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and follow him immediately? And I warrant you | whole fammaly must disclaim her, for her monthat, by this time, he has made proposals to him to strous baseness and treachery. marry my sister

-Oh, that soine other per- Sir John. Indeed, she has been guilty of none, son, an earl, or a duke, would make his addres- madam. Her hand and her heart are, I am sure, ses to me, that I might be revenged on this mon entirely at the disposal of yourself and Mr Sterster!

ling Mrs Heid. Be cool, child ! you shall be lady Melvil, in spite of all their caballins, if it costs me

Enter STERLING, behind. ten thousand pounds to turn the scale. Sir John may apply to my brother, indeed; but I'll make And if you should not oppose my inclinations, I them all know who governs in this fammaly. am sure of Mr Sterling's consent, madam.

Miss Ster. As I live, madam, yonder comes Mrs Heid. Indeed ! sir John! A base man! I can't endure the Sir John. Quite certain, madam. sight of him. I'll leave the room this instant. Ster. [Behind.] So! they seem to be coming

[Disordered to terms already. I may venture to make my Mrs Heid. Poor thing! Well, retire to your appearance. own chamber, child ; I'll give it him, I warrant Mrs Heid. To marry Fanny? you; and, by and by, I'll come and let

you
know

[STERLING udvances by degrees. all that has past between us.

Sir John. Yes, madam. Miss Ster. Pray do, madam. (Looking back.] Mrs Heid. My brother has given his consent, A vile wretch!

(Exit in a rage. you say?

Sir John. In the most ample manner, with no Enter Sir John Melvil.

other restriction than the failure of your concur

rence, madam. (Sees STERLING.] Oh, here's Sir John. Your most obedient humble ser- Mr Sterling, who will confirm what I have told vant, madam. [Bowing very respectfully. you. Mrs Heid. Your servant, sir John.

Mrs Heid. What! have you consented to [Dropping a half curtsey, and pouting. give up your own daughter in this manner, broSir John. Miss Sterling's manner of quitting ther? the room, on my approach, and the visible cool- Ster. Give her up! no, not give her up, sisness of your behaviour to me, madam, convince ter; only in case that you— Zounds, I am afme that she has acquainted you with what past raid you bave said too much, sir John. this morning.

[Apart to Sir John. Mrs Heid. I am very sorry, sir John, to be

Mrs Heid. Yes, yes. I see now that it is made acquainted with any thing that should in- true enough what my niece told me. You are duce me to change the opinion which I would all plottin and caballin against her. Pray, does always wish to entertain of a person of qualaty. lord Ogleby know of this affair?

[Pouting Sir John. I have not yet made him acquainted Sir John. It has always been my ambition with it, madam. to merit the best opinion from Mrs Heidel- Mrs Heid. No, I warrant you. I thought so. berg; and when she comes to weigh all circum- And so his lordship and myself, truly, are not to stances, I flatter myself

be consulted till the last. Mrs Heid. You do flatter yourself, if you Ster. What! did not you consult my lord ? imagine that I can approve of your behaviour to Oh, fy for shame, sir John! my niece, sir John." And give me leave to tell Sir John. Nay, but Mr Sterlingyou, sir John, that you have been drawn into an Mrs Heid. We, who are the persons of most action much beneath you, sir John; and that I consequence and experunce in the two faminaI look upon every injury offered to Miss Betty lies, are to know nothing of the mattur, 'till the Sterling, as an affront to myself, sir John, whole is as good as concluded upon. But his

[Warmly. lordship, I am sure, will have more generosaty Sir John. I would not offend you for the than to countenance such a perceding. And I world, madam ; but when I am influenced by a could not have expected such behaviour from a partiality for another, however ill-founded, 1 person of your qualaty, sir John. And, as for hope your discernment and good sense will you, brother think it rather a point of honour to renounce en- Ster. Nay, nay, but hear me, sister. gagements, which I could not fulfil so strictly as Mrs Heid. I am perfectly ashamed of you. I ought; and that you will excuse the change in Jave you no spurrit? no more concern for the my inclinations, since the new object, as well as ionour of our fammaly than to consentthe first, has the honour of being your niece, ma- Ster. Consent! I consent! As I hope for dam.

mercy, I never gave my consent! Did I conMrs Heid. I disclaim her as a niece, sir John; 1 sent, sir John? Miss Sterling disclaims her as a sister, and the Sir John. Not absolutely, without Mrs Hei. VOL. II.

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agree to it.

delberg's concurrence. But, in case of her ap- Ster. I thought so. I knew she never would probation

Ster. Ay, I grant you, if my sister approved. Sir John. 'Sdeath, how unfortunate! What But that's quite another thing, you know- can we do, Mr Sterling ?

