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Mrs. Har. I break your heart, sir?

Mrs. Har. Must it?-to be sure it must! Cle. Yes, cruel fair-you-you have andone Cle. And may I hope some interest in your

heart? Mrs. Har. You amaze me, sir! pray, how can Mrs. Har. My heart, sir ! 1

Cle. While it is divided, while another has Cle. And you can seem unconscious of the possession of but part of itmischief you hare made

Mrs. Har. I don't understand him !-Why, it Mrs. Har. Pray upriddle, sir

has been given away long ago. Cle. Madam, your sister has told me all- Cle. I pray you do not tyrannize me thus with

Mrs. Har. Ha, ha! what has she told you, alternate doubts and fears—if you will hut bless sir?

me with the least kind returuCle. It may be sport to you—but, to me,.'tis Mrs. Har. Kind return! what, would you death

have me fall in love with you? Mrs. Har. What is death?

Cle. It will be generous to him, who adores Clc. The gentleman from India, madam--Iyou. have heard it all-you can give hiin the prefer- Mrs. Har. Adores me! ence--you can blast my hopes—my fond Cle. Even to idolatory. delighted hopes, which you yourself have che- Mrs. Har. What can he mean? I thought my rished.

sister was the object of your adoration. Mrs. Har. The gentleinan is a very good sort Cle. Your sister, madain! I shall ever respect of man.

her as my friend on this occasion; but love-no Cle. Oh! she loves him, I see-- -[Aside.] -no-she is no object for thatDladam, I perceive my doom is fixed, and fixed Mrs. Har. No! by you

Cle. She may have been handsome in her Alrs. Har. How have I fixed your doom?- time, but that has been all over long ago if I speak favourable of Captain Cape, he de- Mrs. Hur. Well! this is charming! I wish serves it, sir.

she heard him now, with her new-fanyled airs, Cle. Oh! heavens! I cannot bear this- [Aside.] Bul let me understand you, sir; adore

[Aside. me! Mrs. Har. I believe there is nobody that Cle. You, you! and only you ! by this fair knows the gentleman, but will give him his due hand

[Kisses it. praise

Mrs. Har. Hold, hold! this is going too far; Cle, Love, love, love!

[ Aside. I but pray, sir, have you really conceived a pasMrs. Har. And, besides, his claim is in fact (sion for ine? prior to yours.

Cle. You know I have; a passion of the tenCle. And must love be governed, like the bu- derest nature. siness of mechanics, by the laws of tyrant cus- Mrs. Har. And was that your drift in coming tom 3-Can you think so, madam?

bither? Mrs. Har. Why, sir, you know I am not in Cle. What else could induce me? love.

Mrs. Hur. And introduced yourself here, to Cle. Oh! cruel !-no, madam, I see you are have an opportunity of speaking to me?

Cle. My angel ! don't torment me thusMrs. Har. And really now, sir, reasonably Mrs. Har. Angel ! and pray, sir, what do you speaking, my sister is for treating Captain Cape suppose Mr. Harlow will say to this? very ill-Ile has been dancing attendance here

Cie. Oh! madam-he! he approves my pasthese three years

sion. Cle. Yet, that you knew, when you were Mrs. Har. Does he really? I must speak to pleased to fan the rising flame, that matchless him about thatbeauty had kindled in my heart.

Cie. Do so, madam, you will find I am a man Mrs. Har. Matchless beauty !-ha, ha!-I of more honour than to deceive you. cannot but laugh at that

[Aside. Mrs. Har. Well! it will be whimsical if he Cle. Laugh, madam, if you will, at the pangs does; and my sister, too; this will be a charming you yourseli occasion-yes, triumph, if you will discovery for her! [ Aside.) Ha, ha! well! really -I am resigned to my fato, since you will have sir, this is mighty odd; I'll speak to Mr. Harit so

low about this matter this very momentMrs. Har. I have it so !--you seem to frighten

(Going: yourself without cause--If I speak favourably Cle. Oh! you will find it all true-and may I of any body else, sir-what then?-I am not to then flatter myselfmarry bin, you know.

