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Aim. Brother to the man whose title I usurped, Foig. Upon my shoul, and so is myshelf. but stranger to his honour or his fortune.
Arch. What's the matter now, Madam? Dor. Matchless honesty !~-Once I was proud, Dor. Lookye Sir, one generous action deserves Sir, of your wealth and title, but now am prouder another. This gentleman's honour obliged him that you want it. Now I can show my regard to hide nothing from me; my justice engages me was justly levelled, and had no aim but love. Doc- to conceal nothing from him; in short, Sir, you tor, come in.
are the person that you thought you counterEnter FOIGARD at one door, GIPSEY at another, feited; you are the true Lord Viscount Aimwell, who whispers DORINDA.
and I wish your lordship joy. Now, priest, you Your pardon, Sir, we sha’n't want you now, Sir. match, let his lordship marry me in the face of the
be gone; if my lord is now pleased with the —
world. [Exit with GIPSEY.
Aim. Archer, what does she mean? Foig. Upon my shoul, now dis is foolish. (Exit.
Dor. Here's a witness for my truth. Aim. Gone! and bid the priest depart-It has an ominous look.
Enter SIR CHARLES and Mrs. SULLEN. Enter ARCHER.
Sir. C. My dear Lord Aimwell, I wish you joy. Arch. Courage, Tom-shall I wish you joy? Aim. Of what? Aim. No.
Sir C. Of your honour and estate. Your broArch. Oons! man, what ha' you been doing? ther died the day before I left London; and all Aim. O, Archer, my honesty, I fear, has ru- your friends have writ after you to Brussels:
among the rest, I did myself the honour. Arch. How?
Arch. Harkye, Sir knight, don't you banter Aim. I have discovered myself.
now? Arch. Discovered! and without my consent ! Sir C. 'Tis truth, upon my honour. What! Have I embarked my small remains in Aim. Thanks to the pregnant stars that formthe same bottom with yours, and you dispose of ed this accident. all without my partnership?
Arch. Thanks to the womb of time that brought Aim. O, Archer, I own my fault.
it forth; away with it. Arch. After conviction- Tis then too late for Aim. Thanks to my guardian angel that led pardon.--You may remember, Mr. Aimwell, that me to the prize.- (Taking DORINDA's hand. you proposed this folly-As you began, so end it. Arch. And double thanks to the noble Sir
-Henceforth I'll hunt my fortune singly–So, Charles Freeman. My lord, I wish you joy. My farewell.
lady, I wish you joy- 'Egad, Sir Charles, you're Aim. Stay, my dear Archer, but a minute. the honestest fellow living—-'Sdeath, I'm grown
Arch. Stay! What, to be despised, exposed, strangely airy upon this matter--My lord, how and laughed at! No, I would sooner change con- d'ye do ?-A word, my lord. Don't you rememditions with the worst of the rogues we just now ber something of a previous agreement that entibound, than bear one scornful smile from the tles me to the moiety of this lady's fortune, which, proud knight that once I treated as my equal. I think, will amount to ten thousand pounds ? Aim. What knight?
Aim. Not a penny, Archer. You would ha' Arch. Sir Charles Freeman, brother to the cut my throat just now, because I would not delady that I had almost-But no matter for that; sceive this lady. tis a cursed night's work, and so I leave you to Arch. Ay, and Ill cut your throat still if you make the best on't.
should deceive her now. Aim. Freeman!-One word, Archer. Still I Aim. That's what I expect; and to end the have hopes; methought she received my confes- dispute, the lady's fortune is twenty thousand sion with pleasure.
pounds; we'll divide stakes; take the twenty thouArch. 'Sdeath, who doubts it?
sand pounds, or the lady. Aim. She consented after to the match; and Dor. How! Is your lordship so indifferent ? still I dare believe she will be just.
Arch. No, no, no, Madam, his lordship knows Arch. To herself, I warrant her, as you should very well that I'll take the money; I leave you to have been.
his lordship, and so we're both provided for. Aim. By all my hopes she comes, and smiling
Foig. Arrah fait, de people do say you be all Dor. Come, my dear lord-I fly with impa- robbed, joy:
Aim. The ladies have been in some danger, tience to your arms—The minutes of my absence were a tedious year. Where's the priest?
Sir, as you saw.
Foig. Upon my shoul, our inn be robbed too. Enter FOIGARD.
Aim. Our inn! By whom? Arch. Oons, a brave girl.
Foig. Upon my shalvation, our landlord has Dor. I suppose, my lord, this gentleman is robbed himself, and run away vid de money. privy to our affairs?
Arch. Robbed himself? Arch. Yes, yes, Madam, I'm to be your father. Foig. A.y fait! and me too, of a hundred Dor. Come, priest, do your office.
pounds. Arch. Make haste, make haste, couple them Arch. Robbed you of a hundred pounds! any way. [Takes AIMWELL's hand.] Come, Ma- Foig. Yes, fait, honey, that I did owe to hiru. dam, I'm to give you
Aim. Our money 's gone, Frank. Dor. My mind's altered; I wont.
