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the worst grace in the world. Here has he heen | Tis plain she is not one of us, or I should not reproving me for being but decently civil to my have been so remiss in my inquiries. No matmilliner. Plague ! because the coldness of his ter ; I shall meet her in my walks. constitution makes him insensible of a fine woman's charms every body else must be so, too.
Servant enters. Bel. I am no less sensible of their charms than Ser. There is no letter nor message, sir. you are ; though I cannot kiss every woman I Ran. Then my things to dress.- -I take meet, or fall in love, as you call it, with every her body, you her mind; which has the better face which has the bloom of youth upon it. I bargain?
[Ereunt. would only have you a little more frugal of your pleasures.
SCENE II.-A chamber. Frank. My dear friend, this is very pretty talking ! But, let me tell you, it is in the power Enter MRS STRICTLAND and Jacintha, meeting. of the very first glance from a fine woman, utterly to disconcert all your philosophy.
Mrs Strict. Good-morrow, my dear Jacintha. Bel. It must be from a fine woman, then; and Jac. Good-morrow to you, madam. I have not such as are generally reputed so. And it must brought my work, and intend to sit with you this be a thorough acquaintance with her, too, that morning. "I hope you have got the better of will ever make an impression on my heart. your fatigue? Where is Clarinda ? I should be
Ran. Would I could see it once! For when a glad if she would come and work with us. man has been all his life hoarding up a stock, Mrs Strict. She work! she is too fine a lady without allowing himself common necessaries, to do any thing. She is not stirring yet-we it tickles me to the soul to see him lay it all out must let her bave her rest. People of her waste upon a wrong bottom, and become bankrupt at of spirits require more time to recruit again. last.
Jac. It is pity she should be ever tired with Bel. Well, I don't care how soon you see it. what is so agreeable to every body else. I am For the minuto I find a woman capable of friend- prodigiously pleased with her company, ship, love, and tenderness, with good sense Mrs Strict. And when you are better acenough to be always easy, and good-nature quainted, you will be still more pleased with enough to like me, I will immediately put it to her. You must rally her upon her partner at the trial, which of us shall have the greatest Bath; for I fancy part of her rest has been disshare of happiness from the sex, you or I.
turbed on bis account. Ran. By marrying her, I suppose ! Capable of Jac. Was he really a prettv fellow? friendship, love, and tenderness! ha, ha, ha! that Mrs Strict. That I cannot tell; I did not a man of your sense should talk so! If she be dance myself, and so did not much mind him. capable of love, 'tis all I require of my mis You must have the whole story from herself. tress; and as every woman, who is young, is ca- Jac. Oh, I warrant ye, I get it all out. None pable of love, I am very reasonably in love with are so proper to make discoveries in love, as every young woman I meet. My Lord Coke, in those who are in the secret themselves. a case I read this morning, speaks my sense, Both. My lord Coke !
Enter LUCETTA. Ran. Yes, my lord Coke. What he says of one woman, I say of the whole sex: I take their Luc. Madam, Mr Strictland is inquiring for bodies, you their minds; which has the better you. Here has been Mr Buckle with a letter bargain?
from his master, which has made him very anIran. There is no arguing with so great a gry: lawyer. Suppose, therefore, we adjourn the de- Jac. Mr Bellamy said, indeed, he would try bate to some other time. I have some serious him once more, but I fear it will prove in raiu. business with Mr Bellamy, and you want sleep, I Tell your master I am here.—[E.rit Lucetta.)am sure.
What signifies fortune, when it only makes us Ran. Sleep! mere loss of time, and hin- slaves to other people? derance of business-We men of spirit, sir, Mrs Strict. Do not be uncasy, my Jacintha. are above it.
You shall always find a friend in me: but as for Bel. Whither shall we go?
Mr Strictland, I know not what ill temper hangs Fran, Into the park. My chariot is at the about him lately. Nothing satisfies him. You door.
saw how he received us when we came off our Bel. Then if my servant calls, you'll send him journey. Though Clarinda was so good compaafter us?
