페이지 이미지
PDF
ePub

go and

I am

it, if you

me a

for your sake; and with hopes that the most ge Bet. I can distinguish a man from a mouse as nerous sacrifice

you have made to love and me, well as my betters I'm sorry you think so ill of might be less injurious to you, by waiting a lucky me, sir. moinent of reconciliation.

Fan. He compliments you; don't be a fool !-Fan. Hush ! hush! for Heaven's sake, my Now you have set her tongue a running, she'll dear Lovewell, don't be so warm ! your genero- mutter for an hour. [To LoveWELL.) I'll sity gets the better of your prudence; you will hearken myself.

[Erit Fan. be heard, and we shall be discovered.

Bet. I'll turn my back upon no girl for sincesatisfied-indeed I am -Excuse this weak-rity and service. (Half aside, und muttering. ness, this delicacy, this what you will.My Love. Thou art the first in the world for both ; mind's at peace-indeed it is think no more of and I will reward you soon, Betty, for one and love me !

the other. Love. That one word has charmed me, as it Bet. I am not mercenary, neither, I can live always does, to the most implicit obedience : it on a little, with a good carreter. would be the worst of ingratitude in me to distress you a moment.

[Kisses her.

Re-enter Fanny.
Re-enter BETTY.

Fan. All seems quict-suppose, my dear, you Bet. [In a low voice.] I'm sorry to disturb go to your own room-I shall be much easier you.

then-and to-morrow we will be prepared for the Fan. Ha! what's the matter?

discovery Love. Have you heard any body?

Bet. You may discover, if you please; but, for Bet. Yes, yes, I have; and they have heard my part, I shall still be secret. you, too, or I'm mistaken--if they had seen you,

(Half aside, and muttering. too, we should have been in a fine quandary! Love. Should I leave you now, if they still are

Fari. Prithee, don't prate now, Betty! upon the watch, we shall lose the advantage of Love. What did you hear?

our delay. Besides, we should consult upon toBet. I was preparing myself, as usual, to take morrow's business. Let Betty go to her own little nap

room, and lock the outward door after her; we Love. A nap!

can fasten this; and when she thinks all safe, Bet. Yes, sir, a nap; for I watch much bet- she may return and let me out as usual. ter so than wide awake; and, when I had wrap Bet. Shall I, madam? ped this handkerchief round my head, for fear of Fan. Do! let me have my way to-night, and the ear-ach from the key-hole, I thought I heard you shall coinmand me ever after. I would not a kind of a sort of a buzzing, which I first took have you surprised here for the world. Prav, for a gnat, and shook my head two or three times, leave me! I shall be quite myself again, if you and went so with my hand.

will oblige me. Fan. Well-well--and so

Love. I live only to oblige you, my sweet Bet. And so, madam, when I heard Mr Love- Fanny! I'll be gone this moment. Going well a little loud, I heard the buzzing louder, Fan. Let us listen first at the door, that you too and pulling off my handkerchief softly, I may not be intercepted. Betty shall go first, and, could hear this sort of noise

if they lay hold of her[ Makes an indistinct sort of noise, like speak Bet. They'll have the wrong sow by the car,

I ing.

can tell them that.

[Going hastily. Fun. Well, and what did they say ?

Fan. Softly—softly—Betty! don't venture out, Bet. O! I could not understand a word of if you hear a noise. Softly, I beg of you! see, what was said.

Mr Lovewell, the effects of indiscretion ! Love. The outward door is locked?

Love. But love, Fanny, makes amends for all. Bet. Yes; and I bolted it, too, for fear of the

Ereunt all, sofily. Fan. Why did you? they must have heard you, SCENE II.- Changes to a gallery, which leads if they were near.

to several bed-chambers. Bet. And I did it on purpose, madan, and coughed a little, too, that they might not hear Enter Miss STERLING, leading Mrs HeidelMr Lovewell's voice--when I was silent, they

Berg in a night-cup. were silent, and so I came to tell you.

Miss Ster. This way, dear madam; and then Fan. What shall we do?

I'll tell you all. Love. Fear nothing; we know the worst ; it Mrs Heid. Nay, but niece-consider a little will only bring on our catastrophe a little too -don't drag me out this figure; let me put on soon—but Betty might fancy this noise--she's in my fly-cap !—if any of my lord's fammaly, or the the conspiracy, and can make a man a mouse at counsellors at law, should be stirring, I should

be perdigus disconcerted. VOL. II.

5 Q

worst.

any time.

