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duty, hope, despair, and a thousand different sen- softer passions, the criminal is pardoned and distiments, are struggling in my bosom; and even missed. Let us return, madam, to the highest the presence of your lordship, to whom I have luxury of exalted minds--a declaration of love flown for protection, adds to my perplexity. from the lips of beauty.

Lord Ogle. Does it, madam?--Venus forbid ! Fan. The entrance of a third person has a -My old fault; the devil's in me, I think, for little relieved me, but I cannot go through witha perplexing young women.-[Aside, and smiling.] it; and yet I must open my heart with a dis

-Take courage, madam! dear Miss Fanny, ex- covery, or it will break with its burthen. plain. You have a powerful advocate in my Lord Ogle. What passion in her eyes ! I am breast, I assure you- -My heart, madam-I am alarmed to agitation! (Aside.) I presume, maattached to you by all the laws of sympathy and dam, (and as you have flattered me, by making delicacy. By my honour, I am !

me a party concerned, I hope you'll excuse the Fun. Then I will venture to unburthen my presumption) thatmind-Sir John Melvil, my lord, by the most Fan. Do you excuse my making you a party misplaced and mistimed declaration of affec- concerned, my lord, and let me interest your tion for me, has made me the unhappiest of heart in my behalf, as my future happiness or

misery in a great ineasure depend Lord Ogle. How, madam! Has sir John made Lord Ogle. Upon wie, madam? his addresses to you?

Fan. Upon you, my lord.

Sighs. He has, my lord, in the strongest Lord Ogle. There's no standing this. I have

But I hope it is needless to say, that my caught the infection-her tenderness dissolves duty to niy father, love to my sister, and regard me.

[Sighs. to the whole family, as well as the great re- Fan. And should you too severely judge of a spect I entertain for your lordship, [Curtseying.] rash action which passion prompted, and momade me shudder at bis addresses.

desty has long concealedLord Ogle. Charming girl ! Proceed, my dear Lord Ogle. [ Taking her hand.) Thou amiable Miss Fanny, proceed !

creature, command my heart, for it is vanquished! Fan. In a moment- -give me leave, my lord! Speak but thy virtuous wishes, and enjoy them.

-But if what I have to disclose should be re- Fan. I cannot, my lord; indeed, I cannot. ceived with anger or displeasure

Mr Lovewell must tell you my distresses; and Lord Ogle. Impossible, by all the tender when you know them, pity and protect me. powers -Speak, I beseech you, or I shall di

(Erit in tears. vine the cause before you utter it.

Lord Ogle. How the devil could I bring her Fan. Then, my lord, sir John's addresses are to this? It is too much too much I can't bear not only shocking to me in themselves, but are it--I must give way to this amiable weakness. more particularly disagreeable to me at this time [Wipes his eyes. | My heart overflows with syin

(Hesitating. pathy, and I feel 'every tenderness I have inLord Ogle. As what, madam?

spired. (Stifles a tear.] Ilow blind have I been Fan. As—pardon my confusion~I ans en- to the desolation I have made ! How could I tirely devoted to another.

possibly imagine that a little partial attention and Lord Ogle. If this is not plain, the devil's intender civilities to this young creature should it-Aside.) But tell me, my dear Mișs Fan- have gathered to this burst of passion! Can I ny, for I must know; tell me the how, the when, be a man, and withstand it? No--I'll sacrifice the and the where-Tell me

whole sex to her. But here comes the father, Enter Canton hastily.

quite apropos. I'll open the matter immediately,

settle the business with hiin, and take the sweet Can. My lor, my lor, my lor!

girl down to Ogleby llouse to-morrow morning. Lord Ogle. Damn your Swiss impertinence! But what the devil! Miss Sterling, too! What how durst you interrupt me in the most critical mischief's in the wind now? melting momeut that ever love and beauty honoured me with?

Enter Me STERLING and Miss STIRLING. Can. I demarde pardonne, my lor! Sir John Ster. My lord, your servant ! I am attending Melvil, my lor, sent me to bey you do him de my daughter here upon rather a disagreeable alhoneur to speak a little to your lordship. fair. Speak to his lordship, Betsey.

