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one glance, I became the willing captive of her |
Enter Mrs. Harlow. beauty
Mr. Har. A very candid declaration, sir !! Mrs. Har. Sir, your servantHow can this be? The bloom has been off the Cle. Madam!"
[Bows respectfully. peach any time these fifteen years, to my know- Mrs. Har. I thought Mr. Harlow was bere, ledge-[Aside. ]—You see my sister with a fa-sir. vourable eye, sir.
Cle. Madam, he is but just gone- how a Cle. A favourable eye! He must greatly want single glance of her eye over-awes me! [Aside. discernment, who has not a quick perception of Mrs. Har. I wonder he would leave you her merit.
alone, sir that is not so polite in his own Mr. Tlar. You do her a great deal of honour house
but this affair is it not somewhat sidden, Cle. How her modesty throws a veil over her sir?
inclinations ! my tongue faulters ! I cannot speak Cle. I grant it; you may, indeed, be surprised to her.
Aside. at it, sir; nor should I have been hardy enough Mrs. Har. He seems in confusion-a pretty to make any overtures to you, as least yet a man, too! That this should be my sister's luck! while, if she herself had not condescended to lis
Aside, ten to my passion, and authorised me, under her Cle. Madam!
[Embarrassed. own fair hand, to apply to her brother for his Mrs. Har. I imagine you have been talking consent
to him on the subject of the letter you sent this Mr. Har. I shall be very ready, sir, to give morningmy approbation to my sister's happiness.
Cle. Madam, I have presumed to Cle. No doubt you will; but let me not che- Mrs. Har. Well, sir! and he has no objecrish an upavailing fame, a flame that already tion, I hope? lights up all my tenderest passions.
Cle. She, hopes! Heavens bless her for the Mr. Har. To you, sir, there can be no excep-word! (Aside.] Madam, hic bas frankly consenttion : I am not altogether a stranger to your faced, if his sister will do me that honourmily and fortune-Xis language is warm, consi- Miss Har. For his sister, I think I may ven. dering my sister's age'; but I won't hurt her pre- ture to answer, sir ferinent- Aside. You will pardon me, sir, one Cle. Generous, generous creature! thing; you are very young
Mrs. Har. You are sure, sir, of Miss Harlow's Cle. Sir, I am almost three and twenty. admiration, and the whole family hold themMr. Har. But have you consulted your friends? selves much obliged to you—
Cle. I have; my uncle, Mr. Heartwell, who Cle. Madain, this extreme condescension has proposes to leave me a very handsome addition added rapture to the sentiments I felt before;to my fortune, which is considerable already, and it shall be the endeavour of my life to prore he, sir
deserving of the amiable object I have dared to Mr. Har. Well, sir, if he has no objection, I aspire to can have none.
| Mrs. Har. Sir, I make no doubt of your sin. Cle. He has none, sir; he has given his con- cerity-I have already declared my sentimentssent; he desires me to lose no time; I will you know Mr. Harlow's; and, if my sister is wil. bring him to pay you a visit; he rejoices in my ling, nothing will be wanting to conclude this choice-you shall have it out of his own mouth business-If no difficulties arise from her, for her -naine your hour, and he shall attend you temper is uncertain- as to my consent, sir,
Mr. Har. Any time to-day; I shall stay at your air, your manner, have commanded it home on purpose.
Sir, your most obedient- I'll send my sister to Cle. In the evening I will conduct him hither; you
(Erit. in the mean time, I feel an attachment here Cle. Madam, [Bowing. ] I shall endeavour to the lady, sir
| repay this goodness with excess of gratitude Mr. Hur. Oh! you want to see my sister? I on, she is an angel! and yet, stupid that I am, will send her to you, sir, this instant. I beg your I could not give vent to the tenderness I have pardon for leaving you alone; ha, ha! who within-it is ever so with sincere and generous could have thought of her making a conquest at love; it fills the heart with rapture, and then last !
