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phosis? I protest, if you had not spoke , I. Pat. Upon my knees, upon my knees I pray should not bave known you; I never saw you it; may every earthly bliss attend you may wear such clothes as these in my mother's your days prove an uninterrupted course of life-lime.
delightful tranquillity; and your mutual friendPat. No, my lord, it was her ladyships ship, confidence, and love, end but with your pleasure I should wear betler, and therefore I lives obeyed; but it is now my duty to dress in a Lord A. Rise, Patty, rise; say no moremanner more suitable to my station and future ! suppose you'll wait upon miss Sycamore prospects in life.
before you go away-at present I have a little Lord A. I am afraid, Patty, you are too business-As I said, Palty, don't afflict yourhumble-come sit down - nay, I will bave it self: I have been somewhat basty with regard so. [They sit] What is it I have been told to the farmer; but since I see how deeply you to-day, Patty? It seems you are going to be are interested in bis affairs, I may possibly married.
alter my designs with regard to bim — You Pat. Yes, my lord.
know-you know, Patty, your marriage with Lord A.' Well, and don't you think you him is no concern of mine-I only speakcould have made a better choice than farmer Giles? I should imagine your person, your
A I R. accomplishments, might have entitled you to My passion in vain I attempt to dissemble: look higher.
'Th' endeavour to hide it, but makes it appear: Pat. Your lordship is pleased to over-rate Enraplur'd I gaze; when I touch her I tremble, my little merit: the education I received in And speak to and hear her witb falt'ring your family does not entitle me to forget my
and fear. origin; and the farmer is my equal. By how many cruel ideas tormented! Lord A. In what respect? The degrees of
My blood's in a ferment; it freezes, it buros! rank and fortune, my dear Pally, are arbitrary This moment I wish, what the next is repented; distinctions, unworthy the regard of those who
While love, rage, and jealousy rack me by consider justly; the true standard of equality
[Erit. is seated in the mind: those who think nobly
Enter Giles. Pat. The farmer, my lord, is a very honest Giles. Miss Pat - Odd rabbit it, I thought
Lord A. So he may: I don't suppose he his honour was e; and I wish I may die would break into a house, or commit a rob- if my beart did not jump into my mouthbery on the highway: what do you tell me of Come, come down in all basle; there's such a his bonesly for?
rig below as you never knew in your born Pat. I did not mean to offend your lordship. days. There's as good as forty of the tenants,
Lord A. Offend! I am not offended, Patty: men and maidens, have got upon the lawn not at all offended - Bul is there any great before the castle, with pipers and garlands; merit in a man's being honest?
just for all the world as tho'f it was MarPat. I don't say there is, my lord. day; and the quality's looking at them out of
Lord A. The farmer is an ill-bred, illiterate the windows — 'tis as true as any thing; on booby; and what happiness can you propose account of my lord's coming home with his to yourself in such a sociely ? Then, as to his new lady. person, I am sure.
- But perhaps, Patly, you Pat. Well, and what then ? like him; and if so, I am doing a wrong thing. Giles. Why I was thinking, if so be 35 Pat. Upon my word, my lord
you would come down, as we might take a Lord À Nay,'I see you do: he has had the dance together: little Sall, farmer Harrow's good fortune to please you; and in that case daughter, of the green, would fain bare bad you are certainly in the right to follow your me for a partner; but I said as how I'd go inclinations. I must tell you one thing, Palty, for one I liked beiter, one that I'd make a however-I hope you won't think it unfriendly partner for life. of me, but I am determined farmer Giles shall Pat. Did you say so? not stay, a moment on my estate after next Giles. Yes; and she was struck all of a quarter-day.
heap-she had not a word to throw to a dogPat. I hope, my lord, he has not incurred for Sall and I kept company once for a your displeasure
little bit. Lord A. That's of no signification. — Could Pat. Farmer, I am going to say something I find as many good qualities in him as you to you, and I desire you will listen to it aldo, perhaps, But 'tis enough, he's a fellow 1 lentirely. It seems you think of our being don't like; and as you have a regard for him, married together. I would have you advise him to provide Giles. Think! why I think of nothing else; himself.
