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Em. The coach-and-six, Bell, would give Belf. No, not an arm-an eye, Madam. little happiness to those who could not be Em. An eye! worse and worse-Poor colohappy without it. When once the heart has nel ! settled its affections, how mean is it to with- Belf. Rather unfortunate, to be sure. But draw them for any paltry considerations, of we should consider, Madam, that we have what nature soever !
saved his life; and these were sacrifices neBell. I think the lady doth protest too much. cessary for its preservation. Em. Ay, but she'll keep her word.
Em. Very true. Ay-ay-s0 as he has but
his life, I am happy. And I ought now to be Enter SERVANT.
attached to him, not only from tenderness, but Serv. Major Belford, Madam!
compassion. Em. Show him in-[Erit Servant.] Oh,
Belf. After all, Madam, his appearance is Bell, I am ready to drop with apprehension !
much better than you may imagine. His face,
by the help of a black ribband, is very little Enter MAJOR BELFORD.
disfigured; and he has got a false leg, made Belf. Ladies, your humble servant-[Salutes so naturally, that, except a small hitch'in his them.) I rejoice to find you so well,
gait, there is no material alteration in his perBell. And we congratulate you, Major, on
son and deportment-Besides which, in point your safe return from the Havannah—How of health and spirits, he is particularly well. does your friend Colonel Tamper do?
Em. I am glad of it.-But, alas ! he, whose Beif. He is very well, Madam; but
person was so charming And his eyes, that Em. But what, Şir-I am frighted beyond
were so brilliant !-So full of sensibility! expression-Is he in England ?
Belf. This accident, Madam, on his own acBely. Yes, Madam,
count gives him no uneasiness: to say the Em, In town?
truth, he seems rather vain upon it: I could Belf. Yes, Madam.
wish therefore, when he comes, that you Em. Why have not we the pleasure of see
would not seem too deeply affected, but rather ing him then?
assume an air of cheerfulness, lest any visible Belf. He'll be here immediately, Madam.
uneasiness in you should shock the colonel. Em. Oh, well.
Em. Poor colonel! I know his sensibility. Belf. But it was thought proper that I Let me endeavour, therefore, to convince him, should wait on you first, to prepare you for that he is as dear to me as ever! Oh, yes, cost his reception.
me what it will, I must show him, that the Em. To prepare me! What does he mean?
preservation of his life is an entire consolation Belf. Only to prevent your being alarmed to me. at his appearance, Madam.
Enter SERVANT. Em, Alarmed!' you terrify me more and more-What is the matter?
Serv. Colonel Tamper, Madam. Belf. Nay, nothing-A trifle--the mere
Em. Eh! what !
[Disordered. chance of war, la fortune de la guerre, as the
Bell. Desire the colonel to walk up-ComFrench call it; that's all, Madam.
pose yourself, my dear!-Poor Emily! I am Em. I'm upon the rack-Dear Sir, explain
in pain for her.
[Aside. Belf. The colonel, you know, Madam, is a man of spirit.-Having exposed his person
Enter COLONEL TAMPER-runs up to Emily. very gallantly in the several actions before the Tam. My dearest Emily Show happy am I town of the Havannah, he received many to see you once again! I have brought back wounds; one or two of which have been at the honest heart and hand which I devoted to tended with rather disagreeable circum- you: as to the rest of my body, you see I did stances.
not care sixpence what became of it. Miss Em. But is the colonel well at present, Sir? Bell, I rejoice to see you so well.-Major, I Belf. Extremely well, Madam.
am yours--but my EmilyEm. Are not the consequences of his wounds Em. Oh, colonel ! likely to endanger his life?
[Bursts into tears ; leans upon Bell. Belf. Not in the least, Madam.
Tam. How's this? tears! Em. I am satisfied-Pray go on, Sir.
Bell. You should not have followed the maBelf. Do not you be alarmed, Madam jor so soon, colonel; she had scarce recovered
Em. Keep me no longer in suspense, I be the first shock from his intelligence. seech you, Sir!
