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Ster. I don't know that; Betsy is her darling, Mrs. H. She Lady Melvil! Compose yang and I can't tell how far she may resent any slight niece. I'll ladyship her, indeed: a little con that seems to be offered to her favourite niece. cantin-She sha'nt be the better for a farden is However, I'll do the best I can for you. You shall money. But tell me, child, how does this rega go and break the matter to her first; and by that with Sir John correspond with ber partaket? time I may suppose that your rhetoric has prevailed Lovewell? I don't see a concatonation bere. on her to listen to reason, I will step in to reinforce Miss S. There I was deceived, madam liv. your arguments.

all their whisperings and stealings into comery, Sir J. I'll fly to her immediately. You promise be the mere attraction of vulgar minds; bb me your assistance ?

hold! their private meetings were not to cue**** Ster. I do.

their own insipid happiness, but to conspire agi Sir J. Ten thousand thanks for it! And now, mine. But I know whence proceeds Mr. Lovete. success attend me!

[Going. resentment to me. I could not stoop to be fase Ster. Harkye, Sir John! (Sir J. returns.) Not with my father's clerk, and so I have lost hs mici a word of the thirty thousand to my sister, Sir John. est.

Sir J. O, I am dumb, I am dumb, sir. (Going. Mrs. H. My spurit to a T. My dear cha Ster. You'll remember it is thirty thousand ? [Kisses her.) Mr. Heidelberg lost his electie t Sir J. To be sure I do.

member of parliament, because I would not demos Ster. But, Sir John! one thing more. (Sir J. re- myself to be slabbered about by drunken sa turns.) My lord must know nothing of this stroke of makers, beastly cheesemongers, and talluw-char friendship between us.

lers. However, niece, I can't help difuring a Lit. Sir J. Not for the world. Let me alone ! let me in opinion from you in this matter. My esperut alone!

1 Offering to go. and sagucity makes me still suspe that there Ster. (Holding him.) And when everytbing is something more between her and that Lovers agreed, we must give each other a bond to be held notwithstanding this affair of Sir John. I badas fast to the bargain.

eye upon them the whole time of breakfast. $ Sir J. To be sure. A bond, by all means; a John, I observed, looked a little confounded, a bond, or whatever you please. [Erit hastily. deed, though I knew nothing of wbat had passed :

Sier. I should have thought of more conditions. the garden. You seemed to sit upon this wc He's in a humour to give me ererything. Why, but Fanny and Mr. Lovewell made quite anotherwhat inere children are your fellows of quality, that guess sort of a figur! and were as perfect a pictu: cry for a plaything one minute, and throw it by the of two distressed lovers as if it had been drawn by next! As changeable as the weather, and as un. Raphael Angelo. As to Sir John and Fanny, I certain as the stocks. Special fellows to drive a want a matter-of-fact. bargain! and yet they are to take care of the inter. Miss S. Matter-of-fact, madam! Did Dot I came est of the nation, truly! Here does this whirligig unexpectedly upon them? Was not Sir Jala izcedo man of fashion offer to give up thirty thousand ing at her feet, and kissing her hand! Dad Dat he pounds in hard money, with as much indifference as look all love, and she all confusare? Is not that if it were a China orange. By this mortgage, I matter-of-fact? And did not Sir debo, the Dement shall have a hold on his terra firma; and if he that papa was called out of the room to the lawyerwants more money, as he certainiy will, let him men, get up from breakfast, and follow him innehave children by my daughter or no, I shall have diately? And I warrant you that by tais time be his whole estate in a net for the benefit of my family. has made proposals to him to marry my sister. Ob Well, thus it is, that the children of citizens who that some other person, an eari or a duks, have acquired fortunes, prove persons of fashion; make his addresses to me, that I might be released and thus it is, that persons of fashion, who have on this monster! ruined their fortunes, reduce the next generation to Mrs. H. Be cool, child. You shall be Lady Ver cits.

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thousand pounds to turn the scale. SEJE SCENE II.-Another Apartment. apply to my brother indeed; but I'll snake Lacet

know who governs in this fanmaly, Enter Mrs. HEIDELBERG and Miss STERLING.

