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Hast. Well, but you must allow her a little beauty. Yes, you must allow her some beauty. ar moi Tony. Bandbox! She's all a made up thing, mun.
ex Ah! could you but see Bet Bouncer, of these parts, you might then talk of beauty. Ecod, she has two eyes as black as sloes, and cheeks as broad and red as a pulpit cushion. She'd make two of she.
clik iliar Hast. Well, ävhåt say you to a friend that would ríms er take this bitter bargain off your hands ?
Tony. Anon ! Jomida
Tony. Ay; but where is there such a friend ? for who would take her?: .; od letar o
Hast. I'am het but assist me, I'll engage to , whip her off to France, and you shall never hear more of her.
Tony. Assist you !, Ecod, I will, to the last drop of my blood. I'll clap a pair of horses to your chaise that shall trundle you off in á twinkling ; and may be, get you a part of her fortin beside, in jewels, that you little dream of. e
Hast. My dear 'squire, this looks like a lad of spirit.
Tony. Come along then, and you shall see more of my spirit before you have done with me. [Singing.
SCENE 1.-Enter HARDCASTLE, solus. Hard. What could my old friend Sir Charles mean, by recommending his son the modestest young man in town! To me he appears the most impudent piece of brass that ever spoke with a tongue. He has taken possession of the easy-chair by the fireside already. He took off his boots in the parlour, and desired me to see them taken care of. I'm desirous to know how his impudence affects my daughter. She will certainly be shocked at it. ;
Enter Miss HARDCASTLE, plainly dressed. ! Hard. Well, my Kate, I see you have changed your dress, as I bid you; and yet, I believe, there was no great occasion.
Miss Hard. I. find such a pleasure, sir, in obeying your commands, that I take care to obey them without ever debating their propriety.
Hard. And yet, Kate, I sometimes give you some cause, particularly when I recommended my modest gentleman to you as a lover to-day.
Miss Hard. You taught me to expect something extraordinary, and I find the original exceeds the description.
Hard. I was never so surprised in my life! He has quite confounded all my faculties !
Miss Hard. I never saw anything like it : and a man of the world, too!
Hard. Ay, he learned it all abroad. What a fool was I to think a young man could learn modesty by travelling! He migbt as soon learn wit at a masquer. ade.
el del perfimo. Miss Hard. It seems all natural to him.
Hard. A good deal assisted by bad company, and a French dancing-master,
quebruneta onetsi enempel Miss Hard. Sure you mistake, papa! A French dancing-master could never have taught him that timid look — that awkward address that bashful
Hard. Whose look? whose manner, child ?
Miss Hard. Mr. Marlow's: his mauvaise honte, his timidity, struck me at the first sight.
Hard. Then your first sight deceived' you ; for I les think him one of the most brazen first-sights that ever astonished my senses.ph Wind die Anid,
Miss Hard. Sure, sir, you rally! I never saw any one so modest.
Hard. And can you be serious ? I never saw such a bouncing, swaggering puppy since 'I was born! Bully Dawson was but a fool to him.
Miss Hard. Surprising ! He met me with a respectful bow, a stammering voice, and a look fixed on the ground.
Hard. He met me with a loud voice, a lordly air, and a familiarity that made my blood freeze again,
Miss Hard. He treated me with diffidence and respect ; censured the manners of the age; admired the, prudence of girls that never laughed; tired me with ápológies for being tiresome ; then left the room with
nilised a bow, and “ Madam, I would not for the world detain you.” 7413005
Hard. He spoke to me as if he knew me all his life before; asked twenty questions, and never waited for an answer; interrupted my best remarks with some silly pun; and when I was in my best story of the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene, he asked if I had not a good hand at making punch. Yes, Kate, he asked your father if he was a maker of puņch !
Miss Hard. One of us must certainly be mistaken. Hard. If he be what he has shown himself, I'm determined he shall never have
consent. Miss Hard. And if he be the sullen thing I take him, he shall never have mine.
Hard. In one thing then we are agreed—to reject him.
. Miss Hard. Yes. But upon conditions. For if you should find him less impudent, and I more presuming ; if you find him more respectful, and I more importunate-I don't know-the fellow is well enough for a man. Certainly, we don't meet many such at a horse-race in the country.
Hard. If we should find him sobut that's impossible. The first appearance has done my business. I'm seldom deceived in that.
Miss Hard. And yet there may be many good qualities under that first appearance.
Hard. Ay, when a girl finds a fellow's outside to her taste, she then sets about guessing the rest of his furniture. With her a smooth face stands for good sense, and a genteel figure for every virtue.
Miss Hard. I hope, sir, a conversation begun with a compliment to my good sense,
end at my understanding. 10%!!!4483
Hard. Pardon me, Kate. But if young Mr. Brazen can find the art of reconciling contradictions, he may please us both, perhaps. 4:
Miss Hard. And as one of us must be mistaken, what if we go to make further discoveries ?
Hard. But depend on't, I'm in the right.
Miss Hard. And depend on't, I'm not much in the wrong.
Enter Tony running in with a casket.' Tony. Ecod, I have got them! Here they are. My cousin Con's necklaces, bobs, and all. My mother shan't cheat the poor souls out of their fortin, neither. Oh! my genus, is that you ?
Enter HASTINGS. Hast. My dear friend, how have you managed with your mother ? I hope you have amused her with pretending love for your cousin; and that you are willing to be reconciled at last. Our horses will be refreshed in a short time, and we shall soon be ready to set off.
Tony. And here's something to bear your charges by the way—[giving the casket]—your sweetheart's jewels, Keep them; and hang those, I say, that would rob yoù of one of them.
1. say, that Hast. But how have you procured them from your mother?
Tony. Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no fibs,