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Lord 0. Don't be ridiculous, you old mon- Can. I go-Ah, pauvre Mademoiselle! My key.

[Smiles. lor, have pitié upon the poor pigeone ! Can. I am monkee, I am ole; but I have

(Apart to LORD O. eye, I have ear, and a little understand, now Lord O. I'll knock you down, Cant. and den.

(Smiles. Lord O. Taisez-vous, bête !

Can. Den I go—[Shuffles along. )-You are Can. Elle vous attend, my lor. She vil make mosh please, for all dat. (Aside. Erit. a love to you.

Fan. I shall sink with apprehension. [Aside. Lord O. Will she? Have at her then! A Lord O. What a sweet girl !-she's a civilfine girl can't oblige me more-Egad, I find ized being, and atones for the barbarism of myself a little enjoué-Come along, Cant. ! she the rest of the family.

(Aside, is but in the next walk-but there is such a Fan, My lord! (Courtesies and blushes. deal of this damned crinkum-crankum, as Lord 0. I look upon it, Madam, to be one Sterling calls it, that one sees people for half of the luckiest circumstances of my life, that I an hour before one can get to them-Allons, have at this moment the honour of receiving Monsieur Canton, allons, donc !

your commands, and the satisfaction of con[E.reunt, singing. tirming with my tongue what my eyes perhaps

have but too weakly expressed--that I am SCENE III.- Another part of the Garden. literally the humblest of your servants.

Fan. I think myself greatly honoured by Enter LOVEWELL and FANNY.

your lordship’s partiality to me but it disLove. My dear Fanny, I cannot bear your situation, to apply to it for protection.

tresses me that I am obliged, in my present distress; it overcomes all my resolutions, and

Lord O. I am happy in your distress, MaI am prepared for the discovery. Fan. But how can it be effected before my show my zeal.-Beauty to me is a religion in

dam, because it gives me an opportunity to departure?

Love. I'll tell you.—Lord Ogleby seems to which I was born and bred a bigot, and would entertain a visible partiality for you ; and no-die a martyr.-I'm in tolerable spirits, faith! withstanding the peculiarities of his behaviour,

(-4side. I am sure that he is humane at the bottom.

Fan. There is not, perhaps, at this moment, He is vain to an excess ; but withal extremely a more distressed creature than myself. Af good-natured, and would do any thing to re- fection, duty, hope, despair, and a thousand commend himself to a lady.-Do you open the different sentiments, are struggling in my whole affair of our marriage to him immedi- bosom; and even the presence of your lord ately. It will come with more irresistible ship; to whom I have flown for protection, persuasion from you than from myself; and I

adds to my perplexity, doubt not but you'll gain his friendship and

Lord o. Does it, Madam ?-Venus forbid!

-My old fault; the devil's in me, I think, for protection at once. His influence and author. ity will put an end to Sir John's solicitations, perplexing young

women. (A side, and

smiling.) renove your aunt's and sister's unkindness Take courage, Madam! dear Miss Fanny, and suspicions, and, I hope, reconcile your explain.. You have a powerful advocate in father and the whole family to our marriage.

my breast, I assure you—my heart, Madam: fan. Heaven grant it! Where is my lord ?

--I am attached to you by all the laws of symLove. I have heard him and Canton, since pathy and delicacy:-By my honour, I am. dinner, singing French songs under the great mind—Sir John Melvil, my lord, by the most

Fan. Then I will venture to unburthen my walnut-tree by the parlour door. If you meet misplaced and mistimed declaration of affecwith him in the garden, you may disclose the tion for me, has made me the unhappiest of whole immediately. To-morrow morning, is fixed for your departure, and if we lose this opportunity, we may wish in vain for another.

Lord O. How, Madam? Has Sir John made -He approaches-I must retire.-Speak, my

his addresses to you? dear Fanny, speak, and make us happy!

Fan. He has, my lord, in the strongest

terms. [Exit.

