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should have told you first, I was in another lady's SCENE II.— The hall of Mr STRICTLAND's chamber. By the Lord, I got in at the window

hvuse. by a ladder of ropes ! Frank. Ha! Another lady?

Enter Mrs STRICTLAND and CLARINDA. Ran. Another : and stole in upon her whilst Mrs Strict. But why in such a hurry, my she was undressing; beautiful as an angel, bloom- dear? stay till your servants can go along with ing and young

you. Frank. What, in the same house?

Cla. Oh, no matter; they'll follow with my Bel. What is this to Jacintha ? Ease me of my things. It is but a little way off, and my chair pain.

wili guard me.

After my staying nut so late last Ran. Ay, ay, in the same house, on the same night, I am sure Mr Strictland will think every floor. The sweetest little angel-But I design minute an age whilst I am in his house. to have another touch with her.

Mrs Strict. I am as much amazed at his susFrank. 'Sdeath! but you shall have a touch pecting your innocence as my own; and every

time I think of it, I blush at my present behaBel. Stay, Frankly.

(Interposing. viour to you. Ran. Why, what strange madness has possess Cla. No ceremony, dear child. ed you both, that nobody must kiss a pretty Mrs Strict. No, Clarinda; I am too well acwench but yourselves?

quainted with your good humour. But, I fear, in Bel. What became of Jacintha ?

the eye of a malicious world, it may look like a Ran. Ounds! wbat have you done, that you contirination of his suspicion. must monopolize kissing?

Cla. My dear, if the world will speak ill of me Frank. Prithee, bouest Ranger, ease me of the for the liitle innocent gaiety, which I think the pain I am in. Was her name Clarinda? peculiar happiness of my temper, I know no way

Bel. Speak in plain words, where Jacintha is, to prevent it, and am only sorry the world is so where to be found. Dear boy, tell me.

ill-natured: but I shall not part with my mirth, Ran. Ay, now it is honest Ranger; and, dear I assure them, so long as I know it innocent. I boy, tell me—and a minute ago, my throat was wish, my dear, this may be the greatest uneasito be cut-I could find in my heart not to open ness your husband's jealousy ever gives you. my lips. But here comes Jack Meggut, who will Mrs Strict. I hope he never again may have let you into all the secret, though he designed to such occasion as he had last night. keep it from you, in half the time that I can, Cla. You are so unfashionable a wife! Why, though I had ever so great a mind to tell it you. last night's accident would have made halt the

wives in London easy for life. Has not his jeaEnter Jack MEGGOT.

lousy discovered itself openly? And are not you J. Meg. So, save ye, save ye, lads! we have innocent? There is nothing but your foolish tembeen frightened out of our wits for you. Not per that prevents his being absolutely in your bearing of Mr Bellamy, poor Jacintha is ready power. to sink for fear of any accident.

Mrs Strict. Clarinda, this is too serious an afBel. Is she at your house ?

fair to laugh at. Let me advise you, take care of J. Meg. Why, did not you know that? We Mr Frankly, observe his temper well, and if he dispatched master Ranger to you three hours has the least taint of jealousy, cast hiin off, and ago.

never trust to keeping him in your power. Ran. Ay, plague! but I had business of my Cla. You will hear little more of Frankly, I own, so I could not come e-Hark ye, Frankly, is believe. Here is Mr Strictland. your girl maid, wife, or widow ? Frank. A maid, I hope.

Enter Mr STRICTLAND and Lucetta. Ran. The odds are against you, Charles Strict, Lucetta says you want me, madam. But mine is married, you rogue, and her husband Cla. I trouble you, sir, only that I might rejealous~ The devil is in it it I do not reap some turn you thanks for the civilities I have received reward for my last night's service.

in your family, before I took my leave. Bel. He has certainly been at Mrs Strictland Strict. Keep them to yourself, dear madain. herself. But, Frankly, I dare not look on you. As it is at my request that you leave my house,

Frank. This one embrace cancels all thoughts your thanks, upon that occasion, are not very deof enmity.

sirable. Bel. Thou generous man !- But I must haste Cla. Oh, sir, you nced not fear. My thanks to ease Jacintha of her fears. [Erit Bel. were only for your civilities. They will not over

Frank. And I to make up matters with Cla- burden you. But I'll conform to your humour, rinda.

