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niy word shall never have it under my hand. Lord F. D'ye think he'll love you as well

Lady F. I vow, Mellefont's a pretty gentle- as I do my wife? I'm afraid not. man; but methinks he wants a manner. Cyn. I believe he'll love me better.

Cyn. A manner! what's that, madam? Lord F. Heavens! that can never be: but

Lady F. Some distinguishing, quality; as, why do you think so? for example, the bel air, or brilliant, of Mr. Cyn. Because he has not so much reason Brisk; the solemnity, yet complaisance, of my to be fond of himself. lord; or something, of his own, that should Lady F. O, your humble servant for that, look a little je-ne-sais-quoi-ish; be is too much dear madam. 'Well, Mellefont, you'll be a a mediocrity, in my mind.

happy creature. Cyn. He does not, indeed, affect either pert- Mel. Ay, my lord, I shall have the same ness or formality; for which I like him: bere reason for my happiness that your lordship he comes.

has, I shall think myself happy. Lady F. And my lord with him: pray ob- Lord F. Ah, ihat's all. serve the difference.

Brisk. Your ladyship is in the right; [To

Lady Froth] but, 'egad, I'm wholly turned Enter Lord FroTH, MELLEFONT, and Brisk.

into satire. 1 confoss I write but seldom; but

when I do-keen i mbics, 'egad.—But my lord Cyn. Impertinent creature! I could almost was telling me, your ladyship has made an be angry with her now.

[Aside. essay toward an heroic poem. Lady F. My lord, I hare been telling Cyn- Lady F. Did my lord tell you? Yes, I vow, thia how much I have been in love with you; and the subject is my lord's love to me. And I swear I have; I'm not ashamed to own it what do you think I call it? I dare swear you now; ah! it makes my heart leap; I vow I won't guess-The Syllabub, ha, ba, ha! sigh when I think on't.--My dear lord! Ha, Brisk. Because my lord's title's Froth, 'egad, ha, ha! do you remember, my lord ? ha, ha, ha!-deuce lake me, very apropos

and [Squeczes him by the Hand, looks kindly surprising, ha, ha, ha!

on him, sighs, and then laughs out. Lady F. Hey, ay, is not it? And then I call Lord F. Pleasant creature! Perfectly well. my lord Spuinoso; and myself — what d'ye Ab! that look, ay, there it is; who could rc- think I call' myself? · sist? 'Twas so my heart was made a captive Brisk. Lactilla, may be-gad, I cannot tell. first, and ever since it bas been in love with Lady F. Biddy, that's all; just my own name. happy slavery.

Brisk. Biddy! 'egad, very pre-deuce Lady F. Ó that tongue, that dear deceitful take me, if your ladyship has not the art of tongue! that charming softness in your mien surprising the most naturally in the world. I and your expression!—and then your bow! hope you'll make me happy in communicating Good, my lord, bow as you did when I


poem. you my picture. Here, suppose this my pic- Lady F. O, you must be my conlidant; I iure-(Gives him a pockel Glass] Pray mind must ask your advice. my lord; ah! he bows charmingly. [Lord Brisk. I'm your humble servant, let me peFroth bows profoundly low, then kisses the rish. I presume your ladyship has read Bossu? Glass] Nay, my lord, you shan't kiss it so Lady F. O yes; and Rapin, and Dacier upon much ; I shall grow jealous, I vow now. Aristoile and florace. My lord, you must not

Lord F. I saw myself there, and kissed it be jealous, I'm communicating all to Mr. Brisk. for your sake.

Lord F. No, no, I'll allow Mr. Brisk. Have Lady F. Ab! gallantry to the last degree. you nothing about you to show him, my dear? Mr. Brisk, you're a judge; was ever any thing Lady F. Yes, I believe I have. Mr. Brisk, so well bred as my lord?

you go into the next room? and Brisk. Nerer any thing, but your ladyship, there l'It show you what I have. let me perish.

[Exit with Brisk. Lady F. O, preltily turned again! let me Lord F. I'll walk a turn in the garden, and die but you have a great deal of wit. -- Mr. come to you.

[Easil Mellefont, don't you think Mr. Brisk has a Mel. You're thoughtful, Cynthia. world of wit?

