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malice ; but to attack me, who am really so inno- | would not choose Sir Peter to come up withour cent, and who never say an ill-natured thing of any ann

nnouncing him. body-that is, of any friend; and then Sir Peter Joseph S. Sir Peter-Oops—the devil! too, to have bim so peevish, and so suspicious, - Lady T. Sir Peter! O lud-I'm ruined-I'm when I know the integrity of my own heart-in- ruined! deed, 'tis monstrous !

Serv. Sir, 'twasn't I let him in. Joseph S But, my dear Lady Teazle, ’uis your Lady T. Oh! I'm quite undone! What will own fault if you suffer it. When a husband enier- become of me? Now, Mr. Logic-Oh! mercy, tains a groundless suspicion of bis wife, and with sir, he's on the stairs—I'll get behind here—and draws his confidence from her, the original com- if ever I'm so imprudent again, pact is broken, and she owes it to the honour of her

[Goes behind the screen. sex to end-avour to outwit bim.

Joseph S. Give me that book.

[Sits down. Lady T. Indeed !-so that if he suspects me without cause, it follows, that the best way of

Enter Sir PETER. curing his jealousy is to give him reason for't. Sir P. Ay, ever improving himself—Mr. Sur

Joseph S. Undoubtedly-for your husband should face, Mr. Surface ! never be deceived in you,-and in that case it be- Joseph S. Oh! my dear Sir Peter, I beg your comes you to be frail in compliment to his discern- pardon-I have been dosing over a stupid book. ment.

Well, I am much obliged to you for this call. You Lady T. To be sure, what you say is very rea- haven't been here, I believe, since I fitted sonable; and when the consciousness of my inno.room.-Books, you know, are the only things I cence

am a coxcomb in. Joseph S. Ah! my dear madam, there is the great Sir P. 'Tis very neat indeed.-Well, well, that's mistake : 'tis this very conscious innocence that is proper; and you can make even your screen a of the greatest prejudice to you. What is it makes source of knowledge-hung, I perceive, with maps? you negligent of forms, and careless of the world's

(Walking up towards the screen. opinion why, the consciousness of your own Joseph S. O, yes, I find great use in that screen. innocence. What makes you thoughtless in your

[Turning Sir Peter away from the screen. conduct, and apt to run into a thousand little im- Sir P. I dare say you must, certainly, when you prudences ?-why, the consciousness of your own wart to find anything in a hurry. innocence. What makes you impatient of Sir Josep a S. Aye, or to hide anything in a hurry Peter's temper, and outrageous at his suspicions? either.

Aside. - why, the consciousness of your innocence. Sir P. Well, I have a little private businessLady T. 'Tis very true!

Joseph S. You need not stay. [Exit Servant.] Joseph S. Now, my dear Lady Teazle, if you Here's a chair, Sir Peter-I begwould but once make a trifling fuur pas, you can't Sir P. Well, now we are alone, there is a sub. conceive how cautious you would grow, and how ject, my dear friend, on which I wish to unburden ready to humour and agree with your husband.

my mind 10


-a point of the greatest moment Lady T. Do you think so?

to my peace; in short, my good friend, Lady Joseph S. OS! I am sure on't; and then you Teazle's conduct of late has made me very unhappy. would find all scandal would cease at once ; for, in Joseph S. Indeed! I am very sorry to hear it. soort, your character at present is like a person Sir P. Yes, 'tis but too plain she has not the in a plethora, absolutely dying from too much least regard for me ; but, what's worse, I have health.

pretty good authority to suppose she has formed Lady T. So, so; tben I perceive your prescrip- an attachment to another. tion is, that I must sin in my own defence, and Joseph S. Indeed! you astonish me! part with my virtue to preserve my reputation. Sir P. Yes; and, between ourselves, I think

Joseph S. Exactly so, upon my credit, ma'am. I've discovered the person. Lady T. Well, certainly this is the oddest doc. Joseph S. How! you alarm me exceedingly. rine, and the newest receipt for avoiding calumny! Sir P. Ay, my dear friend, I knew you would

Joseph S. An infallible one, believe me. Pru. sympathize with me! dence, like experience, must be paid for.

