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he still looks after ARAMINTA and BELMOUR.] Lady Bev. This is what I had to declare, sir

I don't see them now; but I will go round John. chat way to the house. [Erit Modely. Sir John. Does Celia, madam, desire to leave

Sir John. What can this mean? -He cannot intend to deceive me; he seems too sincerely Lady Bev. It was a proposal of her own. affected-I must, I will believe him. The mind, which suspects injustice, is half guilty of it itself Lady Bev. And a very sensible one too, in my -Talks tenderly of me! tore the papers ! opinion. For when people are not so easy totreated them with indignation ! Heavens! what gether, as might be expected, I know no better a flow of tender joy comes over me!

-Shall remedy than parting. Celia, then, be mine? How my heart dances ! O! Sir John. (Aside. Sure, this is no trick of I could be wondrous foolish Well, Jonathan ! Modely's, to get her away from me!-He talked

too himself of leaving my family immediatelyEnter STEWARD.

I shall relapse again. Stew. The gentleman, sir

Lady Beo. I find, sir John, you are somewhat Sir John. What of the gentleman ? I am ready disconcerted: but for my part for any thing.

Sir John. O torture ! Stew. Will wait upon your honour to-morrow, Lady Bed. I say, for my part, sir John, it as you are not at leisuse.

might have been altogether as well, perhaps, if Sir John. With all my heart—Now or then, we had never met. whenever he pleases.

Sir John. I am sorry, madam, my behaviour Steu. I am glad to see your honour in spirits. has offended you, but

Sir John. Spirits, Jonathan! I am light as air -Make a thousand excuses to him but let it

Enter ARAMINTA, Celia, and BELMOUR. be to-morrow, however, for I see lady Beverley coming this way.

Ara. (To Celia, as she enters.] Leave the Stew. Heaven bless his good soul! I love to house indeed !-Come, come, you shall speak to see him merry.

-What is all this disorder for? Pray, broEnter Lady BEVERLEY.

ther, has any thing new happened ?-That wretch

has been beforehand with us. [ Aside to Bel. Lady Beo. If I don't interrupt you, sir John Lady Bev. Nothing at all, Mrs Araminta; I Sir John. Interrupt me, madam! 'tis impos- have only made a very reasonable proposal to sible.

him, which he is pleased to treat with his and Lady Beo. For I would not be guilty of an your usual incivility. indecorum even to you.

Sir John. You wrong us, madam, with the imSir John. Come, come, lady Beverley, these putation–After a pause, and some irresolution, little bicherings must be laid aside. Give me he goes up to CELJA.}-I thought, Miss Beveryour hand, lady. Now we are friends. [Kissing ley, I had already given up my authority, and

How does your lovely daughter? that you were perfectly at liberty to follow your Lady Beo. You are in a mighty good humour, own inclinations. I could have wished, indeed, sir John; perhaps every body may not be so. to have still assisted you with my advice; and I

Sir John. Every body must be so, madam, Aattered myself that iny presence would have where I come: I am joy itself!

been no restraint upon your conduct. But I find

it is otherwise. My very roof 'is grown irksome "The jolly god that leads the jocund hours.”

to you, and the innocent pleasure I received in Lady Ber. What is come to the man ! observing your growing virtues, is no longer to Whatever it is, I shall damp it presently-[ Aside.] be indulged to me.

-Do you choose to hear what I have to say, Celia. O, sir, put not so hard a construction sir John?

upon what I thought a blameless proceeding. Sir John. You can say nothing, madam, but Can it be wondered at, that I should Ay from that you consent, and Celia is my own -Yes, him, who has twice rejected me with disdain ? you yourself have been a witness to her integrity, Sir John. With disdain, Celia ? Come, indulge me, lady Beverley. Declare it Celia. Who has withdrawn from me even his ail, and let me listen to my happiness.

parental tenderness, and driven ine to the hard Lady Bev. I shall declare nothing, sir John, necessity of avoiding him, lest I should offend on that subject : what I have to say is of a very him farther. I know how much my inexperience different import- lo short, without circumlo. wants a faithful guide; I know what cruel cencution, or any unnecessary embarrassment to en sures a malicious world will pass upon my con tangle the affair, I and my daughter are of opi-duct--but I must bear them all. For he, who nion, that it is by no means proper for us to con- might protect me from myself-protect me from tinue any longer in your family.

the insults of licentious tongues, abandous me to Sir John. Madam!



