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have examined me with more cutting indiffer- Mrs. R. Feel! why, exceeding full of cares.
Har. Did you? Mrs. R. Then do you return it like a wife Mrs. R. I could not sleep for thinking of my uf tifteen months, and be as indifferent as coach, my liveries, and my chairmen; the he.
taste of clothes I should be presented in, disLet. Ay, there's the sting! The blooming tracted me for a week; and whether I should boy, who left his image in my young heart, is be married in white or "lilac, gave me the most at four and twenty improved in every grace cruel anxiety. that fixed him there. It is the same face that Let. And is it possible that you felt no other my memory and my dreams constantly paint care? ed to me; but its graces are tinished, and Hur. And pray, of what sort may your cares every beauty heightened. How mortifying, be, Mrs. Letitia ? I begin to foresee now that to feel myself at the same moment his slave, you have taken a dislike to Doricourt. and an object of perfect indifference to him ! Let. Indeed, Sir, I have not.
Mrs. R. How are you certain that was the Har. Then what's all this melancholy about? case? Did you expect him to kneel down be- An't you a going to be married ? and what's fore the lawyer, his clerks, and your father, more, to a sensible man? and, what's more to to make oatli of your beauty ?
a young girl, to a handsome man? And what's Let. No; but he should have looked as if a all this melancholy for, I say? sudden ray had pierced him! he should have Mrs. R. Why because he is handsome and been breathless! speechless! for, oh! Caro- sensible, and because she's over head and ears line, all this was 1!
in love with him; all which, it seems, your Mrs. R. I am sorry you was such a fool. foreknowledge had not told you a word of. Can you expect a man, who has courted and Let. Fy, Caroline ! been courted by half the fine women in Eu- Har. Well, come, do you tell me what's the rope, to feel like a girl from a boarding-school? matter then ?' If you don't like him, hang the He is the prettiest fellow you have seen, and signing and sealing, he sha'n't have ye-and in course bewilders your imagination; but heyet I can't say that neither; for you know has seen a million of pretty women, child, be- that estate, that cost his father and me upfore he saw you; and his first feelings have wards of fourscore thousand pounds, must go been over long ago.
all to him if you wont have him: if he wont Let. Your raillery distresses me; but I will have you, indeed, 'twill be all yours. 4!! touch his heart, or never be his wife.
that's clear, engrossed upon parchment, and Mrs. R. Absurd and romantic ! If you have the poor dear man set his hand to it whilst he no reason to believe his heart pre-engaged, be was dying.-Ah! said I, I foresee you'll never satisfied ; if he is a man of honour, you'll have live to see them come together; but their first nothing to complain of.
son shall be christened Jeremiah, after you, Let. Nothing to complain of? Heavens ! that I promise you. -But come, I say, what shall I marry the man I adore with such an is the matter ? Don't you like hiní? expectation as that?
Let. I fear, Sir—if I must speak-I fear I Mrs. R. And when you have fretted your was less agreeable in Mr. Doricourt's eyes, self pale, my dear, you'll have mended your than he appeared in mine. expectation greatiy,
Har. There you are mistaken; for I asked Let (Pausing.] Yet I have one hope. If him, and he told me he liked you vastly. there is any power whose peculiar care is Don't you think he must have taken a fancy faithful love, that power 1 invoke to aid me. to her?
Mrs. R. Why really I think so, as I was not Enter MR. HARDY.
by: Har. Well, now, wasn't I right? Ay, Letty! Let. My dear Sir, I am convinced he has Ay, cousin Rackett! wasn't I right? I knew not; but, if there is spirit or invention in 'twould be so. He was all agog to see her woman, he shall. before he went abroad; and, if he had, he'd Har. Right, girl ; go to your toilethave thought no more of her face, may be, Let. It is not my toilet that can serve me: than his own.
but a plan has struck me, if you will not Mrs. R. May be, not half so much.
oppose it, which flatters me with brilliant sucHar. Ay, may be so—but I see into things; cess. exactly as I furesaw, to-day, he fell desperate- Hur. Oppose it! Not I, indeed! What is it? ly in love with the wench, he, he, he !
