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Enter Sopura, in a surtout, and slouched hat. Daf. [Running to them with his sword draun.]
O, my'friends, I have been wishing for you this Soph.If I could but catch her at her pranks half hour! I have been set upon by a dozen felshe certainly must be this way-for the chair is lows—They have all made their escape, but this waiting at the end of Rosamond's pond-I have — My arm is quite dead—I have been at cart thrown one of her chairman into it-and, if I and tierce with them all, for near a quarter of an could but catch her
hour. Tuke. 0, sir! my passion has undone me-I Soph. In buckram, my lord !-He was got with am discoved; it is my husband, Sir George, my property here, and I would have chastised and he is looking for me!
| him for it, if your coming had not prevented it. · Daf. The devil it is! Why, then, madam, the Daf. Let us throw the rascal into Rosamond's best way will be for you to go to him--and let pond. me sneak off the other way.
Lord Rac. Come, sir, can you swim? Tuke. Go to him, sir! What can I say to him? [All going up. TUKELY snatches Sophia's Daf. Any thing, madam-Say you had the
sword, and she runs behind him. vapours, and wanted air,
Tuke. I'll defend you, my dear!-- What, would Tuke. Lord, sir! he is the most passionate of you murder a man, and lie with his wife, too?mortals; and I am afraid he is in liquor, too; Oh! you are a wicked gentleman, Mr. Daffodil. and, than, he is mad!
[Attacks DAFFODIL. Soph. If I could but catch her
Daf.Why, the devil's in the woman, I think! (Looking about.
[All the Ladies advance from behind. Daf. For your sake, madain, I'll make the Ladies. Ha, ha, ha! your humble servant, best of my way home [Going. Mr. Daffodil-ha, ha, ha!
[Curtsying. Tuke. What would you leave me to the fury Daf. This is all enchantment! of an enraged husband !--Is that your affection! Lady Pew. No, sir, the enchantment is broke;
[Holds him. / and the old maid, sir, homely and wanton, before Soph. If I could but catch her-Ha! what's she retires into the country, has the satisfaction that? I saw something move in the dark— the of knowing, that the agreeable Mr. Daffodil is a point of my sword shall tickle it out, whatever much more contemptible mortal, than the footit is.
Draws, and goes towards them. man which his goodness has been pleased to marTuke. For Heaven's sake draw, and fight him, ry her to. while I make my escape!
Ladies. Ha, ha, ha! Daf. Fight him ! 'twould be cowardly to fight Mrs. Damp. Would Mr. Daffodil please to have in the dark, and with a drunken man—I'll call a pinch of Spanish snuff out of the great mogul's the sentry.
box? 'Tis the best thing in the world for low Tuke. And expose us to the world?
[Offers her bor. Daf. I would to Heaven we were! [Aside. Ladies. Ha, ha, ha! He comes forward.] Let me go, madam; you Mrs. Dot. If a fool may not be permitted to pinch me to the bone.
speak, Mr. Daffodil, let her at least be permitted Tuke. He won't know us, I have my mask to laugh at so fine a gentleman-Ha, ha, ha! on.
Ara. Were you as sensible of shame, as you Ladies. Ha, ha, ha!
are of fear, the sight of me, whom you loved for Soph. What, is the devil and his imps playing pity, would be revenge sufficient-But I can forat blind man's buff? Ay, ay; here he is, in- give your baseness to me, much easier than I deed ; Satan himself, dressed like a fine gentle- can myself, for my behaviour to this happy man-Come, Mr. Devil, out with your pitchfork, couple and let us take a thrust or two.
Daf. Who the devil are they? Daf. You mistake me, sir, I am not the per- Ara. The Marquis and Marchioness of Macason; indeed, I am not; I know nothing of your roni, ladies-Ha, ha, ha! wife, Sir George; and if you knew how little I Soph. Ha! Mio Carrissimo Amico, il Signior care for the whole sex, you would not be so fu- Daffodillo ! rious with an innocent man.