Cyn. I'm thinking that though marriage Mel. () yes, madam.

makes man and wife one flesh, it leaves 'em Brisk. O dear, madam.

still two fools; and they become more conLady F. An infinite deal.

spicuous by setting offi) one another. Brisk. O heavens, madam

Mel. That's only when two fools meet, and Ladı F. More wit than any body.

their follies are opposed. Brisk. I'm everlastingly your humble ser- Cyn. Nay, I have known two wits meet, vant, deuce take me, madam.

and by the opposition of their wit, render Lord F. Don't you think us a happy cou- themselves as ridiculous as fools. Matrimony ple?

[To Cyn. is a hazardous game to engage in. Wbat Cyn. I vow, my lord, I think you are the think you of drawing stakes, and giving orer happiest couple in the world; for you're not in time? only happy in one another, and when you are Mel. No, hang't, that's not endeavouring to together, but happy in yourselves, and by win, because it's possible we may lose; since yourselves.

we have shuffled and cut, let's e'en turn up Lord F. I hope Mellefont will make a good trump now. husband too.

1) For instance, a lady's while hand is set off /embellishCyn. 'Tis my interest to believe he will, my

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Cyn. Then I find it's like cards; if either of Lady P. Inhuman and treacherousus have a good band, it is an accident of fortune. Sir P. Thou serpent and first templer of

Mel. No, marriage is rather like a game at womankindbowls; fortune indeed makes the match, and Cyn. Bless me! Sir-madam-what mean the two nearest, and sometimes the two fur- you? thest are together; but the game depends en- Sir P. Thy, Thy, come away, Thy; louch tirely upon judgment.

bim not; come bither, girl; go not near bim, Cyn. Still' it is a game, and consequently there's nothing but deceit about him; snakes one of us must be a loser.

are in bis looks, and the crocodile of Nilus is Mel. Not at all; only a friendly trial of skill, in his wicked appetite; he would devour thy and the winnings to be laid out in an enter- forlune, and starve thee alive. lainment.

Lady P. Dishonourable, impudent creature!

Mel. For heaven's sake, madam, to whom Enter Sir Paul and Lady Pliant. do you direct this language? Sir P. 'Gadsbud! I am provoked into a fer- Lady P. Have I behaved myself with all the mentation, as my lady Froih says. Was erer decorum and nicely befitting ihe person of sir the like read of in story?

Paul's wife; have I preserved my honour as Lady P. Sir Paul, have patience, let me it were in a snow-house; have I, I say, prealone io rattle bim up.

served myself like a fair sheet of paper, for Sir P. 'Pray your ladyship, give me leave you to make a blot upon? to be angry; I'll rattle hin up, I warrant you; Sir P. And she shall make a simile with I'll teach him, with a certiorari, to make love any woman in England. to my wife.

Mel. I am so amazed, I know not what to Lady P. You teach him! I'll teach bim my- say. self; so pray, sir Paul, hold you coutented. Sir P. Do you think my daughter - this

Sir P. Hold yourself contented, my lady Pli- pretty creature—'Gadsbud, she's a wife for a ant; I find passion coming upon me even to cherubim!-Do you think her fit for nothing desperation, and I cannot submit as formerly, but to be a stalking-horse, ?) to stand before therefore give way.

you while you take aim at my wise? 'GadsLady P. How now? will you be pleased to bud, I was never angry before in my life, and retire, and

I'll never be appeased again. Sir P. No, marry, will I not be pleased; I Mel. Confusion! this is my aunt; such maam pleased to be angry, that's my pleasure at lice can be engendered no where else. [ Aside. Mel. What can this mean?

[this time.

Lady P. Sir Paul, take Cynthia from his Lady P. 'Gads my life, the man's distracted. sight; Teave me to strike him with the remorse Why, how now, who are you? What am I? Jot' his intended crime. Slidikins, can't I govern you? What did I Cyn. Pray, sir, stay; hear him; I dare afmarry you for? Am I not to be absolute and firm he's innocent. uncontrolable? Is it fit a woman of my spirit Sir P. Ionocent! \Vhy, harkye; come biand conduct should be contradicted in a mat-ther, Thy, biarkye, I had it from his aunt, my ter of tbis concern?

sister Touchwood. 'Gadsbud, he does not care Sir P. It concerns me, and only me; besi- a farthing for any thing of thee, but thy pordes, I'm not to be governed at all times. Whention; why he's in love with my wife ; he I am in tranquillity, my lady Pliant shall com- would have tantalized thee, and' dishonour'd mand sir Paul; but when I'm provoked to thy poor father, and that would certainly have fury, I cannot incorporate with patience and broke my heart. I'm sure, if ever I should reason; as soon, may tigers match with tigers, have horns, they would kill me; they would lambs with lambs, and every crealure couple never come kindly; I should die of 'em, like with its foe, as the poet says.

any child that was cutting bis teeth-I should Lady P. He's hot-headed still! Tis in vain indeed, Thy, therefore come, away; but Proto talk to you; but remember I have a cur-vidence has prevented all, therefore come away tain-lecture ') for you, you disobedient, head- when I bid you.

