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madam, and sleep if you can; for to-morrow, you Muo. 'Sdeath, she will discover berself yet in spate know, I must visit you early with a canonical of me. gentleman. Good night, dear Harcourt remember Bel. And mine too, sir. to send your brother. [Erit. Peg. That I will indeed.
(Bva. Har. You may depend upon me. Madam, I Har. Pray give her this kiss for me. hope you will not refuse my visit to-morrow, if it
(Kisses Pecs. should be earlier, with a canonical gentleman, than Moo. O heavens! What do I suffer? [Ande. Mr. Sparkish?
Bel. And this for me.
(Kuses Post. Moo. This gentlewoman is yet under my care, Pey. Thank you, sir. therefore you must yet forbear your freedom with (Courtesies:-—BELVILLE and Hancocet Luge, her.
and ereunt. Har. Must, sir?
Moo. O the idiot !-Now 'tis out. Ten thousand Moo. Yes, sir, she is my sister.
cankers gnaw away their lips! (Aside. Come, Har. 'Tis well she is, sir; for I must be her ser-come, driveller. (MOODY, PEGGY and ALITREA vant, sir.-Madam
out and return.) So, they are gone at last.-Sister, Moo. Come away, sister; we had been gone if it stay with Peggy, till I find my servant. Don't le had not been for you, and so avoided these lewd her stir an inch : I'll be back directly. (En rake-hells, who seem to haunt us.
Re-enter HARCOURT and BELVILLE. Har. I see a little time in the country makes a man turn wild and unsociable, and only fit to con.
Har. What, not gone yet? Nephew, show the verse with his horses, dogs, and his herds.
young gentlemen Rosamond's pond, while I speak Moo. I have business, sir, and must mind it: auother word to this lady. your business is pleasure; therefore you and I must
(E.reunt BELVILLE and PEGGY; ALITALA go different ways.
HARCOURT struggle. Har. Well, you may go on; but this pretty Ali. My brother will go distracted. young gentleman (Takes hold of Peggy.) shall stay
Re-enter Moody. with us; for I suppose bis business is the same Moo. Where ? how 8-What's become of-gune! with ours, pleasure.
-whither? Moo. 'Sdeath, he knows her, she carries it su sil
Ali. In the next walk only, brother. lily; yet if he does not, I should be more silly to
Moo. Only-only-where-where? (Erit hastily. discover it first. (Aside. ] Come, come.
Har. What's the matter with him? Why so much Har. Had you not rather stay with us?. [To concerned ?-But, dearest madamPeggy.) Pr’ythee who is this pretty young fellow ?
Re-enter Moody. Moo. One to whom I am guardian.--I wish I Moo. Gone, gone-not to be found-quite gone could keep her out of your hands. (Aside. -ten thousand plagues go with 'em !-Which way
Har. Who is he? I'never saw any thing so pretty went they ? in all my life.
Ali. But in t'other walk, brother. Moo. Pshaw, do not look upon him so much; he's Moo. T'other walk! t'other devil. Where are a poor, bashful youth; you'll put him out of counte- they, I say?
(Öffers to take her away. Ali. You are too abusive, brother. Har. Here, nephew, let me introduce this young Moo. You know where they are, you infamous gentleman to your acquaintance. You are very wretch, eternal shame of your family; which you like, and of the same age, and should know one do not dishonour enough yourself, you think, bat another. Salute him, Dick, à la Françoise. you must help her to do it too, thou legion of
(Belville kisses her. Ali. Good brother Moo. I hate French fashions. Men kiss one an- Moo. Damn'd, damn'd sister! (Est. other!
(Endeavours to take hold of her. Peg. I am out of my wits. [Aside. What do SCENE II.- Another part of the Park. you kiss me for? I am no woman. Har. But you are ten times handsomer.
Enter BELVILLE and PEGGI. Peg. Nay, now you jeer one; and pray don't Bel. No disguise could conceal you from my heart jeer me.
I pretended not to know you, that I might deceive Har. Kiss him again, Dick.
the dragon that continually watches over you; bet Moo. No, no, no;-come away, come_away. now he's asleep, let us fly from misery to happiness.