Do you


Sir John. 0, Celia ! have I, have I aban-chaise is now at the door to banish me for ever. doned thee-Heaven knows my inmost soul : My sole business, here, is to unite that virtuous how did it rejoice, but a few moments ago, when man with the most worthy of her sex. Modely told me that your heart was mine! Ara. [Half aside. Thank you for the compliAra. Modely !-Did Modely tell you so ?- ment--Now, Mr Belmour. hear that, Mr Belmour?

Lady Beo. You may spare yourself the trouSir John. He did, my sister, with every cir- ble, cousin Modely; "the girl is irrecoverably cumstance which could increase his own guilt, gone already. and her integrity.

Mode. May all the happiness they deserve atAra. This was honest, however.

tend them! (Going, then looks back at Ara.}-. Sir John. I thought it so, and respected him ac- I cannot leave her. cordingly. O, he breathed comfort to a despair Sir John. Mr Modely, is there nobody here ing wretch! but now a thousand, thousand doubts besides, whom you ought to take leave of? crowd in upon me. He leaves my house this in Mode. I own my parting from that lady (To stant; nay, may be gone already. Celia, too, is Araminta.) should not be in silence; but a Alying from me—perhaps to join him, and, with conviction of my guilt stops my tongue from uther happier lover, smile at my undoing !

[Leans on ARA. Ara. I cannot say I quite believe that ; but as Celia. I burst with indignation !-Can I be our affair may make some noise in the world, for suspected of such treachery? Can you, sir, who the sake of my own character, I must beg of you know my every thought, harbour such a suspi- to declare, before this company, whether any part cion ?-0, madam, this contempt have you of my conduct has given a shadow of excuse brought upon me. A want of deceit was all the for the insult I have received. If it has, be holittle negative praise I had to boast of, and that nest, and proclaim it. is now denied me.

[Leans on L. Bev. Mode. None, by heaven! the crime was all Lady Bev. Come away, child.

my own, and I suffer for it justly and severely, Celia. No, madam: I have a harder task still with shame I speak it, notwithstanding the apto perform. (Comes up to sir John.] To offer you pearances to the contrary, my heart was ever my hand again, under these circumstances, thus yours, and ever will be. despicable as you have made me, may seem an Ara. I am satisfied, and will honestly confess, insult. But I mean it not as such—0, sir, if the sole reason of my present appeal was this, you ever loved my father, in pity my orphan that where I had destined my hand, my conduct state, let me not leave you. Shield me from the might appear unblemished. world; shield me from the worst of misfortunes,

[Gives her hand to BELMOUR. your own unkind suspicions !

Mode. Confusion! then, my suspicions were Ara. Wbat fooling is here! Help me, Mr Bel-just. mour—There, take her hand--And now let it go

Sir John. Sister ! if you can.

Cclia. Araminta ! Sir John. [Grasping her hand.] O, Celia! may

Ara. What do you mean? what are ye surpriI believe Modely? Is your heart mine? sed at? The insinuating Mr Modely can never Celia. It is, and ever shall be.

want mistresses any where. Can he, Mr BelSir John. Transporting ecstacy


mour? You know him perfectly.

[Turning to Celia. Mode. Distraction! Knows me? Yes, he does Lady Bev: I should think, sir John, a mo- know me. The villain ! though he triumphs in ther's consent though Mrs Araminta, I see, my sufferings, knows what I feel! You, mahas been so very good to take that office upon dam, are just in your severity; from you I have herself.

deserved every ihing; the anguish, the despair Sir John. I beg your pardon, madam; my which must attend my future life, comes from thoughts were too much engaged-But may I you, like Heaven's avenging minister!

—But, for hope for your concurrence?

him! (Sir Joun interposes.] 0, for a sword Lady Bev. I don't know what to say to you; But I shall find a time, and a severe one. Let I think you have bewitched the girl amongst me go, sir Johnyou.

