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Lady P. Ay; for though I am not Cynthia's own Mask. I know it : I met Sir Paul towing away mother, I am her father's wife; and that's near Cynthia. Come, trouble nol your head, I'll join enough to make it incest.
you together cre to-morrow morning, or drown be. Mel. Oh! my precious aunt, and the devil in tween you in the attempt. conjunction!
(Aside. Mel.' There's comfort in a hand stretched out lo Lady P. Oh! reflect upon the horror of that, and one that's sinking, though never so far off. then the guilt of deceiving every body; marrying Mask. No sinking, nor no danger. Come, cheer the daughter, only to dishonour the father; and up; why, you don't know that, while I plead for then seducing me
you, your aunt has given me a retaining fee; nay, Mel. Where am I? is it day? and am I awake? | I am your greatest enemy, and she does but journeyMadam
work under me. Lady P. And nobody knows how circumstances Mel. Ha! how's this? may happen together. To my thinking now, I Mask. What d'ye think of my being employed in could resist the strongest temptation; but yet, the execution of all her plots? Ha, ha, ha!' Nay, : know 'tis impossible for me to know whether I it's true: I have undertaken to break the match; could or no; there's no certainty in the things of I have undertaken to make your uncle disinherit this life.
you; to get you turned out of doors, and 10-ia, Mel. Madam, pray give me leave to ask you one ha, ha! I can't tell you for laughing. Oh! she has question.
opened her heart to me,I'm to turn you a grazing, Lady P. Oh, Lord! ask me the question ! i'n and to-ha, ha, ha!-marry Cynthia myself: there's swear, I'll refuse it; I swear I'll deny it, therefore, a plot for you. don't ask me; nay, you sha'n't ask me; I swear Mel. Ha! Oh! see; I see my rising sun! Light I'll deny it. Oh gemini! you have brought all the breaks through clouds upon me, and I shall live in blood into my face; I warrant, I am as red as a day. Oh! my Maskwell, how shall I thank or turkey-cock. Oh fie! cousin Mellefont.
praise thee? thou hast outwitted woman. But tell Mel. Nay, madam, hear me
how couldst thou thus get into her confidence, Lady P.' Hear you? No, no; I'll deny you first, eh! how? But was it her contrivance to persuade and hear you afterwards; for one does not know my Lady Plian: to this extravagant belief? how one's mind may change upon hearing. Hear- Mask. It was; and, to tell you the truth, I en. ing is one of the senses, and all the senses are fal- couraged it for your diversion : though it made you lible ; I won't trust my honour, I assure you; my a little uneasy for the present, yet the reflection of bonour is infallible and un-come-at-able.
it must needs be entertaining. I warrant, she was Mel. For heaven's sake, madam
very violent at first. Lady P. Oh! name it no more. Bless me, how Mel. Ha, ha, ha! Ay, a very fury. can you talk of heaven, and have so much wicked. Mask. Ha, ha, ha! I know her temper. Well, ness in your heart ? May be, you don't think it a you must know, then, that all my contrivances were sin; they say, some of you gentlemen don't think it but bubbles ; till at last I pretended to have been a sin. Indeed, if I did not think it a sin-But still, long secretly in love with Cynthia; that did iny my hopour, if it were no sin—But then, to marry business; that convinced your aunt I might be my daughter, for the conveniency of frequent op- trusted; since it was as much my interest as hers portunities : I'll never consent to that; as sure as to break the match : then she thought my jealousy can be, I'll break the match.
