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waits for you.
Frank. There is nothing, madam, which could
take off from the gaiety with which your preFrank. It is impossible I should be deceived. sence inspires every heart, but the fear of losing My eyes, and the quick pulses at my heart, as you. How can I be otherwise than as I am, sure me it is she. Ha ! 'tis she, by. Heaven! when I know not but you may leave London as and the door left open too—A fair invitation, by abruptly as you did Bath? all the rules of love.
Luc. Madam, the tea is ready, and my mistress Enter CLARINDA, FRANKLY following her.
Cla. Very well, I come- -[Erit Lucetta.] You Frank. I hope, madam, you will excuse the see, sir, I am called away: but I hope you will boldness of this intrusion, since it is owing to excuse it, when I leave you with an assurance, your own behaviour that I am forced to it. that the business, which brings me to town, will Cla. To my behaviour, sir !
keep me here some time. Frank. You cannot but remember me at Frank. How generous it is in you thus to ease Bath, madam, where I so lately had the favour the heart, that knew not how to ask for such a of your hand
favour!—I fear to offend-But this house, I supCla. I do remember, sir; but I little expec- pose, is yours? ted any wrong interpretation of my behaviour Cla. You will hear of me, if not find me here. from one who had so much the appearance of a Frank. I then take my leave. (Exit FRANK. gentleman.
Cla. I'm undone! He has me! Frank. What I saw of your behaviour was so just, it would admit of no misrepresentation. I
Enter Mrs STRICTLAND. only feared, whatever reason you had to conceal Mrs Strict. Well; how do you find yourself? your name from me at Bath, you might have the Cla. I do find that, if he goes on as he has same to do it now; and though my happiness begun, I shall certainly have him without giving was so nearly concerned, I rather chose to ven- him the least uneasiness. ture thus abruptly after you, than be imperti- Mrs Strict. A very terrible prospect, indeed! nently inquisitive.
Cla. But I must tcase him a little- -Where Cla. Sir, there seems to be so much civility in is Jacintha ? how will she laugh at me, if I beyour rudeness, that I can easily forgive it ;- come a pupil of hers, and learn to give ease! ihough I don't see how your happiness is at all No; positively I shall never do it. concerned.
Mrs Strict. Poor Jacintha has met with what Frank. No, madam! I believe you are the I feared from Mr Strictland's temper; an utter only lady, who could, with the qualifications you denial. I know not why, but he really grows are mistress of, be sensible of the power they more and more ill-natured. give you over the happiness of our sex.
Cla. Well; now do I heartily wish my affairs Ch. Ilow vain should we women be, if you were in his power a little, that I might have a gentlemen were but wise! If you did not all of few difficulties to surmount: I love difficulties; you say the same things to every woman, we and yet, I don't know-it is as well as it is. should certainly be foolish enough to believe Mrs Strict. Ha, ha, ha! ome, the tea waits. some of you were in earnest.
[Ereunt. Frank. Could you have the least sense of
Enter MR STRICTLAND. what I feel whilst I am speaking, you would know me to be in earnest, and what I say to be Strict. These doings in my house distract me. the dictates of a heart that admires you; may II met a fine gentleman : when I inquired who Dot say that
he was, why, he came to Clarinda. Í shall not Cla: Sir, this is carrying the
be easy till she is decamped. My wife had the Frank. When I danced with you at Bath, I was character of a virtuous woman and they have charmed with your whole behaviour, and felt the not been long acquainted: but then they were same tender admiration! but my hope of seeing by themselves at Bath-That hurts—that you afterwards, kept in my passion till a more hurts—they must be watcherl, they must; I proper time should offer. You cannot, therefore, know them, I know all their wiles, and the best blaine me now, if, after having lost you once, of them are but hypocrites—lla (LUCETTA I do not suffer an inexcusable modesty to passes over the stage.] Suppose I bribe the maid: prevent my making use of this second oppor-she is of their council, the manager of their tunity.
secrets: it shall be so; money will do it, and I Cla. This behaviour, sir, is so different from shall know all that passes. Lucetta! the gaiety of your conversation then, that I am- Luc. Sir. at a loss how to answer you.
