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Falsehood would scarce ever be detected, if we Mrs Oak. Why, don't you know? You know had confidence enough to support it.
nothing But I warrant you know well enough, Lord Trink. Nay, I don't want bronze upon if you would tell. You shall never persuade me occasion. But to go amongst a whole troop of but you knew of Mr Oakly's going out to-day. people, sure, to contradict every word I say, is Toil. I wish I may die, madam, upon my boso dangerous
nour, and I protest to your ladyship, I knew noLady Free. To leave Russet alone amongst thing in the world of the matter, no more than them, would be ten times more dangerous. You the child unborn. There is Mr Paris, my mas may be sure that Oakly's will be the first place ter's gentleman, knows he will go to after his daughter, where, if you Mrs Oak. What does he know? don't accompany him, he will be open to all their Toil. That I knew nothing at all of the matsuggestions. They'll be all in one story, and ter. nobody there to contradict them: and then their Mrs Oak. Where is Paris? What is he doing! dull truth would triumph, which must not be. Toil. He is in my master's room, madam. No, no-positively, my lord, you must battle it Mrs Oak. Bid him come here.
Toil. Yes, madam.
[Erit Toil. Lord Trink. Well, I'll go, 'pon honourmand, Mrs Oak. He is certainly gone after this if I could depend on your ladyship as a corps de young flirt. His confidence, and the major's in
solence, provoke me beyond expression. Lady Free. I'll certainly meet you there.Tush ! my lord, there's nothing in it. It's hard,
Re-enter Toilet with PARIS. indeed, if two persons of condition cannot bear Where's your master? themselves out against such trumpery folks as the Par. Il est sorti. family of the Oaklys.
Mrs Oak. Where is he gone? Lord Trink. Odious low people! But I lose Par. Ah, madame, je n'en scai rien. I know time-I must after the captain-and so, till we noting of it. meet at Mr Oakly's, I kiss your ladyship's hand. Mrs Oak. Nobody knows any thing. Why You won't fail me?
did not you tell me he was going out? Lady Free. You inay depend on me.
Par. I dress him-Je ne m'en soucie pas du [Exit Lord TRINK plus-He go where he will — I have no bisnes Lady Free. So, here is fine work! this artful wis it. little hussy has been too much for us all: well, Mrs Oak. Yes, you should have told me what's to be done? Why, when a woman of fa- that was your business---and if you don't mind shion gets into a scrape, nothing but a fashiona- your business better, you shan't stay here, I can ble assurance can get her out of it again. I'll tell you, sir. e'en go boldly to Mr Oakly's, as I have promised, Par. Voila ! quelque chose d'extraordinaire ! and, if it appears practicable, I will forward lord Mrs Oak. Don't stand jabbering and shrug. Trinket's match; but, if I find that matters have ging your shoulders, but go, and inquire--gomo taken another turn, his lordship must excuse me. and bring me word where he is gone. In that case, I'll fairly drop him, seem a perfect Par. I don't know what I am do.----I'll ask stranger to all his intentions, and give my visit an John. air of congratulation to my niece and any other Mrs Oak. Bid John come to me. husband, which fortune, her wise father, or her Par. De tout mon cæur.-Jean ! ici ! Jeanridiculous self, has provided for her. [Erit. Speak my ladi.
Mrs Oak. Impudent fellow ! His insolent SCENE II.-Changes to Mrs Oakly's dressing- gravity and indifference is insupportable
Mrs Oak. Where's John? Why don't he come? Mirs Oak. This is worse and worse ! He never Why do you stand with your hands before you? held me so much in contempt before. To go out Why don't you fetch him? without speaking to me, or taking the least no Toil. Yes, madam, I'll go this minute. tice! I am obliged to the major for this. How O, here, John! my lady wants you. could he take him out? And how could Mr Oakly go with him?
Mrs Oak. Where's your master?
John. Gone out, madam.
Mrs Oak. "Why did not you go with him? Toil. My inaster is not come back yet, ma John. Because he went out in the major's chadain.
riot, madam. Mrs Oak. Where is be gone?
Álrs Oak. Where did they go to?
Mrs Dak. Suppose! Don't you know?
