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tation was so fair in the world, that old Sca- Sir J. That's what I wanted to debale with land, the great India merchant, has offered his you. I have said nothing to him yet. But only daughter, and sole beiress to that vast lookye, Humphrey, if there is so much in this estate of his, as a wife for him. You may be amour of his, tbai he denies upon my sumsure I made no difficulties; the match was mons lo marry, I have cause enough to be agreed on, and this very day named for the offended; and then, by my insisting upon his wedding
marrying to-day, I shall know how far he is Hum. What binders the proceeding? engaged to this lady in masquerade, and from
Sir J. Don't interrupt me. You know I was, thence only shall be able to take my measures. last Thursday, at the masquerade; my son, In the mean time, I would have you find out you may remember, soon found us out. He how far that rogue, his man, is let into his knew his grandfather's babit, which I then wore; secret: he, I know, will play tricks as much and though it was in the mode of the last to cross me as to serve his master. age, yet the maskers, you know, followed us Hum. Why do you think so of him, sir? as if we had been the most monstrous figures I believe he is no worse than I was for you in that whole assembly.
at your son's age. Hum. I remember in:leed a young man of
Sir J. I see it in the rascal's looks. But I have quality, in the habit of a clown, that was par- dwelt on these things too long: I'll go to my ticularly troublesome.
son immediately; and while I'm gone, your Sir J. Right; he was too much what he part is to convince his rogue, Tom, that I am seemed to be. You 'remember how imperti- in earnest. I'll leave him to you.
[Exit. nently he followed and teased us, and would Hum. Well, though this father and son know who we were.
live as well together as possible, yet their fear Hum. I know he has a mind to coine into of giving each other pain is attended with that particular.
[Aside. constant, mutual uneasiness. I am sure I have Sir J. Ay, he followed us till the gentle- enough to do to be honest, and yet keep well man, who led the lady in the Indian mantle, with them both; but they know I love 'em, presented that gay creature to the rustic, and and that makes the task less painful however. bid him (like Cymon in the fable), grow po- Oh, here's the prince of poor coxcombs, the lite, by falling in love, and let that worthy representative of all the belter fed tban taught.old gentleman alone, meaning me. The clown Ho, ho, Tom! whither so gay and so airy was not reform’d, but rudely persisted, and this morning? offered to force off my mask: with that the
Enter Tom, singing. gentleman, throwing off his own, appeared to Tom. Sir, we servants of single gentlemen be my son; and in his concern for me, tore are another kind of people than you domestic, off that of the nobleman. At this they seized ordinary drudges, that do business; we are each other, the company called the guards, raised above you: the pleasures of board wages, and in the surprise the lady swooned away; tavern dinners, and many a clear gain--vails, upon which my son quitted his adversary, and alas! you never heard or dreamt of. had now
care hut of the lady; when, Hum. Thou bast follies and vices enough raising her in his arms, "Art thou gone," cried for a man of ten thousand a year, though it he, "for ever?-Forbid it, heaven!"--She re-is but as t'other day that I sent for you to vives at his known voice, and with the most town to put you into Mr. Sealand's farnily, familiar, though modest, gesture hangs in sa- that you mighi learn a little before I put you sely over his shoulders, weeping; but wept as to my young master, who is too gentle for in the arms of one before whom she could training such a rude thing as you were into give herself a loose, , were she not under ob- proper obedience. You then pulled off your servation. While she hides fer face in his bat to every one you met in the street, like a neck, he carefully conveys her from the company. bashful, great, awkward cub as you were. But
Hum. I have observed this accident has your great oaken cudgel, when you were a dwelt upon you very strongly.
booby, became you much better than that Sir J. Her uncommon air, her noble modesty, dangling stick at your button, now you are a the dignity of ber, person, and the occasion fop, that's fit for nothing except it hangs there itself, drew the whole assembly together; and to be ready for your master's hand when you I soon heard it buzzed about she was the are impertinent. adopted daughter of a famous sea officer, who Tom. Uncle Humphrey, you know my master bad serv'd in France. Now this unexpected scorns to strike bis servants. You talk as if and public discovery of my son's so deep the world was now just as it was when my concern for her
old master and you were in your youth; when Hum. Was what, I suppose, alarm'd Mr. you went to dinner because it was so much Sealand, in behalf of his daughter, to break o'clock; when the great blow was given in off the match.
