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1 Mr Sea. Troth, sir, nothing but what was con of being in treaty with one who has as meanly left cealed from myself; another daughter, who has her, as you have generously asserted your right an undoubted title to half my estate.
in her, she is yours. Cim. How, Mr Sealand! why then, if half Luc. Mr Myrtle, though you have ever had Mrs Lucinda's fortune is gone, you can't say that my heart, yet now I find I love you more, beany of iny estate is settled upon her; I was in cause I deserve you less. treaty for the whole : but if that's not to be come Mrs Sea. Well, however, I'm glad the girl's at, to be sure there can be no bargain. Sir-I disposed of any way.
[Aside. have nothing to do but to take my leave of your Bev. jun. Myrtle! no longer rivals now, but good lady my cousin, and beg pardon for the brothers. trouble I have given this old gentleman.
Myr. Dear Bevil! you are born to triumph Myr. That you have, Mr Cimberton, with all over me; but now our competition, ceases; I re
[Discovers himself. joice in the pre-eminence of your virtue, and your Omnes. Mr Myrtle !
alliance adds charms to Lucinda. Myr. And I beg pardon of the whole company, Sir J. Bev. Now, ladies and gentlemen, you that I assumed the person of sir Geoffry only to have set the world a fair example; your happike present at the danger of this lady's being dis ness is owing to your constancy and merit, and posed of, and, in her utmost exigence, to assert the several difficulties you have struggled with my right to her, which, if her parents will ratify, evidently shewas they once favoured my pretensions, no abatement of fortune shall lessen her value to me. Whate'er the generous mind itself denies, Luc. Generous man !
The secret care of Providence supplies. Mr Sea. If, sir, you can overlook the injury
Servants pass over the stage.
Ran, Civil! Egad, I think I am very civil.
[Kisses her again. Have you been for the money this morning, as I ordered you?
Enter a Servant, and Bellamy. Ser. No, sir. You bade me go before you was Ser, Sir, Mr Bellamy. up; I did not know your honour meant before Ran. Damn your impertinence~Oh, Mr you went to bed.
Bellamy, your servant. Ran. None of your jokes, I pray; but to bu Mil. What shall I say to my mistress? siness. Go to the coffee-house, and inquire if there Ran. Bid her make half a dozen more; but has been any letter or message left for me. be sure you bring them home yourself. [Erit Ser. I shall, sir.
Milliner.) Pshaw! Pox! Mr Bellamy, how Ran. [Repeats.)
like to be served so yourself?
Bel. How can you, Ranger, for a minute's • You think she's false; I'm sure she's kind : pleasure, give an innocent girl the pain of heart • I take her body, You her mind ;
I am confident she felt? - There was a modest • Which has the better bargain?'
blush upon her cheek that convinces me she is
honest. Oh, that I had such a soft, deceitful fair, to Ju}} Ran. May be so. I was resolved to try, howmuy senses to their desired sleep! (Knocking at ever, had you not interrupted the experiment. the door.] Come in.
Bel. Fy, Ranger! will you never think?
Ran. Yes; but I cannot be always athinking. Enter SIMON.
The law is a damnable dry study, Mr Bellamy; Oh, master Simon, is it you? How long have you and without something now and then to amuse been in town?
and relax, it would be too much for my brain, I Sin. Just come, sir; and but for a little time promise ye -But I am a mighty sober fellow neither; and yet I have as many messages as it grown. Here have I been at it these three hours; we were to stay the whole year round. Here but the wenches will never let me alone. they are, all of them, [Pulls out a number of Bel. Three hours! Why, do you usually study cards.] and, among them, one for your honour. in such shoes and stockings ?
Ran. (Reads.]. Clarinda's compliments to her Ran. Rat your inquisitive eyes ! Ex pede Hercousin Ranger, and should be glad to see him culem. Egad, you have me. The truth is, I am
for ever so little a time that he can be spared but this moment returned from the tavern. What,
Frank. My boy, Ranger, I am heartily glad [Knocking at the door. to see you. Bellamy, let me embrace you; you Ran. Pr’ythee, Simon, open the door. are the person I want. I have been at your
lodgings, and was directed hither. Enter Milliner.
Ran. It is to him, then, I am obliged for this Well, child and who are you?
visit: but with all my heart. He is the only Mil. Sir, my mistress gives her service to you; man to whom I don't care how much I am obliand has sent you home the linen you bespoke. ged. Run. Well, Simon, my service to your lady,
Bel. Your humble servant, sir. and let her know I will most certainly wait upon Frank. You know, Ranger, I want no induceher. I am a little busy, Simon--and som ment to be with you. But
look sadly Sim. Ah, you're a wag, Master Ranger, you're What --no merciless jade hashas she? -but mum for that.
