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Ber. Sir, however odd this may appear- She is a worthless woman, and I won't fight a
Sir John. Ay, now settle it between yourselves; bout her. There, sir, there is your trinket. I give it what turn you will, sir; she will confirm shall have proof sufficient without it. it. You need not be afraid, sir; you will agree Bev. Upon my honour, sir, you will have no in your story; she is quick of invention, and I proof of any transgression of mine. If you susdare say you are pretty quick, too.
pect your lady from these appearances, you Beo. Sir, I must beg you will put no forced wrong her much, I assure you. construction upon this matter.
Lady Rest. Sir, I desire you will explain all Sir John. And you beg the same, madam, don't this. you?
Bev. Call up your maid, madam, and thenBev. Sir, I beg to be heard. My business here Sir John. No, sir; no more of it. I am satis is to desire you will return me the picture which fied. I wish you good night. you have in your possession. It is now become Bed. When you are willing to listen to reason dear to me, sir.
I shall be ready to convince you of your error. Sir John. I dare say it is.
Madam, you may depend I shall do justice to Bev. And must be returned.
your honour upon all occasions. And now I Sir John. It is of equal value to me. It shall take my leave.
[Erit. rise in evidence against you both.
Sir John. Now, my Lady Restless, now! You Lady Rest. Evidence against me? Explain are thoroughly known; all your artifices are yourself. How did you get in here? What's your known; Mr Beverley is known; my lord Conbusiness? What brought you hither? What's quest is known! your errand?
Lady Rest. My lord Conquest, sir! I despise Sir John. Ay, sir, speak; how did you get in all your imputations. My lord Conquest's maid, here? What's your business? What brought you sir ! what can you say to that? hither? What's your errand ?
Sir John. Very well, madam! 'tis now my Bev. Vexation! I am beset by them both at turn to write to your brother, and I promise you
I will do it. Lady Rest. Speak, sir; explain.
Lady Rest. You will write, sir, you will write! Sir John. Ay, sir, explain.
Well, his assurance is unequalled. (Aside. You Bev. Sir, if you will give me leave, I will sa- will write! That is pleasant indeed-Write, sir; tisfy you entirely. I assure you, sir, and you, do; you will only expose your weakness-Ha, too, madam, that the liberty I have taken with ha! you make yourself very ridiculous; you do your closet is entirely owing to your maid, Tat- indeed-Ha, ha! tle.
Sir John. 'Sdeath, madam! am I to be insultSir John. The jade! I don't doubt it, sir. ed with a contumelious laugh into the bargain?
Bev. To prevent, if possible, the interpretation Lady Rest. Why, my dear, this was all donenow put upon seeing me in this house.
to-to-to-cure you of your jealousy; for I Sir John. And it was well contrived, sir. Oh, knew you would act as you have done, and so I my Lady Restless!
resolved to do as I have done. Was it not well Lady Rest. By all that's just, I knew nothing done, my dear? Ha, ha !-of it!
Sir John. Damnation ! this is too much : it is Bev. Nothing, upon my honour, sir !
beyond all patience. Sir John. Oh, I knew you would both agree. Lady Rest. Ha, ha, ha! the tables are turnBev. As I am a gentleman, I tell you the real ed, I think.
[Sings, and laughs. fact.
Sir John. Let me tell you, it is no laughing Sir John. You need not, sir; I know the real matter. You are a vile woman; I know you, fact.
and the world shall know you : I promise you it Bev. I have no time to lose in frivolous alter shall. cation : I must now desire the picture, directly. Lady Rest. I am clear in my own conviction, Sir John. I wish you a good evening.
and your slander I despise : nor shall your artiBev. I shall not stir without it. I should be fices blind me or my friends any longer. Sir, as glad you would comply without a quarrel. I you say, it is no laughing matter. I promise must be obliged to
you, you shall never dishonour me again in this Sir John. Ay, now her prize-fighter begins. house. (Aside.]—I desire you will quit my house, sir. Sir John. And I promise you, madam, that
Beo. I am not to be trified with. If you don't you shall never dishonour me in any house. return it by fair means, I shall be forced to draw. Lady Rest. Injurious, false, perfidious man!
Sir John. There again, now! she has set him Sir John. Deceitful, wanton! wanton woman ! on to cut my throat: but I will disappoint her.