But I hope it is needless to say that Fan. What shall I do? What shall I say to my duty to my father, love to my sister, and bim? I am all confusion.

regard to the whole family, as well as the

great respect I entertain for your lordship, Enter LORD OGLEBY and CANTON. (Courtesies.] made me shudder at his ad

dresses, Lord O. To see so much beauty so solitary, Lord O. Charming girl !-Proceed, my dear Madam, is a satire upon mankind, and 'tis for- Miss Fanny, proceed? tunate that one man has broke in upon your Fun. In a moment-give me leave, my lord ! reverie, for the credit of our sex. I say one, -But if what I have to disclose should be Madam; for poor Canton here, from age and received with anger or displeasureinfirmities, stands for nothing.

Lord 0. Impossible, by all the tender Can. Noting at all, indeed.

powers !Speak, I beseech you, or I shall Fan. Your lordship does me great honour. divine the cause before you utter it. I had a favour to request, my lord !

Fan. Then, my lord, Sir John's addresses Lord 0. A favour, Madam ? To be hon- are not only shocking to me in themselves, oured with your commands is an inexpressible but are more particularly disagreeable to me favour done to me, Madam.

at this time-as-as

[Hesitates, Fan. If your lordship could indulge me with Lord O. As what, Madam? the honour of a moment's What's the matter Fan. As-pardon my confusion-I am en with me?

[Aside. tirely devoted to another. Lord O. The girl's confused--Hey!--here's Lord O. If this is not plain, the devil's in it. something in the wind, faith—I'll have a tête- (Aside.) But tell me, my dear Miss Fanny, a-léle with her. (Aside.)-Allez-vous en! for I must know; tell me the how, the wben,

[To Canton. and the where—Tell me


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Re-enter CANTON, hastily.

Lord 0. I cannot commend my kinsman's

behaviour, Madam. He has behaved like a Can. My lor, my lor, my lor!

false knight, I must confess. I have heard of Lord o. Damn your swiss impertinence! | his apostacy. Miss Fanny has informed me how durst you interrupt me in the most critical, of it. melting moment that ever love and beauty Miss S. Miss Fanny's baseness has been the honoured me with ?

cause of Sir John's inconstancy. Can. I demande pardonne, my lor! Sir John

Lord 0. Nay now, my dear' Miss Sterling, Melvil, my lor, sent me to beg you do him de your passion transports you too far.. Sir John honneur to speak a little to you, my lor. Lord O. I'm not at leisure-I am busy-Get but believe me, my dear Miss Sterling, believe

may have entertained a passion for Miss Fanny, away, you stupid old dog, you Swiss rascal, me, Miss Fanny has no passion for Sir John.

Shé has a passion, indeed, a most tender pasCan. Fort bien, my lor. [Goes out on tiptoe. sion. She has opened her whole soul to me,

Lord O. By the laws of gallantry, Madam, and I know where her affections are placed. this interruption should be death ; but as nó

(Conceitedly. punishment ought to disturb the triumph of Miss S. Not upon Mr. Lovewell, my lord. the softer passions, the criminal is pardoned Lord O. Lovewell ! no, poor lad! she does and dismissed. Let us return, Madam, to the not think of him. (Smiles.] I know better : highest luxury of exalted minds-a declaration however, a little time will solve all mysteries. of love from the lips of beauty.

Miss S. Have a care, my lord, that both the Fun. The entrance of a third person has a families are not made the dupes of Sir John's little relieved me, but I cannot go through artifice, and my sister's dissimulation! You with it; and yet I must open my beart with a don't know her; indeed, my lord, you don't discovery, or it will break with its burthen.

know her; a base, insinuating, pertidious St

fAside. is too much-She has been beforehand with Lord O. What passion in her eyes! I am

me, I perceive, endeavouring to prejudice your alarmed to agitation. (Aside.] I presume, lordship in her favour; and I am to be laughed Madam, (and as you have flattered me, by at by every body. Such unnatural behaviour making me a party concerned, I hope you'll to me! But since I see I can have no redress, excuse the presumption,) that

I am resolved that some way or other I will Fan. Do you excuse my making you a party have revenge.