Strict. Lucetta ! VOL. IL
Strict. Well, well: I believe you honest,
Shuts the door. Luc. Sir! If he should suspect, and search Luc. What can be at the bottom of all this? me now, I'm undone. Aside.
Aside. Strict. She is a sly girl, and may be service- Strict. So; we cannot be too private. Come able. [Aside.] Lucetta, you are a good girl, and hither, hussy; nearer yet. have an honest face. I like it. It looks as if it Luc. Lord, sir ! You are not going to be rude? carried no deceit in it-Yet, if she should be I vow I will call out. false, she can do me most harmi. [Aside.
Strict. Hold your tongue-Does the baggage Luc. Pray, sir, speak out.
laugh at me? She does; she mocks me, and will Strict. (Aside.] No; she is a woman, and it is reveal it to my wife; and her insolence upon it the highest imprudence to trust her.
will be more insupportable to me than cuckoldLuc. I am not able to understand you. om itself. [Aside.] I have not
leisure now, Strict. I am glad of it. I would not have you Lucetta—Some other time--Hush! Did not the understand me.
bell ring? Yes, yes; my wife wants you. Go, go, Luc. Then, what did you call me for ?- If he go to her. (Pushes her out.] There is no hell on should be in love with my face, it would be rare earth like being a slave to suspicion, Erit. sport.
(Aside. Strict . Tester, ay, Tester is the proper per
SCENE IV.---The Piazza, Covent-Garden. son. [Aside.] Lucetta, tell Tester I want him. Luc. Yes, sir. Mighty odd, this ! It gives me
Enter BELLAMY and Jack MEGGOT, time, however, to send Buckle with this letter to his master.
[Aside. Erit. Bel. Nay, nay, I would not put your family Strict. Could I but be once well satisfied that into any confusion. my wife had really finished me, I believe I J. Meg. None in life, my dear, I assure you. should be as quiet as if I were sure to the I will go and order every thing this instant for contrary: but, whilst I am in doubt, I am mis- her reception. erable.
Bel. You are too obliging, sir; but you need
not be in this hurry, for I am in no certainty Enter TESTER.
when I shall trouble you; I only know, that my Test. Does your honour please to want me? Jacintha has taken such a resolution.
Strict, Ay, Tester-I need not fear. The J. Meg. Therefore, we should be prepared; honesty of his service, and the goodness of his for, when once a lady has such a resolution in look, make me secure. I will trust him. (Aside.] her head, she is upon the rack till she executes Tester, I think I have been a tolerable good it. 'Foregad, Mr Bellamy, this must be a girl of master to you.
fire. Test. Yes, sirvery tolerable.
Enter FRANKLY. Strict. I like his simplicity well. It promises honesty. [Aside.) I have a secret, Tester, to im- Frank. Buxom and lively as the bounding part to you; a thing of the greatest importance. doe !--Fair as painting can express, or youthful Look upon me, and don't stand picking your poets fancy, when they love! Tol, de rol, lol!
[Singing and dancing. Test. Yes, sir.-No, sir.
Bel. Who is this you talk thus rapturously of? Strict. But will not his simplicity expose him Frank. Who should it be, but I shall know the more to Lucetta's cunning? Yes, yes; she her name to-morrow. [Sings and dances. will worm the secret out of him. I had better J. Meg. What is the matter, ho? Is the inan trust her with it at once.--So I will. [Aside.] mad? Tester, yo, send Lucetta hither.
Frank. Even so, gentlemen; as mad as love Test. Yes, sir- Here she is.
and joy can make me.
Bel. But inform us whence this joy proceeds. Re-enter LUCETTA.
Frank. Joy! joy! my lads! She's found ! my
Perdita! my charmer! Lucetta, my master wants you.
J. Aeg. Egad! her charms have bewitched Strict. Get you down, Tester.
the man, I think !--But who is she? T'est. Yes, sir.
(Erit. Bel. Come, come, tell us, who is this wonLuc. If you want me, sir, I beg you would der? make haste, for I have a thousand things to do.
Frank. But will you say nothing? Strict. Well, well; what I have to say will Bel. Nothing, as I live. not take up much time, could I but persuade you Frank. Nor you? to be honest.
