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you have visited her, it is true ; but you bave not Bov. Aye-hut the young lady, sir, will think been particular. Every one knows you can say me so indifferentand do as handsome things as any man; but you Humph. Ayethere you are right-press your have done nothing but lived in the general, being readiness to go to the bride-he won't let you. complaisant only.
[Aside to Bev. Bev. As I am ever prepared to marry if you Ber. Are you sure of that? bid me, so I am ready to set it alone if you will
[Aside to HCMPF. Humph. How he likes being prevented!
[Aside. HUMPHREY enters, unobserved.
Sir J. Bev. No, no; you are an hour or two Sir J. Bev. Look you there now? Why, what too early. am I to think of this so absolute and so indiffe
(Looking on his watch. rent a resignation ?
Bev. You'll allow me, sir, to think it too late Bev. Think that I am still your son, sir. Sir, to visit a beautiful, virtuous, young woman, in the you bave been married, and I have not; and pride and bloom of life, ready to give herself to you have, sir, found the inconvenience there is my arms, and to place her happiness or misery when a man weds with too much love in his for the future, in being agreeable or displeasing head. I have been told, sir, that at the time you
-Call a chair. married, you made a mighty bustle on the occa- Sir J. Bev. No, no, no, dear Jack! Besides, sion—there was challenging and fighting, scaling this Sealand is a moody old fellow. There's no walls-locking up the lady-- and the gallant un dealing with some people, but by managing with der an arrest, for fear of killing all his rivals. indifference. We must leave to him the conduct Now, sir, I suppose, you having found the ill con- of this day; it is the last of his commanding his sequence of these strong passions and prejudices daughter. in preference of one wounan to another, in case Bev. Sir, he cannot take it ill, that I am impaof a man's becoming a widower
tient to be hers. Sir J. Bev. How is this?
Sir J. Bev. Pray, let me govern in this matter. Bev. I say, sir, experience has made you wiser You cannot tell how humoursome old fellows in your care of me; for, sir, since you lost my There's no offering reason to some of them, dear mother, your time has been so heavy, so especially when they are rich. If my son should lonely, and so tasteless, that you are so good as see him before I've brought old Sealand into betto guard me against the like unhappiness
, by ter temper, the match would be impracticable. marrying me prudentially, by way of bargain and
Aside. sale; for, as you well judge, a woman, that is Humph. Pray, sir, let me beg you to let Mr espoused for a fortune, is yet a better bargain Bevil go. See whether he will not.—(Aside to if she dies; for then a man well enjoys what he Sir John.]—[Then to Bevil.)--Pray, sir, comdid marry, the money, and is disencumbered of mand yourself; since you see my master is posiwhat he did not marry, the woman.
tive, it is better you should not go. Sir J. Bev. But, pray, sir, do you think Lu- Bev. My father commands me as to the object cinda, then, a woman of such little merit? of my affections, but I hope he will not as to the
Beo. Pardon me, sir; I don't carry it so far, warmth and height of them. neither; I am rather afraid I shall like her too Sir J. Bev. So, I must even leave things as I well; she has, for one of her fortune, a great found them, and, in the mean time, at least keep many needless, and superfluous good qualities. old Sealand out of his sight. Well, son, I'll go my
Sir J. Bev. I am afraid, son, there's something self, and take orders in your affair-You'll be in I don't see yet—something that's smothered under the way, I suppose, if I send to you I'll leave all this raillery.
your old friend with you-Humphrey, don't let Beo. Not in the least, sir. If the lady is him stir, d'ye hear. Your servant, your servant. dressed and ready, you see I am. I suppose the
[Erit Sir John. lawyers are ready, too?
Humph. I have a sad time on't, sir, between
you and my master- I see you are unwilling, and Enter HUMPHREY.
I know his violent inclinations for the match. I Humph. Sir, Mr Sealand is at the coffee-house, must betray neither, and yet deceive you both, and bas sent to speak with you.
for your common good. Heaven grant a good Sir J. Bev. Oh! that's well! then I warrant end of this matter! but there is a lady, sir, that the lawyers are ready. Son, you'll be in the way, gives your father much trouble and sorrowyou say
You'll pardon me. Bev. If you please, sir, I'll take a chair, and Bev. Humphrey, I know thou art a friend to go to Mr Sealand's, where the young lady and I both, and in that confidence I dare tell thee will wait your leisure.