the ball at the pantry door, and all the family Sir J. You are right: he came to me yester- came out of their holes, in such strange dresses day, and said he thought bimself disengaged and formal faces as you sce in the pictures from the bargain, being credibly informed my in our long gallery in the country.
was already married, or worse, to the Hum. Why, you wild rogue! lady at the masquerade. ' I palliated matters, Tom. You could not fall to your dinner and insisted on our agreement; but we par- till a formal fellow, in a black gown, said ted with little less than a direct breach be- something over the meat ?); as if the cook tween us.
bad not made it ready enough. Hum. Well, sir, and what notice have you
1) A prayer used benerally to be said before selling down taken of all this to my young master?
Hum. Sirrab, who do you prate after-de-operas, and ridottoes, for the winter; the Parks spising, men os sacred characters? I hope you and Bellsize for our summer diversions; and, niever heard my young master talk so like a "Lard!" says she, "you are so wild, but you profligate?
have a world of humour." T'orn. Sir, I say you put upon me, when I Hum. Coxcomb! Well, but why don't you first came to town, about being orderly, and run with your master's letter to Mrs. Lucinda, the doctrine of wearing shams to make linen as he order'd you?. last clean a fortnight, keeping my clothes fresb, Tom. Because Mrs. Lucinda is not so easily and wearing a frock within doors.
come al as you think for. Hum. Sirrah, I gave you those lessons be- Hum. Not easily come at? Why, sir, are cause I supposed at that time your master not her father and my old master agreed ibal and you might have dined at home every day, she and Mr. Bevil are lo be one flesh before and cost you nothing; then you might have to-morrow morning? made a good family servant: but the gang Tom. It's no matter for that: ber molber, you have frequented since at chocolate-houses it seems, Mrs. Sealand, has not agrecd to it
; and taverns, in a continual round of noise and you must know, Mr. Humphrey, that in and extravagance
that family the grey nare is the better borse'). Tom. I don't know what you heavy in
Huin. What dost thou mean? mates call noise and extravagance:
Tom. In one word, Mrs. Sealaud pretends gentlemen who are well fed and cut a figure, to have a will of her own, and has provided sir, think it a fine life, and that we must be a relation of hers, a stisi-starched philosopher
, very pretty fellows who are kept only to be and a wise fool, for her daughter; for which looked at.
reason, for these ten days past, she has suiHum. Very well, sir, I hope the fashion offered no message or leiter from my master being lewd and extravagant, despising of de- to come near her. cency and order, is almost at an end, since Hum. And where had you this intelligence? it is arrived at persons of your quality. Tom. From a foolish food soul, that can
Tom. Master Humphrey, ha, ha! you were keep, nothing from me; one that will deliver an unhappy lad to be sent up to town in this letter too, if she is rightly managed. such queer days as you were. Why now, Hum. What, her preity bandmaid, Mrs. sir, the lackey's are the men of pleasure of Phillis? the age, the top gamesters; and many a laced Tom. Even she, sir. This is the very bour, coat about town have had their cducation in you know, she usually comes hither, under a our party-coloured regiment. We are false pretence of a visit to our housekeeper forsooth, lovers, have a taste of music, poetry, billet- but în reality to have a glance at doux, dress, politics, ruin damsels; and when Hum. Your sweet face, I warrant you. we are weary of this lewd town, and have a Tom. Nothing else in nature.
You must mind to take up, whip into our masters' wigs, know I love to fret and play with the litule and marry fortunes.
wanton. Hum. Hey-day!
Hum. Play with the little wanton! What Tom. Nay, sir, our order is carried up to will this world come to? thc highest dignities and distinctions: step but Tom. I met her this morning in a new into the Painted Chamber, and by our titles manteau and petticoal, not a bit the worse you'd take us all for men of quality! then for her lady's wearing, and she has always again, come down to the Court of Requests, new thoughts and new airs with new clothes; and you shall see us all laying our broken then she never fails to steal some glance op heads together for the good of the nation; and gesture from every visitant at their house, and though we
a question nemine is indeed the whole town of coquelles at secontradicente, yet this I can say with a safe cond-hand. But here she comes; in one motion conscience (and I wish every gentleman of she speaks and describes herself better tban our cloth could lay bis hand upon his heart all the words in the world can. and say the same), that I never took so much Hum. Then I hope, dear sir! when your as a single mug of beer for my vote in all own affair is over, you will be so good as to
mind your master's with her. Hum. Sirrah, there is no enduring your Tom. Dear Humphrey! you know my master cxtravagance; I'll hear you prate no longer: is my friend; and those are people I never forget. I wanted to see you to inquire how things Hum. Sauciness itself: but I'll leare you to go with your master, as far as you under- do your best for him,
[E.ui. stand them. I suppose he knows he is to be married to-day ?
