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apprehension, and must have time and priv-less, will be sufficient for us. We shall find
Lew. Another morning, then, I'll wait upon Char. Certainly.
pear the friend of Beverley as much as he. Lew. I shall have proof soon.
But I àm rich, it seems; and so I am, thanks Char. And what then? Would you risk to another's folly and my own wisdom. To your life to be his punisher ?
what use is wisdom, but to take advantage of Lew. My life, madam! Don't be afraid. But the weak? This Beverley's my fool; I cheat let it content you that I know this Stukely - him, and he calls me friend. But more buTwould be as easy to make him bonesi as siness must be done yet-His wife's jewels are brare.
unsold; so is the reversion of his uncle's estate: Char. And what do you intend to do. I must have these too. And then there's a Lew. Nothing, till I have proof. But me- treasure above all-I love his wife--Before she thinks, madam, I am acting here without author- knew this Beverley I loved her; but, like a ity. Could I have leave to call Mr. Bever- cringing fool, bowed, at a distance, while he ley brother, his concerns would be my, own. stepped in and won ber – Nerer, never will Why will you make my services appear of- I forgive him for it. Those hints this mornficious ?
ing were well thrown in-Already they have Char. You know my reasons, and should fastened on her. If jealousy should weaken not press me. But I am cold, you say; and her affections, want may corrupt ber virtuecold'I will be, while a poor sister's destitute These jewels may do much-He shall demand --But let us change this subject — Your busi-them of her; which, when mine, shall be conness here this morning is with my sister. Mis- verted to special purposesfortunes press too hard upon her; yet, till today she has borne them nobly.
Enter Bares. Lew. Where is she?
What now, Bates ? Char. Gone to her chamber. Her spirits
Bates. Is it a wonder then to see me? The failed ber.
forces are all in readiness, and only wait for Lew. I hear her coming. Let what has pas- orders. Where's Beverley? sed with Stukely be a secret-She has already
Stuke. At last night's rendezvous, waiting too much to trouble her.
Is Dawson with you?
Bates. Dressed like a nobleman; with moEnter MRS. BEVERLEY.
ney in his pocket, and a set of dice that shall Mrs. B. Good morning, sir; I heard your deceive the devil, voice, and, as I thought, inquiring for me. Stuke. That fellow has a head to undo a Where's Mr. Stukely, Charlotte ?
nation; but for the rest, they are such lowChar. This moment gone-You have been mannered, ill-looking dogs, I wonder Beverley in tears, sister; but here's a friend shall com- has not suspected them.
Bates. No matter for manners and looks. Lew. Or, if I add to your distresses, I'll beg Do you supply them with money, and they your pardon, madam. The sale of your house are gentlemen' ly, profession- The passion of and furniture was finished yesterday. gaming casts such a mist before the eyes, that
Mrs. B. I know it, sir; I know too your the nobleman shall be surrounded with 'shargenerous reason for putting me in mind of it. pers, and imagine himself in the best company. But
you have obliged me too much already. Stuke. There's that Williams too. It was Lew. There are trifles, madam, which I be, I suppose, that called at Beverley's with know
you bave set a value on; those I have the note this morning. What directions did purchased, and will deliver. I have a friend you give him? too, that esteems you-fle bas bought largely, Bules. To knock loud and be clamorous. and will call nothing his, till he has seen you. Did not you see him? la visit to him would not be painful, he has Stuke. No; the fool sneaked off with Jarvis. begged it may be this morning.
Had he appeared within doors as directed, the Mrs. B. Not painful in the least, my pain note had been discharged. I waited there on is from the kindness of my friends. Why am purpose. I want the women to think well of I to be obliged beyond the power of return? me, for Lewson's grown suspicious; he told
Lew. You shall repay us at your own time. me so himself. I have a coach waiting at the door-Shall we Bates. What answer did you make bim ? bave
your company, madam? [To Charlotte. Stuke. A short one-- That 'I would see him Char. No; my brother may return soon; soon for further explanation. I'll stay and receive him.