Ara. I'll carry on the farce no longer. Rash, Ara. Indeed, lady Beverley, this is quite pre- inconsiderate madman! The sword, which pierces posterous. Ha! he here again -Protect me, Mr Belmour's breast, would rob you of the best Mr Belmour.

of friends. This pretended marriage, for it is no

more, was merely contrived by hiin, to convince Enter MODELY,

me of your sincerity. Embrace him as your

guardian angel, and learn froin him to be virtuDiode. Madam, you need fly no where for ous. protection : you have no insolence to fear from Bel. O, madam, let me still plead for binn! me. I am humbled sufficiently, and the post Surely, when a man feels himself in the wrong,



turn to me.

you cannot desire him to suffer a greater punish Ara. Why, then, brother, as we all seem in a

strange dilemma, why may’nt we have one dance Ara. I have done with fooling. You told me in the garden? it will put us in good humour. to-day, lady Beverley, that he would never re Sir John. As you please, madam. Call the

fiddles hither, Don't despair, Mr Modely. Lady Bev. And I told you, at the same time,

[Half aside to him. madam, that if he did-you would take him. Lady Bev. I will not dance, positively.

Ara. In both you are mistaken. Mr Modely, Bel. Indeed, but you shall, madam; do you your last behaviour to Celia and my brother, think I will be the only disconsolate swain who shews a generosity of temper I did not think you wants a partner? Besides, you see there are so capable of, and for that I thank you. But to be few of us, that we must call in the butler and serious on our own affair, whatever appearance the ladies' maids even to help out the figure. your present change may carry with it, your Sir John. Come, lady Beverley, you must lay transactions of to-day have been such, that I can aside all animosities. If I have behaved imnever hereafter have that respect for you, which properly to you to-day, I most sincerely ask a wife ought to have for her husband.

your pardon, and hope the anxicties I have been Sir John. I am sorry to say it, Mr Modely, her under will sufficiently plead my excuse; my fudetermination is, I fear, too just. Trust to time, ture conduct shall be irreproachable. [Turning however; at least let us part friends, and not to Celia.] Here have I placed my happiness, abruptly. We should conceal the failings of and here expect it. 0, Celia ! if the seriousness each other; and, if it must come to that, endea- of my behaviour should hereafter offend you, imvour to find out specious reasons for breaking off pute it to my infirmity; it can never proceed the match, without injuring either party.

from want of affection. Ara. To shew how willing I am to conceal every thing—now I have had my little female re A heart, like mine, its own distress contrives, venge-as my brother has promised us the fiddles And feels, most sensibly, the pain it gives; this evening, Mr Modely, as usual, shall be my

Then even its frailties candidly approve, partner in the dance.

For, if it errs, it errs from too much love. Mode. I have deserved this ridicule, madam,

(A dance-Exeunt omnes. and am humbled to what you please.







Canton, ?

valets to LORD OGLEBY. LORD OGLEBY, an old peer, ridiculously aping

BRUSH, the graces of youth, but kind-hearted and be

nevolent, withal.
Sir John Melvil, nephew to LORD OGLEBY. Mrs HEIDELBERG, sister to STERLING.
STERLING, a merchant retired from business. Miss STERLING, her favourite niece.
LOVEWELL, privately married to Fanny. Fanny, privately married to LOVEWELL.

Betty, maid to Fanny.
TRAVERSE, lawyers.

Trusty, maid to Mrs HEIDELBERG.

Scena–MR STERLING's country house.


SCENE I.-A room in STERLING's house. Bet. Yes, indeed and indeed, ma'am, he is. I Miss Fanny and BETTY meeting.

saw him crossing the court-yard in his boots.

Fan. I am glad to hear it. But pray now, my Bet. [Running in.] Ma'am! Miss Fanny! dear Betty, be cautious. Don't mention that ma'am!

word again, on any account. You know, we have Fan. What's the matter, Betty?

agreed never to drop any expressions of that sort, Bet. Oh la! ma'am! as sure as I am alive, for fear of any accident. here is your busband

Bet. Dear ma'am, you may depend upon me. Fan. Hush! my dear Betty! if any body in There is not a more trustier creature on the face the house should hear

you, I am ruined. of the earth, than I am. Though I say it, I am Bet. Mercy on me!' it has frightened me to as secret as the grave—and if it is never told till such a degree, that my heart is come up to my I tell it, it may remain untold till doom's day for mouth. But, as I was saying, ma'am, here's that Betty. dear, sweet

Fan. I know you are faithful---but, in our cirFan. Have a care, Betty !

cuinstances, we cannot be too careful. Bet. Lord! I am bewitched, I think. But, as Bet. Very true, ma'am! and yet I vow and I was a saying, ma'am, here's Mr Lovewell just protest, there's more plague than pleasure with a come from London,

secret; especially if a body may’nt mention it to Fan. Indeed!

four or five of one's particular acquaintance.

