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Mrs Oak. I say—--—[Stammering.] Is she woman !-No place but my own house to serve handsoine?

your purposes? Oak. Prodigiously handsome indeed.

Oak. Lord, this is the strangest mnisapprehenMrs Oak. Prodigiously handsome ! and is she sion! I ans quite astonished. reckoned a sensible girl ?

Mrs Oak. Astonished ! yes

-confused, deOak. A very sensible, modest, agreeable young | tected, betrayed by your vain confidence of imlady, as ever I knew. You would be extremely posing on me. Why, sure you imagine me an fond of her, I am sure. You can't imagine how idiot, a driyeller. Charles, indeed! yes, Charles happy I was in her company. Poor Charles ! she is a fine excuse for you. The letter this morn

soon made a conquest of him; and no wonder: ing, the letter, Mr Oakly!
she has so many elegant accomplishments ! such Oak. The letter! why, sure that-

an infinite fund of cheerfulness and good hu- Mrs Oak. Is sufficiently explained. You have (mour! Why, she's the darling of the whole coun- made it verv clear to me. Now I am convinced. try.

I have no doubt of your perfidy. But I thank Mrs Oak. Lord ! you seem quite in raptures you for some hints you have given me, and you about her.

may be sure I shall make use of them : nor will Oak. Raptures! not at all. I was only telling I rest, till I have full conviction, and overwhelm you the young lady's character. I thought you you with the strongest proof of your baseness towould be glad to find that Charles had made so wards me. sensible a choice, and was so likely to be happy. Oak. Nay, but

Mrs Oak. O, Charles! True, as you say, Mrs Oak. Go, go! I have no doubt of your Charles will be mighty happy.

falsehood: away!

(E.rit Mrs Oakly. Oak. Don't you think so?

Oak. Was there ever any thing like this? Such Mrs Oak. I am convinced of it. Poor Charles! unaccountable behaviour! angry I don't know I am much concerned for him. He must be very why ! jealous of I know not what! pretending to be uneasy about her. I was thinking whether we satisfied merely to draw me in, and then creating could be of any service to him in this affair. imaginary proofs out, of an innocent conversa

Oak. Was you, my love ? that is very good of tion ! -Hints bints I have given her!you. Let me see? How can we manage it? Gad! What can she mean?I have hit it. The luckiest thought! and it will be of great service to Charles.

Toilet crossing the stage. Mrs Oak. ell, what is it? [Eagerly.]-You Toilet! where are you going? know I would do any thing to serve Charles, and Toilet. To order the porter to let in no com

[Mildly. pany to my lady to-day. She won't see a single Oak. That is so kind! Lord, my dear, if you soul, sir.

Erit TOILET. would but always consider things in this proper Oak. What an unhappy woman

Now will she light, and continue this amiable temper, we should sit all day feeding on her suspicions, till she has be the happiest people

convinced herself of the truth of them, Mrs Oak. I believe so: but what's your proposal ?

John crossing the stage, Oak. I am sure you'll like it. Charles, you Well, sir, what's your business? know, may perhaps be so lucky as to meet with John. Going to order the chariot, sir.—My lathis lady,

dy's going out immediately. [Exit John. Mrs Oak. True.

Oak. Going out! what is all this ? - But every Oak. Now, I was thinking, that he might, with way she makes me miserable. Wild and ungoyour leave, my dear

vernable as the sea or the wind ! made up of Mrs Oak. Well!

storms and tempests! I can't bear it: and, one Oak. · Bring her home here

way or other, I will put an end to it. [Erit. Mrs Oak. How!

Oak. Yes, bring her home here, my dear hit SCENE III.-LADY FREELOVE's house. will inake poor Charles's mind quite easy: and you may take her under your protection till her

Enter Lady FREELOVE with a cardServant father comes to town.

following Mrs Oak. Amazing! this is even beyond my Lady Free. (Reading as she enters. And expectation.

• will take the liberty of waiting on her ladyship Oak. Why !_what !

en cavalier, as he comes from the menége.'Mrs Oak. Was there ever such assurance ! Does any body wait that brought this card? Take her under my protection! What! would Ser. Lord Trinket's servant is in the hall, mayou keep her under my nose?

dam. Oak. Nay, I never conceived—I thought you Lady Free. My compliments, and I shall be would have approved

glad to see his lordship.-Where is Miss Russet ? Mrs Oak. What! make me your convenient Ser. In her own chamber, madam.

oblige you.