Daf. How! Tukely and Sophia !-If I don't Soph. Who are you, then? And what are you wake soon, I shall wish never to wake again! doing with that blackamoor lady there- dan- Soph. Who bids fairest now for Rosamond's cing a saraband with a pair of castanets? Speak, pond?
Lord Rac. What, in the name of wonder, is Daf. Pray, forbear, sir; here's company com- all this business? I don't understand it, ing that will satisfy you in every thing-Hallo, Dir. Nor I neither; but 'tis very drole, faith! hallo-Here, here, here! [Hallo's faintly.] my Tuke. The mystery will clear in a moment. lord, my lord !-Spinner-Dizzy-Hallo!
Daf. Don't give yourself any trouble, Mr.
Tukely; things are pretty clear as they are. Enter Lord Racket, Sir TANTIVY, SPINNER,
The night's cool, and my cousin Dizzy, here, is and Dizzy, with torches.
an invalid-If you please, another time, when Lord Rac. What's the matter here?-Who there is less company.-[Ladies laugh.)-The lacalls for help?
| dies are pleased to be merry, and you are pleased
to be a little angry; and so, for the sake of tran- | viour to me, as it has hastened and confirmed my quillity, I'll go to the opera.
happiness bere. [To S.PHIA.]-But, as a friend (DAFFODIL sneaks out by degrees. to you ladies, I shall insist upon his making you Lord Rac. This is a fine blow up, indeed! - ample satisfaction: However, this benefit will Ladies, your humble servant-Hallo! Daffodil. arise, that you will hereafter equally detest and
[Erit. shun these destroyers of your reputation. Diz. I'll lay you a hundred, that my cousin never intrigues again-George! George! Don't In you coquettry is a loss of fame; run-hugh-hugh
[Erit. But, in our sex, 'tis that detested name, Take. As my satisfaction is complete, I have That marks the want of manhood, virtue, sense done to ask of Mr. Daffodil. I forgive his beha
my uncle is a little unhappy in his manner; I suppose the reason of this gentleman's visit but, I'll clear the matter in a moment-Miss to me?
[To HARRIET. Harriet, sir--your ward
Miss Har. Sir!
(Confused. Sir Cha. Get away, you puppy!
Heart. You may trust me, my dear. Don't Young Cla, Miss Harriet, sir, your ward- be disturbed; I shall not reproach you with any a most accomplishsd young lady, to be sure thing but keeping your wishes a secret from me
Sir Cha. Thou art a most accomplished cox- so long. coinb, to be sure!
Miss Har. Upon my word, sir,-Lucy! Heart. Pray, Sir Charles, let the young gen- Lucy. Well, and Lucy! I'll lay my life 't tleman speak.
a treal y of marriage! Is that such a dreadful Young Cla. You'll excuse me, Mr. Heartly-- thing? Oh, for share, madam! Young ladies My uncle does not set up for an orator-little of fashion are pot frightened at such things, confused, or so, sir-You see ice what I am- now-a days. But I ought to ask pardon for the young lady, Heart."[To Sir Cha. We have gone too and myself.-We are young, sir-I must con- far, sir Charles. We must excuse her delicacy fess we were wrong to conceal it from you, and give her time to recover: I had better but my uncle, I see is pleased to be angry ; talk with her alonc ; we will leave her now. and, therefore, I shall say no more at pre- Be persuaded that no endeavours shall be sent.
wanting on my part, to bring this affair to a Sir Cha. If you don't leave the room this mo- happy and speedy conclusion. ment, and stay in the garden till I call you | Sir Cha.' I shall be obliged to you, Mr.
