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your lordship, whether nature and the Bon Ton | and your brother, but tell me the news. Do you (as you call it) are so different, that we must give know any thing of my father ? up one, in order to obtain the other?
Lord Trink. Your father, madam, is now in Lord Trink. Totally opposite, madam. The town. This fellow, you must know, is now groon chief aim of the Bon Ton is to render persons of to sir Harry Beagle, your sweet rural swain, and family different from the vulgar, for whom, in- inforined me, that his inaster and your father deed, nature serves very well. For this reason, were running all over the town in quest of you; it has, at various times, been ungenteel to see, to and that he himself had orders to enquire after hear
, to walk, to be in good health, and to have you; for which reason, I suppose, he came to twenty other horrible perfections of nature. Na- the riding-house stables to look after it, thinking ture, indeed, may do very well sometimes. It made it, to be sure, a very likely place to meet you. you, for instance, and it then made something Your father, perhaps, is gone to seek you at the Tery lovely; and if you would suffer us of quali- Tower, or Westminster-Abbey, which is all the ty to give you the Ton, you would be absolutely idea he has of London; and your faithful lover divine: but now
is probably cheapening a hunter, and drinking nature never made such a thing as me.
strong beer at the Horse and Jockey in SmithHør. Why, indeed, I think your lordship has ) field. very few obligations to her.
Lady Free. The whole set admirably disposed Lord Trink. Then, you really think it's all my of! owo? I declare now that is a mighty genteel Har. Did not your lordship informn him where compliment. Nay, if you begin to flatter already, I was ? you improve apace. 'Pon honour, lady Free Lord Trink. Not I, 'pon honour, madam :love, I believe we shall make something of her at that I left to their own ingenuity to discover. last.
Lady Free. And, pray, my lord, where, in this Lady Free. No doubt on't. It is in your town, have this polite company bestowed themlordship's power to make her a complete wornan selves?
Lord Trink. They lodge, madam, of all plaLord Trink. Hum! Why, ay
ces in the world, at the Bull and Gate Inn, in Har. Your lordship must excuse me.
I am of Holborn. a very tasteless disposition. I shall never bear Lady Free. Ha, ha, ha! The Bull and Gate! to be carried out of nature.
Incomparable! What, have they brought any Lady Free. You are out of nature, now, Har- hay or cattle to town? riot! I am sure no woman but yourself ever ob Lord Trink. Very well, lady Freelove! very jected to being carried among persons of quality. well, indeed! There they are, like so many graWould you believe it, my lord ? here has slie ziers; and there, it seems, they have learned that been a whole week in town, and would never this lady is certainly in London. suffer me to introduce her tu a rout, an assem Har. Do, dear madain, send a card directly bly
, a concert, or even to court, or to the opera; to my father, informing him where I amn, anu nay, would hardly so much as mix with a living that your ladyship would be glad to see him soul that has visited me.
here. For my part, I dare not venture into bis Lord Trink, No wonder, madam, you do not presence till you have, in some measure, pacified adopt the manners of persons of fashion, when him; but, for Heaven's sake, desire him not to you will not even honour them with your compa- bring that wretched fellow along with him. ny. Were you to make one in our little cote Lord Trink. Wretched fellow! Oho! Counies, we should soon make you sick of the boors rage, Milor Trinket!
[Aside. and bumpkins of the horrid country. By the Ludy Free. I'll send immediately. Who's there? bve, I met a monster at the riding-house this morning, who gave me some intelligence, that
Enter Servant. will surprize you, concerning your fainily? Ser. [Apart to Lady Freelove.] Sir Ilarry Har. What intelligence?
Beagle is below, madam. Lady Free. Who was this monster, as your
Lady Free. Apart to Serdant.] I am not at lordship calls him? A curiosity, I dare say. home. Have they let him in?
Lord Trink. This monster, madam, was for Ser. Yes, madam. merly my head groom, and had the care of all Lady Free. How abominably unlucky this is ! my running-horses; but, growing most abominably Well, then, shew him into my dressing-room. I sarly and extravagant, as you know all these fel- will come to him there. [Exit Serdant. lows do, I turned him off; and, ever since, iny Lord Trink. Lady Freelove! No engagement, brother, Slouch I'rinket, has had the care of my I hope. We won't part with you, 'pon honour. stud, rides all my principal matches himself Lady Free. The worst engagement in the and
world. A pair of musty old prudes ! Lady ForHur. Dear my lord, don't talk of your groom, mal and Miss Prate.
