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your lamp, should be always flaming at your Darn. I appeal to her. elbow; and when it's ready to go out, you Char. And I appeal even to yourself, Sirindolently supply it with the spirit of contra- Has not the doctor, just now in the garden, diction.
spoke in favour of Mr. Darnley to you? Nay, Char. And so you suppose, that your assur- pray, Sir, be plain; because more depends on ance has made an end of this matter ?
that than you can easily imagine or believe. Col. L. Not till you have given him your Sir J. What senseless insinuation have you hand upon it.
got into your head now ? Char. That then would complete it.
Char. Be so kind, Sir, first to answer me, Col. L. Perfectly.
that I may be better able to inform you. Char. Why, then take it, Darnley. Now I Sir J. Well, I own he has declined his inpresume you are in high triumph, Sir.
terest in favour of Mr. Darnley ; but I must Col. L. No, sister ; now you are consistent tell you, Madam, be did it in so modest, so with that good sense I always thought you friendly, so good natured, so conscientious a mistress of.
manner, that I now think myself more than Char. And now I beg we may separate; for ever bound in honour to espouse him. our being seen together, at this critical junc- Char. But now, Sir, only for argument's ture, may give that devil, the doctor, suspicion sake, suppose I could prove that all this seemof a confederacy, and make him set some en-ing virtue was artificial ; that this regard for gine at work that we are not aware of. Mr. Darnley was neither founded upon mo
Col. L. It's a very proper caution. Come desty, friendship, good nature, nor conscience; along, Darnley; nay, you must leave her now, or in short that he has, like a villain, bartered, whatever violence you do yourself.
bargained to give me to Mr. Darnley, for half Char. Ay, ay, take him with you, brother, the four thousand pounds you valued his conor stay, Darnley; if you please, you may come sent at; I say, Sir, suppose this could be along with me.
[Exeunt. proved, where would be his virtue then ?
Sir J. It is impious to suppose it.
Char. Then, Sir, from what principle must SCENE I-A Parlour at SIR JOHN LAM
you suppose that I accuse him?
Sir J. From an obstinate prejudice to all BERT's.
that's good and virtuous. Enter DARNLEY and CHARLOTTE.
Chur. That's too hard, Sir. But the worst
your opinion can provoke me to, is to marry Char. But really, will you stand to the Mr. Darnley, without either his consent or agreement though, that I have made with the
Sir J. What, do you brave me, Madam? Darn. Why not? you shall not break your Char. No, Sir; but I scorn a lie; and will word upon my account, though he might be a so far vindicate my integrity, as to insist on villain you gave it to. Suppose I should talk your believing me; if not, as a child you with Sir John myself ?-'tis true, he has slight- abandon, I have a right to throw myself into ed me of late.
other arms for protection. Char. No matter-here he comes—this may Sir J. I am confounded. These tears canopen another scene of action to that I believe not be counterfeit; nor can this be true. my brother's preparing for.
Lady L. Indeed, my dear, I fear it is. Give Enter Sir John and Lady LAMBERT.
me leave to ask one question. In all our mu
tual course of happiness, have I ever yet deSir J. Mr. Darnley, I am glad I have met ceived you with a falsehood ? you here.
Sir J. Never. Darn. I have endeavoured twice to-day, Ludy L. Would you then believe me, should Sir, to pay my respects to you.
I accuse him even of crimes which virtue Sir J. Sir, I'll be plain with you, I went out blushes but to mention ? to avoid you; but where the welfare of a child Sir J. To what extravagance would you is concerned, you must not take it ill if we drive me! don't stand upon ceremony-However, since I Lady L. I would before have undeceived have reason now to be more in temper than you, when his late artifice turned the honest perhaps I was at that time, I shall be glad to duty of your son into his own reproach and talk with you.
ruin; but, knowing then your temper was Darn. I take it as a favour, Sir.
