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Rob. Sir!

• Madam, Sir John. You know whose picture it is: I • My lady Conquest being gone into the counknow

you

do. Well! well! who—who—who is try for a few days, I have judged it proper to it?

send a speedy answer to yours, and to assure Rob. Upon my word, sir, it is more than I can you, for your peace of mind, that you need not tell.

entertain the least suspicion of Marmalet, my Sir John. Not know! I am convinced

you

do. lady's woman. She has lived some years in my So, own the truth : don't be a villain; do ' family, and I know her by experience to be an Rob. As I am an honest man, sir

honest, trusty girl, incapable of making misSir John. Be an honest man, then, and tell 'chief between your ladyship and sir John.

Did you never see such a smooth-faced, • I have the honour to be, fiery-eyed, warm-complexioned, taper young fel- Madam, your very huinble servant, low here about

my
house?

CONQUEST.' Rob. Never, sir.

So, so, so !—Marmalet is a trusty girl ! one that Sir John. Not with my wife !-to drink choco will not make mischief between man and wite! late of a morning, tea of an evening ? Come, ho- that is to say, she will discover nothing against nest Robert, I'll give you a lease of a good farm. my lady Restless! for her peace of mind, he lets What say you? A lease for your life-well! well! madam know all this, too! She may go on boldly

take

your wife's life into the bargain. now; my lady Conquest is gone into the counWell!

try, Marmalet is trusty, and my lord has given Rob. Believe me, sir John, I never saw her the most speedy notice. Very well! very

Sir John. I'll add your child's life. Come, well! proofs thicken upon proofs. Shall I go dispeak out-your own life, your wife's life, and rectly and challenge his lordship? -No-noyour child's! now! now! a lease for three lives! that won't do. Watch him closely, that will do Now, Robert !

better. If I could have a word in private with Rob. As I hope for mercy, I never saw any the maid-Robert, Robert, come hither! Step such a gentleman !

to my lord Conquest's—but with caution proSir John. Robert, Robert, you are bribed by ceed-inquire there for Marmalet, the maid.

Rob. I know her, sir. Rob. No; as I am a sinner, sir.

Sir John. He knows her !

[Aside. Sir John. And the worst of sinners you will be, Rob. She visits our Tattle, sir. if you are a confederate in this plot against my Sir John. Visits our Tattle! - it is a plain case. peace and honour. Reflect on that, Robert. [Aside.] Inquire for that girl, but with caution:

tell her to meet me privately; unknown to any Enter a Footman.

body; in the dusk of the evening; in the Bird

Cage Walk, yonder. Foot. Pray, does not sir John Restless live Rob. I will, sir. somewhere hereabout?

Sir John. And don't let Tattle see her. TatSir John. He does, friend; what is your busi- tle has engaged her in her mistress's interest. I ness with him?

see how it is. Don't let any of my servants see Foot. My business is with his lady.

her: go directly, Robert. Now shall I judge Sir John. I guessed as much. [Aside. what regard you have for me. But, hark ye:

Foot. I have a letter here for my lady Rest-come hither! a word with you. Should it be less, sir.

known that this girl converses with me: should Sir John. A letter for my lady!—from whom, my lady have the least item of it, they will be

upon their guard. Let her come wrapped up in Foot. From my lord Conquest.

darkness : concealed from every observer, with a Sir John. My lord Conquest! very well, friend : mask on. Ay, let it be with a mask. you may give the letter to me. I am 'sir John Rob, A mask, sir John? Won't that make her Restless : that is my house. Let me have the be remarked the more ! letter: I will take care of it.

Sir John, No, no; let her come masked; I Foot. I was ordered to deliver it into my lady's will make every thing sure. Rohert, bring this own hand.

about for me, and I am your friend for ever. Sir John. The devil you was! I must have the Rob. I will do my endeavour, sir. [Erit Rob. letter. I'll buy it of the rascal. (Aside.] Here, Sir John. I'll now take a turn round the Park, take this for your trouble, friend, [Gives him and try if I can find the minion this picture bemoney.) and I'll take care of the letter.

longs to

[Erit Sir John. Foot. I humbly thank your honour. (Exit.

