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Phil. We don't think it safe, any more than shame left! to be bartered for like the beasts you gentry, to come together without deeds exe- of the field; and that in such an instance as cocuted.
ming together, to an entire familiarity, and union Luc. Thou art a pert, merry hussy.
of soul and body; and this without being so much Phil. I wish, madam, your lover and you were as well-wishers to each other, but for increase of as happy as Tom and your servant are.
fortune! Luc. You grow impertinent.
Phil. But, madam, all these vexations will Phil. I have done, madam; and I won't ask end very soon in one for all: Mr Cimberton is you what you intend to do with Mr Myrtle, what your mother's kinsman, and three hundred years your father will do with Mr Bevil, nor what you an older gentleman than any lover you ever had; all, especially my lady, mean by admitting Mr for which reason, with that of his prodigious Cimberton as particularly here as if he were mar- large estate, she is resolved on him, and has sent ried to you already; nay, you are married actual to consult the lawyers accordingly; nay, has, ly, as far as people of quality are,
whether you know it or no, been in treaty with Luc. How's that?
sir Geoffrey, who, to join in the settlement, has Phil. You have different beds in the same accepted of a sum to do it, and is every moment house.
expected in town for that purpose. Luc. Pshaw! - I have a very great value for Luc. How do you get all this intelligence? Mr Bevil, but have absolutely put an end to his Phil. By an art I have, I thank *my stars, bepretensions, in the letter I gave you for him; yond all the waiting maids in Great Britain; the but my father, in his heart, still has a mind to art of listening, madam, for your ladyship's serhim, were it not for this woman they talk of; vice. and I am apt to imagine he is married to her, or Luc. I shall soon know as much as you do. never designs to marry at all.
Leave me, leave me, Phillis; begone! Here, Phil. Then, Mr Myrtle
here, I'll turn you out. My mother says I must Luc. He had my parents
' leave to apply to not converse with my servants, though I must me, and, by that, he has won me and my affec- converse with no one else. [Exit Puillis.] How tions : who is to have this body of mine, without unhappy are we who are born to great fortunes ! them, it seems, is nothing to me: my mother No one looks at us with indifference, or acts tosays, 'tis indecent for me to let my thoughts stray wards us on the foot of plain-dealing; yet, by all about the person of my husband; nay, she says I have been heretofore offered to, or treated for, a maid rightly virtuous, though she may have I have been used with the most agreeable of all been where her lover was a thousand times, abuses, fattery; but now, by this phlegmatic fool, should not have made observations enough to I am used as nothing, or a mere thing: he, forknow him from another man, when she sees him sooth, is too wise, too learned, to have any rein a third place.
gard to desires, and I know not what the learned Phil. That's more than the severity of a nun; oaf calls sentiments of love and passion !-Here for, not to see when one may, is hardly possible; he comes with my mother—'tis much if he looks not to see when one can't, is very easy : at this at me; or, if he does, takes no more notice of me rate, madam, there are a great many whom you than of any other moveable in the room. have not seen, whom
Luc. Mamma says, the first time you see your Enter Mrs SEALAND and Mr CIMBERTON. hasband, should be at that instant he is made so. When your father, with the help of the minister, Mrs Sea. How do I admire this noble, this gives you to him, then you are to see him, then learned taste of yours, and the worthy regard you are to observe and take notice of him, be- you have to our own ancient and honourable cause, then, you are to obey him.
house, in consulting a means to keep the blood Phil. But does not my lady remember you are as pure and regularly descended as may be ! to love, as well as to obey?
Cim. Why, really, madam, the young women Luc. To love is a passion ; 'tis a desire; and of this age are treated with discourses of such a we must have no desires. Oh! I cannot endure tendency, and their imaginations so bewildered the reflection! With what insensibility on my in flesh and blood, that a man of reason can't part, with what more than patience, have I been talk to be understood : they have no ideas of exposed and offered to some awkward booby or happiness but what are more gross than the graother in every county of Great Britain!
tification of hunger and thirst. Phil. Indeed, madam, I wonder I never heard Luc. With how much reflection he is a coxyou speak of it before with this indignation. comb !
[Aside. Luc. Every corner of the land has presented Cim. And in truth, madam, I have considered me with a wealthy coxcomb: as fast as one trea- it as a most brutal custom, that persons of the ty has gone off, another has coine on, till my first character in the world should go as ordinaname and person have been the tittle-tattle of the rily, and with as little shame, to bed, as to dinner whole town. What is this world come to ! no with one another. They proceed to the propagation of the species as openly as to the preser- Luc. Stupid coxcomb ! vation of the individual.
