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Bel. I see you will force me to speak out. If Sir Wd. [Looking back.] What, loitering, there is, unhappily, a flaw in Belinda's reputa- George? tion
Bel. I follow you, sir. (Exit Sir Wil.] ClaSir Wil. How?
rissa is not gone, I hope? Beh. This is no time to dissemble. In short, Tip. Gone, sir! She is writing, and crying, and sir, my lady Restless, a worthy lady here in the wiping her eyes, and tearing her paper, and beneighbourhood, has discovered a connection beginning again, and in such a piteous way! tween her and sir John Restless ; sir John and Bel. I must see her : she must come with us. lady Restless lived in perfect harmony, till this af- If lady Restless persists in her story, who knows fair broke out. The peace of the family is now what turn this affair may take? Come, Mrs Tipdestroyed. The whole is come to the knowledge pet, shew me the way.
[Ereunt. of my friend Beverley : with tears in his eyes, with a bleeding heart (for he loved Belinda ten- SCENE II.-The hall in the house of SIR JOHN derly), he has at last mustered up resolution, and
RESTLESS. taken bis final leave. Sir Wil. Ay! can this be true?
A loud rap at the door; and enter ROBERT. Bel. It is but too true; I am sorry to report Rob. What a hurry you are in there !--This is it. And now, sir, judge yourselfOh!- my lady, I suppose. Where can she have been? here comes Mr Blandford : 'tis a dreadful scene - Now for more confusion. If she finds Madam to open to him; a terrible story for the ear of a Belinda with sir John, we are all blown up again. father! You had best take no notice: we need not be accessary to a young lady's ruin : it is a
Sir Joux. [Peeping in.) family affair, and we may leave them to patch it Sir John. Robert, Robert! is that your lady? up among themselves, as well as they can. Rob. Mercy on us! She is coming, I believe,
Sir Wil. If these things are so, why then the sir.-[Looks out.] I see her chair : it is my lady. case is altered.
Sir John. Don't let her know that Belinda is
in the house. Enter BLANDFORD.
Rob. Not if I can help it. Trust to me, sir. Bland. Hey! what's in the wind pow? You (Exit Sir John.] Here she comes. What has two look as grave! what's come over you? For she been about? my part, my spirits are above proof with joy: I am in love with my daughter for her compliance,
A chair is brought into the hall. and I fancy I shall throw in an odd thousand Lady Rest. (Coming out of the chair.] Is sir more, to enliven the honey-moon.
John at home? Sir Wil. Mr Blandford, we are rather in a hur- Rob. I fancy he is, my lady. ry, I think. We had better nut precipitate mat- Lady Rest. Has any body been with him? ters.
Rob. He has been all alone, writing letters in Bland. Nay, if you are for changing your his study: he desired not to be interrupted. mind-Look you, sir; my daughter shall not be Lady Rest. I shall not interrupt him, I protrifled with. Where is she? Where is my girl? mise bim. You never will tell me any thing, RoWho answers there?
bert: I don't care who comes after him. To
morrow I shall quit this house, and then he may Enter TIPPET.
riot in licentious pleasure. If he asks for me, I Where's Belinda ?
am not well; I am gone to my own apartment: Tip. She is not gone far, sir; just stept out I hope to see no more of him." (Going upon a moment's business to sir John Restless. Chair. Shall your ladyship want the chair any Sir Wil. Gone to sir John Restless! [Aside. more to-night? Bel. You see, sir.
[To SIR WIL. Lady Rest. I don't know what I shall want. Bland. I did not think she knew sir John. Leave the chair there: you may wait. Sir Wil. Yes, she knows him : she has been
(Exit LADY Rest. acquainted with him for some time past.
Chair. Ay, always a waiting job. (Puts the Bland. What freak has she got in her head chair aside. Exeunt Chairman and ROBERT.] She is not gone after her Mr Beverley, I hope? Zookers, this has an odd appearance! I don't
Enter Sir John and BELINDA. like it : I'll follow her this moment.
Sir Wil. You are right : I'll attend vou. Belin. If you will but permit me to say a word Now, George, this will explain every thing. to her[Aside.]-Come, Mr Blandford, this way be an Sir John. Excuse me for the present: I beg escape : young birds will wing their flight.
Bland. Well, well, say no more: we shall see Belin. A short interview with lady Restless how it is. Come, sir William : it is but a step. might clear up all my doubts : what objection can
[Exit BLAND. you have? Bel. [To Tıp.) Where is Clarissa?
Sir John. A million of objections. You do not
know the consequence of being seen in this house.
Enter BLANDFORD. She will interpret every thing her own way. I am unhappy, madam, while you stay..
