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Celia. I really don't understand your ladyship's Celia. But, dear madam, there are a thousand question.
obstacles. I am afraid sir John loves me; I am Lady Bev. Not understand me, child? Why, sure he esteems me, and I would not forfeit his I ask you how you like Mr Modely? What you esteem for the universe. I am certain I can should think of him as husband?
make hiin an affectionate and an humble wife, Celia. Mr Modely as a hnsband! Why, sure- and I think I can forget Mr Modely. ly, madam, sir John
Lady Bed. Forget a fiddle! Don't talk to me Lady Bev. Fiddlefaddle, sir John ! sir John of forgetting. I order you, on your duty, not to knows better things than to plague himself with forget. Mr Modely is, and shall be, the man.a wife in leading-strings.
You may trust my prudence for bringing it about. Celia. Is your ladyship sure of that?
I will talk with sir John instantly. I know what Lady Beo. O ho! Would you be glad to have you are going to say, but I will not hear a word me sure of it?
of it. Can you imagine, Celia, that I shall do Celia. I don't know what I should be glad of. any thing but with the utmost decency and decoI would not give sir John a moment's pain to be rum? mistress of the whole world.
Celia. I know you will not, madam; but there Lady Beo. But if it should be brought about are delicacieswithout giving him pain. Hey! Celia
Lady Bev. With which I ain unacquainted to [Patting her cheek with her fan. be sure, and my daughter must instruct me in Celia. I should be sorry for it.
them! Pray, Celia, where did you learn this Lady Bev. Hey day!
nicety of sentiments ? Who was it that inspired Celia. For then he must think lightly of me.
them? Lady Bev. What does the girl mean? Come, Celia. But the maxims of the worldcome, I must enter roundly into this affair. Here, Lady Bev. Are altered, I suppose, since I was here, sit down, and tell me plainly and honestly, of your age. Poor thing, what world hast thou without equivocation or reservation, is Modely seen? Notwithstanding your delicacies and your indifferent to you? Nay, nay-look me in the maxims, sir John, perhaps, may be wiser than you face; turn your eyes towards me. One judges imagine, and choose a wife of somewhat more greatly by the eyes, especially in women. Your experience. poor papa used to say that my eyes reasoned bet- Celia. May he be happy wherever he chooses ter than my tongue. Well, and now tell me, But, dear madamwithout blushing, is Modely indifferent to you? Lady Bev. Again? don't make me angry. I
Celiu. I fear he is not, madam, and it is that will positively not be instructed. Ay, you may which perplexes me.
well blush. Nay, no tears. Come, come, Celia, Lady Bev. How do you feel when you meet I forgive you. I had idle delicacies myself once. him?
Lard! I remember when your poor papa-he, Celia. Fluttered.
he, he—but we have no time for old stories.Lady Bev. Hum! While you are with him? What would you say now, if sir John bimself Celia. Fluttered.
should propose it, and persuade the match, and Lady Bev. Hum! When you leave him? yet continue as much your friend as ever, nay, Celia. Fluttered still,
become more so, a nearer friend? Lady Bev. Strong symptoms truly!
Celia. In such a case, madamCelia. When sir John Dorilant talks to me, Lady Bed. I understand you, and will about my heart is softened, but not perplexed. My it instantly. B'ye, Celia ; Ở how its little heart esteem, my gratitude overflows towards him. I Autters !
[Exit. consider him as a kind father, with all the ten- Celia. It does, indeed. A nearer friend? I derness, without the authority.
hardly know whether I should wish her success Lady Beo. But when Mr Modely talks ? or not-Sir John is so affectionate. Would I.
Celia. My tranquillity of mind is gone; I am had never seen Mr Modely !- -Araminta, pleased with hearing what I doubt is flattery, too! what will she say? 0, I see a thousand bad and when he grasps my hand
consequences. I must follow her, and prevent Lady Bev. Well, well, I know all that. Be them.
[Erit, decent, child. You need say no more.
Mr Modely is the man.
If she is really all this, how happy must the man Enter LADY BEVERLEY and MODELY,
be, who can engage her affections ! But, alas!