Let. Why, Sir--it may seem a little paraLet. Indeed, Sir! how did you perceive it? doxical; but as he does not like me enough, I
Har. That's a pretty question! How do I want him to like me still less, and will at our perceive every thing? How did I foresee the next interview endeavour to heighten his infall of corn, and the rise of taxes? How did I difference into dislike. know that if we quarrelled with America, Har. Who the devil could bare foreseen Norway deals would be dearer? How did I that? foretel that a war would sink the funds? How Mrs. R. Heaven and earth! Letitia, are you did I forewarn parson Homily, that if he didn't serious ? some way or other contrive to get more votes Let. As serious as the most important busithan Rubric, he'd lose the lectureship? How ness of my life demands. did 1-But what the devil makes you so Mrs. R. Why endeavour to make him dis. dull, Letitia? I thought to have found you like you ? popping about, as brisk as the jacks of your Let. Because 'tis much easier to convert a harpsichord.
sentiment into its opposite, than to transform Let. Surely, Sir, it was a very serious occa- indifference into tender passion. sion,
Mrs. R. That may be good pbilosophy, but Har. Pho, pho! girls should never be grave I'm afraid you'll find it a bad maxim. before marriage. How did you feel, cousin, beforehand, ay ?
Let. I have the strongest confidence in it, I am inspired with unusual spirits, and on this
hazard willingly stake my chance for happi- Sir G. To-night!-'Gad, now I recollect, I am impatient to begin my measures. we are particularly engaged to-night. But to
[E.rit. morrow nightHar. Can you foresee the end of this, Dor. Why, lookye, Sir George,'tis very plain cousin ?
you have no inclination to let me see your wife Mrs. R. No, Sir ; nothing less than your at all; so here I sit. (Throw's himself on a sofa.] penetration can do that, I am sure; and I There's my hat, and here are my legs.--Now can't stay now to consider it. I am going to I sha'n't stir till I have seen her; and I have call on the Ogles, and then to lady Frances no engagements ; I'll breakfast, dine, and sup, Touchwood's, and then to an auction, and with you, every day this week. then I don't know where—but I shall be Sir G. Was there ever such a provoking at home time enough to witness this extraor- wretch! (Aside.) But to be plain with you, dinary interview. Good bye.
[Erit. Doricouri, I and my house are at your service: Hur. Well, 'tis an odd thing-I can't under- but you are a damned agreeable fellow; and stand it-but I foresee Letty will have her the women, I observe, always simper when way, and so I sha'n't give myself the trouble to you appear. For these reasons, 1 had rather, dispute it.
[Exit. when Lady Frances and I are together, that
you should forget that we are acquainted, ACT II. .
farther than a nod, a smile, or a how d’ye?
Dor. Very well. SCENE 1.SIR GEORGE Touchwood's
Sir G. It is not merely yourself, in propria House.
persona, that I object to; but, if you are inti. Enter Doricourt and Sir George Touchwood. mate here, you'll make my house still more the
fashion than it is; and it is already so much Dor. Married, ha, ha, ha! you, whom I so, that my doors are of no use to me. I marheard in Paris say such things of the sex, are ried Lady Frances, to engross her to myself; in London a married man.
yet, such is the blessed freedom of modern Sir G. The sex is still what it has ever been manners, that in spite of me, her eyes, thoughts, since la petite morale banished substantial vir- and conversation, are continually divided tues ; and rather than have given my name to amongst all the flirts and coxcombs of fashion. one of your high bred, fashionable dames, I'd
Dor. To be sure, I confess that kind of freehave crossed the line in a fire-ship, and mar- dom is carried rather too far. "Tis hard one ried a Japanese.
can't have a jewel in one's cabinet, but the Dor. Yet you have married an English whole town must be gratified with its lustre. beauty ; yea, and a beauty born in high life. he sha'n't preach me out of seeing his Sir G. True; but she has a simplicity of wife though.
