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ptleman! spare my child, if you have any mer-| Hast. I have no hopes. But since you persist, r!
I must reluctantly obey you.
(Eseunt. Hard. My wife! as I am a Christian. From hence can she come, or what does she mean!
SCENE III.—Chunges. Mrs Hard. (Kneeling.) Take compassiou on s, good Mr Highwayman. Take our money, our
| Enter Sir CHARLES Marlow and Miss vatches, all we have, but spare our lives. We
HARDCASTLE. vill never bring you to justice, indeed we won't, Sir Cha. What a situation am I in! If what food Mr Highwayinan!
you say appears, I shall then find a guilty son. Hard. I believe the woman's out of her senses! If what he says be true, I shall then lose one What, Dorothy, don't you know me?
that, of all others, I most wished for a daughter. Mrs Hard. Mr Hardcastle, as I'm alive! My Miss Hard. I am proud of your approbation, fears blinded me. But who, my dear, could have and to shew I merit it, if you place yourselves as expected to ineet you here, in this frightful place, I directed, you shall hear his explicit declaration. so far from home? What has brought you to fol- But he comes, low us?
Sir Cha. I'll to your father, and keep him to Hurd. Sure, Dorothy, you have not lost your the appointment.
[Exit Sir Cha. wits. So far from home, when you are within forty yards of your own door. [To him.] This is
Enter Marlow. one of your old tricks, you graceless rogue !--[TO Mar. Though prepared for setting out, I come her.] Don't you know the gate, and the mulberry- once more to take leave; nor did I, till this motree? and don't you remember the horsepond, my ment, know the pain I feel in the separation, dear?
Miss Hard. (In her own natural manner.] I Mrs Hard. Yes, I shall remember the horse- believe these sufferings cannot be very great, sir, pond as long as I live; I have caught my death which you can so easily remove. A day or two in it. - To Tony] And is it to you, you grace- longer, perhaps, might lessen your uneasiness, by less varlet, I owe all this? I'll teach you to abuse shewing the little value of whąt you now think your mother, I will.
proper to regret. Tony. Ecod, mother, all the parish says you Mar, (Aside.] This girl every moment imhave spoiled me, and so you may take the fruits proves upon me.- [To her.] It must not be, maop't.
| dam. I have already trifled too long with my heart, Mrs Hard. I'll spoil you, I will!
My very pride begins to submit to 'my passion. (Follows him off the stage. The disparity of education and fortune, the anHard. There's morality, however, in his re ger of a parent, and the contempt of my equals, ply.
begin to lose their weight; and nothing can re
store me to myself, but this painful effort of reEnter Hastings and Miss NEVILLE.
solution. Hast. My dear Constance, why will you deli- Miss Hard. Then go, sir. I'll urge nothing berate thus? If we delay a moment, all is lost more to detain you. Though my family be as for ever. Pluck up a little resolution, and we good as hers you came down to visit, and my shall soon be out of the reach of her malignity. education, I hope, not inferior, what are these
Miss Neo. I find it impossible. My spirits are advantages without equal affluence? I must reso sunk with the agitations I have suffered, that main contented with the slight approbation of I am unable to face any new danger. Two or imputed merit; I must have only the mockery of three years patience will, at last, crown us with your addresses, wbile all your serious aims are happiness.
fixed on fortune. Hast. Such a tedious delay is worse than inconstancy. Let us Ay, my charmer! Let us date | Enter HARDCASTLE and Sir CAARLES MARLOW our happiness from this very moment. Perish
from behind. fortune! Love and content will increase what Sir Cha. Here, behind this screen. we possess beyond a monarch's revenue. Let me Hard. Ay, ay; make no noise. I'll engage my prevail.