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Lady Free. What is she doing?

have fine eyes, child! And they have made fine Ser. Writing, I believe, madam.

work with lord Trinket. Lady Free. Oh! ridiculous !-scribbling to that Har. Lord Trinket! [Contemptuously. Oakly, I suppose. [Apart.]-Let her know I Lady Free. Yes, lord Trinket: you know it should be glad of her company

here,

as well as I do; and yet, you ill-natured thing,

[Exit Servant. you will not vouchsafe himn a single smile. But It is a mighty troublesome thivg to manage a

lou must give the poor soul a little encouragesimple girl, that knows nothing of the world. Jment, prithee do. Harriot, like all other girls, is foolishly fond of Har. Indeed, I cannot, madain, for of all this young fellow of her own chusing, her first {mankind Lord Trinket is my aversion. love, that is to say, the first man that is particu- Lady Free. Why so, child? He is counted a larly civil, and the first air of consequence which well-bred, sensible young fellow, and the women a young lady gives herself. Poor silly soul !- all think him bandsome. But Oakly

must not have her positively. A match Har. Yes, he is just polite enough to be able with lord Trinket will add to the dignity of the to be very unmannerly with a great deal of good family. I must bring her into it. I will throw breeding; is just handsome enough to make him her into his way as often as possible, and leave most excessively vain of his person; and has just him to make his party good as fast as he can reflection enough to finish him for a coxcomb; But here she comes.

qualifications, which are all very common a

mong those whom your ladyship calls men of Enter HARRIOT.

quality. Well! Harriot, still in the pouts? nay, prithee, tady Free. A satirist, too! Indeed, my dear, my dear little run-away girl, be more cheerful ! this affectation sits very awkwardly upon you.your everlasting melancholy puts me into the va- There will be a superiority in the behaviour of pours.

persons of fashion. Har. Dear madam, excuse me. How can I be Har. A superiority, indeed! For bis lordship cheerful in my present situation? I know my fa- alway behaves with so much insolent familiarity, ther's temper so well, that I am sure this step of that I should almost imagine he was soliciting mine must almost distract him. I sometimes wish me for other favours, rather than to pass my that I had remained in the country, let what whole life with him. would have been the consequence.

Lady Free. Innocent freedoms, child, which Lady Free. Why, it is a naughty child, that's every fine woman expects to be taken with her, certain ; but it need not be so uneasy about pa- | as an acknowledgement of her beauty. pa, as you know that I wrote by last night's post, Har. They are freedoms, which, I think, no to acquaint him, that his little lost sheep was innocent woman can allow. safe, and that you are ready to obey his com- Lady Free. Romantic to the last degree ! mands in every particular, except marrying that Why, you are in the country still, Ilarriot! oaf, sir Harry Beagle. Lord! Lord! what a difference there is between a country and town

Enter Servant. education! Why, a London lass would have Ser. My lord Trinket, madam. jumped out of a window into a gallant's arms,

[Erit Sortant. and without thinking of her father, unless it were Lady Free. I swear now I have a good mind to have drawn a few bills on hiin, been an hun- to tell him all you have said. dred miles off in nine or ten hours, or perhaps Enter Lord Trinket in boots, &c. as from the out of the kingdom in twenty-four. Har. I fear I have already been too precipi

Riding-house.
I tremble for the consequences.

Your lordship's most obedient humble servant. Lady Free. I swear, child, you are a downright Lord Trink. Your ladyship does me too much prude. Your way of talking gives me the spleen; honour. Here I am en bottine as you seem just so full of affection, and duty, and virtue, 'tis just come from the menege. Miss Russet, I am your like a funeral sermon. And yet, pretty soul! it slave. I declare it makes me quite happy to find can Tove. Well, I wonder at your taste; a sneak- you together. 'Pon honour, madam, [To Haring simple gentleman! without a title ! and when, RIOT.] I begin to conceive great hopes of you: to my knowledge, you might have a man of qua- and, as for you, Lady Freelove, I cannot suffility to-morrow.

ciently commend your assiduity with your Har. Perhaps so. Your ladyship must excuse pupil. She was before possessed of every grace me, but many a man of quality would make me that nature could bestow on her, and nobody is iniserable.

so well qualified as your ladyship to give her the Lady Free. Indeed, my dear, these antedilu- Bon Ton. vian notions will never do now-a-davs; and, at Har. Compliment and contempt all in a the same time, too, those little wicked eyes of breath! My lord, I am obliged to you. But wayours speak a very different language. Indeed you ving my acknowledgements, give me leave to ask

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your lordship, whether nature and the Bon Ton | and your brother, but tell me the news. Do you (as you call it) are so different, that we must give know any thing of my father? up one, in order to obtain the other?