[Ereunt. ny, he was barely civil to her, and downright rude Ran. I will. [Looking on the card.] * Clarin- to me. da's compliments'- A pox of this head of mine, Jac. I cannot help saying, I did observe it. never once to ask where she was to be found ! Mrs Strict. I saw you did. Hush! he's here,
Enter MR STRICTLAND.
mit. I little imagined you could have been dis
pleased at my having so agreeable a companion. Strict, Oh, your servant, madam! Here, I Strict. There was a time, when I was company have received a letter from Mr Bellamy, wherein enough for leisure hours. he desires I would once more hear what he has Mrs Strict. There was a time, when every to say. You know my sentiments; nay, so does word of mine was sure of meeting with a smile; he.
but those happy days, I know not why, have long Jac. For Heaven's sake, consider, sir, this is been over. no new affair, no sudden start of passion; we Strict. I cannot bear a rival, even of your own have known each other long. My father valued, sex. I hate the very name of female friends.and loved him; and, I am sure, were he alive, I No two of you can ever be an hour by yourselves, should have his consent.
but one or both are the worse for it. Strict. Don't tell me. Your father would not Mrs Strict. Dear Mr Strictlandhave you marry against his will; neither will I Strict. This I know, and will not suffer. against mine: I am your father now.
Mrs Strict. It grieves me, sir, to see you so Jac. And you take a fatherly care of me. much in earnest : but, to convince you how wilStrict. I wish I had never had any thing to do ling I am to make you easy in every thing, it
shall be my request to her to remove immediJac. You may easily get rid of the trouble. ately.
Strict. By listening, I suppose, to the young Strict. Do it-hark ye-Your request !-Why gentleman's proposals ?
yours? 'Tis mine-my command-tell her so. I Jae. Which are very reasonable, in my opi- will be master of my own family, and I care not nion.
who knows it. Strict. Oh, very modest ones truly ! and a very Mrs Strict. You fright me, sir ! But it shall be modest gentleman he is, that proposes them! A as you please.—[In tears.] [Goes out. fool, to expect a lady of thirty thousand pounds Strict. Ha! Have I gone too far? for I am fortune, should, by the care and prudence of her not master of myself. Mrs Strictland S(Sho guardian, be thrown away upon a young fellow returns.)—Understand me right. I do not mean, not worth three hundred a-year! He thinks be- by what I have said, that I suspect your innoing in love is an excuse for this ; but I am not in cence; but, by crushing this growing friendship love: what does he think will excuse me? all at once, I may prevent a train of mischief
Mrs Strict. Well; but, Mr Strictland, I think which you do not foresee. I was, perhaps, too che gentleman should be heard.
harsh; therefore, do it in your own way: buo Strict. Well, well; seven o'clock's the time, let me see the house fairly rid of her. and, if the man has had the good fortune, since
[Exit STRICTLAND. I saw him last, to persuade somebody or other to Mrs Strict. His earnestness in this affair give him a better estate, I give him my consent, amazes me; I am sorry I made this visit to Clanot else. His servant waits below : you may tell rinda; and yet I'll answer for her honour. What him I shall be at home.[Exit JACINTHA.) - can I say to her? Necessity must plead in my But where is your friend, your other half, all excuse--for, at all events, Mr Strictland must bc this while? I thought you could not have breath- obeyed.
[Erit. ed a minute, without your Clarinda. Mrs Strict. Why, the truth is, I was going to
SCENE III.--St James's Park. see what makes her keep her chamber so long. Strict. Look ye, Mrs Strictland; you have been
Enter BELLAMY and FRANKLY. asking me for money this morning. In plain Frank. Now, Bellamy, I may unfold the sea terms, not one shilling shall pass through these cret of my heart to you with greater freedom; fingers, till you have cleared my house of this for, though Ranger has honour, I am not in a huClarinda.
mour to be laughed at. I must have one that Mrs Strict. How can her innocent gaiety have will bear with my impertinence, sooth me into offended you? She is a woman of honour, and hope, and, like a friend indeed, with tenderness has as many good qualities
advise me. Strict. As women of honour generally have.- Bel. I thought you appeared more grave than I know it, and therefore am uneasy.
usual, Mrs Strict. But, sir
Frank. Oh, Bellamy! My soul is full of joy, Strict. But, madam_Clarinda, nor e'er a rake of pain, hope, despair, and ecstacy, that no word of fashion in England, shall live in my family, to but love is capable of expressing what I feel ! debauch it.
