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Side. I warrant me, your honour. [Erit. Sir Bash. That's what alarmed me. You shall

Sir Bash. I feel much lighter now. A load is write the superscription, and send it to her. taken off my heart.

Love. No; that won't do. Give her a letter

under Enter SIDEBOARD.

hand! I'll speak to her for you: let your

me try how her pulse beats. Sir Bash. What do you come back for? Sir Bush. But a letter may draw an answer

Side. A word or two, by way of direction, if from her, and then you know—[Smiling at him.] you please, sir.

- I shall have it under her hand. Sir Bash. Blockhead ! Give it to me—[ Aside.] Love. I don't like this hurry: we had better -If I direct it, he finds me out. Go about your take time to consider of it. business: I have no occasion for you : leave the Sir Bash. No: I cannot defer the business of

my heart a single moment. It burns like a few Side. Very well, sir. Does he think to manage ver here. Sit down, and write the direction; I'HI his own intrigues? If he takes my commission step and send the servant. He shall carry it, as out of my hands, I shall give him warning. The if it were a letter from yourself. vices of our masters are all the vails a poor servant has left.


Sir Bush. What must be done? Mr Lovemore Side. Sir Brilliant Fashion is below, sir.
could conduct this business for me. He is a man

Love. What brings him? He will only inter
of address, and knows all the approaches to a rupt us. Go, and talk to him, sir Bashful; hear
woman's heart. That fellow Sideboard coming what he has to say; amuse him; any thing, ra-
again? No, no; this is lucky. Mr Lovemore, ther than let him come up.
I am glad to see you.

Sir Bush. I am gone: he shan't molest you.


Love. Fly! make haste; and don't let him

know that I am here. A lucky accident this! I Love. A second visit, you see, in one day; en- have gained time by it. All matters were in a tirely on the score of friendship.

right train, and he himself levelling the road for Sir Bash. And I thank you for it; heartily me, and now this letter blows me up into the air

Some unlucky planet rules to-day.Love. I broke away from the company at the First, the widow Bellmour; a hair-breadth escape St Alban's, on purpose to attend you. Well

, I had of it, and now almost ruined here! What, have made your lady easier in her mind, have in the name of wonder, has he writ to her?

Friendship and wafer, by your leave. But, will Sir Bash. We don't hit it at all, Mr Lovemore that be delicate? Po! honour has always a great Love. No!

deal to preach upon these occasions; but then, Sir Bash. I think she has been rather worse the business of my love ! Very true; the passions since you spoke to her.

need but say a word, and their business is done. Love. A good symptom that. [Aside. [Opens the letter, and reads.]-This must ne

Sir Bash. She has received the diamond ver reach her. I'll write a letter from myself.-buckles. They were delivered to her maid, seal- [Sits down, writes, and starts up.]—I hear him ed up, and the man never staid to be asked a coming: no; all's safe.Writes.] – This will do : question. I saw them in her own hand; but not vastly well. Her husband's inhumanity! Ay, a syllable escaped her. She was not in the least mention that. TI diamonds may be a present softened; obstinate as a mule !

from me: yes, I'll venture it-There, there; that Love. The manner of conveying your presents will do--Long adored-ay-sweetest revenge.was not well judged. Why did you not make Ay-eternal admirer- Lovemore. Now, now, me the bearer?

let me see itAdmirable! this will do the buSir Bush. I wish I had. She talks of parting; siness.

[Seals the letter. and so, to avoid coming to extremities, I have

Enter Sir BASHFUL.
even thought of telling her the whole truth at

Sir Bash. Well, have you sent it?
Love. How? Acquaint her with your passion? Love. Not yet: I am writing the direction.

Sir Bash. Ay, and trust to her honour. I Sir Bush. And where is that blockhead? Side-
could not venture to speak; I should blush, and board!
faulter, and look silly; and so I have writ a let-
ter to her. Here it is, signed and sealed, but not

Enter SIDEBOARD. directed. I got into a puzzle about that. Servants, you know, are always putting their own Numskull! Why don't you wait? Mr Lovemore construction upon things.

wants you. Love. No doubt: and then your secret fics all Love. Step and deliver this to your lady, and, over the town.

if she pleases, I will wait upon her.

not I?