Joseph S. Yes—beliere me, Sir Peter, such a Lady T. Why, if my understanding were once discovery would burt me just as much as it would convinced

you. Joseph S. O, certainly, madam, your understand- Sir P. I am convinced of it.-Ah! it is a hapinz should be convinced.— Yes, yes—Heaven for-piness to have a friend whom we can trust even bid I should persuade you to do anything you with one's family secrets. But have you no guess thought wrong. No, no, I have too much honour who I mean? to desire it.

Joseph S. I haven't the most distant idea. It Lady T. Don't you think we may as well leave can't be Sir Benjamin Backbite ! honour out of the argumeut ?

Sir P. Oh, no! What say you to Charles ? Joseph S. Al! the ill effects of your country Joseph S. My brother! impossible! education, I see, still remain with you.

Sir P. Oh! my dear friend, the goodness of Lady T. I doubt they do, indeed; and I will your own heart misleads you. You judge of others fairly own to you, that if I could be persuaded 10 by yourself. do wrong, it would be by Sir Peter's ill usage, Joseph S. Certainly, Sir Peter, the heart that is sooner than your honourable logic after all. couscious of its own integrity is ever slow to cre.

Jeseph S. Then, by this hand, wbich he is un. dit another's treachery. worthy of

[Taking her hand. Sir P. True—but your brother has no sentiment Enter Servant.

- you never hear him talk so. odeath, you blockhead—what do you want? Joseph S. Yet, I can't but think Lady Teazlo Serv. I beg your pardon, sir, but I thought you! herself has tou much principle.


Sir P. Ay,,but what is principle against the quainting Lady Teazle with your passion, I'm sure flattery of a handsome, lively, young fellow? she's not your enemy in the affair. Joseph S. That's very true.

Joseph S. Pray, Sir Peter, now oblige me. I Sir P. And then, you know, the difference of our am really too much affected by the subject we have ages makes it very improbable that she should have been speaking of, to bestow a thought on my own any very great affection for me; and if she were concerns. The man who is intrusted with his to be frail, and I were to make it public, why the friend's distresses can nevertown would only laugh at me, the foolish old

Enter Servant. bachelor, who had married a girl.

Well, sir? Joseph S. That's true, to be sure—they would Serv. Your brother, sir, is speaking to a gentlelaugh.

man in the street, and says he knows you are within. Sir P. Laugh-ay, and make ballads, and para- Joseph S. 'Sdeath, blockhead, I'm not withingraphs, and the devil knows what, of me.

I'm out for the day.
Joseph S. No-you must never make it public.
Sir P. But then again, that the nephew of my you shall be at home.

Sir P. Stay-hold-a thought has struck me:old friend Sir Oliver, should be the persou to ai- Joseph S. Well, well, let him up. [Erit Servant.] tempt such a wrong, hurts me more nearly.

He'll interrupt Sir Peter, however. [ Aside. Joseph S. Ay, there's the point.-When ingrati- Sir P. Now, my good friend, oblige me. I entude barbs the dart of injury, the wound has double weat you. Before Charles comes, let me conceal danger in it. Sir P. Ay—I, that was in a manner, left bis point we hare been talking, and his answer may

myself somewhere—then do you tax him on the guardian; in whose bouse he had been so often satisfy me at once. entertained; who never in my life denied him

Joseph S. O fie, Sir Peter! would you have me any advice.

join in so mean a trick!—To trepan my brother, Joseph S. O, 'tis not to be credited. There may too! be a man capable of such baseness, to be sure ; but for my part, till you can give me positive proofs, nocent; if so, you do bim the greatest service by

Sir P. Nay, you tell me you are sure be is in. I cannot but doubt it. However, if it should be giving him an opportunity to clear himself, and proved on him, he is no longer a brother of mineI disclaim kindred with him for the man who can you will set my heart at rest. Come, you shall not

