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Lord O. With any fortune, or no fortune at all, Lore. She trembled to disclose the secret, and deI sir. Love is the idol of my heart, and the demon, clare her affections ?

interest, sinks before him. So, sir, as I said before, Lord 0. The world, I believe, will not think her = I will marry your youngest daughter; your youngest affections ill placed. daughter will marry me.

Love. (Bows.] You are too good, my lord. And Sler. Who told you so, my lord ?

do you really excuse the rashness of the action ? Lord 0. Her own sweet self, sir.

Lord 0. From my very soul, Lovewell. Sler. Indeed!

Love. (Bous.) I was afraid of her meeting with a Lord 0. Yes, sir; our affection is mutual-your cold reception. advantage double and treble : your daughter will Lord O. More fool you thenbe a countess directly, I shall be the happiest of Deings, and you'll be father to an earl instead of a

Who pleads her cause with never-failing beauty, baronet.

Here finds a full redress. (Strikes his breast Slet. But what will my sister say ? and my She's a fine girl, Lovewell. daughter?

Love. Her beauty, my lord, is the least merit Lord 0. I'll manage that matter; nay, if they She has an understandingwon't consent, I'll run away with your daughter in Lord 0. Her choice convinces me of that. spite of you.

Love. (Bows.] That's your lordship's goodness. Ster. Well said, my lord! your spirit's good; I Her choice was a disinterested one. wish you had my constitution; but if you'll venture, Lord 0. No, no, not altogether; it began witba I have no objection, if my sister has none.

interest, and ended in passion. Lord 0. I'll answer for your sister, sir. Apropos Love. Indeed, my lord, if you were acquainted -the lawyers are in the house; I'll have articles with her goodness of heart, and generosity of mind, drawn, and the whole affair concluded to-morrow as well as you are with the inferior beauties of her morning.

face and person Ster. Very well; and I'll despatch Lovewell to Lord O. I am so perfectly convinced of their ex London immediately for some fresh papers I shall istence, and so totally of your mind, touching every want : you must excuse me, my lord, but I can't amiable particular of that sweet girl, that, were it help, laughing at the match.-He, he, he! what will not for the cold, unfeeling impediments of the law, the folks say ?

(Exit. I would marry her to-morrow morning. Lord 0. What a fellow am I going to make a Love. My lord! father of! He has no more feeling than the post in Lord O. I would, by all that's honourable in man, his warehouse. But Fanny's virtues tune me to and amiable in woman! rapture again, and I won't think of the rest of the Lore. Marry her! Who do you mean, my lord ? family,

Lord O. Miss Fanny Sterling, that is; the CountRe-enter LOVEWELL, hastily.

ess of Ogleby, that shall be.

Love. I am astonished ! Lore. I beg your lordship's pardon; are you Lord 0. Why, could you expect less from me? alone, my lord ?

Lore. I did not expect this, my lord. Lord O. No, my lord, I am not alone; I am in Lord O. Trade and accounts have destroyed your company--the best company.

feeling. Lole. My lord !

Lore. No, indeed, my lord.

(Sighs. Lord o. I never was in such exquisite, enchant- Lord 0. The moment that love and pity entered ing company, since my heart first conceived, or my my breast, I was resolved to plunge into matrimony, seuses tasted pleasure.

and shorten the girl's tortures. I never do anything Love. Where are they, my lord ? (Looks aboul. by halves, do I, Lovewell ? Lord 0. “In my mind's eye, Horatio.”

Love. No, indeed, my lord. (Sighs.) What an ac. Lore. What company have you there, my lord ? cident!

(Aside. Lord 0. My own ideas, sir, which so crowd upon Lord 0. What's the matter, Lovewell? thou 1 my imagination, and kindle in it such a delirium of secm'st to have lost thy faculties. Why don't you k! ecstacy, that wit, wine, njusic, poetry, all combined, wish me joy, man? and cach in perfection, are but mere mortal sha- Lore. O, I do, my lord.