Lord Trink. O the beldams! As nauseous as scoundrel, and I'll whip you through the lungs, ipecacuanba, 'pon honour.
'pon honour. Lady Free. Lud! lud ! what shall I do with [They fight, Harriot runs out, screaming them? Why do these foolish women come trou
help, &c. bling me now? I must wait on them in the dressing-room, and you must excuse the card, Harri
Enter Lady FREELOVE, SIR HARRY BEAGLE,
and Servants. ot, till they are gone. I'll dispatch them as soon as I can; but Heaven knows when I shall get rid Lady Free. How's this ? Swords drawn in my of them, for they are both everlasting gossips ; house !--Part them— They are parted.]—This is though the words come from her ladyship one by the most impudent thing! one, like drops from a still, while the other tire Lord Trink. Well, rascal, I shall find a time; some woman overwhelms us with a food of im- I know you, sir ! pertinence. Harriot, you'll entertain his lord Cha. "The sooner the better; I know your ship till I return.
[Erit. lordship, too. Lord Trink. Gone! 'Egad, my affairs here Sir Har. l'faith, madam,- To LADY FREE. begin to grow very critical—the father in town! we had like to have been in at the death. lover in town! Surrounded by enemies! What Lady Free. What is all this? Pray, sir, what shall I do?-[To HARRIOT.]—I have nothing fit is the meaning of your coming hither to raise this for it but a coup de main. "'Pon honour, I am disturbance? Do you take my house for a bronot sorry for the coming in of these old tabbies, thel ?
[To CHA. and am much obliged to her ladyship for leaving Cha. Not I, indeed, madam! but I believe his us such an agreeable téte-a-téte.
lordship does. Har. Your lordship will find me extremely Lord Trink. Impudent scoundrel! bad company;
Lady Free. Your conversation, sir, is as insoLord Trink. Not in the least, my dear! we'll lent as your behaviour. Who are you? What entertain ourselves one way or other, I'll war- brought you here? rant you. 'Egad, I think it a mighty good op Cha. I am one, madam, always ready to draw portunity to establish a better acquaintance with my sword in defence of innocence in distress
, and you.
more especially in the cause of that lady I deliHar. I don't understand you.
vered from his lordship’s fury; in search of whom Lord Trink. No? Why, then, I'll speak plain. I troubled your ladyship's house. er.—[Pausing, and looking her full in the face.] Lady Free. Her lover, I suppose, or what? You are an amazing fine creature, 'pon honour. Cha. At your ladyship's service; though not
Har. If this be 'your lordship's polite conver- quite so violent in my passion as his lordship sation, I shall leave you to amuse yourself in so
[Going. Lord Trink. Impertinent rascal ! Lord Trink. No, no, no, madam; that must Lady Free. You shall be made to repent of not be.—[Stopping her.)-This place, my pas- this insolence. sion, the opportunity, all conspire
Lord Trink. Your ladyship may leave that to Har. How, sir! You don't intend to do me any violence ?
Cha. Ha, ha! Lord Trink. 'Pon honour, madam, it will be Sir Har. But pray, what is become of the lady doing great violence to myself, if I do not. You all this while? Why, lady Freelove, you told me must excuse me.
she was not here, and, i'faith, I was just drawing (Struggling with her. off another way, if I had not heard the view-balHar. Help! Help! Murder! Help!
loo. Lord Trink. Your yelping will signify nothing; Lady Free. You shall see her immediately, nobody will come.
[Struggling. sir! Who's there? Har. For Heaven's sake! Sir! My lord? [Noise within
Enter a Servant, Lord Trink. Pox on't! what noise ? Then I must be quick:
[Still struggling. Where is Miss Russet ? Har. Help! Murder! Help! Help!
Ser. Gone out, madam.
Lady Free. Gone out! Where?
Ser. I don't know, madam : but she ran down
the back stairs crying for help, crossed the serCha. What do I hear? My Harriot's voice cal- vants’hall in tears, and took a chair at the door. ling for help? Ha! Seeing them.)-Is it possi Lady Free. Blockheads! to let her go out in ble? Turn, ruffian! I'll find you employment. chair alone ! Go, and inquire after her imme(Drawing. diately.
