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silent, and yet pretend to something more than Ind. I will rely upon it; therefore, desire you the agreeable. will not make my life aneasy by these ungrate. Bev. If I might be vain of any thing in my ful jealousies of one to whom I am and wish to be power, madam, it is, that my uuderstanding, obliged; for from his integrity alone I have re- from all your sex, has marked you out as the solved to hope for happiness.

deserving object of my esteem. Isa. Nay, I have done my duty; if you won't

Ind. Should I think I deserve this, it were see, at your peril be it.

enough to make my vanity forfeit the esteem you Ind. Let it be. This is his hour of visiting offer me.

(Apart. Bev, How so, madam? Isa. Oh! to be sure, keep up your form; do Ind. Because esteem is the result of reason, not see him in a bed-chamber. This is pure pru- and to deserve it from good sense the height of dence, when she is liable, whenever lie meets human glory.--Nay, I had rather a man of honher to be conveyed whither he pleases. our should pay me that, than all the homage of

(Apart. a sincere and humble love. Ind. All the rest of my life is but waiting till Beo. You certainly distinguish-right, madam; he comes: I live only while I'm with him. [Erit. love often kindles from external merit only—

Isa. Well, go thy way, thou wilful inuocent! Ind. But esteem arises from a higher source, I once had almo as much love for a man who | the merit of the soulpoorly left me to marry an estate—and I am Bev. True—and great souls only can denow, against my will, what they call an old maid serve it.

Bowing respectfully. --but I will not let the peevishness of that con

Ind. Now I think they are greater still, that dition grow upon me-only keep up the sus- can so charitably part

with it. picion of it, to prevent this creature's being any Bev. Now, madam, you make me vain, since other than a virgin, except upon proper terms.

the utinost pride and pleasure of my life is, that • [Ecit. I esteem you---as I ought.

Ind. [ Aside.] As he ought! still more perRe-enter INDIANA, speaking to a servant. plexing! he neither saves nor kills my hope.

Ind. Desire Mr Bevil to walk in. Design! Bev. But, madam, we grow grave, methinks--impossible! a base designing inind could never let's find some other subject.- -Pray how did think of what he hourly puts in practice-and you like the opera

last night? yet, since the late rumour of his marriage, he Ind. First give me leave to thank you for my seems more reserved than formerly--he sends in, tickets, too, before he sees me, to know if I am at lei- Bev. Oh! your servant, madam.---But pray sure. Such new respect may cover coldness in tell ine; you, now, who are never partial to the the heart—it certainly makes me thoughtful- fashion, I fancy, must be the properest judge of I'll know the worst at once; I'll lay such fair a mighty dispute among the ladies, that is, occasions in his way, that it shall be impossible whether Crispo or Griselda is the more agreeato avoid an explanation for these doubts are ble entertaininent. insupportable.' But see, he comes and clears Ind. With submission, now, I cannot be a prothem all.

per judge of this question.

Bev. How so, madam?
Enter Bevil, Jun.

Ind. Because I find I have a partiality for one
Bev. Madam, your most obedient. I am af- of them.
raid I broke in upon your rest last night—'twas Bev. Pray, which is that?
very late before we parted, but 'twas your own

Ind. I do not know---there's something in that fault; I never saw you in such agrecable hu- rural cottage of Griselda, her forlorn condition,

her poverty, her solitude, her resignation, her inInd. I am extremely glad we are both pleas- nocent slumbers, and that lulling dolce sogno ed; for I thought I never saw you better com- that's sung over her, it had an etfect upon me, pany.

that---In short, I never was so well deceived at Bev. Me, madam! you rally; I said very any of them. little.

Bev. Oh! now, then, I can account for the disInd. But I am afraid you heard me say a pute: Griselda, it seems, is the distress of an ingreat deal; and when a woman is in the talking jured, innocent woman; Crispo that only of a yein, the most agreeable thing a man can do, you man in the same condition; therefore, the men know, is to have patience to hear her.

are mostiy concerned for Crispo, and, by a natuBev. Then ’tis pity, madam, you should ever ral indulgence, both sexes for Griselda. be silent, .that we might be always agreeable to Ind. So that judgment, you think, ought to be one another.

for one, though fancy and coinplaisance have got Ind. If I had your talent or power to make ground for the other. Well, I believe you

will my actions speak for me, I might, indeed, benever give me leave to dispute with you on any VOL. II.

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more---Oh, Fainwell! Where are thy promises Mrs Prim. No, alas! she's one of the unto free me from these vermin? Alas! the task godly. was more difficult than he imagined !

