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Col. O. So you would have me marry Dy to al Col. (). Well, Master Jenkins ! don't you country squire, eh! How say you to this, Dy? | think now that a nobleman, a duke, an earl, would not you rather be married to a duke? or a marquis, might be content to share his

Diana. So my husband's a' rake, papa, I | title-I say, you understand me-with a don't care what he is.

sweetener of thirty or forty thousand pounds, Col. 0. A rake! you damned, confounded, to pay off mortgages ? Besides, there's a proslittle baggage; why, you would not wish to pect of my whole estate ; for I'dare swear her inarry a rake, would you? So her husband is brother will never have any children. a rake, she does not care what he is! Ha, ha, Jenk. I should be concerned at that, colonel, ha, ha!

when there are two such fortunes to descend Diana. Well, but listen to me, papa--When to his heirs, as yours and Sir John Floweryou go out with your gun, do you take any

dale's. pleasure in shooting the poor tame ducks and Col. 0. Why look you, Master Jenkins, chickens in your yard? No, the partridge, Sir John Flowerdale is an honest gentleman; the pheasant, the woodcock, are the gane; our families are nearly related; we have been there is some sport in 'bringing them down, I neighbours time out of mind ; and if he and I because they are wild ; and it is just the same have an odd dispute now and then, it is not with a husband, or a lover. I would not waste for want of a cordial esteem at bottom. He is powder and shot, to wound one of your sober, going to marry his daughter to my son ; she is pretty-behaved gentlemen ; but to hit a libera a beautiful girl, an elegant girl, a sensible tine, extravagant, madcap fellow, to take him girl, a worthy girl, and—a word in your earupon the wing

damn me if I an't very sorry for her. *Col. 0. Do you hear her, Master Jenkins ? Jenk. Sorry, colonel ? Ha, ha, ha!

Col. O, Ay-between ourselves, Master Jenk. Well but, good colonel, what do yon Jenkins, my son wont do. say to my worthy and honourable patron here, Jenk. How do you mean? Sir John Flowerdale? He has an estate of Col. O. I tell you, Master Jenkins, he wont eight thousand pounds a year as well paid do he is not the thing, a prig At sixteen rents as any in the kingdom, and but one only years old, or thereabouts, he was a bold, daughter to enjoy it; and yet he is willing, sprightly boy, as you should see in a thouyou see, to give this daughter to your son. sand; could drink his pint of port, or his

Diana. Pray, Mr. Jenkins, how does Miss bottle of claret-now he mixes all his wine Clarissa and our university friend, Mr. Lionel?with water. That is the only grave young man I ever liked, 1. Jenk. Oh! if that be his only fault, colonel, and the only handsome one I ever was ac- he will ne'er make the worse husband, I'll quainted with that did not make love to me. | answer for it.

Col. O. Ay, Master Jenkins, who is this Col. O. You know my wife is a woman of Lionel? they say he is a damned, witty, know quality-I was prevailed upon to send him to ing fellow; and, 'egad, I think him well enough be brought up by her brother, Lord Jessamy, for one brought up in a college.

who bazi no children of his own, and promised Jenk. His father was a general officer, a | to leave him an estate-he has got the estate particular friend of Sir John's, who, like many indeed, but the fellow has taken his lordship's more brave men, that live and die in defend name for it. Now, Master Jenkins, I would ing their country, left little more than honour be glad to know how the name of Jessamy is bebind him. S John sent this voung man. I better than that of Oldboy. at his own expense, to Oxford. During the Jenk. Well but, colonel, it is allowed on all vacation he is come to pay us a visit, and Sir hands that his lordship has given your son an John intends that he shall shortly take orders excellent education. for a very considerable benefice in the gift of Col. 0. Pshaw! he sent him to the univer. the family, the present incumbent of which is sity, and to travel forsooth; but what of that? an aged man.

I was abroad, and at the university myself, Diana. The last time I was at your house, and never a rush the better for either. I he was teaching Miss Clarissa mathematics quarrelled with his lordship about six years and philosophy. Lord, what a strange brain

before his death, and so had not an opportuI have! If I was to sit down to distract my-nity of seeing how the youth went on ; if I self with such studies

had, Master Jenkins, I would no more have Col. O. Go, hussy, let some of your brother's suffered him to be made such a monkey of~ rascals inform their master he has been long

He has been in my house but three days, and enough at his toilet; here is a message from

it is all turned topsy-turvey by him and his Sir John Flowerdale-You a brain for mathe rascally servants—then his chamber is like a matics indeed! We shall have women wanting perfumer's shop, with wash-balls, paste, and to head our regiments to-morrow or next day. pomatum-and do you know he had the im

Diina. Well, papa, and suppose we did. I pudence to tell me yesterday, at my own table, believe, in a battle of the sexes, you men

that I did not know how to behave myself? would hardly get the better of us.