Kate covers him with confusion at last. Miss Ned. No, Mr Hastings; no. Prudence Mar. By heavens, madam, fortune was ever once more comes to my relief, and I will obey my smallest consideration! Your beauty at first its dictates. In the moment of passion, fortune caught my eye; for, who could see that without may be despised, but it ever produces a lasting emotion? But every moment that I converse repentance. I'm resolved to apply to Mr Hard- with you, steals in some new grace, heightens the castle's compassion and justice for redress. picture, and gives it stronger expression. What
Hast. But though he had the will, he has not at first seemed rustic plainness, now appears rethe power to relieve you.
fined simplicity. What seemed forward assuMiss Neo. But he has influence; and upon that rance, now strikes me as the result of courageous I am resolved to rely,
innocence, and conscious virtue,
Sir Cha. What can it mean? He amazes me! | or the loud confident creature, that keeps i Hurd. I told you how it would be. Hush! with Mrs Mantrap, and old Mrs Biddy Backs
Mar. I am now determined to stay, madam, till three in the morning; ha, ha, ha! and I have too good an opinion of my father's Mar. 0, curse ou my doisy head! I DETET E discernient, when he sees you, to doubt bis ap- tempted to be impudent yet, that I was ex* probation.
kem down. I must be gone. Miss Hard. No, Mr Marlow, I will not, can- ' "Hard. By the hand of my body, but you stal not detain you. 'Do you think I could suffer a not! I see ii was all a mistake, and I am rep connection, in which there is the smallest roomced to find it. You shall not, sir, I tell yoe. ! for repentance : Do you think I would take the know she'll forgive you. Won't you forgres mean advantage of a transient passion, to load Kare? We'll all forgive you. Take courage, si you with confusion? Do you think I could ever
[They retire, she tormenting him to the relish that liappiness which was acquired by less
back scene. ening yours?" Mar. By all that's good, I can have no happi
Enter Mrs HARDCASTLE, and Toxy. ness hut whats in your power to grant ine. Nor shall I ever feel repentance, but in not having Mrs Hard. So, so, they're gene off! Let the seen your merits before. I will stay, even con go, I care not. trary to your wishes; and though you should per Hard. Who gone? sist to shun me, I will make my respectful assi- | Mrs Hard. My dutiful niece and her gectie duities atone for the levity of my past conduct, man, Mr Hastings, from town. He who cm • Miss Hard. Sir, I must entreat you'll desist. down with our modest visitor here. As our acquaintance began, so let it end, iu in- Sir Cha. Who, my honest George Hastis' difference. I might have given an hour or two As worthy a fellow as lives, and the girl wat to levity; but seriously, Mr Marlow, do you think not have made a more prudent choice. I could ever submit to a connexion, where I must Hard. Then, by the hand of my body, In appear mercenary, and you imprudent? Do you proud of the connexion !" think I could ever catch at the confident ad- Mrs Hard. Well, if he has taken away the dresses of a secure admirer
dy, he has not taken her fortune; that remains Mar. (Kneeling. Does this look like security? this family, to console us for her loss. Does this look like confidence ? No, madam, Hard. Sure, Dorothy, you would not be so erery moment that shews me your merit, only mercenary? serves to increase my diffidence and confusion. | Mrs Hard. Ay, that's my affair, not yours Here let me continue
But, you know, if your son, when of age, refusci Sir Cha. I can hold it no longer. Charles, lo marry his cousin, her whole fortune is then u Charles, how hast thou deceived me!' Is this her own disposal. your iudifference, your uninteresting conversa- Hard. Ay, but he's not of age, and she has to tion?
thought proper to wait for his refusal. Hurd. Your cold contempt; your formal interview? What have you to say now?
Enter HASTINGS, and Miss NEVILLE. Mar, That I'm all amazement! What can it Mrs Hard. (Aside.] What, returned so soon! mean?
I begin not to like it. Hard. It means, that you can say and unsay Hast. (To HARDCASTLE] For my late attempt things at pleasure. That you can address a lady to fly off with your niece, let my present conta in private, and deny it' in public; that you have sion be my punishment. We are now come one story for us, and another for my daughter. | back, to appeal from your justice to your bu
Mar. Daughter!-this lady your daughter? inanity. By her father's consent, I first paid be
Hard. Yes, sir, my only daughter; my Kate; iny addresses, and our passions were first foundwhose else should she be?
ed in duty. Mar. Oh, the devil !