Cim. I say, madam, her impatience, while we Luc. She that willingly goes to bed to thee are looking at her, throws out all attractionsmust have no shame, I'm sure.
[Aside. her arms her neck—what a spring in her Mrs Sea. Oh, cousin Cimberton! cousin Cim- step! berton! how abstracted, how refined is your Luc. Don't you run me over thus, you strange, sense of things ! but, indeed, it is too true, unaccountablethere is nothing so ordinary as to say in the best Cim. What an elasticity in her veins and argoverned families, my master and lady are gone teries! to bed-one does not know but it might have Luc. I have no veins, no arteries ! been said of one's self.
Mrs Sea. Oh, child! hcar him; he talks [Hiding her face with her fan. finely; he's a scholar; he knows what you have. Cim. Lycurgus, madam, instituted otherwise : Cim. The speaking invitation of ber shape, among the Lacedemonians, the whole female the gathering of herself up, and the indignation world was pregnant, but none but the mothers you see in the pretty little thing! Now, I am themselves knew by whom; their meetings were considering her on this occasion but as one that secret, and the amorous congress always by is to be pregnantstealth; and no such professed doings between Luc. The familiar, learned, unseasonable pupthe sexes as are tolerated among us under the py!
[Aside. audacious word-marriage.
Cim. And pregnant undoubtedly she will be Mrs Sea. Oh! had I lived in those days, and yearly: I fear I shan't for many years have disbeen a matron of Sparta, one inight with less in- cretion evough to give her one fallow season. decency have had ten children according to that Luc. "Monster! there's no bearing it. The modest institution, than one under the confusion hideous sot! There's no enduring it, to be thus of our modern barefaced manner.
surveyed like a steed at sale! Luc. And yet, poor woman! she has gone Cim. At sale! she's very illiterate; but she's through the whole ceremony; and here I stand a very well limbed, too. Turn her in; I see what melancholy proof of it.
[Aside. she is. Mrs Sea. We will talk then of business.- Mrs Sea. Go, you creature! I am ashained That girl, walking about the room there, is to be of you. your wife: she has, I confess, no ideas, no senti
[Exit Lucinda in a rage. ments, that speak her born of a thinking mo- Cim. No harm done. You know, madam, the ther.
better sort of people, as I observed to you, treat Cim. I have observed her; her lively look, by their lawyers of weddings, [Adjusting himself free air, and disengaged countenance, speak her at the glass.) and the woman in the bargain, like very
the mansion-house in the sale of the estate, is Luc. Very what?
thrown in, and what that is, whether good or Cim. If you please, madam--to set her a lit-bad, is not at all considered.
Mrs Sea. I grant it, and therefore make no deMrs Sea. Lucinda, say nothing to him; you mand for her youth and beauty, and every other are not a match for him : when you are married, accomplishment, as the common world think you may speak to such a husband when you are them, because she is not polite. spoken to; but I am disposing of you above Cim. I know your exalted understanding, ab: yourself every way.
stracted as it is from vulgar prejudice, will not Cim. Madam, you can't but observe the in-be offended when I declare to you, madam, I conveniencies I expose myself to, in hopes that marry to have an heir to my estate, and not to your ladyship will be the consort of my better beget a colony or a plantation. This young wopart. As for the young woman, she is rather an man's beauty and constitution will demand proimpediment than a help to a man of letters and vision for a tenth child at least. speculation. Madam, there is no reflection, no Mrs Sea. With all that wit and learning, how philosophy, can at all times subdue the sensitive considerate! what an economist ! [Aside.] Sir, I life, but the animal shall sometimes carry away cannot make her any other than what she is, or.
-Ha! aye, the vermilion of her lips! say she is much better than the other young woLuc. Pray.don't talk of me thus.
men of this age, or fit for much besides being a Cim. The pretty enough-pant of her bn- niother; but I have given directions for the som!
marriage settlements, and sir Geoffry Cimber. Luc. Sir! madam, don't you hear him? tou's counsel is to meet ours here at this hour Cim. Her forward chest !
concerning his joining in the deed, which, when Luc. Intolerable!
executed, makes you capable of settling what is Cim. High health!
due to Lucinda's fortune. Herself, as I told you, Luc. The grave, easy, impudence of him! I say nothing of. Cim. Proud heart!