Bates. We must take care of him,
But Mrs. B. He may want a comforter, perhaps. what have we to do with Beverley? Dawson But don't upbraid him, Charlotte. We shan't and the rest are wondering at you. be absent long. Come, sir, since I must be Stuke. Why, let them wonder. I have deso obliged.
signs above their narrow reach. They see Lew. 'Tis I that am obliged. An hour, or me lend him money, and they stare ai me.
But they are fools. I want him to believe Bev. No; think'st thou I'd ruin thee too? I me beggared by him.
have enough of shame already-My wife! my Bates. And wbat then?
wife! Wouldst thou believe it, Jarvis ? I have Stuke. Ay, there's the question; but no pot seen her all this long night-I, who have matter; at night you may know more. He loved her so, that every hour of absence seemed waits for me at Wilson's.- I told the women as a gap in life! but other bonds have held where to find him.
me-Oh, I have played the boy! dropping my Bates. To what purpose ?
counters in the stream, and reaching to reStuke. To save suspicion. It looked friendly, deem them, lost myself! and they thanked me.-Old Jarvis was dis- Jar. For pity's sake, sir! - I have no heart patched' to him.
to see this change. Bates. And may entreat him home
Bev. Nor I to bear it - How speaks the Stuke. No; he expects money from me, world of me, Jarvis ? but I'll have none. His wife's jewels must go Jar. As of a good man dead-Of one who,
Women are easy creatures, and refuse walking in a dream, fell down a precipice. nothing where they love. Follow to Wilson's The world is sorry for you. -Come, sir.
Beo. Ay, and pities me, Says it not so ? Let drudging fools by honesty grow great; But I was born to infamy. I'll tell thee what The shorter road to riches is deceit.
says; it calls me villain, a treacherous hus
[Exeunt. band, a cruel father, a false brother, one lost ACT II.
to nature and her charities; or, to say all in
one short word, it calls me-gamester. Go Scene I.- A Gaming-house, with a Table,
lo thy mistress—I'll see her presently. Box, Dice, etc.
Jar. And why not now? Rude people press BEVERLEY discovered sitting.
upon ber; loud, bawling creditors; wreiches Bev. Why, what a world is this! The slave who know no pity~1 met one at the door-, that digs for gold receives bis daily pittance, he would have seen my mistress: I wanted and sleeps contented; while those for whom means of present payment, so promised it tobe labours convert their good to mischief, morrow: but others may be pressing, and she making abundance the means of want. What has grief enough already.--Your absence bangs had I io do with play? I wanted nothing—too heavy on her. My wishes and my means were equal. — The Bev. Tell her I'll come then. I have a mopoor followed me with blessings, love scattered ment's business. But what bast thou to do roses on my pillow, and morning waked me with my distresses ? Thy honesty bas left thee to delight—oh, bitter thought, that leads to poor; and age wants comfort. - Keep what what I was, by what I am! I would forget ihou hast, lest, between thee and the grave, both-Who's there?
misery steal in. I have a friend shall counsel
This is that friend.
Stuke. How fares it, Beverley ? Honest Mr. Wait. No, sir, a stranger.
Jarvis, well met. That viper, Williams! was Bev. Well, show him in. [Exit Waiter] it not he that troubled you this morning? A messenger from Stukely then; from him Jar. My mistress heard him then; I am that has undone me! yet all in friendship sorry that she heard him. And now he lends me his little to bring back Bev. And Jarvis promised payment. fortune to me.
Stuke. That must not be. Tell bim r'll sa
tisfy him. Enter JARVIS.
Jar. Will you, sir? Heaven will reward you Jarvis !-Why this intrusion ?-Your absence for it. had been kinder.
Bev. Generous Stukely! Friendship like Jar. I came in duty, sir. If it be trouble-yours, had it ability like will, would more than
balance the wrongs of fortune. Bev. It is – I would be private-hid eren Stuke. You think too kindly of me- - Make from myself. Who sent you bither? haste to Williams; his clamours may be rude Jar. One that would persuade you home else.
[To Jarvis. again. My mistress is not well-ber tears told Jar. And my master will go home again
Alas! sir, we know of hearts there breaking Bev. Go with thy duty there then-Pr’ythee, for his absence,
[Exit. be gone-I have no business for thee.
