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Har. Alas! I have too much cause for my unJohn. I believe so, but can't tell for certain, easiness. Who knows what ihat vile lord has indeed, madam.

done with my father! Mrs Oak. Believe, and suppose and don't Oak. Be comforted, madam; we shall soon know, and can't tell !-----You are all fools. hear of Mr Russet, and all will be well, I dare Go about your business. (John going.)-Come say: here. [Returns.] Go the major's---no---it does Har. You are too good to me, sir :- But I not signify--go along---[Joun going.)-- Yes, can assure you, I am not a little concerned on hark'e, [Returns.] go to the major's, and see if your account, as well as my own; and if I did your master is there.

not Aatter myself with hopes of explaining every John. Give your compliments, madam? thing to Mrs Oakly's satisfaction, I should never

Mrs Oak. My compliments, blockhead! Get forgive myself for having disturbed the peace of along ! [Joun going.) Come hither. (Returns.] such a worthy fainily. Can't you go to the inajor’s, and bring me word if Maj. Don't mind that, madam; They'll be Mr Oakly is there, without taking any further very good friends again. This is nothing among potice?

married people. Sdeath, here she is !-No, John. Yes, madam.

-it's only Mrs Toilet. Mrs Oak. Well, why don't you go, then? And make haste back. -And d’ye hear, John?

Enter TOILET. (Joun going, returns. John. Madam ?

Oak. Well, Toilet, what now? (Toilet whisAirs Oak. Nothing at all.--go along-[Joun pers.] Not well?—Can't come down to dinner?goes.]-How uneasy Mr Oakly makes me!- Wants to see me above?-Hark'e, brother, what Hark'e, John! (Joun returns.)

shall I do? John. Madam!

you go, you're undone. Mrs Oak. Send the porter here.

Har. Gö, sir; go to Mrs Oakly—Indeed you John. Yes, inadam.

[Erit. had better Toil. So, she's in a rare humour! I shall have Maj. 'Sdeath, brother ! don't budge a foot a fine time on't.—[ Aside.] -Will your lady- This is all fractiousness and ill humour--ship choose to dress?

Oak. No, I'll not go.—Tell her I have comMrs Oak. Prithee, creature, don't tease me pany, and we shall be glad to see her here. with your fiddle-faddle stuff-I have a thousand

[Exit TOILET. things to think of. - Where is the porter ? Maj. That's right. Why has not that booby sent him? What is the Oak. Suppose I go, and watch how she promeaning

ceeds? Re-enter Join.

Maj. What d've mean? You would not go to

her? Are you mad? John. Madam, my master is this moment ren turned with Major Oakly, and my young master, know how she takes it. I'll lie perdue in my

Oak. By no means go to her--I only want to and the lady that was here yesterday.

study, and observe her motions. Mrs Oak. Very well. [Érit John.] Return-)

Maj. I don't like this pitiful ambuscade-work ed !-yes, truly, he is returned—and in a very extraordinary manner. This is setting me ad

—this bush-fighting. Why can't you stay here? open defiance. But I'll go down, and shew them bounce in upon you with a torrent of anger and

-Ay, ay :- I know how it will be-She'll come I have too much spirit to endure such usage passion, or, if necessary, a whole flood of tears, -[Going.}-Or stay—I'll

not go amongst his and carry all before her at once. company- I'll go out. Toilet!

Oak. "You shall find that you're mistaken, Toil. Madam!

major.-Don't imagine, that, because I wish not Mrs Oak. Order the coach, I'll go out. (Toil- to be void of humanity, that I am destitute of ET going.) Toilet, stay,—I'll c'en go down resolution. Now I am convinced I'm in the right, to them -No- Toilet!

I'll support that right with ten times your steadiToil. Madam! Mrs Oak. Order me a boiled chicken--I'll

Maj. You talk this well, brother. not go down to dinner

-I'll dine in my own Oak. I'll do it well, brother. room, and sup there--I'll not see his face these

Maj. If you don't, you're undone. three days.

[Exeunt.

Oak. Never fear, never fear. [Erit.

Maj. Well, Charles. SCENE III.-Changes to another room. Cha. I can't bear to see my Harriot so unEnter Oakly, Major Oakly, Charles, and easy. I'll go immediately in quest of Mr Russet. HARRIOT.

Perhaps, I may learn at the ion where his lordCha. My dear Harriot, do not make your ship's ruffians have carried him.

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here well enough. Come along, sir Harry, come three stone at leastIf I could have rid my along.

match, it would not have grieved me Har. He's here !-My father ! I know his as I said before, I have swopped her for Nabob. voice. Where is Mr Oakly? O, now, good sir, Rus. The devil take Nabob, and yourself, and (To the Major.) do but pacify him, and you'll Lord Trinket, andbe a friend indeed.