Jenk. Pray, colonel, how does my lady

Mary? To rob them of strength, when wise nature

Col. O. What, my wife? In the old way, thought fit;

Master Jenkins; always complaining; ever By women to still do her duty,

something the matter with her head, or her Instead of a sword she endu'd them with wit,

back, or her legs but we have had the devil And gave them a shield in their beauty.

to pay lately-she and I did not speak to one

another for three weeks. Sound, sound then the trumpet, both sexes to Jenk. How so, Sir?

Our tyrants at once and protectors! (arms Col. O. A little affair of jealousy--you must Wo quickly shall see, whether courage or | know my gamekeeper's daughter has had a Decide for the Helens or Hectors. [charmschild, and the plaguy baggage takes it into

[Exit. her head to lay it to me-Upon my soul, it is your father, and I hope not Mr. Oldboy!

a fine, fat, chubby iofant as ever I set my eyes handsomest and richest in this country, and

ave sent it to nurse ; and, between you more than he deser and me, I believe I shall leave it a fortune. Mr. J. That's an exceeding fine china jar

Jeak. Ah, colonel, you will never give over. your ladyship has got in the next room; I saw

Col. 0. You know my lady has a pretty vein the fellow of it the other day at Williams's, of poetry; she writ me an heroic epistle upon and will send to my agent to purchase it: it it, where she calls me her dear, false Damon; is the true matchless old blue and white. so I let her cry a little, promised to do so nó | Lady Betty Barebones has a couple that she more, and now we are as good friends as ever. gave a hundred guineas for, on board an In

Jenk. Well, colonel, I must take my leave; diaman; but sie reckons them at a hundred I have delivered my message, and Sir John and twenty-five, on accoun

d Sir John and twenty-five, on account of half a dozen may expect the pleasure of your company to plates, four nankeen beakers, and a couple dinner.

of shaking mandarins, that the custom-house Col. O. Ay, ay, we'll come-pox o' cere- officers took from under her petticoats. mony among friends. But wont you stay and I Col. 0. Did you ever hear the like of this? see my son; I have sent to him, and suppose He's chattering about old china, while I am he will be here as soon as his valet-de-chambre talking to him of a fine girl. I tell you what, will give him leave.

Mr. Jessamy, since that's the name you choose Jenk. There is no occasion, good Sir: pre- to be called by, I have a good mind to knock sent my humble respects, that's all.

you down. Col. o. Well but, zounds, Jenkins, you Mr. J. Knock me down, colonel! What do must not go till you drink something-let you you mean? I must tell you, Sir, this is a lanand I have a bottle of hock

guage to which I have not been accustomed; Jeak. Not for the world, colonel : I never and, if you think proper to continue to repeat touch any thing strong in the morning. it, 1 sball be under the necessity of quitting

Col. 0. Never touch any thing strong! Why your house. one bottle wont hurt you, man ; this is old, Col. O. Quitting my house? and mild as milk.

Mr. J. Yes, Sir, incontinently. Jenk. Well but, colonel, pray excuse me. Col. 0. Why, Sir, am not I your father,

Sir, and have I not á right to talk to you as I To tell you the truth,

| like? I will, sirrah. But, perhaps, I mayn't In the days of my youth, As mirth and nature bid,

Lady M. Heavens and earth, Mr. Oldboy! I lik'd a glass,

Col. 0. What's the matter, Madam? I mean, And I lov'd a lass,

Madam, that he might have been changed at And I did as younkers did.

nurse, Madam ; and I believe he was.
But now I am old,

Mr. J. Huh, huh, huh!
With grief be it told,

Col. 0. Do you laugh at me, you saucy
I must those freaks forbear;

jackanapes ? At sixty-three,

Ludy M. Who's there? somebody bring me Twixt you and ine,

a chair. Really, Mr. Oldboy, you throw my A man grows worse for wear. (Exit. Weakly frame into such repeated convulEnter MR. JESSAMY, LADY MARY OLDBOY,

sions—but I see your aim ; you want to lay

me in my grave, and you will very soon have and Maid.

that satisfaction. Lady M, Shut the door, why don't you shut Col. 0. I can't bear the sight of him. the door there? Have you a mind I should Lady M. Open that window, give me air, catch my death? This house is absolutely the or I shall faint. cave of Lolus ; one had as good live in the Mr. J. Hold, hold, let me tie a handkerEddystone, or in a windmill,

chief about my neck first. This cursed, sharp, Mr.J. I t hought theyt

adyship north wind-Antoine, bring down my muff. that there was a messenger here from Sir John

Col. O. Ay, do, and his great coat. Flowerdale.

