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Trusty. Presently won't do, man, you must may be the porter has knocked him down I'll come this minute. (Without. step and see
[Exit TRUSTY.. Pound. I am but just paying a little money Lady Town. These trades-people are the trouhere.
(Without. blesomest creatures! No words will satisfy them. Trusty. Cods my life, paying money! Is the man distracted? Come here, I tell you, to my
Trusty returns. lady this moment; quick!
Trusty. Oh, madam! Undone, undone! My TRUSTY returns.
lord has just bolted out upon the man, and is Lady Town. Will the monster come or no?- hearing all his pitiful story over-If your lady
Trusty. Yes, I hear him now, madam; he is ship pleases to come hither, you may bear hiin hobbling up as fast as he can.
yourself. Lady Town. Don't let him come in—for he will Lady Town. No matter; it will come round keep such a babbling about his accounts—my presently: I shall have it from my lord, without brain is not able to bear him.
losing a word by the way, I'll warrant you. Poundage comes to the door, with a money-bag coming in.
Trusty. Oh, lud, madam! here's my lord just in his hand.
Lady Town. Do you get out of the way, then. Trusty. Oh, it's well you are come, sir! |--Exit Trusty.--I am afraid I want spirits; where's the fiftv pounds ?
but he will soon give them me. Pound. Why, here it is; if you had not been in such haste, I should have paid it by this time
Enter LORD TOWNEY. -the man's now writing a receipt, below, for it. Lord Town. How comes it, madam, that e
Trusty. No matter; my lady says you must tradesman dares be clamorous in my house, fur not pay him with that money! there's not enough, money due to him from you? it seems; there's a pistole, and a guinea, that is Lady Town. You don't expect, my lord, that I not good, in it- besides, there is a mistake in should answer for other people's impertinence? the account, tuo—[Twitches the bag from him.] Lord Town. I expect, inadam, you should anBut she is not at leisure to examine it now; so swer for your own extravagancies, that are the you must bid Mr What-d'ye-call-um call another occasion of it--I thought I had given you motime.
ney three months ago, to satisfy all these sort of Lady Town. What is all that noise there? people. Pound. Why, an it please your ladyship- Lady Town. Yes; but you see they never are
Lady Town. Prithee, don't plague me now; to be satisfied. but do as you were ordered.
Lord Town. Nor am I, madam, longer to be Pound. Nay, what your ladyship pleases, ma- abused thus; what's become of the last five hundam
[Exit PoundAGE. dred I gave you? Trusty. There they are, madam—[Pours the Lady Town. Gone. money out of the bag.]—The pretty things were Lord Town. Gone! What way, madam? so near falling into a nasty tradesman's hand, I Lady Toun. Half the town over, I believe, by protest it made me tremble for them-I fancy this time. your ladyship had as good give me that bad gui- Lord Town. 'Tis well; I see ruin will make nea, for luck's sake--Thank
madam. no impression, till it falls upon you.
[Takes a guinea. Ludy Town. In short, my lord, if money is alLady Town. Why, I did not bid you take it? ways the subject of our conversation, I shall
Trusty. No; but your ladyship looked as if make you no answer. you were just going to bid me; and so I was wil- Lord Town. Madam, madam, I will be heard, ling to save you the trouble of speaking, madam. and make you answer.
Lady Town. Well, thou hast deserved it; and Lady Town. Make me! Then I must tell you, so, for once-but hark! don't I hear the man my lord, this is a language I have not been used making a noise yonder? Though, I think, now, to, and I won't bear it. we may compound for a little of his ill-humour- Lord Town. Come, come, madam, you shall Trusty. I'll listen.
bear a great deal more, before I part with you. Lady Town. Prithee, do.
Lady Town. My lord, if you insult me, you [Trusty goes to the door. will have as much to bear on your side, I can asTrusty. Ay, they are at it, madam--he's in a sure you. bitter passion with poor Poundage-Bless me! I Lord Town. Pooh! Your spirit grows ridicubelieve he'll beat him-Mercy on us, how the lous—You have neither honour, worth, or innowretch swears!
cence to support it. Lady Toun. And a sober citizen, too! that's a Lady Torn. You'll find, at least, I have reshame.
sentment; and do you look well to the provocaTrusty. Ila! I think all's silent of a sudden- tion.
