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Enter HEARTLY and SIR CHARLES. girl, those coxcomical airs of yours would sur
feit me. Sir Cha. I am overjoyed to hear it: There Young Cla. But as the young ladies are not they are, the pretty doves! That is the age, quite so squeamish as you, uncle, I fancy they neighbour Heartly, for happiness and pleasure ! will choose me as I am. Ha, ha! But what
Heart. I am willing, you see, to lose no time; can the lady object to? I have offered to marwhich may convince you, Sir Charles, how proudry her; is not that a proof sufficient that I like I am of this alliance in our families.
her? A young fellow must have some affection Sir Cha. The thought of it rejoices me that will go to such lengths to indulge it. Ha, Gad, I will send for the fiddles, and take a dance ha! myself, and a fig for the gout and rheumatism. Sir Cha. Why, really, friend Heartly, I don't
But hold, hold the lovers, methinks, see how a young man can well do more, or a laare a little out of humour with each other dy desire more. What say you, neighbour? What is the matter, Jack? Not pouting, sure, Heurt. Upon my word, I am puzzled about it. before your time?
My thoughts upon the matter are so various, and Young Cla. A trifle, sir- the lady will tell so confused- every thing I see and hear is so you
[Hums a tune. | contradictory-is so-She certainly cannot like Heart. You seem to be troubled, Harriet? — any body else? What can this mean?
| Young Cla. No, no; I'll answer for that. Miss Har. You have been in an error, sir, Heart. Or she may be fearful, then, that your about me.- I did not undeceive you, because I passion for her is not sincere; or, like other could not imagine that the consequences could young men of the times, you may grow careless have been so serious and so sudden :-But I am upon marriage, and neglect her. now forced to tell you, that you have misunder Young Cla. Ha! egad, you have hit it! nostood me that you have distressed me thing but a little natural delicate sensibility, Heart. How, my dear?
[Hums a tune. Sir Cha. What do you say, miss?
Heart. If so, perhaps the violence of her reYoung Cla. Mademoiselle is pleased to be out proaches may proceed from the lukewarmness of of humour : but I can't blame her; for, upon your professions. my honour, I think a little coquettry becomes Young Cla. Je vous demande pardon--I have
sworn to her a hundred and a hundred times, Sir Cha. Ay, ay, ay,-Oh, ho!-Is that all? that she should be the happiest of her sex. But These little squalls seldom overset the lover's there is nothing surprising in all this; it is the boat, but drive it faster to port--Ay, ay,ay!- | misery of an overfond heart, to be always doubt
Heart. Don't be uneasy, my dear, that you | ful of its happiness. brave declared your passion.-Be consistent now, Heart. And if she marries thee, I fear that let you should be thought capricious.
she'll be kept in a state of doubt as long as she Young Cla. Talk to her a little, Mr. Heartly; | lives.
[Half aside. ste is a fine lady, and has many virtues; but the does not know the world.
Enter Lucy. Sir Char. Come, come; you must be friends Lucy. Pray, gentlemen, what is the matter again, my children.
amoug you? And which of you has affronted my Miss Har. I beg you will let me alone, sir. mistress? She is in a most prodigious taking
Heart. For Heaven's sake, Miss Harriet, ex-yonder, and she vows to return into the country plain this riddle to me!
again–I can get nothing but sighs from her. Miss Har. I cannot, sir-I have discovered Young Cla. Poor thing! the weakness of my heart, I have discovered Lucy. Poor thing! The devil take this love, it to you, sir.-But your unkind interpretations I say! There's more rout about it than 'tis and reproachful looks convince me, that I have worth. already said but too much.- [Erit HARRIET. | Young Cla. I beg your pardon for that, Mrs.
