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Brush. Had not you better defer it, till to
Enter CLARISSA and BELLMONT. morrow morning, sir? Perhaps, then
Ber. No, no; directly; do as I bid you. Cla. So, brother.
Brush. Consider, sir, if your mind should Bel. Beverley ! change, the trouble of coming back post-haste- Bev. Sister, your servant ; Mr Bellmont,
Bev. No, never, I say never : what! to her, who yours. could smile on me, on him, on a thousand ? No; Cla. You seem melancholy, brother? she shall know that I am a man, and no longer Bev. No, not I. I am in very good spirits. the dupe of her artifice.
Cla. Ha, ha! My dear brother, that is seen Brush. But, sir, you know, that one solitary through: you are now upon the rack. tear, which, after miserably chaffiug for it half Bev. What, about a woman, a false, ungratean hour together, she will painfully distil from ful woman ! the corner of her eye, will extinguish all this Bel. Whom you still admire. rage, and then
Cla. To whom you'll be upon your knees in Bev. Po, po! You know nothing of the mat- five minutes. ter. Go and order the chaise directly.
Bev. You are mistaken: I am going out of Brush. Yes, sir. I suppose a couple of shirts town. will be sufficient, sir? You will hardly stay them Bel. But you will take your leave ? out.
Bev. I have done that, once for all. Bev. Pack up all, sir. I shall stay in the coun- Cla. Has not she writ to you? try a whole month, if it be necessary.
Bev. She has; and there—there you see the Brush. An entire month, sir?
effect of her letter. You will see, that I shall Bev. I am resolved, fixed, and determined; maintain a proper firmness on the occasion. and so do as I have ordered you.—[Exit Brush.] Bel. My dear Beverley, have done with this - So shall I disentangle myself from her entirely, mockery: you but deceive yourself. so shall I forget the fondness my foolish heart Beo. You want to deceive me, sir : but it is in had conceived for her. I hate her, loath her, vain. What! plead for treachery, for falsehood, pity her, am sorry for her, and love her still. Í for deceit! must expel this weakness : I will think no more Cla. No, sir ; but for my friend, my lovely of her : and yet-Brush, Brush! I may as well friend; for Belinda, for truth, for innocence. see ber letter, too: only to try what her canning Bev. You don't know all the circumstances. can suggest.
Cla. But we do know all the circumstances;
and, my dear brother, you have behaved very ill. Enter BRUSI.
Bev. Heaven knows, I have not; and yet, You may as well leave the letter, Brush. Heaven knows, I should be glad to be convinced
Brush. Yes, sir; I thought as much. [Erit. I have.
Bev. Now, what varnish will she put upon the Cla. I will be your friend, and give you a hint. marter !--[Reads.}-. The false gaiety of my We women are soft and compassionate in our
heart, through which nıy dear Beverley might nature; go to her without delay, fall at her feet, • have read my real anguish, at our last meeting, beg her pardon, drop a tear or two, and all will • has now subsided. If you will come to me, I be well again.
will not laugh at your inquietude of temper, Bev. Do you come to make sport of me? may * but will clear all your doubts, and shew you contempt and beggary attend me; may all the how much I am, my dearest Beverley, unalter- calamities of life befall me; may shame, confuably yours.
sion, and disquiet of heart for ever sting me, if I • Belinda BLANDFORD.' hold further intercourse with her; if I do not Pshaw! Po! Satisfy my doubts! I have no put her from my thoughts for ever! Did you doubts; I am convinced. These arts prevail vo leave her at home? more. Ha, ha !--[Laughs peevishly.] - My dear Cla. We did. * Beverly,--[Reads, and tears the letter by de- Eev. Well, let her stay there: it is of no congrees.] — Real anguish’-ba, ha !--[Tears ano- sequence to me. How did she bear what passed ther piece.}– Inquietude of temper—[Another between us? piece. 1- clear all your doubts?—Po, po, po! ha, Cla. Like a sweet girl, as she is : she behaved ha, ha! dainnation! I'll think no more of her like an angel : I shall love her better than ever [Tears another bit.}-Ha, ha !— Dearest Bever- for her good humour.
ley'- -ba, ha ! artful woman ! unalterably Beo. Oh! I don't doubt her good humour.'yours'-—--false, false, false !--[Tears another She has smiles at command, Let her smile, or piece.}-I'll not make myself uneasy about her. not smile, 'tis all alike to me. Did she say any Perfidy, treachery, and ingratitude !--[Fires his thing? eye, looks uneasy, and tears the letter in a vio- Cla. She told us the whole story, and told it lent passion.]
in tears, too.
