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you a person of no extraordinary modesty, I suppose you ha'n't confidence enough to expect much favour from me?

[To Lord FOPPINGTON. Lord F. Strike me dumb, Tam, thou art a very impudent fellow.

Nurse. Look, if the varlet has not the effrontery to call his lordship plain Thomas.

Lord F. My Lord Foppington, shall I beg one word with your lordship?

Nurse. Ho, ho, it's my lord with him now. See how afflictions will humble folks.

Miss H. Pray, my lord, don't let him whisper too close, lest he bite your ear off.

Lord F. I am not altogether so hungry as your ladyship is pleased to imagine.- Look you, Tam, I am sensible I have not been so kind to you as I ought, but I hope you'll forgive what's past, and accept of the five thousand pounds I offer—thou mayst live in extreme splendour with it, stap my

vitals!

[Apart to Young Fashion. Young F. It's a much easier matter to prevent a disease than to cure it. A quarter of that sum would have secured your mistress, twice as much cannot redeem her.

[Apart. Leaving him Sir T. Well, what says he ?

Young F. Only the rascal offered me a bribe

to let him go.

Sir T. Ay, he shall go, with a plague to him -lead on, constable.

Enter a SERVANT. Serv. Sir, here is muster Loveless, and muster Colonel Townly, and some ladies, to wait on you.

[To Young Fashion. Lory. So, sir, what will you do now? [Aside.

Young F. Be quiet; they are in the plot. [Aside to Lory.] -- Only a few friends, Sir Tunbelly, whom I wish'd to introduce to you.

Lord F. Thou art the most impudent fellow, Tam, that ever nature yet brought into the world. Sir Tunbelly, strike me speechless, but these are my friends and acquaintance, and my guests, and they will soon inform thee whether I am the true Lord Foppington or not.

Enter LOVELESS, Colonel TowNLY, AMANDA, and

BERINTHIA. Young F. So, gentlemen, this is friendly; I rejoice to see you.

Col. T. My lord, we are fortunate to be the witnesses of

your lordship’s happiness. Love. But your lordship will do us the honour to introduce us to Sir Tunbelly Clumsy ?

Aman. And us to your lady.

Lord F. Ged take me, but they are all in a story.

Sir T. Gentlemen, you do me much honour; my Lord Foppington's friends will ever be welcome to me and mine.

Young F. My love, let me introduce you to these ladies.

Miss H. By goles, they look so fine and so stiff, I am almost asham’d to come nigh 'em.

Aman. A most engaging lady, indeed!
Miss H. Thank

ye,

ma'am. Ber. And I doubt not will soon distinguish herself in the beau monde.

Miss H. Where is that?
Young F. You'll soon learn, my dear.
Love. But, Lord Foppington-
Lord F. Sir!

Love. Sir! I was not addressing myself to you, sir !—Pray who is this gentleman? He seems rather in a singular predicament

Col. T. For so well-dress’d a person, a little oddly circumstanced, indeed.

Sir T. Ha, ha, ha!-So, these are your friends and your guests, ha, my adventurer ?

Lord F. I am struck dumb with their impudence, and cannot positively say whether I shall ever speak again or not.

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Sir T. Why, sir, this modest gentleman wanted to pass himself upon me as Lord Foppington, and

carry

off

my daughter. Love. A likely plot to succeed, truly, ha, ha!

Lord F. As Gad shall judge me, Loveless, I did not expect this from thee. Come, pr’ythee confess the joke; tell Sir Tunbelly that I am the real Lord Foppington, who yesterday made love to thy wife; was honoured by her with a slap on the face, and afterwards pink'd through the body by thee.

Sir T. A likely story, truly, that a peer would behave thus !

Love. A pretty fellow, indeed, that would scandalize the character he wants to 'assume; but what will you do with him, Sir Tunbelly ?

Sir T. Commit him, certainly, unless the bride and bridegroom choose to pardon him.

Lord F. Bride and bridegroom! For Gad's sake, Sir Tunbelly, 'tis tarture to me to hear you call 'em so.

Miss H. Why, you ugly thing, what would you have him call us dog and cat?

Lord F. By no means, miss; for that sounds ten times more like man and wife than t'other.

Sir T. A precious rogue this to come a wooing !

Re-enter a SERVANT. Serv. There are some gentlefolks below to wait upon Lord Foppington. Col. T. 'Sdeath, Tom, what will you do now?

[Apart to Young Fashion. Lord F. Now, Sir Tunbelly, here are witnesses, who I believe are not corrupted. Sir T. Peace, fellow! Would your lordship

, choose to have your guests shown here, or shall they wait till we come to 'em ?

Young F. I believe, Sir Tunbelly, we had better not have these visitors here yet.—Egad, all must out.

[Aside. Love. Confess, confess; we'll stand by you.

[Apart to Young FASHION. Lord F. Nay, Sir Tunbelly, I insist on your calling evidence on both sides—and if I do not prove that fellow an impostor

Young F. Brother, I will save you the trouble, by now confessing that I am not what I have passed myself for. Sir Tunbelly, I am a gentleman, and I flatter myself a man of character; but 'tis with great pride I assure you I am not

I Lord Foppington.

Sir T. Ouns !-what's this?—an impostor?— a cheat ?—fire and faggots, sir, if you are not Lord Foppington, who the devil are you?

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