[Exit. concerned, my lord, and let me interest your Ster. This is foolish work, my lord ! heart in my behalf, as my future happiness or Lord 0. I have too much sensibility to bear misery in a great measure depend

the tears of beauty. Lord 0. Upon me, Madam?

Ster. It is touching, indeed, my lord ; and Fan. Upon you, my lord.


very moving for a father. Lord 0. There's no standing this : i have Lord 0. To be sure, Sir! You, with your caught the infection-her tenderness dissolves exquisite feelings, must be distressed beyond

(Sighs. measure ! Wherefore, to divert your too exl'an. And should you too severely judge of quisite feeling, suppose we change the suba rash action, which passion prompted, and ject, and proceed to business. modesty has long concealed

Ster. With all my heart, my lord. Lord 0. (Takes her hand.] Thou amiable

Lord O. You see, Mr. Sterling, we can make creature, command my heart, for it is van- no union in our families by the proposed marquished. Speak but thy virtuous wishes, and riage. enjoy them.

Ster. And I am very sorry to see it, my lord. Fan. I cannot, my lord; indeed, I cannot.

Lord 0. Have you set your heart upon Mr. Lovewell must tell you my distresses ; and being allied to our house, Mr. Sterling ? when you know them, pity and protect me. Ster. 'Tis my only wish at present, my om

(Exit in tears. nium, as I may call it. Lord 0. How the devil could I bring her to

Lord O. Your wishes shall be fulglled. this? It is too much too much-1 can't bear

Stor. Shall they, my lord ? but how-how? it I must give way to this amiable weak

Lord O. I'll marry in your family. ness. (Wipes his eyes.] My heart overflows

Ster. What! my sister Heidelberg ? with sympathy, and I feel every tenderness I Lord O. You throw me into a cold sweat, have inspired. [Stifles a tear.] Can I be a man and withstand it? No-I'll sacrifice the whole daughter.

Mr. Sterling. No, not your sister, but your sex to her. But here comes the father, quite Sier. My daughter ? d-propos. I'll open the matter immediately, Lord O. Fanny Snow the murder's out! settle the business with him, and take the Ster. What you, my lord ? sweet girl down to Ogleby-house to-morrow Lord O. Yes, I, I, Mr. Sterling. morning. But what the devil! Miss Sterling

Ster. No, no, my lord ; that's too much. too! What mischief's in the wind now! No

[Smiles. conquest there-no, no, that would be too much

Lord O. Too much! I don't comprehend you. desolation in the family.

Ster. What you, my lord, marry my Fanny ? Enter STERLING and Miss STERLING.

Bless me! what will the folks say?

Lord O. Why, what will they say ? Ster. My lord, your servant ! I am attend- Ster. That you are a bold man, my lord ; ing my daughter here upon rather a disagree that's all. able affair. Speak to his lordship, Betsy. Lord O. Mr. Sterling, this may be city wit,

Lord 0. Your eyes, Miss Sterling, for I for åught I know. Do you court my alliance ? always read the eyes of a young lady, betray Ster. To be sure my lord. some little emotion. What are your com- Lord. 0. Then I'll explain-My nephew mands, Madam?

wont marry your eldest daughter, nor i neiMiss S. I have but too much cause for my ther.-Your youngest daughter wont marry emotion, my lord !

him; I will marry your youngest daughter.



Ster. What! with a youngest daughter's for- Love. It was indeed, my lord. Your kindtune, my lord ?

ness distracts me. Lord O. With any fortune, or no fortune at Lord O. And so it did the poor girl, faite. all, Sir. Love is the idol of my heart, and the Lore. She trembled to disclose the secret, demon interest sinks before him. So, Sir, as and declare her affections. I said before, I will marry your youngest Lord 0. The world, I believe, will not think daughter; your youngest daughter will marry her aflections ill placed.

