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is most sublimely complaisant-at present un- gunda Mackensie and I used to gang aboot answerable—but, Sir, I shall intensely study till every part of this human chaos, ha! ha! to return it (Courtesies very low.) fafty fold. on purpose till reconnoitre the monsters, and
Sir P. Weel, Madam, ha! you luock gaily pick up their frivolities, ha! ha! ha! ha! weel—and how-how is your ladyship after Omnes. Ha! ha! ha! your jaunt till the Bath ?
Sir P. Ha! ha! ha! why, that must have Lady R. Never better, Sir Pertinax—as been a high entertainment till your ladyship! well as youth, health, riotous spirits, and a Lady R. Superlative, and inexhaustible, careless, happy heart can make me.
Sir Pertinax: ha! ha! ha! Madam, we had Sir P. I am mighty glad till hear it, my in yane group a peer and a sharper-a duchess lady.
and a pin-maker's wife-a boarding-school miss Lord L. Ay, ay, - -Rodolpha is always in and her grandmother-a fat parson, a lean spirits; Sir Pertinax, Vive la bagatelle, is the general, and a yellow admiral-hal'ha! all philosophy of our family, ha!--Rodolpha, speaking together, and bawling, and fretting,
and fuming, and wrangling, and retorting in Lady R. Traith is it, my lord: and upon tierce contention, as if the fame, and the forhonour, I am determined it never shall be tune, of aw the parties, were till be the issue changed by my consent-weel I vow-ha! ha! of the conflict. ha! ha! ha! Vive la bagatelle would be a most Sir P. Ha! ha! ha! Pray, Madam, what brilliant motto for the chariot of a belle of was the object of their furious contantion ? fashion—what say ye till my fancy, Lady Lady R. Oh! a vary important one, I assure Macsycophant?
you, Sir Pertinax; of no less consequence, Lady M. It would have novelty at least to Madam, than how an odd trick at whist was recommend it, Madam.
lost, or might have been saved ! Lady R. Which of aw charms is the most Omnes. Ha! ha! ha! delightful that can accompany wit, taste, love, Lady R. In another party, Sir Pertinax, we or friendship-for novelty, I také to be the had what was called the cabinet council; true je ne scái quoi, of all worldly bliss. Cou- which was composed of a duke and a habersin Egerton, should not you like to have a wife dasher-a red hot patriot and a sneering courwith Vive la bagatelle upon her wedding cha- tiera discarded statesman and his scribbling riot ?
chaplain-wi' a busy, bawling, muckle-beedEger. Oh! certainly, Madam.
ed, prerogative lawyer-All of whom were Lady R. Yes I think it would be quite out every minute ready to gang together by the of the common, and singularly ailegant. lugs, aboot the in and the oot meenistry: ha !
Eger. Indisputably, Madam-for, as a motto ha! ha! is a word to the wise, or rather a broad, hint Omnes. Ha ! ha! ha! to the whole world, of a person's taste and Sir P. Ha ! ha! ha! weel, that was a droll, principles, Vive la bagatelle would be most motley cabinet, I vow. Vary whimsical, upon expressive, at first sight, of your ladyship’s honour; but they are all great politeecians at characteristic !
Bath, and settle a meenistry there with ass Lady R. Oh, Maister Egerton! you touch much ease ass they do a tune for a country my very heart wi’ your approbation-ha! ha! dance ! ha! that is the vary spirit of my intention, the Lady R. Then, Sir Pertinax, in a retired instant I commence bride. Well, I am' im- part of the room-snug-in a' by-corner-in mensely proud that my fancy has the appro- close conference, we had a Jew and a beeshop. bation of so sound an understanding-so sub- Sir P. A Jew and a beeshop! ha! ha! a lime a genius—and so polished, nay, so exqui- devilish gude connexion that; and pray, my site a taste, as that of the all-accomplished lady, what were they aloot? Mr. Egerton.
