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Lord Town. After those you have giver me, in the world, that keeps his misfortunes out of madam, 'tis almost infamous to talk with you. doors, than he that tamely keeps them within.
Lady Town. I scorn your imputation, and Lady Town. I don't know what figure you your menaces. The narrowness of your heart's may make, my lord; but I shall have no reason your monitor; 'tis there, there, my lord, you are to be ashamed of mine, in whatever company I wounded: you have less to complain of than may meet you. many husbands of an equal rank to you.
Lord Town. Be sparing of your spirit, maLord Town. Death, madam! Do you presume dam; you'll need it support you. upon your corporal merit, that your person's less tainted than your mind? Is it there, there alone,
Enter Lady Grace and MANLY. an honest husband can be injured ? Have you not Mr Manly, I have an act of friendship to beg of every other vice that can debase your birth, or you, which wants more apologies than words can stain the heart of woman? Is not your health, inake for it. your beauty, husband, fortune, family disclaimed, Man. Then, pray, make none, my lord, that I for nights consumed 'in riot and extravagance? may have the greater merit in obliging you. The wanton does no more; if she conceals her Lord Town. Sister, I have the same excuse to shame, does less : and sure the dissolute avowed, intreat of you, too. as sorely wrongs my honour and my quiet.
Lady Grace. To your request, I beg, my lord, Lady Town. I see, my lord, what sort of wife Lord Town. Thus, then
-As you both might please you.
were present at my ill-considered marriage, I Lord Town. Ungrateful woman! Could you now desire you each will be a witness of my dehave seen yourself, you, in yourself, had seen her termined separation-I know, sir, your good-na-I am amazed our legislature has left no prece- ture, and my sister's, must be shocked at the ofdent of a divorce for this more visible injury, fice I impose on you; but as I don't ask your this adultery of the mind, as well as that of the justification of my cause, so I hope you are conperson! When a woman's whole heart is alien- scious—that an ill woman can't reproach you, if ated to pleasures I have no share in, what is it to you are silent, on her side. me, whether a black ace, or a powdered coxcomb, Man. My lord, I never thought, till now, it has possesion of it?
could be difficult to oblige you, Lady Town. If you have not found it yet, my Lady Grace. [Aside. Heavens, how I tremlord, this is not the way to get possession of ble ! mine, depend upon't.
Lord Town. For you, my lady Townly, I need Lord Town. That, madam, I have long des not here repeat the provocations of my parting paired of; and, since our happiness cannot be with you- -the world, I fear, is too well inmutual, 'tis fit, that, with our hearts, our performed of them-For the good lord, your dead sons, too, should separate. This house you sleep father's sake, I will still support you as bis no more in : though your content might grossly daughter-As Lord Townly's wife, you have feed upon the dishonour of a husband, yet my had every thing a fond husband could bestow, desires would starve upon the features of a wife, and (to our mutual shame I speak it) more than
Lady Town. Your style, my lord, is much of happy wives desire-But those indulgences must the same delicacy with your sentiments of ho- end; state, equipage, and splendour, but ill be
come the vices that misuse them-The decent Lord Town. Madam, madam, this is no time necessaries of life shall be supplied but noc for compliments—I have done with you. one article to luxury; not even the coach, that
Lady Town. If we had never met, my lord, I waits to carry you from hence, shall you ever use had not broke my heart for it: but have a care; again. Your tender aunt, my lady Lovemore, I may not, perhaps, be so easily recalled as you with tears, this morning, has consented to receive may imagine.
you; where, if tine and your condition bring Lord Town. Recalled ! Whose there? you to a due reflection, your allowance shall be
increased—but if you are still lavish of your
litEnter a Servant,
tle, or pine for past licentious pleasures, that lit
tle shall be less : nor will I call that soul my sister and Mr Manly to walk up. friend, that names you in my hearing.