[Erit Me. Harlow. denies the power of uttering what we so exquiCle. Sir your most obedient,-now, Clerimont, sitely feel. Generous Miss Harlow ! who could now your beart may rest content- your doubts thus see through my confusion, interpret all ap and fears may all subside, and joy and rapture pearances favourably, and with a dignity superitake their place-Miss Harlow shall be mine- or to her sex's little arts, forego the idle ceremon she receives my vows; she approves my passion. nies of coquetting, teazing, and tormenting her (Sings and dances.) Soft! here she comes-Her admirer ! I hear somebody. Oh! bere coines very appearance controuls my wildest hopes, and Mrs. Harlow- bat a gloom sits upon hushes my proud heart into respect and silent her features! She assumes authority here, I admiration
find; but I'll endeavour by insinuation and re spect
Enter Miss Harlow.
derstanding, I warrant her; [ Aside.) but let me
intreat you, madam, to do justice to my prinMiss Har. My sister has told me, sir ciples, and believe me a sincere, a generous Cle. Madam
Bowing cheerfully. lover. Miss Har. He is a sweet figure Aside. Miss Har. Sir, I will frankly own that I have
Cle. She rather looks like Miss Harlow's mo- been trying you all this time, and from hencether than her sister-in-law
Aside. forth all doubts are banished Miss Har. He seems abashed; his respect is Cle. Your words recal me to new life; I shall the cause. (Aside. My sister told me, sir, that for ever study to merit this goodness; but your you was bere. I beg pardon for making you
| fair sister-do you think I can depend upon her wait so long
consent? May I flatter myself she will not Cle. Oh, madam! [Bows.] the gloom disap-change her mind? pears from her face, but the lines of ill-nature Miss Har. My sister cannot be insensible of remain
Aside. the honour you do us all; and, sir, as far as I Miss Har. I see he loves me by his confu- can act with propriety in the affair, I will endeasion; I'll cheer him with affability. Aside. Sir, vour to keep them all inclined to favour youthe letter you was pleased to send, my sister has Cle. Madam!
Bows. seen and
Miss Har. You have an interest in my breast Cle. And has assured me that she has no ob- that will be busy for you jection
Cle. I am eternally devoted to you, madamMiss Har. I am glad of that, sir- I was
Miss Har. How modest, and yet how expresCle. No, madam, she has pone-and Mr. Har- sive he is!
[Aside. low, I have seen him too- he has honoured Cle. Madam, I shall be for ever sensible of me with his consent N ow, madam, the only this extreme condescension, and shall think no doubt remains with you; may I be permitted to pains too great to prove the gratitude and es
teem I bear you I beg my compliments to Miss Har. Sir, you appear like a gentleman, Mr. Harlow, and I shall be here with my uncle and
in the evening—as early as possible I shall come; Cle. Madam, believe me, never was love my respects to your sister, madam; and pray, more sincere, more justly founded on esteem, or madan), kecp her in my interest. Madam, your kindled into higher admiration.
most obedient-I have managed the motherly Miss Hur. Sir, with the rest of the family, I lady finely, I think. [Aside.] Madam! hold myself much obliged to you, and
[Bows and Erit, Cle. Obliged ! 'tis I that am obliged— there Miss Har. What will my sister say now? I is no merit on my side--it is the consequence of shall hear no more of her taunts—A malicious inpressions made upon my heart; and what thing! I fancy she now sees that your giddy heart can resist such beauty, such various gra- flirts are not always the highest beauties S et
her up, indeed! Had she but heard him, the Miss Har. Sir, I am afraid I wish my sister dear man ! what swect things he said! and wbat heard him. ( Aside. Sir, I am afraid you are la- sweet things he looked vish of your praise; and the short date of your love, sir
Enter Mrs. Harlow. Cle. It will burn with unabating ardour; the same charms, that first inspired it, will for everMrs. Har. Well, sister ! how ! what does he cherish it, and add new fuel-But I presume say? you hold this style to try my sincerity-I see Miss Har. Say, sister ! Every thing that is that's your aim: but could you read the feelings charming-he is the prettiest man! of my heart, you would not thus cruelly keep me Mrs. Har. Well, I am glad of it! but all is in suspense.
well that ends wellMiss Har. Heavens! if my sister saw my Miss Har. Envy, sister ! Envy, and downpower over him! (Aside.] A little suspence can- right malice! Oh, had you heard all the tender not be deemed unreasonable; marriage is an things he uttered, and with what ectasy, too : important affair-an affair for life ; and some what tenderness! what delight restrained by mocaution you will allow necessary
desty ! Cle. Madam! (Disconcerted.] oh, I dread the Mrs. Har. I don't know, though; there is sourness of her look!
