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Strict. By listening, I suppose, to the young | I have said, that I suspect your innocence; gentleman's proposals ?
but by crushing this growing friendship all at Jac. Which are very reasonable, in my once, may prevent a train of mischief which opinion.
you do not foresee. I was perhaps too harsh, Strict. Oh, very modest ones truly; and a therefore do it in your own way; but let me very modest gentleman he is that proposes see the house fairly rid of her.
(Exit. them! A fool, to expect a lady of thirty thou- Mrs. S. His earnestness in this affair amazes sand pounds fortune should, by the care and me; I am sorry I made this visit to Clarinda ; prudence of her guardian, be thrown away and yet l'll answer for her honour. What can upon a young fellow not worth three hundred | I say to her ? Necessity must plead in my exa year. He thinks being in love is an excuse cusemfor at all events Mr. Strictland must be for this ; but I am not in love : what does he obeyed.
[Exit. think will excuse me? Mrs. S. Well; but, Mr. Strictland, I think
SCENE III.-St. James's Park. the gentleman should be heard.
Enter BELLAMY and FRANKLY. Strict. Well, well, seven o'clock's the time; Bel. Is love the secret Ranger is not fit to and if the man has had the good fortune, since hear? In my mind, he would prove the more I saw him last, to persuade somebody or other able counsellor. And is all the gay indifference to give him a better estate, I give him my con- of my friend at last reduced to love ? sent, not else. His servant waits below : you Frank. Even so.-Never was prude more remay tell him I shall be at home. [Exit. solute in chastity and ill nature, than I was Jacintha.) But where is your friend, your fixed in indifference: but love has raised me other half, all this while? I thought you could from that inactive state above the being of a not have breathed a minute without your Clar-man. inda.
Bel. Faith, Charles, I begin to think it bas; Mrs. S. Why the truth is, I was going to but pray bring this rupture into order a little, see what makes her keep her chamber so and tell me regularly, how, where, and when. long.
Frank. If I was not more unreasonably in Strict. Lookye, Mrs. Strictland, you have love, those horrid questions would stop my been asking for money this morning. In plain mouth at once; but as I am armed against terms, not one shilling shall pass through these reason I answer-at Bath, on Tuesday, she fingers, till you have cleared my house of this danced and caught me. Clarinda.
Bel. Danced ! and was that all ? But who Mrs. S. How can her innocent gayety have is she? what is her name ? her fortune ? where offended you? she is a woman of honour, and does she live? has as many good qualities-
Frank. Hold! hold! not so many hard quesStrict. As women of honour generally have. tions; have a little mercy. I know but little I know it, and therefore am uneasy.
of her, that's certain ; but all I do know you Mrs. S. But, Sir
shall have. That evening was the first of her Strict. But,' Madam-Clarinda, por e'er a appearing at Bath; the moment I saw ber, I rake of fashion in England, shall live in my resolved to ask the favour of her hand ; but the family to debauch it.
easy freedom with which she gave it, and her Mrs. S. Sir, she treated me with so much unaffected good humour during the whole civility in the country, that I thought I could night, gained such a power over my heart, as not do less than invite her to spend as much none of her sex could ever boast before. I time with me in town as her engagements waited on her home, and the next morning, would permit. I little imagined you could when I went to pay the usual compliments, the have been displeased at my having so agree- bird was flown ; she was set out for London able a companion.
two hours before, and in a chariot and six, Strict. There was a time when I was com- you rogue. pany enough for leisure hours.
Bel. But was it her own, Charles ? Mrs. s. There was a time when every word Frank. That I don't know ; but it looks betof mine was sure of meeting with a smile; but ter than being dragged to town in the stage. those happy days, I know not why, have long That day and the vext I spent in inquiries. I been over.
waited on the ladies who came with her; they Strict, I cannot bear a rival even of your own knew nothing of her. So, without learning sex. I hate the very name of female friends. either her name or fortune, I e'en called for my No two of you can ever be an hour by your boots, and rode post after her. selves, but one or both are the worse of it. Bel. And how do you find yourself after your Mrs. S. Dear Mr. Strictland
journey? Strict. This I know, and will not suffer. Frank. Why, as yet, I own I am but upon a
Mrs. S. It grieves me, Sir, to see you so cold scent: but a woman of her sprightliness much in earnest : but, to convince you how and gentility cannot but frequeni all public willing I am to make you easy in every thing, places; and when once she is found, the pleait shall be my request to her to remove im- sure of the chase will over-pay the pains of mediately.
rousing her. Ob, Bellamy ! there was someStrict. Do it-harkye-your request ?–Why thing peculiarly charming in her, that seenied yours ?—'tis mine-my command-tell her so.
to claim my further acquaintance; and if in I will be master of my own family, and I care the other more familiar parts of life she shines not who knows it.
with that superior lustre, and at last I win her Mrs. S. You fright me, Sir.- But it shall be to my arms, how shall I bless my resolution in as you please.
