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Atall. What a valuable virtue is assurance ! | if he does not immediately appear, the dispute Now am I as intrepid as a lawyer at the bar. will need no farther argument.
[Aside. Atall. Mr Freeman! Who the devil's he? Cla. Bless me! you are not well?
What have I to do with him? Syl. I shall be presently--- Pray, sir, give me Syl. I'll soon inform you, sir, leave to ask you a question.
[Going, meets WISHWELL entering. Atall. So, now its coming! [Aside.] Freely, Wish. Madam, here's a footman mightily out madam.
of breath, says he belongs to Mr Freeman, and Syl. Look on me well :-ha e you never seen desires very earnestly to speak with you. my face before ?
Syl. Mr Freeman! Pray bid himn come inAtall
. Upon my word, madam, I can't recol- | What can this mean? lect that I have:
Atall. You'll see presently.
[ Aside. Syl. I am satisfied. Åtall. But pray, madam, why may you ask?
Re-enter WISHWELL with FINDER. Syl. I am too much disordered now to tell you. Cla, Ila! But, if I'm not deceived, I'm miserable! [Weeps. Syl. Come hither, friend : do you belong to
Atall. This is strange-How her concern M Freeman? transports me!
Fin. Yes, madam, and my poor master gives Cia. Her fears have touched me, and half per- his humble service to your ladyship, and begs suade me to revenge them-Come, cousin, be your pardon for not waiting on you, according to easy : I see you are convinced he is the same, his promise ; which he would have done, but for and now I'll prove myself a friend.
an unfortunate accident. Syl. I know not what to think
-my senses Syl. What's the matter? are confounded : their features are indeed the tin. As he was coming out of his lodgings to same; and yet there's something in their air, pay his duty to you, madam, a parcel of fellows their dress, and manner, strangely different: but, set upon him, and said they had a warrant against be it as it will, all right to him in presence I dis-himn; and so, because the rascals began to be claim, and yield to you for ever.
saucy with him, and my master knowing that he Cla. No, cousin, believe it, both our senses did not owe a shilling in the world, he drew to cannot be deceived; he's individually the same; defend himself, and, in the scuffle, the bloody viland, since he dares be base you, he's miserable lains run one of their swords quite through his indeed, if flattered with a distant hope of me : arm; but the best of the jest was, madam, that I know his person and his falsehood both too as soon as they got him into a house, and sent for well; and you shall see I will, as becomes your a surgeon, he proved to be the wrong person; friend, resent it.
for their warrant, it seems, was against a poor Atall. What means this strangeness, madam: scoundrel, that happens, they say, to be very like
Cla. I'll tell you, sir; and, to use few words, ( him, one Colonel Standfast. know then, this lady and myself have borne your Átall. Say you so, Mr Dog ? - If your master faithless insolence and artifice too long : but that had been here, I would have given him as much. you may not think to impose on me, at least, I
[Gives him a bar on the ear. desire you would leave the house, and from this Fin. Oh, Lord! pray, madam, save me, I did
not speak a word to the gentleman.-Oh, the de Atall. Madam! What! what is all this? vil! this must be the devil in the likeness of my Riddle me riddle me re;
master. For the devil take me
Syl. Is this gentleman so very like him, say For ever from thee,
you? If I can divine what this riddle can be! Fin. Like, madam! ay, as one box on the ear Syl. Not moved ! I'm more amazed.
is like to another; only I think, madam, my masAtall. Pray, madam, in the name of common ter's nose is a little, little higher. sense, let me know, in two words, what the real Atall. Now, ladies, I presume the riddle's solmeaning of your last terrible speech was; and if | ved.--Hark you, where is your master, rascal? I don't make you a plain, honest, reasonable an Fin. Master, rascal! Sir, my master's name's swer to it, be pleased, the next minute, to blot my Freeman, and I'm a free-born Englishman; and name out of your table-book, never more to be I must tell you, sir, that I don't use to take such enrolled in the senseless catalogue of those vain arbitrary socks of the face from any man that coxcombs, that impudently hope to come into | does not pay me wages; and so my master will
tell you too, when he comes, sir. Cla. This insolence grows tedious : what end Syl. Will he he here, then? can you propose by this assurance?