Tam. My impatience would suffer me to deBell. What can all this mean?
lay no longer-Why do you weep so, Emily? Belf. The two principal wounds which the Are you sorry to see me again? colonel received, Madam, were, one a little Em. Sorry to see you unfortunate. above the knee, and another in his face. In
(Weeping. consequence of the first, he was reduced to the Tam. Unfortunate! call me rather fortunate; necessity of saving his life by the loss of a legil am come back alive; alive and merry, and the latter has deprived him of the sight of Emily. an eye.
Em. I am glad you have saved your life. Em. Oh, Heavens! [Ready to faint.
[Weeping. Bell. Poor Emily! How could you be so Tam. I dare say you are. Look on me then; abrupt, Sir? The violent agitation of her what, not one glance! Wont you deign to mind is too much for her spirits.
look on your poor maimed soldier? [Pausing.) Belf. Excuse me, Madam-I was afraid of -Is it possible, then, that any alteration of making you uneasy; and yet it was necessary my person can occasion a change in your senyou should be acquainted with these circum-timents ? stances, previous to your seeing the colonel. Em. Never, colonel, never: it is surely no
Em. (Recorering.) Lost a leg and an arm, mark of want of affection to be so much hurt did you say, Sir ?
at your misfortunes.
Tam. Misfortunes! no misfortunes at all- Tam. (Assuming his natural air and manner.] none at all to a soldier-nothing but the ordi- Ha, ha, ha !-Well, Belford, what is your nary incidents and common casualties of his opinion now? Will she stand the test or no ? life---marks of honour-and tokens of valour Belf. If she does, it is more than you de-I declare I bear them about with me as the serve. I could wish she would give you up most honourable badges of my profession.-I with all my heart, if I did not think you would am proud of them I would not part with this run stark mad with vexation. wooden leg for the best flesh and blood in Tam. Why so? Christendom.
Belf. Because, as I have often told you beEm. And can you really be so unconcerned fore, this is a most absurd and ridiculous at this accident?
scheme, a mere trick to impose upon yourself, Tam. Really; and you shall be unconcerned and most probably end in your losing the aftoo, Emily. You shall find more in me still, fections of an amiable lady. than in half the battered rakes and fops about Tam. You know, Belford, there is an excess town. It injures me no more than it does a of sensibility in my temperfine tree, to lop my branches. My trunk is Belf. That will always make you unhappy. heart of oak, and I shall thrive the better for Tam. Rather say, it will insure the future it.
happiness of my life. Before I bind myself to Em. But is there no hope of recovering your abide by a woman at all events, and in all cireye again? Oh, we must have the best advice cumstances, I must be assured that she will, -Is the sight quite lost?
at all events, and in all circumstances, retain Tam. Quite-blind as a mill-horse-Blind her affection for me. as a beetle, Emily-But what does that signi- Belf. 'Sdeath, I have no patience to hear fy? Love is blind, you know; and if I have you. Have not you all the reason in the lost one eye, why, they say, I shall see the world to rest assured, that Emily entertains a clearer with the other.
most sincere passion for you? Em. I cannot look at him without shudder. Tam. Perhaps 80; but then I am not equaling.
(Retires and sits doun. I ly assured of the basis on which that passion Bell. What action was it you suffered in, is founded. colonel ?
