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de'berg's concurrence. But, in case of her ap- Ster. I thought so. I knew she never would probation
agree to it. Ster. Ay, I grant you,
sister approved. Sir John. 'Sdeath, how unfortunate! What But that's quite another thing, you know can we do, Mr Sterling?
[Tonirs DEIDELBERG. Stor. Nothing Alrs Heid. Your sister approve, indeed! I Sir John. What! must our agreement break thought you knew her better, brother Sterling ! off the moment it is made, then? What! approve of having your eldest daughter Ster. It can't be helped, sir John. The family, returned upon ya ur hands, and exchanged for as I told you before, have great expectations from the younger ! I am surprised how you could my sister; and if this matter proceeds, you hear listen to such a scandalous proposal.
yourself, that she threatens to leave us.-My broSier. I tell you, I never did listen to it. Did ther Heidelberg was a warm man—a very warm not I say, that I would be entirely governed by man; and died worth a plumb at least; a plumb! my sister, sir Jobn? And, unless she agreed to I warrant he died worth a plumb and a your marrying Fanny
half. Mrs Höid. I agree to his marrying Fanny !- Sir John. Well; but if Iabominable! The man is absolutely out of his Ster. And then, my sister has three or four senses. C'an't that wise head of yours foresee very good mortgages, a deal of money in the the consequence of all this, brother Sterling ?- three per cents, and old South-Sea annuities; Will sii Juhu take Fanny without a fortune?- besides large concerns in the Dutch and French No! After you have settled the largest part of funds. The greatest part of all this she means your property on your younyest daughter, can to leave to our family. there be an equal portion lett for the eldest ?- Sir John. I can only say, sirNo! Does not this overturn the whole systum of Sier. Why, your orter of the difference of thirthe fammaly? Yes, yes, yes! You know I was ty thousand was very fair and handsome, to be always for my niece Betsey's marrying a person sure, sir John. of the very first qualaty. That was my maxum : Sir John. Nay, but I am even willing toand, therefore, much the largest settlement was, Ster. Ay, but if I was to accept it against her of course, to be made upon her. As for Fanny, will, I might lose above a hundred thousand; so, if she could, with a fortune of twenty or thirty you see the balance is against you, sir John. thousand pounds, get a knight, or a member of Sir John. But is there no way, do you think, parliament, or a rich common council-man for a of prevailing on Mrs Heidelberg to grant her husband, I thouglat it might do very well.
consent? Sir John. But if a better match should offer Ster. I am afraid not.- -However, when itself, why should it not be accepted, madam? her passion is a little abated--for she's very pas
Mrs Heid. What! at the expence of ber elder sionate-you may try what can be done: but you sister? O tie, sir John! How could you bear to must not use my name any more, sir John. hear such an indignity, brother Sterling?
Sir John. Suppose I was to prevail on Lord Ster. 1! Nav, I shan't hear of it, I promise Ogleby to apply to her, do you think that would you- I can't hear of it, indeed, sir John. have any influence over her?
Níus Hrid. But you have beard of it, brother Ster. I think he would be more likely to perSterling.--You know you have; and sent sir Juhn suade her to it than any other person in the fato propose it to me. But if you can give up your mily: She has a great respect for Lord Ogleby. daughter, I shan't forsake my niece, I assure you. She loves a lord. Ah! if my poor dear Mr Heidelberg and our Sir John. I'll apply to him this very day.- And sweet babes had been alive, he would not have if he should prevail on Mrs Heidelberg, I may
depend on your friendship, Mr Sterling? Sier. Did I, sir Jobn?---Nay, speak! Ster. Ay, ay; I shall be glad to oblige you, Bring me off, or we are ruined.
when it is in my power; but, as the account
[Apurt to Sir John. stands now, you see it is not upon the figures. Sir John. Why, to be sure, to speak the And so, your servant, sir John.
Sir John. What a situation am I in !Breakwurs Heid. To speak the truth, I'm ashamed ing off with her whom I was bound by treaty to of you buih. But have a care what you are marry; rejected by the object of my affections; about, brother! have a care, I say. The coun- and embroiled with this turbulent woman, who selivrs are in the house, I hear; and if every governs the whole family. And yet opposition, thing is not settled to my liking, I'll have nothing instead of smothering, increases my inclination. more to say to you, if I live these hundred years. I must have her. I'll apply immediately to lord
I'll go over to Holland, and settle with Mr Ogleby; and if he can but bring over the aunt to Vanderspacken, my poor husband's first cousin, our party, lier influence will overcome the scruand my own fanaly'shall never be the better ples and delicacy of my dear Fanny, and I shall For a tardun ut my money, I promise you. [Exit.) be the happiest of mankind.
