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is with my daughter before me? Zounds, sir, O‘Cut. Avast, avast, ny dear!-[ have a I'll be the death of you.
little business with your name; but as I was Charles, sla! 'Squire Russet too!-You jol- to let nobody know it, I can't mention it till Is old cock, how do you do ?-But, Harriot! you clear the decks, fait. my dear girl; [Taking hold of her] My life,
[Pointing to the Major. my soul, my
Charles. This gentleman, sir, is my most Rus
. Let her go, sir-come away, Harriot! intimate friend, and any thing that concerns -Leave himn this instant, or I'll tear you asun- me may be mentioned before him. der.
[Pulling her. O'Cvit. O, if he's your friend, my dear, we Har. There needs no violence to lear me may do all above board. It's only about your from a man who could disguise himself in deciding a deferance with my lord Trinket. such a gross manner, at a time when he knew He wants to show you a little warm work ; I was in the utmost distress.
and, as I was steering this way, he desired me [Disengages herself, and exit wilh Russet. to fetch you ihis letter. [Gives a Letter.
Charles. Only hear me, sir-madam! -my Maj. 0. Ilow, sir, a challenge! dear Harriot-NÍr. Russet -gone!-she's gone !
O'Cut. Yes, fait, a challenge. I am to be -and, 'egad, in very ill humour, and in very bis lordship's second; and if you are fond of bad company!—I'11 after her-but bold!- a hot birth, and will come along with that I shall only make it worse-as I did-now 1 jontleman, we'll all go to it together, and recollect-once before. How the devil came make a little line of battle a-head of our own, they bere?- Who would have thought of my dear. finding her in my own house ?—My head turns Charles. [Reads] Ha! what's this? This round with conjectures.-I believe I am drunk may be useful.
[ Aside. -very drunk-so, 'egad, I'll e'en go and sleep. Maj. O. Sir, I am infinitely obliged to you.-myself sober, and then inquire the meaning A rare fellow this! [Aside Yes, yes, I'll meet of all this. For.
all the good company.
Il be there in my I love Sue, and Sue loves me, etc. waistcoat and pumps, and take a morning's
[Exit, singing, breathing with you. Are you very fond of
fighting, sir? ACT IV.
O'Cut. Indeed, and I am; I love it betler SCENE I.-OAKLy's House.
Maj. O. But pray, sir, how are you interEnter CHARLES and MAJOR OAKLY. ested in this difference? Do you know what Maj. 0. Poor Charles! What a scene of it is about? confusion! I would give the world to have O'Cut. O, the devil burn me, not I. What been there.
signifies what it's about, you know? so we Charles. And I would give the world to do but tilt a little. have been any where else.--May wine be my Maj. 0. What, fight, and not know for what? poison, if ever I am drunk again!
O’Cut. When the signal's out for engaging, Mar. O. Ay, ay, so every man says the next what signifies talking ? morning.
Maj. 0. I fancy, sir, a duel's Charles. Where, where can she be? Her breakfast with you. I'll warrant now, you father would hardly carry her back to lady have been engaged in many such affairs. Freelove's, and he has no house in town O'Cut. Upon my shoul, and I have: sea or himself, nor sir Harry-I don't know what to land, it's all one to little Terence O'Cutter.
go in search of her, though I don't When I was last in Dublin, I fought one know where to direct myself.
jontleman for cheating me out of a tousand
pounds; I fought two of the Mermaid's crew Enter WILLIAM.
about Sally Macguire; tree about politics; and Wil
. A gentleman, sir, that calls himself one about the playhouse in Smock Alley. But captain O'Cutter, desires to speak with you. upon my fait, since I am in England, Í have
Charles. Don'í trouble me-1'll see no bo- done noting at all, at all. dy—I'm not at home
Charles. This is lucky_but my transport Wil. The gentleman says he has very par- will discover me. [Aside] -Will you be so ticular business, and he must see you.
kind, sir, [To O'Cutter] as to make my comCharles. What's his name? Who did you pliments to his lordship, and assure him, that
I shall do myself the honour of waiting on Wil . Captain O'Cutter, sir,
him. Charles. Captain O'Cutter! I never heard O'Cut. Indeed, and I will.- Arrah, my dear, of bim before. Do you know any thing of won't you come too? [To Major Oakly.