Col. 0. Well, Sir, and so there was ; but Enter ANTOINE, with Great Coat and Muf. he had not patience to wait upon your curling Lady M. Marg'ret, some hartshorn. My irons. Mr. Jenkins was here, Sir John dear Mr. Oldboy, why will you fly out in this Flowerdale's steward, who has lived in the way, when you know how it shocks my tender family these forty years.

nerves? Mr. J. And pray, Sir, might not Sir John

Col. 0. 'Sblood, Madam, it's enough to Flowerdale have come himself, if he had been make a man mad. acquainted with the rules of good breeding, Lady M. Hartshorn! hartshorn! he would have known that I ought to have

Enter Maid. been visited.

Lady M. Upon my word, colonel, this is al Mr. J. Colonel ! solecism,

Col. 0. Do you hear the puppy? Col. 0. 'Sblood, my lady, it's none. Sir Mr. J. Will you give me leave to ask you John Flowerdale came but last night from his one question ? sister's seat in the west, and is a little out of Col. 0. I don't know whether I will or not. order. But I suppose he thinks he ought to Mr. J. I should be glad to know, that's all, appear before him with his daughter in one what single circumstance in my conduct, carhand, and his rent-roll in the other, and cry, riage, or figure, you can possibly find fault Sir, pray do me the favour to accept them. with-Perhaps I may be brought to reform

Lady M. Nay but, Mr. Oldboy, permit me Pr’ythee let me hear from your own mouth, to say

then, seriously what it is you do like, and Col. 0. He need not give himself so many what it is you do not like. affected airs; I think it's very well if he gets Col. O, Hum! such a girl for going for ; she's one of the Mr. J. Be ingenuous, speak and spare not.

Col. O. You would know?

that I perceive already; I wish it was over ;

I dread it as much as a general election. (Exit. Zounds, Sir! then I'll tell you without any jest,

stest; SCENE II.-A Study in Sir John FLOWERThe thing of all things, which I hate and de

DALE's House.
A coxcomb, a fop,
A dainty milk-sop;

Two Charrs, a Table, Globes, and Mathematical Who, essenc'd and dizen'd from bottom to top,

Instruments.
Looks just like a doll for a milliner's shop.

Enter CLARISSA, followed by JENNY.
A thing full of prate,

Clar. Immortal powers, protect me,
And pride and conceit;

Assist, support, direct me;.
All fashion no weight;

Relieve a heart oppress'd:
Who shrugs and takes snuff;

Ah! why this palpitation ?
And carries a muff;

Cease, busy perturbation,
A minikin,

And let me, let me rest.
Finicking,
French powder-puff!

Jenny. My dear lady, what ails you ?
And now, Sir, I fancy, I've told you enough. Clar. Nothing, Jenny, nothing:

(Exit. | Jenny. Pardon me, Madam, there is some

thing ails you indeed. Lord! what signifies Mr. J. What's the matter with the colonel,

all the grandeur and riches in this world, if Madam ; does your ladyship know?

they can't procure one content. I am sure it Lady M. Heigho! don't be surprised, my

vexes me to the heart, so it does, to see such a dear, it was the same thing with my late dear

dear, sweet, worthy, young lady, as you are, brother, Lord.Jessamy; they never could agree:

pining yourself to death. that good-natured friendly soul, knowing the

Clar. Jenny, you are a good girl, and I am delicacy of my constitution, has often said,

very much obliged to you for feeling so much sister Mary, I pity you.-Not but your father

| on my account; but in a little time I hope I has good qualities; and I assure you I re

: shall be easier. member him a very fine gentleman himself.

Jenny. Why now, here to-day, Madam, for When he first paid his addresses to me, he was

sartain you ought to be merry to-day, when called agreeable Jack Oldboy, though I married him without the consent of your noble

there's a fine gentleman coming to court you ;

but, if you like any one else better, I am sure grandfather. • Mr. J. I think he ought to be proud of me;

I wish you had him, with all my soul.