(To Peggy. Peg. Indeed, Mr. Belville, as well as I like you, Har. Why, what haste you are in ! Why won't I can't think of going away with you so; and as you let me talk with him?
much as I hate my guardian, I must take leare di Moo. Because you'll debauch him; he's yet him a little handsomely, or he will kill me, so be young and innocent.-How she gazes upon him! will. The devil! (Aside.) Come, pray let him go; I can. Bel. But, dear miss Peggy, think of your situanot stay fooling any longer: I tell you my wife stays tion; if we don't make the best use of this opport upper for us.
tunity, we never may have another. Har. Does she ? Come then, we'll all go sup with Peg. Ay but, Mr. Belville, I am as good as mar
ried already; my guardian has contracted me, and Moo. No, no: now I think on't, having staid so there wants nothing but the church ceremony to long for us, I warrant she's gone to bed. I wish make us one : I call him busband, and be call se she and I were well out of your hands. [ Aside. wife already: he made me do so. and we had been
Har. Well then, if she be gone to bed, I wish married in church long ago, if the writings csaid her and you a good night. But pray, young gentle have been finished. man, present my humble service to her. Pey. Thank you heartily, sir.
Bel. That's his deceit, my sweet creature.-H. pretends to bave married you, for fear of your lik.
ing any body else. - You have a right to choose for the bottom of it, if you will.-And so, sir, you:
SCENE I.--Moodly's House. happiness by escape, and love and fortune will do
Enter Lucy and ALITHEA. the rest for us. Peg. These are fine sayings, to be sure, Mr.
Ali. Hold your peace. Belville; but how shall we get my fortune out of Lucy. Nay, madam, I will ask you the reason bud's clutches? We must be a little cunning; 'tis why you would banish poor Mr. Harcourt for ever worth trying for. We can at any time run away from your sight? How could you be so hardwithout it.
hearted. Bel. I see by your fears, my dear Peggy, that Ali. 'Twas because I was not hard-hearted. you live in awe of this brutal guardian; and if he Lucy. No, no; 'twas stark love and madness, I has you once more in his possession, both you and warrant. your fortune are secured to him for ever.
Ali. It was so; I would see him no more, because Peg. Ay, but it shan't though; I thank him for I love him. that.
Lucy. Hey-day! a very pretty reason. Bel. If you marry without his consent, he can Ali. You do not understand me. but seize upon half your fortune.—The other half, Lucy. I wish you may yourself. and a younger brother's fortune, with a treasure of Ali. I was engaged to marry, you see, another love, are your own. -Take it, my sweetest Peggy, man, whom my justice will not suffer me to deceive and this moment, or we shall be divided for ever. or injure.
(Kneels, and presses her hand. Lucy. Can there be a greater cheat or wrong Peg. I'fackins, but we won't.—Your fine talk has done to a man, than to give him your person withbewitched me.
out your heart? I should make a conscience of it. Bel. (Rising. 1 'Tis you have bewitch'd me, thou
Ali. Hold your tongue. dear, enchanting, sweet simplicity!-Let us fly with Lucy. That you know I can't do, madam; and the wings of love to my house there, and we shall upon this occasion, I will talk for ever. What, give be safe for ever.
yourself away to one, that poor I, your maid, would Peg. And so we will then. There, squeeze my not accept of. hand again.-Now run away with me; and if my Ali. How, Lucy? guardy follows us, the devil' take the hindmost, I Lucy. I would not, upon my honour, madam. say.
(Going. 'Tis never too late to repent. Take a man, and give Enter Moody hastily, and meets them.
up your coxcomb, I say. Moo. O! there's my stray'd sheep, and the wolf
Enter a Servant. again in sheep's clothing ! Now I have recovered Serv. Mr. Sparkish, with company, madam, ather, I shall come to my senses again. (Aside.) tends you below. Where have you been, you puppy?
Ali. I will wait upon 'em. (Erit Servant.] My Peg. Been, bud? We have been hunting all heart begins to fail me, but I must go through with over the Park to find you.
it. Go with me, Lucy.
[Erit. Bel. From one end to t'other, sir. (Confusedly. Lucy. Not I indeed, madam.- If you will leap
Moo. But not where I was to be found, you young the precipice, you shall fall by yourself. What exdevil, you !-Why did you start when you saw me? cellent advice have I thrown away !-So I'll e’en
Peg. I'm always frighten'd when I see you; and take it where it will be more welcome.—Miss Peggy if I did not love you so well, I should run away from is bent upon mischief against her guardian, and she you, so I should.