Sir Bash. Charming 4-Take


stairs di- Love. I take it more to heart than you are rectly.

aware of. Side. Up stairs, sir? My lady is in the next Sir Bash. This is mortifying ; enough to make

one ashamed all the rest of one's life. Sir Bash. Take it to her; make haste; be- Love. I did not expect this sullen ill-humour. gone! [Exit SIDEBOARD.) I hope this will suc- Sir Bash. Did you ever know so obstinate, so ceed: I shall be for ever obliged to you, and so uncomplying a temper? will her ladyship.

Enter Sir BRILLIANT. Love. I hope she will, and I shall be proud to serve her.

Sir Bril. Sir Bashful, I forgot to tell you, Sir Bash. You are very good. She won't prove Love. He again! he haunts me up and down, ungrateful, I dare answer for her. I should like to as Vice did the devil, with a dagger of lath, in see how she receives the letter. The door is con- the old comedy,

Aside. veniently open.

I will have a peep. Ay, there; Sir Bril. Hey! what's the matter? You seem there she sits.

both out of humour: what does this mean? Hare Love. Where, sir Bashful?

you quarrelled? Sir Bash. Hush! no noise. There, do you see Sir Bush. No, sir, no quarrel :- Why would her? She has the letter in her hand - This is a my booby servant let him in again? Aside. critical moment: I am all over in a tremble. Sir Bril. Strike me stupid, but you look very

Love. Silence! not a word. She opens it.- queer upon it! Lovemore is borrowing money, İ {Aside.) Now, my dear Cupid, befriend me now, suppose. Sir Bashful is driving a hard bargain, and vour altar shall smoke with incense.

and you can't agree about the premium. Sir Sir Bash. She colours.

Bashful, let my friend Lovemore have the moLove. I like that rising blush: a soft and ten- ney. der token.

Sir Bash. Money !-what does he mean? Sir Bash. She turns pale.

Sir Bril. Both out of humour, I see : well, as Love. The natural working of the passions. you will. You have no reason to be in harmony

Sir Bash. And now she reddens again. What with yourselves; my stars shine with a kinder asis she at now? There, she has torn the letter in pect. Here, here, behold a treasury of love! I two: I am a lost, an undune man! (Walks away. came back on purpose to shew it to you. [Takes

Love. She has flung it away with indignation : a shagreen case out of his pocket.] See what a I am undone, too.

present I have received; a magnificent pair of [Aside, and walks away from the door. diamond buckles, by all that's amiable! Sir Bash. Mr Lovemore, you see what it is all Love. How?

Sir Bush. [Walking up to him.] A pair of diaLove. I am sorry to see so baughty a spirit. mond buckles!

Sir Bash. An arrogant, ungrateful woman, to Sir Bril. How such a present should be sent make such a return to so kind a letter !

to me, is more than I can explain at present. Love. Ay, so kind a letter!

Perhaps my friend, Lovemore, gained some inSir Bash. Did you ever see such an insolent telligence in the quarter where I surprised hiu scorn?

to-day, on a visit which I little suspected. Love. I never was so disappointed in all my Love. That was to serve you : I know nothing life.

of this business. Sir Bash. A letter full of the tendercst pro- Sir Bril. The pain in your side, I hope, is bettestations !

ter? Love. Yes; an unreserved declaration of love! Love. Po! this is only to distract your atten

Sir Bash. Made with the greatest frankness; tion, sir Bashful. throwing myself at her very feet.

Sir Bash. So I suppose. And was this a preLove. Did she once smile? was there the sent to you? faintest gleam of approbation in her countenance? Sir Bril. A present, sir. The consequence of

Sir Bash, She repaid it all with scorn, with having some tolerable phrase, a person, and a due pride, contempt, and insolence. I cannot bear degree of attention to the service of the ladies, this; despised, spurned, and treated like a puppy. Don't you envy me, sir Bashtul?

Love. There it stings like a puppy, indeed! Sir Bash. I can't but say I do. (Turns fa

Sir Bush. Is there a thing in nature so morti- LOVEMORE.] My buckles, by all that's false in fying to the pride of man, as to find one's self re- woinan ! jected and despised by a fine woman, who is con- Love. Take no notice. (Walks aside. Has he scious of her power, and triumphs in her cruelty? supplanted me here, too, as well as with the wi

Love. It is the most dannable circumstance! dow?

Sir Bash. My dear Mr Lovemore, I am obli- Sir Bril. What's the matter with you both!“ ged to you for taking this matter so much to Burning with envy! heart.

Sir Bush. And I suppose an clegant epistle, ar

come to.


a well-penned billet-doux, accompanied this to- | thus let me clasp thee to my beart.—Sir Bashful, ken of the lady's affection?

your servant.