inaccessible, I durst not offer it. But suppose Sir J. You must allow, Mr. Darnley, that I should be able to let you see his villany, conscience is the rule which every honest man make him repeat his odious love to me in your ought to walk by,
own hearing, at once throw off the mask, and Darn. 'Tis granted, Sir.
show the barefaced traitor ? Sir J. Then give me leave to tell you, Sir, Sir J. Is it possible ? that giving you my daughter would be to act Lady L. But then, Sir, I must prevail on against that conscience I pretend to, while I you to descend to the poor shifts we are rethink you an ill liver; and consequently the duced to. same tie obliges me to bestow her on a better Sir J. All; to any thing, to ease me of my
doubts; make me but a witness of this faci, Darn. Well but, Sir, come to the point. and I shall soon accuse myself, and own my Suppose the doctor (whom I presume you de- folly equal to his baseness. sign her for) actually consents to give me up Lady L. Behind that screen you may easily his interest 1
conceal yourself. Sir J. But why do you suppose, Sir, he will Sir J. Be it so. give up his interest?
Lady L. Mr. Darnley, shall we beg your Darn. I only judge from what your daugh- leave, and you, Charlotte, take the least suster tells me, Sir.
pected way to send the doctor to me directly. Sir J. My daughter !
Char. I have a thought will do it, Madam.
Sir J. Oh, Charlotte! Oh, Mr. Darnley. fice; a shadow of compliance, meant only to
Darn. Have but resolution, Sir, and fear no- persuade me from your daughter. thiog. [Exeunt DARNLEY and CHARLOTTE. Ludy L. Methinks, this doubt of me seems
Lady L. Now, Sir, you are to consider what rather founded on your settled resolution not a desperate disease I have undertaken to cure : to resign her.-I am convinced of it. I can therefore, be sure keep close and still; and assure you, Sir, I should have saved you this when the proof is full, appear at your dis- trouble, had I know how deeply you were cretion.
engaged to her. Sir J. Fear not; I will conform myself- Dr. C. Tears——then I must believe you—but Yet, be not angry, my love, if, in a case like indeed you wrong me. To prove my innothis, I have also charity enough to hope you cence, it is not an hour since I pressed Sir may yet be deceived in what you charge him John to give Charlotte to young Darnley. with, till the evidence of my own senses assure Lady L. Mere artifice. You knew that modme of the contrary.
est resignation would make Sir John warmer Lady L. "Tis just.
in your interest. Sir I. Hark! I think I hear him coming. Dr. C. No, indeed, indeed. I had other
Lady L. Now, my dear, remember your motives, which you may hereafter be made promise to have patience.
acquainted with, and will convince youSir J. Rely upon't.
Lady L. Well, Sir, now I'll give you reason Lady L. To your post then.
to guess the reason why, at our last meeting, [Sir John goes behind the screen. I pressed you so warmly to resign Charlotte
Dr. C. Ab dear! ah dear! Enter Doctor CANTWELL, with a book.
Lady L. You cannot blame me for having Dr. C. Madam, your woman tells me, that, opposed your happiness, when my own, perbeing here and alone, you desired to speak bap3, depended upon it. with me.
Dr. C. Spare me, spare me; you kill me with Lady L. I did, Sir-but that we may be sure this kindness. that we are alone, pray shut the outward Lady L. But now that I have discovered door-another surprise might ruin us—is all my weakness, be secret ; for the least imprusafe ?
denceDr. C. I have taken care, Madam.
Dr. C. It is a vain fear. Lady L. But I am afraid I interrupt your Lady L. Call it not vain ; my reputation is meditation.
dearer to me than life. Dr. C. No, Madam, no; I was only looking Dr. C. Where can it find so sure a guard ? over some pious exhortations here, for the use The grave austerities of my life will dumb. of a society of chosen brethren.
found suspicion, and yours may defy detracLady L. Ab, doctor, what have you done tion. to me the trouble of my mind since our last Lady L. Well, doctor, 'tis you must answer unfortunate conference is not to be expressed. for my folly. You indeed discovered to me what, perhaps, Dr. C. I take it all upon myself. for my own peace, 'twere better I had never Lady L. But there's one thing still to be been acquainted with ; but I had not sufficient afraid of. time to lay my heart open to you.
