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Owen. I will let him know immediately. Ah, Free. Look you, sirrah! you are one of those you're a true friend, indeed, sir.
wretches, who miscall themselves authors; a (Shuking him earnestly by the hand. fellow, whose heart, and tongue, and pen, are Free. Pooh! prithee !
equally scandalous; who try to insinuate yourOwen. Ah! Heaven preserve you!
self every where, to make mischief, if there is
[Erit Owen. none, and to increase it, if you find any. But if Free. Fare thee well, old honesty! By the you fetch and carry like a spaniel, you must be death of lord Brumpton, without children or treated like one. I have observed that you are near relations living, as Owen says, the title always loitering in the passages; but if I catch and estate come to my old friend Jack Brump you within the wind of a door again, I'll beat you ton, of Liverpool, who is of a distant branch, till you are as black as your own ink, sir rah.a fourth cousin, for aught I know, who has past Now, you know my mind.
[Erit. his whole life in a compting-house; and who, a Spat. Very civil, and very polite, indeed, Mr few years ago, no more dreamt of being a lord, Freeport. Ha! here comes my friend, lord Falthan grand signior, or great mogul. He has so bridge. good a heart, that I believe it is impossible even Mrs Good. Lord Falbridge your friend ? For for a title to corrupt it. I know he is in town; shame, Mr Spatter! so I'll go to him immediately, acquaint hin with the obligation entailed on him, to be of service
Enter Lord FALBRIDGE, hastily. to sir William, and make him heir to the bene Lord Fal. Mrs Goodman, I rejoice to sce volence of his predecessor, as well as his wealth you. Tell me, how does my Amelia? I have and dignity. [Going, stops.] Who's here? Mrs heard of her distress, and flew to her relief. Goodman and Spatter, as I live ! Oh the dog! Was she alarmed? Was she terrified ? my blood rises at the villain. If I don't take Mrs Good. Not much, my lord: she sustained care, I shall incur an action of battery for cane- the shock with the same constancy that she ening the rascal.
dures every affliction.
Lord Fal. I know her merit; I am too well Enter Mrs Goodman and SPATTER.
acquainted with her greatness of soul; and hope Mrs Good. In short, Mr Spatter, I must beg it is not yet too late for me to do justice to her leave to gire you warning, and desire that you virtue. Go to her, my dear Mrs Goodman, and would provide yourself with another lodging as tell her, I beg to see her: I have something soon as possible.
that concerns her very nearly, to impart to her. Spat, Wbat now? What the deuce is the mat Mrs Good. I will, my lord.
Erit. ter with you, Mrs Goodman?
Lord Fal. Oh, Mr Spatter! I did not see you. Mrs Good. I see now the meaning of lady What have you got there, sir? Alton's recommendation of such a lodger to my
[Seeing a paper in his hand. house, as well as of her visits to Amelia, and her Spat. Proposals for a new work, my lord !frequent conferences with you, sir.
May I beg the honour of your lordship's name aSput. The woman is certainly out of her sen-nong my list of subscribers ?
Lord Fal. With all my heart, sir. I am alFree. What has been laid to your charge is no ready in your debt on another account. joke, sir.
[Pulling out his purse. Spat. What! are you there to keep up her Spat. To me, my lord? You do me a great backhand, Mr Freeport ! What is all this? deal of honour; I should be very proud to be of Free. You are found out to be a spy, sir.
the least service to your lordship. Mrs Good. A person who pries into the se Lord Fal. You have been of great service to crets of families, merely to betray them. ine already, sir. It was you, I tind, lodged the Free. An informer !
information against this young lady. Mrs Good. An eaves-dropper !
Spat. I did no more than
iny duty, my lord. Free. A liar !
Lord Fal. Yes; you did me a favour, sir. Sput. Right-hand and left! this is too much : I consider only the deed, and put the intention what the plague is the matter with you both ? quite out of the question. You meant to do
Mrs Gond. Did not you go and tell that Ame- Amelia a prejudice, and you have done me a lia was a native of Scotland ?
service : for, by endeavouring to bring her into Spat. Well; and where's the harm of being distress, you gave me an opportunity of shewing born in Scotland ?
my eagerness to relieve her. There, sir! there Free. None; except by your malicious inter- jis for the good you have done, while you meant pretation, rascal; by means of which, you made to make mischief. [Giving him a fero guineas.] it the ground of an information against her, and But take this along with it; if you ever presume were the cause of her being apprehended.
to mention the name of Amelia any more, or Spat. And you were the cause of her being give yourself the least concern about laer, or her released; every man in his way, Mr Freeport ! Jaifairs, I'll
Spat. I am obliged to your lordship.