Erit. Lady Grace. My heart bleeds for her. Lady Town. My lord, you may proceed as
[Aside. you please; but, pray, what indiscretions have I Lord Town. Oh, Manly, look there! turn back committed, that are not daily practised by a thy thoughts with me, and witness to my growing hundred other women of quality ?
love. There was a time, when I believed that Lord Town. 'Tis not the number of ill wives, form incapable of vice, or of decay; there I promadam, that makes the patience of a husband posed the partner of an easy home; there I, for less contemptible: and though a bad one may be ever, hoped to find a cheerful companion, an athe best man's lot, yet, he'll make a better figure greeable intimate, a faithful friend, a useful
help-mate, and a tender mother-but, oh! how firmed. Wild with that fame, I thought mankind bitter now the disappointment!
my slaves; I triumphed over hearts, while all my Man. The world is different in its sense of pleasure was their pain : yet was my own so happiness; offended as you are, I know you will equally insensible to all, that, when a father's still be just.
firm commands enjoined me to make choice of Lord Town. Fear me not.
one, I even then declined the liberty he gave, Man. This last reproach, I see, has struck her. and to his own election yielded up my youth
(Aside. his tender care, my lord, directed him to you Lord Town. No, let me not (though I this our hands were joined; But still my heart was moment cast her from my heart for ever, let me wedded to its folly. My only joy was power, not urge her punishment beyond her crimes—I command, society, profuseness, and to lead in know the world is fond of any tale that feeds its pleasures : The husband's right to rule, I thought appetite of scandal : and, as I am conscious se- a vulgar law, which only the deformed or meanverities of this kind seldom fail of imputations ly-spirited obeyed. I knew no directors, but too gross to mention, I here, before you both, my passions ! no master, but my will! Even acquit her of the least suspicion raised against the you, my lord, some time o'ercome by love, was honour of my bed. Tberefore, when abroad her pleased with my delights, nor then foresaw this conduct may be questioned, do her fame that mad misuse of your indulgence And, justice.
though I call myself ungrateful, while I own it
, Lady Town. Oh, sister!
yet, as a truth, it cannot be denied that kind (Turns to Lady Grace, weeping. indulgence has undone me; it added strength to Lord Town. When I am spoken of, where, my habitual failings; and, in a heart thus warm, without favour, this action may be canvassed, re- in wild unthinking life, no wonder if the gentler late but half my provocations, and give me up to sense of love was lost.
[Going Lord Town. Oh, Manly! where has this creaLady Town. Support me ! save me! hide me ture's heart been buried?
(Apart. from the world!
Man. If yet recoverable- How vast the [Falling on Lady Grace's neck. I treasure !
[Apart Lord Town. (Returning.] I had forgot me- Lady Town. What I have said, my lord, is not You have no share in my resentment; therefore, my excuse, but my confession; my errors (give as you have lived in friendship with her, your them, if you please, a harder name) cannot be departing may admit of gentler terms than suit the fended. No! What's in its nature wrong, no honour of an injured husband. [Offers to go out. words can palliate, no plea can alter. What
Man. [Interposing.) My lord, you must not, then remains in my condition, but resignation to shall not leave her thus ! One moment's stay can your pleasure? T'ime only can convince you of do your cause no wrong! If looks can speak the my future conduct : therefore, till I have lived anguish of her heart, I'll answer with my life, an object of forgiveness, I dare not hope for parthere's something labouring in her mind, that, don—The penance of a lonely, contrite life
, would you bear the hearing, might deserve it. were little to the innocent; but, to have deserved
Lord Town. Consider ! since we no more can this separation, will strow perpetual thorns upon meet, press not my staying to insult her.
my pillow. Lady Town. Yet stay, my lord--the little I Lady Grace. Oh, happy, heavenly hearing! would say will not deserve an insult; and, unde- Lady Town. Sister, farewell! [Kissing her.] served, I know your nature gives it not. But as Your virtue needs no warning from the shame you've called in friends to witness your resent- that falls on me: but when you think I have ment, let them be equal hearers of my last re- atoned my follies past-persuade your injured ply.
brother to forgive them. Lord Town. I shan't refuse you that, madam Lord Town. No, madam! Your errors, thus -be it so.
renounced, this instant are forgiven! So deep: Lady Town. My lord, you ever have com- so due a sense of them, has made you what my plained I wanted love; but, as you kindly have utmost wishes formed, and all iny heart has sighallowed I never gave it to another; so, when you ed for. bear the story of my beart, though you may still Lady Town. [Turning to LADY GRACE.] How complain, you will not wonder at my coldness. odious does this goodness make me !
Lady Grace. This promises a reverse of tem- Lady Grace. How amiable your thinking so! per.
