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me of a sum total, and you don't produce the particulars.
Mrs. Heidel. Sir John Melvil is locked up in your daughter's bed-chamber-There is the particular.
Sterl. The devil he is !--That's bad.
I'll raise the house, and expose him to my lord, and the whole fammaly
Sterl. By no means! we shall expose ourselves, sister! -- The best way is to insure privately- let me alone! I'll make him marry her to-morrow morning.
Miss Sterl. Make him marry her! this is beyond all patience !-You have thrown away all
affection, and I shall do as much by my obedience; unnatural fathers make unnatural children. My revenge is in my own power, and I'll indulge it.-Had they made their escape, I should have been exposed to the derision of the world : but the deriders shall be derided; and so Help! help, there !—Thieves! thieves !
Mrs. Heidel. Tit-for-tat, Betsy! you are right, my girl.
Sterl. Zounds ! you'll spoil all-you'll raise the whole family-The devil's in the girl.
.“ Mrs. Heidel. No, no; the devil's in you, brother: I am ashamed of your principles.—What! would you connive at your daughter's being locked up with her sister's husbund? Help! Thieves ! thieves, I say !
[Cries out. Sterl. Sister, I beg you daughter, I command you! - If you have no regard for me, consider yourselves !
we shall lose this opportunity of ennobling our blood, and getting above twenty per cent.' for our money.
Miss Sterl. What, by my disgrace and my sister's triumph! I have a spirit above such mean considera
tions: and to show you that it is not a low-bred, vulgar 'Change-alley spirit-Help! help! Thieves ! thieves ! thieves, I say!
Sterl. Ay, ay, you may save your lungs-the house is in an uproar.
Enter Canton, in a night-gown and slippers. Can. Eh, diable! vat is de raison of dis great noise, dis tantamarre?
Sterl. Ask those ladies, sir; 'tis of their making.
Lord Ogleby. [Calls within.] Brush !-Brush !-Can. ton !- Where are you?-What's the matter? [Rings a bell.] Where are you?
Sterl. 'Tis my lord calls, Mr. Canton.
[Erit Canton.—Lord OGLEBY still rings. Serg. Flower. [Calls within.] A light! a light here ! where are the servants ? Bring a light for me and my brothers. Sterl. Lights here! lights for the gentlemen!
[Exit Sterling. Mrs. Heidel. My brother feels, I see-your sister's turn will come next.
Miss Sterl. Ay, ay, let it go round, madam, it is the only comfort I have left. Enter STERLING, with lights, before SERGEANT FLOWER,
with one boot and a slipper, and TRAVERSE. Sterl. This way, sir! this way, gentlemen!
Flow. Well; but, Mr. Sterling, no danger, I hope. Have they made a burglarious entry? Are you prepared to repulse them? I am very much alarmed about thieves at circuit time. They would be particularly severe with us gentlemen of the bar.
Trav. No danger, Mr. Sterling-no trespass, I hope !
Mrs. Heidel. You'll be asham'd to know, gentlemen, that all your labours and studies about this young lady are thrown away-Sir John Melvil is at this moment locked up with this lady's younger sister.
Flow. The thing is a little extraordinary, to be sure; but, why were we to be frigbten'd out of our beds for this? Could not we have tried this cause to-morrow morning?
Miss Sterl. But, sir, by to-morrow morning, perhaps, even your assistance would not have been of any service-the birds now in that cage would have flown away. Enter LORD OGLEBY, in his robe-de-chambre, night-cap,
&c. leaning on CANTON. Lord O. I had rather lose a limb than my night's rest. What's the matter with you all ?
Sterl. Ay, ay, 'tis all over !-Here's my lord, too.
Lord 0. What's all this shrieking and screaming ? Where's my angelic Fanny? She's safe, I hope?
Mrs. Heidel. Your angelic Fanny, my lord, is lock'd up with your angelic nephew, in that chamber.
Lord 0. My nephew! Then will I be excommunicated.
Mrs. Heidel. Your nephew, my lord, has been plotting to run away with Miss Fanny, and Miss Fanny has been plotting to run away with your nephew : and if we had not watched them, and calld up the fammaly, they had been upon the scamper to Scotland by this time.
Lord O. Lookye, ladies! I know that Sir John has conceived a violent passion for Miss Fanny; and I know, too, that Miss Fanny has conceived a violent passion for another person; and I am so well convinced of the rectitude of her affections, that I will support them with my fortune, my honour, and my life.--Eh, sha'n't I, Mr. Sterling? (Smiling.) What say you?
Sterl. [Sulkily.) To be sure, my lord.—These bawling women have been the ruin of every thing. [Aside.]
Lord O. But come, I'll end this business in a triceIf you, ladies, will compose yourselves, and Mr. Sterling will ensure Miss Fanny from violence, I will engage to draw her from her pillow with a whisper through the key-hole.
Mrs. Heidel. The horrid creatures !-1 say, my lord, break the door open.
Lord 0. Let me beg of your delicacy not to be too precipitate! Now to our experiment !
[Advancing towards the door, Miss Sterl. Now, what will they do? My heart will beat through my bosom.
Enter Betty, with the key. Betty. There's no occasion for breaking open doors, my lord; we have done nothing that we ought to be ashamed of, and my mistress shall face her enemies.
[Going to unlock the door. Mrs. Heidel. There's impudence!
Lord 0. The mystery thickens. Lady of the bedchamber, [To BETTY.] open the door, and entreat Sir John Melvil (for the ladies will have it that he is there) to appear, and answer to high crimes and misdemeanors. Call Sir John Melvil into the court !
Enter Sir John Melvil, on the other side.
Sir John. What's all this alarm and confusion? There is nothing but hurry in this house? What is the reason of it?
Lord 0. Because you have been in that chamber ;have been ! nay, you are there at this moment, as these ladies have protested, so don't deny it
Trav. This is the clearest alibi I ever knew, Mr, Sergeant.
Flow. Luce clarius.
Lord 0. Upon my word, ladies, if you have often these frolics, it would be really entertaining to pass a whole summer with you. But come, [To Betty.) open the door, and entreat your amiable mistress to come forth, and dispel all our doubts with her smiles.
Betty. [Opening the door.] Madam, you are wanted in this room.
[Pertly. Enter Fanny, in great confusion. Miss Sterl. You see she's ready dressed—and what confusion she's in !
Mrs. Heidel. Ready to pack off, bag and baggage ! Her guilt confounds her!
Flow. Silence in the court, ladies !
Lord 0. Don't droop, my beauteous lily! but with your own peculiar modesty declare your state of mind. - Pour conviction into their ears, and rapture into mine.
[Smiling Fanny. I am at this moment the most unhappy-most distressed—the tumult is too much for my heart-and I want the power to reveal a secret, which, to conceal, has been the misfortune and misery of my
(Faints away. Lovewell rushes out of the chamber. Love. My Fanny in danger! I can contain no longer! Prudence were now a crime; all other cares were lost in this! Speak, speak, speak to me, my dearest Fanny! let me but hear thy voice: open your eyes, and bless me with the smallest sign of life!
[During this speech they are all in amazement. Miss Sterl. Lovewell !-I am easy. Mrs. Heidel. I am thunderstruck ! Lord 0. I am petrified ! Sir John. And I undone.