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me a lodging;, 'lis no matter how far off my Frank. Unfortunate indeed! Could you not guardian's. Yours, Jacintha.”
make a second attempt ? Jac. The very words of my letter! I am Bel. I had designed it; but when I came to amazed ! [ Aside.] Do you know Mr. Bellamy? the door, I found the ladder removed ; and
Ran. There is not a man on earth I have so hearing no noise, seeing no lights, nor being great a value for: and he must have some value able to make any body answer,
I concluded all for me too, or he would never have shown me attempts as impracticable as I now find them.your pretty epistle ; think of that, fair lady. Ha! I see Lucetta coming. Then they may be The ladder is at the window; and so, Madam, still in town. I hope delivering you safe into his arms, will in some measure expiate the crime I have been
Enter LUCETTA. guilty of to you. Jac. Good Heaven! How fortunate is this!
Lucetta, welcome! what news of Jacintha ? Ran. I believe I make myself appear more
Luc. News, Sir! you fright me out of my wicked than I really am. For, damn me, if I senses! Why, is she not with you ? do not feel more satisfaction in the thoughts of not seen her since I lost her last
Bel. What do you mean? With me! I have restoring you to my friend, than I could have
Luc. Good Heaven! then she is undone for pleasure in any favour your bounty could have bestowed. Let any other rake lay his hand upon his heart and say the same.
Frank. Why, what's the matter? Jac. Your generosity transports me.
Bel. Speak out—I'm all amazement. Ran. Let us lose no time then; the ladder's knowing how. Nobody missed her till morn
Luc. She is escaped, without any of us ready. Where was you to lodge ? Jać. At Mr. Meggot's.
ing. We all thought she went away with Ran. At my friend Jacky's! better and bet- you. But Heaven knows now what may have ter still.
happened. Jac. Are you acquainted with him too?
Bel. Somebody must have accompanied her Ran. Ay, ay; why, did I not tell you at first
in her flight. that I was one of your old acquaintance ? ! confusion at home. My master swears re
Luc. We know of nobody: we are all in know all about you, you see; though the devil fetch me if ever I saw you before. Now, Mayenge on you. My mistress says a stranger
has her. dam, give me your hand. Jac. And now, Sir, have with you.
Bel. A stranger ! Ran. Then thou art a girl of spirit. And
Luc. But Mrs. Clarinda
Bel. Clarinda! who is she? though I long to hug you for trusting yourself with me, I will not beg a single kiss, till Bel.
Luc. The lady, Sir, who you saw at our
house last night. lamy himself shall give me leave. He must
Frank. Ha ! what of her ? fight well that takes you from me. [Exeunt.
Luc. She says, she is sure one Frankly is
the man ; she saw them together, and knows ACT IV.
it to be true.
[Aside SCENE I.-The Piazza.
Luc. Sure this is not Mr. Frankly.
Frank. Notbing will convince him now. Enter BELLAMY and FRANKLY. !
[Aside Bel. Pshaw! what impertinent devil put it
Bel. (Looking at FRANKLY,) Ha! 'tis true! into your head to meddle with my affairs ? -I see it is true. [Aside.] Lucetta, run up to
Frank. You know I went thither in pursuit Buckle and take him with you to search of another.
wherever you can. [Puts her ont.] Now, Mr. Bel. I know nothing you had to do there at Frankly, I have found you.—You have used all.
me so iil, that you force me to forget you are Frank. I thought, Mr. Bellamy, you were a lover.
Frank. What do you mean ? Bel, I am so; and therefore should be for.
Bel. Draw. given this sudden warmth.
Frank. Are you mad ? By Heavens I am inFrank. And therefore should forgive the fond nocent. impertinence of a lover.
Bel. I have heard you, and will no longer Bel Jealousy, you know, is as natural an
be imposed on-Defend yourself. incident to love
Frank. Nay, if you are so hot, I draw to deFrank. As curiosity. By one piece of silly fend myself, as I would against a madman. curiosity I have gone nigh to ruin both myself
Enter RANGER. and you; let not then your jealousy complete our misfortunes. I fear I have lost a mistress Ran. What the devil, swords at noon-day! as well as you ; then let us pot quarrel. All Have among you, faith! (Parts them.) What's may come right again.
here, Bellamy-Yes, 'gad, you are Bellamy, Bel. It is impossible. She is gone, removed and you are Frankly; put up, put up, both of for ever from my sight: she is in the country you-or else-I am a devilish fellow when by this time,
once my sword is out. Frank. How did you lose her after we part- Bel. We shall have a timeed ?
