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with you;

Enter Mr STRICTLAND.

mit. I little imagined you could have been dis

pleased at my having so agreeable a companion. Strict. Oh, your servant, madam! Here, I Strict. There was a time, when I was company have received a letter from Mr Bellamy, wherein enough for leisure hours. he desires I would once more hear what he has Mrs Strict. There was a time, when every to say. You know my sentiments; nay, so does word of mine was sure of meeting with a smile; he.

but those happy days, I know not why, have long Jac. For Heaven's sake, consider, sir, this is been over. no new affair, no sudden start of passion; we

Strict. I cannot bear a rival, even of your own have known each other long. My father valued, sex. I hate the very name of female friends.and loved hin; and, I am sure, were he alive, I No two of you can ever be an hour by yourselves, should have his consent.

but one or both are the worse for it. Strict, Don't tell me. Your father would not Mrs Strict. Dear Mr Strictlandhave you marry against his will; neither will I Strict. This I know, and will not suffer. against mine: I am your father now.

Mrs Strict. It grieves me, sir, to see you so Jac. And you take a fatherly care of me. much in earnest : but, to convince you how wilStrict. I wish I had never had any thing to do ling I am to make you easy in every thing, it

shall be my request to her to remove immediJuc. You may easily get rid of the trouble. ately.

Strict. By listening, I suppose, to the young strict. Do it-hark ye-Your request !-Why gentleman's proposals ?

yours? 'Tis mine-my command—tell her so. Í Jac. Which are very reasonable, in my opi- will be master of my own family, and I care not nion.

who knows it. Strict. Oh, very modest ones truly ! and a very Mrs Strict. You fright me, sir! But it shall be modest gentleman he is, that proposes them! A as you please.-{In tears.]

[Goes out. fool, to expect a lady of thirty thousand pounds Strict. Ha! Ilave I gone too far? for I am fortune, should, by the care and prudence of her not master of myself. Mrs Strictland !--[She guardian, be thrown away upon a young fellow returns.)—Understand me right. I do not mean, not worth three hundred 'a-year! le thinks be- by what I have said, that I suspect your innoing in love is an excuse for this; but I am not in. cence; but, by crushing this growing friendship love: what does he think will excuse me? all at once, I may prevent a train of mischief

Mrs Strict. Well; but, Mr Strictland, I think which you do not foresce. I was, perhaps, too the gentleman should be heard.

harsh; therefore, do it in your own way: buc Strict. Well, well; seven o'clock's the time, let me see the house fairly rid of her. and, if the man has had the good fortune, since

(Exit STRICTLAND. I saw him last, to persuade somebody or other to Mrs Strict. His earnestness in this affair give him a better estate, I give him my consent, amazes me; I am sorry I made this visit to Clanot else. His servant waits below: you may tell rinda; and yet I'll answer for her honour. What him I shall be at home.--[Erit Jacintha.)- can I say to her ? Necessity must plead in my But where is your friend, your other half, all excuse-for, at all events, Mr Strictland must be this while? I thought you could not have breath- obeyed.

[Erit. ed a minute, without your Clarinda. Mrs Strict. Why, the truth is, I was going to

SCENE III.--St James's Park. see what makes her keep her chamber so long.

Enter BELLAMY and FrankLY. Strict. Look ye, Mrs Strictland; you have been asking me for money this morning. In plain Frank. Now, Bellamy, I may unfold the seterms, not one shilling shall pass through these cret of my heart to you with greater freedom; fingers, till you have cleared my house of this for, though Ranger has honour, I am not in a huClarinda.

mour to be laughed at. I must have one that Mrs Strict. How can her innocent gaiety have will bear with my impertinence, sooth me into offended you? She is a woman of honour, and hope, and, like a friend indeed, with tenderness has as many good qualities-

advise me. Strict. As women of honour generally have.- Bel, I thought you appeared more grave than I know it, and therefore am uneasy.

usual. Mrs Strict. But, sir

Frank. Oh, Bellamy! My soul is full of joy, Strict. But, madam—Clarinda, nor e'er a rake of pain, hope, despair, and ecstacy, that no word of fashion in England, shall live in my family, to bui love is capable of expressing what I feel! debauch it.