That lady-is a woman of honour and virtue.Sir J. Bev. By no means—the old fellow will You may assure yourself I never will marry withbe so vain if he sees
out my father's consent; but, give me leave to
say, too, this declaration does not come up to a bles of value, to his wife, to be educated as his promise that I will take whomsnever he pleases. own adopted daughter.
Humph. Come, sir; I wholly understand you : Humph. Fortune here seemed again to smile you would engage my services to free you from on her. this woman whom my master intends you, to Bev. Only to make her frowns more terrible ! make way in time for the woman you have real-for, in his height of fortune, this captain, too, her ly a mind to.
benefactor, unfortunately was killed at sea, and, Bev. Honest Humphrey! You have always dying intestate, bis estate fell wholly to an advobeen an useful friend to my father and myself; cate, his brother, who, coming soon to take posI beg you to continue your good offices, and don't session, there found, among his other riches, this let us come to the necessity of a dispute; for, if blooming virgin at his mercy. we should dispute, I must either part with more Humph. He durst not, sure, abuse his power? than life, or lose the best of fathers.
Bed. No wonder if his pampered blood was Humph. My dear master! were I but worthy fired at the sight of her. 'In short, he loved ;to know this secret, that so near concerns you, but, when all arts and gentle means had failed to my life, my all, should be engaged to serve you. move, he offered, too, his menaces in vain, deThis
, sir, Í dare promise, that I am sure I will, nouncing vengeance on her cruelty, demanding and can be secret: your trust, at worst, but her to account for all her maintenance from her leaves you where you were; and, if I cannot childhood, seized on her little fortune as his own serve you, I will at once be plain, and tell you inheritance, and was dragging her by violence to
prison, when Providence at the instant interpoBed. That's all I ask. Thou hast made it now sed, and sent me, by miracle, to relieve her. my interest to trust thee. Be patient, then, and Humph. 'Twas Providence, indeed! but pray, hear the story of my heart.
sir, after all this trouble, how came this lady at Humph. I am all attention, sir.
last to England? Beo. You may remeinber, Humphrey, that, in Bev. The disappointed advocate, finding she my last travels, my father grew uneasy at my had so unexpected a support, on cooler thoughts making so long a stay at Toulon.
descended to a composition, which I, without her Humph. I remember it; he was apprehensive knowledge, secretly discharged. some woman had laid hold of you.
Humph. That generous concealment made the Bev. His fears were just; for, there, I first saw obligation double. this lady: she is of Englis birth: her father's Bev. Having thus obtained her liberty, I prename was Danvers, a younger brother of an an- vailed, not without some difficulty, to see her cient family, and originally an eminent merchant safe to England, where we no sooner arrived, of Bristol, who, upon repeated misfortunes, was but my father, jealous of my being imprudently reduced to go privately to the Indies. In this engaged, immediately proposed this other fatal retreat, Providence again grew favourable to his match, that hangs upon my quiet. industry, and, in six years time, restored him to his Humph. I find, sir, you are irrecoverably fixformer fortunes. On this, he sent directions over, ed upon this lady, that his wife and little family should follow him Bev. As my vital life dwells in my heartto the Indies. His wife, impatient to obey such and yet you see what I do to please my father ; welcome orders, would not wait the leisure of a walk in this pageantry of dress, this splendid coconvoy, but took the first occasion of a single vering of sorrow- -But, Humphrey, you have ship; and, with her husband's sister only, and your lesson. this daughter, then scarce seven years old, un- Humph. Now, sir, I have but one material dertook the fatal voyage : for here, poor crea- question ture, she lost her liberty and life: she and her Beo. Ask it freely. family, with all they had, were unfortunately ta- Humph. Is it then your own passion for this ken by a privateer from Toulon. Being 'thus secret lady, or hers for you, that gives you this made a prisoner, though, as such, not ill-treated, aversion to the match your father has proposed yet the fright, the shock, and the cruel disap- you? pointment, seized with such violence upon her Bev. I shall appear, Humphrey, more romanunhealthy frame, she sickened, pined, and died tic in my answer, than in all the rest of my sto
ry; for, though I dote on her to death, and have Humph. Poor soul ! Oh, the helpless infant ! no little reason to believe she has the same
Bev. Her sister yet survived, and had the care thoughts for me, yet, in all my acquaintance and of her; the captain, too, proved to have humani- utmost privacies with her, I never once directly ty, and became a father to her; for, having him- told her that I loved. self married an English woman, and being child- Humph. How was it possible to avoid it? less, he brought home into Toulon this her little Bev. My tender obligations to my father have countrywoman, this orphan, I may call her, pre- laid so inviolable a restraint upon my conduct, senting ber, with all her dead mother's movea- that, till I have his consent to speak, I am do
termined, on that subject, to be dumb for ever.-- | to your father as forward as you please to marry An honourable retreat shall always be at least Lucinda, without the least hazard of its coming within my power, however fortune may dispose to a conclusion. Sir, your most obedient serof me; the lady may repine, perhaps, but never shall reproach me.