[To Mrs HEIDELBERG. Ster. Nothing Mrs Heid. Your sister approve, indeed! ! Sir John. What! must our agreement break thought you knew her better, brother Sterling ! off the moment it is made, then? What! approve of having your eldest daughter Ster. It can't be helped, sir John. The family, returned upon your hands, and exchanged for as I told you before, have great expectations from the younger ! I am surprised how you could my sister; and if this matter proceeds, you hear listen to such a scandalous proposal.

yourself, that she threatens to leave us.- My broSter. I tell you, I never did listen to it. Did ther Heidelberg was a warm man—a very warm not I say, that I would be entirely governed by man; and died worth a plumb at least; a pluunb! my sister, sir John? And, unless she agreed to ay, I warrant you, he died worth a plumb and a your marrying Fanny

half. Mrs Heid. I agree to his marrying Fanny ! Sir John. Well; but if Iabominable! The man is absolutely out of his Ster. And then, my sister has three or four senses. Can't that wise head of yours foresee very good mortgages, a deal of money in the the consequence of all this, brother Sterling ?- three per cents, and old South-Sea annuities; Will sir John take Fanny without a fortune?- besides large concerns in the Dutch and French No! After you have settled the largest part of funds. The greatest part of all this she means your property on your youngest daughter, can to leave to our family. there be an equal portion left for the eldest ?- Sir John. I can only say, sirNo! Does not this overtura the whole systum of Ster. Why, your ofler of the difference of thirthe fammaly? Yes, yes, yes! You know I was ty thousand was very fair and handsome, to be always for my niece Betsey's marrying a person sure, sir John. of the very first qualaty. That was my maxum : Sir John. Nay, but I am even willing to and, therefore, much the largest settlement was, Ster. Ay, but if I was to accept it against her of course, to be made upon her. As for Fanny, will, I might lose above a hundred thousand; so, if she could, with a fortune of twenty or thirty you see the balance is against you, sir John. thousand pounds, get a knight, or a member of Sir John. But is there no way, do you think, parliament, or a rich common council-man for a of prevailing on Mrs Heidelberg to grant her husband, I thought it might do very well. consent?

Sir John. But if a better match should offer Ster, I am afraid not.- -However, when itself, why should it not be accepted, madam? her passion is a little abated—for she's very pas

Mrs Heid. What! at the expence of her elder sionate-you may try what can be done : but you sister? O fie, sir John ! How could you bear to must not use my naine any more, sir John. hear such an indignity, brother Sterling?

Sir John. Suppose I was to prevail on Lord Ster. 1! Nay, I shan't hear of it, I promise Ogleby to apply to her, do you think that would you I can't hear of it, indeed, sir John. have any influence over her?

Mrs Heid. But you have heard of it, brother Ster. I think he would be more likely to perSterling.--You know you have; and sent sir John suade her to it than any other person in the fato propose it to me. But if you can give up your mily: She has a great respect for Lord Ogieby. daughter, I shan't forsake my niece, I assure you. She loves a lord. Ah! if my poor dear Mr Heidelberg and our Sir John. I'll apply to him this very day.- And sweet babes had been alive, he would not have if he should prevail on Mrs Heidelberg, I may behaved so.

depend on your friendship, Mr Sterling Ster. Did I, sir John ?--Nay, speak!- Ster. Ay, ay; I shall be glad to oblige you, Bring me off, or we are ruined.

when it is in my power; but, as the account

[Apurt to Sir John. stands now, you see it is not upon the figures. Sir John. Why, to be sure, to speak the And so, your servant, sir John.

(Erit. truth

Sir John. What a situation am I in !-BreakMrs Heid. To speak the truth, I'm ashamed ing off with her whom I was bound by treaty to of you both. But have a care what you are marry; rejected by the object of my affections; about, brother! have a care, I say. The coul- and embroiled with this turbulent woman, who sellors are in the house, I hear; and if every governs the whole family. And yet opposition, thing is not settled to my liking, I'll have nothing instead of smothering, increases my inclination. more to say to you, it I live these hundred years. I must have her. I'll apply immediately to lord

-- I'll go over to Holland, and settle with Mr Ogleby; and if he can but bring over the aunt to Vanderspracken, iny poor husband's first cousin, our party, ber iufluence will overcome the scruand my own tammaly shall never be the better ples and delicacy of my dear Fanny, and I shall for a farden of my money, I promise you. [Exit. be the happiest of mankind.

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ACT IV.

SCENE I. A Room.

SCENE II.- Changes to the Garden.