Lord Town. After those you have given me, in the world, that keeps his misfortunes out of madamn, 'tis alınost infamous to talk with you. doors, than he that tamely keeps them within.
Lady Town. I scorn your imputation, and Lady Town. I don't know what figure you your menaces. The narrowness of your heart's may make, my lord; but I shall have no reason your monitor; 'tis there, there, my lord, you are to be ashamed of mine, in whatever coinpany I wounded : you have less to complain of than may meet you. many husbands of an equal rank to you.
Lord Town. Be sparing of your spirit, maLord Town. Death, madam! Do you presume dam; you'll need it to support you. upon your corporal merit, that your person's less
Enter LADY GRACE and MANLY. tainted than your mind? Is it there, there alone, an honest husband can be injured? Have you not Mr Manly, I have an act of friendship to beg of every other vice that can debase your birth, or you, which wants more apologies than words can stain the heart of woman? Is not your health, make for it. your beauty, busband, fortune, family disclaimed, Man. Then, pray, make none, my lord, that I for nights consumed in riot and extravagance? may have the greater merit in obliging you. The wanton does no more; if she conceals her Lord Town. Sister, I have the same excuse to shame, does less : and sure the dissolute avowed, intreat of you, too. as sorely wrongs my honour and my quiet.
Lady Grace. To your request, I beg, my lord. Lady Town. I sce, iny lord, what sort of wife Lord Town. Thus, then -As you both might please you.
were present at my ill-considered marriage, I Lord Toun. Ungrateful woman! Could you now desire you each will be a witness of my debare seen yourself, you, in yourself, had seen her termined separation-I know, sir, your good-na-I am amazed our legislature has left no prece- ture, and my sister's, must be shocked at the of. dent of a divorce for this more visible injury, fice I impose on you; but as I don't ask your this adultery of the mind, as well as that of the justification of my cause, so I hope you are conperson! When a woman's whole heart is alien- scious—that an ill woman can't reproach you, if ated to pleasures I have no share in, what is it to you are silent, on her side. me, whether a black ace, or a powdered coxcomb, Man. My lord, I never thought, till now, it has possesion of it?
could be difficult to obliye you. Lady Town. If you have not found it yet, my Lady Grace. [Aside.) Ileavens, how I tremlord, this is not the way to get possession of ble ! mine, depend upon't.
Lord Town. For you, my lady Townly, I need Lord Town. That, madam, I have long des- not here repeat the provocations of my parting paired of; and, since our happiness cannot be with you—the world, I fear, is too well inmutual, 'tis fit, that, with our hearts, our per- formed of them— For the good lord, your dead sons, too, should separate. This house you sleep father's sake, I will still support you as bis Do more in: though your content might grossly daughter-As Lord Townly's wife, you have feed upon the dishonour of a husband, yet my had every thing a fond husband could bestow, desires would starve upon the features of a wife. and (to our mutual shame I speak it) more than
Lady Town. Your style, my lord, is inuch of happy wives desire-But those indulgences must the same delicacy with your sentiments of ho- end; state, equipage, and splendour, but ill be
come the vices that misuse them-The decent Lord Toun. Madam, madam, this is no time necessaries of life shall be supplied—but not for compliments—I have done with you. one article to luxury; not even the coach, that
Lady Town. If we had never met, my lord, I waits to carry you from hence, shall you ever use had not broke my heart for it: but have a care; again. Your tender aunt, iny lady Lovemore, I may not, perhaps, be so easily recalled as you with tears, this morning, has consented to receive may imagine.
you; where, if time and your condition bring Lord Town. Recalled ! Whose there? you to a due reflection, your allowance shall be
increased--but if you are still lavish of your litEnter a Servant.
tle, or pine for past licentious pleasures, that lit
tle shall be less : nor will I call that soul my Desire my sister and Mr Manly to walk up. friend, that wames you in my hearing.