Miss Ster. But, my dear madam, a moment Miss Ster. Nothing but servants; let us retire is an age, in my situation. I am sure my sister a moment !

[They retire. has been plotting my disgrace and ruin in that chamber-0! she's all craft and wickedness. Enter Brusu, half drunk, laying hold of the

Mrs Heid. Well, but softly, Betsey !-you are Chamber-maid, who has a candle in her hand. all in emotion—your mind is too much Austrated you can neither cat, nor drink, nor take your Cham. Be quiet, Mr Brush ; I shall drop down natural rest-compose yourself, child; if we are with terror! not as warysome as they are wicked, we shall Brush. But my sweet, and most amiable chamdisgrace ourselves and the whole fammaly. bermaid, if you have no love, you may hearken

Miss Ster. We are disgraced already, madam. to a little reason ; that cannot possibly do your Sir Jolin Melvil has forsaken me; my lord cares virtue any harm. for nobody but himself; or, if any body, it is my Cham. But you may do me harm, Mr Brush, sister; my father, for the sake of a better bar- and a great deal of harm, too; pray let me go; gain, would

marry me to a 'Change broker; so I am ruined if they hear you ; I tremble like an that if you, madam, don't continue my friend asp. if you forsake me-if I am to lose my best hopes Brush. But they shan't hear us; and if you and consolation—in your tenderness—and affec- have a mind to be ruined, it shall be the making tions—I had better-at once-give up the mat of your fortune, you little slut, you ! therefore, I ter-and let my sister enjoy—the fruits of her say it again, if you have no love, hear a little treachery-trample with scorn upon the rights reason ! of her elder sister, the will of the best of aunts Cham. I wonder at your impurence, Mr Brush, and the weakness of a too interested father. to use me in this manner; this is not the way to

[She pretends to be bursting into tears all keep me company, I assure you. You are a this speech.

town-rake, I see; and now you are a little in Mrs Heid. Don't, Betsey--keep up your spurrit liquor, you fear nothing. -1 hate whimpering - I am your friend-depend Brush. Nothing, by Heavens, but your frowns, upon me in every particular-- but be composed, most amiable chamber-maid ! I am a little and tell me what new mischief you have dis- electrified, that's the truth on't; I am not used covered?

to drink port, and your master's is so heady, Miss Ster. I had no desire to sleep, and would that a pint of it oversets a claret-drinker. not undress myself, knowing that my Machiavel Cham. Don't be rude! bless me !- I shall be sister would not rest vill she had broke my heart: ruined—what will become of me? -I was so uveasy that I could not stay in my Brush. I'll take care of you, by all that's horoom; hut, when I thought that all the house was nourable ! quiet, I sent my maid to discover what was going Cham. You are a base man to use me so I'll forward; she immediately came back, and told cry out, if you don't let me go. That is Miss me that they were in high consultation; that she Sterling's chamber, that Miss Fanny's, and that had heard onlv, for it was in the dark, my sister's Madam Heidelberg's. maid conduct sir John Melvil to her mistress, Brush. And that my lord Ogleby's, and that and then lock the door.

my lady What-d'ye-call-'em's: I don't mind such Mrs Heid. And how did you conduct yourself folks when I'm sober, much less when I am in this dalimma?

wbimsical-rather above that, too. Miss Sler. I returned with her, and could hear Cham. More shame for you, Mr Brush !-you a man's voice, though nothing that they said, dis- territy me--you have no modesty. tinctly; and you may depend upon it, that sir Brush. O, but I have, my sweet spider-brushJohn is now in that room, that they have settled er!—for instance; I reverence Miss Fanny the matter, and will run away together before she's a most delicious morsel, and fit for a prince. morning, if we don't prevent them.

With all my horrors of matrimony, I could Mrs Heid. Why, the brazen slut! she has got marry her myseit-but for her sister her sister's husband (that is to be) locked up in Miss Ster. There, there, madam, all in a story! her chamber ! at night, too I tremble at the Cham. Bless me, Mr Brush !-I heard some thoughts!

thing! Aliss Ster. Hush, madam ! I hear some Brush. Rats, I suppose, that are gnawing the thing.

old timbers of this execrable old dungeon-If it Dirs Heid. You frighten me-let me put on was mine, I would pull it down, and fill your fine my fly-cap-1 would not be seen in this figur caval up with the rubbish; and then I should for the world.

get rid of two damned things at once. Aliss Ster. 'Tis dark, madam ; you can't be Chum. Law! law! how you blaspheme !-we

shall have the house upon our heads for it. Irs Heid. I protest there's a candle coming, Brush. No, no; it will last our time-but, as I and a man, too!

was saying, the eldest sister-Miss Jezebel

scen.