Bland. Sir John, I am obliged to intrude: I Belin. There is more cruelty in your refusal an told my daughter is here. than you can imagine. Mr Beverley's character Lady Rest. There! He has heard it all! is in question : it is of the last importance to me
Bland. I have heard that Belinda came to to know the whole truth.
your house : on what business, I do not know.Sir John. You know it all, madam. Mr Be- í hope, sir John, that you do not harbour the girl verley's character is too clear. Proofs thicken, to disturb the peace and happiness of a father? and grow stronger every hour. Since the visit Í Sir John. That imputation, sirpaid you this very day, I have made another dis- Lady Rest. He does harbour her. covery: I found him lurking here in my house. Sir John. Mr Blandford, I give you my ho
Belin. Found him here, sir?
Sir John. Found him here. He was lying in Lady Rest. I know he does. He has ruined ambush for another amorous meeting.
your daughter; he has injured you, sir, as well Belin. If there is no mistake in this business, as me, in the most essential point.
Sir John. Mistake! May I trust my own eyes? Sir John. She raves; she is mad. If you lisI saw him; I spoke to him; I taxed him with his ten to herguilt. He was concealed in her closet. Does that
Enter Sir WILLIAM and BEVERLEY. amount to proof? Her maid Tattle stationed him there. My lady was privy to it: she favour- Bland. I am glad you are come, sir William. ed the stratagem. Are you satisfied now, ma- This is more than I expected. dam?
Sir John. And more than I expected. There, Belin. The particulars of this discovery, sir madam, there is your favourite again! John, may convince me: tell me all, sir: you Beo. My visit is public, sir. I come to dewill oblige me.
mand, in the presence of this company, an explaSir John. Enquire no more for the present. nation of the mischief you have done me. You will oblige me, madam. Robert shall see Sir John. You need not be so public, sir. The you safe home. I would not have my lady find closet is ready for you: Tattle will turn the key, us together: I think I hear her: no, no. In a and you will there be very safe. day or two, the particulars will be known to the Lady Rest. How can you persist in such a wide world. Where is Robert? He shall con- fallacy? He knows, he perfectly well knows it duct you home. My peace and happiness require was an accident; a mere blunder of the servant, it.
entirely unknown to me. Belin. My peace and happiness are destroyed Sir John. She was privy to the whole. for ever. If your story be true
Bland. This is beside my purpose. I came Sir John. It is too true: I wish you a good hither in quest of my daughter: a father denight. I am miserable while you are here. "Ro-mands her. Is she here? Is she in the house? bert!
Sir John. In this house, sir? Our families neBelin. Deliver me! I am ruined. I hear my ver visited. I am not acquainted with her. father's voice: what brings him hither? I am Lady Rest. He is acquainted with her. I saw undone, if he finds me. Let me retire into that him clasp her in his arms. room.
Bland. In his arms! When? Where Tell Sir John. That room will not do: you will be me all ! seen there.
Lady Rest. Yes; now let him give an account Belin. Cannot I go up stairs ? [Going. of himself.
Sir John. No; I ain ruined, if you go that Sir John. When you have accounted for your way. Hell and distraction! My lady Restless actions, madam coming down! Here, madam, here; into that Lady Rest. Render an account to the lady's chair. You will be concealed there : nobody will father, sir. suspect you.
Bland. Yes; to her father. Account with Belin. Any where, sir: put me any where, to me, sir. When, and where, was all this? avoid this impending storm.
Lady Rest. This very day; at noon; in the [Goes into the chair. Park. Sir John. (Shutting the chair.]- This is lucky. Bev. But in the eyes of the whole world: I I am safe now. Let my lady come as soon as know Belinda : I can acquit her. she will.
Sir John. And I proclaim her innocence. We
can both acquit her. Enter LADY RESTLESS.
[Goes up to BEVERLEY. Lady Rest. I only wanted to say one word, Lady Rest. You are both in a plot: both com, (Walks away.
Sir John. It was all harmless; all inoffensive. Sir John. Let the chair alone. You shall not Was not it, Mr Beverley ?
go: you shall not quit this house till I consent. Beo. Yes; all, all.
[Goes between her and the chair. Lady Rest. All guilt; manifest, downright Lady Rest. I say, hold up. guilt.
