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won over by wheedling, you do but fling away your skill. But why was I to dismiss those fellows, Rachel ?
Mrs. Rach. Brother, if what I've already said has surpris'd you, I shall increase your astonishment still
I further, by desiring to have a short conversation with this stranger, while you walk aside.
Adm. What, leave you alone with a pickpocket, a housebreaker? I tell you, he has pistols in his pockets, or a swashing cutlass in his coat-lining ! Rachel, Rachel, you are a poor ignorant woman, you can't tell what instruments these fellows may have about them.
Mrs. Rach. You are mistaken, brother, this is no robber, I am persuaded.
Adm. Oh Rachel, Rachel, is it come to this after all? - I did think for your sake, that there might be such a thing as a woman without folly or frailty; but you are determined that I shall not die with too favourable an opinion of your sex-for shame, Rachel, for shame—tis too bad-too bad indeed.
Mrs. Rach. A few minutes will convince you, brother, that if I merited your good opinion before, I shall not be likely to forfeit it on the present occasion.
Adm. May be so, may be so, Rachel, it has an odd look however; have a care of yourself, old girl ; if you should do a foolish thing, it won't be taken as if one of your prudes had been guilty of a little trespass, who prepare people for their fall, by the fuss they make about their virtue. You'll have a hot birth on't,
old lass, you will-but, however, mind I give you fair warning:
[Retires. Julia. Dear madam, vouchsafe to hear my wretched story.
Mrs. Rach. As I know not what impression my brother's strange .conjectures may have made on your opinion, suffer me to gain a little credit, by sparing you the trouble of informing me that you are Miss Wingroye.
Mrs. Rach. Dear young lady, be not alarm’d at this discovery, for never was there more sincere commisera. tion than what your sufl'rings have produced in me.
Julia. Oh, madam, how has my wretched situation been made known to you? and by what means may I obtain your friendship?
Mrs. Rach. I have but one condition to propose, and that is an unreserved communication of the circumstances that have involved you in this distress that made, for I cannot admit an idea of criminality in you, I can assure you not only of my own protection, but
my brother's; who is as warm in his attachments, as he is rash and hasty in forming conclusions from first appearances; but my brother returns; I would not meet him till I can inform him of the whole. This way, dear Miss Wingrove.
[Retire to an alcove:
Enter ADMIRAL. Adm. What isn't this tête-a-tête over yet? what, they retire at the sight of me-Oh! guilt! guilt! I'll observe you tho'—why she seems to be courting him! I'll be sunk if it isn't so~Aye, Rachel, now you have flung aside propriety, decency, I fancy, will soon follow. Women, I find, never love to do silly things hy halves; when once they slip cable on a voyage of folly, let them bring them to that can. Particularly your reasoning sort of sensible, elderly gentlewomen--for when they have fairly passed the equinox of life, they know they sail with a trade wind, and the devil can't stop them, till they are 'snug in harbour with a yoke-fellow, after a tedious passage oi difficult virginity. By all that's scandalous she takes his hand-Oh sit down, sit down, my gentle swain-Why he's weeping still-sink me if ever I saw such a watery-ey'd puppy. Nct but there was something in his distress that moved me if circumstances had not been so strong against him, . }
should no more have taken him for a thief than for a sailor- What, must he have your smelling bottle toowhy she has left him in the arbour, and comes this way - she looks as if she saw me too can she face me? will she brazen out her folly? [Mrs. Rachel advances.] Well, Mrs. Rachel Cleveland.
Mrs. Rach. Well, brother, I come to clear up all your doubts and difficulties.
Adm. Oh don't take so much trouble, madam, it is sufficiently clear already, I give you my word.
Mrs. Rach. Nay, then I perceive you are under your old mistake, so I shall explain all at once. my dear. (To Julia.]
Adm. My dear! by heaven that's too much-what, no shame, Rachel !
