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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
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.
Enter OAKLY. Russet will justify me sufficiently.
Maj. Had not your ladyslip better appeal to Oak. D've, hear, major d'ye hear?
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
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.
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!
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!
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
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
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.
me to practise ! I see my folly, and fear that have had an admirable effect, and so don't be you can never forgive me.
your physician. Oak. Forgive you You are too good, my Mrs Oak. I am indeed obliged to you, and I love ! -Forgive you !Can you forgive me? - feel This change transports me
Brother! Mr Rus Oak. Nay, my dear, no more of this. All that's set! Charles ! Harriot! give me joy!-- I am past must be utterly forgotten. the happiest man in the world.
Mrs Oak. I have not merited this kindness, Maj. Joy, much joy to you both! though, by but it shall, hereafter, be my study to deserve it. the by, you are not a little obliged to me for it. Away with all idle jealousies! And since my Did not'I tell you I would cure all the disorders suspicions have hitherto been groundless, I am an your family? I beg pardon, sister, for taking resolved for the future never to suspect at all. the liberty to prescribe for you. My medicines
(Ereunt omnes. have been somewhat rough, I believe, but they minttu
Scene—A garden belonging to Sir John DORILANT's house in the country, with an arbour, gar
SCENE I.— A garden.
Mode. And am not I here now, expressly to
marry you? Enter ARAMINTA with an affected carelessness,
Ara. Why, that, too, is true-but-you are in and knotting ; Modely following. love with Cælia. Mode. But, madam !
Mode. Bless me, madam, what can I say to Ara. But, sir ! what can possibly have alarm- you? If it had not been for my attendance upon ed you thus? You see me quite unconcerned. I you, I had never known Cælia, or her mother only tell you in a plain, simple, narrative manner either—though they are both my relations. The -(this plaguy thread)--and merely by way of mother has since indeed put some kind of conficonversation, that you are in love with Cælia; dence in me-she is a widow, you know and where is the mighty harm in all this?
Ara. And wants consolation! The poor orMlode. The harm in it, madam! have I not phan, too, her daughter !_Well, charity is an told you a thousand and a thousand times, that excellent virtue. I never considered it in that you were the only woman who could possibly light before. You are vastly charitable, Mr make me happy!
Modely. Ara. Why, aye, to be sure you have, and Mode. It is impossible to talk with you.- If sworn a thousand and a thousand oaths to con you will not do me justice, do it to yourself, at firin that assertion.
least. Is there any comparison betwixt you and