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shall have my prayers. stion of my sister's name! Jirectly, plainly, Gol. L. Why, you profligate hypocrite! do grossly tending to abuse the honour of your bed. you think to carry off your villany with that Sir J. Villain! this instant leave my sight, sanctified air?

my house, my family, for ever. Dr. C. I know not what you mean, sir;, ! Dr. C. Hold, good sir John; I am now have been in discourse here with my good recovered from my surprise; let me then be lady, by permission of your worthy father. an humble mediator-on my account this must

Col. L. Dog! did my father desire you to not be-l grant it possible, your son loves me talk of love to my lady?

not; but you must grant it too as possible, Dr. C. Call me not dog, colonel: I hope we he might mistake me; to accuse me then, are both brother Christians.—Yes, I will own was but the error of his virtue; you ought to I did beg leave to talk to her of love: for, love him, thank him, for his walchful care. alas! I am but a man; yet if my passion for Sir J. O miracle of charity! your dear sister, which I cannot control, be Dr. C. Come, come; such breaches must sinful

not be betwixt so good a son and father; forLady L. Your noise, ! perceive, is bringing get, forgive, embrace him, cherish him, and up sir John; manage with him as you will at let me bless the hour I was the occasion of present: I will withdraw, for I have an after- so sweet a reconcilement. game to play, which may yet put this wretch Sir J. Hear this, preverse and reprobale! effectually into our power.

[Exit

. Oh! couldst thou wrong such more than mor

tal virtue? Enter Sir John LAMBERT.

Col. L. Wrong him! the hardened impuSir J. What uproar is this?

dence of this painted cbarilyCol. L. Nothing, sir, nothing; only a little Sir J, Peace, graceless infidel! broil of the good doctor's here-You are well Col. L. No, sir, though I would bazard rewarded for your kindnesses; and he would life to gain you from the clutches of that sain pay it back with' triple interest to your wretch; could die to reconcile my duty to wife: in short, I took him here in the very your favour; yet, on the terms his villany offact of making a criminal declaration of love fers, il is merit to refuse it-but, sir, I'll trouto my lady.

ble you no more; to-day is his, to-morrow Dr.c. Why, why, sir John, would you not may be mine.

(Exit

. let me leave your house? I knew some dread- Sir J. Come, my friend, we'll

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this inful method would be taken to drive me hence stant and sign the settlement: for that wretch

not angry, good colonel : but indeed, ought to be punished, who I now see is inand indeed, you use me cruelly.

corrigible, and given over to perdition. Sir J. Horrible, wicked, creature!-Doctor, Dr. C. And do you think I take your eslet me hear it from you.

tate with such view?-No, sir-I receive it Dr. C. Alas, sir, I am in the dark as much that I may have an opportunity to rouse his as you; but it should seem, for what purpose mind to virtue, by showing him an instance he best knows, your son hid himself hereabouts; of the forgiveness of injuries; the return of and while I was talking to my lady, rushed good for evil! in upon us - you know the subject, sir, on Șir. J. O, my dear friend! my stay and which I was to entertain her; and I might my guide! I am impatient till the affair is speak of my love for your daughler with more concluded. warmth than, perhaps, I ought; which the co- Dr. C. The will of heaven be done in al! lonel overhearing, he might possibly imagine things. I was addressing my lady berself; for I will Sir J. Poor, dear, man!

[E.reuni. not suspect, no, heaven forbid, I will not suspect that he would intentionally forge a

ACT IV. falschood to dishonour me.

Scene I.--A Parlour at Sir John LAMBERT'S. Sir J. Now, vile detracter of all virtue! is

Enter CHARLOTTE and SEYWARD. your outrageous malice confounded? what he iells you is true; he has been talking to my Char. You were a witness, then? lady by my consent, and what he said was by Sey. I saw it signed, sealed, and delivered, my orders --Good man! be not concerned; for madam. I see through their vile design - Here, thou Char. And all passed without the leas! curse of my life, if thou art not lost to con- suspicion ? science and all sense of honour, repair the in- Sey. Sir John signed with such carnestjury you have attempted, by confessing your ness, and the docior received it with suci rancour, and throwing yourself at bis feet. seeming reluctance, that neither had the cu

Dr. C. Oh, sir John! for my sake-I will riosity to examine a line of it. throw myself at the colonel's feet; nay, if Char. Well, Mr. Seyward, whether it sucthat will please him, he shall tread on my ceeds to our ends or not, we have still the sam neck.

obligations to you.—You saw with what friendly Sir J. What, mute, desenceless, hardened warmth my brother heard your story; and in thy malice?

don't in the least doubt his being able to de Col. L. I sorn the imputation, sir; and with something for you. the same repeated honesty avow (however Sey. What I have done, my duty bouwcunningly he may have devised this gloss), me to; but pray, madam, give me leare that you are deceived-what I tell you, sir, without offence, to ask you one innocent is true--these eyes, these ears, were witnes- question. ses of bis audacious love, without the men- Char. Freely.