[Bowing Lord Fal. Be gone, sir; leave me.
Ame. I understand, my lord, that, by your apSpat. Your most humble servant, my lord !- plication, I am held free of the charge laid So! I am abused by every body; and yet I get against me; and that I am once more entirely at money by every body; egad, I believe I am a liberty. I am truly sensible of your good offices, much cleverer tellow than I thought I was ! and thank you for the trouble you have taken. [Erit.
[Going. Lord Fal. Alas! I am afraid that Amelia will Lord Fal. Stay, madam! do not leave me in not see me. What would I not suffer to repair still greater distraction than you found me. If the affront that I have offered her?
my zeal to serve you has had any weight with
you, it must have inspired you with more favourEnter Molly.
able dispositions towards me. Ha! Polly ! how much am I obliged to you for Ame. You must pardon me, my lord, if I cansending me notice of Amelia's distress ?
not so soon forget a very late transaction. After Mol. Hush, my lord ! Speak lower, for Hea- that, all your proceedings alarm me: nay, even ven's sake! My mistress has so often forbade me your present zeal to serve me, creates new suspito tell any thing about her, that I tremble still at cions, while I cannot but be doubtful of the mothe thoughts of the confidence I have put in you. tives from which it proceeds. I was bewitched, I think, to let you know who she Lord Fal. Cruel Amelia! for, guilty as I am,
I must complain, since it was your own diffidence Lord Fal. You were inspired, Polly! Heaven that was in part the occasion of my crime. Why inspired you to acquaint me with all her distres- did you conceal your rank and condition from ses, that I might recommend myself to her fa- me? Wby did not you tell me, that you were the vour again, by my zeal to serve her, though a- daughter of the unhappy sir Williain Douglas? gainst her will.
Åme. Who told you that I was so, my lord? Mol. That was the reason I told you; for else, Lord Fal. Nay, do not deny it now: it is in I am sure, I should die with grief to give her the vain to attempt to conceal it any longer; it was least uneasiness.
the main purport of my letter to apprize you of Lord Fal. But may I hope to see Amelia ? my knowledge of it. Will she let me speak with her?
Ame. Your letter, my lord ! Mol. No, indeed, my lord; she is so offended at Lord Fal. Yes; wild as it was, it was the offyour late behaviour, that she will not even suffer spring of compunction and remorse; and if it us to mention your name to her.
conveyed the dictates of my soul, it spoke me the Lord Fal. Death and confusion! What a truest of penitents. You did not disdain to read wretch have I made myself! Go, Polly; go and it, sure ! let her know, that I must speak with her; in Ame. Indeed, my lord, I never received any form her, that I have been active for her wel letter from you. fare; and have authority to release her from the Lord Fai. Not received any! I sent it this information lodged against her.
very morning. My own servant was the messenMol. I will let her know your anxiety, my ger. What can this mean? Has he betrayed me? lord; but, indeed, I am afraid she will not see At present, suffer me to compensate, as far as you.
possible, for the wrongs I have done you : se Lord Fal. She must, Polly; she must. The ceive my hand and heart, and let an honourable agonies of my mind are intolerabie. Tell her, marriage obliterate the very idea of my past conshe must come, if it be but for a moment; or duct. else, in the bitterness of despair, I fear I shall Ame. No, my lord; you have discovered me, break into her apartment, and throw myself at it is true: I am the daughter of sir William her feet.
Douglas. Judge for yourself, then; and think Mol. Lud! you frighten me out of my wits. how I ought to look upon a man, wbo has inHave a little patience, and I'll tell my mistress sulted my distress, and endeavoured to tempt me what a taking you are in.
to dishonour my family. Lord Fal. Fly, then! I can taste no comfort, Lord Ful, Your justice must acquit me of the till I hear her resolution, [Erit Molly. intention of that offente, since, at that time, I
How culpably have I acted towards the most was ignorant of your illustrious extraction. amiable of her sex! But I will make her every Ame. It may be so; yet your excuse is byt an reparation in my power. The warmth and sin- aggravation of the crime.' You imagined' me, cerity of my repentance shall extort forgiveness perhaps, to be of as low and mean an origin, as from her. By Heaven, she comes !-Death! how you thought me poor and unhappy.