Miss S. As I live, madar, socder cuales & Miss S. This is your gentle-looking, soft-speak- John. A base man! I can't endure the sight : ing, sweet-smiling, affable Miss Fanny, for you ! him. I'll leave the room this instant. Dort

Mrs. H. My Miss Fanny! I disclaim her. With Mrs. H. Poor thing! Well, retire to post : all her arts, she never could insinuate herself into chamber, child. I'll give it hiin, I wartas, ya my good graces; and yet she has a way with her, and by-and-by ru come and let yoa kous 222 that deceives man, woman, and child, except you has past between us. and me, niece.

Miss S. Pray do, madam. [Looking baci.! AT Miss S. 0, ay; she wants nothing but a crook in wretch!

(Enintay ner hand, and a lamb under her arm, to be a perfect picture of innocence and simplicity.

Enter Sir Jors MELTIL. Mrs. H. Just as I was drawn at Amsterdam, Sir J. Your most obedient humble series. when I went over to visit my husband's relations.

dam.

(Boving sety rupe Miss S. And then sbe's so mighty good to ser- Mrs. H. Your servant, Sir John. vants." Pray, John, do this; pray, Thomas, do

[Dropping a half curierz se acute by that: thank you, Jenny;"—and Then so humble to Sir J. Miss Sterling's manuer of power her relationsTo be sure, papa ;—as my aunt room on my approach, and the visible con pleases ;-my sister knows best.” But with all her your behaviour to me, madam, convince demureness and humility, she has no objection to has acquainted you with wbat passed tha: a ride De Lady Melvil, it secms, nor to any wickedness that can make her so

Mrs. H. I am very sorry, Sir Joho, estas acquainted with anything that sbuu!! maut seu

hange the opinion which I would always wish to Mrs H. I am perfectly ashamed of you. Have ntertain of a person of qualaty. ¡Pouting. you no spurrit? no more concern for the honour of

Sir J. It has always been my ambition to merit our fammaly than to consentze best opinion from Mrs. Heidelberg; and when Ster. Consent ! I consent! As I hope for mercy, ne comes to weigh circumstances, I Hatter myself I never gave my consent. Did I consent, Sir John?

Mrs. H. You do flatter yourself, if you imagine Sir J. Not absolutely, without Mrs. Heidelberg's at I can approve of your behaviour to iny niece, Sir concurrence. But in case of her approbationohn. And give me leave to tell you, Sir John, Ster. Ay, in case, I grant you; that is, if my -at you have been drawn into an action much be- sister approved. But that's quite another thing, eath you, Sir John; and that I look upon every you know.

[To Mrs. H. njury offered to Miss Betty Sterling, as an affront Mrs. H. Your sister approve, indeed! I thought myself, Sir John.

(Warmly. you knew her better, brother Sterling. What! Sir J. I would not offend you for the world, ma- approve of having your eldest daughter returned am; but when I am influenced by a partiality for upon your hands, and exchanged for the younger ? nother, however ill-founded, I hope your discern- I am surprised how you could listen to such a scanzent and good sense will think it rather a point of dalous proposal. onour to renounce engagements which I could not Ster. I tell you, I never did listen to it. Did not ulfil so strictly as I ought; and that you will ex. I say that I would be entirely governed by my sisuse the change in my inclinations, since the new ter, Sir John? And unless she agreed to your marbject, as well as the first, has the honour of being rying Fannyyour niece, madam.

Mrs. H. I agree to his marrying Fanny !-aboMrs. H. I disclaim her as a niece, Sir John; minable! The man is absolutely out of his senses. Miss Sterling disclaims her as a sister; and the Can't that wise lead of your's foresee the consewhole fammaly must disclaim her, for her monstrous quence of this, brother Sterling? Will Sir John baseness and treachery.

take Fanny without a fortune? No! After you Sir J. Indeed she has been guilty of none, ma- have settled the largest part of your property on dam. Her hand and her heart are, I am sure, en- your youngest daughter, can there be an equal portirely at the disposal of yourself and Mr. Sterling. tion left for the eldest ? No! Does not this overAnd if you should not oppose my inclinations, I am turn the whole systum of the fammaly? Yes, sure of Mr. Sterling's consent, madam.

yes, yes ! Mrs. H. Indeed ?