Har. Alas! I have too much cause for my unJohn. I believe so, but can't tell for certain, easiness. Who knows what that vile lord has indeed, madam.
done with my father? Mrs Oak. Believe, and suppose !---and don't Oak. Be comforted, madam; we shall soon know, and can't tell !----You are all fools.hear of Mr Russeț, and all will be well, I dare Go about your business. (John going.)--Come say. here. (Returns.] Go the major's--no--it does Har. You are too good to me, sir : But I not signify
--go along---[Joun going.)---Yes, can assure you, I am not a little concerned on hark'e, [Returns.) go to the major's, and see if your account, as well as my own; and if I did your master is there.
not flatter myself with hopes of explaining every John. Give your compliments, madam? thing to Mrs Oakly's satisfaction, I should never
Mrs Oak. My compliments, blockhead! Get forgive myself for having disturbed the peace of along ! (Joux going.) Come hither. [Returns.] such a worthy fainily. Can't you go to the inajor's, and bring me word if Maj. Don't mind that, madam; They'll be Mr Oakly is there, without taking any further very good friends again. This is nothing anong Dotice?
married people. - 'Sdeath, here she is !-No, John. Yes, madam.
—it's only Mrs Toilet. Mrs Oak. Well, why don't you go, then? And make haste back. -And d'ye hear, John?
Enter Toilet. (John going, returns. John. Madam?
Oak. Well, Toilet, what now? [Toilet whisMrs Ouk. Nothing at all--go along-Joun pers.] Not well ?—Can't come down to dinner?goes.]-Hlow uncasy Mr Oakly makes me! Wants to see me above?-Hark'e, brother, what Hark'e, John! (Johx returns.)
shall I do? John. Madam!
Maj. If you go, you're undone. Mrs Oak. Send the porter here.
Har. Go, sir; go to Mrs Oakly—Indeed you John. Yes, madam.
[Erit. had better----Toil. So, she's in a rare humour! I shall have Muj. 'Sdeath, brother! don't budge a foot a fine time on't.—[ Aside.] -Will your lady- This is all fractiousness and ill humour---ship choose to dress?
Oak. No, I'll not go.--Tell her I have comIIrs Oak. Prithee, creature, don't tease me pany, and we shall be glad to see her here. with your fiddle-faddle stuff I have a thousand
[Erit Toilet. things to think of. -Where is the porter? Maj. That's right. Why has not that booby sent him? What is the Oak. Suppose I go, and watch how she promeaning
ceeds? Re-enter John.
Maj. What d'ye mean? You would not go to
her? Are you mad? John. Madam, my master is this moment returied with Major Oakly, and my young master, know how she takes it. I'll lie perdue in my
Oak. By no means go to her--I only want to and the lady that was here yesterday.
study, and observe her motions. Mrs Oak. Very well. [Érit Joun.] Return
Maj. I don't like this pitiful ambuscade-work ed !-yes, truly, he is returned—and in a very extraordinary manner. This is setting me at
—this bush-fighting. Why can't you stay here! open defiance. But I'll go down, and shew them bounce in upon you with a torrent of anger and
- Ay, ay :- I know how it will be-She'll come I have too much spirit to endure such usage. passion, or, if necessary, a wbole flood of tears, -[Going.}-Or stay—I'll not go amongst his and carry all before her at once. company-I'll go out. - Toilet!
Oak. "You shall find that you're mistaken, Toil. Madam! Mrs Oak. Order the coach, I'll go out. [Toil- to he void of humanity, that I am destitute of
major.- Don't imagine, that, because I wish not ET going. Toilet, stay, -I'll e'en go down resolution. Now I am convinced I'm in the right, to them -No -Toilet!
I'll support that right with ten times your steadiToil. Madam! Ulrs Oak. Order me a boiled chicken--I'll
Maj. You talk this well, brother. not go down to dinner
-I'll dine in my own Oak. I'll do it well, brother. room, and sup there--I'll not see his face these three days.
Maj. If you don't, you're undone. [Ereunt. Oak. Never fear, never fear.
Maj. Well, Charles. SCENE III.- Changes to another room.
Cha. I can't bear to see my Harriot so unEnter Oakly, MAJOR Oakly, CHARLES, and easy. I'll go immediately in quest of Mr Russet. HARRIOT.
Perhaps, I may learn at the inn where his lordCha. My dear Harriot, do not make your ship's ruffians have carried him. self so uneasy.
