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have three thousand pounds a-year, while she is there's no such thing as doing nothing for you content to be poor to make other people so; for | What case must I put? she is as vexatious as her father was, the great Mrs Black. Our case, that comes on to-day in Norfolk attorney
the Cominon Pleas: you know well enough, but Free. Ay, the devil take him! I am four hun- you will be stubborn! Pray, captain, mark him. dred pound; a-year out of pocket by his knavish Jer. Hem! hem !-John a Stiles practices on an old aunt of mine; though, indeed, Man. You may talk, young lawyer, and put her there was suspicion of a false deed of convey- | case, if you think proper ; but I shall no more ance; I once had a design of suing the widow mind you than I would your mother, if I was in upon it, and something I will now think of seri- your case, when she bid me do a thing to make a ously—but, hang her ! she wont pretend to know fool of myself. me !
Jer. Look you there now; I told you so. Man. Go to her, can't you? When she's in Mrs Black. Never mind him, Jerry, he only town, she lodges in one of the inns of court, says that to dash you : go on! Bless my soul, I where she breeds her, son, and is herself his tu could hear our Jerry put cases all day! toress in law-French : but bid her come up; she Jer. John a Stiles--no-there are first, Fitz, is Olivia's relation, and may make me amends for Pere, and Ayle; no, no, Ayle, Pere, and Fitz her visit by giving me some account of her. Ayle is seized in fee of Blackacre; John a Stiles
disseizes the Ayle; Ayle makes claim, and the Enter Mrs BLACK ACRE and JERRY.
dissessors die Then the Ayleno the Fitz Mrs Black. I never had so much trouble with Mrs Black. No, the Pere, sirrah! a judge's door-keeper, as with yours : you should Jer. Oh, the Pere-ay, the Pere, sir, and the consider, captain Manly, this is term time, and Fitz-No, the Ayle-No, the Pere and the Fitzfolks have something else to do, besides waiting Man. Damn Pere, Ayle, and Fitz, sir! for admittance to people they have business with Mrs Black. No, you are out, child. Take no
Man. Well, well, a truce with your exclama- tice of me, captain-There are Ayle, Pere, and tions, and tell me something about your cousin. Fitz: Ayle is seized in fee of Blackacre; and beHow does Olivia ?
ing so seized, John a Stiles disseizes the Ayle : Mrs Black. Jerry, give me the subpæna.--It Ayle makes claim, and the disseizor dies; then was by mere chance I heard of your being in the Pere enters.--The Pere, sirrah, the Pere ! town, and you are my chief witness : you can't And the Fitz enters upon the Pere; and the Ayle imagine how my cause
brings his writ of disseizen in the post, and the Man. Damn your cause! when did you see Pere brings his writ of disseizen in the Pere, Olivia?
and Mrs Black. I am no visitor, captain, but a wo- Man. 'Sdeath, Freeman, can you listen to this man of business : or, if ever I visit, 'tis only the stuff? Chancery-Lane ladies towards the law; and none Mrs Black. Hold, sir! I must serve you [Gives of your lazy, good for nothing, fashionable gill- | a paper, which he throws away); you are requiflirts.—Many a fine estate has been lost in fami- | red, sir, by this, to give your testimony lies for want of a notable stirring woman, to rum Man. I'll be forsworn, to be revenged of you. mage among the writings : but come, sir, we have
[Erit. no time to lose; and since you won't listen to me, Mrs Black. Get you gone for an unmannerly I desire you may hear my son a little; let him fellow ! But the service is good in law; so he put our case to you; for, if the trial comes on must attend it at his peril.-Come, Jerry, I had to-day, it will not be amiss to have your memory almost forgot, we are to meet at the master's berefreshed, and your judgment inforined, lest you fore eleven. Let us mind our business still, should give your evidence improperly.-Jerry! child. Jer. What's the matter with you now?
Jer. Well, and who hinders you? Mrs Black. Come, child, put our case to cap- Free. Nay, madam, now I would beg you to tain Manly- Nay, don't hold down your head hear me a little.- A little of my business. and look like a fool; for you can do it very well, Mrs Black. I have business of my own, sir, if you please.
calls me away. Jer. I wish I may be hanged, if I ever knew Free. My business would prove yours too, masuch a woman as you are in my life! I wonder dam. you are not ashamed to make one an antic be- Mrs Black. What, 'tis no Westminster-hall bufore strangers this way!
siness! would you have my advice? Mrs Black. Jerry, Jerry! don't be perverse, Free. No, faith; it is a little Westminster abbut lay down the bags, and speak out, like a good bey business : I would have your consent. child, when I bid you.-Lord, sir, it would do Mrs Black. Fye, fye! to me such language, you good to hear him sometimes.-Why don't sir! and in the presence of my dear minor here. you begin?