Clar. Suppose, Jenny, I was so unfortunate I believe there's many a duke, nay, prince, as to like a man without my father's approbawho would esteem themselves happy in hav

tion ; would you wish me married to him? ing such a sonLady M. Yes, my dear; but your sister was I dam, that could make you happy.

Jenny. I wish you married to any one, Maalways your father's favourite : he intends to "ch

Clar. Heigho!

. give her a prodigious fortune, and sets his

Jenny. Madam ! Madam! yonder's Sir John heart upon seeing her a woman of quality.

and Mr. Lionel on the terrace : I believe they Mr. J. He should wish to see her look a

are coming up here. Poor dear Mr. Lionel, he little like a gentlewoman first. When she was

does not seem to be in over great spirits either. in Londen last winter, I am told she was taken

To be sure, Madam, it's no business of mine; but notice of by a few men. But she wants air,

I believe if the truth was known, there are those manner

in the house who would give more than ever I Lady M. And has not a bit of the genius of our family, and I never knew a woman of it

shall be worth, or any the likes of me, to pre

vent the marriage of a sartain person that shall but herself without. I have tried ber: about three vears ago. I set her to translate a little

be nameless.
we wawcito

Clar. What do you mean? I don't underFrench song : I found she had not even an

stand you. idea of versification; and she put down love

Jenny. I hope you are not angry, Madamı ? and joy for rhyme-so I gave her over. Mr. J. Why, indeed, she appears to have

Clar. Ah! Jenny

Jenn. Lauk! Madam. do you think, when more of the Thalestris than the Sappho about Mr. Lionel's a clergyman, he'll be obliged to her.

cut off his hair? I'm sure it will be a thousand Lady M. Well, my cear, I must go and dress myself, though I protest l'am fitter for my bed

pities, for it is the sweetest colour! and your

great pudding-sleeves, Lord! they'll quite than my coach. And condescend to the col.

spoil his shape, and the fall of his shoulders. onel a little-Do, my dear, if it be only to

| Well, Madam, if I was a lady of large foroblige your mamma.

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tune, I'll be hanged if Mr. Lionel should be a Mr. J. Let me consider: I am going to visit

| parson, if I could help it. a country baronet here, who would fain pre

Clar. I am going into my dressing-room-It vail upon me to marry his daughter : the old

seems then Mr. Lionel is a great favourite of gentleman has heard of my parts and understanding; Miss, of my figure and address.

yours; but pray, Jenny, have a care how you But suppose I should not like her when I see

| talk in this manner to any one else.

Jenny. Me talk, Madam! I thought you her ? Why, positively, then I will not have

knew me better; and, my dear lady, keep up her; the treaty's at an end, and, sans compliment, we break up the congress. But wont

your spirits. I'm sure I have dressed you tothat be cruel, after having suffered her to

day as nice as hands and pins can make you. flatter herself with hopes, and showing myself I'm but a poor servant, 'tis true, Ma'am; to her? She's a strange dowdy, I dare believe: But was I a lady like you, Ma'am, however, she brings provision with her for a In grief would I sit! The dickens a bit; separate maintenance.-Antoine, apprêtez la No, faith, I would search the world through, toilet. I am going to spend a cursed day; To find what my liking could hit. [Bla'am,

Jenny I

wish me married to him

w.my 1. Yes, my dear: but your sister

Set in case a young man,

I to him; and will return to you again in a In my fancy there ran;

minute.

[Exit. It might anger my friends and relations ; Lion. To be a burden to one's self, to wage But if I had regard,

continual war with one's own passions, It should go very hard,

forced to combat, unable to overcome! But Or I'd follow my own inclinations.

see, she appears, whose presence turns all my (E.reunt. sufferings into transport, and makes even

misery itself delightful. Enter Sir John FLOWERDALE and LIONEL.

Enter CLARISSA. Sir J. Indeed, Lionel, I will not hear of it. | Perhaps, Madam, you are not at leisure now: What! to run from us all of a sudden this way, otherwise, if you thought proper, we would and at such a time too; the eve of my daugh

resume the subject we were upon yesterday. ter's wedding, as I may call it; when your

Clar. I am sure, Sir, I give you a great company must be doubly agreeable, as well

deal of trouble. as necessary to us? Lion. Upon my word, Sir, I have been so

Lion. Madam, you give me no trouble; I

should think every hour of my life happily emlong from the university, that it is time for me

ployed in your service; and as this is probably to think of returning. It is true, I have no

the last time I shall have the honour of atabsolute studies ; but really, Sir, I shall be

tending you upon the same occasion obliged to you, if you will give me leave to go.