Enter Phillis. Tom. Ay, sir, he knows it, and is dressed Phil. Ob, Mr. Thomas, is Mrs. Sugarkey as gay as the sun; but between you and I, at home? Lard! one is almost ashamed to my dear! be has a very heavy heart under all pass along the streets. The town is quite that gaiely. As soon as he was dressed I empty, and nobody of fashion left in it; and retired, but overheard him sigh in the most the ordinary people do so stare to see any heavy manner. He walked thoughtfully to and thing dress'd like a woman of condition pass fro in the room, iken went into his closet: by. °Alas! alas! it is a sad thing to walk. Ok when he came out he gave me this for bis fortune, fortune! mistress, whose maid you know
Tom. What! a sad thing to walk? Why, Hum. Is passionately fond of your fine person. madam Phillis, do you wish yourself lame?
Tom. The poor sool is so iender, and loves Phil. No, Mr. Thomas; but I wish I were to bear me talk of the world, and the plays,l ») The lady is master in the l'amily.
generally carried in a coach or a chair, and hands., (He pulls out a Purse, she eyes it. of a fortune neither to stand nor go, but to Phil. What pretence have I to what is in totter or slide, to be shortsighted or stare, to your hands, Mr. Thomas? fleer in the face, to look distant, to observe, Tom. As thus: there are hours you know to overlook, yet all become me; and if I was when a lady is neither pleased nor displeased, rich I could twire and loll as well as the best neither sick nor well, when she lolls or loiters, of them. Ob, Tom, Tom! is it not a pity that when she is without desires, from having more you should be so great a coxcomb, and I so of every thing than she knows what to do with. great a coquette, and yet be such poor devils Phil. Well, what then? as we are?
Tom. When she has not life enough to Tom. Mrs. Phillis, I am your humble servant keep ber bright eyes quite open to look at for that.
ber own dear image in the glass. Phil. Yes, Mr. Thomas, I know how much Phil. Explain thyself, and don't be so fond you are my humble servant, and know what of thy own prating. you said to Mrs. Judy, upon seeing her in Tom. There are also prosperous and goodone of her lady's cast manteaus--that any one natured moments; as when a knot or a patch would have thought her the lady, and that is happily fixed, when the complexion partishe had ordered the other to wear it till it sat cularly flourishes. easy (for now only it was becoming); to my Phil. Well, what then? I have not patience! lady it was only a covering, to Mrs. Judy it Tom. Why then, or on the like occasions was a habit. This you said after somebody we servants who have skill to know how to or other.
Oh, soin, Tom! thou art as false time business, see when such a pretty folded and as base as the best gentleman of them all: thing as this (Shows a Letter] may be prebut you, wretch! talk to me no more on the sented, laid, or dropped, as best suits the
preold odious subject: don't, I say.
sent humour. And, madam, because it is a Tom. I know not how to resist your com- long wearisome journey to run through all mands, madam.
the several stages of a lady's temper, my master, [In a submissive Tone, retiring. who is the most reasonable man in the world, Phil. Commands about parting are grown presents you this to bear your charges on the mighly easy to you of late.
[Gives her the Purse. Tom. Oh, I have her! I have nettled and Phil. Now you think me a corrupt hussy. put ber into the right temper to be wrought Tom. O fie! I only think you'll take ihe letter. upon and set a praling. [Aside] Why, truly, Phil. Nay, I know you do; but I know my to be plain with you, Mrs. Phillis, I can take own innocence: I take it for my mistress's sake. little comfort of late in frequenting your house. Tom. I know it, my prelty one! I know it.