Sir John. Let it alone. Sir Will. If you all talk together, we shall ne- Lady Rest. Very well, sir : I must be your ver understand.
prisoner, must I ? Beo. I understand it all. Mr Blandford, you Sir John. It is mine to command here. No met Belinda in the Park this morning?
loose escapes this night; no assignations; no inBland. I did, sir.
trigues, to disgrace me. Bev. You accosted her violently: the harsh- Lady Rest. Such inhuman treatment! I am ness of your language overpowered her spirits : glad there are witnesses of your behaviour. she was ready to faint: sir John was passing by : she was going to drop down : sir John assisted Bland. I am sorry to see all this confusion; her: that is the whole of the story. Injured as but, since my daughter is not here I am, I must do justice to Belinda's character. Lady Rest. He knows where she is, and so She may treat me with the caprice and pride of you will find. insolent beauty ; but her virtue claims respect. Sir John. (Coming forward.—Your daughter
Sir John. There now ! there ! that is the is innocent, sir, I give you my honour. Where whole of the story.
should she be in this house? Lady Restless has Lady Rest. The whole of the story! No, sir occasioned all this mischief. She formed a stoJohn: : you shall suppress nothing: you could re- ry to palliate her own misconduct. To her variceive a picture from her.
ous artifices, you are a stranger; but, in a few Sir John. You, madam, could receive a pic-days, you may depend ture; and you, Mr Beverley, could present it. Lady Rest. [Aside, as she goes towards the
Lady Rest. Mr Beverley, you hear this ! chair. -He shall find that I am not to be de Bev. I can justify you, madam. Ig
gave your tained here. lady no picture, sir John.
[Makes signs to the chairmen to hold up. Sir John. She had it in her hand, I saw her Sir John. I say, gentlemen, you may depend print ber kisses on it, and in that moment I sei-' that I have full proof, and in a little time every zed it from her.
thing willBev. Belinda dropt it in the Park, when she [The chair is opened, and Belinda comes out. was taken ill: I had just given it to her. Your Lady Rest. Who has proof now? There, lady found it there.
there! In his house all the tiine ! Lady Rest. I found it on that very spot.
Bland. What do I see? Bev. There, sir; she found it.
Beo. Belinda here! Sir John. I found you locked up in her cabi- Sir Wil. So, so! There is something in it, I Det; concealed in private. Lady Rest. But with no bad intent.
Sir John. Distraction ! this is unlucky. Sir John. With the worst intent.
Lady Rest. What say you now, Mr Beverley? Bev. Your jealousy, sir John, has fixed an im- Now, Mr Blandford ! there; ocular demonstraputation upon me, who have not deserved it: tion for you! and your suspicions, madam, have fallen, like a Sir Wil
. George, take Clarissa as soon as you blasting mildew, upon a lady, whose name was will, Mr Blandford, you will excuse me, if I never before sullied by the breath of calumny. now decline any further treaty with you.
Sir Will. The affair is clear, as to your daugh- Bland. This abrupt behaviour, sir Wilter, Mr Blandford. I am satisfied; and now we liamneed not intrude any longer upon this family. Sir Wil. I am satisfied, sir. I am resolved.
Clarissa, you have my approbation : my son is at Enter BELLMONT and CLARISSA.
your service. Here, George, take her, and be Walk in, George, every thing is right: your fears happy. may now go to rest.
Bel. [Taking her hand.] To you, from this Lady Rest. I shall not stay another night in moment, I dedicate all my future days. this house. Time will explain every thing. Call Bland. Very well : take your own way. I can my chairmen there. Sir John has it his own still protect my daughter. way at present.
Bev. And she deserves your protection : my Enter Chairmen.
dear Belinda, explain all this: I know it is in
your power. You have settled this among yourselves. I shall Belin. This generous behaviour, sir, recalls me to now go to my brother's. Sir John, I have no new life. You, I am now convinced, have been more to say at present. Hold up.
accused by my lady Restless without foundation. [Goes to the chair. Whatever turn her ladyship's unhappy self-tor
menting fancy may give to my conduct, it may you knew how my own heart reproaches me, you provoke a smile, but will excite no other pas- would spare yourself the trouble. With tears in sion.
my eyes I now speak to you: I acknowledge all Lady Rest. Mighty fine! what brought you to my errors. this house?
Belin. (Looking at him.] Those are not tears, Belin. To be a witness of your folly, madam, Mr Beverley.
Smiling. and sir John's into the bargain.
Bev. They are; you see that they are. Bel. That I can vouch : sir John can fill his Belin. Ah! you men can command tears. mind with vain chimæras, with as apt a disposi- Bev. My life! my angel! [Kisses her hund.] tion as his lady. Beverley has been represented Do you forgive me? in the falsest colours
Belin. No; I hate you. Lady Rest. That I admit: sir John invented
(Looking pleased at him.
Bev. Now, I don't believe that. [Kisses her Bed. And Belinda, madam, has been cruelly check.] Do you
Belinda ? slandered by you.
