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SCENE II.-Changes to the street. Two chairs | self, if I met so mortifving a rejection, I should cross the stage, knock at a door, and set down be cursedly out of countenance.
Aside. BELVILLE und a tady.
Capt. Sao s Behind) I will go in.
Gen. Sao. [Behind. I command you to deBel. This way, my dear creature ! [Eveunt. sist.
Tor. (Behind.) This will be an affair for the Enter General Savage, CAPTAIN Savage, and on
cand Old Bailey.
[The noise grows more violent, and continues. TORRINGTON.
Bel. Why, what the devil is all this? --Don't Capt. Sav. There ! there they go in! You see be alarmed, Miss Walsingham ; be assured I'll the place is quite convenient, not twenty yards protect you, at the hazard of my life ;---step into from the masquerade.
this closet----you sha'n't be discovered, depend Gen. Sav. How closely the fellow sticks to upon it-[She goes in. And now to find out her!
| the cause of this confusion. (Unlocks the door. Tor. Like the great seal to the peerage patent of a chancellor. But, gentlemen, we have still
Enter GENERAL SAVAGE, CAPTAIN Savage, and no more than proof presumptive :-where is
TORRINGTON. the ocular demonstration which we were to Savage! what is the meaning of this strange have?
behaviour? Capt. Sad. I'll swear to the blue domino; 'tis Capt. Sao. Where is Miss Walsingham ? a very remarkable one, and so is Belville's. I Bel. So, then, sir, this is a premeditated
Tor. You would have rare custom among the scheme, for which I am obliged to your friendNewgate solicitors, if you'd venture an oath up- ship. on the identity of the party under it.
Capt. Sav. Where's Miss Walsingham, sir? Gen. Sav. 'Tis the very size and shape of Miss
Gen. Sav. Dear Belville, he is out of his Walsingham,
senses ! this storm was intirely against my Tor. And yet, I have a strange notion that orders. there is a trifling alibi in this case.
Tor. If he proceeds much longer in these vaGen. Sao. It would be a damned affair if we garies, we must amuse him with a commission of should be countermined.
lunacy. Capt. Sav. O, follow me! here's the door left Bel. This is neither a time nor place for arguluckily open, and I'll soon clear up the matter ment, Mr Torrington; but as you and the genebeyond a question.
Enters the house.ral seem to be in the possession of your senses, Tor. Why your son is mad, general. This I shall be glad if you'll take this very friendly must produce a deadly breach with Belville. gentleman away; and depend upon it, I sha'n't For Heaven's sake, let us go in, and prevent any
die in his debt for the present obligation. excesses of his rashness.
Capt. Sav. And depend upon it, sir, pay the Gen. Sud. By all means, or the poor fellow's obligation when you will, I sha'n't stir till i sec generous anxiety on my account may he pro- Miss Walsinghain, Look'e, Belville, there are ductive of very fatal consequences. [Ereunt. secret reasons for my behaving in this manner;
reasons which you yourself will approve, when SCENE III.—Changes to an apartment. you know them ;-my father here
Gen. Sav. Disavows your conduct in every BELVILLE unmasked, and a lady in a blue do
particular, and would rejoice to see you at the
halberds. mino, masked.
Tor. And, for my part, I told him previously Bel. My dear Miss Walsingham, we are now | 'twas a downright burglary. perfectly safe; yet I will by no means entreat | Bel. Well, gentlemen, let your different moyou to unmask, because I am convinced, from the tives for breaking in upon me in this disagreeable propriety with which you repulsed my addresses manner be what they may, I don't see that I am this morning, that you intend the present inter less annoyed by my friends than my enemy. I view should make me still inore deeply sensible must therefore again request, that you will all of my presumption. I never lied so aukward-walk down stairs. ly in all my life. If it was to make her comply, Capt. Sav. I'll first walk into this room. I should be at no loss for language. Aside. T'he Bel. Really, I think you will not. situation in which I must appear before you, Gen. Sav. What frenzy possesses the fellow to madam, is certainly a very humiliating one; but urge this matter farther? I am persuaded that your generosity will be Capt. Sav. While there's a single doubt, she gratified to bear, that I have bid an everlasting triumphs over justice.-[Drawing. I will go adieu to my profligacies, and am now only alive into that room. to the virtues of Mrs Belville.--She won't speak Bel. Then you must make your way through
I don't wonder at it; for, brazen as I am my-me.
