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courting her so, I think, till they are both out of Lady T. And a husband must give eminent proof Lady G. How so?

(humour. of his sense, that thinks their follies dangerous. Mrs. T. Why, it began, madam, with his lord- Lord T. Their being fools, madam, is not always ship's desiring her ladyship to dine at home to the husband's security; or, if it were, fortune someday; upon which, my lady said she could not be times gives them advantages that might make a ready; upon that, my lord ordered them to stay thinking woman tremble. the dinner; and then my lady ordered the coach; Lady T. What do you mean? then my lord took her short, and said he had Lord T. That women sometimes lose more than ordered the coachmen to set up; then my lady they are able to pay; and, if a creditor be a little made him a great courtesy, and said she would pressing, the lady may be induced to try. if, instead wait till his lordship's horses had dined, and was of gold, the gentleman will acept of a trinket. mighty pleasant; but for fear of the worst, madam, Lady T. My lord, you grow scurrilous; you'll she whispered me to get her chair ready. (Exit. make me hate you! I'll have you to know, I keep

Lady G. Oh! bere they co ne! and, by their looks, company with the politest people in town, and the seem a little unfit for company.

[E.rit. assemblies I frequent are full of such. Enter LADY TOWNLY, LORD TOWNLY follow- Lord T. So are the churches, now and then. ing.

Lady T. My friends frequent them, too, as well as Lady T. Well; look you, my lord, I can bear it the assemblies. no longer; nothing still but about my faults-my Lord T. Yes; and would do it oftener, if a groom faults! an agreeable subject, truly!

of the chambers were allowed to furnish cards to Lord T. Why, madam, if you won't hear of them, the company. how can I ever hope to see you mend them ?

Lady T. I see what you drive at all this while; Lady T. Why, I don't intend to mend them; Iyou would lay an imputation on my fame, to cover can't mend them; you know I have tried to do it a your own avarice. I might take any pleas!ıres, I bundred times, and, it hurts me so, I can't bear it. ind, that were not expensive.

Lord T. And I, madam, can't bear this daily li- Lord T. Have a care, madam ; don't let me think centious abuse of your time and character.

you value your chastity only, to make reproachable Lady T. Abuse! astonishing! when the universe for not indulging you in every thing else that's knows I am never better company than when I am vicious; I, madam, have a reputation, too, to guard doing what I have a mind to. But, to see this world! thai's dear to me as yours.

The follies of an unthat men can never get over that silly spirit of con- governed wife may make tho wisest man uneasy ; tradiction! Why, but last Thursday now! there but, 'tis his own fault, if ever they render him conyou wisely amended one of my faults, as you call temptible. them; you insisted upon my not going to the mas- Lady T. My lord, my lord, you would make a querade; and pray, what was the consequence ? woman mad!

[a fool! Was not I as cross as the devil all the night after ? Lord 7. Madam, madam, you would make a man Was not I forced to get company at home? And Lady T. If heaven has made you otherwise, that was it not almost three o'clock this morning before won't be in my power. I was able to come to myself again ? And then the Lord T. Whatever may be in your inclination, fault is not mended neither! for, next time, I shall madam, I'll prevent you making me a beggar, at only have twice the inclination to go: so that all least. this mending, and mending, you see, is but darning Lady I. A beggar! Cresus! I am out of paold lace, to make it worse than it was before. tience! I won't come home till four to-morrow

Lord 7. Well; the manner of woman's living, morning. of late, is insupportable! and, one way or other- Lord 7. That may be, madam; but I'll order the Lady T. It's to be mended, I suppose; why, so it doors to be locked at twelve.

(vight. may; but then, my dear lord, you must give one Lady T. Then I won't come home till to-morrow time; and, when things are at the worst, you know, Lord T. Then, madam, you shall never come they mend themselves. Ha, ha! (trifle. home again.

[E.rit. Lord T. Madam, I am not in a humour now to Lady T. What does he mean? I never heard

Lady T. Why, then, my lord, one word of fair such a word from him in my life before! The argument; to talk with you in your own way, now. man always used to have manners, in his worst You complain of my late hours, and I of your humours. There's something that I don't see at early ones: so far we are even, you'll allow; but, the bottom of all this. But his head's always upon pray, which gives us the best figure in the eye of some impracticable scheme or other; so I won't the polite world? - my active, spirited three in the trouble mine any longer about him. morning, or your dull, drowsy, eleven at night?