Fin. This minute, madam; he only stays to Atall. 'Hey-day!
have his wound dressed. Syl. Hold, cousin one moment's patience : Atall. I'ın resolved I'll stay that minute out, if I'll send this minute again to Mr Freeman, and he does not come till midnight,
moment never see me more.
Fin. A pox of his mettle!when his hand's in, confident rake in him to please me; but there is he makes no difference between jest and earnest, a modest sincerity in the other's conversation I find. If he does not pay me well for this, that's irresistible. 'egad he shall tell the next for himself. [Aside.] Cla. For my part, I'm almost tired with his Has your ladyship any commands to my master, impertinence either way, and could find in my madam?
heart to trouble myself no more about him; and Syl. Yes; pray give him my humble service; yet, methinks, it provokes me to have a fellow outsay
for his misfortane; and if he thinks face my senses. 'twill do his wound no harm, I beg, by all means, Syl. Nay, they are strangely alike, I own; but he may be brought hither immediately.
yet, if you observe nicely, Mr Freeman's features Fin. 'Shah! his wound, madam! I know he are more pale and pensive than the colonel's. does not value it of a rush; for he'll have the Cla. When Mr Freeman comes, I'll be closer devil and all of actions against the rogues for in my observation of him—in the mean time, let false imprisonment, and smart-money -Ladies, me consider what I really propose by all this rout I kiss your hands—Sir, 1-nothing at all I make about him: suppose (which I can never
[Erit. believe) they should prove two several men at At. (Aside.] The dog has done it rarely ! for a last, I don't find that I'm fool enough to think lie upon the stretch, I don't know a better rascal of marrying either of them; nor (whatever airs I in Europe.
give myself) am I yet mad enough to do worse
with them— Well, since I don't design to come Enter an Officer.
to a close engagement myself, then why should Offi
. Ay! now I'm sure I'm right -Is not I not generously stand out of the way, and make your name Colonel Standfast, sir?
room for one that would? No, I can't do that, At. Yes, sir; what then?
neither-I want, methinks, to convict him first Off. Then you are my prisoner, sir
of being one and the same person, and then to Åt. Your prisoner! who the devil are you? a have him convince my cousin that he likes me bailiff? I don't owe a shilling.
better than her-Ay, that would do! and to conOffi
. I don't care if you don't, sir; I have a fess my infirmity, I still find (though I don't care warrant against you for high treason, and I must for this fellow) while she has assurance enough to have you away this minute.
nourish the least hope of getting him from me, I At. Look you, sir, depend upon't, this is but shall never be heartily easy till she's heartily morsome impertinent, malicious prosecution : you tified.
(Aside. may venture to stay a quarter of an hour, I'm Syl. You seem very much concerned for the sure; I have some business here till then, that colonel's misfortune, cousin. concerns me nearer than my life.
Cla. His misfortunes seldom hold him long, as Cla. Have but so much patience, and I'll sa- you may see; for here he comes. tisfy you for your civility. Off. I could not stay a quarter of an hour, ma
Enter Atall as MR FREEMAN. dam, if you'd give me five hundred pounds. Syl. Bless me! Syl. Can't you take bail, sir?
At. I am sorry, madam, I could not be more Offi . Bail! no, no.
punctual to your obliging commands; but the acCla. Whither must he be carried!
cident that prevented my coming sooner, will, I Off. To my house, till he's examined before the hope, now give me a pretence to a better welcouncil.
come than my last; for now, madam, [ To Clar.] Cla. Where is your house?
your mistake's set right, I presume, and, I hope, Off. Just by the secretary's office; every body you won't expect Mr Freeman to answer for all knows Mr Lockum the messenger-Come, sir. the miscarriages of Colonel Standfast. Al. I can't stir yet, indeed, sir.
Cla. Not in the least, sir; the colonel's able to (Lays his hand on his sword. answer for himself, I find; ha, ba! Offi. Nay, look
you are for that play At. Was not my servant with you, madam? Come in, gentlemen; away with him.
