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Therese. Ursule is fond of scandal and discord;

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Pauline. The truth of this we have proved Act II. Scene I-AGATHE, PAULINE, THz- to-day, Therese; you are right to refresh ous RESE, LEDOUX, and CORSIGNAC.

memory. Therese. I told you how it was; the blow came

Therese. First you, Mr. Ledoux, try to lead from Ursule.

back to us Mr. Sainville, as you have been led

by Mr. Corsignac.
Corsignac ( to Pauline). Do not let me suffer
for the offence of your friend.

Ledloux. Only give me the power to act, and
Pauline. You are forgiven.

I'll work wonders. I am naturally cunning and

wily, and will tell him, What shall I tell Ledoux (to Aguthe). Do not compel me to

Mr. Sainville?
run away a third time.
Agathe. You may stay.

Therese. That it is very wrong in him to have

thus fursaken an old friend, and that he ought to Pauline. How wicked if Ursule make my sister

have excused my father's impetuosity.
put on her riding dress.
Agathe. And to incite Pauline to put a ro-

Corsignac. Stay; I have the whole plan in ing

head, and will direct its execution. But Ursule mance in her ridicule.

Corsignac. And to made such a mixture of . is cunning as well as Mr. Ledoux. She will sustruth and falsehood, so as to compromise my

pect both you and me. She is fond of scandal, innocence.

and consequently curious. Therese. You will find that she has told some

Therese. She is. other story to Louise.

Agathe. How often we have surprised her
Agathe. But how came she not to fear lest | listening to our conversation, and watching our

ve should reveal to each other the bad advice
she gave us ?

Corsignac. Oh! she is in the habit of listening!
Therese. What does she care for this, now she

excellent! The whole now is to get her back

here with Sainville; and this I will attempt has bred a quarrel between my father and Sainville?

to perform, assisted by the abilities of Mr. Le

Pauline. I have been told that Mr. Sainville
has been seen going to visit Ursule's mother.

Ledoux. Thank you for the honour you confer
Therese. You see, she draws him into her net.

upon me, by choosing me for your ally in this im

portant negociation. Let us lose no time.--I Agathe. God knows with what colour she will adorn our portraits.

gol hasten.-( To Agathe.) Too happy if I could Therese. The first condition she will impose

but obtain your approbation.
upon him will be, never to see us again.

Corsiynac. Let us lose no time, as you righly
Corsignac. And my poor friend is so easily led, said ; follow me.
Therese, Don't affect sorrow; you are happy.

[Exeunt Corsignac and Ledoux. I, therefore, will give you little credit for your || Corsignac means io do. But, where is my fa.

Therese. I do not know exactly what this Mr. demonstrations of grief. It is my sister alone, my good Louise, whom I pity-and if I could,

ther? would assist. But stay-Oh! I have it! She

Pauline. Gone to scold his workmen. deceived us with false representations and perfi

Therese. No doubt of it; for when he is in a dious counsels, let us make use of the same

passion, every one must seel its effects.

Agathé. Hush! Here he is.
Corsignac. I understand you; you may rely

Enter JAQUEMIN. upon me.

Ledoux. As for me, I cannot boast that I do; Jaquemin. Here you are all at last.
but will always be ready to help you.

Agathe (to Pauline). Is his anger gone?
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Pauline. I believe it is.

Jnquemin. The deuce take me if I understand Jaquemin. Well! are you frowning at me? It is any thing in all this. true I have flown into a passion. Therese. Yes, it frightens us at first, but as you

Enter URSULE, are well known.

Ursule. Good niorrow, a second time, my dear Jaquemin. Where is Louise ?

friends. Therese. In her roon, where she weeps, and Therese. Good morrow, my dear Ursule. refuses to be comforted.

Ursule. What have I learned? Has Mr. Suin. Jaquemin. Poor girl! I have been in the wrong, ville been unfortunate enough to displease Mr. I am afraid, yet I cannot go and beg her pardon. | Jaquemin. It is your fault, you three, that I have been Therese. It is a mere trifle. unable to chain my anger.

Pauline. A light cloud passing through a fair Pauline. Very well, my dear guardian; scold us sky. as much as you please.

Ursule. I am very glad to hear it; à propos, he Agathe. I prefer your violence to Miss Ursule's has paid us a visit. flattery.

Therese. Very natural; your parents knew Jaquemin. What of Ursule? Why she is one each other. of the best girls in the world.

Ursule. My mother engaged him to dine with Therese. She! she is a deceitful intriguing coquet.

Jaquemin. He dines with you! I congratulate Pauline. It is she who was the cause of your you upon the power you exercise over him. quarrel with Mr. Sainville.

Ursule. But I am determined to force him to Jaqueinin. Is it she? Yet Sainville is not the an explanation with you. less guilty in my sight.

Therese. An explanation! there is no occasion Therese. Should we try to make him under- for it. stand reason.

Ursule. He refuses in vain ; I will find some Jaquemin. What! that I ask him here without means of bringing him liere. sesenting the manner in which he left me.

