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ACT IV. litia !--odds balls and barrels! say no more-l'm braced for it. The thunder of your words bas soured the milk of buman kindness in my breast !-
SCENE I.-Acres' Lodgings. 2-ds! as the man in the play says, I could do
Acres and David discovered. such deeds"
Sir L. Come, come, there must be no passion at Dav. Then, by the mass, sir, I would do ro such all in the case these things should always be done thing ! ne'er a Sir Lucius O'Trigger in the kingcivilly.
dom should make me fight when I wasn't so deres. I must be in a passion, Sir Luciusminded. Oons! what will the old lady say wben must be in a rage-Dear Sir Lucius, let me be in she hears o't? 2 rage, if you love me. Come, here's pen and Arres. But my honour, David, my honour! I paper. [Sits.] I would the ink were red !--- Indite, must l'e very careful of my honour. I say, indite !-How shall I begin? Odds bullets Dav. Ay, by the mass, and I would be very and blades! I'll write a good bold band, however. careful of it, and I think in return my honour
Sir L. Pray compose yourself. [Sits down. couldn't do less than to be very careful of me.
Acres. Come-now, shall I begin with an oath? seres. Odds blades ! David, no gentleman will Do, Sir Lucius, let me begin with a damme ? ever risk the loss of his bonour!
Sir L. Pho! pho! do the thing decently, and Dav. I say, then, it would be but civil in honour like a Christian. Begin now_“Sir,”—
never to risk the loss of a gentleman.-Look ye, Acres. That's too civil by half.
master, this bonour seems to me to be a marvellous Sir L. “ To prevent the confusion that might false friend; ay, truly, a very courtier-like ser. arise"
Put the case; I was a gentleman (which, Acres. Well
thank Heaven, no one can say of me); well-my Sir L. " From our both addressing the same honour makes me quarrel with another gentleman lady"
of my acquaintance. So-we fight.-(Pleasant Acres. Ay—" both undressing the same lady”– enough that.) Boh! I kill bim—the more's my there's the reason—" same lady"-Well
luck.) Now, pray, who gets the profit of it?Sir L. I shall expect the honour of your com- wby, my honour. But, put the case that he kills pany
me! by the moss! I go to the worms, and my Acres. 2-ds, I'm not asking him to din- honvur whips over to my enemy, ner!
Acres. No, David, in that case!-Odds crowns Sir L. Pray, be easy.
and laurels. your honour follows you to the grave! Acres. Well, then, "honour of your company.-" Dav. Now, that's just the place where I could Does company begin with a C or a K?
make a shift to do without it. Sir L. To settle our pretensions "'
Acres. 2-ds! David, you are a coward !-It Acres. Well.
doesn't become my valour to listen to you.- What, Sir L. Let me ste-ay, King's Mead-fields will shall I disgrace my ancestors !—Think of that, do-“ in King's Mead-fields."
David-think what it would be to disgrace my anAcres. So, that's done. Well, I'll fold it up cestors! presently; my own crest, a band and dagger, shall Dav. Under favour, the surest way of not disbe the seal.
gracing them, is to keep as long as you can out of Sir L. You see, now, this little explanation will their company. Look ye, now, master, to go to put a stop at once to all confusion or misunder them in such haste-with an ounce of lead in your standing that might arise between you.
brains-I should think it might as well be let Acres: Ay, we fight to prevent any mi:under. alone. Our ancestors are very good kind of folks ; standing.
but they are the last people I should choose to have Sir L. Now, I'll leave you to fix your own time. u visiting acquaintance with. Take my advice, and you'll decide it this evening,
Acres. But, David, now, you don't think there is if you can; then, let the worst come of it, 'twiil such very, very-great danger, bey ?-Odds life! be off your mind to-morrow.
people often fight without any mischief done! Acres. Very true.
