or Stuke. We are sincere too, and practise follow biu.
what we teach. Let the grave pedant say as Mrs. B. Follow him did you say? Then I much.—But now to business—The jewels' are am log indeed!
disposed of, and Beverley again worth money, Bec. Oh, this infernal vice! how has it sunk If my design succeeds, this night we finish me! A rice, whose highest joy was poor to with 'him-Go to your lodgings, and be busy m; domestic happiness
. Yet how have I pur-|- You understand conveyances, and can make sued it! turned all my comforts to bitterest ruin sure. pangs, and all my smiles to tears. – Damned, Bales. Better stop here. The sale of this Camped infatuation!
reversion may be talked of — There's danger Mrs. B. Be cool, my life! What are the in it. means the letter talks of? Have you — have I Stuke. No, 'tis the mark I aim at. We'll those means? Tell me, and ease me. I have thrive and laugh. You are the purchaser, and no life while you are wretched.
there's the payment. [Giving u Pocket-book] Bev. No, no; it must not be. 'Tis I alone He thinks you rich; and so you shall be. Inhare sinned; 'tis I alone must suffer. You shall quire for titles, and deal hardly; 'twill look reserse those means, to keep my child and his like honesty. wronged mother from want and wretchedness. Bates. Bíow if he suspects us? Mrs. B. What means?
Stuke. Leave it to me. I study hearts, and Bes. I came to rob you of them—but can- when to work upon them. Go to your lodgnol-dare not — Those jewels are your sole ings; and if we come, be busy over papers. support-I should be more than monster to Talk of a thoughtless age, of gaming and ex
travagance; you have a face for't. Mrs. B. My jewels! Trifles, not worth speak- Bates. A feeling too that would avoid it. ing of
, if weighed against a husband's peace; We push too far; but I have cautioned you. but let them purchase that, and the world's If it ends ill, you'll think of me-adieu. [Exit
. wealth is of less value.
Sluke. This fellow sins by halves; his fears Beo. How little do I seem before such virtues! are conscience to him. I'll turn these fears to Mrs. B. No more, my love. I kept them use. Rogues that dread shame will still be til occasion called to use them; now is the greater rogues to hide their guilt - Lewson secasion, and I'll resign them cheerfully. grows troublesome - We must get rid of bim
Bee. Why, we'll be rich in love then. But He knows too much. I have a tale for Bevbis excess of kindness melts me. Yet for a erley; part of it truth too --He shall call Lewfriend one would do much — He has denied son to account-If it succeeds, 'tis well; if
not, we must try other means — But bere he Mrs. B. Come to my closet - But let him comes-I must dissemble. manage wisely. We have no more to give him. Bes. Where learned my love this excellence?
Enter BEVERLEY. Tis beaven's own teaching that heaven, which Look to the door there!--[In a seeming Frighi] to an angel's form bas given a mind more - My friend !-I thought of other visitors. lovely. I am unworthy of you, but will de- Bev. Vo; these shall guard you from them. serve you better.
[Offering Notes] Take them, and use them Henceforth my follies and neglects shall cease, cautiously-The world deals hardly, by us. And all to come be penitence and peace; Stuke. And shall I leave you destitute? No; ice shall no more attract me with her charms, your wants are the greatest. Another climate or pleasure reach me, but in these dear arms. may treat me kinder. The shelter of to-night
(Exeunt. takes me from this. : ACT III.
Bev. Let these be your support then — Yet Scene I-STUKELY's Lodgings.
is there need of parting? I may have means
again ; we'll share them, and live wisely. Enter STUKELY and Bates.
Stuke. No; I should tempt you on. ' Habit Stuke. So runs the world, Bates. Fools are is nature in me: ruin can't cure it. Even now the natural prey of knaves; nature designed I would be gaming. Taught by experience as
50, when she made lambs for wolves. I am, and knowing this poor sum is all that's i be laws, that fear and policy have framed, left us, I am foro venturing still — And say
I Dature disclaims: she knows but two, and those am to blame - Yet will this little supply our site force and cunning. The nobler law is wants? No; we must put it out to usury;kice; but then there's danger in't; while cun- Whether 'lis madness in me, or some restless cine , like a skilful miner, works safely and impulse of good fortune, I yet am ignorant;
. And therefore wisely: Force must Bev. Take it, and succeed then. I'll try no se nertes and sinews; .cunning wants nei- more.
you of it?