Lady R. Why, Sir, the beeshop was strirSir P. But, Lady Rodolpha, I wish till ask ing to convert the Jew; while the Jew, by your ladyship some questions aboot the com- intervals, was slily picking up intelligence pany at Bath; they say ye had aw the world fra the beeshop, aboot the change in the there.
meenistrý, in hopes of making a stroke in the Lady R. O, yes;—there was a vary great stocks. mob indeed; but vary little company : aw Omnes. Ha! ha! ha! canaille-except our ain party; the place was Sir P. Ha! ha! ha! admirable, admirable, quite crowded wi' your little purseprood me- I honour the smouse-hah !-it was deevilish chanics-an çdd kind of queer luocking ani- clever of him, my lord, deevilish clever, the mals, that ha'e started intill fortunes fra lottery Jew distilling the beeshop's brains. tickets, rich prizes at sea, gambling in Change Lord L. Yes, yes, the fellow kept a sharp Alley, and sic like caprices of fortune, and look out; I think it was a fair trial of skill
on awaw they aw crood till the Bath, to larn both sides, Mr. Egerton. genteelity, and the names, titles, intrigues, and Eger. True, my lord; but the Jew seems to bon mots of us people of fashion-ha! ha! ha! have been in the fairer way to succeed. Omnes. Ha! ha! ha!
Lord L. Oh! all to nothing, Sir: ha! ha! Lord L. Ha ! ha! ha! I know them-I know ha! Well, child, I like your Jew and your the things you mean, my dear, extremely well. bishop, much-it is monstrous clever, let us I have observed them a thousand times; and have the rest of the history, pray, my dear. wondered where the devil they all came from! Lady R. Gude traith, my lord, the sum total ha! ha! ha!
is, that there we aw danced, and wrangled, and Lady M. Pray, Lady Rodolpha, what were flattered, and slandered, and gambled, and your diversions at Bath?
cheated, and mingled, and jumbledLidy R. Gude faith, my lady, the company
Omnes. Ha! ha! ha! were my diversion and better nae human Lord L. Well, you are a droll girl, Rodolpha,' follies ever afforded-ha! ha! ha! sic an a and upon honour, ha! ha! ha!
-you have maxture-and sic oddits, ha! ha! ha! a per- given us as whimsical a sketch as ever was fect gallimowfry! ha! ha! ha! Lady Kuni-/ hit off. What say you, Mr. Sidney?
Sid. Upon my word, my lord, the lady has sity for your drinking more at this particular made me see the whole assembly at Bath, in juncture. glaring, pleasing, distinct colours !
Eger. A necessity! in what respect, Sir ? Indy R. O, dear Maister Sidney, your ap- Sir P. Why, Sir, I have a certain point to probation makes me as vain, as a reigning carry, independent of the lawyers, with my toast at her looking-glass.
lord, in this agreement of your marriage, aboot
whach, I am afraid we shall ha'e a warm crookEnter Tomlins.
ed squabble-and therefore I wanted your as
sistance in it. Tom. Colonel Toper and Captain Hardbottle Eger. But how, Sir, could my drinking conare come, Sir..
tribute to assist you in your squabble? Sir P. O, vary weel! dinner immediately. Sir P. Yas, Sir, it would ha'e contributed Tom. It is ready, Sir. [Exit Tomlins. it might have prevented the squabble. Sir P. My lord, we attend your lordship. Eger. How so, Sir?
Lord L. Lady Mac, your ladyship’s hand, if Sir P. Why, Sir, my lord is proud of ye for Fou please.
[He leads her out. a son-in-law, and of your little French songs Sir P. Lady Rodolpha, here is an Arcadian –your stories, and your bon mots, when ye swain, that has a hand at your ladyship's de- are in the humour-and gin ye had but staid, votion!
and been a leetle jolly, and drank half a score Lady R. And I, Şir Pertinax, ha'e yane at his bumpers wi' him, till he got a little tipsy, I am
Gires her hand to EGERTON.) there, Sir,- sure wiien we had him i' that tipsy moodas to heartsye ken, cousin, they are nae we might ha'e settled the point amongst ourbrought into the account o' human dealings selves, before the lawyers came but noow, now-a-days.