Dav. By the mass, I think 'tis ten to one against Sir L. So I shall see nothing more of you, un-you! Oons! here to meet some lion-headed fellow, less it be by letter, till the evening, I would do 1 warrant, with his d-d double-barrell'd swords myself the honour to carry your message ; but, to and cut and-thrust pistols !-Lord bless us! it tell you a secret, I believe I shall have just such makes me tremble to think on't-those be such another affair on my own hande. There is a gay desperate bloody-minded weapons! well, 1 derer eaptain here who put a jest on me lately at the ex- could abide them!—from a child I never could pense of my country, and I only want to fall in fancy them !-I suppose there an't been so merwith the gentleman to call him out.
ciless a beast in the world as your loaded pistol ! Acres. By my valour, I should like to see you Acres. Z-ds! I won't be afraid-odds fire and fight first ! Odds life, I should like to see you kill fury! you shan't make me afraid.—Here is the him, if it was only to get a little lesson! challenge, and I have sent for my dear friend, Jack
Sir L. I shall be very proud of instructing you. Absolute, to carry it for me. Well, for the present—but remember now, when Dav. Ay, i'the name of mischief, let him be the you meet your antagonist, do everytbing in a mild messenger.- For my part, I would'nt lend a hand and agreeable manner. Let your courage be as to it, for the best borse in your stable. By the keen, but at the same time as polished as your mass! it don't look like another letter !-it is, as bword.
[Excunt. I may say, a designing and malicious-looking
letter! and I warrant smells of gunpowder, like a soldier's pouch! Oons! I wouldn't swear it maya's
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Setes. Oul, you poliroon !-you ba'n't the va. Capt. A. I will; I will; l'll say you are cail'd, lour of a grasshopper.
in the country, “
Fighting Bob.” Dar. Well, I say no more— 'twill be sad news, Acres. Right, right-'tis all to prevent miscbief; to be sure, at Clod-Hall !--but I ba' done.—How for I don't want to take his life, if I clear my hoPbillis will howl when she bears of it!-ay, poor nour. bitch, she little thinks what shooting her master's Capt. A. No !-that's very kind of you. going after !- and I warrant old Crop, who has car- Acres. Why, you don't wish me to kill him, do ried your honour, field and road, these ten years, you, Jack ? will curse the bour he was born !-[Whimpering: Capt. A. No, upon my soul, I do not. But a Acres. It won't do, David—I am determined to devil of a fellow, hey?
[Going. fight, so get along, you coward, while I'm in the Acres. True, true.-But, stay--stay, Jack-you mind.
may add, that you never saw me in such a rage Enter Servant.
before-a most devouring rage. Serr. Captain Absolute, sir.
Capt. A. I will, I will. deres. O! show bim up.
[Exit Servant. Acres. Remember, Jack-a determined dog. Duod. Well, Heaven send we be all alive this Capt. A. Ay, ay, “ Fighting Bob." [Ereunt time tu-morrow. Acres. What's that?-Don't proroke me, David !
SCENE II.-Mrs. Malaprop's Lodgings. Dav. Good bye, master.
[Sobbing. Enter Mrs. MALAPROP and Lydia. Acres. Get along, you cowardly, dastardly, croaking raven.
[Exit David. Mrs. M. Why, thou perverse one!-tell me what
you can object to in him ? -Isn't he a handsome Enter Captain ABSOLUTE.
man ?-tell me that. A genteel man? A prett Caot. A. What's the matter, Bob?
figure of a man? Acres. A vile, sheep-hearted blockhead !-IfI Lyd. She little thinks whom she is praising. hadn't the valour of St. George, and the dragon to [Aside.) So is Beverley, ma'am. boot
Mrs. M. No caparisons, miss, if you please. Capt. A. But what did you want with me, Bob? Caparisons don't become a young woman. No! Acres. Ob!-there- [Gives him the challenge. Captain Absolute is indeed a fine gentleman.
Capt. A. [To Ensign BEVERLEY.] So—what's Lyd. Ay, the Captain Absolute you have seen. going on now? [ Aside.] Well, what's this !
[Aside. Acres. A challenge!