Ran. [Pushing BELLAMY one way.) A time Bel. By too great confidence. When I got her for what? to iny chair, the chairmen were not to be found. Frank. I shall always be as ready to defend Aod, sase as I thought in our disguise, I ac- my innocence as now. tually put her into the chair, when Mr. Strict- Ran. [Pushing FRANKLY the other way.] Inland and his servants were in sight; whicb Inocence! ay, to be sure-at your age-a mighhad no sooner done, than they surrounded ty innocent fellow, no doubt. But what, oin us, overpowered me, and carried ber away. the name of common sense, is it that ails you
both ? are you mad? The last time I saw you, I open my lips. But here comes Jack Meggot,
Enter Jack MEGGOT. scheme
J. Meg. So, save ye, save ye, lads ! we have Bel. Pr’ythee, leave fooling. What, art been frightened out of our wits for you. Not drunk?
hearing of Mr. Bellamy, poor Jacintha is Frank. He is always so, I think. Run. And who gave you the privilege of ready to sink for fear of any accident.
Bel. Is she at your house? thinking? Drunk I no; I am not drunk. Tip- J. Meg. Why, did not you know that? We sy, perhaps, with my good fortune-merry, and despatched Master Ranger to you three hours in spirits—though I have not fire enough ago. to run my friend through the body. Not Ran. Ay, plague! but I had business of my drunk, though Jack Meggot and I have boxed
own, so I could not come-Harkye, Frankly, it about-champaign was the word for two is your girl maid, wife, or widow ? whole hours by Shrewsbury clock.
Frank. A maid, I hope. Bel. Jack Meggot! Why, I left him at one, Ran. The odds are against you, Charlesgoing to bed.
but mine is married, you rogue, and her husRan. That may be, but I made shift to rouse band jealous -The devil is in it, if I do not him and his family by four this morning. reap some reward for my last night's service. Ounds, I picked up a wench, and carried her
Bel. He has certainly been at Mrs. Strict. to his house.
land herself. But, Frankly, I dare not look Bel. Ha!
on you. Ran. Such a variety of adventures-pay, Frank. This one embrace cancels all thoughts you shall hear. But, before I begin, Bellamy, of enmity.
[Embracing him, you shall promise me half a dozen kisses be
Bel. Thou generous man !-But I must haste forehand : for the devil fetch me if that little to ease Jacintha of her fears.
[Erit. jade, Jacintha, would give me one, though I Frank. And I to make up matters with Clapressed hard.
(Erit. Bel. Who, Jacintha ? press to kiss Jacintha? Ran. And I to some kind wench or other,
Ran. Kiss her! ay, why not? is she not a Jack. But where I shall find her, Heaven woman and made to be kissed ?
knows. And so, my service to your monkey. Bel, Kiss ber-I shall run distracted!
J. Meg. Adieu, rattlepate. [Exeunt. Ran. How could I help it, when I had her alone, you rogue, in her bedchamber, at mid- SCENE II.—The Hall of MR. STRICTLAND's night! if I had been to be sacrificed, I should
House. have done it.
Enter MRS. STRICTLAND and CLARINDA. Bel. Bedchamber, at midnight! I can hold no longer-Draw !
Mrs. S. But why in such a hurry, my dear? Frank. Be easy, Bellamy. [Interposing, stay till your servants can go along with you.
Bel. He has been at some of his damned Cla. Oh, no matter; they'll follow with my tricks with her.
things. It is but a little way off, and my chair Frank Hear him out,
will guard me. After my staying out so late Ran. 'Sdeath, how could I know she was last night, I am sure Mr. Strictland will his mistress ? But I tell this story most mis- think every minute an age, whilst I am in erably. I should have told you first, I was in his house. another lady's chamber. By the Lord, I got Mrs. S, I am as much amazed at his susin at the window by a ladder of ropes. pecting your innocence as my own; and every Frank. Ha! another lady?
time I think of it, I blush at my present beRan. Another: and stole in upon her whilst haviour to you. she was undressing; beautiful as an angel, Cla. No ceremony, dear child. blooming and young:
Mrs. S. No, Clarinda, I am too well acFrank. What, in the same house?