Enter MANLY. Now, I think one has the air of a woman of quality, Mr. Madly, your servant ! and t'other, of a plodding mechanic, that goes to Man. I ask pardon for intrusion, madam; but I bed betinies, that he may rise early to open his hope my business with my lord will excuse it. shop,-Faugh!

Lady T.

believe you'll find him in the next Lord T. Fie, fie, madam! is this your way of room, sir. reasoning? 'tis time to wake you, then. 'Tis not Man. Will you give me leave, madam ? your ill hours alone that disturb me, but as often the Indy T. Sir, you have my leave, though you were ill company that occasion those ill hours.

a lady. Lady T. Sure, I don't understand you, now, my Man. What a well-bred age do we live in! lord; what ill company do I keep ?


[Exit. Lord T. Why, at best, women that lose their

Enter LADY GRACE. money, and men that win it! or, perhaps, men that Lady T. Oh, my dear Lady Grace! how could are voluntary bubbles at one game, in hopes that a you leave me so unmercifully alone all this while ? lady will give him fair play at another. Then, that Lady G. I thought my lord had been with you. unavoidable mixture with known rakes, concealed Lady T. Why, yes: and, therefore, I wanted your thieves, and sharpers in embroidery; or, what to relief; for he has been in such a fluster here! me is still more shocking, that herd of familiar, Lady G. Bless me! for what? chattering, crop-eared coxcombs

Lady T. Only our usual breakfast; we have each of us had our dish of matrimonial comfort this what a flow of spirits it gives one! Do you never morning! We have been charming company! play at hazard, child ?

Lady G. sam mighty glad of it; sure, it must be Lady G. Oh, never! I don't think it sits well upon a vast happiness, when a man and wife can give women! there's something so masculine, so much themselves the same turn of conversation!

the air of a rake in it! You see how it makes the Lady T. Oh! the prettiest thing in the world! men swear and curse! and, when a woman is

Lady G. Now, I should be afraid that, where two thrown into the same passion, whypeople are every day together so, they must often Lady T. That's very true; one is a little put to be in want of something to talk upon.

it sometimes, not to make use of the same words Lady 7'. Oh! my dear, you are the most mistaken to express it. in the world! married people have things to talk of, Lady G. Well, and upon ill luck, pray what words child, that never enter into the imagination of others. are you really forced to make use of ? Why, here's my lord and I, now; we have not been Lady T. Why, upon a very hard case indeed, married above two short years, you know, and we when a sad wrong word is rising just to one's have already eight or ten things constantly in bank. tongue's end, I give a great gulp, and swallow it. that, whenever we want company, we can take up Cady G. Well; and is not that enough to make any one of them for two hours together, and the you forswear play as long as you live? subject never the flatter; nay, if we have occasion Lady T. Oh, yes! I have forsworn it. for it, it will be as fresh next day, too, as it was the Lady G. Seriously? first hour it entertained us.

Lady T. Solemnly! a thousand times; but then Lady G. Certainly; that must be vastly pretty! one is constantly forsworn.

Lady T. Oh! there's no life like it! Why, t'other Lady G. And how can you answer that? day, for example, when you dined abroad, my lord Lady T'. My dear, what we say when we are and I, after a pretty, cheerful tête-à-tête meal, sat losers, we look upon to be no more binding than a us down by the fire-side, in an easy, indolent, pick- lover's oath, or a great man's promise. But I beg tooth way, for about a quarter of an hour, as if we pardon, child, I should not lead you so far into had not thought of any other's being in the room. the world; you are a prude, and design to live soAt last, stretching himself, and yawning, "My berly. dear,” says he, “aw! you came home very late Lady G. Why, I confess, my nature and my edulast night.". "'Twas but just turned of two," says cation do, in a good degree, incline mo that way. I. “ I was in bed-aw-by eleven," says he. “So Lady T. Well; how a woman of spirit (for you you are every night,” says I. “Well," says he, “I don't want that, child) can dream of living soberly, am amazed you can sit up so late." " How can is to me inconceivable! for you will marry, I supyou be amazed," says I, "at a thing that happens so " Lady G. I can't tell but I may.