Mrs. M. Then he's so well bred;—so full of alaCapt. A. Indeed !-Why, you won't fight him, crity and adulation !-He has so much to say for will you, Bob?
himself, in such good language, too. His physiAcres." 'Egad, but I will, Jack.—Sir Lucius has ognomy so grammatical; then bis presence so no* Tought me to it. He bas left me full of rage, ble! 1 protest, when I saw him, I thought of what and I'll fight this evening, that so much good Hamlet says in the play :-" Hesperian curls--the passion mayn't be wasted.
front of Job himselt! an eye, like March, to Capt. A. But what have I to do with this? threaten at command !-a station, like Harry Mer
Aeres. Why, as I think you know something of cury, new??--Something about kissing-on a hillthis fellow, I want you to find him out for me, and however, the similitude struck me directly. give him tbis mortal defiance.
Lyd. How enraged she'll be presently, when she Capt. A. Well, give it me, and trust me he discovers her mistake!
Enter Servant. Acres. Thank you, my dear friend, my dear Jack; but it is giving you a great deal of trouble. Serv. Sir Anthony and Captain Absolute are be. Capt. A. Not in the least-I beg you won't men.
low, ma'am. tion it. No trouble in the world, 1 assure you.
Mrs. M. Show them up here. [Exit Servant. Keres. You are very kind.—What it is to have a Now, Lydia, I insist on your behaving as becomes friend !-you couldn't my second-—could you, a young woman. Show your good breeding, at Jack?
least, though you bare forgot your duty. Capt. A. Why, no, Boh—not in this affair-it Lyd. Madam, I have told you my resolution--I would not be quite so proper.
shall not only give him no encouragement, but I Aeres. Well, then, I must get my friend, Sir won't even speak to, or look at him. Lucius. I shall have your good wishes, however, [Flings herself into a chair, with her face from Jack?
the door. Capt. A. Whenever he meets you, believe me.
Enter Sir ANTHONY and Captain ABSOLUTE. Enter Servant.
Sir Anth. Here we are, Mrs. Malaprop; come to Serv. Sir Anthony Absolute is below, inquiring mitigate the frowns of unrelenting beauty, and for the captain.
difficulty enough I had to bring this fellow. I don't Capt. A. I'll come instantly. [Exit Servant. know what's the matter, but if I had not beld him Well, my little bero, success attend you. [Going: by force, he'd have given me the slip.
Acres. Stay, stay, Jack. If Beverley should Mrs. M. You have infinite trouble, Sir Anthony, ask you what kind of a man your friend Acres is, in the affair. I am ashamed for the cause ! Lydia, do tell him I am a devil of a fellow-will you, Lydia, rise, I beseech you !-pay your respects ! Jack?
[ Aside to her. Capt. A. To be sure I shall. I'll say you are a Sir Anth. I hope, madam, that Miss Languish determined dog-hey, Bob?
has reflected on the worth of this gentleman, and Acres. Ay, do, do—and if that frightens bim, the regard due to her aunt's choice, and my alliegad, perhaps be mayn't come. So tell bim 1 ge- ance. Now, Jack, speak to her. [Aside to him. Derally kill a man a week; will you, Jack ?
Capt. k. What the devil shall I do? [Aside.]
You see, sir, she won't even "look at me whilst has this fellow been playing us a rogue's trick you are here, I knew she wouldn't !—I told you so come here, sirrah, who the devil are you? -Let me entreat you, sir, to leave us together! Capt. A. 'Faith, sir, I am not quite clear my.
[Capt. A. seems to expostulate with his father. self; but I'll endeavour to recollect. Sir Anth. I say, sir, I won't stir a foot yet. Sir Anth. Are you my son, or not?-answer for
Mrs. M. I am sorry to say, Sir Anthouy, that my your mother, you dog, if you won't for me. affluence over my niece is very small. Turn round, Capt. A. Ye powers of impudence, befriend me! Lydia, I blush for you!
[Aside to her. (Aside.)—Sir Anthony, most assuredly I am your Sir Anth. May I not flatter myself, that Miss Lan- wife's son; and that I sincerely believe myself to guish will assign what cause of dislike she can be yours also, I hope my duty has always shown. have to my son ?-wliy don't you begin, Jack : Mrs. Malaprop, I am your most respectful ad. Speak, you puppy-speak! [Aside to him. mirer, and shall be proud to add affectionate ne
Mrs. M. It is impossible, Sir Anthony, sbe can phew; I need not tell my Lydia that she sees ber have any. She will not say she has. Answer, faithful Beverley, who knowing the singular genes hussy! why don't you answer ? [Aside to her. rosity of her temper, assumed that name, and a
Sir Anth. Then, madam, I trust that a childish station, which has proved a test of the most disinand hasty prediiection will be no bar to Jack's hap- terested love, which he now hopes to enjoy in a piness. Z-ds! sirrah! why don't you speak ? more elevated character.