[Exit Frank. sir, and part with as little ceremonyRan. And I to some kind wench or other, Strict. As we met. Jack. But where shall I find her, Heaven knows. Cla. The brute! (Aside.] My dear, good b’ye, And so, my service to your monkey.

we may meet again. TTo MRS STRICT. J. Aleg. Adicu, rattlepate. [Ercunt. Strict. If you dare trust me with your hand.

Cla. Lucetta, remember my instructions. Now, your young mistress; I come from Mr Bellamy; sir, have with you.

I come with my purse full of gold, that persua [Mr STRIÇiland leads CLARINDA out. sive rhetoric, to win you to let me see and speake Mrs Strict. Are her instructions cruel or kind, to this Clarinda once again. Lucetta? For I suppose they relate to Mr Frank Luc. She is not here, sir. ly.

Frank. Direct me to her. Luc. Have you a mind to try if I can keep a Luc. No; I cannot do that, neither. secret as well as yourself, madam? But I will shew

Enter MR STRICTLAND behind. you I am fit to be trusted, by keeping this, though it signifies nothing.

Strict. I heard a knocking at the door, and a Mrs Strict. This answer is not so civil, I think. man's voice-Ha!

[Aside. Luc. I beg pardon, madam, I meant it not to Frank. Deliver this letter to her. offend.

Strict. By all my fears, a letter! [Aside. Mirs Strict. Pray let us have no more such. Luc. I don't know but I may be tempted to I neither desire, nor want your assistance. do that.

Frank. Take it, then—and with it this.
Re-enter MR STRICTLAND.

[Kisses her, and gives her money. Strict. She is gone; I feel myself somewhat Strict. Um! There are two bribes in a breath! easier already. Since I have begun the day with | What a jade she is !

Aside. gallantry, madam, shall I conduct you up? Luc. Ay; this gentleman understands reason.

Mrs Strict. There is something, sir, which gives Frunk. And, be assured, you oblige your misyou secret uneasiness. I wish

tress while you are serving me. Strict. Perhaps so, madam; and perhaps it Strict. Her mistress ! Damned sex! And may soon be no secret at all. (Leads her out. damned wife! thou art an epitome of that sex! Luc. Would I were once well settled with my

[Aside. young lady! for, at present, this is but an odd Frank. And, if you can procure me an ansort of a queer family. Last night's affair puzzles swer, your fee shall be enlarged. me. A hat there was, that belonged to none of

[Erit FRANKLY. us, that's certain; madam was in a fright, that is Luc. The next step is to get her to read this as certain; and I brought all off. Jacintha letter. escaped, no one of us knows how. The good Strict. (Snatches the letter.)-No noise-But man's jealousy was yesterday groundless; yet to stand silent there, whilst I read this.—[ Breaks it day, in my mind, he is very much in the right. open, and drops the case.]—Madam, the gaiety Mighty odd, all this !-Somebody knocks. If of a heart happy as mine was yesterday, may, I this should be Clarinda's spark, I have an odd hope, easily excuse the unseasonable visit I message for him, too.

[She opens the door. 'made your house last night.'--Death and the

devil! Confusion! I shall run distracted. It is Enter FRANKLY.

too much! There was a man, then, to whom the Frank. So, my pretty handmaid, meeting with hat belonged ; and I was pulled; abused, cheatvou gives me some hopes. May I speak with ed, imposed on by a chit, a child—Oh, woman, Clarinda ?

woman! But I will be calm, starch it to the botLuc. Whom do you want, sir?

tom, and bave a full revengeFrank. Clarinda, child. The young lady I was Luc. [Aside.]-So, here's fine work! He'll a liitted to vesterdav.

make himself very ridiculous, though. Luc. Clarinda! No such person lives here, I Strict. [Reads on. - 1.know my innocence

will appear so manifestly, that I need only apFrank. Where, then?

peal to the lady who accompanied me to Bath? Luc. I don't know, indeed, sir.

Your rery humble servant, good, innocent, fine Frank. Will you inquire within ?