(Asice. heart and manners, that would have become
Sir G. Well, now, that's reasonable. When the fair Hebrew damsels toasted by the patri- you take time to reflect, Doricourt, I always archs.
observe you decide right; and therefore I Dor. Ha, ha! Why, thou art a downright, hopematrimonial, Quixote. My life on't, she becomes as mere a town lady in six months, as
Enter GIBSON. though she had been bred to the trade. Sir G. Common-common--[Contemptuous
Gib. Sir, my lady desires ly.] No, Sir, Lady Frances despises high life
Sir G. I am particularly engaged. so much from the ideas I have given her, that the world. [Leaping from the soja.] Lead the
Dor. Oh, Lord, that shall be no excuse in she'll live in it like a salamander in fire.
Dor. I'll send thee off to St. Evreux this way, John.-I'll aitend your lady. night, drawn at full length, and coloured after
[Exit, following Gibson.
Sir G. What devil possessed me to talk about nature. Sir G. Tell him then, to add to the ridicule, Duricourt!
her! Here, Doricourt! (Running after him.) that Touchwood glories in the name of husband; that he has found in one Englishwoman' Enter Mrs. Rackets and Miss OGLE, followed more beauty than Frenchmen ever saw, and
by a Serrant. more goodness than Frenchwomen can conceive,
Mrs. R. Acquaint your lady that Mrs. Dor. Well-enough of description. Intro- Rackett and Miss Ogle are bere. duce me to this phoenix ; I came on purpose.
[Exit Serrant. Sir G. Introduce!oh, ay, to be sure !-I Miss 0. I shall hardly know Lady Frances, believe Lady Frances is engaged just now—but 'tis so long since I was in Sbropshire. another time. How handsome the dog looks Mrs. R. And I'll be sworn you never saw to-day!
(Aside. her out of Shropshire. Her father kept her Dor. Another time !-but I have no other locked np with his caterpillars and shells; and time.—'Sdeath! this is the only hour I can loved her beyond any thing but a blue buttercommand this fortnight.
fly and a petrified frog ! Sir G. I am glad to hear it, with all my Miss 0. Ha, ha, ha!-Well, 'twas a cheap soul! (Aside.) So then you can't dine with us way of breeding her : you know he was very to-day? That's very unlucky.
pour, though a lord ; and very high spirited, Dor. Oh, yes,
-as to dinnes-yes, I can, I though a virtuoso. In town, her pantheons, believe, coptrive to dine with you to-day. operas, and robes de cour, would have
Sir G. Pshaw! I didn't think on what I was swallowed his sea-weeds, moths, and monsters, saying; I meant supper. You can't sup with in six weeks !—Sir George, I find, thinks his
wife a most extraordinary creature : he has Dor. Why, supper will be rather more con- taught her to despise ever thing like fashionvenient than dinner. But you are fortunate-able life, and boasts that example will have no if you had asked me any other night, I could effect on her. not have come.
Mrs. R. There's a great degree of imperti
nence in all that. I'll try to make her a Gne Lady F. My love! Mrs. Rackett and Miss lady, to humble him.
Ogle. M18s 0. That's just the thing I wish.
Mrs. R. 'Give you joy, Sir George-We Enter LADY Frances TouchWOOD.
came to rob you of Lady Frances for a few
hours. Lady F. I beg ten thousand pardons, nry
Sir G. A few hours. dear Mrs. Rackett-Miss Ogle, I rejoice to
Lady F. Oh, yes! I am going to an exhibi. see you : I should have come to you sooner, tion, and an auction, and the Park, and Kenbut I was detained in conversation by Mr. sington, and a thousand places !-It is quite Doricourt.
ridiculous, I find, for married people to be Mrs. R. Pray make no apology; I am quite always together. We shall be laughed at ! happy that we have your ladyship in town Sir G. I am astonished !-Mrs. Rackett, at last.-What stay do you make ?
what does the dear creature mean? Lady F. A short one! Sir George talks with Mrs. R. Mean, Sir George !-What she says, regret of the scenes we have left; and as the I imagine. ceremony of presentation is over, will, I be- Miss 0. Why, you know, Sir, as Lady lieve, soon return.