[Exit, in tears. pursuing her! Strict. Ha! have I gone too far? I am not Bel. But if at last she should prove unmaster of myself. Mrs. Strictland!
Frank. I would endeavour to forget ber. Re-enter Mrs. STRICTLAND.
Bel. Promise me that, Charles, (Takes his Understand me right. I do not mean, by wbat hand.] and I allow-But we are interrupted.
Enter JACK MEGGOT.
no engagement, for you two positively shall J. Meg: Whom have we here? My old friend, dine with me: 1 have the finest macaroni in Frankly! thou art grown a mere antique since
life. Oblige me so far.
Bel. Sir, your servant; what say you, I saw thee. How hast thou done these five hundred years ?
J. Meg. Pho! pox! Charles, you shall go. Frank. Even as you see me ; well, and at
My aunts think you begin to neglect them; your service ever.
and old maids, you know, are the most jealous J. Meg. Ha! who's that?
creatures in life. [Apart to FRANKLY.
Frank. Ranger swears they can't be maids, Frank. A friend of mine. (Apart.] Mr. Bel
they are so good-natured. Well, I agree, lamy, this is Jack Meggot, Sir, as honest a condition I may eat what I please, and go fellow as any in life. Don't be silly.-Sir, I am your humble : any will. But how shall we do? my post-chaise J. Meg. Pho! pr’ythee! pox! Charles-away just when I will.
J. Meg. Ay, ay, you shall do just what you one who is a friend of my Frankly's, I am
wont carry us all. proud of embracing. Bel . Sir, I shall endeavour to deserve your duct Mr. Bellamy.
Frank. My chariot is here, and I will concivility: J. Meg. Oh, Sir !-Well, Charles; what,
Bel. Mr. Meggot, I beg pardon, I can't posdumb ?—Come, come, you may talk,' though sibly dine out of town; I have an engagement you have nothing to say, as I do. Let'us hear; early in the evening.
J. Meg. Out of town! No, my dear, I live where have you been? Frank. Why, for this last week, Jack, 1 just by. I see one of the dilettanti I'would
not miss speaking to for the universe. And have been at Bath.
[Exit. life! amongst tradesmen's wives who hate had at least fifty' miles to go post for a spoonJ. Meg. Bath! the most ridiculous place in so expect you at three.
Frank. Ha, ha, ha! and so you thought you their husbands, and people of quality that had
ful of macaroni ? rather go to the devil than stay at home
Bel. A special acquaintance I have made people of no taste, no goat; and for divertimenti, if it were not for the puppet-show, la to-day!
Frank. For all this, Bellamy, he has a heart news, Charles; the ladies I fear your time worthy your friendship. He spends his estate hung heavy on your hands, by the small stay by showing him how he can be of service to
freely; and you cannot oblige bim more than you made there.
you. Frank. Faith, and so it did, Jack; the ladies are grown such idiots in love. The heart, Frankly, I value in a man.
Bel. Now you say something. It is the cards have so debauched their five senses,
Frank. Right-and there is a heart even in that love, almighty love himself, is utterly neglected.
a woman's breast that is worth the purchase, 9. Meg. It is the strangest thing in life, but lamy, I know your concern for me; see her
or my judgment has deceived me. Dear Bel it is just so with us abroad. Faith, Charles, first, and then blame me if you can. to tell you a secret which I don't care if alí the world knows, I am almost surfeited with if my endeavours can be serviceable, I will
Bel. So far from blaming you, Charles, that the service of the ladies; the modest ones, I
beat the bushes with you. mean. The vast variety of duties they expect, as dressing up to the fashion, losing fashion- you know less of her than I: but if, in your
Frank. That I am afraid will not do; for ably, keeping fashionable hours, drinking walks, you meet a finer woman than ordinary, fashionable liquors, and fifty other such irre, let her not escape till I have seen her. gular niceties, so ruin a man's pocket and constitution, that, 'fore gad, he must have the Wheresoever she is, she cannot long lie hid. estate of a duke, and the strength of a gon
(Exeunt, dolier, who would list himself into their ser
ACT II. vice. Frank. A free confession truly, Jack, for one
SCENE I.-St. James' Park. of your coat. Bel. The ladies are obliged to you.