Cyn. I must obey. [E.xit with Sir Paul. Sir P. No, 'tis because I won't be headstrong, Lady P. O, such a thing! the impiety of it because I won't be a brute, and have my head startles me; to wrong so good, so fair a creafortified, that I am thus exasperaled. But Iture, and one that loves you ienderly: 'tis a will protect my honour: and yonder is the barbarity of barbarities, and nothing could be violater of my fame.

guilty of it Lady P. 'Tis my honour that is concerned, Mel. But the grealest villain imagination can and the violation was intended to mc. Your form, I grant il; and next to the villany of honour! you have none! but what is in my such a fact, is the villany of aspersing me with keeping, and I can dispose of it when I please ; the guilt

. How? which way was I to wrong therefore don't provoke me.

ber? for yet

understand you not Sir P. Hum,'gadsbud, she says true. [ Aside] Lady . Why, 'gads my life, cousin MelWell, my lady, march on; I will fight under lefont, you cannot be so peremptory as to you then: I am convinced, as far as passion will permit . [Sir Paul and Lady Pliant 1) It is a custom lu go on moonlight nights shooting cor

liews on the sea-shore; but as these birds are very come up to Mellefont.

shy, there is no means of approaching them, but by 1) "Tis a dreadful thing for a to be subject to the hiding behind any old horse, which is made to go

strong brute.


threats of a curtain-Icciare; but what a scene when backwards to the place, for the purpose. put in practice. The lady commences her discourses nol being frightened, by this means are casily aimed in bed, depriving the husband of his sleep - It is at, though it is dishcali to get more than one shot in celled curtain-lecture from the bed curtains.

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deny it, when I tax you with it to your face; all thoughts of the marriage; for though I for, now sir Paul's gone, you are corum nobus. know you don't lore Cynthia, only as a blind Mel. By hearen, I love her more than life, for your passion to me, yet it will make me

jealous-0 Lord, what did I say? Jealous! Lady P. Fiddie, faddle, don't tell me of this no, no, I can't be jealous; for I must not love and that, and every thing in the world; but you--therefore don't hope-but don't despair give me mathemacular demonstration, answer neither. O, they're coming, I must fly: [Exit. me directly But I have not patience. Oh! Mel. [-After a Pause] So then, spite of my the impiety of it, as I was saying, and the rn- care and foresight, I am caught, caught in my paralleled wickedness! O merciful father! bow security: yet this was but a shallow artifice, could

you think to reverse nature so, to make unworthy of my machiavilian aunt: there must the daughter the means of procuring the mother! be more behind: destruction follows hard, if

Mel. The daughter procure the mother! not presently prevented.

Lady P. Ay; for though I am noi Cynthia's own mother, I am her father's wise; and that's

Enter MASKWELL. near cnough to make it incest.


, welcome! Thy presence is a view Mel. O my precious aunt, and the devil in of land appearing to my shipwrecked hopes: conjunction!

[Aside. the witch has raised the storm, and her miniLady P. O reflect upon the horror of that, sters have done their work; you see the resand then the guilt of deceiving every body; sels are parted. marrying the daughter, only to dishonour the Mask.' I know it: I met sir Paul towing father; and then seducing me

away Cynthia. Come, trouble not your head, Mel. Where am I? is it day? and am I I'll join you together ere to-morrow morning, awake ? Madam

or drown between you in the attempt. Lady P. And nobody knows how circum- Mel. There's comfort in a hand stretch'd stances may happen together. To my think-out to one that's sinking, though never so far ing now, I could resist the strongest tempta- off. tion; bui yet I know 'tis impossible for me Mask. No sinking, nor no danger. Come, to know wbether I could or no; there's no cheer up; why, you don't know that, while I certainty in the things of this life.

plead for you, your aunt bas given me a reMel. Madam, pray give me leave to ask you iaining fo:e; nay, I am your greatest enemy, one question.