[ocr errors]

Cham. Is a fine young lady, for all your evil Cham. Now, madam !--Tis so very late, matongue.

dam Brush. Nowe have smoaked her already; Mrs Heid. I don't care how late it is. Tell and unless she marries our old Swiss, she can him there are thieves in the house that the have none of us -no, no, she won't do---we house is on fire-tell him to come here imare a little too nice.

mediately go, I say! Cham. You're a monstrous rake, Mr Brush, Cham. I will, I will, though I'm frightened out and don't care what you say.

of my wits.

Erit. Brush. Why, for that matter, my dear, I am a Mirs Heid. Do you watch here, my dear; and little inclined to mischief; and if you don't have I'll put myself in order, to face thein. We'll pity upon me, I will break open that door, and plot them, and counter-plot them, too. ravish Mrs Heidelberg.

[Erit into her chamber. Mrs Heid. [Coming forward.] There's no bear Miss Ster. I have as much pleasure in this reing this--you profligate monster!

venge, as in being made a countess.--Ha! they Cham. Ha! I am undone!

are unlocking the door. -Now for it! Brush. Zounds ! here she is, by all that's mon

[Retires. strous !

Runs off Miss Ster. A fine discourse you have had withi Fanny's door is unlocked. and Betty comes out that fellow!

with a candle. Miss STERLING approaches Mrs Heid. And a fine time of night it is to be

her. here with that drunken monster !

Betty. (Calling within.] Sir, sir! now's your Aliss Ster. What have you to say for your time-all's clear. (Seeing Miss Steulino.] self?

Stay, stay-not yet-we are watched. Cham. I can say nothing.—I'm so frightened, Miss Ster. And so you are, madam Betty. and so ashamed-but indeed I am vartuous--I [Miss STERLING lays hold of her, while am vartious, indeed.

Betty locks the door, and puts the key Mrs Heid. Well, well-don't tremble so;

into her pocket.) but, tell us what you know of this horrable plot, Bet. [Turning round.] What's the matter, here.

madam? Miss Ster. We'll forgive you, if you'll discover Miss Ster. Nay, that you shall tell my father all.

and aunt, madan). Cham.: Why, madam-don't let me betray my Bet. I ain no tell-tale, madam, and no thief; fellow servants--I shan't sleep in my bed, if i they'll get nothing from ine. do.

Miss Ster. You have a great deal of courage, Mrs Heid. Then you shall sleep somewhere Betty; and, considering the secrets you have to else to-morrow night.

keep, you have occasion for it.
Cham. () dear! what shall I do!

Bet. My mistress shall never repent her good
Mrs Heid. Tell us this moment, or I'll turn opinion of me, ma'am.
you out of doors directly.
Cham. Why, our butler has been treating us

Enter Mr STERLING.
below in his pantry-

Mr Brush forced us to make a kind of a holiday night of it.

Ster. What's all this? What's the matter?
Miss Sler. Holiday! for what?

Why am I disturbed in this manner?
Chum. Nay, I only made one.

Miss Ster. This creature, and my distresses,
Miss Ster. Well, well; hut upon what ac- sir, will explain the matter.
count?
Cham. Because, as how, madam, there was a

Re-enter MRS HEIDELBERG, with another headchange in the family, they said that his hon

dress.
our, sir John, was to marry Miss Fanny, instead
of your ladyship.

Mrs Heid. Now I'm prepared for the ran-
Miss Ster. And so you make a holiday for that? | counter. Well, brother, bave you heard of this
Very fine!

scene of wickedness? Cham. I did not make it, madam.

Ster. Not I-but what is it? Speak. I was Mrs Heid. But do you know nothing of sir got into my little closet, all the lawyers were in John's being to run away with Miss Fanny to- bed, and I ad almos lost my senses in the

confusion of lord Ogleby's mortgages, when I Cham. No, indeed, madam.

was alarmed with a foolish girl, who could hardMiss Ster. Nor of his being now locked up in ly speak; and whether it's fire, or thieves, or my sister's chamber?

murder, or a rape, I'm quite in the dark. Cham. No, as I hope for marcy, madam. Mrs Heid. No, no; there's no rape, brother!

Mrs Heid. Well, I'll put an end to all this di- all parties are willing, I believe. rectly- do you run to my brother Sterling Miss Ster. Who's in that chambers

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

night?

away.)

see,

too.