Lord Trink. Pardon ! je vous demande par

don, Monsieur Russet, 'pon honour. Enter Russet, Lord TRINKET, and Sir Ilar

Rus. Death and the devil! I shall go distractRY BEAGLE.

ed. My daughter plotting against me-the Lord Trink. There, sir I told you it was Maj. Come, come, Mr Russet, I am your

man after all. Give me but a moment's hearing, Rus. Ay, ay, it is ton plain.-0 you provok- and I'll engage to make peace between you and ing slut! Elopement after elopement! And at your daughter, and throw the blame where it last to have your father carried off by violence ! ought to fall most deservedly. To endanger my life! Zounds! I am so angry. Sir Har. Ay, ay, that's right. Put the saddle I dare not trust myself within reach of you. on the right horse, iny buck!.

Cha. I can assure you, sir, that your daughter Rus. Well, sic !-- What d'ye say?-_Speakis entirely

I don't know what to doRus. You assure me? You are the fellow that Maj. I'll speak the truth, let who will be of has perverted her mind- - That has set my fended by it. I have proof presumptive and poown child against me

sitive for you, Mr Russet. From his lordship's Cha. If you will but hear me, sir

behaviour at lady Freelove's, when my nephew Rus. I won't hear a word you say. I'll have rescued her, we may fairly conclude, that he my daughter------I won't hear a word.

would stick at no measures to carry his point. Maj. Nay, Mr Russet, hear reason, If you There's proof presumptive. But, sir, we can give will but have patience

you proof positive, too-proof under bis JordRus. I'll have no patience—I'll have my ship's own hand, that he, likewise, was the condaughter, and she shall marry sir Harry to-night. triver of the grass affront that has just been of

Lord Trink. That is dealing rather too much fered you. en cavalier with me, Mr Russet, 'pon honour. Rus. Hey! how? You take no notice of my pretensions, though Lord Trink. Every syllable romance, 'pon homy rank and family,

Rus. What care I for rank and family? I Maj. Gospel, every word on't. don't want to make my daughter a rantipole Cha. This letter will convince you, sir!-In woman of quality: I'll give her to whom I please. consequence of what happened at lady Freelove's

, Take her away, sir Harry ; she shall marry you his lordship thought fit to send me a challenge to-night.

but the messenger blundered, and gave me this Har. For Heaven's sake, sir, hear me but a letter instead of it. [Giving the letter.] I have moment!

the case which inclosed it in my pocket. Rus. Hold your tongue, girl. Take her away, Lord Trink. Forgery, from beginning to end, sir Harry ; take her away.

'pon honour. Cha. It must not be.

Maj. Truth, upon my honour. But read, read, Maj. Only three words, Mr Russet !

Mr Russet, read, and be convinced. Rus. Why don't the booby take her?

Rus. Let me see-let me see- -[Reading.) Sir Har. Hold hard, hold hard! You are all | Um-um-um-um-so, so !-um-um-um— on a wrong scent: Hold hard ! I say, hold hard ! damnation!-Wish me success--obedient stave --Hark ye, squire Russet.

Trinket.-Fire and fury! How dare you do Rus. Well! what now?

this? Sir Har. It was proposed, you know, to match Lord Trink. When you are cool, Mr Russet, me with Miss Harriot -But she can't take I will explain this matter to you. kindly to me. When one has made a bad bet, it is Rus. Cool! 'Sdeath and hell!-I'll never be hest to hedge off, you know-and so I have c'en cool again--- I'll be revenged. So my Ifarriot, cropped her with Lord Trinket here for his brown my dear girl, is impocent at last. Say so, my Harhorse Vabob, that he bought of Lord Whistle- riot; tell me you are innocent! (Embracing her. 3acket for fifteen hundred guineas.

Hur. I am, indeed, sir; and happy beyond exped her? Swopped my daugliter for pression, at your being convinced it. a horse? Zouns, sir, what d’ye mean?

Rus. I am glad on't---I'm glad on't I believe Sir Ilar. Mean? Why, I mean to be off, to be you, Harriot! You was always a good girl. sure-It won't do I tell you, it won't do- Maj. So she is, an excellent girl!_Worth a First of all, I knocked up myself and my horses, regiment of such lords and baronets--Come, sir, when they took for London—and now I have finish every thing handsomely at once. Come been stewed aboard a tender I have wasted Charles will have a handsome fortune.