Sir, I dinna ken what will be the conseEger. Oh! Madam, they are mere temporary quence. baubles, especially in courtship; and no more Eger. But when a man is intoxicated, would to be depended upon than the weather—or that have been a seasonable time to settle a lottery ticket.
business, Sir? Lady R. Ha! ha! ha! twa axcellent seemilies, Sir P. The most seasonable, Sir, the most I vow, Mr. Egerton, axcellent for they illus- seasonable ; for, Sir, when my lord is in his trate the vagaries and inconstancy of my dis- cups, his suspeecion and his judgment are sipated heart, ass exactly—ass if ye had baith asleep, and his heart is aw jollity, fun, meant till describe it. (Egerton leals her out. and gude fellowship- you may then mould
Sir P. Ha! ba! ha! what a vast fund of his consent to any thing; and can there be a speerits and good humour she has, Maister happier moment than that for a bargin, or to Sidney.
settle a dispute wi’ a friend? What is it you Sid. A great fund, indeed, Sir Pertinax. sbrug your shoulders at, Sir? Sir P. Hah! by this time to-morrow,
Maister Eger. At my own ignorance, Sir: for I un. Sidney, I hope we shall ha'e every thing ready derstand neither the philosophy nor the morafor ye to put the last helping hand till the lity of your doctrine. earthly happiness o’ your friend and pupil; and Sir P. I ken ye do not, Sir :—and what is then, Sir, my cares wall be over for this life; warse, ye never wull understand it, ass ye for as till my other son I expect nae gude of proceed. In yane word, Charles, I ha'e often him; nor should I grieve were I to see him in tauld ye, and noow again I tell ye yance for bis coitin. But this match-Oh! it wull aw, that every man should be a man o'the make me the happiest of aw human beings. warld, and should understand the doctrine of
[Exeunt. pleeabeelity; for, Sir, the manoeuvres of plee
abeelity are ass necessary to rise in the warld, ACT III. .
ass wrangling and logical subtlety are to rise
at the bar. Why ye see, Sir, I ha'e acquired a SCENE 1.-A Library.
noble fortune, a princely fortune, and hoow do Enter Sir PertinAX and Egerton. ye think I ha'e raised it ?
Eger. Doubtless, Sir, by your abilities. Sir P. Sir, I wull not hear a word aboot it; Sir P. Dootless, Sir, ye are a blockhead - insist upon it ye are wrong-ye should ha'é nae, Sir, I'll tell ye hoow I raised it, Sir; I paid your court till my lord, and not ha'e raised it by boowing; þy boowing, Sir; I naver scrupled swallowing a bumper or twa-or in my life could stond straight i' th’ presence twanty till oblige him!
of a great mon; but always boowed, and Eger. Sir, I did drink his toast in a bumper. boowed, and boowed, as it were by instinct.
Sir P. Yas, ye did ; but how?-how ?-just Eger. How do you mean, by instinct, Sir ? ass a cross-brain takes phcesic, wi' wry Sir P. Hoow do I mean, by instinci-why, mouths, and sour faces, whach my lord ob- Sir, I mean by-by-by instinct of interest, served, then, to mend the matter, the moment Sir, whach is the universal instinct of manthat he and the colonel got intill a drunken kind, Sir: it is wonderful to think, what a dispute aboot releegion, ye slily slunged cordial, what an amicable, nay, what an inawa'.
fallible influence, boowing has upon the pride Eger. I thought, Sir, it was time to go, and vanity of human nature; Charles, answer when my lord insisted upon half-pint bum- me sincerely, ha'e ye a mind till be convinced pers,
of the force of my doctrine, by example and Sir P. Sir, that was not levelled at you, demonstration? but at the colonel, the captain, and the com- Eger. Certainly, Sir. missioner, in order till try their bottoms; but Sir P. Then, Sir, as the greatest favour I they aw agreed that ye and I should drink oot can confer upon yé, I wull give ye a short o'smaw glasses.
sketch of the stages of my boowing; ass an Eger. But, Sir, I beg pardon–I did not excitement and a landmark for ye till boow choose to drink any more.
by, and as an infallible nostrum for a mon o' Sir P. But, Sir, I tell you there was neces- | the warld till thrive i’ the warld.