[Detaining Betty, who seemed to be stealing or burn themselves in it, rather than not be

revenged. Bet. My mistress. Miss Sier. And who's with your mistress?

Enter CANTON, in a night-gown and slippers. Bet. Why, who should there be ?

Can. Eh, diable ! vat is de raison of dis great Miss Ster. Open the door, then, and let us noise, dis tantamarre?

Ster. Ask those ladies, sir; 'tis of their maBet. The door is open, madam. [Miss STER- king. LING goes to the door.] I'll sooner die than Lord Oyle. (Calls within.] Brush! Brush ! peach.

[Exit hastily. Canton! where are you? What's the matter?Miss Ster. The door is locked; and she has (Rings a bell.] Where are you? got the key iv her pocket.

Ster: 'Tis my lord calls, Mr Canton. Mirs Heid. There's impudence, brother! pi Can. I com, mi lor!ping hot from your daughter Fanny's school!

[Erit CANTON. Ster. But zounds ! what is all this about? You

[LORD OGLEBY still rings. tell me of a sum total, and you don't produce the Serj. Flow. (Calls within.] A light! a light, particulars.

here! where are the servants? Bring a light for Mrs Heid. Sir John Melvil is lock up in your me and my brothers. daughter's bed-chamber -There is the parti Ster, Lights here ! lights for the gentlemen! culars.

[Erit STERLING. Ster. The devil he is! That's bad.

Mrs Heid. My brother feels, I see-your sisMiss Ster. And he has been there some time, ter's turn will come next.

Miss Ster. Ay, ay, let it go round, madam; it Ster, Ditto!

is the only comfort I have left, Mrs Heid. Ditto! worse and worse, I say.. Re-enter Sterling, with lights, before Serjeant I'll raise the house, and expose him to my lord, and the whole fammaly.

Flower, with one boot and a slipper, and

TRAVERSE. Ster. By no means! we shall expose ourselves, sister! the best way is to insure privately Ster. This way, sir! this way, gentlemen! let me alone! I'll make him marry her to

Flow. Well; but Mr Sterling, no danger, I morrow morning.

hope. Have they made a burglarious entry?Miss Ster. Make him inarry her! this is be- Are you prepared to repulse them? I am very yond all patience ! You have thrown away all much alarmed about thieves at circuit-time.your affection; and I shall do as much by my They would be particularly severe with us genobedience; unuatural fathers make unnatural tlemen of the bar. children. My revenge is in my own power, and

Tra. No danger, Mr Sterling? no trespass, I I'll indulge it. Had they made their escape, I hope? should have been exposed to the derision of the Ster. None, gentlemen, but of those ladies world: but the deriders shall be derided; and making. so-help! help, there! thieves ! thieves !

Mrs Heid. You'll be ashamed to know, genMrs Heid. Tit-for-tat, Betsey! you are right, tlemen, that all your labours and studies amy girl.

bout this young lady are thrown away—Sir John Ster. Zounds! you'll spoil allấyou'll raise Melvil is, at this moment, locked up with this the whole family-the devil's in the girl! lady's younger sister.

Mrs Heid. No, no; the devil's in you, bro Flow. The thing is a little extraordinary, to ther; I am ashamed of your principles. What! be sure; but, why were we to be frightened out would you connive at your daughter's being of our beds for this? Could not we have tried locked up with her sister's husband? Help! this cause to-morrow morning? thieves ! thieves, I say!

[Cries out. Miss Ster. But, sir, by to-morrow morning, Ster. Sister, I beg you! daughter, I command perhaps, even your assistance would not have you! If you have no regard for me, consider been of any service—the birds, now in that cage, yourselves! we shall lose this opportunity of en- would have down away. wwobling our blood, and getting above twenty per Enter Lord Ogleby, in his robe-de-chambre, cent, for our money. Miss Ster. Wbat, by my disgrace and my sis

night-cap, 8c. leaning on Cantos. ter's triumph! I have a spirit above such mean Lord Ogle. I had rather lose a limb than my considerations; and to shew you, that it is not a night's rest. What's the matter with you all? low-bred, vulgar 'Change-alley spirit help! Ster. Ay, ay, 'tis all over! Here's my lord help! thieves ! thieves ! thieves, I say!

too! Šter. Ay, ay, you may save your Jungs—the Lord Ogle. What's all this shrieking and house is in an uproar : women, at best, have no screaming? Where's my angelic Fanny. She's discretion; but, in a passion, they'll fire a house, safe, I hope?

