페이지 이미지
PDF
ePub

Trade. I shall for ever acknowledge the obliga- fortune, and little thinks the luck's on our side! tioa, sir.

But, come, pursue the fickle goddess, while she's in Free. But you understand upon what condition, the mood. Now for the Quaker, Mr. Tradelove-Miss Lovely.

Col. F. That's the hardest task Col. F. Ya, de vrow sal al te regt setten, mynheer. Of all the counterfeits perform'd oy man, Trade. With all my heart, mynheer; you shall

Å soldier makes the simplest purtan. 'Exeunt. have my consent to marry her freely.

Free. Well, then, as I am a party concerned between you, mynheer Jan Van Timtamtirelereletta Heer Van Feignwell shall give you a discharge of

ACT V. your wager under his own hand, and you shall give him your consent to marry Miss Lovely under your's; that is the way to avoid all manner of dis- SCENE I.-- An Apartment in Prim's house. putes hereafter. Col. F. Ya, weeragtig.

Enter Mrs. Prim, and Miss LOVELY, in a Quaker's Trade. Ay, ay, so it is, Mr. Freeman; I'll give

dress. it under mine this minute. [Sits down to write. ] Mrs. P. So, now I like thee, Anne; art thoi not Col. F. And so Ik sal. [Does the same.

better without thy monstrous vanities and patches ? Free. So ho, the house !

If heaven should make thee so many black spots Enter Waiter.

upon thy face, would it not fright thee, Anne? Bid your master come up. (Exit Warter. I'll see shew all the spots of your hypocrisy, 'tworld fright

Miss L. If it should turn you inside outward, and there be witnesses enough to the bargain. (.4side.)

me worse ! Enter SACKBUT. Sack. Do you call, gentlemen ?

Mrs. P. My hypocrisy ! I scom thy words, Anne;

I lay no baits. Free. Ay, Mr. Sackbut, we shail want your hand

Miss L. If you did, you'd catch no fish. here. Trade. There, mynheer, there's my consent as thee to know, Anne, that I could have catched as

Mrs. P. Well, well, make thy jests; but I'd have amply as you can desire; but you must insert your own name, for I know not how to speli it; I have many fish (as thou callest them,) in my time, as left a blank for it. [Gives the Colonel a paper.

ever thou didst with all thy fool-traps about thee.

Miss L. Is that the reason of your formality, Mrs. Col. F. Ya Ik sal dat well doen. Free. Now, Mr. Sackbut, you and I will witness Prim? Truth will out; I ever thought, indeed,

there was it. (They write. )

more design than godliness in the Col. F. Daer, 'Mynbeer Tradelove, is your

pinched cap.

discharge. (Gives him a paper.]

Mrs. P. Go, thou art corrupted with reading Trade. Be pleased to witness this receipt too, art not already too familiar with the wicked ones.

lewd plays, and filthy romances. Ah! I wish thou gentlemea. [Freeman and Sackbut put their hands.]

Miss L. Too familiar with the wicked ones! Free. Ay, ay, that we will. Col. F. Well, mynheer, ye most meer doen, ye familiar with none so wicked as yourself; how dare

Pray, no more of these freedoms, madam. I am most myn voorsprach to de vrow syn.

Free. He means you must recommend him to the you thus talk to me! you—you-you, unworthy lady.

woman, you. (Bursts into tears.] Trade. That I will, and to the rest of my brother

Enter TRADELOVE. guardians.

Trade. What, in tears, Nancy? What have you Col. F. Wat voor? de duyvel! heb you meer guar- done to her, Mrs. Prim, to make her weep ? dians ?

Miss L. Done to me? I admire I keep my seuses Trade. Only three, mynheer.

among you; but I will rid myself of your tyranny, Col. F. What donder heb ye myn betrocken, if there be either law or justice to be had. I'll force mynheer? Had Ik dat gewoeten, Ik soude eaven you to give me up my liberty. met you geweest syn.

Mrs. P. Thou hast more need to weep for thy Sach. But, Mr. Tradelove is the principal; and sins, Anne; vea, for thy manifold sins. he can do a great deal with the rest, sir.

Miss L. Don't think that I'll be still the fool Free. And he shall use his interest, I promise which you have made me; no, I'll wcar what I you, mynheer.

please go when and where I please, -and keep Trade. I will say all that ever I can think on to what company I think fit, and not what you shall recommend you, mynheer; and if you please, I'll direct; I will. introduce you to the lady.