(Erit Ser. Lord Trink. You are a most impertinent Sir Har. Gone! What a pox, had I just run
her down, and is the little puss stole away at
Lady Free. Indeed! Well-no matter-perlast?
mit me to acquaint you, sir, that there lies your Lady Free. Sir, if you will walk in—[To Sir way out, and that the greatest favour you can do Har.}-with his lordship and me, perhaps you me, is to leave the house immediately. may hear some tidings of her; though it is most Cha. That your ladyship may depend on.probable she may be gone to her father. I don't Since you have put Miss Russet to fight, you know any other friend she has in town.
may be sure of not being troubled with my comCha. Í am heartily glad she is gone. She is pany. I'll after her immediately—I cannot rest safer any where than in this house.
till I know what is become of her. Lady Free. Mighty well, sir ! My lord ! Sir Lady Free. If she has any regard for her repuHarry! I attend you.
tation, she'll never put herself into such hands as Lord Trink. You shall hear from me, sir!
(TO CHA. Cha. 0, madam, there can be no doubt of her Cha. Very well, my lord.
regard for that, by her leaving your ladyship. Sir Har. Stole away! Pox on't-stole away. Lady Free. Leave my house!
[Ereunt Sir Har. and Lord TRINK. Cha. Directly. A charming house! And a Lady Free. Before I follow the company, give charming lady of the house, too! Ha, ha, ha! me leave to tell you, sir, that your behaviour here Lady Free. Vulgar fellow! has been so extraordinary
Cha. Fine lady! Cha. My treatment here, madam, has indeed
[Exeunt severally. been very extraordinary.
SCENE I.-LADY FREELOVE's house. Freelove, I can scarce believe this obstinate girl
a relation of yours. Such narrow notions ! I'll Enter LADY FREELOVE and Lord Teinket.
swear, there is less trouble in getting ten women Jord Trink. DOUCEMENT, doucement, my of the premiere volée, than in conquering the dear lady Freelove! Excuse me! I meant no scruples of a silly girl in that style of life. harın, 'pon honour.
Lady Free. Come, come, my lord, a truce Lady Free. Indeed, indeed, my lord Trinket, with your reflections on my niece ! Let us conthis is absolutely intolerable. What, to offer sider what is best to be dove. rudeness to a young lady in my house! What Lord Trink. E'en just what your ladyslip will the world say of it?"
thinks proper - For my part, I am entirely Lord Trink. Just what the world pleases. ' It dérangée. does not signify a doit what they say. However, Lady Free. Will you submit to be governed I ask pardon; but, 'egad, I thought it was the by me, then?
Lord Trink. I'll be all obedience—your Lady Free. For shame, for shame, my lord! ladyship's slave, 'pon honour. I am quite burt at your want of discretion. Lady Free. Why, then, as this is rather an Leave the whole conduct of this affair to me, or ugly affair in regard to ine, as well as your lordI'll have done with it at once. How strangely ship, and may make some noise, I think it absoyou have acted! There, I went out of the way on lutely necessary, merely to save appearances, purpose to serve you, by keeping off that looby that you should wait on her father, palliate matsir Harry Beagle, and preventing him or her fa ters as well as you can, and make a formal repether from seeing the girl
, till we had some chance tition of your proposal of marriage. of managing her ourselves. And then you chose Lord Trink. Your ladyship is perfectly in the to make a disturbance, and spoiled all.
right-You are quite au fait of the affair. It Lord Trink. Devil take sir Harry and t’other shall be done immediately, and then your repuscoundrel, too! That they should come driving tation will be safe, and my conduct justified' to hither just at so critical an instant! And that the all the world—-But, should the old rustic conwild little thing should take wing, and Ay away tinue as stubborn as his daughter, your ladyship, the lord knows whither!
I hope, has no objections to my being a little Lady Free. Ay-And there again you was rusée, for I must have her, 'pon honour. indiscreet past redemption. To let her know, Lady Free. Not in the least. that her father was in town, and where he was Lord Trink. Or, if a good opportunity should to be found, too! For there I am confident she offer, and the girl should be still untractable~ must be gone, as she is not acquainted with one Lady Free. Do what you will, I wash my creature in London.
hands of it. She's out of my care now, you Lord Trink. Why a father is, in these cases, know-But you must beware your rivals. One, the pisaller I must confess. 'Pon honour, lady you know, is in tbe house with her, and the other
will lose no opportunity of getting to her. nient, for I think the next step to your present
Lord Trink. As to the fighting gentleman, I post, is commonly a ship. shall cut out work for him in his own way. I'll OʻCut. The sooner the better, Jord! Hosend him a petit billet to-morrow morning, and nest Terence O'Cutter shall never flinch, I warthen there can be no great difficulty in outwit rant you; and has had as inuch sea-sarvice as ting her bumpkin father, and the baronet. any man in the navy.
