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Mr Sea. Why, sirrah, though you are a coun- Isa. I am indeed surprized—I see he does try boy, you can see, cannot you? You know not know me.

[Aside. whether she is at home when you see her, don't Mr Sea. You are very prettily lodged here,

madam; in troth, you seem to have every thing Boy. Nay, nay; I'm not such a country lad, in plenty- a thousand a-year, I warrant you, neither, master, to think she is at home because upon this pretty nest of rooms, and the dainty I see her; I have been in town but a month, one within them. and I lost one place already for believing my

[Aside, and looking about. own eyes.

Isa. [Apart.] Twenty years, it seems, have Mr Sea. Why, sirrah, have you learnt to lie less effect in the alteration of a man of thirty, already?

than of a girl of fourteen-he's almost still the Boy. Ah, master ! things that are lies in the same : but, alas ! I find by other men as well as country, are not lies at London-I begin to know himself. I am not what I was. As soon as he my business a little better than so--but, an you spoke, I was convinced 'twas he. How shall I please to walk in, I'll call a gentlewoman to you contain my surprise and satisfaction ! He must that can tell you for certain-She can make bold not know me yet. to ask my lady herself,

Mr Sea. Madam, I hope I don't give you any Mr Sea. Oh, then she is within, I find, though disturbance? but there is a young lady here, you dare not say so.

with whom I have a particular business to disBoy. Nay, nay, that's neither here nor there; course, and I hope she will admit me to that fawhat's matter whether she is within or no, if she vour. has not a mind to see any body?

Isa. Why, sir, have you had any notice conMr Sea. I cannot tell, sirrah, whether you are cerning her? I wonder who could give it you. arch or simple; but, however, get me a direct Mr Sea. That, madam, is fit only to be comanswer, and bere's a shilling for you.

municated to herself. Boy. Will you please to walk in; I'll see what Isa. Well, sir, you shall see her—I find he I can do for you.

knows nothing yet, nor shall, for me : I am reMr Sea. I see you will be fit for your business solved I will observe this interlude, this sport of in time, child; but I expect to meet with nothing nature and fortune. You shall see her presentbut extraordinaries in such a house.

ly, sir; for now I am as a mother, and will trust Boy. Such a house, sir ! You han't seen it yet. her with you.

Exit Pray walk in.

Mr Sea. As a mother! right; that's the old Mr Sea. Sir, I'll wait upon you.

phrase for one of these commode ladies, who lend

out beauty, for hire to young gentlemen that SCENE II.-INDIANA's house.

have pressing occasions. But here comes the Enter Isabella and Boy.

precious lady herself: in troth, a very sightly

woman! Isa. What anxiety do I feel for this poor creature! What will be the end of her? Such a lan

Enter INDIANA. guishing, unreserved passion for a man, that, at last, must certainly leave or ruin her, and, per- Ind. I am told, sir, you have some affair that haps, both! then, the aggravation of the distress requires your speaking with me? is, that she dare not believe he will not but I Mr Sea. Yes, madam. There came to my must own, if they are both what they would hands a bill, drawn by Mr Bevil, which is payaseem, they are made for one another, as much as ble to-morrow, and he, in the intercourse of buAdam and Eve were; for there is no other of siness, sent it to me, who have cash of his, and their kiod, but themselves. So, Daniel, what desired me to send a servant with it; but I have news with you?

made bold to bring you the money myself. Boy. Madam, there's a gentleman below would Ind. Sir, was that necessary? speak with my lady.

Mr Sea. No, madam; but, to be free with Isa. Sirrah, don't you know Mr Bevil yet?. you, the fame of your beauty, and the regard

Boy. Madam, 'tis not the gentleman who comes which Mr Bevil is a little too well known to have every day and asks for you, and won't go in till for you, excited my curiosity. he knows whether you are with her or no.

Ind. Too well known to have for me! Your Lsa. Ha! that's a particular I did not know sober appearance, sir, which my friend described, before. Well, be it who it will, let him come made me to expect no rudeness or absurdity at up to me.

least. Who's there? Sir, if you pay the money [Exit Boy, and re-enters with Me SEALAND.

to a servant, 'twill be as well. ISABELLA looks amazed.