Enter the Lady masked.
| Tor. Take care of a new error in your pro
ceedings, young gentleman. Mask. Ah!
Gen. Sad. Ay, another defeat would make us Capt Sad. There! I knew she was in the room: completely despicable. there's the blue domino.
Capt. Suv. Sir, I'll forfeit my life, if she does Gen. Sav. Put up your sword, if you don't not consent to the marriage this very uight. desire to be cashiered from my favour for ever. Gen. Sav. Only bring this matter to bear, and
Bel. Why would you come out, madam? But I'll forgive you every thing. you have nothing to apprehend.
Tor. The captain should be informed, I think, Capt. Sad, Pray, madam, will you have the general, that she declined it peremptorily this goodness to unmask?
evening. Bel. She sha'n't unmask.
Gen. Sat. Ay, do you hear that, Horace? Capt. Sav. I say, she shall.
Capt. Sad. I am not at all surprised at it, conBel. I say, she shall not.
sidering the general misconception we laboured Mask. Pray, let me oblige the gentleman? under. But I'll immediately to Belville's, ex
Capt. Sad. Death and destruction, here's a dis- plain the whole mystery, and conclude every covery!
| thing to your satisfaction. Gen. Sav. and Tor. Mrs Belville !
Gen. Sad. So, Torrington, we shall be able to Mrs Bel. Yes, Mrs Belville, gentlemen : Is take the field again, you see, conjugal fidelity so very terrible a thing now-a- Tor. But how, in the name of wonder, has days, that a man is to suffer death for being your son found out your intention of marrying Miss found in company with his own wife!
| Walsingham? I looked upon :nyself as the only Bel. My love, this is a surprise indeed--but it person acquainted with the secret. is a most agreeable une; since you find me real- Gen. Sav. That thought has marched itself Jy ashamed of my former follies, and cannot now two or three times to my own recollection. For doubt the sincerity of my reformation,
though I gave him some distant hints of the Mrs Bel. I am too happy! This single mo- affair, I took particular care to keep behind the ment would overpay a whole life of anxiety. works of a proper circumspection.
Bel. Where shall I attend you? Will you re Tor. O, if you gave him any hints at all, I am turn to the masquerade?
not surprised at his discovering every thing. Mrs Bel. O no! Lady Rachel and Miss Gen. Sav. I shall be all impatience till I hear Walsingham are by this time at our house, with of his interview with Miss Walsingbam. SupMr Leeson and the Irish gentleman, whom you pose, my dear friend, we went to Belville's ? 'tis pressed into our party, impatiently expecting but in the next street, and we shall be there in the result of this adventure,
the lighting of a match. Bel. Give me leave to conduct you home, then, Tor. Really, this is a pretty business for a man from this scene of confusion. To-morrow, cap- of my age and profession--trot here, trot there. tain Savage, I shall beg the favour of your ex- | But, as I have been weak enough to make myself planation. Aside to him as he goes out. Kind a kind of party in the cause, I own that I have gentlemen, your most humble servant.
curiosity enough to be anxious about the deterMrs Bel. And when you next disturb a tete-a- mination. tete, for pity to a poor wife, don't let it be so Gen. Sav. Come along, my old boy; and revery uncustomary a party as a matrimonial one. member the song. "Servile spirits,' &c. [Ereunt BELVILLE and Mrs BelviLLE.
[Exeunt. Gen. sav. [To CAPTAIN SAVAGE.] So, sir, you have led us upon a blessed expedition here! SCENE IV.-Changes to Belville's.
Tor. Now, don't you think that if your courts of honour, like our courts of law, searched a lit
Enter Captain Savage and Miss Waltle minutely into evidence, it would be equally
SINGHAM to the credit of their understandings?