[Erit Sir Bric. Sir Bril. That would have been an agreeable Sir Bash. What think you now, Mr Lovemore? addition, but it is still to come. Too many fa- Love. All unaccountable, sir. vours at once might overwhelm a body. A coun- Sir Bash. By all that's false, I am gulled, try-looking fellow, as my people tell me, lett this

, cheated, and imposed upon! I am deceived, and curiously sealed up, at my house: he would not dubbed a rank cuckold! It is too clear : she has say from whence it came : I should know that in given him the buckles, and, I suppose, my banktime, was all they could get from him; and I am notes have taken the same course. Diamond now panting to learn from whence this mighty buckles, and three hundred pounds, for sir Brilsuccess has attended me. Sir Bashful, I came, liant! A reward for his merit! saw, and conquered. Ha, ha, ha, ha!

Love. He is the favourite, and I have been Sir Bash. But inay not this be from some lady, working for him all this time!

[Aside, who imagines that you sent it, and therefore Sir Bash. I now see through all her artifices. chuses to reject your present ?

My resolution is fixed. If I can but get ocular Sir Bril. "Oh, no; that cannot be the case. A demonstration of her guilt; if I can but get the little knowledge of the world would soon convince means of proving to the whole world that she is you, that ladies do not usually reject presents from vile enough to cuckold me, I shall then be hapthe man who has the good fortune to please by py. his manner, his taste for dress, and a certain je Love. Why, that will be some consolation ! ne sçai quoi in his person and conversation.

Sir Bash. So it will: kind Heaven, grant me Sir Bush. So I believe. [Walks aside. What that at least ! make it plain that she dishonours say you to this, Mr Lovemore?

me, and I am amply revenged! Hark! I hear Love. She would not have torn a letter from her coming. She shall know all I think, and all him.

I feel. I have done with her for ever. Sir Bril. No, sic Bashful; a present from me Love. [ Aside.] Let me fly the impending would not have been returned back upon my storm. If I stay, detection and disgrace pursue hands.

Sir Bashful, I ain sorry to see matters take Sir Bash. I dare say not. [To Love.) I sup- this turn. I have done all in my power; and, pose she will give him my three hundred pounds since there is no room to hope for success, I take into the bargain.

my leave, and wish you a good night. Love. After this, I shall wonder at nothing. Sir Bush. No, no ; you shall not leave me in

Sir Bril. What mortified countenances they this distress. You shall hear me tell her her both put on! (Looks at them, and laughs. own, and be a witness of our separation. Sir Bush. (Walking up to Sir Bril.] And I

Holding him. suppose you expect to have this lady?

Love. Excuse me: after what has passed, I Sir Bril. No doubt of it. This is the forerun- shall never be able to endure the sight of her.ner, I think. Hey, Loveinore?--Sir Bashful, this Fare you well; I must be gone; good night, sir it is to be in luck. Ila, ha !


Struggling to go. (Laughs at them both. Sir Bash. You are my best friend : I cannot Love. and Sir Bash. [Both forcing a laugh.] part with you. [Stands between him and the Ha, ha!

door.] Stay and hear what she has to say for Sir Bril. You both seem strangely piqued.- herself: you will see what a turn she will give Lovemore, what makes you so uneasy?

to the business. Love. You flatter yourself, and you wrong me- Love. (Aside.) What turn shall I give it?I--

[Walks away. Contusion! here she comes: I must weather the Sir Bash. He is a true friend: he is uneasy on my account. [Aside, and looking at Lovė. Sir Bril. And, sir Bashful, something has dash

Enter LADY CONSTANT. ed your spirits. Do you repine at my success ? Lady Con. After this behour, Mr LoveSir Bash. I can't but say I do, sir.

more, I am surprised, sir, that you can think of Sir Bril. Oh! very well; you are not disposed staving a moment longer in this house. to be good conipany. A l'honneur, gentlemen : Love. Madam, I-'sdeath! I have no infinish your money matters. Lovemore, where do vention to assist me at a pinch. [.4side. you spend the evening?

Sir Bash. Mr Lovemore is my friend, madain, Love. good evening to you, sir Brilliant: I and I desire he will stay in my house as long as am engaged. Business with sir Bashful, you he pleases. Hey, Lovemore!