[pose ? often?" Upon which we entered into a conversation: Lady T. And won't you live in town? and, though this is a point has entertained us above Lady G. Half the year I should like it very well. fifty times already, we always find so many, pretty, Lady I. My stars! and you would really live in new things to say upon it, that I believe in my soul London half the year, to be suber in it? it will last as long as we live.

Lady G. Why not?

[in the country. Lady G. But, pray, in such sort of family dia- Lady T. Why, can't you as well go and be sober logues (though extremely well for passing the Lady G. So I would, t'other half year. time), don't there now and then enter some little Lady T. And pray, what comfortable scheme of witty sort of bitterness?

life would you form, now, for your summer and Lady T. Oh, yes! which does not do amiss at all, winter sober entertainments?

content us. A smart repartee, with a zest of recrimination at Lady G. A scheme that, I think, might very well the head of it, makes the prettiest sherbet; ay, ay, Lady T. Oh! of all things, let's hear it. if we did not mix a little of the acid with it, a Lady G. Why, in summer I could pass my lei.. matrimonial society would be so luscious, that no- sure hours in reading, walking by a canal, or sitting thing but an old liquorish prude would be able to at the end of it, under a great tree; in dressing, bear it.

[gant taste- dining, chatting with an agreeable friend ; perhaps Lady G. Well, certainly you have the most ele- hearing a little music, taking a dish of tea, or a

Lady T. Though, to tell you the truth, iny dear, game at cards, soberly; managing my family, lookI rather think we squeezed a little too much lemon ing into its accounts, playing with my children, if I into it this bout; for it grew so sour at last, that, I had any, or in a thousand other innocent amusethink, I almost told him he was a fool; and he, ments-soberly; and possibly, by these means, I again, talked something oddly of turning me out of might induce my husband to be as sober as myLady G. O, have a care of that!

[doors. self. La iy T. Nay, if he should, I may thank my own Lady T. Well, my dear, thou art an astonishing wise father for it. But, to be serious, my dear, creature! for sure such primitive, antediluvian nowhat would you really have a woman do in my tions of life have not been in any head these thoucase ?

sand years.

Under a great tree! Oh, my soul! Lady G. Why, if I had a sober husband, as you But I beg we may have the sober town scheme, too, have, I would make myself the happiest wife in for I am charmed with the country one. the world, by being as sober as he.

Lady G. You shall; and I'll try to stick to my son Lady T. Oh, you wicked thing! how can you briety there, too. tease one at this rate, when you know he is so Lady T. Well; though I'm sure it will give me very sober, that, except giving me money, there is the vapours, I must hear it, however, not one thing in the world he can do to please me. Lady G. Why, then, for fear of your fainting, And I, at the same time, partly by nature, and madam, I will first so far come into the fashion partly, perhaps, by keeping the best company, do that I would never be dressed out of it; but still it with my soul love almost everything he hates. I should be soberly; for I can't think it any disgrace dote upon assemblies; my heart bounds at a ball; to a woman of my private fortune, not to wear her and, at an opera, I expire! Then I love play to lace as fine as the wedding-suit of a first duchess. distraction! cards enchant me! and dice-put me Though, there is one extravagance I could venture out of my little wits! D:ør, der hazard! Oh to come up to.


Lord T. Ay? now for it!

my having a careful eye over them, may prevent Lady G. I would every day beas neat as a bride. the ruin of it.

Cady T. Why, the men say that's a great step to Lord T. You are very generous, to be so solicitbe made one. Well; now you are dressed, pray ous for a lady that has given you so much uneasilet's see to what purpose.

