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Rus. I am glad on't-I am glad on't-I believe you, Harriet --You was always a good girl.
Major 0. So she is, an excellent girl!-Worth a regiment of such lords and baronets Come, sir, finish every thing handsomely at once. -Come, Charles will have a handsome fortune.
Rus. Marry !she durst not do it.
Maj.0. Consider, sir, they have long been fond of each other-old acquaintance-faithful lovers-turtles and may be very happy.
Rus. Well, well-since things are som-I love ту girl.-Harkye, young Oakley, if you don't make ber a good husband, you'll break my heart, you rogue.
Maj. O. I'll cut his throat if he don't.
Charles. Do not doubt it, sir! my Harriot has reformed me altogether. Rus. Has she?--Why then-there-heaven bless
you both-there-now there's an end on't.
Sir H. So, my lord, you and I are both distancedA hollow thing, damme.
Lord T. N'importe.
Sir H. Now this stake is drawn, my lord may be for hedging off, mayhap. Ecod! I'll go to Jack Speed's, secure Nabob, and be out of town in an hour.
[Aside, and exit.
Har. Not yet, madam; but my father has been so
I dear, I give you joy_and you, Mr. Oakly. I wish you joy, Mr. Russet, and all the good company-for I think the most of them are parties concerned.
Maj. 0. How easy, impudent, and familiar! [Aside.
Lady F. Lord Trinket here too! I vow I did not see your lordship before. Lord T. Your ladyship’s most obedient slave.
[Bowing: Lady F. You seem grare, my lord! Come, come, I
know there has been some difference between you and
Lord T. Here bas been a small fracas, to be sure,
Lord T. Nay, your ladyslip knows that I never mind
Lady F. You talk to me, my lord, in a very extraor-
better appeal to my
--The leiter, Charles !---Out with it this instant!
Charles. Yes, I have the credentials of her ladyships integrity in my pocket.
--Mr. Russet, the letter you read a little while
ago was enclosed in this cover, which also I now think it my duty to put into your hands.
Rus. (Reading] To the Right Honourable Lady Free-
Lady F. What is all this? Your obligations to me,
Rus. Fine obligations! I dare say, I am partly obliged
They are the grossest affronts to me and
my family-All the world shall know them-Zounds! I'll
Lady F. Mercy on me! how boisterous are these country gentlemen! Why, really, Mr. Russet, you rave
like a man in Bedlam-I am afraid you'll beat memand then you swear most abominably.“ -How can you be so vulgar? I see the meaning of this low maliceBut the reputations of women of quality are not so easily impeached-My rank places me above the scandal of little people, and I shall meet such petty insolence with the greatest ease and tranquillity. But you and your simple girl will be the sufferers. I had some thoughts of introducing her into the first company--But now, madam, I shall neither receive nor return your visits, and will entirely withdraw my protection from the ordinary part of the family.
[Exit. Rus. Zounds, what impudence! that's worse than all the rest.
Lord T. Fine presence mind, faith --The true French nonchalance-But, good folks, why such a deal of rout and tapage abont nothing at all?
.If mademoiselle Harriot had rather be Mrs. Oakly than lady Trinket Whym-] wish ber joy--that's all.--Mr. Russet, I wish you joy of your son-in-law--Mr. Oakly, I wish you joy of the lady-and you, madam, (To Harriot] of the gentleman And, in short, I wish you
all joy of one another, 'pon honour!
Maj.0. Zounds! what a clalter!.. -She'll pull down all the bells in the house.
Ouk. My observations since I left yon, have confirmed my resolution. I see plainly that her good humour, and ler ill humour, her smiles, her tears, and her fits, are all calculated to play upon ine.
Maj. 0. Did not I always tell you so? It's the way with them all-they will be rough and smooth, and
hot and cold, and all in a breath. Any thing to get the better of us.
Oak. She is in all moods at present, I promise you There has she been in her chamber, fuming and fretting, and dispatching a messenger to me every two minutes—servant after servant-now slie insists on my coming to her-now again she writes a note to entreat --then Toilet is sent to let me know that she is ill, absolutely dying-tben the very next minule, she'll never see my face again,she'll go out of the house directly. [Bell rings] Again! now the storm rises !~
Maj. 0. It will soon drive this way then-now, brother, prove yourself a man-You have gone too far to retreat.
Dak. Retreat!--Retreat!-No, no!--I'll preserve the advantage I have gained, I am determined." Maj. 8. Ay, ay !-keep your
ground !-fear nothing -up with your noble beart! Good discipline makes good soldiers; stick close to my advice, and
you may stand buff to a tigress--
Oak. Here she is, by heavens! now, brother!
Re-enter MRS. OAKLY.
Oak. True, my love: I knew you would not think of dining in your chamber alone, when I had company below. You shall sit at the bead of the table, as yoll ought, to be sure, as you say, and make my friends welcome.
Mrs. O. Excellent raillery! Lookye, Mr. Oakly! see the meaning of all this affected coolness and indifference.
Oak. My dear, consider where you are
Mrs. O. You would be glad, I find, to get me out of your house, and have all your flirts about you.
Oak. Before all this company! Fie!
Mrs. O. But I'll disappoint you, for I shall remain in it, to support my due authority-as for you, major Oakly
Maj. O. Hey-day! What have I done?
Mrs. 0. I think you might find belter employment,
Mrs. O. Might have more sense, as well as tenderness, than to give car to such idle stuff.
Oak. Lord, Lord!
Mrs. 0. You and your wise counsellor there, I sappose, think to carry all your points with me
Oak. Was ever any thing
Mrs. O. But it won't do, sir. You shall find that I will have my own way, and that I will govern my own family.
Oak. You had better learn to govern yourself, by half. Your passion makes you ridiculous. Did ever any body see so much fury and violence; affronting your best friends, breaking iny peace, and disconcerting your own temper. And all for what? For nothing. 'Sdeath, madam! at these years you ought to know better,
Mrs. 0. At these years !~-Very fine!- Am I to be talked to in this manner?
Oak. Talked to !-Why not? You have talked to me long enough almost talked me to death-and I have taken it all, in liopes of making you quiet--but all in vain. Patience, I find, is all thrown away upon you; and henceforward, come what may, I am resolved to bé master of my own house.
Mrs. O. So, so!--Master, indeed!- -Yes, sir; and you'll take care to have mistresses enough too, I war
Vak. Perhaps I may; but they shall be quiet ones, I can assure you