Trade. For my part, I do think all this very reaCol. F. Well, dat is waer. Maer ye must first sonable, Miss Lovely; 'tis fit you should have your spreken of myn to de vrow, and to ondere gentlemen. liberty, and for that very purpose I am come.

Free. Ay, that's the best way, and then I and Enter PERIWINKLE and OBADIAH Prim, with a the Heer Van Feignwell will meet you there.

letter in his hand, Trade. I will go this moment, upon my honour. Your most obedient humble servant. My speaking husband, Mrs. Prim; but he tells me the glover's

Por. I have bought some black stockings of your will do you little good, mynheer ; ha, ha! we have trade belongs to you : therefore, I pray you look bit you, 'faith : ha, ha! (Aside í

me out five or six dozen of mourning gloves, such Well, my debt's discharged--and as for Nan,

as are given at funerals, and send them to my house. He has my consent-to get her if he can. (Aside.)

Obad. My friend Periwinkle has got a good wind.

[Exit fall to-day, seven hundred a-year.
Col. F. Ha, ha, ha! this was a masterpiece of Mrs. P. I wish thee joy of it, neighbour.
contrivance, Freeman.

Trade. What, is Sir Toby dead then ?
Free. He hugs himself with his supposed good Per. He is. You'll take care, Mrs. Prim.

Mrs. P. Yea, I will, neighbour.

Obad. That is more than she can say of thee, Obad. This letter recommendeth a speaker: 'tis friend. Lookye, 'tis in vain to talk; when I meet a from Aminadab Holdfast, of Bristol; peradventure man worthy of her, she shall have my leave to he will be here this night; therefore, Sarah, do thou marry him. take care for his reception. [Gives her the letter.) Miss L. Provided he be of the faithful. Was Mrs. P. I will obey thee.

(Erit. there ever such a swarm of caterpillars to blast the Obad. What art thou in the dumps for, Anne ? hopes of a woman! [Aside.) Know this, that you Trade. We must marry her, Mr. Prim.

contead in vain; P'll hare no husband of your choosObad. Why, truly, if we could find a husband ing, nor shall you lord it over me long. I'll try the worth having, I should be as glad to see her married power of an Eoglish senate. Orphans have been reas thou wouldst, neighbour.

dressed, and wills set aside, and none did ever dePer. Well said, there are but few worth having serve their pity more. 0, Peigowell! where are thy

Trade. I can recommend you a man now, that I promises to free me from these vermin? Alas! the think you can none of you have an objection to. task was more difficult than he imagined. ( 4ride Enter Sir PHILIP MODELOVE.

A harder task than what the poeta tell Per. You recommend ? Nay, whenever she mar- Of yore the fair Andromeda befell; ries, I'll recommend the husband.

She but one monster fear'd, I've four to fear, Sir P. What, must it be a whale, or a rhinoceros, And see no Perseus, no delit'rer near. (Erit. Mr. Periwinkle? Ha, ha, ha! Per. He shall be none of the fops at your end of

Enter Servant, who whispers lo Obadia: Prin. the town, with mop-heads and empty skulls; nor

Per. The woman is mad.

Eril yet any of our trading gentry, who puzzle the heralds Sir P. So are you all, in my opinion. Erit. to find arms for their coaches. No; he shall be a Serv. One Simon Pure inquireth for thee. (Ezit. man famous for travels, solidity, and curiosity; one

Obad. Friend Tradelove, business requireth my who has searched into the profundity of nature : presence. when heaven shall direct such a one, he shall have

Trade. Oh! I sha'n't trouble you. Plague take my consent, because it may turn to the benefit of him for an unmannerly dog; however, I have kept mankind.

my word with my Dutchman, and I'll introduce hiru Miss L. The benefit of mankind! What, would too, for all you.

[Erit. you anatomize me?

Enter Colonel FEIGNWELL, in a Quaker's kabit. Sir P. Ay, ay, madam, he would dissect you. Trade. Or, pore over you through a microscope, with friend Holdfast, and all friends in Bristol:

Ohad. Friend Pure, thou art welcome. How is it to see how your blood circulates from the crown of your head to the sole of your foot ;-ha, ha! But 1 Timothy Littleworth, John Slenderbrain, and Chris have a husband for you, a man that knows how to

topher Keepfaith? improve your fortune; one that trades to the four all in health, i thank thee for them.