Belf. Her folly, I am afraid. Tam. Before the Moro castle, Ma'am, before Tam. Nay, but I am serious, major. the Moro-Hot work, hissing hot, by sea and Belf. You are very ridiculous, colonel. land, I assure you, Ma'am. Ah, the Moro, Tam. Well, well, it does not signify talkthe Moro !--But if men go to run their heads ing. I must be convinced that she loves me against stone-walls, they must expect to have for my own sake, for myself alone; and that, a sconce or two broken before they make their were I divested of every desirable gift of forway through them-Eh, Major ?
tune and of nature, and she was to be adBell. Major Belford was with you ? dressed by fifty others who possessed them
Tam. Ai the while. The major and I all in the most eminent degree, she would fought side by side, cheek by jowl, till I fell, continue to prefer me to all the rest of manMa'am! We paid the Dons-didn't we, ma- kind. jor? But Velasco, poor Velasco! A fine brave Belf. Most precious refinement, truly! This Don, must be owned-1 had rather have died is the most high-flown metaphysics in sentilike Velasco, than have lived to be Generalis- ment I ever heard in my life--picked up in simo.
one of your expeditions to the coast of France, Bell. [To Emily.) How are you, sister ? I suppose-No plain Englishman ever dreamed
Tam. Nay, pr’ythee, Emily, be comforted ! of such a whim-Love you for yourself! for more than all this might have happened to me your own sake !—not she, truly, at home. I might have thrown away iny life Tam, How then? in a duel, or broke my neck in a fox-chace : Belf. Why, for her own, to be sure—and so a fit of the gout, or an apoplexy, might have would any body else. I am your friend, and maimed me ten times worse for ever; or a love you as a friend ; and why? because I am palsy, perhaps, have killed one-half of me at glad to have commerce with a man of talents, a single stroke--You must not take on thus— honour, and honesty. Let me once see you If you do, I shall be extremely uneasy. behave like a poltroon or a villain, and you
Em. Excuse me, I cannot help it—but be know I would cut your throat, colonel! assured, I esteem you as much as ever, Sir. Tam. I don't doubt you, major; but if she
Tam. Esteem! and Sir!—This is cold lan- don't love me for my own sake, for myself, as I guage—I have not been used to hear you talk said, how can I ever be certain that she will in that style, Emily.
not transfer that love to another ? Em. I don't know what I say-I am not Belf. “ For your own sake! for yourself, well-let me retire.
again!”-Why what, in the common name of Tam. When shall we name the happy day? sense, is this self of yours, that you make such I shall make shift to dance on that occasion- a rout about? Your birth, your fortune, your though as Withrington fought-on my stumps, character, your talents, and perhaps, sweet Emily. Tell me, when shall we be happy? colonel, that sweet person of yours-all these
Em. I grow more and more faint-Lead me may have taken her—and habitude, and conto my chamber, Bell.
tinual intercourse, must increase her partiality Bell. She is very ill-don't tease her now, for them in you, more than in any other percolonel : but let us try to procure her some son. But, after all, none of these things are repose.
yourself. You are but the ground; and these Tam. Ay, a short sleep and a little reflec- qualities are woven into your frame. Yet it is tion, and all will be well, I dare say-1 will not the stuff, but the richness of the work, that be here again soon, and administer consola- stamps a value on the piece. tion, I warrant you. Adieu, my dear Emily, Tam. Why, this is downright sermonizing, Em. Adieu. -Oh, Bell!
major. Give you pudding-sleeves and a griz[Exit in tears, with Bell. zle wig, you might be chaplain to the regi. ment. Yet matrimony is a leap in the dark | lished in the Daily Advertiser. But come, indeed, if we cannot beforehand make our for fear of discovery, we had better decamp selves at all certain of the fidelity and atlection for the present. March ! of our wives.
Belf. You'll expose yourself confoundedly, Belf. Marriage is precarious, I grant you, Tamper. and must be so. You may play like a weary Tum. Say no more. I am resolved to put gamester, 'tis true. I would not marry a no- her affection to the trial. If she's thorough torious profligate, nor a woman in a consump-proof, I'm made for ever, Come along. tion; but there is no more answering for the
(Going continuance of her good disposition, than that Belf. Tamper! of her good health.
* Tam. Oh, I am lame- I forgot. (Limping, Tum. Fine maxims! make use of them your- Belf. Lord, Lord! what a fool self-love self; they wont serve me. A fine time, in- makes of a man !