Jer. Ay, ay, mother, he would be taking livery Jer. Psha! you are always in such a hurry, and seizen of your jointure, by digging the turf; but I'll watch his waters, and so you may tell him., his desires behind: he took me with him; and, Come along. [Ereynt JERRY and Widow. from that favourable circumstance, I suffered mye
self to be cheated with a thousand fond imaginaEnter FIDELIA.
tions-Here he comes, and I must avoid him.
Oh, fortune, fortune! I have been indiscreet; Fide. Dear Mr Freeman, speak to the captain yet surely I may be punished for my indiscretion for me.
with too great severity.
[Erit. Free. Where is he? Fide. Within, sir.
SCENE II. Free. Sighing and meditating, I suppose, on his darling mistress-He would never trust me to see
Enter Manly, in his uniform, followed by ber; is she handsome ?
FREEMAN, Fide. I am not a proper judge.
Man. 'Sdeath! it is past eleven o'clock, and I Free. What is she?
should have been abroad before nine! But this Fide. A gentlewoman, I believe; but of as comes of being pestered with a pack of imperti mean fortune as beauty. You know, sir, the cap-nent visitors. Well, I am going out, and shall tain made early choice of a sea life, to which the not return all day. particularity of his disposition afterwards attach- Free. What, I suppose you are going to pay ed him. But, some time since, be deterinined to your devoirs to some great man now? quit the navy; and, having conceived a violent Man. And why should you suppose that? passion for this lady, was about to marry, and re- Free. Nay, faith, only because I think it is tire with her into the country.
what you ought to do, and I know it is what those Free. And what prevented him?
sort of people expect. Fide. The offer of a ship to go against the ene- Man. Well, but if they expect it from me, mies of his country: however, when he came they shall be disappointed. I have done nothing home again, the treaty was to be concluded; and to be afraid of, that I need solicit their interest, in the mean time, he left his intended wife ten by way of a screen; and I leave those to dance or twelve thousand pounds, lest any thing should attendance, who are more supple, and can play happen to him, whilst he was abroad
the parasite better- If they want, let them come Pree. He has left her in the care of some to me-No, I am going at present, where, I dare friend, has he not? Pray, do you know any thing swear, I shall be a welcome guest; and where I of him?
ought to have gone last night, indeed; but I came Fide. Nothing further than that his name is to town too late for her regular hours. Varnish; and he is a man, in whom the captain Free, Oh! I guess where you mean; to the puts the greatest confidence.
| lady I have so often heard you talk of. MeFree. But if this Olivia be not handsome, what thinks I would give a good deal to see this phethe devil can he see in her?
nomenon. She must needs be mistress of very Pide. He imagines her, I suppose, the only wo- extraordinary charms, to engage a person of your man of truth and sincerity in the world.
difficult disposition. Free. No common beauties, I must confess Man. The charts of her person, though in
Fide. But methinks he should have had more them she excels most of her sex, are her meanest than common proofs of them, before he trusted beauties: her tongue, no more than her face, the bulk of his fortune in her hands.
ever knew artifice: she is all sincerity; and hates Pree. Whv, did he leave the syin you mention the creeping, canting, hypocritical tribe, as I do; actually in her custody?
for which I love her, and I ain sure she hates not Fide. So I am told.
ine; for, as an instance of her inviolable attacliFree. Then he shewed love to her indeed - ment, when I was going to sea, and she found it But I'll go plead with him for you, and learn impracticable to accompany me, she insisted upon something more of this wonderful fair one. [Erit. my suffering her to swear, that, in my absence,
Fide. Was ever woman in so strange, so cruel she would not listen to the addresses of any other a situation? As long as I have worn this disguise, man; which oathI cannot look at myself without astonishment; Free. You thought she would keep! but when I consider, that I have run such lengths Man. Yes; for I tell you she is not like the rest for a man, who knows not that I love him, and, of her sex, but can keep her promise, though she if he did know it, would certainly reject my pas has sworn it. sion-I am startled indeed. At the time I form Free. Ha, ha, ha! ed the bold resolution of going with him to sea, Man. You doubt it, then! Well, I shall be at I was sensible his affections were engaged to ano- her house in an hour; come to me there; the vother: Why, then, did I embark in so rash an ad- lunteer will shew you the way; and we'll try how venture? because I loved; and love is apt to buoy long your infidelity will be able to resist convicitself up with false hopes; he left the object of tion.