Col. F. A goodly company! (Aside.] They are corners of the globe. Miss L. And would send me for a venture, perhaps.

Obad. Friend Holdfast writes me word, that thot Trade. One that will dress you in all the pride of camest lately from Pennsylvania : how do all friends

there? Europe, Asia, Africa, and America : a Dutch mer

Col. F. What the devil shall I say? I know just chant, my girl. Sir P. A Dutchman! ha, ha! There's a husband as much of Pennsylvania as I do of Bristol. (Ande.

Ohad. Do they thrive ? for a fine lady. Ya frow, will you meet myn slapen, hu, ha! he'll learn you to talk the language of the

Col. F. Yea, friend, the blessing of their good

works falls upon them. hogs, madam, ha, ha! Trade. He'll teach you that one merchant is of

Enter Mrs. Prim and Miss LOVELY. more service to a nation than fifty coxcombs. 'Tis Obad. Sarah, know our friend Pure. the merchant makes the belle. How would the ladies Mrs. P. Thou art we come. | He salutes ker. sparkle in the box, without the merchant? The Col. F. Here comes the sum of all my wishes. ludian diamond! the French brocade! the Italian How charming she appears even in that disguise ! fan! the Flanders lace! the fine Dutch holland! How would they vent their scandal over their ted- Ohad. Why dost thou consider the maiden su attables? And where would your beaux have cham- tentively, friend ? pagne to toast their mistresses, were it not for the Col. Ë. I will tell thee. About four days ago I mer hant?

saw a vision. This very maiden, but in vain attire, Ohad. Verily, neighbour Tradelove, thou dost standing on a precipice, I heard a voice whick waste thy breath about nothing. All that thou ha-t called me by my name, and bid me put forth my said tendeth only to debauch youih, and fill their hand, and save her from the pit. I did so, and me beads with the pride and luxury of this world. The thought the damsel grew unto my side. merchant is a very great friend to Satan, and send. Mrs. P. What can that portend ? eth as many to bis dominions as the Pope.

Obad. The damsel's conversion, I am persuaded. Per. Right; I say, knowledge makes the man. Miss L. That's false, I'm sure.

Aside. Ohad. Yea, but not thy kind of knowledge; it is Obad Wilt thou use the means, friend Pure ? the knowledge of truth. Search thou for the light Col. F. Means! What means? Is she got thy within, and not for baubles, friend.

daughter, already one of the faithful ? Miss L. Ah! study your country's good, Mr. Peri- Mrs. P. No, alas ! she's one of the ungodly. winkle, and not her insects Rid you of your home- Obad. Pray thee mind what this good man vill bred nonsters, before you fetch any from abroad. I say unto thee: he will teach thee the way tbou dare swcar, you have maggots enough in your own should'st walk, Anne. brain to stock all the virtuosos in Europe with but- Miss L. I know my way without his instruction: terties.

I hoped to have been quiet when once I had put oa Sir P. By my soul ! Miss Nancy's a wit. your odious formality bere

Col. F. Then thou wearest it out of compulsion, another time I will explain the other article unio Dot choice, friend?

thee: in the meanwhile be thou dutiful our friend Miss L. Thou art in the right of it, friend. Prim.

Mrs, P. Art thou not ashamed to mimic the good Miss L. I shall obey thee in everything. man? Ah! thou stubborn girl.

[OBADIAH comes forward. Col. F. Mind her not; she hurteth not me. If Obad. Oh, what a prodigious change is here ! Thou thou wilt leave her alone with me, I will discuss some hast wrought a miracle, friend! Anne, how dost thou few points with her, that may perchance soften her like the doctrine he hath preached ? stubbornness, and melt her into compliance.

Miss L. So well that I could talk to him for ever, Obad. Content; I pray thee put it home to her. methinks. I am ashamed of my former folly, and Come, Sarah, let us leave the good man with her. ask your pardon.

