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SCENE I.-- An Apartment at Mr BLAND- his man—as if from yourself-carelessly—as it FORD's.
were by accident-whether his master has talk
ed of ine? and what he said, Tippet? Enter BELINDA.
Tip. I know Mr Brush : I can wheedle it out Belin. UNGENEROUS, false, deceitful Bever- of him, I warrant me. ley! under that fair appearance, could I imagine Belin. Get at the particulars : not that I care: that he harboured so much treachery? Attached I don't want to know any thing about the unto Lady Restless ; engaged in a dishonourable grateful man. It does not concern me now. My intrigue with the wife of another, and yet profess- foolish weakness is over : let him care as little ing an affection for me, with ardour professing it, for me as I do for him: you may tell him so. and for me only! He is likely to regard the ḥo- Tip. Your message shan't lose in the carrying. nour of the marriage-bed, who is ready to com- Belin. Well, that's all: you may be gone. mit a trespass on the happiness of his neighbour. Tip. Yes, madam.
(Going It was Providence sent sir John Restless to pay Belin. Mind what I have said. me a visit. The whole is now brought to light; Tip. You may trust to me.
[Going. and, Mr Beverley, I have done with you for ever. Belin. Don't forget a word of it. I shall now obey my father's commands. By Tip. No, not a syllable.
[Going giving my hand to sir William Bellmont's son, Belin. And hark ye? tell him how easy, how I shall punish an undeserving libertine for his composed I am. That will gall him. You see, treachery.
Tippet, I am quite unconcerned.
Forcing a smile. Enter TIPPET.
Tip. Yes, madam: you don't seem to fret in Well, Tippet, have you done as I ordered the least. you?
Belin. It is easy to perceive that I am not at Tip. I have, madam.
all disconcerted. You may see how gay I am Belin. The pertidious man! did you ever
upon the occasion. know such behaviour?
[Affecting to laugh. Tip. He is a traitor, like the rest of them. Tip. (Laughing.) Oh! yes, madam : you
Belin. After all the regard I professed for make quite a laughing matter of it. him! after so many ardent vows and protesta- Belin. Very true : a perfect air of indiffertions as he has made me !
ence !--Well, I have done. Tell him, that, upon Tip. The hours that he has sighed away at no account, will I ever exchange a word with him;
that I will never hear of him ; never think of Belin. I will banish him from my thoughts. him; never see him; and never, upon any conMy resolution is fixed, and so I have told my sideration, admit the smallest intercourse; no, father. Is sir William Bellmont with him? never; I will have no more to do with him.
Tip. He is, madam : they are both in close Tip. I have my lesson, madam, and I am glad talk: they are over their glass, and are so over- you are so resolved upon it.
Going joyed at the change of your mind — Belin. And I applaud myself for what I have
Enter a Servant. done—Oh, Mr Beverley! you have forced me to this extremity–Here, take this letter, Tippet, Ser. Mr Beverley, madam. and give it to him with your own hands.
Tip. You must not let him up stairs; my lady Tip. He shall bave it. [Takes the letter. will never see his face. Belin. Where are all his letters?
Belin. Yes, I think I may see him : shew him Tip. Here, madam. [Shews a parcel. up. I will see him once more, and tell him all Belin. The bracelets, and the pocket-book? myself. It will come better from me, Tippet. Tip. I have them safe.
Tip. Yes, madam, you will do it with a better Belin. Very well : take his presents home to grace; and your resolution will melt away like a him; and, do you hear? Bring me back all the bit of sugar in your mouth. foolish letters I writ to him.
Belin. My resolution is not to be altered : you Tip. Never doubt me: I won't quit the house may withdraw, Tippet. without them. Exchange is all fair.
Tip. Yes, madam-Ah! she has a bankering Belin. That letter will tell him, that though I after him still.
Erit. now break with him in a manner, that may seem Belin. I shall now take my leave of hin-But abrupt, his character and conduct have compell- then, my friend Clarissa! can I rcb ber of her ed me to it. Be sure you confirm that to hiin. lover? she has not deserved it at my hands.