[HEARTLY muses. | Abigail. Sir Cha. Well, but harky'e, nephew--This is Heart. I must inquire farther into this; her kung a little too far. What have you done to behaviour is too particular for me not to be dis
turbed at it. Heart. I never saw her so much moved be Lucy. She desires, with the leave of these
gentlemen, that, when she has recovered herYoung Cla. Upon my soul, gentlemen, I am self, she may talk with you alone, sir. * much surprised at it as you can be:
(TO HEARTWELL. The little brouillerie between us, arose upon her Heart. I shall with pleasure attend her. persisting that there was no passion, no penchant
[Erit Lucy. between us. Sir Cha. I'll tell you what, Jack there
Young Cla. [Sings.] Divin Bacchus, 8c. La,
la, la ! sa certain kind of impudence about you, that I do not approve of; and, were I a young Sir Cha. I would give, old as I am, a leg or an
arm, to be beloved by that sweet creature as you / yourself at her feet, and swear how much her are, Jack !
beauty and virtue have captivated you, and don't Young Cla. And throw your gout and rheu | let her go till you have set her dear little heart at matism into the bargain, uncle! Ha, ha! (Sings. rest. Divin Bacchus, &c. La, la, la, sc.
Young Cla. I must desire to be excused.
Would you have me say the same thing over and Sir Cha. What the plague are you quavering over again? I can't do it, positively. It is my at! Thou hast no more feeling for thy happiness turn to be piqued, now. . than my stick, here.
Sir Cha. Damn your conceit, Jack! I can Young Cla. I beg your pardon for that, my bear it no louger. dear uncle.
Heart. I am very sorry to find that any young [Takes out a pocket looking-glass. lady, so near and dear to me, should bestow her Sir Cha. I wonder what the devil is coine to heart where there is so little prospect of its bethe young fellows of this age, neighbour Heartly? ing valued as it ought. However, I shall not opWhy, a fine woman has no effect upon them- pose my authority to her inclinations; and so Is there no method to make them less fond of Who waits there? theinselves, and more mindful of the ladies? Heart. I know but of one, Sir Charles.
Enter Servant. Sir Cha. Ay; what's that?
Let the young lady know that I shall attend her Heart. Why, to break all the looking-glasses commands in the library.- Exit Serrant.in the kingdom..
Will you excuse me, gentlemen ? [Pointing to Young Clackit. | Sir Cha. Ay, ay; we'll leave you to yourSir Chai. Ay, ay; they are such fops, so taken selves; and pray convince her, that I and my up with themselves ! Zounds, when I was young, nephew are, most sincerely, her very humble serand in love
vants. Young Cla. You were a prodigious fine sight, Young Cla. O yes; you may depend upon to be sure!
me. Heart. Look ye, Mr. Clackit, if Miss Harriet's Heart. A very slender dependence, traly! affections declare for you, she must not be treat
[Aside. Erit. ed with neglect or disdain-Nor could I bear it, Young Cla. We'll be with you again, to know sir. Any man inust be proud of her partiality to what your tête-a-tête produces; and, in the mean him; and he must be fashionably insensible, in- time, I am hers and yours- adieu-Come, deed, who would not make it his darling care to uncle. Fal, lal, la, la! defend, from every inquietude, the most delicate Sir Cha. I could knock him down with pleaand tender of her sex.
Aside. Sir Cha. Most nobly and warmly said, Mr.
(Ercunt. Heartly! Co to her, nephew, directly. Throw
SCENE I.-A Library.
I left you so abruptly without making an apo
logy? Enter HEARTLY, speaking to a Servant. Heart. I am angry that you think an apology, Heart. Tell Miss Harriet that I am here, If necessary. The matter we were upon was of she is indisposed, I will wait upon her in her own such a delicate nature, that I was more pleased room. [Erit Sertant.] However mysterious her with your confusion, than I should have been conduct appears to me, yet still it is to be decy- with your excuses. You'll pardon me, my phered. This young gentleman has certainly dear. touched her. There are some objections to him, Miss Har. I have reflected, that the person for and among so many young men of fashion that whom I have conceived the most tender regard, fall in her way, she certainly might have made may, from the wisest motives, doubt of my pasa better choice. She has an understanding to sion; and, therefore, I would endeavour to anbe sensible of this : and, if I am not mistaken, swer all his objections, and convince him how it is a struggle between her reason and her pas- deserving he is of my highest esteem. sion, that occasions all this confusion. But here | Heart. I have not yet apprehended what kind she is.
of dispute could arise between you and Mr.
Clackit : I would advise you both to come to a Enter Miss Harriet.
reconciliation as soon as possible. The law of Miss Har. I hope you are not angry, sir, that nature is an imperious one, and cannot, like
those of our country, be easily evaded ; and Heart. Do you think, my dear, that he is though reason may suggest some disagreeable re much troubled with these qualities? flections, yet when the stroke is to be given, we Miss Hur. Pray indulge me, sir. must submit to it.