Mr Sea. Pray, madam, he not offended; I Mr Sea. Madam, I cannot blame your being came hither on an ivnocent, nay, a virtuous dea little surprised to see a perfect stranger make sign; and if you will have patience to hear me, you a visit, and

it may be as useful to you, as you are in friends ship with Mr Bevil, as to my only daughter, | into the matter I came about ; but 'tis the same whom I was this day disposing of.

thing as if we had talked ever so distinctly-he Ind. You make me hope, sir, I have mistaken never shall have a daughter of mine. you : I am composed again : be free, say on-| Ind. If you say this from what you think of what I am afraid to hear.

[Aside. me, you wrong yourself and him. Let not me, Mr Sea. I feared, indeed, an unwarranted miserable though I may be, do injury to my bepassion here, but I did not think it was an abuse nefactor : no, sir, my treatment ought rather to of so worthy an object, so accomplished a lady, reconcile you to his virtues. If to bestow withas your sense and mien bespeak- but the youth out a prospect of return-if to delight in supportof our age care not what merit and virtue they ing what might, perhaps, be thought an object of bring to shaine, so they gratify

desire, with no other view than to be her guard Ind. Sir, you are going into very great errors against those who would not be so disinterested -but as you are pleased to say you see some--if these actions, sir, can in a parent's eye comthing in me that has changed at least the colour mend him to a daughter, give yours, sir; give of your suspicions, so has your appearance al- her to my honest, generous Bevil? What have I tered mine, and made me earnestly attentive to to do but sigh and weep, to rave, run wild, a luwhat has any way concerned you, to inquire into natic in chains, or, hid in darkness, mutter in my affairs and character.

distracted starts, and broken accents, my strange, Mr Sea. How sensibly—with what an air she strange story! talks !

Mr Sea. Take comfort, madam. Ind. Good sir, be seated—and tell me ten- Ind. All my comfort must be to expostulate derly-keep all your suspicions concerning me in madness, to relieve with frenzy my despair, alive, that you may in a proper and prepared and, shrieking, to demand of Fate why, why way--acquaint me why the care of your daugh- was I born to such variety of sorrows? ter obliges a person of your seeming worth and Mr Sea. If I have been the least occasionfortune to be thus inquisitive about a wretched, Ind. No; 'twas Heaven's high will I should be helpless, friendless—{Weeping.. But I beg your such; to be plundered in my cradle, tossed on pardon—though I am an orphan, your child is the seas, and even there, an infant captive, to not, and your concern for her, it seems, has lose my mother, hear but of my father to be abrought you hither—I'll be composed—pray, dopted, lose my adopter, then plunged again in go on, sir.

worse calamities! Mr Sea. How could Mr Bevil be such a Mr Sea. An infant captive ! monster to injure such a woman?

Ind. Yet, then, to find the most charming of Ind. No, sir, you wrong him; he has not inju- mankind once more to set me free from what I red me-my support is from his bounty. thought the last distress, to load me with his ser

Mr Sea. Bounty! when gluttons give high vices, his bounties, and his favours, to support prices for delicacies, they are prodigious bounti- my very life in a way that stole, at the same ful!

time, my very soul itself from me. Ind. Still, still you will persist in that error- Mr Šea, And has young Bevil been this worbut my own fears tell me all. You are the gen- thy_mau ? tleman, I suppose, for whose happy daughter he Ind. Yet then, again, this very man to take ais designed a husband by his good father, and he nother, without leaving me the right, the prehas, perhaps, consented to the overture, and is tence, of easing my fond heart with tears?" for to be, perhaps, this night a bridegroom. oh! I can't reproach him, though the same hand,

Mr Sea. Í own he was intended such; but, that raised me to this height, now throws me madam, on your account, I am determined to de- down the precipice. fer my daughter's marriage till I am satisfied, Mr Sea. Dear lady! oh, yet one moment's from your own mouth, of what nature are the patience; my heart' grows full with your afflicobligations you are under to him.

tion! but yet there's something in your story Ind. His actions, sir, his eyes, have only made that promises relief when you least hope it. me think he designed to make me the partner of Ind. My portion here is bitterness and sorhis heart. The goodness and gentleness of his row. demeanour made me misinterpret all; 'twas my

Mr Sea. Do not think so. Pray, answer me; own hope, my own passion, that deluded me;- does Bevil know your name and family? he never made one amorous advance to me; bis Ind. Alas, too well! Oh! could I be any large heart and bestowing hand have only helped other thing than what I am I'll tear away all the miserable: nur know I why, but from his traces of my former self, my little ornaments, mere delight in virtue, that I have been his care, the remains of my first state, the hints of what I the object on which to indulge and please himself ought to have beenwith pouring favours.

