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SCENE I. OAKLY's House,
Enter CHARLES and MAJOR OAKLY.
Charles. And I would give the world to have been
Maj. O. Ay, ay, so every man says the next morning.
Charles. Where, where can she be? Her father would
Charles. Don't trouble me--l'll see no body-
Wil. The gentleman says he has very particular busi-
Charles. What's his name? Who did you say?
Charles.' Captain O'Cátter! I never heard of him before. Do you know any thing of hin, major?.
Maj. O. Not But you liear he has particular business. I'll leave the room.
Charles. He can have no business that need be a secret to you.-Desire the captain to walk up.
[Exit William. Enter CAPTAIN O'CUTTER. O’Cut. Jontlemen, your sarvant. Is either of your names Charles Oakly, esq.? Charles. Charles Oakly, sir, is my name,
have avy business with it.
O’Cut. Avast, avast, my dear! I have a little business with your name; but as I was to let nobody know it, I can't mention it lill you clear the decks, fait.
(Pointing to the Major. Charles. This gentleman, sir, is my most intimate friend, and anything that concerns me may be meritioned before him. O'Cut. O, if he's your friend, iny dear, we may
do all above board.
It's only about your deciding a deferance with my lord Trinket. He wants to show you a little warın work; and, as I was steering this way, he desired ine to fetch you this letter.
[Gives a Letter. Maj. 0. How, sir, a challenge!
O’Čut. Yes, fait, a challenge. I am to be his lordship's second ; and if you are fond of a hot birtb, and will come along with that joutleman, we'll all
to it together, and make a little line of battle a-liead of our own, my dear.
Charles. [Reads] Ha! what's this? This useful.
Maj. O. Sir, I am infinitely obliged to you. rare fellow this! [Aside] Yes, yes, I'll meet all the good company. I'll be there in my waistcoat and pumps
, and take a morning's breathing with you. Are you very fond of fighting, sir?
O'Cut. Indeed, and I am; I love it better than
grog: Maj. O. But pray, sir, how are you interested in this difference? Do you know what it is about?
O’Cut. O, the devil burn me, not 1. What signifies what it's about, you know? so we do hut tilt a little,
Maj.Q. What, tight, and not know for what?
O’Cut. When the signal's out for engaging, what siguifies talking?
Maj. 0. I fancy, sir, a duel's a common breakfast with you. I'll warrant now, you have been engaged in many such affairs.
O’Cut. Upon my shoul, and I have: sea or land, it's all one to little Terence O'Cutter. When I was last in Dublin, I fought one jontleman for cheating me out of a lousand pounds; I fought two of the Mermaid's crew about Sally Macguire; tree about politics; and one about the playhouse in Smock Alley. But upon my fait, since I am in England, I have done noting at all, at all.
Charles. This is lucky_but my transport will discover me. [Aside)-Will you be so kind, sir, [TO O’Cutter) as to make my compliments to his lordship, and assure him, that I shall do myself the honour of waiting on him.
O’Cut. Indeed, and I will.–Arrah, my dear, won't you come too?
[To Major Oakly. Maj. 0. Depend upon it, captain.--A very extraordinary fellow!
[Aside. Charles. Now to get my intelligence. [Aside]—I think, the time, sir, his lordship appoints in his leiter, is-a
O’Cut, You say right-Six o'clock.
Charles. And the place-amamis—I think, behind Montague House?
O'Cut. No, my dear! Avast, hy the ring in Hydepark, 'fait“I settled it there myself, for fare of interruption.
Charles. True, as you say, the ring in Hyge-park-! had forgot-Very well, I'll not fail you, sir.
O’Cut. Devil burn me, nor I. Upon my shoul, little
Terence O'Cutter will see fair play, or he'll know the reason-And so, my dear, your sarvant.--You'll not forget to come, my dear?
[Erit. Maj. 0. Ha, ha, ha! What a fellow!He loves fighting like a game cock.
Charles. O uncle! the luckiest thing in the world!
Maj. 0. What, to have the chance of being run through the body? I desire no such good fortune.
Charles. Wish me joy, wish me joy! I have found her, my dear girl, my Harriot!-- She is at an inn in Holborn, major!
Maj. O. Ay! how do you know?
Charles. Why, this dear, delightful, charming, blandering captain bas delivered me a wrong letter.
Maj. O, A wrong letter!
Charles. Yes, a letter from lord Trinket to lady Freelove.
Maj. O. The devil! What are the contents?
Charles. The news I told you just now, that she's at an inn in Holborn: and, besides, an excuse from my lord, for not waiting on her Jadyship this morning according to his promise, as he shall be entirely taken up with bis design upon Harriot.
Maj. 0. So! so!-A plot between the lord and the lady.
Charles. There! read, read, man! [Giving the Letter, Maj. 0. [Reading] Um-um-om--Very fine! And what do you propose doing?
Charles. To go thither iinmediately.
Maj. 0. Then you shall take me with you. Who knows what his lordship’s designs may be? I begin to suspect foul play.
Churles. No, no; pray mind your own business. If I find there is any need of your assistance, I'll send for you.
Maj. O. You'll manage this affair like a boy, nowGo on rashly with noise and bustle, and fury, and get yourself into another scrape.
Charles. No-10_Let me alone; I'll go incog.-Leave my chariot at some distance-Proceed prudently,
and take care of myself, I warrant you. I did not imagine that I should ever rejoice at receiving a challenge, but this is the most fortunate accident titat could possibly have happened. B'ye, b’ye, uncle!
[Exit, hastily. Maj.O. I don't half approve of this and yet I can hardly suspect his lordship of any very deep designs neither. Charles may easily outwit him. ---Harkye, William ! [At seeing William at some distance.
. Pretty well, I believe, sir.
[Exit. Maj. O. Well said, William !---No bad hint for me, perhaps !What a strange world we live in! No two people in it love one another belter than my brother and sister, and yet the bilterest enemies could not torment each other more heartily.- -However, yesterday, to give lıim his due, he behaved like a man. Keep it up, brother! keep it up! or it's all over with you. Since mischief is on foot, I'll even set forwards on all sides. I'll in to him directly, read him one of my morning lectures, and persuade him, if I possibly can, to go out with me immediately; or work him to some open act of rebellion against the sovereign authority of liis lady wife. Zounds, brother! rant, and roar, and rave, and turn the house out of the window. If I was a husband!----- 'Sdeath, what a pity it is that nobody knows how to manage a wife but a bachelor.