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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.)

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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

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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

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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.
But what can my

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.

Adieu !

[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.

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Mode. And yet it is pretty plain, methinks. I

tell you I am to be married tomorrow.--Was it Enter BELMOUR.

not time to make sure of one mistress, when you Bel. Celia in love with me! 'Egad the thing were running away with the other? is not impossible; my friend Modely may have Bel. You know I have no such intentions.been a little mistaken. Sir John was very seri But are you really serious ? Have you laid aside ous when he told me of it; and though I pro- your designs upon Celia? tested tu him that I had never made the least Mode. Not so, neither. advances, he still persisted in his opinion.---The Bel. What do you mean, then, by your margirl inust have told him so herself-----Let me re riage with Araminta? Why won't you unriddle collect a little. She is always extremely civil to this affair to me? me--but that, indeed, she is to every body.--I Mode. Because it is at present a riddle to mydo not remember any thing particular in ber self, and I expect lady Beverley every moment looks; but I shall watch them more narrowly to resolve the enigma. the next time I see ber.-----She is very hand Bel. Was it a scheme of her's? some; and yet, in my opinion, notwithstanding Mode. Certainly, and I partly guess it, but will Modely's infidelity, Araminta is much the finer not unbosom till I know it fully.--Come, come, woman.---Suppose---No, that will not do. with all that gravity of countenance and curiosiEnter MODELY.

tv, you must leave me instantly; the lady will

be here, and the plot upravelled, and then Mode. So, so, Mr Belmour, I imagined I Bel. I shail expect to be satisfied. Erit. should find vou here; this is the lover's corner. Mode. Ha, ha, ha! or else you will fight me, We have all had our reveries in it. But why I suppose. Why, so you may; and so may sir don't you talk louder, man? You ought, at least, John Dorilant too, and faith with some colour to give me my revenge in that.--My soliloquies, of reason. But my comfort is, that I have ex. you know, are easily orerheard.

perience on my side; and if I survive the renBel. I vever designedly over-beard thein, Mr counter, I shall be a greater hero than ever Modely; nor did I make any improper use of amongst the ladies, and be esteemed in all comthe ent.

panies as much a man of honour as the best of
Mode. Grave, very grave, and perfectly moral !
And so this is all I am to have for the loss of
my mistress.--Ileigh ho !

Enter LADY BEVERLEY.
Then I just be content to see her bless
Yon happier youth.

Lady Bev. Dear cousin Modely, I am all over

in an agitation; we shall certainly be discoverBel. Your raillery is a little unseasonable, Mr ed--that devil AramintaModely; for, to speak plainly, I begin to suspect Mode. What of her, madam? that this is some trick of yours, to dupe ine, as Lady Beo. Is now with ber brother talking so well as sir John Dorilant.

eagerly --Oh! I saw her villainons changes in Mode. Upon my honour, no, if we must be her countenance; I would have given the world serius: it may be a mistake; but not intended

to have overheard their conversation-Come, on iny side, I can a sure you. Come, come, it come, you must advise me instantly. the girl really likes you, take her. If I should Mode. Your ladyship must first let me into prove the bappy man, give me joy, and there's the secret. I am absolutely in a wood with rean end of it.

gard to the whole affair- What is all this of Ce Bel. I fancy you are used to disappointments lia and Belmour? in love, they sit so easy upon you.--Or rather, 1

Ludy Bev. Nothing, nothing at all; an errant should suppose, in this case, you are pretty sure dilemma of the foolish man's own making, which of your ground.

his impertinent sister will immediately clear up Mlode. Neither, nipon my soul; but a certain to him, and then all must come out. Je ne scui quoi---Gaiete de coeur, which carries Mode. But how came Belmour ever to be me above misfortunes; some people call it vanity mentioned in the case ? Bel. And are not absolutely mistaken. But

Lady Bev. Dear, dear, he never was mentionwhat becomes of Araminta all this wlule?

ed. I'must confess that I was so provoked with Mode. [Pauning.) I shall marry her, I believe, sir John's unnatural behaviour, that I could not

help telling him that Celia had a lover, and in Bel. Marry her!

the house, too. Your situation with regard to Mlode. Yes; sir John is at this very moment Araminta made him never dream of you; and looking over the settleinents.