might qualify me to assist her in her revenge; and, Afel. Death and amazement! Madam, upon my in short, in that belief, told me the secrets of her knees
heart. At length, we made this agreement: if I Lady P. Nay, nay, rise up: come, you shall sec accomplish her designs, (as I told you before,) she my good-nature. I know love is powerful, and no- bas engaged to put Cynthia, with all her fortune, body can help his passion : 'tis not your fault, norinto my power. I swear it is not mine. How can I help it, if I have Mel. She is most gracious in her favour. Well, charms? And how can you help it, if you are made and, dear Jack, how hast thou contrived ? a captive? Oh Lord! here's somebody coming; I Mask. I would not have you stay to hear it now; dare not stay. Well, you must consider of your for I don't know but she may come this way. I am criine, and sirive as much as can be against it: to meet her anon; after that, I'll tell you the whole strive, be sure; but don't be melancholy, don't matter. Be here in this gallery an hour hence : by despair; but never think that I'll grant you anythat time, I imagine, our consultation may be over. thing-Oh Lord! no: but be sure you lay aside all Mel. I will. Till then, success attend thee. [Erit. thoughts of the marriage; for though I know you Mask. Till then, success will attend me; for whers don'i love Cynthia, only as a blind for your passion I meet you, I meet the only obstacle to my fortune. to me, yet it will make me jealous-Oh Lord! what Cynthia, let thy beauty gild my crimes; and whatdid I say? Jealous ! no, no, I can't be jealous ; for socver I commit of treachery or deceit, shall be imI must not love you ; therefore, don'i hope-but puted to me as a merit. Treachery! what treachery? don't despair neither. Oh! they're coming, I must Lore cancels all the bonds of friendship, and sets fty.
(Esit. men right upon their first foundations. Duty to Mel. So, then, in spite of my care and foresight, kings, picty to parents, gratitude to benefactors, and I am caught-caught in my security: vet this was fidelity friends, are different and particular ties; but a shallow artitice, unworthy of my Machiavilian but the name of rival cuts 'em all asunder, and is a aunt; there must be more behind : destruction fol. general acquittance. Rival is equal; and love, like lows her, if not presently prevented.
death, an universal leveller of mankind. Ha! but Ènter MASKWELL.
is there not such a thing as honesty? Yes, and whoMaskwell, welcoine ! Thy presence is a view of soever has it about him bears an enemy in his land appearing to my shipwrecked hopes : the witch breast; for your honest man, as I take it, is tha: has raised the storm, and her ministers have done nice, scrupulous, conscientious person, who will their work; you see the vessels are parted. cheat nobody but himself: such another coxcomb as
your wise man, who is too hard fo, all the world, Lord T. I'm amazed! Here must be and will be made a fool of by nobody but himself
. more than ordinary in this. [Aside.] Not Ha, ha, ha! Well, for wisdom and bonesty, give me told me, madam? You can have no cunning and hypocrisy. Oh! "tis such a pleasure wherein I am not concerned; and, cone to angle for fair-faced fools! Then that hungry the same reasons ought to be convincing gudgeon, credulity, will bite at anything. Why, let which create your satisfaction or disquiet me see: I have the same face, the same words and Lady T. But those which cause my disqa accents, when I speak what I do think, and when I willing to have remote from your hearing speak what I do not think; the very same: and dear my lord, don't press me. dissimulation is the only art not to be knovn from Lord T. Don't oblige me to press you. Batare.
Lady T. Whatever it was, 'tis past; and Why will mankind be fools, and be descie l?
better to be unknown, which eannot be prese And why are friends and loveri cathe believ'd!. therefore, let me beg of you to rest satisfied When each, who searches strictly his own mind,
Lord T. When you have told me I will May so much fraud and power of basenen ford. Lady T. You won't.
[Erit. Lord T. By my life, my dear, I will
» Lady T. What if you can't?
Lord T. How? Then I must know; nas, I no more trifling; I charge you tell me by se
mutual peace to come, upon your dutyACT III.
Lady T. Nay, my lord, you need say no
make me lay my heart before you ; but dia - SCENE I.-The same.
thus transported; compose yourself; it is
concern, to make you lose one minute's temper:'s Enter Lord and Lady Torchwood.
not, indeed, my dear. Oh Lord! I wish I her Lady T. My lord, can you blame, my brother told you anything. Indeed, my, lord yoe lane Pliant, if he refuse his daughter upon this provo- frightened me. Nay, look pleased, I tell eation? The contract's void by this unheard of Lord T. Well, weli. impiety.
Lady T. Nay, but will you be cala? Lord T. I don't believe it true;
he has better it's nothing but principles: pho! "tis nonsense. Come, come,
Lord T. But what? know my Lady Pliant; 'tis not the first time she Lady T. Bat will you promise set to be sunt? has mistaken respect for love, and made Sir Paul nay, you must not be angry with Velizant. I can jealous of the civility of an undesigning person, the swear he's sorty; and, were it to do again, wald better to bespeak his security in her unfeigned plea-notsures.