Ber. Ay! Them she can command, too! But Cla. She will: love will plead your cause. I have no curiosity about her. Was she in Bev. My dear sister, I am for ever obliged to tears?
you; and, Bellmont, I thank you, too. How Cla. She was ; and wept bitterly. How could could I wrong her so? I shall behold her once you, brother, behave so rashly to so amiable a again. Is the chariot ready? I cannot help girl? Hare you a pleasure in being the cause of laughing at my own rashness. I won't stay for her uneasiness?
it; I am on the wing, my dear Belinda, to imBev. I the cause ? You wrong me; by Hea- plore forgiveness. And so she fainted away in ven you wrong me! my lady Restless was the the Park, and my lady Restless saw sir John afcause. She told me such things; she planted ford relief? Ha, ha, ha! Whimsical enough.daggers in my very heart.
Ha, ha, ha! What a strange construction her Cla. You planted daggers in Belinda's heart. crazy temper put upon it? Ha, ha! How could And it was barbarous. What, because a lady the woman be so foolish? My dear. Belinda, I has not strength enough to bear up against a fa- will fly to you this moment—ha, ha!--[Going, ther, who is resolved to give her away to ano- returns.—Sir John shall give me back the picther, and because she faints out of excessive ten- ture, and, on my knees, I will once more present derness for you, and in that distress meets acci- it to her. dental relief from sir John Restless, at his own Cla, so! you are come to yourself, I find. door
Bel. I knew it would be so. Bev. How!
Bev. She shall have the picture. I'll find sir Cla. And because my lady Restless sees this John directly : and then-ha, ha! how could I out of her window, and has a perverse talent of be such a madman! ha, ha sister, your servant, misinterpreting appearances into realities, to her Bellmont, yours. Ha, ha! what a piece of work own disadvantage; you must, therefore, fill your has that foolish lady Restless made for us all? head with ungenerous suspicions ? Oh ! For
Erit singing. shame, brother! how could you?
Cla. Let us follow him : I must be present at Bev. But, is all this true? Is it really the their reconciliation. [Exit with BELLMONT. case?
Bel. How can you doubt it? You know Be- SCENE II.-An apartment at Belinda's, linda too well : it is the case, man.
Enter BELINDA Beo, I should be glad to find it so.
Cla. Well! I tell you it is so. How could Belin. This rash, unaccountable man ! how you think otherwise ? You know she has the best could he entertain such a suspicion ! ungrateful heart in the world, and is so nice of honour, that Beverley! he almost deserves I should never see she scorns all falsehood and dissimulation, him again.-Tippet! I shan't be easy, till I hear
Bel. Ha, ha! my dear Beverley, you have done from him. Tippet! the absurdest thing! Bev. Why, if what you say can be made to ap
Enter TIPPET. pear—but, then, she'll never forgive my past behaviour.
Is the servant returned from Mr Beverley's ? Cla. Po! You talk, as if you were wholly un- Tip. Not yet, madam. lettered in the tempers of women. My dear
Belin. I wonder what keeps him. I am upon brother, you know, you men can do what you thorns till I see the dear, ungenerous man, and please with us, when you have once gained an explain every thing to him. Oh, Mr Beverley! interest in our hearts. Go to her, I say, go to how could you treat me so? But I was partly to her, and make your peace.
blaine; my lady Restless inflained his mind, and Bev. May I depend upon what you say? I should not have trifled with his passion. Is Cla. You may.
the other servant returned from sir John RestBeo. Then I'll fly to her this instant, humble less ? myself to her, and promise, by all my future life, Tip. He is, madam. to atone for this brutal injury.
Belin. And what answer?
Tip. Sir John will wait upon you himself, maEnter BRUSH.
dam, directly. Brush. The chaise is at the door, sir.
Belin. Very well! I must get him to set every Bev. You may put up again; I shan't go out thing in its true light, and justify my conduct to of town.