. [Going up] here, behind this screen will break ibrough the laws of hospitality, and tempt be-Hey! what ihe devil! there seems to be one the wife of his friend, deserves to be branded as listener here already—I'll swear I saw a petticoat. the pest of society. Sir P. What a difference there is between you ! enough. I'll tell you, Sir Peter, though I hold a

Joseph S. Ha! ha! ba! Well this is ridiculous what noble sentiments !

man of intrigue to be a most despicable character, Joseph S. Yet, I cannot suspect Lady Teazle's yet, you know, it does not follow that one is to be honour. Sir P. I am sure I wish to think well of her, French milliner--a silly rogue that plagues me,

an absolute Joseph either! Hark'ee, 'tis a little and to remove all ground of quarrel between us. and having some character to lose, on your coming, She has lately reproached me more than once with sir, she ran bebind the screen. having made no settlement on her; and, in our

Sir P. Ah! Joseph! Joseph! Did I ever think last quarrel, she almost hinted that she should not that you—But, egad, she has overheard all I bare break her beart if I was dead. Now, as we seemj been saying of my wife. to differ in our ideas of expense, I have resolved

Joseph s. o, 'twill never go any farther, you she shall have her own way, and be her own mistress, in that respect, for the future ; and if I were

may depend upon it.

Sir P. No! then, faith, let her bear it outto die, she will find I have not been inattentive to Here's a closet will do as well. her interest while living. Here, my friend, are the drafts of two deeds, which I wish to have your

Joseph S. Well, go in there.

Sir P. Sly rogue! sly rogue! opinion on.—By one, she will enjoy eight bundred

[Going into the closet a year independent while I live; and, by the other, the bulk of my fortune after my death.

Joseph S. A narrow escape, indeed! and a curious Joseph S. This conduct, Sir Peter, is indeed truly

situation I'm in, to part man and wife in this generous.— I wish it may not corrupt my pupil.

Lady T. Couldn't I steal off! [ Aside.

Joseph S. Keep close, my angel ! Sir P. Yes, I am determined she shall hare no

Sir P. Joseph, tax biin home. cause to complain, though I would not have her acquainted with the latter instance of my affection

Joseph S. Back, my dear friend !

Lady T. Couldn't you lock Sir Peter in ? yet awhile.

Joseph S. Be still, my life! Josep! S. Nor I, if I could help it. [Aside.

Sir P. You're sure the little milliner won't blab? Sir P. And now, my dear friend, if you please, we will talk over the situation of your hopes with I wish I had a key to the door.

Joseph S. In, in, my dear Sir Peter-'fore gud, Maria. Joseph S. O, no, Sir Peter; another time, if you

Enter CHARLES SURFACE. please.

Charles S. Holla! brother, what has been the Sir P. I am sensibly chagrined at the little pro- matter? Your fellow would not let me up at first. gress you seem to make in ber affections.

Wbat! have you had a Jew or a wench with you? Joseph S. I beg you will not mention it, sir. Joseph S. Neither, brother, I assure you? What are my disappointments when your happi. Charles S. But what has made Sir Peter steal ness is in debate ! -_'Sdeath! I shall be ruined off? I thought he bad been with you. every way.

[Aside. Joseph S. He was, brother ; but hearing you Sir P. And though you are să averse to my ac- were coming, he did not choose to stay,


Charles S. What! was the old gentleman afraid Charles S. Egad, then, ''twas lucky you diin't I wanted to borrow money of him?

hear any more--wasn't it, Joseph ? Joseph S. No, sir: but I'am sorry to find, Charles,

[ Apart to Joseru. that you bave lately given that worthy man grounds Sir P. Ah! you would have retorted on him. for great uneasiness.

Charles S. Ay, ay, that was a joke. Charles S. Yes, they tell me I do that to a great Sir P. Yes, yes, I know his bonour too well. many worthy men—But how so, pray?

Charles S. But you might as well have suspected Joseph S.' To be plain with you, brother-be him as me in this matter, for all that - mightn't he, thinks you are endeavouring to gain Lady Teazle's Joseph ?