Dr. C. Nothing, nothing.
Dr. C. Alas, poor man! I will answer for Lady L. I have been uneasy too, not know him. Between ourselves, Madam, your husing how far you might mistake my behaviour'on band is weak; I can lead him by the nose the last accident that happened, but I was any where. really so shocked, so terrified, I knew not Sir J. (Comes forward.] No, caitiff, I'm to be what I was doing: only, had I joined in your led po farther. defence against the colonel, it would have Dr. C. Ah! woman. been evident that I was his enemy, and I have Sir J. Is this your sanctity ? this your docuses for his friendship. Silence, therefore, trine? these your meditations? was my own prudent part: and I knew your Dr. C. Is then my brother in a conspiracy credit with Sir John needed no support. against me ?
Dr. C. Let me presume then to hope, that Sir J. Your brother! I have been your wbat I did, you judge was self-defence and friend, indeed, to my shame; your dupe; but pure necessity.
your spell has lost its hold: no more canting ; Lady L. And perhaps, after all, the accident it will not serve your turn any longer. was lucky ; for Sir John, in order to obviate Lady L. Now, Heaven be praised. any ill constructions that may be put upon it, Dr. C. It seems you wanted an excuse to part insists now that we should be more together, with me. to let the world see his confidence in us both. Sir J. Ungrateful wretch! but why do I This relieves us from restraint; and I now approach you! Had I not been the weakest dare tell you-but no-I wont
of mankind, you never could have proved so Dr. C. But why, Madam? let me beseech great a villain. Get out of my sight; leave you
my bouse; of all my follies, which is it tells Lady L. No,besides—what need you ask you, that if you stay much longer, I shall not
be tempted to wrest you out of the hands of Dr. C. Ah ! do not endeavour to decoy my the law, and punish you as you deserve ! foolish heart, too apt to fatter itself. You Dr. C. Well; but first let me ask you, Sir, cannot sure think kindly of me!
who is it you menace ? consider your own conLady L. Well, well, I would have you dition, and where you are ? imagine so.
Sir J. What would the villain drive at ? leave Dr. C. Besides, may I not with reason sus- me. I forgive you : but once more I tell you, pect, that this apparent goodness is but arti- seek some other place; out of my house. This
instant be gone, and see my shameful face no Enter CANTWEJ.L, DARNLEY, SEYWARD, more.
and Servants. Dr. C. Nay, then, 'tis my duty to exert my self, and let you know that I am master here.
Darn. Here, bring in this ruffian; this is Turn you out, Sir; this house is mine ; and villany beyond example. now, Sir, at your péril, dare to insult me.
Sir J. What means this outrage ?
Sey. Don't be alarmed, Madam—there is no Lady L. Whither are you going, Sir ?
mischief done : what was intended, the doctor Sir J. I know not-but here it seems I am
here can best inform you. a trespasser-the master of the house has Sir J. Mr. Darnley, I am ashamed to see warned me bence--and, since the right is now you. in him, 'lis just I should resign it.
Maw. So you ought: but this good man is Lady L. You shall not stir. He dares not ashamed of nothing. act with such abandoned insolence. No, Sir,
Dr. C. Alas! my enemies prevail. possession still is yours. If he pretends a
Sey. In short, gentlemen, the affair is cir. right, let him by open course of law maintain cumstantially this The doctor called me out it.
into the pavilion in the garden; appeared in Dr. C. Ha! Here! Seyward ! (Exit. great disorder; told me here was a sudden
storm raised, which he was not sufficiently preEnter old LADY LAMBERT and MAWWORM.
pared to weather. He said, his dependence
was upon me; and at all events, I must be Sir J. Who is this fellow? what do you ready to swear, when he called upon me, 1 want, man ?
had seen him pay Sir John several large sums Maw. My lady, come up.
