Графични страници
PDF файл

disturb you

[ocr errors]



much honour ! I have the worst judgment in the Ld Fop. (Aside.) Ha, ba, ba! I see he has world; no man has been more deceived in it. a mind to abuse her: so I'll even give him an op

Ld Fop. Then your lordship, I presume, has portunity of doing his business with her at once been apt to chuse in a mask, or by candle-light for everMy lord, I perceive your lordship is

Ld More. In a mask, indeed, my lord, and, going to be good company to the lady; and, for of all masks, the most dangerous.

her sake, I don't think it good manners in me to
Ld Fop. Pray, what's that, my lord ?
Ld More. A bare face.
Ld Fop. Your lordship will pardon me, if I

Enter Sir CHARLES. don't so readily comprehend how a woman's bare Sir Cha. My lord Foppingtonface can hide her face.

Ld Fop. Oh, Charles ! I was just wanting Ld More. It often hides her heart, my lord; thee- -Hark thee--I have three thousand seand therefore I think it sometimes a more dan- crets for thee I have made such discoveries ! to gerous mask than a piece of velvet: that's rather tell thee all in one word, Morelove's as jealous of a mark, than a disguise, of an ill woman. But me as the devil, he, he, he! the mischiefs skulking behind a beauteous form Sir Cha. Is it possible? Has she given him any give no warning; they are always sure, fatal, and occasion ? innumerable.

Ld Fop. Only rallied him to death upon my Ludy Bet. Oh, barbarous aspersion! My lord account ; she told me, within, just now, she'd use Foppington, have you nothing to say for the poor him like a dog, and begged me to draw off for an women ?

opportunity. Ld Fop. I must confess, madam, nothing of Sir Cha: Oh, keep in, while the scent lies, this nature ever happened in my course of and she is your own, my lord.

I always judge the beauteous part of a Ld Fop. I cann't tell that, Charles ; but I am woman to be the most agreeable part of her com- sure she is fairly unharboured; and when once I position; and when once a lady does me the ho- throw off my inclinations, I usually follow them nour to toss that into my arms, I think myself till the game has enough on't: and, between thee obliged, in good nature, not to quarrel about the and I, she is pretty well blown, too; she cann't rest of her equipage.

stand long, I believe; for, curse catch me, if I Lady Bet. Why, ay, my lord, there's some have not rid down half a thousand pounds after good humour in that, now.

her already. Ld More. He's happy in a plain English sto- Sir Cha. What do you mean? mach, madam ; I could recommend a dish that's Ld Fop. I have lost five hundred to her at perfectly to your lordship’s goût, where beauty piquet since dinner. is the only sauce to it.

Sir Cha. You are a fortunate man, faith! you Lady Bet. So

are resolved not to be thrown out, I see. Ld Fop. My lord, when my wine's right, I Ld Fop. Hang it, what should a man come out never care it should be zested.

for, if he does not keep up to the sport? Ld More. I know some ladies would thank Sir Cha. Well pushed, my lord. you for that opinion.

Ld Fop. Tayo! have at her Lady Bet. My lord Morelove is really grown Sir Cha. Down, down, my lord- -ah! 'ware such a churl to the women, I don't only think he haunches ! is not, but cann't conceive how he ever could be Ld Fop. Ah, Charles ! (Embracing him.} in love.

Pr’ythee, let's observe a little: there's a foolish Ld More. Upon my word, madam, I once cur, now I have run her to a stand, has a mind to thought I was.

(Smiling: be at her by himself, and thou shalt sce, she Lady Bet. Fie, fie ! how could you think so? won't stir out of her way for him. I fancy now you had only a mind to domineer

(They stand aside. over some poor creature, and so you thought you Ld More. Ha, ha! your ladyship is very grave were in love, ha, ha!

of a sudden ; you look as if your lover had insoLd More. The lady I loved, madam, grew so lently recovered his common sense. unfortunate in her conduct, that, at last, she Lady Bet. And your lordship is so very gay brought me to treat her with the same indiffer- and unlike yourself, one would swear you were ence and civility as I now pay your ladyship. just come from the pleasure of making your mis