[Aside. something odd in it still Miss Har. I cannot help observing, sir, that Miss Har. Oh, I don't doubt but you will say you dwell chiefly on articles of external and su- so ! but you will find I have beauty enough left perficial merit ; whereas the more valuable qua- to make some noise in the world still. The lities of the mind, produce good seose, a well-men, sister, are the best judges of female beauregulated conduct
ty-Don't concern yourself about it, sister.Cle. Oh, madam! I am not inattentive to those Leave it all to them
, matters- Oh! she has a notable household un- Mrs. Har. But only think of a lover, you
I saw but once, at Ranelagh
Miss Har. Very true! but even then, I saw
Enter Sertant, what work I made in his heart-Oh! I am in raptures with him, and he is in raptures with Ser. Dinner is served, sir. me! [Sings.]
Mr. Har. Very well! come, sister, I give you
joy: let us in to dinner. Yes, I'll have a husband, ay marry, 8c.
| Miss Har. Oh, vulgar! I can't eat: I must
I go and dress my head over again, and do a thouEnter Mr. Harlow.
sand things; for I am deterinined I'll look this
| afternoon as well as ever I can. Mr. Har. So, sister! how stands matters
Mrs. Har. Is not all this amazing, my dear! now?
Her head is turned ! Miss Har. As I could wish ; I shall no more be a trouble to you ; he has declared himself in it; don't you say any thing; let her get married the most warm and vehement manner-Though I if she can; I am sure I shall rejoice at it my sister has her doubts-she is a good friend
Mrs. Hur. And, upon my word, my dear, so she is afraid of my success
shall I; and, if I interfere, it is purely out of Mrs. Har. Pray, sister, don't think so meanly of me--I understand that sneer, madam
Mr. Har. But be advised by me; say no more Miss Har. And I understand you too, ma-l to her. If the atfair goes on, we shall fairly get dam
rid of her. Her peevish humours, and her maiMr. Har. Come, come, I desire we may have den temper, are become insupportable. Come, no quarrelling; you two are always wrangling; let us in to dinner. If Mr. Clerimont marries but when you are separated, it is to be hoped her, which, indeed, will be odd enough, we shall you will then be more amicable. Things are then enjoy a little peace and quiet. now in a fair way; though, sister, let me tell
[Erit MR. HARLOW. you I am afraid our India friend will think him-1 Mrs. Har. What in the world could the man self ill-treated.
see in her? Oh ! he will repent his bargain in a Mrs. Har. That's what I fear, too; that's my
week or a fortnight; that I am sure he will-she reason for speaking
is gone to dress now! ha, ha! Miss Har. O, never throw away å thought on him! Mr. Clerimont has my heart; and now I Oh, how she rolls her pretty eyes in spite, think I am settled for life! Sister-I love to And looks delightfully with all her might! plague ber-now, I think, I am settled for life! for life ! for life, my dear sister!
Ha, ha ! delightfully she will look, indeed!
SCENE 1.-Anti-room in MR. HARLOW's an extraordinary affair; I cant coinprehend it, House.
sir. Here is a letter with your sister's name
Look at it, sir-Is that her hand-writing? Enter Capt. Cape, and a Servant.
| Mr. Hur. Yes, sir : I take it to be her writSer. Yes, sir, my master is at home; he has
ing. just done dinner, sir.
Capt. Cape. And do you know the contents?
Mr. Har. I can't say I have read it; butCapt. Cape. Very well, then; tell him I would
Capt. Cape. But you know the purport of it? speak a word with him.
Mr. Hur. Partly. Ser. I beg pardon, sir; I am but a stranger in the family ; who shall I say?
| Capt. Cape, You do? and is not it base treat
ment, sir?-is it not unwarrantable?-can you Capt. Cape. Captain Cape, tell him. Ser. Yes, sir.
justify her? Capt. Cape. I can hardly believe my own
| Mr. Har. For my part, I leave women to eyes ! 'Sdeath! I am almost inclined to chink this
| manage their own affairs; I am not fond of inletter, signed with Miss Harlow's name, a mere
termeddling forgery by some enemy, to drive me into an ex
Capt. Cape. But, sir, let me ask you—Was cess of passion, and so injure us both; I don't
not every thing agreed upon? Are not the writknow what to say to it.
ings now in the lawyer's hands? Was not next
week fixed for our wedding ? Enter Mr. Harlow.
Mr. Har. I understood it so.