Miss L. (Catches hold of Prim; he breaks loose. Col. F.' Enough, enough, that thou art sorry; he Ereunt Obad, and Mrs. P!] What, do you mean to is no pope, Anne. leave me with this old, enthusiastical canter! Don't Obad. True; I am no pope, Anne. Verily, thou think because I complied with your formality, to dost rejoice me exceedingly, friend : will it please impose your ridiculous doctrine upon me.

thee to walk into the next room, and refresh thyself? Col. É. I pray thee, young woman, moderate thy Come, take the maiden by the hand. passion.

Col. F. We will follow thee.

[Going. Miss L. I pray thee, walk after thy leader; you

Enter Servant. will but lose your labour upon me. These wretches will certainly make me mad!

Serr. There is another Simon Pure inquireth for Col. F. I am of another opinion; the spirit telleth thee, master. me I shall convert thee, Anne.

Col. F. The devil there is !

(Aside. Viss L. 'Tis a lying spirit; don't believe it. Obad. Another Simon Pure! I do not know him;

Col. F. Say'st thou so? Why then tnou shalt con- is he any relation of thine ? vert ine, my angel. [Catching her in his arms. Col. É. No, friend; I know him not. Plague take

Miss L. (Strieks.] Ah! monster, hold off, or l’n him! I wish he were in Pennsylvania again, with tear thy eyes out.

all my soul.

(Aside. Col. F. Hush ! for heaven's sake; dost thou not Miss L. What shall I do? know me? I am Feignwell!

Obad. Bring him up.

[Exit Servant. Miss L. Feign well!

Col. F. Humph! then one of us must go down, Re-enter OBADIAH Prim.

that's certain. Now, impudence assist me. Oh, I'm undone! Prim here! I wish with all my

Enter Simon Pure. soul I had been dumb. Obad. What is the matter? Why didst thou shriek

Obad. What is thy will with me, friend?

Simon. Didst thou not receive a letter from Ami. out, Anne? Miss L. Shriek out! I'll shriek and shriek again, nadab Holdfast of Bristol, concerning one Simon

Pure ? cry murder, thieves, or anything, to drown the noise of that eternal babbler, if you leave me with him any

Obad. Yea, Simon Pure is already here, friend. longer.

Col. F. And Simon Pure will stay here, friend, if Ohad. Was that all? Fie, fie, Anne !

it be possible.

(Aside, Col. P. No matter, I'll bring down her stomach,

Simon. That's an untruth, for I am he. l'll warrant thee. Leave us, I pray thee.

Col. F. Take thou heed, friend, what thou dost Obad. Fare thee weil. Verily, I was afraid the say: I do affirnu that I am Simon Pure. flesh bad got the better of the spirit. (Exit.

Simon. Thy name may be Pure, friend, but not

that Pure. Col. F. My charming, lovely woman!

Col. F. Yea, that Pure which my good friend,

(Embraces her. Miss L. What meanest thou by this disguise, the same Simon Pure that came from Pennsylvania,

Aminadab Holdfast, wrote to my friend Prim about; Feign well? Col. F. To set thee free, if thou wilt perform thy not take my name from me, would'st thou ?-till I

and sojourned in Bristol eleven days; tbou would'st promise.

have done with it. Viss L. Make me mistress of my fortune, and

(Aside.

Simon. Thy name! I am astonished ! make thy own conditions. Col. 1. This night shall answer all my wishes

Col. F. At what? At thy own assurance ? See here I have the consent of three of thy guar

(Going up to him, Simon Pure starts hack. dians already, and dou t not but Prim will make the

Simon. Avaunt! Satan, approach me not: I defy

thee, and all thy works. fourth.

Miss L. Oh! he'll out-cant him. Undone, unEnter OBADIAU Prim, who listens. done for ever.

(Aside. Ohad. I would gladly har what arguments the Col. F. Hark thee, friend! thy sham will not take. good min useth to bend ner.

[Aside. Don't exert thy voice; thou art too well acquainted Miss L. Thy words give me new life, methinks. with Satan to start at him, thou wicked reprobate. Obad. What do I hear?

(Aside. What can thy design be here ? Miss L. Thou best of men, heaven meant to bless

Enter a Servant, who gives Prom a letter. mc sure, when I first saw thee.

Obad. H: hath mollified her. O wonderful con- Obad. One of these must be a counterfeit, but version!