quainted with your good'humour. But I fear, Bel. What is this to Jacintha ? Ease me of in the eye of a malicious world, it may look my pain.
like a confirmation of his suspicion. Ran. Ay, ay, in the same house, on the Cla. My dear, if the world will speak ill same floor.' The sweetest little angel-but I of me, for the little innocent gayety which I design to have another touch with her. think the peculiar happiness of my temper, I
Frank. 'Sdeath! but you shall have a touch know no way to prevent it, and am only sorry with me first.
the world is so ill-natured: but I shall not Bel. Stay, Frankly.
(Interposing. part with my mirth, I assure them, so long Ran. Why, what strange madness has pos- as I know it innocent. I wish, my dear, sessed you both, that nobody must kiss a this may be the greatest uneasiness your huspretty wench but yourselves ?
band's jealousy ever gives you. Bel. What became of Jacintha ?
Mrs. S. I hope he never again may have Ran. Ounds! what have you done, that you such an occasion as he had last night. must monopolize kissing?
Cla. You are so unfashionabl a wife. Frank. Pr'ythee, honest Ranger, ease me of Why, last night's accident would have made the pain I am in. 'Was her name Clarinda ? half the wives in London easy for life. Has
Bel. Speak in plain words, where Jacintha not his jealousy discovered itself openly? And is, where to be found. Dear boy, tell me. are not you innocent? There is nothing but
Ran. Ay, now it is honest Ranger; and, your foolish temper that prevents his being
fair to laugh at. Let me advise you; take Luc. I don't know indeed, Sir. care of Mr. Frankly, observe his temper Frank. Will you inquire within ? weil; and if he has the least taint of jealousy, Luc. Nobody knows in this house, Sir, you cast him off, and never trust to keeping him will find. in your power.
Frank. What do you mean? She is a friend Cla. You will hear little more of Frankly, of Jacintha's, your lady, I will take my oath I believe. Here is Mr. Strictland.
she was here last night; and you yourself
spoke of her being here this morning--Not Enter STRICTLAND and LUCETTA.
know ! Strict. Lucetta says you want me, Madam. Luc. No; none of us know. She went
Cla. I trouble you, Sir, only that I might away of a sudden--no one of us can imagine return you thanks for the civilities I have re
whither. ceived in your family, before I took my leave.
Frunk, Why, faith, child, thou hast a tolerStrict. Keep them to yourself, dear Madam. able face, and has delivered this denial very As it is at my request that you leave my handsomely ; but let me tell you, your imperhouse, your thanks upon that occasion are not tinence this morning had liked to bave cost very desirable.
me my life ; now therefore make me amends. Cla. Oh, Sir, you need not fear. My thanks I come from your young mistress ; 1 come from were only for your civilities. They will not | Mr. Bellamy; I come with my purse full of overburden you. But I'll conformn to your gold, that persuasive rhetoric, to win you to humour, Sir, and part with as little ceremo
let me see and speak to this Clarinda once ny
again. Strict. As we met.
Luc. She is not here, Sir. Cla. The brute! [Aside.) My dear, good
Frank. Direct me to her. bye, we may meet again.
Luc. No, I can't do that neither.
Re-enter STRICTLAND, behind.
Strict. I heard a knocking at the door, and Now, Sir, have with you.
a man's voice-Ha!
[Aside. Frank. Deliver this letter to her. [STRICTLAND leads CLARINDA out. Mrs. S. Are her instructions cruel or kind,
Strict. By all my fears, a letter! [Aside. Lucetta ? For I suppose they relate to Mr.
Luc. I don't know but I may be tempted to Frankly.
Frank. Take it then--and with it this. Luc. Have you a mind to try if I can keep a secret as well as yourself, Madam? But i
[Kisses her und gires her money, will show you I am fit to be trusted by keep- What a jade she is !
Strict. Um! there are two bribes in a breath!
[ Aside. ing this, though it signifies nothing.. Mrs. S. This answer is not so civil, I think.
Luc. Ay, this gentleman understands reason. Luc. I beg pardon, Madam, I meant it not
Frank. And be assured you oblige your to offend. Mrs. S. Pray let us have no more such. I mistress while you are serving me.