Bev. Honest Humphrey! Continue but my Humph. Well, sir, ") your praise be it spo en, friend in this exigence, and you shall always find you are certainly the most unfashionable lover in me yours. Erit Humph.)-1 long to hear how Great Britain.
my letter has succeeded with Lucinda. But I
think it canoot fail; for, at worst, were it possiEnter Tom.
ble she should take it ill, her resentment of my Tom. Sir, Mr Myrtle's at the next door, and, indifference may as probably occasion a delay as if you are at leisure, will be glad to wait on you. her taking it right. Poor Myrtle! What terrors
Bev. Whenever he pleases---Hold, Tom; did must he be in all this while since he knows you receive no answer to my letter?
she is offered to me, and refused to him, there is Tom. Sir, I was desired to call again; for I was no conversing or taking any measures with him, told her mother would not let her be out of her for his own service. But I ought to bear with sight; but, about an hour hence, Mrs Phillis said my friend, and use him as one in adversity. I should have one.
All his disquietudes by my own I prove;
For none exceeds perplexity in love. in the mean time, I only think it proper to tell
[Ereunt. you, that, froin a secret I know, you may appear
sickly state of mind, since it has been able to re
lish nothing but Lucinda, that, though I must Enter BEVIL and Tom.
owe my happiness to your aversion to this marTom. Sir, Mr Myrtle.
riage, I cannot bear to hear her spoken of with Bev. Very well. Do you step again, and wait levity, or unconcern. for an answer to my letter.
Bev. Pardon me, sir; I shall transgress that
(Exit Tom. way no more. She has understanding, beauty, Enter MYRTLE.
shape, complexion, wit
Myr. Nay, dear Bevil! Don't speak of her Well, Charles, why so much care in thy counte- as if you loved her, neither. nance? Is there any thing in this world deserves Bev. Why, then, to give you ease at once, it? You, who used to be so gay, so open, so va- though I allow Lucinda to have good sense, wit, cant!
beauty, and virtue, I know another in wboin Myr. I think we have, of late, changed com- these qualities appear to me more amiable than plexions. You, who used to be much the graver in her. man, are now all air in your behaviour. But Myr. There you spoke like a reasonable and the cause of my concera may, for aught I know, good-natured friend.' When you acknowledge be the same object that gives you all this satis her merit, and own your prepossession for ano faction. In a word, I am told that you are this ther, at once you gratify my fondness, and cure very day (and your dress confirms me in it) to be my jealousy. married to Lucinda.
Beo. But all this while you take no notice, yon Beo. You are not misinformed. Nay, put not have no apprehension, of another man, that has on the terrors of a rival, till you hear me out. I twice the fortune of either of us, shall disoblige the best of fathers, if I don't seein Myr. Cimberton! Hang him, a formal, philo ready to marry Lucinda; and you know I have sophical, pedantic coxcomb !—for the sot, rith ever told you, you might make use of my secret all these crude notions of divers things, under the resolution, never to marry her, for your own ser- direction of great vanity and very little judgment, vice as you please : but I am now driven to the sliews his strongest bias is avarice, which is so extremity of immediately refusing, or complying, predoininant in him, that he will examine the unless you help me to escape the match. limbs of his mistress with the caution of a jockey,
Myr. Escape, sir ! neither her merit nor her and pays no more compliment to her personal fortune are below your acceptance. Escaping, charms than if she were a mere breeding animal. do you call it?
Beo. Are you sure that is not affected? I have Bet. Dear sir ! Do you wish I should desire known sone women sooner set on fire by that the match
sort of negligence, than by all the blaze and coMyr. No.But such is my humourous and remony of a court.