Capt. Cape. Very well, then; and see how Cupt. Cape. Sir, I have waited on you about she treats me! She writes me here, in a con
temptuous manner, that she recalls her promise;) Miss Har. Every syllable: therefore, take it was rashly givcn; she has thought better of it; / your answer, sir, aud a truce with your importushe will listen to me no more ; she is going to nity. dispose of herself to a gentleman with whom she Capt. Cape. Very well, madam; very well ; can be happy for life and I desire to see you your humble servant, madam-I promise you, no more, sir! There, that's free and easy, is not inadam, I can repay this scoru with scorn; with it? What do you say to that?
tenfold scorn, madam, such as this treatment deMr. Hur. Why, really, sir, it is not my affair; serves—that's all-I say no more your servant, I have nothing to say to it.
madam; but let me ask you, is this a just return Capt. Cape. Nothing to say to it! Sir, I ima- for all the attendance I have paid you these gined I was dealing with people of honour! three years past?
Mr. Har. You have been dealing with a wo Miss Har. Perfectly just, sir. Three years! man; and, you know
how could you be a dangler so long? I told you Capt. Caje. Yes, I know-I kuow the trca what it would come to; can you think, that raichery of the sex !--Who is this gentleman, sing a woman's expectations, and tiring her out
of all patience, is the way to make sure of her at Mr. Har. His name is Clerimont-they have last? you ought to have been a brisker lover; fixed the affair among themselves, and amongst you ought, indeed, sir! I am now contracted to them be it for me.
another, and so there is an end of every thing Capt. Cape. Very fine! mighty fine! is Miss between us. Harlow at home, sir?
Capt. Cape. Very well, madam-and yet, I Mr. Har. She is; and here she comes, too! can't bear to be despised by her-and, can you,
Capt. Cupe. Very well! let me hear it from Miss Harlow, can you find it in your heart to herself, that's all; I desire to hear her speak for treat me with this disdain? have you no comherself.
passion? Mr. Har. With all my heart. I'll leave you Miss Har. No; positively, none, sir; none, together-you know, captain, I was never fond none. of being concerned in those things. (Erit. Capt. Cape. Your own Capt. Cape, whom Enter Miss Harlow.
Miss Har. Whom I despise!
Capt. Cape. Whom you have so often eneouMiss Har. Capt. Cape ! this is mighty odd-raged to adore you ! I thought, sir, I desired
Miss Har. Pray, sir, don't touch my hand ; I Capt. Cupe. Madam, I acknowledge the re- am now the property of another! ceipt of your letter; and, madam, the usage is Cape. Cape. Can't you still break off with so extraordinary, that I bold myself excusable if him? I refuse to comply with the terms you impose Miss Har. No, sir, I can't, I won't, I love upon me,
hiin; and, sir, if you are a man of honour, Miss Har. Sir, I really wonder what you can you will speak to me no more ; desist, sir! for mean?
if you don't, my brother shall tell you of it, Capt. Cape. Mistake me not, madam; I am sir, and to-morrow Mr. Clerimont shalt tell you not come to whimper or to whine, and to make of it. a puppy of myself again; madam, that is all! Capt. Cape. Mr. Clerimont, madam, shall blown over.
fight ine for daringMiss Har. Well, then, there is no harm done, Miss Har. Avd must I fight you, too, most and you will survive this, I hope.
noble, valiant captain? Capt. Cupe. Survive it!
Capt. Cape. Laughed at too! Miss Har. Yes, you won't grow desperate, I Miss Har. What a passion you are in ! I can't hope? Suppose you were to order soniebody to bear to see a man in such a passion-Oh! I have take care of you, because you know fits of des- a happy riddance of you; the violence of vour pair are sudden, and you may rashly do yourself temper is dreadful; I won't stay a moment lona mischief-don't do any such thing; I beg you ger with you; you frighten me; you have your won't
answer; and so your servant, sir. Capt. Cape. This insult, madam !--Do myself
[Erit Miss HAR. a mischief!-Madam, don't flatter yourself that Capt. Cape. Ay! she is gone off like a fury; it is in your power to make me unhappy; it is and the furies catch her, say I! I will never put not vexation brings me hither, I assure you. up with this; I will find out this Mr. Clerimont,
Miss Har. Then let vexation take you away; and he shall be accountable to ine; Mr. Harlow, we were never designed for one another! too, shall be accountable to me.
Capt. Cape. My amazement brings me hither!- amazement, that any woman can be
Enter Mr. and Mrs. Harlow. have-but I don't want to upbraid: I only come to ask-for I can hardly as yet believe i l Mr. Harlow, I am used very ill here, sir, by all only come to ask if I am to credit this pretty of you; and, sir, let me tell you epistle?