[Erit. Lady Grace. My heart bleeds for her. Lady Town. My lord, you may proceed as
[ Aside. you please; but, pray, what indiscretions have I Lord Town. Oh, Manly, look there ! turn back comunitted, that are not daily practised by a thy thoughts with me, and witness to my growing hundred other women of quality?
love. There was a time, when I believed that Lord Town. 'Tis not the number of ill wives, form incapable of vice, or of decay; there I promadam, that makes the patience of a husband posed the partner of an easy home; there I, for less contemptible : and though a bad one may be ever, hoped to find a cheerful companion, an athe best man's lot, yet, he'll make a better figure greeable intimate, a faithful friend, a useful
help-mate, and a tender mother-but, oh! how firmed. Wild with that fame, I thought mankind bitier now the disappointment!
slaves; I triumphed over hearts, while all my Man. The world is different in its sense of pleasure was their pain : yet was my own so happiness ; offended as you are, I know you will equally insensible to all, that, when a father's still be just.
firm commands enjoined me to make choice of Lord Town. Fear me not.
one, I even then declined the liberty he gave, Man. This last reproach, I see, has struck her. and to his own election yielded up my youth
Aside. bis tender care, my lord, directed him to you Lord Town. No, let me not (though I this Our hands were joined; But still my heart was inoment cast her from my hcart for ever) let me wedded to its folly. My only joy was power, not urge her punishment beyond her crimes—I command, society, profuseness, and to lead in know the world is fond of any tale that feeds its pleasures : The husband's right to rule, I thought appetite of scandal : and, as I am conscious se- a vulgar law, which only the deformed or meanverities of this kind seldom fail of imputations ly-spirited obeyed. I knew no directors, but too gross to mention, I here, before you both, my passions ! no master, but my will! Even acquit her of the least suspicion raised against the you, my lord, some time o'ercome by love, was honour of my bed. Therefore, when abroad her pleased with my delights, nor then foresaw this conduct may be questioned, do her fame that mad misuse of your indulgence- --And, justice.
though I call myself ungrateful, while I own it, Lady Town. Oh, sister!
yet, as a truth, it cannot be denied-that kind [Turns to Lady Grace, weeping indulgence has undone me; it added strength to Lord Town. When I am spoken of, where, my habitual failings; and, in a heart thus warm, without favour, this action may be canvassed, re- in wild unthinking life, no wonder if the gentler late but half my provocations, and give me up to sense of love was lost.
[Going. Lord Town. Oh, Manly! where has this creaLady 'Town. Support me ! save me! hide me ture's beart been buried ?
[ Apart. from the world!
Man. If yet recoverable- How vast the (Falling on Lady Grace's neck.) treasure !
Apart. Lord Town. (Returning.] I had forgot me, Lady Town. What I have said, my lord, is not You have no share in my resentment; therefore, my excuse, but my confession; my errors (give as you have lived in friendship with her, your them, if you please, a harder name) cannot be departing may admit of gentler terms thao suit the fended. "No! What's in its nature wrong, no honour of an injured husband. [Offers to go out. words can palliate, no plca can alter. What
Man. [Interposing:) My lord, you must not, then remains in my condition, but resignation to shall not leave her thus ! One moment's stay can your pleasure ? Time only can convince you of do your cause no wrong! If looks can speak the my future conduct: therefore, till I have lived anguish of her heart, I'll answer with my life, an object of forgiveness, I dare not hope for parthere's something labouring in her mind, that, don—The penance of a lonely, coutrite life, would you bear the hearing, might deserve it. were little to the innocent; but, to have deserved
Lord Town. Consider ! since we no inore can this separation, will strow perpetual thorns upon meet, press not my staying to insult her.
my pillow. Lady Town. Yet stay, my lord--the little I Lady Grace. Oh, happy, heavenly hearing! would say will not deserve an insult; and, unde- Lady Town. Sister, farewell! [Kissing her.] served, I know your nature gives it not. But as Your virtue necds no warning from the shame you've called in friends to witness your resent- that falls on me: but when you think I have ment, let them be equal hearers of my last re- atoned my follies past-persuade your injured ply.
brother to forgive thein. Lord Town. I shan't refuse you that, madam Lord Toun. No, madam! Your errors, thus be it so.
renounced, this instant are forgiven! So deep, Lady Town. My lord, you ever have com- so due a sense of them, has made you what my plained I wanted love; but, as you kindly have utmost wishes formed, and all my heart has sigtiallowed I never gave it to another; so, when you ed for. hear the story of my heart, though you may still Ludy Toun. [Turning to LADY GRACE.) How complain, you will not wonder at my coldness. odious does this goodness make me!
Lady Grace. This promises a reverse of tem- Lady Grace. How amiable your thinking so ! per.