Araminta, in every thing which regards me, it is Lady Bev. Prithee, don't tease me so; I duty, not love, which actuates her behaviour. vow, cousin Modely, you are almost as peremp- She steals away my very soul by her attentions; tory as my daughter. She, truly, was teaching me but never once expresses that heart-felt tenderdecorum just now, and plaguing me with her de- ness, those synpathetic feelingslicacies, and her stuff. I tell you, sir John will Ara. Ha, ha, ha! () my stars! Sympathetic be in the garden imediately, this is always his feelings! Why, would you have a girl of her age hour of walking; and when he comes, I shall lay have those sympathetic feelings, as you call the whole affair before him, with all its concate-them? If she had, take my word for it, she nation of circunstances, and, I warrant you, bring would coquette it with half the fellows in town, it about.
before she had been married a twelvemonth.Mode. I have no doubt, madam, of the tran- Besides, sir John, you don't consider that you scendency of your ladyship’s rhetoric; it is on was her father's friend; she has been accustomthat I entirely rely. But I must beg leave to ed, from her infancy, to respect you in that light; hint, that Araminta already suspects my passion, and our father's friends, you know, are always and should it be openly declared, would un- old people, greybeards, philosophers, enemies to doubtedly prevail, that instant, with her brother youth, and the destruction of gaiety. to forbid me the house.
Sir John. But I was never such. Lady Bev. Why, that might be
Ara. You may imagine so; but you always Mode. And though I told your daughter I did had a grave turn. I hated you once myself. not care how soon ii came to an eclaircissement; Sir John. Dear Araminta ! yet a woman of your ladyship’s penetration and Ara. I did, as I hope to live; for many a time knowledge of the world, must see the necessity has your aversion to dancing hindered me from of concealing it, at least for a tiine. I beg par- having a fiddle. By the by, remember we are don for offering what may have even the distant to have the fiddles to-night. But let that pass. appearance of instruction. But it is sir John's de- As the case pow stands, it I was not already so licacy which must be principally alarmed with near akin to you, you have the temper in the apprehensions of her disregard for him; and I world which I should choose in a husband. am sure your ladyship's manner of doing it, will Sir John. That is obliging, however. shew him where he might much better place his Ara. Not so very obliging, perhaps, neither. affections, and with an undoubted prospect of It would be merely for my own sake; for, then, happiness.
would I have the appearance of the most obediLady Bev. Ay, now you talk to the purpose- ent, sympathetic wife in the universe, and yet be But stay, is not that sir John coming this way? as despotic in my government as an eastern moIt is, I vow, and Araminta with bım. We'll turn narch. And when I grew tired, as I probably down this walk, and reason the affair a little should do, of a want of contradiction, why, I should more, and then I will come round the garden up find an easy remedy for that, too ; I could break on him.
heart in about a month. [MODELY takes her hand to lead her out. Sir John. Don't trifle with me ; 'tis your seriYou are very gallant, cousin Miodely. [Ereunt. ous advice I want; give it me honestly as a
friend, and tenderly as a sister. Enter Sir John Dorilant and ARAMINTA.
Ara. Why, I have done it fifty times. What Ara. What do you drag me into the garden can I say more? . If you will have it again, you for? We were private enough where we were- must. This, then, it is, jo plain terms, But
you and I hate walking.
are sure you are heartily in love with her? Sir John. Forgive me, my dear sister : I am Sir John. Pshaw ! restless every where; my head and heart are full Ara, Well, then, that we will take for grantof nothing but this lovely girl.
ed; and now you want to know what is right Aru. My dear, dear brother, you are enough and proper for you to do in the case. Why, was to spoil any woman in the universe. I tell you, I in your place, I should inake but short work again and again, the girl is a good girl, an excel- with it. She knows the circumstances of her lent girl, and will make an admirable wife. You father's will; therefore, would I go immediately may trust one woman in her commendations of to her, tell her how my heart stood inclined, and another; we are not apt to be too favourable in hope she had no objections to comply, with what our judgments, especially when there is beauty in it is not in her power to refuse. the case.
Sir John. You would not have me talk thus Sir John. You charm me, when you talk thus. abruptly to her?
Ara. Indeed I would. It will save a world of Lady Bev. I-I-have wanted an opportunity trouble. She will blush, perhaps, at first, and of speaking to you, sir John, a great while. look a little awkward (and, by the by, so will you, Sir John. And I, madam, have long had an too); but if she is the girl I take her for, after a affair of consequence to propose to your ladylittle irresolute gesture, and about five ininutes ship. conversation, she will drop you a curtesy with Lady Ber. An affair of consequence to ine! the demure humility of a vestal, and tell you it O lud! will you please to speak, sir. shall be as you and her mamma please.