(Sighs. asi dows of my felicity.

Lord 0. She said that you would explain what Lore. I see that your lordship is happy, and I re- she had not power to utter'; but I wanted no interjoice at it.

preter for the language of love. Lord 0. You shall rejoice at it, sir : my felicity Lore. But has your lordship considered the conshall not selfishly be contined, but shall spread its sequences of your resolution ?

influence to the whole circle of my friends. I need Lord 0. No, sir, I am above consideration, when m not say, Lovewell, that you shall have your share my desires are kindled.

Lore. But consider the consequences, my lord, to Lue. Shall I, my lord ? then I understand you; your nephew, Sir John. -you have heard ;-— Miss Fanny has informed Lord o. Sir John has considered no consequences

himself, Mr. Lovewell. Lord 0. She has; I have heard, and she shall be Love. Mr. Sterling, my lord, will certainly refuse happy: 'tis determined.

his daughter to Sir John. Lure. Then I have reached the summit of my Lord 0. Sir John has already refused Mr. Sterwishes. And will your lordship pardon the folly ? ling's daughter.

Lorel 0. O yes : poor creature, how could she help Love. But what will become of Miss Sterling, my it ? 'Twas unavoidable-fate and necessity. lord ?

Lore. It was indeed, my lord. Your kindness dis. Lord 0. What's that to you? You may have her, tracts me.

if you will. I depend upon Mr. Sterling's city phiLord 0. And so it did the poor girl, faith! losopby to be reconciled to Lord Ogleby's being his

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ACT V. ** that, without having recourse to his calculations, h, Lovewell? Lore. But my lord, that is not the question.

SCENE 1.–Fanny's Apartment. Lord 0. Whatever is the question, I'll tell you :'answer. I am in love with a fine girl, whom I Enter LOVEwell and Panny, followed by BETI. memilve to marry.

Fan. Why did you come so soon, Mr. Lorered: Enter Sir John MELVIL.

the family is not yet in bed, and Betty certaaly What news with you, Sir John? You look all harry heard somebody listening near the chamber-door. si impatience, like a messenger after a battle. Bet. My mistress is right, sir; evil spirits are Sir J. After a battle indeed, my lord. I have this abroad; and I am sure you are both too good, not

had a severe engagement; and, wanting your to expect mischief from them. ·l-hip as an auxiliary, I have at last mustered up Lore. But who can be so curious, or so micked! * nolution to declare, what my duty to you and to

Bet. I think we have wickedness and curiosity s self have demanded from me some time. enough in this family, sir, to expect the Fort. Lord 0. To the business then, and be as concise Fan. I do expect the worst. Pr'ythee, Betiy, is possible, for I am upon the wing; eh, Lovewell? turn to the outward door, and listen if you hear aos

Smiles, and LoveWell bows. body in the gallery, and let us know directly. Sir J. I find 'tis in vain, my lord, to struggle

Bel. I warrant you, madam; the lord bless you ainst the force of inclination.

both. Lord 0. Very true, nephew; I am your witness,

Fan. What did my father want with you this and will second the motion-sha'n't I, Lovewell ? evening?

(Smiles, and LOVEWELL bows. Love. He gave me the key of his closet, with Sir J. Your lordship's generosity encourages me orders to bring from London some papers relating to tell you that I cannot marry Miss Sterling

to Lord Ogleby. Lord O. I am not at all surprised at it; she's a Fan. And why did you not obey him? lutter potion, that's the truth of it; but, as you were

Love. Because I am certain that his lordship bas 19 swallow it and not I, it was your business, not opened his heart to him about you, and those papers mine.- Anything more?

are wanted merely on that account. But, as we Sir J. But this, my lord; that I may be permit- shall discover all to-morrow, there will be no occa. trd to make my addresses to the other sister.

sion for them, and it would be idle in me to go. Lord 0. O yes, by all means; have you any hopes

Fan. Hark!-hark! bless me, how I tremble! I there, nephew? Do you think he'll succeed, Love- feel the terrors of guilt. Indeed, Mr. Lovewell, this well?