Erit. Ran. No, no; sound as a roach, my lad. I Ran. I swear, my dear, you have the prettiest only got a little too much liquor last night, which I pair of eyes--the loveliest pouting lips I have not slept off yet. never saw you before.
Bel. Thus, Frankly, it is every day. All the Mil
. No, sir! I was always in the shop. morning his head aches; at noon, he begins to Run. Were you so ?-Well, and what does clear up; towards evening, he is good company; your mistress say? -The devil fetch me, child, and all night, he is carefully providing for the you looked so prettily, that I could not mind one same course the next day. word you said.
Ran. Why, I must own, my ghostly father, I Mil
. Lard, sir, you are such another genıle- did relapse a little last night, just to furnish out man! -Why, she says, she is sorry she could not a decent confession for the day. send them sooner.
Shall I lay them down? Frank. And he is now doing penance for it. Ran. No, child. Give them to me --Dear Were you his confessor, indeed, you could not little smiling angel
[Catches, and kisses her. well desire more. Mil. I beg, sir, you would be civil.
Ran, Charles, he sets up for a confessor with
indeed, some care were taken; and speedily there Lord Town. And you promise to answer me shall be-Yet, let me not be rash-Perhaps sincerely? this disappointment of my heart may make me Lady Town, Sincerely. too impatient; and some tempers, when reproach Lord Town. Now, then, recollect your thoughts, ed, grow more untractable-Here she comes and tell me seriously why you married me? Let me be calm awhile.
Lady Town. You insist upon truth, you say?
Lord Town. I think I bave a right to it.
Lady Town. Why then, my lord, to give you, Going out so soon after dinner, madam ? at once, a proof of my obedience and sincerity
Ludy Town. Lard, my lord ! what can I pos- I think-I married-to take off that restraint sibly do at home?
that lay upon my pleasures while I was a single Lord Town. What does my sister, Lady Grace, woman. do at home?
Lord Town. How, madam ! is any woman Lady Town. Why, that is to me amazing! under less restraint after marriage than before Have you ever any pleasure at home?
it? Lord Town. It might be in your power, ma Lady Town. Oh, my lord, my lord! they are dam, I confess, to make it a little more comfort- different creatures! Wives have infinite liberties able to me.
in life, that would be terrible in an unmarried Lady Town. Comfortable! And so, my good woman to take. Jord, you would really have a woman of my rank Lord Town. Name one. and spirit stay at home to comfort her husband ! Lady Town. Fifty, if you please— To begin, Lord! what notions of life soine men have ! then-in the morning-—A married woman may
Lord Town. Don't you think, madam, some have men at her toilet; invite them to dinner; ladies notions are full as extravagant ?
appoint them a party in the stage-box at the Lady Town. Yes, my lord; when the tame play; engross the conversation there; call them doves live cooped within the pen of your pre-| by their christian names; talk louder than the cepts, I do think them prodigious indeed. players ; from thence jaunt into the city; take
Lord Town. And when they fly wild about this a frolicsome supper at an India-House ; perhaps, town, madam, pray, what must the world think in her guieté de cæur, toast a pretty fellow; then of them, then?
clatter again to this end of the town; break, Lady Town. Oh! this world is not so ill-bred with the morning, into an assembly; crowd to as to quarrel with any woman for liking it! the hazard-table; throw a familiar levant upon
Lord Town. Nor am I, madam, a husband so some sharp, lurching man of quality, and, if he well-bred, as to hear my wife's being so fond of demands his money, turn it off with a loud laugh, it: in short, the life you lead, madam
-you'll owe it him, to vex him, ha, Ludy Town. Is to me the pleasantest life in ha! the world.
Lord Town. Prodigious !
[Aside. Lord Town. I should not dispute your taste, Lady Town. These, now, my lord, are some madam, if a woman had a right to please nobody few of the many modish anuseients that disbut herself.
tinguish the privilege of a wife, from that of a Lady Town. Why! whom would you have her single woman. please?
Lord Town. Death, madam! what law has Lord Town. Sometimes her husband.
made these liberties less scandalous in a wife, Lady Town. And don't you think a husband than in an unmarried woman? under the same obligation?
Lady Town. Why the strongest law in the Lord Town. Certainly.
world, custom-custom, time out of mind, my Lady Town. Why, then, we are agreed, my lord. lord -For, if I never go abroad till I am wea Lord Town. Custom, madam, is the law of ry of being at home-- which you know is the case fools; but it shall never govern me. -is it not cqually reasonable, not to come home Ludy Toun. Nay, then, my lord, 'tis time for till one is weary of being abroad?
me to observe the laws of prudence. Lord. Town. If this be your rule of life, ma Lord Town. I wish I could see an instance of dam, 'tis time to ask you one serious question. it. Lady Town. Don't let it be long a coming, then Lady Town. You shall have one this moment, -for I am in haste.
iny iord; for I think, when a man begins to lose Lord Town. Madam, when I am ous, I ex- his temper at home, if a woman has any prupect a serious answer.
dence, why-she'll go abroad 'till he comes to himLady Town. Before I know the question ? self again.