You suppo sensibly does an ungenerous action abase us! 1 sed that I had no title to any dowry but my hoam conscious of the superiority of her virtue, and nour, no dependance but on my virtue; and yet, almost dread the encounter,
you attempted to rob me of what virtue, which
was the only jewel that could raise the meanness the occasion of it. In spite of the torrent of faof my birth, or support me under my misfor-shion, and the practice of too many others of my tunes; which, instead of relieving, you chose to rank in life, I have a relish for domestic happimake the pandar to your vile inclinations. ness; and have always wished for a wife, who
Lord Fal. Thou most amiable of thy sex, how night render my bome a delightful refuge from I adore thee! Even thy resentment renders thee the cares and bustle of the world abroad. These more lovely in my eyes, and makes thee, if pos- were my views with you; but, thank Heaven, sible, dearer to me than ever. Nothing but our your outrageous temper happily betrayed itself union can ever make me happy.
in good time, and convinced me, that my sole Ame. Such an union must not, cannot be. aim in marriage would be frustrated : for I could Lord Fal. Why? What should forbid it? neither have been happy myself, nor have made Ame. My father.
Lord Fai. Your father! where is he? In what Lady Alt. Paltry evasion! You have abanever part of the world he now resides, I will con- doned me for your Amelia ; you have meanly vey you to him, and he shall ratify our happi- quitted a person of letters, a woman of rank and
condition, for an illiterate vagabond, a needy ad
venturer. Enter Molly, hustily.
Lord Fal. The person you mention, madam, Mol. Oh Lord, madam ! here's the angry lady is, indeed, the opposite of yourself; she is all coming again; she that made such a racket this meekness, grace, and virtuc. morning.
Ludy Alt. Provoking traitor! You urge me Ame. Lady Alton?
past all sufferance. I meant to expostulate, but Mol. Yes, madam.
you oblige me to invective.-But, have a care! Lord Fal. Lady Alton! Confusion! Stay, ma- | You are not so secure as you suppose yourself; dam!
[To Amelia, who is going and I may revenge myself sooner than you imaAme. No, my lord; I have endured one af- gine. front from her already to-day; why should I ex Lord Fal. I am aware of your vindictive dispose myself to a second ? Her ladyship, you position, madam; for I know, that you are more know, has a prior claim to your attention. (Erit. envious than jealous, and rather violent than ten
Lord Fal. Distraction! I had a thousand der; but the present object of my atfections shall things to say to her.-Go, my dear Polly, follow be placed above your resentment, and challenge my Amelia! Plead earnestly in my behalf; urge your respect. all the tenderest things that fancy can suggest, Lady Alt. Away, fond man! I know that oband return to me as soon as lady Alton is deject of your affections better than yourself; I parted.
know who she is; I know who the stranger is Mol. I will, my lord. Oh lud! here she is, as that arrived for her this morning; I know all: men I am alive!
[Erit. more powerful than yourself shall be apprised of Lady Fal. Abandoned by Amelia! and hunted the whole immediately; and within these two by this fury! I shall run wild !
hours, nay, within this hour, you shall see the un
worthy object, for which you have slighted me, Enter LADY ALTON.
with all that is dear to her and you, torn away Lady Alt. You may well turn away from me; from you perforce.
(Going at length I have full conviction of your baseness. Lord Fal. Ha! how's this? Stay, madam! I am now assured of my own shame, and your Explain yourself! But one word; do but hear falsehood. Perfidious monster!
Lord Fal. It is unjust to tax me with perfidy, Lady Alt. No; I disdain to hear you : I scorn madam. I have rather acted with too much sin- all explanation. I have discovered the contemptcerity. I long ago frankly declared to you the ible cause of your inconstancy, and know you to utter impossibility of our reconciliation, be mean, base, false, treacherous, and perfidious.
Lady Alt. What! after having made your ad- You have forfeited my tenderness; and, be assudresses to me? After having sworn the most in- red, you shall feel the effects of my revenge. violable affection for me? Oh, thou arch-decei
Lord Fal. What does she mean! The stranLord Fal. I never deceived you: when I pro- ger that arrived to-day !—That arrived for my fessed a passion, I really entertained one: when Amelia ! Sure it cannot be. [Pausing.] Is it I made my addresses to you, I wished to call you possible thatLady Alt. And what can you allege in excuse
Re-enter Molly. of your falsehood? Have you not been guilty of the blackest perjury?