Love. [Bows.) You are too good, my lord.Ster. Who told you so my lord ?

And do you really excuse the rashness of the Lord O. Her own sweet self, Sir.

action ? Ster. Indeed!

Lord 0. From my very soul, Lovewell. Lord 0. Yes, Sir; our affection is mutual ; Love. [Bous.) I was afraid of her meeting your advantage double and treble; your with a cold reception. daughter will be a countess directly-I shall Lord O. More fool you thenbe the happiest of beings, and you'll be father Who pleads her cause with never failing to an earl instead of a baronet.

beauty, Ster. But what will my sister say ? and my Here finds a full redress. [Strikes his breast. daughter ?

She's a fine girl, Lovewell. Lord O. I'll manage that matter; nay, if Love. Her beauty, my lord, is her least they wont consent, I'll run away with your merit. She has an understandingdaughter in spite of you.

Lord O. Her choice convinces me of that. Ster. Well said, my lord ! your spirit's Love. (Bows.] That's your lordship's goodgood; I wish you had my constitution, but if ness. Her choice was a disinterested one. you'll venture, I have no objection, if my Lord O. No, no, not altogether; it began sister has none.

with interest, and ended in passion. Lord 0, I'll answer for your sister, Sir.-- Love. Indeed, my lord, if you were acA-propos, the lawyers are in the house. I'll quainted with her goodness of heart, and genhave articles drawn, and the whole affair con- erosity of mind, as well as you are with the cluded to-morrow morning.

inferior beauties of her face and personSter. Very well ! and I'll despatch Lovewell Lord 0. I am so perfectly convinced of their to London immediately for some fresh papers existence, and so totally of your mind, touchI shall want; you must excuse me, my lord, ing every amiable particular of that sweet girl, but I can't help laughing at the match.-He, that were it not for the cold, unfeeling impehe, he! what will the folks say? (Erit. diments of the law, I would marry her to-mor

Lord O. What a fellow am I going to make row morning. a father of! He has no more feeling than the Love, My lord ! post in his warehouse--But Fanny's virtues Lord O. I would, by all that's honourable tune me to rapture again, and I won't think in man, and amiable in woman. of the rest of the family.

Love. Marry her !Who do you mean, my

lord ? Re-enter Lovewell, hastily.

Lord O. Miss Fanny Sterling that is ; the Love. I beg your lordship’s pardon ; are you countess of Ogleby that shall be. alone, my lord ?

Love. I am astonished ! Lord O. No, my lord, I am not alone ; I am Lord O. Why, could you expect less from in company, the best company. Love. My lord !

Love. I did not expect this, my lord. Lord O. I never was in such exquisite, en- Lord 0. Trade and accounts have destroyed chanting company since my heart first con- your feeling. ceived, or my senses tasted, pleasure.

Love. No indeed, my lord.

[Sighs. Love. Where are they, my lord ?-

Lord O. The moment that love and pìty en

(Looks about. tered my breast, I was resolved to plunge inLord 0. In my mind's eye, Horatio.

to matrimony, and shorten the girl's tortures Love. What company have you there, my --I never do any thing by halves, do I, Lovelord ?

[Smiles. well ? Lord O. My own ideas, Sir, which so crowd Lore. No indeed, my lord. (Sighs. ] What upon my imagination, and kindlc in it such a an accident!

(Aside. delirium of ecstacy, that wit, wine, music, poe- Lord O. What's the matter, Lovewell? thou try, all combined, and each in perfection, are seem'st to have lost thy faculties. Why don't but mere mortal shadows of my felicity. you wish me joy, man? Love. I see that your lordship is happy, and Love. 0, I do, my lord.

[Sigás I rejoice at it.