(Aside. which I cannot say. Col. F. (Sofiiy.1 Ha! Prim listening.-No more Col. F. What can that letter be? | Aside. my love, we are observed: seem to be edified, and Simon. Thou must be the devil, friend, that's cergive them iopes that thou wilt turn Quaker, and tain; for no human power can speak so great a falseLeave the rest io me. (Aloud.) I am glad to find that bood. thou art luuched with what I said unto thee, Anne: Obad. This letter sayeth that thou art better ac quainted with that prince of darkness, than any here.

[graphic]

Enter Mrs. PRIM. (To Simon.] Read that, I pray thee, Simon. [Gives it to the Colonel in our beloved Anne. I came to tell thee that sup

Mr: P. I am greatly rejoiced to see such a change Co. F. (Aside.) 'Tis Freeman's hand. [Reads.] " There is a design formed to rob your house this night, per stayeth for thee. and cut your throat; and for that purpose there is a

Col. F. I am not disposed for thy food; by spirit man disguised like a Quaker, who is to pass for one deem this maiden from the tribe of sinners, and break

longeth for more delicious meat! Fain would I reSimon Pure: the gang, whereof I am one, though now those eords asunder wherewith she is bound. Ham resolved to rob no more, has been at Bristol : one of them came in the couch with the Quaker, whose name that I must be subject to the will of this good man,

Miss L. Something whispers in my ears, methinks, he hath taken ; and from what he hath gathered from him, formed that design, and did not doubt but he and from him only must hope for consolation. Hum

It also telleth me that I am a chosen vessel to rais should impose so far upon you as to make you turn out the real Šimon Pure, and keep him with you. Make up seed to the faithful, and that thou must consen: the right use of thu. Adieu.” --Excellent well! (Aside

. that we two be one flesh, according to the word

Hum! Obad. Dost thou hear this? (To Simon.

Obad. What a revelation is here! This is cerSimon. Yea, but it moveth me not; that doubtless is the impostor. [Pointing to the Colonel. tainly part

of thy vision, friend; this is the maiden's Col. F. Ah! thou wicked one. Now

I consider growing upto thy side. Ah! with what willingness thy face, I remember thou didst come up in the should I give thee my consent, could I give thee her leathern conveniency with me. Thou hadst a black lortune too; but thou wilt nerer get the consent of

the bob-wig on, and a brown camblet coat with brass buttons. Canst thou deny it, eh?

Col. F. I wish I was as sure of your's. Aside.

Obad. [To Miss L.) My soul rejoiceth, yea reSimon. Yea, I can, and with a safe conscience

joiceth, I say, to find the spirit within thee; for la too, friend. obad. Verily, friend, thou art the most impudent natural agitation; yea, with natural agitation to

it moveth thee with natural agitation; yea, with villain I ever saw.

Mis L. Nay, then, I'll have a fling at him. wards this good man; yea, it stirreth, as one may Aside.) I remember the face of this fellow at Bath. say, -yea, verily I say, it stirreth up thy inclinaAy, this is he that picked my Lady Raffle's pocket tion,,-rea, as one would stir a pudding.

All. Hum! in the Grove. Don't you remember that the mob pumped upon you, friend? This is the most noto-hand, good Obadiah Prim, and now behold thou art

Miss L. I see, I see the spirit guiding of thy rious rogue

Simon. What does provoke thee to seek my life ? signing thy consent ; and now I see myself within Thou wilt not hang me, wilt thou, wrongfully ?

thy arms, my friend and brother, yea, I am become Obad. She will do thee no hurt; nor thou shalt bone of thy bone, and flesh of thy flesh. (Embracing do me none; therefore get thee about thy business,

Col. F.] Hum! friend, and leave thy wicked course of life, or thou Friend Prim, thou must consent; there's no resist

Mrs. P. The spirit hath greatly moved them beth. may'st not come off so favourably everywhere. Simon, ing of the spirit. I pray thee, put him forth. Col. F. Go, friend, I would advise thee, and tempt hand shall confess its obedience to the spirit.

Obad. Feich me the pen and ink, Sarah ; and by thy fate no more. 'Simon. Yea, I will go: but it shall be to thy con.

[Exit Mr. P.

Col. F. I wish it were over. fusion; for I shall clear myself. I will return with some proofs that shall convince thee, Obadiah, that Re-enter Mrs. Prim, with pen and ink thou art highly imposed upon.

