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ried, and her husband owns the child, she is suffici.
ently justified for what she has done. ACT V.
Mother. Sir, I must, blushingly, beg leave to say,
you are in an error. I know there has been the SCENE I.-A Street.
passion of love between them, but with a tempera
ment so innocent and so refined, as it did impose a Enter Mother and Kinswoman.
negative upon the very possibility of her being with
child. No, sir; I assure you my daughter Con. Kins. But, madam, be not so angry; perhaps stantia has never had a child. A child! Ha, ha, ha! Is she'll come again.
Oh, goodness, save us, a child ! Mother. Oh! kinswoman, never speak of her
Don F. Well, madam, I shall not dispute this * more; for she's an odious creature to leave me thus with you any farther; but give me leave to wait
in the lurch. I have given her all her breeding, upon your daughter; for her friend, I assure you, and instructed her with my own principles of edu- is in great impatience to see her. cation.
Mother. Friend, sir! I know none she has. I'm Kins. I protest, madam, I think she's a person sure she loaths the very sight of him. that knows as much of all that as
Don F. Of whom ? Mother. Knows, kinswoman! there's ne'er a fe
Mother. Why, of Antonio, sir; he that you were male in Italy, of thrice her years, knows so much pleased to say—ha, ha, ha! the procedures of a true gallantry, and the infallible
Don F. I tell you s do not know Antonio, nor principles of an honourable friendship, as she does. never named him to you. I told you, that the Duke
Kins. And, therefore, madam, you ought to love has owned Constantia for his wife, and that her her.
brother and he are friends, and are now both in Mother. No, fie upon her! nothing at all, as I am search after her. a Christian. When once a person fails in funda- Mother. Then, as I'm a Christian, I suspect we mentals, she's at a period with me. Besides, with have both been equally involved in the misfortune all her wil
, Constantia is but a fool; and calls all of a mistake. Sir, I am in the dernier confusion the minauderies of a bonne mine, affectation. Kins. Bless me, sweet goodness! But, pray, been liable to several addresses, yet she had never
to avow, that, though my daughter, Constantia, has madam, how came Constantia to fall out with your the honour to be produced to his grace. ladyship? Did she take anything ill of you ?
Don F. So, now the thing is out, and I'm a dd Mother. As I am a Christian, I can't resolve you, rogue for what I did to Don John; for, on my con. unless it were that I led the dance first: but for that science, this is that Constantia the fellow told me of! she must excuse me; I know she dances well, but I'll make him amends, whate'er it cost me. Lady, there are others, who, perhaps, understand the you must give me leave not to part with you, till right swim of it as well as she
you meet with your daughter, for some reasons I Enter Don FREDERICK.
shall tell you hereafter.
Mother. Sir, I am so highly your obligée for the And, though I love Constantia
manner of your enquiries, and you have grounded Don F. How's this ? Constantia !
your determinations upon so just a basis, that I Mother. I know no reason why I should be de- shall not be ashamed to own myself a votary to all barred the privilege of shewing my own geno too your commands.
(Éreunt. sometimes. Don F. If I am not mistaken, that other woman
SCENE II.-A Street. is she, Don John and I were directed to, when we
Enter Second CONSTANTIA. came first to town, to bring us acquainted with Constantia. I'll try to get some intelligence from
2 Con. So, thanks to my youth and my heels, I her. Pray, lady, have I never seen you before ?
am once more free from Antonio! What an escape! Kins. Yes, sir, I think you have, with
another and yet, what a misfortune! I have no great reason stranger, a friend of yours, one day, as I was coming old fellow, I have
lost the young one too. I did not
to rejoice-for, though I have got clear from the out of the church. Don F. I'm right then. And, pray, who were that's the question—I wish my spirited young
wish to outrun them both; but whither to go now? you talking of?