Lord Ogle. I'm not at leisure--l am busy- Lord Ogle. Your eyes, Miss Sterling-for I Get away, you stupid old dog, you Swiss rascal, always read the eyes of a young lady-betray

some little emotion. What are your commands, Can. Fort bien, my lor.

madam? (CANTON goes out on tiptoe. Miss Ster. I have but too much cause for my Lord Ogle. By the laws of gallantry, madam, emotion, my lord ! this interruption should be death : but, as no Lord Ogle. I cannot commend my kinsman's punishment ought to disturb the triumph of the behaviour, madam. Fle has behaved like a false

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knight, I must confess. I have heard of his Lord Ogle. Why, what will they say ! apostasy. Miss Fanny has informed me of it. Ster. That you're a bold man, my lord; that's

Miss Ster. Miss Fanny's baseness has been all. the cause of sir John's inconstancy.

Lord Ogle. Mr Sterling, this may be city wit, Lord Ogle. Nay, now, my dear Miss Sterling, for aught I know. Do you court my alliance? your passion transports you too far. Sir John Sler. To be sure, my lord. may have entertained a passion for Miss Fanny; Lord Ogle. Then I'll explain-My nephew but, believe me, my dear Miss Sterling, believe won't marry your eldest daughter : nor I neither me, Miss Fanny has no passion for sir John. -Your youngest daughter won't marry him: She has a passion, indeed, a most tender passion. I will marry your youngest daughter. She has opened her whole soul to me, and I Ster. What ! with a youngest daughter's forknow where her affections are placed.

tune, my lord?

[Conceitedly. Lord Ogle. With any fortune, or no fortune Miss Ster. Not upon Mr Lovewell, my lord; at all, sir. Love is the idol of my heart, and the for I have great reason to think that her seeming demon, Interest, sinks before hiin. So, sir, as I attachment to bim, is, by his consent, made use said before, I will marry your youngest daughter; of as a blind to cover her designs upon sir John. your youngest daughter will marry me.

Lord Ogle. Lovewell! No, poor lad! she does Ster. Who told you so, my lord? not think of him.

[Smiling Lord Ogle. Her own sweet self, sir. Miss Ster. Have a care, my lord, that both Ster. Indeed ! the families are not made the dupes of sir John's Lord Ogle. Yes, sir; our affection is mutual; artifice, and my sister's dissimulation! You don't your advantage double and treble; your daughknow her; indeed, my lord, you don't know her; ter will be a countess directly-I shall be the a base, insinuating, perfidious— It is too much happiest of beings; and you'll be father to an She has been beforehand with me, I perceive. earl instead of a baronet. Such unnatural bebaviour to me! But since I Ster. But what will my sister say? and my see I can have no redress, I am resolved that daughter? some way or other I will have revenge. [Erit. Lord Ogle. I'll manage that matter; nay,

if Ster. This is foolish work, my lord !

they won't consent, I'll run away with your Lord Ogle. I have too much sensibility to bear daughter in spite of you. the tears of beauty.

Sier. Well said, my lord ! your spirit's good; Ster. It is touching, indeed, my lord; and very I wish you had my constitution ! but if you'll moving for a father.

venture, I have no objection, if my sister has Lord Ogle. To be sure, sir! You must be dis- none. tressed beyond measure! Wherefore, to divert Lord Ogle. I'll answer for your sister, siryour too exquisite feeling, suppose we change Apropos ! the lawyers are in the house. I'll have the subject, and proceed to business.

articles drawn, and the whole affair concluded Ster. With all my heart, my lord.

to-morrow morning. Lord Ogle. You see, Mr Sterling, we can make Ster. Very well! and I'll dispatch Lovewell to no union in our families by the proposed marriage. London imediately for some fresh papers I

Ster. And I am very sorry to see it, my lord. shall want, and I shall leave you to inanage mat

Lord Ogle. Have you set your heart upon be-ters with my sister. You must excuse me, my ing allied to our house, Mr Sterling?

lord, but I can't help laughing at the 'matchSter. 'Tis my only wish at present, my omni- He, he, he! what will the folks say? Erit. um, as I may call it. ·

Lord Ogle. What a fellow am I going to make Lord Ogle. Your wishes shall be fulglled. a father of? He has no more feeling than the Ster. Shall they, my lord! but how-how? post in his warehouse-But Fanny's virtues tune Lord Oyle. I'll marry in your family.

me to rapture again, and I won't think of the Ster. What! my sister Heidelberg?

rest of the family. Lord Ogle. You throw me into a cold sweat, Mr Sterling! No, not your sister; but your

Enter LovEwell, hastily. daughter.

Love. I beg your lordship's pardon, my lord: Ster. My daughter !

are you alone, my lord? Lord Ogle. Fanny !-Now the murder's out! Lord Ogle. Nö, my lord, I am not alone; I am Ster. What! you, my lord ?

in company, the best company. Lord Ogle. Yes, I ; I, Mr Sterling!