Rus. (Hithout] Here? Yes, yes, I know she's
here well enough. Come along, sir Harry, come three stone at least If I could have rid my along.
match, it would not have grieved me. And so, Har. He's here !—My father ! I know his as I said before, I have swopped her for Nabob. voice. Where is Mr Oakly? 0, now, good sir, Rus. The devil take Nabob, and yourself, and [To the Major.] do but pacify bim, and you'll Lord Trinket, andbe a friend indeed,
Lord Trink. Pardon ! je vous demande par
don, Monsieur Russet, 'pon honour. Enter Russet, LORD TRINKET, and Sir Har
Rus. Death and the devil! I shall go distractRY BEAGLE.
ed. My daughter plotting against me-theLord Trink. There, sir -I told you it was Maj. Come, come, Mr Russet, I am your
man after all. Give me but a moment's hearing, Rus. Ay, ay, it is too plain.-0 you provok- and I'll engage to make peace between you and ing slut ! Elopement after elopement! And at your daughter, and throw the blame where it last to have your father carried off by violence ! ought to fall most deservedly, To endanger my life! Zounds! I am so angry. Sir Har. Ay, ay, that's right. Put the saddle I dare not trust myself within reach of you. on the right horse, my buck?
Cha. I can assure you, sir, that your daughter Rus. Well, sir! -What d'ye say?-Speak is entirely
I don't know what to doRus. You assure me? You are the fellow that Maj. I'll speak the truth, let who will be ofhas perverted her mind —That has set my fended by it. I have proof presumptive and poown child against me
sitive for you, Mr Russet. From his lordship's Cha. If you will but hear me, sir
behaviour at lady Freelove's, when my nephew Rus. I won't hear a word you say. I'll have rescued her, we may fairly conclude, that he my daughter----I won't hear a word.
would stick' at no measures to carry his point. Maj. Nay, Mr Russet, hear reason. If you There's proof presumptive. But, sir, we can give will but have patience
you proof positive, too,
-proof under his lordRus. I'll have po patience -I'll have my ship's own hand, that he, likewise, was the condaughter, and she shall marry sir Harry to-night. triver of the gross affront that has just been of
Lord Trink. That is dealing rather too much fered you. en caralier with me, Mr Russet, ’pon honour. Rus. Hey! how? You take no notice of my pretensions, though Lord Trink. Every syllable romance, 'pon homy rank and family
Rus. What care I for rank and family? I Maj. Gospel, every word on't. don't want to make my daughter a rantipole Cha. This letter will convince you, sir !-In woman of quality. I'll give her to whom I please. consequence of what happened at lady Freelove's, Take her away, sir Harry ; she shall marry you his lordship thought fit to send me a challenge: to-night.
but the messenger blundered, and gave me this Har. For Heaven's sake, sir, hear me but a letter instead of it. [Giving the letter.] I have moment!
the case which inclosed it in my pocket. Rus. Hold your tongue, girl. Take her away, Lord Trink, Forgery, from beginning to end, sir Harry ; take her away.
'pon honour. Cha. It must not be.
Maj. Truth, upon my honour. But read, read, Maj. Only three words, Mr Russet !
Mr Russet, read, and be convinced. Rus. Why don't the booby take her?
Rus. Let me see-let me see [Reading: Sir Har. Hold hard, bold hard! You are all Um-um-um-um-so, so !-un-um-umon a wrong scent: Hold hard ! I say, hold hard ! damnation!-Wish me success-obedient slave-Hark ye, squire Russet.
Trinket. - Fire and fury! How dare you do Rus. Well! what now?
this? Sir Har. It was proposed, you know, to match Lord Trink. When you are cool, Mr Russet, me with Miss Harriot But she can't take I will explain this matter to you. kindly to me. When one has made a bad bet, it is Rus. Cool! 'Sdeath and hell!-I'll never be best to hedge off, you know—and so I have e'en cool again--I'll be revenged.–So my Harriot, swopped her with Lord Trinket here for his brown my dear girl, is innocent at last. Say só, my Harhorse Nabob, that he bought of Lord Whistle- riot; tell me you are innocent! [Embracing her. Jacket for fifteen hundred guineas.
Har. I am, indeed, sir; and happy beyond exRus. Swopped her? Swopped my daughter for pression, at your being convinced of it. a horse? Zouns, sir, what d'ye mean?
Rus. I am glad on't-I'm glad on't I believe Sir Har. Mean? Why, I mean to be off, to be you, Harriot! You was always a good girl. sure--It won't dis—I tell you, it won't do Maj. So she is, an excellent girl !-Worth a First of all, I knocked up myself and my horses, regiment of such lords and baronets—Come, sir, when they took for London—and now I have finish every thing handsomely at once. Come been stewed aboard a tender I have wasted Charles will have a handsome fortune.