Sir John. Not till I have heard your ladyship's Sir John. 0, that it were coine to that! commands.
Ara. And, pray, what hinders it? Nothing Lady Beo. What, must women speak first ! upon earth but your consummate prudence and Fie, sir John (Looking languishingly.}discretion.
Well, then, the matter, in short, is this: I have Sir John. I cannot think of marrying her, till long been thinking how to dispose of my girl proI am sure she loves me.
perly. She is grown a woman, you see, and, Ara. Lud, lud !-Why, what does that signify? though I, who am her mother, say it,, has her alIf she consents, is not that enough?
lurements. Sir John. Her gratitude may induce her to Sir John. Uncommon ones indeed. consent, rather than make me unhappy.
Lady Bev. Now, I would willingly consult with Ara. You would absolutely make a woman you how to get her well married, before she is mad.
tainted with the indecorums of the world. Sir John. Why, could you think of marrying a
Sir John. It was the very subject which I proman who has no regard for you?
posed to speak to you upon. I am sorry to put Ara. The case is widely different, my good ca- your ladyship in mind of a near and dear losssuistical brother; and perhaps I could not-un- But you remember sir Harry's will. less I was very much in love with him.
Lady Bev. Yes, yes, I remember it Sir John. And could you then?
Poor man! it was undoubtedly the ouly weak Ara. Yes, I could-to tell you the truth, I be thing he was ever guilty of. lieve I shall.
Sir John. Madam! Sir John. What do you mean?
Lady Bev. I say, sir Jobn, we must pardon the Ara. I shall not tell you. You have business failings of our deceased friends. Indeed his afenough of your own upon your hands.
fection for his child excuses it. Sir John. Have you any doubts of Modely?
Sir John. Excuses it! Ara. I shall keep them to myself, if I have. Lady Bev. Yes, indeed, does it. His fondness For you are a wretched counsellor in a love-case. for her inight naturally make him wish to place Sir John. But dear Araminta
her with a person of your known excellence of Ara. But dear sir John Dorilant, you may character; for my own part, had I died, I should make yourself perfectly easy, for you shall posi- have wished it myself
. I don't believe you have tively know nothing of my affairs. As to your your equal in the world. Nay, dear sir John, own, if you do not instantly resolve to speak to 'tis no compliinent. This, I say, might make him Celia, I will go and talk to her myself.
not attend to the impropriety of the thing, and Sir John. Stay, lady Beverley is coming towards the reluctance a gentleman of your good sense
and judgment must undoubtedly have to accede Ara. And has left my swain yonder by him- to so unsuitable a treaty; especially as he could self.
not but know there were women of discretion in Sir John. Suppose I break it to her? the world, who would be proud of an alliance
Ara. It is not a method which I should advise; } where the prospect of felicity was so inviting and but do as you please. I know that horrid wo- unquestionable. man's sentiments very exactly, and I shall be glad Sir John. (Who had appeared uneasy all the to have her teased a little. (Aside.]—I'll give time she was speaking.] What women, madam ? you an opportunity by leaving you; and so adieu, i know of none. my dear sentimental brother!
Lady Beo. Sir John! That is not quite so
complaisant, methinks--to our sex, I mean. Enter Lady BEVERLEY and MODELY.
Sir John. I beg your pardon, madam; I hardly We'll charge partners, if you please, madam.-know what I say. Your ladyship has disconcert[To Lady BEVERLEY as she enters. And then ed every thing I was going to propose to you. erit with MODELY.]
Lady Bev. Bless me, sir John !--[ disconcerted Lady Bev. Poor mistaken creature ! how fond every thing! How, pray? I have been only talkthe thing is! (Aside, and looking after Ara-fing to you in an open friendly manner, with reMINTA.) Your servant, sir John.
gard to my daughter; our daughter, indeed, I Sir John. Your ladyship’s most obedient.- might call her, for you have been a father to her. (After some irresolute gesture on both sides- The girl herself always speaks of you as such. LADY BEVERLEY speaks.)