Myr. No, no; hang him ! the rogue has no then. And now, Charles, your apprehension of art; it is pure simple innocence and stupidity. my marrying her is all you have to get over.
Bev. Yet, with all this, I don't take him for a Myr. Dear Bevil! though I know you are my fool.
friend, yet, when I abstract myself from my own Myr. I own the man is not a natural ; he has interest in the thing, I know no objection she a very quick sense, though a very slow under- can make to you, or you to her; and therefore standing-he says, indeed, many things that want hopeonly the circumstances of time and place to be Beo. Dear Myrtle! I am as much obliged to very just and agreeable.
you for the cause of your suspicion, as I am ofBeo. Well, you may be sure of me, if you can fended at the effect; but, be assured, I am taking disappoint him; but my intelligence says, the mo- measures for your certain security, and that all ther has actually sent for the conveyancer to things, with regard to me, will end in your entire draw articles for bis marriage with Lucinda, satisfaction. though those for mine with her are, by her fa- Myr. Well; I'll promise you to be as easy and ther's order, ready for signing; but it seems she has as confident as I can, though I cannot but renot thought fit to consult either hiin or his daugh-member that I have more than life at stake on ter in the matter.
[Going. Mlyr. Pshaw! a poor troublesome woman ! Bev. Then, depend upon it, you have no chance Neither Lucinda nor her father will ever be brought against you. to comply with it-besides, I am sure Cimberton Myr. Nay, no ceremony; you know I must be can make no settlement upon her, without the going.
(E.rit MYRTLE. concurrence of his great uncle, sir Geoffry, in the Bev. Well; this is another instance of the per
plexities which arise, too, in faithful friendship. Beo. Well, sir, and I can tell you, that is the very We must often in this bfe go on in our good ofpoint that is now laid before her counsel, to know tices, even under the displeasure of those to whether a firın settlement can be made without whom we do them, in compassion to their weakthis uncle's actually joining in it. Now, pray con- nesses and mistakes. But all this while poor Insider, sir, when my affair with Lucinda comes, as diana is tortured with the doubt of me; she has it soon must
, to an open rupture, how are you no support or comfort but in my fidelity, yet sees sure that Cimberton's fortune may not then tempt me daily pressed to marriage with another. How her father, tvo, to hear his proposals ?
painful, in such a crisis, must be every hour she Myr. There you are right, indeed; that must thinks on me! I'll let her see, at least, my conbe provided against. Do you know who are her duct to her is not changed: I'll take this opporcounsel?
tunity to visit her; for though the religious vow Bev. Yes, for your service I have found out I have made to iny father restrains me from ever that, too: they are, serjeant Bramble and old marrying without his approbation, yet that conTarget.-By the way, they are neither of them fines me not from seeing a virtuous woman, that known in the family: now, I was thinking why is the pure delight of my eyes, and the guiltless you might not put a couple of false counsels up joy of my heart. But the best condition of huon her, to delay and confound matters a little man life is but a gentler misery! besides, it may probably let you into the bottom of her whole design against you.
To hope for perfect happiness is vain, Myr. As how, pray?
And love has ever its allays of pain. (Erit. Bev. Why, can't you slip on a black wig and a gown, and be old Bramble yourself?
SCENE II.-Indiana's lodgings. Myr. Ha! I don't dislike it-but what shall I do for a brother in the case?
Enter ISABELLA and IndianA. Bed. What think you of my fellow, Tom? The rogue's intelligent, and is a good mimic; all his Isa. Yes; I say 'tis artifice, dear child! I say part will be but to stutter heartily; for that's old to thee, again and again, 'tis all skill and manageTaryet's case-nay, it would be an immoral thing ment. Fto mock him, were it not that his impatience is Ind. Will you persuade me there can be an ill the occasion of its breaking out to that degree.- design in supporting me in the condition of a The conduct of the scene will chiefly lie upon woman of quality? attended, dressed, and lodged, you.
like one in my appearance abroad, and my furMyr. I like it of all things ! if you'll send Tom niture at home, every way in the most sumptuto my chambers, I will give him full instructions. ous manner, and he that does it has an artifice,
This will certainly give me occasion to raise dif- a design in it? ficulties, to puzzlc or confound her project for a Isa. Yes, ves. while, at least.