Clar. Upon my word, Mr. Lionel, I think Sir J. Come, come, my dear Lionel, I have

myself extremely obliged to you; and shall for some time observed a more than ordinary gravity growing upon you, and I am not to

ever consider the enjoyment of your friend

shiplearn the reason of it: I know, to minds seri

Lion. My friendship, Madam, can be of ous, and well inclined, like yours, the sacred

little moment to you ; but if the most perfect functions you are about to embrace

adoration, if the warmest wishes for your leLion, Dear Sir, your goodness to me, of

licity, though I should never be witness of every kind, is so great, so unmerited! Your it-if' these. Madam, can have any merit to condescension, your friendly attentions in continu short, Sir, I want words to express my sense honoured with a share of your esteem

continue, in your remembrance, a man once of obligations

Clar. Hold, Sir-I think I hear somebody. • Sir J. Fy, fy, no more of them. By my

Lion. If you please, Madam, we will resume last letters, I find that my old friend, the rector, still continues in good health, considering

our studies-Have you looked at the book I

left you yesterday? bis advanced years. You may imagine I am Clar. Really, Sir, I have been so much disfar from desiring the death of so worthy and turbed in my thoughts for these two or three vious a man; yet I must own, at this time, I days past, that I have not been able to look could wish you were in orders, as you might at any thing. then perform the ceremony of my daughter's

L

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Lion. I am sorry to hear that, Madam ; I marriage; which would give me a secret satis

hope there was nothing particular to disturb faction,

you. The care Sir John takes to dispose of Lion. No doubt, Sir, any office in my power,

your hand in a manner suitable to your birth that could be instrumental to the happiness of

and fortune any in your family, I should perform with

Clar. I don't know, Sir;-I own I am displeasure.

turbed; I own I am uneasy ; there is someSir J. Why really, Lionel, from the charac

thing weighs upon my heart, which I would ter of her intended husband, I have no room

fain disclose. to doubt but this match will make Clarissa

Lion. Upon your heart, Madam! did you perfectly happy: to be sure, the alliance is the

say your heart? most elígible for both families

Clar. I did, Sir,-Lion. If the gentleman is sensible of his happiness in the alliance, Sir.

Enter JENNY. Sir J. The fondness of a father is always Jenny. Madam! Madam!: here's a coach suspected of partiality; yet I believe I may and six driving up the avenue : it's Colonel venture to say, that few young women will be Oldboy's family; and I believe the gentlefound more unexceptionable than my daugh-man is in it, that's coming to court you.ter: her person is agreeable, her temper sweet, Lord, I must run and have a peep at him out her understanding good; and with the obliga-l of the window.

[Exit. tions she has to your instruction

Lion. Madam, I'll take my leave. Lion. You do my endeavours too much hon

Clar. Why so, Sir ?-Bless me, Mr. Lionel, our, Sir; I have been able to add nothing to what's the matter ?-You turn pale. Miss Flowerdale's accomplishments, but a lit Lion. Madam! tle knowledge in matters of small importance Clar. Pray speak to me, Sir.--You tremble. to a mind already so well improved."

-Tell me the cause of this sudden change.Sir J. I don't think so; a little knowledge, How are you ?- Where's your disorder? even in those matters, is necessary for a wo Lion. Oh fortune! fortune! man, in whom I am far from considering ig

• You ask me in vain, norance as a desirable characteristic: when

Of what ills I complain, intelligence is not attended with impertinent

Where harbours the torment I find; affectation, it teaches them to judge with pre

In my head, in my heart, cision, and gives them a degree of solidity

It invades ev'ry part, necessary for the companion of a sensible man.

And subdues both my body and mind. Lion. Yonder's Mr. Jenkins : I fancy he's looking for you, Sir. .

Each effort I try,
Sir J. I see him; he's come back from Ev'ry med'cine apply,
Colonel Oldboy's; I have a few words to say The pangs of my soul to appease :

But doom'd to endure,

Clar. How easy to direct the conduct of What I mean for a cure,

others, how hard to regulate our own! I can Turns poison, and feeds the disease. [Exit. give my friend advice, while I am conscious

of the same indiscretions in myself. Yet is it Enter Diana.

criminal to know the most worthy, most amiDiana. My dear Clarissa—I'm glad I have

able man in the world, and not to be insensi.