'Lord Trink. You may depend on my good Enter a Servant.
offices, captain !--But, in the mean time, it is in
your power to do me a favour. Ser. Captain O'Cutter to wait on your lady O'Cut. A favour! my lord! your lordship ship.
does me honour. I would go round the world, Lady Free. O the hideous fellow! The Irish from one end to the other, by day or by night
, sailor-man, for whom I prevailed on your lord to sarve your lordship, or my good lady here. ship to get the post of regulating captain. I Lord Trink. Dear madam, the luckiest thought suppose he is coine to load me with his odious in nature ! [Apart to Lady Free.)-The favour thanks. I won't be troubled with him now. I have to ask of you, captain, need not carry
Lord Trink. Let him in, by all means. He you so far out of your way. The whole afiuir is the best creature to laugh at in nature. He is is, that there are a couple of impudent fellows a perfect sea-monster, and always looks and talks at an inn in Holborn, who have affronted ine, as if he was upon deck. Besides, a thought and you would oblige me infinitely, by pressing strikes memHe may be of use.
them into his Majesty's service. Lady Free. Well-send the creature up then. Lady Free. Now, I understand you~-Ad
[Erit Servant. mirable ! But what fine thought is this !
[ Apart to L. Trink. Lord Trink. A coup de muitre, 'pon honour ! O'Cut. With all my heart, my lord, and tank I intend -but hush! Here the porpus comes. you too, fait. But, by the by, I hope they are
not housekeepers, or freemen of the city. There's
the devil Enter CAPTAIN O’CUTTER.
ay in ineddling with them. They
boder one about liberty and property, and Lady Free. Captain, your humble servant ! stuff. It was but t'other day that Jack Trowser I ain very glad to see you.
was carried before my lord Mayor, and lost O'Cut: I am much oblaged to you, my lady! above a twelvemonth's pay, for nothing at all, Upon my conscience, the wind favours me at at all. all points. I had no sooner got under way to Lord Trink. I'll take care you shall be brought tank your ladyship, but I have borne down upon into no trouble. These fellows were formerly my noble friend his lordship, too. I hope your my grooms. If you'll call on ine in the morning, lordship's well?
I'll go with you to the place. Lord Trink. Very well, I thank you, captain ! O'Cut. I'll be with your lordship, and bring -But you seem to be hurt in the service; what with me four or five 'as pretty boys as you'll is the meaning of that patch over your right eye? wish to clap your two lucking eyes upon of a
O’Cut. Soine advanced wages from my pew summer's day. post, my lord! This pressing is hot work, though Lord Trink. I am much obliged to you. But, it entitles us to smart-money.
captain, I have another little favour to beg of Lady Free. And pray, in what perilous adven you. ture did you get that scar, captain?
OʻCut. Upon my shoul, and I'll do it! O’Cut. Quite out of my element, indeed, my Lord Trink. What, before you know it? lady! I got it in an engagement by land. A day O'Cut. Fore and aft, my lord ! or two I spied three stout fellows, belonging to Lord Trink. A gentleman has offended me in a a merchantman. They made down Wapping point of honourI immediately gave my lads the signal to chase, O'Cul. Cut his troat. and we bore down right upon them. They Lord Trink. Will you carry him a letter from tacked, and lay to. We gave them a thundering me? broadside, which they resaved like men; and one O’Cut. Indeed, and I will: and I'll take you of them made use of small arms, which carried in tow, too, and you shall engage him yard-arm off the weathermost corner of Ned Gage's hat; and yard-arm. so, I immediately stood in with him, and raked Lord Trink. Why, then, captain, you'll come him, but resaved a wound on my starboard eye, a little earlier to-morrow morning than you profrom the stock of the pistol. Howerer, we took posed, that you may attend him with my billet, them all, and they now lie under the hatches, before you proceed on the other affair. with ôfty more, a-board a tender off the Tower. O'Cut. Never fear it, my lord !-Your sar
Lord Trink. Well done, noble captain ! vant!—My ladyship, your humble sarvant ! But, however, you will soon have better employ Lady Free. Captain, yours! Pray give my
service to my friend Mrs O'Cutter. How does now I think on't, go out this way-meet hershe do?
and be sure to make her a very respectful bow, as O'Cut. I tank your ladyship’s axing --The you go out. dear creature is purely tight and well.