Enter MR STERLING, Mrs HEIDELBERG, and Enter LORD OGLEBY, and Canton.
Miss STERLING.

Lord Ogle. What! Mademoiselle Fanny to Ster. What! will you send Fanny to town, be sent away !-Why?_Wherefore ?-What's sister?

the meaning of all this? Mrs Heid. To-morrow evening. I've given Can. Je ne sçais pas—I know nothing of it. orders about it already.

Lord Ogle. It can't be--it shan't be :- I proSter. Indeed !

test against the measure. She's a fine girl, and Mrs Heid. Posatively:

I had much rather that the rest of the family Ster. But consider, sister, at such a time as were annihilated, than that she should leave us. this, what an odd appearance it will have.

-Her vulgar father, that's the very abstract Mrs Heid. Not half so odd as her behaviour, of 'Change-alley-the aunt, that's always endeabrother. This time was intended for happiness, vouring to be a fine lady--and the per sister, for and I'll keep no incendiaries here to destroy it. ever shewing that she is one, are horrid company I insist on her going off to-morrow morning. indeed, and, without her, would be intolerable.

Ster. I'm afraid this is all your doing, Betsy. Ah, la petite Fanchon! she's the thing: Isn't

Miss Ster. No, indeed, papa. My aunt knows she, Canton? that it is not. For all Fanny's baseness to me, Can. Dere is very good sympatie entre vous I am sure I would not do or say any thing to and dat young lady, mi lor. hurt her with you or my aunt for the world. Lord Ogle. I'll not be left among these Goths

Mrs Heid. Hold your tongue, Betsey; I will and Vandals, your Sterlings, your Heidelbergs, have my way. When she is packed off

, every and Devilbergs if she goes, I'll positively go, thing will go on as it should do. Since they too. are at their intrigues, I'll let them see that we Can. In de same post-chay, mi lor? You have can act with vigour on our part; and the sending oo objection to dat, I believe, nor mademoiselle her out of the way, shall be the purliminary step neither, too-ha, ha, ha! to all the rest of my perceedings.

Lord Ogle. Prithee, hold thy foolish tongue, Ster. Well, but sister

Canton. Does thy Swiss stupidity imagine that I Mrs Heid. It does not signify talking, brother can see and talk with a fine girl without desires ! Sterling; for I'm resolved to be rid of her, and I My eyes are involuntarily attracted by beautiful will.- -Come along, child. [To Miss Ster- objects—I Ay as naturally to a fine girlLING.] The post-shay shall be at the door by Can. As de fine girl to you, my lor, ha, ha, ha! six o'clock in the morning; and if Miss Fanny You alway fly togedere like un pair de pigeonsdoes not get into it, why, I will--and so there's Lord Ogle. Like un pair de pigeons—[ Mocks an end of the matter. (Bounces out with Miss him.)--Vous etes un sot, Mons. Canton---Thou STERLING; then returns.] One word more, bro- art always dreaming of my intrigues, and never ther Sterling. I expect that you will take your seest me badiner, but you suspect mischief, you eldest daughter in your hand, and make a formal old fool, you. complaint to Lord Ogleby, of sir John Melvil's Can. I am fool, I confess, but not always fool behaviour.---Do this, brother;--shew a proper in dat, my lor, he, he, he ! regard for the honour of your fammaly yourself, Lord Ogle. He, he, he! Thou art incorrigible, and I shall throw in my mite to the raising of it. but thy absurdities amuse one. Thou art like If not-but now you know my mind. So my rappee here ---[Takes out his bor.)--a most act as you please, and take the consequences. ridiculous superfluity, but a pinch of thee, now

[Erit. and then, is a most delicious treat. Ster. The devil's in the women for tyranny! Can. You do me great honeur, mi lor.

-Mothers, wives, mistresses, or sisters, they Lord Ogle. 'Tis fact, upon my soul! Thou always will govern us.- -As to my sister Hei- art properly my cephalic snuff, and art no bad delberg, she knows the strength of her purse, and medicine against megrims, vertigoes, and prodomineers upon the credit of it.' 'I will do found thinking--Ha, ha, ha! this,' and ' you shall do that,' and you all do Can. Your flatterie, my lor, vil make me too t'other,- or else the fammaly sha'n't have a far- prode. den of?-{Mimicking. So absolute with her Lord Ogle. The girl has some little partiality money!-But, to say the truth, nothing but mo- for me, to be sure : but prithee, Canton, is not that ney can make us absolute; and so we must c'en Miss Fanny yonder? make the best of her,

[Erit. Can. (Looking with a glass.]--En verité, 'tis

key.

she, my lor---'tis one of de pigeons---de pigeons, To-morrow morning is fixed for your departure, d'amour !

and, if we lose this opportunity, we may wish in Lord Ogle. Don't be ridiculous, you old mon- vain for another. He approaches---I must re

[Smiling tire. Speak, my dear Fanny; speak, and make us Can. I am monkee, I am ole, but I have eye, happy! I have ear, and a little understand, now and

(Exit LOVEWELL, den.