Madam Clarinda. “And I do not doubt but Luc. Nobody knows in this house, sir, you will her good-nature,' bawd! bawd! “will not let find.

you persist in injuring your obedient humble Frank. What do you mean? She is a friend of servant, Jacintha's, your lady. I will take my oath she

CHARLES FRANKLY.' was here last night; and you yourself spoke of Now, who can say my jealousy lacked foundaher being here this morning-Not know! tion, or my suspicion of fine madan's innocent

Luc. No; none of us know. She went away gaiety was unjust? Gaiety! Why, ay; 'twas gaiof a sudden--no one of us can imagine whither. ety brought him hither. Gaiety makes her a

Frank. Why, faith, child, thou hast a tolerable bawd-My wife may be a whore in gaiety.face, and hast delivered this dénial very hand- What a number of things become fashionable somely : but let me tell you, your impertinence under the notion of gaiety! What, you received this morning had like to have cost me my life this epistle in gaiety, too and were to deliver it now, therefore, make me amends. I come from; to my wife, I suppose, when the gay fit came

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next upon her! Why, you impudent young i Chair. What, have you let the gentleman strumpet, do you laugh at me?

in? Luc. I would, if I dared, laugh most heartily. 2 Chair. I'll tell you what, partner, he certainBe pleased, sir, only to look at that piece of pa- ly slipt by whilst we were picking up the money. per that lies there.

Come, take up:

[Ereunt. Strict. Ha! Luc. I have not touched it, sir. It is the case SCENE IV.-CLARINDA's lodgings. that letter came in; and the direction will inform you whom I was to deliver it to.

Enter CLARINDA, and maid following. Strict. This is directed to Clarinda!

Maid. Bless me, madam, you seem disordered! Luc. Oh, is it so? Now, read it over again, what's the matter? and all your foolish doubts will vanish.

Cla. Some impertinent fellow followed the Strict. I have no doubts at all. I am satisf-chair, and I am afraid they let him in.---[A noise ed that you, Jacintha, Clarinda, my wife, all between Ranger and Landlady.]---I should cer

tainly know that voice.-[Ranger talks with the Lxe. Lud! Lud! You will make a body mad. Landlady.)--My madcap cousin Ranger, as I Strict. Hold your impertinent tongue.

live! I am sure he does not know nie. If I Luc. You'll find the thing to be just as I say, could but hide my face now, what sport I should sir.

have! A mask, a mask! Run and see if you can Strict. Begone !--[Exit Lucetta.}-—They find a mask. must be poor at the work, indeed, if they did not Maid. I believe there is one above. lend one another their names. 'Tis plain, 'tis Cln. Run, run, and fetch it.--[Erit Maid.]-evideut, and I am miserable. But, for my wife, Here he comes. she shall not stay one night longer in my house. Separation, shame, contempt, shall be her por

Enter Ranger and Landlady. tani. I am determined in the thing; and, when How unlucky is this? [Turning from them. sce it is over, I may, perhaps, be easy.

Land. What's your business bere, unmannerly

Ran. Well, let's see these lodgings that are to SCENE III. The Street,

be let. Gad, a very pretty neat tenement--But

hark'e, is it real and natural, all that, or only CLARINDA brought in a chair, Ranger fol

patched up, and new-painted this summer season, against the town fills?

Land. What does the saucy fellow mean with Ran. Hark'e, chairmen! Damn your con- his double tenders here! Get you downfounded trot! Go slower.

Enter Maid with a mask. Ran. By Heavens! The monsters hear rea Maid. Here is a very dirty one. son, and obey.

(Aside to CLARINDA, Cla. Letting down the window.]—What trou Cla. No matter now. we shall see a little blesome fellow was that?

what he would be at.

Aside. 1 Chair. Some rake, I warrani, that cannot Lund. This is an honest house. For all your carry bimself home, and wants us to do it for laced waistcoat, I'll have you thrown down, neck him.

and heels. Cla. There---And pray do you take care I be

Ran. Pho! not in such a hurry, good old lady not troubled with him.

[Goes in. -A mask! Vay, with all my heart. It saves Ran. That's as much as to say now, pray follow me a world of blushing. Have you ne'er a one me. Madam, you are a charming woman, and I for me? I am apt to be ashamed myself, on will do it

these occasions. 1 Chair. Stand off, sir !

Land. Get you down, I sayRan. Prithee, honest fellow-what-what wri Ran. Not if I guess right, old lady. Madam, ting is that?

[Endeavouring to get in. ---[To CLARINDA, who makes signs to the Land 2 Chair. You come not here.

lady to retire.)--look ye there, now! that a woRan. Lodgings to be let : a pretty convenient man should live to your age, and know so little inscription, and the sign of a good modest fami- of the matter. Begone !--[Erit Landlady.}--By ly. There may be lodgings for gentlemen as well her forwardness, this should be a whore of quaas ladies. Hark'e, rogues; I'll lay you all the lity. My boy, Ranger, thou art in luck to-day. silver I have in my pocket, there it is, I get in She wont speak, I find---then, I will.—[Aside.].-there in spite of your teeth, ye pimps.