(Going. Lord Town. Psha !-Have I power, madam, Lord Town. Hold, madam -I am amazed to make you serious by entreaty?
you are not more uneasy at the life you lead. Lady Town. You have.
You don't want sense, and yet seem void of all
humanity; for, with a blush I say it, I think I design to play all the good house-wife I can; I have not wanted love.
am now going to a party at quadrille, only to Lady Town. Oh, don't say that, my lord, if you piddle with a little of it, at poor two guineas a suppose I have my senses !
fish, with the dutchess of Quiteright. [Erit. Lord Town. What is it I have done to you? Lord Town. Insensible creature ! neither reWhat can you complain of?
proaches or indulgence, kindness or severity, can Lady Town. Oh, nothing in the least ! 'Tis wake her to the least reflection! Continual litrue, you have heard me say, I have owed my cence has lulled her into such a lethargy of care, lord Lurcher an hundred pounds these three that she speaks of her excesses with the same weeks -but what then-a husband is not easy confidence, as if they were so many virtues. liable to his wife's debts of honour, you know what a turn has her head taken ! -But and if a silly woman will be uneasy about money how to cure it
~~I am afraid the physic she can't be sued for, what's that to him? As must be strong that reaches herLenitives, long as he loves her, to be sure, she can have I see, are to no purpose -take my friend's nothing to complain of.
opinion-Manly will speak freely my Lord Town. By Heaven, if my whole fortune, sister with tenderness to both sides. They know thrown into your lap, could make you delight in my case—I'll talk with them. the cheerful ducies of a wife, I should think myself a gainer by the purchase.
Enter a Servant. Lady Town. That is, my lord, I might receive your whole estate, provided you were sure I Ser. Mr Manly, my lord, has sent to know if would not spend a shilling of it.
your lordship was at home. Lord Town. No, madam; were I master of Lord Town. They did not deny me? your heart, your pleasures would be mine; but, Ser. No, my lord. different as they are, I'll feed even your follies, to Lord Town. Very well; step up to my sister, deserve it-Perhaps you may have some other and say, I desire to speak with her. trifling debts of honour abroad, that keep you Ser. Lady Grace is here, my lord. out of humour at home at least, it shall not
[Exit Serdant. be my fault, if I have not more of your company -There, there's a bill of five hundred -and
Enter LADY GRACE. now, madam
Lord Town. So, lady fair; what pretty weaLady Town. And now, my lord, down to the pon have you been killing your time with? ground I thank you
-Now I am convinced, Ludy Grace. A huge folio, that has almost were I weak enough to love this man, I should killed me I think I have read half my never get a single guinea from him. [Aside. eyes out. Lord Town. If it be no offence, madam
Lord Town. Oh! you should not pore so much Lady Town. Say what you please, my lord; I just after dinner, child. am in that harmony of spirits, it is impossible to Lady Grace. That's true ; but any body's put me out of humour.
thoughts are better always than one's own, you Lord Town. How long, in reason then, do you know. think that sum ought to last you?
Lord Toron. Who's there? Lady Town. Oh, my dear, dear lord ! now you have spoiled all again : how is it possible I
Enter Servant. should answer for an event that so utterly de- Leave word at the door, I am at home to nobody pends upon fortune ? But, to shew you that I am but Mr Manly.
[Erit Ser. more inclined to get money than to throw it Lady Grace. And why is he excepted, pray, away I have a strong prepossession, that my.
lord ? with this five hundred, I shall win five thou Lord Town. I hope, madam, you have no obsand.
jection to his company ? Lord. Town. Madam, if you were to win ten Lady Grace. Your particular orders, upon my thousand, it would be no satisfaction to me. being here, look, indeed, as if you thought I had
Lady Town. Oh, the churl! ten thousand ! not. what! not so much as wish I might win ten Lord Town. And your ladyship's inquiry into thousand ! -Ten thousand! Oh, the charm- the reason of those orders, shews, at least, it was ing sum ! what infinite pretty things might a not a inatter indifferent to you. woman of spirit do with ten thousand guineas ! Lady Grace. Lord, you inake the oddest conO’my conscience, if she were a woman of true structions, brother! spirit, she--she might lose them all again.