Bel. Is love the secret Ranger is not fit to Mrs Strict. Sir, she treated me with so much hear? In my mind, he would prove the more civility in the country, that I thought I could not able counsellor. And is all the gay indifference do less than invite her to spend as much time of my friend at last reduced to love? with me in town as her engagements would per- Frank. Even somNever was a prude more re
solute in chastity and ill-nature, than I was fixed J. Mleg. Ha! Whose that? in indifference; but love bas raised me from that Frank. A friend of mine. Mr Bellamy, this inactive state, above the being of a man. is Jack Meggot, sir ; as honest a fellow as any in
Bel. Faith, Charles, I begin to think it has : life. but, pray, bring this rapture into order a little, J. Meg. Pho! Prithee! Pox! Charlesand tell me regularly, how, where, and when. Don't be silly-Sir, I am your humble : any one
Frank. If I was not most unreasonably in who is a friend of my Frankly's, I am proud of love, those horrid questions would stop my embracing. mouth at once; but, as I am armed against rea- Bel. Sir, I shall endeavour to deserve your cison-I answer-at Bath, on Tuesday, she danced vility. and caught me.
J. Meg. Oh, sir! Well, Charles; what, dumb? Bel. Danced! And was that all? But who is Come, come; you may talk, though you have noshe? What is her name? Her fortune? Where thing to say, as I do. Let us hear, where have docs she live?
Frank. Hold! Hold ! Not so many hard Frank. Why, for this last week, Jack, I have questions. Have a little mercy. I know but been at Bath. little of her, that's certain ; but all I do know, J. Meg. Bath! the most ridiculous place in you shall have. That evening was the first of life! amongst tradesmen's wives that hate their her appearing at Bath; the moment I saw her, I husbands, and people of quality that had rather resolved to ask the favour of her hand; but the go to the devil than stay at home. People of no easy freedom with which she gave it, and her taste; no gout ; and, for devertimenti, if it unaffected good humour during the whole night, were not for the puppet-show, la vertu would be gained such a power over my heart, as none of dead amongst them. But the news, Charles ; her sex could ever boast before. I waited on the ladies I fear your time hung heavy on your her home; and the next morning, when I went hands, by the small stay you made there. to pay the usual compliments, the bird was Frank. Faith, and so it did, Jack; the ladies flown; she had set out for London two hours are grown such idiots in love. The cards have so before, and in a chariot and six, you rogue ! debauched their five senses, that love, almighty Bel. But was it her own, Charles ?
love himself, is utterly neglected. Frank. That I don't know; but it looks bet- J. Meg. It is the strangest thing in life, but it ter than being dragged to town in the stage.- is just so with us abroad. Faith, Charles, to tell That day and the next I spent in inquiries. Iyou a secret, which I don't care if all the world waited on the ladies who came with her; they knows, I am almost surfeited with the services of knew nothing of her. So, without learning either the ladies; the modest ones, I mean. The vast her name or fortune, I e'en called for my boots, variety of duties they expect, as dressing up to and rode post after her.
the fashion, losing fashionably, keeping fashionBel. And how do you find yourself after your able hours, drinking fashionable liquors, and fifty journey?
other such irregular niceties, so ruin a man's Frank. Why, as yet, I own, I am but on a cold pocket and constitution, that, 'foregad, he must scent: but a woman of her sprightliness and gen- have the estate of a duke, and the strength of a tility, cannot but frequent all public places; and, gondolier, who would list himself into their serwhen once she is found, the pleasure of the chase vice. will overpay the pains of rousing her. Oh, Bel- Frank. A free confession, truly, Jack, for one lamy! There was something peculiarly charming os your
coat! in her, that seemed to claim my further acquaint
Bel. The ladies are obliged to you. ance; and if, in the more familiar parts of life, she shines with that superior lustre, and at last !
Enter BUCKLE, with a letter to BELLAMY. win her to my arms, how shall I bless my resolu- J. Meg. Oh, Lard, Charles! I have had the tion in pursuing her!
greatest misfortune in lite since I saw you; poor Bel. But if, at last, she should prove unwor- Otho, that I brought from Rome with me, is thy
dead! Frank. I would endeavour to forget her. Frank. Well, well; get you another, and all
Bel. Promise me that, Charles,-[ Takes his will be well again. hund.]-and I allow-But we are interrupted. J. Meg. No; the rogue broke me so much
china, and gtiawed my Spanish leather shoes so Enter JACK MEcgot.
filthily, that, when he was dead, I began not to J. Meg. Whom have we here? My old friend endure him. Frankly! Thou art grown a mere antique since I Bel, Exactly at seven ! run back and assure saw thee. How hast thou done these five hun him I will not fail.—[Exit BUCKLE.Dead! dred years?