Mother. Why, sir, of an inconsiderate, inconsi- Spaniard were here to answer it; but that this wilă derable person, that has at once both forfeited the spark, whom I liked so well, and who swore he honour of my concern, and the concern of her own distress me, and drive me out of the house, puzzles
liked me, should send that old piece of mischief to honour.
Don F. Very fine, indeed! and is all this intended me exceedingly! I wish I could see him once more, for the beautiful Constantia ?
to explain this matter to me. May I never be marMother. Oh! fie upon her, sir, an odious creature, false, my poor heart will have a terrible time of it.
ried if he is not coming this way! Should he prove as I'm a Christian, no beauty at all.
(Walks aside. Don F. Why, does not your ladyship think her Now for the proof, handsome ?
Enter Don John, holding PETER. Mother. Seriously, sir, I don't think she's ugly; Don J. Did you run after her, as I ordered you, but, as I am a Christian, my position is, that no true sirrah! beauty can be lodged in that creature, who is not, Peter. Like any greyhound, sir. in some measure, buoyed up with a just sense of Don J. And have you found her, rascal ? what is incumbent to the devoir of a person of qua- Peter. Not quite, sir. lity.
Don J. Not quité, sir ! You are drunk, fellow! Don F. That position, madam, is a little severe ; Peter. A little, sir; I run the better for it. but however she has been incumbent formerly, as Don J. Have you seen her ? speak quickly, or your ladyslip is pleased to say, now that she's mar-speak no more.
Peter Yes, yes, I have seen her.
love as long as we live, and then we'll die together; Don 1. Where? where?
and there's an end of both of us. But who us Peter. There ! there!
my old friend has got there? Don J. Where's there, sirrah ? Peter. There where I saw her in the street.
Enter First CONSTANTIA and ANTONIO, sro
seizes her. Don J. Did you overtake her?
Peter. I was overtaken myself, sir, and-hic-fell Anto. Oh! have I caught you, gentlewosa, down.
last? Come, give me my gold. Don J. Then she is gone! irrecoverably gone! I Con. I hope he takes me for another; I met and I shall run distracted! [Second Constantia taps answer, for I had rather you should take me ferest him on the shoulder; he turns, and they gaze on each one, than who I am.
(the band? other.] Heigho!
Don J. Pray, sir, who is that you have there by Peter. Never was so near death in all my life! Anto. A person of honour, that has brotea opera
(Exit. my trunks, and run away with all my goid: reta Don J. Oh! my dear soul, take pity on me, and I'll hold ten pounds l’u have it whipped out ober give me comfort; for I'm e'en dead for want of again. thee.
2 Con. Done, I'll hold you ten pounds of that pr. 2 Con. Oh! you're a fine gentleman, indeed, to Anto. Ha! by my troth, you have reason; and shut me up in your house, and send another man lady, I ask your pardon; but I'll have it Ekippel
out of you, then gossip.
(Going to her. Don J. Pray, hear me.
Don J. Hold, sir, you must not meddle with my 2 Con. No, I will never hear you more, after goods.
Stopping bisa such an injury; what would you have done, if I Anto. Your goods ! how came she to be yours? had been kind to you, that you could use me thus I'm sure I bought her of her mother for five husbefore ?
dred good pieces in gold. Don J. By my troth, that's shrewdly urged. Don J. Āy, sir, but that bargain won't hold gond 2 Con. Besides, you basely broke your word. in our court; besides, sir, as I told you before, she's
Don J. But will you hear nothing ? nor did you mine, Don. hear nothing ? I had three men upon me at once, Anto. Yours, sir! by what right? and had I not consented to let that old fellow up, Don J. The right of possession, sir; the law of who came to my rescue, they had all broken in love, and consent of the parties. whether I would or no.