Tip. He shall hear it all, and roundly, too. Though Mr Beverley bas deccived me, nust! Belin. Very well : you may go-Tippet-ask be false to honour, and to friendship?
ters, and Beo. Belinda! how gladly do I once again be- Bev. Agreed, agreed. I'll go home this mon hold
ment, and send them all. Before I go, madam, Belin. And with what resentment have not 1 here is your own picture, which you bad given reason to behold, sir
me with your own hands. Mr Bellmont will be Bev. You have, Belinda : you have reason, I glad of it; or sir John Restless will be glad of it; grant it : : forgive the rash words my folly uttered. or any body will be glad of it; you need not be
Belin. Mistake me nut, sir : it is not your at a loss. words I quarrel with: your actions, Mr Bever- Belin. Very like, sir. (Takes the picture. Tyley; your actions, sir !
rant, tyrant man! to treat me in this barbarous Bev. They are not to be extenuated: but manner.
[Cries. surely, after the letter you honoured me with Bev. Tears ! Belinda! [Approaching.] Be
Belin. Sir, I have heard every thing since I linda! was guilty of that folly.
Belin. No more of your insidious arts. I will Bey, Heard ! what?
hear no more. Oh! my heart, my heart will Belin. Dissemble if you will : but this must break. I did not think it was in your nature to be the last of our conversing together. My maid behave as you have done; but-farewell for ever. will return you whatever I have received from
[Exit Belin. you : all my silly letters I must desire you to de- Bev. Belinda! hear me but speak. By Healiver to her; and then visit me no more, sir. ven, my lady Restless—she is gone : 'sdeath!
Bev. Belinda !---you will not wound me thus ! I have been duped by her all this time; I will Here is the picture which caused that unlucky now summon up all that is man within me, and, mistake between us. I have recovered it from in my turn, despise her. sir John Restless. Belin. From my lady Restless, sir.
Enter Tippet. Bed. Madam! Belin. Oh! fy, sir; no more; I have done. Tip. If you are going home, sir, I will take
Bev. You must, you must accept it. Thus, on the things with me now. my knees, I beg you. Will you, Belinda ? Bev. Yes; I am going : I will leave this de
[Takes her hand tested-Belin. Leave me, sir : let go my hand, Mr Tip. This abominable place, sir. Beverley: vour falsehood
(Laughing at him. Bev. My falsehood! by all the
Bev. This hell! Belin. Your falsehood, sir: sir John Restless Tip. Ha, ha!-ay, sir, this hell. has told me all; every circumstance.
Bev. This mansion of perfidy, ingratitude, and Bev. He has told you! what has he told ? his fraud ! life shall answer it.
T'ip. Very right, sir; let us go. Belin. You have destroyed my peace of mind Bev. And yet-Tippet, you must not stir. for ever. Nay, you yourself have forced me into Indulge me but a little. It is all a misunderthe arins of another.
standing, this. Bev. What do I hear?
Tip. My lady will have no more to say to you. Belin. My lady Restless will rejoice at the You may take the things, sir : my lady resigns news: the event will not be unpleasing to her; them to you, sir. but she is welcome: let her enjoy her triumph. Bev. Oh! Tippet, use your interest with her.
Bev. You astonish me, Belinda! what does all Keep them in the house till I return. I will clear this mean?
up this whole matter presently. I must not lose Belin. It means, that, in obedience to the her thus.
[Erit. coininands of a father, I have agreed to marry Tip. Poor gentleman ! he seems in a lamentMr Bellinont.
able way. Well, I fancy for my part he is a Beo. Mr Bellmont !- him !-marry him! it true lover after all; that's what I do; and my is very well, madam: I expected it would come young lady, I fear, isto this, and my lady Restless is only mentioned, on this occasion, as a retort for my accusation
Enter BELINDA. about sir John. I understand it; and, by Heaven! I believe that whole story.
Madam, madam, madam !
you are to blame; Belin. You do, sir !
