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my resentment he shall feel; he shall be answerable to
Belin. Answerable to you?
Sir J. To me, madam. I told you at first it was her scheme to shelter herself; and he, I suppose, is combined with her to give this turn to the affair, and to charge me with infidelity. But you, ma'am, can witness for me.
Belin. I can, sir : but can Mr. Beverley be capable of a dishonourable action?
Sir J. That point is clear enough. He has injured me in the highest degree, destroyed my happiness.
Belin. How, sir I are you sure of this ? Sir J. He has given her his picture; I caught her with her eyes rivetted to it; I heard her admiration, her praises of it, her wishes that she had been married to such a man ; I saw her print a thousand kisses on it, and in the very fact I wrested it out of her hand.
Belin. If I imagined him capable of what you say, I should searcely be willing to join myself to him for life. Quarrel with me about his picture, and at the same time give it to another!
Sir J. Lady Restless had the picture. Without doubt, you must be very happy with a man of such gallantry.
Belin. Happy, sir! I should be miserable, I should be distracted. But do you think you have sufficient proof?
Sir J. I have seen him coming out of my house since, clandestinely, shunning every observant eye, with the characters of guilt in his face; and all the discourse I had with him served only to convince me the more.
Belin. Abandoned wretch! was this the love he professed for me? Sir, [Both rise] I have only to hope you will vindicate me in this matter. I commend myself to your honour, and I thank you for this favour.
Sir J. Our evidences will mutually speak for each other, and confound their dark designs. Madam, I take my leave.
Belin. Sir, your most obedient.
Sir J. I will expose him, I promise you. Madam, your humble servant,
(Exit, L. Belin. Oh ! Mr. Beverley, could I have imagined this ? False ! false man! and yet how shall I forget
him? But I will make an effort, though it pierce me to the quick. I will tear him from my heart. This moment I will write to him, and forbid him to see me
[Exit, R. SCENE III.-The Park.
Enter Sir John RESTLESS, L. Sir J. If I can procurè sufficient evidence, I shall bring the matter to a divorce, and make an example of them all. Would Marmalet were come : this is her time to a moment. If I can worm the secret out of her - Is not that she yonder :-- Not quite day-light enough to distinguish, but I think I perceive a person masked. Hist! hist Mrs. Marmalet-she comes this way, it is she. Mrs. Marmalet, your servant.
Enter a Person masked, L. You are very good, Mrs. Marmalet
Mask. Bless my heart, I am scared out of my senses. Sir J. What's the matter, pray? What's the matter!
Mask. Oh, sir ! I tremble like a leaf. I was accosted ip a rude manner by some gentleman yonder ; I can't stay here ; let's go into your house, sir, I beg you will.
Sir J. My house? Would not any other house do as Mask. Oh ! no, sir, not for the world.
Şir J. Why my wife is not at home, and so I think I may venture: not but I had rather it were elsewhere.
Mask. Indeed, Sir John, I am frightened out of my senses. You will do me a favour if you will take me into the house.
Sir J. Say no more: it shall be so. Robert-
Sir J. Then do you go in, and take care that nobody sees Mrs. Marmalet with me. Come, I'll show you the way.
SCENE IV.-Sir John Restless's House.
Enter Tattle and BEVERLEY, L. Tat. [As she enters.] Ay, poor lady! she is unfortunate, indeod; and, poor gentleman, he is as jealous as my lady, to the full. There has been a deal to do about that picture you mention, sir.
Bev. That will be explained presently : I'll wait till he comes home. I can't possibly go without speaking to him.
Tat. Indeed you had better not stay, sir. You don't consider the mischief your being in the house may oceasion.
Bev. Mischief ! how do you mean?
Tat. Lord, sir ! I would not have you stay for the world: I would not indeed. You can call again in an hour, sir, and you'll certainly find him at home then. Bless my heart, sir! I fancy that's his voice. Do, dear sir, you'll be the ruin of my lady, if he sees you here, sir, waiting in his house : he'll be persuaded you come after my lady; the world will never beat it out of his head.
Bev. But I shall give him to understand
Tat. He won't understand any thing. Oh lud! oh lud! he's coming up: l'll run and look. [Exit, L.
Bev. What a furry the woman is in! a foolish jade! I must speak with him now.
