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Re-enter LUCETTA.

Strict. Well, well: I believe you honest.

[Shuts the door. Luc. Sir! If he should suspect, and search Luc. What can be at the bottom of all this? me now, I'm undone. Aside.

[ Aside. Strict. She is a sly girl, and may be service- Strict. So; we cannot be too private. Come able. [Aside.] Lucetta, you are a good girl, and hither, hussy; nearer yet. have an honest face. I like it. It looks as if it Luc. Lord, sir! You are not going to be rude? carried no deceit in it-Yet, if she should be I vow I will call out. false, she can do me most harm. [Aside. Strict. Hold your tongue-Does the baggage Luc. Pray, sir, speak out.

laugh at me? She does; she mocks me, and will Strict. [Aside.] No; she is a woman, and it is reveal it to my wife; and her insolence upon it the highest imprudence to trust her.

will be more insupportable to me than cuckoldLuc. I am not able to understand you. om itself. (Aside.] I have not leisure now,

Strict. I am glad of it. I would not have you Lucetta–Some other time---Hush! Did not the understand me.

bell ring? Yes, yes; my wife wants you. Go, go, Luc. Then, what did you call me for ?-If he go to her. [Pushes her out.] There is no hell on should be in love with my face, it would be rare earth like being a slave to suspicion. (Exit. sport.

Aside. Strict. Tester, ay, Tester is the proper per- SCENE IV.--- The Piazza, Covent-Garden. son. [Aside.] Lucetta, tell Tester I want him. Luc. Yes, sir. Mighty odd, this ! It gives me

Enter BELLAMY and Jack MEGGOT. time, however, to send Buckle with this letter to his master.

[ Aside. Erit. Bel. Nay, nay, I would not put your family Strict. Could I but be once well satisfied that into any confusion. my wite had really finished me, I believe I J. Meg. None in life, my dear, I assure you. should be as quiet as if I were sure to the I will go and order every thing this instant for contrary: but, whilst I am in doubt, I am mis- her reception. erable.

Bel. You are too obliging, sir; but you need

not be in this hurry, for I am in no certainty Enter TESTER,

when I shall trouble you; I only know, that my Test. Does your honour please to want me? Jacintha has taken such a resolution.

Strict. Ay, Tester I need not fear. The J. Meg. Therefore, we should be prepared ; honesty of his service, and the goodness of his for, when once a lady has such a resolution in look, make me secure. I will trust him. (Aside.] her head, she is upon the rack till she executes Tester, I think I have been a tolerable good it. 'Foregad, Mr Bellamy, this must be a girl of master to you.

fire. Test. Yes, sir, -very tolerable.

Enter FRANKLY, Strict. I like his simplicity well. It promises honesty. [Aside.) I have a secret, Tester, to im- Frank. Buxom and lively as the bounding part to you; a thing of the greatest importance. doe!- Fair as painting can express, or youthful Look upon me, and don't stand picking your poets fancy, when they love! Tol, de rol, dol! fingers.

(Singing and dancing. Test. Yes, sir.—No, sir.

Bel. Who is this you talk thus rapturously of? Strict. But will not his simplicity expose him Frank. Who should it be, but---I shall know the more to Lucetta's cunning? Yes, yes; she her name to-morrow. [Sings and dances. will worm the secret out of him. I had better J. Meg. What is the matter, ho? Is the man trust her with it at once.-So I will. [Aside.] mad? Tester, yo, send Lucetta hither.

Frank. Even so, gentlemen; as mad as love Test. Yes, sirHere she is.

and joy can make me.

Bel. But inform us whence this joy proceeds. Re-enter LUCETTA.

Frank. Joy! joy! my lads! She's found! my

Perdita! my charmer ! Lucetta, my master wants you.

J. Meg. Égad! her charms have bewitched Strict. Get you down, Tester.

the man, I think !---But who is she? T'est. Yes, sir.

Erit.

Bel. Come, come, tell us, who is this wonLuc. If you want me, sir, I beg you would der? ipake haste, for I have a thousand things to do. Frank. But will you say nothing?

Strict. Well, well; what I have to say will Bel. Nothing, as I live. not take up much timne, could I but persuade you Frank. Nor you? to be honest.