Maj. 0. Depend upon it, captain.—A very Maj. O. Not I-But you hear he has par- extraordinary fellow!
[Aside. ticular business. I'll leave the room.
Charles. Now to get my intelligence. Aside] Charles. He can bare no business that need -I think, the time, sir, his lordship appoints be, a secret to you.- Desire the captain to in his letter, is-a-
Charles. And the place-a-a-is-I think,
behind Montague House? O’Cut . Jontlemen, your sarvant.
Is either O‘Cut. No, my dear!-Avast, by the ring of your nanies Charles Oakly, esq.? in Hydepark, 'fait- settled it there mysell, Charles. Charles Oakly, sir, is my name, for fare of interruption. you have business with it.
Charles. True, as you say, the ring in
Hyde-park-1 had forgot-Very well, I'll not for me, perhaps !-What a strange world we fail you, sir.
live in! No two people in it love one another OʻCut. Devil burn me, nor I. Opon my better than my hrother and sister, and yet shoul, little Terence O'Cutter will see fair play, the bitterest enemies could not torment each or he'll know the reason-And so, my dear, other more heartily:-However, yesterday, to your sarvant.—You'll not forget to come, my give him his due, he behared like a dear?
. Keep it up, brother! keep it up! or it's all Maj. O. Ha, ha, ha! What a fellow!-He over with you. Since mischief is on foot, loves fighting like a game cock.
I'll even set forwards on all sides. I'll in Charles. O uncle! the luckiest thing in the to him directly, read him one of my, morworld!
ning lectures, and persuade bim, if I
posMaj. 0. What, to have the chance of being sibly can, to go out with me immediately or run through the body? I desire no such good work him to some open act of rebellion agaiost fortune.
the sovereign authority of his lady wife. Zounds, Charles, Wish me joy, wish me joy! I brother! rant, and roar, and rare, and turo have found her, my dear girl, my Harriot! - the house out of the window. If I was a She is at an inn in Holborn, major! husband !—'Sdeath, what a pity it is that nobody
Maj. O. Ay! how do you know? knows how to manage a wise but a bachelor. Charles. Why, this dear, delightful, charm
[Erit ing, blundering captain has delivered me a
Scene II.-- The Bull and Gate Inn. Maj. 0. A wrong letter!
Enter HARRIOT. Charles. Yes, a letter from lord Trinket to Har. What will become cf me? Amons lady Freelove.
all my distresses, I must confess that Charles's Maj. O. The devil! What are the contents? bebaviour yesterday is not the least. So wild'
Charles. The news I told you just now, so given up to excesses! And yet - I ara that she's at an inn in Holborn: and, besides, ashamed to own it even to myself, I love him an excuse from my lord, for not waiting on and death itself shall not prevail on me to ber ladyship, this morning according to his give my hand to sir Harry-But here he copromise, as he shall be entirely taken up with mes! What shall I do with him? his design upon Harriot.
Enter SiR HARRY BEAGLE. Maj. 0. So! so!-A plot between the lord Sir H. Your servant, miss !- What! Not and the lady,
speak! - Bashful, mayhap-Why then I will Charles. There! read, read, man! --Lookye, miss, I am a man of few words,
[Giving the Letter. What signifies haggling? It looks just like a Maj. 0. [Reading] Um-um-um-Very dealer:- What d'ye think of me for a husfine! And what do you propose doing?
band ?-I am
a tight young fellow - sound Charles. To go thither immediately:
wind and limb-free from all natural blemishes Maj. 0. Then you shall take me with you. Rum ?) all over, damme. Who knows what his lordship's designs may
Har. Sir, I don't understand you. Speel be? I begin to suspect foul play.
English, and I'll give you an answer. Charles. No, no; pray mind your own Sir H. English? Why so I do-and good business. If I find there is any need of your plain English too.
VVhat d'ye think of assistance, I'll send for you.
me for a husband ?– That's English-e'nt it? Maj. 0. You'll manage this affair like a boy, -I know none of your French lingo, pode now – Go on rashly with noise and bustle, of your parlyvoos, not l.-What d'ye think and fury, and get yourself into another scrape. of me for a husband? The squire says you Charles. No-no-Let me alone; I'll
marry me. incog.–Leave my chariot at some distance- llar. What shall I say to him? I had best Proceed prudently, and take care of myself, be civil. [Aside) – I think, sir, you deserve I warrant you.