Lavy (1. I would visit--that is, my real friends; Man. But I will be most unmercifully revenged but, as little for form as possible, I would go to of ber; for I will do her the greatest friendship in court ; sometimes to an assembly, nay, play at the world, -against her will. quadrille, soberly: I would seo all the good plays, Lord T. What an uncommon philosophy art thoa and, because 'tis the fashion, now and then an master of, to make even thy malice a virtue! opera; but I would not expire there, for fear I Man. Yot, my lord, I assure you there is no one should never go again; and lastly, I can't say, but action of my life gives me more pleasure than your for curiosity, it I liked my company, I might be approbation of it. drawn in once to a masquerade; and this, I think, Lord T. Dear Charles! my heart's impatient till is as for as any woman cun go, soberiy.

thou art nearer to me; and, as a proof that I have Lady T. Well, if it had not been for this last piece long wished thee so, while your daily conduct has of sobriety, I was just going to call for some sur chosen rather to deserve, than to ask my sister's feit water.

favour, I have been as secretly industrious to mako Lady G. Why, don't you think, with the further her sensible of your merit; and since, on this occaaid of breakfasting, dining, and taking the air, sup- sion, you have opened your whole heart to me, 'tis ping, sleeping, not to say a word of devotion, the now with equal pleasure I assure you we have both four-and-iwenty hours might roll over in a tolera- succeeded; she is as firmly yoursble manner ?

Man. Impossible! you flatter me! Lady 7. Tolerable ? deplorable! Why, child, all Lord T. I'm glad you think it flattery, but she you proposo is but to endure life; now I want to herself shall prove it none; she dines with us enjoy it.

alone: when the servants are withdrawn, I'll open Enter MRS. TRUSTY.

a conversation that shall excuse my leaving you Mrs. T. Ma'am, your ladyship's chair is ready. together. Oh! Charles, had I, like thee, been cau

Lady 7. Hare the footmen their white flambeaux tious in my choice, what melancholy hours had yet? for last night I was poisoned.

this heart avoided : Mrs. 7. Yes, ma'am, there were some came in Man. No more of that, I beg, my lord. this morning

(Eri. Lord T. But 'twill, at least, be some relief to my Lady T. tły dear, you will excuse me; but, you anxiety, however barren of content the state has know, my time is so precious

been to me, to see so near a friend and sister happy Lady G. That I beg I may not hinder your least in it. Your harmony of life will be an instance, enjoyment of it.

how much the choice of temper is preferable to Lady T. You will call on me at Lady Revel's ? beauty. Lady G. Certainly.

While your soft hours in natural kindness move, Lady 7'. But I am so afraid it will break into your You'll reach iy virtue, what I lost by love. [Exeunt. schegge, my dear!

[from you. Lady G. When it does, I will--soberly break

AOT IV. Lady T. Why, then, till we meet again, dear sis

SCENE I. --Mrs Motherly's House. ter, I wish you all tolerable happiness.

[E.reunt Lady Tounly und Lady Grace. Enter MANLY, meeting SIR FRANCIS WRONGEnter LORD TOWNLY and MANLY.

HEAD. Lord T. I did not think my Lady Wronghead Man. Sir Francis, your servant. had such a notable brain; though I can't say she Sir F. Cousin Manly!

[here. was so very wise in trusting this silly girl, you call Man. I am come to see how the family goes on Myrtilla, with the secret.

Sir I'. Troth, all as busy as bees! I have been Man. No, my lord, you mistake me; bad the girl upon the wing ever since eight o'clock this mornbeen in the secret, perhaps I had never come at iting. myself.

Man. By your early hour, then, I suppoce you Lord T. Why, I thought you said the girl writ have been making your court to some of the great this letter to you, and that my Lady Wronghead men. sentit enclosed to my sister.

Sir F. Why, 'faith, you have hit it, sir! I was Mun. If you please to give me leave, my lord, the advised to lose no time; so I e'en went straight fact is thus; this euclosed letter to Lady Grace was forward to one great man I had never seen in my a real, original one, written by this girl to the Count life before. we have been talking of; the Count drops it, and Man. Right! that was doing business; but who my Lady Wronghead ands it; then, only changing had you got to introduce you? the cover, she seals it up, as a letter of business, Sir F. Why, nobody; I remember I had heard just written by herself to me; and pretending to be a wise man say, My son, be bold: so, troth, I in. in a hurry, gets this innocent girl to write the di- Man. As how, pray?

[troduced myself. reciion for her.