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Rus. Marry She durst not do it.

my friend Charles here ? -The letter! Charles ! Maj. Consider, sir, they have long been fond Out with it this instant ! of each other-old acquaintance-faithful lovers Cha. Yes, I have the credentials of her lady-turtles—and may be very happy.

ship’s integrity in my pocket. Mr Russet, the Rus. Well, well-since things are so- I love letter you read a little while ago was inclosed in my girl. Hark'e, young Oakly, if you don't make this cover, which also I now think it my duty to her a good husband, you'll break my heart, you put into your hands. rogue.

Rus. (Reading:] . To the right honourable laCha. Do not doubt it, sir! ny lIarriot has re- dy Freelove- Sdeath and hell!--and now I formed me altogether.

recollect, the letter itself was pieced with scraps Rus. Has she?-Why then--there-Heaven of French, and madam, and your ladyship-Fire bless

you both-there-now, there's an end on't. and fury! madain, how came you to use me so ? Sir Har. So, my lord, you and I are both dis- I am obliged to you, then, for the insult that has tanced-A hollow thing, damme!

been offered me? Lord Trink. N'importe.

Lady Free. What is all this? Your obligations Sir Hur. (Aside.] Now this stake is drawn, my to me, Mr Russet, are of a nature thatlord may be for hedging off mayhap. Ecod! I'll Rus. Fine obligations! I dare say

I am partly go to Jack Speed's, and secure Naboh, and be obliged to you, too, for the attempt on my daughout of town in an hour. Soho! Lady Freelove ! ter, by that thing of a lord yonder at your house. Yoics!

[Erit. Zouns! madam, these are injuries never to be Enter LADY FREELOVE.

forgiven- - They are the grossest affronts to

me and my family-All the word shall know Lady Free. My dear Miss Russet, you'll ex-them-Zouns !-I'll

Lady Free. Mercy on me! how boisterous are Cha. Mrs Oakly, at your ladyship's service. these country gentleinen! Wby really, Mr RusLady Free. Married?

set, you rave like a man in Bedlam-I am afraid Har. Not yet, madam; but my father has been you'll beat me—and then you swear most aboso good as to give his consent.

minably. How can you be so vulgar?-I see the Lady Free. I protest am prodigiously glad of ineaning of this low malice

But the reputait. My dear, I give you joy—and you, Mr Oakly. tions of women of quality are not so easily imI wish you joy, Mr Russet, and all the good com- peached— My rank places me above the scandal pany—for I think the most of them are parties of little people, and 'I shall meet such petty insoconcerned.

lence with the greatest ease and tranquillity. Maj. How easy, impudent, and familiar!

But you and your simple girl will be the sufferers.

(Aside. I had some thoughts of introducing her into the · Ludy Free. Lord Trinket here, too! I vow I first company-But now, madam, I shall neither did not see your lordship before.

receive, nor return your visits, and will entirely Lord Trink. Your ladyship's most obedient withdraw my protection from the ordinary part slave.

[ Bowing. of the family. Lady Free. You seem grave, my lord !-Come, Rus. Zouns, what impudence! that's worse come, I know there has been some difference be-than all the rest. tween you and Mr Oakly-You must give me Lord Trink. Fine presence of mind, faith! leave to be a mediator in this affair.

The true French nonchalance-But, good folks, Lord Trink. Here has been a small fracas to why such a deal of rout and tapage about nothing be sure, madam !-We are all blown, 'pon ho- at all?-If Mademoiselle Harriot had rather be

Mrs Oakly than lady Trinket-Why, I wish her Lady Free. Blown! What do you mean, my joy, that's all. Mr Russet, I wish you joy of lord ?

your son-in-law-Mr Oakly, I wish you joy of the Lord Trink. Nay, your ladyslip knows that I lady-and you, madam, [To HARRIOT.] of the never mind these things, and I know that they gentleman-And, in short, I wish you all joy of never discompose your ladyship—But things have one another, 'pon honour !

Erik happened a little en travers-The little billet I Rus. There's a fine fellow of a lord now! The sent your ladyship has fallen into the hands of devil's in your London folks of the first fashion, that gentleman— [Pointing to Charles]—and as you call them. They will rob you

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your so—there has been a little brouillerie about it-tate, debauch your neighbour, or lie with your that's all.

wife-and all as if they were doing you a favour, Lady Free. You talk to me, my lord, in a very | 'pon honour ! extraordinary style-If you have been guilty of Maj. Hey! what now? any misbehaviour, I am sorry for it; but your ill

[Bell rings violently. conduct can fasten no imputation on me.

Miss

Enter OAKLY. Russet will justify me sufficiently.

Maj. Had not your ladyslip better appeal to Oak. D've, hear, major d'ye hear?