Oba Prim. Pray thee, mind what this good

man will say unto thee; he will teach thee the A harder task than what the poets tell way that thou shouldest walk, Anne. Of yore, the fair Andromeda betel;

Mrs Love. I know my way without his inShe but one inonster feared, l've four to fear, struction : I hoped to have been quiet when once And see no Perseus, no deliverer near. I had put on your odious formality here.

[Erit Mrs Lovely. Col. Then thou wearest it out of compulsion,

not choice, friend? Enter Servant, and whispers to Prim.

Mrs Love. Thou art in the right of it, friend. Ser. One Simon Pure inquireth for thee. Mrs Prim. Art thou not ashamed to mimic Per. The woman is mad.

[Erit. the good man? Ah, thou art a stubborn girl! Sir Phil. So you are all, in my opinion. [Exit. Col. Mind her not; she hurteth not me--- If

Oba. Prim. Friend Tradelove, business requi- thou wilt leave her alone with me, I will discuss Teth my presence.

some few points with her, that may, perchance, Trade. Oh, I shan't trouble you--Pox take him soften her stubbornness, and melt her into comfor an unmannerly dog !---However, I have kept pliance. my word with my Dutchınan, and will introduce Oba. Prim. Content: I pray thee, put it bome him too, for all you.

[Exit. to her. Come, Sarah, let us leave the good man

with her. Enter Colonel, in a quaker's habit.

Mirs Love. (Catching hold of Prim; he breaks Oba. Prim. Friend Pure, thou art welcome ; | loose, and erit.] What do you mean-- to leave how is it with friend Holdfast, and all friends in me with this old enthusiastical canter? Don't Bristol? Timothy Littleworth, John Slenderbrain, think, because I complied with your formality, and Christopher Keepfaith?

to impose your ridiculous doctrine upon me. Col. A goodly company !---{Aside.) They are Col. I pray thee, young woman, moderate thy all in health, I thank thee for them.

Oba. Prim. Friend Holdfast writes me word, Mrs Love. I pray thee, walk after thy leader; that thou camest lately from Pennsylvania. How you will but lose your labour upon me.—These do all friends there?

wretches will certainly make me mad! Col. What the devil shall I say? I know just Col. I am of another opinion; the spirit tellas much of Pennsylvania, as I do of Bristol. eth me I shall convert thee, Anne.

[Aside. A1rs Loce. 'Tis a lying spirit; don't believe it. Oba. Prim. Do they thrive?

Col. Say'st thou so? Why, then, thou shalt Col. Yea, friend ; the blessing of their good convert me, my angel. (Cutching her in his arms. works falls upon them.

Mrs Love. (Shrieks.) Ah! monster, bold off,

or I'll tear thy eyes ont. Enter Mrs Prim and Mrs Lovely.

Col. Hush ! for Heaven's sake- dost thou not Obu. Prim. Sarah, know our friend Pure. know me? I am Fainwell. Mrs Prim. Thou art welcome.

Mrs Love. Fainwell! [Enter old Prim.] Oh,

[He salutes her. I'm undone! Prim here I wish, with all my Col. Here comes the sum of all my wishes-----soul, I had been dumb ! How charıning she appears, even in that dis- Oba. Prim. What is the matter? Why did'st guise!

[Aside. thou sbriek out, Anne? Oba. Prim. Why dost thou consider the mai- Mrs Love. Shriek out! I'll shriek, and shriek den so attentively, friend?

again; cry murder, thieves, or any thing, to Col. I will tell thee: about four days ago I drown the noise of that eternal babbler, if you saw a vision---This very maiden, but in vain at- | leave me with him any longer. tire, standing on a precipice; and heard a voice, Oba. Prim. Was that all? Fy, fy, Anne! which called me by my name---and bid me put Col. No matter; I'll bring down her stomach, forth my hand and save her from the pit---I did I'll warrant thee - Leave us, I pray thee. so; and, methought, the damsel grew unto my Oba. Prim. Fare thee well.

[Erit. side.

Col. My charming, lovely woma

man! Mirs Prim. What can that portend?

[Embraces her. Oba. Prim. The damsel's conversion------I am Mrs Love. What meanest thou by this dispersuaded.

guise, Fainwell ? Mirs Love. That's false, I'm sure [Aside Col. To set thee free, if thou wilt perform thy

Oba. Prim. Wilt thou use the means, friend promise. Pure?

Mrs Love. Make me mistress of my fortune, Col. Means! What means? Is she not thy and make thy own conditions. daughter, already one of the faithful?

Col. This night shall answer all my wishes.