J. Meg. I'll be as silent as the graveLuc. Why, sir, I hope you don't suspect my
Frank. With a tomb-stone upon it, to tell honesty?
every one whose dust it carries,
J. Meg. I'll be as secret as a debauched
Enter RANGER. prude
Frank. Whose sanctity every one suspects. Ran. Why-Hey !is there never a wench to Jack, Jack, 'tis not in thy nature; keeping a se- be got for love or money? cret is worse to thee than keeping thy accounts. Bel. Pshaw! Ranger here? But to leave fooling, listen to me both, that I may Ran. Yes, Ranger is here, and perhaps does whisper it into your ears, that echo may not catch not come so impertinently as you may imagine. the sinking sound I cannot tell who she is, Faith! I think I have the knack of finding out faith-Tol de rol, lol
secrets. Nay, never look so queer-Here is a J. Meg. Mad! mad!
letter, Mr Bellamy, that seems to promise you Frank. All I know of her is, that she is a better diversion than your hugging one another. charming woman, and has given me liberty to Bel. What do you mean? visit her again— Bellamy, 'tis she, the lovely Ran. Do you deal much in these paper-toshe!
[ Aside. kens? Bel. So I did suppose.
(To FRANK. Bel. Oh, the dear kind creature! it is from J. Meg. Poor Charles! for Heaven's sake, Mr herself.
(To FRANK. Bellamy, persuade him to go to his chamber, Ran. What, is it a pair of laced shoes she whilst I prepare every thing for you at home. wants? or have the boys broke her windows ? Adieu. Aside to Bel.) B'ye Charles; ha, ha, Bel. Hold your profane tongue ! ha!
[Erit. Frank. Nay, prithee, Bellamy, don't keep it to Frank. Oh, love! thou art a gift worthy of a yourself, as if her whole affections were contained god, indeed! dear Bellamy, nothing could add to in those few lines. my pleasure, but to see my friend as deep in love Ran. Prithee, let him alone to his silent rapas I am.
tures. But it is as I always said-your grave Bel. I shew my heart is capable of love, by men ever are the greatest whoremasters. the friendship it bears to you.
Bel. I cannot be disobliged now, say what you Frank. The light of friendship looks but dim will
. But how came this into your hands? before the brighter flame of love: love is the Ran. Your servant Buckle and I changed comspring of cheerfulness and joy. Why, how dull missions; he went on my errand, and I came on and phlegmatic do you shew to me now! whilst his. I am all life; light as feathered Mercury-You, Bel. 'Sdeath! I want him this
instant. dull and cold as earth and water; I, light and Ran. He will be here presently; but I demand warm as air and fire. These are the only ele- to know what I have brought you? ments in love's world! Why, Bellamy, for shame! Frank. Ay, ay! out with it! you know we neget thee a mistress, and be sociable.
ver blab, and may be of service. Bel. Frankly, I am now going to
Bel. Twelve o'clock! oh, the dear hour! Frank. Why that face now! Your humble Ran. Why, it is a pretty convenient time, inservant, sir. My flood of joy shall not be stopped deed. by your melancholy fits, I assure you. [Going Bel. By all that's happy, she promises in this
Bel. Stay, Frankly; I beg you stay." What letter here to leave her guardian this very would you say now, if I really were in love? night and run away with me.
Frank. Why, faith, thou hast such romantic Ran. How is this? notions of sense and honour, that I know not Bel. Nay, I know not how myself—she says
at the bottom
dYour servant has full instrucBel. To confess the truth, then, I am in love. tions from Lucetta how to equip me for my ex
Frank. And do you confess it as if it were a pedition. I will not trust myself home with sin? Proclaim it aloud; glory in it; boast of it you to-night, because I know it is inconvenient; as your greatest virtue; swear it with a lover's therefore, I beg you would procure me a lodgoath, and I will believe you.
'ing; it is no matter how far off my guardian's. Bel. Why, then, by the bright eyes of her I
Ran. Carry her to a bagnio, and there you Frank. Well said !
may lodge with her. Bel. By all that's tender, amiable, and soft in Frank. Why, this must be a girl of spirit,
faith Frank. Bravo!