it's all over the place, mun, as how you are Pat. My lord, I am very unfortunate. to be my spouse; and you would not believe
Lord A. She loves him, 'lis plain. [-Aside] what game folks make of me. Come, Patty, I would not willingly do any Pat. Shall I talk to you like a friecd, farthing to make you uneasy. - Have you seen mer? – You and I were never designed for miss Sycamore yet?– I suppose you know she one another; and I am morally cerun ve and I are going to be married ?
should not be bappy. Pat. So I hear, my lord.—Heaven make you Giles. Oh! as for that matter, I Derer has both happy
no words with nobody. Lord A. Thank you, Patly; I hope we shall Pat. Shall I speak plainer to you thenbe happy.
don't like you.
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Theo. Oh, infinite! infinite! To see the Pos. On the contrary, you are disagreeable cheerful, healthy-looking creatures, toil with to me.
such a good will! To me there were more Giles. Am I?
genuine charms in their awkward stumping Pat. Yes, of all things: I deal with you and jumping about, their rude measures, and sincerely,
homespun finery, than in all the dress, splenGiles. Why, I thought, miss Pat, the affair dour, and studied graces of a birth-night ballbetween you and I was all fix'd and settled. room.
Pat. Well, let this undeceive you -- Be as- Pat. 'Tis a very uncommon declaration to sured we shall never be man and wife. No be made by a fine lady, madam; but certainly, offer shall persuade, no command force me.- bowever the artful delicacies of high life may You know my mind, make your advantage dazzle and surprise, nalure bas particular alof it.
[Erit. tractions, even in a cottage, her most unadorned Giles. Here's a turn! I don't know what to state, which seldom fails to affect us, though make of it: she's gone mad, that's for sartin; we can scarce give a reason for it. wit and learning have crack'd her brain. But Theo. But you know, Patty, I was always hold, she says 1 baint to her mind — mayn't a distracted admirer of the country; no damall this be the effect of modish coyness, to do sel in romance was ever fonder of groves like the gentlewomen, because she was bred and purling streams: had I been born in the among them? And I have heard say, they will days of Arcadia, with my present propensity, be upon their vixen tricks till they go into the instead of being a fine lady, as you call me, very church with a man.— There can no barm I should certainly have kept a flock of sheep. come of speaking with master Fairfield, how- Pat. Well, madam, you have the sages, ever.-Odd rabbit it, how plaguy tart she was- poets, and philosophers of all ages, to counI am half ver’d with myself now that I letienance your way of thinking. ber go off so.
Theo. And you, my little, philosophical
friend, don't you think me in the right too? When a maid, in way of marriage,
Pat. Yes indeed, madam, perfectly.
Trust me, would you taste true pleasure, 'Tis with pain the suits began.
Without mixture, without measure, Tbo't mayhap she likes bim mainly,
No where shall you find the treasure Still she shams it coy and cold;
Sure as in the silvan scene: Fearing to confess it plainly,
Blest, who, no false glare requiring, Lest the folks should think her bold.
Nature's rural sweets admiring,
Can, from grosser joys retiring, But the parson comes in sight,
Seek the simple and serene. Gives ihe word to bill and coo;
[Exit. Tis a diff'rent story quite,
Enter MERVIN and Fanny. And she quickly buckles too. [Erit. Mer. Yonder she is sealed; and, to my SCENE II. - A View of Lord Almworth's wish, most fortunately alone.' Accost her as
I desired. Hou e and Improvements; a Seat under a Tree, and part of the Gardenwall,
Theo. Heigho! with a Chinese Pavilion over it. Several
Fan. Heaven bless you, my sweet lady
bless country People appear dancing, others your honour's beautiful visage, and send looking on; among whom are, Mervin, you a good husband, and a great many of them. disguised, RALPH, Fanny, and a Number
Theo. A very comfortable wish, upon my
word: who are you, child? of Gipsies.