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Sey. Have you never suspected, that in all notwithstanding your good father's favour, I ibis áffair, I have had some secret, stronger, am not the man you would desire to be alone motive than barely duty ?

with upon this occasion. Char. Yes.—But have you been in no ap- Char. Your modesty is pleased to be in the prehensions I should discover that motive? right. Sey. Pray, pardon me; I see already I have Dr. C. I'm afraid too, notwithstanding all

my endeavours to the contrary, that you enChar. Not at all; it loses you no merit with tertain a pretty bad opinion of me. me; nor is it my nature to use any one ill Char. A worse, sir, of no mortal breathing. that loves me, unless I loved that one again: Dr. C. Which opinion is immoveable. then, indeed, there might be danger. Come, Char. No rock so firm. don't look grave; my inclinations to another Dr. C. I am afraid then it will be a vain shall not binder me paying, every one what's pursuit, when I solicit you, in compliance due to their merit: I shall therefore always with my worthy friend's desire and my own think myself obliged to treat your misfortunes inclinations, to become my partner in that and your modesty with the utmost tenderness. blessed estate in which we may be a comfort Sey. Your good opinion is all I aim at. and support to each other.

Char. Ay; but the more I give it you, the Char. I would die rather than consent to it, better you'll think of me still; and then I must Dr. C. In other words, you hate me. think the better, of you again; and then you

Char. Most transcendently. the better of me, upon that too; and so Dr. C. Well, there is sincerity at least in last I shall seriously, and you'll begin to think your confession: you are not, I see, totally ill of me. But I hope, Mr. Seyward, your deprived of all virtue, though I must say I good sense will prevent all this.

never could perceive in you but very

little. Ser. I see my folly, madam, and blush at Char. Oh, fie! you flatter me. my presumption. Madam, I humbly take my Dr. C. No, I speak it with sorrow, because leare.

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. you are the daughter of my best friend. But Char. Well, he's a pretty young fellow af- how are we to proceed now? are we to preter all, and the very first, sure, that ever serve temper? beard reason against himself with so good an Char. Oh! never fear me, sir, I shall not understanding

fly out, being convinced that nothing gives

so sharp a point to one's aversion as good Enter Lady LAMBERT.

breeding; as, on the contrary, ill manners Lady L. Dear Charlotte, what will become often hide a secret inclination. of us? –The tyranny of this subtle hypocrite Dr. C. Well then, young lady, be assured is insupportable. He has so fortified' himself so far am I from the unchristian disposition in sir John's opinion, by this last misconduct of returning injuries, that your antipathy to of

your brother, that I begin to lose my pow-me causes' no hatred in my soul towards you; er with him.

on the contrary, I would 'willingly make you Char. Pray explain , madam,

happy, if it may be done according to my Lady L. In spite of all I could urge, he conscience, with the interest of heaven in has consented that the doctor shall this mi- view. bute come, and be his own advocate.

Char. Why, I can't see, sir, how heaven Char. I'm glad on't;, for the beast must can be any way concerned in a transaction come like a bear to the stake. I'm sure, he between you and me. knows I shall bait bim.

Dr. C. When you marry any other perLady L. No matter for that; he presses it, son, my consent is necessary. la keep sir Jobn still blind to his wicked de- Char. So I hear, indeed !--but

pray,

docsign upon me.—Therefore I come to give you tor, how could your modesty receive police, that you might be prepared to re- solent a power, without putting my poor faceive him.

ther out of countenance with your blushes ? Char. I'm obliged to your ladyship. Our Dr. C. I sought it not; but he would meeting will be a tender scene, no doubt on't. crowd it among other obligations. He is good

Lady L. But I think I hear the doctor com- natured; and foresaw it might serve to pious ing up stairs. My dear girl, at any rate keep purposes. your temper. I shall expect you in my dressing

Char. I don't understand you. foom, to tell me the particulars of your conduct. Dr. C. I take it for granted, that you

would [Exit. marry Mr. Darnley. Am I right? Char. He must have a great deal of impu- Char. Once in your life, perhaps, you may. dence, to come in this manner to me. Dr. C. Nay, let us be plain. Would you Enter Betty.