Lady Bet. And, ten to one, just at that time tress afraid of you. she never thought you such tolerable company. Ld More. No, faith, quite contrary; for, do

Ld More. That I cann't say, madam ; for, at you know, madam, I have just found out, that, that time, she grew so affected, there was no upon your account, I have made myself one of judging of her thoughts at all. (Mimicking her. the most ridiculous puppies upon the face of the

Lady Bet. What, and so you left the poor la- earth--I have, upon my faith—nay, and so exdy! Oh, you inconstant creature !

travagantly such, ha, ha, ha! that it is at last beLd More. No, madam, to have loved her on come a jest even to my *"; and I cann't help had been inconstancy; for she was never two laughing at it for the soul of me, ha, ha, ha! hours together the same woman.

Lady Bet. I want to cure him of that langh, (Lady Bst. and Ld MORE. seem to talk. now. ( Aside.) My lord, since you are so gene

it now.

sous, I'll tell you another secret-Do you know, , keeps him better in practice, perhapsWell, too, that I still find, (spite of all your great wis. the humour of this creature has done me signal dom, and my contemptible qualities, as you are service to-day. I must keep it up, for fear of a pleased, now and then, to call them) do you know, second engagement.

(Aste. say, that I see, under all this, that you still love Lu Fop. Never was poor wit so foiled at his me with the same helpless passion and can your own weapon, sure ! vast foresight imagine I won't use you accord- Lady Bet. Wit! had he ever any pretence to it? ingly for these extraordinary airs you are pleased Ld For. Ha, ha! he has not much in love, to give yourself?

I think, though he wears the reputation of a very Ld More. Oh, by all means, madam! 'tis fit pretty young fellow among some sort of people; you should; and I expect it, whenever it is in but strike me stupid if ever I could discover comyour power-Confusion !

(Aside. mon sense in all the progress of his amours : be Ludy Bet. My lord, you have talked to me expects a woman should like him for endeavour. this half hour, without confessing pain. [Puuses, ing to convince her that she has not one good and affects to gape.] Only remember it.

quality belonging to the whole composition of Ld More. Hell and tortures !

her soul and body. Lady Bet. What did you say, my lord ?

Lady Bet. That, I suppose, is only in a moLd More. Fire and furies!

dest hope, that she'll mend her faults, to qualify Lady Bet. Ha, ha! he's disordered—Now I herself for his vast merit, ha, ha! am easy

My lord Foppington, have you a Ld Fop. Poor Morelove! I see she cann't mind to your revenge at piquet ?

endure him.

(Aside Ld Fop. I have always a mind to an opportu- Lady Bet. Or if one really had all those faults, nity of entertaining your ladyship, madam. he does not consider, that sincerity in love is as

(Lady Bet. coquettes with Lord Fop. much out of fashion as sweet snuff'; nobody takes Ld More. Oh, Charles ! the insolence of woman might furnish out a thousand devils.

Ld Fop. Oh, no mortal, madam, unless it be Sir Cha. And your temper is enough to furnish here and there a squire, that's making his lawful out a thousand such women.

Come away; 1 court to the cherry-cheek charms of my lord bihave business for you upon the Terrace. shop's great fat daughter in the country.

Ld More. Let me but speak one word to her. Ludy Bet. O what a surfeiting couple as he

Sir Cha. Not a syllable. The tongue's a wea- put together! pon you'll always have the worst at; for I see (Throwing her hand carelessly upon his. you have no guard, and she carries a devilish edge. Ld Fop. Fond of me, by all that's tender!

Lady Bet. My lord, don't let any thing I have Poor fool! I'll give thee ease immediately. said frighten you away; for, if you have the least (Aside.) But, madam, you were pleased just now inclination to stay and rail, you know the old to offer me my revenge at piquet-Now, here's conditions ; 'tis but your asking me pardon the nobody within, and I think we cann't make use next day, and you may give your passion any li- of a better opportunity. berty you think fit.

Lady Bet: O! no: not now, my lord !I Ld More. Daggers and death!

have a favour I would fain beg of you first. Sir Cha. Is the man distracted ?