Apart. Lord Toun. Lony parted friends, that pass Man. This, my lord, you are concerned to through easy voyages of lite, receive but cominon hear.
gladness at their meeting : but from a shipwreck Lord Town. Proceed; I am attentive.
saved, we mingle tears with our embraces! Ludy Town. Before I was your bride, my
[Embracing Lady Townır, lord, the flattering world had talked me into Lady Town. What words, what love, what beauty, which, at my glass, my youthful vanity con- duty, can repay such obligations!
Lord Toren. Preserve but this desire to please, After some time, LORD and Lady TownLY, your power is endless.
with Lady Grace, enter to them, unmasked. Lady Town. Oh Still this moment never did I know, my lord, I had a heart to give you. Lord Town. So here's a great deal of com
Lord Town. By Heaven! this yielding hand, pany. when first it gave you to my wishes, presented Lady Town. A great many people, my lord, not a treasure more desirable! Oh, Manly! sis- but no company- -as you'll find for ter! as you have often shared in my disquiet, here's one now that seems to have a mind to enpartake now of my felicity ! my new-born joy! tertain us. see, here, the bride of my desires! This may
be [A Mask, after some affected gesture, makes called my wedding-day,
up to Lady Townly. Lady Grace. Sister, (for now, methinks, that Mask. Well, dear lady Townly, sha'n't we see name is dearer to my heart than ever) let me con- you by-and-by? gratulate the happiness that opens to you.
Lady Town. I don't know you, madam.
[In a squeaking tone. my dear, join here with me to give a hand, that Lady Town. Not I, indeed. amply will repay the obligation.
Mask. Well, that's charming; but can't you Lady Toan. Sister, a day like this
guess? Lady Grace. Admits of no excuse against the Lady Town. Yes, I could guess wrong, I begeneral joy.
[Gives her hand to Manly. lieve. Man. A joy like mine- -despairs of words Mask. That's what I'd have
you do. to speak it.
Lady Town. But, madam, if I don't know you Lord Town. Oh, Manly, how the name of at all, is not that as well? friend endears the brother! [Embracing him. Mask. Ay, but you do know me.
Man. Your words, my lord, will warm me to Lady Town. Dear sister, take her off my deserve them.
hands; there's no bearing this. Apart.
Ludy Grace. I fancy I know you, madam. Enter a Servant.
Mask. I fancy you don't ; what makes you think you
do? Ser. My lord, the apartments are full of mas- Lady Grace. Because I have heard
talk. queraders—And some people of quality there Musk. Ay, but you don't know my voice, I'm desire to see your lordship and my lady.
Lady Town. I thought, my lord, your orders Lady Grace. There is something in your wit had forbid their revelling?
and humour, madam, so very much your own, it Lord Toxen. No, my dear, Manly has desired is impossible you can be any body but my lady their admittance to-night, it seems, upon a parti- Trifle. cular occasion-Say we will wait upon them in- Mask. [Unmasking.] Dear lady Grace! thou stantly.
[Erit Servant. art a charming creature. Lady Town. I shall be but ill company to Lady Grace. Is there nobody else we know them.
here? Lord Town. No matter : not to see them, Mask. Oh dear, yes! I have found out fifty
a sudden be too particular. Lady already. Grace will assist you to entertain them.
Lady Grace. Pray who are they? Lady Town. With her, my lord, I shall be al- Mask. Oh, charming company! there's lady ways easy-Sister, to your unerring virtue I Ramble- -lady Riot-lady Kill-care-lady now cominit the guidance of my future days— Squander-lady Strip-lady Pawn--and
the dutchess of Single Guinea. Never the paths of pleasure more to tread, Lord Town. Is it not hard, my dear, that But where your guided innocence shall lead; people of sense and probity are sometimes forFor, in the marriage-state, the world must own ced to seem fond of such company? [ Apart. Divided happiness was never known.
Lady Town. My lord, it will always give me To make it mutual, nature points the way: pain to remember their acquaintance, but none Let husbands govern; gentle wives obey. to drop it immediately.