Strict. Her mistress !--Damned sex! and neither desire nor want your assistance.
damned wife, thou art an epitome of that sex! Re-enter STRICTLAND.
Frank. And if you can procure me an answer Strict. She is gone; I feel myself somewhat your fee shall be enlarged.
[Erit. easier already. Since I have begun the day with gallantry, Madam, shall I conduct you letter.
Luc. The next step is to get her to read this up ? Mrs. S. There is something, Sir, which gives silent there whilst I read this. [Breaks it open,
Strict. (Snatches it.] No noise--but stand you secret uneasiness. I wish
drops the case ; reads. Strict. Perhaps so, Madam ; and perhaps it may soon be no secret at all. (Leads her out.
Madam—The gayety of a heart, happy as mine Luc. Would I were once well settled with was yesterday, may, I hope, easily excuse the my young lady; for at present this is but an
unseasonable visit I made your house last nightodd sort of a queer family. Last night's affair Death and the devil ! confusion! I shall run puzzles me. A hat there was that belonged distracted. It is too much There was a man to none of us, that's certain ; Madam was in a then to whom the hat belonged; and I was fright, that is as certain ; and I brought all off. gulled, abused, cheated, imposed on by a chit, Jacintha escaped, no one of us knows how. a child—Oh, woman, woman !-But I'will be The good man's jealousy was yesterday calm, search it to the bottom, and have a full groundless; yet, to-day, in my mind, he is very revenge. much in the right. Mighty odd, all this ! Luc. So, here's fine work! He'll make himSomebody knocks. If this should be Clarin- self very ridiculous though.
[Aside. da's spark, I have an odd message for him too.
Strict. [Reads.] I know my innocence will [She opens the door.
appear so manifestly, that I need only appeal to
the lady who accompanied you at Bath; Enter FRANKLY. Frank. So, my pretty, handmaid, meeting fine, Madam Clarinda ;
Your very humble servant, good, innocent, with you gives me some hopes. May I speak with Clarinda ?
And I do not doubt but her good nature will Luc. Whom do you want, Sir ?
not let you persist in injuring your obedient humFrank. Clarinda, child. The young lady 1 ble servant,
CHARLES FRANKLY, was admitted to yesterday.
Now who can say my jealousy lacked foundaLuc. Clarinda -no such person lives here, tion, or my suspicion of fine Madam's innocent I assure you.
gayety was unjust ?--Gayety! why ay, 'twas Frank. Where then ?
gayety brought him bither. -My wife may be
false in gayety. What a number of things be- chair, and I am afraid they let him in. (A noise come fashionable under the notion of gayety.- betueen RANGER and LANDLADY.] I should cerWhat, you received this epistle in gayety too; tainly know that voice. My madcap cousin and were to deliver it to my wife, I suppose, Ranger, as I live. I am sure he does not know when the gay fit came next upon her ? Why, me.--If I could but hide my face now, what you impudent young strumpet, do you laugh sport I should have! A mask! a mask! Run at me ?
and see if you can find a mask. Luc. I would, if I dared, laugh heartily.
Maid. I believe there is one above.
Here he comes.
Enter RANGER und LANDLADY. Luc. I have not touched it, Sir. It is the case that letter came in, and the direction will How unlucky this is ! [Turning from them. inform you whom I was to deliver it to.
Land. What's your business here, unmanStrict. This is directed to Clarinda ?
nerly Sir ? Luc. Oh, is it so? Now read it over again, Kiin. Well, let's see these lodgings that are and all your foolish doubts will vanish. to be let. 'Gad, a very pretty neat ienement
Strict. I have no doubts at all. I am satis. But harkye, is it real and natural, all that, or fied that you, Jacintha, Clarinda, my wife, all only patched up and new painted this summer
season, against the town fills ? Luc. Lud ! lad! you will make a body mad.
Land. What does the saucy fellow mean Strict. Hold your impertinent tongue.
with his double tenders here? Luc. You'll find the thing to be just as 1 down
Re-enter MAID, with a mask. Strict. Be gone. (Exit LUCETTA.) They must be
poor at the work, indeed, if they did not Maid. Here is a very dirty one. lend one another their names. "Tis plain, 'tis
Aside to CLARINDA. evident, and I am miserable. But for my Cla. No matter. [E.rit MAID.] Now we shall wife, she shall not stay one night longer in my see a little what he would be at. (Aside. house. Separation, shame, contempt, shall be Land. This is an honest house. For all your her portion. I am determined in the thing ; laced waistcoat, I'll have you thrown down and when once it is over, I may perhaps be neck and heels. easy.