Sir John. Now, now, now; let me see what Enter BEVERLEY and BELLMONT. this is. Now, my lady Rostless; now false one, now. (Reads.)

Bev. Yes; they bad almost surprised us: bind

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at sight of her father, Belinda gave the word, and some fellow, and of agreeable talents, he has away I darted down towards the canal.

such a strange diffidence in himelf, and such a Bel. Was sir William with him ?

solicitude to please, that he is every moment of Bev. Yes; they had been plotting our ruin. his life most ingeniously elaborating his own unBut we shall out-officer them, it is to be hoped. easiness.

Bel. Yes; and it is also to be feared that we shall not.

Enter Sir Jonn. Bev. Hey! you alarm me : no new mine sprung?

Sir John. Not yet, not yet ; nobody like it as Bel. Nothing but the old story. Our wise fa- yet. Ha! who is that hovering about my house? thers are deterinined. At the turning of yonder- -If that should be he now !I'll examine corner, they came both full tilt upon Clarissa and him nearer- -Pray, sir--what the devil shall I

say? --Pray, sirBev. Well; and how ! what passed?

Bel. Sir! Bel. Why, they were scarcely civil to your Sir John. I beg pardon for troubling you, sir; sister. Sir William fixed his surly eye upon me but, pray what o'clock is it by your watch? for some time : at last he began : You will run Bel. By my watch, sir i'll let you know in counter to iny will, I sec: you will be ever dang. a inoment. ling after that girl: but Mr Blandford and I have Sir John. Let me examine him nowthe match:' and, then, he peremp

[Looks at him, and then at the picture. torily commanded me to take my leave of Cla- Bel. Egad, I am afraid my watch is not right : rissa, and fix my heart upon your Belinda. it must be later. (Looking at his watch. Beo. And did

Sir John. It is not like him. Bel. And did you so ? How can you ask such

[Comparing the picture. a question? Sir, says I, I must see the lady home; Bel. It does not go, I am afraid. and off' I marched, arm in arm, with her, my fa

(Puts it to his ear. ther bawling after me, and I bowing to him, 'Sir, Sir John. The eye-no! 'your humble servant, I wish you a good morn- Bel. Why, sir, by my watch it wants a quar

ing, sir.'-He continued calling out: I kissed ter of three. my hand to him; and so, we made our escape.

Sir John. It is not he: and yet-10— no-ne Bev. And where have you left Clarissa? -I am still to seek. Bel. At home; at your house. Bev. Well! and do you both continue in the

Enter BEVERLEY. same mind? is to-morrow to be your weddingdav?

Bev. Bellmont! Another word with you. Bel. Now are you conjuring up a thousand Sir John. Here comes another; they are all horrid fancies to torment yourself. But don't be swarming about my house. alarmed, my dear Beverley. I shall leave you Bev. I have seen her; I have seen Belinda, your Belinda, and content myself with the ho- my boy: she will be with Clarissa in the Park nour of being your brother-in-law.

immediately after dinner, you roguie. Bev. Sir, the honour will be to me-

-But un

Sir John. I want to see his face; this may be easy !-ha, ha!

-I am not un- the original. easy, uor shall I ever be so again.

Beo. Her father has been rating her in his Bel. Keep that resolution, if you can. Do usual inanner; but your marriage with my sister you dine with us at the club?

will settle every thing. Bev. With all my heart : I'll attend you. Sir John. I'll walk round him. [Sings.] Loll, Bel. That's right; let us turn towards the toll, loll !-(Looks at him.)-ha! it has his air. Mall, and saunter there till dinner.

[Sings.] Lols, toll, lull,-and it has his eye! Loll Beo. No; I can't go that way yet. I must in- toll, loll,-

(Walks to and fro. quire how Belinda does, and what her father Bev. Prithee, Bellmont, don't be such a dangsaid to her. I have not seen her since we parted ling lover, but consummate at once, for the sake in the morning.

of your friend. Bel. And now, according to custom, you will Sir John. It has his nose, for all the world. make her an apology for leaving her, when there Bel. Do you spirit your sister up to keep her was an absolute necessity for it, and you'll fall to resolution, and to-morrow puts you out of all an explanation of circumstances, that require no pain. explanation at all, and refine upon things, and Sir John. Loll, toll, loll!—it has his complexion; torment yourself and her into the bargain. the same glowing, hot, amorous complexion. Bez. Nay, if you begin with your raillery, I

[Sings, and looks uneasy. am off: your servant; a l'honneur. [Exit Bev. Beo. Who is this gentleman ?