Phil. Pray, Mr. Thomas, what is it all of a Phil. Yes, I say I do it because I would sudden offends your nicety at our house? not have my mistress deluded by one who
Tom. I don't care to speak particulars, but gives no proof of his passion: but I'll talk I dislike the whole.
more of this as you see me on my way home. Phil. I thank you, sir; I am a part of that No, Tom; I assure thee 1 take this trash of whole.
thy master's, not for the value of the thing, Tom. Mistake me not, good Phillis.
but as it convinces me he has a true respect Phil. Good Phillis! saucy enough. But, for my mistress. I remember a verse to the bowever
purposeTom. I say it is that thou art a part which They may be false who languish and complain, gives me pain for the disposition of the whole. But they who part with money never feign. You must know, madam, to be serious, I am
[Exeunt. a man at the bottom of prodigious nice hoYou are too much exposed to com
SCENE II.-Bevil's Lodgings. pany at your house. To be plain, I don't like so many, that would be your mistress's lovers,
Bevil discovered, reading., whispering to you.
Bevil. These moral writers practise virtue Phil. Don't think to put that upon me. You after death. This charming vision of Mirza!say this because I wrung you to the heart such an author consulted in a morning sets when I touched your guilty conscience about the spirits for the vicissitudes of the day better Judy.
than the glass does a man's person. But wbat Tom. Ah, Phillis, Phillis! if you but knew a day have I to go through! to put on an
easy look with an aching heart! If this lady Phil. I know too much on't.
urges me to marry should not reTom. Don't disparage your charms, good fuse me, my dilemma is insupportable. But Phillis, with jealousy of so worthless an ob- why should I fear it? is noi she in equal ject; besides she is a poor bussy; and if you distress with me? has not the letter I have doubt the sincerity of my love, you will allow sent her this morning, confessed my inclination me true to my interest. You are a fortune, to another? nay, have I not moral assurances Phillis
of her engagements too to my friend Myrtle? Phil. What would the fop be at now? It's impossible but she must give in to it; for [Aside] In good time indeed you shall be sure to be denied is a favour any man may setting up for a fortune.
It must be so. Well then, with Tom. "Dear Mrs. Phillis! you have such a the assurance of being rejected, I think I may spirit
, that we shall never be dull in marriage confidently say to my father I am ready to when we come together. But I tell you you marry her; then let me resolve upon (what I are a fortune, and you have an estate in mylam not very good at) an honest dissimulation.
and I know his violent inclinations for the Tom. Sir John Bevil, sir, is in the next room. match; I must betray neither, and yet deceive Bevil. Dunce! why did you not bring him in? you both, for your common good. Heaven Tom. I told him, sir, you were in your closet. grant a good end of this matter: but there is
Bevil. I thought you had known, sir, it was a lady, sir, that gives your father much trouble my duly to see my father any where.
and sorrow You'll pardon me. [Going himself to the Door. Bevil. Humphrey, i know thou art a friend Tom. The devil's in my master! he has al- to both, and in that considence I dare tell thee. ways more wit than I have.
[Aside. That lady-is a woman of honour and virtue.
You may assure yourself I never will marry Enter Sir John Bevil., introduced by Bevil. without my father's consent; but give me leave
Beoil. Sir, you are the most gallant, the to say too, this declaration does not come up most complaisant of all parents. Sure 'tis not to a promise that I will take whomsoever he a compliment to say these lodgings are yours. pleases. Why would you not walk in, sir?
Hum. My dear master! were I but worthy Sir J. I was loath to interrupt you unsea- to know this secret that so near concerns you, sonably on your wedding-day.
my life, my all, should be engaged to serve Bevil
. One to whom I ani beholden for my you. This, sir, I dare promise, that I am sure birthday might have used less ceremony.