(Ereunt at opposite doors
SCENE I.-An Apartment at MR BLAND- his man—as if from yourself-carelessly—as it FORD's.
were by accident-whether his master has talk
ed of me? and what he said, Tippet? Enter BELINDA,
T'ip. I know Mr Brush : I can wheedle it out Belin. Ungenerous, false, deceitful Bever- of him, I warrant me. ley! under that fair appearance, could I imagine Belin. Get at the particulars : not that I care: that he harboured so much treachery? Attached I don't want to know any thing about the unto Lady Restless; engaged in a dishonourable grateful man. It does not concern me now. My intrigue with the wife of another, and yet profess-foolish weakness is over : let him care as little ing an affection for me, with ardour professing it, for me as I do for him: you may tell him so. and for me only! He is likely to regard the ho- Tip. Your message shan't lose in the carrying. pour of the marriage-bed, who is ready to com- Belin. Well, that's all: you may be gone. mit a trespass on the happiness of his neighbour. Tip. Yes, madam.
[Going. It was Providence sent sir John Restless to pay Belin. Mind what I have said. me a visit. The whole is now brought to light; Tip. You may trust to me.
[Going And, Mr Beverley, I have done with you for ever. Belin. Don't forget a word of it. I shall now obey my father's commands. By Tip. No, not a syllable.
[Going giving my hand to sir William Bellmont's son, Belin. And hark ye? tell him how easy, how I shall punish an undeserving libertine for his composed I am. That will gall bim. You see, treachery.
Tippet, I am quite unconcerned.
[Forcing a smile. Enter TIPPET.
Tip. Yes, madam: you don't seem to fret in Well, Tippet, have you done as I ordered the least. you?
Belin. It is easy to perceive that I am not at Tip. I have, madam.
all disconcerted. You may see how gay I am Belin. The perfidious man! did you ever
upon the occasion. know such behaviour?
[Affecting to laugh. Tip. He is a traitor, like the rest of them. Tip. [Laughing.] Oh! yes, madam : . you
Bélin. After all the regard I professed for make quite a laughing matter of it. him! after so many ardent vows and protesta- Belin. Very true : a perfect air of indiffertions as he has made me !
ence !--Well, I have done. Tell hiin, that, upon Tip. The hours that he has sighed away at no account, will I ever exchange a word with him;
that I will never hear of him; never think of Belin. I will banish him from my thoughts. him; never see him; and never, upon any conMy resolution is fixed, and so I have told my sideration, admit the smallest intercourse; no, father. Is sir William Bellmont with him? never; I will have no more to do with him.
Tip. He is, madam : they are both in close Tip. I have my lesson, inadam, and I am glad talk: they are over their glass, and are so over you are so resolved upon it.
[Going. joyed at the change of your mind Belin. And I applaud myself for what I have
Enter a Servant. done—Oh, Mr Beverley! you have forced me to this extremity–Here, take this letter, Tippet, Ser. Mr Beverley, madam. and give it to him with your own bands.
Tip. You must not let him up stairs; my lady Tip. He shall have it. [Takes the letter. will never see his face. Belin. Where are all his letters ?
Belin. Yes, I think I may see him : shew him Tip. Here, madam. [Shews a parcel. up. I will see him once more, and tell him all Belin. The bracelets, and the pocket-book ? myself. It will come better from me, Tippet. Tip. I have them safe.
Tip. Yes, madam, you will do it with a better Belin. Very well : take his presents home to grace; and your resolution will melt away like a him; and, do you hear? Bring me back all the bit of sugar in your mouth. foolish letters I writ to him,
Belin. My resolution is not to be altered : you Tip. Never doubt me: I won't quit the house may withdraw, Tippeta without them. Exchange is all fair.
T'ip. Yes, madam-Ah! she has a hankering Belin. That letter will tell him, that though I after him still.
[Erit. now break with him in a manner, that may seem Belin. I shall now take my leave of him-But abrupt, his character and conduct have compell- then, my friend Clarissa ! can I rob her of her ed me to it. Be sure you confirm that to him. lover? she has not deserved it at my hands.
