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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 dressing-room, and you must excuse the card, Harri

Enter Lady FREELOVE, Sir HARRY BEAGLE ot, till they are gone. I'll dispatch them as soon

and Servants. as I can; but Heaven knows when I shall get rid Lady Free. How's this? Swords drawn in try of them, for they are both everlasting gossips ; house !-Part them [They 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. J'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 Cha. and am much obliged to her ladyship for leaving Cha. Not I, indeed, madąm! but I believe his us such an agreeable téte-a-téte.

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

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 not

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- this insolence. sion, the opportunity, all conspire

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

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 Serdant. 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'll find you employment. a chair alone! Go, and inquire after her imme

(Drawing. diately. Lord Trink. You are a most impertinent Sir Har. Gone! What a pox, had I just run

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her down, and is the little puss stole away at 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 fight, 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 Lörd Trink. You shall hear from me, sir! yours.

[To Cha.

Cha. 0, 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!

[Ereunt Sin 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

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

[Ereunt severally been very extraordinary.

ACT III.

best way,

SCENE I.–LADY Freelove's house. Freelove, I can scarce believe this obstinate girl Enter Lady FREELOVE and LORD TRINKET.

a relation of yours. Such narrow notions ! I'll

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. harın, 'pon honour.

Ludy 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

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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 hare 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 Harry Beagle, and preventing him or her fa- ters as well as you can, and inake a formal repe-l. ther 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 au 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 untractablemust 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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Lord Trink. As to the fighting gentleinan, I post, is commonly a ship. shall cut out work for him in his own way.

I'll O'Cut. The sooner the better, my lord! Hosend him a petit billet to-morrow morning, and nest Terence O'Cutter shall never finch, I was then there can be no great difficulty in outwit- rant you; and has had as much sea-sarvice as ting her bumpkin father, and the baronet. any man in the navy.

Lord Trink. You may depend on my good Enter a Servant.

offices, captain !-But, in the mean time, it is in

your power to do me a favour. Ser. Captain O'Cutter to wait on your lady- OʻCut. A favour! my lord! your lordship ship

does me honour. I would go round the world, Lady Free. O the hideous fellow! The Irish from one end to the other, by day or by night, sailor-man, for whom I prevailed on your lord- to sarve your lordship, or my good lady here. ship to get the post of regulating captain. I Lord Trink. Dear madain, the luckiest thought suppose he is come to load me with his odious , in nature! [Apart to LADY FREE)-The favour thanks. I won't be troubled with him now. I have to ask of you, captain, need not carry

Lord Trink. Let him in, by all means. He you so far out of your way. The whole affair is the best creature to laugh at in nature. He is is, that there are a couple of impudent fellows à perfect sea-monster, and always looks and talks at an inn in Holborn, who have affronted me, as if he was upon deck. Besides, a thought and you would oblige me infinitely, by pressing strikes mem

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them into his Majesty's service. Lady Free. Well-send the creature up then. Lady Free. Now, I understand you-Ad

[Erit Servant. mirable! But what fine thought is this !

[ Apart to L. Truk. Lord Trink. A coup de maitre, 'pon honour ! O’Cut. With all my heart, my lord, and tank I intend- -but hush! Here the porpus coines. you too, fait. But, by the by, I hope they are

not housekeepers, or freemen of the city. There's Enter CAPTAIN O'CUTTER.

the devil: To pay in meddling with them. They

boder one about liberty and property, and Lady Free. Captain, your humble servant ! stuff. It was hut t'other day that Jack Trowser I ain very glad to see you.

was carried before my lord Mayor, and lost O’Cut. I am much oblaged to you, my lady! above a twelvemonth's pay, for nothing at all, Upon my conscience, the wind favours me ‘at at all. all points. I had no sooner got under way to Lord Trink. I'll take care you shall be brought tank your ladyship, but I have borne down upon into no trouble. These fellows were formerly my noble friend his lordship, too. I hope your my grooms. If you'll call on me in the morning, lordship's well?

I'Ü go with you to the place. Lord Trink. Very well, I thank you, captain ! OʻCut. I'll be with your fordship, and bring — But you seem to be hurt in the service; what with me four or five as pretty boys as you'll is the meaning of that patch over your right eye? | wish to clap your two lucking eyes upon of a

O’Cut. Some advanced wages from my new summer's dav. post, my lord! This pressing is hot work, though Lord Trink. I am much obliged to you. But, ít entitles us to smart-money.

captain, I have another little favour to beg of Lady Free. And pray, in what perilous adven- you. ture did you get that scar, captain?