SCENE I. A Room.
SCENE II.-Changes to the Garden.
Enter MR STERLING, Mrs Heidelberg, and Enter LORD OGLEBY, and CANTON.
Lord Ogle. What! Mademoiselle Fanny to Ster. What! will you send Fanny to town, be sent away !-Why ?-Wherefore ?- What's sister?
the meaning of all this? Mrs Heid. To-morrow evening. I've given Can. Je ne sçais pas—I know nothing of it. orders about it already.
Lord Ogle. It can't be-it shan't be :-) proSter. Indeed !
test against the measure. She's a five girl, and Mrs Heid. Posatively:
I had much rather that the rest of the fainily Ster. But consider, sister, at such a time as were annihilated, than that she should leave us. this, what an odd appearance it will have.
-Her vulgar father, that's the very abstract Mrs Heid. Not half so odd as her behaviour, of 'Change-alley--the aunt, that's always endeabrother. This time was intended for happiness, vouring to be a fine lady—and the per sister, for and I'll kecp no incendiaries here to destroy it. ever shewing that she is one, are horrid company I insist on her going off to-morrow morning. indeed, and, without her, would be intolerable.
Ster. I'm afraid this is all your doing, Betsy. Ah, la petite Fanchon! she's the thing: Isn't
Miss Ster. No, indeed, papa. My aunt knows she, Canton? that it is not. For all Fanny's baseness to me, Can. Dere is very good sympatie entre vous I am sure I would not do or say any thing to and dat young lady, mi lor. hurt her with you or my aunt for the world. Lord Ogle. I'll not be left among these Goths
Mrs Heid. Hold your tongue, Betsey; I will and Vandals, your Sterlings, your fleidelbergs, have my way. When she is packed off
, every and Devilbergs—if she goes, I'll positively go, thing will go on as it should do.- -Since they too. are at their intrigues, I'll let thein see that we Can. In de same post-chay, mi lor? You have can act with vigour on our part; and the sending no objection to dat, I believe, nor mademoiselle her out of the way, shall be the purliminary step neither, too--ha, ha, ha! to all the rest of iny perceedings.
Lord Ogle. Prithee, hold thy foolish tongue, Ster. Well, but sister
Canton. Does thy Swiss stupidity imagine that I Mrs Heid. It does not signify talking, brother can see and talk with a tine girl without desires! Sterling; for I'm resolved to be rid of her, and I My eyes are involuntarily attracted by beautiful will. -Come along, child. [To Miss STER-objects—I fly as naturally to a fine giriLING.] The post-shay shall be at the door by Can. As de fine girl to you, my lor, ha, ba, ha! six o'clock in the morning; and if Miss Fanny You alway fly togedere like un pair de pigeonsdoes not get into it, why, I will--and so there's Lord Ogle. Like un pair de pigeons—[ Mocks an end of the matter. [Bounces out with Miss him.|--Vous etes un sot, Mons. Canton---Thou STERLING; then returns.] One word more, bro- art always dreaming of my intrigues, and never ther Sterling. I expect that you will take your seest me badiner, but you suspect mischief, you eldest daughter in your hand, and make a formal | old fool, you. complaint to Lord Ogleby, of sir John Melvil's Can. I am fool, I confess, but not always fool behaviour.---Do this, brother;--shew a proper in dat, my lor, he, he, he ! regard for the honour of your fammaly yourself, Lord Ogle. Ile, he, he! Thou art incorrigible, and I shall throw in my mite to the raising of it. but thy absurdities amuse one. Thou art like If not —but now you know my mind. So my rappee here.---[Takes out his box.]----a inost act as you please, and take the consequences. ridiculous superfluity, but a pinch of thee, now
[Erit. and then, is a most delicious treat. Ster. The devil's in the women for tyranny! Can. You do me great honeur, mi lor.
-Mothers, wives, mistresses, or sisters, they Lord Ogle. 'Tis fact, upou my soul! Thou always will govern us. -As to my sister llei- art properly my cephalic snuff, and art no bad delberg, she knows the strength of her purse, and medicine against megrims, vertigoes, and prodomineers upon the credit of it.- I will do found thinking--Ha, ha, ha! this,' and ' you shall do that,' and ' you shall do Can. Your flatterie, my lor, vil make me too t’other,-or else the fammaly sha'n't have a far- prode. den of — Mimicking.) So absolute with her Lord Ogle. The girl has some little partiality money !-But, to say the truth, nothing but mo- for me, to be sure : but prithee, Canton, is not that ney can make us absolute; and so we must e'en Miss Fanny yonder? make the best of her.