Tip. He shall hear it all, and roundly, too. Though Mr Beverley has deceived me, niust I Belin. Very well: you may go-Tippet-ask be false to honour, and to friendship?
part. You have only to send me back my let
ters, and Beo. Belinda! how gladly do I once again be- Bev. Agreed, agreed. I'll go home this mohold
ment, and send them all. Before I go, madam, Belin. And with what resentment have not 1 here is your own picture, which you had given reason to behold, sir
me with your own hands. Mr Bellinont will be Ber. You have, Belinda : you have reason, I glad of it'; or sir John Restless will be glad of it; grant it : forgive the raslı words my folly uttered. or any body will be glad of it; you need not be
Belin. Mistake me not, sir : it is not your at a loss. words I quarrel with: your actions, Mr Bever- Belin. Very like, sir. (Takes the picture.] Tyley; your actions, sir !
rant, tyrant man! to treat me in this barbarous Bed. They are not to be extenuated: but manner.
Cries. surely, after the letter you honoured me with Bev. Tears! Belinda! [Approaching. Be
Belin. Sir, I have heard every thing since I linda! was guilty of that folly.
Belin. No more of your insidious arts. I will Bev. Heard! what?
hear no more. Oh! my heart, my heart will Belin. Dissemble if you will : but this must break. I did not think it was in your nature to be the last of our conversing together. My maid behave as you have done; but-farewell for ever. will return you whatever I have received from
[Exit Belin, you : all my silly letters I inust desire you to de- Beo. Belinda! hear me but speak. By Healiver to her; and then visit me no more, sir. ven, my lady Restless-she is gone : 'sdeath!
Bev. Belinda !---you will not wound me thus ! I have been duped by her all this time; I will Here is the picture which caused that unlucky now summon up all that is man within me, and, mistake between us. I have recovered it from in my turn, despise her. sir John Restless. Belin. From my lady Restless, sir.
Enter Tipper. Beo. Madam! Belin. Oh! fy, sir; no more; I have done. Tip: If you are going home, sir, I will take
Bev. You must, you must accept it. Thus, on the things with me now. my knees, I beg you. Will you, Belinda ? Bev. Yes; I am going : I will leave this de
[Takes her hand. tested Belin. Leave me, sir: let go my hand, Mr Tip. This abominable place, sir. Beverley: your falsehood
(Laughing at him. Beo. My falsehood! by all the
Bev. This helli! Belin. Your falsehood, sir : sir John Restless Tip. Ha, ha!--ay, sir, this hell. has told me all; every circumstance.
Bev. This mansion of perfidy, ingratitude, and Bev. He has told you! what has he told ? his fraud ! life shall answer it.
T'ip. Very right, sir; let us go. Belin. You have destroyed my peace of mind Bev. And yet-Tippet, you must not stir. for ever. Nay, you yourself have forced me into Indulge me but a little. It is all a misunderthe arms of another.
standing, this. Ber. What do I hear?
Tip. My lady will have no more to say to you. Belin. My lady Restless will rejoice at the You may take the things, sir: my lady resigns news: the event will not be unpleasing to her; them to you, sir. but she is welcome: let her enjoy her triumph. Bev. Oh! Tippet, use your interest with her.
Bev. You astonish me, Belinda ! what does all Keep them in the house till I return. I will clear this mean?
up this whole matter presently. I must not lose Belin. It means, that, in obedience to the her thus.
Erit, commands of a father, I have agreed to marry T'ip. Poor gentleman! he seems in a lamentMr Bellmont.
able way. Well, I fancy for my part he is a Beo. Mr Bellmont !-him-marry him! it true lover after all; that's what I do; and my is very well, madam: I expected it would come young lady, I fear, isto this, and my lady Restless is only mentioned, on this occasion, as a retort for my accusation
Enter BELINDA. about sir John. I understand it; and, by Heayen! I believe that whole story.