SCENE I.--A dressing room.
Enter Foot BOY.
Boy. Madam, here's the gentleman to wait on Oliv. Ou! horrid, abominable! Peace, cousin you. Elia, or your discourse will be my aversion—But Oliv. On me, you little blockhead! Do you you cannot be in carnest, sure, when you say you know what you say? like the filthy world!
Boy. Yes, ma'am, 'tis the gentleman, that Eliz. You cannot be in earnest, sure, when comes every day to you. you say you dislike it? Come, come, cousin Oli- Oliv. Hold your tongue, you little heedless avia, I will never believe, that a place, which has nimal, and get out of the room. This country such a variety of charms for other women, should boy, cousin, takes my inusic-master, mercer, and have none for you! Pray, what do you think of spruce milliner, for visitors. [Novel speaks within. dressing and fine clothes?
Lett. No, madam, 'tis Mr Novel, I am sure, by Oliv. Dressing! it is, of all things, my aver-his talking so loud ; I know his voice, too, madam. sion: I hate dressing : and I declare soleinoly- Oliv. You know nothing, you stupid creature ! Mercy on us! Come hither, you dowdy- Ilea- You would make my cousin believe I receive vens! what a figure you have made of my head visits--However, if it be your Mr.to-day!Oh, hideous! I can't bear it! Did you Lett, Mr Novel, madamever sce any thing so frightful ?
Oliv. Peace, will you! I'll hear ng more of. Eliz. Well enough, cousin, if dressing be your him--But if it be your Mr.-— I cannot think aversion
of his name again- I supposed he followed my Oliv, It is so; and for variety of rich clothes, cousin hither, they are more my aversion.
Eliz. No, cousin, I will not rob you of the hoLett. That's because you wear them too long, nour of the visit; it is to you, cousin, for I know Madam.
him not. Oliv. Insatiable creature! I take my death I Olio. Nor I neither, upon my honour, cousin ! have not wore this gown above three times; and Besides, have not I told you that visits, and the I have made up six or seven more within these business of visits, flattery and detraction, are my two months.
aversion? Do you then think I would admit Eliz. Then your aversion to them is not alto such a coxcomb as he; the scandal-carrier of the gether so great.
whole town! more impudently scurrilous than a Oliv. Alas! cousin, it is for my woman I party libeller, who abuses every person and every wear them.
thing, and piques himself upon his talents for Elis. But wbat do you think of visits--balls? ridicule! Oliv. Oh! I detest them !
· Eliz. I find you know him, cousin ; at least Eliz. Of plavs?
have heard of him. Oliv. I abominate them-Filthy, obscene, hi- Oliv. Yes, now I remember, Jhave heard of him. deous things!
Eliz. Well, but if he is such a dangerous coxEliz. What say you to the opera in winter, comb, for heaven's sake let him not come up! and to Ranelagh and Vauxhall in summer? or, if
tell him, Mrs Lettice, your lady is not at home. these want attractions to engage you, what say Oliv. No, Lettice, tell him my cousin is here, you to the court ?
and that he may come up: for, notwithstanding Olir. The court, cousin ! the court! my aver I detest the sight of him, you may like his consion! my aversion of all aversions !
versation; and I will not be rude to you in my Eliz. Well, but prithee
own house. Since he has followed you hither, Olio. Nay, don't attempt to defend the court; let him come up, I say. for, it you do, you will make me rail against it. Eliz. Very fine! Let him go and be hanged, I
Eliz. To come nearer to the point, then- say, for me!' I know him not, nor desire it.pray, what think you of a rich young husband? Send him away, Mrs Lettice. (Erit LETTICE,
Oliv. Oh, rueful! marriage! What a plea | Oliv. Upon my word, she shall not; I must dissure you have found out! I nauseate the very obey your commands, to comply with your desires. thoughts of it.
Mr Novel! Mr Novel ! Lett. Mayhap, ma'am, my lady would rather like a generous, handsome, young lover!
Enter Novel. .Oliv. What do mcan, Mrs Impertinence, by | Nov. I beg ten thousand pardons, madam! talking such stuff in my hearing? A handsome perhaps you are busy; I did not know you had young lover! A lover, indeed! I hate men of all company. things; and I declare solemnly I would not let Eliz. Yet he comes to me, cousin. one into my doors.
