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Maj. Zouns! what a clatter! She'll pull down remain in it to support my dae authority-es for all the bells in the house.

you, major Oakly! Ouk. My observations, since I left you, have Maj. Hes-day! What have I done? confirmed my resolution. I see plainly, that her Mrs Oak. I think you might find better ergood-humour, and her ill-humour, her smiles, her ployment, than to create divisions between martears, and her fits, are calculated to play upon ried people and you, sirme.

Oak. Nay, but, my dear! Maj. Did not I always tell you so? It's the Mrs Oak. Might have more sense, as well as way with them all—they will be rough and tenderness, than to give ear to such idle stuff.smooth, and hot and cold, and all in a breath.- Oak. Lord, lord ! Any thing to get the better of us.

Mrs Oak. You, and your wise counsellor there, Oak. She is in all moods at present, I promise I suppose, think to carry all your points with you-I am at once angry and ashamed of ber; me. and yet she is so ridiculous, I can't help laughing Oak. Was ever any thingat her--There has she been in her chainber, Mrs Oak. But it won't do, sir. You shall fiad fuming and fretting, and dispatching a messenger that I will have my own way, and that I will to me every two minutes servant after servant govern iny own family. -now she insists on my coming to her-now, Oak. You had better learn to govern yourself again, she writes a note to entreat-then, Toilet is by half. Your passion makes you ridiculous.sent to let me krow that she is ill, absolutely dy Did ever any body see so much fury and vioing—then, the very next minute, she'll never see lence? affronting your best friends, breaking my my face again-she'll go out of the house direct- peace, and disconcerting your own temper. And ly. [Bell rings.] Again! now the storm rises! all for what? For nothing. 'Sdeath, madam! at

Maj. It will soon drive this way, then-now, these years, you ought to know better. brother, prove yourself a man—You have gone Mrs Oak. At these years! Very fine ! - Am too far to retreat.

I to be talked to in this manner: Oak. Retreat! Retreat! No, no !I'll | Oak. Talked to! Why not? You have talked preserve the advantage I have gained, I am de to me long enough-almost talked me to death termined.

—and I have taken it all in hopes of making you Maj. Ay, ay! keep your ground ! fear no quiet-but all in vain; for the more one bears, thing-up with your poble heart! Good discip- the worse you are. Patience, I find, is all thrown line makes good soldiers; stick close to my ad-away upon you; and henceforward, come what vice, and you may stand buff to a tigress

may, I am resolved to be master of my own Oak. Here she is, by Heavens !—now, bro

house. ther!

Mrs Oak. So, so! Master, indeed! Yes, sir, Maj. And now, brother! Now or never! and you'll take care to have inistresses enough,

too, I warrant you. Enter MRS OAKLY.

Oak. Perhaps I may; but they shall be quiet

ones, I can assure you. Mrs Oak. I think, Mr Oakly, you might have Mrs Oak. Indeed! And do you think I am had humanity enough to have come to see how I such a tame fool as to sit quietly and bear all did. You have taken your leave, I suppose, of this? You shall know, sir, that I will resent this all tenderness and affection-but I'll be calm- behaviour- You shall find that I have a spiI'll not throw myself into a passion-you want to ritdrive me out of your house - I see what you aim Oak. Of the devil, at, and will be aforebaod with you-let me Mrs Oak. Intolerable! You shall find, then, keep my temper! I'll send for a chair, and leave that I will exert that spirit. I am sure I bare the house this instant.

need of it. As soon as the house is once cleared Oak. True, my love! I knew you would not again, I'll shut my doors against all company. think of dining in your chamber alone, when I | You shan't see a single soul for this month." had company below. You shall sit at the head Oak. 'Sdeath, madam, but I will! I'll keep of the table, as you ought, to be sure, as you say, open house for a year. I'll send cards to the and make my friends welcome.

whole town Mr Oakly's route! All the world Mrs Oak. Excellent raillery! Look ye, Mr will come--and I'll go among the world, toom Oakly, I see the meaning of all this affected cool- I'll be mewed up no longer. ness and indifference.