(Erit. Miss L. I tremble lest this quaking rogue should Col. F. Then there will be no staying for me, return, and spoil all.

(Aside. that's certain. What the devil shall I do? | Aside. Obal. Here, friend, do thou write what the spirit

Obad. What monstrous works of iniquity are prompteth, and I will sign it. (Col F. sits doen there in this world, Simon ?

Col. F. (Reads.) This is to certify to all thos Col. F. Yea, the age is full of vice. 'Sdeath, I am may concern, that I do freely give all my right and so confounded I know not what to say. | Aside. title in Anne Lovely to Simon Pure, and my full con

Obad. Thou art disordered, friend; art thou not sent that she shall become his wife, according to the well?

form of marriage. Witness my hand." Col. F. My spirit is greatly troubled, and some- Obad. That enough; give me the pen. [Siga il thing telleth me, that though I have wrought a good

Enter Betty. wora in converting this maiden, this tender maiden, yet my labour will be in vain, for the evil spirit

Betty. Oh! madam, madam, here's the quaking fighteth against her; and I see, yea, I see with the man again: he has brought a coachman, and two or

three more.

Aside to Miss L. and est eye of my inward man, that Satan will rebuffet her again, whenever I withdraw myself from her; and

Miss L. Ruined, past redemption !

(Aside to the Calensk she will, yea, this very damsel will return again to

Col. F. No, no; one minute sooner bad spulled that abomination from whence I have retrieved her, as it were--yea, as if it were out

of the jaws of the all; but now-Here's company coming, friend gore

me the paper. fiend.

(Going to Prim hasily. Miss L. I must second him. (Aside.) What mean

Obad. Here it is, Simon; and I wish thee banpy eth this struggling within me? I feel the spirit re

with the maiden. sisteth the vanities of this world; but the flesh is

Miss L. 'Tis done; and now, devil, do thy worst rebellious, yea, the flesh- I greatly fear the flesh and

Enter Simon Pure, Coachmån, and others the weakness thereof. Hum.

Simon. Look thee, friend, I have brought these Obad. The maid is inspired. (Aside.) Prodigious! people to satisfy thee that I am not that impostor The damsel is filled with the spirit. Sarah which thou didst take me for. This is the man that

did drive the leathern conveniency, and brought me Trade. Ay, ay, so we will. Didn't you tell me the from Bristol; and this is,

Dutch merchant desired me to meet him here, Mr. Col. F. Lookye, friend, to save the court the trou. Freeman ? ble of examining witnesses, I plead guilty. Ha, ha! Free. I did so, and I am sure he will be here, if

Obad. How's this? Is not thy name Pure, then? you'll have a little patience.

Col. F. No, really, sir; I only made bold with Col. F. What, is Mr. Tradelove impatient? Nay, this gentleman's name ; but here I give it up safe then, ib ben gereet voor your, he be, Jan Van Timand sound : it has done the business í had occasion tamtirelereletta Heer Van Feignwell, vergeeten! for, and now I intend to wear my own, which shall Trade. Oh! plague of the name! what have you be at his service upon the same occasion at any time. tricked me too, Mr. Freeman? Ha, ha, ha!

Col. F. Tricked, Mr. Tradelove ! Did not I give Simon. Oh! the wickedness of the age!

you two thousand pounds for your consent fairly?

(Erit Coachman, &c. And now do you tell a gentleman he has tricked you? Obad. I am struck dumb with thy impudence, Per. So, so! you are a pretty guardian, 'faith, to Anne; thou nadst deceived me, and perchance un- sell your charge! What, do you look upon her as done thyself.

part of your stock ? Mrs. P. Thou art a dissembling baggage, and Obad. Ha, ha, ha! I am glad thy knavery is shame will overtake thee.

(Erit. found out, however; I confess the maiden overSimon. I am grieved to see thy wife so much trou- reached me, and I had no sinister end at all bled; I will follow and console her. (Exit. Per. Ay, ay, one thing or other overreached you Enter Servant.

all; but I'll take care he shall never finger a penny Serv. Thy brother guardians inquire for thee; here of her money, I warrant you. Overreached quotha! is another man with them.