Enter CLARINDA, JACINTHA, and Mrs.
STRICTLAND. Enter Buckle, with a letter to BELLAMY. Jac. Ay, ay, we both stand condemned out
of our own mouths. J. Meg. Oh lard, Charles ! I have had the Cla. Why, I cannot but own I never had greatest misfortune in life since I saw you; thought of any man that troubled me but him. poor Otho, that I brought from Rome with Mrs. S. Then I dare swear, by this time, ine, is dead.
you heartily repent your leaving Bath so Frank. Well, well, get you another, and all soon. will be well again.
Cla. Indeed, you are mistaken. I have not J. Meg. No; the rogue broke me so much had one scruple since. china, and gnawed my Spanish-leather shoes Jac. Why, what one inducement can he have so filthily, that when he was dead, I began not ever to think of you again? to endure him.
Cla. Oh, the greatest of all inducements, Bel. Exactly at seven ! Run back and assure curiosity: let me assure you a woman's surest him I will not fail. [Exit BUCKLE.) Dead! hold over a man is to keep him in uncertainty. pray who was the gentleman ?
As soon as ever you put him out of doubt, you J. Meg. This gentleman was my monkey, put him out of your power : but, when once a Sir; an odd sort of a fellow, that used to woman has awaked his curiosity, she may divert me, and pleased every one so at Rome, lead him a dance of many a troublesome mile, that he always made one in our conversations. without the least fear of losing him at last. But, Mr. Bellamy, I saw a servant; I have Jac. Now do I heartily wish he may bave
spirit enough to follow, and use you as you serves.-Good Heaven! If I had such a hus. deserve. Such a spirit, with but a little know-bandledge of our sex, might put that heart of yours Mrs. S. You would be just as unhappy as I into a strange flútter.
Cla. I care not how soon, I long to meet Cla. But come now, confess-do not you with such a fellow. Our modern beaus are long to be a widow ? such joint-babies in love, they have no feel- Mrs. S. Would I were any thing but what ing; they are entirely insensible either of pain I am! or pleasure but from their own dear persons; Cla. Then go the nearest way about it. I'd and according as we flatter or affront their break that stout heart of his in less than a beauty, they admire or forsake ours : they are fortnight. I'd make him knownot worthy even of our displeasure : and, in Mrs. S. Pray, be silent. You know my reshort, abusing them is but so much ill nature solution. merely thrown away. But the man of sense, Cla. I know you have no resolution. who values himself upon his high abilities, or Mrs. S. You are a mad creature, but I forthe man of wit, who thinks a woman beneath give you. his conversation to see such the subjects of Cla. It is all meant kindly, I assure you. our power, the slaves of our frowns and But since you wont be persuaded to your good, smiles, is glorious indeed!
I will think of making you easy in your subMrs. S. No man of sense, or wit either, if mission, as soon as ever I can. I dare say ! he be truly so, ever did or ever can think a may have the same lodging I had last year: 1 woman of merit beneath his wisdom to con- can know immediately.-I see my chair: and verse with.
so, ladies both, adieu.
[Erit. Jac. Nor will such a woman value herself Juc. Come, Mrs. Strictland, we shall bat upon making such a lover uneasy.
just have time to get home before Mr. Bellamy Cla. Amazing! Why, every woman can give returns. ease. You cannot be in earnest.
Mrs. S. Let us return then to our common Mrs. S. I can assure you she is, and has put prison. You must forgive my ill nature, Jain practice the doctrine she has been teach-cintha, if I almost wish Mr. Strictland may ing.
refuse to join your hand where your heart is Cla. Impossible! Who ever heard the name given. of love mentioned without an idea of torment? Jac. Lord, Madam, what do you mean? But pray let us hear.
Mrs. S. Self-interest only, child. Methinks Juc. Nay, there is nothing to hear, that I your company in the country would soften all kuow of.
my sorrows, and I could bear them patiently. Cla. So I suspected indeed. The novel is not likely to be long, when the lady is so well
Re-enter CLARINDA. repared for the denoüement.