Young Cla: I am sorry I have displeased you Heartly. Young lady, your servant. What - I did not tbink it was mal-a-propos ; but you grace and modesty! She is a most engaging must have your way, uncle-You command- creature, and I shall be proud to make her one I submit-Mr. Heartly, yours.
of my family. [Erit Young CLACKIT. Heart. You do us honour, Sir Charles. Sir Chu. Puppy! [Aside.] My nephew's a
[Ereunt Sir CHARLES and Heart. little unthinking, Mr. Heartly, as you see; and, Lucy. Indeed, Miss Harriet, you are very therefore, I have been a little cautious how I particular; you was tired of the boardinghave proceeded in this affair : But, indeed, he school, and yet seem to have no inclination to has in a manner persoaded me, that your ward be married. What can be the meaning of all and he are not ill-together.
this ? that smirking old gentleman is uncle to Heart. Indeed ! this is the first notice I have Mr. Clackit; and, my life for it, he has made had of it, and I cannot conceive wby Miss some proposals to your guardian. Harriet should conceal it from me ; for I have Miss Har. Pr'yihee, don't plague me about often assured her, that I would never oppose | Mr. Clackit. her inclination, though I might endeavour to Lucy. But why not, miss? though he is a direct it.
little fantastical, loves to hear hiinself talk, and Sir Cha. 'Tis human nature, neighbour. is somewhat self-sufficient; you must consider We are so ashamed of our first passion, that he is young, has been abroad, and keeps good we would willingly hide it from ourselves, company : the trade will soon be at an end, if But will you mention my nepbew to her ? young ladies and gentlemen grow over nice and
Heart. I must beg your pardon, Sir Charles. exceptious. The name of the gentleman whom she chooses Miss Har. But if I can find one without these must first come from herself. My advice or faults, I may surely please myself. importunity shall never influence her; If Lucy. Without ihese faults! and is be young, guardians would be less rigorous, young people would be more reasonable; and I am so un- Miss Har. He is sensible, modest, polite, affashionable to think, that happiness in marriage fable, and generous ; and charms from the nacant't be bought too dear-I am still on the tural impulses of bis own heart, as much as wrong side of forty, Sir Charles.
others disgust by their senseless airs, and inso· Sir Cha. No, no ; you are right, neighbour. lent affectation. But here she is. Don't alarm her young heart Lucy. Upon my word ! but why have you too much, I beg of you. Upon my word, she is kept this secret so long? your guardian is kind a sweet morsel!
to you beyond conception. What difficulties
can you have to overcome? Enter Miss Harriet and Lucr.
Miss Hur. Why, the difficulty of declaring
iny sentiments. Miss Har. He is with company-I'll speak Lucy. Leave that to me, miss. But your to him another time.
[Retiring.spark, with all his accomplishments, must have Lucy. Young, handsome, and afraid of being very little penetration, not to have discovered seen! You are very particular, iniss.
bis good fortune in your eyes. Heart. Miss Harriet you must not go.-[HAR- Miss Har. I take care that my eyes don't tell RIET returns. -Sir Charles, give me leave to too much; and he has too much delicacy to introduce you to this young lady. You know, I interpret looks to his advantage. Besides, he would certainly disapprove my passion, Heart. And how long have you conceived and if I should ever make the declaration and this passion ? meet with a denial, I should absolutely die with Miss Har. Ever since I left the country--to shame.
live with you.
Sighs. Lucy. I'll insure your life for a silver thimble, Heart. I sce your confusion, my dear, and will But what can possibly hinder your coming to- relieve you from it immediately-I am informed gether?
of the whole Miss Har. His excess of merit.
Miss Har. Sir! Lucy. His excess of a fiddlestick ! But come, Heart. Don't be uneasy; for I can with pleaI'll put you in the way: you shall trust me with sure assure you, that your passion is returned the secret; I'll intrust it again to balf a dozen with equal tenderness. friends; they shall intrust it to half a dozen Miss Har. If you are not deceived, I canmore, by which means, it will travel half the not be more happy. town over in a week's time : the gentleman will Heart. I think I am not deceived. But, after. certainly hear of it; and then, if he is not at the declaration you have made, and the asyour feet in the fetching of a sigh, I'll give up surances which I have given you, why will all my perquisites at your wedding. What is you conceal it any longer? Have I not debis name, miss?