Bev, 'Would I were dead! Jar. Yes, sir; to lead you from this place. Stuke. Ha! ha! ha! Prythee, be à man, and I am your servant still. Your prosperous for- leave dying to disease and old age. Fortune tune blessed my old age: If that has left you, may be ours again; at least we'll try for’t. I must not leave you.
Bev. No; it has fooled us on too far. Bev. Not leave me! Recall past time then; Stuke. Ay, ruined us; and therefore we'll or, through this sea of storms and darkness, sit down contented. These are the despondshow me a star to guide me. But what canst ings of men without money; but let the shinthou ?
ing ore cbink in the pocket, and folly turns Jar. The little that I can I will. You have to wisdom. We are forlune's children-True, been generous to me-I would not offend you, she's a fickle mother; but shall we droop be sir-but
cause she's peevish? -- No; she has smiles in
store, and these her frowns are meant to bright- Stuke: No matter ; I have changed my mind en them.
- Leave me to a prison ; 'tis the reward of Beo. Is this a time for Jevity ?-But you
friendship. are single in the ruin, and therefore may ialk Bev. Perish mankind first !- Leave you to lighily of it; with me 'tis complicated misery. a prison! No! fallen as you see me, I'm not
Stuke. You censure me unjustly; I but as- that wretch: nor would'I change this heart, sumed these spirits to cheer my friend. Heav- o'ercharged as 'tis with folly and misforlune, en knows he wants a comforter.
for one most prudent and most happy, if calBeo. What new misfortune ?
lous to a friend's distress. Stuke. I would have brought you money,
Stuke. You are too warm. but lenders want securities. What's to be Beo. In such a cause, not to be swarm is to done ? All that was mine is yours already. be frozen. Farewell—I'll meet you at your
Bev. And there's the double weight' that lodgings. sinks me.
I have undone my friend too; one Štuke. Reflect a little.—The jewels may be wbo, to save a drowning wretch, reached out lost-Better not hazard them-I was too presbis hand, and perished with him.
sing Stuke. Have better thoughts.
Bev. And I ungrateful. Reflection takes up Bev. Whence are they to proceed ? I have time. I have no leisure for't-Within an hour nothing left.
TE.rit. Sluke.[Sighing] Then we're indeed undone- Stuke. The thoughtless, shallow prodigal ! What! nothing? No moveables, nor useless We shall bave sport at night then--but hold: trinkets?---Bawbles locked up in caskets, to – The jewels are not ours yet The lady may starve their owners? I have ventured deeply refuse them—The busband 'may relent too for you.
'Tis more than probable-I'll write a note to BevBev. Therefore this heart-ache; for I am erley, and the contents shall spur him to delost beyond all hope.
mand them-Bulam I grown this rogue through Stuke. No; means may be found to save avarice? No; I have warmer inolives, love and s.Jarvis is rich-Who made him so? This revenge. Ruin the husband, and the wife's is no time for ceremony.
virtue may be bid for, Beo. And is it for dishonesly? The good old man! Shall I rob him too? My friend
Enter BATES. would grieve fort.-No; let the little that he Look to your men, Bates; there's money bas buy food and clothing for him. stirring.–We meet to-night upon this spot.
Stuke. Good morning then. [Going. Hasten, and tell them.—Hasten, I say, the roBeo. So basty! why, then good morning gues will scatter else.
Stuke. And when we meet again upbraid Bates. Not till their leader bids them. me - Say it was I that tempted you — Tell Stuke. Give them the word, and follow me; Lewson so, and tell him I have wronged you I must advise with you—This is a day of bu-He bas suspicions of me, and will thank you.
[Exeunt. Bev. No; we have been companions in a rash voyage, and the same storm has wrecked us both mine shall be self-upbraidings.