Fan. A poor gipsy, an please you, that goes After the Dancers go off, Theodosia and about begging from charitable gentlemen and
Patty enter through a Gate supposed ladies-i you have e'er a coal or bit of whito have a Connexion with the principal ting in your pocket, I'll write you the first Building.
letter of your sweetheart's name, how many Theo. Well then, my dear Patty, you will husbands you will have, and how many children, run away from us: but why in such a hurry? my lady. or, if you'll let me look at your I have a thousand things to say to you.
line of life, I'll tell you wbether it will be long Pat. I shall do myself the honour to pay for short, happy or miserable. my duty to you some other time, madam; at Theo, oh! as for that, I know it alreadypresent I really find myself a little indisposed. you cannot tell me any good fortune, and
Theo. Nay, I would by no means lay you iherefore I'll bear none. Go about your business. under any restraint. But methinks the enter- Mer. Stay, madam, stay; [Pretending to tainment we have just been taking part of, lift a Paper from the Ground) you have should have put you into better spirits: I am dropp'd something-Fan, call the young gennot in an over merry mood myseli, yet I could tlewoman back. not look on the diversion of those honest folks, Fan. Lady, you have lostwithout feeling a certain gaieté de coeur. Theo. Pho, pbo, I have lost nothing.
Pat. Why, indeed, madam, it bad one cir- Mer. Yes, that paper, lady; you dropp'd it cumstance attending it, which is often wanting as you got up from the chair. — Fan, give it to more polite amusements; that of seeming to her honour. to give undissembled satisfaction to those who Theo. A letter with my address! were engaged in it.
[Takes the paper and reads.
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Dear Theodosia! - Though the sight of and I are going to take a walk-My lady, will me was so disagreeable to you, that you you have hold of my arm? charged me never to approach you more, Lady S. No, sir Harry, I choose to go by I hope my hand-writing can have nothing myself
. to frighten or disgust you. I am not far Mer. Now love assist me!-[Turning to off; and the person who delivers you this the Gipsies] Follow, and take all your cues can give you intelligence,
from me-Nay but, good lady and gentleman, Come hither, child: do you know any thing you won't go without remembering the poor of the gentleman that wrote this?
gipsies. Fan. My lady
Sir H. Hey! bere is all the gang after us. Theo. Make haste, run this moment, bring Gip. Pray, your noble honour. me to him, bring him to me; say I wait with Lady S. Come back into the garden; we impatience; tell him I will go, fly any where—sball be covered with vermin. Mer. My life, my charmer!
Gip. Out of the bowels of your comTheo. Ob, heavens!—Mr. Mervin! miseration.
Lady S. They press upon us more and more: Enter Sir HARRY and LADY SYCAMORE. yet that girl has no mind to leave them: I
shall swoon away. Lady S. Sir Harry, don't walk so fast; we Sir H. Don't be frighten'd, my lady; let me arc not running for a wager.
advance. Sir H. Hough, hough, bough.
Lady S. Hey-day, you have got a cough; You vile pack of vagabonds, what do ye mean? I shall have you
I'll maul you, rascallions,
Ye talterdemallionsaffair. Lady S. Come here, and let me tie this
If one of them comes within reacb of my care. handkerchief about your neck; you have put
Such cursed assurance, yourself into a mucksweat already.. [Ties a 'Tis past all endurance. Handkerchief about his Neck] Have you Nay, nay, pray come away. taken your Bardana this morning? I warrant They're liars and thieves; you no now, though you bave been complaining And be that believes of twitches two or three times, and you know Their foolisb predictions, the gouty season is coming on. Why will Will find tbem but fictions, you be so neglectful of your health, sir Harry? A bubble that always deceives. [Exeunt. 1
protest I am forced to watch you like an infant. [During this Speech, Mervin gives
Re-enter Fanny and Gipsies.
