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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.

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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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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

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Phil. I think I remember the silly accident.- Phil. Oh, Tom! you grow wanton and senWhat made ye, you oaf, ready to fall down into sual, as my lady calls it: I must not endure it the street?

Oh, foh! you are a man, an odious, filthy, male Tom. You know not, I warrant you—you could creature ! you should behave, if you had a right not guess what surprised me-you took no de sense, or were a man of sense, like Mr Cimberlight when you immediately grew wanton in your ton, with distance and indifference; or, let me

conquest, and put your lips close, and breathed see, some other becoming hard word, with seemi upon the glass; and, when my lips approached, ing in-in-advertency, and not rush on as if you

a dirty cloth you rubbed against my face, and hid were seizing a prey. But bush !-the ladies are your beauteous forin; when I again drew near, coming. -Good Tom, don't kiss me above once, you spit, and rubbed, and smiled, at my undoing and be gone.-Lard ! we have been fooling and

Phil. What silly thoughts you men have! toying, and not considered the main business of

Tom. We were Pyramus and Thisbe- but ten our masters and mistresses. times harder was my fate : Pyramus conld peep Tom. Why, their business is to be fooling and only through a wall; I saw her, saw my Thisbe, toying, as soon as the parchments are ready. in all her beauty, but as much kept from her as · Phil. Well remembered-Parchments—my laif a hundred walls between; for there was more, dy, to my knowledge, is preparing writings bethere was her will against me.--Would she but tween her coxcomb cousin, Cimberton, and my relent !--Oh, Phillis! Phillis! shorten my tor- mistress, though my master has an eye to the ment, and declare you pity me.

parchments already prepared between your masPhil. I believe 'tis very sufferable; the pain is ter, Mr Bevil, and my mistress; and I beliere not so exquisite, but that you may bear it a little my mistress herself has signed and sealed in her longer.

heart to Mr Myrtle.-Did I not bid you kiss me Tom. Oh, my charming Phillis ! if all depend but once, and be gone? But I know you won't be ed on my fair one's will, I could with glory suf- satisfied. fer---but, dearest creature ! consider our mi Tom. No, you smooth creature! how should I? serable state.

{Kisses her hand. Phil. How! miserable!

Phil. Well, since you are humble, or so cool, Tom. We are miserable to be in love, and un as to ravish my hand only, I'll take my leave of der the command of others than those we love you like a great lady, and you a man of quality, with that generous passion in the heart, to be

They salute formally. sent to and fro on errands, called, checked, and Tom. Pos of all this state! rated for the meanest trifles-Oh, Phillis !


[Offers to kiss her more closely. don't know how many china cups and glasses my Phil. No, pr’ythee, Tom, mind your business

. passion for you has made me break: you have We must follow that interest which will take, broken niy fortune as well as my heart.

but endeavour at that which will be most for us, Phil. Well, Mr Thomas, I cannot but own to and we like most. -Oh, here is my young you that I believe your master writes, and you tress! [Tom tups her neck behind, and kisses his speak, the best of any men in the world. Never fingers. Go, ye liquorish fool! was a woman so well pleased with a letter, as my young lady was with his; and this is an an

Enter LUCINDA. [Gives him a letter. Luc. Who was that you were hurrying away? Tom. This was well done, my dearest! Con Phil. One that I had no mind to part with. sider, we must strike out some pretty livelihood Luc. Why did you turn him away, then? for ourselves, by closing their affairs : it will be Phil. For your ladyship's service; to carry nothing for them to give us a little being of our your ladyship’s letter to 'bis master. I could own, some small tenement out of their large pos- bardly get the rogue away. sessions : whatever they give us, it will be more Luc. Why, bas he so little love for his master? than what they keep for themselves : one acre Phil. No; but he has so much love for his svith Phillis, would be worth a whole country / mistress. without her.

Luc. But I thought I heard him kiss you: why Phil. Oh, could I but believe you!

do you suffer that? Tom. If not the utterance, believe the touch, Phil. Why, madam, we vulgar take it to be a of my lips.

[Kisses her. sign of love."We servants, we poor people, that Phil.' There's no contradicting you. How have nothing but our persons to bestow or treat closely you argue, Tom!

for, are forced to deal and bargain by way

of Tom. And will closer, in due time; but I must sample; and therefore, as we have no parchments hasten with this letter, to basten towards the pos or wax necessary in our agreements, we squeeze session of you—then, Phillis, consider how I with our hands, and seal with our lips, to ratify must be revenged (look to it!) of all your skit vows and promises. tishness, shy looks, and, at best, but coy com Luc. But can't you trust one another, without pliances.