Cim. No, no, no; indeed, madam, it is not
tle that way.
usual, and I must depend upon my reflection question whether the remainder even of Tretriand philosophy not to overstock my family. plet is in him—but we are willing to wave that,
Mrs Sea. I cannot help her, cousin Cimber and give him a valuable consideration. But we ton; but she is, for aught I see, as well as the shall not purchase what is in us for ever, as daughter of any body else.
Grimgribber is, at the rate as we guard against Cim. That is very true, madam.
the contingent of Mr Cimberton having no son.
Then we know sir Geoffrey is the first of the Enter a Serdant, who whispers Mrs SEALAND.
collateral male line in this family- -yetMrs Sea. The lawyers are come, and now we Tar. Sir, Gr-gr- -ber is are to hear what they have resolved as to the Bram. I apprehend you very well, and your point, whether it is necessary that sir Geoffry argument might be of force, and we would be should join in the settlement, as being what they inclined to hear that in all its parts—but, sir, I call in the remainder. But, good cousin, you see very plainly what you are going into-I tell must have patience with them. These lawyers, you it is as probable a contingent, that sir GeofI am told, are of a different kind; one is what fry may die before Mr Cimberton, as that he they call a chamber-counsel, the other a plea- may outlive him. der': the conveyancer is slow from an imperfec- Tar. Sir, we are not ripe for that yet, but I tion in his speech, and therefore shunned the bar, must saybat extremely passionate, and impatient of con- Bram. Sir, I allow you the whole extent of tradiction : the other is as warm as he, but has a that argument, but that will go no farther than tongue so voluble, and a head so conceited, he as to the claimants under old Cimberton. I am will suffer nobody to speak but himself.
of opinion, that, according to the instructions of Cim. You mean old serjeant Target and coun- sir Ralph, he could not dock the entail, and then sellor Bramble: I have heard of them.
create a new estate for the heirs in general. Mrs Sea. The same : shew in the gentlemen. Tar. Sir, I have no patience to be told, that
[Exit Servant. when Gr-gr-ber
Bram. I will allow it you, Mr Serjeant; but Re-enter Serdant, introducing Myrtle and
there must be the words, heirs for ever, to make Tom, disguised as BRAMBLE and TARGET.
such an estate as you pretend. Gentlemen, this is the party concerned, Mr Cim- Cim. I must be impartial, though you are counberton; and I hope you have considered of the sel for my side of the question. Were it not that matter.
you are so good as to allow him what he has not Tar. Yes, makam, we have agreed that it said, I should think it very hard you should anmust be by indent-dent-dent-dent
swer him without hearing him. But, gentlemen, Bram. Yes, madam, Mr Serjeant and myself I believe you have both considered this matter, have agreed, as he is pleased to inform you, that and are firın in your different opinions; 'twere it must be an indenture tripartite; and tripartite better, therefore, you proceeded according to the let it be, for sir Geoffry must needs be a party. particular sense of each of you, and give your Old Cimberton, in the year 1619, says, in that thoughts distinctly in writing- -And, do you ancient roll in Mr Serjeant's hands, as recourse see, sirs, pray let me have a copy of what you say thereto being had will more at large appear- in English. Tar. Yes, and, by the deeds in your hands, it Bram. Why, what is all we have been saying?
In English! Oh! but I forgot myself; you're a Bram. Mr Serjeant, I beg of you to make no wit. But, however, to please you, sir, you shall inferences upon what is in our custody, but speak have it in as plain terms as the law will admit of. to the titles in your own deeds. I shall not shew Cim. But I will have it, sir, without delay. that deed, till my client is in town.
Bram. That, sir, the law will not adnit of; Cim. You know best your own methods. the courts are sitting at Westminster, and I am
Mrs Sea. The single questiou is, Whether the this moment obliged to be at every one of them; entail is such, that my cousin, sir Geoffry, is ne- and 'twould be wrong if I should not be in the cessary in this affair?
ball to attend one of them at least; the rest Bram. Yes, as to the lordship of Tretriplet, would take it ill else :-therefore, I must leave but not as to the messuage of Grimgribber. what I have said to Mr Serjeant's consideration,
Tar. I say, that Gr-gr-, that Gr-gr—, and I will digest his arguments on my part, and Grimgribber, Grimgribber is in us; that is to say, you shall hear from me again, sir. the remainder thereof, as well as that of Tr
[Exit BRAMBLE. Tr- Triplet.