(Apart. Lord Town. Long parted friends, that pass Man. This, my lord, you are concerned to through easy voyages of life, receive but common hcar.
gladness at their meeting : but from a shipwreck Lord Town. Proceed; I am attentive. saved, we mingle tears with our embraces! Lady Town. Before I was your bride, my
[Embracing Lady Townlr. lord, the Aattering world had talked me into Lady Town. What words, what love, what beauty, which, at my glass, my youthful vanity con- duty, can repay such obligations !
Lord Town. Preserve but this desire to please, After some time, LORD and LADY TownLY, your power is endless.
with LADY GRACE, enter to them, unmasked. Lady Town. Oh till this moment never did I know, my lord, I had a heart to give you. Lord Town. So here's a great deal of com
Lord Town. By Heaven ! this yielding hand, pany. when first it gave you to my wishes, presented Lady Town. A great many people, my lord, not a treasure more desirable! Oh, Manly! sis- but no company- -as you'll find
-for ter! as you have often shared in my disquiet, here's one now that seems to have a mind to enpartake now of my felicity! my new-born joy! tertain us. see, here, the bride of my desires! This may be (A Mask, after some affected gesture, makes called my wedding-day.
up to Lady TownLY. Lady Grace. Sister, (for now, methinks, that Mask. Well, dear lady Townly, sha'n't we see name is dearer to my heart than ever) let me con- you by-and-by? gratulate the happiness that opens to you.
Lady Town. I don't know you, madam.
[In a squeaking tone. my dear, join here with me to give a hand, that Lady Town. Not I, indeed. amply will repay the obligation.
Mask. Well, that's charming; but can't you Lady Town. Sister, a day like this
guess? Lady Grace. Admits of no excuse against the Lady Town. Yes, I could guess wrong, I begeneral joy. [Gives her hand to Manly. lieve.
Man. A joy like mine- -despairs of words Mask. That's what I'd have you do. to speak it.
Lady Town. But, madam, if I don't know you Lord Town. Oh, Manly, how the name of at all, is not that as well? friend endears the brother? [Embracing him. Mask. Ay, but you do know me.
Man. Your words, my lord, will warm me to Lady Town. Dear sister, take her off my deserve them.
hands; there's no bearing this. [Apart.
Lady Grace. I fancy I know you, madam. Enter a Servant.
Mask. I fancy you don't ; what makes you
think you do? Ser. My lord, the apartments are full of mas- Lady Grace. Because I have heard you talk. queradersAnd some people of quality there Mask. Ay, but you don't know my voice, I'm desire to see your lordship and my lady.
Lady Town. I thought, my lord, your orders Lady Grace. There is something in your wit had forbid their revelling?
and humour, madam, so very much your own, it Lord Town. No, my dear, Manly has desired is impossible you can be any body but my lady their admittance to-night, it seems, upon a parti- Trifle. cular occasion-Say we will wait upon them in- Mask. [Unmasking.] Dear lady Grace ! thou stantly.
[Erit Servant. art a charming creature. Lady Town. I shall be but ill company to Lady Grace. Is there nobody else we know them.
here? Lord Town. No matter : not to see them, Mask. Oh dear, yes! I have found out fifty would on a sudden be too particular. Lady already. Grace will assist you to entertain them.
Lady Grace. Pray who are they? Lady Town. With her, my lord, I shall be al- Mask. Oh, charming company! there's lady ways easy- -Sister, to your unerring virtue I Ramble- -lady Riot -lady Kill-care-lady now commit the guidance of my future days Squander--lady Strip-lady Pawn-and
the dutchess of Single Guinea. Never the paths of pleasure more to tread, Lord Town. Is it not hard, my dear, that But where your guided innocence shall lead; people of sense and probity are sometimes forFor, in the marriage-state, the world must own ced to seem fond of such company? [Apart. Divided happiness was never known.
Lady Town. My lord, it will always give me To make it mutual, nature points the way: pain to reinember their acquaintance, but none Let husbands govern; gentle wives obey. to drop it immediately.