Lord T. Sorry for what? Death! you rad Lady T. You censure hardly, my lord: my sis- with delay. ter's honour is very well known.
Lady T. Nay, no great matter, only-well, That Lord. T. Yes, I believe I know some that have your promise-pho! why, nothing, only FE been familiarly acquainted with it. This is a little nephew had a mind to amuse himself sometess trick wrouglat' by sonte pitiful contriver, envious of with a little gallantry towards me. Nay, I caat my nephew's merit.
think he meant anything seriously; bat methought Lady T. Nay, my lord, it may be so, and I hope it looked oddly. it will be found so; but that will require some Lord T. Confusion ! what do I hear? time; for, in such a case as this, demonstration is Lady T. Or, may be, he thoaght he was 20 necessary.
enough akin to me upon your account, and bada Lord r. There should have been demonstration mind to create a nearer relation on bis oua; ! of the contrary, too, before it had been believed. lover, you know, my lord-Ha, ha, ha! Well
, let Lady T. So, I suppose, there was.
that's all. Now you have it. Well
, remember Lord T. How? where? when!
your promise, my lord; and don't take any notice Lady T. That I can't tell; nay, I don't say there it to him. was; I am willing to believe as favourably of my Lord T. No, no, no. nephew as I can.
Lady T. Nay, 1 swear you must not: altele Lord T. I don't know that. Lady T. How? Don't you believe that, say you, it were more, 'tis over now, and all's wed. Por
harmless mirth-only misplaced, that's al Bati my lord ? Lord T. No, I don't say so. I confess I am for I have not heard anything from him there fra
part, I have forgotten it; and so has be, I hope; troubled to find you so cold in his defence.
days. Lady 1. His defence! Bless me! would you have Lord T. These two days! Is it so fresh? Usme defend an ill thing?
natural villain! I'll have him stripped, and tened Lord T. You believe it, then?
naked out of my doors this moment, and let bia ni Lady T. I don't know; I am very unwilling to and perish. speak my thoughts in anything that may be to my Lady T. Oh! my lord, you'll ruin me, if you take cousin's disadvantage ; besides, I find, my lord, such public notice of it; it will be a towa-talk: you are prepared to receive an ill impression from sider your own and my honour. Staş, I tell y any opinion of mine, which is not consenting with you would not be satisfied when you know it your own; but since I'am like to be suspected in Lord T. Before I've done, I will be satisfied lile end, and 'tis a pain any longer to dissemble, I grateful monster! How longown it to you: in short, I do believe it; day, and Lady T. Lord! I don't Row: I wish my can believe anything worse, if it were laid to his had grown together when I told you Almesi chorge. Don't ask me my reasons, my lord; for twelvemonth—nay, I won't tell you buy more, F1 they are not fit to be told you.
you are yoursell. Pray, my lord, don't let the cosa
ay see you in this disorder: yet, I confess, 1 I were in a fine pickle. She has a penetrating head, a't blame you; for I think I was never so sur and knows how to interpret a coldness the right ised in my life. Who would have thought my way; therefore, I must dissemble ardour and ecphew could have 80 misconstrued my kindness ? stacy, that's resolved. How easily and pleasantly is it will you go into your closet, and recover your that dissembled before fruition! Plague on't! that mper? I'll make an excuse of sudden business to a man can't drink without quenching his thirst. e company, and come to you. Pray, good, dear Ha! yonder comes Mellefont, thoughtful. Let me y lord, let me beg you do now: I'll come imme. think: meet her at eight-hum-ha! I have it. If ately, and tell you all. Will you, my lord ? I can speak to my lord before, I will deceive them Lord T. I will. I am mute with wonder. all, and yet secure myself. 'Twas a lucky thought!
Lady T. Well, but go now; here's somebody Well, this double-dealing is a jewel. 'Here he oming.
comes : now for me. Lord T. Well, I go. You won't stay; for I
Enter Melleront, musing. MASK WELL, pretending ould hear more of this. Lady T. I'll follow instantly. (Erit Lord T.
not to see him, walks by him, and speaks as it were,
to himself. Enter MASXWELL.