(Exeunt deed, to experience a woman's fidelity-after marriage; a time when every thing conspires
ACT II. to render'it her interest to deceive you! No, no; no fool's paradise for me, Belford.
SCENE 1.-EMILY's Dressing-Room. Belf. A fool's paradise is better than a wiseacre's purgatory.
Emily, Bell, PRATTLE, sitting on a Sufa. Tam. 'Sdeath, Belford, who comes here?I shall be discovered.
Bell. I think you seem to be a good deal re[Resuming his counterfeit manner. covered, Emily'?
Em. I am much better than I was, I thank Enter PRATTLE.
Prat. Ay, ay, I knew we should be better by Prat. Gentleinen, your most obedient; and by-These little nervous disorders are very mighty sorry, extremely concerned, to hear common all over the town-merely owing to the lady's taken ill-I was sent for in a vio- the damp weather, which relaxes the tone of lent hurry--had forty patients to visit-re- the whole system. The poor Duchess of Porsolved to see her, however-Major Belford, Icelain bas had a fever on her spirits these rejoice to see you in good health-Have I the three weeks-Lady Teaser's case is absolutely honour of knowing this gentleman ?
hysterical; and Lady Betty Dawdle is almost (Pointing to TAMPER und going up to him. half mad with lowness of spirits, headaches, Tam. Hum, hum!
tremblings, vain fears, and wanderings of the [Limping away from PRATTLE. mind. Belf. An acquaintance of mine, Mr. Prattle. Em. Pray, Mr. Prattle, how does poor Miss You don't know him, I believe-A little hurt Crompton do? in the service, that's all.
Prat. Never better, Ma'am. Somebody has Prat. Accidents, accidents, will happen-- removed her disorder, by prescribing very efNo less than seven brought into our intirmary fectually to the Marquis of Cranford. His yesterday, and ten into the hospital-Did you intended match with Miss Richman, the hunhear, Major Belford, that poor lady Di. Racket dred thousand pound fortune, is quite off'; and broke ber arm last night, by an overturn, from so, Ma'am, Miss Crompton is perfectly well her horses taking fright among the vast crowd again-By the bye too, she has another reason of coaches getting in at Lady Thunder's rout: to rejoice: for her cousin, Miss Dorothy, who and yesterday morning, Sir Helter Skelter, lives with her, and began, you know, to grow who is so remarkably fond of driving, put out rather old maidish, as we say, Ma'am, made a his collar. bone by a fall from his own coach- sudden conquest of Mr. Bumper, a Lancashire box.
gentleman of a great estate, who came up 10 Tan. Pox on his chattering! I wish he'd be town for the Christmas ; and they were margone!
[Aside. ried at Miss Crompton's yesterday evening., Belf. But your fair patient, Mr. Prattle- Bell. Is it true, Mr. Prattle, that Sir John am afraid we detain you.
Medley is going to the south of France for the Prat. Not at all ;-I'll attend her immedi- recovery of his health. ately—[Going, returns. } - You have not heard Prat. Very true, Ma'am, very true that he's of the change in the ministry!
going, I promise you ; but not for the reTam. Psha!
(.1 side.covery of his health. Sir John's well enough Belf. I have.
himself-but his affairs are in a galloping conPrut. Well, well-[Going, returns.)- Lady sumption, I assure you. No less than two Sarah Melville brought to-bed within these executions in his house. I heard it for a fact two hours--a boy-Gentlemen, your servant, at Lady Modish's. Poor gentleman, I have your very humble servant.
[Exit. known his chariot stand at Arthur's till eight Tam. Chattering jackanapes !
o'clock in the morning. He has had a sad Belf. So, the apothecary's come already-run a long time; but that last affair at Newwe shall have a consultation of physicians, market totally undid him. Pray, ladies, have the knocker tied up, and straw laid in the you heard the story of Alderman Manchester's street shortly-—But are not you ashamed, Tam- lady? per, to give her all this uneasiness?