Love. My lord! Sler. No, no, my lord; that's too much. Lord Ogle. I never was in such exquisite en

[Smiling: chanting company since my heart first conceived, Lord Ogle. Too much! I don't comprebend or my senses tasted pleasure. you.

Love. Where are they, my lord? Ster. What, yon, my lord, marry my Fanny !

[Looking about. Bless me, what will the folks say?

Lord Ogle. In my mind, sir.

Love. What company have you there, my lord? Love. Marry her !—What do you mean, my

[Smiling lord! Lord Ogle. My own ideas, sir, which so crowd Lord Ogle. Miss Fancy Sterling that is, the upon my inagination, and kindle in it such a de-countess of Ogleby that shall be. lirium of ecstacy, that wit, wine, music, poetry, Love. I am astonished ! all combined, and each perfection, are but mere Lord Ogle. Why, could you expect less from mortal shadows of my felicity.

me? Love. I see that your lordship is happy, and I Love. I did not expect this, my lord. rejoice at it.

Lord Ogle. Trade and accounts have destroyLord Ogle. You shall rejoice at it, sir; my fe- ed your feeling. licity shall not selfishly be confined, but shall Love. No, indeed, my lord.

[Sighs. spread its influence to the whole circle of my Lord Ogle. The moment that love and pity enfriends. I need not say, Lovewell, that you shall tered my breast, I was resolved to plunge into have your share of it.

matrimony, and shorten the girl's tortures—I neLove. Shall I, my lord ?-Then I understand ver do any thing by halves ; do I, Lovewell? you; you have heard-- Miss Fanny has informed Love. No, indeed, my lord. [Sighs.] What an you

accident! Lord Ogle. She has; I have heard, and she Lord Ogle. What's the matter, Lovewell? thou shall be happy; 'tis determined.

seem'st to have lost thy faculties! Why don't Love. Then I have reached the summit of my you wish me joy, man? wishes. And will your lordship pardon the folly? Love. O, I do, my lord.

(Sighs. Lord Ogle. ( yes; poor creature, how could Lord Ogle. She said that you would explain she help it? Twas unavoidable— Fate and ne- what she had not power to utter; but I wanted cessity.

no interpreter for the language of love. Love. It was, indeed, my lord. Your kindness Love. But has your lordship, considered the distracts me.

consequences of your resolution ! Lord Ogle. And so did the poor girl, faith! Lord Ogle. No, sir, I am above consideration,

Love. She trembled to disclose the secret, and when my desires are kindled. declare her affections ?

Love. But, consider the consequences, my lord, Lord Ogle. The world, I belicve, will not think to your nephew, sir John. her affections ill placed.

Lord Ogle. Sir John has considered no conseLove. [Bowing.] You are too good, my lord. quences himself, Mr Lovewell. Aud do you really excuse the rashness of the ac- Love. Mr Sterling, my lord, will certainly retion?

fuse his daughter to sir John. Lord Ogle. From my very soul, Lovewell. Lord Ogle. Sir John has already refused Mr

Love. Your generosity overpowers me. [Bow- Sterling's daughter. ing] I was afraid of her meeting with a cold re- Love. But what will become of Miss Sterling, ception. Lord Ogle. More fool you,

then.

Lord Ogle. What's that to you ?• Who pleads her cause with never failing beauty,

have her, if you will. I depend upon Mr Ster« Here finds a full redress.' [Strikes his breast: ling's city-philosophy, to be reconciled to lord Ogle

by's being his son-in-law, instead of sir John MelShe's a fine girl, Lovewell.

vil, baronet. Don't you think that your master Love. Her beauty, my lord, is her least merit. may be brought to that, without having recourse She has an understanding

to his calculations ! Eh, Lovewell? Lord Ogle. Her choice convinces me of that. Love. But, my lord, that is not the question. Love. [Bowing.) That's your lordship’s good- Lord Ogle. Whatever is the question, I'll tell

Her choice was a disinterested one. you my answer.- I am in love with a fine girl, Lord Ogle. No, no; not altogether; it began whom I resolve to marry. with interest, and ended in passion.

Enter Sir John MELVIL. Love. Indeed, my lord, if you were acquainted with her goodness of heart, and generosity of What news with you, sir John ?—You look all mind, as well as you are acquainted with the in- burry and impatience—like a messenger after a ferior beauties of her face and person

battle. Lord Ogle. I am so perfectly convinced of Sir John. After a battle, indeed, my lord! I their existence, and so totally of your mind, touch- have this day had a severe engagement, and, ing every amiable particular of that sweet girl, wanting your lordship as an auxiliary, I have at that, were it not for the cold unfeeling impedi- last mustered up resolution to declare what my ments of the law, I would marry her to-morrow duty to you and to myself have demanded from morning.

me some time. Love. My lord !

