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dam. [Reads.1 Dear, dear, Mr. Belville. Very well, indeed. I have kept the secret for my sister's sake, I have taught you to write letters to good purpose; as long as I could ; but you must know it, and shall but let's see't. First, I am to beg your pardon for know it too.
(Cries. my boldness in writing to you, which I'd hare you to Moo. Dry your tears. know I would not have done had you not said first you Peg. You always thought he was hankering after lored me so extremely; which, if you do, you will never Good law! he's dying for Alithea, and Alithea suffer me to be another man's, who I loath, nauseate, for him. They have had private meetings, and he and detest. Now you can write these filthy words. was making love to her before yesterday, from the But what follows !--therefore I hope you will speed- tavern window, when you thought it was me. I ily find some way to free me from this unfortunate would have discovered all, but she made me swear to match, which was never, I assure you, of my choice ; deceive you; and so I have finely; have not I, but I'm afraid 'tis already too far gone; however, if | bud ? you love me as I do you, you will try what you can do; Moo. Why did you write that foolish letter to him you must help me away before to-morrow, or else, alas? then, and make me more foolish to carry it? I shall be for ever out of your reach, for I can defer no Peg. To carry on the joke, bud; to oblige them. longerour-our-what is to follow our ? Speak, what? Moo. And will nothing serve her but that great Our journey into the country, I suppose. Oh, wo- baby? He's too young for her to marry. man! d-dwoman ! and love! d-d love! their old Peg. Why do you marry me then ? 'Tis the same tempter; for this is one of his miracles; in a moment thing, bud. he can make those blind that could see, and those Moo. No, no, 'tis quite different. How innocent see that were blind; those dumb that could speak, she is! (Aside. But hark you, madam, your sister and those prattle who were dumb before. But make went out this morning, and I have not seen her an end of your letter, and then I'll make an end of within since. you thus, and all my plagues together.
Peg. Alack-a-day! she has been crying all day
(Draws his sword. above, it seems, in a corner. Peg. O Lord ! O Lord ! you are such a passionate Moo. Where is she ? let me speak with her. man, bud!
Peg. O Lord! then she'll discover all. (Aside.) Moo. Come, take the pen, and make an end of Pray hold, bud: what, d'ye mean to discover me ! the letter, just as you intended; if you are false in She'll know I have told you then. Pray, bud, let a tittle I shall soon perceive it, and punish you with me talk with her first. this as you deserve.' [Lays his hand on his sword.] Moo. I must speak with her to know whether Write what was to follow. Let's see. You must Belville ever made her any promise, and whether make haste, and help me away before to-morrow, or she will be married to Sparkish or no. else I shall be for ever out of your reach, for I can de- Peg. Pray, dear bud, don't till I have spoken fer no lonyer our-what follows our ?
with her, and told her that I have told you all; for (Peggy takes the pen, and writes. she'll kill me else. Pey. Must all out then, bud ? Look you there Moo. Go then, and bid her come to me. then,
Peg. Yes, yes, bud. Moo. Let's see ;-for I can defer no longer our Moo. Let me seewedding. - Your slighted ALITHEA. What's the Peg. I have just got time to know of Lucy, who meaning of this ? My sister's name to't? Speak; first set me to work, what lie I shall tell next; for unriddle.
I am e'en at my wits end. (Aside, and exit. Peg. Yes, indeed, bud.
Moo. Well, i resolve it, Belville shall have her. Moo. But why her name to't? Speak, speak, I'd rather give him my sister than lend him my I say !
wife; and such an alliance will prevent his preten. Peg. Ay, but you'll tell her again; if you would sions to my wife, sure; I'll make him of kin to her not tell her again
and then he won't care for her. Moo. I will not; I am stunn'd; my head turns
Re-enter PEGGY. round. Speak.
Peg. O Lord, bud, I told you what anger you Peg. Won't you tell her, indeed, and indeed ? would make me with my sister. Mo. No; speak, I say.