Bell. Oh, no. Pray, what is it? Tam. No matter-I'll make her ample Prat. A terrible story indeed--Eloped from amends at last-What could possess them to her husband, and went off with Lord Johu send for this blockhead? He'll make her Sprightly. Their intention, it seems, was to worse and worse---He will absolutely talk her go over to Holland; but the Alderman purto death.
sued them to Harwich, and catched them just Belf. Oh, the puppy's in fashion, you know. as they were going to embark. He threat
Tam. It is lucky enough the fellow did not ened Lord John with a prosecution : but know me. He's a downright he-gossip!-and Lord John, who knew the Alderman's turn, any thing he knows might as well be pub- came down with a thousand pounds; and sa the Alderman received his wife, and all is Em. Bell. Ha, ha, ha! well again.
[Looking at each other and affecting to laugh. Bell. I vow,
Mr. Prattle, you are extremely Prat. Ha, ha, ha! very comical! Ha, ha, amusing. You know the chit-chat of the ha ! whole town.
Bell. A frolic, Mr. Prattle, a frolic: I think, Prat. Can't avoid picking up a few slight | however, you had better not take any notice anecdotes, to be sure, Ma'am-Go into the best of it abroad. houses in town attend the best families in Prat. Me! I shall never breathe it, Ma'am : the kingdom--nobody better received-nobody I am close as oak-an absolute free-mason for takes more care–nobody tries to give more secrecy--But, Ma'am, [Rising:) I must bid satisfaction.
you good morning-I have several patients to Bell. Is there any public news of any kind, visit before dinner. Mrs. Tremor, I know, will Mr. Prattle ?
be dying with the vapours till she sees me; Prat. None at all, Ma'am-except that the and i am to meet Dr. Valerian at Lord Hectic's officers are most of them returned from the in less than half an hour. Havannah.
Em. Ring the bell, my dear-Mr. Prattle, Em. So we hear, Sir.
your servant, Prat. I saw Colonel Tamper yesterday. O, Prat. Ladies, your very humble servant. I ay! and Major Belford, and another gentle shall send you a cordial mixture, Ma'am, to man, as I came in here this morning.
be taken in any particular faintness, or lowBell. That was Colonel Tamper, Sir. ness of spirits; and some draughts, for mornPrat. That gentleman, Colonel Tamper, ing and evening. Have a care of catching Ma'am!
cold, be cautious in your diet, and mahe no Bell. Yes, Sir.
doubt but in a few days we shall be pe. fectly Prat. Pardon me, Ma'am! I know Colonel recovered. Ladies, your servant: your most Tamper very well.-That poor gentleman was obedient, very humble servant. [Erit. somewhat disabled-had suffered a little in
[The Ladies sit for some time silent. the wars—Colonel Tamper is not so unfor
Bell. Sister Emily. tunate.
Em. Sister Bell ! Em. O yes, that horrid accident!
Bell. What d'ye think of Colonel Tamper Prat. What accident ?
now, sister? Bell. His wounds—his wounds-Don't you Em. Why I am so provoked, and so pleased; know, Sir ?
so angry, and so diverted; that I don't know Prat. Wounds, Ma'am!-Upon my word, I whether I should be in or out of humour, at never heard he had received any.
this discovery. Bell. No! Why he lost a leg and eye at the Bell. No !--Is it possible you can have so siege of the Havannah.
little spirit ? This tattling apothecary will tell Prat. Did he? Why then, Ma'am, I'll be this fine story at every house he goes into—it bold to say he is the luckiest man in the world. will be town-talk-Ifa lover of mine had atBell. Why so, Sir ?
tempted to put such an impudent deceit upon Prat. Because, Ma'am, if he lost a leg or me, I would never see his face again. an eye at the Havannah, they must be grown Em. If you had a lover that you liked, Bell, again, or he has somehow procured others you would not be quite so violent. that do the business every whit as well.