J. Meg. I'll be as silent as the grave Luc. Why, sir, I hope you don't suspect my Frank. With a tomb-stone upon it, to tell honesty?

every one whose dust it carries.

tures,

J. Meg. I'll be as secret as a debauched

Enter RANGER. prude

Frank. Whose sanctity every one suspects. Ran. Why—Hey !-is there never a wench to Jack, Jack, 'tis not in thy nature; keeping a se- be got for love or money? cret is worse to thee than keeping thy accounts. Bel. Pshaw! Ranger here? But to leave fooling, listen to me both, that I may Ran. Yes, Ranger is here, and perhaps does whisper it into your ears, that echo may not catch not come so impertinently as you may ine. the sinking sound- I cannot tell who she is, Faith! I think I have the knack of finding out faith—Tol de rol, lol

secrets. Nay, never look so queer-Here is a J. Meg. Mad! mad! very mad!

letter, Mr Bellamy, that seems to promise you Frank. All I know of her is, that she is a better diversion than your hugging one another. charming woman, and has given me liberty to Bel. What do you mean? visit her again—Bellamy, 'tis she, the lovely Ran. Do you deal much in these paper-toshe!

[ Aside. kens? Bel. So I did suppose.

[To FRANK. Bel. Oh, the dear kind creature! it is from J. Meg. Poor Charles ! for Heaven's sake, Mr herself.

[To FRANK. Bellamy, persuade him to go to his chamber, Ran. What, is it a pair of laced shoes she whilst í prepare every thing for you at home. wants? or have the boys broke her windows? Adieu. (Aside to Be...] B'ye Charles; ha, ha, Bel. Hold your profane tongue ! ha!

[Erit. Frunk. Nay, prithee, Bellamy, don't keep it to Frank. Oh, love! thou art a gift worthy of a yourself, as if her whole affections were contained god, indeed! dear Bellamy, nothing could add to in those few lines. my pleasure, but to see my friend as deep in love Ron. Prithee, let him alone to his silent rapas I am.

But it is as I always said-vour grave Bel. I shew my heart is capable of love, by men ever are the greatest whoremasters. the friendship it bears to you.

Bel. I cannot be disobliged now, say what you Frank. The light of friendship looks but dim will. But how came this into your hands ? before the brighter flame of love: love is the Ran. Your servant Buckle and I changed comspring of cheerfulness and joy. Why, how dull missions; he went on my errand, and I came on and phlegmatic do you shew to me now! whilst his. I am all life; light as feathered Mercury-You, Bel. 'Sdeath! I want him this verv instant. dull and cold as earth and water; I, light and Ran. He will be here presently; but I demand warm as air and fire. These are the only ele- to know what I have brought you? ments in love's world! Why, Bellamy, for shame! Frank. Av, ay! out with it! you know we neget thee a mistress, and be sociable.

ver blab, and may be of service. Bel. Frankly, I am now going to

Bel. Twelve o'clock! oh, the dear hour! Frank. Why that face now! Your humble Ran. Why, it is a pretty convenient time, inservant, sir. My food of joy shall not be stopped deed. by your melancholy fits, I assure you. [Going Bel. By all that's happy, she promises in this Bel

. Stay, Frankly; I beg you stay." What letter here to leave her guardian this very would you say now, if I really were in love night-and run away with me.

Frank. Why, faith, thou hast such romantic Ran. How is this? notions of sense and honour, that I know not Bel. Nay, I know not how myself—she says

at the bottom_Your servant has full instrucBel. To confess the truth, then, I am in love. • tions from Lucetta how to equip me for my ex

Frunk. And do you confess it as if it were a pedition. I will not trust myself home with sin? Proclaim it aloud; glory in it; boast of it you to-night, because I know it is inconvenient; as your greatest virtue; swear it with a lover's therefore, I beg you would procure me a lodgoath, and I will believe you.

‘ing; it is no matter how far off my guardian's. Bel. Why, then, by the bright eyes of her I

Yours,

Jacintha love

Ran. Carry her to a bagnio, and there you Frank. Well said !

may lodge with her. Bel. By all that's tender, amiable, and soft in Frank. Why, this must be a girl of spirit,

faith! Frank. Bravo!

Bel. And beauty equal to her sprightliness. I Bel. I swear, I am as true an enamorato as love her, and she loves me. She has thirty thouever tagged rhyme.

sand pounds to her fortune. Frank. And art thou, then, thoroughly in love? Ran. The devil she has! Come to my arms, thou dear companion of my Bel. And never pla y at cards. joys! —

Ran. Nor does ar jone thing like any other [They embrace. woman, I suppose ?

what to say.

woman

at me.