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Bev. Nay--thex, madam, 'tis time to fly, after Ind. But did you observe any thing really? a declaration that my opinion strengthens my thought he looked most charmingly yraceful. adversary's argument-I had best hasten to iny How engaging is modesty in a man, when one appointment with Mr Myrtle, and be gone while knows there is a great mind within ! So tender we are friends, and—before things are brought a confusion, and yet, in other respects, so much to an extremity.

(Erit curelessly. I himself! só collected, so dauntless, so deter

mined! Enter ISABELLA.

Isa, Ah, niece! there is a sort of bashfulness Isa. Well, madam, what think you of him which is the best engine to carry on a shameless now, pray?

purpose. Some men's inodesty serves their Ind. I' protest I begin to fear he is wholly dis- wickedvess, as hypocrisy gains the respect due interested in what he does for me. On my

heart, to piety. But I will own to you, there is one he has no other view but the mere pleasure of hopeful symptom, if there could be such a thing doing it, and has neither good or bad desigus as a disinterested lover; but till-till-till

Ind. Till what?
Isa. Ah, dear niece, don't be in fear of both; Isa. Till I know whether Mr Myrtle and Mr
I'll warrant you, you will know time enough that Bevil are really friends or foes—and that I will
he is not indifferent.

be couvinced of before I sleep; for you shall not Ind. You please me when you tell me so; be deceived.

[Erit ISABELLA. for if he has any wishes towards me, I know he Ind. I'm sure I never shall, if your fears can will not pursue thein but with hovour.

guard me. In the mean time, I'll wrap myself Isa. I wish I were as confident of one as the up in the integrity of my own heart, nor dare lo other.“I saw the respectful downcast of his eye doubt of his. when you catched him gazing at you during the music. He, I warrant, was surprised, as if he

As conscious honour all his actions steers, had been taken stealing your watch. Oh! the un

So conscious innocence dispels my fears. dissembled guilty look!

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ACT III.

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SCENE I.--SEALAND's house.

Tom. I should perhaps have been stupidly

above her, had I not been her equal; and, by Enter Tom, meeting Puillis,

not being her equal, never had opportunity of Tom. Well

, Phillis !What! with a face being her slave. I am my master's servant for as if you had never seen me before ? —What a hire; I am my mistress's from choice, would she work have I to do now! She has seen some new vi- but approve my passion. sitant at their house, whose airs she has catched, Phil, I think it is the first time I ever heard and is resolved to practise them upon me. Num- you speak of it with any sense of anguish—if berless are the changes she'll dance through, be- you really do suffer any: fore she'll answer this plain question, videlicet, Tom. Ah, Phillis! can you doubt, after what Have you delivered my master's letter to our you have seen? lady? Nay, I know her too well to ask an ac- Phil. I know not what I have seen, nor what count of it in an ordinary way ; I'll be in my airs I have heard; but, since I amn at leisure, you as well as she. (Aside.].-Well

, madam, as un- may tell me when you fell in love with ine, happy as you are at present pleased to make me, how you fell in love with me, and what you have I would not in the general be any other than suffered, or are ready to suffer, for me. what I am ; I would not be a bit wiser, a bit Tom. Oh, the unmerciful jarle ! when I'm in richer, a bit taller, a bit shorter, than I am at baste about my master's letter—but I must go this instant. [Looking stedfastly at her. through it. (Aside.)-Ah! too well I remem

Phil. Did ever any body doubt, master Tho- ber when, and how, and on what occasion, I was mas, but that you were extremely satisfied with first surprised. It was on the first of April, one your sweet self?

thousand seven hundred and fifteen, I came into a Tom. I am, indeed.--The thing I have least Mr Sealand's service; I was then a hobble-dereason to be satisfied with, is my fortune; and I hoy, and you a pretty little tight girl, a favourite am glad of my poverty; perhaps, if I were rich, handmaid of the housekeeper. -At that time, I should overlook the finest woman in the world, we neither of us knew what was iu us. I rememthat wants nothing but riches to be thought so. ber, I was ordered to get out of the window, onu .

Phil. How prettily was that said ! But I'll pair of stairs, to rub the sashes clean—the perhave a grçat deal more before I'll say one word. son employed on the inner side was your charn

[Aside. ing self, whom I had never seen before.

every where.