Stuke. "Tis surely impulse; it pleads 80 Reason would lose wbat rashness may obstrongly–But you are cold-We'll 'e'en part
[E.reunt. here then. And for this last reserve, keep it
Scene II. - BEVERLEY's Lodgings. for better uses; I'll have none on't. I thank you though, and will seek fortune singly,
Enter MRS. BEVERLEY and CHARLOTTE. One thing I bad forgot
Char. 'Twas all a scheme, a mean one; Bev. What is it?
unworthy of my brother. Sluke. Perhaps 'twere best forgotten. But Mrs. B. No, I am sure it was not-Stukely I am open in my nature, and zealous for the is honest too, I know he is. - This madness honour of my friend – Lewson speaks freely has undone them both.
Char. My brother irrecoverable - You are Bev. Of you I know he does.
too spiritless a wife-A mournful tale, mixed Stuke. I can forgive him for’t; but, for my with a few kind words, will steal away your friend, l'in angry.
soul. The world's too subtle for such goodBev. What says he of me?
Had I been by, he should bave asked Stuke. That Charlotte's fortune is embezzled your life sooner than those jewels. -He talks on't loudly.
Mrs. B. He should have bad it then. Bev. He shall be silenced then-How heard (Warmly ] I live but to oblige bim. She
who can love and is beloved, like me, will do Stuke. From many. He questioned Bates as much. Men have done more for mistressabout it. You must account with him, he says. es, and women for a base deluder: and shall
Bev. Or he with me--and soon too. a wise do less? Your cbidings hurt me, Charlotte.
Stuke. Speak mildly to him. Cautions Char. And come too laie ; they might have are best.
saved you else. How could he use you so? Bev. I'll think on't-But whither go you? Mrs. B. 'Twas friendship did it. His heart
Stuke. From poverty and prisons-No mat- was breaking for a friend. ter whither.
If fortune changes, you may Char. The friend that has betrayed him. hear from me.
Mrs. B. Pr'ythee don't think so. Bev. May these be prosperous then, [of- Char. To-morrow he accounts with me. fering the Notes, which he refuses] Nay, Mrs. B. And fairly-I will not doubt it they are yours—I have sworn it, and will have Char. Unless a friend has wanted -I bave nothing-Take them, and use them.
no patience--Sister! sister! we are bound to Stuke. Singly I will not-My cares are for curse this friend. my friend; for his lost fortune and ruined fam- Mrs. B. My Beverley speaks nobly of him. ily. All separate interests I disclaim. To- Char. And 'Lewson Truly—But I displease gether we have fallen; together we must rise. you with this talk. --To-morrow will instruct us. My heart, my honour, and affections, all will Mrs. B. Stay till it comes then-I would have it so.
not think so hardly. Bev. I am weary of being fooled.
Char. Nor I, but from conviction-- Yet we Stuke. And so am 1-Here let us part then have bope of better days. My uncle is infirin, -These bodings of good fortune shall all be and of an age that threatens hourly-Or if he stifled; call them folly, and forgot them — lives, you never have offended him; and for farewell.
distresses so unmerited he will have pity. Bev. No; stay a moment - How my poor Mrs. B. I know it, and am cheerful." We heart's distracted! I have the bodings too; but have no more to lose; and for what is gone, whether caught from you, or prompted by my if it brings prudence home, the purchase good or evil genius, I know not — The trial well made. shall determine - And yel, my wife
Char. My Lewson will be kind too. While Stuke. Ay, ay, she'll chide.
be and I have life and means you shall divide Bev. No; my chidings are all here. with us- And see, he's here.
[Pointing to his Heart. Stuke. I'll not persuade you.
Enter LEWSON. Bev. I am persuaded; by reason too; the We were just speaking of you. strongest reason, necessity. Oh, could I but Lew. 'Tis best to interrupt you then. Fev regain the height I have fallen from, heaven characters will bear a scrutiny; and whu should forsake me in my latest bour, if I again the bad outweighs the good, he's safest thal mixed in these scenes, or sacrificed the hus- least talked of. What say you, madam? band's peace, his joy, and best affections, to
[To Charlol avarice and infamy.
Chår. That I hate scandal, though a wom. Stuke. I have resolved like you; and, since therefore talk seldom of you. our motives are so honest, why should we Mrs. B. Or, with more truth, that thou, fear success?
a woman, she loves to praise--therefore tai Bev. Come on then- Where shall we meet? always of you. I'll leave you to decide it. Stuke. At Wilson's -- Yet if it hurts you,
[E. leave me: I have misled you often.
Lew. How good and amiable! I came to i Bev. We have misled each other—But come! in private with you, of matters that concerny Fortune is fickle, and may be tir'd with plagu- Char. What matters? ing us— There let us rest our hopes.
Lew. First, answer me sincerely to whatla Stuke. Yet think a little.
Char. Propose your question. Beo. I cannot-thinking but distracts me. Lew. 'Tis now a tedious twelvemonth sir When desperation leads, all thoughts are with an open and kind heart, you said vain;
loved me. And when, in consequence of si