(Smiles, and winks at LOVEWELL. is too much for me; this situation may bave very Lore. I think not, my lord. (Gravely. unhappy consequences.

Weert Lord 0. I think so too; but let the fool try.

Love. But it sha'n't. I would rather tell our story Sir J. Will your lordship favour me with your this moment to all the house, and run the risk of good offices to remove the chief obstacle to the maintaining you by the hardest labour, than suffer watch, the repugnance of Mrs. Heidelberg ? you to remain in this dangerous perplexity. What!

Lord 0. Mrs. Heidelberg ? Had not you better shall I sacrifice all my best hopes and afections, in begin with the young lady first? It will save you a your dear health and safety, for the mean (and in treat deal of trouble; won't it, Lovewell ? (Smiles.) such case the meanest) consideration, of cur fortune ? Bit do what you please, it will be the same thing to Were we to be abandoned by all our relations, we ma--won't it, Lovewell? (Conceitedly.) Why don't have that in our hearts and minds will weigh against you laugh at him?

the most affluent circumstances. I should Dot have Love. I do, my lord.

(Forces a smile. proposed the secresy of our marriage, bot for your Sir J. And your lordship will endeavour to pre sake; and with hopes that the most generous sactival on Mrs. Heidelberg to consent to my marriage fice, you have made to love and me, might be less with Miss Fanny ?

injurious to you, by waiting a lucky moment di rsLord 0. I'll speak to Mrs. Heidelberg about the conciliation. dorable Fanny as soon as possible.

Fan. Hush, hush! for hearen's sake, ny dear Sir J. Your generosity transports me,

Lovewell, don't be so warm! your generosity gets Lord 0. Poor fellow, what a dupe ! he little thinks the better of your prudence : you will be heard, vho's in possession of the town ?

(Aside. and we shall be discovered. I am satisfied, indeed Sir J. And your lordsbip is not in the least of. I am. Excuse this weakness, this delicacy, this what coded at this seeming inconstancy?

you will. My mind's at peace, indeed it is; this: Lord 0. Not in the least. Miss Fanny's charms no more of it, if you love me. vill even excuse infidelity. I look upon women as

Love. That one word has charmed me, as it al he feru natura, lawful game, and every man who ways does, to the most implicit obedience : it would is qualified, has a natural right to pursue them- be the worst of ingratitude in me to distress you a Lovewell as well as you, and you as well as he, and moment.

[Кіе ли. I as well as either of you. Every man shall do his best, without offence to any-what say you, kins

Re-enter Betty.

Bet. ! In a low voice.) I'm sorry to disturb you Sir J. You have made me happy, my lord.

Fan. Ha! what's the matter? Love. And me, I assure you, my lord.

Love. Have you heard anybody? Lord 0. And am superlatively soallons donc !

Bet. Yes, yes, I have; and they hare heard you To horse and away, boys!-you to your affairs, and too, or I'm mistaken ; if they had seen you te pa I to mine-suivons l'amour. (Sings.--Ereunt. should have been in a fine quandary.

Fan, Pr'ythee don't prate now, Betty.
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Bet. I was preparing myself, as usual, to take me a little nap

SCENE II.-A Gallery, which leads to several bedo Love. A nap!

chambers. The stage dark. Bet. Yes, sir, a nap; for I watch much better so than wide awake; and when I had wrapped this Enter Miss STERLING, leading Mrs. HEIDELBERG, handkerchief round my head, for fear of the ear

in a night-cap. ache from the key-hole, I thought I heard a kind of Miss S. This way, dear madam, and then I'll tell a sort of buzzing, which I first took for a gnat, and you all. shook my head two or three times, and went so with Mrs. H. Nay but, niece, consider a little-don't

drag me out this figure; let me put on my fly-cap. Fan. Well, well; and so

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s fammaly, or the counsellors at Bet. And so, madam, when I heard Mr. Love-law should be stirring, I should be prodigus disconwell a little loud, I heard the buzzing louder too ; certed. and, pulling off my handkerchief softly, I could hear Miss S. But, my dear inadam, a moment is an this sort of noise.

age, in my situation. I am sure my sister has been ( Makes an indistinct noise, like speaking. plotting my disgrace and ruin in that chamber ! Fan. Well, and what did they say?