Bell, Indeed, but I should. What ! to come Em. Impossible!
here with a Canterbury tale of a leg and an Prat. I wish I may die, Ma'am, if the Colo-eye, and Heaven knows what, merely to try the nel had not yesterday two as good legs and extent of his power over you-To gratify his fine eyes as any man in the world. If he lost inordinate vanity, in case you should retain one of each at the Havannah, we practitioners your aflection for him; or to reproach you for in physic should be much obliged to him to your weakness and infidelity, if you could not communicate his receipt, for the benefit of reconcile yourself to him on that supposition. Greenwich and Chelsea hospitals.
Em. It is abominably provoking, I own; Em. Are you sure that the colonel has had and yet, Bell, it is not a quarter of an hour no such loss, Sir ?
ago, but I would have parted with half my Prat. As sure as that I am here, Ma'am! I fortune to have made it certain that there was saw him going into the what-d'ye-call-bim a trick in the story. ambassador's, just over against my house, Bell. Well, I never knew one of these men yesterday; and the last place I was at this of extraordinary sense, as they are called, that morning was Mrs. Daylight's, where I heard was not in some instances a greater fool than the colonel was at her route last night, and the rest of mankind. that every body thought he was rather im- Em. After all, Bell, I must confess that this proved than injured by his late expedition. stratagem bas convinced me of the infirmity of But, odso! Lack-a-day, lack-a-day, lack-a- my temper. This supposed accident began to day!-now I recollect-ha, ha, ha!
make strange work with me. (Laughing, ery heartily. Bell. I saw that plain enough. I told you Bell. What's the matter, Mr. Prattle ? what your pure and disinterested passion, sis
Prat. Excuse me, ladies; I can't forbear ter, would come to, long ago. Yet this is so laughing--ha, ha, ha !—The gentleman in the flagrant an affront, I would not marry him t'other room, Colonel Tamper! ha, ha, ha!-I these seven years. find the colonel had a mind to pay a visit in Em. That, perhaps, might be punishing mymasquerade this morning-I spoke to Major self, sister. Belford-I thought I knew his friend too- Bell. We must plague him, and heartily too. but he limped away and hid his face, and Oh, for a bright thought now, some charming would not speak to me.-Upon my word, he invention to torment him ! did it very well! I could have sworn there Em. Oh, as to that matter, I should be glad had been an amputation-He would make a to have some comical revenge on him, with all figure at a masked ball. Ha, ha, ha!
telligence has given me spirits equal to any Serr. Captain Johnson, Ma'am.
thing. Now I know it is but a trick, I shall Em. Desire him to walk up. [Exit Servant.] scarce be able to see him limping about withI am fit to see any company now. This disco
out laughing. very will do me more good, I believe, than all
Enter SERVANT. Mr. Prattle's cordial mixtures, as he calls them.
Serv. Colonel Tamper, Madam. Bell. Oh, you're in charming spirits, sister
Em. Show him in ! [Exit Servant.]—Now, - But Captain Johnson! you abound' in the
ladies! military, captains, colonels, and majors, by
Bell. Now, sister !-Work him heartily ; cut wholesale: who is Captain Johnson, pray?
him to the bone, charge you. If you show Em. Only the name that Mademoiselle Flo- him the least mercy, you are no woman. rival, the Belleisle Lady you saw this morning, goes by.
Enter COLONEL TAMPER. Bell. Oh, sister, the luckiest thought in the world—such a use to make of this lady.
Tam. This is to have new servants! not at Em. What d'ye mean?
home, indeed !-A pack of blockheads, to Bell. Captain Johnson shall be Colonel Tam- think of denying my Emily to me. I knew the per's rival, sister!
poor dear soul was a little out of order indeed Em. Hush ! here she is.
-but-[Seeing Flokival.)- I beg pardon,
Madam? I did not know you had company. Enter MADEMOISELLE FLORIVAL.