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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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Free. I did so, and I am sure he will be here, Per. I am certain I read as plain a lease as if you'll have a little patience.

ever I read in my life. Col. What! is Mr Tradelove impatient? Nay,

Col. You read a lease, I grant you; but you then, ik ben gereet voor you, heb be, Jan Van signed this contract. [Shewing a paper. Timtamtirelireletta Heer Van Fainwell, vergee

Per. How durst you put this trick upon me, ten!

Mr Freeman ? Did not you tell me my uncle Trade. Oh! pox of the name! what! have you was dying? tricked me, too, Mr Freeman?

Free. And would tell you twice as much to Col. Tricked, Mr Tradelove! did not I give serve my friend—ha, ha! you two thousand pounds for your consent fair Sir Phi. What! the learned and famous Mr ly? And, now, do you tell a gentleman he has Periwinkle choused, too !--Ha, ha, ha !I shall tricked you?

die with laughing--ha, ha, ha! Per. So, so, you are a pretty guardian, faith, Oba. Prim. It had been well if her father had to sell your charge! what!' did you look upon her left her to wiser heads than thine and mine, as part of your stock ?

friends--ha, ha, ha! Oba. Prim. Ha, ha, ha! I am glad thy knave Trade. Well, since you have outwitted us all, ry is found out, however -I confess the maiden pray you, what and who are you, sir? over-reached me, and I had no sinister end at Sir Phi. Sir, the gentleman is a fine gentleall.

I am glad you have got a person, maPer. Ay, ay, one thing or other over-reached dam, who understands dress and good-breeding. you all—but i'll take care he shall never finger a I was resolved she should have a husband of my penny of her money, I warrant you-Over-reach- choosing. ed, quoth'a! Why, I might have been over-reach Oba. Prim. I am sorry the maiden has fallen ed, too, if I had had no more wit: I don't know into such hands. but this very fellow may be him that was direct Trade. A beau! nay, then, she is finely helped ed to me from Grand Cairo t'other day. Ha, ha, up. ha!

Mrs Love. Why, beaux are great encouragers Col. The very same.

of trade, sir. Ha, ha, ha! Per. Are you so, sir? but your trick would not Col. Look ye, gentlemen; I am the person pass upon me.

who can give the best account of myself; and I Col. No, as you say, at that time it did not; must beg sir Philip's pardon, when I tell him, that that was not my lucky hour—but, hark ye, sir

, I have as much aversion to what he calls dress I must let you into one secret—you may keep ho- and breeding, as I have to the enemies of my renest John Tradescant's coat on, for your uncle ligion. I have had the honour to serve his masir Toby Periwinkle is not dead--so the charge jesty, and headed a regiment of the bravest fele of mourning will be saved-ha, ha, ha! Don't lows that ever pushed bayonet in the throat of a you remember Mr Pillage, your uncle's steward? Frenchman; and, notwithstanding the fortune Ha, ha, ha!

this lady brings me, whenever my country wants Per. Not dead! I begin to fear I am tricked, my aid, this sword and arm are at her service. too.

Col. Don't you remember the signing of a lease, Therefore, my dear, if thou'lt but deign to smile, Mr Periwinkle?

I meet a recompense for all my toil. Per. Well; and what signifies that lease, if my Love and religion ne'er admit restraint, uncle is not dead ?--Ha! I am sure it was a lease And force makes many sinners, not one saint; I signed

Still free as air the active mind does rove, Col. Ay; but it was a lease for life, sir, and of And searches proper objects for its love; this beautiful tenement, I thank you.

But that once fixed, 'tis past the power of art [Taking hold of Mrs Lovely. To chase the dear idea froin the heart : Omnes. Ha, ha, ha! Neighbour's fare.

'Tis liberty of choice that sweetens life, Free. So, then, I find you are all tricked-ha, Makes the glad husband, and the happy wife. ha!

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usual, and I must depend upon my reflection question whether the remainder even of Tretriand philosophy not to overstock my family. plet is in him but we are willing to wave that,

Mrs Sea. I cannot help her, cousin Cimber- and give hiin a valuable consideration. But we ton; but she is, for aught I see, as well as the shall not purchase what is in us for ever, as daughter of any body else.