of money. He talked confusedly about giving Old Lady L. How now!
value for an estate ; but I boldly refused to Maw. He wants to know who I be.
perjure myself; and told him, on the contrary, Old Lady L. The gentleman is a friend of I was satisfied he had fleeced Sir Jobs of mine, son. I was carrying him in a coach to several large sums, under pretence of charita. attend a controversy that's to be held this even- ble uses, which he secretly converted to his ing, at the Rev. Mr. Scruple's, about an affair own.-- This stung him, and he fastened at my of simony; and called to take up the doctor. throat. Then, indeed, all temper left me ; and, But what strange tales are these I hear be-disengaging myself from his hold, with a homelow?
blow, I struck him down. At this, grown desSir J. The doctor's a villain, Madam; 1 perate, he ran with fury to some pistols that have detected him; detected him in the horri. hung about the chimney: but in the instant ble design of seducing my wife.
he reached one, I seized upon his wrist; and Maw. It's unpossible.
as we grappled, the pistol, firing to the ceiling, Sir J. What do you say, man?
alarmed the family. Maw. I say, it's unpossible. He has been
Old Lady L. This is a lie, young man ; I see locked up with my wife for hours together, the devil standing at your elbow. morning, noon, and night, and I never found Max. So do 1, with a great big pitchfork, her the worse for him.
pushing him on. Old Lady L. Ab, son ! son !
Dr. Č. Well, what have you more against Sir J. What is your ladyship going to say
me ? now ?
Darn. More, Sir, I hope is needlessbut if Old Lady L. The doctor is not in fault. Sir Johp is yet unsatisfied. Sir J. 'Slife, Madam!
Sir J. Oh! I have seen too much. Old Lady L. Oh, he swears ! he swears.!
Dr. C. I demand my liberty. years in growing, good, we become profligate
Sir J. Let him go. in a moment. If you swear again, I wont stay in the house.
Enter COLONEL LAMBERT and Attendants. Maw. Nor I neither; aren't you ashamed Col. L. Hold, Sir! not so fast; you can't of yourself? have you no commenseration on
pass. your poor soul ?-Ab! poor, wicked sinper! I Dr. C. Who, Sir, shall dare to stop me? pity you.
Col. L. Within there!
Enter TIPSTAFF. against you.
Sir J. Why would you bring this idiot, Tip. Is your name Cantwell, Sir ?
Dr. C. What if it be, Sir ? Maw. Ay, do despise me, I'm the prouder Tip. Then, Sir, I have my lord chief justice's for it; I likes to be despised.
warrant against you.
Dr. C. Against me?
Tip. Yes, Sir, for a cheat and impostor.
Old Lady L. What does he say? Char. Ob dear papa, I shall faint away; Sir J. Dear son, what is this? there's murder doing.
Col. L. Only some action of the doctor's, Sir, Sir J. Who! when! what is it?
which I have affidavits in my band here to Char. The doctor, Sir, and Seyward, were prove, from more than one creditable witness; at high words just now in the garden; and, and I think it my duty to make the public acupon a sudden, there was a pistol fired be- quainted with: if he can acquit himself of them, tween them. Oh! I'm afraid poor Seyward so ; if not, he must take the consequence. is killed.
Dr. C. Well, but stay; let the accusations Sir J. How?
against me be what they will, by virtue of this Char. Oh, there he comes himself; he'll tell conveyance I am still master here; and if ! you more.
am forced to leave the house myself, I will
shut up the doors-nobody shall remain Col. L. Sisterbehind.
Char. Come, no set speeches; if I deserve Sir J. There! there ! indeed, he stings me your thanks, return them in friendship to your to the heart! for that rash act, reproach and first preserver. endless shame will haunt me !