Sir John. Speaks of me as a father? Vol. II.
Lady Bev. Why, more unlikely things have Sir John. But 'tis impossible. I have observed happened, sir John.
all her motions, all her attentions, with a lover's Sir John. Than what, madam?
eye, incapable of erring. Yet stay— has any Lady Bev. Dear sir Jolin! You put such pe- body written to her? remptory questions; you might easily uuderstand Lady Bev. There is no occasion for letters, what one meant, methinks.
when people are in the same house together. Sir John. I find, madam, I must speak plain Sir John, Confusion ! at once. Know, then, my heart, my soul, my Lady Bed. I was going to offer some proposals every thought of happiness, is fixed upon that to you, but your strange declaration stopped me lovely girl.
short. Lady Bev. O, astonishing! Well, miracles are Sir John. You proposals?- You?--Are you not ceased, that's certain. But every body, they her abettor in the affair? O madam, what unparsay, inust do a foolish thing once in their lives. donable criine have I committed against you, And can you really and sincerely think of put- that you should thus conspire my ruin ? Have ting sir Harry's will in execution?
not I always behaved to you like a friend, a broSir John. Would I could !
ther?-I will not call you ungrateful. Lady Bev. To be sure the girl has a fine for- Lady Bev. Mercy on us ! The man raves
How could it possibly enter into my head, or the Sir John. Fortune! I despise it. I would give girl's either, that you had any serious thoughts of it with all my soul to any one who could engage marrying her! But I see you are too much disme her affections. Fortune ! dirt.
composed at present, to admit of calm reasonLady Bev. I am thunderstruck!
ing. So I shall take some other opportunity. Sir John. [Turning eagerly to her.] 0, ma- Friend-brother-ungrateful Very fine truly! dam, tell me, sincerely tell me, what method can - hope, at least, you will not think of forcing I possibly pursue to make her think favourably of the poor girl's inclinations ! Ungrateful indeed! me! You know her inmost soul, you know the
[Erit in a passion, tender moments of address, the easy avenues to Sir John. Not for the universe-Stay, madam! her unpractised heart. Be kind, and point them She is gone. But it is no matter. "I am but
[Grasping her hand. little disposed for altercation now. lleigh ho!Lady Ber. I vow, sir John, I don't know what Good Heaven! can so slight an intercourse have to say to you. Let go my hand. You talked of effected all this? I have scarce ever seen them my disconcerting you just now; I am sure you together. O that I had been born with Belmour's disconcert me with a witness. Aside.] I happy talents of address !--Address ! 'tis abdid not think the man had so much rapture in solute magic, 'tis fascination-Alas! 'tis the rahim. Ile squeezed my hand with such an em- pidity of real passion. Why did Modely bring phasis, I may gain him, perhaps, at last. him hither to his wedding? Every thing has con
Sir John. Why will you not speak, madam? spired against me. He brought him; and the Can you see ine on the brink of desperation, and delay of the lawyers has kept him here. Had I not lend a friendly hand to my assistance? taken Araminta's advice a poor fortnight ago, it
Lady Bev. I have it. Aside.] -Alas, sir had not been in the power of fate to have undone John, what signifies what I can do? Can I an- me. And yet she might have seen him afterswer for the inclinations of a giddy girl?
wards, which would at least have made her duty Sir John. You know she is not such; her inno- uneasy to her. Heigh ho! cent mind is yet untainted with the follies of her And if a life devoted to her service, with
Enter ARAMINTA and Modely. out a wish but what regards her happiness, can Ara. [Entering.) I tell you, I heard then rery win her to be mine
loud! and I will see what is the matter. o? Lady Ber. Why, that might go a great way here is my brother alone. with an unprejudiced mind. But when a first Sir John. [Taking her tenderly by the hand.] passion has taken place
O Araminta ! I am lost beyond redemption ! Sir John. [With amazement.] What do you Ara. Dear brother, what can bave happened mean?
to you? Lady Bev. To tell you the truth, I am afraid Sir John. [Turning to Modely.] Mr Modely, the girl is not so untainted as you imagine. you could not intend it, but you have ruined me. Sir John. You distract me.- -How-when
Mode. (Alarmed.] I, sir John ! whom can she have seen?
Sir John. You have brought a friend with you, Lady Bev. Undoubtedly there is a man- who has pierced me to the very soul !