Lord O. She said that you would explain Lord O. You shall rejoice at it, Şir; my fe- what she had not power to utter ; but I want. licity shall not selfishly be confined, but shall ed no interpreter for the language of love. spread its influence to the whole circle of my Lone. But has your lordship considered the friends. I need not say, Lovewell, that you consequences of your resolution? shall have your share of it.

Lord 0. No, Sir, I am above consideration, Love. Shall I, my lord ?-then I understand when my desires are kindled. you; you have heard. Miss Fanny has in. Love. But consider the consequences, my formed you

lord, to your nephew, Sir John. Lord O. She has ; I have heard, and she Lord O. Sir John has considered no conseshall be happy; 'tis deterinined.

quences himself, Mr. Lovewell. Love. Then I have reached the summit of Love. Mr. Sterling, my lord, will certainly my wishes. And will your lordship pardon refuse his daughter to Sir John. the folly?

Lord O. Sir John has already refused Mr. Lord o. O yes, poor creature, low could Sterling's daughter. she help it? 'Twas unavoidable--fate and ne- Love. But what will become of Miss Ster. cessity.

ling, my lord ?

me ?

you both.

Lord U. What's that to you? You may have shall do his best, without offence to anyher, if you will. I depend upon Mr. Sterling's what say you, kinsmen? city philosophy, to be reconciled to Lord Sir J. You have made me happy, my lord. Ogleby's being his son-in-law, instead of Sir Love. And me, I assure you, my lord. John Melvil, baronet. Don't you think that Lord O. And I am superlatively soallons your master may be brought to that, with donc! To horse and away, boys! you to your out having recourse to his calculations, eh, affairs, and I to mine-suivons l'amour. (Sings. Lovewell?

[Exeunt. Love. But, my lord, that is not the question. Lord O. Whatever is the question, I'll tell

you ny answer. I am in love with a fine
girl, whom I resolve to marry.

SCENE I.-FANNY's Apartment.
Enter Sir John Melvil.

Enter LOVEWELL and FANNY, followed by What news with you, Sir John ? You look all

BETTY. . hurry and impatience-like a messenger after a battle.

Fan. Why did you come so soon, Mr. Love. Sir J. After a battle indeed, my lord. I well? the family is not yet in bed, and Betty have this day had a severe engagement; and certainly heard somebody listening near the wanting your lordship as an auxiliary, I have chamber-door. at last mustered up resolution to declare what Bet. My mistress is right, Sir! evil spirits my duty to you and to myself have demanded are abroad ; and I am sure you are both too from me some time.

good, not to expect mischief from them. Lord O. To the business then, and be as Love. But who can be so curious, or so concise as possible, for I am upon the wing-wicked? eh, Lovewell! [Smiles, and LOVEWELL bows. Bet. I think we have wickedness and curios

Sir J. I find 'tis in vain my lord, to struggle ity enough in this family, Sir, to expect the against the force of inclination.

worst. Lord O. Very true, nephew; I am your Fan. I do expect the worst. Pr’ythee, Betty, witness, and will second the motion-sha'n't return to the outward door, and listen if you I, Lovewell? (Smiles, and Lovewell bows. hear any body in the gallery; and let us know

Sir J. Your lordship’s generosity encour directly; ages me to tell you that I cannot marry Miss Bet. I warrant you, Madam—the Lord bless Sterling.

[Exit. Lord O. I am not at all surprised at it- Fun. What did my father want with you she's a bitter potion, that's the truth of it; but this evening? as you were to swallow it, and not I, it was Love. He gave me the key of his closet, with your business, and not mine. Any thing orders to bring from London some papers remore?

lating to Lord Ogleby. Sir J. But this, my lord ; that I may be Fan. And why did you not obey him ? permitted to make my addresses to the other Love. Because I am certain that his lordship sister.

has opened his heart to him about you, and Lord 0. O yes, by all means-have you those papers are wanted merely on that account any hopes there, nephew? Do you think

-But as we shall discover all to-morrow, he'll succeed, Lovewell ?

there will be no occasion for them, and it [Smiles and winks at LOVEWELL. would be idle in me to go. Love. I think not, my lord. (Gravely. Fan. Hark Shark ! bless me, how I tremble ! Lord 0. I think so too; but let the fool try. -I feel the terrors of guilt. Indeed, Mr.

