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your favours than the rest of your sisterhood, Enter AMELIA.
merely to enhance the price of them.
Ame. Hold, madam! This opprobrious lanAme. Mrs Goodman has informed me, that guage is more injurious to your own honour than your ladyship had desired to see me: I wait to mine. I see the violence of your temper, and your commands, madam.
will leave you. But you may one day know that Lady Alt. Look you, young woman : I am my birth is equal to your own; ny heart is, persensible how much it is beneath a person of my haps, more generous; and whatever may be rank to parley with one of your condition. situation, I scorn to be dependant on any body, once, however, I am content to wave ail ceremo much less on one, who has su mean an opinion ny; and if you behave as you ought to do, you
of and who considers me as her rival. have nothing to fear, child.
[Exit Amelia Ame. I hope I have never behaved otherwise Lady Alt. Her rival! Unparalleled insolence! than as I ought to do, madam.
An open avowal of her competition with me!Lady Alt. Yes; you have received the visits Yes; I see Spatter must be employed. Her ri, of lord Falbridge; you have endeavoured to es
val! I shall burst with indignation. trange his affections from me: but, if you encourage himn in his infidelity to me, treinble for
Enter Mrs GOODMAN, the consequence : be advised, or you are ruined.
Ame. I am conscious of no guilt, and know Lady Alt. Mrs Goodman! where is Mr Spatdo fear, madain.
ter? Lady Alt. Come, come, Mrs Amelia; this Mrs Good. He went out the moment he left high strain is out of character with me. Act your ladyship.-_But you seem disordered ; over your Clelia, and Cleopatra, and Cassandra, shall I get you some hartshorn, madam? at a proper time; and let ine talk in the style of Lady Alt. Some poison. Rival ! I shall choak nature and common sense to you. You have no with rage. You shall hear from me. You, and lord Falbridge, no weak young nobleman to im- your Amelia. You have abused me; you have pose upon at present.
conspired against my peace; and, be assured, you Ame. To impose upon! I scorn the imputa- shall suffer for it.
[Erit. tion, and am sorry to find that your ladyship
Mrs Good. What a violent woman! her pascame hither, merely to indulge yourself in the sion makes her forget what is due to her sex and cruel pleasure of insulting one of the unhappiest quality. Ha! Mr Freeport! of her sex.
[Weeping Lady Alt. You are mistaken ; I came hither
Enter FREEPORT. to concert measures for your happiness, to assist your poverty, and relieve your distress. Leave My best friend ! Welcome to London ! When this house ; leave London; I will provide you a
did you arrive from Lisbon? retirement in the country, and supply all your
Free. But last night. wants. Only renounce all thoughts of lord Fal Mrs Good. I hope you have had a pleasant bridge, and never let him know the place of your voyage ? retreat.
Free. A good trading voyage—I have got moAme. Lord Falbridge! What is lord Fal-ney, but I have got the spleen, too. Have you bridge to me, madam?
any news in town? Lady Alt. To cunvince me you have no com Mrs Good. None at all, sir. merce with him, accept of my proposals.
Free. So inuch the better. The less news, the Ame. No, madam ; the favours which you in- less nonsense. But what strange lady have you tend me, I could not receive without blushing.- had here? I met her as I was coming up : she I have no wants but what I can supply myself; rushed by like a fury, and almost swept me no distresses which your ladyship can relieve; down stairs again with the wind of her hoop-petand I will seek no refuge but my own virtue. Licoat.
Lady Alt. Your virtue! Ridiculous ! If vou Mrs Good. Ah! jealousy! jealousy is a terriare a woman of virtue, what is the meaning of ble passion, especially in a woman's breast, Mr all this mystery? Who are you? What are you? Free port. Who will vouch for your character?
Free. Jealousy! Why, she is not jealous of Ame. It wants no vouchers; nor wil! I suffer you, Mrs Goodman? iny elf to be arraigned, like a criminal, till I kvow Mrs Good. No; but of a lodger of mine. by what authority you take upon you to act as Free. Have you any new lodgers since I left my judge.
Lady Alt. Matchless confidence! Yes, yes; it Mrs Good. Two or three, sir; the last arrived is too plain; I see you are the very creature I but to-day; an elderly gentleman, who will see took you for; a mere adventurer: some strol
no company: ling princess, that are perhaps more frugal of Free. He's in the right. Three parts in four
of mankind are knaves or fools; and the fourth SCENE III.-AMELIA's Apartment. part live by themselves.