Arch. Rot the money, my wench is gone Arch. Eh
Sçavez-vous quelque-chose de Mademoiselle Aim. I'm confounded.
Sir C. This good company meets opportunely Sir C. Are your expectations answered? in favour of a design I have in behalf of my un- Mrs. S. No. fortunate sister. I intend to part her from her Foig. Arrah, honeys, a clear caase, a clear husband Gentlemen, will you assist me?
caase! Arch. Assist you! 'Sdeath, who would not? Sir C. What are the bars to your mutual conFoig. Ay, upon my shoul, we'll all ashist. tentment? Enter SULLEN.
Mrs. S. In the first place, I can't drink ale with
him. Sul. What's all this? They tell me, spouse, Sul. Nor can I drink tea with her. that you had like to have been robbed.
Mrs. S. I can't hunt with you. Mrs. S. Truly, spouse, I was pretty near it Sul. Nor can I dance with you. had not these two gentlemen interposed.
Mrs. S. I hate cocking and racing. Sul. How came these gentlemen here?
Sul. I abhor ombre and piquet. Mrs. S. That's his way for returning thanks, Mrs. S. Your silence is intolerable. you must know.
Sul. Your prating is worse. Foig. Ay, but upon my conscience de question Mrs. S. Is there a thing on earth we can agree de a-propos for all dat.
in ? Sir C. You promised last night, Sir, that you Sul. Yes-to part. would deliver your lady to me this morning. Mrs. S. With all my heart. Sul. Humph!
Sul. Your hand. Arch. Humph! What do you mean by Mrs. S. Here. humph ?-Sir, you shall deliver her-In short, Sir, Sul. These hands joined us, these shall part we have saved you and your family; and if you us -Awayare not civil, we'll unbind the rogues, join with Mrs. S. East. 'em, and set fire to your house-What does the Sul. West. man mean? Not part with his wife.
Mrs. S. North. Foig. Arrah, not part wid your wife!
wife! Upon Sul. South; as far as the poles asunder. my shoul, de man does not understand common Foig. Amen! Upon my shoul, a very pretty shivility.
sheremony. Mrs. S. Hold, gentlemen, all things here must Sir C. Now, Mr. Sullen, there wants only my move by consent. Compulsion would spoil us. sister's fortune to make us easy. Let my dear and I talk the matter over, and you Sul. Sir Charles, you love your sister, and I shall judge between us.
love her fortune; every one to his fancy. Sul. Let me know, first, who are to be our Arch. Then you wont refund ? judges. Pray, Sir, who are you?
Sul. Not a stiver. Sir C. I am Sir Charles Freeman, come to Arch. What is her portion ? take away your wife.
Sir C. Twenty thousand pounds, Sir. Sul. And you, good Sir ?
Arch. I'll pay it. My lord, I thank him, has Aim. Thomas Viscount Aimwell, come to take enabled me. This night's adventure has proved away your sister.
strangely lucky to us all--for Captain Gibbet in Sul. And you, pray, Sir ?
his walk has made bold, Mr. Sullen, with your Arch. Francis Archer, Esq. come
study and escritoir, and has taken out all the Sul. To take away my mother, I hope --Gen- writings of your estate; all the articles of marriage tlemen, you're heartily welcome. I never met with your lady, bills, bonds, leases, and receipts, with three more obliging people since I was born to an infinite value; I took 'em from him, and And now, my dear, if you please, you shall will deliver them to Sir Charles. have the first word.
[Gives him a parcel of papers and parchments. Arch. And the last, for five pounds. [Aside. Sul. How, my writings ! my head aches conMrs. S. Spouse.
, gentlemen, you shall have her Sul. Rib.
fortune, but I can't talk. If you have a mind, Sir Mrs. S. How long have you been married ? Charles, to be merry, and celebrate my sister's
Sul. By the almanack fourteen months ;:--but wedding, and my divorce, you may command my by my account, fourteen years.
house! but my head aches consumedly--Scrub, Mrs. S. 'Tis thereabout by my reckoning. bring me a dram.
Exit. Foig. Upon my conscience, deir accounts vil Foig. And, Scrub, put a little drop on the top agree.
Exit. Mrs. S. Pray, spouse, what did you marry for? Arch. 'Twould be hard to guess which of these Sul. To get an heir to my estate.
parties are the better pleased, the couple joined, Sir C. And have you succeeded ?
or the couple parted: the one rejoicing in hopes Sul. No.
of an untasted happiness, and the other in thoir Arch. The condition fails on his side—Pray, deliverance from an experienced misery. Madam, what did you marry for ?
Both happy in their several states we find; Mrs. S. To support the weakness of my sex These parted by consent, and those conjoin'd: by the strength of his, and to enjoy the pleasures Consent, if mutual, saves the lawyer's fee, of an agreeable society.
Consent'is law enough to set you free.
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