[Aside to him. Lyd. So !—there will be no elopement after all ! Capt. A. Hem! hem! Madam—hem! (Capt. Ab
[Sullenly. SOLUTE attempts to speak, then returns to Sir Antu.] Sir Anth. Upon my soul, Jack, thou art a very 'Faith! sir, I am so confounded !- and so-so con- impudent fellow! To do you justice, I think 1 fused ! I told you I should be so, sir,- knew never saw a piece of more consummate assurance ! it. The-the tremour of my passion entirely takes Capt. A. Oh, you flatter me, sir; you compliaway my presence of mind.
ment; 'tis my modesty, you know, sir; modesty, Sir Anth. But it don't take away your voice, fool, that has stood in my way does it? Go up, and speak to her directly! (Capt. Sir Anth. Well, I am glad you are not the dull, ABSOLUTE makes signs to Mrs. Malaprop to leave insensible varlet you pretended to be, however! I'm them together.). What the devil are you at ? unlock glad you have made a fool of your father, you dog, your jaws, sirrah, or
[ Aside to him. I am. So this was your penitence, your duty, and Capt. A. [Draws near Lydia.] Nov, Heaven send obedience ; I thought it was d-n'd sudden.' You slie may be too sullen to look round! I must dis- never heard their names before, not you! What guise my voice. [Aside. Speaks in a low tone.) Will the Languishes of Worcestershire, bey? if you not Miss Languish lend an ear to the mild accents could please me in this affair, 'twas all you desired! of true love? Will not
Ah! you dissembling villain! What! [Pointing to Sir Anth. What the devil ails the fellow? Why Lydia.] she squints, don't she ? a little red haired don't you speak out ?—not stand croaking like a girl! hey? Why, you hypocritical young rascalfrog in a quinsey !
I wonder you an't ashamed to hold up your head ! Capt. A. The- the excess of my awe, and
my- Capt. A. 'Tis with difficulty, sir-I am confused my modesty, quite choke me!
- very much confused, as you must perceive. Sir Anth. Ah! youř modesty again! I'll tell Mrs. M. O lud! Sir Anthony !--a new light you what, Jack : if you don't speak out directly breaks in upon me! hey! how! what! captain, and glibly too, I shall be in such a rage! Mrs. did you write the letters then? What !-am I to Maliprop, I wish the lady would favour us with thank you for the elegant compilation of an “old something more than a side-front.
weather-beaten she-dragon,” hey? O mercy-was [Mrs. MALAPROP seems to chide Lydia. it you that reflected on my parts of speech ? Capt. A. So ! all will out, I see! [Goes up to Ly- Capt. A. Dear sir! my modesty will be over. DIA, speaks softly.] Be not surprised, my Lydia, powered at last, if you don't assist me, I shall suppress all surprise at present,
certainly not be able to stand it. Lyd. (Aside.) Heavens ! 'tis Beverley's voice ! Sir Anth. Come, come, Mrs. Malaprop, we must [Looks round by degrees, then starts up.] Is this forget and forgive ; odds life! matters have taken possible ?-my Beverley! how can this be !—my so clever a turn all of a sudden, that I could find in Beverley!
my heart to be so good-humoured! and so gallant ! Capt. A. Ah! 'tis all over!