But who are your other lodgers ?
AMELIA at work, and Molly. Mrs Good. An author, and a lady.
Ame. No, Polly! if lord Falbridge comes Free, I hate authors. Who is the lady? again, I am resolved not to see him.
Mrs Good. She calls herself Amelia Walton; Mol. Indeed, madam, he loves you above all but I believe that name is not her real one. the world; I am sure of it; and I verily believe
Free. Not her real one! Why, sure she is a he will run mad, if you don't hear what he has to woman of character?
say for himself.
Enter Mrs Goodmax.
Mrs Good. Pardon me, madam! Here is a Mrs Good. No, sir; her pride is one of her gentleman of my acquaintance begs you would greatest virtues: it consists in depriving herself give hiin leave to speak with you. of almost all necessaries, and concealing it from
Ame. A gentleman! who is he? the world. Though every action speaks her to Mrs Good. His name is Freeport, madam. be a woman of birth and education, she lives up- He has a few particularities; but he is the beston the work of her own hands, without murmur hearted man in the world. Pray, let him come or complaint. I make use of a thousand strata- in, madam! gems to assist her against her will; I prevail on Ame. By no means; you know I receive visits her to keep the money due for rent for her sup- from nobody. port, and furnish her with every thing she wants
Enter FREEPORT. at half its prime cost; but if she perceives or suspects these little artifices, she takes it almost Bless me! he's here! This is very extraordias ill as if I had attempted to defraud her. In nary indeed. Mrs Goodman. short, sir, her unshaken virtue and greatness of Free. Don't disturb yourself, young woman! soul under misfortunes, makes me consider her don't disturb yourself! as a prodigy, and often draws tears of pity and Mol. Mighty free and easy, methinks! admiration from me.
Ame. Excuse me, sir; I am not used to reFree. Ah! women's tears lie very near their ceive visits from persons entirely unknown. eyes! I never cried in my life; and yet I can Free. Unknown! There is not a man in all feel, too; I can admire, I can esteem, but what London better known than I am. I am a mersignifies whimpering? Hark ye, Mrs Goodman! chant; my name is Freeport; Freeport of CrutchThis is a very extraordinary account you give ed-Friars; inquire upon 'Change! of this young woman; you have raised my cu Ame. Mrs Goodman! I never saw the gentleriosity, and I'll go see this lodger of yours; man before. I am surprised at his coming here. I am rather out of spirits, and it will serve to Free, Pooh! Prithee! Mrs Goodman knows
ine well enough. [Mrs GOODMAN talks apart Mrs Good. Oh, sir, you can't see her; she with AMELIA.] Ay! that's right, Mrs Goodneither pays visits, nor receives them, but lives in man. Let her know who I am, and tell her to the most retired manner in the world.
easy. Free. So much the better. I love retirement Mrs Good. But the lady does not chuse we as well as she. Where are her apartments? should trouble her, sir.
Mrs Good. On this very floor, on the other Free. Trouble her! I'll give her no trouble ; side of the staircase.
I came to drink a dish of tea with you; let your Free. I'll go and see her immediately. maid get it ready, and we will have it here in
Mrs Good. Indeed you can't, sir. It is im- stead of your parlour- In the mean time, I possible.
will talk with this lady; I have something to say Free. Impossible! where is the impossibility to her. of going into a room? Come along!
Ame. If you had any business, sirMrs Good. For Heaven's sake, Mr Freeport ! Free. Business! I tell you I have very parti
Free. Pshaw! I have no time to lose; I have cular business; so sit down, and let's have the tea. business half an hour hence.
Mrs Good, You should not have followed me Mrs Good. But won't it be rather indelicate, so soon, sir. sir ? Let me prepare her first.
Free. Pooh, prithee! [Erit Mrs Goodman, Free. Prepare her--With all my heart-But Mol. This is the oddest man I ever saw in remember that I am a man of business, Mrs my life! Goodman, and have no time to waste in cere Ame. Well, sir, as I see you are a particular mony and compliment.
acquaintance of Mrs Goodman-But, pray, what [E.reunt. are your commands for me, sir !