Grimgribber is, at the rate as we guard against Cim. That is very true, madam.

the contingent of Mr Cimberton having no son.

Then we know sir Geoffrey is the first of the Enter a Servant, who whispers Mrs SEALAND.

collateral male line in this family -yetMrs Sea. The lawyers are come, and now we Tar. Sir, Gr-_gr -ber is are to hear what they have resolved as to the Brum. I apprehend you very well, and your point, whether it is necessary that sir Geoffry argument might be of force, and we would be should join in the settlement, as being what they inclined to hear that in all its parts—but, sir, I call in the remainder. But, good cousin, you see very plainly what you are going into-I tell must have patience with them. These lawyers, you it is as probable a contingent, that sir GeofI am told, are of a different kind; one is what fry may die before Mr Cinberton, as that he they cail a chamber-counsel, the other a plea may outlive him. der: the conveyancer is slow from an imperfec Tar. Sir, we are not ripe for that yet, but I tion in his speech, and therefore shunned the bar, must say“ but extremely passionate, and impatient

con Bram. Sir, I allow you the whole extent of tradiction : the other is as warm as he, but has a that argument, but that will go no farther than tongue so voluble, and a head so conceited, he as to the claimants under old Cimberton. I am will suffer nobody to speak hut himself. of opinion, that, according to the instructions of

Cim. You mean olu serjeant Target and coun sir Ralph, he could not dock the entail, and then sellor Bramble: I have heard of them.

create a new estate for the heirs in general. Mrs Sea. The same : shew in the gentlemen. Tar. Sir, I have no patience to be told, that

[Erit Servant. when Gr-gr-ber

Bram. I will allow it you, Mr Serjeant; but Re-enter Servant, introducing Myrtle and!

there must be the words, heirs for ever, to make Tom, disguised us BRAMBLE and TARGET.

such an estate as you pretend. Gentlemen, this is the party concerned, Mr Tim Cim. I must be impartial, though you are counberton; and I hope you have considered of the sel for my side of the question. Wcre it not that

you are so good as to allow hiin what he has not Tur. Yes, makam, wc have agreed that it said, I should think it very hard you should anmust be bv indent-dent-dent-dent

swer him without hearing liim. But, gentlemen, Brain. Yes, madam, Mr Serjeant and myself I believe you have both considered this matter, have agreed, as he is pleased to inform you, that and are firm in your different opinions; 'twere it must be an indenture tripartite; and tripartite better, therefore, you proceeded according to the let it be, for sir Geofliy must needs be a party. particular sense of cach of you, and give your Old Cimberton, in the year 1619, says, in that thoughts distinctly in writing -And, do you ancient rol in Mr Serjeant's hands, as recourse see, sirs, pray let ine have a copy of what you say thereto being had will more at large appear, in Englisli. Tur. Yes, and, by the deeds in your hands, it Bram. Why, what is all we have been saying?

In English! Oh! but I forgot myself; you're the Brum. Mr Serjeant, I beg of you to make 10 wit. But, however, to please you, sir, yon shali inferences upon what is in our custody, but speak have it in as plain terms as the law will admit ot. to the titles in your own deeds. I shall not shew Cim. But I will have it, sir, without delay. that deed, till my client is in town.

Brum. That, sir, the law will not admit of; Cim. You know best your own methods. the courts are sitting at Westminster, and I am

Mrs Sea. The single question is, Whether the this moment obliged to be at every one of them; entail is such, that my cousin, sir Geoffry, is ne and 'twould be wrong if I should not be in the cessary in this affair?

ball to attend one of them at least; the rest Brum. Yes, as to the lordship of Tretriplet, would take it ill else :-therefore, I must leave but not as to the messuage of Gringribber. what I have said to Mr Serjeant's consideration,

Tar. I say, th:t Graga, that Gr-gr, and I will digest bis arguments on my part, and Grimgribber, Grimgribber is in us; that is to say, you shall hear from me again, sir. the remainder thereof, as well as that of Tr


Tar. Agreed, agreed. Brum. You go upon the deed of sir Ralph, Cim. Mr Bramble is very quick--he parted a made in the middle of the last century, prece- | little abruptly. dent to that in which old Cimberton made over Tar. lle could not bear my argument; I the remainder, and inade it pass to the beirs ge-pinched him to the quick about thai Gr-rang neral, by which your client comes in; and I ber.


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