[Erit. Can. Looking with a glass.]---En verité, 'tis
she, my lor---'tis one of de pigeons---de pigeons, To-morrow morning is fixed for your departure, d'amour !
and, if we lose this opportunity, we may wish in Lord Ogle. Don't be ridiculous, you old mon- vain for another. He approaches---I must rekey.
[Smiling. ure. Speak, my dear Fanny; speak, and make us Cun. I am monkee, I am ole, but I have eye, happy! I have ear, and a little understand, now and
(Exit Lovewill. den.
Fan. Good Heaven! What a situation am I Lord Ogle. Taisez vous, béte.
in! What shall I do? What shall I say to him? Can. Elle vous aitend, my lor. She vil make I am all confusion. a love to you. Lord Ügle. Will she? Have at her, then! A
Enter Lord OGLEBY and CANTON. fine girl cannot oblige me more--
-- Egad, I find Lord Ogle. To see so much beauty so solitary,
Can. Noting at all, indeed.
had a favour to request, my lord !
ed with your commands, is an inexpressible fa
vour done to me, madam. Love. My dear Fanny, I cannot bear your dis- Fan. If your lordship could indulye me with tress! It overcomes all my resolutions, and I am the honour of a moment's What is the matter prepared for the discovery.
Lord Ogle. The girl's confused !---be !---here's parture?
something in the wind, faith---I'll have a tete-àLore. I'll tell you. Lord Ogleby seems to en- tete with her--- Allez vous en ! tertain a visible partiality for you; and, not
To CANTOS. withstanding the peculiarities of his behaviour, I Can. I go—Ah, pauvre Mademoiselle! my lor, am sure that he is hu mane at the bottom. He is have pitie upon the
poor pigeone! vain to an excess; but, withal, extremely good-na- Lord Oyle. I'll knock you down, Cant. if you're tured, and would do any thing to recommend impertinent.
Smiling. himself to a lady. Do you open the whole at- Can. Den I mus away [Shuffies along.}fair of our marriage to him immediately. It will You are mosh please, for all dat. come with more irresistible persuasion from you, than from myself; and I doubt not but you'll Fan. I shall sink with apprehension. . (Aside. gain bis friendship and protection at once.
Lord Oyle. What a sweet girlshe's a civiinfluence and authority will put an end to sir lized being, and atones for the barbarism of the John's solicitations, remove your aunts and sis- rest of the fainily. ter's uphindness and suspicions, and, I hope, re- Fan. My lord !-1.concile your father and the whole family to our
(She curtsies, and blushes. marriage.
Lord Ogle. [Addressing her.]—I look upon it, Fun. Heaven grant it! Where is my lord? madam, to be one of the luckiest circumstances
Love. I have heard hiin and Canton, since din- of my life, that I have this moment the honour of ner, singing French songs under the great walnut receiving your commanels, and the satisfaction of tree, by the parlour-door. If you meet with him confirming, with my tongue, what my eyes perin the garden, you may disclose the whole imme- haps, have but too weakly expressed that i am diately.
literally-the humblest of Fun. Dreadful as the task is, I'll do it. Any Fan. I think myself greatly honoured by your thing is better than this continual anxiety.
lordship’s partiality to me; but it distresses me, Lore. By that time the discovery is made, 1) that I am obline, in my present situation, to apwill appear to second you. Hla! here comes my ply to it for protection. lord. Now, my dear Fanny, summop up all
Lord Ogle. I am happy in your distress, mayour spirits, plead our cause powerfully, and be dam, because it gives me an opportunity to shew sure of success.
[Going. my zeat. Beauty, to me, is a religion in which I Fan. Ah, don't leave me!
was born and bred a bigot, and would die a marLove. Nay, you must let me.
tyr. I am in tolerable spirits, faith! Fan. Well, since it must be so, I'll obey you,
[ Aside. if I have the power, Oh, Lovewell!
Fan. There is not, perhiaps, at this moment, a Love. Consider, our situation is very critical, more distressed creaiure than myself
[ Aside, and erit.
duty, hope, despair, and a thousand different sen- softer passions, the criminal is pardoned and distiments, are struggling in my bosom; and even missed. Let us return, madam, to the highest the presence of your lordship, to whom I have luxury of exalted minds--a declaration of love flown for protection, adds to my perplexity. from the lips of beauty.