Mrs Lore. Nay, then, I'll have a fling at him.I a change in our beloved Anne. I came to tell [ Aside.]—I remember the face of this fellow at thee that supper stayeth for thee. Bath—Ay, this is he that picked my lady Raflle's Col. I am not disposed for thy food; my spirit pocket in the Grove-Don't you remember longeth for more delicious meat !-Fain would I that the mob pumped you, friend?---This is redeem this maiden from the tribe of sinners, the most notorious rogue

and break those cords asunder wherewith she is Sim. Pure. What does provoke thee to seek my bound—-hum life? - Thou wilt not hang me, wilt thou, wrong- Mrs Love. Something whispers in my ears, mefully?

thinks—that I must be subject to the will of this Oba. Prim. She will do thee no hurt, nor thou good man, and from hivi oniy must hope for shalt do me none; therefore, get thee about thy consolation.—-hum.-It also telleth me, that I business, friend, and leave thy wicked course of am a chosen vessel to raise up seed to the faithlife, or thou mayest not come ott' so favourably rul; and that thou must consent, that we two be

one flesh, according to the word-hum-Col. Go, friend, I would advise thee; and Oba. Prim. What a revelation is bere! This tempt thy fate no more.

is certainly part of thy vision, friend; this is the Sim. Pure. Yea, I will go; but it shall be to maiden's growing into thy side. Ah! with what thy confusion; for I shall clear myself; I will willingness should I give thee my cousent, could return with some proofs, that shall convince I give thee her fortune, too!-- -but thou wilt nethee, Obadiah, that thou art highly imposed ver get the consent of the wicked ones. upon.

Erit. Col. I wish I was sure of yours. [Asile. Col. Then there will be no stay for me, that's Oba. Prim. My soul rejoiceth; yea, rejoiceth, certain- What the devil shall I do? ( Aside. I say, to find the spirit within thee; for lo, it

Obu. Prim. What monstrous works of iniquity moveth thee with natural agitation-yea, with are there in this world, Simon !

natural agitation, towards this good man--yea, Col. Yea, the aye is full ot'vice-'Sdeath, I am it stirreth, as one may say-yea, verily I say it so confounded, I know not what to sav. [Aside. stirreth up thy inclination---yea, as one would

Oba: Prim. Thou art disordered, friend- --art stir a pudding. thou not well?

Mirs Love. I see, I see the spirit guiding of Col. My spirit is greatly troubled; and some thy hand, good Obadiah Prim! and now behold thing telleth me, that though I have wronght a thou art signing thy consent;-----and now I sce good work in converting this maiden, this tender myself within thy arms, my friend and brother, maiden, yet my labour will be in vain: for the vea, I am become bone of thy bone, and tiesh of evil spirit fighteth against her; and I see, yea 1 thy flesh. [Embracing him.)-:-hunsee with the eye of my inward man, that Satan Col. Adinirably performed! [Aside.)--- And I will re-buffet her again, whenever I withdraw will take thee in all spiritual love for an belpmyself from her; and she will, yea, this very mate, yea, for the wife of my bosomdainsel will, return again to that aboinination from now, methinks- -I feel a longing

-yea, whence I have retrieved her, as if it were, yea, a longing, I say, for the consummation of thy as if it were out of the jaws of the fiend.

love, -yea, I du long exceedingly. Oba. Prim. Good lack! thinkest thou so? Mrs Love. And verily, verily, my spirit fecleth

Mrs. Lore. I must seconi hiin. [ Aside.) What the same longing. meaneth this struggling within me? I feel the Mirs Prim. The spirit hath greatly moved spirit resisteth the vanities of this world, but the them buth---friend Prim, thou must consent; flesh is rebellious, yea, the flesh-I greatly tear the there's no resisting of the spirit ! flesh, and the weakness thereof-hum

Oba. Prim. Yea, the light within sheweth me Oba. Prim. The maiid is inspired. [ Aside. that I shall fight a good fight---and wrestle

Col. Behold, her light begins to shine forth.- through those reprobate tiends, thy other guarExcellent woman !

dians;

yca, 1 perceive the spirit will hedge Mrs Love. This good man hath spoken com- thee into the flock of the righteous.---Thou art a fort unto me, yea comfort, I say; because the chosen lamb-yea, a chosen lamb, and I will not words which he hath breathed into my outward push thee back---No, I will not, I say ;---no, thou ears, are gone through and tixed in mine beart; shalt leap-a, and frisk-a, and skip-a, and bound, yea, verily, in mine beart, I say; and I feel the and bound, I say,---yea, bound within the fold on spirit doth love him exceedingly-r-hium

the righteous- vea, even within thy fold, my Col. She acts it to the lite !

[ Aside. brother.-Fetch me the pen and ink, Sarah--and Ova. Prim. Prodigious! The danisel is tilled my hand shall contess its obedience to the spirit. with the spirit---Sarah.

Col. I wish it were over.

[Aside.

Enter Mrs Prim, with pen and ink.
Enter MRS Prim.

