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Lofty. I suppose now, Mr. Honeywood, you think my rent-roll very considerable, and that I have valt sums of money to throw away; I know you do. The world to be sure says such things of me.
HONEYWOOD. The world, by what I learn, is no stranger to your generosity. But where does this tend?
Lofty. To nothing ; nothing in the world. The town, to be sure, when it makes such a thing as me the subject of conversation, has asserted, that I never yet patronized a man of merit.
HoneyWood. I have heard instances to the contrary, even from yourfelf.
Lofty. Yes, Honeywood, and there are instances to the contrary, that you shall never hear from myself.
Honeywood. Ha! dear Sir, permit me to ask you but one question.
LOFTY. Sir, ask me no questions: I say, Sir, ask me no questions ; l'll be damn'd, if I answer them.
Honeywood. I will ak no further. My friend! my benefactor, it is, it must be here, that I am indebted for freedom, for honour. Yes, thou worthiest of men,
from the beginning I fufpected it, but was afraid to return thanks; which, if undeserved, might seem reproaches.
Lofty. I protest I don't understand all this, Mr. Honey, wood. You treat me very cavalierly. I do assure you, Sir.-Blood, Sir, can't a man be permitted to enjoy the luxury of his own feelings, without all this parade?
HONEYWOOD. Nay, do not attempt to conceal an action that adds to your honour. Your looks, your air, your manner, all confefs it.
Lofty, Confess it, Şir! Torture itself, Sir, fhall never bring me to confess it. Mr. Honeywood, I have admitted you upon terms of friendship. Don't let us fall out; make me happy, and let this be buried in oblivion. You know I hate oftentation ; you know I do. Come, come, Honeywood, you know I always loved to be a friend, and not a patron. I beg this may make no kind of distance between us. Come, come, you and I must be more familiar Indeed we must.
HỌNĘYWOOD. Heavens! Can I ever repay such friendship! Is there any way! Thou best of men, can I ever return the obligation ?
LOFTY. A bagatelle, a mere bagatelle! But I see your heart is labouring to be grateful. You shall be grateful. It would be cruel to disappoint you.
HONEYWOOD. How! teach me the manner. Is there any way?
LOFTY. From this moment you're mine. Yes, my friend, yoa shall know it-I'm in love.
HONEYWOOD. And can I assist you?
Lorry. Nobody so well.
HONEYWOOD. In what manner.
I'm all impatience.
HONEYWOOD. Miss Richland!
Lofty. Yes, Mifs Richland. She has struck the blow up to the hilt in my bosom, by Jupiter.
I'm not apt
HoneywOOD Heavens! was ever any thing more unfortunate! It is too much to be endured.
Lofty. Unfortunate indeed! And yet I can endure it, till you have opened the affair to her for me. Between ourselves, I think he likes me. to boast, but I think she does.
HONEYWOOD. Indeed! But, do you know the person you apply to ?
LOFTY. Yes, I know you are her friend and mine: that's enough. To you, therefore, I commit the success of my passion. I'll say no more, let friendship do the rest. I have only to add, that if at any time my little interest can be of service--but, hang it, I'll make no promises--you know my interest is yours at any time. No apologies, my friend, I'll not be answered, it shall be so.
[Exit. HONEYWOOD. Open, generous, unsuspecting man ! He little thinks that I love her too; and with such an ardent passion !—But then it was ever but a vain and hopeless one; my torment, my persecution! What shall I do! Love, friendship, an hopeless passion, a deserving friend ! Love, that has been my tormentor; a friend, that has, perhaps, distressed himself, to ferve me.
It shall be so. Yes, I will discard the fondling hope from my bosom, and exert all my
influence in his favour. And yet to see her in the possession of another !-Infupportable! But then to betray a generous, trulting friend !-Worse, worse! Yes, I'm resolved. Let me but be the intrument of their happiness, and then quit a country, where I must for ever despair of finding my own.
Enter Olivia, and GARNET, who carries a Mil
OLIVIA. Dear me, I wish this journey were over. No news of Jarvis yet? I believe the old peevish creature delays purely to vex me.
GARNET. Why, to be sure, madam, I did hear him say, a little snubbing, before marriage, would teach you to bear it the better afterwards.
OLIVIA. To be gone a full hour, though he had only to get a bill changed in the city! How provoking!
GARNET. l'll lay my life, Mr. Leontine, that had twice as much to do, is setting off by this time from his inn; and here you are left behind.
OLIVIA. Well, let us be prepared for his coming, however. Are you sure you have omitted nothing, Garnet?