Frances had the misfortune to be bred entirely Miss 0. Sure he can't be so cruel. Does in the country, she cannot be supposed to be your ladyship wish to return so soon?
versed in fashionable life. Lady F. I have not the habit of consulting
Sir G. No; Heaven forbid she should !my own wishes; but I think, if they decide, If she had, Madam, she would never have we shall not return immediately. I have yet been my wife. hardly formed an idea of London.,
Mrs. R. Are you serious ? Mrs. R. I shall quarrel with your lord and
Sir G. Perfectly so.- I should never have master, if he dares to think of depriving us of had the courage to have married a well-bred you so soon. How do you dispose of yourself fine lady. to-day?
Miss 0. Pray, Sir, what do you take a fine Lady F. Sir George is going with me this lady to be, that you express such fear of her ? morning to the mercer's, to choose a silk; and
Sir G. being easily described, Madam, Mrs. R. Choose a silk for you! Ha, ha, ha! as she is seen every where but in her own Sir George chooses your laces too, 'I hope ; house. She sleeps at home, but she lives all your gloves, and your pincushions !
over the town. In her mind, every sentiment Lady F. Madam!
gives place to the lust of conquest, and the Mrs. R. I am glad to see you blush, my dear vanity of being particular. The feelings of Lady Frances. "These are strange homespun wife and mother are lost in the whirl of dissiways! If you do these things, pray keep them pation. If she continues virtuous, 'tis by secret. Lord bless us! If the town should chance-and if she preserves her husband know your husband chooses your gowns !
from ruin, 'tis by her dexterity at the card Miss 0. You are very young, my lady, and table !-Such a woman I take to be a perfect have been brought up in solitude. The max
fine lady. ims you learned among wood nymphs, in Mrs. R. And you I take to be a slanderous Shropshire, wont pass current here, I assure cynic of two and thirty-Twenty years hence, you.
one might have forgiven such a libel !Mrs. R. Why, my dear creature, you look Now, Sir, hear my definition of a fine lady :quite frightened.- Come, you shall go with us she is a creature for wbom nature has done to an exhibition and an auction. Afterwards, much, and education more ; she has taste, elewe'll take a turn in the Park, and then drive gance, spirit, understanding. In her manner to Kensington; so we shall be at home by four she is free, in her morals nice. Her behaviour to dress ; and in the evening I'll attend you and all mankind ;-her sentiments are for their
is undistinguishingly polite to her husband to Lady Brilliant's masquerade.
Lady F.. I shall be very happy to be of your hours of retirement. In a word, a fine lady is party, if Sir George has no engagements.
the life of conversation, the spirit of society, Mrs. R. What do you stand so low in your the joy of the public ! Pleasure follows wherown opinion, that you dare not trust yourself ever she appears, and the kindest wishes atwithout Sir George? If you choose to play tend her slumbers.—Make haste, then, my Darby, and Joan, 'my dear, you should have dear Lady Frances, commence fine lady, and staid in the country ;-'tis an exhibition not force your husband to acknowledge the justcalculated for London, I assure you.
ness of my picture. Miss 0, What, I suppose, my lady, you and Lady F. I am sure 'tis a delightful one. Sir George will be seen pacing it comfortably How can you dislike it, Sir George? You round the canal, arm in arm, and then go lov. painted fashionable life in colours so disgustingly into the same carriage ; dine tête-à-tête, ing, that I thought I hated it; but, on a nearer spend the evening at piquet, and so go soberly view, it seems charming. I have hitherto to bed at eleven Such a snug plan may do lived in obscurity ; 'tis time that I should be for an attorney and his wife ; but, for Lady a woman of the world. I long to begin ;Frances Touchwood, 'tis as unsuitable as lin my heart pants with expectation and delight! sey-Woolsey, or a black bonnet at the opera ! Mrs. R. Come, then, let us begin directly.