Lord Trink. Your father, madam, is now in Lord Trink. Totally opposite, madam. The town. This fellow, you must know, is now groom chief aim of the Bon Ton is to render persons of to sir Harry Beagle, your sweet rural swain, and family different from the vulgar, for whom, in- informed me, that his master and your father deed, nature serves very well. For this reason, were running all over the town in quest of you; it has, at various times, been ungenteel to see, to and that he himself had orders to enquire after hear, to walk, to be in good health, and to have you; for which reason, I suppose, he came to twenty other horrible perfections of nature. Na- \the riding-house stables to look after it, thinking ture, indeed, may do very well sometimes. It made it to be sure, a very likely place to meet you. you, for instance, and it then made something Your father, perhaps, is gone to seek you at the very lovely; and if you would suffer us of quali-Tower, or Westminster-Abbey, which is all the ty to give you the l'on, you would be absolutely idea he has of London; and your faithful lover divine : but now-me-madam-me- is probably cheapening a bunter, and drinking nature never made such a thing as me.

strong beer at the Horse and Jockey in SmithHar. Why, indeed, I think your lordship has l'field. very few obligations to her.

Ludy Free. The whole set admirably disposed Lord Trink. Then, you really think it's all my of! own? I declare now that is a mighty genteel Har. Did not your lordship inform him where compliment. Nay, if you begin to flatter already, I was? you improve apace. 'Pon honour, lady Free- Lord Trink. Not I, 'pon honour, madam :love, I believe we shall make something of her at that I left to their own ingenuity to discover, last.

Lady Free. And, pray, my lord, where, in this Lady Free. No doubt on't. It is in your town, have this polite company bestowed themlordship's power to make her a complete woman selves? of fashion at once.

Lord Trink. They lodge, madam, of all plaLord Trink. Hum! Why, ay

ces in the world, at the Bull and Gate Inn, in Har. Your lordship must excuse me. I am of Holborn. a very tasteless disposition. I shall never bear Lady Free. Ha, ha, ha! The Bull and Gate ! to be carried out of nature.

Incomparable! What, have they brought any Lady Free.

You are out of nature, now, Har- hay or cattle to town? riot ! I am sure no woman but yourself ever ob- Lord Trink. Very well, lady Freelove ! very jected to being carried among persons of quality. well, indeed! There they are, like so many graWould you believe it, my lord ? here has she ziers; and there, it seems, they have learned that been a whole week in town, and would never this lady is certainly in London. suffer me to introduce her to a rout, an assem- Hur. Do, dear madam, send a card directly bly, a concert, or even to court, or to the opera ; to my father, informing him where I am, and nay, would hardly so much as mix with a living that your ladyship would be glad to see him soul :hat has visited me.

here. For my part, I dare not venture into his Lord Trink. No wonder, madam, you do not presence till you have, in some measure, pacified adopt the manners of persons of fashion, when him; but, for Heaven's sake, desire him not io you will not even honour thein with your compa- bring that wretched fellow along with him. ny. Were you to make one in our little cote- Lord Trink. Wretched fellow! Oho! Couries, we should soon make you sick of the boors rage, Milor Trinket!

[Asiile. and bumpkius of the horrid country. By the Lady Free. I'll send immediately. Who's there? bye, I niet a monster at the riding-house this

Enter Servant. morning, who gave me some intelligence, that will surprize you, concerning your fainily? Ser. [Apart to LADY FREELOVE.] Sir Harry Har. What intelligence ?

Beagle is below, madam. Lady Free. Who was this monster, as your Lady Free. [Apart to Serzant.] I am not at lordship calls him? A curiosity, I dare say. home. Have they let him in ?

Lord Trink. This monster, madam, was for- Ser. Yes, madam. merly my head groom, and had the care of all Lady Free. How abominably unlucky this is! my running-horses; but, growing most abominably Well, then, shew him into my dressing room. I sarly and extravagant, as you know all these fel- will come to him there. (Exit Servant. lows do, I turned him off; and, ever since, my Lord Trink. Lady Freelove! No engagement, brother, Slouch Trinket, has had the care of my I hope. We won't part with you, 'pon honour. stud, rides all my principal matches himself- Lady Free. The worst engagement in the and

world. A pair of musty old prudes ! Lady ForHar. Dear my lord, don't talk of your groom, mal and Miss Prate.