Tar. Agreed, agreed. Bram. You go upon the deed of sir Ralph, Cim. Mr Bramble is very quick-he parted a made in the middle of the last century, prece- little abruptly. dent to that in which old Cimberton made over Tar. He could not bear my argument; I the remainder, and made it pass to the heirs ger pinched him to the quick about that Gr-grneral, by which your client comes in; and Iber,
Mrs Sea. I saw that, for he durst not so much stance of what they have to say in the language as hear you. I shall send to you, Mr Serjeant, of the rest of the world; sure they'd find their as soon as sir Geoffry comes to town; and then, account in it. I hope, all may be adjusted.
Cim. They might perhaps, madam; with people Tar. I shall be at my chambers at my usual of your good sense; but, with the generality, hours.
[Exit Tar. 'twould never do: the vulgar would have no reCim. Madam, if you please, I'll now attend spect for truth and knowledge, if they were exyou to the tea-table, where I shall hear from your posed to naked view. ladyship reason and good sense, after all this law and gibberish.
Truth is too simple, of all arts bereaved; Mrs Sea. 'Tis a wonderful thing, sir, that men Since the world will-why let it be deceived. of their profession do not study to talk the sub
by Tom. .
SCENE I.-Bevit junior's lodgings. Tom. Sir, he writ it before he pulled off his
lawyer's gown at his own chambers. Bevil jun. with a letter in his hand, followed
Bev. Very well; and what did he say when you
brought him my answer to it? Tom. Upon my life, sir, I know nothing of the Tom. He looked a little out of humour, sir, matter: I never opened my lips to Mr Myrtle and said it was very well. about any thing of your letter to madam Lucin- Bev. I knew he would be grave upon't da.
Wait without. - Bev. What's the fool in such a fright for? I Tom. Hum! 'gad I don't like this: I am afraid don't suppose you did : what I would know is, we are in the wroug box here- [Erit Tom. whether Mr Myrtle shewed any suspicion, or Bev. I put on a serenity while my fellow was asked you any questions, to lead you to say ca- present, but I have never been more thoroughly sually that you had carried any such letter for disturbed. This hot man, to write ine a challenge me this morning?
on supposed artificial dealing, when I professed Tom. Why, sir, if he did ask me any questions, myself his friend !- I can live contented without how could I help it?
glory, but I cannot suffer shame. What's to be Beo. I dou't say you could, oaf! I am not done? But first, let me consider Lucinda's letter questioning you about him. What did he say to again.
Sir, I hope it is consistent with the laws a Tom. Why, sir, when I came to his chambers woman ought to impose upon herself, to acto be dressed for the lawyer's part your honour knowledge, that your manner of declining a was pleased to put me upon, he asked me if I treaty of marriage in our family, and desiring had been to Mr Sealand's this morning ?- the refusal may come from me, has something I told him, sir, I often went thither because, more engaging in it than the courtship of him, sir, if I had not said that, he might have thought who, I fear, will fall to my lot, except your there was something more in my going now, than friend exerts himself for our common safety at another time.
• and happiness. I have reasons for desiring Mr Bev. Very well. The fellow's caution, I find, Myrtle may not know of this letter till hereafhas given him this jealousy. [Aside.] Did he ask ter, and am your most obliged humble servant, you no other questions?
LUCINDA SEALAND.' Tom. Yes, sir-now I remember, as we came Well, but the postscript.
[Reads. away in the hackney-coach from Mr Sealand's, • I won't, upon second thoughts, hide any thing Tom, says he, as I came in to your master this from you : but my reason for concealing this is, morning, he bade you go for an answer to a letter • that Mr Myrtle has a jealousy in his temper he bad sent; pray, did you bring him any ? says which gives me some terrors; but my esteem he~Ah! says I, sir, your honour is pleased to ' for him inclines me to hope that only an ill efjoke with me; you have a mind to know whe- • fect which sometimes accompanies a tender ther I can keep a secret or no.
love, and what may be cured by a careful and Bev. And so, by shewing him you could, you unblameable conduct.? told him you had one.