Ster. Do you see now what you've done? Don't Sir J. Quite certain, madam.

betray, me, Sir John.

[Apurt to Sir J.

Mrs. H. You know I was always for my niece
Enter STERLING unperceived.

Betsy's marrying a person of the very first qualaty. Ster. [Behind. So! they seem to be coming to That was my maxum: and, therefore, much the terms already. may venture to make my appear- largest settlement was of course to be made upon

(Sterling advances by degrees. her. As for Fanny, if she could, with a fortune of Mrs. H. To marry Fanny ?

twenty or thirty thousand pounds, get a knight, or Sir J. Yes, madam.

a member of parliament, or a rich common council. Mrs. H. My brother has given his consent, you man, for a husband, I thought it might do very

well. Sir J. In the most ample manner, with no other Sir J. But if a better match should offer itself, *** restriction than the failure of your concurrence, why should it not be accepted, madam ?

madam. (Sees Sterling.] Oh, here's Mr. Sterling, Mrs. H. What! at the expense of her elder sis. who will confirm what I have told you.

ter? O fie, Sir John! How could you bear to Mrs. H. What, have you consented to give up hear such an indignaty, brother Sterling ? red, your eldest daughter in this manner, brother? Ster. I! Nay, I sha’n't hear of it, I promise you.

Ster. Give her up? heaven forbid! No, not give I can't hear of it, indeed, Sir John.

her up, sister; only in case that you-Zounds! I Mrs. H. But you have heard of it, brother Sterbaza am afraid you have said too much, Sir John. ling; you know you have, and sent Sir John to

[.Apart to Sir J. propose it to me. But if you can give up your Mrs. H. Yes, yes; I see now that it is true daughter, I sha’n’t forsake my niece, I assure you. enough what my niece told me. You are all plottin Ah! if my poor dear Mr. Heidelberg, and our i and caballin against her. Pray, does Lord Ogleby sweet babes had been alive, he would not have beknow of this affair ?

haved so. Sir J. I have not yet made him acquainted with Ster. Did I, Sir John ? Nay, speak! Bring me it, madam.

off, or we are ruined.

(Apart to Sir J. Mrs. H. No, I warrant you. I thought so. And Sir J. Why, to be sure, to speak the truthis so his lord ship and myself, truly, are not to be con

Mrs. H. To speak the truth !—To speak the

truth, I'm ashamed of you both. But have a care
Ster. What! did not you consult my lord ? Ob, what you are about, brother ! have a care, I say.
fie for shame, Sir John !

The counsellors are in the house, I hear; and if
Sir J. Nay, but Mr. Sterling

everything is not settled to my liking, I'll have
Mrs. H. We, who are the persons of most con- nothing more to say to you, if I live these hundred
sequence and experunce in the two fammalies, are years. I'll go over to Holland, and settle with Mr.
to know nothing of the matter, till the whole is as Vanderspracken, my poor husband's first cousin, and
good as concluded upon. But his lordship, I am my own fammaly shall never be the better for a
sure, will have more generosaty than to counte- farden of my money, I promise you. (Erit.
nance such a perceding. And I'could not have ex- Ster. I thought so. I knew she would never
pected such behaviour from a person of your qualaty, agree to it.
Sir John. And as for you, brother-

Sir J. 'Sdeath, how unfortunate! What can we
Ster. Nay, nay, but hear me, sister.