Lord Town. Look you, my grave lady GraceLord Town. And I had rather it should be so, in one serious word-I wish you had him. madam, provided I could be sure that were the Lady Grace. I can't help that. last you would lose.
Lord Town. Ha! you can't help it; ha, ha! Lady Town. Well, my lord, to let you see I | The Aat simplicity of that reply was admirable!
Lady Grace. Pooh, you teaze one, brother! but that I saw you an exception to it—Where's
Lord Town. Come, I beg pardon, childthis is not a point, I grant you, to trifle upon; Lord Town. That, I believe, is impossible to therefore, I hope you'll give me leave to be se guess. rious.
Man. Then I won't try, my lordLady Grace. If you desire it, brother; though, Lord Town. But, 'tis probable, I may hear of upon my word, as to Mr Manly's having any se- her, by the time I have been four or five hours rious thoughts of ine-I know nothing of it. in bed.
Lord Town. Well-there's nothing wrong in Man. Now, if that were my case-I believe your making a doubt of it-But, in short, Il-But, I bey pardon, my lord. find, by his conversation of late, that he has been Lord Town. Indeed, sir, you shall not: you looking round the world for a wife; and if you will oblige me if you speak out; for it was upon were to look round the world for a husband, he this head I wanted to see you. is the first man I would give to you.
Man. Why then, my lord, since you oblige me Lady Grace. Then, whenever he makes me to proceed-if that were my case-I believe I any offer, brother, I will certainly tell you of it. should certainly sleep in another house.
Lord Town. Oh! that's the last thing he'll do: Lady Grace. How do you mean? he'll never make you an offer, till he's pretty sure Man. Only a compliment, madam: it won't be refused.
Lady Grace. A compliment ! Lady Grace. Now
make me curious. Pray, Man. Yes, madam, in rather turning myself did he ever make any offer of that kind to you? out of doors than her.
Lord Town. Not directly; but that imports Lady Grace. Don't you think that would be nothing: he is a man too well acquainted with going too far? the female world to be brought into a high opi Man. I don't know but it might, madam; for, in nion of any one woman, without some well-exa- strict justice, I think she ought rather to go than I. mined proof of her merit; yet I have reason to Lady Grace. This is new doctrine, Mr Manly. believe, that your good sense, your turn of mind, Man. As old, madam, as love, honour, and and your way of life, have brought him to so fa- obey. When a woman will stop at nothing that's vourable a one of you, that a few days will re wrong, why should a man balance any thing that's duce him to talk plainly to me; which, as yet, right? (notwithstanding our friendship) I have neither Lady Grace. Bless me! but this is fomenting declined nor encouraged him to.
things— Ludy Grace. I am mighty glad we are so near Man. Fomentations, madam, are sometimes in our way of thinking; for, to tell you the truth, necessary to dispel tumours: though I do not he is much upon the same terms with me : you directly advise my lord to this—This is only know he has a satirical turn; but never lashes what, upon the same provocation, I would do any folly, without giving due encomiums to its myself. opposite virtue: and, upon such occasions, he is Lady Grace. Ay, ay, you would do ! Bachelors sometimes particular, in turning his compliments wives, indeed, are finely governed. upon me, which I don't receive with any reserve, Man. If the married men's were as well-I lest he should imagine I take them to myself. am apt to think we should not see so many mu
Lord Town. You are right, child: when a man tual plagues taking the air in separate coaches. of merit makes his addresses, good sense may Ludy Grace. Well, but suppose it your own give him an answer, without scorn or coquetry. case; would you part with your wife, because she Lady Grace. Hush ! he's here
now and then stays out in the best company?
Lord Town. Well said, lady Grace! Come, Enter MR MANLY.
stand up for the privilege of your sex. This is
like to be a warm debate. I shall edify. Mfan. My lord, your most obedient.
Man. Madam, I think a wife, after midnight, Lord Town. Dear Manly, yours— I was think- has no occasion to be in better company than ing to send to you.
her husband's; and that frequent unreasonable Man. Then, I am glad I am here, my lord hours make the best company—the worst she can Lady Grace, I kiss your hands—What, only you fall into. two? How many visits may a inan make, before
Lady Grace. But if people of condition are to he falls into such unfashionable company? A keep company with one another, how is it possible brother and sister soberly sitting at home, when to be done, unless one conforms to their hours? the whole town is a gadding! I question if there Man. I can't find that any woman's good breedis so particular a tête à tête again, in the whole ing obliges her to conform to other people's vices. parish of St James's.
Lord Town. I doubt, child, here we are got a Lady Grace. Fy, fy, Mr Manly! how censo little on the wrong side of the question. rious you are !
Lady Grace. Why so, my lord? I can't think Nán. I had not made the reflection, madam, the case so bad as Mr Manly states it-People