Eger. Sir, I shall be proud to profit by your wail, and gnash her teeth constantly, morning experience.
and evening, at the tabernacle. And ass soon Sir P. Vary weel. [They both sit down.]') ass I found she had the siller, aha! gude And noow, Sir, ye must recall till your traith, I plumped me doon upo' my knees thoughts, that your grandfather was a mon, close by her, cheek-by-jole, and sung, and whose penurious income of half-pay was the sighed, and groaned as vehemently ass she sum total of his fortune; and, Sir, aw my pro- could do for the life of her; ay, and turned veesion fra him was a modicum of Latin, an up the whites of my eyne, till the strings expartness of areethmetic, and a short system almost cracked again. I watched her attenof worldly counsel; the chief ingredients of tively ; handed her till her chair ; waited on which were, a persevering industry, a reegid her hame; got most releegiously intimate wi' economy, a smooth tongue, a pliabeelety of her in a week; married her in a fortnight temper, and a constant attention till make buried her in a month ; touched the siller every mon weel pleased wi' himself.
and wi' a deep suit of mourning, a sorrowful Eger. Very prudent advice, Sir.
veesage, and a joyful heart, I began the Sir P. Therefore, Sir, I lay it before ye- warld again : and this, Sir, was the first effecnow, Sir, wi’ these materials, I set oot, a rough tual boow I ever made till the vanity of human raw-boned stripling, fra the north, till try my nature: noow, Sir, do ye understand this fortune wi' them here i’ the south; and my first doctrine? step intill the world, was a beggarly clerkship, Eger. Perfectly well, Sir. in Sawney, Gordon's counting-house, here i Sir P. My next boow, Sir, was till your the city of London, whach, you'll say, afforded ain mother, whom I ran away wi' fra the but a barren sort of a prospect.
boarding-school, by the interest of whose Eger. It was not a very fertile one, indeed, family I got a gude smart place i'th' treasury; Sir.
and, Sir, my vary next step was intill parliaSir P. The revearse, the revearse. Well, ment, the whach I entered wi' ass ardent and Sir, seeing mysel in this unprofitable situation, ass determined an ambeetion, ass ever ageetaI reflected deeply, I cast aboot my thoughts, ted the heart o’ Cæsar himsel. Sir, I boowed, and concluded that a matrimonial adventure, and watched, and attended, and dangled upo' prudently conducted, would be the readiest the then great mon, till I got intill the vary gait I could gang for the bettering of my bowels of his confidence-hah! got my snack condeetion, and accordingly set aboot it of the clothing, the foraging, the contracts, noow, Sir, in this pursuit-beauty-beauty, the lottery tickets, and aw the poleetical ah! beauty often struck mine eyne, and played bonuses; till at length, Sir, I became a much aboot my heart, and fluttered, and beet, and wealthier mon than one half of the golden knocked, and knocked, but the deel an en- calves I had been so long a boowing to. [He trance I ever let it get--for I observed that rises, EGERTON rises too.) And was nae that beauty is generally a prood, vain, saucy, ex- boowing to some purpose, Sir, ha? pensive sort of a commodity.
Eger. It was, indeed, Sir. Eger. Very justly observed, Sir.
Sir P. But are ye convinced of the gude Şir P. And therefore, Sir, I left it to prodi- effects, and of the uteelity of boowing? gals and coxcombs, that could afford till pay Eger. Thoroughly, Sir, thoroughly. for it, and in its stead, Sir,-mark-I luocked Sir P. Sir, it is infallible-but, Charles, oot for an ancient, weel-jointured, superan- ah! while I was thus boowing and raising nuated dowager :- -a consumptive, toothless, this princely fortune, ah! I met many heart phthisicky, wealthy widow-or a shreeveled, sores, and disappointments, fra the want of cadayerous, neglacted piece of deformity, i'leeterature, ailoquence, and other popular th' shape of an ezard, or an empersi-and-or abeelities; Sir, gin I could but ha'e spoken i' in short, any thing, any thing, that had the th' house, I should ha'e done the deed in half siller, the siller; for that was the north star of the time; but the instant I opened my mouth my affection-do ye take me, Sir? Was nae there, they aw fell a laughing at me: aw that right?