Lord Ogle. To the business, then, and be as Lord Ogle. I would, by all that's honourable in concise as possible, for I am upon the wing-eh, man, and amiable in woman.

Lovewell? [He smiles, and LOVEWELL bows.

my lord ?

You may

Dess,

Sir John. I find 'tis in vain, my lord, to strug. same thing to me: won't it, Lovewell? (Conceitgle against the force of inclination.

edly.) Why don't you laugh at him? Lord Ogle. Very true, nephew ; I am your wit- Love. I do, my lord. [Forces & smile. ness, and will second the motion_shan't I, Sir John. And your lordship will endeavour to Lovewell? [Smiles, and Lovewell bows. prevail on Mrs Heidelberg to consent to my mar

Sir John. Your lordship's generosity encoura- riage with Miss Fanny? ges me to tell you, that I cannot marry Miss Lord Ogle. I'll speak to Mrs Heidelberg about Sterling

the adorable Fanny as soon as possible. Lord Ogle. I am not at all surprised at it- Sir John. Your generosity transports me! she's a bitter potion, that's the truth of it; but Lord Ogle. Poor fellow, what a dupe ! he litas you were to swallow it, and not I, it was your tle thinks who's in possession of the town. business, and not mine- -Any thing more?

(Aside. Sir John. But this, my lord; that I may be Sir John. And your lordship is not in the least permitted to make my addresses to the other offended at this seeming inconstancy?

Lord Ogle. Not in the least. Miss Fanny's Lord Ogle. O yes; by all means- -have

you charms will even excuse infidelity. I look upon any hopes there, nephew ?-Do you think he'll women as the feræ nature-lawful game-and succeed, Lovewell?

every man who is qualified, has a natural right (Smiles, and winks at LOVEWELL. to pursue them ;-Lovewell as well as you, and Love. I think not, my lord. (Gravely: I as well as either of you. Every man shall do

Lord Ogle. I think so, too; but let the fool his best, without offence to any-what say you, try.

kinsmen? Sir John. Will your lordship favour me with Sir John. You have made me happy, my lord. your good offices to remove the chief obstacle to Love. And me, I assure you, my lord! ihe match, the repugnance of Mrs Heidelberg ? Lord Ogle. And I am superlatively so-allons

Lord Ogle. Mrs Heidelberg ! Had not you bet- donc ! to horse and away, boys !-you to your after begin with the young lady first? It will save fairs, and I to mine-suivons l'amour. [Sings. you a great deal of trouble : won't it, Lovewell ?

[Ereunt scoerally. Smiles.) But do what you please, it will be the

sister.

ACT V.

to go.

SCENE I.-Fanny's apartment. papers are wanted merely on that account-bat

as we shall discover all to-morrow, there will be Enter LOVEWELL and Fanny, followed by

no occasion for them, and it would be idle in me Betty Fan. Why did you come so soon, Mr Love- Fan. Hark !- hark! bless me, how I tremble! well? the family is not yet in bed, and Betty cer- -I feel the terrors of guilt-indeed, Mr tainly heard somebody listening near the chamber- Lovewell, this is too much for me. door,

Love. And for me, too, my sweet Fanny! Your Bet. My mistress is right, sir! evil spirits are apprehensions make a coward of me. But wbat abroad; and I am sure you are both too good, can alarm you ? your aunt and sister are in their not to expect mischief from them.

chambers, and you have nothing to fear from the Love. But who can be so curious, or so wick- rest of the family. ed?

Fun. I fear every body, and every thing, and Bet. I think we have wickedness and curiosity every moment- -My mind is in continual agitaenough in this family, sir, to expect the worst. tion and dread; indeed, Mr Lovewell, this si

Fan. I do expect the worst.--Prithee, Betty, tuation may have very unhappy consequences. return to the outward door, and listen if you

(Weeps. hear any body in the gallery; and let us know di- Love. But it shan't-I would rather tell our rectly.

story this moment to all the house, and run the Bet. I warrant you, madam—the lord bless risk of maintaining you by the hardest labour,

[Erit Ber. than suffer you to remain in this dangerous perFun. What did my father want with you this plexity.- What! shall I sacrifice all my best evening?

hopes and affections, in your dear health and Love. He gave me the key of his closet, with safety, for the mean, and, in such case, the orders to bring from London some papers relating meanest consideration-of your fortune !Were to lord Ogleby,

we to be abandoned by all our relations, we have Fan. And why did you not obey bim? that in our hearts and minds will weigh against

Love. Because I am certain that his lordship the most affluent circumstances. I should not has opened his heart to him about you, and those have proposed the secrecy of our marriage, but

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for your sake; and with hopes that the most ge- Bet. I can distinguish a man from a mouse as Derous sacrifice you have made to love and me, well as my betters— I'm sorry you think so ill of might be less injurious to you, by waiting a lucky me, sir. moment of reconciliation.