(Pouts. can't have a better privy counsellor than myselfMoo. But I'll take care you don't.
I must be busy one way or another. (Erit. Peg. This gentleman has a favour to beg of you, bud ?
(BELVILLE makes signs of dislike. SCENE II.- Another Chamber in Moody's House. Moo. I am not in a humour to grant favours to young gentlemen, though you may. What have you
Enter Moody and PEGGY. been doing with this young lady-gentleman, i Moo. I saw him kiss your hand before you saw
me.—This pretence of liking my sister was all a Peg. Fie, bud, you have told all.
blind-the young abandon'd hypocrite! (Aside.] Bel. I have been as civil as I could to the young Tell me, I say-for I know he likes you, and was stranger; and if you'll permit me, I will take the hurrying you to his house--tell me, I saytrouble off your hands, and show the young spark Peg. Lord, han't I told it a hundred times over ? Rosamond's pond; for he has not seen it yet.- Moo. I would try if, in the repetition of the unCome, pretty youth, will you go with me? grateful tale, I could find her altering it in the least
(Goes to her. circumstance; for if her story is false, she is so, too. Peg. As my guardian pleases.
-Aside.] Come, how was't, baggage ? Moo. No, no, it does not please me. Whatever Peg. Lord ! what pleasure you take to hear it, I think he ought to see, I shall show hím myself. sure. You may visit Rosamond's pood, if you will; and Moo. No, you take more in telling it, I find; but
would say ?
speak, how was't? No lies: I saw him kiss you; he enough yet, (Aside.1. Yes, you may, when you before my face.
husband' bids, write letters to people that ate Pegi Nay, you need not be so angry with hina town. neither; for, to say the truth, he has the sweetest Peg. O, may I so? Then I am satished. breath I ever knew.
Moo. Come, begin. SirMoo. The devil! You were satisfied with it then, Peg. Sha'n't I say Dear sir? You know anes and would do it again?
always something more than bare Sér up in a con Peg. Not unless he should force me.
Moo. Write as I bid you, or I will write se Moo. Force you, changeling?
thing with this penknife in your face. Peg. If I had struggled too much, you know, he Peg. Sir would have known I had been a woman; so I was Moo. Though I suffered last night your souten, quiet, for fear of being found out.
loath'd kisses and embraces Write! Moo. If you had been in petticoats, you would Peg. Nay, why should I say so? you know, I have knock'd him down.
told you he had a sweet breath. Peg. With what, bud? I could not help myself; Moo. Write! besides, he did it so modestly, and blush'd so, that Peg. Let me put out loath'd. I almost thought him a girl in men's clothes, and Moo. Write, I say! upon his mummery too as well as me; and, if so, Peg. Well then. there was no harm done, you know.
Moo. Let me see what you have writ. (Reede Moo. This is worse and worse. So, 'tis plain she Though I suffered last night your kisses and embrace loves him, yet she has not love enough to make her -thou impudent creatore, where is naucun conceal it from me; but the sight of him will in- loath'd ? crease her aversion for me, and love for him; and Peg. I can't abide to write such filthy words. that love instruct her how to deceive me, and satisfy Moo. Once more write as I'd have you, or I will him, all idiot as she is. Love; 'twas he gave wo spoil your writing with this; I will stab out those men first their craft, their art of deluding. I must eyes that cause my mischief. (Holds up the perkrife strangle that little monster whilst I can deal with Peg. O Lord! I will.
(Friter. him. (Aside.) Go; fetch pen, ink, and paper, out of Moo. So, so, let's see now: though I suffered last the next room.
night your nauseous, loath'd kisses and embraces go Peg. Yes, I will, bud.
on-yet I would not have you presume that you shall Moo. Go then.
Ever repeat them. Som
[Peggy writer Peg. I'm going.
Peg. I have writ it. Moo. Why don't you go then ?
Moo. O then-I then conceald myrelf frox your Peg. Lord! I'm going.