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atter proceeds, you hear there's an end of the saatter. But

tens to leare us. My brother Sterling, then rebum] One word en Heidelbe

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you will take and de worth a pinum at least a plum! sy

ghter our hands and make a warrant you, he died worth a pinm and a ball complaint to Lord Ogleby of Si John Melasi

haviner. Do this, brother; shor. proper rag Sier. And then, my sister has three or four very for the honour of your fammals fast, I good sortags adeniam neyin the three percenta, shall throw in my mite to the rising d fast and old Soutk Ses muitars, besides large concerns but now yor in the Dutch and French funds. The greatest part please, and take the of all this she means to leave to our family

Ster. The devit's in the en for trans Sirl I can only say, is

Mothers, wires, "mist or sisters daar Star. Way, you see of the difference of thirty porernas. As so my sister Heidelberg thousand was very fair and handsome, so be sure, Inows the strength of here 2 and domineen Sir John

the credit of it I do this ind on sa So I Ray, but I am willing to

do that, and you shall do rocker, or else the fas Ser. Ay, but I was to accept it against her maly shar't have a fardea of it. Micking1 will, I might lose above a hundred thousand; so absolute with her madey. But to say the trut yun see the balance is against you, Sir John. nothing but money can make absolute, and

Sur L. Suppose I was to prevail ou Lord Ogleby we must e'es make the best of a to apply to her, do you think that would have any ind esce over her?

SCENE IL TR Ster. I think he would be more likely to persuade her bit than any other person in the family. She

Baker Lord OSET CANTON. has a great respect for Lord Ogleby. She loves a Lord O. Wharr Mademoiselle Fanny to be sent lord

away? Why? Therefore? What's the meaning Sir J. PH apply to him this very day. And it of all this? Le should preval on Mrs. Heidelberg, I may depend Can. Je ne suis ; nothing of it. on your friendship, Mr. Sterling?

Lord O. It ca tibe: att bez pro Ster. Ay, ay, I shall be glad to oblige you, when against the measure. She's fne gil, and it is in my power; but as the account stands now, much rather that the rest of the family rere you see it is not upon the figures. And so your hilated, than that she shaald leare Her valge servant, Siz Jokan.

(Eseuns father, that's the very abstract of Change alley; the

aunt, that's always endeavotring to be a fine lady and the pert sister, for ever sharing that she is one,

are horrid company indeel and thout her wouli
ACT IV.
v

be intolerable. *ALL Banchoa! she's the
thing: isn't she, Canton ?
Can. Dere is very good

pada entre tots SCENE L-A Room

dat young lady, my lor.

Lord o. I'd not be left among these Goths und Enter Mr. STERLING, Mrs. HEIDELBERG, and

Vandals; your Sterlings you Heidelbergs, Miss STERLING.

Devilbergs: if she goes 111 positively po to Ster. What, will you send Fanny to town, sister? Can. In de same post-chas, my lozi Ion bare no Mr. H. To-morrow morning : I're given orders objection to dat, I believe, Bor mademoiselle neither about it already.

too-Ha, ha, ha! Ster. Indeed!

Lord O. Prythee hold thy foolis tongue, CanMrs. H. Posatively.

ton. Does thy Swiss stupidity agine that I can Ster. But consider, sister, at such a time as this, see and talk with a fine gitt Fitbou desirest Ms what an odd appearance it will have.

eyes are involuntarily attracted by beautiful objects. Mr. H. Not half so odd as her behaviour, bro i fy as naturally to a fine girl ther. This time was intended for happiness, and čan. As de fine girl to you, ni har, ha, I'll keep no incendiaries here to destroy it. I insist you always tly togedre, like an pais de pigouts on her going off to-morrow morning.

Lord Ó. Like en pair de pigeons. Macis la Ster. I'm afraid this is all your doing, Betsy? Vous êtes un sot, Monsieur Canton. Theg ute

Miu 8. No, indeed, papa. My aunt knows that ways dreaming of my intrigues, and perer se it is not. For all Fanny's baseness to me, I am badiner, but you suspect mischief, you old face sure I would not do or say anything to hurt her with Can. I am fool, I confess, but not always find you or my aunt, for the world.

dat, mi lor; he, he he! Mr. H. Hold your tongue, Betsy; I will have Lord O. He, he, he! Thou art income, my way. When she is packed off, everything will thy absurdities amuse one. Thou art Et sy rapgo on as it should do. Since they are at their in-pee, here, (takes out his bor. ] a most ribelous frigues, I'll let them see that we can act with vigour perfuity; but a pinch of thee now u tha on our part; and the sending her out of the way, inost delicious treat. shall be the purluminary step to all the rest of my Can. You do the great honneur, mi lor perceedings. Ster. Well, but sister

Lord O. 'Tis fact, upon my soul. Thou art porn perly my cephalic smut, and art no bad bla.