Bel. And beauty equal to her sprightliness. I Bel. I swear, I am as true an enamorato as love her, and she loves me. She has thirty thouever tagged rhyme.
sand pounds to her fortune. Frank. And art thou, then, thoroughly in love? Ran. The devil she has! Come to my arms, thou dear companion of my Bel. And never pla y at cards. joys!
Ran. Nor does ar jone thing like any other [They embrace. woman, I suppose?
what to say.
Frank. Not so, I hope, neither.
Frank. Pho! none of your musty reflections Bel. Oh, Frankly, Ranger, I never felt such now! When a man is in love, to the very brink ease before! the secrets out, and you don't laugh of matrimony, what the devil has he to do with
Plutarch and Seneca ? Here is your servant, with Frank. Laugh at thee, for loving a woman with a face full of business I'll leave you togetherthirty thousand pounds? thou art a most unac- I shall be at the King's Arms, where, if you want countable fellow!
my assistance, you may find me. (Esið FRANK. Ran. How the devil could he work her up to this! I never could have had the face to have
Enter BUCKLE. done it. But I don't know how there is a degree of assurance in you modest gentlemen, which Bel. So, Buckle, you seem to have your hands we impudent fellows never can come up to. full.
Bel. Oh! your servant, good sir. You should Buckle. Not fuller than my head, sir, I pronot abuse me now, Ranger, but do all you can to mise you. You have had your letter, I hope ? assist me,
Bei. Yes, and in it she refers me to you for Ran. Why, look ye, Bellamy, I am a damnable my instructions. unlucky fellow, and so will have nothing to do in Buckle. Why, the affair stands thus. As Mr this affair : I'll take care to be out of the way, su Strictland sees the door locked and barred every as to do you no harm; that's all I can answer night himself, and takes the key up with him, it for; and so—success attend you. [Going.] I can- is impossible for us to escape any way but through not leave you quite to yourself neither; for if the window; for which purpose, I have a ladder this should prove a round-house affair, as I make of ropes. no doubt it will, I believe I may have more in- Bel. Good. terest there than you; and so, sir, you may hear Buckle. And because a hoop, as the ladies of me at
[Whispers. wear them now, is not the most decent dress to Bel. For shame, Ranger! the most noted ga- come down a ladder in, I have, in this other ming-house in town.
bundle, a suit of boy's clothes, which, I believe, Ran. Forgive me this once, my boy. I must will fit her; at least, it will serve the time she go, faith, to pay a debt of honour to some of the wants it. You will soon be for pulling it off
, I greatest rascals in town.
[Exit Ran: suppose. Frank. But where do you design to lodge her? Bel. Why, you are in spirits, you rogue. Bel. At Mr Meggot's-He is already gone to
Buckle. These I am now to convey to
ucetprepare for her reception,
ta-Have you any thing to say, sir? Frank. The properest place in the world : his Bel. Nothing, but that I will not fail at the aunts will entertain her with honour.
hour appointed. Bring me word to Mr Meggot's Bel. And the newness of her acquaintance how you go on. Succeed in this, and it shall will prevent its being suspected. Frankly, give make your fortune. me your hand : this is a very critical time.
SCENE I.-The street before Mr STRICTLAND'S| palace by moonlight-Ay, here stands the temple house. where my goddess is adored the doors open!
[Retircs. Enter BELLAMY in a chairman's coat. Bel. How tediously have these minutes passed these last few hours! and the envious rogues
Enter LUCETTA. will fly, no lightning quicker, when we would Luc. [Under the window.] Madam, madam, have them stay. Hold, let me not mistake- hist! madam-How shall I inake her hear? this is the house. [Pulls out his watch.] By Heaven, it is not yet the hour! I hear somebody Jacintha, in boy's clothes, at the window. coming. The moon's so bright-I had better Jac. Who is there? What's the matter? not be here till the happy instant comes.
Luc. It is 1, madam : you must not pretend to
[Exit Bel. stir till I give the word; you'll be discovered if Enter FRANKLY,
Frank. [Aside.] What do I sec? A man!
My heart misgives me. Frank. Wine is no antidote to love, but rather Luc. My master is below, sitting up for Mrs feeds the flame: Now am I such an amorous Clarinda. Ile raves as if he were mad about her puppy, that I cannot walk straight home, but must being out so late. comeout of my way to take a view of my queen's Frank. (Aside.] Here is some intrigue or other.
way to love.