Ld Fop. But time, madam, is very precious in Ld More. Let me speak to her now, or I this place, and shall not easily forgive myself if shall burst.

I don't take bim by the forelock. Sir Cha. Upon condition you'll speak no more Lady Bet. But I have a great mind to have a of her to me, my lord, do as you please. little more sport with my lord Morelove first, and

Ld More. Pr’ythee, pardon me I know not would fain beg your assistance. what to do.

Ld Fop. ! with all my heart; and, upon Sir Cha. Come along; I'll set you to work, 1 second thoughts, I don't know but piquing a rival warrant you-Nay, nay, none of your parting in public may be as good sport as being well with ogles-Will you go?

a mistress in private; for, after all, the pleasure Ld More. Yes- -and I hope for ever- of a fine woman is like that of her virtue, not so

[Exit Sir Cha. pulling awuy Lord MORE. much in the thing, as the reputation of having it. La Fop. Ha, ha, ha! Did ever mortal mon- {Aside.) Well, madam, but how can I serve you ster set up for a lover with such unfortunate in this affair? qualifications ?

Lady Bet. Why, methought, as my lord MoreLudy Bet. Indeed, my lord Morelove has love went out, he shewed a stern resentinent in something strangely singular in his manner. his look, that seemed to threaten me with rebel

Le Fop. I thought I should have burst to see lion and downright defiance. Now, I have a great the creature pretend to rally, and give himself fancy that you and I should follow him to the the airs of one of us—But, run me through, ma- Terrace, and laugh at his resolution before he has dam, your ladyship pusbed like a fencing-master! time to put it in practice. that last thrust was a coup de grace, I believe : Ld Fop. And so punish his fault before he comI'm afraid his honour will hardly meet your lady- mits it! ha, ha, ha! ship in haste again.

Ludy Bet. Nay, we won't give him time, if his Lady Bct. Not unless his second, Sir Charles, I courage should fail, to repent it.


[ocr errors]

like me.

[ocr errors]

Ld Fop. Ha, ha, ha! let me blood, if I don't, but, when this affair is over, you won't forget long to be at it, ha, ha!

that I have a certain revenge due. Lady Bet. O ! 'twill be such diversion to sec Lady Bet. Ay, ay ! after supper I am for you him bite his lips, and broil within, only with see- Nay, you sha'n't stir a step, my lord ! ing us ready to split our sides in laughing at no

(Seeing her to the door. thing! ha, ha!

Ld Fop. Only to tell you, you have fixed me La Fop. Ha, ha! I see the creature does really yours to the last existence of my soul's eternal

(Aside.) And then, madam, to hear him entity. hum a broken piece of a tune, in affectation of his Ludy Bet. O, your servant.

[Erit. not minding us—'twill be so foolish, when we Ld Fop. Ha, ba! stark mad for me, by all know he loves us to death all the while, ha, ha! that's handsome! Poor Morelove! That a fellow,

Lady Bet. And if, at last, his sage mouth should who has ever been abroad, should think a woman open in surly contradiction of our humour, then of her spirit is to be taken by a regular siege, as will we, in pure opposition to his, immerliately fall the confederates do towns, when so many of the foul upon every thing that is not gallant and fa- French successes might have shewn him, the sushionable: constancy shall be the mark of age and rest way is to whisper the governor. How can a ugliness, virtue a jest, we'll rally discretion out of coxcomb give hiinself the fatigue of bombarding doors, lay gravity at our feet, and only love, free a woman's understanding, when he may with so love, disorder, liberty, and pleasure, be our stand- much ease make a friend of her constitution. I'll ing principles.

see if I can shew him a little French play with La Fop. Madam, you transport me ! for if ever Lady Betty—let me see-ay, I'll make an end of I was obliged to nature for any one tolerable qua- it the old way, get her into piquet at her own lodglification, 'twas positively the talent of being exu- ings—not mind one tittle of my play-give her berantly pleasant upon this subject-I am impa- every game before she's half up, that she may tient-my fancy's upon the wing already—let's judge of the strength of my inclination by my fly to bim.

haste of losing up to her price; then, of a sudden, Lady Bet. No, no ; stay till I am just got out; with a familiar leer, cry-rat piquet-sweep counour going together won't be so proper.

ters, cards, and money all upon the floor, et Ld Fop. As your ladyship pleases, madam ; donc l'affaire est faite.