Oliv. Chairs there! Pray, sir, be seated.
Noo. I should have waited on you yesterday Olio. I draw from the life, cousin; paint every evening, according to appointment; but I dined one in their proper colours. at a place, where there is always such a profusion Eliz. Oh! cousin, I perceive vou hate detracof good cheer, and so hearty a welcome, that tion ! one can never get away, while one has either ap- Oliv. But, Mr Novel, who had you besides at petite or patience lett-You know that surfeit- | dinner? ing piece of hospitality, lady Autumn ? Ha, ha, Nov. Ladies, I wish you a good morning! ha! the nauseous old fury at the upper end of
old fury at the upper end of Olio. 'Psha! how can you be so provoking? her table
| Nay, I take my death you shall not go, till you tell Olio. Revives the ancient Grecian custom of us the rest of the company! Stopping Novell serving up a death's head with their banquets! | who rises. Come, sit down again : I long to hear Oh, God! I detest her hollow cherry cheeks !- who your men were ; for I am sure I am acShe looks like an old coach new painted, affecting quainted with some of them. an unseemly smugness, while she is ready to drop | Nov. We had no men there at all, madam. in pieces.
Oliv. What! was not sir Marmaduke GimNov. Excellent and admirable simile upon my crack with you? I'll lay fifty pounds on it! for I soul! But do, madam, give me leave to paint know he is courting one of her ladyship's crookher out to you a little, because I am intimately ed nieces, acquainted with the family. You must know she Noo. Pray, ma'am, let me go. is horridly angry, if I don't dine at her house Olio. Nay, I know another of your company, three times a-week.
I hold you a wager of it. Come, my lord PlauOliv. Nay, for that matter, any one is wel-sible dined with you, too, who is, cousin come to partake of her victuals, who will be Eliz. You need not tell me what he is, cousin; content to listen to her stories of herself, when for I know him to be a civil, good-natured gentleshe was a young woman, and used to go with her man, who talks well of all the world, and is nefat Flanders mares, in her father's great gilt cha
in her father's great gilt cha- | ver out of humour. riot, to take the air in Hyde Park. Oh, cousin ! Olio. Hold, cousin ! I hate detraction : but I I must tell you
must tell you he is a tiresome, insipid coxcomb, Nov. What, Madam! I thought I was going without either sense to see faults, or wit to exto tell the lady; but, perhaps, you think nobody pose them; in fine, he is of all things my averhas wit enough to draw characters but yourself;
sion, and I never admit his visits beyond iny in which case, I have done.
Olio. Nay, I swear, you shall tell us who you Nov. No! he visit you ! damn him! he's nehad there at dinner.
ver admitted to any one but worn-out dowagers, Nov. With all my heart, madam, if you will and superannuated maidens, who want to be condescend to listen to me.
flattered into conceit with themselves; he has Olid. Most patiently, sir: pray speak. often strove to scrape acquaintance with me, but
Nov. In the first place, then, we had her | I always took caredaughter, whom, I suppose, you have seen. Oliv. Seen! oh, I see her now! the very dis
Enter LORD PLAUSIBLE. grace to good clothes, which she always wears to Ha! my dear, my dear lord ! let me embrace heighten ber deformity, not mend it; for she is you. still most splendidly, gallantly ugly! and looks | Eliz. Well, this is pleasant! like an ill piece of daubing in a rich frame.
L. Plau. Your most faithful, humble servant, Nov. Very well, madan! Have you done with generous Mr Novel; and, madam, I am your her? And can you spare her a little to me? eternal slave, and kiss your fair hands, which I Olio. If you please, sir.
had done sooner, according to your orders Nov. In my opinion, she is like
Oliv. No excuses, my lord, I know you must Oliv. She is, you would observe, like a great divide yourself; your company is too general a city bride; the greater fortune, but not the great-good to be engrossed by any particular friend. er beauty, for her dress.
Eliz. You hate flattery, cousin ! Nov. Yet have you done, madam?
L. Plau. Oh lord, madam! my company! Oliv. Pray, sir, proceed.
your most obliged, faithful, humble servant ! But Nod. Then, she
I might have brought you good company, indeed; Oliv. I was just going to say $0—she
for I parted just now at your door with two of Eliz. I find, cousin, one may have a collection the most sensible, worthy menof all one's acquaintance's pictures at your house, Olio. Who are they, my lord? as well as at sir Joshua Reynolds's, with this differ- Nov. Who do you call the most sensible, worence only, that his are handsome likenesses; to say thy men ? the truth, you are the first of the profession of L. Plau. Oh, sir, two of the brightest characportrait-painters I ever knew without flattery. ters of the present age; men of such honour and
virtue. Perhaps, you may know them-Count Manly and footboy speak within.