[Apart. [Exeunt. Lady Grace. Bu you have given us no ac
count of the men, madam. Are they good for SCENE 111.-Opening to another apartment, any thing?
discovers a great number of people in masque- Mask. Oh, yes, you must know, I always rade, talking all together, and playing upon find out them by their endeavours to find out one another. Lady WRONGHEAD as a shep- me. herdess ; Jenny as a nun; the 'Squire as a Lady Grace. Pray, who are they? running footman ; and the Count in a domino. Alusk. Wby, for your men of típ-top wit and
pleasure, about town, there's my lord-Bite- Lord Town. Oh, by all means: we'll wait uplord Archwag-Young Brazen-wit-lord Tim- on you. berdown--lord Joint-life-and-lord Mort
[The scene shuts upon the masks to a gage. Then for your pretty fellows only--there's
smaller apartment. sir Powder Peacock ---lord Lapwing -- Billy Magpic-Beau Frightful-sir Paul Plaister
Manly re-enters with Sir Francis WRONGcrown, and the marquis of Monkey-man.
Lady Grace. Right! and these are the fine Sir Fran. Well, cousin, you have made my gentlemen that never want elbow-room at an as- very hair stond on end! Waunds! if what you sembly.
tell me be true, I'll stuff my whole family into a Mask. The rest, I suppose, by their tawdry stage-coach, and trundle them into the country hired habits, are tradesmen's wives, inns-of-court again on Monday morning. beaux, Jews, and kept mistresses.
Man. Stick to that, sir, and we may yet find a Lord Town. An admirable collection ! way to redeem all. In the mean time, place
Lady Grace. Well, of all our public diver- yourself behind this screen, and, for the truth of siuns, I am amazed how this, that is so very ex- what I have told you, take the evidence of your pensive, and has so little to shew for it, can draw own senses: but be sure you keep close ūll I so much company together!
give you the signal. Lord Toun. Oh, if it were not expensive, the Sir Fran. Sir, I'll warrant you——Ah, my lady! better sort would not come into it: and because my lady Wronghead! What a bitter business money can purchase a ticket, the common people have you drawn me into! scorn to be kept out of it.
Man. Hush! to your post; here comes one Mask. Right, my lord. Poor lady Grace! I couple already. suppose you are under the same astonishment,
[Sir Francis retires behind the screen. that an opera should draw 'so much good com
Erit MANLY. pany. Lady Grace. Not at all, madam : 'tis an
Enter Myrtilla with SQUIRE RICHARD. easier matter, sure, to gratify the ear, than the Squire Rich. What, is this the doctor's chanunderstanding. But have you no notion, madam, ber? of receiving pleasure and profit at the saine Myr. Yes, yes; speak softly. time?
Squire Rich. Well, but where is he? Mask. Oh, quite none ! unless it be some- Myr. He'll be ready for us presently; but he times wiuning a great stake ; laying down a vole, says, he can't do us the good turn without witsans prendre, may come up to the profitable nesses : so, when the count and your sister come, pleasure you were speaking of.
you know he and you may be fathers for one Lord Town. You seem attentive, my dear?
[ Apart. Squire Rich. Well, well; tit for tat! ay, ay, Lady Torn. I am, my lord; and amazed at that will be friendly. my own follies, so strongly painted in another Myr. And see, here they come. woman,
Apart. Lady Grace. But see, my lord, we had best
Enter Count Basset, und Miss JENNY. adjourn our debate, I believe; for here are some Count Bas. So, so, here's your brother and his masks that seem to have a mind to divert other bride, before us, my dear. people as well as themselves.
Jenny. Well, I vow, my heart's at my mouth Lord Town. The least we can do, is to give still! I thought I should never have got rid of them a clear stage then.
mamma; but while she stood gaping upon the [A dance of masks here in various characters. dance, I gave her the slip? Lawd, do but feel This was a favour extraordinary.
how it beats here!
Count Bas. Oh, the pretty Autterer! I protest, Enter MANLY.
my dear, you have put mine into the same palpi
tation ! Oh, Manly, I thought we had lost you.
Jenny. Ay, say you so?- but let's see nowMan. I ask pardon, my lord ; but I have Oh, lud! I vow it thumps purely--well, well, I been obliged to look a little after my country see it will do; and so, where's the parson? family.
Count Bus. Mrs Myrtilla, will you be so good Lord Town. Well, pray, what have you done as to see if the doctor's ready for us? with them?
Myr. He only staid for you, sir : I'll fetch him Man. They are all in the house here, among immediately.
[Erit MYR. the masks, my lord; if your lordship has curiosi- Jenny. Pray, sir, am not I to take place of ty enough to step into a lower apartment, in mamma, when I'm a countess ? three minutes I'll give you an ample account of Count Bas. No doubt on't, my dear. them.
Jenny. Oh, lud! how her back will be up thea,