Bel. Is love the secret Ranger is not fit to Mrs Strict. Sir, she treated me with so much hear? In my mind, he would prove the more civility in the country, that I thought I could not able counsellor. And is all the gay indifference do less than invite her to spend as much time of my friend at last reduced to love? with me in town as her engagements would per- Frank. Even so-Never was a prude more re

you been?

solute in chastity and ill-nature, than I was fixed J. Meg. Ha! Whose that? in indifference; but love has raised me from that Frank. A friend of mine. Mr Bellamy, this inactive state, above the being of a man. is Jack Meggot, sir ; as honest a fellow as any in

Bel. Faith, Charles, I begin to think it has : life. but, pray, bring this rapture into order a little, J. Meg. Pho! Prithee ! Pox! Charlesand tell me regularly, how, where, and when. Don't be silly-Sir, I am your humble : any one

Frank. If I was not most unreasonably in who is a friend of my Frankly's, I am proud of love, those horrid questions would stop my embracing. mouth at once; but, as I am armed against rea- Bel. Sir, I shall endeavour to deserve your cison-I answer-at Bath, on Tuesday, she danced vility. and caught me.

J. Meg. Oh, sir! Well, Charles; what, dumb? Bel. Danced ! And was that all? But who is Come, come; you may talk, though you have noshe? What is her name? Her fortune? Where thing to say, as I do. Let us hear, where have does she live?

Frank. Hold! Hold ! Not so many hard Frank. Why, for this last week, Jack, I have questions. Have a little mercy. I know but been at Bath. little of her, that's certain; but all I do know, J. Meg. Bath ! the most ridiculous place in you shall have. That evening was the first of life! amongst tradesmen's wives that hate their her appearing at Bath; the moment I saw her, I husbands, and people of quality that had rather resolved to ask the favour of her hand ; .but the go to the devil than stay at home. People of no easy freedom with which she gave it, and her taste; no gout ; and, for devertimenti, if it unaffected good humour during the whole night, were not for the puppet-show, la vertu would be gained such a power over my heart, as none of dead amongst them. But the news, Charles ; her sex could ever boast before. I waited on the ladies I fear your time hung heavy on your her home; and the next morning, when I went hands, by the small stay you made there. to pay the usual compliments, the bird was Frank. Faith, and so it did, Jack ; the ladies flown; she had set out for London two hours are grown such idiots in love. The cards have so before, and in a chariot and six, you rogue ! debauched their five senses, that love, almighty Bel. But was it her own, Charles ?

love himself, is utterly neglected. Frank. That I don't know; but it looks bet- J. Meg. It is the strangest thing in life, but it ter than being dragged to town in the stage.- is just so with us abroad. Faith, Charles, to tell That day and the next I spent in inquiries. I you a secret, which I don't care if all the world waited on the ladies who came with her; they knows, I am almost surfeited with the services of knew nothing of her. So, without learning either the ladies; the modest ones, I mean. The vast her name or fortune, I e'en called for my boots, variety of duties they expect, as dressing up to and rode post after her.

the fashion, losing fashionably, keeping fashionBel. And how do you find yourself after your able hours, drinking fashionable liquors, and fifty journey?

other such irregular niceties, so ruin a man's Frunk. Why, as yet, I own, I am but on a cold pocket and constitution, that, 'foregad, he must scent: but a woman of lier sprightliness and gen- have the estate of a duke, and the strength of a tility, cannot but frequent all public places; and, gondolier, who would list himself into their serwhen once she is found, the pleasure of the chase vice. will overpay the pains of rousing her. Oh, Bel- Frank. A free confession, truly, Jack, for one Jamy! There was something peculiarly charming of

your

coat ! in her, that seemed to claim my further acquaint- Bel. The ladies are obliged to you. ance; and if, in the more familiar parts of life, she shines with that superior lustre, and at last I

Enter BUCKLE, with a letter to BELLAMY. win her to my arms, how shall I bless my resolu- J. Meg. Oh, Lard, Charles! I have had the tion in pursuing her!

greatest misfortune in life since I saw you; poor Bel. But if, at last, she should prove unwor- Otho, that I brought from Rome with me, is thy

dead! Frank. I would endeavour to forget her. Frank. Well, well; get you another, and all

Bel. Promise me that, Charles, [Takes his will be well again. hand.]-and I allow—But we are interrupted. J. Meg. No; the rogue broke me so much

china, and gnawed my Spanish leather shoes so Enter Jack MEGGOT.

filthily, that, wben he was dead, I began not to J. Meg. Whom have we here? My old friend endure bim. Frankly! Thou art grown a mere antique since I Bel. Exactly at seven ! run back and assure saw thee. How hast thou done these five hun him I will not fail.—[Erit BUCKLE.}-Dead! dred years?

