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with it? What, she has laid it out, may be-but | pigtail puppies, and pale-faced women of quaI suppose you have an account of it?
lity. Sir Fran. Yes, yes, I have had the account, Man. But pray, sir Francis, how came you, indeed; but I mun needs say, it's a very sorry after you found her so ill an housewife of one
suin, so soon to trust her with another? Man. Pray, let's hear?
Sir Fran. Why, truly, I mun say that was partly Sir Fran. Why, first, I let her have an hund- my own fault; for, if I had not been a blab of dred and fifty, to get things handsome about my tongue, I believe that last hundred might her, to let the world see that I was
have been saved. body; and I thought that sum was very gen
Man. How so? teel.
Sir Fran. Why, like an owl as I was, out of Man. Indeed, I think so; and, in the country, good-will, forsooth, partly to keep her in bumight have served her a twelvemonth.
mour, I must needs tell her of the thousand pounds Sir Fran. Why, so it Inight- but here, in a-year I had just got the promise of--I'cod, she this fine town, forsooth, it could not get through lays her claws upon it that moment---said it was four-and-twenty hours—for, in half that tiine, it all owing to her advice, and truly she would have was all squandered away in bawbles, and new- her share on't. fashioned trumpery.
Mun. Wbat, before you had it yourself? Mun. Oh! for ladies in London, sir Francis, Sir Fran. Why, ay; that's what I told her all this might be necessary.
My dear, said I, mayhap I may’nt receive the Sir Frun. Noa, there's the plague on't; the first quarter on't this half
year. devil o' one useful thing do I see for it, but two Man. Sir Francis, I have heard you with a pair of laced shoes, and those stond me in three great deal of patience, and I really feel compas pounds three shillings a pair, too.
sion for you. Man. Dear sir, this is nothing! Why we have Sir Fran. Truly, and well you may, cousin ; city wives here, that, while their good man is sel for I don't see that my wife's goodness is a bit Jing three pennyworth of sugar, will give you the better for bringing to Londun. twenty pounds for a short apron.
Man. If you remember, I gave you a bint of Sir Fran. Mercy on us, what a mortal poor it. devil is a husband !
Sir Fran. Why, ay, it's true, you did so: but the Man. Well, but I hope you have nothing else devil himself could not have believed she would to complain of?
have rid post to him. Sir Fran. Ah, would I could say so, too! Mun. Sir, if you stay but a fortnight in this but there's another hundred behind yet, that town, you will every day see hundreds as fast goes more to my heart than all that went before upon the gallop as she is.
Sir Fran. Ah, this London is a base place, inMan. And how might that be disposed of?
deed !---Waunds! if things should happen to go Sir Fran. Troth, I am almost ashamed to tell wrong with me at Westiniuster, at this rate, how
the devil shall I keep out of a jail? you. Man. Out with it.
Mun. Why, truly, there seems to mc but one Sir Fran. Why, she has been at an assembly.
way to avoid it. Man. What, since I saw you! I thought you Sir Fran. Ah, would you could tell me that, had all supped at home last night.
cousin ! Sir Fran. Why, so we did
and all as Man. The way lies plain before you, sir; the merry as grigs—I'cod, my heart was so open, same road, that brought you hither, will carry that I tossed another hundred into her apron, to you safe home again. go out early this morning with -But the Sir Frun. Ods-flesh, cousin ! what! and leave cloth was no sooner taken away, than in comes a thousand pounds a-year behind me? my lady Townly here, (who, between you and I Man. Pooh, pooh! leave any thing behind ---mum--has had the devil to pay yonder) with you, but your family, and you are a sarer by it. another rantipole dame of quality, and out they Sir Frun. Ay, but consider, cousin, what a must have her, they said, to introduce her at my scurvy figure shall I make in the country, if I lady Noble's assembly, forsooth- A few come dawn withau't it, words, you may be sure, made the bargain---so, Man. You will make a much more lamentabawnce! and away they drive, as if the devil had ble tigure in a jail without it. got into the coach-box---so, about four or five in Sir Fran. Mayhap 'at yow have no great the morning.-----horne cumes madam, with her opinion of it then, cousin ? eyes a foot deep in her head---and my poor Man. Sir Francis, to do you the service of s hundred pounds left behind her at the hazard-real friend, I must speak very plainly to you: table!
you don't yet see half the ruin that's before you. Man. All lost at dice!
Sir Fran. Good-lack! how may you mean, Sir Fran. Every shilling---among a parcel of cousin ?