served a little more confidence from you? Miss Har. I cannot tell you his name-in-1 Miss Har. You have, indeed, deserved it, and deed I cannot; I am afraid of being thought should certainly have it, were I not well assured too singular. But why should I be ashained of that you would oppose my inclinations. my passion? Is the impression, which a virtuous Heart. I oppose them! Am I, then, so uncharacter makes upon our hearts, such a weak- kind to you, my dear? Can you in the least ness, that it may not be excused ?
doubt of my affection for you? I promise you Lucy. By my faith, miss, I can't understand that I have no will but yours. you: you are afraid of being thought singular, Miss Har. Since you desire it, then, I will and you really are so ; I would sooner renounce endeavour to explain myself. all the passions in the universe, than have one Heart. I am all attention--speak, my dear. in my bosom beating and fluttering itself to Miss Har. And if I do, I feel I shall never be pieces. Come, come, miss, open the window, able to speak to you again. and let the poor devil out.
Heart. How can that be, when I shall agree
with you in every thing. Enter HEARTLY.
Miss Har. Indecd you won't : pray let me Heart. Leave us, Lucy.
retire to my own chamber--I am not well, sir. Lucy. There's something going forward : 'uis Heart. I see your delicacy is hurt, my dear : very hard I can't be of the party. [Erit Lucy, but let me entreat you once more to confide in
Heart. She certainly thinks, from the charac-ine. Tell me bis name, and the next moment I ter of the young man, that I shall disapprove of will go to him, and assure him, that my consent ber choice.
Aside. shall confrm both your happiness. Miss Har. What can I possibly say to him? Miss Hur. You will casily find him: And Iam as much ashamed to make the declaration, when you have, pray tell him how improper it is as he would be to understand it. Aside for a young woman to speak first : Persuade
Heart. Don't imagine, my dear, that I would him to spare my blushes, and to release me know more of your thoughts than you desire I from so terrible a situation. I shall leave him should; but the tender care which I have ever with you—and hope that this declaration will sbewn, and the sincere friendship which I shall make it impossible for you to mistake me any always have for you, give me a sort of right to longer. inquire into every thing that concerns you.
[Harriet is going but, upon seeing Young Some friends bave spoken to me in particular. CLACKIT, remains upon the stage. But that is not all. I have lately found you Heart. Are we not alone? What can this thoughtful, absent, and disturbed. Be plain mean?
[Aside. with me - llas not somebody been happy Young Cla. A-propos, faith! here they arc enough to please you.
together! Miss Har. I cannot deny it, sir : yes : some. Heart. I did not see hiin; but now the ridbody, indeed, has pleased ine-but I must en-dle's explained.
[Aside. treat you not to give credit to any idle stories, Miss Har. What can he want now! - This is or inquire farther into the particulars of my the most spiteful interruption ! inclmation ; for I cannot possibly have resolus Young Cla. By your leave, Mr. Heartly tion enough to say more to you.
[Crosses him to go to HARRIET. Have I Heart. But have you made a choice, my caught you at last my divine Harriet ! Well, dear.
Mr. Heartly, sans façon-But what's the matMiss Har. I have in my own mind, sir; and ter? ho! Things look a little gloomy here : 'tis impossible to make a better---reason, ho- | One mutters to himself, and gives me no nour, erery thing must approve it.
answer; and the other turns the head and
winks at me. How the devil am I to interpret not. 'Tis delicate in you to be upon the reall this?
serve. Miss Har. I wink at you, sir! Did I, sir? Miss Har. Indeed, sir, this behaviour of yours
Young Cla. Yes, you, my angel-But mum- is most extraordinary ! Mr. Fleartly, for Heaven's sake, what is all this? Young Cla. Come, come, my dear, don't carry Speak, I conjure you, is it life or death with this jest too far; é troppo troppo mia Carissima me?