Mrs Oak. Provoking insolence ! This is not to Oak. My dear, consider where you are be endured-Look'e, Mr Oakly

Mrs Oak. You would be glad, I find, to get Oak. And look'e, Mrs Oakly, I will have my me out of your house, and have all your flirts a- own way. bout you.

Mrs Oak. Nay, then, let me tell you, sir Oak. Before all this company! Fy!

Oak. And let me tell you, madam, I will not Mrs Oak. But I'll disappoint you, for I shall be crossed I wont be made a fool.

Mrs Oak. Why, you wont let me speak! f real truth. I can explain every thing to your

Oak. Because you don't speak as you ought. satisfaction. Madam, madam! you shan't look, nor walk, nor Mrs Oak. May be so-I cannot argue w talk, nor think, but as I please.

you. Mrs Oak. Was there ever such a monster! Il Cha. Pray, madam, hear her for my sake can bear this no longer. (Bursts into tears.] 0 - for your own-dear madam! you vile man! I can see through your design-1 Mrs Oak. Well well- proceed. you cruel, barbarous, inhuman- such usage to Oak. I shall relapse. I can't bear to see her so your poor wife ! you'll be the death of her. uneasy.

[Apart. Oak. She shan't be the death of me, I am de Maj. Ilush- Hush!

Apart. termined.

Hur. I understand, madam, that your first Mrs Oak. That it should ever come to this ! - alarm was occasioned by a letter from my father To be contradicted- [Sobbing: -insulted--abus- to your nephew. ed-hated- 'tis too much-my heart will burst Rus. I was in a bloody passion to be sure, mawith-oh-oh! Falls into a fit. HARRIOT, dam!—The letter was not over civil, I believe--CHARLES, &c. run to her assistance,

I did not know but the young rogue had ruined Oak. (Interposing.] Let her alone.

my girl--- But its all over now, and so— Har. Sir, Mrs Oakly

Mrs Oak. You was here yesterday, sir? Cha, For Heaven's sake, sir, she will be

Rus. Yes, I came after Harriot. I thought I Oak. Let her alone, I say; I won't have her should find my young madam with my young sir, touched-let her alone--if her passions throw here. her into fits, let the strength of them carry her Mrs Oak. With Charles, did you say, sir? through them.

Rus. Ay, with Charles, madam! The young Har. Pray, my dear sir, let us assist her. She rogue has been fond of her a long time, and she may

of him, it seems. Oak. I don't care-you shan't touch her-let Mrs Oak. I fear I have been to blame. her bear them patiently--she'll learn to behave

Aside. better another time- Let her alone, I say. Rus. I ask pardon, madam, for the disturb

Mrs Oak. [Rising:] O you monster - you ance I made in your house. villain !-you base man! Would you let me | Har. And the abrupt manner in which I came die for want of help ?-would you

into it, demands a thousand apologies. But the Oak. Bless me! madam, your fit is very vio- occasion must be my excuse. lent-take care of yourself.

Mrs Oak. Ilow have I been mistaken ! [ Aside. Mrs Oak. Despised, ridiculed—but I'll be re--But did not I overhear you and Mr Oakly----venged-you shall see, sir

[To HarriOT. Oak. Tol-de-rol loll-de-rol loll-de-rol loll! Har. Dear madam! you had but a partial

(Singing. hearing of our conversation. It related entirely Mrs Oak. What, am I made a jest of Ex- to this gentleman. posed to all the world ?-If there's law or jus- Cha. To put it beyond doubt, madam, Mr tice

Russet and my guardian have consented to our Oak. Tol-de-rol loll-de-rol loll-de-rol loll ! marriage; and we are in hopes that you will not

[Singing. withhold your approbation, Mrs Oak. I shall burst with anger-Have a Mrs Oak. I have no further doubt-I see you care, sir, you may repent this-Scorned and made are innocent, and it was cruel to suspect youridiculous !-No power on earth shall binder my You have taken a load of anguish off my mind revenge!