Man. In one word, your whole affairs stand brought to play himself, madam, then he might thus--In a week, you'll lose your seat at West- feel what it is to want money. minster: in a fortnight, my lady will run you in- Lady Town. Oh, don't talk of it! do you know to jail, by keeping the best company,
- In that I am undone, Trusty ? four-and-twenty hours, your daughter will run Trusty. Mercy forbid, madam! away with a sharper, because she han't been used Lady Town. 'Broke, ruined, plundered !to better company: and your son will steal into stripped, even to a confiscation of my last guinea ! marriage with a cast mistress, because he has Trusty. You don't tell me so, madam? not been used to any company at all.
Lady Town. And where to raise ten pound in Sir Fran. l' th' name o' goodness, why should the world—What is to be done, Trusty? you think all this?
Trusty. Truly, I wish I were wise enough to Man. Because I have proof of it; in short, I tell you, madam : but may be your ladyship inay know so much of their secrets, that if all this is have a ruu of better fortune upon some of the not prevented to-night, it will be out of your good company that comes here to-night. power to do it to-morrow morning.
Lady Town. But I have not a single guinea to Sir Fran. Mercy upon us! you frighten me-- try nuy fortune. Well, sir, I will be governed by you : but what Trusty. Ha! that's a bad business indeed, maam I to do in this case ?
dam-Adad, I have a thought in my head, maMan. I have not time he to give you pro- dam, if it is not too lateper instructions; but about eight this evening Lady Town. Out with it quickly, then, I beI'll call at your lodgings, and there you shall have seech thee. full conviction how much I have it at heart to Trusty. Has not the steward something of fifty serve you.
pounds, madam, that you left in his hands to pay
somebody about this time? Enter a Servant.
Lady Town. Oh, ay; I had forgot 'twas to Ser. Sir, my lord desires to speak with you. a---what's his filthy name? Man. I'll wait upon himn.
Trusty. Now I remember, madam, 'twas to Sir Fran. Well, then, I'll go strait home, naw. Mr Lutestring, your old mercer, that your ladyMan. At eight depend upon me.
ship, turned off about a year ago, because he "Sir Fran. Ah, dear cousin ! I shall be bound would trust you no longer. to you as long as I live. Mercy deliver us, what Lady Town. The very wretch! If he has not a terrible journey have I made on't !
paid it, run quickly, dear Trusty, and bid him [Ereunt severally. bring it hither immediately—[Erit Trusty.]
Well, sure mortal woman never had such forSCENE II.-Opens to a dressing-room. tune! five, five and nine, against poor seven for
-No, after that horrid bar of my chance, Lady Townly, as just up, walks to her toilet,
that lady Wronghead's fatal red fist upon the leaning on MRS Trusty.
table, I saw it was impossible ever to win anoTrusty. Dear madam, what should make your ther stake—Sit up all night; lose all one's moladyship so out of order?
ney; dream of winning thousands; wake without Lady Town. How is it possible to be well, a shilling; and then- -How like a hag I look! where one is killed for want of sleep?
In short-the pleasures of life are not worth this Trusty. Dear me! it was so long before you disorder. If it were not for shame, now, I could rung, madam, I was in hopes your ladyship had almost think lady Grace's sober scheme not quite been finely composed.
so ridiculous - If my wise lord could but hold Lady Town. Composed! why I have lain in an bis tongue for a week, 'tis odds but I should hate inn here; this house is worse than an inn with the town in a fortnight-But I will not be driten stage-coaches: what between my lord's im- ven out of it, that's positive. pertinent people of business in a morning, and the intolerable thick shoes of footmen at noon,
TRUSTY returns. one has not a wink all night.
Trusty. Indeed, madam, it's a great pity my Trusty. Oh, madam, there's no bearing of it! lord can't be persuaded into the hours of people Mr Lutestring was just let in at the door, as I of quality-though I must say that, madam, your came to the stair foot; and the steward is now Jadyship is certainly the best matrimonial mana- actually paying him the money in the hall. ger in town.
Lady Town. Run to the stair-case head again Lady Town. Oh, you are quite mistaken, -and scream to him, that I must speak with Trusty! I manage very
' ill; for, notwithstanding him this instant. (Trusty runs out, and speaks. all the power I have, by never being over-fond of Trusty. Mr Poundage-a-hem! Mr Poundmy lord - yet I want money infinitely oftener age, a word with you quickly! (Without than he is willing to give it me.