Pray, who was the gentleman? Frank. Even as you see me; well, and at your J. Aleg. The gentleman was my monkey, sir ; service ever,

an odd sort of a fellow, that used to divert me, and pleased every body so at Rome, that he al- Bel. I suppose, then, he is just come out of ways made one in our conversationi. But, Mr the country ? Bellamy, I saw a servant; I hope no engagement, Frank. Nor that neither. I would venture a for you two positively shall dine with me: I have wager, from his own house hither, or to an aucthe finest macaroni in life. Oblige me so far. tion or two of old dirty pictures, is the utmost of

Bel. Sir, your servant; what say you, Frank- his travels to-day; or he may have been in purly?

suit, perhaps, of a new cargo of Venetian toothJ. Meg. Pho! Pox! Charles, you shall "go.-picks. My aunts think you begin to neglect them; and Bel. A special acquaintance I have made toold maids, you know, are the most jealous crea- day. tures in life.

Frank. For all this, Bellamy, he has a heart Frank. Ranger swears they cannot be maids, worthy your friendship. He spends his estate they are so good-natured. Well

, I agree, on freely, and you cannot oblige him more, than by condition I may eat what I please, and go away shewing him how he can be of service to you. just when I will.

Bel. Now you say something. It is the heart, J. Meg. Ay, ay, you shall do just what you Frankly, I value in a man. will. But how shall we do? My post chaise Frank. Right—and there is a heart even in a won't carry us all.

woman's breast, that is worth the purchase, or Frank. My chariot is here; and I will con- my judgment has deceived me. Dear Bellamy, duct Mr Bellamy.

I know your concern for me; see her first, and Bel. Mr Meggot, I beg pardon; I cannot pos- then blame me, if you can. sibly dine out of town; I have an engagement Bel. So far from blaming you, Charles, that, if early in the evening.

my endeavours can be serviceable, I will beat the J. Meg. Out of town! No, my dear, I live bushes with you. just by. I see one of the dillettanti, I would not Frank. That, I am afraid, will not do. For miss speaking to for the universe. And so I ex- you know less of her than 1: but if, in your pect you at three.

[Erit. walks, you meet a finer woman than ordinary, let Frank. Ha, ha, ha! and so you thought you her not escape till I have seen her. Wheresohad at least fifty miles to go post for a spoonful ever she is, she cannot long be hid. of macaroni ?

[Ereunt.

ACT II.

LAND.

SCENE I.–St James's Park.

Cla. I care not how soon. I long to meet

with such a fellow. Our modern beaux are such Enter CLARINDA, Jacintha, and MRS STRICT-joint-babies in love, they have no feeling; they

are entirely insensible either of pain or pleasure,

but from their own dear persons; and, according Jac. Ay, ay; we both stand condemned out of as we flatter, or affront their beauty, they admire our own mouths.

or forsake ours: they are not worthy even of our Cla. Why, I cannot but own, I never had a displeasure; and, in short, abusing them is but thought of any man that troubled me but him. so much ill-nature merely thrown away. But

Mrs Strict. Then, I dare swear, by this time, the man of sense, who values himself upon his you heartily repent your leaving Bath so soon. high abilities, or the man of wit, who thinks a

Cla. Indeed, you are mistaken. I have not woman beneath his conversation-- to see such the had one scruple since.

subjects of our power, the slaves of our frowns Jac. Why, what one inducement can he have and smiles, is glorious indeed ! ever to think of you again?

Mrs Strict. No man of sense or wit either, if Cla. Oh, the greatest of all inducements, cu- he be truly so, ever did, or ever can, think a woriosity: let me assure you, a woman's surest hold man of merit beneath his wisdom to converse over a man, is to keep him in uncertainty. As with. soon as ever you put him out of doubt, you put Jac. Nor will such a woman value herself uphim out of your power; but, when once a wo- on making such a lover uneasy. man has awaked his curiosity, she may lead him Cla. Amazing! Why, every woman can give a dance of many a troublesome mile, without the ease. You cannot be in earnest. least fear of losing him at last.