Miss Nev. Since his death, I have been obilMiss Hard. Yes, sir, that very identical, tall, ged to stoop to dissimulation to avoid oppressio. squinting lady, you were pleased to take me for In an hour of levity, I was ready even to give up [Curtesying. She that you addressed as the my fortune to secure my choice. But I am now mild, modest, sentinental man of gravity, and recovered from the delusion, and hope, from your the bold, forward, agreeable rattle of the ladies' tenderness, what is denied me from a nearer com club; ha, ha, ha!
nexion." Mar. 'Zounds! there's no bearing this; it's Mrs Hard. Pshaw, pshaw! this is all but the worse than death!
whining end of a modern novel. Miss Hard. In which of your characters, sir, Hard. Be it what it will, I'm glad they are will you give us leave to address you? As the come back to reclaim their due. Come hither, faltering gentleman, with looks on the ground, Tony, boy. Do you refuse this lady's hand, whom that speaks just to be heard, and hates hypocrisy; I now offer you?
Tony. What signifies my refusing? You know Mar. Joy, my dear George ! I give you joy sinan't refuse ber till I'm of age, father.
cerely. And could I prevail upon my little tyHard. While I thought concealing your age, rant here to be less arbitrary, 'I should be the y, was likely to conduce to your improvement, happiest man alive, if you would return me the concurred with your mother's desire to keep it favour. I cret. But since I find she turns it to a wrong Hast. [To Miss HARDCASTLE. Come, mas ie, I must now declare, you have been of age dam, you are now driven to the very last scene lese three months.
of all your contrivances. I know you like him. Tony. Of age! Am I of age, father?
| I'm sure he loves you; and you must and shall Hard. Above three months.
have him. Tony. Then you'll see the first use I'll make of Hard. (Joining their hands. And I say so ay liberty. [Taking Miss Neville's hand.] too. Mr Marlow, if she makes as good a wife as Nitness all men, by these presents, that I, App | she has a daughter, I don't believe you'll ever rehony Lumpkin, esquire, of Blank place, refuse pent your bargain. So now, to 'supper. To-morjou, Constantia Neville, spinster, of no place at row we shall gather all the poor of the parish all, for my true and lawful wife. So Constantia about us, and the inistakes of the night shall be Neville may marry whom she pleases, and Tony crowned with a merry morning; ső, boy, take Lumpkin is his own man again.
her : and, as you have been mistaken in the misSir Cha. O brave squire !
tress, my wish is, that you may never be mistaHast. My worthy friend!
ken in the wife. Mrs Hard. My undutiful offspring!
Lady Rachel Mildew, passionately fondy
Miss Lesson, her niece,
LEECH, CROW, WOLF,
ACT I. SCENE I.-An apartment at BELVILLE'S.
its Belville, to insinuate the poor woman was disor
dered in her senses !Enter Captain SAVAGE, and Miss WALSING
Capt Sad. And, did you observe how the ter
magant's violence of temper supported the proHAM,
bability of the charge? Capt. Sav. Ha, ha, ha! Well, Miss Walsing Miss Wal. Yes; she became almost frantic, in ham, this fury is going; what a noble peal she reality, when she found herself treated like a has rung in Belville's ears!
mad-woman, Miss Wal. Did she see you, captain Savage ? Capt. Sav. Belville's affected surprise, too, was
Capt Sav. No, I took care of that; for though admirable! she is not married to my father, she has ten times Miss Wal. Yes; the hypocritical composure of the influence of a wife, and might injure me not his countenance, and his counterfeit pity for the a little with him, if I did not support her side of poor woman, were intolerable. the question.