I did not imagine that i a much better wife, and begshould ever rejoice at receiving a challenge,
Sir H. Better! No, no,-though you're so but this is the most fortunate accident that knowing, I'm not to be taken in so.-You're could possibly have bappened. B'ye, b'ye, uncle! a fine thing-Your points are all good).
[Erit, hastily: Har. Sir Harry? "Sincerity is above all ceMaj. 0. I don't half approve of this--and remony. Excuse me, if I declare I never will yet I can hardly suspect his lordship of any
wise. very deep designs neither.- Charles may eas- Sir H. lley! how! what! be off!- Wby, ily outwit him.-Harkye, Willlian!
it's a match, miss !-It's done and done on [At seeing William at some distance. both sides :). Re-enter WILLIAM.
Har. For heaven's sake, sir, withdraw your Wil. Sir!
claim to me.--I never can be prevailed onMaj. 0. Where's my brother ?
indeed I can'tWil. In his study. sir.
Sir H. What, make a match and then draw Maj. O. Is he alone?
stakes! That's doing of nothing-Play or pay Vil. Yes, sir.
all the world over. Maj. 0. And how is he, William ?
Har. I am determined not to marry you, Wil . Pretty well, I believe, sir.
at all events. Maj. 0. Ay, ay, but is he in good humour, or
1) Good. Wil. I never meddle in family affairs, not
2) Expressions in speaking of a horse. [E.rit.
5) In making a bargain, or betting a wager, os the tas', Maj. (). Well said, William!-No bad hintl
it is custumary lo shake hands and say done.
Sir H. But your father's determined you - You know your poor fond father dotes on shall, miss-So the odds are on my side.- you to madness. I would not force you, if I am not quite sure of my horse, but I have I did not love you-Don't I want you to be the rider hollow ?)
happy ?—But I know what you would have. Har. Your borse! sir-d'ye take me for- You want young Oakly, a rakébelly, drunkenbut I forgive you.- I beseech you, come into Har. Release me from sir Harry, and if I my proposal. It will be better for us both in ever marry against your consent, renounce the end.
me for ever. Sir H. I can't be off 2).
Rus. I will renounce you, unless you'll have Har. Let me entreat you.
sir Harry; Sir H. I tell you, it's impossible.
Har. Consider, my dear sir, you'll make me Har. Pray, pray do, sir.
miserable.- Absolve me from this hard comSir H. I can't, damme.
mand, and in every thing else it will be hapHar: I beseech you. [Sir Harry whistles] piness to obey you. llow! laughed at?
Rus. You'll break my heart, Harriot, you'll Sir H. Will you inarry me, dear Ally, break my
you miserable! -Don't Ally Croker?
[Singing: I want to make you happy? Is not he the Har. Marry you! I bad rather be married richest man in the county ?-That will make to a slave, a wretch-You! (Walks about you happy. Don't all the pale-faced girls in
Sir H. A fine going thing-She has a deal the country long to get him?-And yet you of foot 3) - treads well upon her pasterns, are so perverse, and wayward, and stubborn goes above her ground
-Zounds, you shall have him. Har. Peace, wretch !- Do you talk to me Har. For heaven's sake, siras if I were your horse?
Rus. Hold your tongue, Harriot!- I'll hear Sir H. Horse! Why not speak of my horse ? none of your nonsense.—You shall have him, If your fine ladies had half as many good I tell you, you shall have him-He shall marry qualities, they would be much better bargains. you this very night I'll go for a licence and
Har. And if their wretches of husbands a parson immediately. Zounds! Why do I liked them half so well as they do their horses, stand arguing with you? An't I your father? they would lead better lives.
Have not I a right to dispose of you? You Sir H. Mayhap so.—But what signifies talk- shall have him. ing to you?-The squire shall know your tricks Har. Sir! -"He'll doctor
and talk to him. Rus. I won't hear a word. You shall have Hor. Go any where, so that you go from me. him.
Erit. Sir H. He'll break you in-If you won't go Har. Sir!-Hear me!-but one word?-He in a snafile, you must be put in a curb- will not hear me, and is gone to prepare for He'll break you, damme.