Pray, who was the gentleman? Frank. Even as you see me; well, and at your J. Meg. The gentleman was my monkey, sir ; service ever,
an odd sort of a fellow, that used to divert me,
and pleased every body so at Rome, that he al- Bel. I suppose, then; be is just come out of ways made one in our conversation. But, Mr the country! Bellamy, I saw a servant; I hope no engagement, Frank. Nor that neither. I would venture a for you two positively shall dine with me: I have wager, from his own house hither, or to an aucthe finest macaroni in life. Oblige me so far. tion or two of old dirty pictures, is the utmost of Bel. Sir, your servant; what say you, Frank- his travels to-day; or he may have been in pur
suit, perhaps, of a new cargo of Venetian toothJ. Meg. Pho! Pox! Charles, you shall go.-picks. My aunts think you begin to neglect them; and Bel. A special acquaintance I have made toold maids, you know, are the most jealous crea- day. tures in life.
Frank. For all this, Bellamy, he has a heart Frank. Ranger swears they cannot be maids, worthy your friendship. He spends his estate they are so good-natured. Well, I agree, on freely, and you cannot oblige him more, than by condition I may eat what I please, and go away shewing him how he can be of service to you. just when I will.
Bel. Now you say something. It is the heart, J. Meg. Ay, ay, you shall do just what you Frankly, I value in a man. will. But how shall we do? My post chaise Frank. Right-and there is a heart even in a won't carry us all.
woman's breast, that is worth the purchase, or Frank, 'My chariot is here; and I will con- my judgment has deceived me. Dear Bellamy, duct Mr Bellamy.
I know your concern for me; see her first, and Bel. Mr Meggot, I beg pardon; I cannot pos- then blame me, if you can. sibly dine out of town; I have an engagement Bel. So far from blaming you, Charles, that, if early in the evening.
my endeavours can be serviceable, I will beat the J. Meg. Out of town! No, my dear, I live bushes with you. just by. I see one of the dillettanti, I would not Frank. "That, I am afraid, will not do. For miss speaking to for the universe. And so I ex- you know less of her than 1: but if, in your pect you at three.
[Erit. walks, you meet a finer woman than ordinary, let Frank. Ha, ha, ha! and so you thought you her not escape till I have seen her. Wheresohad at least fifty miles to go post for a spoonful ever she is, she cannot long be hid. of macaroni ?
Cla. I care not how soon.. I long to meet
with such a fellow. Our modern beaux are such Enter Clarinda, Jacintha, and Mrs STRICT-joint-babies in love, they have no feeling; they
are entirely insensible either of pain or pleasure,
but from their own dear persons; and, according Jac. Ay, ay; we both stand condemned out of as we flatter, or affront their beauty, they adınire our own mouths.
or forsake ours: they are not worthy even of our Cla. Why, I cannot but own, I never had a displeasure; and, in short, abusing them is but thought of any man that troubled me but him. so much ill-nature merely thrown away. But
Mrs Strict. Then, I dare swear, by this time, the man of sense, who values himself upon his you heartily repent your leaving Bathi so soon. high abilities, or the man of wit, who thinks a
Cla. Indeed, you are mistaken. I have not woman beneath his conversation-- to see such the had one scruple since.
subjects of our power, the slaves of our frowns Jac. Why, what one inducement can he have and smiles, is glorious indeed ! ever to think of you again?
Mrs Strict. No man of sense, or wit either, if Cla. Oh, the greatest of all inducements, cu- he be truly so, ever did, or ever can, think a woriosity: let me assure you, a woman's surest hold man of merit beneath his wisdom to converse over a man, is to keep him in uncertainty. As with. soon as ever you put him out of doubt, you put Jac. Nor will such a woman value herself uphim out of your power; but, when once a wo- on making such a lover uneasy. man has awaked his curiosity, she may lead him Cla. Amazing! Why, every woman can give a dance of many a troublesome mile, without the ease. You cannot be in earnest. least fear of losing him at last.
Mrs Strict. I can assure you she is, and has Jac. Now do I heartily wish he may have spi- put in practice the doctrine she has been teachrit enough to follow, and use you as you de- | ing. serse. Such a spirit, with but a little knowledge Cla. Impossible! Who ever heard the name of our sex, might put that heart of yours into a of love mentioned without an idea of torment? strange flutter.