Anto. And is this so, young lady ? 2 Con. It may be so; for I remember I heard a 2 Con. Yes, young gentleman, it is. You pernoise; but suppose it was not so, what then? why, chase me! And could you imagine, you old fod then I'll love him, however. Harkye, sir, I ought you, that I would take up with you, while there was now to use you very scurvily; but I can't find in a young fellow to be had for love or money! Per my heart to do so.
chase yourself a little wit, and a great deal of flanDon J. Then heaven's blessing on thy heart for nel, against the cold weather, or, on my word, you'll it!
make a melancholy figure. Ha, ha, ha! 2 Con. But a
Don J. He does make a melancboly figure ! ba, Don J. What?
ha! you had better let her alone, Deu; why, she's 2 Con. I would fain know
too hard for me Don J. What, what? I'll tell thee anything, Anto. Indeed, I thiņk so. Bat, pray, sir, by your everything
leave, I hope you will allow me the speech of one 2 Con. I would fain know, whether you can be word to your goods here, as you call her ; 'tis bets kind to me.
small request. Don J. Look in your glass, my charmer, and an- Don J. Ay, sir, with all my heart-how, Constas. swer for me.
tia! Madam, now you have seen that lady, I hope 2 Con. You think me very vain.
you will pardon the haste you met me in a little Don J. I think you devilish handsome.
while ago; if I committed a fault, you must think 2 Con. I shall find you a rogue at last.
her for it. Don J. Then you shall hang me for a fool; take 1 Con. Sir, I do know too well the power of love, your garters, and do it now, if you will. (Sighing. by my own experience, not to pardon all the effects 2 Con. You are no fool.
of it in another. Don J. Oh, yes, a loving fool.
Anto. Well, ther, I'll promise yon, if you will 2 Con. Will you love me for ever ?
but help me to recover my gold again, that I'll never Don J. I'll be bound to you for ever; you can't trouble you more. desire better security.
2 Con. A match; and 'tis the best that you and 2 Cun. I have better security.
I could ever make. Don J. What's that, my angel ?
Don J. Pray, madam, fear nothing; by my love, 2 Con. The tenderest affection for you now, and I'll stand by you, and see that your brother sball de the kindest behaviour to you, for evermore.
you no harm.' Don J. And I, upon my knees, will swear, that, 2 Con. Harkye, sir, a word; how dare you talk that-what shall I swear ?
of love to any lady but me, sir ? 2 Con. Nay, use what words you please, so they Don J. By my troth, that was a fault, but I meant be but hearty.
it only civilly. Don J. I swear, then, by thy fair self, that looks 2 Con. Ay, but if you are so very civil a gentis 80 like a deity, and art the only thing I now can man, we shall not be long friends: I scorn to share think of, that I'll adore you to my dying day. your love with any one whatsoever; and, for sy
2 Con. And here I vow, the minute thou dost part, I'm resolved to have either all or none. leave me, I'll leave the world that's, kill myself. Don J. Well, well, my dear little covetous rogue
Don J. Ob! my dear heavenly creature, we'll thou shalt have it all-thus 1 sign and seal
her hand.) and transfer all my stock of love to thee, which might capacitate me to make you presents, I for ever and for ever.
I had no way left for the exercise of my generosity 2 Con. I accept it, in the warmest spirit of love but by putting myself into a condition of giving and gratitude.
back what was yours.
Anto. A very generous design, indeed! So now Enter Don FREDERICK and Mother.
I'll c'en turn a sober person, and leave off this Don F. Come, now, madam, let us not speak one wenching and this fighting, for I begin to find it word more, but go quietly about our business ; not does not agree with me. but that I think it the greatest pleasure in the Don J. What's here ? Our landlady and the child world to hear you talk, but-,
again! Mother. Do you, indeed, sir? I swear then, good Enter PetruchIO and Landlady, with the Child: wits jump, sir; for I have thought so myself a very
Petr. Yes, we met her going to be whipped, in a great while. Don F. You have all the reason imaginable. Oh,
drunken constable's hands that took her for another. Don John, I ask thy pardon! but I hope I shall and whipped for herself, for, on my word, she de
Don J, Why, then, pray let her e'en be taken, make thee amends, for I have found out the mother,
serves it. and she has promised to help thee to thy mistress again.