SCENE I.-The Castle Terrace.

Lady Easy. Have a care; that last is a danger

ous symptom-lie pleases your pride, I find. Enter Lady BETTY and Lady Easy.

Lady Bet. Oh! perfectly; in that, I own, no Lady Easy. My dear, you really talk to me mortal ever can come up to him. as if I were your lover, and not your friend: or Lady Easy. But now, my dear! now comes the else I am so dull, that by all you've said I cann't main point-jealousy! Are you sure you have make the least guess at your real thoughts—Can never been touched with it? Tell me that, with you be serious for a moment?

a safe conscience, and then I pronounce you clear. Lady Bet. Not easily; but I would do more to Ludy Bet. Nay, then, I defy him; for, posioblige you.

tively, I was never jealous in my life. Lady Easy. Then, pray, deal ingenuously, and Lady Easy. How, madam! you have never been tell me, without reserve, are you sure you don't stirred enough, to think a woman strangely forlove my lord Morelove?

ward for being a little familiar in talk with him? Lady Bet. Then, seriously-I think not-But Or, are you sure his gallantry to another never because I won't be positive, you shall judge by gave you the least disorder ? Were you never, the worst of my symptoms-First, I own I like his upon no accident, in an apprehension of losing conversation-his person has neither fault nor hiin? beauty-well enough-I don't remember I ever Lady Bet. Ha! Why, madam-Bless me! why secretly wished myself married to him, or--that -wh—why, sure, you don't call this jealousy, my I ever seriously resolved against it.

dear? Lady Easy. Well, so far you are tolerably safe: Lady Easy. Nay, nay, that is not the business But come; as to his manner of addressing you, --Have you ever felt any thing of this nature, mawhat effect has that had ?

dam? Lady Bet. I am not a little pleased to observe Lady Bet. Lord ! don't be so hasty, my dear few men follow a woman with the same fatigue -any thing of this nature-O lud! I swear I don't and spirit that he does me -am more pleased like it: dear creature, bring me off here ; for I am when he lets me use him ill; and if ever I have half frighted out of my w is! a favourable thought of him, 'tis when I see he Lady Easy. Nay, if you can rally upon it, your cann't bear that usage.

wound is not over deep, I'm afraid.


[ocr errors]

Ludy Bet. Well, that's comfortably said, how. Lady Bet. O! you clown you !

(Hitting him with her fan. Lady Easy. But come to the point-How far Sir Cha. Why, what to do? to feed a diseahave you been jealous ?

sed pride, that's eternally breaking out in the afLady Bet. Why, 0, bless me! He gave the feetation of an ill nature, that-in my conscience, music one night to my lady Languish here upon

I believe is but affectation. the Terrace: and (though sheand I were very great Ludy Bet. You or your friend have no great friends) I remember I could not speak to her in reason to complain of my fondness, I believe.a week for't-Oh!

Ha, ha, ha! Ludy Easy. Nay, now, you may laugh if you Sir Chu. (Looking carnestly at her.] Thou insocan; for, take my word, the marks are upon you lent crcature ! How can you make a jest of a man, -But come, what else?

whose whole life's but one continued torment, Lady Bet. O, nothing else, apon my word, my from your want of common gratitude? dear!

Laoy Bel. Torment! for my part I really beLady Easy. Well, one word more, and then I lieve him as easy as you are. give sentence : suppose you were heartily convin- Sir Cha. Poor intolerable affectation! You know ced that he actually followed another woman? the contrary; you know him blindly yours; you

Lady Bet. But pray, my dear, what occasion know your power, and the whole pleasure of your is there to suppose any such a thing at all? life's the poor and low abuse of it. Lady Easy. Guilty, upon my honour !