Moo. Won't she come? Peg. She'll be angry with me: but I would Peg. No, she won't, she's ashamed to look you rather she should be angry with me than you, bud. in the face; she'll go directly to Mr. Belville, she And to tell the truth, 'twas she made me write the says. Pray let her have her way, bud; she won't letter, and taught me what I should write.
be pacified if you don't; and will never forgive me. Moo. Ha! I thought the style was somewbat For my part, bud, I believe, but dun't tell anybody, better than her own. (Aside.]. Could she come to they have broken a piece of silver between 'em; or you to teach you, since I lock'd you up alone ? have contracted one another, as we have done, you Peg. Oh! through the key-hole, bud.
know, which is the next thing to being married." Moo. But why should she make you write a letter Moo. Pooh! you fool; she is ashamed of talking for her to him, since she can write herself?
with me about Belville, because I made the match Peg. Why, she said, because
for her with Sparkish! But Sparkish is a fool, and Moo. Because what; because
I have no objection to Belville's family or fortune : Pey. Why because, bud
tell her so. Moo. Because what, I say?
Peg. I will, bud.
[Going. Peg. Because, lest Mr. Belville, as he was so Moo. Stay, stay, Peggy, let her have her own young, should be inconstant, and refuse her; or be way; she shall go to Belville herself, and I'll follow vain afterwards, and shew the letter, she might dis- her; that will be best ; let her have her whim. own it, the hand not being her's.
Pey. You're in the right, bud; for they have Moo. Belville again ! Am I to be deceiv'd again certainly had a quarrel, by her crying and hanging with that young hypocrite ?
her head so: I'll be hang'd if her eyes an't swellid Peg. You bave deceiv'd yourself, bud; you have out of her bead, she's in such a piteous taking.
Mon Bett se her 19 sate care of the battle. I'll be a little figurative with her. 4 Saat: he was spesise, he shall keep uchas her] I find, madan, yo take a solo
be a better goirt Iober ter has a dat Yac need not have bees sa da, at de mes are no interrete: aluee this evening, if you had been viser yeste date Park before I see the that What, bothing to say for yourself? Repeater toys cute to a route before I es pose, makes you as a ward and assis
the poor country girl your brother has lacki za Pe La bad, bow wise you are! I a I bad PD. Home Sisteme; you see everything at sace Peg. Ia frightea'd out of my is Sone side thee; ther, a tie farther that
Trice to pass
Spark Not a step farther shall you go tell you e And so I : de san't see se till I beat give me an account of your behavicar, and make ieee heat Belle's
De reparation for being ridiculous. What dob (Se does is ske måliz of the stage still. Then if you won't by fais mes I rast
Be squeeze yoe be a confession. (As he goers esker, 26. My case is seeing better for spese he slipe by kim; he asichas hold of her bed the sunsel Belville sebe I balater readies BELVILLE'S 10.] Not quite so fast. If you Sa fortsatrying sy sister, the forde- please. Come, come, let me see your modest face, badag sy is for sale sake ber sie abse bear your soft tonges, I shall be tempted to Tatto; and the two, I had rather find use yua il my sister the forward than my wate: I expected so
Bester Moody. aber free her free e iscatie, as she calls and her passion for the town. Well, wife and sister are Moo Hands of you ruan! How dare you use es sich makes expect love and daty, plea-2 lady, and my sister, in this manner? sare and comfort; but we findes plages and tor
Take SPARKISH from le. ests, and are equally, thongla diferently, trouble. Spark. She's my property, sir; transferred to me see to their keeper. But here she comes. by you; and though I would give her up to anybody
(Steps and for a dirty sword-knat, yet I won't be bullied out of Ro-cater Pesce, drevet like ÅLITHE!; and as they right, though it is not worth that.
(Sape kur fingers. passes seer the stags seems to sigt, sob, and wipe her
Mos. There's a los to be a husband! You are
justified in despising him and Eying from him. Pu Peg. Heigho!
(Erit. defend you with my purse and my sword. Knock at Mor. Comes forward. There the poor devil goes, that door, and let see seal to Belsille. (PEGGY sigting and sobbing, a woeful example of the fatal knacks; when the Footman opens is she runs in.] Is consequences of a town education; but I am bound your master at home, friend in duty, as well as inclination, to do my utmost to Foot. Yes, sir. 2te ber; but first I'll secure my own property. Moo. Tell him, then, that I have rescued that (Opens, and calle.] Peggy! Peggy! my dear! I lady from this gentleman; and, by her desire, and will return as soon as possible; do you hear me? my conseut, she flies to him for protection. If he Why don't you answer You may read in the book can get a parson, let him marry her this minute; I bought you, till I come back. As the Jew says in tell him so, and shut the door. Én Footman.) And the play, - Fast bind, fast food.”—[ Locks the door. Dos, sir, if your wine has given you courage, you This is the best, and only security for female affec had better shew it upon this secasion; for you are Logs.