O! she's all craft and wickedness. Bet. Oh! I could not understand a word of what Mis. H. Well, but softly, Betsy; you are all in was said.

cmotion ; your mind is too much flustrated; you can Love. The outward door is locked?

neither eai, nor drink, nor take your pataral rest. Bet. Yes; and I bolted it too, for fear of the worst. Compose yourself, child; for, if we are not as wari

Fan. Why did you ? they must have heard you, some as they are wicked, we shall disgrace ourselves if they were near.

and the whole fammaly. Bet. And I did it on purpose, madam, and coughed Miss S. We are disgraced already, madam. Sir a little :00, that they might not hear Mr. Lovewell's John Melvil has forsaken me; my lord cares for voice: when I was silent, they were silent, and so I nobody but himself; or if anybody, it is my sister: came to tell you.

my father, for the sake of a better bargain, would Fan. What shall we do ?

marry me to a 'Change broker: so that if you, ma. Love. Fear nothing; we know the worst; it will dam, don't continue my friend--if you forsake me only bring on our catastrophe a little too soon.--if I am to lose my best hopes and consolation But Betty might fancy this noise; she's in the con- in your tenderness-and affections—I had better spiracy, and can make a man a mouse at any time. at once--give up the matter-and let my sister en.

Bet. I can distinguish a man from a mouse as joy-the fruits of her treachery—trample with scorn well as my betters: I am sorry you think so ill of upon the rights of her elder sister-the will of the mne, sir.

best of aunts-and the weakness of a too interested Fan. He compliments you don't be a fool.- father. Now you have set her tongue a running, she'll mut- [She pretends to be bursting into tears during this ter for an hour. ( To Lovewell.] I'll go and hearken speech. myself.

(Evit. Mrs. H. Don't, Betsy-keep up your spurit: I Bet. I'll turn my back upon no girl for sincerity hate whimpering—I am your friend; depend upon and service.

(Half aside, muttering, me in every partiklar. But be composed, and tell Love. Thou art the first in the world for both; me what new mischief you have discovered. and I will reward you soon, for one and the other. Miss S. I had no desire to sleep, and would not

Bet. I am not mercenary neither: I can live on undress myself, knowing that my Machiavel sister a little, with a good carreter.

would not rest till she had broke my heart: I was Re-enter FANNY.

so uneasy that I could not stay in my room, but Fan. All seems quiet. Suppose, my dear, you go when I thought that all the house was quiet, I sent to your own room; I shall be much easier then, and my maid to discover what was going forward; she to-morrow we will be prepared for the discovery. immediately came back and told me, that they were

Bet. You may discover, if you please; but for my in high consultation; that she heard only, for it was part, I shall still be secret.

(Half aside in the dark, my sister's maid conducting Sir John Love. Should I leave you now, if they still are on Melvil to her mistress, and then lock the door. the watch, we shall lose the advantage of our delay. Mrs. H. And how did you conduct yourself in Besides, we should consult upon to-morrow's busi- this dilemma?

Let Betty go to her own room, and lock the Miss S. I returned with her, and could hear a outward door after her; we can fasten this; and, man's voice, though nothing that they said distinctly; when she thinks all safe, she may return and let me and you may depend upon it, that Sir John is now out as usual.

in that room, that they have settled the inatter, and Bet. Shall I, madam?

will run away together before the morning, if we Fun. Do let me have my way to-night, and you don't prevent them. shall command me ever after.

Mrs. 11. Why, the brazen slut! she has got her Lore. I live only to oblige you, my sweet Panny! sister's husband, (that is to be,) lock'd up in her I'll be gone this moment.