Lady Bet. Pray, how do I abuse it-if I have Lady Bet. Pshaw! I defy him to say that ever any power? I owned any inclination for him.

Sir Cha. You drive him to extremes that make Lady Eusy. No, but you have given him terri- bim mad, then punish him for acting against his ble leave to guess it.

reason; you've almost turned his brain; bis conLady Bet. If ever you see us meet again, mon judgment fails him; he is now, at this very you'll have but little reason to think so, I can as- moment, driven by his despair upon a project, in sure you.

hopes to free him from your power, that I am Lady Easy. That I shall see presently; for here sensible, and so must every one be thai has his comes Sir Charles, and I'm sure my lord cannot


of course must ruin him with you for ever. be far off.

I almost blush to think of it; yet your unreaso!).

able disdain bas forced him to do it; and should Enter Sir CHARLES.

he now suspect I offered but a bint of it to you, Sir Cha. Servant, Lady Betty——ıny dear, how and in contempt of his design, I know he'd calí do you do?

my life to answer it: but I have no regard to Lady Easy. At your service, my dear-But men in madness; I rather choose, for once, to pray, what have you done with my lord More- trust in your good nature, in fropes the iran, whom love?

your unwary beauty had made miserable, your Lady Bet. Ay, Sir Charles; pray, how does generosity would scorn to make ridiculous. your pupil do? Have you any hopes of him? Is Ludy Bet. Sir Charles, you charge me very he docible?

home; I never had it in my inclination to make Sir Cha. Well, madam, to confess your tri- any thing ridiculous that did not deserve it. umph over me, as well as him, I own my hopes Pray, what is this business you think so extravaof him are lost. I offered what I could to his instruction, but he is incorrigibly yours, and undone Sir Cha. Something so absurdly rash and bold, —and the news, I presume, does not displease you'll hardly forgive even me that tell it you. your ladyship.

Luay Bei. O fie! If it be a fault, Sir Charles, Lady Bet. Fie, fic, Sir Charles, you disparage I shall consider it as his, not yours. Pray, what your friend; I am afraid you don't take pains with is it? hiin,

Lady Easy. I long to know, mcthinks. Sir Cha. Ha! I fancy, Lady Betty, your good Sir Cha. You may be sure he did not want my nature won't let you sleep a nights : don't you

dissuasions from it. love dearly to hurt people ?

Lady Bet. Let us hear it. Lady Bet. O ! your servant: then, without a Sir Cha. Why, this man, whom I have known jest, the man is so unfortunate in his want of to love you with such excess of generous desire; patience, that, let me die, if I don't often pity whom I have heard, in his ecstatic praises of your him.

beauty, talk, till, from the soft heat of his distillSir Cha. Ha! Strange goodness- that I were ing thoughts, the tears have fallenyour lover for a month or two!

Ludy Bet. 0! Sir Charles- (Blushing. Lady Bet. What then?

Sir Cha. Nay, grudge not, since 'tis past, to Sir Cha. I would make that pretty heart's blood hear what was (though you contemned it) once of yours ache in a fortnight.

his merit: but now, I own, that merit ought to Ludy Bet. Huh! I should hate you: your as

be forgotten. surance would make your addresses intolerable. Ludy Bet. Pray, sir, be plain.

Sir Cha. I believe it would, for I'd never ad- Sir Cha. This man, I say, whose unhappy pase dress you at all.

sion has so ill succeeded with you, at last has

gant in him?




forfeited all his hopes (into which, pardon me, 1 | malicious tea-tables will be very apt to be free confess my friendship had lately flattered him) with your ladyship: his hopes of even deserving now your lowest pity Lady Bet. I'd have him consider that, me. or regard.

thinks. Lady Bet. You amaze me! For I cann't sup- Sir Cha. But, alas ! madam, 'tis not in his pose his utmost malice dares assault my reputa- power to think with reason ; his mad resentment tion-and what

has destroyed even bis principles of common Sir Cha. No, but he maliciously presumes the honesty: he considers nothing but a senseless world will do it for him; and, indeed, he has ta proud revenge, which, in his fit of lunacy, 'tis ken no unlikely means to make them busy with impossible that either threats or danger can distheir tongues; for he is this moment upon the suade him from. open terrace, in the highest public gallantry with Lady Bet. What! does he defy me, threaten my lady Graveairs. And to convince the world me! then he shall see that I have passions too, and me, he said, he was not the tame lover we and know, as well as he, to stir my heart against fancied him, he'd venture to give her music any pride that dares insult me.