Fan. Good Heaven! What a situation am I Lord Ogle. Taisez vous, béte.

in! What shall I do? What shall I say to him? Can. Elle vous attend, my lor. She vil make 1 am all contusion. a love to you. Lord Ogle. Will she? Have at her, then! A

Enter LORD OGLEBY and Cantox. fine girl cannot oblige me more---Egad, I find Lord Ogle. To see so much beauty so solitary, myself a little enjoué---Come along, Cant! she madam, is a satire upon mankind, and 'tis fortuis but in the next walk--but there is such a deal nate that one man has broke in upon your reveof this damned crinkum-crankum, as Sterling rie, for the credit of our sex. I say one, madam; calls it, that one sees people for half an hour be- for poor Canton here, from age and infirmities, fore one can get to them-- Allons, Mons. Canton, stands for nothing. allons, donc !

Can. Noting at all, indeed. [Exeunt, singing in French. Fan. Your lordship does me great honour. I

had a favour to request, my lord ! SCENE III.---Another part of the garden. Lord Ogle. A favour, madam! To be honour

ed with your commands, is an inexpressible fa Enter LovewELI, and FANNY.

vour done to me, madai. Love. My dear Fanny, I cannot bear your dis- Fan. If your lordship could indulge me with tress! It overcomes all my resolutions, and I am the honour of a moment's What is the matter prepared for the discovery.

with me?

[Aside, Fan. But how can it be effected before my de- Lord Ogle. The girl's confused !---he!--here's parture?

something in the wind, faith---I'll have a tete-àLove. I'll tell you. Lord Ogleby seems to en- tete with her--Allez vous en ! tertain a visible partiality for you; and, pot

[To Caxton, withstanding the peculiarities of his behaviour, I Can. I go---Ah, pauvre Mademoiselle! my lor, am sure that he is humane at the bottom. He is have pitie upon the poor pigeone ! vain to an excess; but, withal, extremely good-na- Lord Ogle. I'll knock you down, Cant. if you're tured, and would do any thing to recommend impertinent.

[Smiling. himself to a lady. Do you open the whole af- Can. Den I mus away—[Shuffles along.) fair of our marriage to him immediately. It will You are mosh please, for all dat. come with more irresistible persuasion from you,

[Aside, and erit. than from myself; and I doubt not but you'll Fan. I shall sink with apprehension. (Aside. gain his friendship and protection at once. His Lord Ogle. What a sweet girl-she's a civiinfluence and authority will put an end to sir lized being, and atones for the barbarism of the John's solicitations, reinove your aunt's and sis- rest of the family: ter's unkindness and suspicions, and, I hope, re- Fan. My lord !-1concile your father and the whole family to our

[She curt sies, and blushes. marriage.

Lord Ogle. [Addressing her.]—I look upon it, Fun. Heaven grant it! Where is my lord? madam, to be one of the luckiest circumstances

Love. I have heard him and Canton, since din-f my life, that I have this moment the honour of ner, singing French songs under the great walnut receiving your commands, and the satisfaction of tree, by the parlour-door. If you meet with hin confirming, with my tongue, what my eyes perin the garden, you may disclose the whole imme- haps, have but too weakly expressed that I am diately.

literally—the humblest of your servants. Fan. Dreadful as the task is, I'll do it. Any Fan. I think myself greatly honoured by your thing is better than this continual anxiety. lordship’s partiality to me; but it distresses me,

Love. By that time the discovery is made, I that I am obliged, in my present situation, to apwill appear to second you. Ha! here comes my ply to it for protection. lord. Now, my dear Fanny, summon up all Lord Ogle. I am happy in your distress, mayour spirits, plead our cause powerfully, and be dam, because it gives me an opportunity to shew sure of success.

[Going. my zeal. Beauty, to me, is a religion in which I Fan, Ah, don't leave me !

was born and bred a bigot, and would die a marLove. Nay, you must let me.

tyr. I am in tolerable spirits, faith! Fun. Well, since it must be so, I'll obey you,

[ Aside. if I have the power. Oh, Lovewell!