Lady F. These are rather new doctrines to I am impatient to introduce you to that society mel-But, my dear Mrs. Rackett, you and which you were born to ornament and charm. Miss Oglé must judge of these things better Lady F. Adieu, my love !-We shall meet than I can. As you observe, I am but young, again at dinner.
[Going. and may have caught absurd opinions.-Here Sir G. Sure, I am in a dream-Fanny ! is Sir George !
Lady F. [Returning. ) Sir George.
Sir G. Will you go without me?
Mrs. R. Will you go without me!-Ha, ha, Sir G. PSdeath, another room full! [Aside. ! ha! what a pathetic address! Why, sure you would not always be seen side by side, like, inghad your gown been of another colour, two beans upon a stalk. Are you afraid to I should have said the prettiest thing you ever trust Lady Frances with me, Sir ?
heard in your life. Sir G. Heaven and earth'! with whom can Miss O. Pray, give it us. a man trust his wife, in the present state of Flut. I was yesterday at Mrs. Bloomer's. society ? Formerly there were distinctions of She was dressed all in green; no other colour character amongst ye ; every class of females to be seen but that of her face and bosom. bad its particular description ! grandmothers “So," says I, “My dear Mrs. Bloomer! you were pious, aunts discreet, old maids censori- look like a carnation just bursting from its ous! but now, aunts, grandmothers, girls, and pod.” maiden gentlewomen, are all the same crea- Sir G. Wasn't that pretty ? And what said ture;a wrinkle more or less is the sole her husband ? difference between ye.
Flut. Her husband! why, her husband Mrs. R. That maiden gentlewomen have laughed, and said, a cucumber would have lost their censoriousness is surely not in your been a better simile. catalogue of grievances.
Sir G. But there are husbands, Sir, who Sir G. Indeed it is—and ranked amongst would rather have corrected than amended the most serious grievances.—Things went your comparison ; 1, for instance, should conwell, Madam, when the tongues of three or sider a man's complimenting my wife as an four old virgins kept all the wives and daugh-impertinence, ters of a parish in awe. They were the dra- Flut. Why, what harm can there be in comgons that guarded the Hesperian fruit; and I pliments ? Sure they are not infectious; and if wonder they have not been obliged by act of they were, you, Sir George, of all people parliament to resume their function.
breathing, have reason to be satisfied about Mrs. R. Ha, ha, ha! and pensioned, I sup- your lady's attachment; every body talks of pose, for making strict inquiries into the lives it: that little bird there, that she killed out of and conversations of their neighbours. jealousy, the most extraordinary instance of
Sir G. With all my heart, and empowered | affection that ever was given. to oblige every woman to conform her conduct Lady F. 1 kill a bird through jealousy! heato her real situation. You, for instance, are a vens! Mr. Flutter, how can you inpute such widow; your air should be sedate, your dress a cruelty to me? grave, your deportment matronly and in all Sir G. I could have forgiven you if you had. things an example to the young women grow- Flut. Oh! what a blundering fool! -No, no ing up about you !-Instead of which you are -now I remember—'twas your bird, Lady dressed for conquest, think of nothing but en. Frances-that's it, your bullfinch, which Sir sparing hearts; are a coquette, a wit, and a George, in one of the refinements of his pasfine lady.
sion, sent into the wide world to seek its furMrs. R. Bear witness to what he says! Atune.--He took it for a knight in disguise. coquette, a wit, and a fine lady! Who would Lady F. Is it possible? Oh, Sir George, have expected an eulogy from such an ill-na- could I have imagined it was you who de. tured mortal ?—Valour to a soldier, wisdom to prived me of a creature I was so fond of ? a judge, or glory to a prince, is not more than Sir G. Mr. Flutter, you are one of tho.e such a character to a woman.