Scene II.-BEVERLEY's Lodgings. Stuke. And will they feed us? You deal un
Enter Beverley and CHARLOTTE. kindly by me. I have sold and borrowed for Char. Your looks are changed too ;-there's you while land or credit lasted; and now, wildness in them. My wretched sister! How when fortune should be tried, and my heart will it grieve her to see you thus ! whispers me success, I am deserted— turned Bev. No, no; a little rest will ease me. And loose to beggary, while you have boards. for your Lewson's kindness to her it has my
Beo. What hoards ? Name them, and take thanks; I have no more to give him. them!
Char. Yes; a sister and her fortune. I trifle Stuke, Jewels.
with him, and he complains-My looks, he Bev. And shall this thrifless hand seize them says, are cold upon him. He thinks tootoo? My poor, poor wife! Must she lose all? Beo. That I have lost your fortune-He dares I would not wound her so.
not think so. Stuke. Nor I, but from necessity. One ef- Char. Nor does he—you are too quick at fort more, and fortune may grow kind.--I have guessing-He cares not if you had. That care unusual hopes.
is mine--I lent it you to husband, and now Bev. Think of some other means then. I claim it. Stuke. I have, and you rejected them. Bev. You have suspicions then? Beo. Pr’ythee let me be a man.
Char. Cure them, and give it me. Stuke. Ay, and your friend a poor one- Bev. To stop a sister's chidings? But I have done : and for these trinkets of a Char. To vindicate her brother. woman, why let her keep them to deck her Bev. How if he needs no vindication ? pride with, and show a laughing world that Char. I would fain hope so.
Bev. Ay; would and cannot - Leave it to Beo. No; "She shall yield up all – My friend time then; 't will satisfy all doubts. demands it. But need we have talked lightly Char. Mine are already satisfied. of her? The jewels that she values are truth Bev. 'Tis well. And when the subject is and innocence-Those will adorn her for ever; renew
ewed, speak to me like a sister, and'I will and, for the rest, she wore them for a hus- answer like a brother. band's pride, and to his wants will give them. Char. To tell me I'm a beggar.-- \Vhy, tell Alas! you know her not.-Where shall we meet? it now. I, that can bear the ruin of those dearer to me the ruin of a sister and her ripens manhood in him, shall ripen vice tooinfant, can bear that too.
I'll prove him, and lay him open to youBev. No more of this-you wring my heart. Till then be warned-1"know him, and there
Char. 'Would that the misery were all your fore shun him. own! But innocence must suffer-Unthinking Beo. As I. would those that wrong him. — rioter!-whose home was heaven to him! an You are too busy, sir. angel dwelt there, and a little cherub, that Mrs. B. No; not too busy-Mistaken, percrown'd bis days with blessings.—How has he haps—That had been milder. lost this heaven, to league with devils! Lew. No matter, madam. I can bear this,
Bev. Forbear, I say; reproaches come too and praise the heart that prompts it-Pity such late ;-they search, but cure not. And, for the friendship should be so placed! fortune you demand, we'll talk to-morrow on't Bev. Again, sir! But I'll bear too – You -our tempers may be milder.
wrong bim, Lewson, and will be sorry for't. Char. Or, if 'tis gone, why farewell all. I Char: Ay; when 'tis proved he wrongs bim. claimed it for a sister.—But I'll upbraid no The world' is full of hypocrites.. more. What heaven permits, perhaps it may
Beo. And Stukely one-so you
would infer, ordain.— Yet, that the husband, father, brother, I think.—I'll bear no more of this — my heart should be its instruments of vengeance!—"Tis aches for him-I have undone him. grievous to know that!
Lew. The world says otherwise. Bev. If you're my sister spare the remem- Bev. The world is false then-I have busibrance-it wounds too deeply. To-morrow ness with you, love. [To Mrs. Beverley] shall clear all; and when the worst is known, We'll leave them to their rancour. [Going. it may be better than your fears. Comfort my Char. No; we shall find room within fort. wife; and for the pains of absence I'll make -Come this way, sir. [To Lewson. atonement.
Lew. Another time my friend will thank Char. See where she comes -Look cheer- me; that time is hastening too. fully upon her Affections such as bers are
[Exeunt Lewson and Charlotte. prying, and lend those eyes that read the soul. Bev. They hurt me beyond bearing, Is
Stukely false! Then honesty has left us! "I'were Enter MRS. BEVERLEY and Lewson.
sinning against heaven to think so. Mrs. B. My life!