Capt. Sao. While that amiable creature, his Miss Wal. It was a pleasant conceit of Mr wife, implicitly believed every syllable he said
(iss Wal. And felt nothing but pity for the and sent it in a course of circulation to my faiser, instead of paying the least regard to the ther. sation. But pray, is it really under a pre Miss Wal. The peculiarity of your father's e of getting the girl upon the stage, that Bel- temper, joined to my want of fortune, made it • has taken away Mrs Tempest's niece from necessary for me to keep our engagements inviopeople she boarded with ?
lably secret. There is no merit, therefore, either Capt. Sar. It is. Belville, ever on the look- in my prudence, or in my labouring assiduously
for fresh objects, met her in those primitive to cultivate the good opinion of the general, since ions of purity, the Green-Boxes; where, disering that she was passionately desirous of be- Don't despise me for this acknowledgment now. ning an actress, he improved his acquaintance Capt. Sav. Bewitching softness ! But your goodth her, in the fictitious character of an Irish ness, I flatter myself, will be speedily rewarded; inager, and she eloped last night, to be, as she you are now such a favourite with him, that he agines, the heroine of a Dublin theatre. is eternally talking of you; and I really fancy he Miss Wal. So, then, as he has kept his real means to propose you to me bimself; for, last ime artfully concealed, Mrs Tempest can, at night, in a few minutes after he had declared ost, but suspect him of Miss Leeson's seduc you would make the best wife in the world, he pn.
seriously asked me, if I had any aversion to maCapt. Sad. Of no more; and this, only, from trimony! le description of the people who saw him in com- Miss Wal. Why, that was a very great conces any with her at the play. But I wish the affair sion, indeed, as he seldom stoops to consult any jay not have a serious conclusion; for she has a body's iuclinations. rother, a very spirited young fellow, who is a Capt. Sat. So it was, I assure you; for, in the ounsel in the Temple, and who will certainly army, being used to nothing but command and all Belville to an account the moment he hears obedience, he removes the discipline of the parade of it,
into his family, and no more expects his orders Miss Wal. And what will become of the poor should be disputed, in matters of a domestic nacreature after he has deserted her?
ture, than if they were delivered at the head of Capt. Sad. You know that Belville is generous his regiment. to profusion, and has a thousand good qualities | Miss Wal. And yet, Mrs Tempest, who, you to counterbalance this single fault of gallantry, say, is as much a storm in her nature as her name, which containinates his character.
is disputing them eternally. Miss Wal. You inen! you men ! You are such wretches, that there's no having a moment's
Enter MR and Mrs BELVILLE. satisfaction with you! and, what's still more pro | Bel. Well, Miss Walsingham, have not we had voking, there's no having a moment's satisfaction a pretty morning's visitor? without you!
Miss Wal, Really, I think so; and I have been Capt. Sao. Nay, don't think us all alike. asking captain Savage how long the lady has been
Miss Wal. I'll endeavour to deceive myself; disordered in her senses ? for, it is but a poor argument of your sincerity, Bel. Why will they let the poor woman abroad, to be the confidant of another's falsehood. without some body to take care of her?
Capt. Sao. Nay, no more of this, my love; no Capt. Sav. O, she has her lucid intervals. people live happier than Belville and his wife; Miss Wal. I declare I shall be as angry with nor is there a man in England, notwithstanding you as I am with Belville. all his levity, who considers his wife with a warm
Aside to the captain. er degree of affection : if you have a friendship, Mrs Bel. You can't think how sensibly she therefore, for her, let her continue in an error, spoke at first. so necessary to her repose, and give no hint what- Bel. I should have had no conception of her ever of his gallantries to any body.
| madness, if she had not brought so preposterous Miss Wal. If I had no pleasure in obliging a charge against me. you, I have too much regard for Mrs Belville, not to follow your advice; but you need not enjoin
Enter a Servant. me so strongly on the subject, when you know I Ser. Lady Rachel Mildew, madam, sends her can keep a secret.
compliments, and, if you are not particularly enCapt Sad. You are all goodness: and the pru- gaged, will do herself the pleasure of waiting dence, with which you have concealed our pri- upon you. vate engagements, has eternally obliged me. Had Mrs Bel. Our complinents, and we shall be you trusted the secret even to Mrs Belville, it glad to see her ladyship. [Erit Serdant. would not have been safe. She would have told | Bel. I wonder if lady Rachel knows that Torher husband; and he is such a rattlescull, that, rington came to town last night from Bath!. notwithstanding all his regard for me, he would Mrs Bel. I hope he has found benefit by the have mentioned it in some nioment of levity, waters; for he is one of the best creatures et