Mrs Heid. Your angelic Fanny, my lord, is Flow, Luce clarius. locked up with your angelic nephew in that Lord Ogle. Upon my word, ladies, if you have chamber.

often these frolicks, it would be really entertainLord Ogle. My nephew! then will I be excom- ing to pass a whole summer with you. But come, municated.

[To Botty.] open the door, and entreat your Mrs Heid. Your nephew, my lord, has been amiable mistress to come forth, and dispel all plotting to run away with the younger sister; our doubts with her smiles. and the younger sister has been plotting to run Bet. [Opening the door.] Madam, you are away with your nephew: and if we had not wanted in this room.

[Pertly. watched them, and called up the fammaly, they

Enter Fanny, in great confusion. had been upon the scamper to Scotland by this time.

Miss Ster. You see she's ready dressed--and Lord Ogle. Look'e, ladies! I know that sir what confusion she's in! John has conceived a violent passion for Miss Mrs Heid. Ready to pack off, bag and bagFanny, and I know, too, that Miss Fanny has gage! her guilt confounds her! conceived a violent passion for another person;

Flow. Silence in the court, ladies ! and I am so well convinced of the rectitude of Fan. I am confounded, indeed, madam! her affections, that I will support them with my Lord Ogle. Don't droop, my beauteous lily! fortune, my honour, and my life. Eh, shan't I, but, with your own peculiar modesty, declare your Mr Sterling? [Smiling.) What say you? state of inind.---Pour conviction into their ears, Ster. [Sulkily.) To be sure, my lord. These and raptures into mine.

[Smiling. bawling women have been the ruin of every Fan. I am, at this moment, the most unhappy thing.

[Aside. -most distressed the tumult is too much for Lord Ogle. But come, I'll end this business in my heart—and I want the power to reveal a sea trice-if you, ladies, will compose yourselves, cret, which, to conceal, has been the misfortune and Mr Sterling will insure Miss Fanny from vio- and misery of my

[Faints away. lence, I will engage to draw her from her pillow Lord Ogle. She faints! help, help! for the with a whisper through the key-hole.

fairest and best of women! Mrs Heid. The horrid creatures ! I say, my Bet. [Running to her.] 0, my dear mistress lord, brcak the door open.

--help, help, there! Lord Ogle. Let me beg of your delicacy not Sir John. Ila! let me fly to her assistance. to be too precipitate. Now to our experiment ! (Advancing towards the door.

LOVEWELL rushes out of the chamber. Miss Ster. Now, what will they do? my

heart will beat through my bosom.

Love. My Fanny in danger! I can contain no

longer.--Prudence were now a crime; all other Enter Betty, with the key.

cares were lost in this !--speak, speak, speak to Bet. There's no occasion for breaking open me, my dearest Fanny !--let me but hear thy doors, my lord; we have done nothing that we voice ! open your eyes, and bless me with the ought to be ashamed of, and my mistress shall smallest sign of life! face her enemies. (Going to unlock the door. [During this speech, they are all in amazeAirs Heid. There's impudence !

ment.] Lord Ogle. The mystery thickens. Lady of

Miss Ster. Lovewell! - I am easy. the bed-chamber, [To Betty.] open the door, Mrs Heid. I am thunderstruck! and entreat sir John Melvil (for the ladies will Lord Ogle. I am petrified ! have it that he is there) to appear and answer to Sir John. And I undone ! high crimes and misdemeanors.--Call sir John Fun. (Recovering.] 0, Lovewell !—even supMelvil into the court !

ported by thee, I dare not look my father, nor

his lordship, in the face. Enter Sir Joun MELVIL, on the other side.

Ster. What now! did not I send you to LonSir John. I am here, my lord.

don, sir? Mrs Heid. Hey-day!

Lord Ogle. Eh !-What! How's this? by what Miss Ster. Astonishment !

right and title have you been half the night in Sir John. What's all this alarm and confusion? that lady's bed-chamber? there is nothing but hurry in the house; what is Love. By that right, which makes me the hapthe reason of it?

piest of men ! and, by a title, which I would not Jord Ogle. Because you have been in that forego, for any the best of kings could give. chamber; have been ! nay, you are there at this Bet. I could cry niy eyes out to hear his magmoment, as these ladies have protested, so don't nimity. deny it

Lord Ogle. I am annihilated ! Tra. This is the clearest alibi I ever knew, Mr Ster. I have been choked with rage and wonSerjeaut.

der; but now I can speak.--Zounds! what have

« 이전계속 »