Madam, madam, madam! you are to blame; Belin. You do, sir!
you are, indeed. Bev. I do: fool that I was to humble myself Belin. Is he gone? to you ! My pride is now piqued, and I am glad, Tip. He is, madam. madam, as glad as you can be, to break ofi' for Belin. Did he say any thing? was he uneasy? ever.
or did he carry it off with Belin. Oh! sir, I can be as indifferent on my Tip. Oh! inadam, he went away sighing short,
his heart throbbing, his eyes brimful, his looks , promise, George ; if she consent, you will be pale: you are to blame; you are, indeed, madam. ready to comply with the wishes of your father? I dare be sworn he has never proved false. Bel. Sir- you may depend, that is as far as
Belin. Oh! Tippet, could I be sure of that! matters are in my power: but you know, as 'I Tip. But you are not sure of the contrary told you already, the lady has a settled rooted Why won't you see my lady Restless ? See her aversion to me. directly, madam; go to her now, before it is too Sir Wil. Aversion! - she can change her late; before the old folks, who are putting their mind, can't she? Women have no settled prinheads together, have settled the whole affair. ciple. They like to-day, and dislike to-morrow. Dear madam, be advised. I hear them coming. Besides, has not her father promised her to you They will hurry you into a match, and you'll re- in marriage ? If the old gentleman likes you, pent of it. How cruel this is! Here they come. what have you to do with her aversion? -No, 'tis madam Clarissa.
Bel. To do with it! A great deal, I am afraid.
You are not now to learn, that, when a young Enter CLARISSA.
lady marries against her inclination, billet-doux, Cla. So, Belinda; you have thrown things into assignations, plots, intrigues, and a terrible et fine confusion. You have involved yourself
, and catera of female stratagem, mount into her brain, my brother, and Mr Bellmont, and every body, and the poor husband in the mean timein most terrible difficulties.
Sir Wil. Come, lad; don't play the rogue with Belin. My dear Clarissa, here have been such your father. Did not you promise me, if she doings between your brother and me~
made no objection, that there would be no ob Cia. So I find. I met him as I came hither. stacle on your part? You have had fine doings, indeed. I have heard Bel. I promised, to be sure; but yet, I can't the whole; my brother has told me every thing. help thinking
Tip. Madam, madam! I hear your father. Šir Sir Wil. And I can't help thinking, that you William Bellmont is with him : they are coming know how to equivocate. Look you, George, up stairs.
your words were plain downright English, and I Belin. I am not in a disposition to see then expect
you will perform to the very letter. now. Clarissa, suspend your judgment; step I have fixed my heart upon this match. Mr with me to my own room, and I will then give Blaudford and I have passed the day at the you such reasons, as, you will own yourself, suf-Crown and Rolls to read over the deeds. I ficiently justify my conduct.
have been dining upon parchment, as I may say. Cla. The reasons must be ingenious, that can I now tell you, once for all, you must be obsermake any kind of apology for such behaviour: I vant of my will and pleasure. shall be glad to hear you.
Bel. To end all dispute, sir, if the lady Belin. Very well, follow me quickly. You [Aside.] She will never consent; I may safely will find that my resolution is not so rash as you promise.—If the lady, sir, can at once forget her imagine.
[Erit with Cla. engagements with my friend BeverleyT'ip. They have got into a rare puzzle ! and Sir Wil. You will then forget Clarissa ? safely how they will get out of it, is beyond my dexte-spoken. Come, I am satisfied. And now, now rity; and so let them manage as well as they can. we shall see.
Bland. Sir William, give me joy: every thing
goes as I wish. My daughter is a complying Bland. Sir William, we have made a good girl. She is ready to obey my commands. day's work of it: the writings will be ready to- Clarissa is with her, beseeching, wrangling; morrow morning. Where is Belinda ? I thought complaining, soothing; now in a rage, and now she was in this room.
in tears; one moment expostulating, and the Tip. She is gone into her own room, sir; she next imploring; but all in vain ; Belinda holds is not well.
her resolution; and so, young gentleman, you Sir Wil. She has changed her mind, perhaps : are now completely happy. I shall have no faith in this business, till it is all Bel. Death to my hopes ! can this be true? concluded.
Aside. Bland. Changed her mind, say you? No, no;
Bland. Sir William, give me your hand upon I can depend upon her. I'll bring her to you this it. This will not only be a match of prudence, moment, and you and your son shall bear a debut of inclination. claration of her mind out of her own lips. Tip- Sir Wil. There, George! there is news for you! pet, where is Belinda?
your business is done. l'ip. I'll shew you the way, sir.
Bland. She owns very frankly, that her heart [Erit with BLANDFORD. has been hitherto fixed upon a worthless man : Sir Wil. Now we shall see what authority she renounces him for ever, and is willing to you have over your daughter. I have you give her hand as I shall direct.