Mrs. B. I never doubted him. Beo. My love! how fares it? I have been Bev. No; you are charity. Meekness and a truant husband.
ever-during patience live in that heart, and Mrs. B. But we meet now, and ibat heals love that knows no change.-Why did I ruin all-Doubts and alarms I have had; but in you? this dear embrace I bury and forget them. My
Mrs. B. You have not ruined me. I have friend here, [Pointing to Lewson] has been no wants when you are present, nor wishes indeed a friend. Charlotte, 'tis you must thank in your absence, but to be blest with your bim: your brother's thanks and mine are of return. Be but resigned to what has happened, too liitle value.
and I am rich beyond the dreams of avarice. Bev. Yet what we have we'll
I thank Bev. My generous girl!- But memory will you, sir, and am obliged. I would say more, but be busy; still crowding on my thoughts, to ihat your goodness to the wife upbraids the sour the present by the past. I have another busband's follies. Had I been wise, she had pang too. not trespassed on your bounty.
Mrs. B. Tell it, and let me cure it. Lew. Nor has she trespassed. The little I Bev. That friend that generous friend, have done acceptance overpays.
whose fame they have traduced, I have unChar. So friendship thinks-.
done him too. While he had means he lent Mrs. B. And doubles obligations by striving me largely; and now a prison must be his to conceal them-We'll talk another time on't portion. - You are too thoughtful, love.
Mrs. B. No; I hope otherwise. Bev. No; I have reason for these thoughts. Bev. To hope must be to act. The chari
Char. And hatred for the cause 'Would table wish feeds not the hungry-Something you had that too!
must be done. Bev. I have- The cause was avarice.
Mrs. B. What? Char. And who the templer?
Beo. In bitterness of heart he told me, just Bev. A ruined friend-ruined by too much now he told me, I had undone bim. Conld kindness.
I hear that, and think of happiness?. No, I Lew. Ay, worse than ruined; stabbed in his have disclaimed it while he is miserable. same, mortally stabbed-riches can't cure him. Mrs. B. The world may mend with us, and
Bev. Or if they could, those I have drained then we may be grateful. There's comfort in him of. Something of this he hinted in the that hope. morning--that Lewson bad suspicions of him Bev. Ay, 'tis the sick man's cordial, his pro--Why these suspicions? [Angrily. mised cure; while, in preparing it, the patient
Lew. At school we knew this Stukely. A dies—What now? cunning, plodding boy he was, sordid and
Enter Lucr. cruel, slow at his task, but quick at shifts and Tricking. He schemed out mischief, that others Lucy. A letter, sir. (Delivers it, and exit. might be punished; and would tell bis tale Bev. The band is Stukely's. with so much art, that for the lash he merited,
[Opens it, and reads it to himself. rewards and praise were given him. Show Mrs. B. And brings good news—at least me a boy with such a mind, and time, that I'll hope so- - What says he, love?
Bev. Why this — too much for patience.; ther. The dwarf that has it shall trip the Yet he direcis me to conceal it from you. giant's heels up
(Reads. Stuke. And bind him to the ground. Why, Let your haste to see me be the only proof we'll erect a shrine for nature, and be her of your esteem for me, I have determined, oracles. Conscience is weakness; fear made since we parted, to bid adieu to England; it, and fear maintains it. The dread of shame, choosing rather to forsake my country, inward reproaches, and fictitious burnings swell than owe my freedom in it to the means out the phantom. Nature knows none of this; we talked of. Keep this a secret at home, her laws are freedom. and hasten to the ruined. R. STUKELY. Bates. Sound doctrine, and well delivered!