Cla. Dear Mrs. Strictland.-I am so conJac. The novel, as you call it, is not so short fused, and so out of breathas you may imagine. I and my spark have Mrs. S. Why, what's the matter ? been long acquainted : as he was continually Jac. I protest, you fright me. with my father, I soon perceived he loved me; Cla. Oh! I have no time to recover myself, and the manner of his expressing that love I am so frightened and so pleased. In short was what pleased and won ine most.
then, the dear man is here. Cla. Well, and how was it? the old bait, Mrs. S. Here-Lord-Where? flattery ; dear flattery, I warrant ye.
Cla. I met him this instant; I saw him at a Jac. No, indeed; I had not the pleasure of distance, turned short, and ran hither directly. hearing my person, wit, and beauty, painted Let us go home.-1 tell you he follows me. out with forced praises ; but I had a more Mrs. S. Why, had you not better stay, and sensible delight, in perceiving the drift of his let him speak to you. whole behaviour was to make every hour of (la. Ay!-But then-he wont know where my time pass away agreeably.
I live, without my telling him. CUs. The rustic! what, did he never say a Mrs. S. Come ihen. Ha, ha, ha! handsome thing of your person?
Jac. Ay, poor Clarinda !-- Allons donc. Mrs. S. He did, it seems, what pleased her
[Exeunt. better; he flattered her good sense, as much
Enter FRANKLY. as a less cunning lover would have done her beauty.
Frank. Sure that must be she! her shape and Cla: On my conscience, you are well match easy air cannot be so exactly copied by anoed.
ther. Now, you young rogue, Cupid, guide Jac..So well, that if my guardian denies me me directly to her, as you would the surest happiness (and this evening he is to pass his arrow in your quiver.
(Exit. final sentence,) nothing is left but to break my prison, and fly into my lover's arms for SCENE II.-A Street before STRICTLAND's safety.
door. Cla. Hey-day! o’my conscience, thou art a
Enter CLARINDA, JACINTHA, and MRS. brave girl. Tiou art the very first prude that
STRICTLAND. ever had honesty enough to avow her passion for a man.
Cla. Lord !- -Dear Jacintha-for Heaven's Jac. And thou art the first finished coquette sake make haste : he'll overtake us before we who ever l;ad any honesty at all.
Mrs. S. Cone, come ; you are both too good Jac. Overtake us! why, he is not in sight. for either of those characters.
Cla. Is he not? Ha! Sure I have not Cla. And my dear Mrs. Strictland here, is dropped my fan.--I would not have him lose the first young married woman of spirit who sight of me neither. has an ill-natured fellow for a husband, and Mrs. S. Here he is never once thinks of using him as he de- Cla. In-In-In, then,
Jac. (Laughing:] What, without your fan? Cla. Very well, I come. [Exit LUCETTA.]
Cla. Pshaw! Thave lost nothing.-In, in, You see, Sir, I am called away: but I hope I'll follow you.
you will excuse it, when I leave you with an [Exeunt into the house, CLARINDA last. assurance, that the business which brings me
to town will keep me here some time. Enter FRANKLY.
Frank. How generous it is in you thus to Frank. It is impossible I should be deceived.
ease the heart that knew not how to ask for My eyes, and the quick pulses at the heart, such a favour-I fear to offend-But this house assure me it is she. Ha!’tis she, by Heaven!
I suppose is yours? and the door left open too.-A fair invitation,
Cla. You will hear of me, if not find me,
here. by all the rules of love.
[Erit. SCENE IN.-An Apartment in STRICTLAND's
Cla. I'm undone !-He has me!
Enter Mrs. STRICTLAND.
Mrs. S. Well; how do you find yourself? Frank. I hope, Madam, you will excuse
Cla. I do find that if he goes on as he has boldness of this intrusion, since it is owing to begun, I shall certainly have him without giv
ing him the least uneasiness. your own behaviour that I am forced to it. Cla. To my behaviour, Sir ?
Mrs. S. A very terrible prospect, indeed! Frank. You cannot but remember me at
Cla. But I must tease him a little-Where Bath, Madam, where I so lately had the is Jacintha ? how will she laugh at me, if I favour of your hand
become a pupil of hers and learn to give ease! Cla. I do remember, Sir; but I little expect- No; positively I shall never do it.
Mrs. S. Poor Jacintha has met with what I ed any wrong interpretation of my behaviour from one who had so much the appearance of feared from Mr. Strictland's temper, an utter
denial. I know not why, but he really grows a gentleman. Frank. What I saw of your behaviour was
more and more ill.natured, so just it would admit of no misrepresentation.