Going. chamber! at night too! I tremble at the thonghts! Fun. Betty shall go first, and if they lay hold of Miss S. Hush, madam! I hear something. her

Mrs. H. You frighten me:-let me put on my Bet. They'll have the wrong sow by the car, I can fly.cap-I would not be seen in this figur for the tell them that.

[Going hastily. world. Fan. Sotuly, softly, Betty ; don't venture out, it Miss S. "Tis dark, madam; you can't be seen. you hear a noise. Sofuy, I beg of you. See, Mr. Mr. H. I protest, there's a candle coming, and a Lovewell, the effects of indiscretion!

man too! Lore. But love, Panny, makes amends for all. Mius S. Nothing but servants; let us retire a mo. (Eseuni softly. I ment,

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Cham. Ha! I am undone ! Enter Brusn, half drunk, laying hold of the Cham

Brush. Zounds! bere she is, by all that's as bermaid, who has a candle in her hand,

Rz Cham. Be quiet, Mr. Brush; I shall drop dowr. Miss S. A fine discourse you have had the with terror.

fellow. Brush. But my sweet, and most amiable chamber- Mrs. H. And a fine time of night it is to be beze maid, if you have no love, you may hearken to a with that drunken monster! little reason ; that cannot possibly do your virtue Miss S. What have you to say for yourself? any harm.

Cham. I can say nothing I'm so frightened as Cham. But you may do me haim, Mr. Brush, and so ashamed.—But, indeed, I am partups-1 = a great deal of harm too; pray let me go; I am vartuous, indeed. yuined if they hear you! I tremble like an asp.

Mrs. H. Well, well-don't tremble so; lg te Brush. But they sha'n't hear us; and if you have us what you know of this borrable plot bere. a mind to be ruined, it shall be the making of your Miss S. We'll forgive you if you'll diseal fortune, you little slut, you! therefore, I say it again, Cham, Why, madam, don't let me ben siel if you have no love, hear a little reason!

low-servants ; I sha'n't sleep in my bed, ile Cham. I wonder at your impurence, Mr. Brush, Mrs. H. Then you shall sleep somewhere else to to use me in this manner; this is not the way to morrow night. keep me company, I aseure you. You are a town- Cham. O dear! what shall I do? rake, I see, and now you are a little in liquor, you Mrs. H. Tell us this moment, or I'll turn To icar nothing

of doors directly. Brush. Nothing, by heavens! but your frowns, Cham. Why, our butler has been treating u lemost amiable chambermaid; I am a little electrified, low in his pantry; Mr. Brush forced us to make a that's the truth on't; I am not used to drink port, kind of holiday night of it. and your master's is so heady, that a pint of it over. Miss S. Holiday! for what? sets a claret-drinker. Come, now, my dear little Cham. Nay, I only made one. spider-brusher !

Miss S. Well, well ! but upon what account? Cham. Don't be rude! bless me! I shall be Cham. Because as how, Dadamn, there was a ruined-what will become of me?

change in the family, they said that his horour, Brush. I'll take care of you, by all that's honour-Sir John, was to marry Miss Fanns instead of your able!

ladyship. Cham. You are a base man to use me so I'll Áliss 's. And so you make a holiday for that.cry out if you don't let me go. That is Miss Ster-Very fine ! ling's chamber, that Miss Fanny's, and that Madam Cham. I did not make it, ma'am. Alcidelberg's.

Mrs. H. But do you know nothing of Sir Joha's Brush. We know all that. And that Lord Ogle-being to run away with Miss Fanny to-night? by's, and that my Lady What-d'ye-call-'em's : I Cham. No, indeed, ma'am. don't mind such folks when I'm sober, much less Miss S. Nor of his being now locked up in my when I am whimsical-rather above that, too. sister's chamber? Cham. More shame for you, Mr. Brush! you ter

Chum. No, as I hope for marey, ma'am. rify me; you have no modesty.