Frank. Not so, I hope, neither.

Frank. Pho! none of your musty reflections Bel. Oh, Frankly, Ranger, I never felt such now! When a man is in love, to the very brink ease before! the secret's out, and you don't laugh of matrimony, what the devil has he to do with

Plutarch and Seneca ? Here is your servant, with Frunk. Laugh at thee, for loving a woman with a face full of business-I'll leave you together thirty thousand pounds ? thou art a most unac- I shall be at the King's Arms, where, if you want countable fellow!

my assistance, you may find me. [Exit FRANK. Ran. How the devil could he work her up to this! I never could have had the face to have

Enter BUCKLE. done it. But, I don't know how there is a degree of assurance in you modest gentlemen, which Bel. So, Buckle, you seem to have your hands we impudent fellows never can come up to. full.

Bel. Oh! your servant, good sir. You should Buckle. Not fuller than my head, sir, I pronot abuse me now, Ranger, but do all you can to mise

you. You have had your letter, I hope? assist me.

Bei. Yes, and in it she refers me to you for Ran. Why, look ye, Bellamy, I am a damnable my instructions. unlucky fellow, and so will have nothing to do in Buckle. Why, the affair stands thus. As Mr this affair : I'll take care to be out of the way, so Strictland sees the door locked and barred every as to do you no harn); that's all I can answer night himself, and takes the key up with him, it for; and so—success attend you. [Going.] I can- is impossible for us to escape any way but through not leave you quite to yourself 'neither; for it the window; for which purpose, I have a ladder this should prove a round-house affair, as I make of ropes. no doubt it will, I believe I may have more in- Bel. Good. terest there than you; and so, sir, you may hear Buckle. And because a hoop, as the ladies of me at

[Whispers

. wear them now, is not the most decent dress to Bel. For shame, Ranger! the most noted ga- come down a ladder in, I have, in this other ming-house in town.

bundle, a suit of boy's clothes, which, I believe, Ran. Forgive me this once, my boy. I must will fit her; at least, it will serve the time she go, faith, to pay a debt of honour to some of the wants it. You will soon be for pulling it off, I greatest rascals in town,

[Erit Ran: suppose, Frank. But where do you design to lodge her Bel. Why, you are in spirits, you rogue.

Bel. At Mr Meggot's-Ile is already gone to Buckle. These I am now to convey to Lucetprepare for her reception.

ta—Have you any thing to say, sir? Frank. The properest place in the world : his Bel. Nothing, but that I will not fail at the aunts will entertain her with honour.

hour appointed. Bring me word to Mr Meggot's Bel. And the nowness of her acquaintance how you go on.

Succeed in this, and it shall will preverit its being suspected. Frankly, give make your fortune. me your hand : this is a very critical time.

(Ereunt.

ACT III.

SCENE I.—The street before Mr STRICTLAND's palace by moonlight-Ay, here stands the temple house. where my goddess is adored—the doors open!

[Retires. Enter BELLAMY in a chairman's coat, Bel. How tediously have these minutes passed these last few hours! and the envious rogues

Enter LUCETTA. will fly, no lightning quicker, when we would Luc. [Under the window.) Madam, madam, have them stay. Hold, let me not mistake- hist! madam-How shall I make her bear? this is the house. [Pulls out his watch.] By Heaven, it is not yet the hour! I hear somebody

Jacintha, in boy's clothes, at the window. coming. The moon's so bright,I had better Jac. Who is there? What's the matter? not be here till the happy instant comes.

Luc. It is 1, madam : you must not pretend to

[Erit Bel. stir till I give the word ; you'll be discovered if Enter FRANKLY.

Frank. [-Aside.] What do I sec? A man!

My heart misgives me. Frank. Wine is no antidote to love, but rather Luc. My master is below, sitting up for Mrs feeds the flame: Now am I such an amorous Clarinda. Ile raves as if he were mad about her puppy, that I cannot walk straight home, but must being out so late. comeout of my way to take a view of my queen's Frunk. [Aside.] Here is some intrigue or other.

you du

I must see more of this before I give further | home at this instant. I shall spoil his sport I beway to love.

lieve. Do you know me, sir ? Luc. One minute he is in the street; the next Frank. I am amazed! You here! This was he is in the kitchen : now he will lock her out, unexpected, indeed! and then he'll wait himself, and see what figure Cla. Why, I believe, I do come a little unexshe makes when she vouchsafes to venture home. pectedly, but I shall amaze you more. I know

Jac. I long to have it over. Get me but once the whole course of your amour: all the process out of his house.

of your mighty passion, from its first riseFrank. (Aside.] Cowardly rascal! would I Frank. What is all this! were in his place !