[ Aside. --hey! Mrs. Malaprop! Come, we must leave Sir Anth. Beverley !- the devil - Beverley! them together; Mrs. Malaprop, they long to fly What can the girl mean? This is my son, Jack into each other's arms, I warrant! Jack-isn't Absolute.
the cheek as I said, ley ?—and the eye--you Mrs. M. For shame, hussy! for shame! your rogue !—and the lip, hey! Come, Mrs. Malaprop, head rurs so on that fellow, that you have him al- we'll not disturb their tenderness-theirs is the ways in your eyes! beg Captain Absoluto's pardon time of life for bappiness! Youth's the season made directly.
for joy. (Sings.] Hey! Odd's life! I'm in such Lyd. I see no Captain Absolute, but my loved spirits—I don't know what I could not do! PerB-verley!
mit me, ma'am-[Gives his hand to Mrs. MalaSir Anth. Z-ds, the girl's mad! her brain's PROP.) [Sings)--Tol de rol—'gad I should like to turned by reading !
have a little fooling myself—Tol de rol! de rol! Mrs. M. O'my conscience, I believe so !-what [Exit, singing, and handing Mrs. MALAPROP do you mean by Beverley, hussy ?-you saw Cap
off, Lydia sits sullenly in her chair. tain Absolute before to-day, there be is your hus- Capt... so much thought bodes mo no good. band that shall be.
[ Aside.) So grave, Lydia ! Lyd. With all my soul, ma'am; when I refuse Lyd. Sır! my Beverley
Capt. A. So! 'egad! I thought as much! That Sir Anth. Oh! she's as mad as Bedlam !-orduan'd monosylluble has froze me ? [Aside.) What,
Lydia, now that we are as happy in our friends' Lyd. This is worse than your treachery and consent as in our mutual vows.
deceit, you base ingrate!
[Sobbing. Lyd. Friends' consent, indeed ! [Peevishly. Sir Anth. What the devil's the matter now! Capt. A. Come, come, we must lay aside some 2–ds! Mrs. Malaprop, this is the oddest hilling of our romance; a little wealth and comfort may and cooing I ever heard ! but what the deuce is be endured after all. And for your fortune, the the meaning of it? I'm quite astonished ! lawyers shall make such settlements as
Capt. A. Ask the lady, sir. Lyd. Lawyers ! I hate lawyers !
Mrs. M. Oh, mercy! I'm quite analys’d, for my Capt. A. Nay then we will not wait for their part! Why, Lydia, what is the reason of this ? lingering forms, but instantly procure the license, Lyd. Ask the gentleman, ma'am. and
Sir Anth, 2-ds! I shall be in a frenzy! Why, Lyd. The license! I hate licenses !
Jack, you are not come out to be any one else, are Capt. A. Oh, my love, be not so unkind—thus you ? let me entreat
[Kneeling Mrs. M. Ay, sir, there's no more trick, is there? Lyd. Pshaw! what signifies kneeling, when you - you are not, like Cerberus, three gentlemen at know I must have you!
once, are you? Capt. A. [Rising.] Nay, madam, there shall be Capt. A. You'll not let me speak—I say the lady no constraint upon your inclinations, I promise can account for this much better than I can. you. If I have lost your heart, I resign the rest. Lyd. Ma'am, you once commanded me never to Gad, I must try what a little spirit will do. think of Beverley again; there is the man-I now
[Aside. obey you: for, from this moment, I renounce him Lyd. (Rising.) Tben, sir, let me tell you, the forever.
[Exit. interest you had there was acquired by a mean, Mrs. M. O mercy and miracles ! what a turn unmanly imposition, and deserves the punishment bere is! Why sure, captain, you haven't behaved of fraud.-What, you have been treating me like a disrespectfully to my niece ? child!-humouring my romance; and, laughing, I Sir Anth. Ha! ha! ha!-ha! ba! ha!-now I suppose, at your success!
see it-Ha! ha! ha!- now I see it-you have Capt. A. You wrong me, Lydia, you wrong me been too lively, Jack. -only hear
Capt. A. Nay, sir, upon my word Lyd. So, while I fondly imagined we were de- Sir Anth. Come, no lying, JackI'm sure 'twas ceiving my relations, and flattered myself that I so. Come, no excuses, Jack; why, your father, should outwit and incense them all-behold, my you rogue, was so before you; the blood of the hopes are to be crushed at once, by my aunt's con- Absolutes was always impatient. sent and approbation-and I am myself the only Capt. A. By all that's good, sirdupe at last! [Walking about in a heat.).—But Sir Anth. 1—ds! say no more, I tell you—Mrs. here, sir, here is the picture-Beverley's picture ! Malaprop shall make your peace. You must make (Taking a miniature from her bosum) which I have bis peace, Mrs. Malaprop; you must tell her, 'tis worn, night and day, in spite of threats and en- Jack's way-tell her, 'tis all our ways—it runs in treaties ! --There, sir (Flings it to him]-and be the blood of our family! Come away, Jack, ha! assured, I throw the original from my beart as ba! ha! Mrs. Malapropa young villain! easily.