Land. Yes, I'm sure of your good word at any
time. Don J. Sir, you may save your labour; the business is done, and I am fully satisfied.
1 Con. Harkye, dear landlady! Don F. And dost thou know who she is ?
Land. Oh, sweet goodness! is it you? I have Don J. No, 'faith, I never asked her name.
been in such a pack of troubles since I saw you ; Don. F. Why, then, I'll make thee more satis- they took me, and they tumbled me, and they hauled fied; this lady, here, is that very Constantia
me, and they pulled me, and they called me painted Don J. Ha! thou hast
not a mind to be knocked Jezebel, and the poor little babe here did so take on! o'er the pate too, hast thou ?
Enter Duke. Don F. No, sir ; nor dare you do it neither; but, Come hither, my lord, come hither: here is Con for certain, this is that very self-same Constantia stantia ! that thou and I so long looked after.
I Con. Yonder's my brother ! Don J. I thought she was something more than Duke. No, madam, there is no danger ordinary: but shall I tell thee now a stranger thing 1 Con. Were there a thousand dangers in those than all this?
arms, I would run thus to meet them. Don F. What's that ?
Duke. O, my dear! it were not safe that any Don J. Why, I will never more think of any should be here at present; for now my heart is so other woman, for her sake.
overpressed with joy, that I should scarce be able to Don F. That, indeed, is strange ; but you are defend thee. much altered, John: it was but this morning that Petr. Sister, I'm so ashamed of all my faults women were such hypocrites that you would not which my mistake has made me guilty of, that I trust a single mother's daughter of them.
know not how to ask your pardon for them. Don J. Ay, but when things are at the worst, 1 Con. No, brother, the fault was mine, in misthey'll mend; example does everything, Frederick, taking you so much as not to impart the whole truth and the fair sex will certainly grow better when to you at first; but, having begun my love without ever the greatest is the best woman in the kingdom; your consent, I never durst acquaint you with the that's what I trust to.
progress of it. Don F. Well parried, John!
Duke. Come, let the consummation of our preDon J. See here, Frederick! the lost jewel is sent joys blot out the memory of all these past misfound.
Showing First Constantia. takes. Don F. Madam, I am heartily glad to meet your Don J. And when shall we consummate our joys? ladyship here; we have been in very great disorder 2 Con.
-Never : since we saw you.
We'll find out ways to make them last for ever. 2 Con. Come, mother, deliver your purse; I have Don J. A match, my girl !--Come, let us all delivered myself up to this young fellow, and the
away, bargain's made with that old fellow; so he may And celebrate The CHANCES of this day; have his gold again, that all shall be well. My foriner vanities are past and gone,
Mother. As I am a Christian, sir, I took it away, And now I fix to happiness and one: only to have the honour of restoring it again ; for Change the wild wanton, for the suber plan, my hard fate having not bestowed upon me a fund | And, like my friend become a modest man.
A COMEDY, IN FIVE ACTS ;
BY G. COLMAN AND D. GARRICK.
especially if a body mayn't mention it to four et
five of one's particular acquaintance. LOED OGLEBY
Fan. Do but keep this secret a little while bager, Sir Juhx MELVIL
and then I hope you may mention it to anybody. STERLING
Mr. Lorewell will acquaint the family with the naLOVEWELI.
ture of our situation as soon as possible. SERGEANT FLOWER
Bet. The sooner the better, I believe; for if he TRAVERSE
does not tell it, there's a little tell-tale, I know of, TRUEMAN
will come and tell it for him.
Fan. Fie, Betty!