.

servants.

ainst megrims, vertigoes, and profound thinking your commands is an inexpressible favour done to - ha, ha, ha!

me, madam. Can. Your Aatterie, mi lor, vil make me too Fan. If your lordship could indulge me with the rode.

nonour of a moment's What's the matter with me? Lord O. The girl has some little partiality for me,

{Aside. be sure: but prythee, Cant, is not that Miss Lord 0. The girl's confused-Hey !-here's someanny yonder ?

thing in the wind, faith. I'll have a tête-à-tête with Can. (Looks with a glass.) Ah-la voila! En ve her. ( Aside.) Allez-vous-en. [ To Canton. ite, 'tis she, mi lor'tis one of de pigeons---de Can. I go.—Ah, pauvre mademoiselle! Mi lor, Igeons d'amour.

have pitié upon the poor pigeon. Lord 0. Don't be ridiculous, you old monkey.

[ Apart to Lord OG LEBY. Can. I am monkee. I am ole; but I have eye, I Lord 0. I'll knock you down, Cant. (Smiles. ave ear, and a little understand, now and den. Can. Den I go. [Shuffles along.) You are mosh Lord 0. Taisez vous, bête.

please, for all dat.

[Aside.Erit. Can. Elle vous attend, my lor.-She vil make a Fan. I shall sink with apprehension. [Aside. »ve to you.

Lord 0. What a sweet girl !-she's a civilized Lord O. Will she? Have at her then! A fine being, and atones for the barbarism of the rest of the wirl can't oblige me more. 'Egad, I find myself a family,

(Aside. ittle enjoué. Come along, Cant.; she is but in the Fan. My lord, 1

(Courtseys and blushes. Text walk; but there is such a deal of this dad Lord 0. I look upon it, madam, to be one of the stinkum-crankum, as Sterling calls it, that one sees luckiest circumstances of my life, that I have, at people for half an hour before one can get to them. this moment, the honour of receiving your comAllons ! Monsieur Canton, allons! donc.

mands, and the satisfaction of confirming with my [Ereunt singing in French. tongue, what my ey perhaps, have but too weakly

expressed that I am literally the humblest of your SCENE III.-Another part of the Garden.

Fan. I think myself greatly honoured by your Enter LOVEWELL and Fanny.

lordship’s partiality to me; but it distresses me that Loe. My dear Fanny, I cannot bear your dis- for protection.

I am obliged, in my present situation, to apply to it tress; it overcomes all my resolutions, and I am Lord 0. I am happy in your distress, madam, prepared for the discovery.

because it gives me an opportunity to shew my zeal. Fan. But how can it be effected before my de- Beauty, to me, is a religion, in which I was born parture? Love. I'll tell you.—Lord Ogleby seems to enter tolerable spirits, faith!

and bred a bigot, and would die a martyr. I'm in

(Aside. tain a visible partiality for you; and, not withstand- Fan. There is not, perhaps, at this moment, a ing the peculiarities of his behaviour, I am sure that more distressed creature than myself. Affection, he is humane at the bottom. He is vain to an ex: duty, hope, despair, and a thousand different senticess; but withal extremely good-natured, and would ments, are struggling in my bosom; and even the do anything to recommend himself to a lady: Do presence of your lordship, to whom I have flown for you open the whole affair of our marriage to him im- protection, adds to my perplexity. mediately. It will come with more irresistible per- Lord 0. Does it, madam? Venus forbid !- My : suasion from you than from myself; and I doubt old fault; the devil's in me, I think, for perplexing not but you'll gain his friendship and protection at young women. (Aside, and smiling.) Take courage,

His influence and authority will put an end madam! dear Miss Fanny, explain. You have a to Sir John's solicitations, remove your aunt's and powerful advocate in my breast, I assure you. My - sister's unkindness and suspicions, and, I hope, heart, madam-I am attached to you by all the laws i reconcile your father and the whole family to our of sympathy and delicacy—by my honour, I am. marriage.