Sir John. Tell me who, that I may- that Mode. Belmour ! I may give her to him, and make her happy, Sir John. He has stolen my Celia's affections whatever becomes of me. Lady Beo, That is generous indeed- -So
Ara. (Looking slyly at Modely.) Belmour ! [Aside. Mode. This must
be a mistake, but I'll humour
it. (Aside.] It cannot be—who can have told Ara. Well, this is astonishing.
Mode. I am sorry, madam, that any unguardSir John. Her mother has been this instant ed behaviour of mine, any little playful gallanwith me to make proposals on the subject. trics, should have occasioned surmises, whichMode. For Belinour !
Ara. Serious, as I hope to live? Sir John. She did not absolutely mention his Mode. Is it not enough to make one serious, name, but I could not mistake it. For she told when the woinan one has pursued for years, alme the favoured lover was under the same roof most with adoration, is induced, by mere apwith us.
pearances, to doubt the honourableness of one's Mode. (A little disconcerted.] I could not have intentions? Have you not heard nie this moment believed it of him.
apply to your brother, even in the midst of his Ara. Nor do I yet.
uneasiness? --I little expected where the dif(Looking slyly again at MODELY. ficulty would lie. Mode. There must certainly be some mistake Ara. Well, well, poor thing, I won't tease it in it; at the worst, I am sure I can prevail so any longer; here, there, take my hand. far with Belmour, as to make him drop his pre- Mode. Duped, by Jupiter ! - [Aside.] ( my tensions.
everlasting treasure! And when, and when shall Sir John. You cannot make her cease to love I be happy? him.
[Sighing.] Ara. It shall depend upon yourself. Mode. Time may easily get the better of so Mode. To-morrow, then, iny angel, be the young a passion.
day. O Araininta, I camot speak my transSir John. Never, never; she is too sincere, too port !- -And did you really think I was in delicately sensible.
love with Celia? Mode. Come, come, you must not think so; Ara. Why, as a proof of my future sincerity, it is not yet gone so far, but that it may be total- I must confess I did. ly forgotten.-Now for a master-stroke to clench Mode. I wonder how
could ! the whole.--[Aside.] In the mean time, sir John, Ara. Come, come, there were grounds enough I have the satisfaction of acquainting you, for a woman in love to go upon. that my affair, with Araminta's leave, draws very Mode. Taking her by the hand. But you are near a conclusion. The lawyers have finish- now perfectly casy! ed their papers, and only now wait for your per- Ara. [Pulling her hand from him.] Why, yes, usal of them.
I think I am.
brother Ara. [Aside.] Well said !
mean about Belmour: Mode. I ordered the writings to be laid upon Mode. It is some trick of the widow's.
Ara. I dare say she meant you, Ara. [Aside.] What does he mean?
Mode. Possibly she night--you know her Sir John. Dear Mr Modely, you shall not wait motives. a moment for me. I will dispatch them instant- Ara. Yes, yes; her passion for my brother is. ly. I feel the want of happiness too severely pretty notorious. But the wretch will be mismyself, to postpone it in others. I leave you taken.- -To-morrow, you say? with my sister; when she names the day, you
Mlode. To-morrow, my
adorable. may depend upon my concurrence.
Ara. It shall be as you please.----
[Erit Sir John. situation is so terribly awkward, that I inust [MODE. and Ara. look at one another for some break from you.
[Erit Ara, time, then he speaks.] I hope, madam, you are Mlode. Upon my soul she is a fine woman, now convinced of my sincerity?
and loves me to distraction; and, what is still Ara. I am absolutely struck dumb with your more, I inost undoubtedly love her.------I have a
good mind to take her.-----Yet, not to have it in Mod. [With an uffected surprise.] Madam! my power to succeed in the other place, would Ara. You cannot mean all this.
call my parts in question.-----No, no ;---I must Mode. Why not, madam?
not disparage my parts neither.------In order to Ara. Why, don't you know that I know- be a great character, one should go as near be
Mode. I cannot help a lady's knowledge or ing a rogue as possible. I have a philosopher's imaginations. All I know is, that it is in your opinion on my side in that, and the practice power to make me either the happiest, or most of half the heroes and polịticians in Europe. miserable man in the whole creation.