Bev. I do : fool that I was to humble myself Belin. Is he gone? to you ! My pride is now piqued, and I am glad, Tip. He is, madam. madam, as glad as you can be, to break off for Belin. Did he say any thing? was he uneasy?
you are, indeed.
or did he carry it off with a Belin. Oh! sir, I can be as indifferent on my Tip. Oh! inadam, he went away sighing short,
his heart throbbing, his eyes brimful, his looks , promise, George; if she consent, you will be pale: you are to biame; you are, indeed, madam. ready to comply with the wishes of
father? I dare be sworu he has never proved false. Bel. Sir- you may depend, that is as far as
Pein. Oh! Sippet, could I be sure of that! matters are in my power: but you know, as I
Tip. But you are not sure of the contrary. told you already, the lady has a settled rooted
Bel. To do with it! A great deal, I am afraid.
You are not now to learn, that, when a young
lady marries against her inclination, billet-doux, Cla. So, Belinda; you have thrown things into assignations, plots, intrigues, and a terrible et fine confusion. You have involved yourself, and cætera of female stratagem, mount into her brain, my brother, and Mr Bellmont, and every body, and the poor husband in the mean timein most terrible difficulties.
Sir Hil. Come, lad; don't play the rogue with Belin. My dear Clarissa, here have been such your father. Did not you promise me, if she doings between your brother and me
made no objection, that there would be no ob Cia. So I tiud. I met him as I came hither. stacle on your part? You have had fine doings, indeed. I have heard
Bel. I promised, to be sure ; but yet, I can't the whole; my brother has told me every thing. help thinking
Tip. Madam, madam! I hear your father. Sir Sir Ilil. And I can't help thinking, that you Willian Bellmont is with hin: they are coming know how to equivocate. Look you, George,
your words were plain downright English, and I Belin. I am not in a disposition to see then
expect that you will perform to the very letter. Clarissa, suspend your judgment; step I have fixed my heart upon this match. Vi with me to my own room, and I will then give Blandford and i have passed the day at the you such reasons, as, you will own yourself, suf- Crown and Rolls to read over the deeds. I ficiently justify my conduct.
have been dining upon parchment, as Cla. The reasons must be ingenious, that can
I now tell you, once for all, you must be obsermake any kind of apology for such behaviour: 1 vant of my will and pleasure. shall be glad to hear you.
Bel. To end all dispute, sir, if the lady. Kelin. Very well, follow me quickly. You [.Aside.] She will never consent; I may safely will find that iny resolution is not so rash as you promise.--If the lady, sir, can at once forget her imagine.
[Erit with Cla. engagements with my friend Bererley
Bland. Sir William, give me joy : every thing
goes as I wish. My daughter is a complying Bland. Sir William, we have made a good girl. She is ready to obey my commands
. day's work of it: the writings will be ready to- Clarissa is with her, beseeching, wrangling; morrow morning. Where is Belinda ? I thought complaining, soothing; now in a rage, and now she was in this room.
in tears; one moment expostulating, and the Tip. She is gone into her own room, sir; she
next imploring; but all in vain; Belinda holds is not well.
her resolution; and so, young gentlenian, you Sir Wil. She has changed her mind, perhaps : are now completely happy. I shall have no faith in this business, till it is ail
Bel. Death to my hupes! can this be true? conciuded.
[dside. Blund. Changed her mind, say you? No, no; Bland. Sir William, give ine your hand upon I can depend upon her. I'll bring her to you this it. This will not only be a match of prudence, moment, and you and your son shall hear a de- but of inclination. claration of her mind out of her own lips. Tip- Sir Hil
. There, George! there is news for you! pet, where is Belinda ?
your business is done. Tip. I'll shew you the way, sir.
Bland. She owns very frankly, that her heart [Erit with BLANDFORD. has been hitherto fixed upon a worthless man: Sir Wil. Now we shall see what authority she renounces hin for ever, and is willing to you have over your daughter. I have you give her hand as I shall direct.
Bel. What a dilemma am I brought into! Cla. Your own conduct, madam! will that
[Aside stand as clear as my brother's? My lady RestSir Wil. George, what's the matter, boy? You less, I believe, has something to say. It will bea bridegroom! Wounds! at your age, I could come you to refute that charge. cut a caper over the moon upon such an oc- Belin. Downright malice, my dear : but I excasion.
cuse you for the present. Bel. I am more slack-mettled, sir : I cannot
Enter TIPPET. leap quite so high.