I must see more of this before I give further home at this instant. I shall spoil his sport I be
lieve. Do you know me, sir? Luc. One minute he is in the street; the next Frank. I am amazed! You here! This was he is in the kitchen : now he will lock her out, unexpected, indeed! and then he'll wait himself, and see what figure Cla. Why, I believe, I do come a little unexshe makes when she vouchsafes to venture home. pectedly, but I shall amaze you more. I kuow
Jac. I long to have it over. Get me but once the whole course of your amour : all the process out of his house.
of your mighty passion, from its first riseFrank. (Aside.] Cowardly rascal! would I Frank. What is all this! were in his place!
Cla. To the very conclusion, which you vainly Luc. If I can but fix him any where, I can hope to effect this night. let you out myself- -You have the ladder Frank. By Heaven, madam, I know not what ready in case of necessity?
you mean! I came hither purely to contemplate Jac. Yes, yes.
[Erit Luc. on your beauties. Frank. (Aside.] The ladder! This must lead Čla. Any beauties, sir, I find, will serve your to some discorery; I shall watch you, my young turn. Did I not hear you talk to her at the wingentleman, I shall.
Frank. Her !
Cla. Blush, blush, for shame! but be assured Cla. This whist is a most enticing devil. Iyou have seen the last both of Jacintha and me, am afraid I'm too late for Mr Strictland's sober
Frænk. Jacintha, hear me, madam-She is Jac. Ha! I hear a noise !
gone. This must certainly be Bellamy's misCla. No; I see a light in Jacintha's window, tress, and I have fairly ruined all the scheme. You may go home. (Giving the servant money.] This it is to be in luck. I am safe. Jac. Sure it must be he! Mr Bellamy-sir.
Enter BELLAMY, behind. Frank. (Aside.] Does he not call me?
Cla. (Aside.) Ha! Who's that? I am fright- Bel. Ha! a man under the window ! ened out of my wits- A man!
Frank. No, here she comes, and I may conJac. Is it you?
vey her to him. Frank. Yes, yes; 'tis I, 'tis I. Jac. Listen at the door.
Enter JACINTHA, and runs to Frankly. Frank. I will; 'tis open—There is no noise : Jac. I have at last got to you. Let us haste all's quiet.
away-Oh! Cla. Sure it is my spark—and talking to Ja- Frank. Be not frightened, lady. cintha.
Aside. Jac. Oh! I am abused! betrayed ! Frank. You may come down the ladder- Bel. Betrayed !- -Frankly! quick.
Frank. Bellamy! Jac. Catch it, then, and hold it.
Bel. I can scarce believe it though I see it. Frank. I have it. Now I shall see what sort Drawof meule my young spark is made of. [.4 side. Frank. Hear me, Bellamy-lady
Cla With a ladder, too ! I'll assure you.- Jac. Stay-do not fight! But I must see the end of it.
Aside. Frank. Í am innocent; it is all a mistake! Jac. Hark! Did not somebody speak?
Jac. For my sake, be quiet! We shall be disFrank. No, no; be not fearful-'Sdeath! we covered! the family is alarmed ! are discovered.
Bel. You are obeyed. Mr Frankly, there is [FRANKLY and CLARINDA retire. but one way
Frank. I understand you. Any time but now. Enter Lucetta.
You will certainly be discovered ! To-morrow at Luc. Hist! hist! are you ready?
your chambers. Jac. Yes, may I venture?
Bel. Till then, farewell. Luc. Now is your time. He is in high confe
[Ereunt Bel, and Jac. rence with his privy counsellor, Mr Tester.- Frank. Then, when he is cool, I may be You may come down the back stairs, and I'll let heard; and the real, though suspicious, account you out.
[Erit Lucetta. of this matter may be believed. Yet, amidst all Jac. I will, I will; and am heartily glad of it. this perplexity, it pleases me to find my fair in
(Exit Jac. cognita is jealous of my love. Frank. (Advancing.] May be so: but you Strict. [Within.) Where's Lucetta ? Search and I shall have a few words' before you get off every place. so cleanly.
Frank. Hark! the cry is up! I must be gone. Cla. (Advancing.) How lucky it was I came