Cla. To the very conclusion, which you vainly Luc. If I can but fix him any where, I can hope to effect this night. let you out myself- -You have the ladder Frank. By Heaven, madam, I know not what ready in case of necessity ?

you mean! I came hither purely to contemplate Jac. Yes, yes.

[Erit Luc. on your beauties. Frank. [Aside. The ladder! This must lead Čla. Any beauties, sir, I find, will serve your to some discovery; I shall watch you, my young turn. Did I not hear you talk to her at the wingentleman, I shall.

dow?

Frank. Her !
Enter CLARINDA and Servant.

Cla. Blush, blush, for shame! but be assured Cla. This whist is a most enticing devil. I you have seen the last both of Jacintha and me. am afraid I'm too late for Mr Strictland's sober

[Erit. hours.

Frænk. Jacintha, hear me, madam-She is Jac. Ha! I hear a noise !

gone. This must certainly be Bellamy's misCla. No; I see a light in Jacintha's window. tress, and I have fairly ruined all the scheme.You may go home. [Giving the servant money.) This it is to be in luck. I am safe. Jac. Sure it must be he! Mr Bellamy—sir.

Enter Bellamy, behind. Frank. (Aside.) Does he not call me?

Cla. Aside.] Ha! Who's that? I am fright- Bel. Ha! a man under the window ! ened out of my wits- A man!

Frank. No, here she comes, and I may conJac. Is it you?

vey her to him. Frank. Yes, yes; 'tis I, 'tis I. Jac. Listen at the door.

Enter Jacintha, and runs to FRANKLY. Frank. I will; 'tis open-There is no noise : Jac. I have at last got to you. Let us haste all's quiet.

away-Oh! Cla. Sure it is my spark—and talking to Ja- Frank. Be not frightened, lady. cintha.

[Aside. Jac. Oh! I am abused! betrayed ! Frank. You may come down the ladder- Bel. Betrayed !-Frankly! quick.

Frank. Bellamy! Jac. Catch it, then, and hold it.

Bel. I can scarce believe it though I see it.Frank. I have it. Now I shall sec what sort | Drawof mettle my young spark is made of. [.Aside. Frank. Hear me, Bellamy-lady

Cla With a ladder, too ! I'll assure you.- Juc. Stay-do not fight! But I must see the end of it.

Aside. Frank. I am innocent; it is all a mistake! Jac. Hark! Did not somebody speak ?

Jac. For my sake, be quiet! We shall be disFrank. No, no; be not fearful — Sdeath! we covered! the family is alarmed ! are discovered.

Bel. You are obeyed. Mr Frankly, there is (FRANKLY and CLARINDA retire. but one way

Frank. I understand you. Any time but now. Enter LUCETTA.

You will certainly be discovered ! To-morrow at Luc. Hist! hist! are you ready?

your chambers. Jac. Yes, may I venture?

Bel. Till then, farewell. Luc. Now is your time. He is in high confe

[Exeunt Bel. and Jac. rence with his privy counsellor, Mr Tester.- Frank. Then, when he is cool, I may be You may come down the back stairs, and I'll let heard; and the real, though suspicious, account

[E.rit LUCETTA. of this matter may be believed. Yet, amidst all Jac. I will, I will; and am heartily glad of it. this perplexity, it pleases me to find my fair in

(Exit Jac. cognita is jealous of my love. Frank. (Advancing.] May be so : but you Strict. [Within.] Where's Lucetta? Search and I shall bave a few words' before you get off every place. so cleanly.

Frank. Hark! the cry is up! I must be gone. Cla. [Advancing.) How lucky it was I came

[Erit Frank,

you out,

Luc. This it is to middle with other people's Enter Me STRICTLAND, TESTER, and Servants.

affairs.

[E.rit in anger. Strict. She's gone! she's lost! I am cheated ! Ran. What a lucky dog I am! I never made pursue her! seek her!

a gentleman a cuckold before. Now, impudence, Test. Sir, all her clothes are in her chamber. assist me!

