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Sir J. I found you locked up in her cabinet; concealed in private.
Lady Ř. But with no bad intent.
Bev. Your jealousy, Sir John, has fixed an imputation upon me, who have not deserved it: and your suspicions, madam, have fallen, like a blasting mildew, upon a lady, whose name was never before sullied by the breath of calumny.
Sir W. The affair is clear, as to your daughter, Mr. Blandford. I am satisfied, and now we need not intrude any longer upon this family.
Enter BellMONT and CLARISSA, L. Walk in, George: every thing is right : your fears may now go to rest.
Lady R, I shall not stay another night in this house. Time will explain every thing. Call my chairmen, there. Sir John has it his own way at present. You have settled this among yourselves. I shall now go to my brother. Sir John, I have no more to say at present.
Sir J. You shall not go: you shall not quit this house till I consent.
Lady R. Very well, sir: I must be your prisoner, must I?
Sir J. It is mine to command here. No loose escapes this night, no assignations, no intrigues to disgrace me.
Lady R. Such inhuman treatment! I am glad there are witnesses of your behaviour. [Walks away.
Bland. I am sorry to see all this confusion ; but since my daughter is not here
Lady R. He knows where she is, and so you will find.
Sir J. (Coming forward.] Your daughter is innocent, sir, I give you my honour. Where should she be in this house? Lady Restless has occasioned all this mischief. She formed a story to palliate her own misconduct. To her various artifices you are a stranger ; but in a few days you may depend that I have full proof, and in a little time every thing will
Re-enter Belinda from the Chair. Lady R. Who has proof now? There, there! in his house all the time!
Bland. What do I see?
Bev. Belinda here! Sir W. So, so! there is something in it, I see. Sir J. Distraction ! this is unlucky. [Aside. Lady R. What say you now, Mr. Beverley ? Now, Mr. Blandford, there ; ocular demonstration for you!
Sir W. George, take Clarissa as soon as you will. Mr. Blandford, you will excuse me, if I now decline any further treaty with you.
Bland, This abrupt behaviour, Sir William
Sir W. I am satisfied, sir. I am resolved. Clarissa, you have my approbation : my son is at your service, Here, George, take her and be happy.
Bell. (Taking her hand.] To you, from this moment, I dedicate all my future days.
Bland. Very well : take your own way. I can still protect my daughter.
Bev. And she deserves your protection : my dear Belinda, explain all this: I know it is in your power.
Belin. This generous behaviour, sir, recalls me to new life. You, I am now convinced, have been accused by my Lady Restless without foundation. Whatever turn her ladyship's unhappy self-tormenting fancy may give to my conduct, it may provoke a smile, but will excite no other passion.
Lady R. Mighty fine! what brought you to this house?
Belin. To be a witness of your folly, madam, and Sir John's into the bargain.
Bell. That I can vouch: Sir John can fill his mind with vain chimeras, with as apt a disposition as his lady, Beverley has been represented in the falsest colours
Lady R. That I admit : Sir John invented the story.
Bev. And Belinda, madam, has been cruelly slan. dered by you.
Sir J. She has so : that I admit.
Belin. And my desire to see all this cleared up, brought me to this house, madam. Now you see what has made this confusion.
Lady R. O, I expected these airs ! You may discuss the point where you please: I will hear no more upon the subject.
[Exit, L. Bland. Madąm, the subject must be settled.
[Follows her. Sir J. You have a right to insist upon it: the whole shall be explained this moment. Sir William, you are a dispassionate man, give us your assistance. [Exit, k, Sir W. With all my heart. George, you are no longer concerned in this business, and I am glad of it.
[Exit with BellMONT, L. Cla. [To BEVERLEY.] Now, brother, now is your time : your difficulties are all removed. Sir John suspected you without reason: my Lady Restless did the same to Belinda : you are both in love, and now may do each other justice. I can satisfy my Lady Restless and your father.
[Exit, L. Bev. I see, I see my rashness.
[Aside. Belin. I have been terribly deceived. Aside. Bev. If she would but forgive my folly! Aside.
Belin. Why does not ho open his mind to me? I can't speak first.