Mercy on us! what will the wickedness of this 0!
world come to! Mask. This was a masterpiece, and did not need Mel. How now, Jack? What, so full of contemay help; though I stood ready for a cue to come plation that you run over ? a, and confirm all, had there been occasion.
Mask. I'm glad you're come, for I could not conLady T. Have you seen Mellefont?
tain myself any longer; and was just going to give Mask. I have; and am to meet him here about vent to a secret, which nobody but you ought to his time.
drink down. Your aunt's just gone from thence. Lady T. How does he bear his disappointment ? Mel. And having trusted thee with the secrets of
Mask. Secure in my assistance, he seemed not her soul, thou art villanonsly bent to discover 'em much afflicted, but rather laughed at the shallow all to me ? eh ! artifice, which so little time must of necessity dis. Mask. I'm afraid my frailty leans that way; but cover : yet he is apprehensive of some further I don't know whether I can in honour discover all. lesign of your's, and bas engaged me to watch you. Mel. All, all, man. What, you may in honour I believe he will hardly be able to prevent your betray her as far as she betrays herseli. No tragi plot; yet I would have you use caution and expe- cal desigo upon my person, I hope ? dition.
Mask. No, but it's a comical design upon mine.
Mel. So, when you've swallowed the potion, you
sweeten your mouth with a plum?
may say, I threatened the next time he attempted forget, you told me this before.
as an earnest of that bargain, to have full and free Mask. It will confirm my lord's opinion of my possession of the persou of your aunt. honour and honesty, and create in him a new con- Mel. Ha! Pho! you trille. : fidence in me, which (should this design miscarry)
Mash. By this light, l'ın serious, all raillery apart. the , at eight, I have in my head-10 cheat you, as well as the she will receive me in her bed-chamber.
(Aside. Mel. Hell and the devil! is she abandoned of all Lady T. I'll do it.
Why, the woman is possessed.
long as you can in bis closet, and I doubt not but Mel. Into a hot furnace sooner. 10. you will mould him to what you please : your guests
Mask. No you would not; it would not be so convenient
, as I can order matters. *?. they'll miss Deither of you.
Mel. What dy'c mean?
come, I won't perplex you. 'Tis the only thing
minute, to come and surprise your aunt and me these circumstances, l'sa sure I sheid together. Counterfeit a rage against me, and I'll tempt it than anything in the work; *. make my escape through the private passage from for, I'm sure, there's nothing is the her chamber, which till take care to leave open. would rather. (Courtesies.) But I ksen 'Twill be hard if then you can't bring her to any less is so great a critic, and so faca conditions ; for this discovery will disarm her of all that it is impossible for me defence, and leave her entirely at your mercy: nay,
Care. Oh, hearens ! madam, pie crema: she must ever after be in awe of you.
Sir P. Gadstud! she's a fine persek Mel. Let une adore thee, my better genius! I Lady P. Oh, Lord! sir, pardon se, * * think it is not in the power of fate now to disip- have not those advantages: I know it's point my hopes—my hopes! my certainty! fcctions; but, at the same time, you XI
Mask. Well, I'll meet you here, within a quarter leave to declare in the face of the si:
body is more sensible of favours and Mel. Good fortune ever go with thee!
with the reserve of my honour, I 2:47 [Erit MASKWEL.L. Careless, I don't koox anything in the Enter CARELESS.
would refuse to a person s meritori Care. Mellefont, get out o'the way.
My Lady' pardon my, want of expression.
Care. Oh! your ladyship is abounding a b : Pliant's coming, and I shall never succeed while
cellence, particularly that of phrase, thou art in sight, though she begins to tack about;
Lady P. You are so obliging, sir. but I made love a great while to no purpose.
Care. Your ladyship is so charming. Mel. Why, what's the matter? She's convinced
Sir P. So, now, now; Dow, my laus. that I don't care for her.