Delicate lodgings, truly, madam ! and very neat[Throws doren the money, and goes in. ly furnished--a very convenient room this, I (Within Chair, chair, chair!

must needs own, to entertain a mixed company. Chair. Who calls chair?

But, my dear charming creature, does not that

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Cla. Here stop.

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door open to a more commodious apartment, for known her above these twelve hours ;) the insithe happiness of a private friend, or so? The pidity, or the rancour of their discourse is insufprettiest brass lock---fast, um; that won't do.- ferable—'Sdeath! I had rather take the air with Esdeath, you are a beautiful woman; I am sure my grandmother. you are. Prithee, let me see your face. It is your Cla. Ha, ha, ba! the ladies are highly obliged interest, child---tlie longer you delay, the more to you, I vow. I shall expect. Therefore,---{Taking her hand.] Ran. I tell you what; the lady I speak of was my dear, soft, kind, new acquaintance, thus let obliged to me, and the generous girl is ready to me take your hand; and, whilst you gently, with

own it. the other, let day-light in upon me, let me softly Cla. And, pray, when was it you did virtue hold you to me, that, with my longing lips, I may this considerable service? receive the warmest, best impression.---[She un Ran. But this last night, the devil fetch me! masks.)--Clarinda!

A romantic whim of mine conveyed me into her Cla. Ha, ha! your servant, cousin Ranger-chamber, where I found her, young and beautiHa, ha, ha!

ful, alone, at midnight, dressed like a soft AdoRan. Oh, your humble servant, madam. You nis; her lovely hair all loose about her shoulhad like to have been beholden to your mask, derscousin-I must brazen it out.

Aside Cla. In boy's clothes ! this is worth attending Cla. Ha, ha, ha! You were not so happy in

[Aside. your disguise, sir. The pretty stagger in your Ran. Gad, I no more suspected her being a gait, that happy disposition of your wig, the gen- woman, than I did your being my cater-cousin. teel negligence of your whole person, and those Cla. How did you discover it at last? pretty flowers of modish gallantry, made it im Ran. Why, faith, she very modestly dropt me possible to mistake you, my sweet coz. -Ha, a hint of it herself. ha, ha!

Cla. Herself! If this should be Jacintha ! Ran. Oh, I knew you, too; but I fancied you

[Aside. had taken a particular liking to my person, and Ran. Ay, 'foregad, did she; which I imagined had a mind to sink the relation under that little a good sign at midnight-eh, cousin ? So I e'en inpiece of black velvet! and, egad, you never find vented a long story of a passion I had for her, me behind hand in a frolic. But, since it is though I had never seen her before-you know my otherwise, my merry, good-humoured cousin, I old way; and said so many tender thingsam as heartily glad to see you in town, as I should Cla. As you said to me just now. be to meet any of my old bottle acquaintance. Ran. Pho! quite in another style, I assure

Cla. And, on my side, I ain as happy in meet you. It was midnight, and I was in a right cue. ing your worship, as I should be in a rencounter Cla. Well! And what did she answer to all with e'er a petticoat in Christendom.

these protestations ? Ran. And if you have any occasion for a Ran. Why, instead of running into my arms dangling gallant to Vauxhall, Ranelagh, or even at once, as I expectedthe poor neglected Park, you are so unlike the Cla. To be sure. rest of your virtuous sisters of the petticoat, that Ran. 'Gad, like a free-hearted, honest girl, I will venture myself with you.

she frankly told me she liked another better than Cla. Take care what you promise ; for who she liked me; that I had something in my face knows but this face, you were pleased to say so that shewed I was a gentleman; and she would many pretty things before you saw it, may raise e'en trust herself with me, if I would give her my so many rivals among your kept mistresses, and word I would convey her to her spark. reps of quality

Cla. Oh, brave! and how did you bear this? Ran. Hold, hold! a truce with your satire, Ran. Why, curse me, if I am ever angry with sweet coz; or, if scandal must be the topic of a woman for not having a passion for me! every virtuous woman's conversation, call for Cla, No! your tea-waiter, and let it be in it's proper ele Ran. Never. I only hate your sex's vain prement. Come, your tea, your tea!

tence of having no passions at all. Gad, I loved

the good-natured girl for it; took her at her Enter Maid.

word; stole her out of the window; and this Cla. With all my heart Who's there? morning made a very honest fellow happy in the Get tea-upon condition that you stay till it possession of her.