Free. I tell you what, young woman; I am a of Mrs Goodınan, we might have died by this plain man, and will tell you my mind in an in- tiine. My lady has concealed ber distress from stant. I am told that you are one of the best every body that was willing and able to relieve women in the world : very virtuous, and very her; you have come to the knowledge of it in poor. I like you for that: but they say you are spite of her teeth; and I hope that you will obexcessively proud too; now, I don't like you for lige her, in spite of her teeth, to accept of your that, madam. Mol. Free and easy still, I sce.
Ame. No more, my dear Polly; if you would Ame. And pray, sir, who told you so? not have me die with shame, say no more! ReFree. Mrs Goodman.
turn the gentleman his note, with my best thanks Ame. She has deceived you, sir; not in regard for his kindness; tell him, I durst not accept of to my pride, perhaps, for there is a certain right it; for when a woman receives presents from a pride which everybody, especially women, man, the world will always suspect that she pays ought to possess; and as to virtue, it is no more for them at the expence of her virtue. than my duty; but as to poverty, I disclaim it; Free. What's that! what does she say, child ? they who want nothing, cannot be said to be Mol. Lord, sir, I hardly know what she says. poor.
She says, that when a gentleman makes a young Free. It is no such thing : you don't speak lady presents, he is always supposed to have a the truth; and that is worse than being proud. design upon her virtue. I know very well that you are as poor as Job, Free. Nonsense! why should she suspect me that you are in want of common necessaries, of an ungenerous design, because I do a generous and don't make a good meal above once a forc- action? night.
Mol. Do you hear, madam? Mol. My mistress fasts for her health, sir. Ame. Yes, I hear; I adınire; but I must
Free. Hold your tongue, hussy! what, are you persist in my refusal : if that scandalous fellow proud too?
Spatter were to hear of this, he would stick at Mel. Lord, what a strange man!
saying nothing. Free. But however, madam, proud or not Free. Eh ! what's that? proud does not signify twopence--Hark ye, Mol. She is afraid you should be taken for her young woman! it is a rule with me (as it ought lover, sir. to be with every good Christian) to give a tenth Free. I for your lover! not I. I never saw part of my fortune in charity. In the account you before. I don't love you ; so, make no scruof my profits, there stands, at present, the sum of ples upon that account. I like you well enough, two thousand pounds on the credit side of my but I don't love you at all: not at all, I tell you books; so that I am two hundred pounds in ar- -If you have a mind never to see my face any tcar. This I look upon as a debi due from my more, good by t've !-You shall never see me fortune to your poverty-Yes, your poverty I say; any more. If you like I should come back again, so, never deny it. There's a bank note for two I'll come back again; but I lose time; I bare buhundred pounds; and now I ain out of your siness; your servant !
[Going. debt-Where the deuce is this tea, I wonder? Ame. Stay, sir! do not leave me without re
Vol. I never saw such a man in my life! ceiving the sincerest acknowledgments of my
Ame. I don't know that I ever was so tho- gratitude and esteem; but, above all, receive toughly confounded! [Apart.]-Sir!
your note again, and do not put me any longer
[To FREEPORT. to the blush ! Free. Well?
Free. The woman is a fool ! Ame. This noble action has surprised me still more than your conversation; but you must ex
Enter Mrs GOODMAN. cuse my refusal of your kindness; for, I must Ame. Come hither, I beseech you, Mrs Goodconfess, that if I were to accept what you offer, man. I don't know when I should be able to restore Mrs Good. Your pleasure, madanı ?
Ame. Here! take this note which that gentleFree. Restore it! why who wants you to re man has given me by mistake; return it to him, store it? I never dreamt of restitution.
I charge you; assure him of my esteem and addme. I feel, I feel your goodness to the bot- miration; but let him know I need no assistance, tom of my soul; but you must excuse me. I and cannot accept it.
[Erit AME. have no occasion for your bounty; take your note, Mrs Good. Ah, Mr Freeport ! you have been sir, and bestow it where it is wanted.
at your old trade. You are always endeavouring Mol. Lord, madam! you are ten times stran to do good actions in secret ; but the world alger than the gentleman — I tell you what, sir ; ways finds you out, you see. (To Freeport.) it does not signify talking; we Mol. Well; I don't believe there are two are in the greatest distress in the world, and if it stranger people in England, than my mistress and had not been for the kindness and goud nature that gentleman-one so ready to part with mo
ney, and the other so unwilling to receive it-, Mrs Good. I shall obey your kind commands, don't believe her, sir; for, between friends, sir—Poor soul! my heart bleeds for her ; her she is in very great need of assistance, I assure virtue and misfortunes touch me to the soul ! you.