Sir Wil. A cup too low, I fancy. Let us go Tip. (To BELIN.] Your chair is ready, ma'am. and finish our bottle. Belinda shall be my toast. Belin. Very well: I have not a moment to I'll give you her health in a bumper, Come, Mr lose: I am determined to know the bottom of Blandford : I want to wash down the cobwebs this whole affair. Clarissa, when I return, you of the law.
[Erit. will be better disposed to hear me. Bland. I attend you, sir William. Mr Bellmont, Cla. You need not trouble yourself, madam : follow us: we must have your company: you are I am perfectly satisfied.---Tippet, will you be uuder par: come, we will raise you a note higher. so good as to order chair,
[Exit BLAND. Belin. Well; suspend your judgment. This Bel. You have sunk me so low, that I shall business is of importance: I must leave you now. never recover myself. This behaviour of Belin
(Erit with Tip. da's !--Can she think her treachery to one lover Bel. Clarissa, if you knew how all this wounds will recommend her to avother?
me to the heart!
Cla. Oh! keep your resolution; go on with Enter Clarissa.
your very honourable design : inclination should Cla. Mr Bellmont, I wish you joy, sir. Belin- be consulted; and the necessity of the case, you da has consented; and you have done the same. know, will excuse you to the world. You are both consenting. The match is a very Bel. Command your temper, and the whole proper one. You will be finely paired.
shall be explained. Bel
. You are misinformed, Clarissa; why will Cla. It wants nu explanation : it is too clear you do me this injustice?
already. Cla. Injustice ! Mr Blandford has reported Bel. A moment's patience would set every every thing : he has done you justice : he has thing right.—'Scleath!' one would imagine that told us how easily, you have been persuaded : lady Restless had been speaking to you, too. This don't imagine that I am burt. I resign all pre- is like the rest of them: downright jealousy ! tensions : I can be prevailed upon with as much Cla. Jealousy !_Upon my word, sir, you are ease as you, sir : I can copy the easy compliance of great consequence to yourself: but you shall of Mr Bellinont.
find that I can, with perfect serenity, banish you, Bel. If you will but hear me! moderate your and your Belinda, entirely from my thoughts. anger.
Enter TIPPET. Cla. Anger !-anger indeed! I should be sərry any thing that has happened were of conse- Tip. The chairmen are in the hall, ma'am. quence enough to disturb iy peace of mind.“ Bel. Let me but speak to you. Anger! I shall die with laughing at the thought. Cla. No, sir: I have done : I shall quit this You inay be false to your friends, sir; false to house immediately. (Going.) Mrs Tippet, could your vows; you may break every solemn engage you let me have pen, ink, and paper, in your las ment; Mr Blandförd wishes it; Belinda wishes dy's room? it; and why should not you comply? Follow the Tip. Every thing is ready there, ma'am. dictates of vour own heart, sir.
Cla. Very well:--l'll go and write a letter to Bel. Whatever has happened, Clarissa, I am Belinda. I'll tell her my mind, and then adieu not to blame.
to all of
[Erit with Tıy.
Enter SIR WILLIAM.
Sir Wil. Well, Georye, every thing is settled.
Bel. Why, really, sir, I don't know what to Bellinont, you too may spare me. The agitations say. I wish you would considerof my mind distress me so, I know not which Sir Wil. At your tricks again? way to turn myself. The provocation I have Bel. I am above an attempt to deceive you : had
but, if all circumstances were known-1 an not Cla. Provocation, madam! from whom? fond of speaking detractingly of a young ladly; Belin. From your brother : you need not ques. but for the honour of your family, sir, let us detion me; you know what his conduct has been. sist from this match. Bel
. By llearen, you wsung him; and so you Sir Wil. Roguery, lad! there's roguery in will find in the end.