Capt. Sac. Nay, but, my dearest Miss WalsingCapt. Sad. Though I am covered with confu- ham, the extenuation of my own conduct to Belville sion at my mistake (for you see Belville was mas- made it absolutely necessary for me to discover taken as well as myself, I am overjoyed at this my engagements with you; and, as happiness is discovery of Miss Walsingham's innocence. now so fortunately in our reach, I flatter myself
Gen. Sad. I should exult in it too, with a feu you will be prevailed upon to forgive an error, de joie, if it don't now shew the impossibility of wbich proceeded only from an extravagancy of her ever being Mrs Savage.
love. Capt. Sav. Dear sir, why should you think Miss Wal. To think me capable of such an that an impossibility? Though some inistakes action, captain Savage! I am terrified at the have occured, in consequence, I suppose, of Mrs idea of a union with you; and it is better for a Belville's little plot upon her husband, I dare say woman, at any time, to sacrifice an insolent luMiss Walsingham may yet be prevailed upon to ver, than to accept of a suspicious husband. come into our family.
Capt. Sar. In the happiest unionis, my dearest Gen. Sar. What mistakes can have happened creature, there must be always something to over- now, my sweetest ? you delivered up your dear look on both sides.
| hand to me this moment? Miss Wal. Very civil, truly!
Miss Wal. True, sir; but I thought you were Capt. Sav. Pardon me, my life, for this frank-going to bestow my dear hand upon this dear ness! and recollect, that if the lover has, through gentleman. misconception, been unhappily guilty, he brings a Gen. Sav. How! that dear gentleman ! husband altogether reformed to your hands. Capt. Sad. I am ihunderstruck !
Miss Wal. Well, I see I must forgive you at Tor. General—[Sings.] last; so I may as well make merit of necessity,
None but the brave, &c. you provoking creature.
Capt. Sav. And may I hope, indeed, for the Gen. Sad. So! the covert way is cleared at last: blessing of this hand ?
and you have imagined that I was all along neMiss Wal. Why, you wretch, would you have gociating for this fellow, when I was gravely some force it upon you? I think, after what I have liciting for myself? said, a soldier might have ventured to take it, Miss Wal. No other idea, sir, ever once enwithout further ceremony.
tered my imagination. Capt. Sav. Angelic creature ! thus I seize it, Tor. General. [Sings.] as my lawful prize.
Noble minds shall ne'er despair, fc. Miss Wal. Well, but now you have obtained this inestimable prize, captain, give me again | Gen. Sav. Zounds! here's all the company pourleave to ask, if you have had a certain explanation ing upon us in full gallop, and I shall be the with the general?
laughing-stock of the whole town. Capt. Sav. How can you doubt it?
Enter Belville, Mrs Belville, Lady RackMiss Wal. And he is really impatient for our marriage?
EL, LEESON, and CONOLLY. Capt. Sav. 'Tis incredible how earnest he is. | Bel. Well, general, we have left you a long
Miss Wal. What, did he tell you of his inter- time together. Shall I give you joy? view with me this evening, when he brought Mr. Gen. Sav. No: wish me demolished in the Torrington
fortifications of Dunkirk. Capt, Sav. He did.
Mrs Bel. What's the matter? Miss Wal. O, then I can have no doubt. Lady Rach. The general appears disconcert
Capt. Sao. If a shadow of doubt remains, here ed. he comes to remove it. Joy! my dear sir! joy Lee. The gentleman looks as if he had fought a thousand times !
a hard battle. Enter GENERAL Savage and TORRINGTON. I dear.
1. Con. Ay, and gained nothing but a defeat, my Gen. Sav. What, my dear boy, have you car- Tor. I'll shew cause for his behaviour. ried the day?
Gen. Sav. Death and dainpation ! not for the Miss Wål. I have been weak enough to in- world! I am taken by surprise here; let me dulge him with a victory, indeed, general. consider a moment how to cut my way through Gen. Sar. [Singing.)
