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want no further connection. We are to turn to the right, did you say? Tony. No, no; straight forward.

I'll just step myself, and show you a piece of the way. [To the landlord.]-Mum.

Land. Ah, you are a sweet, pleasant-mischievous humbug.

[Exeunt.

ACT II.
SCENE I. - An old-fashioned house.
Enter HARDCASTLE, followed by three or four

awkward Servants. Hard. Well, I hope you're perfect in the table exer- . cise I have been teaching you these three days. You all know your posts and your places; and can show that you

have been used to good company, without ever stirring from home.

Omnes. Ay, ay.
Hard. When company comes, you are not to pop

and stare, and then run in again, like frighted rabbits in a warren.

Omnes. No, no.

Hard. You, Diggory, whom I have taken from the barn, are to make a show at the side-table ; and you, Roger, whom I have advanced from the plough, are to place yourself behind my chair. But you're not to stand so, with

your hands in your pockets. Take your hands from your pockets, Roger; and from your head, you blockhead you. See how Diggory carries his hands. They're a little too stiff, indeed, but that's no great matter...,

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Digg. Ay; mind how I hold them. I learned to hold my hands this way, when I was upon drill for the militia. And so being upon drill

manie Hard. You must not be so talkative, Diggory. You ta, ich must be all attention to the guests. You must hear us

talk, and not think of talking ; you must see us drink,
and not think of drinking; you must see us eat, and
not think of eating. It is perc; 4.91/cosince ?

Digg. By the laws, your worship, that's parfectly
unpossible. Whenever Diggory sees yeating going
forward, ecod, he's always wishing for a mouthful
himself.

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Blockhead ! is not a belly-full in the kitchen as good as a belly-full in the parlour ? Stay your stomach with that reflection.

Digg. Ecod, I thank your worship, I'll make a shift - ''duced to stay my stomach with a slice of cold beef in the

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Hard. Diggory, you are too talkative. Then if I
happen to say a good thing, or tell a good story at
table, you must not all burst out a-laughing, as if you
made part of the company.

worship must not tell the
story of Ould Grouse in

gun-room : I can't help laughing at that-he! he ! he !—for the soul of me. We have laughed at that these twenty years—ha! ha! ha!

Hard. Ha! ha! ha! The story is a good one. Well, honest Diggory, you may laugh at that—but still remember to be attentive. Suppose one of the company should call for a glass of wine, how will you behave ?

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A glass of wine, sir, if you please. [To DIGGORY.]— Eh, why don't you move ?

Digg. Ecod, your worship, I never have courage till I see the eatables and drinkables brought upon the table, and then I'm as bauld as a lion.

Hard. What, will nobody move ?
1 Serv. I'm not to leave this pleace.
2 Serv. I'm sure it's no pleace of mine.
3 Serv. Nor mine, for sartain.
Digg. Wauns, and I'm sure it canna be mine.

Hard. You numsculls! and so while, like your betters, you are quarrelling for places, the guests must be starved. Oh, you

dunces! I find I must begin all over again. But don't I hear a coach drive into the yard ? To your posts, you blockheads! I'll go in the meantime, and give my old friend's son a hearty reception at the gate.

[Exit HARDCASTLE. Digg. By the elevens, my pleace is gone quite out of my

head. Roger. I know that my pleace is to be everywhere. 1 Serv. Where is mine?

2 Serv. My pleace is to be nowhere at all; and so l’ze go about my business. [Exeunt Servants, running about as if frightened, different ways.] Enter Servant with candles, showing in MARLOW and

HASTINGS. Serv. Welcome, gentlemen, very welcome. This

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Hast. After the disappointments of the day, welcome once more, Charles, to the comforts of a clean room,

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en and a good fire. Upon my word, a very well-looking house; antique, but creditable.- grupeut prende? Marl. The usual fato'

of a large mansion. Having first ruined the master by good housekeeping, it at last comes to levy, contributions as an inn.

Hast. As you say, we passengers are to be taxed to раў

all these fineries. I have often seen a good side A board, or a marble chimney-picee, though not actually put in theobiil, inflame à reckoning confoundedly. pz

Marl. Travellers, George, must pay in all places. The only difference is, that in good inns you pay I dearly for luxuries ; in bad (inns you are fleeced and Ein starved.

Hast. You have lived very much among them.
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the world, with your natural good
sense, and your many opportunities, could never yet
acquire a requisite share of assurance.
Marl. The Englishman's malady.

But tell me,
George, where could I have learned that

you talk of? My life has been chiefly spent in a 1st college, or an inn; in' seclusion from that lovely part of

the creation that chiefly teach men confidence. I don't
know that I was ever familiarly acquainted with a
single modest woman–except my mother, seier

Hast. In the company of women of reputation, I
never saw such an idiot, such a trembler: you look, for
all the world, as if you wanted an opportunity of
stealing out of the room.

Marl. Why, man, that's because I do want to steal out of the room! I have often formed a resolution to

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break the ice, and rattle away at any rate. But I don't know how, a siņgle glance from a pair of fine eyes

has totally overset my resolution. An impudent fellow may counterfeit modesty; but I'll be hanged if a modest man can ever counterfeit impudence.

Hast. If you could but suy half the fine things to them that I have heard you lavish upon the barmaid of

nicole Marl, Why, George, I can't say fine things to them. They freeze, they petrify me, They may talk of a comet, or a burning mountain, or. some such bagatelle : but to me, a modest woman, drest out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation. Hast. Ha! ha! ha! At this rate, man, how can you

? Marl. Ņever, unless, as among kings and princes, my bride were to be courted by proxy. If, indeed, like an Eastern bridegroom, one were to be introduced to a wife he never saw before, it might be endured. But to go through all the terrors of a formal courtship, together with the episode of aunts, grandmothers, and cousins, and at last to blurt out the broad-star question of-Madam, will you marry me? No, no; that's a strain much above

I assure you. Hast. I pity you. But how do you intend behaving to the lady you are come down to visit at the request of your fatlier ?

Marl. As I behave to all other ladies: bow very low; answer yes, or no, to all her demands. But for the rest, I don't think I shall venture to look in her face, till I see my father's again.

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