Char. You're mighty nice, methinks. Well, Bet. Doctor Cantwell desires to be admit- I would. ted, madam.

Dr. C. Then I will not consent. Char. Let him come in.

Char. You won't?

Dr. C. My conscience will not suffer me. Enter DOCTOR CANTWELL.

I know you to be both luxurious and worldly Your servant, sir-Give us chairs, Betty, and minded; and you would squander upon the leave the room.-[exit Betty.] —Sir, there's vanities of the world, those treasures which a seat - What can the ugly cur say to me ? sought to be better laid out. - he seems a little puzzled.

Char. Hum!-I believe I begin to conceive Dr. C. Look ye, young lady, I am afraid, lyou.—

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Thal's kind, however.—But, to comI w. be kinder yet-andcia. I can't! I can't!-Lord! did you za borse-natch? I Was ever so wild a question!

lause, if you bave, it runs in my 1 dloped a mile beyond the winin måte sare on't. a for, I understand you. But since

Dr. C. If you can think of any project to Darn. Come, you shall not be serious : satisfy my conscience, I am tractable. You you can't be more agreeable. know there is a considerable moiety of your

Char, Oh! but I am serious. fortune which goes to my lady in case of our Darn. Then I'll be so.--Do you forgive me all? disagreement.

Char. What? Char. That's enough, sir.—You think we Darn. Are we friends, Charlotte ? should have a fellow feeling in it, At what Char. O Lord; but you have told me nosum do you rate your concurrence to my in- thing of poor Seyward! clinations? that seitled, I am willing to strike Darn. Must you needs know that, before the bargain.

you answer me. Dr. Č. What do you think of half? Char. Lord! you are never well till you Char. How! two thousand pounds ? have talked one out of countenance.

Dr. C. Why, you know you gain two Darn. Come, I won't be too particular; thousand pounds; and really the severity of you shall answer nothing- Give me but your the times for the poor, and my own stínted hand only: pillance, which cramps my charițies, will not Char. ́Pshaw! I won't pull off my glove, suffer me to require less,

not I. Char. But how is my father to be brought Darn. I'll take it as it is then, into this?

Char, Lord! there, there; eat it, eat it. Dr. C. Leave that to my management.

Darn. And so I could, by heaven! Char. And what security do you expect Char. Oh, my glove! my glove! my glove! for the money?

you are in a perfect storm! Lord! if you Dr. C. Oh! Mr. Darnley, is wealthy: when make such a rout' with one's hand, what I deliver my consent in writing, he shall lay would you do if you had one's heart? it down to me in bank-bills.

Varn. That's impossible to tell.-But you Char. Pretty good security! On one pro- were asking me of Seyward, madam ? viso though.

Char. Oh, ay! that's true. Well, now Dr. C. Name it.

you are very good again.- Come, tell me all Char. That you immediately tell my father, the affair, and then you shall see-how I will tbat you are willing to give up your interest like you. to Mr. Darnley

Darn, There is not much to tell - only this: Dr. C, Hum!-stay-I agree to it; but in we met the attorney-general, to whom he the mean time, let me warn you child, not lo has given a very sensible account of bimself, expect to turn that, or what has now passed and the doctor's proceedings.-The attorneybetween us, to my confusion, by sinister con-general seems very clear in his opinion, that, struction, or evil representation to your fa- as the doctor, ai the time of the death of ther. I am satisfied of the piety of my own Seyward's mother, was entrusted with her intentions, and care

not what the wicked whole affairs, the Court of Equity ?) will think of them; but force me not to take ad- oblige him to be accountable. vantage of sir John's good opinion of me, in Char, If Seyward does not recover his fororder to shield myself from the consequences tune, you must absolutely get him a commisof your malice.

sion, and bring him into acquaintance. Char. Oh! I shall not stand in my own Darn. Upon my word I will, light: I know your conscience and your pow- Chur. And sbow him to all the women of er too well, dear doctor!

taste; and I'll have you call him my pretty Dr. C. Well, let your interest sway you. fellow, too. Thank heaven, I am actuated by more worthy Darn. I will, indeed!- but bear memotives.

Char. You can't conceive how prettily he Char. No doubt on't.

makes love. Dr. G. Farewell, and think me your friend.