Sir J. Will your lordship favour me with Lovewell, this is too much for me—this situayour good offices to remove the chief obstacle tion may have very unhappy consequences. to the match, the repugnance of Mrs. Heidel

[Weeps. berg?

Love. But it sha'n't. I would rather tell Lord 0. Mrs. Heidelberg ? Had not you our story this moment to all the house, and better begin with the young lady first? It will run the risk of maintaining you by the hardest save you a great deal of trouble, wont it, labour, than suffer you to remain in this dan Lovewell? [Smiles.] But do what you please, gerous perplexity. What! shall 1 sacrifice all it will be the same thing to me : wont it, Love my best hopes and affections, in your dear well? (Conceitedly.) Why don't you laugh at health and safety, for the mean (and in such him ?

case the meanest) consideration of our for. Lore. I do, my lord. [Forces a smile. tune? Were we to be abandoned by all our

Sir J. And your lordship will endeavour to relations, we have that in our bearts and minds prevail on Mrs. Heidelberg to consent to my will weigh against the most affluent circummarriage with Miss Fanny ?

stances. I should not have proposed the Lord o. l'll speak to Mrs. Heidelberg about secresy of our marriage, but for your sake; the adorable Fanny as soon as possible. and with hopes that the most generous sacri

Sir J. Your generosity transports me. fice you have made to love and me, might be

Lord O. Poor fellow, what a dupe ! he little less injurious to you, by waiting a lucky thinks who's in possession of the town. (Aside. moment of reconciliation.

Sir J. And your lordship is not in the least Fan. Hush ! hush! for Heaven's sake, my offended at this seeming inconstancy?

dear Lovewell ; don't be so Warm! your Lord O. Not in the least. Miss Fanny's generosity gets the better of your prudence ; charms will even excuse infidelity. I look you will be heard, and we shall be disupon women as the feræ naturæ-Lawful game covered. I am satisfied-indeed I am. Ex--and every man who is qualified, bas a cuse this weakness, this delicacy, this what natural right to pursue them ;-Lovewell you will. My mind's at peace-indeed, it is as well as you, and you as well as be, -think no more of it, if you love me ! and I as well as either of you. Every man Love. That one word has charmed me, as it


always does, to the most implicit obedience : 1 to her own room, and lock the outward door it would be ihe worst of ingratitude in me to after her; we can fasten this; and when she distress you a moment.

[Kisses her. thinks all safe, she may return and let me out

as usual. Re-enter Betty.

Bet. Shall I, Madam? Bet. (In a low voice.) I'm sorry to disturb Fan. Do let'me have my way to-night, and you.

you shall command me ever after, Fan, Ha! what's the matter ?

Lore. I live only to oblige you, my sweet Love. Have you heard any body?

Fanny! I'll be gone this moment. Going. Bet. Yes, yes, I have; and they have heard Fan. Betty shall go first, and if they lay you too, or I'm mistaken-if they had seen you hold of hertoo, we should have been in a fine quandary. Bet. 'They'll have the wrong sow by the ear, fan. Pr’ythee, don't prate now, Betty! I can tell them that.

(Going hastily. Lore. What did you hear?

Fan. Softly-softly-Betty! don't venture Bet. I was preparing myself, as usual, to out, if you hear a noise. Softly, I beg of take me a little nap

you! See, Mr. Lovewell, the effects of indisLove. A nap!

cretion ! Bet. Yes, Sir, a nap; for I watch much bet. Love. But love, Fanny, makes amends for ter co than wide awake; and when I bad all.