Ruined by friendship!-I must relieve or Stuke. We are sincere too, and practise follow him.
what we teach. Let the grave pedant say as Mrs. B. Follow him did you say? Then 1 much.-But now to business— The jewels are am lost indeed!
disposed of, and Beverley again worth money, Beo. Oh, this infernal vice! how has it sunk If my design succeeds, this night we finish me! A vice, whose highest joy was poor to with him-Go to your lodgings, and be busy my domestic happiness. Yet how have I pur-|-You understand conveyances, and can make sued it! turned all my comforts to bitterest ruin sure. pangs, and all my smiles to tears. — Damned, Bales. Better stop here. The sale of this damned infatuation!
reversion may be talked of — There's danger Mrs. B. Be cool, my life! What are the in it. means the letter talks of? Have you — have I Stuke. No, 'tis the mark I aim at. We'll those means? Tell me, and ease me. I have thrive and laugh. You are the purchaser, and no life while you are wretched.
there's the payment. [Giving u Pocket-book] Bev. No, no; it must not be. 'Tis I alone He thinks you rich; and so you shall be. Inhave sinned; 'tis I alone must suffer. You shall quire for titles, and deal hardly; 'twill look reserve those means, to keep my child and his like honesty. wronged mother from want and wretchedness. Bates. How if he suspects us? Mrs. B. What means ?
Stuke. Leave it to me. I study hearts, and Bev
. I came to rob you of them-but can- when to work upon them. Go to your lodgzot—dare not-Those jewels are your sole ings; and if we come, be busy over papers. support-I should be more than monster to Talk of a thoughtless age, of gaming and exrequest them.
travagance ; you have a face for't. Nrs. B. My jewels! Trifles, not worth speak- Bates. A feeling too that would avoid it. ing of, if weighed against a husband's peace; We push too far ; but I have cautioned you. but let them purchase that, and the world's If it ends ill, you'll think of me-adieu.. [Éxit
. Health is of less value.
Stuke. This fellow sins by halves; bis fears Beo. How little do I seem before such virtues! are conscience to him. I'll turn these fears to Mrs. B. No more, my love. I kept them use. Rogues that dread shame will still be till occasion called to use them; now is the greater rogues to hide their guilt – Lewson occasion, and I'll resign them cheerfully. grows troublesome-We must get rid of him
Beo. Why, we'll be rich in love then. But He knows too much. I have a tale for Bevibis excess of kindness melts me. Yet for a erley; part of it truth too-He shall call Lewfriend one would do much — He has denied son' to account-If it succeeds, 'tis well; if me nothing.
not, we must try other means - But here he Hrs. B. Come to my closet— But let him comes-I must disseinble. h2page wisely. We have no more to give him. Beo. Where learned my love this excellence ?
Enter BEVERLEY. Tis beaven's own teaching that heaven, which Look to the door there!--[In a seeming Fright] to an angel's form has given a mind more – My friend !—I thought of other visitors. brely. I'am unworthy of you, but will de- Beo. No; these shall guard you from them. petite you better.
[Offering Notes] Take them, and use them Henceforth my follies and neglects shall cease, cautiously - The world deals hardly by us. And all to come be penitence and peace; Sluke. And shall I leave you destitute? No; Vice shall no more attract me with her charms, your wants are the greatest. Another climate Nor pleasure reach me, but in these dear arms may treat me kinder. The shelter of to-night
[Exeunt. takes me from this. ACT III.
Bev. Let these be your support then — Yet Scene I-STUKELY'S Lodgings.
is there need of parting ? I may have means
again ; we'll share them, and live wisely. Enter Stukely and Bates. Stuke. No; I should tempt you on.
Habit Stuke. So runs the world, Bates. Fools are is nature in me: ruin can't cure it. Even now the natural prey of knaves; nature designed I would be gaming. Taught by experience as
so, when she made lambs for wolves. I am, and knowing this poor sum is all that's The laws, that fear and policy have framed, left us, I am for venturing still — And say
I Dature disclaims: she knows bui two, and those am to blame – Yet will this little supply our are force and cunning. The nobler law is wants? No; we must put it out to usury;farce
; but then there's danger in't; while cun- Whether 'tis madness in me, or some restless ning, like a skilful miner, works safely and impulse of good fortune, I yet am ignorant;
but Bates. And therefore wisely. Force must Bev. Take it, and succeed then. I'll try no have nerves and sinews; cunning wants nei- more.