[Apart. Éreunt. Lady Grace. But you have given us no ac
count of the men, madam. Are they good for SCENE III.-Opening to another apartment, any thing?
discovers a great number of people in masque- Mask. Oh, yes, you must know, I always rade, talking all together, and playing upon find out them by their endeavours to find out one another. LADY WRONGHEAD as a shep-me. herdess ; JENNY as a nun; the 'Squire as a Lady Grace. Pray, who are they? running footman; and the Count in a domino. Mask. Why, for your men of tip-top wit and
pleasure, about town, there's my lord-Bite- Lord Town. Oh, by all means : we'll wait up lord Archwag-Young Brazen-wit-lord Tim-on you. berdown--lord Joint-life-and-lord Mort
[The scene shuts upon the masks to a gage. Then for your pretty fellows only—there's
smaller apartment. sir Powder Peacock- -lord Lapwing -Billy Magpic-Beau Frightful-sir Paul Plaister
Manly re-enters with Sir FRANCIS WRONGcrown, and the marquis of Monkey-man.
Lady Grace. Right! and these are the fine Sir Fran. Well, cousin, you have made my gentlemen that never want elbow-room at an as- very hair stond on end! Waunds ! if what you sembly.
tell me be true, I'll stuff my whole family into a Mask. The rest, I suppose, by their tawdry stage-coach, and trundle them into the country hired habits, are tradesmen's wives, inns-of-court again on Monday morning. beaux, Jews, and kept mistresses.
Man. Stick to that, sir, and we may yet find a Lord Town. An admirable collection ! way to redeem all. In the mean time, place
Lady Grace. Well, of all our public diver- yourself behind this screen, and, for the truth of sions, I am amazed how this, that is so very ex- what I have told you, take the evidence of your pensive, and has so little to shew for it, can draw own senses: but be sure you keep close till I so much company together!
give you the signal. Lord Town. Oh, if it were not expensive, the Sir Fran. Sir, I'll warrant you—Ah, my lady! better sort would not come into it: and because my lady Wronghead! What a bitter business money can purchase a ticket, the common people have you drawn me into! scorn to be kept out of it.
Man. Hush! to your post; here comes one Mask. Right, my lord. Poor lady Grace! I couple already. suppose you are under the same astonishment,
[Sir Francis retires behind the screen. that an opera should draw so much good com
Erit MANLY. pany. Lady Grace. Not at all, madam : 'tis an
Enter MYRTILLA with Squire RICHARD. easier matter, sure, to gratify the ear, than the Squire Rich. What, is this the doctor's chamunderstanding. But have you no notion, madam, ber? of receiving pleasure and profit at the saine Myr. Yes, yes; speak softly. time?
Squire Rich. Well, but where is he? Mask. Oh, quite none ! unless it be some- Myr. He'll be ready for us presently; but he times winning a great stake; laying down a vole, says, he can't do us the good turn without witsans prendre, may come up to the profitable nesses: so, when the count and your sister come, pleasure you were speaking of.
you know he and you may be fathers for one Lord Town. You seem attentive, my dear?
Apart. Squire Rich. Well, well; tit for tat! ay, ay, Lady Town. I am, my lord; and amazed at that will be friendly. my own follies, so strongly painted in another Myr. And see, here they come.
[Apart. Lady Grace. But see, my lord, we had best
Enter Count BASSET, and Miss JENNY. adjourn our debate, I believe; for here are some Count Bas. So, so, here's your brother and huis masks that seem to have a mind to divert other bride, before us, my dear. people as well as themselves.
Jenny. Well, I vow, my heart's at my mouth Lord Town. The least we can do, is to give still! i thought I should never have got rid of them a clear stage then.
mamma; but while she stood gaping upon the [A dance of masks here in various characters. dance, I gave her the slip? Lawd, do but feel This was a favour extraordinary.
how it beats here!
, Enter MANLY.
my dear, you have put mine into the same palpi
tation ! Oh, Manly, I thought we had lost you.
Jenny. Ay, say you so?- but let's see not Man. I ask pardon, my lord, but I have Oh, lud! I vow it thumps purely-well, well
, I been obliged to look a little after my country see it will do; and so, where's the parson? family.
Count Bus. Mrs Myrtilla, will you be so good Lord Town. Well, pray, what have you done as to see if the doctor's ready for us? with them?
Myr. He only staid for you, sir : I'll
fetch him Man. They are all in the house here, among immediately. the masks, my lord; if your lordship has curiosi- Jenny. Pray, sir, am not I to take place of ty enough to step into a lower apartment, in mamma, when I'm a countess ? three minutes I'll give you an ample account of Count Bas. No doubt on't, my dear. them.