[Exeunt softly. wrapped this handkerchief round my head, for fear of the ear-ache from the key-hole, SCENE II.-A Gallery leading to sereral Bedthought I heard a kind of a sort of a buzzing,

chambers. which I first took for a gnat, and shook my head two or three times, and went so with my Enter Miss STERLING, leading VRS. HEIDELhand.

BERG, in a night-cap. Fun. Well-well-and so

Bet, And so, Madam, when I heard Mr. Miss S. This way, dear Madam, and then Lovewell a little loud, I heard the buzzing I'll tell you all. louder too-and pulling off my handkerchief Mrs. H Nay, but, niece-consider a little sost!y, I could hear this sort of noise.

—don't drag me out this figure; let me put on (Makes an indistinct sort of noise, like my fly-cap !-If any of my lord's fammaly, or speaking.

the counsellors at law should be stirring, I Fan. Well, and what did they say ?

should be prodigus disconcerted. Bet. O! I could not understand a word of Miss S. But, my dear Madam, a moment is what was said.

an age, in my situation. I am sure my sister Love. The outward door is locked ?

has been plotting my disgrace and ruin in that Bet. Yes: ard I bolted it too, for fear of the chamber !--0! she's all craft and wicked. worst.

Fan. Why did you ? they must have heard Mrs. H. Well, but softly, Betsy !-you are you, if they were near.

all in emotion-your mind is too much fusBet. And I did it on purpose, Madam, and trated-you can neither eat, nor drink, nor coughed a little too, that they might not hear take your natural rest-compose yourself, Mr. Lovewell's voice when I was silent, they child; for if we are not as warisome as they were silent, and so I came to tell you.

are wicked, we shall disgrace ourselves and Fan. What shall we do?

the whole fammaly. Love. Fear pothing; we know the worst; Miss S. We are disgraced already, Madam. it will only bring on our catastrophe a little Sir John Melvil has forsaken me; my lord too soon—but Betty might fancy this noise cares for nobody but himself; or if'any body, she's in the conspiracy, and can make a man a it is my sister: my father, for the sake of a mouse at any time.

better bargain, would marry me to a 'Change Bet. I can distinguish a man from a mouse broker; so that, if you, Madam, don't cob. as well as my betters- I'm sorry you think so tinue niy friend if you forsake me-if I am to ill of me, Sir.

lose my best hopes and consolation-in your Fan. He compliments you, don't be a fool! tenderness and affections—I had better at Now you have set her tongue a running, she'll once-give up the matter-and let my sister mutter for an hour. [To LovEwell.] I'll go enjoy-the fruits of her treachery, trample, and hearken myself.

[Exit. with scorn, upon the rights of ber elder sister Bet. I'll turn my back upon no girl for sin--the will of the best of aunts—and the weakcerity and service. (Half aside, muttering. ness of a too interested father. Love. Thou art the first in the world for both;

[Pretends to be bursting in tears. and I will reward you soon, Betty, for one and Mrs. H. Don't, Betsy—keep your spirit-! the other.

hate whimpering—I am your friend-depend Bet. I am not mercenary neither–I can live upon me in every particular. But be comon a little, with a good carreter.

posed, and tell me what new mischief you have

discovered. Re-enter FANNY.

Miss S. I bad no desire to sleep, and would Fan. All seems quiet. Suppose, my dear, not undress myself, knowing that my Machiyou go to your own room-I shall be much avel sister would not rest till she had broke easier then-and to-morrow we will be pre- my heart:-I was so uneasy that I could not pared for the discovery.

stay in my room, but when I thought that all Bet. You may discover, if you please; but the house was quiet, I sent my maid to dis. for my part, I shall still be secret.

cover what was going forward; she imme. (Half aside, and muttering: diately came back and told me, that they were Love. Should I leave you now, if they still in high consultation; that she had heard only, are upon the watch, we shall lose the advan- for it was in the dark, my sister's maid con. tage of our delay. Besides, we should conducting Sir Jobn Melvil to her mistress, and sult upon to-morrow's business. Let Betty go then lock the door.


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