1) Early in the history of the English jurisprudence, the

Erit. administration of justice , by the ordinary courts, apChar. What this fellow's original was,

I

pears to have been incomplete. To supply this defect know not; but by his conscience and cunning,

the Courts of Equily have obtained their establishment;

assuming the power of enforcing the principles upon he would make an admirable Jesuit.

which the ordinary courts also decide, when the pow

ers of those courts, or their modes of proceeding, Enter SERVANT.

are insufficient for thal purpose; of preventing those Sero. Madam, Mr. Darnley.

principles, as literally enforced by the ordinary courts,

from producing decisions contrary to their spirit, and Char, Desire him to walk in. [Exit Servant, becoming instruments of actual injustice in particular

cases; and of deciding on principles of universal jusEnter DARNLEY.

tico, where the interference of a court of judicature

is necessary to prevent a wrong, in matters wherein Darn, To find you thus alone, madam, is the positive law is silent. The courls of equity also

administer to the ends of justice, by removing impea happiness I did not expect, from the tem

diments to the sair decision of a question in other per of our last parting,

courls ; by providing for the safety of property in disChar. I should have been as well pleased pule , pending a legislation ; by restraining the asser

iion of doublul rights , in a manner productive of irnow, to have been thanked, as reproached,

reparable damage : by preventing injury to a third for my good nature; but you will be in the

person from the doubilul title of others by putting ? right, 'I find.

bound to vexatious and oppressive litigations, and Darn. Indeed, you take me wrong, I li

e me touch every thing so very Linotte, how shall I find proper

vou the lover's last necessary 5! there's a thousand points to be Here that's answered.

stances] Name them this moment; zet, this is the last time of asking?). Para! who sent for you? I only came to teach you to speak sa, y dear. und mind your own business; can't So I will; for I will make you do

16hrs in two minutes, than you ze done without me in a twelvemonth.

a now!—do you think the man's uter your ridiculous airs for ever?

is mighty pretty! all say so on Thursday se'nnight ens take what turn they will in the

s positively your wedding-dayIllas ever such assurance ! Ipen my life, madam, I'm out of

a san't stir.

uw. I don't know how to bebare myself. ha no; let him go on only,this is Peter was known, sure! Hai ba! if I was to leave you to

what a couple of pretty out of seed bgures you would make! humE 2wing ) upon the vulgar points of 24 pan-money. Come, come, I know semper on both sides; you shall leave ? I had rather Charlotte would name 1. Have you a mind to any thing parWor, sure! what do you think I'm be filled out as you please, and sweetsu dipped up like a dish of tea? - Wbs pray, madam, when your

ons to me.

isuriage, when the parties have no licenses,

preventing unnecessary multiplicity of suits; by com

pelling, without pronouncing any judgment on the terally mean that I was afraid you would not subject, a discovery which may enable other counts to so soon think I had deserved this favour.

give their judgment; and by preserving testimony, Char. Well, but were you not silly

when in danger of being lost before the maller to

which it relates can be made the subject of judicial now?

investigation,

in the following words: “I publish the ring belween -- of -and-of any i uy just cause or impediment why pot be joined together in holy malri.

is declare it; and this is the first time and to en to the second and third, wbich

a la interjection, ugd

you think

you!

Darn. Not so well as you make your de- tea's ready, what have you to do but to drink fence, Charlotte.

it?—but you, I suppose, expect a lover's heari, Char. Lord! I had forgot, he is to teach like your lamp, should' be always flaming at me Greek, too.

your elbow; and when it's ready to go out, Darn. Trilling tyrant! how long, Charlotte, you indolently supply it with the spirit of do

you can find new evasions for contradiction, what I say unto you?

Char. And so you suppose, that your asChar. Lord! you are horrid silly; but since surance has made an end of this matter? 'tis love that makes you such a dunce-poor Cal. L. Not will you have given him your Darnley, I forgive you.

hand upon it.

Char. That then would complete it. Enter Colonel LAMBERT, unobserved, Col. L, Perfectly, Darn. That's kind, however.—But, to com- Char. Why then take il, Darnley. Now I plete my joy, be kinder yet-and

presume you are in bigh triumph, sir. Char. Óh! I can't! I can't!-Lord! did you Col. L. No, sister; now you are consistent never ride a horse-match ?

with that good sense I always thought you Darn. Was ever so wild a question! mistress of.