Fan. Then I will venture to unburthen my mind Fan. Heaven grant it! Where is my lord ?

-Sir John Melvil, my lord, by his most misplaced Luve. I have heard him and Canton, since dinner, and mistimed declaration of affection for me, has singing French songs under the great walnut-tree, made me the unbappiest of women. by the parlour-door. If you meet with him in the

Lord 0. How, madam ? Has Sir John made his garden, you may disclose the whole immediately: addresses to you? 'Io-morrow morning is fixed for your departure, and Fan. He has, my lord, in the strongest terms. if we lose this opportunity, we may wish in vain for But I hope it is needless to say that my duty to my another. He approaches : I must retire. Speak, father, love to my sister, and regard to the whole my dear Fanny, speak, and make us happy! (Erit. family, as well as the great respect I entertain for

Fan. What shall I do? What shall I say to him? your lordship,—[Courtseys.}-made me shudder at I am all confusion.

his addresses. Enter Lord OGLEBY and Canton.

Lord 0. Charming girl! Proceed, my dear Miss

Fanny, proceed. Lord 0. To see so much beauty so solitary, ma- Fan. In a moment-give me leave, my lord :dam, is a satire upon mankind; and it is fortunate But if what I have to disclose should be received that one man has broken in upon your reverie for with anger or displeasurethe credit of our sex, I say one, madam; for poor Lord 0. Impossible! by all the tender powers ! Canton here, from age and infirmities, stands for Speak, I beseech you, or I shall divine the cause benothing.

fore you utter it. Can. Noting at all, indeed.

Fan. Then, my lord, Sir John's addresses are not Fan. Your lordship does me great honour. I have only shocking to me in themselves, but are more a favour to request, my lord.

particularly disagreeable to me at this time-asLord 0. A favour, valam? To be honoured with 'as

Hesitates.

conce.

Lord O. As what madan?

Lord 0. I cannot commend my kissmart beat For. As-parion my coafusios_1 am entirely siour, madam. He has behaved like a fals page dernded to another.

I mos coniess. I have heard of bis apostazi.Lors 0. If this is not plain, the devil's in it!

- Panay bas informed me of it. (Laide.) But tell me, my dear Miss Fanny, for I Miss S. Miss Fanny's baseness has been the cei nes know; tell me the bow, the when, and the of Sir John's inconstancy. where. Tell me

Lor: 0. Nay now, my dear Miss Steria, Roenter Canton, hastily.

passion transports you too far. Sir Jobs 27 la

entertained a passion for Miss Fazzy; teen Con. Mi lor, mi lor, mi lor! durst you interrupt me in the most critical, melting deed, a most tender passion. She has opezat u Lord 0. D— your Swiss impertinence! bow ne, my dea: Miss Sierliag, believe me, Mission

has no passion for Sir Joha. She bas a pá225 moment tbat ever love and beauty bonoured me with? Cun. I demand pardon, mi lor; Sir Jobo Mel whole soul to me, and I know where her

are placed.

Ceritány l, mi lor, sent me to beg you do in de bonneur to

Mis S. Not upon Mr. Lorewell, speak a little to you, mi lor. Lord 0. I'm not at leisure ; I am busy. Get away, think of him. (Smiles. I know better: boaze,

Lord 0. Lorewell! no, poor lad! she does I you stupid old dog, you Swiss rascal, or I'II

little time will solve all mysteries. Car, Fort bien, mi lor. (Goes out on tiptoe. Lord O. By the laws of gallantry, madam, this in lies are not made the dupes of Sir Joha's r

Miss S. Have a care, my lord, that both the terruption should be death; but as Do punishment and my sister's dissimulation. You don't be ought to disturb the triumph of the softer passions, her; indeed, my lord, you don't knos ber; a hez the criminal is pardoned and dismissed. Let us return, madam, to the highest loxury of exalted minds been before-band with me, I perceive, endearen

insinuating, perfidious-It is too much! Sbe : - declaration of love from the lips of beauty.