Mrs Strict. I can assure you she is, and has Jac. Now do I heartily wish he may have spi- put in practice the doctrine she has been teachrit enough to follow, and use you as you deserve. Such a spirit, with but a little knowledge Cla. Impossible! Who ever heard the name of our sex, might put that heart of yours into a of love mentioned without an idea of torment? strange flutter

But, pray let us hear.

ing.

of.

Jac. Nay, there is nothing to hear that I know | immediately—I see my chair: and so, ladies

both, adieu.

[Exit. Cla. So I suspected, indeed. The novel is Jac. Come, Mrs Strictland, we shall but just not likely to be long, when the lady is so well pre- have time to get home before Mr Bellamy comes. pared for the denouement.

Mrs Strict. Let us return, then, to our comJac. The novel, as you call it, is not so short mon prison. You must forgive my ill-nature, as you may imagine. I and my spark have been Jacintha, if I almost wish Mr Strictland may relong acquainted : as he was continually with my fuse to join your hand where your heart is given, father, I soon perceived that he loved me; and Jac. Lord, madam, what do you mean? the manner of his expressing that love, was what Mrs Strict. Self-interest only, child. Mepleased and wounded me most.

thinks your company in the country would sofCla. Well; and how was it? the old bait, flat- ten all my sorrows, and I could bear them patery; dear flattery, I warrant ye.

tiently. Jac. No, indeed; I had not the pleasure of hearing my person, wit, and beauty painted out

Re-enter CLARINDA. with forced praises; but I had a more sensible delight, in perceiving the drift of his whole be- Cla. Dear Mrs Strictland-I am so confused, haviour was to make every hour of my time pass and so out of breathaway agreeably.

Mirs Strict. Why, what's the matter? Cla. The rustic! what, did he never say a Jac. I protest you fright me. handsome thing of your person?

Cla. Oh! I have no time to recover myself, I Mrs Strict. Ile did, it seems, what pleased her am so frightened, and so pleased. In short, better; he flattered her good sense, as much then, the dear man is here. as a less cunning lover would have done her Mrs Strict. Here--Lord--Where? beauty.

Cla. I met hiin this instant; I saw him at a Cla. On my conscience, you are well matched. | distance, turned short, and ran hither directly

Jac. So well, that if my guardian denies me Let us go home. I tell you he follows nie. happiness (and this evening he is to pass his final Mrs Strict. Why, had you not better stay, and sentence), nothing is left but to break my prison, let him speak to you? and My into my lover's arms for safety.

Cla. Ay! But then--he won't know where I Cla. Hey-day! O' my conscience thou art a live, without my telling him. brave girl. Thou art the very first prude that Mrs Strict. Come, then. Ila, ha, ha! ever had honesty enough to avow her passion for

Clarinda! - -Allons domc.

[Ereunt. Jac. And thou art the first finished coquette who ever had any honesty at all.

Enter FRANKLY. Mrs Strict. Come, come; you are both too good for either of those characters.

Fran. Sure that must be she! her shape and Cla. And my dear Mrs Strictland, here, is the easy air cannot be so exactly copied by another, first young married woman of spirit who has an Now, you young rogue, Cupid, guide me directly ill-natured fellow for a husband, and never once to her, as you would the surest arrow in vour thinks of using him as he deserves- -Good quiver.

[Erit. Heaven! If I had such a husbandMrs Strict. You would be just as unhappy as

SCENE II.-Changes to the street before MR

STRICTLAND's door. Clu. But come now, confesslong to be a widow?

Re-enter CLARINDA, JACINTHA, and Mrs Mrs Strict. Would I were any thing but what

STRICTLAND. I am!

Cla. Then, go the nearest way about it. I'd Cla. Lord !-Dear Jacintha for Heabreak that stout heart of his in less than a fort- ven's sake make haste: be'll overtake us before night. I'd make him know

we get in. Mrs Strict. Pray, be silent.

Juc. Overtake us! why, he is not in sight. resolution.

Cla. Is not he? Ha! Sure I have not dropt Cla. I know you have no resolution.

my twee- I would not have him lose sight of me Mrs Strict. You are a mad creature, but I neither.

[Aside. forgive you.

Mrs Strict. Here he is Cla. It is all meant kindly, I assure you. But, Cla. IIn---In, then. since you won't be persuaded to your good; I Jac. (Laughing.] What, without your twee ? will think of making you easy in your submission, Cla. Pshaw! I have lost nothingIn, in, as soon as ever I can. I dare say, I may have

I'll follow you. the same lodging I had last year: I can know [Éreunt into the house, CLARINDA lese.

