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Mrs Strict. Ha! if he is there, there may be a breath. I know not what to say; I am quite hopes; and it is worth the trying.
| ashamed of my last night's behaviour. Luc. Dear lady, let me call a chair.
Jac. Come, come, Clarinda, it is all well; all Mrs Strict. I go with you. I cannot be more is over, and forgot. Mr Bellamy (Salute. wretched than I am.
[Ereunt. Cla. I wish you joy, sir, with all my heart,
and should have been very sorry if any folly of SCENE II.-A room in Jack MEGGOT's house.
mine had prevented it.
Bel. Madam, I am obliged to you. Enter FRANKLY, RANGER, BELLAMY, JACINTHA,
Cla. I see nothing of Mr Frankly! my mind and Jack Meggot.
Aside. misgives me.
Ran. And so, you came hither purely out of Frank. Oh, Ranger, this is news indeed! your friendship, good-nature, and humility? cousin, and a lady of such fortune!
Cla. Purely. Ran. I have done the business for you: I tell Ran. To confess your offences, to beg pardon, you she's your own. She loves you.
| and to make reparation ? Frank. You make my heart dance with joy ! Cla. Purely." Is this any thing so extraordiWords are too faint to tell the joy I feel !
Ran. I have put that heart of hers into such J. Meg. The most so of any thing in life, I a flutter, that I'll lay a hundred guineas, with the think. assistance which this lady has promised me, I fix Ran. A very whimsical business for so fine a her yours directly.
lady! and an errand you seldom went on before, Jac. Ay, ay, Mr Frankly, we have a design I fancy, my dear cousin ? upon her which cannot fail. But you must obey Jac. Never, I dare swear, if I may judge by orders.
the awkward concern she shews in delivering it. Frank. Most willingly: but remember, dear Cla. Concern ! Lard! well, I protest, you are lady, I have more than life at stake.
all exceeding pretty company! Being settled for Jac. Away, then, into the next room ; for she life, Jacintha, gives an easc to the mind that is, this instant coming hither.
brightens conversation strangely. Frank. Hither! you surprise me more and Jac. I am sorry, with all my heart, you are more.
| not in the same condition; for, as you are, my Jac. Here is a message from her, by which she dear, you are horridly chagriné. desires leave to wait on me this afternoon.
Ran. But with a little of our help, madam, Ran. Only for the chance of seeing you here, the lady may recover, and be very good comI assure ye.
pany. Frank. Let me bug thee; though I know not cla. Hum! What does he mean, Mr Belhow to believe it.
lamy? Ran. Psha! prithee don't stifle me! It is a Bel. Ask him, madam. busy day, a very busy day.
Cla. Indeed, I shall not give myself the trouJ. Meg. Thou art the most unaccountable ble. creature in life.
Jac. Then, you know what he means? Ran. But the most lucky one, Jack, if I suc- Cla. Something impertinent, I suppose, not ceed for Frankly as I have for Bellamy; and my worth explaining. heart whispers me I shall. Come in, most noble Jac. It is something you won't let him explain, Mr Buckle ! and what have you to propose ?
Enter Buckle, and whispers Meggot. Buc. A lady, madam, in a chair, says her J. Meg. Very well. Desire hiin to walk into name is Clarinda.
the parlour. Madam, the gentleman is below. Jac. Desire her to walk up.
Jac. Then every one to your posts. You know Bel. How could you let her" wait? (Erit your cues ? BUCKLE.) You must excuse him, madam; Buckle Ran. I warrant ye. (Ereunt Gentlemen. is a true bachelor's servant, and knows no man-1 Cla. All gone! I am glad of it, for I want to ners.
speak to you. Jac. Away, away, Mr Frankly, and stay till 1 Jac. And I, my dear Clarinda, have something call you. A rap with my fan shall be the signal. which I do not know how to tell you : but it [Erit FRANKLY.] We make very free with your inust be known sooner or latter. house, Mr Meggot.
Cla. What's the matter?
Cla. You fright me out of iny senses !
Jac. Has no wounds but what you can cure. · Cla. Dear Mrs Bellamy, pity my confusion.fla, ha, ha!. I am to wish you joy, and ask you pardon, all in Cla. Psha! I am angry.