(Exit. Ran. Pho! not in such a hurry, good old
lady- A mask! nay, with all my heart, it SCENE III.-The Street.
saves a world of blushing. Have you ne'er CLARINDA brought in a chair, followed by
a one for me. I am apt to be ashamed myself RANGER.
on these occasions.
Land. Get you down I say-. Ran. Harkye, chairman! damn your con
Run. Not if I guess right, old lady: Madam: founded trot. Go slower.
[To CLARINDA, who makes sign to the LANDLADY Cla. Here, stop. Ran. By Heavens ! the monsters hear reason should live to your age, and know so little of
to retire.] look ye there now! that a woman and obey.
the matter. Be gone. (Exit LANDLADY.] By Cla. (Letting down the window.] What her forwardness this should be a whore of troublesome fellow was that? 1 Chair. Some rake, I warrant, that cannot day. She wont speak, I find-then I will.
quality. My boy, Ranger, thou art in luck tocarry himself home, and wants us to do it for [Aside.] Delicate lodgings truly, Madam; and him.
very neatly furnished.--A very convenient room Cla. There—And pray do you take care Ithis, I must needs own, to entertain a mixed be not troubled with him.
[Goes in. company. But, my dear charming creature, Run, That's as much as to say now, pray does not that door open to a more commodious follow me. Madam, you are a charming apartment for the happiness of a private friend woman, and I will do it
or so? The prettiest brass lock-Fast, um; 1 Chair. Stand off, Sir. Ran. Pr’ythee, honest fellow-what-what woman, I am sure you are. Pr’ythee let me
that wont do. 'Sdeath, you are a beautiful writing is that? [Endeavouring to get in. see your face. It is your interest, child-the 2 Chair. You come not here. Ran. Lodgings to be let: a pretty convenient Therefore, [Takes her hand.) my dear, soft,
longer you delay, the more I shall expect. inscription, and the sign of a good modest kind, new acquaintance, thus let me take family. There may be lodgings for gentlemen your hand, and whilst you gently, with the as well as ladies. Harkye, rogues, I'll lay other, let day-light in upon me, let me softly you all the silver I have in my pocket, there it hold you to me, that with my longing lips I is, I get in there in spite of your teeth, ye may receive the warmest, best impression. pimps. (Throws down the money and goes in. [She unmasks.)-Clarinda !
Cla. [Within.) Chair, chair, chair!
Cla. Ha, ha! your servant, cousin Ranger. let the gentleman in ?
Ran. Oh, your humble servant, Madam. 2 Chair. I'll tell you what, partner, he cer- You had like to have been beholden to your tainly slipped by whilst we were picking up mask, cousin.-I must brazen it out. the money. Come, take up.
(Aside. (Exeunt. Cla. Ha, ha, ha! You were not so happy in SCENE IV.-CLARINDA's Lodgings.
your disguise, Sir. Tie pretty stagger in your
gait, that happy disposition of your wig, the Enter CLARINDA, followed by MAID.
genteel negligence of your whole person, and
thoge pretty flowers of modish gallantry, made Maid. Bless me, Madam, you seem disor- it impossible to mistake you, my sweet coz. dered; what's the matter ?
you had taken a particular liking to my per
Cla. Well, and what did she answer to all son, and had a mind to sink the relation under these protestations ? that little piece of black velvet; and 'egad, Ran, Why, instead of running into my arms you never find me behind-hand' in a frolic. at once, as l'expectedBut since it is otherwise, my merry, good
Cla. To be sure. humoured cousin, I am as heartily glad to see Ran. 'Gad, like a free-hearted, honest girl, you in town, as I should be to meet any of my she frankly told me she liked another better old bottle acquaintance.
than she liked me; that I had something in my Cl. And on my side I am as happy in meet-face that showed I was a gentleman, and she ing your worship, as I should be in a ren-would e'en trust herself with me, if I would counter with e'er a petticoat in Christendom. give her my word I would convey her to
Ran. And if you have any occasion for a her spark. dangling gallant to Vauxhall, Ranelagh, or Cla. Oh, brave! and how did you bear this? even the poor neglected Park, you are so un- Ran. Why curse me, if I am ever angry like the rest of your virtuous sisters of the with a woman for not having a passion for petticoat, that I will venture myself with me. you.