and she does but journey-work under me. Lady P. O Lord, ask me the question! I'll Mel. lla! how's this? swear I'll refuse it; I swear I'll deny it, there- Mask. What d'ye think of my being cmfore don't ask me; nay, you shan't ask me; ployed in the execution of all her plots? Ha, I swear I'll deny it. oʻgemini, you have ha, ha! Nay, it's true: I have undertaken to brought all the blood into my face; I warrant, break the match: I have undertaken to make I am as red as a turkey-cock. Ofic, cousin your uncle disinherit you; to get you turn'd Mellefont!

out of doors, and to-Ha, ha, ha!--I can't tell Mel. Nay, madant, hear me

you for laughing-0 she has opened her heart Lady P. Ilear you? No, no: I'll deny you to me--I'm to turn you a grazing, and tofirst, and hear you afterwards; for one does Ha, ha, ha! marry Cynthia mysell; there's a not know how one's mind may change upon plot for you. hearing. Hearing is one of the senses, and Mel. Ha! O see, I see my rising sun! Light all the senses are fallible; I won't trust my breaks through clouds upon me, and I shall honour, I assure you; my bonour is infallible live in day:-0, my Maskwell,' how shall I and un-come-at-ible.

thank or praise thee! thou hast outwilted woMel. For heaven's sake, madam

Bui tell me, how couldst thou thus get Lady P. O name it no - Bless me, into her confidence, ha-how? But was it her how can you talk of heaven, and have so much contrivance to persuade my lady Pliant to this wickedness in your heart ? May be, you don't extravagant belief? think it a sin-they say some of you gentle- Niask. It was; and, to tell you the truth, ! men don't think it'a sin-Indeed, if I did not encouraged it for your diversion: though it think it a sin-But still my honour, if it were made you a little uneasy for the present, yet no sin-But then, to marry my daughter, for the reflection of it must needs be entertaining. the conveniency of frequent opportunities-1'll I warrant she was very violent at firsi. never consent to that; as sure as can be, I'll Mel. Ha, ha, ha! Ay, a very fury. break the match.

Mask. Ha, ha, ha! I know her temper. Well, Mel. Death and amazement! Madam, upon you must know then that all

my contrivances

were but bubbles; till at last I pretended to Lady P. Nay, nay, rise up: come, you shall have been long secretly in love with Cynthia; see my good nature. I know love is power that did my business; that convinced your ful, and nobody can help his passion: 'tis not aunt I might be trusted; since it was as much your fault, nor I swear it is not mine. How my interest as hers to break the match: then can I help it, if I have charms? And how can she thought my jealousy might qualify me to you help it, if you are made a captive? O assist her in her revenge; and, in short, in Lord, here's somebody coming; I dare not that belief, told me the secrets of her heart. stay.' Well, you must consider of your crime, At length we made this agreement: if I acand strive as much as can be against it-strive, complish her designs (as I told you before), be sure: but don't be melancholy, don't de- she has engaged io put Cynthia, with all her spair : but never think that I'll grant you any fortune, into my power. thing-0 Lord, no: but be sure you lay aside Mel. She is most gracious in her favour.

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Well, apd, dear Jack, how bast thou contrived ? Lord T. There should have been demon

Mask. I would not have you stay to hear stration of the contrary too, before it bad been it now; for I don't know but she may come believed. this way. I am lo meet her anon; after that Lady T. So I suppose there was. I'H tell you the whole matter. Be here in this Lord T. How? where? when ? gallery an hour hence: by that time, I ima- Lady T. That I can't tell; nay, I don't say gine, our consultation may be over.

there was; I am willing to believe as favourMel. I will. Till then, success attend thee. ably of my nephew as I can.

[Erit. Lord T. I don't know that. [Half aside. Mask. Till then, success will attend me; Lady T. How? Don't you believe that, say for when I meet you, I meet the only obstacle you, my lord ? to my fortune.-Cynthia, let thy beauty gild Lord T. No, I don't say so.