Bel. What a dilemma am I brought into! Cla. Your own conduct, madam! will that
(Aside stand as clear as my brother's? My lady RestSir Wil. George, what's the matter, boy? You less, I believe, has something to say. It will bea bridegroom! Wounds! at your age, I could come you to refute that charge. cut a caper over the moon upon such an oc- Belin. Downright malice, my dear : but I excasion.
cuse you for the present. Bel. I am more slack-mettled, sir : I cannot leap quite so high.
Enter TIPPET. Sir Wil. A cup too low, I fancy. Let us go Tip. [To Belin.) Your chair is ready, ma'am. and finish our bottle. Belinda shall be my toast. Belin. Very well: I have not a moment to I'll give you her health in a bumper. Come, Mr lose: I am determined to know the bottom of Blandford : I want to wash down the cobwebs this whole affair. Clarissa, when I return, you of the law.
[Exit. will be better disposed to hear me. Bland. I attend you, sir William. Mr Bellmont, Cla. You need not trouble yourself, madam : follow us: we must have your company: you are I am perfectly satisfied. --Tippet, will you be under par: come, we will raise you a note higher. so good as to order my chair.
[Erit BLAND. Belin. Well; suspend your judgment. This Bel. You have sunk me so low, that I shall business is of importance: I must leave you now. never recover myself. This behaviour of Belin
[Erit with Tip. da's S-Can she think her treachery to one lover Bel. Clarissa, if you knew how all this wounds will recommend her to another?
me to the heart! Enter Clarissa.
Cla. Oh! keep your resolution; go on with
your very honourable design : inclination should Cla. Mr Bellmont, I wish you joy, sir. Belin- be consulted; and the necessity of the case, you da has consented; and you have done the same. know, will excuse you to the world. You are both consenting. The match is a very Bel. Command your temper, and the whole proper one. You will be finely paired.
shall be explained. Bel. You are misinformed, Clarissa ; why will Cla. It wants nu explanation : it is too clear you do me this injustice?
already. Cla. Injustice! Mr Blandford has reported Bel. A moment's patience would set every every thing : he has done you justice : he has thing right.—'Sdeath!' one would imagine that told us bow easily you have been persuaded : lady Restless had been speaking to you, too. This don't imagine that I am hurt. I resign all pre- is like the rest of them : downright jealousy! tensions : I can be prevailed upon with as much Cla. Jealousy !-Upon my word, sir, you are ease as you, sir : I can copy the easy compliance of great consequence to yourself : but you shall of Mr Bellmont.
find that I can, with perfect serenity, banish you, Bel. If you will but hear me! moderate your and your Belinda, entirely from my thoughts. anger. Cla. Anger !-anger indeed! I should be sor
Enter Tippet. ry any thing that has happened were of conse- Tip. The chairmen are in the hall, ma'am. quence enough to disturb my peace of mind. Bel. Let me but speak to you. Anger! I shall die with laughing at the thought. Cla. No, sir: I have done : I shall quit this You may be false to your friends, sir; false to house immediately. [Going.] Mrs Tippet, could your vows; you may break every solemn engage- you let me have pen, ink, and paper, in your lament; Mr Blandford wishes it; Belinda wishes dy's room? it; and why should not you comply? Follow the Tip. Every thing is ready there, ma'am. dictates of your own heart, sir.
Cla. Very well :-I'll go and write a letter to Bel. Whatever has happened, Clarissa, I am Belinda. I'll tell her my mind, and then adieu not to blame.
to all of you.
[Exit with Tip. Cla. I dare say not; and here is a lady will Bel. How perverse and obstinate. say the same.
Enter Sir WILLIAM.
Sir Wil. Well, George, every thing is settled. Belin. Spare your reproaches, Clarissa. Mr Bel. Why, really, sir, I don't know what to Bellmont, you too may spare me. The agitations say. I wish you would consider of my mind distress me so, I know not which Sir Wil. At your tricks again? way to turn myself. The provocation I have Bel. I am above an attempt to deceive you : bad
but, if all circumstances were known-I am not Cla. Provocation, madam! from whom? fond of speaking detractingly of a young lady;
Belin. From your brother : you need not ques- but for the honour of your family, sir, let us detion me; you know what his conduct has been sist from this match.
Bel. By Heaven, you wrong him; and so you Sir Wil. Roguery, lad! there's roguery in will find in the end.