Bel. I see you will force me to speak out. If Sir Wil. [Looking back.] What, loitering there is, unhappily, a flaw in Belinda's reputa- George? tion
Bel. I follow you, sir. (Exit Sir Wil.] ClaSir Wil. How?
rissa is not gone, I hope? Bel. This is no time to dissemble. In short, Tip. Gone, sir! She is writing, and crying, and sir, my lady Restless, a worthy lady here in the wiping her eyes, and tearing her paper, and be neighbourhood, has discovered a connection beginning again, and in such a piteous way! tween her and sir John Restless ; sir John and Bel. I must see her : she must come with us. lady Restless lived in perfect harmony, till this af- If lady Restless persists in her story, who knows fair broke out. The peace of the family is now what turn this affair may take? Come, Mrs Tipdestroyed. The whole is come to the knowledge pet, shew me the way.
[Ereunt. of my friend Beverley: with tears in his eyes, with a bleeding heart (for he loved Belinda ten- SCENE II.-The hall in the house of Sir John derly), he has at last mustered up resolution, and
RESTLESS. taken his final leave. Sir Wil. Ay! can this be true?
A loud rap at the door; and enter ROBERT. Bel. It is but too true; I am sorry to report Rob. What a hurry you are in there?- This is it. And now, sir, judge yourself
— Oh!- my lady, I suppose. Where can she have been? here comes Mr Blandford : 'tis a dreadful scene -Now for more confusion. If she finds Madam to open to him; a terrible story for the ear of a Belinda with sir John, we are all blown up again. father! You had best take no notice: we need not be accessary to a young lady's ruin : it is a
Sir John. [Peeping in.] family affair, and we may leave them to patch it Sir John. Robert, Robert! is that your lady? up among themselves, as well as they can.
Rob. Mercy on us! She is coming, I believe, Sir Wil. If these things are so, why then the sir.—(Looks out.] I see her chair : it is my lady. case is altered.
Sir John. Don't let her know that Belinda is
in the house. Enter BLANDFORD.
Rob. Not if I can help it. Trust to me, sir. Bland. Hey! what's in the wind now? 'You (Erit Sir John.] Here she comes. What has two look as grave! what's come over you? For she been about? my part, my spirits are above proof with joy: I am in love with iny daughter for her compliance,
A chair is brought into the hall. and I fancy I shall throw in an odd thousand Lady Rest. [Coming out of the chair.] Is sir more, to enliven the honey-moon.
John at home? Sir Wil. Mr Blandford, we are rather in a hur- Rob. I fancy he is, my lady. ry, I think. We had better nut precipitate mat- Lady Rest. Has any body been with him? ters.
Rob. He has been all alone, writing letters in Bland. Nay, if you are for changing your his study: he desired not to be interrupted. mind--Look you, sir; my daughter shall not be Ludy Rest. I shall not interrupt him, I protrifled with. Where is she? Where is my girl ? mise bim. You never will tell me any thing, RoWho answers there?
bert: I don't care who comes after him. To
morrow I shall quit this house, and then he may Enter Topper.
riot in licentious pleasure. If he asks for me, Where's Belinda ?
am not well; I am gone to my own apartment : Tip. She is not gone far, sir; just stept out I hope to see no more of him. Going upon a moment's business to sir John Restless. Chair. Shall your ladyship want the chair any Sir Wil. Gone to sir John Restless! (Aside. more to-night? Bel. You see, sir.
[To Sir Wil. Lady Rest. I don't know what I shall want. Bland. I did not think she knew sir John. Leave the chair there: you may wait. Sir Wil. Yes, she knows him : she has been
[Erit Lady Rest. acquainted with him for some time past.
Chair. Ay, always a waiting job. [Puts the Bland. What freak has she got in her head ? chair aside. Exeunt Chairman and Robert.] She is not gone after her Mr Beverley, I hope ? Zookers, this has an odd appearance! I don't
Enter Sir John and BELINDA. like it: I'll follow her this moment.
Sir Wil. You are right : I'll attend you.-- Belin. If you will but permit me to say a word Now, George, this will explain everything to her [Aside.]-Come, Mr Blandford, this may be an Sir John. Excuse me for the present: I beg escape : young birds will wing their flighť.
Bland. Well, well, say no more: we shall see Belin. A short interview with lady Restless how it is. Come, sir William : it is but a step. might clear up all my doubts : what objection can
[Exit BLAND. you have? Bel. [To Tıp.] Where is Clarissa?
Sir John. A million of objections. You do not