Lord Trink. O the beldams! As nauseous as scoundrel, and I'll whip you through the lungs, ipecacuanha, 'pon honour.

’pon honour. Lady Free. Lud! lud! what shall I do with [They fight, Harriot runs out, screaming them? Why do these foolish women come trou

help, &c. bling me now? I must wait on them in the dres

Enter LADY FREELOVE, SIR HARRY BEAGLE sing-room, and you must excuse the card, Harri

and Servants. ot, till they are gone. I'll dispatch them as soon as I can; but Heaven knows when I shall get rid Lady Free. How's this ? Swords drawn in Iry of them, for they are both everlasting gossips ; house — Part themThey are parted.]—This is though the words come from her ladyship one by the most impudent thing! one, like drops from a still, while the other tire- Lord Trink. Well, rascal, I shall find a time; some woman overwhelins us with a flood of im- | I know you, sir ! pertinence. Harriot, you'll entertain his lord- Cha. "The sooner the better; I know your ship till I return.

[Erit. ) lordship, too. Lord Trink. Gone! 'Egad, my affairs here Sir Har. l'faith, madam, To Lady Free.} begin to grow very critical the father in town! we had like to have been in at the death. lover in town! Surrounded by enemies! What Lady Free. What is all this? Pray, sir, what shall I do?-To Harrior.]—I have nothing fit is the meaning of your coming hither to raise this for it but a coup de main. Pon honour, I am disturbance? Do you take my house for a bronot sorry for the coming in of these old tabbies, thel?

[To Сна. and am much obliged to her ladyship for leaving Cha. Not I, indeed, madam! but I believe his us such an agreeable téte-a-téte.

lordship does. Har. Your lordship will find me extremely Lord Trink. Impudent scoundrel ! bad company;

Lady Free. Your conversation, sir, is as insoLord Trink. Not in the least, my dear! we'll lent as your behaviour. Who are you? What entertain ourselves one way or other, I'll war- broaght you here? rant you. 'Egad, I think it a mighty good op- Cha. I am one, madam, always ready to draw portunity to establish a better acquaintance with my sword in defence of innocence in distress, and you.

more especially in the cause of that lady I deliHar. I don't understand you.

vered from his lordship's fury; in search of whom Lord Trink. No? Why, then, I'll speak plain- troubled your ladyship's house. er.—[Pausing, and looking her full in the face.] Lady Free. Her lover, I suppose, or what? You are an amazing fine creature, 'pon honour. Cha. At your ladyship's service; though pot

Hur. If this be your lordship’s polite conver- quite so violent in my passion as his lordship sation, I shall leave you to amuse yourself in so- there. liloquy.

(Going. Lord Trink. Impertinent rascal ! Lord Trink. No, no, no, madam; that must Lady Free. You shall be made to repent of not be.—[Stopping her.]—This place, my pas-tbis insolence. sion, the opportunity, all conspire

Lord Trink. Your ladyship may leave that to Har. How, sir ! You don't intend to do me

Cha. Ha, ha! Lord Trink. 'Pon honour, madam, it will be Sir Har. But pray, what is become of the lady doing great violence to myself, if I do not. You all this while? Why, lady Freelove, you told me

she was not here, and, i'faith, I was just drawing [Struggling with her. off another way, if I had not heard the view-halHar. Help! Help! Murder! Help!

loo. Lord Trink. Your yelping will signify nothing; Lady Free. You shall see her immediately, nobody will come.

[Struggling. sir! Who's there? Har. For Heaven's sake! Sir! My lord! Noise within.

Enter a Servant. Lord Trink. Pox on't! what noise? Then I must be quick.

[Still struggling. Where is Miss Russet ? Har. Help! Murder! Help! Help!

Ser. Gone out, madam.

Lady Free. Gone out! Where?
Enter Charles hastily.

Ser. I don't know, madam: but she ran down

the back stairs crying for help, crossed the serCha. What do I hear? My Harriot's voice cal- vants' ball in tears, and took a chair at the door. ling for help? Ha ! [Seeing them.]—Is it possi- Lady Free. Blockheads ! to let her go out in ble? Turn, ruffian! I'îl find you employment. a chair alone ! Go, and inquire after her imme(Drawing. diately.