Mr Beverley. And yet, the uncertainty of BevBrush. No, sir !
erley's temper alarms me strangely. His eternal Bev. No-ha, ha! You may put up, and let suspicions ! but there is nothing in that : iny me bave the chariot directly.
future conduct, my regard for him, will cure that Brush.' Yes, sir; I knew it would come to disease, and then this.
| Erit Brush. Tip. I dare be sworn it will, madam. Bev. But do you think she will forgive me? Belin. Yes, I think it will: when he knows me better, he will learn to think generously of gentleman. Who is he, madam ? what's his me. On my part, I think I can be sure he name? will meet with nothing but open, unsuspecting Belin. Beverley, sir. love.
Sir John. Bererley !
Belin. Yes, sir; you seem surprised. Do you Enter a Servant.
kuow him, sir?
Sir John. Yes, yes, I know him; and he shall Ser. Sir John Restless, madam.
know me: my resentment he shall feel; he shall Belin. Shew him in. Tippet, do you leave the be answerable to me. room.
Belin. Answerable to you!
Sir John. To me, madam. I told you at first this Enter Sir Joun.
was her scheme to shelter herself; and he, I sup
pose, is combined with her to give this turn to Sir John. In compliance with your commands, the attair, and to charge me with infidelity. But madain
you, madam, can witness for me. Belin. I am obliged to you, sir, for the trouble Belin. I can, sir : but can Mr Beverley be you bave been pleased to give yourself. A par- capable of a dishonourable action? ricular circumstance has happened in your fami- Sir John. That point is clear enough. He has ly, to my utter disquiet.
injured me in the highest degree, destroyed my Sir John. Madam, there have happened things happiness. in any family, to my utter disquiet, too.
Belin. How, sir! are you sure of this? Belin. I am sorry for that, sir. I have been Sir John. He has given her his picture; I made quite unhappy, and must beg, as it is in caught her with her eyes rivetted to it; I heard your power, that you will be kind enough to re- her admiration, her praises of it; her wishes, move the cause of my uneasiness.
that she had been married to such a man. I Sir John. Whatever I can do, you may com- saw her print a thousand kisses on it; and, in mand.
the very fact, I wrested it out of her hand, Belin. Sir, I thank you, and must tell you, Belin. If I imagined him capable of what you that your lady has done me the most irreparable say, I should scarcely be willing 10 join myself injury.
to him for life. Quarrel with me about his picSir John. She has done the same to me. My ture, and at the same time give it to another! injuries are irreparable, too. But how has she Sir John. Lady Restless had the picture. injured you, madam?
Without doubt, you must be very happy with a Belin. She has ruined me, sir, with the man I man of his gallantry. love to distraction.
Belin. Happy, sir! I should be miserable; Sir John. Now, here something else will come distracted; I should break my heart. But do to light. (Aside.] – How, how has she done that, you think you have sufficient proof? madam?
Sir John. I have seen him coming out of my Eclin. She has entirely drawn off' his affec- house since, clandestinely, shunning every obsertions fiom me.
vant eye, with the characters of guilt in his face; Sir John. And fixed them upon herself, I sup- and all the discourse I had with him, served only pose?
to convince me the more. Belin. I don't say that, sir.
Belin, Abandoned wretch! was this the love Sir John. But I dare say it; and I believe it. he professed for me? Sir, I have only to hope
Belin. Pardon me, sir, I don't charge the lady you will vindicate mc in this matter. I commend with <1?? thing of that kind. But she has unac- myself to your honour, and I thank you for this countably taken it into her head to be jealous of favour.
Sir John. Our evidences will mutually speak Sir John. Jealous of you !
for each other, and confound their dark designs. Belin. fler ladyship saw the little offices of Madam, I take my leave. civility I received from you this morning; she Belin. Sir, your most obedient. misunderstood every thing, it seems, and has told Sir John. The gentleman shall feel my inthe gentleman, with whom I was engaged in a dignation. treaty of marriage, that improper freedoms have Belin. You cannot treat him too severely. passed between us.
Sir John. I will expose him, I promise you. Sir John. Artifice' artifice! her usual policy, Madam, your humble servant.
Érit. malam, to cover her own libertine ways.
Belin. Oh! Mr Beverley, could I have imaBelin. I don't mean to say any thing harsh of gined this? False false man ! and yet, how shall the lady. But you know what foundation there I forget him? but I will make an effort, though is for this, and I hope will do me justice. it pierce me to the quick. I will tear him from
Sir John. Oh! madam, to the world, to the my heart. This moment I will write to him, and wide world I'll justify you. I will wait upon the forbid him to see me more.