Pan. The entrance of a third person has a little to prejudice your lordship in her favour; and I a relieved me, but I cannot go through with it; and to be laughed at by everybody. Such unsatzra yet I must open my heart with a discovery, or it will redress, I am resolved that, some way or other, i

behaviour to me! But since I see I can bare si break with its burihen.

(.Ande.
will have revenge.

(Erit. Lord O. What passion in her eyes! I am alarmed

Ster. This is foolisá work, my lord. to agitation : (Aside.) I presumed, madama, (and as you have flattered me, by making me a party con

Lord O. I bare to meek seasibility to bear the cerned, I hope you'll excuse the presumption) thai

tears of beauty. Fan. Do you excuse my making you a party con moving for a father.

Ster. It is coaching indeed, my lord; and very cerned, my lord, and let me interest your heart in

Lord O. To be sure, sir: you, with your exquisite my behali, as my future happiness or misery in a

feelings, must be distressed beyond mentre great measure depend

Wherefore, to divert your too exquisite feeling Lord 0. Upon me, madam? Fan. L'pon you, my lord.

(Sighs. I suppose we change the subject, and proceed i

business. Lord 0. There's no standing this: I have caught the infection; her tenderness dissolves me. (Signs.

Ster. With all my heart, my lord. Fan And should you too severely judge of a rash

Lord 0. You see, Mr. Stering, we can make de action which passion prompted, and modesty has union in our families by the proposed marriage

.

Ster. And I am very sorry to see it, my lord. Lord O. (Takes her hand.] Thou amiable creature! lied to our house, M:. Sterling?

Lord O. Have you ses pour seart apon being alcommand my heart, for it is vanquished. Speak but thy virtuous wishes, and enjoy them.

Ster. 'Tis my only wish, at present, my smnine, Fan. I cannot, my lord ; indeed, I cannot. Mr. as I may call it.

Lord 0. Your wisbes shall be fulfilled Lovewell inust tell you my distresses; and when you know them, pity and protect me. (Erit in tears.

Ster. Shall they, my lord? but bor-how? Lord 0. How the devil could I bring her to this ?

Lord O. I'll marry in your family. It is too much-too much; I can't bear it: I must

Ster. What! my sister Heidelberg ? give way to this amiable weakness. Wipes

his eyes.] Sterling. No; not your sister, bar roer daughter

Lord 0. You throw me into a cold smeat, Ni My heart overflows with sympathy, and I feel every tenderness I have inspired. (Stijles a tear. Can I

Ster. My daughter! be a man and withstand it? No; I'll sacrifice the

Lord O. Fanny: now the murder's out. whole sex to her. But here comes the father, quite

Ster. What! you, my lord ?

Lord 0. Yes; 1, I, Mr. Sterling. apropos. I'll open the matter immediately, settle the business with him, and take the sweet girl down

Ster. No, no, my lord; that's too much. (Staket to Ogleby-house to-morrow morning. But what the

Lord O. Too much! I don't comprebend you. devil! Miss Sterling too !-Wbat mischief's in the Bless me! what will the folks say?

Sier. What you, my lord, marry my fears! wind now? po conquest there: no, no, that would be too much desolation in the family.

Lord 0. Why, what will they say?

Ster. That you are a bold man, my lord; that's a! Enter STERLING and Miss STERLING.

Lord O. Mr. Sterling, this may be city wit, b: Ster. My lord, your servant: I am attending my aught I know. Do you court my alliance! daughter here upon rather a disagreeable affair. Ster. To be sure, my lord. Speak to his lordship, Betsy.

Lord O. Then I'll explain. My nepåer Foz" Lord O. Your eyes, Miss Sterling, for I always marry your eldest daughter, nor i neither. Yer read the eyes of a young lady, betray some little youngest daughter won't marry him: I will särry emotion. What are your commands, madam ? Miss S. I have but too much cause for my emo

your youngest daughter. tion, my lord.

Ster. What! with a youngest daughter's loetude, may lord?

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