O’Cut. Upon my shoul, and I'll do it! O'Cut. Quite out of my element, indeed, my Lord Trink. What, before you know it? lady! I got it in an engagement by land. A day O'Cut. Fore and aft, my lord ! or two I spied thrce stout fellows, belonging to Lord Trink. A gentleman has offended me in a à merchantman. They made down Wapping point of honour I immediately gave my lads the signal to chase, "O'Cut. Cut his troat. and we bore down right upon them. They Lord Trink. Will you carry him a letter from tacked, and lay to. We gave them a thundering me? broadside, which they résaved like men; and one O'Cut. Indeed, and I will: and I'll take you of them made use of sınall arms, which carried in tow, too, and you shall engage him yard-arm off the weathermost corner of Ned Gage's hat; and yard-arm. so, I immediately stood in with him, and raked Lord Trink. Why, then, captain, you'll come him, but resaved a wound on my starboard eye, a little earlier to-morrow morning than you profrom the stock of the pistol. However, we took posed, that you may attend him with my billet, them all, and they now lie under the hatches, before you proceed on the other affair. with fifty more, a-board a tender off the Tower. O’Cut. Never fear it, my lord !-Your sat

Lord Trink. Well done, nuble captain ! vant !-My ladyship, your humble sarvant ! But, however, you will soon have better employ- Lady Free. Captain, yours! Pray give my service to my friend Mrs O'Cutter. How does now I think on't, go out this way-meet hershe do?

and be sure to make her a very respectful bow, as O’Cut. I tank your ladyship’s axing ---The you go out. dear crcature is purely tight and well.

Lord Trink. Ilush! here she is. Lord Trink. How many children have you, captain?

Enter Mrs Oakly. [Lord Trinket bows, O'Cut. Four, and please your lordship, and

and erit.] another upon the stocks.

Mrs Oak. I beg pardon for giving your ladyLord Trink. When it is launched, I hope to ship this trouble. be at the christening. I'll stand godfather, cap- Lady Free. I am always glad of the honour tain !

of seeing Mrs Oakly. O'Cut. Your lordship's very good.

Mrs Oak. There is a letter, madam, just come Lord Trink. Well, you'll come to-morrow. from the country, which has occasioned some

O’Cut. O, I'll not fail, my lord! Little Ter- alarm in our family. It comes from Mr Rusence O'Cutter never fails, fait, when a troat is setto be cut.

[Erit. Lady Free. Mr Russet! Lady Free. Ha, ha, ha! But sure you don't Mrs Oak. Yes, from Mr Russet, madam; and intend to ship off both her father and her coun- is chiefly concerning his daughter. As she has try lover for the indies?

the honour of being related to your ladyship, I Lord Trink. O no! Only let them contem- took the liberty of waiting on you. plate the inside of a ship for a day or two. Lady Free. She is ind yd, as you say, madam,

Lady Free. Well, but after all, my lord, thisy a relation of mine; but, after what has happenis a very bold undertaking. I don't think you'lted, I scarce know how to acknowledge her. be able to put it in practice.

Mrs Oak. Has she been so inuch to blame, Lord Trink. Nothing so easy, 'pon honour. then? To press a gentleman--a mau of quality- Lady Free. So much, madam?

-Only judge one of us-- -would not be so easy, i grant you. for yourself.--Though she had been so indisBut these fellows, you know, have not half so creet, not to say indecent in her conduct, as to decent an appearance as one of my footmen ; elope from ber father, I was in hopes to have and, from their behaviour, conversation, and hushed up that matter, for the honour of our dress, it is very possible to inistake thein for family.- -But she has run away from me too, grooms and ostlers.

madam !-went off in the most abrupt manner, Lady Free. There may be something in that not an hour ago). indeed. But what use do you propose to make Mrs Oak. You surprise me. Indeed her faof this stratagein?

ther, by his letter, seenis apprehensive of the Lord Trink. Every use in nature. This arti- worst consequences. But does your ladyship imfice must at least take them out of the way for agine any harm has happened? some time; and, in the mean while, measures Lady Free. I cannot tell—I hope not—but, inmay be concerted to carry off the girl.

deed, she is a strange girl. You know, inadam

young women cannot be too cautious in their cont Enter a Servant.

duct. She is, I am sorry to declare it, a very Ser. Mrs Oakly, madam, is at the door, in dangerous person to take into a family. her chariot, and desires to have the honour of Mrs Ouk. Indeed !

[Alarmed speaking to your ladyship, on particular business. Lady Free. If I was to say all I know !

Lord Trink. Mrs Oakly! what can that jeal- Mrs Oak. Why, sure, your ladyship knows of ous-pated woman want with you?

nothing that has been carried on clandestinely Lady Free. No matter what.- -I bate her between her and Mr Oakly. [In disorder. mortally.--Let her in.

[Erit Servant. Lady Free. Mr Oakly! Lord Trink. What wind blows her hither? Mrs Oak. Mr Oakly-no, not Mr Oakly

Lady Free. A wind that must blow us some that is, not my husband—I don't mean bim-not good.

him—but his nephew-young Mr Oakly. Lord Trink. How ?- I was amazed you Lady Free. Jealous of her husband! So, so! chose to see her.

Now I know my game.