(Erit. knowledge, to avoid your insolencies- [Peggy write. Moo. This young fellow loves her, and she loves Peg. To avoid him; the rest is all hypocrisy. How the young Moo. Your insolencies modest villain endeavoured to deceive me! But I'll Peg. Your insolencies. crush this inischief in the shell. Why should wo- Moo. The same reason, now I am out of your men have more invention in love than men? It can hands only be because they have more desire, more soli. Pey. Som citing passions, more of the devil.
Moo. Makes me oun to you my unfortunate, though Re-enter Peggy, with pen, ink, and paper.
innocent frolic, in being in boy's clothes.
(PEGGY writer. Come, minx, sit down and write.
Peg. So Peg. Ay, dear, dear bud; but I can't do't very Moo. That you may for evermore well.
Peg. Evermore Moo. I wish you could not at all.
Moo. Evermore cease to pursue her, who hates ana Peg. But what should I write for?
(PEGGY rritet Moo. I'll have you write a letter to this young
Moo. What do you sigh for? Detests yos, es mack Peg. O lord ! to the young gentleman a letter? as she loves her husband and her honour. Moo. Yes, to the young gentleman.
Peg. I vow, husband, he'll never believe I shoald Pey. Lord, you do but jeer; sure, you jest. write
such a letter. Moo. I am not so merry. Come, sit down, and Moo. What, he'd expect a kinder one from you: write as I bid you.
Come, now your name only. Peg. What do you think I am a fool ?
Peg. What, sha’n't I say-Year sast faithful Moo. She's afraid I would not dictate my love to humble serrant till death? him, therefore she's unwilling. (Aside.] But you had Moo. No, tormenting fiend. (PEGGY writes. Her
style, I find, would be very soft. (Axide.) Came, Peg. Indeed, and indeed, but I won't, so I won't. wrap it up now, whilst I go fetch wax and á candie Moo. Why?
and write on the outside For Mr. Beloille. Eri Peg. Because he's in town. You may send for Peg. (Writes.] For Mr. Belville. So; I am glad him here, if you will.
he is gone. Hark! I hear a noise. Moo. Very well; you would have him brought to Moo. (Within.) Well, well; but can't you all you? Is it come to this? I say, take the pen and again ? Well, walk in then. ink, and write, or you'll provoke me.
Peg. I'fack, there's folks with him. Peg. Lord! what do you make a fool of me for? Moo. (Within.) Very well; if he must see me, 12 Don't I know that letters are never writ but from come to him. the country to London, and from London into the Peg. That's pure; now I may think a litek. country? Now he's in town, and I'm in town too; Why
should I send dear Mr. Belville such a letter! therefore I can't write to him, you know.
Can one have no shift? Ah, a London woman world Mos. So, I'm glad it's no worse; she is innocent have had a hundred presently. Stay; what is
should write a letter, and wrap it up like this, and not to have your qualms. I have known several write upon it too? Ay; but then my guardian would bold gentlemen not able to draw their swords, when see't. I don't know what to do. But yet y'vads I'll a challenge has come tno quick upon 'em. try, so I will; for I will not send this letter to poor Bel. I assure you, Mrs. Lucy, that I am no bully Mr. Belville, come what will on't.-[Writes, and re-in love; and Miss Peggy will meet with her match, peats what she writes.) Dear, dear, dear, sweet Mr. come when she will. Belville-S0-My guardian would have me send you Lucy. Ay, so you all say; but talking does no a base, rude letter, but I won'?—s—and would have business. Stay at home till you hear from us. me say I hate you ; but I won'-there--for I'm sure, Bel. Blessings on thee, Lucy, for the thought. if you and I were in the country, at cards together Moo. (Without.] But I must and will see him, let. 80— I could not help treading on your toe under the him have what company he will. table ; so pray keep at home, for I shall be with you as Lucy. As I hope to be married, Mr. Belville, I soon as I can; so no more at present from one who am, hear Mr. Moody's voice. Where shall I hide mydear, dear, poor dear Mr. Belville, your loviny friend self? If he sees me, we are all undone. till death do us part, Margaret Thrift
. So, now wrap Bel. This is our cursed luck again. What the it up just like t'other; so, now write-For Mr. Bel. devil can he want here? Get into this closet till he ville.-But, oh! what shall I do with it? for here is gone. (Puts Lucy into the closet.] Don't you stir, comes my guardian. (Puts it in her bosom. Lucy. I must put the best face upon the matter.