Jaquemin. I have no wish to see him. Therese. Never mind, leave that to me. We Ursule. Let me act, and all will soon be right. have already sent for him; and all I beg of you But where is Louise? is to receive him well. Jaquemin. That I should receive him well!

Enter CORSIGNAC and SAINYILLE. Therese. But especially do not let Ursule sus- Corsignac. I have triumphed over his obstinacy; pect you are acquainted with her actions. come in, and make your re:appearance, Sain

Jaquemin I sliall liave no difficulty to obey this ville. injuuction, since I know nothing of them.

Ursule. Mr. Sainville !

Sainville. Truly, Corsignac, you exact too Enter Ledoux.

much. Ledoux. Here I am, ladies.

Cursignac. My exertions have proved more Therese. Where is Mr. Sainville ?

successful than yours (to Ursule). I hope you Ledoux. He refused to accompany me.

do not feel hurt. Well, what mean all these Jaque min. Here again, you see how he behaves. I serivus faces ?

Ledloux. But I niust give Miss Ursule and her Faqueinim. I do not wish to compel Mr. Sain. mother their due. These two ladies united their || vil de to visit ipe, if it be not pleasant to him. entreaties with ours, to persuade Sainville to Sainville. Remember, Sir, you forbade me. come, but he declared Mr. Jaquemin had forbid- Jaquemin. I am too impetuous ! den hiin his house, and then we were invited to Therese. Let's forget the past. (To Sainzille) dinner; Mr. Corsignac accepted, but I refused | Had you not agreed to accompany my father be. the invitation.

fore dinner to the house which is to be sold in Pauline. He accepted; is this the way to prove our neighbourhood ? his love for me?

Sainville. I had. Agathe. Is not Mr. Ledoux a skilful am- Jaquemin. I beg to be exeused, in the present bassador?

moment, I cannot accompany you; but Mr. Leduur. Every one cannot be successful, and Ledoux will have that pleasure. I assure you, my exertions have not beenspared. Ledoux. It will really be a great pleasure to me. But I must inform you that Miss Ursule is follow. Sainville. I am ready to attend your com. ing me. She no sooner heard of a misunderstand- mands. ing with Mr. Jaquemin, than she offered herself Ursule ( aside). I must make Agathe and as a mediator betwixt the two foriner friends. Pauline speak,

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Jaquemin, Very well; good bye, Mr. Sainville, Corsignac. Causticity, and a strong inclina:ion I hope to see you soon,

(To Therese.). I am to turn every body into ridicule. going to see Louise.

it. I words alone drop from his lips.

Therese. How strange! I have heard honeyed Agathe. I follow you. (Low to Sainville as she passes by hin.) Louise alone will suit you. Corsignac. He was just arrived then; and long

[Exit. || ed to make himself amiable. His heart is good, Pauline (low to Sainville). Believe me, Louise

his wit alone is malicious. is as good as Ursule is wicked.

[Eril. Therese. Then all is lost, for Ursule is also Ursule. Wait for me, my good friends, I wish malignanı, satirical and talkative. to converse with you.

[Erit. Corsignac. We have only to persuade her, that Sainville. They are all leagued against the

she ought to affect simplicity and good nature, amiable Ursule.

Sainville will fancy she is silly or an hypocrite, Therese. I'll lay any thing you had been for- and in either case be disgusted with her. His bidden to come and see us.

second failing seems incompatible with the first, Sainville. Yes, by your father.

it is a strony pretention to be a wit. Therese. Not alone, but by Ursule and her Therese. Indeed ? mother.

Corsignac. He writes verses; he has formed Saixeille. Well; their conduct only proves the plan of a descriptive poem, according to the they felt acutely for my honour.

present fashion. He has composed a satire which Therese. Now answer me plainly, do you think

I think very harmless; no matter, it shows his you can be happy with Ursule.

intention. He lays down all his thoughts, all his Sainville. She seems to have received a good actions, and dedicates the greater part of his life education, to possess liberality of sentiments- to preparing posthumous memoirs. Corsignac. And to love you; if you wish for

Therese. Lord preserve us ! Ursule comments a proof of this assertion, tell me what defect you

on the Mercure de France, and guesses its chawill feign to have, and I'll be hanged if she does | rades ; scolds Pauline because she only reails not instantly assume it.

novels, and speaks of nothing else but literature, Sainrille. What is it you say?

morals, sciences, chemistry, botanyCorsignac. Stay; I know you hate pretensions

Corsignac. Botany! it is Sainville's favourite to wit and a disposition to slander; goodness and study, let us tell her that he does not like a learn. simplicity you admire. Go with Mr. Ledoux | ed wife. And on your part, advise Louise to as you are engaged, at your return you will meet reveal her wit, and especially not to spare Ursule Ursule here and pronounce upon her merits.

in her sallies. Sainville. But I should like to know your mean.

Tkerese. This is impossible--my sister is sa ing and not to be treated like a child.

good natured. Corsignac. Never mind, you must go.