But, pray let us hear.
Jac. Nay, there is nothing to hear that I know immediately I see my chair : and so, ladies of.
[Exit. Cla. So I suspected, indeed. The novel is Jac. Come, Mrs Strictland, we shall but just not likely to be long, when the lady is so well pre- have time to get home before Mr Bellamy comes. pared for the denouement.
Mrs Strict. Let us return, then, to our comJac. The novel, as you call it, is not so short mon prison. You must forgive my ill-nature, as you may imagine. I and my spark have been Jacintha, if I almost wish Mr Strictland may relong acquainted : as he was continually with my fuse to join your hand where your heart is given. father, I soon perceived that he loved me; and Jac. Lord, madam, what do you mean? the manner of his expressing that love, was what Mrs Strict. Self-interest only, child. Mepleased and wounded me most.
thinks your company in the country would sofCla. Well; and how was it? the old bait, fat- ten all my sorrows, and I could bear them patery; dear flattery, I warrant ye.
tiently. Jac. No, indeed; I had not the pleasure of hearing my person, wit, and beauty painted out
Re-enter CLARINDA. with forced praises ; but I had a more sensible delight, in perceiving the drift of his whole be- Cla, Dear Mrs Strictland-I am so confused, haviour was to make every hour of my time pass and so out of breathaway agreeably.
Mrs Strict. Why, what's the matter? Cla. The rustic! what, did he never say a Jac. I protest you fright me. handsome thing of your person ?
Cla. Oh! I have no time to recover myself, I Mrs Strict. He did, it seems, what pleased her am so frightened, and so pleased. In short, better; he flattered her good sense, as much then, the dear man is here. as a less cunning lover would have done her Mrs Strict. Here-Lord-Where? beauty.
Cla. I met him this instant; I saw him at a Cla. On my conscience, you are well matched. distance, turned short, and ran hither directly.Jac. So well , that if my guardian denies me Let us go home. I tell
he follows me. happiness (and this evening he is to pass his final Mrs Strict. Why, had you not better stay, and sentence), nothing is left but to break my prison, let him speak to you? and fly into my lover's arms for safely.
Cla. Ay! But then-he won't know where I Cla. Hey-day! O' my conscience thou art a | live, without my telling him. brave girl. Thou art the very first prude that Mrs Strict. Come, then. Ha, ha, ha! ever had honesty enough to avow her passion for Jac. Ay, poor Clarinda !-Allons done.
[Ereunt. Jac. And thoù art the first finished coquette who ever had any honesty at all.
Enter FRANKLY. Mrs Strict. Come, come; you are both too good for either of those characters.
Fran. Sure that must be she! her shape and Cla. And my dear Mrs Strictland, here, is the easy air cannot be so exactly copied by another. first young married woman of spirit who has an Now, you young rogue, Cupid, guide me directly ill-natured fellow for a husband, and never once to her, as you would the surest arrow in your thinks of using him as he deserves—Good quiver.
[Érit. Heaven! If I had such a husbandMrs Strict. You would be just as unhappy as
SCENE II.-Changes to the street before Me
STRICTLAND's door. Cla. But come now, confesslong to be a widow ?
Re-enter CLARINDA, JACINTHA, and Mrs Mrs Strict. Would I were any thing but what
STRICTLAND. I am!
Cla. Then, go the nearest way about it. I'd Cla. Lord !-Dear Jacintha- -for Heabreak that stout heart of bis in less than a fort- ven's sake make haste: he'll overtake us before night. I'd make him know
we get in. Mrs Strict. Pray, be silent. You know my Jac. Overtake us! why, he is not in sight, resolution.
Cla. Is not he? Ha! Sure I have not dropt Cla. I know you have no resolution.
my twee- I would not have him lose sight of me Mrs Strict. You are a mad creature, but I neither.
Mrs Strict. Here he isCla. It is all meant kindly, I assure you. But, Cla. In-In
-In, then. since you won't be persuaded to your good; I Jac. (Laughing.] What, without your twee ? will think of making you easy in your submission, Cla. Pshaw! I have lost nothing- -In, in, as soon as ever I can. I dare say, I may have I'll follow you. the same lodging I had last year: I can know [E.reunt into the house, Clarinda last.
do not you