Pound. [Within.] I'll come to you presently. Trusty. Ah! if his lordship could but be
[Without. Vol. II.
· Trusty. Presently won't do, man, you must may be the porter has knocked him down—I'll come this minute. [Without. step and see
[Erit Trusty. Pound. I am but just paying a little money Lady Town. These trades-people are the trouhere.
[Without. blesomest creatures! No words will satisfy them. Trusty. Cods my life, paying money! Is the man distracted? Come here, I tell you, to my
TRUSTY returns. lady this moment; quick!
Trusty. Oh, madam! Undone, undone! My TRUSTY returns.
lord has just bolted out upon the man, and is Lady Town. Will the monster come or no?- hearing all his pitiful story over-If your lady
Trusty. Yes, I hear him now, madam; he is ship pleases to come hither, you may hear hiin hobbling up as fast as he can.
yourself. Lady Town. Don't let him come in-for he will Lady Town. No matter; it will come round keep such a babbling about his accounts—my presently: I shall have it from my lord, without brain is not able to bear him.
losing a word by the
I'll warrant you. Poundage comes to the door, with a money-bag coming in.
Trusty. Oh, lud, madam! here's my lord just in his hand.
Lady Town. Do you get out of the way, then. Trusty. Oh, it's well you are come, sir! ;-[Exit Trusty.}-I am afraid I want spirits; where's the fifty pounds ?
but he will soon give them me. Pound. Why, here it is; if you had not been
Enter LORD TOWNLY. in such haste, I should have paid it by this time -the man's now writing a receipt, below, for it. Lord Town. How comes it, madam, that a
Trusty. No matter; my lady says you must tradesman dares be clamorous in my house, for not pay him with that money! there's not enough, money due to him from you? it seems; there's a pistole, and a guinea, that is Lady Town. You don't expect, my lord, that I not good, in it- besides, there is a mistake in should answer for other people's impertinence ? the account, too - [Twitches the bag from him.] Lord Town. I expect, madam, you should anBut she is not at leisure to examine it now; so swer for your own extravagancies, that are the you must bid Mr What-d'ye-call-um call another occasion of it-_I thought I had given you motiine.
ney three months ago, to satisfy all these sort of Lady Town. What is all that noise there? people. Pound. Why, an it please your ladyship- Lady Town. Yes; but you see they never are
Lady Town. Prithee, don't plague me now; to be satisfied. but do as you were ordered.
Lord Town. Nor am I, madam, longer to be Pound. Nay, what your ladyship pleases, ma- abused thus; what's become of the last five hundam
[Exit PoundAGE. dred I gave you? Trusty. There they are, madam—[Pours the Ludy Town. Gone. money out of the bag.]-The pretty things were Lord Town. Gone! What way, madam? so near falling into a nasty tradesinan's hand, I Lady Town. Half the town over, I believe, by protest it made me tremble for them-I fancy this time. your ladyship had as good give me that bad gui- Lord Town. 'Tis well; I see ruin will make nea, for luck's sake- Thank
madam. no impression, till it falls upon you.
f Takes a guinea. Lady Town. In short, my lord, if money is alLady Town. Why, I did not bid you take it? ways the subject of our conversation, I shall
Trusty. No; but your ladyship looked as if make you no answer. you were just going to bid me; and so I was wil- Lord Town. Madam, madam, I will be heard, ling to save you the trouble of speaking, madam. and make you answer.
Lady Town. Well, thou hast deserved it; and Lady Town. Make me! Then I must tell you, so, for once-but hark! don't I hear the man my lord, this is a language I have not been used making a noise yonder? Though, I think, now, to, and I won't bear it. we may compound for a little of bis ill-humour Lord Town. Come, come, madam, you shall Trusty. I'll listen.
bear a great deal more, before I part with you. Lady Town. Prithee, do.
Lady Town. My lord, if you insult me, you [Trusty goes to the door. will have as much to bear on your side, I can asTrusty. Ay, they are at it, madam-he's in a
sure you. bitter passion with poor Poundage-Bless me! I Lord Town. Pooh! Your spirit grows ridicubelieve he'll beat him-Mercy on us, how the lous-You have neither honour, worth, or innowretch swears !
cence to support it. Lady Town. And a sober citizen, too! that's a Lady Town. You'll find, at least, I have reshanie.
sentment; and do you look well to the prorocaTrusty, lla! I think all's silent of a sudden- tion.
Lord Town. After those you have given me, in the world, that keeps his misfortunes out of madam, 'tis almost infamous to talk with you. doors, than he that tamely keeps them within.