[In her disorder, she throws away her braceMr Sea. Madam, I know not why it is, but I, let, which SEALAND takes up, and looks as well as you, am, methinks, afraid of entering carnestly at.]

ance.

Mr Sea. Ha! what's this? my eyes are not all his obligations, the pride, the joy of his allideceived ! it is, it is the same! the very bracelet ance, sir, would warm your heart, as he has conwhich I bequeathed my wife at our last mourn- quered mine. ful parting!

Mr Sea. How laudable is love when born of Ind. What said you, sir? your wife! Whither virtue! I burn to embrace him. does my fancy carry me? what means this new Ind. See, sir, my aunt already has succeeded, felt motion at my heart? And yet again my for- and brought him to your wishes. tune but deludes me; for if I err not, sir, your name is Sealand; but my lost father's name

Enter ISABELLA with Sir John Bevil, Bevil was

jun. MRS SEALAND, CIMBERTON, MYRTLE, Mr Sea. Danvers, was it not?

and Lucinda. Ind. What new amazement ! that is, indeed, Sir J. Beo. [Entering.] Where, where's this my family.

scene of wonder !-Mr Sealand, I congratulate, Mr Sea. Know, then, when my misfortunes on this occasion, our mutual happiness~-Your drove me to the Indies, for reasons too tedious good sister, sir, has, with the story of your pow to mention, I changed my name of Danvers daughter's fortune, filled us with surprise and joy. into Sealand.

Now all exceptions are removed; my son has Enter ISABELLA.

now avowed his love, and turned all former jea

lousies and doubts to approbation, and I am told Isa. If yet there wants an explanation of your your goodness has consented to reward him. wonder, examine well this face--yours, sir, I'well Mr Sea. If, sir, a fortune, equal to his father's remember-Gaze on, and read in me your sis- hopes, can make this object worthy his acceptter Isabella. Mr Sea. My sister!

Beo. I hear your mention, sir, of fortune, with Isa. But here's a claim more tender yet—your pleasure only, as it may prove the means to reIndiana, sir, your long-lost daughter.

concile the best of fathers to my love; let him Mr Sea. Oh, my child, my child !

be provident, but let me be happy.-My ever Ind. All-gracious Heaven! is it possible ! do destined, my acknowledged wife! I embrace

my
father!

[Embracing IndianA. Mr Sca. And do I hold thee !—These pas- Ind. Wife !-oh! my ever-loved, my lord, my sions are too strong for utterance.—Rise, rise, my master! child, and give my tears their way-Oh, my sis- Sir J. Bev. I congratulate myself, as well as ter!

[Embracing her. you, that I have a son who could, under such Isa. Now, dearest niece! my groundless fears, disadvantages, discover your great merit

. my painful cares, no more shall vex thee: if I Mr Sea. Oh, sir Johri, how rain, how weak is have wronged thy noble lover with too hard sus- human prudence! what care, what foresight, what picions, my just concern for thee, I hope, will | imagination could contrive such blest events 10 plead my pardon.

make our children happy, as Providence, in one Mr Sea. Oh! make him then the full amends, short hour, has laid before us? and be yourself the messenger of joy: fly this in- Cim. [To MRS SEALAND]I am afraid, madam, stant-tell him all these wondrous turns of Pro- Mr Sealand is a little too busy for our affair; if vidence in his favour; tell him I have now a you please we'll take another opportunity. daughter to bestow, which he no longer will de- Mrs Sea. Let us have patience, sir, cline; that this day he still shall be a bridegroom; Cim. But we make sir Geoffry wait, madam. nor shall a fortune, the merit which his father Myr. Oh, sir, I'm not in haste. seeks, be wanting. Tell him the reward of all (During this, Bev. jun. presents LUCINDA his virtues waits on his acceptance. [Exit Isa

to IndiaNA.] BELLA.] My dearest Indiana!

