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worth, who is in the garden, to take a walk with him down to the mill—they will go before dinner, and it shall be hard if I cannot contrive to be one of the company:

Mervin. And what then ?

Theod. Why, in the mean time, you may devise, some method to carry me from hence; and I'll take care you shall have an opportunity of communicating it to me.

Mervin. Well, but dear Theodosia.

AIR.-THEODOSIA.

Hist, hist!

hear
my

mother call
Prythee begone!
We'll meet anon :
Catch this, and this-

Blow me a kiss,
In pledge of promis'd truth, that's all.
Farewell !—and yet, a moment stay;
Something beside I had to say

Well, 'tis forgot ;
No matter what-
Love grant us grace ;

The mill's the place :
She calls again, I must away.

[Exit.

Enter FANNY.

Fanny. 'Please your honour, you were so kind as to say, you would remember

my

fellow-travellers for their trouble; and they think I have gotten the money

Mervin. Oh, here; give them this--[Gives her Money.] And for you, my dear little pilot, you have brought me so cleverly through my business, that I must

I am

Fanny. Oh, Lord, your honour-[MERVIN kisses her.] Pray don't-kiss me again.

Mervin. Again, and again-_There's a thought come into my head.— Theodosia will certainly have no objection to putting on the dress of a sister of mine.-So, and so only, we may escape to-night.This girl, for a little money, will provide us with necessaries.

Fanny. Dear gracious! I warrant you, now, as red as my petticoat: why would you royster and touzle one so.- If Ralph was to see you, he'd be as jealous as the vengeance !

Mervin. Hang Ralph ! Never mind him.-- There's a guinea for thee. Fanny. What ! a golden guinea?

Mervin. Yes; and if thou art a good girl, and do as I desire thee, thou shalt have twenty.

Fanny. Ay, but not all gold ?
Mervin. As good as that is.
Fanny. Shall I though, if I do as you

bids me? Mervin. You shall.

Fanny. Precious heart! He's a sweet gentleman ! Icod, I have a great mind

Mervin. What art thou thinking about?
Fanny. Thinking, your honour? Ha! ha! ha!
Mervin. Indeed! so merry?

Fanny. I don't know what I am thinking about, not I-Fla! ha! ha!--Twenty guineas!

Mervin. I tell thee thou shalt have them.
Fanny. Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
Mervin. By Heaven, I am serious !

Fanny. Ha ! ha! ha!--Why, then, I'll do whatever your

honour pleases. Mervin. Stay here a little, to see that all keeps quiet: you'll find me presently at the mill, where we'll talk farther.

AIR.

Yes, 'tis decreed, thou maid divine !
I must, I will, possess

thee :
Oh, what delight, within my arms to press thee!

To kiss, and call thee mine!
Let me this only bliss enjoy ;
That ne'er can waste, that ne'er can cloy :

All other pleasures I resign.

Why should we dally ;

Stand shilly-shally ;
Let fortune smile or froun ?

Love will attend us ;

Love will befriend us ;
And all our wishes crown.

[Exit.

Enter RALPH.

Fanny. What a dear, kind soul he is !--Here comes Ralph-I can tell him, unless he makes me his lawful wife, as he has often said he would, the devil a word more shall he speak to me!

Ralph. So, Fan, where's the gentleman?

Fanny. How should I know where he is? - what do you ask me for}

Ralph. There's no harm in putting a civil question, be there? Why, you look as cross and ill-natured

Fanny. Well, mayhap I do, and, mayhap I have wherewithal for it.

Ralph. Why, has the gentleman offered any thing uncivil?—'Ecod, I'd try a bout as soon as look at him.

Fanny. He offer!--no, he's a gentleman, every inch of him. but you are sensible, Ralph, you have been promising me, a great while, this, and that, and i'other; and, when all comes to all, I don't see but you are like the rest of them.

Ralph. Why, what is it I have promised ?

Fanny. To marry me in the church, you have, a hundred times.

Ralph. Well, and mayhap I will, if you'll have patience.

Fanny. Patience me no patience; you may do it now if you please.

Ralph. Well, but suppose I don't please ; I tell you, Fan, you're a fool, and want to quarrel with your bread and butter ; I have had anger enow from feyther already, upon your account, and you want me to come by more-As I said, if you have patience, mayhap things may fall out, and mayhap not.

Fanny. With all my heart then ; and now I know your mind, you may go hang yourself.

Ralph. Ay, ay !
Fanny. Yes, you may; who cares for you ?

Ralpă. Well, and who cares for you, an' you go to that?

Fanny. A menial feller! Go, mind your mill, and your drudgery ; I don't think you worthy to wipe my shoes,-feller!

Ralph. Nay, but, Fan, keep a civil tongue in your head-Odds flesh! I would fain know what fly bites all of a sudden now.

Fanny. Marry come up! the best gentlemen's sons in the country have made me proffers; and if one is a miss, be a miss to a gentleman, I say, that will give one fine clothes, and take one to see the show, and put money in one's pocket.

Ralph. Whu-wbu-[FANNY hits him a Slap.] What's that for?

Fanny. What do you whistle for then? Do you think I'm a dog?

Ralph. Never from me, Fan, if I have not a mind to give you, with this switch in my hand here, as good a lacivga

Fanny. Touch me if you dare: touch me, and I'll swear my life against you.

Ralph. A murrain! with her damn'd little fist as hard as she could draw !

Fanny. Well, it's good enough for you; I'm not necessitated to take up with the impudence of such a low-lived monkey as you are.-A gentleman's my friend, and I can have twenty guineas in my hand, all as good as this is.

Ralph. Belike from this Londoner, eh?

Fanny. Yes, from him-so you may take your promise of marriage; I don't value it that (Spits.] avd if y

you speak to me, I'll slap your chops again.

AIR.

Lord, sir, you seen mighty uneasy;

But I the refusal can bear :
I warrant I shall not run crazy,

Nor die in a fit of despair.
If so you suppose, you're mistaken ;

For, sir, for to let you to know,
I'm not such a maiden forsaken,

But I have two strings to my bow. [Exit. Ralph. Indeed! Now I'll be judg’d by any living in the world, if ever there was a viler piece of treachery than this here; there is no such a thing as a true friend upon the face of the globe, and so I have said a hundred times! A couple of base, deceitful after all my love and kindness shown. Well, I'll be revenged; see an I be’nt-Marster Marvint, that's his name, an' he do not sham it: he has come here and disguised unself; whereof 'tis contrary to law so to do: besides, I do partly know why he did it; and I'll fish out the whole conjuration, and go up to the castle, and tell every syllable ; a shan't carry a wench from me, were he twenty times the mon he is, and

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