Miss Wal. How could you be deceived in None but the brave, none but the brave, d.c. this manner?
[To the CAPT. Tor. I congratulate you heartily on this de- Lady Rach. O, Mr Torrington ! we are much cree, general.
obliged to you; you have been in town ever Gen. Sąv. This had nearly proved a day of since last night, and only see us now by accidisappointment; but the stars have fortunately dent. turned it in my favour, and now I reap the rich Tor. I have been very busy, madam; but you reward of my victory.
[Salutes her. look sadly, very sadly, indeed! your old disorder Capt. Sav. And here I take her from you, as the jaundice, I suppose, has been very troublethe greatest good which Heaven can send me some to you? Miss W'al. O, captain !
L Lady Rdch, Sir, you have a very extraordinaGen. Suv. You take her as the greatest good ry mode of complimenting your acquaintance. which Ileaven can send you, sirrah! I take her | Con. I don't believe, for all that, that there's as the greatest good which Heaven can send me a word of a lie in the truth he speaks. Aside. And now, what have you to say to her?
1. Lee. Mr Torrington, your most obedientMiss IVal. General Savage!
You received my letter, I hope? Tor. Here will be a fresh injunction to stop Tor. What, my young barrister ! Have you proceedings.
any more traders from Dantzick to be naturaMiss Wal. Are you never to have done with lized ? mistakes?
Con. Let us only speak to you in private ; and
we'll there clear up the affair before the whole Mrs Tem. [Behind.] I say, you feather-headcompany
ed puppy, he is in this house; my own servant Tor. (Speaking apart to LEESON and Cox.)- saw him come in, and I will not stir till I find This gentleman's letter has already cleared it up him. to my entire satisfaction; and I don't know whe-| Gen. Sat. She here ! then, deliberation is over, ther I am most pleased with his wit, or charmed and I am entirely blown up. with his probity. However, Mr Leeson, I used Lady Rach. I'll take notes of this affair. the bailiffs sadly. Bailiffs are generally sad fellows to be sure; but we must love justice for
Enter Mrs Temple. our own sakes.
Mrs Tem. Mighty well, sir! So you are in Lee. Unquestionably, sir; and they shall be love, it seems ? and you want to be married, it amply recompensed for the merit of their suffer- | seems ? ings.
Lee. My blessed aunt! 0, how proud I am of Con. And the merit of suffering, I fancy, is the the relation! only merit that is ever likely to fall to the share Gen. Sao. Dear Bab, give me quarter before of a sherift's officer.
| all this company. Tor. One word-one word more, Mr Leeson. Mrs Tem. You are in love, you old fool, are I have inquired your character, and like it you ? and you want to marry Miss Walsingham, like it much. Forgive the forwardness of an old indeed! man. You must not want money- you must Con. I never heard a pleasanter spoken gennot, indeed
honey, if I had the taming of Lee. Sir
her, she should never be abusive, without keepTor. Pray don't be offended-I mean to give ing a civil tongue in her head. my friends but little trouble about my affairs Mrs Tem. Well, sir, and when is the happy when I am gone. I love to see the people hap- day to be fixed ? py that my fortune is to make so; and shall ! Bel. What the devil, is this true, general? think it a treason against humanity to leave a Gen. True-Can you believe such an absurshilling more than the bare expences of my fune- dity? ral. Breakfast with me in the morning. | Mrs Tem. Why, will you deny, you miserable
Lee. You overwhelm me with this generosity; old mummy, that you made proposals of marbut a happy revolution in my fortunes, which riage to her ? you will soon know, renders it wholly unneces- Gen. Sav. Yes I do—no, I don't-proposals of sary for me to trouble you.
marriage! Con. (Wiping his eyes.] Upon my soul, this is Miss Wal. In favour of your son--I'll help a most worthy old crater-to be his own execu- him out a little.
[Aside. tor. If I was to live any long time among Gen. Sav. Yes, in favour of my sonsuch people, they would soon be the death of what the devil shall I do? me, with their very goodness.