Jac. Psha! You are pleased; and will be more Frank. Not in my opinion, I assure yon, mage so, when I tell you, this man, wbom fortune has dam; and I am now going to put it to tbe tria thrown in your way, is, in rank and temper, the Cla. What is he going to say, now? [Asse. man in the world who suits you best for a hus- Frank. What is it that ails me, that I Can band.
speak? Psha! he here! Cla. Husband! I say, husband, indeed! Where will this end?
Enter RaxGER. Jac. His very soul is yours; and he only waits | Interrupted ! impertinent! an opportunity of telling you so. He is in the Ran. There is no sight so ridiculous as a pair next rooin. Shall I call him in ?
of your true lovers. Here are you two now, bome Cla. My dear girl; hold!
and cringing, and keeping a passion secret fra Jac. How foolish is this coyness now, Clarinda! one another, that is no secret to all the house beIf the men were here, indeed, something might side. And, if you don't make up the matter be said- And so, Mr Prankly
mediately, it will be all over the town withs Cla. How can you be so teasing?
these two hours. Jac. Nay, I ain in downright earnest: and, to Cla. What do you mean? shew how particular I have been in my inquiries, Frank, Rangerthough I know you have a spirit above regarding Ran. Do you be quiet, can't ye? (Aside.] Bat the modish, paltry way of a Smithfield bargain it is over, I suppose, cousin, and you have giren his fortune
bim your consent. Cla. I don't care what his fortune is.
Cla. Sir, the liberties you are pleased to take Jac. Don't you so? Then you are farther gone with methan I thought you were.
Ran. Oh! in your airs still, are you? Why, Cla. No, psha! prithee, I don't mean so, nei- then, Mr Frankly, there is a certain letter at
yours, sir, to this ladyJac. I don't care what you mean: but you Cla. A letter to me! won't like him the worse, I hope, for having a Ran. Ay! to you, madam. fortune superior to your own? Now, shall I call Frank. Ha! what of that letter? him in?
Ran. It is only fallen into Mr Strictlands Cla. Pho, dear girl—Some other time. hands, that is all; and he has read it.
Jac. [Raps with her fan.] That's the signal, Frank. Read it! and here he is. You shall not stir: I positively Ran. Ay, read it to all his family at home, will leave you together. [Erit JACINTHA. and to all the company below : and if some stop Cla. I tremble all over!
be not put to it, it will be read in all the coffee
houses in town. Enter FRANKLY.
Frank. A stop! this sword shall put a stop to
it, or I will perish in the attempt. Frank. Pardon this freedom, madam : but I Ran. But will that sword put a stop to the hope our having so luckily met with a common talk of the town?- Only make it talk the fastfriend in Mrs Bellamy-
er, take my word for it. Cla. Sir!
Cla. This is all a trick. Frank. Makes any farther apology for my be Ran. A trick! Is it so? you shall soon see haviour last night absolutely unnecessary.
that, my fine cousin.
[Erit RaxGER. Cla. So far, Mr Frankly, that I think the apo Frank. It is but too true, I fear. There is logy should be rather on my side, for the imper- such a letter, which I gave Lucetta. Can you tinent bustle I made about her.
forgive me? Was I much to blame, when I Frank. This behaviour gives me hopes, ma- | could neither see nor hear of you? dam : pardon the construction—but, from the | Cla. [ Tenderly.) You give yourself, Mr Frankbustle you made about the lady, may I not hopely, a thousand times more uneasiness than you you was not quite indifferent about the gentle- need about me. man?
Frank. If this uneasiness but convinces you Cla. Ilave a care of being too sanguine in your how much I love you- Interrupted again! hopes : might not a love of power, or the satis- Cla. This is downright malice. [Aside. faction of shewing that power,or the dear pleasure of abusing that power; might not these have been
Enter Ranger, followed by Jacintha, Me foundation enough for more than what I did ?
STRICTLAND, BELLAMY, and MEGGOT. Frank. Charming woman! with most of your sex, I grant, they might; but not with you. What Ran. Enter, enter, gentlemeu and lady. Now ever power your beauty gives, your good-nature you shall see whether this is a trick or no. will allow you no other use of it than to oblige. Cla. Mr Strictland here! What is all this?
Cla. This is the height of compliment, Mr Jac. Do not be uneasy, my dear; we will exFrankly.
plain it to you.
Frank. I cannot bear this trifling, Ranger, ! Strict. Go on; I will defend you, let who will when my heart is on the rack.
resent it. Ran. Come this way, then, and learn.