Free. I have some little feeling for her, too; Mrs Good. Indeed, I believe so.
but she is too proud. A fine face; fine figure; Free. Oh, I have no doubt on't; so I'll tell well-behaved; well-bred; and, I dare say, an you what, Mrs Goodman, keep the note, and excellent heart !—But she is too proud; tell her supply her wants out of it without her know- so, d'ye hear? tell her she is too proud. I shall ledge-and now I think of it, that way is better be too late for my business—I'll see her again than t'other.
soon—It is a pity she is so proud. [Erennt. Mol. I never saw such a strange man in my life !
SCENE I.-A hall.
Sir Wil. I don't doubt it; but who are they!
I have particular reasons for inquiring.
Mol. Very likely so; but I must beg to be exSir Wil. A YOUNG woman! a native of Scot-cused, sir. land! her name Amelia ! supposed to be in the Sir Wil. Of what age is your mistress ? you greatest distress, and living in total retirement ! will tell me that, at least. If fortune should, for once, sinile upon me, and Mol. Oh, as to her age, she don't care who have thrown me into the very same house! I knows that; she is too young to deny her age don't know what to think of it; and yet, so many yet a-while. She is about one-and-twenty, sir. uncommon circumstances together, recall the me Sir Wil. Precisely the age of my Amelia. mory misfortunes, and awaken all the fa- [Aside. One-and-twenty, you say? [To Mol. ther in my bosom.--I must be satisfied.
Mol. Yes, sir; and I am about two-and twenEnter MOLLY crossing the stage.
ty; there is no grcat difference between us.
Sir Wil. (Apart.] It must be so; her age, her Sir Wil. Madam! will you permit me to speak country, her manner of living, all concur to prove one word to you?
her mine; my dear child, whom I left to taste Mol. [coming forward.] If you please; what of misfortune from her cradle ! is your pleasure, sir?
Mol. (.Apart.] What is he muttering, I wonSir Wil
. I presume, madam, you are the der? I wish this one-and-twenty has not turued charming young woman I heard of?
the old gentleman's head. Mol. I have a few charms in the eyes of some Sir Wil. Let me beg the farour of you to con folks, to be sure, sir.
duct me to your mistress : I want to speak with Sir Wil. And you are a native of Scotland, her. they tell me?
Mol. She will see no company, sir; she is inMol. I am; at your service, sir.
disposed; she is in great affliction; and receives Sir Wil. Will you give me leave to ask the no visits at all. name of your family? Who is your father? Sir Wil. Mine is not a visit of form or cere
Mol. I really don't remember my father. mony, or even impertinent curiosity; but on the Sir Wil. Ha! not remember him, do you say? | most urgent business. Tell her, I am her fellow
[Earnestly, countryman. Mol. No, sir; but I have been told that he Mol. What! are you of Scotland, too, sir?
Sir Wil. I am. Tell her I take part in ber afSir Wil. Who, madam?
flictions, and may, perhaps, bring her some conMol. One of the most eminent bakers in Aber-solation. deen, sir.
Mol. There is something mighty particular Sir Wil. Oh, I conceive! You live, I suppose, about this old gentleman! He has not brought with the young lady I meant to speak to. I mis another two hundred pounds, sure ! [Apart.] took you for the lady herself.
Well, sir; since you are so very pressing, since Mol. You did me a great deal of honour, I you say you are our fellow-countryman, if you assure you, sir.
will walk this way, I'll speak to my mistress, and Sir Wil. But you are acquainted with your see what I can do for you. mistress's fainily?
Sir Wil. I am obliged to you. (Erit Molly. Mol. Family, sir !
And now, if I may trust the forebodings of an Sir Wil. Ay; who are her parents ?
old fond heart, I am going to throw my arms Mol. She comes of very creditable parents, I about my daughter.
[Erit. promise you, sir.
As Sir William follows Molly out on one side, others ; and letters of this sort are all alike, you Spatier appears on the other.
La France. Begar dat is ver true. Adieu, sir. Spat. There they go! what the deuce can that I have execute my commission : adieu. Oh! old fellow and Amelia's maid do together? The je fais bien mes commissions, moi ! slut is certainly conducting him to her mistress !