Ha, Polly! explain these riddles to me. Lady Lord Fal. The change of my sentiments needs Alton threatens me; she threatens my Amelia : no excuse from me, madam; you were yourself does she know any thing? Her fury will trans
her to every extravagance : how dreadful is but I can't help telling you the whole truth, bejealousy in a woman!
cause I am sure you will do all in your power to Mol. Ay, it is a dreadful thing, indeed, my be of service to us. lord. Well! Heaven send me always to be in Lord Fal. You know my whole soul, Polly: love, and never to be jealous !
this outrageous woman's malice shall be defeatLord Fal. But she talked of tearing Amelia | ed. from me perforce And then some stranger
Mol. Heaven send it may ! She threatens him, too : what is it she means? Lord Fal. Be assured it shall : do not alarm
Mol. What! a gentleman that came to ma your mistress; I fly to serve her, and will return dam Amelia ?
[Alarmed. as soon as possible. Lord Fal. Yes, to Amelia; and arrived this Mol. I shall be miserable till we sce you again, very day, she says.
. Mol.' We are ruined for ever! she means sir Lord Fal. And now, good Heaven! that art William Douglas!
the protection of innocence, second my endeaLord Ful. The father of my Amelia! Is he vours! enable me to repair the affront I have of here?
fered to injured virtue, and let me reliere the Mol. Yes, my lord; I was bound to secrecy; | unhappy from their distresses.
Enter LA FRANCE. Enter Lord FalBridge and Molly, meeting.
La France. Milor, mons. le duc de Mol. Oh, my lord ! I am glad to see you re Lord Fal. Sirrah! villain ! You have been the turned.
occasion of all this mischief. By your carelessLord Fal. Where is your mistress ? [Eagerly. ness, or treachery, lady Alton has intercepted my Mol. In her own chamber.
letter to Amelia. Lord Fal. And where is sir William Douglas? La France. Ladi Alton? Mol. With my mistress.
Lord Fal. Yes, dog ; did not I send you bere Lord Fal. And have there been no officers this morning with a letter? here to apprehend them?
La France. Qui, milor, Mol, Officers ! No, my lord. Officers! you Lord Fal. And did you bring it here, rascal? frighten me! I was in hopes, by seeing your La France. Oui, milor, lordship so soon again, that there were some Lord Fal. No, sirrah. You did not bring it; good news for us.
the lady never received any letter from me; she Lord Fal. Never was any thing so unfortu- told me so herself: whom did you give it to? nate. The noble persons, to whom I meant to [La France hesitates.) Speak, sirrah! or I'll make application, were out of town; nor could shake your soul out of your bady. [Shaking him, by any means be seen or spoken with, till to La France. I giv it tomorrow morning : and, to add to my distraction, Lord Fal. Who, rascal ? I learnt that a new information had been made, La France. Monsieur Spatter. and a new warrant issued to apprehend şir Wil Lord Fal. Mr Spatter? liam Douglas aud Amelia,
La France. Oui, milor; he promis to giv it to Mol. Oh dear! What can we do then? Mademoiselle Amelie, vid his own band.
Lord Fal. Do! I shall run mad. Go, my Lord Fal. I shall soon know the truth of that, dear Polly, go to your mistress, and sir William, sir, for yonder is Mr Spatter himself: run, and and inform them of their danger. Every mo- tell him I desire to speak with him! ment is precious, but perhaps they may yet have La France. Oui, milor; ma foi, I vas very time to escape.
near kesh; I never was in ipore vilain embarras Mol. I will, my lord !
[Erit LA FRANCE [Going Lord Fal. My letter's falling into the hands of Lord Fal. Stay! (Molly returns.}. My cha- that tellow, accounts for every thing. The conriot is at the door; tell them not to wait for any tents instructed him concerning Amelia. What other carriage, but to get into that, and drive a wretch I am! Destined every way to be of away iminediately.
prejudice to that virtue, which I am bound to Mol. I will, my lord. Oh dear! I never was adore. 50 terrified in all my life!
Re-enter LA FRANCE with SPATTER. Lord Fal. If I can but save them now, we Spat. Monsieur la France tells me, that your may gain time for mediation. Ha! what noise ? lordship desires to speak with me—what are Are the officers coming? Who's here?
your commands, my lord ?