Jac. Ay, poor

a man.

I am.

-do not you

You know my

Enter FRANKLY.

Frank. There is nothing, madam, which could

take off from the gaiety with which your preFrank. It is impossible I should be deceived. sence inspires every heart, but the fear of losing My eyes, and the quick pulses at my heart, as- you. How can I be otherwise than as I am, sure me it is she. Ha! 'tis she, by Heaven! when I know not but you may leave London as and the door left open too_A fair invitation, by abruptly as you did Bath? all the rules of love.

[Erit.

Enter LUCETTA.
SCENE III.—Changes to an apartment in Mr
STRICTLAND's house.

Luc. Madam, the tea is ready, and my mistress

waits for you. Enter CLARINDA, FRANKLY following her.

Cla. Very well, I come- -[E.rit LUCETTA.] You Frank. I hope, madam, you will excuse the see, sir, I am called away: but I hope you will boldness of this intrusion, since it is owing to excuse it, when I leave you with an assurance, your own behaviour that I am forced to it. that the business, which brings me to town, will Cla. To my behaviour, sir !

keep me here some time. Frank. You cannot but remember me at Frank. How generous it is in you thus to ease Bath, madam, where I so lately had the favour the heart, that knew not how to ask for such a of your hand

favour!-I fear to offend-But this house, I supČla. I do remember, sir; but I little expec- pose, is yours? ted any wrong interpretation of my behaviour Cla. You will hear of me, if not find me here. from one who had so much the appearance of a Frank. I then take my leave. [Exit Frank. gentleman.

Cla. I'm undone ! He has me! Frank. What I saw of your behaviour was so just, it would admit of no misrepresentation. I

Enter Mas STRICTLAND. only feared, whatever reason you had to conceal Mrs Strict. Well; how do you find yourself? your name from me at Bath, you might have the Cla. I do find -that, if he goes on as he has same to do it now; and though my happiness begun, I shall certainly have him without giving was so nearly concerned, I rather chose to ven- him the least uneasiness. ture thus abruptly after you, than be imperti- Mrs Strict. A very terrible prospect, indeed! nently inquisitive.

Cla. But I must tcase him a little- -Where Cla. Sir, there seems to be so much civility in is Jacintha ? how will she laugh at me, if I beyour rudeness, that I can easily forgive it;- come a pupil of bers, and learn to give ease! though I don't see how your happiness is at all No; positively I shall never do it. concerned.

Mrs Strict. Poor Jacintha has met with what Frank. No, madam! I believe you are the I feared from Mr Strictland's teinper; an utter only lady, who could, with the qualifications you denial. I know not why, but he really grows are mistress of, be sensible of the power they more and more ill-natured. give you over the happiness of our sex.

Cla. Well; now do I heartily wish my affairs Cia. How vain should we women be, if you

were in his

power a little, that I might have a gentlemen were but wise! If you did not all of few difficulties to surmount: I love difficulties; you say the saine things to every woman, we and yet, I don't know-it is as well as it is. should certainly be foolish enough to believe Mrs Strict. Ha, ha, ha! Come, the tea waits. some of you were in earnest.

[Ereunt. Frank. Could you have the least sense of what I feel whilst I am speaking, you would

Enter Mr STRICTLAND. know me to be in earnest, and what I say to be Strict. These doings in my house distract me. the dictates of a heart that admires you; may II met a fine gentleman : when I inquired who not say that

he was, why, he came to Clarinda. I shall 900 Clui Sir, this is carrying the

be easy till she is decamped. My wife had the Frank. When I danced with you at Bath, I was character of a virtuous woman—and they have charmed with your whole behaviour, and felt the not been long acquainted: but then they were same tender admiration! but my hope of seeing by themselves at Bath-That hurts that you afterwards, kept in my passion till a more hurts--they must be watcher, they must; I proper time should offer. You cannot, therefore, know them, I know all their wiles, and the best blamne me now, if, after having lost you once, of them are but hypocrites Ha!-(LUCETTA I do not suffer an inexcusable modesty to passes over the stage.] Suppose I bribe the maid : prevent my making use of this second oppor- she is of their council, the manager of their tunity.

secrets: it shall be so; money will do it, and I Cia. This behaviour, sir, is so different from shall know all that passes. Lucetta! the gaiety of your conversation then, that I am Luc. Sir. at a loss how to answer you.

Strict. Lucetta! Vol. II.

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