(Exit

. Why I might have been 'overreached too, if I had Miss L. Who can that man be? (To Col. F. no more wit: I don't know but this very fellow may

Col. F. 'Tis Freeman; a friend of mine, whom I be him that was directed to me from Grand Cairo, ordered to bring the rest of the guardians here. t'other day. Ha, ha, ha! Enter Sir Philip MODELOVE, TRADELOVE, Peri. Col. F. The very same. WINKLE, and Freeman.

Per. Are you so, sir ? But your trick would not Free. Is all safe? Did my letter do you service ? pass upon me.'

(Aside to the Colonel. Col. F. No, as you say, at that time it did not ; Col. F. All, all's safe;-ample service. (Aside. that was not my lucky hour. But, harkye! sir, I Sir P. Miss Nancy, how dost do, child ? must let you into one secret. You may keep honest

Miss L. Don't call me miss, friend Philip; my John Tradescant's coat on, for your uncle, Sir Toby name is Anne, thou knowest.

Periwinkle, is not dead, so the charge of mourning Sir P. What, is the girl metamorphosed ? will be saved. Ha, ha, ha! Don't you remember Miss L. I wish thou wert so metamorphosed. Ah! Mr. Pillage, your uncle's steward ? Ha, ha, ha! Philip, throw off that gaudy attire, and wear the Per. Not dead! I begin to fear I am tricked too. clothes becoming thy age.

Col. F. Don't you remember the signing of a lease, Obad. I am ashamed to see these men. (Aside. Mr. Periwinkle? Sir P. My age! the woman is possessed.

Per. Well, and what signifies that lease, if my Col. F. No; thou art possessed rather, friend. uncle is not dead ? Ha! I am sure it was a lease I Trade. Harkye ! Miss Lovely, one word with you. signed.

[Takes hold of her hand. Col. P. Ay, but it was a lease for life, sir; and for Col. F. This maiden is my wife, thanks to my this beautiful tenement, I thank you. friend Prim, and thou hast no business with her.

[ Taking hold of Miss Lovely. (Takes her from him. AU. Ha, ha, ha! neighbours' fare. Trade. His wife ! harkye, Mr. Freeman.

Free. So then, I find you are all tricked, ha, ha! Per. Why, you have made a very fine piece of Per. I am certain I read as plain a lease as ever I work of it, Mr. Prim.

read in my life. Sir P. Married to a quaker! thou art a fine fel. Col. F. You read a lease I grant you; but you low to be left guardian to an orphan, truly. There's signed this contract.

[Sheuing a paper. a husband for a young lady!

Per. How durst you put this trick upon me, Mr Col. F. When I have put on my beau clothes, Sir Freeman? Didn't you tell me my uncle was

was dying? Philip, you'll like me better.

Free. And would tell you twice as much to serve Sir P. Thou wilt make a very scurvy beau, friend. my friend: ha, ha!

Col. F. I believe I can prove it under your hand Sir P. What, the learned and famous Mr. Perithat you thought me a very fine gentleman in the winkle choused too! ha, ha, ha! I shall die with park t'other day, about thirty-six minutes after ele- laughing; ha, ha, ha! ven. Will you take a pinch, Sir Philip? One of the Prade. Well, since you have out-witted us all, finest snuff-boxes you ever saw. [Offers him snuff pray you, what and who are you, sir ?

Sir P. Ha, ha, ha! I am overjoyed, 'faith I am, Sir P. Sir, the gentleman is a fine gentleman. I if thou be’st the gentleman. I own I did give my am glad you have got a person, madam, who underconsent to the gentleman I bronght here to-day'; stands dress and good breeding. I was resolved she but whether this is he, I can't be positive.

should have one of my choosing. Obad. Canst thou not? Now I think thou art a Trade. A beau! nay, then, she is finely helped up. fine fellow to be left guardian to an orphan. Thou Miss L. Why, beaus are great encouragers of trade, shallow-brained shuttlecock! he may be a pick-'sir; ha, ha! pocket for aught thou dost know.

Col. F. Lookye, gentlemen : I am the person who Per. You would have been two rare fellows to can give you the best account of myself; and I must have been entrusted with the sole management of heg Sir Philip's pardon, when I tell him, that, I her fortune, would ye not, think ye? But Mr. Trade-have a' much aversion to what he calis dress and love and myself shall take care of her portion. | breeding, as I have to the enemies of my religion.

« 이전계속 »