Ind. And all this without so much as explainBev. I warrant you success; so far we are right, ing to ine, that all about me comes from him?
heer? Had Ik dat gewoeten, Ik soude earen met
you geweest syn. Bid your master come up--I'll see there be wit- Sack. But Mr Tradelove is the principal, and nesses enough to the bargain.
(Aside. he can do a great deal with the rest, sir.
Free. And he shall use his interest, I promise: Enter SACKBUT.
you, mynbeer. Sack. Do you call, gentlemen?
Trade. I will say all that ever I can think on Free. Aye, Mr Sackbut; we shall want your to recommend you, mynheer; and, if you please, hand here
I'll introduce you to the lady. Trade. There, Mynheer, there's my consent, Col. Well, dat is waer-Maer ye must first as amply as you can desire; but you must insert spreken of myn to de frow, and to oudere gedyour own name, for I know not how to spell it; tlemen. I have left a blank for it,
Free. Aye, that's the best way, and then I and [Gives the Colonel a paper. the Heer Van Fairwell will meet you there. Col. Ya Ik sal dat well doen
Trade. I will go this moment, upon honourFree. Now, Mr Sackbut, you and I will wit. Your most obedient humble servant-My speak.
[They write. ing will do you little good, Mynheer, ha, ha, ha! Col. Daer, Mynheer Tradelove, is your dis- we have bit you, faith, ha, ha! charge.
[Gides a paper. Trude. Be pleased to witness this receipt, too,
debt's discharged, and for the man, gentlemen.
He has my consent to get her, if he can. [Freeman and SACKBUT put their hands.
[Erit. Free. Aye, aye, that we will.
Col. Ha, ha, ha! this was a masterpiece of Col. Well, Mynheer, ye must meer doen, ye contrivance, Freeman. most myn voorsprach to de frow syn.
Free. He hugs himself with his supposed good Free. He means you must recommend him to fortune, and little thinks the luck's on our side! the lady.
but come, pursue the fickle goddess while she's Trude. That I will, and to the rest of my bro- in the mood-Now, for the quaker. ther guardians.
Col. That's the hardest task, Col. Wat, voor, de duyvel, heb you meer Of all the counterfeits performed by man, guardians ?
A soldier makes the simplest puritan. Trade. Only three, Mynheer.
[E.reunt. Col. What donder heb ye myn betrocken Myn
SCENE I.-Prim's house.
deed, there was more design than goodness in the
pinch'd cap. Enter Mrs Prim and Mrs Lovely, in quaker's
Mrs Prim. Go, thou art corrupted with readdresses, meeting.
ing lewd plays, and filthy romances--good for Mrs Prim. So, now I like thee, Anne; art thou nothing but to lead youth into the higli-road of not better without thy monstrous hoop-coat and fornication. Ah! I wish thou art not already tov patches ? - If Heaven should make thee so many familiar with the wicked ones! black spots upon thy face, would it not fright Mrs Love. Too familiar with the wicked ones! thee, Anne?
Pray, no more of those freedoms, madam--I Mrs Love. If it should turn your inside out- am familiar with none so wicked as yourself:ward, and shew all the spots of your hypocrisy, How dare you thus talk to me! you, you, you, 'twould fright me worse !
unworthy woman you ! [Bursts into tears. Mrs Prim. My hypocrisy! I scorn thy words,
Enter TRADELOVE. Anne; I lay no baits.
Mrs Love. If you did, you'd catch no fish. Trade. What, in tears, Nancy? What have you Mrs Prim. Well, well
, make thy jests—but I'd done to her, Mrs Prim, to make her weep? have thee to know, Anne, that I could have Mrs Love. Done to me! I admire I keep my catched as many fish (as thou call'st them) in my senses among you; but I will rid myself of your time, as ever thou didst with all thy fool-traps tyranny, if there be either law or justice to be about thee-If admirers be thy aim, thou wilt hind- -I'll force you to give me up my liberty. have more of them in this dress than the other- Mrs Prim. Thou hast more need to weep for The men, take my word for't, are more desirous thy sins, Anne-Yea, for thy manifold sins. to see what we are most careful to conceal.
Mrs Love. Don't think that I'll be still the fool Mrs Love. Is that the reason of your formality, which you have made me. No, I'll wear what I Mrs Prim? Truth will out: I ever thought, in- please go when and where I please and