Bell. Oh, this gentleman is a particular
friend of my sister’s-he's let in at any time. Em. Give me leave, Madam, to introduce you Tam. Hum!
[Disordered. to my sister.
Em. I did not expect to see you return so Bill. I have heard your story, Madam, and soon, Sir! take part in your misfortunes.
Tam. No; I believe I am come somewhat Flo. I am infinitely obliged both to you and unexpectedly indeed, Madam! to that lady, Madam.
Em. If your return had not been so extremeEm. Oh! Madam, I have been extremely ill | ly precipitate, Sir, I should have sent you a since you was here this morning, and terrified message on purpose to prevent your giving almost beyond imagination.
yourself that trouble. Flo. I am very sorry to hear it; may I ask Tam. Madam! a message! for what reason ? what has alarmed you?
Em. Because I am otherwise engaged. Em. It is so ridiculous, I scarce know how
[With indifference. to tell you.
Tam. Engaged ! I don't apprehend you, MaBell. Then I will. You must know, Ma'am, dam. that my sister was engaged to an officer, who Em. No; you are extremely dull then: don't went out on a late military expedition. He is you see I'ha e company? Was you at the just returned, but is come home with the opera last night, Captain Johnson ? strangest conceit that ever filled the brain of a
[Coquetting with FLORIVAL. lover. He took it into his head to try my sis- Tam. I am thunderstruck. Madam! Miss ter's faith by pretending to be maimed and Emily! Madam! wounded, and has actually visited her this Em. Sir !-Colonel Tamper !-Sir! morning in a counterfeit character. We have Tam. I say, Madam ! just now detected the imposition, and want Em. Sir ! your assistance to be pleasantly revenged on Tam. 'Sdeath, I have not power to speak to him.
her. This strange and sudden alteration in Flo. I cannot bring myself to be an advo- your behaviour, Madam cate for the lady's cruelty-But you may both Em. Alteration ! none at all, Sir; the change command me in any thing.
is on your side, not mine. I'll be judged by Em. There is no cruelty in the case; I fear I this gentleman. Captain Johnson, here's a am gone too far for that. As you are, in ap- miniature of the colonel, which he sat for just pearance, such a smart young gentleman, my before be went abroad-done by a good hand, sister has waggishly proposed to make you and reckoned a striking likeness. Did you the instrument of exciting Colonel Tamper's ever see a poor creature so altered ? jealousy, by your personating the character of
[Giving a bracelet. a supposed rival-Was not that your device, Flo. Why really, Madam, there is, I must sister?
own, a very visible difference at present. That Bell. It was; and if this lady will come in- black ribband (Looking by turns on the picture to it, and you play your part well, we'll tease and COLONEL TAMPER.) makes a total eclipse the wise colonel, and make him sick of his of the brilliancy of this right eye-and then, rogueries, I warrant you.
the irregular motion of the leg gives such a Flo. I have been a mad girl in my time, I twist to the rest of the body, thatconfess, and remember when I should have Tam. Sir ! - But it is to you l address myself joined in such a frolic with pleasure. At pre- at present, Madam. I was once fond and foolsent, I fear I am scarce mistress enough of my ish enough to imagine, that you had a heart temper to maintain my character with any truly generous and sensible; and flattered mytolerable humour. However, I will summon self that it was above being shaken by absence, up all my spirits, and do my best to oblige or affected by events. How have I been deyou.
ceived! I find that Bell. Oh, you will have but little to do- Em. Pardon me, Sir, I never deceived you ; The business will lie chiefly on your hands, nay, you see that I disdained the thought of Emily-You must be most intolerably pro- deceiving you even for a day, Out of respect voking. If you do but irritate him suficient to our late mutual attachment, I am resolved ly, we shall have charming sport with him. to deal openly with you. In a word, then, every
Em. Never fear me, Bell ; Mr. Prattle's in- thing between us must now be at an end.