Bel. Alone.) Poor Beverley! Though a hand- Bel. An odd fellow he seems to be.

-no-no

a

a mere

Sir John. Loll, toll, loll—it has his shoulders. prevent him, and so into my pocket it goes. Loll, toll, loll — Ay, and I fancy the mole upon the There, lie safe there ! cheek, too. I wish I could view him nearer : Beo. Confusion ! he puts it up in a hurry. loll, toll, loll!

Will you be so good, sir, as to favour me with Bel. He seems mad, I think. Where are his keepers ?

Sir John. Sir, I wish you a good day, Sir John. Begging your pardon, sir-Pray Bev. With a sight of that picture for a mo(Looking at the picture.]-Pray, sir, can you tell ment? whether we shall have a Spanish war?

Sir John. The picture, sir-Po!Bev. Not I truly, sir. (To BELLMONT.] Here daub. is a politician out of his senses.

Bev. A motive of curiosity, sirBel. He has been talking to me, too: he is too Sir John. It is not worth your seeing. I wish well dressed for a poet.

you a good day. Beo. Not, if he has had a good subscription. Bev. I shall take it as a favour. Sir John. He has the mole, sure enough. Sir John. A paltry thing. I have not a mo

(Aside. ment to spare; my family is waiting dinner. Sir, Bev. Let us step this way, to avoid this im- I wish you a good morning. pertinent blockhead.

[Runs into his house. Sir John. Ay! he wants to sneak off. Guilt! Bev. Death and fire! Bellmont, my picture ! guilt! conscious guilt ! I'll make sure of him. Bel. Oh! no-no such thing. Pray, sir,- I beg your pardon—Is not your name Bev. But I am sure of it. If BelindaWildair?

Bel. What, relapsing into suspicion again! Bev. No, sir, Beverly, at your service.

Bev. Sir, I have reason

to suspect. She Sir John. Have you no relation of that name? slights me, disdains mé, treats me with conBev. None.

tempt. Sir John. You are very like a gentleman of Bel. But I tell you, that unhappy temper of that naine-- a friend of mine, whose picture yours-Prithee, man, leave teasing yourself, and I have bere—-Will you give me leave just let us adjourn to dinner.

Bev. No, sir; I shan't diue at all. I am not [Compares him with the picture. well. Bev. An odd adventure this, Bellmont !

Bel. Ridiculous! how can you be so absurd? Bel. Very odd, indeed.

I'll bett you twenty pounds, that is not your picBet. Do you find any likeness, sir? Sir John. Your head a little more that

way,

if Bev. Done; I take it. you please. Ay, ay! it is he. Yes, a plain Bel. With all my heart; and I'll tell you more; case; this is my man, or rather,—this is my wife's if it be yours, I will give you leave to be as

jealous of her as you please. Come, now let us Bev. Did you ever know any thing so whimsi- adjourn. cal?

Bev. I attend you. In the evening we shall Bel. Never -ha, ha, ha!

know the truth. If it be that I gare Belinda, Sir John. They are both laughing at me. Ay! she is false, and I am miserable. Freunt. and I shall be laughed at by the whole town, pointed at, hooted at, and gazed at !

Sir Joun. [Peeping after them.] Bev. What do I see? 'Sdeath, the setting of Sir John. There he goes! there he goes! the that picture is like what I gave to Belinda. Dis- destroyer of my peace and happiness !----['ll traction ! if it is the same

follow him, and make sure that he has given me

[Drawing near him. the right name; and then, my lady Restiess, the Sir John. He makes his approach, and means, mine is sprung, and I have done with you for I suppose, to snatch it out of my hand. But I'lí

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ACT III. .

SCENE I.—The former Scene continues. der to see you most heartily jealous of him in

the end. Enter BELINDA and CLARISSA,

Belin. Jealous !—Oh Heavens !--jealous inBelin. But have you really fixed every thing, deed ! Clarissa?