Syl. Yes, yes, sir, he has told us all. [ Aside. Enter Musqueteers, and force him off And I am sorry you have paid so dear for a proof Syl. This is the strangest accident: I am ex- of your innocence. Come, come, I'd advise you tremely sorry for the colonel's misfortunc; but I to set your heart at rest; for what I design, you'll am heartily glad he is not Mr Freeman.
find, I shall come to a speedy resolution in. Cla. l'ın afraid you'll find him so -I shall At. Oh, generous resolution ! never change my opinion of him, till I see them Cla. Well, madam, since you are so tenacious face to face.
of your conquest, I hope you'll give me the same Syl. Well, cousin, let them be two or one, I'm liberty: and not expect, the next time you fall resolved to stick to Mr Freeman; for, to tell you a crying at the colonel's gallantry to me, that my the truth, this last spark has too much of the good nature should give you up my pretensions
At. How now,
to him. And for you, sir, I shall only tell you, follow me, as you'd preserve my friendship this last plot was not so closely laid, but that a Come-
[Erit with maid. woman of a very slender capacity, you'll find, At. Death! how this news alarms me! I de has wit enough to discover it. Exit Cla, ver felt the pains of love before. At. So! she's gone to the messenger's, I sup
Cle. Now, then, to ease, or to revenge, my fears pose-buts poor soul, her intelligence there will – This sudden change of your countenance, Mr be extremely small. (Aside.) Well, madam, 1 Atalt, looks as if you had a mind to banter your hope at last your scruples are over.
friend into a belief of your being really in love Syl. You cannot blame me, sir, if, now we are with the lady that just now left you. alone, I own myself a little more surprised at her At. Faith, Clerimont, I have too much con positiveness, than my woman's pride would let cern upon me at this time, to be capable of a me confess before her face; and yet, methinks, banter. there's a native honesty in your looks, that tells Cle. Ha! be seems really touched, and I benie I am not mistaken, and may trust you with gin now only to fear Clarinda's conduct.
Well, sir, if it be so, I'm glad to see a convert of At. Oh, for pity, still preserve that tender you; and now, in return to the little services I thought, and save me from despair!
have done you, in helping you to carry on your
affair with both these ladies at one time, give me Enter CLERIMONT.
leave to ask a favour of you-Be still sincere, Cle. Ha! Freeman again! Is it possible! and we may still be friends.
Clerimont? what are you surpri At. You surprise me—but use me as you find sed at?
Cle. Why, to see thee almost in two places at Cle. Have you no acquaintance with a certain one time; 'tis but this minute, I met the very lady, whom you have lately heard me own I was image of thee with the mob about a coach, in the unfortunately in love with hands of a messenger, whom I had the curiosity At. Not that I know of'; I'm sure not as the to stop and call to, and had no other proof of his lady you are in love with: but, pray, why do you not being thee, but that the spark' would not ask? know me!
Cle. Come, I'll be sincere with you, too: beSyl. Strange! I almost think I'm really not de cause I have strong circumstances that convince ceived.
me 'tis one of those two you have been so busy Cle. 'Twas certainly Clarinda I saw go out in about. a chair just now it must be she the circum At. Not she you saw with me, I hope? stances are too strong for a mistake. [Aside. Cle. No; I mean the other-But, to clear the
Syl. Well, sir, to ease you of your fears, now doubt at once, is her name Clarinda? I dare own to you that mine are over.
At. I own it is: but had I the least been
[TO ATALL. warned of your pretencesCle. What a coxcomb have I made myself, to Cle. Sir, I dare believe you; and though you serve my rival even with my own mistress ! But may have prevailed even against her honour, 'tis at least some ease to know him: all I have your ignorance of my passion for her makes you to bope is, that he does not know the ass he has stand at least excused to me. made of me em-that might indeed be fatal to him. At. No; by all the solemn protestations tongue
(Aside. can utter, her honour is untainted yet for me;
nay, even unattempted. Enter Sylvia's maid.
. You own she has received your gallantries
at least? Maid. Oh, madam, I'm glad I've found you : At. Faith, not to be vain, she has indeed taken your father and I have been hunting you all the some pains to pique her cousin about me; and if
her beautiful cousin had not fallen in my way at Syl. My father in town!
the same time, I must own, 'tis very possible I Maid. He waits below in the coach for you: might have endeavoured to push my fortune with he must needs have you come away this minute; her; but since I know your heart, put my friendand talks of having you married this very night ship to a trial. to the fine gentleman he spoke to you of.