Miss Har. He still continues in his error, and Heart. I beg your pardon. Your humility I cannot undeceive him.
Aside, and modesty will not suffer you to perceive it.' Heart, Shall I take the liberty of telling you,
Take the liberty of telling von Writes.] Šo. my dear. ( Taking her hand.) You tremble, Har
Miss Mar. • Every thing tells you, that it is riet! What is the matter with you?
you that I love. Miss Har. Nothing, sir. Pray, go on.
Heart. Very well. Heart. I guess whence proceeds all your un
Miss Flar. Yes : you that I love; do you uneasiness. You fear that the world will not be dersiand mea so readily convinced of this young gentleman's
1. Heart. O, yes, yes! I understand you~that merit as you are: and, indeed, I could wish it is you that I love. This is very plain, my him more deserving of you, but your regard dear for him gives him a merit he otherwise would have wanted, and almost makes me blind to his! Miss Har. I would have it so." And though frailties.
I am already bound in gratitude to you’Miss Har. And would you advise me, sir, to make choice of this young gentleman?
Heart. In gratitude to Mr. Clackit? Heart. I would advise you, as I always have
Miss Har. Pray, write, sir. doue, to consult your own heart upon such an
Heart. Well In gratitude to you.'occasion.
Miss Har. If that is your advice, I will most Writes.] I must write what she would have me. religiously follow it; and, for the last time, I
[Aside. am resolved to discover my real sentiments; bat, as a confession of this kind will not be- Miss lar. " Yet my passion is a most disincome me, I have been thinking of some interested one.'Docent stratagem to spare my blushes, and in Heart." Most disinterested one. [Writes. part to relieve me from the shame of a de- Miss Har. ' And to convince you, that you claration. Might I be permitted to write to owe much more to my affections Heart. I think you may, my dear, without
Heart. And, then? the least offence to your delicacy! And, in Miss Har. ' I could wish that I had not erdeed, you ought to explain yourself; your late perienced misunderstanding makes it absolutely neces- | Hart. Stay, stay:' Had not experiencedsary. Miss Har. Will you be kind enough to assist
Miss Har. " Your tender care of me in my me? Will you write for me, sir?
infancy'Heart. Oh, most willingly! And as I am made a party, it will remove all objections. Miss Har: I will dictate to you in the best
| Heart. [Disturbed.] What did you say? Did manner I am able.
I hear right, or am I in a dream? Aside. Heurt. And here is pen, ink, and paper, to
Miss Har. Why have I declared myself? obey your commands. Draws the table. | He'll hate me for my folly.
[Aside. Miss Har. How my heart beats ! I fear I Heart. Harriet! Cannot go through it.
Miss Har. Sir! Heart. Now, my dear, I am ready. Don't be
| Heart. To whom do you write this letter? disturbed. He is certainly a man of family;
Miss Har. Toto- Mr. Clackit and though he has some little faults, time, and is
is it not? your virtues, will correct them. Come, what
Heart. You must not mention then the care shall I write?
[Preparing to write.
of your infancy; it would be ridiculous. Miss Har. Pray, give me a moment's thought.
| Miss Har. It would indeed; I own it; it is Tis a terrible task, Mr. Heartly.
improper. Heart. I know it is. Don't hurry yourrelf:
Heart. What, did it escape you in your conI shall wait with patience. Come, Miss Har
Miss Har. It did, indced.
Heart. What must I put in its place? Miss Har. [Dictating. It is in vain for me Miss Har. Indeed I don't know. I have lo conceal from one of your understanding the said more than enough to make myself undersecrets of my heart.'
stood. Heart. The secrets of my heart.!
Heart. Then, I'll only finish your letter with
[Writing the usual compliment, and send it away. Miss Har." Though your humility and mo Miss Har. Yes; send it away; if you think I desty will not suffer you to perceive it,' ought to send it.
Lucy. That she had a most mortal antipathy) Sir Cha. Do you hear the puppy? [TO Lucy. for the young men of this age; and that she had Heart. It is time to clear up all mistakes. settled her affections upon one of riper years, Sir Cha. Now for it. and riper understanding.
Heart. Miss Harriet, sir, was not destined for Sir Cha. Indeed!