Mrs Love. I tremble lest this quaking rogne Mrs Prim. I am greatly rejoiced to see such should return and spoil all.

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Phil. We don't think it safe, any more than | shame left! to be bartered for like the beasts v you gentry, to come together without deeds exe- of the field; and that in such an instance as cocuted.

ming together, to an entire familiarity, and union Luc. Thou art a pert, merry hussy.

of soul and body; and this without being so much Phil. I wish, madam, your lover and you were as well-wishers to each other, but for increase of as happy as Tom and your servant are.

fortune! Luc. You grow impertinent.

Phil. But, madam, all these vexations will Phil. I have done, madam; and I won't ask end very soon in one for all : Mr Cimberton is you

what you intend to do with Mr Myrtle, what your mother's kinsman, and three hundred years your father will do with Mr Bevil, nor what you an older gentleman than any lover you ever had; all, especially my lady, mean by admitting Mr for which reason, with that of his prodigious Cimberton as particularly here as if he were mar- large estate, she is resolved on him, and has sent ried to you already; nay, you are married actual- to consult the lawyers accordingly; nay, has, ly, as far as people of quality are.

whether you know it or no, been in treaty with Luc. How's that?

sir Geoffrey, who, to join in the settlement, has Phil. You have different beds in the same accepted of a sum to do it, and is every moment house.

expected in town for that purpose. Luc. Pshaw! I have a very great value for Luc. How do you get all this intelligence? Mr Bevil, but have absolutely put an end to his Phil. By an art I have, I thank my stars, bepretensions, in the letter I gave you for him; yond all the waiting maids in Great Britain; the but my father, in his heart, still has a mind to art of listening, madam, for your ladyship’s serhim, were it not for this woman they talk of; vice. and I am apt to imagine he is married to her, or Luc. I shall soon know as much as you,

do. never designs to marry at all.

Leave me, leave me, Phillis; begone! Here, Phil. Then, Mr Myrtle

here, I'll turn you out. My mother says I must Luc. He had my parents' leave to apply to not converse with my servants, though I must me, and, by that, he has won me and my affec- converse with no one else. [Erit Phillis.] How tions : who is to have this body of mine, without unhappy are we who are born to great fortunes ! them, it seems, is nothing to me: my mother No one looks at us with indifference, or acts tosays, 'tis indecent for me to let my thoughts stray wards us on the foot of plain-dealing; yet, by all about the person of my husband; nay, she says I have been heretofore offered to, or treated for, a maid rightly virtuous, though she may have I have been used with the most agreeable of all been where her lover was a thousand times, abuses, flattery; but now, by this phlegmatic fool, should not have made observations enough to I am used as nothing, or a mere thing: he, forknow him from another man, when she secs him sooth, is too wise, too learned, to have any re

gard to desires, and I know not what the learned Phil. That's more than the severity of a nun; oaf calls sentiments of love and passion !--Here for, not to see when one may, is hardly possible; he comes with my mother-'tis much if he looks not to see when one can't, is very easy : at this at me; or, if he does, takes no more notice of me rate, madam, there are a great many whom you than of any other moveable in the room, have not seen, who

Luc. Mamma says, the first time you see your Enter Mrs SEALAND and Mr CIMBERTON. husband, should be at that instant he is made so. When your father, with the help of the minister, Mrs Sea. How do I admire this noble, this gives you to him, then you are to see him, then learned taste of yours, and the worthy regard you are to observe and take notice of him, be- you have to our own ancient and honourable cause, then, you are to obey him.

house, in consulting a means to keep the blood Phil. But does not my lady remember you are as pure and regularly descended as may be! to love, as well as to obey.?

Cim, Why, really, madam, the young women Luc. To love is a passion ; 'tis a desire; and of this age are treated with discourses of such a we inust have no desires. Oh! I cannot endure tendency, and their imaginations so bewildered the reflection! With what insensibility on my in flesh and blood, that a man of reason can't part, with what more than patience, have I been talk to be understood: they have no ideas of exposed and offered to some awkward booby or happiness but what are more gross than the graother in every county of Great Britain!

tification of hunger and thirst. Phil. Indeed, madam, I wonder I never heard Luc. With how much reflection he is a coxyou speak of it before with this indignation. comb!

(Aside. Luc. Every corner of the land has presented Cim. And in truth, madam, I have considered me with a wealthy coxcomb: as fast as one trea- it as a most brutal custom, that persons of the ty has gone off, another has come on, till my first character in the world should go as ordinaname and person have been the tittle-tattle of the rily, and with as little shame, to bed, as to dinner whole town.

What is this world come to ! no with one another. They proceed to the propa

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