-what the devil, when every thing is agreed Miss Har. What a dreadful situation I am upon, and uncles and guardians, and such folks, in !
have given their consent, why continue the hypoYoung Cla. Hope for the best; I'll bring mat-crisy? ters about, I warrant you.
Miss Har. They may have consented for you; Heart. You have both of you great reason to but I am mistress of my affections, and will never be satisfied --Nothing shall oppose your hap-dispose of them by proxy. piness.
Young Cla. Upon my soul, this is very droll! Young Cla. Bravo, Mr. Heartly!
what, has not your guardian been here this moHeart. Miss Harriet's will is a law to me; ment, and expressed all imaginable pleasure at and, for you, sir—the friendship which I have our intended union? ever professed for your uncle, is too sincere not Miss Har. He is in an error, sir: and had I to exert some of it upon this occasion.
not been too much astonished at your behaviour, Miss Har. I shall die with confusion ! | I had undeceived him long before now.
Aside. Young Cla. Humminy a tune. But, pray, Young Cla. I am alive again. Dear Mr. miss, to return to business- What can be Heartly, thou art a most adorable creature! your intention in raising all this confusion in the What a happiness it is to have to do with a family, and opposing your own inclinations? man of sense, who has no foolish prejudices, and Miss Har. Opposing my own inclinations, can see when a young fellow has something to- sir! lerable about him!
| Young Cla. Ay, opposing your own inclinaHeart. Sir, not to flatter you, I must declare, tions, madam. Do you know, child, if you carthat it is from a knowledge of your friends and ry on this farce any longer, I shall begin to be a family, that I have hopes of seeing you and this little angry? young lady happy. I will go directly to your Miss Har. I would wish it, sir; for, be assuruncle, and assure him that every thing goes on toed, that I never in my life had the least thought our wishes.
[Going about you. Miss Har. Mr. Heartly-Pray, sir !
Young Cla. Words, words, words Heart. Poor Miss Harriet, I see your distress, Miss Har. 'Tis most sincerely and literally and am sorry for it; but it must be got over, and true. the sooner the better. Mr. Clackit, my dear, Young Cla. Come, come; I know what I will be glad of an opportunity to entertain you, I know for the little time I shall be absent. Poor Miss Miss Har. Don't make yourself ridiculous, Mr. Harriet!
Erit HEARTWELL. Young Cla. Don't make yourself miserable, Young Cla. Allez, allez, monsieur! I'll answer Miss Harriet. for that. Well, madam, I think every thing suc- Miss Har. I am only so when you persist to ceeds to our wishes. Be sincere, my adorable! torment me. - Don't you think yourself a very happy young. Young Cla. [Smiling.}-And you really be lady?
lieve that you don't love me? Miss Har. I shall be most particularly obliged | Miss Har. Positively not. to you, sir, if you would inform me what is the Youny Cla. [Conceitedly. And you are very meaning of all this?
sure, now, that you hate me? Young Cla. Inform you, miss! the matter, I Miss Har. Oh! most cordially. believe, is pretty clear: our friends have under Young Cla. Poor young lady! I do pity you, standing— we have affections and a mar- from my soul. riage follows, of course.
Miss Har. Then, why won't you leave me? Miss Har. Marriage, sir! Pray, what relation, Young Cla. • She never told her love, or particular connection, is there between you But let concealment, like a worm i' th' bud and me, sir?
Feed on her damask cheek.' Young Cla. I may be deceived, faith; but, Take warning, miss, when you once begin to pine upon my honour, I always supposed, that there
in thought, 'tis all over with you; and be assurwas a little sinattering of inclination between
ed, since you are obstinately bent to give your
self airs, that, if you once suffer me to leave this Miss Har. And have you spoke to my guar- house in a pet do you mind me? not all your dian upon this supposition, sir?
sighing, whining, fits, vapours, and hysterics, shall Young Cla. And are you angry at it? I believe not.
e ever move me to take the least compassion on Smiling 1-Coine, come; I believe yo'l--Coute qui coute.