[Erit Ser. Lord Trink. You are a most impertinent Sir Har. Gone! What a pox, had I just run

me.

any violence ?

must excuse me.

at

her down, and is the little

puss
stole
away

Lady Free. Indeed! Well—no matter—perlast?

mit me to acquaint you, sir, that there lies your Lady Free. Sir, if you will walk in—[To Sir way out, and that the greatest favour you can do Har.)-with his lordship and me, perhaps you me, is to leave the house immediately may hear some tidings of her; though it is most Cha. That your ladyship may depend on.probable she may be yone to her father. I don't Since you have put Miss Russet to flight

, you know any other friend she has in town.

may be sure of not being troubled with my comCha. I am heartily glad she is gone. She is pany. I'll after her immediately—I cannot rest safer any where than in this house.

till I know what is become of her. Lady Free. Mighty well, sir ! My lord ! Sir Lady Free. If she has any regard for her repuHarry! I attend you.

tation, she'll never put herself into such hands as Lord Trink. You shall hear from me, sir ! yours.

(To Cha. Cha. O, madam, there can be no doubt of her Cha. Very well, my lord.

regard for that, by her leaving your ladyship. Sir Har. Stole away! Pox on't_stole away. Lady Free. Leave my house!

[Exeunt Sir Har. and Lord TRINK. Cha. Directly. A charming house! And a Lady Free. Before I follow the company, give charming lady of the house, too! Ha, ha, ha! me leave to tell you, sir, that your

behaviour here Lady Free. Vulgar fellow! has been so extraordinary

Cha. Fine lady! Cha. My treatment here, madam, has indeed

[E.reunt severally. been very extraordinary.

ACT III.

best way.

SCENE I.-LADY FREELOVE's house. Freelove, I can scarce believe this obstinate girl

a relation of yours. Such narrow notions ! I'll Enter Lady FREELOVE and LORD TRINKET.

swear, there is less trouble in getting ten women Jord Trink. DOUCEMENT, doucement, my of the premiere volée, than in conquering the dear lady Freelove! Excuse me! I meant no scruples of a silly girl in that style of life. harm, 'pon honour.

Lady Free. Come, come, my lord, a truce Ludy Free. Indeed, indeed, my lord Trinket, with your reflections on my niece! Let us conthis is absolutely intolerable. What, to offer sider what is best to be done. rudeness to a young lady in my house! What Lord Trink. E'en just what your ladyship will the world say of it?"

thinks proper-For my part, I am entirely Lord Trink. Just what the world pleases. It dérangée. does not signify a doit what they say. However, Lady Free. Will you submit to be governed I ask pardon; but, 'egad, I thought it was the by me, then?

Lord Trink. I'll be all obedience-your Lady Free. For shame, for shame, my lord ! ladyship’s slave, 'pon honour. I am quite hurt at your want of discretion.- Lady Free. Why, then, as this is rather an Leave the whole conduct of this affair to me, or ugly affair in regard to me, as well as your lordI'll have done with it at once. How strangely ship, and may make some noise, I think it absoyou have acted! There, I went out of the way on lutely necessary, merely to save appearances, purpose to serve you, by keeping off that looby that you should wait on her father, palliate matsir İlarry Beagle, and preventing him or her fa- ters as well as you can, and make a formal repether from seeing the girl, till we had some chance tition of your proposal of marriage. of managing her ourselves. And then you chose Lord Trink. Your ladyship is perfectly in the to make a disturbance, and spoiled all.

right- -You are quite uu fait of the affair. It Lord Trink. Devil take sir Harry and t’other shall be done immediately, and then your repuscoundrel, too! That they should come driving tation will be safe, and my conduct justified to hither just at so critical an instant! And that the all the world_But, should the old rustic conwild little thing should take wing, and fly away tinue as stubborn as his daughter, your ladyship, the lord knows whither!

I hope, has no objections to my being a little Lady Free. Ay—And there again you was rusée, for I must have her, 'pon honour. indiscreet past redemption. To let her know, Lady Free. Not in the least. that her father was in town, and where he was Lord Trink. Or, if a good opportunity should to be found, too! For there I am confident she offer, and the girl should be still untractable must be gone, as she is not acquainted with one Lady Free. Do what you will, I wash my creature in London.

hands of it. She's out of my care now, you Lord Trink. Why a father is, in these cases, know-But you must beware your rivals. One, the pisaller I must confess. 'Pon honour, lady you know, is in tbe house with her, and the other

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