Mrs. H. Well, I'll put an end to all this directly; Brush. O, but I have, my sweet spider-brusher: do you run to my brother Sterlingfor instance, I reverence Miss Fanny; she's a most Cham. Now, ma'am ? 'Tis so very late, ma'amdelicious morsel, and fit for a prince. With all my Mrs. H. I don't care how late it is Tell him horrors of matrimony, I could marry her myself:- there are thieves in the house that the bouse is ca but for her sister

fire-tell him to come here immediately. Go, I say. Miss S. [Within.] There, there, madam, all in a Cham. I will, I will, though I'm frighten'd out of story!

Ent, Cham. Bless me, Mr. Brush!—I heard something: Mrs. H. Do you watch bere, my dear; and I'd

Brush. Rats, I suppose, that are gnawing the old put myself in order to face them. We'll ploties, timbers of this exccrable old dungeon; if it was and counterplot 'em too.

[Eni. minc, I would pull it down, and fill your fine canal Miss S. I have as much pleasure in this te reage up with the rubbish; and then I should get rid of as in being made a countess. Ha! they are unlocktwo d-n'd things at once.

ing the door. Now for it !

Retires. Cham. La! la! how you blaspheme! we shall have the house upon our heads for it.

Fanny's door is unlocked, and BETTY me at, Brush. No, no, it will last our time;- but as I

Miss STERLING approaches was saying, the eldest sister, Miss Jezebel

Cham. Is a fine young lady, for all your evil Bet. (Calling within.) Sir! sir! nor's Four time tongue.

-all's clear. (Seeing Miss STERLING Stas, Brush. No; we have smoked her already; and, stay-not yet-we are watch'd. unless she marries our old Swiss, she can have none Miss S. And so you are, Madain Betis, of us. - No, no, she won't do-we are a little too [Miss STERLING lays hold of her, rhile BETTY nice.

locks the door, and puts the key into her parlet Cham. You're a monstrous rake, Mr. Brush, and Bet. (Turning round.] What's the matter, redan? don't care what you say.

Miss S. Nay, that you shall tell my father and Brush. Why, for that matter, my dear, I am a aunt, madam. little inclined to mischief; and if you don't have pity upon me, I will break open that door, and ravish they'll get nothing from me.

Bet. I am no tell-tale, madam, and so thiel

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Miss S. You have a great deal of courage, Baty, this-you profligate monster!

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derations : and to shew you that it is not a low-bred, Enter STERLING.

vulgar, 'Change-alley spirit.-Help! help! Thieves! Ster. What's all this? What's the matter? Why thieves ! I say. am I disturb'd in this manner ?

Ster. Ay, ay, you may save your lungs • the Miss S. This creature, and my distresses, sir, will house is in an uproar. explain this matter.

Enter Canton, in a night-gown and slippers. Re-enter Mrs. HEIDELBERG, with another head-dress.

Can. Eh, diable! vat is de raison of dis great Mrs. H. Now I'm prepared for the rancounter.- noise, dis tintamarre ? Well, brother, have you heard of this scene of Sler. Ask those ladies, sir; 'tis of their making. wickedness ?

Lord 0. (Calls within.] Brush !-Brush !--Can. Ster. Not I-but what is it? speak. I was got ton ! — Whcre are you ?-What's the matter into my little closet, all the lawyers were in bed, (Rings a bell.] Where are you? and I had almost lost my senses in the confusion of Ster. 'Tis my lord calls, Mr. Canton. Lord Ogleby's mortgages, when I was alarmed with Can. I com, mi lor! (Lord 0. still rings.--Erit. a foolish girl, who could hardly speak; and whether Flow. [Calls within.1 À light! a light here! it's fire, or thieves, or murder, or a rape, I'm quite Where are the servants ? Bring a light for me and in the dark.

my brothers. Mrs. H. No, no; there's no rape, brother. All Ster. Lights here! lights for the gentlemen! parties are willing, I believe.

Į Erit. Miss S. Who's in that chamber?

