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țing, and despatching a messenger to me every two minutes servant after servant-now she insists on my coming to her now again she writes a note to intreat -then Toilet is sent to let me know that she is ill, absolutely dying—then, the very next minute, she'll never see my face again-she'll go out of the house directly. [Bell rings.] Again ! now the storm rises !

Maj. It will soon drive this way then-now, brother, prove yourself a man-You have gone too far to retreat.

Oak. Retreat !-Retreat !-No, no!-I'll preserve the advantage I have gained, I am determined.

Maj. Ay, ay !-keep your ground !-fear nothingup with your noble heart! Good discipline makes good soldiers ; stick close to my advice, and you may stand buff to a tigress

Oak. Here she is, by heavens !--now, brother!
Maj. And now, brother !-Now or never!

Enter Mrs. Oakly. Mrs. Oak. I think, Mr. Oakly, you might have had humanity enough to have come to see how I did. You have taken your leave, I suppose, of all tenderness and affection—but I'll be calm—I'll not throw myself into a passion-you want to drive me out of your house see what you aim at, and will be aforehand with

youlet me keep my temper! I'll send for a chair, and leave the house this instant.

Oak. True, my love : I knew you would not think of diņing in your own chamber alone, when I had company below. You shall sit at the head of the table, as you ought, to be sure, as you say, and make my friends welcome.

Mrs. Oak. Excellent raillery ! Lookye, Mr. Oakly, I see the meaning of all this affected coolness and in, difference.

Oak. My dear, consider where you are

Mrs. Oak. You would be glad, I find, to get me out of your house, and have all

your

flirts about you. Oak. Before all this company! Fie!

Mrs. Oak. But I'll disappoint you, for I shall remain in it, to support my due authority-as for you, Major Oakly

2. aj. Hey-day! What have I done?

Mrs. Oak. I think you might find better employment, than to create divisions between married people and you,

sir Oak. Nay, but my dear! -

Mrs. Oak. Might have more sense, as well as tenderness, than to give ear to such idle stuff.

Oak. Lord, lord !

Mrs. Oak. You and your wise counsellor there, I suppose, think to carry all your points with me

Oak. Was ever any thing

Mrs. Oak. But it won't do, sir You shall find that I will have my own way, and that I will govern my own family.

Oak. You had better learn to govern yourself, by half. Your passion makes you ridiculous. Did ever any body see so much fury and violence; affronting your best friends, breaking my peace, and disconcerting your own temper. And all for what? For nothing. 'Sdeath, madam! at these years you ought to know better.

Mrs. Oak. At these years ! Very fine!-Am I to be talked to in this manner?

Oak. Talked to !-Why not? --You have talked to me long enough-almost talked me to death-and I have taken it all, in hopes of making you quiet-but all in vain. Patience, I find, is all thrown away upon you ; and henceforward, come what may, I am resolved. to be master of my own house.

Mrs. Oak. So, so!-Master, indeed Yes, sir;

and you'll take care to have mistresses enough too, I warrant you.

Oak. Perhaps I may; but they shall be quiet ones, I can assure you. Mrs. Oak. Indeed !-And do

you

think I am such a tame fool, as to sit quietly and bear all this? You shall know, sir, that I will resent this behaviour-You shall find that I have a spirit

Oak. Of the devil.

Mrs. Oak. Intolerable!-You shall find, then, that I will exert that spirit. I am sure I have need of it. As soon as the house is once cleared again, I'll shut my doors against all company. You shan't see a single soul for this month.

Oak. 'Sdeath, madam, but I will !-I'll keep open house for a year.-_I'll send cards to the whole town -Mr. Oakly's rout! All the world will come-and I'll go among the world too-I'll be mewed up no longer.

Mrs. Oak. Provoking insolence! This is not to be endured. Lookye, Mr. Oakly

Ouk. And Jookye, Mrs. Oakly, I will have my own way.

Mrs. Oak. Nay, then, let me tell you, sir

Oak. And let me tell you, madam, I will not be crossed - I won't be made a fool.

Mrs. Oak. Why, you won't let me speak.

Oak. Because you don't speak as you ought. Madam, madam! you shan't look, nor walk, nor talk, nor think, but as I please.

Mrs. Oak. Was there ever such a monster! I can bear this no longer. (Bursts into tears.] 0, you vile man! I can see through your design-you cruel, barbarous, inhuman- -such usage to your poor wife ! be the death of her.

Oak. She shan't be the death of me, I am determined.

-you'll

Mrs. Oak. That it should ever come to this!

--To be contradicted— [Sobbing.]--insulted--abused --hated

'tis too much--my heart will burst with-ohoh!

[Falls into a fit. HARRIET, CHARLES, &c. run to her

assistance.
Oak. (Interposing.] Let her alone.
Har. Sir, Mrs. Oakly-
Charles. For heaven's sake, sir, she will be-
Oak. Let her alone let her alone.

Har. Pray, my dear sir, let us assist her. She may Oak. I don't care

-Let her alone, I say. Mrs. Oak. (Rising.) 0, you monster !—you villain ! -you base man! -Would you let me die for want of help?

--would youOak. Bless me! madam, your fit is very violentake care of yourself.

Mrs. Oak. Despised, ridiculed—but I'll be revenged -you shall Oak. Tol-de-rol loll-de-rol loll-de-rol loll. [Singing.

Mrs. Oak. What, am I made a jest of? Exposed to all the world ?-If there's law or justice

Oak. Toll-de-rol loll-de-roll loll-de-rol loll. [Singing.

Mrs. Oak. I shall burst with anger.-Have a care, sir; you may repent this.-Scorned and made ridiculous !-No power on earth shall hinder my revenge !

[Going. Har. [Interposing.] Stay, madam. Mrs. Oak. Let me go. I cannot bear this place. Har. Let me beseech you, madam. Maj. Courage, brother! you have done wonders.

[Apart. Oak. I think she'll have no more fits. [ Apart,

Har. Stay, madam-Pray stay but one moment, have been a painful witness of your uneasiness, and is

see, sir

great part the innocent occasion of it. Give me leave, then

Mrs. Oak. I did not expect, indeed, to have found you here again. But however

Har. I see the agitation of your mind, and it makes me miserable. Suffer me to tell the real truth. I can explain every thing to your satisfaction. Mrs. Oak. May be so-

--I cannot argue

with you. Charles. Pray, madam, hear her for my sakefor your own-dear madam!

Mrs. Oak. Well, well-proceed.

Har. I understand, madam, that your first alarm was occasioned by a letter from my father to your nephew. Rus. I was in a bloody passion, to be sure, madam!

-The letter was not over civil, I believe. I did not know but the young rogue. had ruined my girl. But it's all over now,

and som Mrs. Oak. You was here yesterday, sir?

Rus. Yes; I came after Harriet. I thought I should find my young madam with my young sir, here:

Mrs. Oak. With Charles, did you say, sir?

Rus. Ay, with Charles, madam! The young rogue has been fond of her a long time, and she of him, it seens.

Mrs. Oak. I fear I have been to blame. [Aside.

Rus. I ask pardon, madam, for the disturbance I made in

your

house. Har. And the abrupt manner, in which I came into it, demands a thousand apologies. But the occasion must be my excuse.

Mrs. Oak. How have I been mistaken! [Aside.] But did not I overhear you and Mr. Oakly

[To Harriet. Har. Dear madam! you had but a partial hearing of our conversation. It related entirely to this gentle

man.

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