Cla. No? Cla. Take care what you promise ; for who Ran. Never. I only hate your sex's vain knows but this face, you were pleased to say pretence of having no passion at all. Gad, I so many pretty things of before you saw it, loved the good-natured girl for it, took her at may raise so many rivals among your kept her word, stole her ont of the window, and mistresses and reps of quality
this morning made a very bonest fellow happy Ran. Hold, hold! a truce with your satire, in the possession of her. sweet coz; or, if scandal must be the topic of Cla. And her naine is Jacintha ? every virtuous woman's conversation, call for Ran. Ha! your tea-water, and let be in its proper ele- Cla. Your amours are no secrets, Sir. You ment. Come, your tea, your tea.
see yon might as well have told me all the Cla. With all my heart. Who's there? whole of last night's adventure ; for you find
Ran. All! Why, what do you know?
Clu. Nay, nothing. I only know that a Get tea--[Exit Maid.] upon condition that gentleman's hat cannot be dropped in a lady's you stay till it comes.
chamber Ran. That is according as you behave, Ma
Ran. The devil! dam.
Cla. But a husband is such an odd, imper. Cla. Oh, Sir, I am very sensible of the fa- tinent, awkward creature, that he will be
stumbling over it. Ran. Nay, you may, I assure you; for there Ran. Here hath been fine work. [Aside.] is but one woman of virtue besides yourself 1 But how, in the name of wonder, should you would stay with ten minutes (and I have not know all this? known her above these twelve hours ;) the in- Cla. By being in the same house. sipidity, or the rancour of their discourse, is Ran. In the same house? insufferable—'Sdeath! I had rather take the Cla. Ay, in the same house, a witness of the air with my grandmother.
confusion you have made. Cla. Ha, ha, ha! the ladies are highly ob- Ran. Frankly's Clarinda, by all that's forliged to you, I vow.
tunate! It must be so !
[Aside. Ran. I tell you what; the lady I speak of Cla. And let me tell you, Sir, that even the was obliged to me, and the generous girl is dull, low-spirited diversions you ridicule in us ready to own it.
tame creatures, are preferable to the romantic Cla. And pray when was it you did virtue exploits that only wine can raise you to. this considerable service!
Run. Yes, cousin.-But I'll be even with Ran. But this last night, the devil fetch me! you.
[Aside. A romantic whim of mine conveyed me into Cla. If you reflect, cousin, you will find a her chamber, where I found her, young and great deal of wit in shocking a lady's modesty, beautiful, alone, at midnight, dressed like a disturbing her quiet, tainting her reputation, soft Adonis ; her lovely hair all loose about and ruining the peace of a whole family! her shoulders
Ran. To be sure. Cla. In boy's clothes ! this is worth attend. Cla. These are the high-mettled pleasures ing to,
of you men of spirit, that the insipidity of the Ran. 'Gad, I no more suspected her being a virtuous can never arrive at. And can you Woman, than I did your being my cater-cou- in reality think your Burgundy and your sin.
Bacchus, your Venus and your loves, an exCla. How did you discover it at last? cuse for all this? Fie, cousin, fie.
Ran. Why, faith, she very modestly dropped Ran. No, cousin. me a hint of it herself.
Cla. What, dumb? I am glad you bave Cla. Herself! If this should be Jacintha ! modesty enough left not to go about to excuse
(Aside. yourself. Ran. Ay, 'fore 'gad, did she; which I ima- Ran. It is as you say; when we are sober, gined a good sign at midnight, ay cousin ! So and reflect but ever so little on the follies we I e'en invented a long story of a passion I had commit, we are ashamed and sorry; and yet for her, though I had never seen ber before the very next minute we run again into the you know my old way—and said so many, same absurdities. such tender things
Cla. What! moralizing, cousin ? ba, ha, ha! Cla. As you said to me just now.
Ran. What you know is not hall, not a hun. Ran. Pho! quite in another style, I assure dredth part of the mischief of my last night's you. It was midnight, and I was in a right frolic; and yet the very next petticoat I saw
this morning, I must follow it, and be damned