Cla. Well ; now do I heartily wish my afI only feared, whatever reason you had to fairs were in his power a little, that I might conceal your name from me at Bath, you difficulties; and yet, I don't know-it is as
have a few difficulties to surmount: I love might have the same to do it now; and though my, happiness was so nearly concerned,"i well as it is. rather chose to venture thus abruptly after
Mrs. S. Ha, ha, ha! Come, the tea waits. you, than be impertinently inquisitive.
[Ereunt. Cla. Sir, there seems to be so much civility
Enter STRICTLAND. in your rudeness, that I can easily forgive it'; though I don't see how your happiness is at
Strict. These doings in my house distract all concerned.
me. I met a fine gentleman ; when I inquired Frank. No, Madam! I believe you are the who he was-why, he came to Çlarinda. you are mistress of, be insensible of the power wife had the character of a virtuous womanonly lady who could, with the qualifications met a footman too, and he came to Clarinda.
I shall not be easy till she is decamped. My they give you over the happiness of our sex.
Cla. How vain should we women be, if you and they have not been long acquainted: but gentlemen were but wise! If you did not all then they were by themselves ai Bath-That of you say the same things to every woman,
hurts-that hurts-they must be watched, they we should certainly be foolish enough to be must; I know them, I know all their wiles, lieve some of you were in earnest.
and the best of them are but hypocrites-Ha ! Frank. Could you have the least sense of what I feel whilst I am speaking, you would
Re-enter Lucetta, who passes over the Stage. know me to be in earnest, and what I say to Suppose I bribe the maid: she is of their be the dictates of a heart' that admires you ; council, the manager of their secrets: it shall may I not say thatCla, Sir, this is carrying the
be so; money will do it, and I shall know all Frank. When I danced with you at Bath, I
that passes." Lucetta !
Luc. Sir. was charmed with your whole behaviour, and Strict. Lucetta ! felt the same tender admiration : but my hope of seeing you afterwards kept in my passion me now, I'm undone.
Luc. Sir.-If he should suspect, and search
[Aside. till a more proper time should offer. You cannot therefore blame me now, if, after having able. [Aside.)-Lucetta, you are a good girl,
Strict. She is a sly girl, and may be servicelost you once, I do not suffer an inexcusable and have an honest face. I like it. It looks modesty to prevent my making use of this second opportunity.
as if it carried no deceit in it-Yet, if she
should be false, she can do me most harm. Cla. This behaviour, Sir, is so different from the gayety of your conversation then, that I am
[Aside. at a loss how to answer you.
Luc. Pray, Sir, speak out. Frank. There is nothing, Madam, which highest imprudence to trust her.
Strict. No; she is a woman, and it is the could take off from the gayety with which
Luc. I am not able to understand you. your presence inspires every heart, but the fear of losing you. How can I be otherwise
Strict. I am glad of it. I would not have than as I am, when I know not, but you may
you understand me. leave London as abruptly as you did Bath.
Luc. Then what did you call me for?-If he
should be in love with my face, it would be Enter LUCETTA. rare sport.
Strict. Tester, ay, Tester is the proper Luc. Madam, the tea is ready, and my mis- person. [Aside.] Lucetta, tell Tester I want tress waits for you.
Luc. Yes, Sir.-Mighty odd, this! It gives her head, she is upon the rack till she executes me time, however, to send Buckle with this it. 'Fore gad, Mr. Bellamy, this must be a letter to his master.
[Aside ; exit. girl of fire. Strict. Could I but be once well satisfied that my wife had really finished me, I believe
Enter FRANKLY. I should be as quiet as if I were sure to the Frank. Buxom and lively as the bounding contrary : but whilst I am in doubt, I am mis- doe-Fair as painting can express, or youth. erable.
ful poets fancy when they love. Tol de rol Enter Tester.
[Singing & dancing.
Bel. Who is this you talk thus raplurously Tes. Does your honour please to want me ?
of? Strict. Ay, Tester-I need not fear. The
Frank. Who should it be, but I shall honesty of his service, and the goodness of know her naine to-morrow. [Sings and dunces. his look, make me secure. I will trust him.
J. Meg. What is the matter, ho! Is the man [Aside.)--Tester, I think I have been a toler-mad? able good master to you. Tes. Yes, Sir--very tolerable.