[Going. and yet your kind interposition comes too late. Har. (Interposing.) Stay, madam.

Mr Oakly's love for me is entirely destroyed. Mrs Oak. Let me go. I cannot bear this

[Weeping. place.

Oak. I must go to her

Apart. Har. Let me beseech you, madam.

Maj. Not yet!- Not yet!

Apart. Oak. What does the girl mean? Apart. Har. Do not disturb yourself with such apMaj. Courage, brother! you have done won-prehensions. I am sure Mr Oakly loves you most

(Apart. affectionately. Oak. I think she'll have no more fits. Apart. Oak. I can hold no longer. (Going to her.]

Har. Stay, madam-Pray stay but one mo- My affection for you, madam, is as warm as ever. nient. I have been a painful witness of your un- Nothing can ever extinguish it. My constrained easiness, and in great part the innocent occasionehaviour cut me to the soul-- For, within these of it. Give me leave then

few hours, it has been all constrained and it Mrs Oak. I did not expect, indeed, to have was with the utmost difficulty that I was able to found you here again. But, however

support it. Har. I see the agitation of your mind, and it Mrs Oak. O, Mr Oakly, how have I exposed makes me miserable. Suffer me to tell you the myself! What low arts has my jealousy induced VOL. II.

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me to practise ! I see my folly, and fear that have had an admirable effect, and so don't be you can never forgive me.

angry with your physician. Oak. Forgive you You are too good, my Mrs Oak. I am indeed obliged to you, and I love !--Forgive you !-Can you forgive me? -- feel This change transports me -- Brother! Mr Rus Oak. Nay, my dear, no more of this. All that's set! Charles ! Harriot! give me joy!I am past must be utterly forgotten. the happiest man in the world.

Mrs Oak. I have not merited this kindness, Maj. Joy, much joy to you both! though, by but it shall, hereafter, be my study to deserve it. the by, you are not a little obliged to me for it. Away with all idle jealousies! And since my Did not I tell you I would cure all the disorders suspicions have hitherto been groundless, I am in your family? I beg pardon, sister, for taking resolved for the future never to suspect at all. the liberty to prescribe for you. My medicines

(Eseunt ones. have been somewhat rough, I believe, but they!

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Scene--A garden belonging to Sir John Dorilant's house in the country, with an arbour, gar- .

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SCENE I.--A garden.

Mode. And am not I here now, expressly to Enter ARAMINTA with an affected carelessness,

marry you?

Ara. Why, that, too, is true-but-you are in and knotting ; MODELY following. love with Cælia. Mode. Bur, madam!

Mode. Bless me, madam, what can I say to Ara. But, sir! what can possibly have alarm- you? If it had not been for my attendance upon ed you thus? You see me quite unconcerned. Iyou, I had never known Cælia, or her mother only tell you in a plain, simple, narrative manner either—though they are both my relations. The

(this plaguy thread)--and merely by way of mother has since indeed put some kind of conficonversation, that you are in love with Cælia; dence in me-she is a widow, you knowand where is the mighty harm in all this?

Ara. And wants consolation ! The poor orMode. The harm in it, madam! have I not phan, too, her daughter-Well, charity is an told you a thousand and a thousand times, that excellent virtue. I never considered it in that you were the only woman who could possibly light before. You are vastly charitable, Mr make me happy?

Modely. Ara. Why, aye, to be sure you have, and Mode. It is impossible to talk with you. If sworn a thousand and a thousand oaths to con- you will not do me justice, do it to yourself, at firm that assertion.

least. Is there any comparison betwixt you and

Cælia? Could any man of sense hesitate a mo- for the future, and act the lorer to Araminta te ment? She has yet no character. One does not times stronger than ever. One would not pe know what she is, or what she will be; a chit her up till one was sure of succeeding in the a green girl of fourteen or fifteen.

other place. Ara. Seventeen, at least.- (I cannot undo this knot.

Enter BELMOCR from behind, with a book is Mode. Well, let her be seventeen. Would

hand. any man of judgment attach himself to a girl of Bel. Ha, ha, ha! Well said, Modely! that age ? On my soul, if one was to make love Mod. (Starting.] Belmour-bow the deuce to her, she would hardly understand what one came you here? meant.