Mrs. Har. Oh! to be sure-such an honour. Cie. Arn't you?

able project-I'll step to him this moment-and Mrs. Har. I!--no, truly; thank beaven !-- tben, sister, I shall make such a piece of work Cle. She revives me. [Aside for you

[Erit. Airs. Hur. That must be as my sister pleases. Cle. Very well, madam-see Mr. Harlow Cle. Must it?

immediately-he will coufirm it to you—wbile



there is life there is hope--such matchless beau- Cle. This is the strangest accident!-I assare ty!

you, sir-only give me leave

Mr. Har. I will not give you leave — I itEnter Miss Harlow,


Capt. Cape. Nay, nay, Mr. Harlow-this is Miss Har. I beg your pardon, sir, for leav- neither time or place—and besides, bcar tlie ing you ail this time-Well, what says my sis- gentleman; I have been over basty, and he has ter?

satisfied me-only hear himCle. She has given me some glimmering of Mr. Har. Sir, I will believe my own wife hope.

come on, sir. Miss Har. Well, don't be uneasy about her Cle. I assure you, Mr. Hariow, I came into -it shall be as I please

this house upon honourable principles-induced, Cle. But with her own free consent it would sir, by my regard for Miss Harlow. be betier-however, to you I am bound by every Capt. Cape. For Miss Harlow !--Zounds, tie, and thus let me seal a vow


[Kisses her hand. Cle. Again! this is downright madness; two Miss Har. He certainly is a very passionate upon me at once! you will murder me between lover. Lord! he is ready to eat my hand up you. with kisses ; I wish my sister saw this—[ Aside.]

Mr. Har. There is one too many upon him, Hush! I hear Captain Cape's voice—the hideous sure enough; and so, Captain, put up. tramontane !-he is coming this way—I would Capt. Cape. Resigu your pretensions to Miss not see him again for the world-I'll withdraw Harlow, moment, sir-you'll excuse me, Mr. Clerimont; Cle. Resign Miss Harlow! not for the uni(Kisses her hand, and curtsies very low.) your verse ! in her cause, I can be as ready as any servant, sir-Oh ! be is a charming man. bravo ot ye all.

[Draws his sword. [Curtsies, and erit. Mr. Har. For Heaven's sake? Captain Cape!

do moderate your anger—this is neither time or

place--I have been too rash myself—I beg you Enter Captain Cape.

will be pacified—(He puts up.} Mr. Clerimont, Capt. Cupe. There she goes, the perfidious! sheath your sword. Sir, I understand your name is Clerimont

Cle. I obey, sir. Cle. At your service, sir.

Mr. Har. Captain Cape, how can you? You Capt. Cape. Then, sir, draw this moment. promised me you would let things take their Cle. Draw, sir ! for what?

course; if my sister will marry the gentleman, Capt. Cape. No evasion, sir.

how is he to blame? Cle. Explain the cause.

Capt. Cape. Very well, sir ; I have done ; she Capt. Cape. The cause is too plain-your

is a worthless woman, that's all. making love to that lady, who went out there this

Cle. A worthless woman, sir ! moment

Capt. Cape. Ay; worthlessCle. That lady! not I, upon my honour, sir.

Cle. Damnation ! draw, sir ! Capt. Cape. No shuffling, sir, draw

Mr. Har. Nay, nay, Mr. Clerimont, you are Cle. Sir, I can repel an injury like this—but too warm; and there's a gentleman coming—this your quarrel is groundless-and, sir, if ever I is your uncle, I suppose ? made love to that lady, I will lay my bosom

Cle. It is. naked to your sword. That lady !--I resign all

Enter MR. HEARTWELL. manner of pretension to herCapt. Cape. You resign her, sir?