(Pushes him out. Capt. A. Nay, nay, maʼanı, we will not differ as Mrs. M. Oh, Sir Anthony! 0, fie, captain ! to that-here--[Taking out a picture)- here is
[Ereunt. Miss Lydia Languish. What a difference !-ay, there is the heavenly assenting smile, that first SCENE III.-The North Parade. gave soul and spirit to my hopes!-those are the lips which sealed a vow, as yet scarce dry in
Enter Sir LUCIUS O'TRIGGER. Cupid's calendar !—and there the half-resentful Sir L. I wonder where this Captain Absolute blush, that would have checked the ardour of my bides bimself. Upon my conscience these officers thanks. Well, all that's past; all over, indeed! are always in one's way in love affairs ; I rememThere, madam, in beauty, that copy is not equal ber I might have married Lady Dorothy Carmine, to you, but, in my mind, its merit over the original, if it had not been for a little rogue of a major, who in being still the same, is such-thal-I'll put it ran away with her before she could get a sight of in my pocket.
[Puts it up again. me! And I wonder too what it is the ladies can Lyd: [Softening.] 'Tis your own doing, sir-I, see in them to be so fond of them-unless it be a I, I suppose you are perfectly satisfied.
touch of the old serpent in them, that makes the Capt. A. Oh, most certainly: sure now, this is litile creatures be caught, like vipers, with a bit much better than being in love! ha! ha! ha!- of red cloth. Hah, isn't this the captain coming ? there's some spirit in this! What signifies breaking -'faith, it is! There is a probability of succeedsome scores of solemn promises; all that's of no ing about that fellow, that is mighty provoking! consequence, you know. To be sure people will who the devil is he talking to?
[Retires. say, that miss didn't know her own mind-but never mind that: or, perhaps, they may be ill.
Enter Captain ABSOLUTE. natured enough to hint, that the gentleman grew Capt. A. To what fine purposes have I been tired of the lady, and forsook her—but don't let plotting ! a noble reward for all my schemes, upon tbat fret you.
A little gipsy! I did not think her Lyd. 'i'bere's no bearing his insolence! romance could have made her so d-n'd absurd
[Bursts into tears. either. 'Sdeath, I never was in a worse humour
in my life! I could cut my own throat, or any Enter Nre. MALAPROP and Sir ANTHONY,
other person's, with the greatest pleasure in the Dirs M. [Entering.) Come, we must interrupt world! your billing and cooing awbile.
Sir L. O, 'faith! I'm in the luck of it. I neve:
would have found him in sweeter temper for my Faulk. Alas, Julia ! I am come to take a loug purpose-10 be sure I'm just come in the nick'i farewell! now to enter into conve:sation with him, and so Jul. Heav'ns! what do you mean? quarrel genteelly.- [ Aside. Advances to Capt. AB- Faulk. You see before you a wretch whose life solute.] With regard to that matter, captain, I is forfeited :-Nay, start not; the infirinity of my must beg leave to differ in opinion with you. temper has drawn all this misery on me: I left rou
Capt. A. Upon my word, then, you must be a fretful and passionate—an untoward accident drer very subtle disputant; because, sir, I happened me into a quarrel—the event is, that I must fly this just then to be giving no opinion at all.
kingdom instantly !-Oh, Julia, had I been so forSir L. That's no reason; for give me leave to tunate as to have called you mine entirely, before tell you, a man may think an untruth as well as this mischance had fallen on me, I should not so speak one.
deeply dread my banishment ! Capt. A. Very true, sir; but if a man never Jul. My soul is oppressed with sorrow at the utters his thoughts, I should think they might nature of your misfortune : had these adverse cir. stand a chance of escaping controversy.