Lady Town. I scorn your imputation, and Lady Town. I don't know what figure you your menaces. The narrowness of your heart's may make, my lord; but I shall have no reason your monitor; 'tis there, there, my lord, you are to be ashamed of mine, in whatever company I wounded: you have less to complain of than may meet you. husbands of an equal rank to you.
Lord Town. Be sparing of your spirit, maLord Town. Death, madam! Do you presume dam; you'll need it to support you. upon your corporal merit, that your person's less tainted than your mind ? 'Is it there, there alone,
Enter Lady Grace and MANLY. an honest husband can be injured? Have you not Mr Manly, I have an act of friendship to beg of every other vice that can debase your birth, or you, which wants more apologics than words can stain the heart of woman? Is not your health, inake for it. your beauty, husband, fortune, family disclaimed, Man. Then, pray, make none, my lord, that I for nights consumed 'in riot and extravagance? may have the greater merit in obliging you. The wanton does no more; if she conceals her Lord Town. Sister, I have the same excuse to shame, does less : and sure the dissolute avowed, intreat of you, too. as sorely wronys my honour and my quiet. Lady Grace. To your request, I beg, my
lord, Lady Town. I see, my lord, what sort of wife Lord Town. Thus, then
-As you both might please you.
were present at my ill-considered marriage, I Lord Town. Ungrateful woman! Could you now desire you each will be a witness of my dehave seen yourself, you, in yourself, had seen her termined separation-I know, sir, your good-na
--I am amazed our legislature has left no prece- ture, and my sister's, must be shocked at the ofdent of a divorce for this more visible injury, fice I impose on you; but as I don't ask your this adultery of the mind, as well as that of the justification of my cause, so I hope you are conperson! When a woman's whole heart is alien- scious—that an ill woman can't reproach you, if ated to pleasures I have no share in, what is it to you are silent, on her side. me, whether a black ace, or a powdered coxcomb, Man. My lord, I never thought, till now, it has possesion of it?
could be difficult to oblige you. Lady Town. If you have not found it yet, my Lady Grace. [Aside. Heavens, how I tremlord, this is not the way to get possession of ble ! mine, depend upon't.
Lord Town. For you, my lady Townly, I need Lord Town. That, madam, I have long des not here repeat the provocations of my parting paired of; and, since our happiness cannot be with you, —the world, I fear, is too well inmutual, 'tis fit, that, with our hearts, our per- formed of them for the good lord, your dead sons, too, should separate. This house you sleep father's sake, I will still support you as bis no more in : though your content might grossly daughter-As Lord Townly's wife, you have feed upon the dishonour of a husband, yet my had every thing a fond husband could bestow, desires would starve upon the features of a wife, and (to our mutual shame I speak it) more than
Lady Town. Your style, my lord, is much of happy wives desire-But those indulgences must the saine delicacy with your sentiments of ho- end; state, equipage, and splendour, but ill be
come the vices that misuse thein- -The decent Lord Town. Madam, madam, this is no time necessaries of life shall be supplied- - but not for compliments I have done with you. one article to luxury; not even the coach, that
Lady Town. If we had never met, my lord, I waits to carry you from hence, shall you ever use had not broke my heart for it: but have a care; again. Your tender aunt, my lady Lovemore, I may not, perhaps, be so easily recalled as you with tears, this morning, has consented to receive may imagine.
you; where, if time and your condition bring Lord Town. Recalled ! Whose there? you to a due reflection, your allowance shall be
increased—but if you are still lavish of your
litEnter a Servant.
tle, or pine for past licentious pleasures, that lit
tle shall be less : nor will I call that soul my Desire my sister and Mr Manly to walk up. friend, that names you in my hearing.
[Erit. Lady Grace. My heart bleeds for her. Lady Town. My lord, you may proceed as
[Aside. you please; but, pray, what indiscretions have I Lord Town. Oh, Manly, look there! turn back committed, that are not daily practised by a thy thoughts with me, and witness to my growing hundred other women of quality ?
love. There was a time, when I believed that Lord Town. 'Tis not the number of ill wives, form incapable of vice, or of decay; there I promadam, that makes the patience of a husband posed the partner of an easy home; there I, for less contemptible: and though a bad one may be ever, hoped to find a cheerful companion, an athe best man's lot, yet, he'll make a better figure greeable intimate, a faithful friend, a niseful
help-mate, and a tender mother-but, oh! how | firmed. Wild with that fame, I thought mankind Litter now the disappointment !