Fun. Do but keep this secret a little while for your own, he comforted ! Why will you study longer, and then, I hope, you may mention it to to add to our uneasiness and perplexity? any body. Mr Lovewell will acquaint the family Fan. Oh, Mr Lovewell! the indelicacy of a with the nature of our situation as soon as pos- secret marriage grows every day more and more sible.

shocking to me. I walk about the house like a Bet. The sooner the better, I believe: for if guilty wretch : I imagine myseif the object of the be does not tell it, there's a little tell-tale, I know suspicion of the whole family; and am under the of, will come and tell it for him.

perpetual terrors of a shameful detection. Fan. Fy, Betty !

[Blushing Love. Indeed, indeed, you are to blame. The Bet. Ah! you may well blush. But you're amiable delicacy of your temper, and your quick not so sick, and so pale, and so wan, and so many sensibility, only serve to make you unhappy:qualins—

To clear up this affair properly to Mr Sterling, Fun. Have done! I shall be quite angry with is the continual employment of my thoughts. you.

Every thing now is in a fair train. It begins Bet. Angry!-Bless the dear puppet! I am to grow ripe for a discovery; and I have no sure I shall love it as much as if it was my own. doubt of its concluding to the satisfaction of I meant no harm, Heaven knows.

ourselves, of your father, and the whole family. Fan. Well, say no more of this—It makes me Fan. End how it will, I am resolved it shall uneasy-All I have to ask of you, is to be faith-end soon-very soon. I would not live another ful and secret, and not to reveal this matter, till week in this agony of mind to be inistress of the we disclose it to the family of ourselves. universe.

Bet. Me reveal it !--If I say a word, I wish I Love. Do not be too violent neither. Do not may be burned. I would not do you any harm let us disturb the joy of your sister's marriage for the world - And as for Mr Lovewell, I am with the tumult this matter may occasion-I sure I have loved the dear gentleman ever since have brought letters from lord Ogleby and sir he got a tide-waiter's place for my brother—But John Melvil to Mr Sterling. They will be here let me tell you both, you must leave off your soft this evening-and, I dare say, within this hour. books to each other, and your whispers, and your Fan. I am sorry for it. glances, and your always sitting next to one an Love. Why so? other at dinner, and your long walks together in Fan. No matter-Only let us disclose our the evening.-- For my part, if I had not been in marriage iminediately! the secret, I should have known you were a Love. As soon as possible. pair of lovers at least, if not man and wife, as Fan. But directly.

Fan. See there now again ! Pray, be careful. Love. In a few days, you may depend on it.

Bet. Well-well-nobody hears me.-Man Fan. To-night-or to-morrow morning. and wife.-I'll say no more--what I tell you is Love. That, I fear, will be impracticable. very true for all that

Fan. Nay, but you must. Love. (Calling within.] William !

Love. Must! Why?
Bet, Hark! I hear


Fan. Indeed you must.--I have the most alFan. What!

arming reasons for it. Bet. I say, here comes Mr Lovewell—Mind Love. Alarming, indeed! for they alarm me, the caution I give you, I'll be whipped now, if even before I am acquainted with them-What, you are not the first person he sees or speaks to are they? in the family! However, if you choose it, it's Fan. I cannot tell you. nothing at all to me-as you sow, so you must

Love. Not tell me? reap-as you brew, so you must bake. I'll e'en Fan. Not at present. When all is settled, you slip down the back-stairs and leave you together. shall be acquainted with every thing.

[Erit. Love. Sorry they are coming !- Must be disFan. I see, I see I shall never have a mo- covered !-What can this mean? Is it possible ment's ease, till vur marriage is made public. you can have any reasons that need be concealNew distresses crowd in upon me every day. (ed from me? The solicitude of my mind sinks my spirits, preys

Fan. Do not disturb yourself with conjectures upon my health, and destroys every comfort of -but rest assured, that though you are unable my life.' It shall be revealed, let what will be to divine the cause, the consequence of a disthe consequence.

covery, be it what it will, cannot be attended

with half the miseries of the present interval. Enter LOVEWELL.

Love. You put me upon the rack.- I would do

any thing to make you easy. -But you know Love. My love !-How's this ! -In tears ?- your father's temper.-Money (you will excuse Indeed, this is too much. You promised me to iny frankness) is the spring of all his actions, support your spirits, and to wait the determina- which nothing but the idea of acquiriny nobility tion of our fortune with patience. For my sake, or magnificence, can ever make him forego-am VOL. II.

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