Re-enter TATTLE, L. Tat. [Entering.] It is he, as I am alive, sir; and there is a woman in a mask with him.
Bev. A woman in a mask ! Zoons ! if that should be Belinda! my mind misgives me strangely. [Aside.
Tat. Do, dear sir ; you look like a good-natured gentleman ; let me hide you out of the way, sir. You would not be the destruction of a poor servant ?
Bev. A mask coming home with him! I must know who that is. I won't leave the house without knowing. If I could conceal myself-have you any private place, Mrs. Tattle?
Tut. That is the very thing I mean, sir. Let me conceal you in that closet, till he passes through this room. He never stays long here. It won't take you two minutes. Do, sweet sir, I'll down on my knees to you.
Bev. I must know who it is. Come, dispose of me as you will. If this should be Belinda!
[Aside.- Exit, R. Tat. Heavens bless you, sir, for this goodness! I'll lock the door, to make sure work of it. I was never so frightened in my life.
[Exit, R. Enter Sir John Restless and a Person masked, L.
Sir J. Mrs. Marmalet, I am obliged to you for this favour. I wanted a word or two with you.
Mask. So Robert informed me, sir.
Sir J. Lookye, then : if you will gratify me in what I shall ask, you may command any thing. Now you may be uncovered.
Musk. La! sir-I hear a noise : I am afraid somebody's coming : I shall be seen.
Sir J. Hush! no; there's nobody. If you will indulge me on this occasion, I am yours for ever. Here, here is a purse of money for you.
Mask. But if this should come to the knowledge of your lady, I am ruined and undone.
Sir J. No, no; I'll take care of you.
Mask. But somebody may come.
Mask. But, in a little time, you'll make up all quarrels with your lady, and I shall be ruined.
Sir J. No, no, never fear; I shall never be reconciled to her: I hate her; I detest her.
Lady R. Do you so, sir ? [Unmasking.] Now, Sir John, what can you say now, sir ? Sir J. My Lady Restless Confusion! what shall I
[Aside. Lady R. O, Sir John! Sir John! wbat evasion have you now,
sir ? Can you deny your guilt any longer ? Sir J. That villain Robert has betrayed me. If you will but have patience, this matter shall be explained.
Lady R. Explained, sir?
Sir J. I say my dear, for I still regard you; and this was all done to-to-cure you of your jealousy: all done to cure you of your jealousy.
Lady R. A fine way you have taken !
Sir J. Yes, yes; all to convince you how groundless your suspicions are; and then we shall live very happy together.
Lady R. Ay!
Sir J. I had settled all this on purpose, and contrived that it should come to your ears, and then I knew you would do just as you have done ; and then-I-I resolved to do just as have done ; only to hint to you, that listeners seldom hear any good of themselves ; and to show you how wrong it is to be too suspicious, my dear. Was it not well done? Ha, ha, ha!
Lady R. And do you laugh at me too, sir ? Make me your sport? I'll go and get pen and ink this moment.
Sir J. Oh! do so, ma'am ; do so-ha, ha! you'll only expose yourself: go and write, madam-ha, ha, ha !
Lady R. I will, sir. (Going.) The door is locked. This won't succeed, sir. I suppose you have the key. Ay! I'll lay my life you have, and some one or other of your creatures is locked in there,
Sir J. There, again! This is of a piece with all your vain surmises. Ha, ha! you are mighty silly, indeed you are.
Lady R. I will search that closet. I am determined I will.
Sir J. Do so, ma'am, do so. Ha, ha! I can't but laugh at her.
Lady R. I'll have the door broke open, if you won't give me the key.
Sir J. Ha, ha, ha! How you expose yourself.
Lady R. Mighty well, sir. Tattle!-who waits there? I will find out all your artifices. Tattle, I say.
Re-enter TATTLE, R. Do you know any thing of the key of that closet, Tattle?
Tat. The key, ma'am! I have it, ma'am.
Tat. That is, I have it not, ma'am. Don't have it ma'am, don't ask for it.
[Aside to her. Lady R. Don't ask for it! but I will have it. Give me the key this instant.
Sir J. How! is she not willing to give it? There is something in this then. Give the key this moment, you jade, give it to me.
Lady R. You shan't have it, sir What, you want to hinder me? give the key to me.