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Maj. Zouns! what a clatter! She'll pull down remain in it to support my due authority—as for all the bells in the house.

you, major Oakly! Oak. My observations, since I left you, have Maj. Hey-day! What have I done? confirmed my resolution. I see plainly, that her Mrs Oak. I think you might find better emgood-humour, and her ill-humour, her smiles, her ployment, than to create divisions between martears, and her fits, are calculated to play upon ried people- and you, sir

Oak. Nay, but, my dear! Maj. Did not I always tell you so? It's the Mrs Oak. Might have more sense, as well as way with them all-they will be rough and tenderness, than to give ear to such idle stuff smooth, and hot and cold, and all in a breath. Oak. Lord, lord ! Any thing to get the better of us.

Mrs Oak. You; and your wise counsellor there, Oak. She is in all moods at present, I promise I suppose, think to carry all your points with you-I am at once angry and ashamed of her ; and yet she is so ridiculous, I can't help laughing

Oak. Was ever any thingat her-There has she been in her chamber, Mrs Oak. But it won't do, sir. You shall find fuming and fretting, and dispatching a messenger that I will have my own way, and that I will to me every two minutes servant after servant govern my own family. —now she insists on my coming to her-now, Oak. You had better learn to govern yourself again, she writes a note to entreat-then, Toilet is by half. Your passion makes you ridiculous.sent to let me kr.ow that she is ill, absolutely dy- Did ever any body see so much fury and rioing—then, the very next minute, she'll never see lence ? affronting your best friends, breaking my my face again-she'll go out of the house direct- peace, and disconcerting your own temper. And ly. [Bell rings.] Again! now the storm rises ! all for what? For nothing. 'Sdeath, madam! at

Maj. It will soon drive this way, thien-now, these years, you ought to know better. brother, prove yourself a man-You have gone Mrs Oak. At these years! Very fine!--Am too far to retreat.

to be talked to in this manner? Oak. Retreat! Retreat !No, no !—I'll Ouk. Talked to! Why not? You have talked preserve the advantage I have gained, I am de- sto me long enough almost talked me to death termined.

-and I have taken it all in hopes of making you Maj. Ay, ay! keep your ground ! fear no- quiet--but all in vain; for the more one bears, thing-up with your noble heart! Good discip- the worse you are. Patience, I find, is all thrown line makes good soldiers; stick close to my ad-away upon you; and henceforward, come what vice, and you may stand buff to a tigress- may, I am resolved to be master of my own

Oak. Here she is, by Heavens !-now, bro-house. ther!

Mrs Oak. So, so! Master, indeed! Yes, sir, Maj. And now, brother! Now or never! and you'll take care to have inistresses enough,

too, I warrant you. Enter Mrs Oakly.

Oak. Perhaps I may; but they shall be quiet

ones, I can assure you. Mrs Oak. I think, Mr Oakly, you might have Nirs Oak. Indeed! And do you think I am had humanity enough to have come to see how I such a tame fool as to sit quietly and bear all did. You have taken your leave, I suppose, of this? You shall know, sir, that I will resent this all tenderness and affection-hut I'll be calm- behaviour-You shall find that I have a spiI'll not throw myself into a passion-you want to ritdrive me out of your house - I see what

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Oak. Of the devil. at, and will be aforeliand with you-let me Mrs Oak. Intolerable! You shall find, then, keep my temper! I'll send for a chair, and leave that I will exert that spirit. I am sure I have the house this instant.

need of it. As soon as the house is once cleared Oak. True, my love! I knew you would not again, I'll shut my doors against all company. think of dining in your chamber alone, when I You shan't see a single soul for this month. had company below. You shall sit at the head Oak. 'Sdeath, inadam, but I will ! I'll keep of the table, as you ought, to be sure, as you say, open house for a year. I'll send cards to the and make my friends welcome.

whole town--Mr Oakly's route! All the world Mrs Oak. Excellent raillery! Look ye, Mr will come-and I'll go among the world, tooOakly, I see the meaning of all this affected cool I'll be mewed up no longer. ness and indifference.

Mrs Oak. Provoking insolence! This is not to Oak. My dear, consider where you are be endured-Look'e, Mr Oakly

Ars Oak. You would be glad, I find, to get Oak. And look'e, Mrs Oakly, I will have my me out of your house, and have all your flirts a

own way. bout you.

Mrs Oak. Nay, then, let me tell you, sir Oak. Before all this company! Fy!

Oak. And let me tell you, madam, I will not Mrs Oak. But I'll disappoint you, for I shall be crossed I wont be made a fool.

uneasy.