my slaves; I triumphed over hearts, while all my
I Man. The world is different in its sense of pleasure was their pain : yet was my own so happiness; offended as you are, I know you will equally insensible to all, that, when a father's still be just.
firm commands enjoined me to make choice of Lord Town. Fear me not.
one, I even then declined the liberty he gave, Man. This last reproach, I see, has struck her. and to his own election yielded up my youth
(Aside. his tender care, my lord, directed him to you, Lord Town. No, let me not (though I this Our hands were joined; But still my heart was moment cast her from my heart for ever) let me wedded to its folly. My only joy was power, not urge her punishment beyond her crimes—I command, society, profuseness, and to lead in know the world is fond of any tale that feeds its pleasures : The husband's right to rule, I thought appetite of scandal : and, as I am conscious se- a vulgar law, which only the deformed or meanverities of this kind seldom fail of imputations ly-spirited obeyed. I knew no directors, but too gross to mention, I here, before you both, my passions ! no master, but my will! Even acquit her of the least suspicion raised against the you, my lord, some time o'ercome by love, was honour of my bed. Therefore, when abroad her pleased with my delights, nor then foresaw this conduct may be questioned, do her fame that mad misuse of your indulgence --And, justice.
though I call myself ungrateful, while I own it, Lady Town. Oh, sister!
yet, as a truth, it cannot be denied that kind [Turns to Lady GRACE, weeping. indulgence has undone me; it added strength to Lord Town. When I am spoken of, where, my habitual failings; and, in a heart thus warm, without favour, this action may be canvassed, re-in wild unthinking life, no wonder if the gentler late but half my provocations, and give me up to sense of love was lost.
[Going Lord Town. Oh, Manly! where has this creaLady Town. Support me! save me! hide me ture's heart been buried?
Apart. from the world !
Man. If yet recoverable- How vast the (Falling on LADY GRACE's neck.) treasure !
(Apart, Lord Town. (Returning.] I had forgot me- Lady Town. What I have said, my lord, is not You have no share in my resentment; therefore, my excuse, but my confession; my errors (give as you have lived in friendship with her, your them, if you please, a harder name) cannot be departing may admit of gentler terms than suit the fended. No? What's in its nature wrong, no honour of an injured husband. [Offers to go out. words can palliate, no plea can alter. What
Man. [Interposing.) My lord, you must not, then remains in my condition, but resignation to shall not leave her thus ! One moment's stay can your pleasure? Time only can convince you of do your cause no wrong! If looks can speak the my future conduct : therefore, till I have lived anguish of her heart, I'll answer with my life, an object of forgiveness, I dare not hope for parthere's something labouring in her mind, that, don—The penance of a lonely, contrite lite, would you bear the hearing, might deserve it. were little to the innocent; but, to bave deserved
Lord Town. Consider ! since we no more can this separation, will strow perpetual thorns upon meet, press not my staying to insult her.
my pillow, Lady Town. Yet stay, my lord—the little I Lady Grace. Oh, happy, heavenly hearing! would will not deserve an insult; and, unde- Lady Town. Sister, farewell! [Kissing her served, I know your nature gives it not. Your virtue needs no warning from the shame you've called in friends to witness your resent- that falls on me: but when you think I have ment, let them be equal hearers of my last re- atoned my follies past-persuade your injured ply.
brother to forgive them. Lord Town. I shan't refuse you that, madam Lord Town. No, madam! Your errors, thus be it so.
renounced, this instant are forgiven! So deep, Lady Town. My lord, you ever have com- so due a sense of them, has made you what my plained I wanted love; but, as you kindly have utmost wishes formed, and all my heart has sighallowed I never gave it to another; so, when you ed for. hear the story of my heart, though you may still Lady Town. [Turning to Lady GRACE.] How complain, you will not wonder at my coldness. odious does this goodness make me !
Lady Grace. This promises a reverse of tem- Lady Grace. How amiable your thinking so! per.
(Apart. Lord Town. Long parted friends, that pass Man. This, my lord, you are concerned to through easy voyages of life, receive but common hcar.
gladness at their meeting : but from a shipwreck Lord Town. Proceed; I am attentive.
saved, we mingle tears with our embraces! Lady Town. Before I was your bride, my
[Embracing Lady Townle. lord, the flattering world had talked me into Lady Town. What words, what love, what beauty, which, at my glass, my youthful vanity con- duty, can repay such obligations!