Jenny. Oh, lud! how her back' will be up
[Erit Mrr. when she meets me at an assembly; or you and I in our coach and six at Hyde Park together!
Enter MYRTILLA, with a Constable. Count Bas. Ay, or when she hears the box- Con. Well, madam, pray which is the party keepers at an opera, call out—The countess of that wants a spice of my office here? Basset's servants !
Myr. That's the gentleman. Jenny. Well, I say it, that will be delicious!
[Pointing to the Count. And then, mayhap, to have a fine gentleman, Count Bas. Hey-day! what, in masquerade, with a star and a what-d’ye-call-um ribbon, lead doctor? me to my chair, with his hat under his arm all Con. Doctor! Sir, I believe you have mistathe way! Hold up, says the chairman; and so, ken your man : but, if you are called count Bassays I, my lord, your humble servant. I suppose, set, I have a billet-doux in my hand for you,
that madam, says he, we shall see you at my lady will set you right presently, Quadrille's? Ay, ay, to be sure, my lord, says I- Count Bas. What the devil's the meaning of So in swops me, with my hoop stuffed up to my all this? forehead; and away they trot, swing ! swang ! Cor. Only my lord chief justice's warrant with my tassels dangling, and my flambeaux bla- against you for forgery, sir. zing, and
-Oh, it's a charming thing to be a Count Bas. Blood and thunder! woman of quality !
Con. And so, sir, if you please to pull off your Count Bas. Well! I see that, plainly, my dear, fool's frock there, I'll wait upon you to the next there's ne'er a duchess of them all will become justice of peace immediately. an equipage like you.
Jenny. Oh, dear me, what's the matter? Jenny. Well, well, do you find equipage, and
[Trembling. I'll find airs, I warrant you.
Count Bas. Oh, nothing, only a masquerading frolic, my dear.
Squire Rich. Oh, ho! is that all?
Sir Fran. No, sirrah! that is not all!
[Sir Francis, coming softly behind the What though they call me country lass,
squire, knocks him down with his cane. I read it plainly in my glass, That for a duchess I might pass ;
Enter MANLY. Oh, could I see the day!
Squire Rich. Oh, lawd! Oh, lawd! he has Would fortune but attend my call,
beaten my brains out. At park, at play, at ring, and bull,
Man. Hold, hold, sir Francis ! have a little I'd brave the proudest of them all,
mercy upon my poor godson, pray, sir. With a stand by-clear the way!
Sir Frun. Wounds, cousin, I han't patience.
Count Bas. Manly! nay, then, I'm blown to Surrounded by a crowd of beaur,
[Aside. With smart toupees, and powdered clothes Squire Rich. Oh, my head!
head! At rivals I'd turn up my nose ; Oh, could I see the duy!
Enter LADY WRONGHEAD. I'd dart such glances from these eyes,
Lady Wrong. What's the matter here, gentleShould make some lord or duke my prise : men? For Heaven's sake! What, are you murAnd then, oh, how I'd tyrannize,
dering my children? With a stand by-clear the way!
Con. No, no, madam! no murder ! only a little
suspicion of felony, that's all. Oh, then for every new delight,
Sir Fran. [To Jenny.) And for you, Mrs IIotFor equipage and diamonds bright,
upon't, I could find in my heart to make you wear Quadrille, and plays, and balls all night ;
that habit as long as you live, you jade you. Do Oh, could I see the day!
you know, hussy, that you were within two miOf love and joy I'd take my fill,
nutes of marrying a pickpocket? The tedious hours of life to kill,
Count Bas. So, so, all's out I find. [Aside. In every thing I'd have my will,
Jenny. Oh, the mercy! why, pray, papa, is not With a stand by-clear the way!
the count a man of quality, then?
Sir Fran. Oh, yes, one of the unhanged ones, Squire Rich. Troth! I think this masquera- it seems. ding's the merriest game that ever I saw in my Lody Wrong. [Aside.] Married! Oh, the conlife! Thof' in my mind, an there were but a fident thing! There was his urgent business, little wrestling, or cudgel-playing naw, it would then--slighted for her! I han't patience !-and, help it hugely. But what'a-rope makes the par- for aught I know, I have been all this while mason stay so?
king a friendship with a highwayman. Count Bas. Oh, here he comes, I believe. Nlan. Mr Constable, secure there.