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Mrs Oak. Why, you wont let me speak ! real truth. I can explain every thing to your

Oak. Because you don't speak as you ought. satisfaction. Madam, madam!

you

shan't look, nor walk, nor Mrs Oak. May be $0-I cannot argue with talk, nor think, but as I please.

you, Mrs Oak. Was there ever such a monster! I Cha. Pray, madam, hear her for my sake can bear this no longer. (Bursts into tears.] 0 -for your own-dear madam! you vile man! I can see through your design- Mrs Oak. Well- well-proceed. you cruel, barbarous, inhuman-such usage to Oak. I shall relapse. I can't bear to see her so your poor wite you'll be the death other.

[Apart. Oak. She shan't be the death of me, I am de- Maj. Hush- -Hush!

[Apart. termined.

Hur. I understand, madam, that your first Airs Oak. That it should ever come to this ! - alarm was occasioned by a letter from my father To be contradicted--[Sobbing:]-insulted-abus- to your ucphew, led-jated-'tis too much-my heart will burst Rus. I was in a bloody passion to be sure, maAvith-oh-oh! [Falls into a fit, IARRIOT, dam !--The letter was not over civil, I believe--CHARLES, 8c. run to her assistance,]

I did not know but the young rogue had ruined Oak. [Interposing.) Let her alone.

my girl-But its all over now, and soHar. Sir, Mrs Oakly

Mrs Oak. You was here yesterday, sir? Cha. For Heaven's sake, sir, she will be Rus. Yes, I came after Harriot. I thought I

Oak. Let her alone, I say; I won't have her should find my young madam with my young sir, touched-let ber alone-if her passions throw here. her into fits, let the strength of them carry her) Mrs Oak. With Charles, did you say, sir? through them.

Rus. Ay, with Charles, madam! The young Har. Pray, my dear sir, let us assist her. She rogue has been fond of her a long time, and she

of him, it seems. Dak. I don't care-you shan't touch her-let Mrs Oak. I fear I have been to blame. her bear them patiently--she'll learn to behave

(Aside. better another time-Let her alone, I say.

Rus. I ask pardon, madam, for the disturbMrs Oak. (Rising:). O you monster !-you ance I made in your house. villain ! —you base man? Would you let me Har. And the abrupt manner in which I came dic for want of help?-would you

into it, demands. a thousand apologies. But the Oak. Bless me! madam, your fit is very vio- occasion must be my excuse. lent-take care of yourself.

Mrs Ouk. How have I been mistaken! [Aside. Mrs Oak. Despised, ridiculed—but I'll be re- — But did not I overhear you and Mr Dakly---venged-you shall see, sir

[To IIARRIOT. Oak. Tol-de-rol loll-de-rol loll-de-rol loll! Har. Dear madam! you had but a partial

[Singing. hearing of our conversation. It related entirely Mrs Oak. What, am I made a jest of ? Ex- to this gentleman. posed to all the world ?-If there's law or jus- Cha. To put it beyond doubt, madam, Mr tice

Russet and my guardian have consented to our Oak. Tol-de-rol loll-de-rol loll-de-rol loll! marriage; and we are in hopes that

you

will not [Singing withhold your approbation. Mrs Oak. I shall burst with anger-Have al Mrs Oak. I have no further doubt-I see you eare, sir, you may repent this–Scorned and made are innocent, and it was cruel to suspect you ridiculous !-No power on earth shall hinder my You have taken a load of anguish off my mindrevenge!

[Going and yet your kind interposition comes too late. Har. [Interposing.] Stay, madam.

Mr Oakly's love for me is entirely destroyed. Mrs Oak. Let me go. I cannot bear this

[leeping. place.

Oak. I must go to her-

Apart. Har. Let me beseech you, madain.

Maj. Not yet! -Not yet! Apart. Oak. What does the girl mean? [ Apart. Har. Do not disturb yourself with such ap

Muj. Courage, brother! you have done won-prehensions. I am sure Mr Oakly loves you most ders.

[ Apart. affectionately, Oak. I think she'll have no more fits. (A part. Oak. I can hold no longer. [Going to her.]

Har. Stay, madam-Pray stay but one mo- My affection for you, madam, is as warm as ever. ment. I have been a painful witness of your un- Nothing can ever extinguish it. My constrained easiness, and in great part the innocent occasion behaviour cut me to the soul- For, within these of it. Give me leave then

few hours, it has been all constrained- -and it Mrs Oak. I did not expect, indeed, to have was with the utmost difficulty that I was able to fou nd you here again. But, however

Har. I see the agitation of your mind, and it Mrs Oak. O, Mr Oakly, how have I exposed makes me miserable. Suffer me to tell you the myself! What low arts has my jealousy induced VOL. II.

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