Char. Because, if you have, it runs in my Char, And now I beg we may separate; head you galloped a mile beyond the win- for our being seen together, at this critical ning-post, to make sure on't.

juncture, may give that devil, the doctor, susDarn. Now, I understand you. But since picion of a confederacy, and make him set you will have me louch every thing so very some engine at work that we are not aware of. ienderly, Charlotte, how shall I find proper Col. L. It's a very proper caution. Come words to ask you the lover's last necessary along, Darnley; nay, you must leave her now, question?

whatever violence you do yourself. Char. Oh! there's a thousand points to be Char. Ay, ay, take him with you, brother adjusted before that's answered.

-or stay, Darnley; if you please, you may Col. L. [advances] Name them this moment; come along with me.

[Exeuni. for, positively, this is the last time of asking?). Char. Pshaw! who sent for you?

ACT V. Col. L. I only came to teach you to speak Scene I.-A Parlour at Sir John LAMBERT'S. plain English, my dear. Char. Lord! mind your own business; can't

Ențer DARNLEY and CHARLOTTE.

Char. But really, will you stand to the Coh L. So I will; for I will make you do agreement though, that I have made with the more of yours in two minutes, than you doctor? would have done without me in a twelvemonth. Darn. Why not? you shall not break your Why, bow now!-do you think the man's word upon my account, though he might be to dangle after your ridiculous airs for ever? a villain you gave it to. Suppose I should Char. This is mighty pretty!

talk with 'sir John myself ?-'tis true, he has Col. L. You'll say so on Thursday se'nnight slighted me of late. for (let affairs take what turn they will in the Char. No matter-here he comes—this may family), that's positively your wedding-day- open another scene of action to that I believe Nay, you shan't stir.

my brother's preparing for. Char. Was ever such assurance ! Darn. Upon my life, madam, I'm out of

Enter Sir John and LADY LAMBERT. countenance! I don't know how to bebave myself. Sir J, Mr. Darnley, I am glad I have met

Char. No, no; let him go on only,this is you here, beyond whatever was known, sure!

Darn. I have endeavoured twice to-day, sir, Col. L. Ha! ha! if I was to leave you to to pay my respects to you. yourselves, what a couple of pretty out of Sir J. 'Sir, I'll be plain with you-I went countenanced figures you would make! hum- out to avoid you; but where the welfare of a ming and bawing 2) upon the vulgar points of child concerned, you must not take it ill if jointure and pin-money. Come, come, I know we don't stand upon ceremony-However, since what's proper on both sides; you shall leave I have reason now to be more in temper than it to me.

perhaps I was at that time, I shall be glad to Darn. I had rather Charlotte would name talk with you. her own terms to me.

Darn. I take it as a favour, sir. Coh L. Have you a mind to any thing par- Sir J. You must allow, Mr. Darnley, that ticular, madam?

conscience is the rule which

every

honest Char. Why , sure! what do you think I'm man ought to walk by, only to be filled out as you please, and sweet- Darn. Tis granted; sir. ened and sipped up like a dish of tea? Sir J. Then give me leave to tell you, sir, Col. L. Why pray, madam, when your that giving you my daughter would be lo act

against that conscience I pretend to, while I 1) The bauns of marriage, when the parties have no licenses, think you an ill liver; and consequently the

are given out in the following words: “I publish the beans of marriage between - of - and - of same tie obliges me to bestow her on a better es knowing any just cause or impediment why manthese should not be joined together in holy malri

Darn. Well but, sir, come to the point. mony are now to declare it; and this is the first time of asking;" and so on to the second and third, wbich Suppose the doctor (whom I presume you is the last time.

design her for). actually consents to give me 3) Hem and ha interjections, used as verbs,

up his interest?

any

as

sake, suppose

Sir J. But why do you suppose, sir, he fact, and I shall soon accuse myself, and own will give up his interest?

my folly equal to his baseness. Darn. I only judge from what your daughter Lady L. Behind that screen you may easily tells me, sir.

conceal yourself. Sir Í. My daughter!

Sir J. Be it so. Darn. I appeal to her.

Lady L. Mr. Darnley, shall we beg your Char. And I appeal even to yourself

, sir, leave; and you, Charlotte, take the least susHas not the doctor, just now in the garden, pected way 10 send the doctor to me directly. spoke in favour of Mr. Darnley to you? Nay, Char. I have a thought will do it, madam. pray, sir, be plain; because more depends on Sir J. Oh, Charlotte! Oh, Mr. Darnley! ihat than you can easily imagine or believe. Darn. Have but resolution, sir, and' sear

Sir J. What senseless insinuation have you nothing. [Exeunt Durnley and Charlotte. got into your head now?