Col. L. The business of my life shall be to Char. No, Sir!-be comforted. Even there merit it. too his wicked hopes must leave him; for Sey. And mine, to speak my sense of obligaknow, the fatal deed which you intended to tions. sign is here, even yet upsealed and innocent? Sir J. Oh, my child! for my deliverance I Sir J. What mean you ?
can only reward you here.-- For you, my son, Char. I mean, Sir, that this deed by accident whose filial virtue I have injured, this honest falling into this gentleman's hands, his gener- deed shall in every article be ratified.-And ous concern for our family discovered it to for the sake of that hypocritical villain, I deme; and that in concert we procured that clare, that from henceforward I renounce all other to be drawn exactly like it; which, in pious folks ; I will have an utter abhorrence your impatience to execute, passed unsuspect for every thing that bears the appearance ed for the original. Their only difference is, Char. Nay now, my dear Sir, I must take that wherever here you read the doctor's name, the liberty to tell you, you go from one extreme there you'll find my brother's.
to another.-What, because a worthless wretch Dr. C. Come, Sir; lead me where you has imposed upon you, under the fallacious please.
[Exit. show of austere grimace, will you needs have Col. L. Secure your prisoner,
it every body is like him, confound the good Old Lady L. I don't know what to make of with the bad, and conclude there are no truly all this.
religious in the world ?-Leave, my dear Sir, Maw. They'll all go to the devil for what such rash consequences to fools and libertines. they are doing—Come away, my lady, and let -Let us be careful to distinguish between us see after the good dear doctor. Ay, do virtue and the appearance of it. Guard if poslaugh, you'll go to the devil for all that.-sible against doing honour to hypocrisy-But, Come, my lady, you go first.
at the same time, let us allow there is no (Ereunt MAWWORM and old LADY LAMBERT. character in life, greater or more valuable
Char. Now, Darpley, I hope I have made than that of the truly devout-nor any thing atonement for your jealousy.
more noble or more beautiful, than the fervour Darn. You've banished it for ever! this was of a sincere piety.
[Exeunt. beyond yourself surprising.
IN TWO ACTS.
BY HENRY FIELDING, Esq.
MOLIERE'Scomedy of Le Medecin malgré lui, is the parent-stock whence our ingenious countryman, Henry Fielding, has deduced the present whimsical farce; which is, however, but slightly altered from the original in plot, situation, and conduct. The knavery of Gregory will not find a parallel in English habits, though our continental neighbours enlarge on the credulity of honest John Bull; but similar portraitures are frequent in Le Sage and their other writers, probably derived from an experience we need not enry.
six years, under the facetious denomination of SCENE I.ZA Wood.
a Merry Andrew, where I learnt physic.
Dor. O that thou hadst followed bim still! Enter Dorcas and GREGORY.
cursed be the hour wherein I answered the Greg. I tell you no, I wont comply, and it parson-I will. is my business to talk and to command.
Greg. And cursed be the parson that asked Dor. And I tell you, you shall conform to me the question ! my will; and that I was not married to you to Dor. You have reason to complain of him, suffer your ill-humours.
indeed, who ought to be on your knees every Greg. O the intolerable fatigue of matrimony! moment, returning thanks to Heaven for that Aristotle never said a better thing in his life, great blessing it sent you, when it sent you than when he told us, “that a wife is worse myself. I hope you have not the assurance to than a devil.”
think you deserve such a wife as me. Dor. Hear the learned gentleman, with his Greg. No, really, I don't think I do.-Coine, Aristotles !
come, Madam, it was a lucky day for you, Greg. And a learned man I am too; find me when you found me out. out a maker of faggots, that's able, like my- Dor. Lucky, indeed ! a fellow who eats every self, to reason upon things, or that can boast I thing I have. such an education as mine.
Greg. That happens to be a mistake, for I Dor. An education !
drink some part on't. Greg. Ay, hussy, a regular education ; first Dor. That has not even left me a bed to lie at the charity-school, where I learnt to read; on. then I waited on a gentleman at Oxford, where Greg. You'll rise the earlier. I learnt-very near as much as my master; Dor. And who from morning till night is from whence I attended a travelling physician eternally in an alehouse.