[Apart to Joseph. affections from him.

Sir P. Well, well, I believe you. Charles S. Who, I? O lud! not I, upon my Joseph S. Would they were both out of the room ? word --Ha, ha, ha, ha! So the old fellow bas found

[Aside. out that be has got a young wife, has he?

Sir P. And in future, perbaps, we may not be Joseph S. This is no subject to jest on, brother. such strangers. He who can laugh

Enter Servant. Charles S. True, true, as you were going to say Serv. Lady Sneerwell is below, and says she will - then, seriously, I never had the least idea of come up. wbat you charge me with, upon my honour.

Joseph S. Lady Sneerwell ! Gads life! she must Joseph S. Well, it will give Sir Peter great satis- not come here ! 'Gentlemen, I beg pardon—I must faction to bear this.

[ Aloud. wait on you down stairs : here is a person come on Charles S. To be sure, I once thought the lady particular business. seemed to bave taken a fancy to me; but, upon Charles S. Well, you can see him in another my soul, I never gave ber the least encouragement : room. Sir Peter and I have not met a long time besides, you know my attachment to Maria. and I hava gomething to say to him.

Joseph S. But sure, brother, even ii Lady Teazle Joseph S. Tbey must not be left together. (Aside.] bad betrayed the fondest partiality for you— I'll send Lady Spoerwelı away, and return di

Charles S. Why, look'ee. Josep!, I hope I shall rectly.—Sir Peter, not a word of the French milDerer deliberately do a dishonourable action; but liner.

[Apart to Sir Peter if a pretty woman was purposely to throw herself Sir P. I! not for the world !--- Apart to Joseps.] in my way—and that pretty woman married to al-Ah! Charles, if you associated more with your man old enough to be her father

brother, one might indeed hope for your reforJoseph S. Well

mation. He is a man of sentiment, Well, there Charles S. Why, I believe I should be obliged tom is notbing in the world so noble as a man of senJaseph S. What?

limant! Charles S. To borrow a little of your morality, Charles S. Pshaw! be is too moral by halfthat's all. But, brother, do you know now, that and so apprehensive of his good name, as he calls you surprise me exceedingly, by naming me with it, that he would as soon let a priest into his house Lady Teazle ; for, faith, I always understood you as a wench. Were her farourite.

Sir P. No, no.-Come, come,-you wrong bim. Joseph S. O, for shame, Charles! This retort is -No, no! Joseph is no rake, but he is no such foolish.

saint either, in that respect. I have a great mind Charles ş. Nay, I swear I have seen you ex. to tell him—we should have such a laugh at Joseph. change such significant glances

[Aside. Joseph S. Nay, nay, sir, this is no jest.

Charles S. Oh, hang him! He's a very anchorite Charles S. Égad, i'm serious. Don't you re- a young hermit. member one day when I called here

Sir P. Hark'ee-you must not abuse him : he Joseph S. Nay, prythee, Charles

may chance to bear of it again, I promise you. Charles S. And found you together

Charles S. Why, you won't tell bim? Joseph S. Zounds, sir! I insist

ir P. No-but-this way. Egad, I'll tell him. Charles S. And another time when your servant-|-[Aside.] Hark'ee-have you a mind to have a

Joseph S. Brother, brother, a word with you! good laugh at Joseph ? Gad, I must stop him.

[ Aside Charles S. I should like it of all things. Charles S. Informed, I say, that

Sir P. Then, i'faith, we will-I'll be quit with Joseph S. Hush! I beg your pardon, but Sir Peter him for discovering me-He had a girl with him has heard all we bave been saying. I knew you wben I called.

[Whispers. would clear yourself, or I should not have consented. Charles S. What! Joseph ?-you jest. Charles S. How, Sir Peter! Where is be?

Sir P. Hush!.-a little French milliner--and the Joseph S. Softly; there! [Points to the closet. best of the jest is--she's in the room now.