Mr Sea. But here, here's our general bene[Turns and embraces her. factor. Excellent young man ! that could be at Ind. Have I then at last a father's sanction on once a lover to her beauty, and a parent to her my love? his bounteous hand to give, and make virtue ! my heart a present worthy of Bevil's generosity? Beo. jun. If you think that an obligation, sir,

Mr Sea. Oh, my child! how are our sorrows give me leave to overpay myself in the only inpast o'erpaid by such a jneeting ! Though I have stance that can now add to my felicity, by beglost so many years of soft paternal dalliance with ging you to bestow this lady on Mr Myrtle. thee, yet, in one day to find thee thus, and thus Mr Sea. She is his without reserve; I beg he bestow thee, in such perfect happiness, is ample, may be sent for. Mr Cimberton, notwithstandample reparation ! and yet, again, the merit of thy ing you never had my consent, yet there is, since lover

( saw you, another objection to your marriage Ind. Oh, had I spirits left to tell you of his with my daughter. actions ! bow strongly filial duty has suppressed Cim. I hope, sir, your lady has concealed nohis love, and how concealment still has doubled thing from me? Vol. II.

4 M

Mr Sea. Troth, sir, nothing but what was con- of being in treaty with one who has as meanly left cealed from myself; another daughter, who has her, as you have generously asserted your right an undoubted title to half my estate.

in her, she is yours. Cim. How, Mr Sealand ! why then, if half Luc. Mr Myrtle, though you have ever had Mrs Lucinda's fortune is gone, you can't say that my heart, yet now I find I love you more, beany of my estate is settled upon her; I was in cause I deserve

you

less. treaty for the whole : but if that's not to be come Mrs Sea. Well, however, I'm glad the girl's at, to be sure there can be no bargain. Sir-I disposed of any way.

[Aside. have nothing to do but to take my leave of your Bev. jun. Myrtle ! no longer rivals now, but good lady my cousin, and beg pardon for the brothers. trouble I have given this old gentleman.

Myr. Dear Bevil! you are born to triumph Myr. That you have, Mr Cimberton, with all over me; but now our competition ceases: I remy heart.

[Discovers himself. joice in the pre-eminence of your virtue, and your Omnes. Mr Myrtle !

alliance adds charms to Lucinda, Myr. And I beg pardon of the whole company, Stir J. Bev. Now, ladies and gentlemen, you that I assumed the person of sir Geoffry only to have set the world a fair example; your happibe present at the danger of this lady's being dis- ness is owing to your constancy and merit, and posed of, and, in her utmost exigence, to assert the several difficulties you have struggled with my right to her, which, if her parents will ratify, evidently shewm as they once favoured my pretensions, no abatement of fortune shall lessen her value to me. Whate'er the generous mind itself denies, Luc. Generous man !

The secret care of Providence supplies. Mr Sea. If, sir, you can overlook the injury

[Ereunt.

THE

PROVOKED HUSBAND;

OR,

A JOURNEY TO LONDON.

BY

VANBRUGH & CIBBER.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

man.

MEN.

WOMEN. LORD Townty, of a regular life.

LADY Townty, immoderate in her pursuit of MR MANLY, an admirer of LADY GRACE.

pleasures. Sir Francis WRONGHEAD, a country gentle- LADY GRACE, sister to LORD Townty, of erem

plary virtue. SQUIRE RICHARD, his son, a mere whelp. Lady WRONGHEAD, wife to Sir Francis, incliCOUNT BASSET, a gamester.

ned to be a fine lady. Jons Moody, servant to Sir Francis, an ho Miss JennY, her daughter, pert and forward. nest cloton.

Mrs MOTHERLY, one that lets lodgings.
MYRTILLA, her niece, seduced by the count.
Mrs TRUSTY, LADY TownLy's woman.

Scene London,

ACT I.

SCENE I.-LORD TownLy's apartment. pride of that single virtue, she seems to lay it

down as a fundamental point, that the free inLORD TOWNly, solus.

dulgence of every other vice this fertile town afWhy did I marry? Was it not evident, my fords, is the birth-right prerogative of a woman plain, rational scheme of life was impracticable, of quality — Amazing! that a creature, so with a woman of so different a way of thinking? warm in the pursuit of her pleasures, should ne-Is there one article of it that she has not broke ver cast one thought towards her happiness in upon ?-Yes, let me do her justice--her re- Thus, while she admits of no lover, she thinks it putation

—That I have no reason to believe a greater merit still, in her chastity, not to care is in question-But, then, how long her profligate for her husband; and, while she herself is solacourse of pleasures may make her able to keep cing in one continual round of cards and good it-is a shocking question! and her presumption company, he, poor wretch! is left at large, to while she keeps it-insupportable !'for, on the take care of his own contentment—Tis time,

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