Belin. How could you let an extravagance of Sir John. She has so : that I admit.
temper get the better of you! You know the sinBelin. And my design to see all this cleared cerity of my affection. Oh, Mr Beverley, was it up, brought me to this house, madam. Now, not ungenerous ? you see what has made all this confusion.
Bev, It was; I own it; on my knees, I own Lady Rest. Oh! I expected these airs. You it, may discuss the point where you please : I will Belin, [Laughing.] Oh, proud man! have I hear no more upon the subject.
humbled you? Since you submit to my will and (Erit Lady RESTLESS. pleasure, I think I can forgive you. Beg my picBland, Madam, the subject must be settled. ture back this moment.
[Sheus it him. [Follows her. Bev. (Taking the picture.] I shall adore it Sir John. You have a right to insist upon it.- ever, and heal this breach with uninterrupted The whole shall be explained in a moment. Sir love. William, you are a dispassionate man. your assistance.
Enter Sir Joun, Lady RESTLESS, SIR WilSir Wil, With all my heart. George, you
LIAM, BLANDFORD, BELLMONT, und Claare no longer concerned in this business, and I am glad of ic. [Erit with young BELLMONT. Sir John. (Laughing.] Why, yes; it is very
Cla. (To Beverley.] Now, brother, now is clear. I can now laugh at my own folly, and my your time: your difficulties are all removed.- wife's, too. Sir John suspected you without reason : my lady
Lady Rest. There has been something of a Restless did the same to Belinda : you are both mistake, I believe. in love, and now may do each other justice. I Beo. You see, sir John, what your suspicions can satisfy my Lady Restless and your father. are come to. I never was within your doors be
[Erit. fore this day; nor should I, perhaps, have bad Beo. (Aside.) I see, I see my rashness. the honour of speaking to your lady, had it not Belin. (Aside.) I have been terribly deceived. been for the misunderstanding your mutual jeaBeo. If she would but forgive my folly.
lousies occasioned between Belinda and me. Belin. Why does not he open his mind to me? Bland. And your ladyship has been ingenious I can't speak first.
enough to work out of those whimsical circumBev. What apology can I make her?- -Be- stances a charge against my daughter.-Ha, linda!
ha! Belin. Charming ! he begins.
Sir John. It is ever her way, sir, I told you, [Aside, and smiling. my dear, that you would make yourself very riBeo. (Approaching.] Belinda :- -no answer? diculous. Belinda!
Lady Rest. I fancy, sir, you have not been beBelin. Mr Beverley !
[Smiles aside. hind-hand with me. Ha, ha, ha! Beo. Don't you think you have been very Sir Wil. And now, Mr Blandford, I think we cruel to me, Belinda?
may as well let the match go on as we at first [Advancing towards her. intended, Belin. Don't you think you have been barba- Bland. No, no more of that: you have disporous to me?
[Without looking at him. sed of your son. Belinda, I no longer oppose Beo. I have: I grant it. Can you find in your your inclinations : take Mr Beverley as soon as heart to forgive me?
Belin. (Without looking at him.] You have Sir John. Now let us see: if she agrees to , kept me on the rack this whole day, and can you marry him, why, then, she knows he is innocent, wonder that I feel myself unhappy?
and I shall be satisfied.
[ Asides Bev. I am to blame : I acknowledge it. If Belin. If you insist upon it, sir. VOL. II.
Bland. I do insist.
lashing of a top: it only serves to keep it Lady Rest. If Beverley accepts of her, all my up the longer. suspicions are at an end.
[Aside. Sir John. Very true : and since we have been Bev. Thus, let me take the bright reward of ALL IN THE WRONG TO-DAY, we will, for the fuall my wishes.
[Takes her hand. ture, endeavour to be ALL IN THE RIGHT. Belin. Since it is over, you have used your Bev. A fair proposal, sir John : we will make authority, sir, to make me happy, indeed. We it our business, both you, who are married, and have both seen our error, and frankly confess we, who are now entering into that state, by that we have been in the wrong, too.
mutual confidence to ensure mutual happiness. Sir Wil. Why, we have all been in the wrong, I think.
The God of Love thinks we profane his fire, Sir John. It has been a day of mistakes, but When trifles, light as air, mistrust inspire. of fortunate ones, conducing at least to the ad- But where esteem and generous passions spring, vantage of all parties. My lady Restless will There reigns secure, and waves his purple now be taught
wing; Lady Rest. Sir John, I hope you will be Gives bome-felt peace; prevents the nuptial taught
strife; Bland. Never mention what is past. The Endears the bliss, and bids it last for life. wrangling of married people about unlucky ques
[Exeunt omnes. tions that break out between them, is like the