ble to his merit? But my father, the kindest, found you alone.-For Heaven's sake, don't let any one break in upon us ;-and give me

best of fathers, will he approve the choice I leave to sit down with you a little :- I am in

have made ? Nay, has he not made another such a tremor, such a panic

choice for me? And, after all, how can I be · Clar. Mercy on us, what has happened?

sure that the man I love, loves me again? He Diana. You may remember I told you, that

never told me so; but his looks, his actions, his when I was last winter in London. I was fol. present anxiety, sufficiently declare what his lowed by an odious fellow, one Harman; I

delicacy, his generosity, will not suffer him to

utter. can't say but the wretch pleased me, though he is but a younger brother, and not worth

Ye gloomy thoughts, ye fears perverse, sixpence : and-in short, when I was leaving

Like sullen vapours all disperse. town, I promised to correspond with him.

And scatter in the wind; Clar. Do you think that was prudent ?

Diana. Madness! But this is not the worst; Delusive phantoms, brood of night, for what do you think, the creature had the No more my sickly fancy fright, assurance to write to me about three weeks No more my reason blind; ago, desiring permission to come down and spend the summer at my father's.

"Tis done ; I feel my.soul releas'd; Clar. At your father's!

The visions fly, the mists are chas'd, Diana. Ay, who never saw him, knows no

Nor leave a cloud behind. (Exit. thing of him, and would as soon consent to my marrying a horse-jockey. He told me a long

SCENE III.- A side view of Sir JOAN story of some tale he intended to invent to

FLOWERDALE's House. make my father receive him as an indifferent Enter HARMAN with COLONEL OLDBOY.

person ; and some gentleman in London, he * said, would procure him a letter that should

Col, . Well, and how does my old friend give it a face; and he longed to see me so, he

Dick Rantum do? I have not seen him these said, he could not live without it; and if he

twelve years : he was an honest worthy fellow

ndio has ever breathed : I remember he kept a girl could be permitted but to spend a week with me

"lin London, and was cursedly plagued by his Clar. Well, and what answer did you make? | Wile's relations.

Diana. Oh! abused bim. and refused to Har. Sir Richard was always a man of listen to any such thing-But-I vow I trem-spirit,

blonel. ble while I tell it to you just before we left

Col. o. But as to this business of yours, our house, the impudent inopster arrived there,

which he tells me of in his letter-I don't see attended by a couple of servants, and is now

much in it-An affair with a citizen's daughactually coming here with my father.

ter-pioked her brother in a duel-Is the fel. Clar. Upon my word this is a dreadful

Har. Why, Sir, we hope not; but as the Diana. Dreadful, my dear!—I happened to

matter is dubious, and will probably make be at the window as he came into the court,

some noise, I thought it was better to be for a and I declare I had like to have fainted away.

little time out of the way; when hearing my Clar. Well, Diana, with regard to your af

case, Sir Richard Rantum mentioned you; he fair-I think you must find some method of im

said he was sure you would permit me to remediately informing this gentleman that you

main at your house for a few days, and offered consider the outrage he has committed against

me a recommendation. you in the most heinous light, and insist upon

Col. O. And there's likely to be a brat in his going away directly.

the case-And the girl's friends are in busiDiuna. Why, I believe that will be the best ness-I'll tell you what will be the conseway-but then he'll be begging my pardon and quence then-They will be for going to law asking to stay.

with you for a maintenance-but no matter, Clar. Why then you must tell him positively

I'll take the affair in hand for you-make me you wont consent to it; and if he persist in so your solicitor; and, if you are obliged to pay xtravagant a design, tell him you'll never see for a single spoonful of pap, I'll be content to him again as long as you live.

father all the children in the Foundling-hosDiana. Must I tell him so ?

pital.

Har. You are very kind, Sir. Ah! pr'ythee spare me dearest creature! Col. O. But hold-hark you-you say there's How can you prompt me to so much ill nature? money to be had--suppose you were to marry Kneeling before me,

the wench? Should I hear him implore me;

Hur. Do you think, Sir, that would be so Could I accuse him,

right after what has happened? Besides, Could I refuse him

there's a strong objection-To tell you the The boon he should ask ?

truth, I am honourably in love in another Set pot a lover the cruel task ! No, believe me, my dear,

Col. O. Oh! you are. Was he now standing here,

Har. Yes, Sír, but there are obstacles-A In spite of my frights and alarms,

father-In short, Sir, the mistress of my heart I might rate him, might scold him

lives in this very county, which makes even But should still strive to hold him

my present situation a little irksome. And sink at last into his arms.

Col. 0. In this county! Zounds! then I am

low likely to

thing.

place.

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