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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;
Bev. Very well.
Humph. Šir, I will take another opportunity;

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

АСТ II,

SCENE II.-Continues.

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.

west.

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.

your fidelity.

[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?

Enter Drawer.

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,

Well,

my

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

ness it.

ACT V.

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

me.

Isa. His honour !

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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