Mrs. H. My brother feels, I see :—your sister's [Detaining Betty, who seemed to be stealing away. turn will come next. Bet. My mistress.

Miss S. Ay, ay, let it go round, madam, it is the Miss S. And who's with your mistress ?

only comfort I have left. Bet. Why, who should there be ?

Re-enter STERLING with lights, before SERGEANT Miss S. Open the door, then, and let us see. Bet. The door is open, madam. (Miss Stur. goes

FLOWER, with a boot and a slipper, and TRAVERSE. to the door.) I'll sooner die than peach. (Exit hastily. Sler. This way, sir; this way, gentlemen. Miss S. The door is locked; and she has got the

Flow. Well, but Mr. Sterling, no danger, I lope? key in her pocket.

Have they made a burglarious entry? Mrs. H. There's impudence, brother! piping prepared to repulse them? I am very much alarmed hot from your daughter Fanny's school !

about thieves at circuit time. They would be parSter. But, zounds! what is all this about? You ticularly severe with us gentlemen of the bar. tell me of a sum total, and you don't produce the Trav. No danger, Mr. Sterling ;-no trespass, I particulars.

hope? Mrs. H. Sir John Melvil is locked up in your Ster. None, gentlemen, but of those ladies' daughter's bed-chamber-There is the particular. making. Sler. The devil he is !—That's bad.

Mrs. II. You'll be ashamed to know, gentlemen, bliss S. And he has been there some time, too. that all your labours and studies about this young Ster. Ditto!

lady, are thrown away-Sir John Melvil is at this Mrs. H. Ditto! worse and worse, I say. I'n moment locked up with this lady's younger sister. raise the whole house, and expose him to my lord, Flou. The thing is a little extraordinary, to be and the whole fammaly.

sure; but, why were we to be frightened out of our Sier. By no means! we shall expose ourselves, beds for this ? Could not we have tried this cause sister. The best way is to insure privately :--letto-morrow morning ? me alone! I'll make him marry her to-morrow Miss S. But, sir, by to-morrow morning, perhaps, morning.

even your assistance would not have been of any Miss S. Make him marry her! this is beyond al service :-the birds now in that cage would have patience !-- You have thrown away all your affec- flown away. tion, and I shall do as much by my obedience;

Enter Lord OGLEBY, in his robe-de-chambre, unnatural fathers make unnatural children. My revenge is in my own power, and I'll indulge it.

night-cap, c. leaning on Canton. Had they made their escape, I should have been Lord 0. I had rather lose a limb than my night's exposed to the derision of the world; but the de-rest. What's the matter with you all ? riders shall be derided ; and so-Help, help, there! Ster. Ay, ay, 'tis all over !-Here's my lord, too. -Thieves! thieves !

Lord 0.' What's all this shrieking and screaming? Mrs. H. Tit-for-tat, Betsy! you are right, my Where's my angelic Fanny? She's safe, I hope. girl.

Mrs. H. Your angelic Fanny, my lord, is locked Ster. Zounds ! you'll spoil all-you'll raise the up with your angelic nephew in that chamber. whole family-the devil's in the girl.

Lord 0. My nephew! Then I will be excommu. Mrs. H. No, no; the devil's in you, brother: 1 nicated. am ashamed of your principles. What would you Mrs. II. Your nephew, my lord, has been plotconnive at your daughter's being locked up with ting to run away with Miss Fanny, and Miss Fanny her sister's husband | Help! Thieves ! thieves ! has been plotting to run away with your nephew :

and if we had not watched them, and called up the Sier. Sister, I beg of you! daughter, I command fammaly, they had been upon the scamper to Scotyou !- If you have no regard for me, consider your land by this time. selves! We shall lose this opportunity of ennobling Lord O. Look ye, ladics ! I know that Sir John our blood, and getting above twenty per cent. for has conceived a violent passion for Miss Fanny; our money.

and I know too, that Miss Fanny has conceived a

I say.

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