Mr. Har. Nay, don't be angry with me, sir! Il Mr. Har. No, sir; he continues in the same was not to marry you.
mind. Capt. Cape. But, sir, I can't help being angry ;l Cle. And your sister? I tremble with doubt I must be angry; and, let me tell you, you don't and fear! she does not surely recede from the behave like a gentleman!
sentiments she flattered me with? Mrs. Har. How can Mr. Harlow help it, sir, Miss Har. Why, there, indeed, I can't say if my sister
much--she Mr. Har. You are too warm; you are in- Cle. How? deed, sir; let us both talk this matter over a Miss Har, She-I don't know what to make bottle.
of her. Capt. Cape. No, sir; no bottle; over a can- Cle. Oh! I am on the rack! in pity do not non, if you will.
torture me! · Mrs. Har. Mercy on me, sir! I beg you won't Miss Har. How tremblingly solicitous he is! talk in that terrible manner; you frighten me, | Oh! I have made a sure conquest ! (Aside.) sir.
Why, she, sir! Mr. Har. Be you quiet, my dear-Captain Cle. Ay!
[ Disconcerted. Cape, I beg you will just step into that room Miss Har. She does not seem entirely to ap with me; and if, in the dispatching one bottle, I prove. don't acquit myself of all sinister dealing, why, Cle. You kill me with despair. then-come, come, be a little moderate; you! Miss Har. Oh! he is deeply smitten. Aside. shall step with me; I'll take it as a favour; She thinks another match would suit better, come, come, you must.
Cle. Another match! Capt. Cape. I always found you a gentle Miss Har. Yes, another; an India captain, man, Mr. Harlow; and so, with all my heart; who has made his proposals; but I shall take I don't care if I do talk tbe matter over with care to see him dismissed. you.
Cle. Will you? Mr. Har. Sir, I am obliged to you; I'll shew Miss Har. I promise you I will —though he you the way.
runs much in my sister's head, and she has taken Exeunt Mr. Har. and Capt. Cape. pains to bring my other relations over to her opiMrs. Har. It is just as I foresaw; my sister nion. was sure of him, and now is she going to break Cle. Oh ! cruel, cruel!-I could not have eroff for a young man that will despise her in a pected that from her-but has she fixed her little time; I wish she would have Captain heart upon a match with this other gentleman Cape!
Miss Har. Why, truly, I think she has-bat
my will in this affair must be, and shall be, Enter Miss Harlow.
Cle. And so it ought, madam—your long acMiss Har. Is he gone, sister?
quaintance with the world, madamMrs. Har. No; and here is the deuce and all! Miss Har. Long acquaintance, sir! I have but to do; he is for fighting every body. Upon my a few years experience only word, you are wrong; you don't behave genteel Cle. That is, your good sense, madam-oh! ly in the affair.
confound my tongue! how that slipt from me. Miss Har. Genteelly! I like that notion pro- [Aside. 1—your good sense your early good digiously ! an't I going to marry genteelly? sense-and-and-inclination should be cou
Mrs. Har. Well, follow your own inclina-sulted. tions; I won't intermeddle any more, I pro-! Miss Har. And they shall, sir-hark! I hear mise you; I'll step into the parlour, and see her-I'll tell you what I'll leave you this opwhat they are about. (Exit Mrs. Har. I portupity to speak to her once more, and try to
Miss Har. As you please, madam. I see win her over by persuasion-It will make things plainly the ill-natured thing can't bear my suc- easy, if you can-I am gone, sir. cess. Heavens! here comes Mr. Clerimont !
[Curtsies affectedly, end erit.
Cle. The happiness of my life will be owing Enter Mr. CLERIMONT.
Ito you, madam-The woman is really better
natured than I thought she was- She comes ! Miss Har. You are earlier than I expected, the lovely tyrant comes! sir. Cle. I have fown, madam, upon the wings of
Enter Mrs. HARLOW. Jove; I have seen my uncle, and he will be here! within this half hour; every thing succeeds to my Cle. She triumphs in her cruelty, and I am wishes with him! I hope there is no alteration ruined here, madam, since I saw you?
Mrs. Har. You seem afflicted, sir-I hope no Miss Har. Nothing that signifies, sir. misfortune
Cle. You alarm me! Mr. Harlow has not Cle. The severest misfortune you have changed his mind, I hope?
| broke my heart