Cle. Only this
if I should be reduced to ask Syl. What do I hear?
you, promise to confess your imposture, and Åt, If ever soft compassion touch'd your soul, your passion to her cousin, before her face. give me a word of comfort in this last distress, to At. There's my hand-I'll do't, to right my save me from the horrors that surround me! friend and mistress. But, dear Clerimont, you'il
Syl. You see we are observed—but yet de- pardon me if I leave you here; for my poor inpend upon my faith as on my life. In the cognita's affairs at this time are in a very critical mean time, I'll use my utmost power to avoid condition. my father's hasty will: in two hours you shall Cle. No ceremony-I release you. know my fortune and my family-Now, don't At. Adieu !
Lady Dain. No, I give thee life, to make thee
miserable; live, that my resenting eyes may kill Enter CLERIMONT and CARELESS.
thee every hour. Cle. And so you took the opportunity of her Care. Nay, then there's no relief- but this fainting to carry her off! Pray, how long did her [Offering at his sword, LADY Sadlife holds fit last?
him.] Care. Why, faith, I so humoured her affecta Lady Sad. Ah! for mercy's sake!-barbarous tion, that 'tis hardly over yet; for I told her, her ereature, how can you see him thus ? life was in danger, and swore, if she would not Lady Dain. Why, I did not bid him kill himlet me send for a parson to marry her before she self: but do you really think he would have done died, I'd that minute send for a shroud, and be it? buried alive with her in the same coffin : But at Lady Sad. Certainly, if I had not prevented the apprehension of so terrible a thought, she it. pretended to be frightened into her right senses Lady Dain. Strange passion! But 'tis its naagain; and forbid me her sight for ever. So ture to be violent, when one makes it despair. that, in short, my impudence is almost exhaust Lady Sad. Won't you speak to him? ed, her affectation is as insurmountable as ano Lady Dain. No, but if
your -is enough con ther's real virtue, and I must e'en catch her that cerned to be his friend, you may tell him-not way, or die without her at last.
that it really is som but you may say—you believe Cle. How do you mean?
I pity him. Care. Why, if I find I cannot impose upon her Lady Sad. Sure love was never more ridicuby humility, which I'll try, I'll even turn rival to lous on both sides. myself in a very fantastical figure, that I'm sure she won't be able to resist. You must know,
Enter WISIWELL. she has of late been flattered that the Muscovite Wish. Madam, here's a page from prince AlexPrince, Alexander, is dying for her, though he ander desires to give a letter into your ladyship's never spoke to her in his life.
own hands. Cle. I understand you : so you'd first venture Lady Dain. Prince Alexander! What means to pique her against you, and then let her marry my heart? I come to him. you in another person, to he revenged of you. Lady Sad. By no means, madam; pray let him
Care. One of the two ways I am pretty sure come in. to succeed.
Care. Ha! Prince Alexander! Nay, then, I Cle. Extravagant enough! Prithee, is sir Solo- have found out the secret of this coldness, mamon in the next room?
you, but I must needs speak with him. ander, my master, has commanded me, on pain Care. Come along, then.
[Ereunt. of death, thus-Kneeling.)-to deliver this, the
burning secret of his heart.
Lady Dain. Where is the prince ?
Page. Reposed, io private, on a mourning pal-
Lady Dain. The favour, madam, is too great Lady Sad. Come, come, madam, e'en pardon to be resisted; pray, tell his highness, then, the him, and let him be your physician -Do but honour of the visit he designs me, makes me observe his penitence, so humble he dares not thankful and impatient! Huh! Huh! speak to you.
[Erit Page. Care. (Folds his arms, and sighs.[-Oh! Care. Are my sufferings, madam, so soon forLady Sad. How can you hear him sigh so? got, then! Was I but flattered with the hope of
Lady Dain. Nay, let him groan—for nothing pity? but his pangs can ease me.
Lady Dain. The happy have whole days, and Car. * [Kneels, and presents her his drawn those they choose. - [Resenting.)– The unhappy sword ; opening his breast.}-Be then at once have but hours, and those they lose. most barbarously just, and take your vengeance
[Erit repeating here!
Lady Sach Don't you lose a minute, then,
Care. I'll warrant you—ten thousand thanks, Cle. Hark, you, young gentleman, there must dear madam, I'll be transformed in a secon' go more than all this to the gaining of that lady. [Ereunt severally.
[Takes CLARINDA aside.