[Erit. this odious marriage. I will die before I conHar. A wreich!- But I was to blame to sent to it. sufler his brutal behaviour to ruffle my temper -I could expect nothicg else from him, and
Enter Charles, in a Frock, etc. be is below my anger.
Ha! What do I see ?,
Charles. Peace, my love!- My dear life, Enter Russer.
make no noise! I have been hovering about Rus. Are not you a sad girl! a perverse, the house this hour-1 just now saw your father stubborn, obstinate-
and sir Harry go out, and have seized this preHar. My dear sir
cious opportunity to throw myself at your feet. Rus. Lookye, Harriot, don't speak, -- you'll Har. You have given yourself, sir, a great put me in a passion-Will you have him?- deal of needless trouble. I did not expect or Answer me thal-Why don't the girl speak? hope for the favour of such a visit. -Will you have bim?
Charles. O, my Harriot, upbraid me, reHar. Dearest sir, there is nothing in the proach me, do any thing but look and talk world else
with that air of coldness and indifference. Let Rus. Why there!-there!-Lookye there ! me, while their absence allows it, convey you - Zounds, you shall have him--Hussy, you shall from the brutal violence of a constrained marbave bim-you sball marry him to-night-Did riage. not you promise to receive him civilly ?—How Har. No, I will wait the event, be it what came you to affront him
it may;-Oh, Charles, I am too much inclined Har. Sir, I did receive bim very civilly; -- they shan't rce me to marry sir Harrybut bis behaviour was so insolent and insup- but your behaviour - Not half an hour ago, portable
my father reproached me with the looseness Rus. Insolent !--Zounds, I'll blow his brains of your
[Weeping: out.-Insolent to my dear Harriot !-A rogue, Charles. I see my folly, and am ashamed a villain! a scoundrel! I'll-but it's a lie- of it;ấyou have reclaimed me, Harriot, on my I know it's a lie-He durst not behave insolent- soul you have. If all women were as attenWill you have him? Answer me that. Will live as yourself to the morals of their lovers, you have him?-Zounds, you shall have him. a libertine would be an uncommon character.
Har. If you have any love for me, sir- But let me persuade you to leave this place Rus. Love for you!-You know I love you while you may: Major Oakly will receive us 1) To have a person hollow, is to be sure of him.
at his house with pleasure. I am shocked at 2) To be off is the same as to hedge.
the thougths of what your stay here may re5) A good strong foot--Walks well on her houghs-lifts
serve you to. her feet gracefully from the ground.
Har. No, I am determined to remain. To
leave my father again, to go off openly with nate! Plague 'on't, captain, bow could you a man, of whose libertine characier he has make such a strange blunder? liimself so lately been a witness, would justify O’Cut. I never thought of a blunder. I was bis anger, and impeach my reputation. to deliver two letters; and if I gave them one Enler Chambermaid.
a piece, I thought it would do. Chamb, O law, ma'am!- Such a terrible Lady F. And so, my lord, the ingenious accident! - As sure as I am here, there's a captain gave the letter intended for me to pressgang has seized the two gemmin, and is young Oakly, and bere has brought me carrying them away, thof so be one an’em challenge. says as how he's a knight and baronight, and Lord T. Ridiculous! Never was any thing that t'other's a squire and a housekeeper, so mal apropos,- Did you read the direction,
Har. Seized by a pressgang! impossible! captain?
Charles. Oh, now the design comes out.- O‘Cut. Who, me?-Devil burn me, not I. But I'll balk his lordship.
I never rade at all. Chamb. Lack-a-daisy, ma'am, what can we Lord T. 'Sdeath! how provoking! When I do ? There is master, and John Ostler, and bad secured the servants, and got all the Bootcatcher, all gone a'ter’em.-- There is such people out of the way–when every thing was an uproar as never was!
