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do will satisfy: offended, when I refuse your lean upon you, comfort him; I dare be sworn he friend; when I accept him, tortured!
has need of it-Shame upon you, Mr StapleCha. Man. And tortured I must be : for know, ton! What, you'll not speak, not you! Here most wretched as I am, it is not for a friend i comes one will make you speak, and stir too, to plead, but for myself.
some tune. Here, madam, here's your virtuous Let. Well, sir, I'm free to say, 'I still abide by husband! here's a picture of modern conjugal my confession. What you tell me shakes not my fidelity! esteem for Mr Manlove. Cha. Man. Then I have lost you; for that
Enter MRS STAPLETON. Manlove is my younger brother, and has won you Mrs Stap. A picture, truly! for I think you're under a fictitious name : I, that really own it, am talking to nothing else. Why don't the girl open discarded.
the shutters? What do you stand there for? Let. How purblind you long-sighted wits some- o, ho !
[Sees Jack. times can be! You tell me you are Mr Manlove; have I revoked my opinion? You say your bro
Enter MR STAPLETON and MANLOVE. ther took your name; have I expressed inyself Mr Stap. What! my old friend conferring in favour of Mr Nightshade?
with the layman? Break his head, Andrew, if Cha. Man. O, Heavens ! I do begin to hope you please; no manslaughter can lie there. Let. You should not puzzle me with such
[The window is opened. cross purposes. Will you be Mr Manlove, and A. Night. How's this! why, I protest I took it believe what I now say of him, or give that name for yourself; and I was scandalized to see a to your brother, and hear me repeat what I sober citizen in such close conference with a lately said of hm?
damsel of so great temptations. Cha, Man. Oh, let me be what you approve ! Man. Come, brother, you have had one warnI ask no higher blessing.
ing against anger; let this be a memento to guard Let. We are interrupted. See, your formid- against suspicion. able rival! Oh, you have made a fine confusion A. Night. Brother, you know I can't endure
[Exeunt. advice; I see my error; that's enough.
Mrs Stap. Yes, but you don't see all: there's Enter Jack NIGHTSIĄDE.
more behind the scenes; your greatest error, Mr J. Night. Hist! hark'e, brother Charles ! Nightshade, is not yet found out. He won't turn back, and I dare not follow him, A. Night. Why, what the vengeance hare we for fear I run into old Crusty's jaws. I am fain here? Come out--let's sce your face. Son Jack ! to go as warily in this house as if I was riding Furies and fames! My boy, as I'm alive! over a warren. Didlikins ! here comes the girl Man. This is judgment upon judgment! at last-Oh, fye upon you, miss! oh fyem
A. Night. Which of you all have conjured up
this plot? Oh, thou unutterably vile and sorry Enter Lucy hastily.
puppy! Hound, that I have bred to tear my heart Lucy. Hush! hush! A truce to your re-out-Jack, Jack ! for you to use me thus! You proaches-Hide yourself; your father's at my whom I've made my boast, the staff of my old heels.
age!- I would I had a staff! I'd beat your brains J. Night. My father! Drown it! what shall 1 out with it, blockhead, so I would ! do now?
Man. Hold, hold ! no more of that-rememLucy. Here, get behind this layman; stoop : ber promises. stand close. I'll put the shutters to; I owe you A. Night, And in that jacket too! the subthat good turn, at least, to bring you off. Stand stance of a farm laid out upon your back: sirrah, close!
whence came that conjuror's coat, that scoun
drel's livery! Answer me. Enter ANDREW NIGHTSHADE.
J. Night. Father, 'tis none of mine; 'tis broA. Night. So, so! What's doing here? Dark- ther Charles's. ness at mid-day! Your servant, Mr Stapleton-I A. Night. There, Mr Manlove ! there's your see you notwithstanding; there you are: fine go- pretty gentleman! a fine account ! the corrupter ings-on at your age ! Smuggling your chamber- of his brother ! maids in corners -Call you this fair trading? Stap. Be more patient, friend Andrew. Oh, if your wife saw this!
A. Night. I won't be patient! I've a father's J. Night. (From behind.] For pity's sake, keep privilege to justify my passion. Hark'e, sir, him off! He's coming!
what brought you up to town? Who seduced you Lucy. Where are you coming, sir ? Pray leave hither? I suppose the fashionable scoundrel, who the room; your company disturbs him; don't lent you that fool's coat. you see how ill he is?
J. Night. Lord love you, father! 'twas a frolic A. Night. Poor gentleman! and do you shut of my own; Charles would have had me travelout the light to make him better? Ay, let him led liome againn
Man. What, is that like a seducer?
the world to decide which is the greåtest imposJ. Night. And so I should afore now, but that tor of the two. I fell into a kind of love-suit here, with the young J. Night. Oh, you abominable little vixen ! lady of this house.
Mun. Keep your peace, Jack ! would you prove Mrs Stup. What do you say? a love-suit? your valour on a woman? Stap. With my ward, Miss Fairfax? impossi- A. Night. Then, by Jupiter, I'll break every ble !
bone in lawyer Dibble's skin, before this day's at Lucy. Ay, now comes my examination: I had an end !
Asicle. Stap. Understand yourself, child; the daughJ. Night. Hold, hold; my whole defence turns ter of a footman is no mate for the son of a-genupon your testimony-Stay where you are. tleman.