[Aside. Lady Free. How can you be so slow of ap- Mrs Oak. But pray, madam, give me leave to prehension ?-She comes, you may be sure, on ask, was there any thing very particular in her sume occasion relating to this girl : in order to conduct, while she was in your ladyship’s house? assist young Oakly, perhaps to sooth me, and Lady Free. Why, really, considering she was gain intelligence, and so forward the match : but here scarce a week, her behaviour was rather I'll forbid the banns, I warrant you.—What-mysterious; letters and messages, to and fro, beever she wants, I'll draw some sweet mischief tween her and I don't know who–I suppose you out of it. But away! away! --I think I know that Mr Oakly's nephew has been here, hear her-slip down the back stairs-mor, stay, madam? VOL. II.

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Mrs Oak. I was not sure of it. Has he been be alarmed; I must insist on your not making to wait on your ladyship already on this occa- yourself uneasy. sion?

Mrs Oak. Not at all alarmed—not in the least Lady Free. To wait on me! The expression is uneasy. Your most obedient. much too polite for the nature of bis visit. My

[Erit Mrs Oakly. lord Trinket, the nobleman whom you met as Laily Free. Ha, ha, ha! There she goes, briinyou came in, had, you must know, madam, some ful of anger and jealousy, to vent it all on her thoughts of my niece, and, as it would have been husband. Mercy on the poor man ! an advantageous match, I was glad of it; but, I believe, after what he has been witness to this

Enter Lord TRINKET. morning, he will drop all thoughts of it.

Mrs Oak. I am sorry that any relation of mine Bless me! My lord, I thought you was gone. should so far forget himself

Lord Trink. Only into the next room, My Lady Free. It's no matter—his behaviour, in- curiosity would not let ine stir a step further. Í deed, as well as the young lady's, was pretty ex- heard it all, and was never more diverted, in my traordinary—and yet, after all, I don't believe he life, 'pon honour. Ha, ha, ha! is the object of her affections.

Lady Free. How the silly creature took it! Mirs Oak. lla!

[Much alarmed. Ha, ha, ha! Lady Free. She has certainly an attachment Lord Trink. Ha, ha, ha! My dear lady Freesomewhere, a strong one; but his lordship, who love, you have a deal of ingenuity, a deal of was present all the tine, was convinced, as well esprit, 'pon honour. as myself, that Mr Oakly's nephew was rather a Lady Free. A little shell thrown into the ene. convenient friend, a kind of go-between, than the my's works, that's all. lover. Bless me, madam, you change colour! Both. Ja, ba, ha, ha! You scem uneasy! What's the matter?

Lady Free. But I must leave you. I have Mrs Oak. Nothing--madam--nothing- twenty visits to pay. You'll let me know how a little shocked that iny husband should behave you succeeded in your secret expedition?

Lord Trink. That you may depend on. Larly Free. Your husband, madam!

Lady Free. Remember, then, that to-morrow Mis Oak. His nephew, I mean. His unpar- morning I expect to see you. At present, your donable rudeness--but I am not well-I am sor- lordship will excuse me. Who's there!-(Calry I have given your ladyship so much trouble-ling to the servants.]-Send Epingle into iny I'll take my leave.

dressing-room. Lady Free. I declare, madam, you frighten

[Erit Lady FREELOVE. Your being so visibly affected makes me Lord Trink. So! If O'Cutter and his myrmi. quite uneasy. I hope I have not said any thing dons are alert, I think I cannot fail of success, --[ really don't believe your husband is in fault. and then prenez garde, Mademoiselle Ilarriot! Men, to be sure, allow themselves strange liber- This is one of the drollest circumstances in naties. But I think, nay, I am sure, it cannot lie ture! Here is my lady Freelove, a woman of

It is impossible. Don't let what I have sense, a woman that knows the world, too, assaid have any effect on you.

sisting me in this design. I never knew her laMrs Oak. No, it has not-I have no idea of dyship so much out. How, in the name of wonsuch a thing. Your ladyship’s most obedient der, can she imagine that a man of quality, or [Going, returns.)-but sure, madaro, you have any man else, 'egad, would marry a fine girl, afnot heard, or don't know any thing.

ter—not I, 'pon honour. No-no-when I have Lady Free. Come, come, Mrs Oakly, I see had the entamure, let who will take the rest of how it is, and it would not he kind to say all I the loaf.

[Erit. know. I dare not tell you what I have heard.Only be on your guard—there can be no harm in SCENE II.-Changes to MR OAKLY's house. that. Do you be against giving the girl any coun

Enter Harrior following a serrant. tenance, and see what effect it has.

Mrs Oak. I will-I am much obliged-But Har. Not at home! Are you sure that Mes does it appear to your ladyship, then, that Mr Oakly is not at home, sir? Oaklu

Ser. She is just gone out, madam.
Lady Free. No, not at all--nothing in't, I dare Har. I have something of consequence-

-I would not create uneasiness in a family- If you will give me leave, sir, I will wait till she but I am a woman myself, have been married, returns. and cannot help feeling for you. But don't be Scr. You would not see her, if you did, mauneasy; there's nothing in't, I dare say.

dam. She has given positive orders not to be Mirs Ouk, I think so. Your ladyship’s humble interrupted with any company to-day.

Har. Sure, sir, if you was to let her know that Lady Free, Your servant, madam. Pray don't I had particular business

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