Charles S. 0, 'fore heaven, ill have him out. Charles S. The devil she is ! [Looking at closet. Sir Peter, come forth! [Trying to get to the closet. Sir P. Hush! I tell you ! [Points to screen. Joseph S. No, no

[Preventing him. Charles S. Bebind the screen! 'Slife, let us unCharles S. I say, Sir Peter, come into court-veil. (Pulls in Sir PETER.] What! my old guardian- Sir P. No, no-he's coming--you shant, indeea! W lat! turn inquisitor, and take evidence incog? Charles S. O, egad, we'll have a peep at the O, fie! O, fie!

little milliner! (Endeavouring to get towaras screen, Sir P. Give me your band, Charles- I believe Sir Peter preventing. I have suspected you wrongfully; but you musn't Sir P. Not for the world, Joseph will never be angry with Joseph-'twas my plan!

forgive me-Char es S. Indeed!

Churles S. I'll stand by youSir P. But I acquit you. I promise you I dou't Sir P. Odds, bere he is! [Joseph S. enters just think near so ill of you as I did : what I have as Cuantes S. throws down the screen. beard bas given me great satisfaction,

Charles S. Lady Teazle! by all that's wonderful!


Sir P. Lady Teazle! by all that's damnable ! Sir P. That you are a villain! and so I leave

Charles S. Sir Peter, this is one of the smartest you to your conscience. French milliners I ever saw. Egad, you seem all

Joseph S. You are too rash, Sir Peter; you shall to have been diverting yourselves bere at hide and hear me.—The man who shuts out conviction by seek, and I don't see who is out of the secret.- refusing to Shall I beg your ladyship to inform me? Not a Sir P. 0, damn your sentiments! word !-- Brother, will you be pleased to explain

[Éxeunt Sir Peter and Surface. this matter? What! is Morality dumb too!-Sir Peter, though I found you in the dark, perhaps you are not so now! All mute !-Well-though I can make nothing of the affair, I suppose you perfectly understand one another-so I'll leave you

ACT V. to yourselves. Brother, I'm sorry to find you have given that worthy man grounds for so much uneasiness.—Sir Peter! there's nothing in the world so

SCENE 1.—The Library. noble as a man of sentiment. [Exit Charles. Enter Joseph SURFACE and Servant.

Joseph S. Sir Peter-notwithstanding-I confess - that appearances are against me-if you will think I would see him? You must know he comes

Joseph S. Mr. Stanley!—and why should you afford me your patience-1 make no doubt-but I

to ask something. shall explain every thing to your satisfaction.

Serv. Sir, I should not have let him in, but that Sir P. If you please, sir.

Mr. Rowley came to the door with him. Joseph S. The fact is, sir, that Lady Teazle,

Joseph S. Psbaw! block head? to suppose that I knowing my pretensions to your ward Maria-I say, sir, Lady Teazle, being apprehensive of the should now be in a temper to receive visits from jealousy of your temper—and knowing my friend poor relations !–Well, why don't you show the

fellow up! ship to the family-she, sir, I say,-called here-in order that I might explain these pretensions that Sir Peter discovered my lady

Serv. I will, sir.—Why, sir, it was not my fault but on your coming—being apprehensire-as 1

Joseph S. Go, fool! [Exit Servant.)-Sure For. said-of your jealousy-sle withdrew-and this, you may depend on it, is the whole truth of the tune never played a man of my policy such a trick

before. My character with Sir Peter, my hopes matter. Sir P. A very clear account, upon my word ; rare humour to listen to other people's distresses !

with Maria, destroyed in a moment! I'm in a and I dare swear the lady will vouch for every ar. I sha'n't be able to bestow even a benevolent senticle of it. Lady T. For not one word of it, Sir Peter !

timent on Stanley.-So! here he comes, and Sir P. How ! don't you think it worth while to und put a little charity into my face, however,

Rowley with him. I must try to recover myself, agree in the lie? Lady T. There is not one syllable of truth in


Enter Sir OLIVER SURFACE and Rowley. what that gentleman bas told you. Sir P. I believe you, upon my soul, ma'am ?