Thus has this lady made me her friend and Tom. Sir
[Confusedly. confidant, and put herself in a kind under my Beo. What mean actions does jealousy make protection. I cannot tell him immediately the å man stoop to! how poorly has he used art purport of this letter, except I could cure him of with a servant to make him betray his master the violent and untractable passion of jealousy, Well, and wben did he give you this letter for and so serve him and her, by disobeying her in me?
the article of secrecy, more than I should by
complying with her directions. But then, this science that way, to have as much abhorrence of duelling, which custom has imposed upon every doing injuries as man who would live with reputation and honour Bev. As what? in the world-how must I preserve myself from Myr. As fear of answering for them. imputations there? he'll, forsooth, call it or think Bev. As fear of answering for them! but that it fear, if I explain without fighting But his let- apprehension is just or blameable, according to ter-I'll read it again
the object of that fear.--I have often told you, Sir, You have used me basely, in correspond- in confidence of heart, I abhorred the daring to ofing and carrying on a treaty where you told me fend the Author of life, and rushing into his preyou were indifferent. I have changed my sword sence. I say, by the very same act, to commit since I saw you, which advertisement I thought the crime against him, and immediately to urge proper to send you against the next meeting be-on to his tribunal. tween you and the injured
Myr. Mr Bevil, I must tell you, this coolness, CHARLES MYRTLE.' this gravity, this shew of conscience, shall never
cheat me of my mistress. You have, indeed, the Enter Tom.
best excuse for life, the hopes of possessing LuTom. Mr Myrtle, sir.:would your honour cinda; but consider, sir, I have as much reason please to see him?
to be weary of it, if I am to lose her; and my Beo. Why, you stupid creature, let Mr Myrtle first attempt to recover her, shall be to let her wait at my lodgings ! 'Shew him up. (Exit Tom.] see the dauntless man who is to be her guardian Well, I am resolved upon my carriage to him and protector. he is in love, and, in every circumstance of life, Bev. Sir, shew me but the least glimpse of ara little distrustful, which I must allow for. But gument, that I am authorised, by my own hand, here he is.
to vindicate any lawless insult of this nature, and
I will shew thee, to chastise thee hardly deserves Enter Tom, introducing MYRTLE.
the name of courage. Slight, inconsiderate man!
There is, Mr Myrtle, no such terror in quick anSir, I am extremely obliged to you for this ho- ger, and you shall, you know not why, be cool, nour- -But, sir, you, with your very discern- as you have, you know not why, been warm. ing face, leave the room. [Exit Tom.] Well, Myr. Is the woman one loves so little an ocMr Myrtle, your commands with me?
casion of anger? You, perhaps, who know not Myr. The time, the place, our long acquaint- what it is to love, who have your ready, your comance, and many other circumstances which affect inodious, your foreign trinket, for your loose me on this occasion, oblige me, without farther hours, and, from your fortune, your specious outceremony or conference, to desire you would ward carriage, and other lucky circumstances us not only, as you already have, acknowledge the easy a way to the possession of a woman of noreceipt of my letter, but also comply with the nour; you know nothing of what it is to be alarmrequest in it. I must have farther notice taken ed, to be distracted, with anxiety and terroi of of my message than these half lines I have losing more than life. Your marriage, happy yours- I shall be at home
man! goes on like common business; and, in the Beo. Sir, I own I have received a letter from interim, you have your rambling captive, your luyou in a very unusual style; but, as I design every dian princess, for your soft moments of dalliance; thing in this matter shall be your own action, your convenient, your ready, Indiana. your own seeking, I shall understand nothing but Bev. You have touched me beyond the pawhat you are pleased to confirm face to face ; tience of a man, and I'm excusable, in the guard and I have already forgot the contents of your of innocence, or from the intirmity of human naepistle.
ture, which can bear no more, to accept your inMyr. This cool manner is very agreeable to vitation, and observe your letter ---Sir, I'll attend the abuse you have already made of my simpli- you. city and frankness; and I see your moderation
Enter Tom tends to your own advantage, and not mine; to your own safety, not consideration of your friend. Tom. Did you call, sir ? I thought you did; I Bev. My own safety, Mr Myrtle !
heard you speak loud. Myr. Your own safety, Mr Bevil.
Bev. Yes; go call a coach. Beo. Look you, Mr Myrtle, there's no disgui- Tom. Sir— Master-Mr Myrtle- Friendssing that; I understand what you would be at: Gentlemen—what d’ye mean? I'm but a servant, but, sir, you know I have often dared to disap-orprove of the decisions a tyrant custom has intro- Bev. Call a coach.
[Erit Tom. duced, to the breach of all laws, both divine and [A long pause, walking sullenly by each human.
other. Myr. Mr Bevil, Mr Bevil! it would be a good [Aside.] Shall I, though provoked to the utterfirst principle, in those who have so tender a con- inost, recover myself at the entrance of a third