Frank. Even so, gentlemen; as mad as love Strict. I like his simplicity well. It pro
and joy can make me.
Bël. But inform me whence this joy promises honesty. (Aside.] I have a secret, T'esceeds. ter, to impart to you; a thing of the greatest importance. Look upon me, and don't stand Perdita! my charmer!
Frank. Joy! joy! my lads! she's found ! my picking your fingers.
J. Meg: 'Egad! her charms have bewitched Tes. Yes, Sir.—No, Sir.
the man, I think.-But who is she? Strict. But will not his simplicity, expose him the more to Lucetta's cunning ? Yes, yes ; der:
Bel. Come, come, tell us who is this won. she will worm the secret out of him. I had
Frank. But will yon say nothing? better trust her with it at once.-S0-I will.
Bel. Nothing, as I live. (Aside.] Tester, go send Lucetta hither.
Frank, Nor you? Tes. Yes, Sir-Here she is.
J. Meg. I'll be as silent as the grave
Frank. With a tombstone upon it, to tell Re-enter LUCETTA.
every one whose dust it carries. Lucetta, my master wants you.
J. Meg. I'll be as secret as a debauched Strict. Get you down, Tester.
prudeTes. Yes, Sir.
Frank. Whose sanctity every one suspects. Luc. If you want me, Sir, I beg you would Jack, Jack, 'tis not in thy nature ; keeping a make haste, for I have a thousand things to
secret is worse to thee than keeping thy acdo.
counts. But to leave fooling, listen to me Strict. Well, well; what I have to say will both, that I may whisper it into your ears, not take up much time, could I but persuade that echo may
not catch the sinking sound. you to be honest.
I cannot tell who she is, faith.-Tol de rol Luc. Why, Sir, I hope you don't suspect my
J. Meg. Mad! mad! very mad! Strict. Well, well; I believe you honest.
Frank. All I know of her is, that she is a
(Shuts the door. charming woman, and has given me liberty to Luc. What can be at the bottom of all this?
visit her again.—Bellamy, 'uis she, the lovely [.4 side. she.
[Apart to BELLAMY.
Bel. So I did suppose. Strict. So; we cannot be too private. Come
[Apart. hither, hussy ; nearer yet.
J. Meg. Poor Charles ! for Heaven's sake, Luc. Lord, Sir! you are not going to be Mr. Bellamy, persuade him to go to his cham? rude. I vow I will call out.
ber, whilst I prepare every thing for you at Strict. Hold your tongue-Does the baggage home. Adieu. (Aside to Bellamy.] B'ye, laugh at me? She does; she mocks me, and / Charles. Ha, ha, ha!
[Exit. will reveal it to my wife ; and her insolence
Frank. Oh, love ! thou art a gift worthy of upon it will be more insupportable to me than
a god indeed! Dear Bellamy, nothing now cuckoldom itself. (Aside.j'I have not leisure could add to my pleasure, but to see my friend now, Lucetta-Some other time—Husk! Did as deep in love as I am. not the bell ring? Yes, yes; my wise wants
Bel. I show my heart is capable of love by you. Go, go, go to her. (Pushes her out.] the friendship it bears to you. There is no hell on earth like being a slave to
Frank. The light of friendship looks but dim suspicion.
[Exit. before the brighter flame of love; love is the
spring of cheerfulness and joy. Why how
dull and phlegnatic do you show to me now; SCENE IV.-The Piazza, Covent Garden.
whilst I am ali life ; light as feathered Mercury. Enter BELLAMY and JacK MEGGOT.
-You, dull and cold as earth and water; i,
light, and warm as air and fire. These are the Bel. Nay, pay; I would not put your family only elements in love's world! Why, Bellamy, into any confusion.
for shame! get thee a mistress, and be soJ. Meg. None in life, my dear, I assure you. ciable. · I will go and order every thing ihis instant for Bel. Frankly, I am now going toher reception
Frank. Why that face now ? Your humble Bel. You are too obliging, Sir; but you servant, Sir. My flood of joy shall not be stopneed not be in this hurry, for I am in no cer- ped by your melancholy fits, I assure yon. tainty when I shall trouble you; I only know
(Going. that my Jacintha has taken such a resolution. Bel. Stay, Frankly, I beg you stay. What
J. Meg. Therefore we should be prepared; would you say now if I were really in love? for, when once a lady has such a resolution in Frank. Why faith, thou hast such romantie