Sir Sol. (Aside.) A thousand guineas—that's Enter CLARINDA in a mun's habit.
five hundred more than I proposed to get of Mr Cla. So! I'm in fort now! how I shall come Clerimont -But my honour is engaged —Ay, off, I cannot tell : 'twas but a bare saying game I but then here's a thousand pounds to release it. made with Clerimont; his resentment had brought Now, shall I take the money ?-It must be som my pride to its last legs, díssembling; and, it' the Coin will carry
it. poor man had not loved me too well, I had made Cla. Oh, sir, if that be all, I'll soon remove but a disinal humble figure-I have used him ill, your doubts and pretensions ! Come, sir, I'll try that's certain, and he may e'en thank himself your courage. fort-he would be sincere-well, (begging my Cle. I'm afraid you won't, young gentleman. sex's pardon) we do make the silliest tyrants Cla. As young as I am, sir, you shall find I we had better be reasonable; for (to do them scorn to turn my back to any man. right) we don't run half the hazard in obeying
[Exeunt CLARINDA and CLERIMONT, the good sense of a lover; at least, I'm reduced Sir Sol. Ha ! they are gone to fight with now to make the experiment -Here they all my heart-a fair chance, at least, for a better
bargain : for if the young spark should let the air
into my friend Clerimont's midriff now, it may Enter SIR SOLOMON and CLERIMONT.
possibly cool his love, too, and then there's my Sir Sol. What have we here ! another cap honour safe, and a thousand guineas snug. [Erit. tain? If I were sure he were a coward now, I'd kick him before he speaks Is your business SCENE II.-Changes to a field. with me, sir? Cla. If your name be sir Solomon Sadlife.
Enter Clarinda and CLERIMONT. Sir Sol. Yes, sir, it is; and I'll maintain it as Cle. Come, sir, we are far enough. ancient as any, and related to most of the fami Cla. I only wish the lady were by, sir, that lies in England:
the conqueror might carry her off the spot - I Cla. My business will convince you, sir, that I warrant she'd be mine. think well of it.
Cle. That, my talking hero, we shall soon deSir Sól. And what
your business, sir? termine. Cla. Why, sir-You have a pretty kinswo Cla. Not that I think her handsome, or care a man, called Clarinda.
rush for her. Cle. Ha !
Cle. You are very inettled, sir, to fight for : Sir Sol. And what then, sir? Such a rogue woman you don't value. as t'other.
[Aside. Cla. Sir, I value the reputation of a gentle Cla. Now, sir, I have seen her, and am in man; and I don't think any young fellow ought love with her.
to pretend to it, till he has talked himself into Cle. Say you so, sir?-I may chance to cure a lampoon, lost his two or three thousand pounds
[Aside. at play, kept his miss, and killed his man. Cla. And to back my pretensions, sir, I have Cle. Very gallant, indeed, sir! but, if yor a good fifteen hundred pounds a-year estate, and please to handle your sword, you'll soon go through am, as you see, a pretty fellow into the bargain. your course.
Sir Sol. She that marries you, sir, will have a Cla. Come on, sir -I believe I shall gire choice bargain, indeed!
your mistress a truer account of your heart than Cla. In short, sir, I'll give you a thousand you have done. I have had her heart long enough, guineas to make up the match.
and now will have yours. Sir Sol. Hum—[ Aside.).-But, sir, my niece is Cle. Ha! does she love you, then? provided for.
[Endeavouring to drae. Cle. That's well!
(Aside. Cla. I leave you to judge that, sir. But I have Sir Sol. But if she were not, sir, I must tell lain with her a thousand times; in short, so long, you, she is not to be caught with a smock-face till I'm tired of it. and a feather, sir-And-and - let me see Cle. Villain, thou liest! Draw, or I'll use you you an hour hence.
(Aside. as you deserve, and stab you. Cla. Well said, uncle ! [Aside.]—But, sir, I'm Cla. Take this with you first : Clarinda will in love with her, and positively will have her. never marry him, that murders me.
Sir Sol. Whether she likes you or no, sir ? Cle. She may the man, that vindicates her ho Cla. Like me! ha, ha! I'd fain see a woman
-therefore, he quick, or I'll keep my that dislikes a pretty fellow, with fifteen hundred word I find your sword is not for doing things pounds a-year, a white wig, and black eye- in haste. brows.
Cla. It sticks to the scabbard so- I believe I
you of it.