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Pet. Delighted !

Ger. Only think-a poor orphan girl like me, whom nobody loved, and nobody cared about

Pet. It isn't true. I cared about you, I loved youI doated on you !

Ger. You, Peter! you! Mercy on me! And why didn't you tell me so, then ?

Pet. Because I didn't know it myself, then ; but I do now, Gertrude I do now.

Ger. Now!-now that it is too late?

Pet. But is it ?-Is it too late ? You are not married yet.

Ger. No, but I have promised. The contract is ordered, and this beautiful dress was bought by the Captain on purpose. You would not have me behave so shamefully to one who loves me dearly ?

Pet. But I-I love you dearly.
Ger. Ah, if you

had but said so an hour ago ! But you thought of everybody but me.

Pet. I know it-I know it. But then nobody thought of

now everybody does, and it proves to me that you—you are the only girl in the world that I ought to marry; and if you won't have me, I-I know what I'll do.

Ger. Dear me, Peter, what?
Pet. I'll fling myself into the canal.
Ger. Nonsense!

Pet. You see if I don't then. I'm not desperate till I take anything in my head; but then nothing can turn me. AIR.-(" Take care of the corner.

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PETER.
I rush to my fate,

And my funeral straight-
Way shall follow my latest transgression

And in the church-yard

It shall go very hard,
But it meets with your bridal procession'

When my coffin appears,

You will melt into tears,
And your friends in your grief will be shares

GERTRUDE.
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Stand out of the way,” to the bearers ! Pet. Laughed at! I'll jump over the wall, here, into the canal, before your face.

Ger. Indeed you shan't. Peter, don't be a fool.—[Trying to hold him.j-Oh, dear, he will! Murder !-help!

Enter ERNESTINE, R. Ern. What's the matter now ?

Ger. Oh, Mamzelle, help me to hold Peter. He wants to drown himself.

Ern. He is sillier than ever I supposed him, if he would drown himself for so worthless a person.

I wonder you are not ashamed to look me in the face.

Ger. I'm very sorry, Mamzelle. I know you only lent me a lover; but how cau I give you him back, if he wont go ?

Ern. Cease your impertinence. Your simplicity is all affected.

Ger. I'm sure, Mamzelle, if the Captain will only consent, I'll give him up with pleasure.

Pet. You will ?

Em. You will ? Hark ye, Gertrude ! Don't think that I care the least about Captain Amersforthis behaviour has entirely destroyed any little affection I might have had for him; but only to vex him in my turn, if you will promise not to marry him

Pet. De, do.
Ern, I will settle a handsome income on you.
Pet. There ! there!
Ern. Tell him that you do not love him.

Pet. Yes, yes.

Ern. That you love another-anybody. Pet. Yes, me!- I'm ready to be loved. Ger. {Aside.) I see him !-- now's the time. (Aloud.] Well, Mamzelle, I believe it would be only the truth-I have a great respect for Captain Amersfort, but I certainly do not love him-and perhaps I do love somebody else.

(Looking at Peter. Pet. Oh, Gertrude !

ing that, as I am a bachelor, I couldn't do better than marly a good, pretty girl like you, whose character and temper I have watched the growth of from an infant.

Ger. You-you, Mynheer Swyzel, marry me ?

Swy. Why not-why not ?-if you have no objection. I'm only fifty-five, and a hale, hearty man for that age. I have saved some money in the service, and

Ger. But I haven't a doit in the world !
Swy. Nay; nay !-you are richer than you think for!
Ger. Eh?
Swy. In charms—in youth and beauty !-

Ger. (Aside.) So-so! here's a real, downright sweetheart at last !-and old Swyzel, too, of all men in the world! I shall die of laughing !

Sicy. (Aside. She's silent !-she hesitates ! The two thousand crowns are mine!

DUTCH AIR.-SWYZEL.
My ears with sweet consentment bless!

GERTRUDE.—[ Aside.]
The moon must, sure, be about full !
[Aloud.] I don't say no—I don't say yes.

Swyzel.
Alack! that's rather doubtful !

GERTRUDE.
What proofs have I you mean me fair?
Your sex is of deceit, throughout, full,

Swyzel.
Upon my honour, I declare !