SCENE III.-The Park.
fancy that's his voice. Do, dear sir ! you'll be
the ruin of my lady, if he sees you here, sir, Enter Sir John.
waiting in his house : he'll be persuaded you
come after my lady; the world will never beat it Sir John. If I can procure sufficient evidence, out of his head. I shall bring the matter to a divorce, and make Ber. But I shall give him to understandan example of them all. Would Marmalet were Tat. He won't understand any thing. Oh lud! come! this is her time to a moment. If I can oh lud! he's coming up: I'll run and look. worm the secret out of her-Is not that she, yon
[Erit. der ?-Not quite daylight enough to distinguish; Bev. What a flurry the woman is in! a fool. but I think I perceive a person masked. Hist! ish jade! I must speak with him now. hist!-Mrs Martpalet-she comes this way: it is Tat. [Entering.) It is he, as I am alive, sir ! she. Mrs Marmalet, your servant.
and there is a woman in a mask with him.
Bev. A woman in a mask! Zoons, if that Enter a Person masked.
should be Belinda! my mind misgives me You are very good, Mrs Marmalet
[ Aside. Mask. Bless my heart, I am scared out of my Tat. Do, dear sir : you look like a good-natusenses !
red gentleman; let me hide you out of the way, Sir John. What's the matter, pray? what's the sir. You would not be the destruction of a poor matter?
Mask. Oh, sir! I tremble like a leaf. I was Bev. A mask coming home with him ! I mur accosted in a rude manner by some gentleman know who that is. I won't leave the house withe yonder; I can't stay here, let us go into your out knowing. If I could conceal myself—-have house, sir; I beg you will.
you any private place, Mrs Tattle? Sir John. My house? Would not any other Tat. That is the very thing I mean, sir. Let house do as well?
me conceal you in that closet, till he passes Mask. Oh! no, sir; not for the world. through this room. He never stays long here.
Sir John. Why, my wife is not at home, and so It won't take you two minutes. Do, sweet sir, I think I may venture : not but I had rather it I'll down on my knees to you. were elsewhere.
Bev. I must know who it is. Come, dispose Mask. Indeed, sir John, I am frightened out of me as you will. If this should be Belinda! of my senses. You will do me a favour, if you
[Erit. will take me into the house.
Tat. Heavens bless you, sir, for this goodness! Sir John. Say no more: it shall be so. Rob- I'll lock the door, to make sure work of it. I ert!
was never so frightened in my life. [Erit. Rob. Is that sir John? [Opening the door. Sir John. Your lady is not at home, Robert,
Enter Sir John, and a person
masked. is sha?
Sir John. Mrs Marmålet, I am obliged to you Rob. No, sir.
for this favour. I wanted a word or two with Sir John. Then do you go in, and take care you. that nobody see Mrs Marmalet with me. Coine, Mask. So Robert informed me, sir. I'll shew you the way.
[Ereunt. Sir John. Did he tell you my business?
Mask. No, sir.
Sir John. Look ye, then: if you will gratify
me in what I shall ask, you may command any Enter Tattle, and BEVERLEY.
thing. Now you may be uncovered. Tat. [As she enters.] Ay, poor lady! she is Mask. La! sir-I hear a noise : I am afraid unfortunate, indeed; and, poor gentleman ! he is somebody's coming : I shall be seen. as jealous as my lady to the full. There has Sir John. Hush! no: there's nobody. If you been a deal to do about the picture you mention, will indulge me on this occasion, I am yours for sir.
ever. Here, here is a purse of money for you. Beo. That will be explained presently: I'll Mask. But if this should come to the knowwait till he comes home. I can't possibly go, ledge of your lady, I am ruined and undone. without speaking to him.
Sir John. No, no : l'll take care of you. Tat. Indeed, you had better not stay, sir. Mask. Will you, sir? You don't consider the mischief your being in Sir John. I will. But come; let me remove the house may occasion.
this froin your face. Bev. Mischief! how do
Musk. But somebody may come. Tat. Lord, sir! I would not have you stay for Sir John. I'll lock the door. There, now, we the world : I would not indecd. You can call
are safe. again in an hour, sir, and you'll certainly find Mask. But in a little time you'll make up all him at home then. Bless my heart, sir !-1 quarrels with your lady; and I sball be ruined.
Sir John. No, no; never fear; I shall never Lady Rest. I will search that closet. I am be reconciled to her: I hate her; I detest determined I will. her.