Mrs. Rach. Now learn your error, brother, and give me leave to recommend to your protection (Julia udvances, Mrs. Rachel takes her hand, the Admiral going out in a rage.] Miss Julia Wingrove.
Adm. What's that, Rachel! who did you say?
Mrs. Rach. This young lady, brother, whose misfortunes you have heard in part, is Miss Julia Wingrove; I am convinced she deserves your friendship, and it is evident she is much in need of it.
Adm. And she shall have it cost what it will. Young lady! why what a fuol have I made of myself—Can you excuse an old fellow, madam, who frequently lets his hasty temper run away with his slow wits?
Julia. Your present kindness, sir, infinitely overpays the fears occasioned by your misconception.
Adm. You must seal my pardon, miss, by a salute, or I sha’nt think we are fairly reconciled. Rachel, I don't apologize to you, as I know your forgiveness is always close in tow of my repentance; but as for you, lady fair, since you have been forced upon my coast, they must fight through fire and water for you
you "out to seá again.'
Julia. Do not, I beseech you, sir, let your generous compassion for me lead you into danger; the bare idea of such a consequence would compel me to forego the comfort of your hospitable protection.
Adm. Oh, don't let your little fearful heart begin conjuring up vexations, it'll do me a great deal of good -make my blood circulate-1 have been too long out of action—a vast while too long—I am mere still water -spoiling for want of motion—a little hurricane or two will shake me clear again. I want a bit of a storm for the quiet of my old days, and a little wholesome danger will promote the safety of my health, so away with your fears, my little light fing—'Sblood! I was gettiug on the old tack again.
Julia. But, dear sir.
Adm. Do, Rachel, tell her what an obstinate old fellow I am, and that it is only wasting her ammunition to oppose me.
Mrs. Rach: There is so much generosity, brother, in the substance of what you say, that I have no inclination to dispute about the expression of it. Miss Wingrove, if you please, you shall lay aside this dress.
Julia. Gladly, madam..
Adm. Come, young lady, let me be your conductor ; and they that can make prize of British beauty when under the convoy of a British admiral, must have more weight of metal about them than the whole bulk of
your lubberly relations, saving your presence, in a body-so cheerly, my little angel--bear up"Bless'd isle with beauty, &c.” [Singing.]
Scene changes to Lord Dartford's House.
LORD DARTFORD and JENKINS, Lord D. So this triumph of my attractions, as I had so naturally believed, was a sham after all-Death, how
dared this saucy baggage venture to set her pert wits on so hazardous a deception—but my turn may come, and
a if she should marry this bouncer Wingrove, and grow disgusted with him, which of course must be the case, it will be in vain that she turns her eyes to me, I assure her-But what's to be done in this affair?
Jen. Can't your lordship disown having sent any proposal to Miss Herbert?
Lord D. How can I do that; you delivered the letter, did'nt you?
Jen. Yes, my lord, but he must be a very indifferent servant whose memory cannot fail him a little, for the advantage of his master.
Lord D. Well, we must consign that difficulty to the eclaircissement of time and better fortune-but in the interim this refusal of Miss Herbert's makes it of importance to recover this wandering nymph as soon as possible. Did Thomas, do you say, trace a young gentleman, resembling Miss Wingrove, to Admiral Cleveland's?
Jen. He did, my lord, and was almost certain it was herself.
Lord D. If it should prove so, and she obtains shelter there, I think it might be easy to watch for her in the - garden, and steal her thence, but first the admiral must
be watched out though-remember that;-there may be danger else,
Jen. That's one of the cases, my lord, in which my memory never fails me.
Lord D. Well then, let's about it instantly—If I could meet with the lady, there is no harsh treatment to her that the old baronet will not interpret into respect for him; and as for the swaggerer, his son, let him know of my attempt upon his mistress, when I am married to his sister, with all my heart, Decency will prevent him from killing 'me then, and as for his opinion, as that is innocent of
upon we must endeavour to endure it.