busy, idle, meddling people, who, from mere Miss 0. Sir George, I see, languishes for vacuity of mind, are the most dangerous inthe charming society of a century and a half mates in a family. You have neither feelings ago; when a grave 'squire, and a still graver nor opinions of your own; but like a glass in dame, surrounded by a sober family, formed a a tavern, bear about those of every blockhead stiff group, in a mouldy old house, in the cor- who gives you his ;-and, because you mean ner of a park.
no harm, think yourselves excused, though Mrs. R. Delightful serenity! Undisturbed broken friendships, discords, and murders, are by any noise but the cawing of rooks, and the the consequences of your indiscretions. quarterly rumbling of an old family coach on a Flut. [Tuking out his tablets.) Vacuity of state visit;, with the happy intervention of a mind !What was next? I'll write down this friendly call from the parish apothecary, or a sermon ; 'tis the first I have heard since my curate's wife.
grandmother's funeral. Sir G. And what is the society of which Miss 0. Come, Lady Frances, you see what you boast?-a mere chaos, in which all distinc a cruel creature your loving husband can be; tion of rank is lost in a ridiculous affectation so let us leave him. of ease. In the same select party, you will Sir G. Madam, Lady Frances shall not go. often find the wife of a bishop and a sharper,
Lady F. Shall not, Sir George? This is of an earl and a fiddler. In short, 'tis one uni- the first time such an expression, [Weeping. versal masquerade, all disguised in the same
Sir G. My love! my life! habits and manners.
Lady F. Don't imagine I'll be treated like a
child; denied what I wish, and then pacified Enter GIBSON.
with sweet words. Gib. Mr. Flutter.
Miss 0. [ Apart.] The bullfinch! that's an Sir G. Here comes an illustration. Now i excellent subject; never let it down. defy you to tell, from his appearance, whether of every pleasure, as well as of my sweet bird
Lady F. I see plainly you would deprive me Flutter is a privy councellor or a mercer, a lawyer or a grocer's 'prentice.
-out of pure love!—Barbarous man!
Sir G. 'Tis well, Madam ;-your resentment Enter FLUTTER.
of that circumstance proves to me, what I did
not before suspect, that you are deficient both Flut. Oh, just which you please, Sir George; in tenderness and understanding: -Tremble to so you don't make me a lord mayor. Ah, Mrs. think the hour approaches, in which you would Rackett !-Lady Frances, your most obedient; give worlds for such a proof of my love. Go, you Icok-now hang me, if that's not provok- Madam, give yourself to the public; abandon your heart to dissipation, and see if, in the sing woman was not married. But I see you scenes of gayety and folly that await you, you are a Daphne just come from your sheep and can find a recompense for the lost affection of a your meadows, your crook and your waterdoting husband.
[Exit. falls. Pray now who is the happy Damon, to Flut. Lord, what a fine thing it is to have whom you have vowed eternal truth and conthe gift of speech! I suppose Sir George prac- stancy? tises at Coachmakers'-hall, or the Black-horse Miss 0. 'Tis Lady Frances Touchwood, Mr. in Bond-street.
Courtall, to whom you are speaking. Lady F. He is really angry; I cannot go.
Court. Lady Frances! By Heaven, that's Mrs. R. Not go! foolish creature! you are Saville's old flame. [Aside.] I beg your ladyarrived at the moment which, sometime or ship's pardon, I ought to have believed, that other, was sure to happen, and every thing such beauty could belong only to your name depends on the use you make of it.
-a name I have long been enamoured of; Miss 0. Come, Lady Frances don't hesitate; because I knew it to be that of the finest wo. the minutes are precious.
man in the world. Lady F. I could find in my heart!-and yet
(Mrs. RACKETT comes forward. I wont give up neither.-If I should in this Lady F. [Apart.] My dear Mrs. Rackett, 1 instance, he'll expect it for ever.
am so frightened! "Here's a man making love [Exit with Mrs. RACKETT. to me, though he knows I am married. Miss 0. Now you act like a woman of spirit. Mrs. R. Oh, the sooner for that, my dear;
[Exit. don't mind him.- Was you at the Cassino Flut. A fair tug, by Jupiter-between duty last night, Mr. Courtall ? and pleasure !-Pleasure boats, and off we go, Court. I looked in.—'Twas impossible to lö triumphe !