Fan. Oh! mercy, dear— The gentleman is Sir H. My lovey takes care of me, and I so bold, 'tis well if he does not bring us into am obliged to her.
trouble. Who kuows but this may be a justice Lady S. Well, but you ought to mind me of peace?-And see, he's following them into then, since you are satisfied I never speak but the garden! for your good. – I thought, miss Sycamore, 1 Gip. Well, 'tis all your seeking, Fan. you were to bave followed your papa and Fan. We shall have warrants to take us me into the garden-How far did you go with up, I'll be bang'd else. We had better run that wench?
away; the servants will come out with sticks Theo. They are gipsies, madam, they say. to lick ?) us. Indeed I don't know what they are. Lady S. I wish, miss, you would learn to
Re-enter MERVIN, with Gipsies. give a rational answer
Mer. Cursed ill forlune-She's gone; and Sir H. Eb! what's that? (gipsies! Have we perhaps I shall not have another opportunity gipsies here? Vagrants, that pretend to a know- And you, ye blundering blockhead, I wont ledge of future events; diviners; fortune-tellers! give you a balfpenny-Why did not you clar
Far. Yes, your worship; we'll tell your to the garden door when I called to you, be's fortune, or her ladyship's, for a crum of bread fore the young lady got in? The key was on or a little broken victuals: what you throw to the outside, which would bare given me some your dogs, an please you.
time for an explanation. Sir H. Broken victuals, hussy! How do you 2 Gip. An please your honour, I was dubus ) think we should have broken victuals? If we Mer. Dubus! plague choke ye-However, were at home, indeed, perhaps you might get it is sorac satisfaction that I have been able some such thing from the cook: but here we to let her see me, and know where I am are only on a visit to a friend's house, and [Turning to the Gipsies] - Go, get you goce, have nothing to do with the kitchen at all. all of ynu, about your business. Lady S. And do you think, sir Harry, it is
[Ereunt Gipsies. necessary
to give the creature an account? Theo. [Appears in the Pavilion Disap Sir H. No, love, no; but wbat can you say peared, fled !-Oh, how unlucky this is! Coall to obstinate people?-Get you gone, bold face-- he not have patience to wait a moment? I once knew a merchant's wife in the city, Mer. I know not wbal to resolve on. my lady, who had her fortune told by some Theo. Hem! of those gipsies. They said she should die at Mer. I'll go back to the garden-door, such a time; and I warrant, as sure as the Theo. Mr. Mervin! day came, the poor gentlewoman actually died Mer. What do I see? - Tis she, 'tis shirt wish the conceit.—Come, Dossy, your mamma 1) To beat us.
hersell! – Ob, Theodosia! - Shall I climb the royster and touzle one so? - If Ralpb was to wall and come up to you?
see you, be'd be as jealous as the vengeance. Theo. No; speak softly: sir Harry and my Mer. Hang Ralph! Never mind him.-'bere's lady sit below, at the end of the walk.--How a guinea for thee. much am I obliged to you for taking this Fan. What, a golden guinea?trouble!
Mer. Yes; and if thou art a good girl, and Mer. When their happiness is at stake, do as I desire thee, thou shalt have twenty. what is it men will not attempt? - Say but Fan. Ay, but not all gold. you love me then.
Mer. As good as that is. Theo. What proof would you have me Fan. Shall I though, if I does as you bids me? give you?-1 know but of one: if you please, Mer. You shall. am willing to go off with you.
Fan. Precious beari! He's a sweet gentleMer. Are you? - Would' to heaven I had man-Icod, I have a great mindbrought a carriage!
Mer. Wbat art thou thinking about?
Fan. Thinking, your bonour?-Ha, ha, ha! horses?