[Erit. still d-dridicalous.
Spark. Did you ever hear the like? Lookye, Mr. SCENE IL—The Park, before Belville's House. Moody, we are in the Park, and to draw a svord is
an offence to the court; so you may vapour as long Enter Sparkiss, fuddled.
as you please. A woman of so little taste is not Spark. If I can but meet with her, or anybody worth fighting for; she's not worth my sword: bat that belongs to her, they will find me a match for if you'll fight me tomorrow morning for diversion, 'em. When a man has wit, and a great deal of it, I am your man. Champague gives it a double edge, and nothing can Moo. Relinquish your title in the lady to Belville withstand it; 'tis a lighted match to gunpowder. I peaceably, and you may sleep in a whole skin. was right to consult my friends, and they all agree Spark. Belville! he would not have your sister with Moody, that I make a d-d ridiculous figure, with the fortune of a nabob; DO, DO, his mouth as matters stand at present. I'll consult Belville; waters at your country tit-bit at home: much good this is his house; he's my friend too; and no fool. may it do him. 1: shall be so. D-n it, I must not be ridiculous. Moo. And you think so, puppy, Ha, ha, ha! [Geing to the door, sees Peggy coming.] Hold! hold' Spark. Yes, I do, mastiff. Ha, ha, ha! if the Champagne does not hurt my eye-sight, while Moo. Then thy folly is complete. Ha, ha, ha! it sharpens my wit, the enemy is marching up this Spark. Thine will be so, when thou hast married way. Come on, madam Alithea ; now for a smart thy country innocent. Ha, ha, ha! fire; and then let's see who will be ridiculous.
[They laugh at each other. Enter PEGGY.
Spark. What, my boy, Harcourt!
Moo. What brings you here, sir? without passing by him. He sees me, and will dis- Har. I followed you to Belville's, to presenta near cover me; he se'ms in liquor too. Bless me! Spark. Oho! she stands at bay a little; she don't
relation of your's, and a nearer one of mine, to you. much relish the engagement. The first blow is half! Spark. What's the matter now?
to have married me yourself? Have you not preRe enter HARCOURT, with AliTheA.
tended to be married to me, when you knew in your Har. Give me leave, gentlemen, without offence conscience you was not ? And have you not been to either, to present Mrs. Harcourt to you. shilly-shally for a long time? So that if I had not
Spark. Alithea, your wife! Mr. Moody, are you married dear Mr. Belville, I should not have marin the clouds too?
ried at all; so I should not. Moo. If I am not in a dream, I am the most mise
(BELVILLE and Peggy retire from the balcony. rable walking dog that ever run mad with his mis
Spark. Extremely pleasant, faith; ha, ha, ha! fortunes and astonishm:7:
Moo. I am stupified vith shame, rage, and asto. Har. Why so, Jack? Can you object to my hap. nishment. My fate tas o'ercome me; I can strugpiness, when this gentleman was unworthy of it? gle no inore with it. (Sighs. What is left me ? I
(Moody walks about in a rage. cannot bear to look, or be looked upon. I will Spark. This is very fine; very fine, indeed. hurry down to my old bout, take a twelvemonth's Where's your story about Belville now, 'squire provision into it, cut down ny drawbridge, run wild Moody? Prythee, don't chafe, and stare, and stride, about my garden, which all grow as wild as myand beat thy head, like a mad tragedy poet! but self; then will I curse the world, and every indiout with thy tropes and figures.
vidual in it; and when my rage and spirits fail me, Moo. Zounds! I can't bear it.
I will be found dead among the nettles and thistles, (Goes hastily to Belville's door, and knocks hard. a woeful example of the baseness and treachery of Ali. Dear brother, what's the matter?
one sex, and of the falsehood, lying, perjury, deceit, Moo. The devil's the matter! the devil and wo- impudence, and damnation, of the other. (Erit. men together. (Knocks again.] I'll break the door
Spark. Very droll, and extravagantly comic, I down, if they won't answer. (Knocks again. must confess; ha, ha, ha! A Footman appears in the balcony, in flat.