which defeeciencies, Sir, I determined at any Eger. O doubtless, doubtless, Sir. expense till have supplied by the polished
Sir P. Noow, Sir, where do ye think I education of a son, who I hoped would yane gaed to luock for this woman with’siller-day raise the house of Macsycophant till the pae till court-nae till play-houses, or assem- highest pinnacle of ministeerial ambeetion; blies-ha, Sir, I gaed" till the kirk, till the this, Sir, is my plan: I ha'e done my part of it: Anabaptists, Independent, Bradleonian, Mug. Nature has done her's: ye are ailoquant, ye arę gletonian meetings; till the morning and popular; aw parties like ye; and noow, Sir, it evening service of churches and chapels of only remains for ye to be directed-completion ease; and till the midnight, melting, con- follows. ceeliating love-feasts of the Methodists- Eger. Your liberality, Sir, in my education, and there at last, Sir, I fell upon an old, rich, and the judicious choice you made of the sour, slighted, antiquated, musty maiden; that worthy gentleman, to whose virtues and abili. luocked-ha! ha! ha! she luocked just like ties you entrusted me, are obligations I ever a skeleton in a surgeon's glass-case-noow, shall remember with the deepes: filial gratitude. Sir, this meeserable object was releegiously Sir P. Vary weel, Sir-vary weel; but; angry wi' hersel, and aw the warld; had nae Charles, ha'e ye had any conversation yet wi' comfort but in a supernatural, releegious, en- Lady Rodolpha, aboot the day of yeer marthusiastic deleerium; ha! ha! ha! Sir, she riage, yeer leeveries, yeer equipage, or yeer was mad -mad ass a bedlamite.
establishment? Eger. Not improbable, Sir; there are num- Eger. Not yet, Sir. bers of poor creatures in the same enthusiastic Sir P. Pah! why there again now, there condition.
again, ye are wrong ; vary wrong. Sir P. Oh! numbers, numbers ; now, Sir, Eger. Sir, we have not had an opportunity. this poor, cracked, crazy creature, used to Sir P. Why, Charles, ye are vary tardy in sing, and sigh, and groan, and weep, and this business.
Lord L. (Singing without.]
Sir P. Ha! ha! ha! ay ! that's excellent; What have we with day to do? &c.
this is doing business effectually, my lord.
Lord L. Oh! I will pit them in a moment, Sir P. Oh! here comes my lord !
Sir Pertinax—that will bring them into the Lord L. [Singing without.)
heat of the action at once; and save a deal of Sons of care, 'twas made for you.
awkwardness on both sides Oh, here your
Dulcinea comes, Sir!
Enter LADY RODOLPHA.
Lady R. Weel, Sir Pertinax, I attend your
commands, and yours, my paternal lord. Sons of care, 'twas made for you.
Lord L. Why then, ny filial (ady, we are to Very good coffee indeed, Mr. Tomlins.
| inform you, that the commission for your ladySons of care, 'twas made for you. ship, and this enamoured cavalier, commandHere, Mr. Tomlins. [Gives him the cup.
ing you jointly and inseparably to serve your Tom. Will your lordship please to have country, in the honourable and forlorn hope of another dish ?
matrimony, is to be signed this very evening. Lord L. No more, Mr. Tomlins. (Exit Tom.
Lady R. This evening, my lord !
Lord L. This evening, my lady: come, Sir have had warm work.
Sir P. Yes, you pushed the bottle aboot, liveries, wedding suits, carriages, and all their my lord, wi' the joy and veegour of a bac- amorous equipage for the nuptial camp. chanal.
Sir P. Ha! ha! ha! axcellent! weel, I Lord L. That I did, my dear Mac-no loss of voow, my lord, ye are a great officer: this is time with me I have but three motions, old as gude a manoeuvre to bring on a rapid enboy, charge! -toast !-fire !—and off we gagement, as the ablest general of them aw
could ha'é started. goha! ha! ha! that's my exercise. Sir P. And fine warm exercise it is, my soon come to 'a right understanding, I warrant
Lord L. Ay, ay ; leave them together, they'll lord, especially with the half-pint glass.
Lord L. It does execution point blank-ay, you, or the needle and the loadstone have lost ay, none of your pimping acorn glasses for me,
iheir sympathy. but your manly, old English, half-pint bump
[Exeunt LORD LUMBERCOURT and SIR ers, my dear.-Zounds, Sir, they try a fel.
PERTINAX. low's stamina at once. But where's Egerton ?
Eger. What a dilemma am I in! (Aside. Sir P. Just at hand, my lord; there he it has quite damped my spirits, and my be
Lady R. Why, this is downright tyranny-stonds, luocking at your lordship's picture. Lord L. My dear Egerton.
trothed, yonder, seems planet-struck too, I
Eger. A whimsical situation mine! [Aside.