Man. Not at home! Not see me! I tell you Oliv. And count Levant! How can you keep she is at home, and she will see me let her such a wretch company, my lord?
know my name is Manly. L. Plau. Oh seriously, madam, you are too Boy. Well, but your honour, my lady's sick, I severe: he is highly carest by every body. dare not go to her.
Oliv. Carest, my lord! why he was never Man. Well, then, I'll go to her. three tinies in company in his life, without being | Boy. Help, Mrs Lettice! help! here's the sea twice kicked out of it."
gentleman ! Nov. And for sir Richard !
Oliv. What noise is that ? L. Plau. He is nice in his connections, and loves to chuse those he converses with.
Enter Manly. Oliv. He loves a lord, indeed
Man. My Olivia ! 'Sdeath, what do I see! la Nov. Or any thing with a title
| close conversation with these ! Oliv. Though he borrows his money, and ne- Oliv. Ha, Manly! this is somewhat unexpectver pays him again. Nay, he carries his passion ed : however, I am prepared for him. Aside. for quality so far, that they say the creature has I L. Plau. Most noble and heroic captain, your an intrigue among them; and half starves his most obliged, faithful, very humble poor wife and family, by keeping a correspon Noo. Captain Manly, your servant.. dence with that overgrown piece of right honour Man. Away! Madamable filthiness, lady Bab Clumsey.
Oliv. Sir! L. Plau. Oh, madam, he frequents her house Man. It seems, madam, as if I was an unwelbecause it is the tabernacle-gallant, the meet- come guest here: your footboy would hardly aling-house for all the fine ladies and people of low me admittance; at first he told me you were fashion about town.
not at home. Indeed, I did not expect to find Nov. Mighty fine ladies ! There is first | you in such good company. Oliv. Her honour, as fat as a hostess !
Oliv. I suppose, sir, my servant had orders for L. Plau, She is somewhat plump, indeed! a what he did." woman of a noble and majestic presence. | L. Plau. Perhaps, madam, Mr Novel and I
Nov. Then there's Miss what dye call her— incommode you; the captain and you may have
Oliv. As sluttish and slatternly as an Irish wo- something to say, so we'll retire, man bred in France.
Oliv. Upon my honour, my lord, you shan't L. Plau. She has a prodigious fund of wit; stir; the captain and I have nothing to say to and the handsomest heel, elbow, and tip of an one another, assure yourself, nor ever shall: 'tis ear, you ever saw.
only one of his mad freaks, for which you will Nov. Heel and elbow! Ha, ha, ha!
make allowances; salt-water lovers, you know, Eliz. I find you see all faults with lover's eyes, will be boisterous now and then. my lord!
Man. Confusion 'L. Plau. Oh, Madam, your most obliged, Nov. We shall have a quarrel here presently : faithful, very humble servant, to command ! | I see she's going to use him damnably.
Nov. Pray, my lord, are you acquainted with Man. What am I to think of this behaviour, lady Sarah Dawdle?
Madam? L. Plau. Yes, sure, sir, very well, and extreme Oliv. Even what you please, good captain. ly proud I am of the great honour; for she is a Man. And is this the reception I meet with af, person whose wit, beauty, and conduct, nobody ter an absencecan call in question.
Oliv. And is this behaving like a gentleman, Olio. No!
to force into a lady's apartinent contrary to her Nov. No! pray, madam, let me speak. inclinations? I suppose it is Wapping breeding :
Oliv. In the first place, can any one be called however, you are fitted for your ill manners. handsome that squints ?
Mun. I am fitted for believing you could not L. Plau. Her eyes languish a little, I own, | be fickle, though you were young; could not disNov. Languish! ha, ha, ha!
semble love, though it was for your interest; nor Oliv. Languish!
be vain, though you were handsome; nor break Eliz. Well, this is to be borne no longer : cou your promise, though to a parting lover. But I sin, I have soine visits to make this morning, and take not your contempt of me worse than your will take my leave.
keeping company with and encouraging these Oliv. You will not, sure! nay, you shall not things here. venture iny reputation, by leaving me with two Nov. Things ! men here. You'll disoblige me for ever
L. Plau. Let the captain rally a little. Eliz. If I stay! your servant,
Mon. Yes, things. "Dare you be angry, you [Exit. thing?