Ser. Sir, Mrs Clarinda said she was in boy's Mrs Strict. [Rising.] Provoking! I am sure I clothes.

never have deserved it of him. Strict. Ay, ay, I know it— Bellamy has her- Ran. Oh, cuckold him by all means, madam; I Come along-Pursue her.

[Exeunt. am your man! [She shrieks.] Oh, fy, madam!

if you squall so cursedly, you will be discovered. Enter RANGER.

Mrs Strict. Discovered! What mean you, sir ! Ran. Hark! Was not the noise this way? do you come to abuse me? No, there is no game stirring. This same god- Ran. I'll do my endeavour, madam; you can dess, Diana, shines so bright with her chastity, have no more. that, egad, I believe the wenches are ashamed to Mrs Strict. Whence came you? How got look her in the face. Now am I in an admira- you here? ble mood for a frolic: have wine in my head, Ran. Dear madam, so long as I'm here, what and money in my pocket, and so am furnished signifies how I got here, or whence I came? but out for the cannonading of any.countess in that I may satisfy your curiosity, first, as to your Christendom. Ha! what have we here ! a lad-whence came you? I answer, out of the street: der! this cannot be placed here for nothing- and to your how got you here? I say, in at the win and a window open! Is it love or mischief now dow: it stood so invitingly open, it was irresistthat is going on within ? I care not which I am ible. But, madam--you were going to undress. in a right cue for either. Up I go, neck or no- I beg I may not incommode you. thing. Stay-do I not run a greater chance of Mrs Strict. This is the most consummate piece spoiling sport, than I do of making any? that I of impudence !hate, as much as I love the other. There can be Run. For Heaven's sake, have one drop of pity no harm in seeing how the land lies—I'll up.- for a poor young fellow, who has long loved you. [Goes up softly.] All is hush

-Ha! a light,

Mrs Strict. What would the fel ow have? and a woman! by all that's lucky, neither old Ran. Your husband's usage will excuse you to nor crooked ! I'll in

-Ha! she is gone a

the world. gain! I will after her. (Gets in at the window.] Mrs Strict. I cannot bear this insolence ! Help! And for fear of the squalls of virtue, and the Help! pursuit of the family, I will make sure of the Ran. Oh, hold that clamorous tongue, maladder. Now, Fortune, be my guide!

dam! Speak one word more, and I am gone, pa

sitively gone. SCENE II.-Mrs Strictland's dressing-room. Mrs Strict. Gone! So I would have you.

Ran. Lord, madam, you are so hasty! Enter Mrs STRICTLAND, followed by Lucetta.

Mrs Strict. Shall I not speak, when a thief, a Mrs Strict. Well, I am in great hopes she will robber, breaks into my house at midnight! Help! escape.

help! Luc. Never fear, madam; the lovers have the Ran. Ha! no one hears. Now, Cupid assist start of him, and I warrant they keep it.

me!-Look ye, madam, I never could inake fide Mrs Strict. Were Mr Strictland ever to sus- speeches, and cringe, and bow, and fawn, and pect my being privy to her flight, I know not Aatter, and lie. I have said more to you already, what might be the consequence.

than ever I said to a woman in such circumstances Luc. Then you had better be undressing. He in all my life. But since I find you will yield may return immediately.

to no persuasion to your good, I will gently force (As she is sitting down at the toilet, Ranger you to be grateful. [Throws down his hat, end enters behind.)

seizes her.] Come, come, unbend that brow, and Ran. Young and beautiful.

[Aside. look more kindly on me ! Luc. I have watched him pretty narrowly of Mrs Strict. For shame, sir! Thus on my late, and never once suspected till this morn- knees let me beg for mercy. [Kneeling. ing

Ran. And thus on mine, let me beg the same. Mrs Strict. And who gave you authority to

[He kneels, catches, and kisses her. watch his actions, or pry into his secrets ?

Strict. [Within.] Take away her sword ! she'll Luc. I hope, madain, you are not angry. I hurt herself! thought it might have been of service to you to Mrs Strict. Oh, Heavens! that's my husband's know my master was jealous.

voice! Ran. And her husband jealous! If she does Ran. (Rising.) The devil it is! But send away the maid, I am happy.

Strict. ]Within.] Take away her sword, I say, Mrs Strict. (Angrily.] Leave ine.

and then I can close with her.

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