[Exit. en irain. Har. If I thought this was your contrivance, Lady F. Nay, never despair, my lord! I'se sir, I would never speak to you again. hit upon a method to set every thing to rights
Charles. I would sooner die than be guilty again. of it. This is lord Trinket's doing, I am sure. Lord T. How? how? my dear lady FreeI knew he had some scheme in agitation, by love, how? a letter I intercepted this morning. [Harriot Lady F: Suppose then your lordship was screams] Ha! here he comes. Nay, then, it's to go and deliver these country gentlemen plain enough. Don't be frightened, my love! from their confinement; make them believe it I'll protect you. But now I must desire you was a plot of young Oakly's to carry off my to follow my directions.
niece; and so make a merit of your own serEnter LORD TRINKET.
vices with the father. Lord T. Now, madam.- Pox on't, he here Lord T. Admirable! I'll about it immediately. again! - Nay then, [Draws) come, sir! You're O’Cut. Has your lordship any occasion for unarm'd, I see. Give up the lady: give her my sarvice in this expedition? up, I say, or I am through you in a twink
'Lord T. O, no- - Only release me these (Going to make a Pass at Charles, people, and then keep out of the way, dear Charles. Keep your distance, my lord! I captain. have arms. [Produces a Pistol] If you come O'Cut. With all my heart, 'fait. But you a foot nearer, you
have brace off balls are all wrong:-this will not signify a brass through your lordship's head.
farding. If you would let me alone, I would Lord P. How? what's this? pistols ! give him a salt eel), I warrant you.—But
Charles. At your lordship's service.-Sword upon my credit, there's noting to be done and pistol, my lord.-Those, you know, are without a little tilting.
. our weapons.- If this misses, I have the fellow Lord T. But where shall I carry them, when to it in my pocket. - Don't be frightened, ma- I have delivered them? dam. His lordship. bas removed your friends Lady F. To Mr. Oakly's, by all means; you and relations, but he will take great care of may be sure my niece is there. you. Shall I leave you with him?
Lord T. To Mr. Oakly's!-- Why, does your Har. Cruel Charles! you know I must go ladyship, consider! 'Tis going directly in the with you now.
fire of the enemy-throwing the dementi full Charles. A little way from the door, if your in their teeth. lordship pleases. [Waves his Hand. Lady F. So much the better. Face your Lord T. Sir!_'Sdeath! - Madam!
enemies-nay, you shall outface them too. Th Charles. A little more round, my lord. certainly meet you there. It's hard indeed il
[Waves. two persons of condition can't bear themselLord T. But, sir!-Mr. Oakly!
ves out against such trumpery folks as the Charles. I have no leisure to talk with your family of the Oakly's. lordship now.-A little more that way, if you Lord T. Odious low people! But I lose please. [Waves] – You know where I live.-- time-I must after the captain--and so, il If you
have any commands for miss Russet, we meet at Mr. Oaklys, I kiss your ladyshin's you will hear of her foo al my house.-Nay, hands-you won't fail me? kcep back, my lord. [Presents ] Your lordship's), Lady F. You may depend on me. , .* most obedient, humble servant.
Lord Trinket] So, here is fine work! this [Exit, with Harriot. artful little bussy has been too much for us Lord T. [Looks at them, and pauses for all. Well
, whai's to be done? Why, when a short Time)- cut a mighty ridiculous a woman of fashion gets into a scrape, nuligure here, 'pon honour,
[Exit. thing but a fashionable assurance can get bet
out of it again. I'll e'en go boldly lo Nir. ACT V.
Oakly's, as I have promised, and if it appears SCENE I.-LADY Freelove's House.
practicable, I will forward lord Trinket's match:
but if I find that matters have taken another Enter Lord TRINKET, LADY FREELOVE, with turn, his lordship must excuse me. a Letter, and CAPTAIN O'Cutter.
1) A salt cel is a sailor's term for a heating. The plurasa Lord T. Was ever any thing so unforlu- is generally “1'll give him a salt «el for bis supireren
case, I'll fairly drop bim, seem a perfectl, Toil
. Yes, ma'am, I'll go this minute.- O stranger to all his intentions, and give my here, John! my lady wants you. visit an air of congratulation to my niece and
Enter JOAN. any other husband, which fortune, her wise father, or her ridiculous self has provided for Mrs. O. Where's your master ? her.
[Erit. John. Gone out, madam.
Mrs.0. Why did not you go with him? SCENE II.-Mrs. Oakly's Dressing-room. John. Because he went out in the major's Enter MRS. OAKLY.
chariot, madam. Mrs. 0. This is worse and worse!-He never Mrs. O. Where did they go to? held me so much in contempt before-To go John. To the major's, I suppose, madam. out without speaking to me,
or taking the Mrs. 0. Suppose! Don't you know? least notice.-I am obliged to the major for John. I believe so, but can't tell for certhis.-How could he take him out? and how tain, indeed, madam. could Mr. Oakly go with him ?