Sir John. Do so, madam; do so. Ha, ha! I Lady Rest. Do you so, sir? [Unmasking.] can't but laugh at her. Now, sir John, what can you say now, sir? Lady Rest. I'll have the door broke open, if
Sir John. My lady Restless ! Confusion ! what you won't give me the key. shall I say?
Sir John. Ha, ha, ba !-How you expose Lady Rest. Oh, sir John! sir John! what yourself! evasion have you now,
sir? Can you deny your Lady Rest. Will you give me the key, sir? guilt any longer?
Sir John. lla, ha, ha! it is too ridiculous ! Sir John. This is unlucky! That villain Ro- Lady Rest. Mighty well, sir. Tattle !--who bert has betrayed me. I can't explain myself to waits there? I will find out all your artifices. her now. Try what soothing will do.- My Tattle, I say! lady Restless, if you will but have patience, this Sir John. Tol de rol lol !ha, ha, ha!
—a silly matter shall be explained. Lady Rest. Explained, sir?
Enter TATTLE. Sir John. Yes, my dear, explained; and: Lady Rest. My dear, too!-the assurance of Lady Rest. Do you know any thing of the key
of that closet, Tattle! Sir John. I say, my dear; for I still regard Tat. The key, madam? I bave it, madam. gou; and this was all done to-to-cure you of Lady Rest. Give it to me. your jealousy; all done to cure you of your jea- Tat. That is, I have it not, madam. Don't lousy
have it, madam; don't ask for it. (Aside to her. Lady Rest. A fine way you have taken ! Lady Rest. Don't ask for it! but I will have
Sir John. Yes, yes; and so you will see pre- it.-Give me the key this instant. sently: all to convince you how groundless your Sir John. How, is she not willing to give it? suspicions are; and then we shall live very hap- There is something in this, then. Give the key py together.
this moment, you jade; give it to me. Ludy Rest. Ay!
Lady Rest. You sha'nt have it, sir. What, you Sir John. I have no further suspicions of you. want to hinder me! give the key to me. I see my error, and I want you to see your's. Tat. Dear heart, I have lost it, madam.- BetHa, ha !--I have no suspicions That will put ter not have it, madam.
[Aside. her off her guard. [Aside.] My dear, compose
Sir John. Give it me this moment, I say. your spirits, and
Lady Rest. If you don't let me have it, it is Lady Rest. And do you think to deny every as much
as your place is worth. thing, even in the face of conviction ? Base, base Tat. The devil is in it! there it is, then. Let man! I'll go this moment and write to my bro-me make my escape.
Lady Rest. Now, sir, we shall see; now, now. Sir John. Now, you talk wildly. This is all Sir John. Ay, now search, if you will. raving: you make yourself very ridiculous. You
(Laughing at her. do, indeed. I had settled all this on purpose, Lady Rest. [Unlocking the door.) You shall and contrived that it should come to your ears, be found out, I promise you-Oh! (Screams out. and then I knew you would do just as you have Sir John. What is the matter, now? done; and then- -I-I resolved to do just Lady Rest. Heavens! what have we here? as I have done; only to hint to you, that listen- Sir John. Oh! there is somebody there, then! ers seldom hear any good of themselves, and to
Enter BEVERLEY. shew you how wrong it is to be too suspicious, my dear : was it not well done ?-ha, ha, ha! Bev. Madam
[Bows to her. Lady Rest. And do you laugh at me too, sir ? Sir John. By all that's false, here he is again! Make me your sport? I'll go and get pen and Lady Rest. What, in the name of wonder, ink this moment.
brings you bere, sir? Sir John. Oh! do so, madam; do so—ha, ha! Sir John. Oh, madam, you know his business, you'll only expose yourself: go and write, ma- and I know his business, and the gentleman dam—ha, ha, ha!
knows his business. There he is, madam ; there Lady Rest. I will, sir. [Going.), This door is is the gentleman waiting for you; true to his apJocked. This won't succeed, sir. I suppose you pointinent, you see.--Sir, your humble servant. have the key! Ay, I'll lay my life you have, and My lady Restless, your humble servant. Now, some one or other of your creatures is locked in write to your brother; do. I should be glad to there.
know what you can say now. Now, now; is the Sir John. There, again! This is of a piece with case plain now? all your vain surmises. Ha, ha! you are mighty Lady Rest. I am in amaze! I don't know what silly; indeed you are.
to make of this.