Lady P. So well bred. Care. I can't get an answer from her, that does
Care. So surprising. not begin with her honour, or her virtue, or some such cânt. Then she has told me the whole bistory eloquent, so unaffected, so easy, so free, so yo,
Lady P. So well-dressed, so benne mias, of Sir Paul's nine years' courtship; how he has lain
cular, so agreeable for whole nights together upon the stairs, before
Sir P. Ay, so, so, there. her chamber-door; and the first favour he received
Care. Oh Lord! I beseech Too, zadex deel from her was a piece of an old scarlet petticoat for a stomacher; which, since the day of his marriage, fine shape, so fine limbs, so ice lines; and I don't
Lady P. So gay, so graceful so good ireh so he has, out of a piece of gallantry, converted into a doubt but you have a very good skia, s. night-cap; and wears it still, with much solemnity,
Care. For heaven's sake, madan-I'm quite se on his annirersary wedding-night.
of countenance. Mel. You are very great with him. I wonder he never told you his grievances : lie will, I warrant
Sir P. And my lady's quite est of breath, ere
you should hear. Gadstrud ! you may tal - 1 you.
Lady FrothCare. Excessively foolish! But that which gives me most hopes of her is her telling me of the many My Lady Froth is very well in ber actos
Care. Oh! fie, fie! Dot to be doned of a ár. temptations she has resisted.
Mel. Nay, then, you have her; for a woman's ments, but it is when my Lady Pliazt is 32 bit bragging
to a man that she has overcoinc tempta- of; if that can ever be. tion, is an argument that they were weakly offered,
Lady P. Oh! you overcome ne rast šs us.
cessive. and a challenge to him to engage her more irresistibly. Here she comes with Sir Paul. I'll leave
Sir P. Nay, I swear and for, that was pretty you. Ply her close ; and, by-and-by, clap a billet- alive. Such a lady! that is the et d ber et
Care. Oh! Sir Paul, you are the happes doux into her hand; for a woman never thinks a
and the admiration of ours. man truly in love with her, till he has been fool enough to think of her out of her sight, and to lose heaven, in a fine way of living, as ! ! !
Sir P. Your humble serradt. I am, I rei so much time as to write to her.
fully and happily; and, I think, berd Le Enter Sir Paul and Lady Pliant.
of my neighbours, blessed be Premier Sir P. Sh’a'nt we disturb your meditations, Mr. truly, Mr. Careless, my lady is a grek: **** Careless ? you would be private ?
fine, discreet, well-spoken womaa, e takim Care. You bring that along with you, Sir Paul, if it become me to say so; and *** that shall be always welcome to my privacy: fortably together : she is a little bass 5
Sir P. Oh! sweet sir, you load your humble ser- and so am I; but mine is soon over; and is vants, both me and my wife, with continual favours. so sorry. Oh! Mr. Careless, if it were sot tur
Lady P. Sir Paul, what a phrase was there! You thing will be making auswers, and taking that upon you which ought to lie upon me: that you should have
Enter Timothy, with a letter, and offer 5 so little breeding, to think Mr. Careless did not
PAUL PLIANT. apply himself to me. Pray, what have you to en. Gadso! gadsbud! Tim, carry it to my lady; 12 tertain anybody's privacy? I swear and declare, should have carried it to my lady first. in the face of the whole world, I'm ready to blush Tim. 'Tis directed to your worship for your ignorance.
Sir P. Well, well, my Lady reads all letter fra Sir P. I acquiesce, my lady; but don't snub so Lady P. How often have you been told of the joud.
(Apart. you jackanapes ? Lady P. Mr. Careless, if a person that is wholly illiterate might be supposed to be capable of being
Sir P. Child, do so no more; d'ye bear, Tm!
Tim. No, an please you. qualified to make a suitable return to those obligations, which you are pleased to confer upon one men have little fancies. But, as I was telles
Sir P. A humour of my wife'spookar"that is wholly incapable of being qualified in all Mr. Careless, if it were not for one thing, i sve
843 myself the happiest man in the world; indeed, too soon : and then, what do they laugh at ? For, touches me near, very near.
you know, laughing without a jest, is as impertinent ire. What can that be, Sir Paul ?