Bet. Ah! you may well blush. But you're Dot so
sick, and so pale, and so wan, and so many qualms
Fan. Hare done! I shall be quite angry with you. Mrs. HEIDELBERG
Bet. Angry! Bless the dear puppet! I am sure Miss STERLING
I shall love it as much as if it was myora. I meant FANNY
no harm, heaven knows. BETTY
Fan. Well, say no more of this; it makes me unChambermaid
easy.--All I have to ask of you is to be faithful and TRUSTY,
secret, and not to reveal this matter till we disclose it to the family ourselves.
Bet. Me reveal it! If I say a word, I wish I may
be burned. I would not do you any harm for the ACT I.
world; and as for Mr. Lorewell, I am sure I have
loved the dear gentleman ever since he got a side SCENE I.--A Room in Sterling's House.
waiter's place for my brother. But let me tell you
both, you must leave off your soft looks to each Enter Miss Fanny, and BETTY meeting
other, and your whispers, and your glances, and
your always sitting next to one another at dinner, Bet. (Running in.] Ma'am! Miss Fanny! ma'am! and your long walks together in the evening. For Fan. What's the matter, Betty ?
my part, if I had not been in the secret, I should Bet. Oh la! Ma'am! as sure as I am alive, here have known you were a pair of lovers at least, if not is your husband : I saw him crossing the court-yard man and wife, as in his boots.
Fan. See there now again! Pray be careful Fan. I am glad to hear it. But pray now, my Bet. Well, well; nobody hears me. Man and wife dear Betty, be cautious. Don't mention that word --I'll say no more.—What I tell you is very tree, again on any account. You know we have agreed for all that. never to drop any expressions of that sort, for fear Love. (Within.) William! of an accident.
Bet. Hark! I hear your husband Bet. Dear, ma'am, you may depend upon me Pan. What! There is not a more trustier creature on the face of Bet. I say here comes Mr. Lovewell. Mind the the earth than I am: though I say it, I am as secret caution I gave you: I'll be whipped dow if you are as the grave; and if it is never told till I tell it, it not the first person he sees or speaks to in the family. may remain untold till doomsday for Betty. However, if you choose it, it's nothing at all o me:
Fan. I know you are faithful; but in our circum as you sow, so you must reap; as you brew, so you stances we cannot be too careful. Bet. Very true, ma'am; and yet I vow and pro- leave you together.
must bake. I'll e'en slip down the back stairs, and test there's more plague than pleasure with a secret; Fan. I see, I see, I shall never have a moment"
ease till our marriage is made public. New dis- Mrs. Heidelberg's, notions of the splendour of high tresses crowd in upon me every day. The solicitude life; her contempt for everything that does not of my mind sinks my spirits, preys upon my health, relish of what she calls quality; and that from the and destroys every comfort of my life. It shall be vast fortune in her hands, left her by her late hus revealed, let what will be the consequence. band, she absolutely governs Mr. Sterling and the
whole family. Now if they should come to the Enter LOVEWELL.
knowledge of this affair too abruptly, they might Love. My love! How's this? In tears? Indeed perhaps be incensed beyond all hopes of reconcihis is too much. You promised me to support your liation. spirits, and to wait the determination of our fortune Pan. Manage it your own way. I am persuaded. with patience. For my sake, for your own, be com
Love. But in the meantime make yourself easy. brted. Why will you study to add to our uneasi- Pan. As easy as I can, I will. We had better not ness and perplexity.
remain together any longer at present. Fan. Oh, Nr. Lovewell! the indelicacy of a secret
Enter STERLING. marriage grows every day more and more shocking to me. I walk about the house like a guilty wretch: Ster. Hey-day! who have we got here ? I imagine myself the object of the suspicion of the Fun. (Confised.) Mr. Lovewell, sir. whole fainily, and am under the perpetual terrors of Ster. And where are you going, hussy ? a shameful detection.