Sir 0. What! does he avoid us !--That was he,

was it not? Joseph S. (Aside.]—'Sdeath, madam, will you

Row. It was, sir. But I doubt you are come a betray me? Lady T. Good, Mr. Hypocrite, by your leave, the sight of a poor relation may be too much for

little too ab uptly. His nerves are so weak, that I'll speak for myself.

Sir P. Ay, let ber alone, sir; you'll find she'll him. I should have gone first to break it to him. make out a better story than you, without prompling. *hom Sir Peler extols as a man of the most bele

Sir 0, 0, plague of his nerves! Yet this is be Lady T. Hear me, Sir Peter !—I came hither on no matter relating to your ward, and even ig.

volent way of thinking! norant of this gentleman's pretensions to her. But tend to decide ; for, to do lim justice, he appears

Row. As to his way of thinking, I cannot preI came seduced by his insidious arguments, at least to listen to his pretended passion, if not to private gentleman in the kingdom, though he is

to have as much speculative benevolence as any sacrifice your honour to his baseness. Sir P. Now, I believe, the truth is coming, in- seldom so sensual as to indulge himself in the cro

ercise of it. deed!

Sir 0. Yet be has a string of charitable sentiJoseph S. The woman's mad ! Lady T. No, sir,-she has recovered ber senses,

ments, I suppose, at his fingers' ends.

Row. Or rather, at his tongue's end, Sir Oliver; and your own arts have furnished her with the means.—Sir Peter, I do not expect you to credit for I believe there is no sentiment he has such faith me—but the tenderness you expressed for me,

in as that “ Charity begins at home." when I am sure you could not think I was a wit.

Sir 0. And his, I presume, is of that domestic ness to it, has penetrated to my heart, that had i sort which never stirs abroad at all. left the place without the shame of this discovery, I musn't seem to interrupt you ; and you know im

Row. I doubt you'll find it so ;—but he's coming. my future life should have spoken the sincerity of mediately as you leave him, I come in to announce my gratitude. As for that smooth-tongued hypocrite, who would have seduced the wife of his too your arrival in your real character.

Sir 0. True; and afterwards you'll meet me at credulous friend, while he affected honourable ad

Sir Peter's. dresses to his ward-I behold him now in a light

Row. Without losing a moment. [Erit. so truly despicable, tbat I shall never again re

Sir 0. I don't like the complaisance of his feaspect myself for having listened to him. [Exit Lady TeaZLE.

Enter Josepu SURFACE.
Josepn S. Notwithstanding all this, Sir Peter,
Heaven knows

Joseph S. Sir, I beg you ten thousand pardons


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for keeping you a moment waiting-Mr. Stanley, I Sir 0. Sir, your most obsequious. presume.

Joseph S. You may depend upon bearing from Sir 0. At your service.

me, whenever I can be of service. Joseph S. Sir, I beg you will do me the honour Sir (), Sweet sir, you are too good ! to sit down-I entreat you, sir !-

Joseph S. In the mean time, I wish you health Sir 0. Dear sir - there's no occasion—too civil and spirits. by half!

[Aside. Sir 0. Your ever grateful and perpetual humble Joseph S. I have not the pleasure of knowivg servant. you, Mr. Stanley; but I am extremely happy to Joseph S. Sir, yours as sincerely. see you look so well. You were nearly related to Sir 0. Now I am satisfied ! [Aside: Exit. my mother, Mr. Stanley, I think?

Joseph S. This is one bad effect of a good chaSir 0. I was, sir ;-so nearly that my present racter: it invites application from the unfortunate, poverty, I fear, may do discredit to her wealthy and there needs no small degree of address to gain children, else I should not have presumed to trou- the reputation of benevolence without incurring ble you.

the expense. The silver ore of pure charity is an Joseph S. Dear sir, there needs no apology :-he expensive article in the catalogue of a man's good that is in distress, though a stranger, has a right qualities; whereas the sentimental French plate I to claim kindred with the wealthy. I am sure I use instead of it, makes just as good a show, and wish I was one of that class, and had it in my pays no tax. power to offer you even a small relief.