Sir F. Why, thus; lookye-"Please your lordLo a T. Oh! then the girl did not know she was ship,” says 1, "I am Sir Francis Wronghead, of superscribing a billet-doux of her own to you? Bumper-Hall, and member of parliament for the

Man, No, my lord; for when I Orst questioned borough of Guzzledown." “Sir, your humble serber about the direction, she owned it immediately; rant," says my lord; "tho'f I have not the honour but when I shewed her that her letter to the Count to know your person, I have heard you are a very was within it, and told her how it came into my honest gentleman, and I am glad your borough hands, the poor creature was amazed, and thought has made choice of so_worthy a representative; herself betrayed, both by the Count and my lady; and so," says be " Sir Francis, have you any serin short, upon this discovery, the girl and I grew vice to command me?" Naw, cousin, those last so gracious, that she has let me into some trausac

words, you may be sure, gave me no small entions in my Lady Wronghead's family, which, with 'couragement. And tho'f I know, sir, you bave no

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extraordinary opinion of my parts, yet, I believe, Man. How came that about! you won't say I missed it naw.

Sir F. Why, by a mistake, as I tell you; for there Man. Well, I hope I shall have no cause.

was a good humoured sort of a gentleman, one Mr. Sir F. So when I found him so courteous_"My Totherside, I think they call him, that sat next me, lord," says I, “ I did not think to ha' troubled your as soon as I had cried, ay! gives me a hearty lordship with business upon my first visit; but, shake by the hand; “Sir," says he, "you are a since your lordship is pleased not to stand upon man of honour, and a true Englishman! and I ceremony, why truly," says L, "I think naw is as should be proud to be better acquainted with you," good as another time."

and so, with that, takes me by the sleeve, along Man. Right! there you pushed him home. with the crowd, into the lobby; so I knew nonght;

Sir F. Ay, ay, I had a mind to let him see that but, ods flesh! I was got o' the wrong side the I was none of your mealy-mouthed ones.

post; for I were told, afterwards, I should have Man. Very good.

staid where I was. Sir F. “So, in short, my lord," says I, "I have Man. And so, if you had not quite made your a good estate ; but-a--it's a little awt at elbows: fortune before, you have clinched it now! Ab, and, as I desire to serve my king as well as my thou head of the Wrongheads! (Aside.) country, I shall be very willing to accept of a place Lady W. (Without.) Very well, very well. at court."

Sir F. Odso!

here's my lady came home at last! Man. So, this was making short work on't. Enter LADY WRONGHEAD, COUNT BASSET, Sir F. Icod, I shot him flying, cousin! some of

and MISS JENNY. your hawf-witted ones, naw, would ha' hummed Lady W. Cousin, your servant: I hope you will and hawed, and dangled a month or two after bim, pardon my rudeness; but we have really been in before they durst open their mouths about a place; such a continual hurry here, that we have not had ani, mayhap, not ha' got it at last neither.

a leisure moment to return your last visit. Man. Oh, I'm glad you're so sure on't.

Man. Oh! madam, I am a man of no ceremony; Sir F. You shall hear, cousin. "Sir Francis," you see that has not hindered my coming again, says my lord, "pray what sort of a place may you Lady W. You are infinitely obliging; but I'll reha' turned your thoughts upon ?" "My lord,” says deem my credit with you. I, “beggars must not be choosers : but only a Man. At your own time, madam. place,” says I, "about a thousand a year, will be Count B. I must say that for Mr. Manly, madam; well enough to be doing with till something better if making people easy is the rule of good breeding, falls in ;"- for I thought it would not look well to he is certainly the best bred man in the world. stand haggling with him at first.

Man. So! I am not to drop my acquaintance, I Man. No, no, your business was to get footing find. (Aside.) I am afraid, sir, I shall grow vain any way.

[know the world. upon your good opinion. Sir F. Right! there's it! Ay, cousin, I see you Count B. I don't know that, sir ; but I am sure

Man. Yes, yes, one sees more of it every day. what you are pleased to say makes me so. Well, but what said my lord to all this?