Mr. Har. I'll wave all disputes, now, that I Cle. Entirely.

may conclude my sister's marriage. Capt. Cape. Then I am pacified

Čle. Mr. Heartwell, sir-Mr. Harlow, sir.

(Puts up his sword. Heart. My nephew bas informed me, sir, of Cle. Upon my word, sir, I never so much as the honour you have done him, and I am come thought of the lady.

to give my consent. .

Mr. Har. I thought it necessary, sir, to have Enter Mr. Harlow.

the advice of Mr. Člerimont's friends, as he is

very young, and my sister not very bandsome. Mr. Har. So, sir! fine doings you have been Cle. She is an angel, sir ! carrying on here

Heart. Patience, Charles, patience. My neCle. Sir!

phew's estate will provide for his eldest born; Mr. Har. You have been attempting my wife, and upon the younger branches of his marriage, I find

I mean to settle my fortune. Cle. l'pon my word, Mr. Harlow

Mr. Har. Generously spoken, sir; and so Mr. Har. You have behaved in a very base there is no occasion for delay; whin waits there? manner, and I insist upon satisfaction; draw, tell the ladies they are wanting

Heart. I have ever loved my nephew, and


my wife.

since he tells me he has made a good choice, I Miss Har. Yes, sir, but there is harm done; shall be glad to see him happy.


am made sport of-exposed to derision-Oh! Capt. Cape. But, sir, let me tell you, that your I cannot bear this I cannot bear it- (Cries. nephew has used me very basely, and, sir

Mrs. Har. Don't cry, sister-some faces preMr. Har. Nay, nay, Captain, this is wrong, serve the bloom longer than others, you knownow; every thing was settled between us in the wa, ha! other room ; recollect yourself; do, I beg you Cape. Cope. Loll toll loll! will-Oh, bere come the ladies.

Heart. I don't understand all this; is that

lady your wife, sir? Enter Mrs, and Miss Harlow.

Mr. Har. She is, sir. Miss Har. Now, sister, you shall see I have Heart. And pray, nephew, you took that lady completed my conquest

for Mr. Harlow's sister, I suppose? Cle. Now, then, I am happy indeed; my love- Cle. I did, sir. I beg pardon for the trouble ly, charming bride, thus let me snatch you to my I have given; I am in such confusion, I can heart, and thus, and thus

hardly [Embraces Mrs. Harlow. Heart. Well, well, the thing is cleared up, and Mr. Har. Zounds! Before my face !- there is no harm done; but you should have

[Pushing him


known what ground you went upon-ba, ba! I Cle. Pr’ythec, indulge my transport; my life, can't help laughing, neither. niy angel !

Mr. Har. Why, faith, nor I; ha, ha! Mr. Har. I desire you will desist, sir

Cle. Since matters have turned so unexpectCle. Nay, nay; pr’ythee, be quiet-my charm- edly, I beg pardon for my mistake, and, sir, I ing, charming wife?

take my leave.

[Going. Dir. Har. That lady is not your wife

Miss Hur. And will you treat me in this manCle. How! my wife ! not my wife ! ecstacy ner, sir? Will you draw me into such a scrape, and bliss !

and not Mr. Har. Come, come, sir

this is too Cle. Madam, that gentleman would cut my much

throat- his claim is prior to mine- and, I Cle. Ha, ha! You are very pleasant, sir. dare say, he will be very glad to be reconciled, Mr. Har. Zounds ! sir, no trifling; that lady madam.

Miss Har. You are a base man, then, and I Cle. Sir!

reject you; Captain Cape, I see my error, sir, Mr. Har. I say, sir, that lady is my wife ! and I resign myself to you.

Capt. Cape. Ha, ha! I see through this—it is Capt. Cupe. No, madam, I beg to be excused! a comedy of errors, I believe! (Sings. I have been a dangler too long; I ought to bare Heart. What does all this mean?

been a brisker lover; I shall endeavour to surCle. Your wife, sir!

vive it, madam-I won't do myself a mischief Mr. Har. Yes, my wife; and there is my sis. and I have my answer-I am off, madam--loll if you please to take her.

toll loll! Cle. Sir!

