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Mrs. HARDCASTLE. You Than't venture out this raw evening, my dear: You look most shockingly.
Tony. I can't stay, I tell you. The three pigeons expects me down every moment. There's some fun going forward.
HARDCASTLE. Aye; the ale-house, the old place: I thought fo.
Mrs. HARDCASTLE. A low, paltry set of fellows.
Tony. Not so low neither. There's Dick Muggins the exciseman, Jack Slang the horse doctor, little Aminadab that grinds the music box, and Tom Twist that fpins the pewter platter.
Mrs. HARDCASTLE. Pray, my dear, disappoint them for one night at leaft.
Tony. As for disappointing them I should not so much mind; but I can't abide to disappoint myself.
[Exit, hauling her out.
HARDCASTLE, folus. Aye, there goes a pair that only spoil each other. But is not the whole age in a combination to drive senfe and discretion out of doors? There's my pretty darling Kate; the fashions of the times have almost infected her too. By living a year or two in town, she is as fond of gauze, and French frippery, as the best of them.
Enter Miss HARDCASTLE.
HARDCASTLF.. Blessings on my pretty innocence ! dreft out as usual, my Kate. Goodness! What a quantity of fuperfluous filk haft thou got about thee, girl! I could never teach the fools of this age, that the indigent world could be cloathed out of the trimmings of the vain.
Miss HARDCASTLE. You know our agreement, Sir. You allow me the morning to receive and pay visits, and to dress in my own manner; and in the evening, I put on my housewife's dress to.please you.
HARDCASTLE. Well, remember I insist on the terms of our agrement; and, by the bye, I believe I shall have occafion to try your
obedience this very evening.
Mifs HARDCASTLE. I proteft, Sir, I don't comprehend your meaning
HARDCASTLE. Then, to be plain with you, Kate, I expect the young gentleman I have chosen to be your busband from town this very day. I have his father's letter, in which he informs me his son is set out, and that he intends to follow himself shortly after.
Miss HARDCASTLE. Indeed! I wish I had known something of this before. Bless me, how shall I behave? It's a thousand to one I shan't like him ; our meeting will be so formal, and so like a thing of business, that I shall find no room for friendship or esteem.
HARDCASTLE. Depend upon it, child, I'll never controul your choice; but Mr. Marlow, whom I have pitched upon, is the son of my old friend, Sir Charles Maro low, of whom you have heard me talk so often. The young gentleman has been bred a scholar, and is designed for an employment in the service of his country. I am told he's a man of an excellent un.. derstanding,
Miss HARDCASTLE. Is he ?
HARDCASTLE. Very generous.
Miss HARDCASTLE. I believe I shall like him.
HARDCASTLE. Young and brave.
Miss HARDCASTLE. I'm sure I hall like him.
HARDCASTLE. And very handsome.
Miss HARDCASTLE. My dear papa, say no more, (kissing his hand) he's mine, I'll have him.
HARDCASTLE. And, tọ crown all, Kate, he's one of the moit bahful and reserved young fellows in all the world.
Miss HARDCASTLE. Eh! you have frozen me to death again. That word reserved, has undone all the rest of his accomplishments. A reserved lover, it is said, always makes a fufpicious husband,
HARDCASTLE. On the contrary, modelty feldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues. It was the very feature in his character that first struck
Miss HARDCASTLÉ. He must have more striking features to catch me, I promise you. However, if he be so young, so handsome, and so every thing, as you mention, I believe he'll do stiil. I think I'll have him.
HARDCASTLE. Aye, Kate, but there is still an obstacle. It's more than an even wager, he may not have you.
Miss HARDCASTLE. My dear papa, why will you mortify one fo!-Well, if he refuses, instead of breaking my heart at his indifference, I'll only break my glass for its flattery. Set my cap to some newer fashion, and look out for some less difficult admirer.
HARDCASTLE. Brayely resolved ! In the mean time I'll go prepare the servants for his reception; as we seldom see company, they want as much training as a com. pany of recruits, the first day's mufter. [Exit.
Miss HARDCASTLE, sola,
Lud, this news of papa's puts me all in a flutter. Young, handsome; these he put lait? but I put them foremost. Sensible, good-natured; I like all that. But then reserved, and sheepish, that's much against him. Yet can't he be cured of his timidity, by being taught to be proud of his wife? Yes, and can't I-But I vow I'm disposing of the husband, before I have secur'd the lover,