[Exit. stay. Nobody there but antiques. You'll be
at Lady Brilliant's to-night, doubtless. SCENE II.-An Auction Room: Busts, Mrs. R. Yes, I go with Lady Frances, Pictures, &c.
Lady F. Bless me! I did not know this genSILVERTONGUE discovered, with Company, tleman was acquainted with Mrs. Rackett Puffers, 8c.
-I behaved so rude to him. 1 Lady. Hey-day, Mr. Silvertongue! what,
[To Miss OGLE. nobody here?
Mrs. R. Come, Ma'am; [Looking at her Sil. Oh, my lady, we shall have company fly to Kensington, we sha'n't find a soul there.
Watch.] 'tis past one. I protest, if we don't enough in a trice ; if your carriage is seen at my door, no other will pass it, I am sure.
Lady F. Wont this gentleman go with us ? 1 Lady. Familiar monster! (Aside.] That's a make me happy, Madam, beyond description.
Court. (Looking surprised.] To be sure ; you beautiful Diana, Mr Silvertongue ; but, in the name of wonder, how came Actæon to be
Mrs. R. Oh, never mind him- -he'll fol
low. placed on the top of a house? Sil. That's a David and Bathsheba, Ma'am.
[Exeunt LADY FRANÇES, Mrs. RackETT,
and Miss OGLE. 1 Lady. Oh, I crave their pardon!-I remember the names, but know nothing of the But 'tis always so ; your reserved ladies are
Court. Lady Touchwood, with a vengeance ! story.
like ice, 'egad !-no sooner begin to soften Enter more Company. than they melt!
[Following. 1 Gent. Was not that Lady Frances Touch
ACT III. wood, coming up with Mrs. Rackett ? 2 Gent. I think so; yes, it is, faith- -Let
SCENE I.-MR. HARDY's, us go nearer.
Enter Letitia and Mrs. RackETT.
Mrs. R. Come, prepare, prepare ; your lover
is coming. 3 Gent. Any thing worth notice to-day? Let. My lover! confess now that my ab
Sil. Yes, Sir, this is to be the first lot :-the sence at dinner was a severe mortification to model of a city, in wax.
bim. 2 Gent. The model of a city! What city? Mrs. R. I can't absolutely swear it spoiled
Sil. That I have not been able to discover; his appetite; he ate as if he was hungry, and kut call it Rome, Pekin, or London, 'tis still a drank his wine as though he liked it. city; you'll find in it the same jarring in- Let. What was the apology? terests, the same passions, the same virtues, Mrs. R. That you were ill;-but I gave him and the same vices, whatever the name. a hint that your extreme bashfulness could not
Lady F. I wish Sir George was here.- support his eye. This man follows me about, and stares at me Let. If I comprehend him, awkwardness and in such a way, that I am quite uneasy. bashfulness are the last faults he can pardon
[LADY Frances and Miss OGLE come for- in a woman; so expect to see me transformed ward, followed by COURTALL.
into the veriest malkin. Miss 0. He has travelled, and is heir to an Mrs. R. You persevere then? immense estate ; so he is impertinent, by pa- Let. Certainly. I know the design is a rash rent.
one, and the event important;-it either makes Court. You are very cruel, ladies. Miss Doricourt mine by all the tenderest ties of Ogle--you will not let me speak to you. As passion, or deprives me of him for ever; and to this little scornful beauty, she has frowned never to be his wife will afflict me less than to me dead fifty times.
be his wife, and not be beloved. Lady F. Sir-I am a married woman.
Mrs. R. So you wont trust to the good old
(Confused. maxim, - Marry first, and love will follow? Court. A married woman! a good hint. Let. As readily as I would venture my last [:1side.] ”Twould be a shame if such a charm- guinea, that good fortune might follow. The