Cla. And her name is Jacintha ? Ran. That is according as you behave, ma Ran. Ha! dam.

Cla. Your amours are no secrets, sir.

You Cla. Oh, sir, I am very sensible of the favour. see you might as well have told me all the

Ran. Nay, you may, I assure you; for there whole of last night's adventure; for you find I is but one woman of virtue, besides yourself, I knowwould stay with ten minutes (and I have not Ran. All! Why, what do you know?

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Cla. Nay, nothing; I only know that a gentle | Why, whilst I was making off with the wench, man's hat cannot be dropt in a lady's cham- Bellamy and he were quarrelling about her; and ber

though Jacintha and I made all the haste we Ran. The devil!

could, we did not get to them beforeCla. But a husband is such an odd, imperti Cla. Before what? I'm frightened out of my ment, awkward creature, that he will be stum- wits ! blog orer it.

Ran. Not that Frankly cared three half-pence Re Here has been fine work. [Aside.] But for the girl. how, in the name of wonder, should you know all Cla. But there was no mischief done, I hope ? this?

Ran. Pho! a slight scratch ; nothing at all, as Cla. By being in the same house.

the surgeon said : though he was but a queer Ran. In the same house!

looking son of a bitch of a surgeon, neither. Ciu. Ay, in the same house, a witness of the Cla. Good God! why, he should have the confusion you have made.

best that can be found in London, Ran. Frankly's Clarinda, by all that's fortu Ran. Ay, indeed, so he should : that was mte! It must be so!

[Aside. what I was going for, when I saw you. [Sits Cla. And let me tell you, sir, that even the down.] They are all at Jack Meggot's hard by, dull, low-spirited diversions you ridicule in us and you will keep me here? tare creatures, are preferable to the romantic Cla. I keep you here! For Heaven's sake, be esploits that only wine can raise you to.

gone. kon. Yes, cousin : but I'll be even with

Ran. Your tea is a damned while a coming.

[Xside. Cla. You shall have no tea now, I assure you. Cla. If you reflect, cousin, you will find a Ran. Nay! one dish. great deal of wit in shocking a lady's modesty, Cla. No, positively, you shall not stay. dzturbing her quiet, tainting her reputation, and Ran. Your commands are absolute, madam. raining the peace of a whole family.

[Going. Ran. To be sure.

Cla. Then Frankly is true, and I only am to Cla. These are the high-mettled pleasures of blame. you men of spirit, that the insipidity of the vir Ran. [Returns.) But I beg ten thousand partuous can never arrive at. And can you, in rea- dons, cousin, that I should forgetbty, think your Burgundy, and your Bacchus, Cla. Forget what ! your Venus, and your Loves, an excuse for all Ran. Forget to salute you, this! Fie, cousin, fie!

Cla. Pshaw! how can you trifle at such a time Ran. No, cousin.

as this? Cla. What, dumb! I am glad you have mo Ran. A trifle ! wrong not your beauty. desty enough left not to go about to excuse your Cla. Lord, how teasing you are. There.

Ran. [Kisses her.] Poor thing! how uneasy Ran. It is as you say; when we are sober, she is. Nay, no ceremony, you shall not stir a and reflect but ever so little on the follies we step with me. commit, we are ashamed and sorry: and yet Cla. I do not intend it. This is downright the very next minute we run again into the same provoking. [Erit Ranger.] Who's there? absurdities. Cla. What! moralizing, cousin ! ha, ha, ha!

Enter Landlady. Ran. What you know is not half, not a hun Land. Madam, did your ladyship call? dredth part of the mischief of my last night's fro Cla. Does one Mr Meggot live in this neighhe; and yet the very next petticoat I saw this bourhood ? morning, I must follow it, and be damned to me; Land. Yes, madam, a fine gentleman, and though, for aught I know, poor Frankly’s life may keeps a noble house, and a world of company. depend upon it.

Cla. Very well; I don't want his history. I Cle. Wbose life, sir?

wonder my servants are not come yet.
Ran. And here do I stand prating to you Land. Lack a-day, madam, they are all below.

Cla. Send up one, then, with a card to me.
Cla. Pray, good cousin, explain yourself. I must know the truth of this immediately.
Ran. Good cousin! She has it. (Aside.]

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