Fan. He compliments you; don't be a fool! Fan. Hush ! hush! for Heaven's sake, my Now you have set her tongue a running, she'll dear Lovewell, don't be so warm ! your genero- mutter for an hour. [To LovEWELL.] I'll go and sity gets the better of your prudence; you will hearken myself.

[Erit Fan. be heard, and we shall be discovered.

Bet. I'll turn my back upon no girl for sincesatisfied-indeed I am- -Excuse this weak-rity and service. [Half aside, und muttering. ness, this delicacy, this what you will.My Love. Thou art the first in the world for both; mind's at peace-indeed it is think no more of and I will reward you soon, Betty, for one and it, if you love me!

the other. Love. That one word has charmed me, as it Bet. I am not mercenary, neither- I can live always does, to the most implicit obedience : it on a little, with a good carreter. would be the worst of ingratitude in me to distress you a moment.

[Kisses her.

Re-enter FANNY.
Re-enter BETTY.

Fan. All seems quiet-suppose, my dear, you Bet. [In a low voice.] I'm sorry to disturb go to your own room-I shall be much easier you.

then—and to-morrow we will be prepared for the Fan. Ha! what's the matter?

discovery. Love. Have you heard any body?

Bet. You may discover, if you please; but, for Bet. Yes, yes, I have; and they have heard my part, I shall still be secret. you, too, or I'm mistaken-if they had seen you,

[Half aside, and muttering. too, we should have been in a fine quandary! Love. Should I leave you now, if they still are

Fan. Prithee, don't prate now, Betty! upon the watch, we shall lose the advantage of Love. What did you hear?

our delay. Besides, we should cousult upon toBet. I was preparing myself, as usual, to take morrow's business. Let Betty go to her own me a little nap

room, and lock the outward door after her; we Love. A nap!

can fasten this; and when she thinks all safe, Bet. Yes, sir, a nap; for I watch much bet- she may return and let me out as usual. ter so than wide awake; and, when I had wrap- Bet. Shall I, madam? ped this handkerchief round iny head, for fear of Fan. Do! let me have my way to-night, and the ear-ach from the key-hole, I thought I heard you shall command me ever after. I would not a kind of a sort of a buzzing, which I first took | have you surprised here for the world. Pray, for a gnat, and shook my head two or three times, leave me! I shall be quite myself again, if you and went so with my hand.

will oblige me. Fan, Well-well--and so

Love, I live only to oblige you, my sweet Bet. And so, madam, when I heard Mr Love- Fanny! I'll be gove this moment. [Going well a little loud, I heard the buzzing louder, Fan. Let us listen first at the door, that you

-and pulling off my handkerchief softly, I may not be intercepted. Betty shall go first, and, could hear this sort of noise

if they lay hold of her[Makes an indistinct sort of noise, like speak- Bet. They'll have the wrong sow by the car, I ing.

can tell them that.

[Going hastily. Fan. Well, and what did they say?

Fan. Softly-softly—Betty! don't venture out, Bet. O! I could not understand a word of you hear a noise. Softly, I beg of you! see, what was said.

Mr Lovewell, the effects of indiscretion ! Love. The outward door is locked ?

Love. But love, Fanny, makes amends for all. Bet. Yes; and I bolted it, too, for fear of the

[Exeunt all, softly. Fan. Why did you? they must have heard you, SCENE II.-Changes to a gallery, which leadsif they were near.

to several bed-chambers. Bet. And I did it on purpose, madam, and coughed a little, too, that they might not hear Enter Miss STERLING, leading Mrs HeidelMr Lovewell's voice—when I was silent, they

BERG in a night-cap. were silent, and so I came to tell you.

Miss Ster. This way, dear madam; and then Fan. What shall we do?

I'll tell you all. Love. Fear nothing; we know the worst ; it Mrs Heid. Nay, but niece--consider a little will only bring on our catastrophe a little too -don't drag me out this figure; let me put on soon—but Betty might fancy this noise-she's in my Ay-cap !-if any of my lord's fammaly, or the the conspiracy, and can make a man a mouse at counsellors at law, should be stirring, I should

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