Corsignac. Let her feign a while. It is so easy [Exeunt Sainville and Ledoux. to speak ill of others, and to believe what is said Corsignac (low to Therese). Ursule is coming, let against them, that she cannot help succeeding. us speak as though we did not see her. (dloud)

Therese (low). Enough, let us withdraw now. Yes, my only motive for accepting their invitation, Corsignac (alıud and going). Every thing is was the hope of baffling Ursule's secret intrigues, settled ; I shall marry Pauline, and you your for that she is intriguing there is no doubt.

cousin. Tierese. I have been telling every body so,

but Therese (going). Try to find Ursule, I go 10 no one will believe me,

meet Louise.

[Exeunt both. (Ursule walks tip-tne lowards a closet in which she conceats herself, leaving the door a-jar.]

Enter URSULE from the closel. Corsignac. Our interests are the same, let us

Ursule. Very kind intentions towards me! Ah! act in concert. (Low) She is now in the closet. you wish to ruin my plans; I am attacked, and (Aloud.) Well, as I told you, I am to dine with must defend myself. Poor Louise, it is in vain Ursule, I'll try to win her conhdence, and nothing they. wish you to show what nature has denied will then be so easy as to overthrow all her plans. you-wit.

He writes verses too! what sym

pathy! Pauline seeks for it, and I find it. Oh ! Corsignac. This morning I revealed to her every I am so angry, so joyful I shall be avenged ! good quality which adorns Sainville's mind; but but hushi! liere he is. this knowledge will be useless to her, we must study the defects of others to be able to please


Ledoux, We could not see the house, the key Therese. And what are those of your friend ?

was not to be found; but you do not want me

Therese. But how?


any more, and will permit me to leave you for racter, the Country Girl. The house was crowded Miss Agathe.

(Exit. to the top, and she was welcomed on her entrance Ursule. Is not Mr. Ledoux an excellent man? with ihe most enthusiastic applause. Mrs. JorSainrille. I think so.

Jan is somewhat less embonpoint than when we Ursule He never meddles with intrigue; he saw her last. Her performance of this character never attempts to injure any body in the opinion has long been the pride of the stage, and the chef of others.

d'uure of modern comedy. An actress of such Sainrille. What do you mean?

distinguished merit can scarcely become a subject Ursule. To be frank with you, you must know of criticism. Of Mrs. Jordan it may be said, I have got enemies.

without fattery, what was said by Voltaire of a Sainville. You?

certain French actress,“ That her merit was

of that species as rather to give new principles to Enter Therese, and steals into the closet.

criticism than to become a subject of its scrutiny. Ursule. Jealousy is a base and degrading vice. The standard of equality is not to be measured I am not blind; the visit you have paid my li by line and rule." mother has made me the object of the hatred of Wroughion, whose performance of Moody does certain persons-and yet what have we done?

him great credit, was loudly welcomed, as were we have told you as much good of Mr. Jaquemin, Palmer, Barrymore, and Holland. Miss Mellon, his daughters, and wards, as we possibly could. whose reception was equally flattering, must not Sninville This is true.

be forgotten. In the Afterpiece, Bannister was Ursule. I am feared, and why? because I have most Aatteringly received; his performance was been fortunate enough to receive a better educa- admirable as usual. Mathews and Mrs. Mountion than ladies generally do. No one can hate tain were heartily welcomed. affectation of wit and learning more than I, but a woman ought not to be an ignorant idiot.

COVENT-GARDEN. [To be concluded in our next.]

This theatre opened for the season on Mon

day, the 14th, with Romeo and Juliet. Mr. C. HAYMARKET.

Kemble is the best Romeo on the stage. Miss Turs theatre closed on Tuesday, the 15th, | Smith has more spirit, but not so much warmth with the tragedy of Hamlet. In this play Mr. and tenderness as Mrs. H. Siddons in Juliet; alYoung well employed the last opportunity that together, we think her inferior to the abovefor some time he was likely to enjoy of demon.

mentioned actress. strating to the public his eminent talents. It is

The Performers were greeted on their respec. surely unjust, that an actor who has qualifications tive appearances with the usual testimonies of that in the important character of Hamlet are

-welcome. The Beggar's Opera was performed always respectable, and sometimes even brilliant, on Wednesday-lncledon was rapturously reshould be without an engagement at a winter ceived, and his Macheath was excellent. Muntheatre. Covent Garden, possessing the Kembles den was welcomed in a manner equally flattering. and Cooke, has certainly no need of tragic rein.

Mrs. C. Kemble's Lucy was in the true spirit of forcement; but in Drury-Lane there certainly is

the character, and her reception was such as she soon for so good a tragedian as Mr. Young. After must have coveted. Miss Bolton was equally the play Mr. Fawcett ielarned thanks in the name simple and pleasing, and is much improved in of the proprietors and performers.

the charac!er of Polly.

On Friday Mr. Kemble appeared in the part of

Penrudilock, in the Wheel of Fortune; his unrie DRURY-LANE.

valled excellence in this character is well known.

Mr. K. was of course flatteringly received. On Thursday, the 17th, this theatre opened

A sister of Mrs. C. Kemble has appeared in for the season. Mrs. Jordan, whom the Ma.

the Farce of Ruising the Il'ind; she is a good nagers have very wisely engaged for three suc- figure, and may become, by instruction, a useful dessive seasons, appeared in her favourite cha- actress.

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