Lord Ogle. Does it, madam?-Venus forbid ! Fun. The entrance of a third person has a --My old fault; the devil's in me, I think, for little relieved me, but I cannot go through with perplexing young women. [Aside, and smiling.) it; and yet I must open my heart with a dis-Take courage, madam! dear Miss Fanny, ex- covery, or it will break with its burthen. plain. You have powerful advocate in my Lord Ogle. What passion in her eyes! I am breast, I assure you-My heart, madam-I am alarmed to agitation! [Aside. I presume, maattached to you by all the laws of sympathy and dam, (and as you have flattered me, by making delicacy. By my honour, I am !
me a party concerned, I hope you'll excuse the Fan. Then I will venture to unburthen my presumption) thatmind--Sir John Melvil, my lord, by the most Fun. Do you excuse my making you a party misplaced and mistimed declaration of affec- concerned, my lord, and let me interest your tion for me, has made me the unhappiest of heart in my behalf, as my future happiness or
misery in a great ineasure depend Lord Ogle. How, madam! Has sir John made Lord Ogle. Upon me, madam? his addresses to you?
Fan. Upon you, my lord.
(Sighs. Fan. He has, my lord, in the strongest Lord Ogle. There's no standing this: I have terms. But I hope it is needless to say, that my caught the infection-her tenderness dissolves duty to my father, love to my sister, and regard me.
(Sighs. to the whole family, as well as the great re- Fan. And should you too severely judge of a spect I entertain for your lordship, [Curtseying.] rash action which passion prompted, and momade me shudder at bis addresses.
desty has long concealedLord Ogle. Charming girl ! Proceed, my dear Lord Ogle. [Taking her hand.] Thou amiable Miss Fanny, proceed!
creature, command my heart, for it is vanquished! Fan. In a moment-agive me leave, my lord! Speak but thy virtuous wishes, and enjoy them.
-But if what I have to disclose should be re- Fan. I cannot, my lord; indeed, I cannot. ceived with anger or displeasure
Mr Lovewell must tell you my distresses; and Lord Ogle. Impossible, by all the tender when you know thein, pity and protect me. powers Speak, I beseech you, or I shall di
Erit in tears. vine the cause before you utter it.
Lord Ogle. How the devil could I bring her Fan. Then, iny lord, sir John's addresses are to this? It is too much too much I can't bear not only shocking to me in themselves, but are it-I must give way to this amiable weakness, more particularly disagreeable to me at this time [Wipes his eyes.] My heart overflows with sym
[Hesitating. pathy, and I feel every tenderness I have inLord Ogle. As what, madam?
spired. [Stifles a tear,] How blind have I been Fan. As-pardon my confusion~I anı en- to the desolation I have made! How could I tirely devoted to another.
possibly imagine that a little partial attention and Lord Ogle. If this is not plain, the devil's intender civilities to this young creature should it-Aside.) But tell me, iny dear Miss Fan- have gathered to this burst of passion! Can I ny, for I must know; tell me the how, the when, be a man, and withstand it? No---I'll sacrifice the and the where-Tell me
whole sex to her. But here comes the father, Enter Canton hastily,
quite apropos. I'll open the matter immediately,
settle the business with him, and take the sweet Can. My lor, my lor, my lor!
girl down to Ogleby House to-morrow morning. Lord Ogle. Damn your Swiss impertinence ! But what the devil! Miss Sterling, too! What how durst you interrupt me in the most critical mischief's in the wind now? melting moment that ever love and beauty honoured me with ?
Enter Mr STERLING and Miss STERLING. Can. I demarde pardonne, my lor! Sir John Ster. My lord, your servant! I am attending Melvil, my lor, sent me to beg you do him de my daughter here upon rather a disagreeable afloneur to speak a little to your lordship. fair. Speak to his lordship, Betsey.
Lord (gle. I'm not at leisure--I am busy- Lord Ogle. Your eyes, Miss Šterling-for I Get away, you stupid old dog, you Swiss rascal, always read the eyes of a young lady—betray
some little emotion. What are your commands, Can. Fort bien, mv lor.
madam? (Canton goes out on tiptoe. Miss Ster. I have but too much cause for my Lord Ogle. By the laws of gallantry, madam, emotion, my lord ! this interruption should be death: but, as po Lord Ogle. I cannot compiend my kinsman's punishment ought to disturb the triumph of the behaviour, madam. He has behaved like a false
knight, I must confess. I have heard of his Lord Ogle. Why, what will they say ! apostasy. Miss Fanny has informed me of it. Ster. That you're a bold man, my lord; that's
Miss Ster. Miss Fanny's baseness has been all. the cause of sir John's inconstancy.