Mer. Indeed, so merry. Mer. No; ibere's another misfortune. — To Fan. I don't know what I am thinking avoid suspicion, there being, but one little about, not I-Ha, ha, ha?- Twenty guineas! public-house in the village, 1 dispatched my Mer. I tell thee thou shalt hare ihem. servant with them about an hour ago, to wait Fan. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ba! for me at a town twelve miles distant, whither Mer. By heaven, I am serious. I pretended to go; but alighting a mile off, I Fan. Ha, ha, ha!-Why then I'll do whalequipp'd myself and came back as you see: ever your honour pleases. neither can we, nearer than this town, gel a Mer. Stay here a little, to see that all keeps post-chaise.
quiet: you'll find me presently at the mill, Theo. You say you have made a confidant where we'll talk further. of the miller's son:- return to your place of
A I R, rendezvous -- My father has been asked this nuoment, by lord Aimworth, who is in the Yes, 'lis decreed, thou maid divine, garden, lo iake a walk with him down to the I must, I will possess thee: mill: they will go before dinner; and it shall Oh, what delight within my arms to press thee! be hard if I cannot contrive to be one of ibe
To kiss and call thee mine! company:
Let me this only bliss enjoy; Mer. And what then?
That ne'er can waste, that ne'er can cloy: Theo. Why, in the mean time, you may
All other pleasures I resign. devise some method to carry me from hence; Why should we dally; and I'll take care you shall have an oppor
Stand shilli-shally: tunity of communicating it to me.
Let fortune smile or frown? Mér. Well, but dear Theodosia
Love will attend us;
Love will befriend us;
And all our wishes crown. [Exit.
Fan. What a dear, kind soul he is! Here
comes Ralph-I can tell him, unless he makes Blow me a kiss,
me his lawful wife, as he has often said he In pledge-promis'd truth, that's all. would, the devil a word more shall he speak Farewell: --and yet a moment stay:
to me. Something beside I bad to say:
Ralph. So, Fan, where's the gentleman? Well, 'tis forgot;
Fan. How should I know where he is?
What do you ask me for?
Ralph. There's no harm in putting a civil
question, be there? Why you look as cross She calls again. I must away.
and ill-naturedFan. Please your honour, you were so kind Fan. Well, mayhap I do - and mayhap I as to say you would remember my fellow bave wherewithal for it. travellers' for their trouble: and they think I Ralph. Why, has the gentleman offered any have gotten the money.
thing uncivil? Ecod, I'd try a bout ?) as soon Mer. Oh, bere; give them this-[Gives her as look at bim. Money] And for you, my dear Tittle pilot, Fan. He offer!-no-be's a gentleman every you have brought me so cleverly through my inch of him: but you are sensible, Ralph, you business, that I must
have been promising me, a great while, this, Fan. Oh, Lord! - your honour - [Mervin and that, and t'other; and, when all comes to kisses her] Pray don't-kiss me again, all, I don't see but you are like the rest of them.
Mer. Again and again. There's a thought Ralph. Why, what is it I have promised ? come into my head.-Theodosia will certainly Fan. To marry me in the church, you have have no objection to putting on the dress of a hundred times. a sister of mine. - So, and so only, we may Ralph. Well, and mayhap I will, if you'll escape lo-night. This girl, for a liulc money, bave patience. will provide us with necessaries. [Aside. Fan. Patience me no patience; you may
Fan. Dear gracious! I warrant you, now, do it now, if you please. I am as red as my petticoat: why would you 1) I'll fight with him.
Ralph. Well, but suppose I don't please? so to do: besides, I do partly know why be
tell you, Fan, you're a fool, and want to did it; and I'll fish out the whole conjuration, quarrel with your bread and butter; I have and go up to the castle and tell every syllable: had anger enow from feyther already upon a shan't carry a wench from me, were be your account, and you want me to come by twenty times the mon he is, and twenty times
As I said, if you have patience, may- to that again; and moreover than so, the first hap_things may fall out, and mayhap not. time I meet un, l'll knock un down, tho'r
Fan. With all my heart then; and now I'twas before my lord himself; and he may know your mind, you may go bang yourself. capias me for it afterwards an be wull.
Ralph. Ay, ay
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, and who cares for you, an As they count me such a ninny, you go to that?
So to let them rule the roast; Fan. A menial feller )—Go mind your mill I'll bet any one a guinea, and your drudgery; I don't think you worthy They have scor'd without their bost. to wipe my shoes--feller.