Enter BELVILLE and Peggy.
Lookye, Belville, I wish you joy with all my heart; Foot. He is obeying your commands, sir; and the you have got the prize, and perhaps have caught a moment he has finished, he will do himself the plea- Tartar; that's no business of mine. If you want sure to wait on you.
evidence for Mr. Moody's giving his consent to your Moo. You sneering villain, you! if your master marriage, I shall be ready. I bear no :ll-will to that does not produce that she-devil, who is now with pair ; I wish you happy; [t0 ALITHEA and Harhim, and who, with a face of innocence, has cheated COURT) though I'm sure they'll be miserable; and and undone me, I'll set fire to his house.
so, your humble servant.
(Exit. (Erit Footman from the balcony. Peg. I hope you forgive me, Alithea, for playing Spark. 'Gad so ! now I begin to smoke the busi- your brother this trick; indeed, I should have only ness. Well said, simplicity! rural simplicity! made him and myself miserable, had we married to 'Egad! if thou hast trick'd Cerberus here, I shall gether. be so ravish'd, that I will give this couple a wed. Ali. Then 'tis much better as it is. But I am yet ding-dinner. Pray, Mr. Moody, who's d-d ridicu- in the dark how this matter has been brought about; lous now?
how your innocence, my dear, has outwitted his Moo. (Going to SPArkish.) Lookye, sir ; don't worldly wisdom. grin, for if you dare to shew your teeth at my mis- Peg. I am sure I'll do anything to please my bud, fortunes, l’li dash 'em down your impudent throat, but marry him. you jackanapes !
But you, good gentry, what say you to this? Spark. (Quite calm.) Very fine, faith; but I have You are to judge me—have I done amiss ? no weapons to butt with a mad bull, so you may toss I've reasons will convince you all, and strong ones, and roar by yourself, if you please.
Except old folks, who hanker after young ones. Enter BELVILLE in the balcony.
Bud was so passionate, and grown so thrifty, Bel. What does my good friend want with me?
'Twas a sad life-and, then, he was near fifty! Moo. Are you a villain, or are you not?
I'm but nineteen-my husband too is young, Bel. I have obey'd your commands, sir. So soft, so gentle, such a winning tongue ! Moo. What have you done with the girl, sir ? Have I, pray ladies, speak, done very wrong? Bel. Made her my wife, as you desired.
As for poor bud, 'twas honest to deceive him; Spark. Very true, I am your witness.
More virtuous, sure, to cheat him than to grieve him. Moo. She's my wife, and I demand her.
Great folks, I know, will call me simple slut;
" Marry for love," they cry, “ the country put!".
Marriage with them's a fashion-soon grows cool; Peg. No; but I an't though, bud. What's the But I'm for always loving, like a fool. matter, dear? are you angry with me?
With half my fortune I would rather part, Moo. How dare you look me in the face, cocka- Than be all inery with an aching heart. trice?
For these strange awkward no‘ions don't abuse me : Peg. How dare you look me in the face, bud? And, as I know no better, pray excuse me. [Eseunt Have you not given me to another, when you ought
Anth. Thou art the forwardest fool
Peter. Why, good tame Anthony,
Tell me but this: to what end came fre hither!
Anth. To wait upon our masters.
Peter. But how, Anthony?
Answer me that; resolve me there, good Anthons
Anth. To serve their uses.
Peter. Shew your uses, Anthony,
Anth. To be employ'd in anything.
Peter. No, Anthony;
Not anything, I take it, nor that thing
We travel to discover, like a new island;
I'll give 'em warning.
Anth. Come, come, all will be mended: this
Of infinite report for shape and beauty,
That bred all trouble to go purpose,
They are determin'd now no more to think on
Peter. Were there ever
Men known to run mad with report before!
Or wander after that, they knew not where (hors Nurse
To find; or, if found, how to enjoy? Are
Made, now a-days, with malt, that their affectio
I do believe,
That men in love are ever drunk, as drunken
Anth. Prythee, be thou sober,
And know that they are none of those, paten
Of the least vanity of love; only a doslt Enter PETER and ANTHONY.