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Mode. But you did not say that that lover had heart I require. The lifeless form, beauteous as made his addresses to Celia?

it is, would only elude my grasp; the shadow of Lady Beo. I don't know what I might have a joy, not the reality. said; for he used nie like a Turk. But whate Ara. Dear, dear, that men had but a little ver I said, I can unsay it again.

common sense! or that one could venture to tell Mode. Why, if I might venture to advise a them what one knows of one's own sex! I have person of your ladyship's sagacity-

a good mind to be honest------As I live, the girl Lady Bev. O ay, with all my heart, cousin is coming----I'll speed her on the way. Courage, Modely. For though I may say, without vanity, brother ! Voila!

[Erit. that nobody has a more clear apprehension of Sir John. How shall I begin with her?

What things when the mental faculty is totally undis- idiots are men, when they have a real passion! turbed; yet, when I am in a trepidation, nobody ridiculous beneath contempt Walks about upon earth can be more glad of advice.

the stage.)-Suppose I will not suppose :
Mode. Whç, then, madam, to speak with re- the honest heart shall speak its faithful dictates,
verence, I should hope your ladyship would see and if it fails -why, let it.
the necessity of keeping me as concealed as pos-
sible. It is the young lady's passion, not mine,

Enter CELIA,
which must have the principal influence. Sir John
Dorilant's peculiarity of temper is such

Celia. [With timidity.] Araminta tells me, sir
Lady Beo. Yes, yes; he has peculiarity enough, that you have something to say to me.
that's certain.

Sir John. I have, madam Come forward, Mode. And it is there, madam, as the weakest Miss Beverley_Would you choose to sit ?part, that our attack will be the surest, If she [They sit down.-After some irresolute gesconfesses an inclination for me, not both the ture.) You are not afraid of catching cold? Indies, added to her fortune, could induce him to Celia. Not in the least, sir. marry her.

Sir John. I know sitting in the open air has Ludy Bev. That is honourahle, however, con- that effect upon some people--but your youth sin Modely. But he is a horrid creature, not- } and constitution--Did my sister say any thing withstanding.

concerning the subject I should wish to speak to Mode. I grant it, madam; but a failure in an you upon? improper pursuit may recall his reason; and, as Celia. She only told me, sir, that it was of he does not want understanding, teach him to search for happiness where only it is to be ex Sir John. It is of moment, indeed, Celia pected.

But you must not think that I am angry. Lady Beo. He ! he! I am so angry with him Celia. Apgry, sir! at present, that I really believe I should refuse Sir John. I don't mean angryI am a little him.

confused; but shall recover myself presentlyMode. Your ladyship must not be too cruel. [Rises, and Celia rises, too. -Nay, pray sit,

Lady Beo. Why, I confess it is not in my na- Miss Beverley-Whatever I feel myself, I ture; but bless me! Here they come--Let us would not disturb vou -{Returns to his seat; run down this walk directly, for they must not then, after a pause, goes on.)-The affair I see us together.

[Exit. would speak to you upon, is this :

member your father perfectly? Enter ARAMINTA and Sir Join DORILANT.

Celin. And ever shall. Ara. Come along, I say; you dragged me into Sir John. Indeed, he was a good man, Miss the garden just now, and I will cominand in my Beverley, a virtuous man, and felt tenderly for turn. Talk to her you must, and shall

. The your happiness—Those tears become you, and girl has sense and spirit when she is disengaged yet, methinks, I would not provoke them- When from that horrid mother of her's: and I have he died, he left you to my care. told her you wanted her, and in this very spot. Celia. Which alone made his loss supportable.

Sir John. You cannot feel, Araminta, what Sir John. Are you sincere in what you say? you make me sufer---But sooner or later it must Celia. I should be ungrateful indeed, if I was come to this; and therefore, I will assume a resolution, and be rid of all my doubts at once. Sir John. [Turning towards her.] Nay, you are

Ara. I tell you, this nonsense about Belmour sincerity itself--- Celia ! [Taking her by the is merely a phantom of her mother's raising, to hand.?---But I beg your pardon. I am assuming sound your intentions, and promote her own. a liberty I have no right to take, till you allow

Sir John. Thus far is certain, that Belmour it. disclaims all knowledge of the affair, and with an Celia, Sir! appearance of sincerity; but even that is doubt Sir John. I see I have alarmed you---Retire, ful. Besides, they are not his, but her inclina- Miss Beverley---I'll speak to you some other nations, which give me any concern. It is the time. (She is going.}.-Celia, Miss Beverley--

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