Lady R. Ha! ha! ha! methinks we luock dinner; had you staid, you would have been like a couple of cawtious geenerals, that are highly entertained; I have made such exam-obliged till take the field, but neither of us ples of the commissioner, the captain, and the seems willing till come to action. (Aside. colonel!
Eger. I protest, I know not how to address
her. Eger. So I understand, my lord.
[Aside. Lord L. But, Egerton, 'I have slipped from
Lady R. He wull nae advance, I see-what the company, for a few moments, on purpose am I to do i' this affair? gude traith, I wuli to have a little chat with
you. Rodolpha tells even do as I suppose many brave heroes ha'e me, she fancies there is a kind of a demur on done before me; clap, a gude face upo' the your side, about your marriage with her.
matter, and so conceal an aching heart under Sir P. A demur, hoow so, my lord ?
a swaggering countenance. (Aside.] Sir, Sir, Lord L. Why, as I was drinking my coffee ass we ha’e, by the commands of our gude fawith the women, just now, I desired they thers a business of some little consequence would fix the wedding night, and the etiquette till transact, I hope ye wull excuse my taking of the ceremony; upon which the girl burst the leeberty of recommending a chair till ye. into a loud laugh, telling me she supposed I
[Courtesies cery low. was joking, for that Mr. Egerton bad never
Eger. (Greatly embarrassed.] Madam, I beg yet given her a single glance, or hint upon the your pardon. subject.
(Hands her a chair, then one for himself. Sir P. My lord, I have been just this vary
Lady R. Aba! he's resolved not to come too
(Aside. instant talking to him aboot his shyness to the near till me, I think.
Eger. A pleasant interview-hem! hem!
Aside. Enter TOMLINS.
Lady R. Hem! hem! (Mimics him.] He wull
not open the congress, I see ; then I wull. Tom. Counsellor Plausible is come, Şir, and (Asidė.] Come, Şir, whan wull ye begin? Sergeant Eitherside.
[Very loud. Sir P. Why, then, we can settle this busi- Eger. [Starts.] Begin! what, Madam. Dess this vary evening, my lord.
Lady R. To make love till me. Lord L. As well as in seven years--and to Eger. Love, Madam? make the way as short as possible, pray, Mr. Lady R. Ay, love, Sir ? why, you ha'e never Tomlins, present your master's compliments said a word till me yet upo' the subject; nor and mine to lady Rodolpha, and let her lady. cast a single glance on me, nor brought forth ship know we wish to speak to her directly. one tender sigh, nor even yance secretly (Exit Tomlins.) He shall attack her this in- squeezed my loof. Now, Sir, thoff oor fathers stant, Sir Pertinax.
are so tyrannical ass to dispose of us merely
for their ain interests, without a single thought I both as a man of honour and a lover, to act of oor hearts or affections; yet, Sir, I hope ye otherwise with you on so tender a subject. ha'e mair humanity than to think of wedding Lady R. And so, ye persast in slighting me ? me, without first admeenistering some o' the Eger. I beg your pardon, but I must be expreleeminaries usual on those occasions. plicit-and at once declare, that I never can
Eger. Madam, I own your reproach is just; give my hand where I cannot give my heart. I shall therefore no longer disguise my senti- Lady R. Why, then, Sir, I must tell you, that ments, but fairly let you know my heart- your declaration is sic an affront ass nae woman
Lady R. Ah! ye are right, ye are right, o'speerit ought to bear, and here I make a socousin. Honourably and atlectionately right- lemn voow never till pardon it-but on yane noow that is what I like of aw things in my condeetion. swain-ay, ay, cousin, open your heart frankly Eger. If that condition be in my power, Matill me, ass a true lover should; but sit ye danidoown, sit ye doown again, I shall return Lady R. Sir, it is i' your poower. your frankness, and your passion, cousin, wi' Eger. Then, Madam, you may command me. a melting tenderness, equal to the amorous Lady R. Why, then, Sir, the condeetion is this; enthusiasm of an ancient heroine.
ye must here gi'e me your honour, that nae imEger. Madam, if you will hear me
portunity, command, or menace, o’your father Lady R. But remember ye must begin yeer-in fine, that wae consideration whatever shall address wi' fervency, and a most rapturous ve. induce you to take me, Rodolpha Lumberhemence; for ye are to conseeder, cousin, that court, till be your wedded wife. oor match is nae till arise fra the union of Eger. Madam! I most solemnly promise, I hearts, and a long decorum of ceremonious never will. courtship, but is instantly till start at yance Lady R. And I, Sir, in my turn, most soout of necessity or mere accident, ha! ha! ha! | lemnly and sincerely thank ye for your resojust like a match in an ancient romance, where lution, (Courtesies.] and your agreeable averye ken, cousin, the knight and the damsel are sion, ha! ha! ha! for ye ha'e made me as happy mutually smitten, and dying for each other at as a poor wretch reprieved in the vary instant first sight; or by an amorous sympathy, be- of intended execution. fore they exchange a single glance.