[To Lucy. A. Night. To be sure: well said, Master StaA. Night. Ay, let us hear; there's something pleton ! in this plea : Let us hear more of the love-suit. Lucy. True, sir; but the footman bred his
J. Night. Nay, 'twas not much of a suit nei- daughter as a gentleman should, and the gentlether : it was very soon over; miss was coming, man gave his son the education of a footman. Dibble got a licence, and I bought a ring.
[Exit Lucy. Stap. Why, you're beside yourself, young Man. Brother Andrew
A. Night. Pooh! A. Night. Go on! the boy speaks well, and J. Night. Father, that last wipe was at you. shan't be brow-beat : hear him out.
A. Night. Hold your tongue, blockhead! get J. Night. And so, as I was telling you, Iyou home into the country, till the soil, and be should have married her outright, if brother a beast of burden; 'tis what nature meant you Charles had not thrown a spoke in my wheel. for.
A. Night. See there, see there! What say you Man. Nay, brother, blame not nature, shc for your favourite now? Prove what you say, my has done her part : 'tis you that should have tilled lad, and I will do you justice to the extent of my the soil. o Charles, you come upon a wish; estate.
your father is impatient to embrace you. J. Night. Say you so, father? then it shall out: why, brother Charles, you must know, had a
Enter CHARLES MANLOVE. month's mind for the lady himself; so he pretended to persuade me that I was made a fool of, Cha. Man. Let but my father add his approand that the girl I was going to marry was not bation, and my happiness shall be complete. Miss Fairfax.
Man. He can't withhold it. Come, throw preA. Night. There, there !--you hear it now judice aside ; let wrath and jealousy be cast far from the tongue of truth and innocence : you're from you: look upon this youth; he is your son; satisfied, I hope? I beg the lady may be sent for you are the principal, but do you substitute the in.
justice to confess iny system has succeeded; it is J. Night. Sent for! a pretty joke! why, there possible, you see, to gain a knowledge of this she stands.
world, and not be tainted with its wickedness. Mr and Mrs Stap. Ha, ha, ha!
A. Night. 'Tis mighty well; but for this cub A. Night. I'm thunderstruck!
of mine, I'll disinherit him to the devil; I could J. Night. And so am I; for, if it had not been find in my heart to die to-morrow, for the pleafor brother Charles, as sure as you are here alive, sure of cutting him off with a shilling. we had both been happy before now.
J. Night. Lord, father, in that case, a little A. Night. This, this the lady?
matter would content me. J. Night. Ay, father, that's she : I hope you Man. Come, come, the law has made provilike her?
sion against that: Jack must inherit your estate, Stap. Lucy! Lucy Dibble !
die when you will. Man. The sister of my clerk !
A. Night. Then, I'll not die at all; I'll livo A. Night. Death and the devil! a chamber- for ever on purpose to plague him; I'll starve maid !
the whelp; he shall have nothing to live upon, Mrs Stap. Oh, you insidious hussy! what can but rain-water and pig-nuts. you say for yourself?
Man. Then, Andrew, I will keep him; he Lucy. I am not here upon my trial, madam ; shall live with me. that is past, and Miss Fairfax has signed my par- A. Night. Say you so, brother? then, I'll fordon. As for this gentleman, if I did put a little give him, and keep him to myself; and, since trick upon him under my mistress's name, he you talk of knowledge of the world, i'll show him paid me in my own coin, by passing himself off what it is : come hither, Jack; l'll go with him under his brother's. The parties represented are as far as there is water to carry us; I'll travel not present; but, let me stand at Miss Fairfax's him to the world's end : Zounds! I'll take hiin side, and place him by Mr Manlove, and I leave out of it, rather than be outgoae.
J. Night. Take the last stage by yourself, dear Stap. Well said, my girl! then there's a barfather! Farewell, uncle! good-bye, Charles ! gain nade : What need of further words?
[E.reunt A. and J. NIGHT. Mrs Stap. Fy upon you, Mr Stapleton! you Man. Incorrigible humourist! Come, my son, distress her; you are too much in haste about and come, my worthy friends : where is your ami- these matters. able ward? I still have hopes this day of rancour Mr Stup. Why, Dolly, you and I concluded and confusion will conclude with joy.
our matter within the week. Stap. And so it shall, if my persuasion can Mrs Stap. Longer; 'twas longer : don't believe have weight.
him, Letitia. Mrs Stap. Persuasion never fails, when incli- Let. Excuse me. I can readily believe, tbat nation aids it. Look, she comes !
hearts so fitted for each other, might unite at once Cha. Man. And comes like Hope, like spring by mutual attraction. and sunshine to the longing year, with smiles of Man. Dost thou believe it, fair one? then, soft complacency and love.
away with all delay! not even the law, its own
parent, shall be privileged in this case; we'll Enter LETITIA.
work like sbipwrights at an armament, and DibLet. Ay, now your rival's gone, you think the ble, as a punishment for his intrigues, shall lafield your own; but every hour will raise fresh bour double tides. If marriage ever shall regain rivals, for every hour will draw forth fresh per- its dignity in this degenerate age, it must be by fections from a character like your's, and each the union of such hearts as these. demand the preference in our admiration and ap
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