Bel. How came I here !-How carne you here, Ara. Girls are not quite so ignorant as you if you come to that? A man can't retire fra may inagine, Mr Modely; Cælia will understand the noise and bustle of the world, to admire the you, take my word for it, and does understand beauties of the spring, and read pastoral in an you. As to your men of judgment and sense, arbour, but impertinent lovers must disturb bis here is my brother, now ;-I take him to be full meditations. Thou art the arrantest hypocrite, as reasonable as yourself, and somewhat older; Modely

[Throwing away the book and yet, with all his philosophy, he has brought Mod. Hypocrite!My dear friend, we nen of himself to a determination at last, to fulfil the gallantry must be so. But have a care! we may father's will, and marry this green girl. I am have other listeners for aught I know, wbo may sorry to tell you so, Mr Modely, but he will cer. not be so proper for confidants. Looking eboni. tainly marry ber.

Bel. You may be easy on that head. We have Mode. Let him marry her. I should perhaps the garden to ourselves. The widow and her do it myself, if I was in his place. He was an daughter are just gone in, and sir John is busy intimate friend of her father's. She is a great with his steward. fortune, and was given to him by will. But do Jod. The widow, and her daughter! Wbv, you imagine, my dear Araminta, that if he was were they in the garden? left to his own choice, without any bias, he would Bel. They just came into it; but upon seeing not rather have a woman nearer his own years? | you and Araminta together, they turned back He might almost be her father.

again. Ara. That is true. But you will find it diffi Mode. On seeing me and Araminta ! I hope I cult to persuade me, that youth in a woman is so have no jealousies there, too. However, I am insurmountable an objection. I fancy, Mr Mode- glad Cælia knows I am in the garden, because it ly, it may be got over. Suppose I leave you to may probably induce her to fall in my was by think of it.-(I cannot get this right.) [Going. chance, you know, and give me an opportunity

Mode. Stay, dear Araminta! why will you of talking to her. plague me thus? Your own charms, my earnest Bel. Do you think she likes you ? ness, might prove to you,

Mode. She does not know what she does. Ara. I tell you I don't want proofs.

Bel. Do you like her? Mode. Well, well, you shall have none, then. Mode. Why, faith, I think I do. But give me leave to hope, since you have done Bel. Why, then, do you pursue your affair me the honour to be a little uneasy on my ac- with Araminta ; and not find some honourable count

means of breaking off with her? 'Ara. Uneasy !-I uneasy! What does the man Mode. That might not be quite so expedient. mean?-I was a little concerned, indeed, to give I think Araminta the finest woman, and Cælia you uneasiness by informing you of my brother's the prettiest girl, I know. Now, they are both intended marriage with Cælia. But this shut- good fortunes, and one of them I am resolved to tle bends so abominably.-[Aside.]

have, but which Mode. Thou perplexing tyrant! Nay, you shall | Bel. Your great wisdom has not yet deternot go. May I continue to adore you? you must mined. Thou art undoubtedly the vainest fellow not forbid me that.

| living. I thought you brought me down here now Ara. For my part, I neither command nor to your wedding? forbid any thing. Only this I would have you | Mode. 'Egad, I thought so, too; but this remember, I have quick eyes. Your servant.- plaguy little rustic has disconcerted all my schemes. I wish this knotting had never come in fashion. / Sir John, you know, by her father's will, may Aside.

[Exit ARA. marry her if he pleases, and she forfeits her esMode. Quick eyes, indeed! I thought my cun-tate if she marries any one else. Now, I am ning here had been a master-piece. The girl contriving to bring it about, that I may get her, cannot have told, sure! and the mother is en and her fortune, too. tirely on my side. They certainly were those in Bel. A very likely business, truly. So you quisitive eyes she speaks of, which have found modestly expect that sir John Dorilant should out this secret. Well, I must be more cautious give up his mistress, and then throw her fortune

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