Lucy. And that she expected from a lover in Young Cla. What do you say, sir. his autumn, more affection, more complaisance, Heurt. That the young lady has fixed her afmore constancy, and more discretion of course. | fections upon another! Heart. This is very particular.
Young Cla. Upon another? Sir Cha. Ay, but it is very prudent for all Sir Cha. Yes, sir, another: That is English, that.
sir; and you may translate it into French, if you Lucy. In short, as she had openly declared like it better. against the nephew, I took upon ie to speak of Young Cla. Vous êtes bien drole, mon oncle. his uncle.
-Ha, ha! Sir Cha. Of ine, child?
Sir Cha. Ay, ay, show your teeth, you have Lucy. Yes, of you, sir- And she did not nothing else for it. But she has fixed her lieart say me nay, but cast such a look, and fetched upon another, I tell you. such a sigh, that if ever I looked, and sighed in Young Cla. Very well, sir; extremely well. my life, I know how it is with her.
| Sir Cha. And that other, sir, is one to whom Sir Cha. What the devil! Why, surely-Eh, you owe great respect. Lucy? You joke for certain. Mr. Heartly! Eh Young Cla. I am his most respectful humble
Lucy. Indeed I do not, sir. 'Twas in vain servant. for me to say, that nothing could be so ridicu- Sir Cha. You are a fine youth, my sweet nefons as such a choice. Nay, sir, I went a little phew, to tell me a story of a cock and a bull, of fartber (you'll excuse me), and told her-Good you and the young lady, when you have no more God, madam! said I, why, he is old and gouty, interest in her than the czar of Muscovy. asthmatic, rheumatic, sciatic, spleen-atic- It Young Cla. [Smiling.] But, my dear uncle, signified nothing; she had determined.
don't carry this jest too far-I shall begin to be Sir Cha. But you need not have told her all uneasy. that.
Sir Cha. Ay, ay; I know your vanity : You Heart. I am persuaded, Sir Charles, that a think now, that the women are all for you young good heart and a good mind will prevail more fellows. with that young lady, than the most fashionable Young Cla, Nine hundred and ninety-nine in accomplishments.
| a thousand, I believe, uncle: Ha, ha, ha! Sir Cha. I'll tell you what, neighbour, I have Sir Cha. You'll make a damned foolish figure bad my days, and have been well received among | by and by, Jack! the ladies, I have. But, in truth, I am rather in Young Cla. Whoever my precious rival is, he my winter, than my autumn; she must mean must prepare himself for a little humility; for somebody else. Now I think again, it can't be be he ever so mighty, my dear uncle, I have that mne. No, no; it can't be me
in my pocket will lower his top-sails for him. Lucy. But I tell you it is, sir. You are the
[Searching his pockets. man. Her stars bave decreed it; and what they! Sir Cha. Well, what's that? decree, though ever so ridiculous, must come to Young Cla. A fourteen pounder only, my good pass.
uncle-A letter from the lady. Sir Cha. Say you so? Why, then, monsieur
[Takes it out of his pocket-book. nephew, I shall have a little laugh with you, ha, Sir Cha. What, to you? ha, ha!' The tit bit is not for you, my nice sir. Young Cla. To me, sir-This moment reYour betters must be served before you. But ceived, and overflowing with the tenderest sénhere he comes. Not a word, for your life. We'll timents. laugh at him most triumphantly, ha, ha! but Sir Cha. To you! mum, mum.
Young Cla. Most undoubcedly. She reproaches
me with my excessive modesty. There can be no Enter Young CLACKIT.
Sir Cha. What letter is this he chatters about? [Music plays without.)
[To HEARTLY. Young Cla. That will do most divinely well!! Heart. One written by me, and dictated by Bravo! bravo ! Messieurs Vocal and Instrumen- the young lady. tal! Stay in that chamber, and I will let you Sir Chu. What! sent by her to him? know the time for your appearance. (To the Heart. I believe so. Musicians. 1-Meeting, by accident, with some Sir Cha. Well, but then-How the devil artists of the string, and niy particular friends, Mrs. Lucy!--Eh What becomes of your fine I have brought them to celebrate Miss Har- story? riet's and my approaching happiness.
Lucy. I don't understand it. [To HEARTLY. Sir Cha. Nor I!