But if I don't show them, in lieu of it, Ralph. Nay but, Fan, keep a civil tongue A trick that's fairly worth two of it, in your head: odds flesh! I would fain know Then let me pass for a fool and an ass. wbal fly bites all of a sudden now.
To be sure yon sly cajoler Fan. Marry come up, the best gentlemen's
Thought the work as good as done, sons in the country bave made me proffers!
When be found the little stroller and if one is a miss, be a miss to a gentle
Was so easy to be won. man, I say, that will give one fine clothes,
But if I don't show him, in lieu of it, and take one to see the show, and put money in one's pocket.
A trick that's fairly worth two of it,
Then let me pass for a fool or an ass. (Ez it. Ralph. Wbu, whu - [Fanny hits him a Slap] What's that for? Fan. What do you whistle for then? D. SCENE III.—4 Room in the Mill; two Chairs,
with a Table and a Tankard of Beer. you think I am a dog? Ralph. Never from me, Fan, if I have not
Enter FAIRFIELD and GILES. a mind to give you, with this switch in my Fair. In short, farmer, I don't know what band here, as good a lacing 2)—
to say, to thee. I have spoken to her all ! Fan. Touch me, if you dare: touch me, can; but I think children were born to pull and I'll swear my life against you,
the grey hairs of their parents to the grave Ralph. A murrain! with ber damn'd little with sorrow. fist as hard as she could draw.
Giles. Nay, master Fairfield, don't take on Fan. Well, it's good enough for you: I'm about it: belike miss Pat bas anotber love; not necessitated to take up with the impudence and if so, in heaven's name be't: what's one of such a lowliv'd monkey, as you are. — A man's meat, as the saying is, is another man's gentleman's my friend, and I can have twenty poison; tho'f some might find me well enough guineas in my hand, all as good as this is. io their fancy, set in case I don't suit ber's,
Ralph. Belike from this Londoner, eh? why there's no barm done.
Fan. Yes, from him--so you may take your Fair. Well but, neighbour, I bave put that promise of marriage; I don't value it that, to her; and the story is, she has no inclination [Spits] and if you speak to me, I'll slap your to marry any one; all she desires is, to stay chops again.
at home and take care of me.
Giles. Master Fairfield—here's towards your Lord, sir, you seem mighty uneasy;
good health. But I the refusal can bear:
Fair. Thank thee, friend Giles—and here's I warrant I shall not run crazy,
towards thine. - I promise thee, bad things Nor die in a fit of despair.
gone as we proposed, thou shouldst base bad
one half of what I was worth, to the ulterIf so you suppose, you're mistaken; For, sir, for to let you to know,
most farthing I'm not such a maiden forsaken,
Giles. Why to be sure, master Fairfield, I But I have two strings to my bow. [Exit. but, as to that matter, had I married, it should
am not the less obligated to your good will; Ralph. Indeed! Now I'll be judg’d by any not bave been for the lucre of gain; but if I soul living in the world, if ever there was a do like a girl, do you see, I do like ber; av, viler piece of treachery than this here: a couple and I'll take her, saving respect, if she bad of base, deceitful-after all my love and kind- not a second petticoat. ness shown. Well, I'll be revenged; see an
Fair. Well said — where love is, with I ben't — Master Marvint, that's his name, an little industry, what have a young couple 50 he do not sham it: he has come here and be afraid of? And, by the lord Harry, for all disguised unself; whereof 'tis contrary to law that's past, I cannot help thinking we shall 1) Fellow. The common people of England have an bring our matters to bear yel-young womea,
idea that this word means a thier, (the word selon you know, friend Giles-
Giles. Why, that's what I bave been tbinking have it qualibed by some well-meaning adjective, when with myself, master Fairfield. it is used to them, or else they always take it ill. Fair. Come, then, mend thy draught. We can say a good, young, foe, or handsome fellow, Deuce take me if I let it drop so-But, in any but we must be careful of saying the word fellow,
case, don't you go to make yourself uneasy. 2) leating
Giles. Uneasy, master Fairfield; what good