I will and can be secret: your trust at worst Sir J. Well, son, I have intelligence you but leaves you where you were; and if I canbave writ to your mistress this morning. It not serve you, I will at once be plain, and would please my curiosity to know the con- tell you so. tents of a wedding-day letter, for courtship Bevil. That's all I ask. Thou hast made it must then be over.
now my interest to trust thee. Be patient Bevil. I assure you, sir, there was no in- then, and hear the story of my
heart. #solence in it, upon the prospect of such a vast Hum. I am all altention, sir.
fortune's being added to our family, but much Bevil. You may remember, Humphrey, that acknowledgment of the lady's great desert. in my last travels my father grew uncasy at
Sir J. But, dear Jack, are you in earnest my making so long a stay at Toulon. in all this? and will you really marry her? Hum. I remember it; he was apprehensive
Bevil. Did I ever disobey any conimand of some woman had laid hold of you. yours,
sir? nay, any inclination that I saw Bevil. His fears were just; for there I first you bent upon? if ihe lady is dressed and saw this lady: she is of English birth: her ready, you see I am. I
suppose the lawyers father's name was Danvers, a younger brother are ready too.
of an ancient family, and originally an emi
nent merchant of Bristol, who upon repeated Enter HUMPHREY.
misfortunes was reduced to go private!y to the Hum. Sir, Mr. Sealand is at the coffee- Indies. In this retreat, Providence again grew house, and has sent to speak with you. favourable to his industry, and in six years
Sir J. Oh! that's well! then I warrant the time restored him to his former forlunes, On lawyers are ready. Son, you'll be in the way, this be sent directions over that his wife and you say.
little family should follow him to the Indies. Bevil. If you please, sir, I'll take a chair His wife, impatient to obey such welcome and go to Mr. Sealand's; where the young orders, would not wait the leisure of a conlady and I will wait your leisure.
voy ')but took the first occasion of a single' Sir J. By no means; the old fellow will he ship, and with her husband's sister only and so vain if he sees
this daughter, then scarce seven years old, Bevil. Ay; but the young lady, sir, will undertonk the fatal voyage; for here, poor think me so indifferent
creature, she lost her liberty and life: she and Hum. Ay, there you are right. Press your her family, with all they had, were unfortureadiness to go to the bride-he won't let you. nately taken by a prívateer from Toulon.
[-Apart lo Bevil. Being thus made a prisoner, though as such Bevil. Are you sure of that?
not ill-treated, yet the fright, the shock, and [Apart to Humphrey. the cruel disappointment, seized with such Hum. How he likes being prevented! (Aside. violence upon ber unhealthy frame, that she
Sir J. No, no; you are an hour or two too sickened, pined, and died at sea. early; (Looking on his Watch] besides, this Hum. Þoor soul! Oh, the helpless infatt! Scaland is a moody old fellow. There's no Bevil. Her sister yet survived, and bad the dealing with some people, but by managing care of her: the captain too proved to have with indifference. We must leave to him the humanity, and became a father to ber; for conduct of this day; it is the last of his com- having married himself an English woman, manding his daughter.
and being childless, he brought home into Bevil. Sir, he can't take it ill that I am im- Toulon this her little countrywoman, this orpatient to be hers.
phan I may call her, presenting her with all Şir J. Well, son, r'll go myself and take her dead mother's moreables of value to his orders in your affair. You'll be in the way wife, to be educated as his own adopted I suppose, if I send to you: I leave your old daughter. friend with you. Humphrey, don't let him Hum. Fortune here seemed again to smik stir, d'ye bear. Your servant, your servant on her.
[Exit. Hur sad time on't, sir, between
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sailing together in a great number, make u bat is ralled you and my master; I see you are unwilling,
I have a
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, are family, and others at of Bristol, who 3 Nas reduced to 99 persze nis retreat, Proride &
Bevil. Only to make her frowns more ter- Bevil. Whenever be pleases — Hold, Tom; rible; for in his beight of fortune this captain did you receive no answer to my letter? too, her benefactor, unfortunately was killed Tom. Sir, I was desired to call again; for at sea; and dying intestate, bis estate fell wholly I was told her mother would not lei her be to an advocate, his brother, who coming soon out of her sight; but about an hour hence to take possession, there found among his Mrs. Pbillis said I should have one. other riches this blooming virgin at his mercy, Bevil. Very well.