GERTRUDE. Alack! that's rather doubtful ! Ger. (Aside. Here's Peter coming back. If I could manage- Aloud.) Besides, that isn't the way to swear you love a body—you

should

go down on your knees ! Swy. There !-there, then! (Knee's.] Charming Gertrude, on my knees I swear eternal love and constancy !

Enter Peter, L Pet. Halloo !-why, Mynheer Swyzel, what are you doing there?

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say so?

Swy. [Scrambling up.] Confusion! Aloud.) I--nothing-only kneeling to-Aside to Gertrude. Don't say anything to that fool. Come to my room as soon as you've got rid of him.

[Exit, R. Ger. You here again, Peter ?

Pet. Here again!—I believe I am, too; and just as I went away

Would you believe it ?—Captain Amersfort won't let me have the farm after all ! Ger. Dear me

don't Pet. He wouldn't hear a word ; and, to make matters worse, old Widow Stein, who saw me talking to him, waited to hear the upshot; and, when I told her, she as good as gave me to understand that I wasn't match enough for her daughter, and that Anne herself liked Groot, the miller, much better than she did me! A coquette !-you said she was a coquette !—and you were quite right. I don't know how it is, but you're always right !--you've got more sense than all of 'em put together; and, for the matter of looks, why, there's the captain's vows-and, talking of vows, what was old Swyzel about on his knees ? I do believe he was vowing, too!

Ger. Between you and me, he was vowing all sorts of love to me!—and he wants me to marry him!

Pet. Marry him!--marry old Swyzel !--and will you ?

Ger. I don't know !—what do you think? Would you like me to marry him, Peter?

Pet. Not at all! I don't know how it is, but I can't fancy your marrying anybody--that is, I never thought of your marrying anybody; and, now I do think of it, I think Ger. Well— What?

Enter Delve, with a note, R. Del. Oh, Gertrude, here you are; here's a note for you. It's very particular--they gave me a florin to run all the

way!

Ger. A note for me!-who is it from ?

Del. The clerk at Van Nickem's, the lawyer's. I took a letter there for the captain, and, as his master wasn't at home, the clerk opened it, and wrote this answer to the captain, and then scribbled that for you, and begged me to give you yours first-and so I have : and now I must find the captain.

[Exit, R.

Gei A note for me? Nobody ever wrote to me before; and, if they had, it would have been no use, for I can't read written hand. You can, Peter; so pray open it, and let's hear what it's all about.

Pet. [Opening and reading.) " Mamzelle." Mamzelle, to you!

Ger. Go on-go on.
Pet. I have loved you above all earthly beings !
Ger. Bless us, and save us!

Pet. I dared not disclose my passion ; but, believe me, my affection was equal to my silence.

Ger. Then it was great indeed !

Pet. I have at length summoned courage to address you, and if the offer of my hand and fortune”-another proposal !-who is the fellow that writes this? Ger. Van Nickem's clerk, Delve told

you. Pet. Yes; here's his ugly name, sure enough, at the bottom of it-Simon Sneek!

Ger. Ah! if I recollect, he's rather a good-looking young man !

Pet. Why, you don't mean to
Ger. Surely, he's better than old Swyzel !

Pet. Well ! but what does it all mean? Everybody wants to marry you ?

Ger. I can't help that can I? But I shan't be in a hurry; I shall do as you do--look about me; perhaps somebody may offer that I should like better." (Clock strikes.) Hark! that's two o'clock! [Crosses, L.)--and I promised to meet the captain at the sun-dial yonder. Good bye, Peter; and mind, if you can find me a husband that I should like better than any of these, I'll make you a present the day I'm married, and you shall dance at the wedding

(Runs out, L. Pet. (Stands staring after her, with the note open in his hand. Well, when she talks of Anne Stein always changing her partner-she's off to meet the captain now; and

says to me, “ if you can find me a husband I should like better!” the idea of Gertrude having a husband !-a little girl, that was only a baby the other day, as it seems

I wonder if she'd like me better; because if she would- I want a wife myself--and I don't know why I didn't at first-But there goes that cursed captain, running

yet she

to me.

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