Fame might too far report, or rather, fatter Poter. 'Would we were remov’d from this town, The graces of this woman, made them curios Anthony,
To find the truth; which, since they tuds That we may taste some quiet! for mine own part, Lock d up from their searches, they are nos pas I'm almost melted with continual trotting
To give the wonder over. After inquiries, dreams, and revelations, [soldiers ! Peter. 'Would they were resolv'd of who knows whom, 'or where : Serve wenching To give me some new shoes, too! for I'll be sent I'll serve a priest in Lent first, and eat bell-ropes. These are e'en worn out to the reasonable soles
in their good worship's business: and some sleep Necessity compels me. Would not do much amiss, unless they mean
San. But think better.
[me, to make a watchman of me. Here they come! Petr. There's no other cure left; yet, witness with
(Ereunt. All that is fair in man, all that is noble,
I am not greedy of his life I seek for, (possible, Enter Don John and Don FREDERICK.
Nor thirst to shed man's blood; and 'would 'twere Don J. I would we could have seen her though : I wish it from my soul, for, sure,
My sword should only kill his crianes : no, 'tis She must be some rare creature, or report lies : Honour-honour, my noble friends, that idol honour All men's reports, too.
That all the world now worships, not Petruchio,
Anto. Let it once be done,
Bapt. Do you weigh, Petruchio,
The value of the person, power, and greatness, If I more think upon her!
And what this spark may kindle ? But as she came a strange report unto me,
Petr. To perform it, So the next beauteous fame shall lose her.
So much I am tied to reputatior, Don F. 'Tis the next way :
And credit of my house, let it raise wild-fires, But whither are you walking ?
And storms thai toss me into everlasting ruin, Don J. My old round,
Yet I must through; if you dare side me. After my supper, and then to bed.
Anto. Dare! Don F. Your servant, then.
Say we were all sure to die in this venture, Don J. Will not you stir ?
As I am confident against it, is there any Don F. I have a little business.
Amongst us of so fat a sense, so pamperd, Don J. I'd lay my life, this lady still
Would choose luxuriously to lie a-bed, Don F. Then you would lose it.
And purge away his spirit ? send his soul out Don J. Pray, let's walk together.
In sugar sops, and syrups ? Give me dying, Don F. Now I caonot.
As dying ought to be, upon my enemy: Don J. I have something to impart.
Let them be all the world, and bring along Don F. An hour hence,
Cain's envy with them, I will on. I will not miss to meet you.
San. We'll follow. Don J. Where?
Petr. You're friends, indeed! Don F. I'th' High-street;
Anto. Here is none will fly from you ; For, not to lie, I have a few devotions
Do it in what design you please, we'll back you. To do first, and theu I am your's, Don Joho. Petr. That's spoken heartily. Don J. Devotions, Frederick ! Well, I leave you Ant. And he that flinches, to them:
May he die, lousy, in a ditch! Speed you well : but remember
San. Is the cause so mortal ? nothing but his life? Don F. I will not fail.
* [Exeunt. Petr. Believe me,
A less offence has been the desolation:
Of a whole name.
San. No other way to purge it?
Bapt. Think an hour more,
, then, you find no safer road to guide you, San. Fie, Antonio!
[him. We'll set our rest, too. Anto. Orknock his brains out first, and then forgive Anto. Mine's up already, If you do thrust, be sure it be to th' hilts,
And hang him, for my part, goes less than life. A surgeon may see through him.
(Ereunt. San. You are too violent.
Enter Don Jonn.
son'd ? Don J. The civil order of this city, Naples, The hunour of my house crack'd ? my blood poi. Makes it belov'd and honour'd of all travellers, My credit and my name ?
As a most safe retirement in all troubles; Bapt. Be sure it be so,
Beside the wholesome seat, and noble temper Before you use this violence. Let not doubt, Of those minds that inhabit it, safely wise, And a suspecting anger, so much sway you: And to all strangers courteous. But I see Your wisdom may be question’d.
My admiration has drawn night upon me, Anto. I say, kill him,
And longer to expect my friend, may pull me And then dispute the cause.
Into suspicion of too late a stirrer, Bapt. Hang up a true man,
Which all good governments are jealous of. Because 'tis possible he may be thievish!
I'll home, and think at liberty: yet, certain, Is this good justice ?
'Tis not so far night as I thought; for see, Petr. I know, as certain
A fair house yet stands open; yet all about it As day must come again, as clear as truth,
Are close, and no lights stirring: there may be And open as belief can say it to me,
I may do a good office.