[E.rit La France. In less than half an hour I expect that Amelia Spat. See the effects of secret service-money! will be apprehended. In the mean time, I must Intelligence must be paid for; and the bribing be upon the watch; for, since I have laid the in- couriers is a fair stratagem, by all the laws of sorination, it is high time that I should collect Shall I break open this letter, or carry it some materials to support it.—Who comes here to lady Alton as it is ? No; I'll read it myself, Lord Falbridge's valet de chambre : his errand is that I may have the credit of communicating the to Amelia, without doubt; something may be contents. Let me see! (Opens the letter, and learnt there, perhaps.
reads.] “ Thou dearest, most respectable, and
• most virtuous of women ! So! this is à la folie, Enter La France.
indeed, as Monsieur La France calls it.-- If any Ha! Monsieur La France ! your servant. consideration could add to iny remorse, for the
La France. Serviteur! ver glad to see you, injury. I have offered you, it would be the disMonsieur Spatter.
covery of your real character. Ali, ah! I Spat. Well; what brings you here? eh, Mon • know who you are. I know you are the daughsieur La France?
* ter of the unhappy sir William Douglas.'-50, La France. Von lettre, Monsieur.
so !- Judge, then, of the tumult of my soul; Spat. A letter to whom?
which is only preserved from the horrors of desLa France. From my lor to Mademoiselle pair, by the hopes of rendering some service to Amelie.
the father, which may, perhaps, in some meaSpat. Oh! you're mistaken, Monsieur; that sure, atone for my behaviour to his too justly ofletter is for lady Alton.
* fended daughter. Give me leave, this evening, La France. Lady Alton! no, ma foi ! it be to sue for my pardon at your feet, and to infor Mademoiselle. I am no mistake. Je ne me “ form you of the measures I lave taken. In the trompe pas la dessus.
mean time, believe me unalterably yours. Sput. Why, have not you carried several let
• FALBRIDGE.' ters from lord Falbridge to lady Alton?
This is a precious packet, indeed !-Now, if I La France. Oh, que oui! but dis be for de could discover the father, too!-His lordship's young laty dat lif here; for Mademoiselle: mi visit will be too late in the evening, I fancy; the lor love her! ma foi; he lov her à la folie. lady will not be at home; but, before she goes,
Spat. And he loved lady Alton à la folie, did once more to my old trade of eaves-dropping about not he?
her apartments! The old gentleman and she are La France. Oh, que non! he lov her so gen- certainly together, and their conversation, pertely! si tranquilement; ma foi, he lov her à la haps, may be curious. At all events, lady Alton Françoise.—But now he lov Mademoiselle; he must be gratified. Men of letters never get any no eat, no sleep, no speak, but Mademoiselle; thing of their patrons, but by sacrificing to their no tink, but of Madeinoiselle; quite an oder ting, foibles.
[Exit. Monsieur Spatter, quite an oder ting !
Spat. Well, well; no matter for that; the let SCENE II.-AMELIA's apartment. ter is for lady Alton, I promise you. La France. Ah! pardonnez moi !
Sir WILLIAM DOUGLAS and AMELIA discovered Spat. It is, I assure you; and to convince you
sitting of it, see here, Monsieur! lady Alton has sent Sir Wil. Every word you utter, touches me to you five guineas to pay the postage.
the soul. Nothing but such noble sentiments La France. Five guineas! ma foi, I believe I could have supported your spirit under so many was mistake, indeed.
misfortunes. Spat. Ay, ay; I told you you were mistaken: Ame. Perhaps it is to my misfortunes that I and after all
, if it should not be for her ladyship, owe those sentiments. Had i been brought up in she will inclose it in another case, and send it to ease and luxury, my mind, which has learnt forAmelia, and nobody will be the wiser.
titude from distress, might have been enícehled La France. Fort bien ; ver well; fa voila. by prosperity. (Gives the letter.] I have got five guinees; I Sir l’il. Thou most amiable of thy sex, I condon't care.
jure thee to hide nothing from me. You say you Sput. Why should you? Where's the harm, if were born at Aberdeen; you confess that you are one woman should receive a letter written to derived from one of those unhappy families, who arother? There will be nothing lost by it; for, suffered themselves to be so fatally deluded, mid if Amelia don't receive this, she will receive drawn from their allegiance to the best of kings. Vol. II.