Fan. There is not, perhaps, at this moment, a Love. Consider, our situation is very critical. more distressed creature than myself. Affection, duty, hope, despair, and a thousand different sen- | softer passions, the criminal is pardoned and distiments, are struggling in my bosom; and even missed. Let us return, madam, to the highest the presence of your lordship, to whom I have luxury of exalted minds-a declaration of love flown for protection, adds to my perplexity. from the lips of beauty.

Lord Ogle. Does it, madam-Venus forbid ! Fan. The entrance of a third person has a -My old fault; the devil's in me, I think, for little relieved me, but I cannot go through with perplexing young women.-[Aside, and smiling.) it; and yet I must open my heart with a dis-Take courage, madam! dear Miss Fanny, ex- covery, or it will break with its burthen. plain. You have a powerful advocate in my Lord Ogle. What passion in her eyes! I am breast, I assure you—My heart, madam-I am alarmed to agitation ! [Aside.] I presume, maattached to you by all the laws of sympathy and dam, (and as you have fattered me, by making delicacy. By my honour, I am !

me a party concerned, 1 hope you'll excuse the Fan. Then I will venture to unburthen my presumption) thatmind—Sir John Melvil, my lord, by the most Fan. Do you excuse my making you a party misplaced and mistimed declaration of affec- concerned, my lord, and let me interest your tion for me, has made me the unhappiest of heart in my behalf, as my future happiness or women.

misery in a great measure dependLord Ogle. How, madam! Has sir John made Lord Ogle. Upon me, madam? his addresses to you?

Fan. Upon you, my lord.

Sighs. Fan. He has, my lord, in the strongest Lord Ogle. There's no standing this. I have terms. But I hope it is needless to say, that my caught the infection—her tenderness dissolves duty to my father, love to my sister, and regard me.

Sighs. to the whole family, as well as the great re- Fan. And should you too severely judge of a spect I entertain for your lordship, [Curtseying.] rash action which passion prompted, and momade me shudder at bis addresses.

desty has long concealedLord Ogle. Charming girl! Proceed, my dear Lord Ogle. (Taking her hand. Thou amiable Miss Fanny, proceed !

creature, command my heart, for it is vanquished! Fan. In a moment---give me leave, my lord! Speak but thy virtuous wishes, and enjoy them.

-But if what I have to disclose should be re- Fan. I cannot, my lord; indeed, I cannot. ceived with anger or displeasure

Mr Lovewell must tell you my distresses; and Lord Ogle. Impossible, by all the tender when you know them, pity and protect me. powers --Speak, I heseech you, or I shall di

(Erit in tears. vine the cause before you utter it.

Lord Ogle. How the devil could I bring her Fan. Then, my lord, sir John's addresses are to this? It is too much too much I can't bear not only shocking to me in themselves, but are it-I must give way to this amiable weakness. more particularly disagreeable to me at this time (Wipes his eyes. | My heart overflows with svin-as-as

[Hesitating. pathy, and I feel every tenderness I have inLord Ogle. As what, madam ?

spired. (Stifles a tear.] Ilow blind have I been Fan. As--pardon my confusion-I anı to the desolation I have made! How could I tirely devoted to another.

possibly imagine that a little partial attention and Lord Ogle. If this is not plain, the devil's intender civilities to this young creature should it-[Aside.) But tell me, my dear Miss Fan- have gathered to this burst of passion! Can I ny, for I must know; tell me the how, the when, be a man, and withstand it? No--I'll sacrifice the and the where-Tell me

whole sex to her. But here comes the father, Enter Canton hastily.

quite apropos. I'll open the matter immediately,

settle the business with him, and take the sweet Can. My lor, my lor, my lor!

girl down to Ogleby House to-morrow morning. Lord Ogle. Damn your Swiss impertinence ! But what the devil! Miss Sterling, too! What how durst you interrupt me in the most critical mischief's in the wind now? melting moment that ever love and beauty honoured me with?

Enter Me STERLING and Miss STERLING. Car. I demande pardonne, my lor! Sir John Ster. My lord, your servant ! I am attending Melvil, my lor, sent me to beg you do him de w.y daughter here upon rather a disagreeable afhoneur to speak a little to your lordship. fair. Speak to his lordship, Betsey.

Lord Ogle. I'm not at leisure--I am busy- Lord Ogle. Your eyes, Miss Sterling—for I Get away, you stupid old dog, you Swiss rascal, always read the eyes of a young lady—betray

some little emotion. What are your commands, Can. Fort bien, my lor.

madam? (Canton goes out on tiptoe. Miss Ster. I have but too much cause for my Lord Ogle. By the laws of gallantry, madam. emotion, my lord ! this interruption should be death: hut, as no Lord Ogle. I cannot commend my kinsman's punishment ought to disturb the triumph of the behaviour, madam. He has behaved like a false

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