Fan. To my sister's chamber, sir. (Erit. Lore. Indeed, indeed, you are to blame. The Ster. Ah, Lovewell! What! always getting my amiable delicacy of your temper, and your quick foolish girl yonder into a corner? Well, well, let us sensibility, only serve to make you unhappy. To but once see her eldest sister fast married to Sir clear up this affair properly to Mr. Sterling, is the John Melvil, we'll soon provide a good husband for continual employment of my thoughts. Everything Fanny, I warrant you. now is in a fair train. It begins to grow ripe for a Love. Would to heaven, sir, you would provide discovery; and I have no doubt of its concluding her one of my recommendation. to the satisfaction of ourselves, of your father, and Ster. Yourself, eh, Lovewell ? the whole family.
Love. With your pleasure, sir. Fan. End how it will, I am resolv'd it shall end Ster. Mighty well! soor-very soon. I would not live another week in Love. And i fatter myself, that such a proposal this agony of mind to be mistress of the universe. would not be very disagreeable to Miss Fanny.
Love. Do not be too violent néither. Do not let Ster. Better and better! us disturb the joy of your sister's marriage with the Love. And if I could but obtain your consent, sir tumult this matter may occasion. I have brought Ster. What! You marry Fanny? No, no; that letters from Lord Ogleby and Sir John Melvil to will never do, Lovewell. You're a good boy, to be Mr. Stirling. They will be here this evening; and, sure: I have a great value for you; but can't think I dare say, within this hour.
of you for a son-in-law. There's no stuff in the Fan. I am sorry for it.
case--no money, Lovewell. Love. Why so ?
Love. My pretensions to fortune, indeed, are but Fan. No matter : only let us disclose our mar- moderate; but though not equal to splendour, sufriage immediately.
ficient to keep us above distress, -add to which, Love. As soon as possible
that I hope by diligence to increase it, and have Fan. But directly.
love, honour Love. In a few days you may depend on it. Ster. But not the stuff, Lovewell. Add one little Fan. To-night; or to-morrow morning.
round 0 to the sum total of your fortune, and that Love. That, I fear, will be impracticable. will be the finest thing you can say to me. You Fun. Nay, but you must.
know I've a regard for you-would do anything to Love. Must! Why?
serve you—anything on the footing of friendship; Fan. Indeed you must: I have the most alarm-buting reasons for it.
Love. If you think me worthy of your friendship, Love. Alarming, indeed! for they alarm me, sir, be assured that there is no instance in which i even before I am acquainted with them. What should rate your friendship so highly. are they?
Ster. Psha! psha ! that's another thing, you know. Fan. I cannot tell you.
Where money or interest is concerned, friendship is Love. Not tell me ?
quite out of the question. Fan. Not at present. When all is settled, you Love. But where the happiness of a daughter is shall be acquainted with everything.
at stake, you would not scruple, sure, to sacrifice a Love. Sorry they are coming! Must be disco-little to her inclinations. vered! What can this mean? Is it possible you can Ster. Inclinations! why you would persuade me have any reasons that need be concealed from me ? that the girl is in love with you, eh, Lovewell ?
Fan. Do not disturb yourself with conjectures; Love. I cannot absolutely answer for Miss Fanny, but rest assur'd, that though you are unable to di- sir; but am sure that the chief happiness or misery vine the cause, the consequence of a discovery, be of my life depends entirely upon her. it what it will, cannot be attended with half the Ster. Why, indeed, now, if your kinsman, Lord miseries of the present interval.
Ogleby, would come down handsomely for you-but Love. You put me upon the rack: I would do that's impossible-No, no—'twill never do. I must anything to make you easy; but you know your hear no more of this. Come, Lovowell, promise me father's temper. Money (you will excuse my frank that I shall hear no more of this. ness) is the spring of all his actions, which nothing Love. (Hesitating.) I am afraid, sir. I should not but the idea of acquiring nobility or magnificence, be able to keep my word with you, if I did promise. can ever make him forego; and these he thinks his
Ster. Why, you would not offer to marry her money will purchase. You know, too, your aunt's, without my consent ! would yon, Lovewell?