Mrs Bel. Shall I take a lesson from this lady, Mrs Bel. Miss Walsingham, captain Savage Mr Belville? Perhaps, if the women of virtue has been telling Mr Belville and me of a very were to pluck up a little spirit, they might be extraordinary mistake.
soon as well treated as kept mistresses. Miss Wal. 'Tis very strange, indeed; mistake Mrs Temp. Hark'e, general Savage, I believe on mistake.
you assert a falsehood; but if you speak the Bel. Tis no way strange to find every body truth, give your son this moment to Miss Walproperly struck with the merit of Miss Walsing-singham, and let me be fairly rid of my rival. ham.
Gen. Sav. My son! Miss Walsingham! Miss Miss Wal. A compliment from you, now, Mr Walsingham, my son! Belville, is really worth accepting.
Bel. It will do, Horace; it will do. Gen. Sav. If I thought the affair could be kept Mrs Tem. No prevarications, general Savage! a secret, by making the town over to my son, Do what I bid you instantly, or, by all the wrongs since I am utterly shut out myself
of an enraged woman, I'll so expose you!Capt. Sav. He seems exceedingly embarras. Con. What a fine fellow this is to have the
command of an army! Gen. Sao. If I thought that—why, mortified Gen. Sav. If Miss Walsingham can be preas I must be in giving it up, I think I could re- | vailed uponsolve upon the manæuvre, to save myself from Tor. O, she'll oblige you readily—but you universal ridicule : but it can't be; it can't be; I must settle a good fortune upon your son. and I only double my own disappointment in re- Mrs Tem. That he shall do. warding the disobedience of the rascal who has Mrs Bel. Miss Walsingham, my dear supplanted me. There! there! they are all Miss Wal. I can refuse nothing either to your talking of it, all laughing at me, and I shall run request, or to the request of the general. mad.
Gen. Suv. Oblige me with your hand, then, ma.
dam : come bere, you— come here, captain.-1 Lee. So there is, madam; and Mr Torrington, There, there is Miss Walsingham's hand for you. to whose goodness I am infinitely obliged, could
Con. And as pretty a little fist it is, as any in tell you some diverting anecdotes, that would enthe three kingdoms.
| rich a comedy considerably. Gen. Sao. Torrington shall settle the fortune. Con. Ay, faith, and a tragedy, too! Lee. I give you joy, most heartily, madam. Tor. I can tell nothing but what will redound Bel. We all give her joy.
to the credit of your character, young man. Capt. Sav. Mine is beyond the power of ex-l Bel. The day has been a busy one, thanks to pression.
the communicative disposition of the captain. Miss Wal. (Aside to the company.) And so is Mrs Bel. And the evening should be cheerful. the general's, I believe.
Bel. I shan't, therefore, part with one of you, Con. O, faith, that may be easily seen, by the till we have had a hearty laugh at our general sweetness of his countenance.
adventures. Tor. Well, the cause being now, at last, de Miss Wal. They have been very whimsical, termined, I think we may all retire from the indeed; yet, if represented on the stage, I hope court.
they would be found not only entertaining, but Gen. Sao. And without any great credit, I instructive. fear, to the general.
| Lady Rach. Instructive ! why the modern criCon. By my soul, you may say that!
tics say, that the only business of comedy is to Mrs Tem. Do you murmur, sir? Come this make people laugh. moment home with me.
Bel. That is degrading the dignity of letters Gen. Sav. I'll go any where to hide this mi exceedingly, as well as lessening the utility of the serable head of mine : what a damned campaign stage. A good comedy is a capital effort of gehave I made of it!
nius, and should, therefore, be directed to the [Exeunt GENERAL Savage and Mrs noblest purposes. TEMPEST.
Miss Wal. Very true; and unless we learn Con. Upon my soul, if I was in the general's something while we chuckle, the carpenter, who place, I would divide the house with this devil; nails a pantomime together, will be entitled to I would keep within doors myself, and make her more applause, than the best comic poet in the take the outside.
(Exeunt omnes. Lady Rach. Here's more food for a comedy,