(Looks at him, and smiles. Sir Bril. Well, don't let me be of inconve- Love. [ Aside.] All must out, I fear. nience to you. Fare ye well, gentlenen. Thou Ludy Con. Your friend, sir Bashful! And do dear pledge of love (Looking at the buckles.], you authorise him to take this unbecoming liberVol. Ik

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ty? Have you given him permission to send me and I am ready to part whenever you please :a letter, so extravagant in the very terms of it? nay, I will part.

Love. (Aside.) Ăy, now 'tis coming, and impu- Lady Con. And that is the only point in which dence itself has not a word to say.

we can agree, sir. Sir Bash. I desired him to send that letter, Sir Besh. Had the letter been sent from anomadam.

ther quarter, it would have met with a better reLove. Sir Bashful desired me, madam. ception : we know where your smiles are bes

(Bowing respectfully. towed. Sir Bash. I desired him.

Lady Con. Deal in calumny, sir; give free Love. All at his request, madam.

scope to malice; I disdain your insinuations. Lady Con. And am I to be made your sport? Sir Bash. The fact is too clear, and reproachI wonder, Mr Lovemore, that you would conde- es are now too late. This is the last of our conscend to make yourself a party in so poor a plot. versing together; and you may take this by the Do you presuine upon a trifling mark of civility, way, you are not to believe one syllable or that which you persuaded me to accept of this morn- | letter. ing? Do you come, disguised under a mask of Love. There is not a syllable of it deserves the friendship, to help this gentleman in his design least credit, madam. against my lionour, and my happiness?

Sir Bash. It was all a mere joke, madam: Love. (Aside.] l'airly caught, and nothing can was not it, Lovemore? And as to your being a bring me off

fine woman, and as to any passion that any body Sir Bash. A mask of friendship! He is a true has conceived for you, there was no such thing; friend, madam : he sees how ill I am treated; you can witness for me, Lovemore: can't you? and, let me tell you, there is not a word of truth Lady Con. Oh! you are witnesses for one in that letter.

another. Love. Not a syllable of truth, madam. [Aside.] Love. Sir Bashful knows the fairness of my inThis will do: his own nonsense will save me. tentions, and I know his. (Aside.] He has ac

Sir Bash. It was all done to try you, madam. quitted me better than I expected ; thanks to his

Love. Nothing more, madam : merely to try absurdity. you.

LadyCon. Go on, and aggravate your ill Sir Bash. By way of experiment only : just to usage, gentlemen. see how you would behave upon it.

Sir Bash. It was all a bam, madam; a scene Love. Nothing else was intended; all to try we thought proper to act. Let us laugh at ber.

[Goes up to LOVENORE, Lady Con. You have been both notably em- Love. With all my heart- Aside.) A sily ployed. The exploit is worthy of you. Your blockhead! I can't help laughing at him. snare is spread for a woman; and if you had suc

(Laughing heartily ceeded, the fame of so bright an action would Sir Bash. [ Laughing with him.) Ha, ha, ha! add mightily to two such illustrious characters. all a bam; nothing else; a contrivance to wake

Sir Bash. A snare spread for her ! Mark that, sport for ourselves—hey, Lovemore? Mr Lovemore: she calls it ensnaring!

Lady Con. This usage is insupportable. I Love. Ensnared to her own good. (To Sir shall not stay for an explanation. Two such Bashful.] He has pleaded admirably for me. worthy confederates !-Is my chair ready there!

[Aside. You may depend, sir, that this is the last time Lady Con. As to you, sir Bashful, I have long you will see me in this house.

Ent. ago ceased to wonder at your conduct : you have Sir Bash. Agreed ; a bargain; with all my lost the power of surprising me; but when Mr heart. Lovemore, I have managed this well. Lovemore becomes an accomplice in so mean a Love. Charmingly managed! I did not think plot

you had so much spirit. Sir Bash. I am in no plot, madam; and nobo- Sir Bash. I have found her out. The intrigue dy wants to ensnare you ; do we, Lovemore? is too plain. She and sir Brilliant are both de

Love. Sir Bashful knows that no harın was in- tected. tended.

Love. I never suspected that sir Brilliant was Sir Bash. Yes, I am in the secret, and my the happy man. I wish I had succeeded, had i friend Lovemore meant no harm.

been ouly to mortify bis vanity. Love. If the letter had succeeded, sir Bash- Sir Bäsh. And so do I: I wish it too, but fu! knows there would have been no ill conse- never own the letter; deny it to the last. quence.

Love. You may depend upon my secrecy. Sir Bash. No harm in nature; but I now see Sir Bash. I am for ever obliged to you.