Cla. Well, I say no more. As to my rother, Cla. Positively, and to-morrow inoruing makes here he comes, and let him speak for himself. me his. Belin. To-morrow morning!

Enter BEVERLEY and BELLMONT. Cla. Yes, to-morrow morning, I release Mr Bel. Well argued, sir : you will have it your Bellmont from his fetters, and resign my person own way, and I give up the point. Ladies, vous to him.

most obedient. I hope we have not transgressed Belin. Why, that is what we poor women, our time? after all the victories of our charms, all the Belin. Not in the least; you are both very er. triumphs of our beauty, and all the murders of act. True as the dial to the sun. our eyes, must come to at last.

Ber. [In a peevish manner.] Although it be Cla. Well, and in that we but imitate the men. not shone upon. Don't we read of their conquering whole king- Belin. Although it be not shone upon, Mr Bedoms, and then submitting, at last, to be govern- verley! why with that dejected air, pray, sir? ed by the vanquished ?

Bél. There again now

w! you two are going to Belin. Very true, Clarissa ; and I don't know commence wrangling lovers once more. À propos, but you are a heroine equal in fame to any of Belinda- -now, Beverley, you shall see—be them, nay, superior: for your scheme, I take it, so good, madam, as to let me see this gentles not to unpeople the world.

man's picture. Clu. Prithee, don't talk so wildly. To tell you Belin. His picture! what can you want it for! the truth, now that I have settled the affair, I You shall have it. Searching her pocket. begin to be alarmed at what I have done.

Bel. Now, Beverley, do you confess how Belin. Oh! dear, dear affectation !

wrong you have been i Cla. Actually now, positively, I am terrified Bev. Why, I begin to see my mistake. Say not to death.

a word to her : she'll never forgive me, if you Belin. To be sure:- our sex must play its discover my infirmity.

[Apart. tricks, and summon up all its fantastic train of Belin. It is not in that pocket : it must be doubts and fears. But courage, my dear; don't bere.

[Searches. be frightened; for the same sex within that heart Bel: You have been sad company, on account of yours will urge you on, and never let you be of this strange suspicion. at rest, till you have procured yourself a tyrant

Bev. I own it; let it drop; say no more. for life.

[ Aside. Cla. A tyrant, Belinda! I think more gene- Belin. Well, I protest and vow- Where can rously of Mr Bellmont, than to imagine he will it be? Come, gentlemen, this is some trick of usurp to himself an ill use of his power. yours: you have it among ye. Mr Bellmont,

Belin. To deal candidly, I am of your opinion. Mr Beverley, pray return it to me. But tell me now, am not I a very good girl, to Bev. No, inadam, it is no trick of ours. resign such a man to you?

[Angrily. Cla. Why, indeed, I must confess the obliga- Belin. As I live and breathe, I have not got it! tion,

Beo. What think you now, Bellmont? Belin. Ay! but to resign him for one whose Bel. She'll find it presently, man; dov't shew temper does not promise that I shall live under your humours: be upon your guard; you'll undo so mild a government?

yourself else. Clarissa, shall you and I saunter Cla. How do you mean?

down this walk? Belin. Why, Mr Beverley's strange caprices, Cla. My brother seems out of humour : what suspicions, and unaccountable whimsies, are e- is the matter now? nough to alarm one upon the brink of matri- Bel. I'll tell you presently: let us step this

way.

[Erit with CLARISSA. Cla. Well, I vow I cann't help thinking, Be- Belin. Well, I declare, I don't know what is linda, that you are a little subject to vain sur-come of this odious picture. mises and suspicions yourself.

Bev. This odious picture! how she expresses it! Belin. Now you are an insincere girl. You Belin. You may look grave, sir, but I have it know I am of a temper too generous, too open— not.

Cla. I grant all that; but by this constant re- Beo. I know you have not, madam; and petition of the same doubts, I should not won- though you may imagine

mony.

way. You

pect?

Belin. Imagine! what do you mean?—Ima- Bev. Sir, I beg–I choose to be alone, sir. gine what?

Bel. Belin. and Cla. Ha, ha, ha! Bev. Don't imagine that I am to be led blind- Beo. Pshaw! impertinent.

[Aside. fold as you please.