Mrs. 0. Believe and suppose!—and don't
know, and can't tell!-You are all fools.-Go Enter Toilet.
about your business. [John going] Come here. Well, Toilet.
[Returns] Go to the major's-no-it does not Toil. My master is not come back yet, signisy-go along-[John going] Yes, barkye, ma'am.
[Returns) go to the major's, and see if
your Mrs. 0. Where is he gone?
master is there. Toil. I don't know, I can assure your ladyship. John. Give your compliments, madam?
Mrs. 0. Why don't you know?-You know Mrs. 0. My compliments, blockbead! Get nothing.–But I'warrant you know well enough, along. [John going] Come hither. [Returns] if you would tell.—You shall never persuade Can't you go to the major's
, and bring me me but you knew of Mr. Oakly's going out word if Mr. Oakly is there, without taking to-day.
any further notice? Tuil. I wish I may die, ma'am, upon my John. Yes, ma'am. honour, and I protest to your ladyship I knew Mrs. 0. Well, why don't you go then? nothing in the world of the matter, no more And make hašte back. And, d'ye hear, John ? tban the child unborn. There is Mr. Paris,
[John going, returns. my master's gentleman, knows
John. Madam! Mrs. 0. What does he know?
Mrs. 0. Nothing at all-go along-John Toil. That I knew nothing at all of the goes] How uneasy Mr. Oakly makes me!matter.
[John returns. Mrs. O. Where is Paris? What is he doing? John. Madam! Toil. He is in my master's room, ma'am. Mrs. 0. Send the porter here. Mrs. 0. Bid him come here.
John. Yes, madam.
[Exit. Toil. Yes, ma'am.
Erit. Mrs.0. He is certainly gone after this young have a fine time on't. (Aside] Will your laflirt.-His confidence and ibe major's insolence dyship choose to dress? provoke me beyond expression.
Mrs. 0. Pr'ylhee, creature, don't tease me
with your fiddle-faddle stuff - I have a thouRe-enter Toilet, with Paris.
sand things to think of.-Where is the porter ? \Vhere's your master ?
why has not that booby sent him? What is Par. Il est sorti. He is gone out.
the meaningMrs. 0. Where is he Par. Ah, madame, je n'en scais rien, I know
Re-enter John. pothing of it.
John. Madam, my master is this moment Mrs. 0. Nobody knows any thing. Why returned, with major Oakly, and
my young did not you tell me he was going out? master, and the lady that was here yesterday:
Par. I dress him-Je ne m'en soucie pas Mrs. 0. Very well. [Exit John] Returned du plus - He go where he will -I have no -yes, truly, he is returned-and in a very business with it.
extraordinary manner. This is setting me at Mrs. 0. Yes, you should have told me- open defiance. But I'll go down, and show that was your business—and if you
don't mind them I have too much spirit to endure such your business better, you shan't stay here, I usage. [Going] Or, stay-I'll not go amongst can tell you, sir.
go out-Toilet! Par. Voila quelque chose d'extraordinaire! Toil. Ma'am!
Mrs. 0. Don't stand jabbering and shrug- Mrs. 0. Order the coach; I'll go out. [Toilet ging your shoulders, but go and inquire-go going] 'Toilet, stay—I'll c'en go down to them --and bring me word where he is gone. -No-Toilet! Par. I don't know what I am do.
Toil. Ma'am! Mrs. 0. Bid John come to me.
Mrs. 0. Order me a boiled chicken-l'll not Par. De tout mon cæur.— Jean! ici! Jean !- go down to dinner - I'll dine in my own speak, my lady.
there I'll not see his face Mrs. 0. Impudent fellow! fis insolent gra- these three days.
TE.reunt. rity and indifference is insupportable-Toilet! Toil. Ma'am!
Enter Oakly, Major OaklY, CHARLES, and Mrs. 0. Where's Jobn? Why don't he
HARRIOT. come? Why do you stand with your bands Charles. My dear Farriot, do not make before you? Why don't you felch him? yourself so uneasy.