Rus. Marry !-She durst not do it.
my friend Charles here ?- The letter! Charles ! Maj. Consider, sir, they have long been fond | Out with it this instant ! of each other-old acquaintance-faithful lovers Cha. Yes, I have the credentials of her lady-turtles and may be very happy.
ship’s integrity in my pocket. --Mr Russet, the Rus. Well, well-since things are so- I love letter you read a little while ago was inclosed in my girl. Hark'e, young Oakly, if you don't make this cover, which also I now think it my duty to her a good husband, you'll break my heart, you put into your hands. rogue.
Rus. (Reuding.) To the right honourable laCha. Do not doubt it, sir! niy Harriot has re dy Freelove— 'Sdeath and hell and now I formed me altogether.
recollect, the letter itself was pieced with scraps Rus. Has she ?-Why then-there-Heaven of French, and madam, and your ladyship—— Fire bless you both—there—now, there's an end on't. and fury! madam, how came you to use me so?
Sir Har. So, my lord, you and I are both dis- I am obliged to you, then, for the insult that has tanced- A hollow thing, damme!
been offered me? Lord Trink. N'importe.
Lady Free. What is all this? Your obligations Sir Har. (Aside.] Now this stake is drawn, my to me, Mr Russet, are of a nature thatlord may be for hedging off mayhap. Ecod! I'll Rus. Fine obligations ! I dare say I am partly go to Jack Spced's, and secure Naboh, and be obliged to you, too, for the attempt on my daughout of town in an hour. Soho! Lady Freelove! ter, by that thing of a lord yonder at your house. Yoics!
[Erit. Zouns! madam, these are injuries never to be Enter Lady FREELOVE.
forgiven - They are the grossest affronts to
me and my family—All the word shall know Lady Free. My dear Miss Russet, you'll ex-them-Zouns!—I'll
Lady Free. Mercy on me! how boisterous are Cha. Mrs Oakly, at your ladyship’s service. these country gentlemen! Why really, Mr RusLady Free. Married?
set, you rave like a man in Bedlamı-I am afraid Har. Not yet, inadam; but my father has been you'll beat me—and then you swear most abo80 god as to give his consent.
minably. How can you be so vulgar ? --I see the Lady Free. I protest I am prodigiously glad of meaning of this low malice-But the reputait. My dear, I give you joy—and you, Mr Oakly. tions of women of quality are not so easily imI wish you jov, Mr Russes, and all the good com- peached— My rank places me above the scandal paay-for I think the most of them are parties of little people, and I shall meet such petty insoconcerned.
lence with the greatest ease and tranquillity. Maj. How easy, impudent, and familiar ! But you and your simple girl will be the sufferers.
(Aside. I had some thoughts of introducing her into the La-ly Free. Lord Trinket here, too! I vow I first company—But now, madam, I shall neither did not see your lordship before.
receive, nor return your visits, and will entirely Lord Trink. Your ladyship’s most obedient withdraw my protection from the ordinary part slare. [ Bowing of the family.
[Erit. Lady Free. You seem grave, my lord !-Come, Rus. Zouns, what impudence! that's worse come, I know there has been some difference be than all the rest. tween you and Mr Oakly-You must give me Lord Trink. Fine presence of mind, faith! leare to be a mediator in this affair.
The true French nonchulance-But, good folks, Lord Trink. Here has been a small fracas to why such a deal of rout and tapage about nothing be sure, madam !-We are all blown, 'pon ho- at all?–1f Mademoiselle Harriot had rather be
Mrs Oakly than lady Trinket-Why, I wish her Lady Free. Blown! What do you mean, my joy, that's all. Mr Russet, I wish you joy of Jord?
your son-in-law-Mr Oakly, I wish you joy of the Lord Trink. Nay, your ladyship knows that I lady—and you, madam, (To Hanrior.) of the never mind these things, and I know that they gentleman-And, in short, I wish you all joy of nerer discompose your ladyship---But things have one another, 'pon honour !
[Erit. happened a little en trurers-The little billet I Rus. There's a fine fellow of a lord now! The sent your ladyship has fallen into the hands of devil's in your London folks of the first fashion, that gentleman-[ Pointing to CHARLES]-and as you call them. They will rob you of your esso—there has been a little brouillerie about it-tate, debauch your neighbour, or lie with your that's all.
wife—and all as if they were doing you a favour, Lodly Free. You talk to me, my lord, in a very 'pon honour ! extraurdinary style-If you have been guilty of Maj. Iley! what now? any misbehaviour, I am sorry for it; but your
Bell rings violently. conduct can fasten no imputation on me. Miss Russet will justify me suthciently.