[Aside. Bev. What apology can I make her? [Aside.] Belinda!
Belin. Charming! he begins. [Aside, and smiling.
Bev. [Approaching.] Belinda ? –no answer?-Belinda! Belin. Mr. Beverley!
[Smiles aside. Bev. Don't you think you have been very cruel to me, Belinda ?
[Advancing towards her. Belin. Don't you think you have been barbarous to me ?
[Without looking at him. Bev. I have: I grant it. Can you find in your heart to forgive me?
Belin. [Without looking at him.] You have kept me on the rack this whole day, and can you wonder that I feel myself unhappy?
Bev. I am to blame: I acknowledge it. If you knew how my own heart reproaches me, you would spare yourself the trouble. With tears in my eyes I now speak to you: I acknowledge all my errors.
Belin. (Looking at him.] Those are not tears, Mr. Beverley.
[Smiling. Bev. They are ; you see that they are. · Belin. Ab! you men can command tears.
Bev. My life! my angel ! [Kissing her hand ] Do you forgive me?
Belin. No; I hate you. (Looks pleased at him.
Bev. Now, I don't believe that. [Kisses her cheek.] Do you hate me, Belinda ?
Belin. How could you let an extravagance of temper get the better of you? You know the sincerity of my affection. Oh, Mr. Beverley! was it not ungenerous ?
Bev. It was; I own it; on my knees I own it.
[Kneels. Belin. (Laughing.] Oh! proud man! have I humbled you ? Since you submit to my will and pleasure, I think I can forgive you. Beg my picture back this moment.
[Shows it to him. Bev. [Rises, and taking the Picture.] I shall adore it ever, and heal this breach with uninterrupted love. Re-enter Sir John RESTLESS, LADY RESTLESS, SIE
WILLIAM BLANDFORD, BLANDFORD, BELLMONT, and CLARISSA, laughing.
Sir J. [Laughing.] Why, yes: it is very clear. I can now laugh at my own folly, and my wife's too.
Lady R. There has been something of a mistake, I believe. . Bev. You see, Sir John, what your suspicions are come to. I never was within your doors before this day ; nor should I, perhaps, have had the honour of speaking to your lady, had it not been for the misunderstanding your mutual jealousies occasioned between Belinda and me.
Bland. And your ladyship has been ingenious enough to work out of those whimsical circumstances a charge against my daughter. Ha, ha !
Sir J. It is ever her way, sir. I told you, my dear, that you would make yourself very ridiculous.
Lady R. I fancy, sir, you have not been behind hand with me. Ha, ha, ha !
Sir W. And now, Mr. Blandford, I think we may as well let the match go on as we first intended.
Bland. No, no more of that: you have disposed of your son. Belinda, I no longer oppose your inclinations: take Mr. Beverley as soon as you will.
Sir J. Now let us see : if she agrees to marry him, why then she knows he is innocent, and I shall be satisfied.
[Aside. Belin. If you insist upon it, sir. Bland. I do insist.
Lady R. If Beverley accepts of her, all my suspicions are at an end.
[Aside. Bev. Thus let me take the bright reward of all my wishes.
[Takes her hand. Belin. Siuce it is over, you have used your authority. sir, to make me happy indeed. We have both seen our error, and frankly confess we have both been in the wrong too.
Sir W. Why, we have been all in the wrong, I think.
Sir J. It has been a day of mistakes, but of fortunate ones, conducing at last to the advantage of all parties. My Lady Restless will now be taught
Lady R. Sir John, I hope you will be taught
Bland. Never mention what is past. The wrangling of married people, about unlucky questions that break out between them, is like the lashing of a top: it only serves to keep it up the longer.
Sir J. Very true: and since we have been ALL IN THE WRONG to-day, we will for the future endeavour to be ALL IN THE RIGHT.
Bev. A fair proposal, Sir John ; we will make it our business, both you, who are married, and we, who are pow entering into that state, by mutual confidence to ensure mutual happiness.
The god of love thinks we profane his fire,
LADY R. Sir J. BLAND. BELIN. Bey. CLA. BELL. Sir W.
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