Man. The most impudent modesty that ever I Sir F. “Sir Francis," says he, “I shall be glad met with! (Aside.) to serve you any way that lies in my power;' 80 Lady W. Lard, how ready his wit is! (Aside.) he gave me a squeeze by the hand, as much as to Sir F. Don't you think, sir, the Count's a very say, give yourself no trouble; I'll do your busi- ine gentleman? (Apart to Manly.). ness; with that he turned him abawt to somebody Man. Oh! among the ladies, certainly. (To Sir F.) with a coloured ribbon across here, that looked, in Sir F. And yet he's as stout as a lion. Waunds! my thoughts, as if he came for a place too.

he'll storm anything! (Apart to Manly.) Man. Ha! so upon these hopes you are to make Man. Will he so? Why then, sir, take care of

[it, sir? your citadel. (Apart to Sir F.) Sir F. Why, do you think there's any doubt of Sir F. Ah, you are a wag, cousin (Apart to Man.)

Man. Oh, no! I not the least doubt about Man. I hope, ladies, the town air continues to it; for just as you have done, I made my fortune agree with you? ten years ago.

[cousin. Jenny. (Advancing.). Oh! perfectly well, sir ! Sir F. Why, I never knew you had a place, We have been abroad in our new coach, all day

Man. Nor I neither, upon my faith, cousin. But long; and we have bought an ocean of fine things. you, perhaps, may have better fortune; for I sup- And to-morrow we go to the masquerade; and on pose my lord has heard of what importance you Friday to the play; and on Saturday to the opera ; were in the debate to-day. You have been since and on Sunday, we are to be at the what d'ye call down at the house, I presume?

it-assembly, and see the ladies play at quadrille, Sir F. Oh, yes! I would not neglect the house and piquet, and ombre, and hazard, and basset; for ever so much.

and on Monday, we are to see the king; and on Man. Well; and pray what have they done there? Tuesday,

Sir F. Why, troth, I can't well tell you what Lady W. Hold, hold, Miss! you must not let your they have none; but I can tell you what I did: and, tongue run so fast, child-you forget; you know I I think pretty well in the main; only I happened brought you hither to learn modesty. to make a little mistake at last, indeed.

Man. Yes, yes, and she is improved with a venMan. How was that?

geance. (Aside.) Sir F. Why, they were all got there into a sort Jenny. Lawd, mamma! I am sure I did not say of a puzzling debate, about the good of the nation; any harm; and, if one must not speak in one's turn, and I were always for that, you know; but, in one may be kept under as long as one lives, for short, the arguments were so long winded o both aught I see.

[headstrongsides, that, waunds! I did not well understand Lady W. O' my conscience, this girl grows so 'um: hawsomever, I was convinced, and so re Sir F. Ay, ay, there's your fine growing spirit solved to vote right, according to my conscience ; 1 for you! Now tack it dawn, an' you can. so, when they came to put the question, as they call Jenny. All I said, papa, was only to entertain my it-I don't know how it'twas-but I doubt I cried, cousin Manly. ay! when I should ha' cried, no!

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Jenny. Look you there now, madam.

Man. Then you have sounded your aunt, you say, J.ady W. Hold your tongue, I say.

and she readily comes in to all I proposed to you? Jenny. (Turning away, and pouting.) I declare I (Apart to Myrtilla.) won't bear it: she is always snubbing me before Myr. Sir, I'll answer with my life, she is most you, sir! I know why she does it well enough. thankfully yours in every article. She mightily de(A side to the Count.)

sires to see you, sir. (Apart.) Count B. Hush, hush, my dear! don't be uneasy Man. I am going home directly; bring her to my at that; she'll suspect us. (Aside.)

house in half an hour; and, if she inakes good Jenny. Let her suspect! what do I care? I don't what you tell me, you shall both find your account know but I have as much reason to suspect as she, in it. (Apart to Myrtilla.) though, perhaps, I am not so afraid of her,

Myr. Sir, she shall not fail you. Count B. Egad, if I don't keep a tight hand on my

[To Man. Erit. tit, here, she'll run away with my project, before I Sir F. Ods life, madam! here's nothing but toys can bring it to bear. (A side.)

and trinkets, and fans, and clock stockings, by Lady W.

young harlot is certainly in love wholesale. with him; but I must not let them see I think so; Lady W. There's nothing but what's proper, and and yet I can't bear it. (A side.? Upon my life, for your credit, Sir Francis. Nay, you see I am so Count, you'll spoil that forward girl; you should good a housewife, that, in necessa:ies for myself, not encourage her so.