Does he supe to-night: nay, I heard him, before my face, pose I fear him? Fear the little malice of a speak to one of the hautboys to engage the rest, slighted passion, that my own scorn has stung and desired they would all take their directions into despised resentment! Fear him! 0! it only from my lady Graveairs.

provokes me to think he dare have such a Lady Bet: My lady Graveairs ! truly I think thought ! my lord's very much in the right on'—for my Lady Easy. Dear creature, don't disorder part, Sir Charles, I don't see any thing in this yourself so. that's so very ridiculous, nor indeed that ought Lady Bet. Let me but live to see him once to make me think either the better or the worse more within my power, and I'll forgive the rest of him for't.

of fortune. Sir Cha. Pshaw! pshaw! madam, you and I Ludy Easy. Well, I am certainly very ill-natuknow 'tis not in his power to renounce you ; this red; for though I see this news has disturbed my is but the poor disguise of a resenting passion, friend, I cann't help being pleased with my hopes vainiy ruffled to a storm, which the least gentle of my lady Graveairs being otherwise disposed look from you can reconcile at will, and laugh of. (Aside.) My dear, I am afraid you have prointo a calm again.

voked her a little too far. Lady Bet. Inúeed, Sir Charles, I sha'n't give Sir Chu. Oh! not at all

-You shall seemyself that trouble, I believe.

I'll sweeten her, and she'll cool like a dish of tea. Sir Cha, So I told him, madam : are not all Lady Bet. I may see him with his coinpiainyour complaints, said I, already owing to bering face again, pride? and can you suppose this public defiance Sir Cha. I am sorry, madam, you so wrongly of it (which you know you cann't make good, judge of what I've told you; I was in hopes to too) won't incense her more against you?- have stirred, your pity, not your anger: I little That's what I'd have, said he, staring wildly; I thought your generosity would punish him for care not what becomes of me, so I but live to see faults, which you yourself resolved he should her piqued at it.

commit- -Yonder he comes, and all the Lady Bet. Upon my word, I fancy my lord world wi him : might I advise you, madam, will find himself mistaken-I sha'n't be piqued, you should not resent the thing at allI believe I must first have a value for the thing I would not so much as stay to see him in his I lose, before it piques me: piqued ! ha, ha, ha! fault ; nay, I'd be the last that heard of it: no

[Disordered. thing can sting him more, or so justly punish his Sir Cha. Madam, you've said the very thing I folly, as your utter neglect of it. urged to him. I know her temper so well, said Lady Easy. Come, dear creature, be persuaI, that though she doated on you, if you once ded, and go home with me. Indeed it will shew stood out against her, she'd sooner burst, than more indifference to avoid him. shew the least motion of uneasiness.

Ludy Bet. No, madam, I'll oblige his vanity Lady Bet. I can assure you, Sir Charles, my for once, and stay to let him see how strongly he lord won't find himself deceived in your opinion has piqued me. --piqued !

Sir Cha. (Aside.] O not at all to speak of; Sir Cha, She has it.

(Aside. you bad as good part with a little of that pride of Lady Easy. Alas, poor woman ! how little do yours, or I shall yet make it a very troublesome our passions make us!

companion to you. Lady Bet. Not but I would advise him to [Goes from them, and whispers Lord MORELove. have a little regard to my reputation in this business; I would have him take heed of publicly

Enter Lord FOPPINGTON; u liltle after, Lord. affronting me.

MORELOVE und Ludy GraveAIRS. Sir Cha. Right, madam ; that's what I strictly Ld Fop. Ladies, your servant--0! warned him of; for, among friends, whenever have wanted you beyond reparation such the world sces him follow another woinan, the diversion! VOL. III.

2 T



« ПредишнаНапред »