Ran. Why, then, sir, I declare myself your (Jacintha, CLARINDA, FRANKLY, und Ran- friend : and, were I as you, nothing but their imGER, retire.)
mediate marriage should convince me. (MR STRICTLAND, BELLAMY, and MEGGOT, ad Strict. Sir, you're right, and are my friend invance.
deed. Give me your hand. Strict. Why, I know not well what to say. Ran. Nay, were I to hear her say, I, Clarinda, This has a face. This letter may as well agree take thee, Charles, I would not believe them, till with Clarinda, as with my wife, as you have told I saw them a-bed together. Now, resent it as the story; and Lucetta explained it so : but she, you will. for a sixpenny piece, would have construed it the Strict. Ay, sir, as you will: but nothing less other way.
shall convince me: and so, my fine lady, if you J. Meg. But, sir, if we produce this Mr Frank- are in earnestly to you, and he owns himself the author of this Cla. Sure, Mr Strictland letter
Strict. Nay, no flouncing; you cannot escape. Bel. And if Clarinda likewise be brought be- | Ran. Why, Frankly, hast no soul ? fore your face to encourage his addresses, there Frank. I pity her confusion, can be no farther room for doubt?
Ran. Pity ber confusion ! the man's a foolStrict. No. Let that appear, and I shall, I think | Here, take her hand. I shall, be satisfied—But yet it cannot be
Frank. Thus, on my knees, then let me ravish, Bel. Why not? Hear me, sir. (They talk. with your hand, your heart. (JACINTIA, CLARINDA, FRANKLY, and Ran Cla. Ravish it you cannot; for it is with all GER, advance.
my heart I give it you. Jac. In short, Clarinda, unless the affair is Strict. I am satisfied. made up directly, a separation, with all the Cla. And so am I, now it is once over. obloquy on her side, must be the consequence. Ran. And so am I, my dainty cousin; and I
Cla. Poor Mrs Strictland! I pity her : but, for wish you joy of a man your whole sex would go him, he deserves all he feels, were it ten times to cuffs for, if they knew him but half so well as I what it is.
do-Ha ! she's here; this is more than I bargainJac. It is for her sake only, that we beg of you ed for.
[Aside, both to bear his impertinence. Cla. With all my heart. You will do what
Jacintha leads in Mrs StricTLAND. you please with me.
Strict. (Embracing Mrs Strictland.)-MaFrank. Generous creature!
dam, reproach me not with iny folly, and you Strict. Ha ! here she is, and, with her, the very shall never hear of it again. man I saw deliver the letter to Lucetta. I do Mrs Strict, Reproach you ! No! If ever you begin to fear I have made myself a fool. Now hear the least reflection pass my lips, forsake me for the proof. Here is a letter, sir, which has in that instant: or, what would yet be worse, given me great disturbance, and these gentlemen suspect again. assure me, it was writ by you.
Strict. It is enough. I am ashamed to talk to Frank. That letter, sir, upon my honour, i thee. This letter, which I wrote to your brother, left this morning with Lucetta, for this lady. thus I tear in pieces, and, with it, part for ever
Strict. For that lady! and Frankly, the name | with my jealousy. at the bottom, is not feigned, but your real name? | Mrs Strict. This is a joy, indeed! As great as Frank. Frankly is my name.
unexpected. Yet there is one thing wanting, to Strict. I see, I feel myself ridiculous.
make it lasting. Jac. Now, Mr Strictland, I hope
Ran. What the devil is coming now?' (Aside. J. Meg. Ay, ay; a clear case.
Mrs Strict. Be assured, every other suspicion Strict. I ain satisfied, and will go this instant of me was as unjust as your last: though, perto Mrs Strictland.
| haps, you had more foundation for your fears. Ran. Why, then, the devil fetch me if this Ran. She wont tell, sure, for her own sake. would satisfy me!
[dside. Strict. What's that!
| Mrs Strict. All must be cleared, before my Ran. Nay, nothing; it is no affair of mine. heart will be at ease.' Bel. What do you mean, Ranger?
Ran. It looks plaguy like it, though! [Aside. Strict. Ay, what do you mean? I will know | Strict. What mean you? I am all attention. before I stir.
Mrs Strict. There was a man, as you suspectRan. With all my heart, sir. Cannot you see ed, in my chainber last night. that all this may be concerted matter between Strict. Ha ! take care; I shall relapse. them?
Mrs Strict. That gentleman was heFrank. Ranger, you know I can resent,
Ran. Here is a devil for you! (Aside
Mrs Strict. Let him explain the rest.