-he! as, asP. Why, I have, I thank heaven, a very Cyn. As dancing without a fiddle. tiful fortune, a good estate in the country, some
Lørd F. Just, i'faith! that was at my tongue's ses in town, and some money, a pretty tolerable end. onal estate; and it is a great grief to me, in. Cyn. But that cannot be properly said of them Tit is, Mr. Careless, that I have not a son to for, I think, they are all in good nature with the Cerit this. 'Tis true, I have a daughter; and a world, and only laugh at one another; and, you : dutiful child she is, though I say it; blessed be must allow, they have all jests in their persons, vidence, I may say; for, indeed, Mr. Careless, though they have none in their conversation. m mightily beholden to Providence a poor, un- Lord F. True, as I'm a person of honour: for rthy sinner! But if I had a son-ah! that's my heaven's sake, let us sacrifice 'em to mirth a little. liction, and my only affliction ; indeed, I cannot Re-enter Timothy, and whispers Sir Paul Pliant. Crain from tears when it comes in my mind.
(Cries. Sir P. Gadso! Wife, wife; my Lady Pliant, I Care. Why, methjoks, that might be easily re. have a wordedied; my lady's a fine likely woman.
Lady P. I'm busy, Sir Paul; I wonder at your Sir P. Oh! a fine likely woman as you shall see impertinence. 1 a summer's day; indeed she is, Mr. Careless, in Care. Sir Paul, harkye! I'm reasoning the mat:ll respects.
ter, you know. Madam, if your ladyship pleases, Care. And I should not have taken you to have we'll discourse of this in the next room. been so old
(Erit with Lady P. Sir P. Alas! that's not it, Mr. Careless; ah! Sir P. Oh, ho! I wish you good success; I wish hat's not it; no, no, you shoot wide of the mark a you good success. Boy, tell my lady, when she has nile, indced you do; that's not it, Mr. Careless; done, I would speak with her below. (Esit with Tim. no, no, that's not it.
Enter Lady Froth and Brisk.
Lady F. Then you think that episode between tell you. Why, my lady is so nice. I ain her hus. amiss ? you know, I may suppose the dairy in town, band, as I may say, though far unworthy of that
as well as in the country. honour; yet, I am her husband; but, alas-a-day! I have no more familiarity with her person, as to that being an heroic poem, had not you better call him
Brisk. Incomparable, let me perish! But, then, matter, than with my own mother; no, indeed.
a charioteer? Charioteer sounds great; besides, Care. Alas-a-day! this is a lamentable story;
'tis an injury to the world; my lady must be told your ladyship’s coachman having a red face, and eve on't; she must, i'faith! Sir Paul.
you comparing bim to the sun-and, you know, the Sir P. Ah! would to heaven you would, Mr.
sun is called heaven's charioteer. Careless; you are mightily in her favour.
Lady F. Oh! infinitely better; I'm extremely Care. I warrant you; what! we must have a son those hall-a-score lines again. [Pulls out a paper.]
beholding to you for the hiut. Stay, we'll read over some way or other, Sir P.'Indeed I should be mightily bound to you comparison, you know.
Let me see here : you know what goes before; the
[Reads. if you could bring it about, Mr. Careless. Lady P. Sir Paul, it's from your steward; here's
“ For as the sun shines ev'ry day, a return of six hundred pounds; you may take fifty
So of our coachman I may say of it for your next half-year. (Gives him the letter. Brisk. I'm afraid that simile won't do in wei Enter Lord Froth and CYNTHIA.
weather, because you say the sun shines every day.
Lady F. No, for the sun it won't; but it will do Sir P. How does my girl? Come hither to thy for the coachman; for, you know, there's most ocfather; poor lamb, thou’rt melancholy.
casion for a coach in wet weather. Lord F. Heavens! Sir Paul, you amaze me of Brisk. Right, right, that saves all. all things in the world, You are never pleased but Lady F. Then, I don't say the sun shines all the when we are all upon the broad grin; all laugh, Jay; but, that he peeps now and then : yet he does and no company: ah! then, 'tis such a sight to see shine all the day, too, you know, though we don't some teeth. Sure, you're a great admirer of my sce him. Lady Whiffler, Mr. Sneer, and Sir Lawrence Loud, Brisk. Right; but the vulgar will never compre
Just as the sun does more or less."
(Aside. Brisk. That's right; all's well, all's well: mor:
Lady F. (Reads.)
“And when, at night, his labour's done,
Then, too, like heaven's charioteer, the sun". sing out of time, or out of tune.
Ay, charioteer does better.
and that gang.