Lady L. Now,'sir, you are to consider what Char. Be so kind, sir, first to answer me, a desperate disease I have undertaken to cure: that I may be better able to inform you. therefore, be sure keep close and still; and

Sir J. Well, I own he has declined his in- when the proof is full, appear at your discretion. terest in favour of Mr. Darnley; but I must Sir J. Fear not; I will conform myself tell you, madam, he did it in so modest, so Yet, be not angry, my love, if, in a case like friendly, so good natured, so conscientious a this, I have also charity enough to hope you manner, that I now think myself more than may yet be deceived in what you charge him ever bound in honour to cspouse him. with, till the evidence of my own senses Char. But now, sir, only for argument's sure me of the contrary.

I could

prove

that all this seem- Lady L. 'Tis just. ing virtue was artificial; that his regard for Sir J. Hark! I think I hear him coming. Mr. Darnley was neither founded upon mo- Lady L. Now, my dear, remember your desty, friendship, good nature, nor conscience; promise to have patience. or in short that he has, like a villain, bartered, Sir J. Rely upon't. bargained to give me to Mr. Darnley, for balf Lady L. To your post then. the four thousand pounds you valued bis con- [Sir John goes behind the screen. sent at; I say, sir, suppose this could be proved, where would be his virtue then ?

Enter Doctor Cantwell, with a book. Sir. J. It is impious to suppose it.

Dr. C. Madam, your woman tells me, that, Char. Then, sir, from what principle must being here and alone, you desired to speak you suppose that I accuse him?

with me. Sir I. From an obstinate prejudice to all Lady L. I did, sir-but that we may be sure that's good and virtuous.

that we are alone, pray shut the outward door Char. That's too hard, sir. But the worst -another surprise might ruin us--is all safe? your opinion can provoke me lo, is to marry Dr. C. I have taken care, madam. Mr. Darnley, without either bis consent or yours. Lady L. But I am afraid I interrupt your

Sir J. What, do you brave me, madam? meditation.

Char. No, sir; but I scorn a lie; and will Dr. C. No, madam, no; I was only looking so far vindicate my integrity, as to insist on over some pious exhortations here, for the use your believing me; if not, as a child you of a society of chosen brethren. abandon, I have a right to throw myself into Lady L. Ah, doctor, what bave you done other arms for protection.

to me? the trouble of my mind since our last Sir. J. I am confounded. These tears can- unfortunate conference is not to be expressed. not be counterfeit; nor can this be true. You indeed discovered to me what, perhaps,

Lady L. Indeed, my dear, I fear it is. Give for my own peace, 'twere better I had never me leave to ask one question. In all our mu- been acquainted with ; but I had not sufficient tual course of happiness, have I ever yet de- time to lay my heart open to you. ceived

you
with a falsehood ?

Dr. C. Ýhiiher, madam, w

lead me? Sir J. Never.

Lady L. I have been uneasy too, not knowLady L. Would you then believe me,jing how far you might mistake my behaviour should I accuse him even of crimes which on the last accident that happened, but I wa virtue blushes but to mention ?

really so shocked, so terrified, I knew not Sir J. To what extravagance would you what I was doing: only, had I joined in your drive me!

defence against the colonel, it would have been Lady L. I would before have undeceived evident that I was bis enemy, and I have uses you, when his late artifice turned the honest for his friendship. Silence, therefore, was my duty of your son into his own reproach and own prudent part: and I knew your credit ruin; but, knowing then your temper was with sir John needed no support. inaccessible, I durst not offer it.

Dr. C. Let me presume then to hope, that pose I should be able to let you see his vil- what I did, you judge was self-defence and lany, make him repeat bis odious love to me pure necessity. in your own hearing, at once throw off the Lady L. And perhaps, after all, the accident mask, and show tbe barefaced traitor? was lucky; for sir John, in order to obviate Sir J. Is it possible?

any ill constructions that may be put upon it, Lady L. But then, sir, I must prevail on insists now that we should be more together, you to descend to the poor shifts we are re- to let the world see his confidence in us both duced to.

This relieves us from restraint; and I now dare Sir J. All; to any thing, to ease me of tell you-but no-I won'ımy doubts; make me but a witness of this Dr. C. But why, madam? let me beseech you-

would you

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