Strict. No joking, I beseech you; you know Ran. A frolic, a mere frolic, on my life! not what I feel. Strict. A frolic! Zounds! (They interpose. Ran. Then, seriously, i was mad, or drunk
Ran. Vay, don't let us quarrel the very mo- enough, call it what you will, to be very rude to ment you declared yourself my friend. There chis lady, for which I ask both her pardon and was no harın done, I promise you. Nay, never yours. I am an odd sort of a fellow, perhaps; frown. After I have told my story, any satis but I am above telling you, or any man, a be, faction you are pleased to ask, I shall be ready damp me, if I am not! to give,
Strict. I must, I cannot but believe you; and Strict. Be quick, then, and ease me of my for the future, madam, you shall find a heart pain.
ready to love, and trust you. No tears, I beg; I * Ran. Why, then, as I was strolling about last cannot bear them. night upon the look-out, I must confess, chance, Mrs Strict. I cannot speak; and yet there is a and chance only, conveyed me to your house; favour, sirwhere I espied a ladder of ropes most invitingly Strict. I understand you; and, as proof of fastened to the window
the sincerity with which I speak, I beg it as a faJac. Which ladder I had fastened for my voor, of this lady in particular, To ČLARINDA escape.
--and of all the company in general, to return to Strict. Proceed.
iny house immediately, where every thing, Mr Ran. Up mounted I, and up I should have Bellamy, shall be settled to your entire satisfacgone, if it had been into the garret; it's all one to tion. No thanks; I have not deserved them Ranger. I opened one door, then another, and, J. Meg. I beg your pardon, sir; the fiddles are to my great surprise, the whole house was silent; ready; Mrs Bellamy bas promised me ber band, at last, I stole into a room where this lady was and I won't part with one of you till midnight; undressing -
and, if you are as well satisfied as you pretend to Strict. 'Sdeath and the devil! You did not be, let our friend Rattle, here, begin the ball with dare, sure
Mrs Strictland; for he seems to be the hero of Ran. I don't know whether I had dared, or the day. no, if I had not heard the maid say somethiog of Strict. As you and the company please. her master's being jealous. Oh, damn me, Ran. Why, this is honest; continue but in this thought I, then the work is half done to my humour, and faith, sir, you may trust me to run hands!
about your house like a spaniel. I cannot suffiJac. Do you mind that, Mr Strictland ? ciently admire at the whimsicalness of my good Strict, I'do-1 do, most feelingly.
furtune, in being so instrumental to this general Ran. The maid grew saucy, and, most conve happiness. Bellamy, Frankly, I wish you joy, niently to my wishes, was turned out of the with all my heart—though I had rather you should room; and, if you had not the best wife in the be married than I, for all that Never did maworld
trimony appear to me with a smile upon her face, Strict. 'Ounds, sir! But what right have all this instant.
Ran. What right, sir? If you will be jealous of your wife without a cause; if you will be our at that time of night, when you might have been so much better einployed at home; we, young fellows, think we have a right
Sure joys for ever wait each happy pair,
[4 dance. Ereunt omnes.
SCENE I.-An apartment in LOVEMORE's house.
Enter MUSLIN. WILLIAM and SIDEBOARD discovered at a game Mus. There's a couple of you, indeed! You of cards.
are so fond of the vices of your betters, that you Wil. A PLAGUE go with it! I have turned out are scarce out of your beds, but you must imitate my game: Is forty-seven good?
them and their profligate ways. Set you up, forSide. Equal.
sooth! Wil. Confound the cards ! tierce to a queen ? Wil. Prithee be quiet, woman, do. Eighteen. Side. Equal.
[Plays. Wil. There again! ruined, stock and block : Mus. Upon my word !-With your usual ease, nothing can save me. I don't believe there is a Mr Coxcomb. footman in England plays with worse luck than Wil. Manners, Mrs Muslin : you see Mr Sidemyself. Four aces are fourteen.
board here; he is just come on a message from Side. That's hard; cruel, by Jupiter ! Aces sir Bashful Constant. Have some respect for a against me every time.
stranger. Nineteen, clubs.
Plays. Wil. Four aces are fourteen : fifteen. [Plays. Mus. It would become Mr Sideboard to go Side. There's your equality.
back with his answer; and it would become you Wil. Very well: I turned out my point. Six to send my lady word.teen; (Plays.] seventeen. (Plays.)
Wil, Command your tongue, Mrs Muslio :