Lord Fal. The easy impudence of the rascal La France. Ayez pitiè de moi ! puts me out of all patience!
[Holding up his hands. Spat. My lord !
Lord Fal. Betray the contidence I reposed in Lord Fal. The last time I saw you, sir, you you? were rewarded for the good you had done; you Spat. He offered me the letter of his own acmust expect now to be chastised for your mis- cord, my lord. chief.
La France. No such ting, en veritè, milor! Spat. Mischief,
Spat. Very true, I can assure your lordship. Lord Fal. Yes, sir-where is that letter of Lord Fal. Well, well; I shall chastise him at mine, which La France tells me he gave you to my leisure. At present, sir, do you return me deliver to a young lady of this house?
my letter. Spat. Oh the devil ! [Apurt.] Letter, my lord? Spat. I-I have it not about me, my lord.
[Hesitates. Lord Fal. Where is it, rascal? tell me this Lord Fal. Yes, letter, sir; did not you give it instant, or him, La France ?
La France. Lèdy AltónLa France. Oui, milor!
Lord Fal. [TO SPATTER.] What! has she got Spat. Y-e-e-s, yes, my lord; I had the it? speak, sirrah! letter of Monsieur La France, to be suie, iny Spat. She has, indeed, my lord. lord; but -but
Lord Fal. Are not you a couple of villains? Lord Fal. But what, sirrah? give me the let La France. Oui, milor. ter immediately; and if I find that the seal has Spat. Yes, my lord!
} both speak at once. been broken, I will break every hone in your Lord Ful. [To Spat.) But hold, sir! a word skin.
more with you! As you seem to be lady Alton's Spat. For Heaven's sake, my lord ! [Feeling in chiet' agent, I must desire some further inforinahis pockets.] I-I-I have not got the letter tion from you. about me at present, my lord; but if you will Sput. Any thing in my power, my lord. give me leave to step to my apartment, I'll bring Lord Fal. I can account for her knowledge of it you immediately.
Amelia, by means of my letter; but how did she
[Offering to go. discover sir William Douglas ? Lord Fal. (Stopping him.] No, no; that will Spat. I told her, my lord. not do, sir; you shall not stir, I promise you Lord Fal. But how did you discover him Look ye, rascal! tell me, what is become of my yourself? letter, or I will be the death of you this instant. Spat. By listening, my lord.
[ Drawing Lord Fal. By listening? Spat. [Kneeling.] Put up your sword, my lord; Spat. Yes, by listening, my lord ! let me but put up your sword; and I will tell you every once be about a house, and I'll engage to clear thing in the world. Indeed, I will.
it, like a ventilator, my lord. There is not a Lord Fal. Well, sir; be quick then!
door to a single apartment in this house, but I (Putting up his sword. have planted my ear at the key-hole. Spat. Lady Alton
Lord Fal. And were these the means by which Lord Fal. Lady Alton! I thought so; go on, you procured your intelligence ? sir.
Spat. Yes, my lord. Spat. Lady Alton, my lord, desired me to pro Lord Fal. Impossible ! cure her all the intelligence in my power, con Spat. Oh dear! nothing so easy; this is nocerning every thing that past between your lord-thing at all, my lord! I have given an account ship and Amelia.
of the plays in our journal, for three months toLord Fal. Well, sir; what then?
gether, without being nearer the stage than the Spat. A little patience, I entreat your lordship. pit-passage; and I have collected the debates of Accordingly, to oblige her ladyship
a whole session, for the magazine, only by atoblige the ladies, you know, my lord—I did keep tending in the lobby. a pretty sharp look-out, I must confess : and this Lord Fal. Precious rascal !-Ha! who comes morning, meeting Monsieur La France, with a here? Lady Alton herself again, as I live! letter from your lordship in his charge, I very Spat. [ Apart. The devil she is ! I wish I was readily gave him five guineas of her ladyship's out of the house. bounty-money, to put it into iny hands. La France. Oh diable! me voila perdu !
Enter LADY ALTON.
[Aside. Lady Alt. What! still here, my lord ? still Lord Fal. How! A bribe, rascal?
witnessing to your own shame, and the justice of
[To La France. my resentment ! La France. Ah, milor! [On his knees. Lord Fal. Yes, I am still here, madam; and
Spat. At the same price for every letter, he sorry to be made a witness of your cruelty and would have sold a whole mail, my lord.
meanness: of your descending to arts, so inuch Vol. II,