Belin. Oh! for Ileaven's sake, let us indulge Belin. Heavens! with what gravity that was the gentleman. Let us leave him to himself, said !

and his ill-humours. This

way,

this Beo. I am not to be deceived; I can see all shall go home, and have your tea with me. Mr around me.

Beverley, (She kisses her hand to him at some Belin. You can?

distance, und laughs at him.) your servant, sir : Bev. I can, madam.

I wish you a good evening. A l'honneur. Belin. Well, and how do you like your pros

[Ereunt.

Bev. Distraction! you may retire. Your serBev. Oh! you may think to pass it off in rail- vant, madam. Racks and torment! this is too lery: but that picture I have this day seen in much. If she has parted with the picture; if the hands of another; in the hands of the very she has given it away—but she may only have gentleman to whom you gave it.

lent it, or she may have lost it. But, even that, Belin. To whom I gave it?—have a care, sir ; even that is an injury to me. Why should she this is another symptom of your jealous temper. not be more careful of it? I will know the bot

Bev. But I tell you, madam, I saw it in his tom of it. That's the house the gentleman went hand.

into. I'll wait on him directly: but they are Belin. Who is the gentleman? What's his watching me. I'll walk another way, to elucie name?

their observation. Ay, ay, you may laugh, maBev. His name, madam ?--'sdeath! I forgot dam, but I shall find out all your artifices. [Erit. that circumstance. Though I don't know his name, madam, I know his person, and that is suf- SCENE II.- An Apartment at Sir John's. ficient. Belin. Go on, sir ; you are making yourself

Enter Lady Restless, meeting Robert. very ridiculous in this matter--lla, ba !

Lady Rest. Where are you going, sir? Ber. You may laugh, madam; but it is no Rob. To my master's room, madam, to leave laughing matter, that let me assure you.

these clothes there. Belin. On ! brave, follow your own notions. Lady Rest. Stay, sir; stay a moment. [Searches I gave it away: I have scorned your present. the pockets.] Where are his letters ? Ha, ha! Poor Mr Beverley !

Rob. Letters, my lady! I know of no letters: Bev. I don't doubt you, madam : I believe I never touch his pockets. you did give it away.

Lady Rest. I guessed you would say so. You ; Belin. Mighty well, sir; think so, if you please. are sir John's agent; the conductor of his I shall leave you to your own imagination : it schemes. will find wherewithal to entertain you. Ha, ha! Rob. I, madam? The self-tormenting Beverley! Yonder I see Cla

Lady Rest. You, sir, you are his secretary for rissa and Mr Bellmont. I will join them this love-affairs. instant. Your servant, sir. Amuse yourself Rob. I collect his rents, my lady, and with your own fancies---Ha, ha! [Erit. Lady Rest. Oh! sir, I am not to be deceived;

Beo. Plague and distraction! I cannot tell I know you are my enemy. what to make of this. She carries it off with an

Rob. Enemy, my lady! I am sure, as far as a air of confidence. And yet, if that be my picture, poor servant dare, I am a friend to both. which I saw this morning, then it is plain I am Lady Rest. Then, tell me honestly; have not only laughed at by her. The dupe of her ca- you conveyed bis letters out of my way? price! I cannot bear il.

Rob. Indeed, madam, not I.

Lady Rest. Then he has done it himself.Enter BELINDA, CLARISSA, and BELLMONT. Artful man! I never can find a line after him.

Belin. Observe him now. Let us walk by him, ( Where did you go for him this morning? without taking any notice. Let us talk of any Rob. This inorning? thing rather than be silent. What a charming Ludy Rest. Ay, this morning. I know he sent evening!

you somewhere. Where was it? Cla. And how gay the Park looks !-mind the Rob. Upon my word, my ladygentleman !

Lady Rest. Very well

, sir : I see how it is.Belin. Take no notice; I beg you won't. Sup | You are all bent against me. I shall never be at pose we were to shew ourselves in the Mall, rest till every servant in this house is of my own Clarissa, and walk our charms there, as the choosing. Is Tattle come home, yet? French express it?

Rub. No, madam. Bel. Ila, ha !-Beverley !-what, fixed in con- Lady Rest. Where can she be gadding? templation !

Hark! I hear a rap at the door. This is sir John,

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