Now for it.
[Takes a book and reads. Re-enter Moody, with a candle and sealing-war. Moo. I have been detained by a sparkish cox
Enter Moody. comb, who pretended to visit me; but I fear 'twas Moo. You will excuse me, sir, for breaking to my wife. (Aside.) What, have you done? through forms, and your servant's entreaties, to Peg. Ay, ay, bud, just now.
have the honour-but you are alone, sir-your Moo. Let's see't; what d'ye tremble for ? fellow told me below, that you were with company.
(He opens and reads the first letter. Bel. Yes, sir, the best company. (Shews his Peg. So, I had been finely serv'd, if I had giv'n book.) When I converse with my betters, I choose him this.
(Aside. to have 'em alone. Moo. Come, where's the wax and seal i
Mov. And I choose to interrupt your conversation: Peg. Lord! what shall I do? | Aside.] Pray, let the business of my errand must plead my excuse. me see't. Lord! you think I cannot seal a letter ; Bel. You shall be always welcome to me; but I will do't, so I will.
you seem ruffled, sir. Wbat brings you hither, and [Snatches the letter from him, changes it for the so seemingly out of humour? other, seals it, and delivers it to him.
Moo. Your impertinency; I beg pardon, your Moo. Nay, I believe you will learn that and other modesty I mean. things too, which I would not have you.
Bel. My impertinency? Peg. So, ha'n't I done it curiously? I think I Moo. Your impertinency. have: there's my letter going to Mr. Belville, since Bel. Sir, from the peculiarity of your character, he'll needs have me send letters to folks. (Aside. and your intimacy with my uncle, I shall allow you
Moo. 'Tis very well; but I warrant you would not great privileges; but you must consider, youth has have it go now?
its privileges too; and, as I have not the honour of Peg. Yes, indeed, but I would, bud, now.
your acquaintance, I am not obliged to bear witb Moo. Well, you are a good girl then. Come, let your ill humours, or your ill manners. me lock you up in your chamber till I come back; Moo. They who wrong me, young man, must and be sure you come not within three strides of the bear with both; and if you had not made too free window when I am gone, for I have a spy in the with me, I should have taken no liberties with you. street. (Puts her into the chamber.) At least 'tis fit Bel. I could have wished, sir, to have found you a she think so: if we do not cheat women, they'll little more civil, the first time I have the honour of a cheat us. Now I have secur'd all within, I'll deal visit from you. with the foe without, with false intelligence. [Exit. Moo. If that is all you want, young gentleman,
you will find me very civil indeed. There, sir, SCENE III.--Belville's Lodgings. read that, and let your modesty declare whether I
want either kindness or civility. Look you there, Enter Lucy and BELVILLE.
[Gives him a letter.) Lucy. I run great risks, to be sure, to serve Bel. What is it? the young lady and you, sir; but I know you are a Moo. Only a love-letter, sir; and from my wife. gentleman of honour, and would scorn to betray a Bel. How, is it from your wife? Hum and hum. friend who means you well, and is above being mer
Moo. Even from my wife, sir. Am not 'I wonBel. As you are not mercenary, Mrs. Lucy, I drous kind and civil to you now too? But you'll not ought to be the more generous ; give me leave to think her so.
(Aside. present you with this trifle ; (gives her a ring) not as Bel. Ha ! is this a trick of his or her's ! Aside. a reward for your services, but as a small token of Moo. The gentleman's surpris’d, I find. What, friendship.
you expected a kinder letter ? Lucy. Though I scorn to be bribed in any cause, Bel. No, faith, not I. How could I? yet I am proud to accept it as a mark of your regard, Moo. Yes, yes, I'm sure you did; a man so young and as such shall keep it for your sake; and now and well made as you are, must needs be disappointto business.
ed, if the women declare not their passion at the first Bel. But has the dear creature resolved ? sight or opportunity.
Lucy. Has she ! why, she will run away and marry Bel. But what should this mean? It seems he you, in spite of your teeth, the first moment you can knows not what the letter contains.
Asido break prison : so you, in your turn, must take care Moo. Come, ne'er wonder at it so much.