cumstances arisen from a less fatal cause, I should Sir L. Then, sir, you differ in opinion with me, bave felt strong comfort in the thought, that I which amounts to tbe same thing.
could now chase from your bosom every doubt of Capt. A. Hark ye, Sir Lucius, if I had not be the warm sincerity of my love. My heart has long fore known you to be a gentleman, upon my soul, known no other guardian : I now intrust my pero I should not bave discovered it at this interview; son to your honour—we will fly together: when for, what you can drive at, unless you mean to safe from pursuit, my father's will may be fulfilled, quarrel with me, I cannot conceive!
and I receive a legal claim to be the partner of your Sir L. I humbly thank you, sir, for the quick-sorrows, and your tenderest comforter. ness of your apprehension-[Bowing] ; you have
Faulk. O Julia! I am bankrupt in gratitude ! named the very thing I would be at.
Would you not wish some hours to weigh the ad. Capt. A. Very well
, sir-I shall certainly not vantages you forego, and what little compensation baulk your inclinations—but I should be glad if poor Faulkland can make you, beside his solitary you would be pleased to explain your motives.
love ? Sir L. Pray, sir, be easy-the quarrel is a very
Jul. I ask not a moment-No, Faulkland, I have pretty quarrel, as it stands-we should only spoil Icved you for yourself; and if I now, more than it by trying to explain it. However, your memory lever, prize the solemn engagement which so long is very short-or you could not have forgot an bas pledged us to each other, it is because it leares affront you passed on me within this week. So, no no room for hard aspersions on my fame, and puts more, but name your time and place.
the seal of duty to an act of love. But let us not Capt. A. Well, sir, since you are so bent on it, linger-perhaps this delaybe sooner the better; let it be this evening_here
Faulk. 'Twill be better I should not rentide by the Spring Gardens. We shall scarcely be in- out again till dark : yet I am grieved to think what terrupted.
numberless distresses will press heavy on your Sir L. 'Faith! that same interruption, in affairs gentle disposition ! of this nature, shows very great ill-breeding. I Jul. Perhaps your fortune may be forfeited by don't know what's the reason, but in England, if a this unhappy act? I know not whether 'tis so, but thing of this kind gets wird, people make such a sure that alone can never make us unliappy. The pother, that a gentleman can never fight in peace little I have will be sufficient to support us, and and quietness. However, if it's the same to you, exile never should be splendid. captain, ! should take it as a particular kindness, Faulk. Ay, but in such an abject state of life my if you'd let us meet in King's Mead-fields, as a lit. wounded pride, perhaps, may increase the natural tle business will call me there about six o'clock, fretfulness of my temper, till I become a rude and I may despatch both matters at once.
morose companion, beyond your patience to endure. Capt. A. 'Tis the same to me, exactly. A little Jul. If your thougbis should assume so unhappy after six, then, we will discuss this matter more a bent, you will the more want some mild and af. seriously.
fectionate spirit to watch over and console you; Sir L. If you please, sir ; there will be very one who, by bearing your infirmities with gentlepretty small sword light, though it won't do for a ness and resignation, may teach you so to bear the long shot. So that inatter's settled ; and my mind's evils of your fortune.
[Erit. Faulk. Julia, I have proved you to the quick!
and with this useless device, I throw away all my doubts. How shall I plead to be forgiven this last unworthy effect of my restless, unsatisfied dispo
sition ? ACT V.
Jul. Has no such disaster happened as you re
lated ? SCENF 1.-.Julia's Dressing-room.
Faulk. I am ashamed to own that it was all pre
tended. Let me to.morrow, in the face of Heaven, Enter Julia.
receive my future guide and monitress, and expiate Jul. Huw this message bas alarmed me! what
my past folly, by years of tender adoration. dreadful accident can he mean? why such charge crime, which I before feared' to name, Heaven
Jul. Hold, Faulkland ! that you are free from a to be alcne? O Faulkland ! how many unhappy knows how sincerely I rejoice! These are tears of Moimonts, how mary tears, you have cost me ! thankfulness for that! But, that your cruel doubts Ever FAULKLAND
should have urged you to an imposition that has What means this? why this caution, Faulkland ?
wrung my heart, gives me now a pang more keen than I can express!