Lord Ogle. Mr Sterling, this may be city wit, Lord Ogle. Nay, now, my dear Miss Sterling, for aught I know. Do you court my alliance? your passion transports you too far. Sir John Ster. To be sure, my lord. may have entertained a passion for Miss Fanny; Lord Ogle. Then I'll explain—My nephew but, believe me, my dear Miss Sterling, believe won't marry your eldest daughter : nor I neither me, Miss Fanny has no passion for sir John. -Your youngest daughter won't marry him: She has a passion, indeed, a most tender passion. I will marry your youngest daughter. She has opened her whole soul to me, and I Ster. What ! with a youngest daughter's forknow where her affections are placed.
tune, my lord?
[Conceitedly. Lord Ogle. With any fortune, or no fortune Miss Ster. Not upon Mr Lovewell, my lord; at all, sir. Love is the idol of my heart, and the for I have great reason to think that her seeming demon, Interest, sinks before him. So, sir, as I attachment to him, is, by his consent, made use said before, I will marry your youngest daughter; of as a blind to cover her designs upon sir John. your youngest daughter will marry me.
Lord Ogle. Lovewell! No, poor lad! she does Ster. Who told you so, my lord ? not think of him.
[Smiling Lord Ogle. Her own sweet self, sir. Miss Ster. Have a care, my lord, that both Ster. Indeed ! the families are not made the dupes of sir John's Lord Ogle. Yes, sir; our affection is mutual; artifice, and my sister's dissimulation! You don't your advantage double and treble; your daughknow her; indeed, my lord, you don't know her; ter will be a countess directly—I shall be the a base, insinuating, perfidious—It is too much, happiest of beings; and you'll be father to an She has been beforehand with me, I perceive. earl instead of a baronet. Such unnatural behaviour to me! But since I Ster. But what will my sister say? and my see I can have no redress, I am resolved that daughter? some way or other I will have revenge. [Erit. Lord Ogle. I'll manage that matter; nay,
if Ster. This is foolish work, my lord !
they won't consent, I'll run away with your Lord Ogle. I have too much sensibility to bear daughter in spite of you. the tears of beauty.
Sier. Well said, my lord ! your spirit's good; Ster. It is touching, indeed, my lord; and very I wish you had my constitution! but if you'll moving for a father.
venture, I have no objection, if my sister has Lord Ogle. To be sure, sir! You must be dis none. tressed beyond measure! Wherefore, to divert Lord Ogle. I'll answer for your sister, siryour too exquisite feeling, suppose we change A propos ! the lawyers are in the house. I'll have the subject, and proceed to business.
articles drawn, and the whole affair concluded Ster. With all my heart, my lord.
to-morrow morning. Lord Ogle. You see, Mr Sterling, we can make Ster. Very well! and I'll dispatch Lovewell to no union in our families by the proposed marriage. London immediately for some fresh papers I
Ster. And I am very sorry to see it, my lord. shall want, and I shall leave you to manage mat
Lord Ogle. Have you set your heart upon be ters with my sister. You must excuse me, my ing allied to our house, Mr Sterling?
lord, but I can't help laughing at the matchSter. 'Tis my only wish at present, my omni- He, he, he! what will the tolks say? [Erit. um, as I may call it.
Lord Ogle. What a fellow am I going to make Lord Ogle. Your wishes shall be fulfilled. a father of? Ile has no more feeling than the Ster. Shall they, my lord! but how-how? post in his warehouse-But Fanny's virtues tune Lord Oyle. I'll marry in your family.
me to rapture again, and I won't think of the Ster. What! my sister lleidelberg
rest of the family. Lord Ogle. You throw me into a cold sweat, Mr Sterling! No, not your sister; but your
Enter Lovewell, hastily. daughter.
Love. I beg your lordship's pardon, my lord: Ster. My daughter !
are you alone, my lord? Lord Ogle. Fanny !-Now the murder's out! Lord Ogle. No, my lord, I ain not alone; I am Ster. What! you, my lord?
in company, the best company. Lord Ogle. Yes, I ; I, Mr Sterling !
Love, My lord ! S!er. No, no, my lord; that's too inuch. Lord Ogle. I never was in such exquisite en
[Smiling: chanting company since my heart first conceived, Lord Ogle. Too much! I don't comprehend or my senses tasted pleasure. you.
Love. Where are they, my lord? Sler. What, you, my lord, marry my Fanny !
[Looking about. Bless me, what will the folks say?
Lord Ogle. In my mind, sir,