I confess I am my crimes; and whatsoever I commit oftreach-troubled to find you so cold in his defence. ery or deceit shall be imputed to

Lady T. His defence? Bless me, would

you merit.- Treachery! what treachery? Love can- bave me desend an ill thing? cels all the bonds of friendship, and sets men Lord T. You believe it then? right upon their first foundations. Duty to Lady T. I don't know; I am very unwillkings, piety to parents, gratitude to benefac- ing to speak my thoughts in any thing that tors, and fidelity to friends, are different and may be to my cousin's disadvantage; besides, particular ties: but the name of rival culs 'em I lind, my lord, you are prepared to receive all asunder, and is a general acquittance. Ri- an ill impression from any opinion of mine, yal is equal; and love, like death, a universal which is not consenting with your own; but leveller of mankind.-lla! but is there not such since I am like to be suspected in the end, a thing as honesty ? Yes, and whosoever has and 'tis a pain any longer to dissemble, I own it about him bears an enemy in his breast; it to you: in short, I do believe it; nay, and for your honest man, as I take it, is that nice, can believe any thing worse, if it were laid scrupulous, conscientious person, who will to his charge.-Don't ask me my reasons, my cheat nobody but himself: such another cox- lord; for they are not fit to be told you. comb as your wise man, who is too hard for Lord T. I'm amazed! Ilere must be someall the world, and will be made a fool of by thing more than ordinary in this. [Aside] Not nobody but himself.—Ha, ha, ha! Well, for lit to be told me, madam? You can have no wisdom and honesty, give me cunning and interests wherein I am not concerned; and hypocrisy! Oh, 'tis such a pleasure to angle consequently the same reasons ought to be for fairfaced fools! Then that hungry gudgeon, convincing to me, which creale your satisfaccredulity, will bite at any thing. - Why, let tion or disquicl. me see: I have the same face, the same words Lady T. But those which cause my disquiet, and accents, when I speak what I do think, I am willing to have remote from your hearand when I speak what I do not think; the ing: Good my lord, don't press me. very same: and dear dissimulation is the only Lord T. Don't oblige me to press you. art not to be known from nature.

Lady T. Whatever it

was, 'lis past; and Why will mankind be fools, and be deceiv'd ? that is better to be unknown, which cannot And why are friends and lovers' oaths believed ? be prevented; therefore let me beg of you to When each, who searches strictly his own rest satisfied. mind,

Lord T. When you have told me I will. May so much fraud and power of baseness Lady T. You won't. find.“

[Exit. Lord T. By my life, my dear, I will.

Lady T. VÝhat if you can':?

Lord T. How? Then I must know; nay, 1
Scene I.-The same.

will: : no more trilling–I charge you tell me

— by all our mutual peace to come, upon Enter LORD and Lady Touchwood. Lady T. My lord, can you blame my bro- Lady T. Nay, my lord, you need say no ther Pliant, if he refuse bis daughter upon this more, to make me lay my heart before you ; provocation?. The contract's void by this un- but don't be thus transported; compose yourheard-of impiety.

self: it is not of concern, to make you lose Lord T. I don't believe it true; he has bet- one minute's temper.

'Tis not indeed, my ter principles-pho, 'tis nonsense. Come, come, dear. O Lord, I wish I had not told you I know my lady Pliant: 'tis not the first any thing.-Indeed, my lord, you have frighttime she has mistaken respect for love, and ened me. Nay, look pleased, I'll tell you. made sir Paul jealous of the civility of an Lord T, Well, well. undesigning, person, the better to bespeak his Lady T. Nay, but will you be calm? Insecurity in her unfeigned pleasures.

deed it's nothing butLady î'. You censure hardly, my lord: my Lord T. But what? sister's honour is very well known.

Lady T. But will you promise me not to Lord T. Yes, I believe I know some that be angry?-nay, you must-not to be angry have been familiarly acquainted with it. This with Mellefont?- I dare swear he's sorry; and, is a little trick wrought by some pitiful con- were it to do again, would nottriver, envious of my nephew's merit; Lord T. Sorry for what? 'Deatlı, you rack Lady T. Nay, my lord, it may be

so, and me with delay. I hope it will be found so; but that will re- Lady T. Nay, no great matter, only-well, quire some time; for, in such a case as this,'I have your promise-pho, why nothing, only. demonstration is necessary.

your nephew bad a mind to amuse himself

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your own and

sometimes with a little gallantry towards must be performed in the remaining part of me. Nay, I can't think he meant any thing this evening, and before the company break seriously; but methought it looked oddly. up, lest my lord should cool, and have an

Lord T. Confusion! what do I hcar? opportunity to talk with bim privately: my

Lady T. Or, may be, he thought he was lord must not see him again. not enough akin to me upon your account, Mask. By no means; therefore you must and had a mind to create a nearer relation aggravate my lord's displeasure to a degree on his own; a lover, you know, my lord_ha, that will admit of no conference with him.ha, ha!-Well, but that's all. Now you have What think you of mentioning me? it.-Well, remember your promise, my lord; Ludy T. How? and don't take any notice of it to him. Mask. To my lord, as baving been privy Lord T. No, no, no.

to Mellefont's design upon you, but still using Lady T. Nay, I swear you must not a little my utmost endeavours to dissuade him: though harmless mirih-only misplaced, that's all.- my friendship and love to him has made me But if it were more, 'tis over now, and all's conceal it, yet you may say I threatened the well. For my part, I bave forgot it; and so next time he attempted' any thing of that kind, has he, I hope; for I have not heard any thing to discover it to my lord. from him these two days.