I have scarce laid out a shilling. Count B. Pardon me, madam, I was only advising Sir F. No, by my troth, so it seems; for the doher to observe what your ladyship said to her. In vil o' one thing's here that I can see you have any one word, madam, she has a jealousy of your lady- occasion for. ship, and I am forced to encourage her, to blind it: Lady W. My dear, do you think I came hitber 'twill be better to take no notice of her behaviour to to live out of the fashion ? why, the greatest me. (Apart to Lady W.)

distinction of a fine lady, in this town, is in the Lady W. You are right; I will be more cautious. variety of pretty things that she has no occasion (A part to Count B.,

for. Count B. Tomorrow at the masquerade we may Jenny. Sure, papa, could you imagine that lose her. (Apart to Lady W.;

women of quality wanted nothing but stays and Lady W. We shall be observed: I'll send you a petticoats ? note, and settle that affair; go on with the girl, and Lady W. Now, that is so like him! don't mind me. (Apart to Count B.)

Man. So, the family comes on finely! (Aside.) Count B. I have been taking your part, my little Sir F. An hundred pound in the morning, and angel. (To Miss Jenny.)

want another afore night! Waunds and fire! the Lady W. Jenny! come hither, child; you must Lord Mayor of London could not hold it at this not be so hasty, my dear: I only advise you for rate. your good.

Man. Oh! do you feel it, sir? (Aside.) Jenny. Yes, mamma; but when I am told of a Lady W. My dear, you seem uneasy ; let me have thing before company, it always makes me worse, the hundred pound, and compose yourself. you know.

Sir F. Compose the devil, madam! why, do you Man. If I have any skill in the fair sex, miss and consider what a hundred pound a day comes to in her mamma have only quarrelled because they a year? are both of a mind. This facetious Count seenis to Lady W. My life, if I account with you from one have made a very genteel step in the family. day to another, that's really all my head is able to

(Aside.) bear at a time. But I'll tell you what I consider-I Enter MYRTILLA; Manly talks apart with her. consider that my advice has got you a thousand

Lady W. Well, Sir Francis, and what news have pounds a year this morning. That now, methinks, you brought us from Westminster to-day?

you might consider, sir. Sir F. News, madam! 'Ecod, I have some; and Sir F. A thousand pound! Yes; but, maybap. such as does not come every day, I can tell you. I mayn't receive the first quarter on't this ball A word in your ear; I have got a promise of a year. place at court of a thousand pounds a year

Enter SQUIRE RICHARD. already

Squire R. Feyther, an you doan't come quickly Ludg w. Have you sc, sir? And pray, who may the meat will be coaled; and I'd fain pick a Lit you thank for't? Now, who is in the right? Is not with you. this better than throwing so much away after a Lady W. Bless me, Sir Francis! you are not stinking pack of fox-hounds in the country? Now, going to sup by yourself? your family may be the better for it.

Sir F. No, but I'm going to dine by myself, and Sir F. Nay, that's what persuaded me to come that's pretty near the matter, madam. up, my dove.

Lady w. Had not you as good stay a little, my Lady W. Mighty well! Come; let me have ano- dear? We shall eat in half an hour; and I was ther hundred pounds, then.

thinking to ask my cousin Manly to take a family Sir F. Another, child ! Waunds! you have had morsel with us. one hundred this morning; pray, what's become of Sir F. Nay, for my cousin's good company. I that, my dear?

don't care if I ride a day's journey without baiting. Lady w. What's become of it! Why, I'll show dan. By no means, Sir Francis. I am going upon you, my love. Jenny, have you the bills about you? a little business.

[ments, Jenny. Yes, mamma.

Sir F. Well, sir, I know you don't love compliLady W. What's become of it! Why, laid out, Min. You'll excuse me, madam. (Bows.) my dear, with fifty more to it, that I was forced to Lady W. Since you have business, sir-(Curtsies.) borrow of the Count, here.

[Ecit Manly. Jenny. Yes, indeed, papa, and that would hardly

Enter MRS. MOTHERLY. do neither. There's the account.

Oh, Mrs. Motherly! you were saying this morning, Sir F. (Turning over the bills.) Let's see! let's see! you had some very fine lace to shew me; can't I What the devil have we got here?

see it now? (Sir Francis stares.)

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