Maj. Zouns! what a clatter! She'll pull down remain in it to support my due authority—as for all the bells in the house.
you, major Oakly! Ouk. My observations, since I left you, have Maj. Hey-day! What have I done? confirmed my resolution. I see plainly, that her Mrs Oak. I think you might find better émgood-humour, and her ill-humour, her smiles, her ployment, than to create divisions between martears, and her fits, are calculated to play upon ried people -and
Oak. Nay, but, my dear! Maj. Did not I always tell you so? It's the Mrs Oak. Might have more sense, as well as way with them all-they will be rough and tenderness, than to give ear to such idle stuff.smooth, and hot and cold, and all in a breath.- Oak. Lord, lord ! Any thing to get the better of us.
Mrs Oak. You, and your wise counsellor there, Oak. She is in all moods at present, I promise I suppose, think to carry all your points with you-I am at once angry and ashamed of her ; and yet she is so ridiculous, I can't help laughing
Qak. Was ever any thingat her--There has she been in her chamber, Mrs Oak. But it won't do, sir. You shall find fuming and fretting, and dispatching a messenger that I will have my own way, and that I will to me every two minutes—servant after servant govern iny own family. -now she insists on my coming to hier-now, Oak. You had better learn to govern yourself again, she writes a note to entreat-then, Toilet is by half. Your passion makes you ridiculous.sent to let me kr.ow that she is ill, absolutely dy- Did ever any body see so much fury and vioing—then, the very next minute, she'll never see lence? affronting your best friends, breaking iny my face again-she'll go out of the house direct peace, and disconcerting your own temper. And ly. [Bell rings.] Again ! now the storm rises! all for what? For nothing. 'Sdeatlı, madam! at
Naj. It will soon drive this way, then—now, these years, you ought to know better. brother, prove yourself a man--You have gone Mr's Oak. At these years! Very fine !-Am too far to retreat.
I to be talked to in this manner? Oak. Retreat! - Retreat! -No, no !-I'll Ouk. Talked to! Why not? Yon have talked preserve the advantage I have gained, I am de to me long enough-almost talked me to death termined.
-and I have taken it all in hopes of making you Maj. Ay, ay! keep your ground ! fear no- quiet--but all in vain; for the more one bears, thing up with your noble heart! Good discip- the worse you are. Patience, I find, is all thrown line inakes good soldiers; stick close to my ad- away upon you; and henceforward, come what vice, and you may stand buff to a tigress may, I am resolved to be master of my own
Oak. Mere she is, by Heavens !-now, bro- house. ther!
Mrs Oak. So, so! Master, indeed! Yes, sir, Maj. And now, brother! Now or never! and you'll take care to have mistresses enouylı,
too, I warrant you. Enter Mrs OAKLY.
Oak. Perhaps I may; but they shall be quiet
ones, I can assure you. Mrs Oak. I think, Mr Oakly, you might have Mrs Oak. Indeed! And do you think I am had humanity enough to have come to see how I such a tame fool as to sit quietly and bear all did. You have taken your leave, I suppose, of this? You shall know, sir, that I will resent this all tenderness and affection-but I'll be calm- | behaviour -You shall find that I have a spiI'll not throw myself into a passion-you want to ritdrive me out of your house - I see what you aim Oak. Of the devil. at, and will be aforehand with you--let me Mrs Oak. Intolerable! You shall find, then, keep my temper! I'll send for a chair, and leave that I will exert that spirit. I am sure I have the house this instant.
need of it. As soon as the house is once cleared Oak. True, my love! I knew you would not again, I'll shut my doors against all company. think of dining in your chamber alone, when you shan't see a single soul for this month. had company below. You shall sit at the head Oak. 'Sdeath, madam, but I will! I'll keep of the table, as you ought, to be sure, as you say, open house for a year. I'll send cards to the and make my friends welcome.
whole town—Mr Oakly's route! All the world Mrs Oak. Excellent raillery! Look ye, Mr will come-and I'll go among the world, tvom Oakly, I sec the meaning of all this affected cool- I'll be mewed up no longer. ness and indifference.
Mrs Oak. Provoking insolence! This is not to Oak. My dear, consider where you are — be endured-Look'e, Mr Oakly
Mrs Ouk. You would be glad, I find, to get Oak. And look'e, Mrs Oakly, I will have my me out of your house, and have all your flirts a
Mrs Oak. Nay, then, let me tell you, sirOak. Before all this company! Fy!
Oak. And let me tell you, madam, I will not Mirs Oak. But I'll disappoint you, for I shall be crossed I wont be inade a fool.