Hum. He durst not sure abuse his power? Hum. Sir, I will take another opportunity;
Bevil. No wonder if his pampered blood in the mean time I only think it proper to was Gired at the sight of her. In short he tell you, that from a secret I know, you may loved; but when all arts and gentle means appear to your father as forward as you please had failed to move, he offered too his menaces to marry Lucinda, witbout the least hazard in vain, denouncing vengeance on ber cruelly, of its coming to a conclusion.—Sir, your most demanding her to account for all her mainte- obedient servant. pance from her childhood, seized on her little Bevil. Honest Humphrey, continue but my fortune as his own inheritance, and was dragging friend in this exigence, and you shall always
ber by violence to prison, when Providence lind me yours. (Exit Humphrey] I long to - pruer, at the instant interposed, and sent me, by hear how my leiter has succeeded with Lumiracle, to relieve her.
cinda.- Poor' Myrtle! what terrors must be be Hum. 'Twas Providence indeed! But pray, in all this while! - Since he knows she is ofil at 090.5 sir, after all this trouble, how came this lady fered to me, and refused to him, there is no at last to England ?
conversing or taking any measures with him I ask. That be Bevil. The disappointed advocate, finding for his own service. But I ought to bear
she had so unexpected a support, on cooler with my friend, and use him as one in adversity.
Hum. That generous concealment made the
Scene 1.-The same.
Enter Bevil and Tom.
Tom. Sir, Mr. Myrtle. she is of Exs: prudently engaged, immediately proposed this Becil. Very well." Do you step again, and
other fatal match that bangs my quiet. wait for an answer to my letter. [Exit Tom. Hum. I find, sir, you are irrecoverably fixed
Enter MYRTLE, upon this lady:
Bevil. As my vital life dwells in my heart; Well, Charles, why so much care in thy and yet you see what I do to please my father; countenance? is there any thing in this world
walk in inis pageantry of dress, this splendid deserves it? you who used in be so gay, so å him to his formes your ressof sorrow. But, Ilumphrey, you have any specialty
Myr. I think we have of late chang'd comHum. Now, sir, I have but one material plexions: you, who us'd to be much the graver question.
man, are now all air in your behaviour.Bevil. Ask it freely.
But ihe cause of my concern may, for aught Hum. Is it then your own passion for this I know, be the same object that gives you all secret lady, or bers for you, that gives you this satisfaction. In a word, I am told that this aversion to the maich your father has you are this very day (and your dress conproposed you?
firms me in it) to be married to Lucinda. Bevil . I shall appear, Humphrey, more ro
Bevil. You are not misinformed.-Nay, put mantic in my answer than in all the rest of not on the terrors of a rival till you hear me my story; for though I dote on her to death, out. I shall disoblige the best of fathers if I and have no little reason to believe she has don't seem ready to marry Lucinda; and you the same thoughts for me, yet in all my ac- know I have ever told you, you might make quaintance and utmost privacies with her I use of my secret resolution never to marry never once directly told her that I loved. her for your own service as you please; but
Hum. How was it possible to avoid it? I am now driven to the extremily of imme-
have laid so inviolable à restraint upon my me to escape the match. im.
conduct, that till I have bis consent to speak, Myr. Escape, sir! neither her merit nor her of ber: the captain loo parat I am determined on that subject to be dumb fortune are below your acceptance.-Escaping, for ever.-An honourable retreat shall always do you call it?
Bevil. Dear sir! do you wish I should deng married himself an Land be at least within my power, bowever fortune
may dispose of me; the lady, may repine sire the match?
Myr. No – but such is my humorous and
, sir, to your praise be it spoken, sickly state of mind, since it has been able to you are certainly ihe vitost unfashionable lover relish nothing but Lucinda, that, though I must in Great Britain.
owe my happiness to your aversion to this
marriage, I can't bear to hear her spoken of Re-enter Tom.
with levily or unconcern. Tom. Sir, Mr. Myrtle's at the next door, Bevil. "Pardon me, sir, I shall transgress and if you are at leisure, would be glad 10 that way, no more. She has understanding,
beauty, shape, complexion, wit
1 directions over the í sbould follow bim vt impatient to obers rould not wait the leiset ut took the first occa d with her husband's secrets ghter, then scarce ya
the fatal corage; to she lost ber libents and the ily, with all ther hand
, taken by a privateer tot thus made
a prisoner , -treated, ret the fright
, they uel disappointment
ce upon ber unhealthy feeling jed, pined, and died at set
Poor soul! Oh, the best oil. Her sister ret suriend
vanity, and became a fave
being childless, be brought to ulon this her Kitle countries an I may call her, presentes r dead mother's moreables at ife, to be educated as bo
Hum. Fortune here serait o her.
wait on you.
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sailing together in a prest ease. 3