Mrs. Hur. Ha, ha! I told you this, my dear Mr. Har. Sir, this is the lady, whom you have sister desired in marriage.

Cle. Madam, I dare say, the gentleman will Cle. Who, I, sir? I beg your pardon; that think better of it: Mr. Harlow, I am sorry for lady I took to be your wifc-{Pointing to Miss all this confusion, and I beg pardon of the Har.}-and that lady--[Pointing to MRS.Har.] whole company for my mistake-Mrs. Harlow, - I took to be your sister.

I wish you all happiness, madam-angelic crea. Cape

ture! what a misfortune to lose her!

[Bows, and erit. Miss Hur. Lord ! lord ! have I been made a Capt. Cape. And I will follow bis example ; fool of all this time! furies ! torture ! murder! Miss Harlow, I wish you all happiness-angelic

Capt. Cape. Ha, ha ! my lady fair is taken in, creature ! what a misfortune to lose her! upon I think.

my soul, I think you a most admirable jilt, and Mrs. Har. Sister, the men don't see with my so now you may go and bewail your virginity in eyes_ha, ha!

the mountains-loll toll loil ! Capt. Cape. Ha, ha! the gentleman is no dan

[Erit Capt. Cape. gler, madam.

Miss Har. Oh! oh! I can't bear to be treatAlrs. Har. This is a complete conquest my sis- ed in this manner! I'll go and hide myself from ter has made

the world for ever-Oh! oh! the men are all Miss Har. I can't bear this !—Sir, I desire 1 savages, barbarians, monsters, and I hate the may not be made a jest of; did not you solicit whole sex-Oh! oh ! [Cries bitterly.] med importune me?

[Erit Miss Har. Cle. For your interest in that lady, madam, Mrs. Har. My dear sister, with her beauty whom I took for Miss Harlow ; I beg your par- and her conquests, ha, ha! don if I am mist.iken; I hope there is no harm Mr. Har. Ha, ha! very whimsical and ri. done.



Mrs. Hapo. Ha, ha, ha!

Heart. Sir, my nephew is young-I am sorry for this scene of errors, and I hope you will ascribe the whole to bis inexperience.

Mr. Har. I certainly shall, sir.

Mrs. Har. I cautioned my sister sufficiently about this matter; but vanity got the better of her, and leaves her now a whimsical instance of folly and affectation.

In vain the faded Toast her mirror tries,
And counts the cruel murders of her eyes;
For Ridicule, sly peeping o'er her head,
Will point the roses and the lilies dead;
And while, fond soul! she weaves ber myrtle

She proves a subject of the comic strain.

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SCENE I. -A room in SIR JASPER Wilding'$ Will. She is, sir.

Wild. How long has my father been gone out:

Will. This hour, sir. YOUNG WILDING, BEAUFORT, and WILL fol

Wild, Very well. Pray, give Mr. Beayfort's compliments to my sister, and he is come to

wait upon her. [Erit Will.) You will be glad Wild. Ha, ha! my dear Beaufort! a fiery to see her, I suppose, Charles ? young fellow like you, melted down into a sigh- Beuu. I live but in her presence! ing, love-sick dangler after a high heel, a well- Wild. Live but in her presence ! Ilow the deturned ancle, and a short petticoat !

vil could the young baggage raise this riot in your Beau. Pr’ythee, Wilding, don't laugh at me, heart? 'Tis more than her brother could ever do Maria's charms

with any of her ses. Wild. Maria's charms ! and so now you would Beau. Nay, you have no reason to complain; fain

grow wantop in her praise, and have me you are come up to town, post-haste, to marry a listen to your raptures about my own sister? Ha, wealthy citizen's daughter, who only saw you last ha! poor Beaufort !Is iny sister at home, season at Tunbridge, and has been languishing Will?

for you ever since.


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