Lord Trink. Hush! here she is. Lord Trink. How many children bave you, captain?
Enter Mrs Oakly. [Lord Teinket baws, O’Cut. Four, and please your lordship, and
and exit.) another upon the stocks.
Mrs Oak. I beg pardon for giving your ladyLord Trink. When it is launched, I hope to ship this trouble. be at the christening. I'll stand godfather, cap Lady Free. I am always glad of the honour tain !
of seeing Mrs Oakly. O'Cut. Your lordship's very good.
Mrs Ouk. There is a letter, madam, just come Lord Trink. Well, you'll come to-morrow. from the country, which has occasioned some O'Cut. O, I'll not fail, my lord ! Little Ter- alarm in our family. It comes from Mr Rusence O'Cutter never fails, fait, when a troat is setto be cut.
[Erit. Lady Free. Mr Russet! Lady Free. Ha, ha, ha! But sure you don't Mrs Oak. Yes, from Mr Russet, madam; and intend to ship off both her father and her coun- is chiefly concerning his daughter. As she has try lover for the Indies ?
the honour of being related to your ladyship, I Lord Trink. O no! Only let them contem
took the liberty of waiting on you. plate the inside of a ship for a day or two. Lady Free. She is indeed, as you say, madam,
Lady Free. Well, but after all, my lord, this a relation of mine; but, after what has happenis a very bold undertaking. I don't think you'll ed, I scarce know how to acknowledge her. be able to put it in practice.
Mrs Oak. Has she been so much to blame, Lord Trink. Nothing so easy, 'pon honour. then? To press a gentleman-----a man of quality--| Lady Free. So much, madam?
-Only judge one of us would not be so easy, i grant you. for yourselt.---Though she had been so indisBut these fellows, you know, have not halt so creet, not to say indecent in her conduct, as to decent an appearance as one of my footmen; elope from her father, I was in hopes to have and, from their behaviour, conversation, and hushed up that matter, for the honour of our dress, it is very possible to mistake them for family. But she has run away from me too, grooms and ostlers.
madain !--went off in the most abrupt manner, Lady Free. There may be something in that not an hour ag(). indeed. But what use do you propose to make
Mrs Oak. You surprise me. Indeed her faof this stratagem?
ther, by his letter, seems apprehensive of the Lord Trink. Every use in nature. This arti- worst consequences. But does your ladyship in. fice must at least take them out of the way for agine any harm has happened? soine time; and, in the mean while, measures Lady Free. I cannot tell-I hope not-but, inmay be concerted to carry off the girl.
deed, she is a strange girl. You know, madam,
young women cannot be too cautious in their conEnter a Servant.
duct. She is, I am sorry to declare it, a very Ser. Mrs Oakly, madam, is at the door, in dangerous person to take into a family, ber chariot, and desires to have the honour of Mrs Oak. Indeed !
[Alarmed. speaking to your ladyship, on particular business. Lady Free. If I was to say all I know !
Lord Trink. Mrs Oakly! what can that jeal Mrs Oak. Why, sure, your ladyship knows of ous-pated woman want with you?
nothing that bas been carried on clandestinely Lady Free. No matter what. I hate her between her and Mr Oakly.
[In disorder. mortally.-. Let her in.
[Erit Servant. Lady Free. Mr Oakly! Lord Trink. What wind blows her hither? Mrs Oak. Mr Oakly-no, not Mr Oakly
Lady Free. A wind that must blow us some that is, not my husband—I don't mean him-not good.
him—but his nephew-young Mr Oakly. Lord Trink. How ?
_I was amazed you Lady Free. Jealous of her husband ! So, so! chose to see her.
Now I know my game.
[Aside. Lady Free. How can you be so slow of ap Mrs Oak. But pray, madam, give me leave to prehension ?-She comes, you may be sure, on ask, was there any thing very particular in her sume occasion relating to this girl : in order to conduct, while she was in your ladyship’s house? assist young Oakly, perhaps to sooth me, and Lady Free. Why, really, considering she was gain intelligence, and so forward the match: but here scarce a week, her behaviour was rather I'll forbid the banns, I warrant you. What- mysterious; letters and messages, to and fro, beever she wants, I'll draw some sweet mischief tween ber and I don't know who I suppose you out of it. But away! away! I think I know that Mr Oakly's nephew has been here, hear her-slip down the back stairs--or, stay, madam? Vol. IL