Eger. Pray, Madam, how am I to understand Eger. Dear Madam, you entirely mistake. all this?
Lady R. So noow, cousin, wi' the true ro- Lady R. Sir, your frankness and sincerity mantic enthusiasm, ye are till suppose me the demand the same behaviour on my side. lady o' the enchanted castle, and ye-ha! ha! Therefore, without further disguise or ambiha! ye are to be the knight o'the sorrowful guity, know, Sir, that I myself am ass deeply countenance-ha! ha! ha! and, upon honour, smitten wi' a certain swain, ass I understand ye luock the character admirably, ha! ha! ye are wi' yeer Constantia. Eger. Trilling creature !
Eger. Indeed, Madam! Lady R. Nay, nay, nay, cousin, gin ye do Ludy R. Oh, Sir, aw my extravagance, na begin at yance, the lady o' the enchanted | levity, and redeeculous behaviour in your precastle woll vanish in a twankling;
sence, noow, and ever since your father preEger. (Rises.] Lady Rodolpha, I know your vailed on mine to consent till this match, has talent for raillery well; but at present, in my been a premeditated scheme, to provoke your case, there is a kind of cruelty in it.
gravity and gude sense intill a cordial disgust, Lady R. Raillery! upon my honour, cousin, and a positive refusal. ye mistake me quite and clean. I am serious; Eger. Madam, you have contrived and exe. vary serious; and I have cause till be serious; cuted your scheme most happily; but, with ay, and vary sad intill the bargain; (Rises.) your leave, Madam, if I may presume so farnay, I wull submit my case even till yoursel- pray who is your lover ? can ony poor lassie be in a mair lamentable Lady R. In that too I shall surprise you, condeetion [ Whining. ) than to be sent tour hun. Sir-he is [Courtesies.) your ain brither. So dred miles, by the commands of a positive ve see, cousin Charles, thoff I could nae mingle grandmother, till marry a man who I tind has affections wi' ye, I ha'e nae gaed oot o' the nae mair affection for me than if I had been his family. wife these seven years.
Eger. Madam, give me leave to congratulate Eger. Madam, I am extremely sorry. myself upon your affection—you couldn't bave
Lady R. But it is vary weel, cousin-vary placed it on a worthier object; and whatever weel— I see your aversion plain enough-and, is to be our chance in this lottery of our paSir, I must tell ye fairly, ye are the ainly mon rents, be assured that my fortune shall be that ever slighted my person, or that drew devoted to your happiness and his. tears fra these eyne; but 'tis vary weel. [Cries. ] Lady R. Generous indeed, cousin, but not a I wull return till Scotland to-morrow morning, whit nobler, I assure you, than your brother and let my grandmother know how I have been Sandy believes of you; and pray credit me, affronted by your slights, your contempts, and Sir, that we shall both remember it, while the your aversions.
heart feels, or memory retains a sense of gratiEger. If you are serious, Madam, your dis- tude: but now, Sir, let me ask one questiontress gives me a deep concern: but affection is pray, how is your mother affected in this busipot in our power; and when you know that ness? my heart is irrecoverably given to another Eger. She knows of my passion, and will, woman, I think your understanding and good I am sure, be a friend to the common cause. nature will not only pardon my past coldness Lady R. Ah! that is lucky, vary luckyand reglect of you, but forgive me when I tell our first step must be to take her advice upon you, I never can have that honour which is in- our conduct, so as till keep our fathers in the tended me, by a connexion with your ladyship. dark, till we can hit off some measure that
Lady R. [Starting up.] How, Sir! are ye se wall wind them aboot till our ain purpose, rious?
and till the common interest of our ain pasFger. Madam, I am too deeply interested, I sions.