A how things are; and since your ladyship will lis- foolish woman ! how she stands in her ons ten to nothing for your own good, it is too plain, light! from all that has passed between us, that our Love. Truly, I think she does. But since 1 tempers are by no means fitted for each other, have no interest with ber ladyship, I shall cor

you, madam.

sound a retreat, and leave matters to your own Love. I am much obliged to you : but I shall discretion. Success attend you ! [Going. endeavour to go on, without giving you the trouble

Sir Bush. You must not forsake me in this dis- of assisting me. And, do you hear ? assure my tress.

lady Constant, that I meant nothing but to Love. Had your lady proved tractable, I should serve your interest.

Erit. not have cared bow long I had staid. But since Sir Bash. Rely upon my management. "I can things are come to this pass, I shall now go and acquit you.-My lady Constant ! lady Constant! see what kind of reception I am to meet with -Let me chase her from my thoughts! Can I from Mrs Lovemore.

do it? Rage, fury, love—no more of love! I am Sir Bash. Don't let her know that you have a glad she tore the letter. Odso! yonder it lies. regard for her.

It is only torn in two, and she may still piece the Love. Oh ! I see the consequence. - fragments together. I'll pick up the letter this [ Aside.) Well off this time; and, madam for- moment : it shall never appear in evidence tune, if I trust you again, you shall play me what against me. As to sir Brilliant, his inotions shall prank you please. Sir Bashful, yours. [Going. be watched; I know how to proceed with madam,

Sir Bush. A thousand thanks to you. And, and, if I can but prove the fact, every body will hark if I can serve you with your lady--- say that I am ill used by her.


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SCENE I.-An Apartment at Me LoveMone's.


Mrs Bellmour, I revive at the sight of you. MusEnter Mrs LOVEMORE, elegantly dressed; Mus- lin, do you step, and do as I ordered you. LIN following her. Mus. What the deuce can she be at now?

[Erit. Mus. Wuy, to be sure, madam, it is so for Mrs Bell. You see I ain punctual to my time. certain, and you are very much in the right of it. -Well, I admire your dress of all things. It's

Mrs Love. I fancy I am: I see the folly of mighty pretty. my former conduct. I am determined never Mrs Love. I am glad you like it. But, under to let my spirits sink into a inelancholy state all this appearance of gaiety, I have at the botagain.

tom but an aching heart. Mus. Why, that's the very thing, madam; the Mrs Bell. Be ruled by me, and I'll answer for yery thing I have been always preaching up to the event. Why really, now you look just as you. Did not I always say, sce company, ma- you should do.-Why neglect so fine a figure ? dam, take your pleasure, and never break your Mrs Love. You are so obliging ! heart for any man? This is what I always said. Mrs Bell. And so true- -What was beauti

Mrs Love. And you have said enough : spare ful before, is now heightened by the additional yourself the trouble now.

ornaments of dress; and if you will but animate Mus. I always said so. And what did the and inspire the whole with those graces of the world say? Heavens bless her for a sweet woman! mind, which I am sure you possess, the impresand a plague go with him, for an inhuman, bar- sion cannot fail of being effectual upon all bebarous, bloody--murdering brute.

holders; even upon the depraved mind of Mr Mrs Love. Well, truce with your imperti- Lovemore- -You have not seen him since, have nence; your tongue runs ou at such a rate Mus. Nay, don't be angry: they did say so

Mrs Love. He dined at home, but was soon indeed. But, dear heart, how every body will upon the wing to his usual haunts. be overjoyed when they find you have plucked Mrs Bell. If he does but come home time up a little! As for me, it gives me new life, to enough, depend upon it my plot will take. And have so inuch company in the house, and such a have you got together a good deal of company? racketting at the door with coaches and chairs, Mrs Love. Yes, a tolerable party. enough to hurry a body out of one's wits. Lard ! Mrs Bell. That's right: shew him that you this is another thing; and you look quite like will consult your own pleasure. another thing, madam; and that dress quite be- Mrs Love. Apropos, as soon as I came home, comes you. I suppose, madam, you will never I received a letter from sir Brilliant, in a style of wear your negligee again. It is not fit for you warmth and tenderness, that would astonish

you. indeed, madam. It might pass very well with He begs to see me again, and has something parsome folks, madam; but the like of you

ticular to communicate. I left it in my dressingMrs Love. Will you never have done? Go and room; you shall see it by and by: I took your see who is coming up stairs.

advice, and sent him word he might come. The


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