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ACT THE FOURTH.

SCENE, CROAKER'S House.

LOFTY.

WELL, fure the devil's in me of late, for running my head into fuch defiles, as nothing but a genius like my own could draw me from. I was formerly contented to husband out my places and penfions with fome degree of frugality; but, curfe it, of late I have given away the whole Court Regifter in less time than they could print the title page: yet, hang it, why fcruple a lie or two to come at a fine girl, when I every day tell a thousand for nothing. Ha! Honeywood here before me. Could Mifs Richland have fet him at liberty?

Enter HONEYWOOD.

Mr. Honeywood, I'm glad to see you abroad again. I find my concurrence was not neceffary in your unfortunate affairs. I had put things in a train to do your business; but it is not for me to fay what I intended doing.

HONEY

HONEYWOOD.

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It was unfortunate indeed, Sir. But what adds to my uneafiness is, that while you seem to be acquainted with my misfortune, I myself continue ftill a ftranger to my benefactor.

LOFTY.

How! not know the friend that served you ?

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I have; but all I can learn is, that he chufes to remain concealed, and that all inquiry must be fruitlefs.

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Then I'll be damn'd if you fhall ever know it

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LOFTY.

I fuppofe now, Mr. Honeywood, you think my rent-roll very confiderable, and that I have vaft fums of money to throw away; I know you do. The world to be fure fays fuch things of me.

HONEYWOOD.

The world, by what I learn, is no ftranger to your generofity. t where does this tend?

LOFTY.

To nothing; nothing in the world. The town, to be fure, when it makes fuch a thing as me the fubject of conversation, has afferted, that I never yet patronised a man of merit.

HONEYWOOD.

I have heard inftances to the contrary, even from yourself.

LOFTY.

Yes, Honeywood, and there are inftances to the

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fhall never hear from myself.

HONEYWOOD.

HONEYWOOD.

Ha dear Sir, permit me to ask you but one question.

LOFTY.

Sir, afk me no queftions: I fay, Sir, ask me no queftions; I'll be damn'd if I answer them.

HONEYWOOD.

I will afk no farther. My friend! my benefactor, it is, it must be here, that I am indebted for freedom, for honour. Yes, thou worthieft of men, from the beginning I suspected it, but was afraid to return thanks; which, if undeserved, might feem reproaches.

LOFTY.

I protest I do not understand all this, Mr. Honeywood. You treat me very cavalierly. I do affure you, Sir-Blood, Sir, can't a man be permitted to enjoy the luxury of his own feelings, without all this parade!

HONEYWOOD.

Nay, do not attempt to conceal an action that adds to your honour. Your looks, your air, your manner, all confess it.

LOFTY.

Confefs it, Sir! Torture itself, Sir, fhall never bring me to confefs it. Mr. Honeywood, I have

VOL. II.

Q

admitted

admitted you upon terms of friendship. Don't let us fall out; make me happy, and let this be buried in oblivion. You know I hate oftentation; you know I do. Come, come, Honeywood, you know I always loved to be a friend, and not a patron. I beg this may make no kind of diftance between us. Come, come, you and I must be more familiarIndeed we must.

HONEYWOOD.

Heavens! Can I ever repay fuch friendship? Is there any way! Thou beft of men, can I ever return the obligation?

LOFTY.

A bagatelle, a mere bagatelle! But I fee your heart is labouring to be grateful. You fhall be grateful. It would be cruel to disappoint you.

HONEYWOOD.

How! teach me the manner.

Is there any way?

LOFTY.

From this moment you're mine. Yes, my friend,

fhall know it--I'm in love.

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