Enter RowLEY. Sir 0. If your uncle, Sir Oliver, were here, I

Roo. Mr. Surface, your servant: I was appreshould have a friend.

Joseph S. I wish be was, sir, with all my heart : hensive of interrupting you, though my business you should not want an advocate with him, believe demands immediate attention, as this nute will in

forin me, sir.

you. Sir 0. I should not need one-my distresses rascal! ( Aside.Reads the letter.]—Sir Oliver Sur

Joseph S. Always happy to see Mr. Rowley,-a would recommend me. But I imagined bois bounty face! My uncle is arrived ! would enable you to become the agent of his cha

Row. He is, indeed: we bave just parted with rity.

Joseph S. My dear sir, you were strangely mis him-quite well, after a speedy voyage, and iminformed. Sir Oliver is a worthy man, a very

patient to embrace his worthy nephew. worthy man; but avarice, Mr. Stanley, is the vice

Joseph S. I am astonished !-William! stop Mr. of age. I will tell you, my good sir, in confidence, Stanley, if he's vot gone.

Row. Oh! he's out of reach, I believe. what he has done for me has been a mere nothing; tbough people, I know, bare thought otherwise

Joseph S. Why did you not let me know this and, for my part, I never chose to contradict the when you came in together?

Row. I thought you had particular business ;report. Sir O. What! las he never transmitted to you point bim here to meet your uncle. He will be

but I must begone to inform your brother, and apbullion-rupees-pagodas ? Joseph S. O, dear sir, nothing of the kind :-No, with you in a quarter of an hour.

Joseph S. So be says. Well, I am strangely no-a few presents now and then--china, shawls, congou tea, avadayats, and Indian crackers-little overjoyed at his coming. --Nerer, to be sure, was

any thing so damned unlucky. more, believe me.

[Aside Sir 0. Here's gratitude for twelve thousand

Row. You will be delighted to see how well he

looks. pounds !- Avadavats and Indian crackers !


Joseph S. Oh! I am overjoyed to hear it — Just

at this time! Joseph S. Then, my dear sir, you have heard, 1

[ Aside.

Row. I'll tell him how impatiently you expect doubt not, of the extravagance of my brother :

him. There are very few would credit what I have done

[Exit for that unfortunate young man.

Joseph S. Do, do; pray give my best duty and Sir 0. Not I, for one?

[ Aside.

affection, I cannot express the sensations I feel at Joseph S. The sums I have lent lim !--- Indeed, the thought of seeing him-Certainly his coming I have been exceedingly to blame; it was an amia- just at this time is the cruelest piece of ill-forble weakness : however, I don't pretend to defend tune !

[Exit. it-and now I feel it doubly culpable, since it has deprived me of the pleasure of serving you, Mr.

SCENE II.-Sir Peten Teazle's. Stanley, as my beari dictates.

Enter Maid and Mrs. CANDOUR. Sir 0. Dissembler ? [Aside.]-Then, sir, you can't assist me?

Maid. Indeed, ma'am, my lady will see nobody Joseph S. At present, it grieves me to say, I at present. cannot; but, whenever I have the ability, you may Mrs. C. Did you tell her it was her friend, Mrs. depend upon hearing from me.

Candour. Sir 0. I ain extremely sorry

Maid. Yes ma'am ; but she begs you will exJoseph S. Not more than 1, believe me;—to pity, cuse her. without the power to relieve, is still more painful Mrs. C. Do go again,-I shall be glad to see ber, than to ask and be denied.

if it be only for a moment, for I am sure she must Sir 0, Kind sir, your most obedient humble ser- be in great distress. [Exit Maid.] Dear heart,

Low provoking! I'm not mistress of half the cirJoseph S. You leave me deeply affected, Mr. cumstances! We shall have the whole affair in Stanley.-- William, be ready to open the door. the newspapers, with the names of the parties Sir 0, 0, dear sir, no ceremony.

at length, before I bave dropped the stury it Joseph S. Your very obedient.

a dozen houses


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