Lady T. To what end is this? Lord T. These two days! Is it so fresh ?- Mask. It will confirm my lord's opinion of Unnatural villain! I'll bave bim stripped, and my honour and honesty, and create in him a turned naked out of my doors this moment, new confidence in me, which (should ibis deand let him rot and perish!

sign miscarry) will be necessary to the formLady T. O, my lord, you'll ruin me, if you ing of another plot that I have in my head take such public notice of it; it will be a -io cheat you, as well as the rest. Aside. town-talk: consider


honour. Lady T. I'll do it. -Stay, I told you you would not be satisfied Mask. You had best go to my lord, keep when you knew it.

him as long as you can in his closet, and I Lord T. Before I've done, I will be satis- doubt not but you will mould him to what fied. - Ungrateful monster ! How long- you please: your guests are so engaged in

Lady ? Lord, I don't know: I wish my their own follies and intrigues, they'll miss lips bad grown together when I told


neither of you, Almost a iwelvemonih-nay, I won't tell you Lady T. When shall we meet?--At eight any, more, till you are yourself. Pray, my this evening in my chamber; there rejoice at lord, don'i let the company see you in this our success, and ioy away an hour in mirth. disorder: yet I confess I can't blame you; Mask. I will not fail

. (Exit Lady Touchfor I think I was never so surprised in my wood] I know what she means well enough. lise. Who would have thoughi my nephew I have lost all appetite to her ; yet she's a line could have so misconstrued my kindness? woman, and I loved her once; but I don't But will you go into your closet, and recover know, the case is altered; what was my pleayour temper? "I'll make an excuse of sudden sure is become my duty; and I am as indifbusiness io the company, and come to you. serent to her now, as if I were her husband. Pray, good, dear my lord, let me beg you do Should she smoke my design upon Cynthia, now: I'll come immediately, and tell you all. I were in a fine pickle. She has a penetraWill you, my lord ?

ting head, and knows how to interprei a coldLord T. I will. I am mute with wonder. ness the right way; therefore I must dissemble

Lady T. Well, but go now; here's some-l ardour and ecstacy, that's resolved. How easily body coming

and pleasantly is that dissembled before fruiLord T. Well, I go. You won't stay; for tion! Plague 'on't, that a man can't drink withI would hear more of this.

out quenching his thirst.-Ha! yonder comes Lady T. I'll follow instantly.

Mellefont, thoughtful. Let me think: meet ber [Excit Lord Touchwood. at eight-hum--ha! I have it. If I can speak

to my lord before, I will deceive 'em all,' and Enter MaskweLL.

yet secure myself. "Twas a lucky thought! So!

Well, this double dealing is a jewel. – Here Mask. This was a masterpiece, and did not he comes-now for me. need my help, though I stood ready for a cue to come in, and confirm all, had there Enter MELLEFONT, musing.—MASKWELL, prebecn occasion.

tending not to see him, walks by him, and Lady T. Have you seen Mellefont?

speaks, as it were, to himself. Mask. I have; and am to meet him bere Mercy on us! what will the wickedness of this about this time.

world come to! Lady T. How does he bear his disappoint

Mel. How now, Jack? What, so full of ment?

contemplation that you run over? Mask. Secure in my assistance, he seemed Mask. I'm glad you're come, for I could not much afflicted, but rather laughed at the not contain myself any longer; and was just shallow artifice, which so little time must of going to give vent to a secrel, which nobody necessity discover: yet he is apprehensive of but you ought to drink down. - Your aunt's some further design of yours, and has engaged just gone from hence. me to watch you. I believe he will hardly Mel. And having trusted thee with the sebe able to prevent your plot; yet I would crets of her soul, thou art villanously bent to have you use caution and expedition. discover 'em all to me, ha?

Lady T. Expedition indeed; for all we do! Mask. I'm afraid my frailty leans that way;

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