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hits every body's taste. (.Aside.]-Shall I beg one Enter Sır Timothy, disguised as a maid-serword more with you? Sir, you are a gentleman
vant. of The greatest siocerity and honour I ever met with, and, for that reason, I shall always have Sir Tim. Well, I am obliged to the dear gir the bighest regard for you in the world, and for for this kind contrivance of getting me into the all that belongs to you. I hear your daughter is house with her. 'Twill be charmingly convegoing to be married ; let me bey leave to present nienther with this diamond buckle.
Re-enter Sir John. Sir John. Sir, you surprise me very much ; prav, what may the value of this be?
Sir Tim. Sir, I heard that the young lady, King. That's not worth mentioning—about five your daughter, wanted a servant, and I should be hundred pounds, I believe.
proud of the honour to serve her. Sir John. Why, did not you tell me, just now, Sir John. My daughter will be here presently. that you had spent all your fortune?
Pray, my dear, what's your name? king. I did so: but it was for a particular Sir Tim. Faith, I never thought of that; what reason; and you shall find I am not so poor as I shall I say? [Aside.)- Betty, sir. represented myself.
Sir John. And pray, Mrs Betty, who did you Sir John. I am glad of it. But, pray, how am
live with last? I to return this extraordinary generosity?
Sir Tin. Pox of his impertinence ! he has king. I expect. no return, sir, upon my ho- non-plussed me again.-[Aside.] Sir, 1-1---lived nour; though you have it in your power to ob- with sir Timothy Flash. lige ine very much.
Sir John. Ah, a vile fellow that! a very vile Sir John. Don't mention the living, for that I fellow, was not he? Did he pay you your wages ? have told you already you are not fit for.
Sir Tim. Yes, sir-I shall be even with you king. I won't. But there is a certain place for this by and by.
[Aside. at court of another kind, which I have long Sir John. You was well off, then; for they had a mind to : Tis true, there is a sorry, insigni- say its what he very seldom does. Sad pay !ficant fellow in possession of it at present; but I can tell you, one part of your business must be he's of no service; and I know your power with to watch that villain, that he does not debauch the king; a word or two from you would soon my daughter: for I hear he designs it. But I dispossess hini.
hope we shall prevent him. Sir John. But what must be be dispossessed Sir Tim. I'll take care of her, sir, to be surefor?
I burst with laughter to think how charmingly King. To make room for me, that's all. we shall gull the old fellow !
[Aside. Sir John. Hum - Indeed it won't do with Sir John. Kate! me-here, take it again; and let me tell
Enter Miss Kitty.
Here's a maid for you, Kate, if you like her. king. [discovering himself.] Then thou art my Kitty. O Lord ! a maid! why she's a monster! friend, and I will keep thee next iny heart. I never saw so ugly a ibing in all my life. Sir John. And is it sour majesty ?
Sir Tim. The cunning jade does this to blind king. Be not surprised; it is your own max
the old fool.
[Aside. iin, that a king cannot be too cautious in trying Kitty. Pray, child, what can you do? those whoin he designs to trust. Forgive this
Sir l'im. Lí do the best I can to please you, disguise-I have tried thy honesty, and will no madam, and I don't question but I shall do. longer suspect it.
Kitty. Indeed you won't do.
Sir Tom. I hope I shall, madam, if you please Enter GREENWOOD.
Kitty. No, I durst not try you, indeed. Green. Sir, I am come to let Viss Kitty know Sir Tim. Why, madam? privately, that my master will be here, disguised, Kitty. Methinks you look like a fool; I hate im inediately.
Sir John. Will be? Well, go into the next Sir John. Nay, my dear, don't abuse the young room, and tell her so. If your majesty will be woman; upon my word, I think she looks mighty so good as to rerire into this chamber a wbile, you well. Hold up your head, child. O Lord! Mrs will hear something, perhaps, that will divert you. Betty, you have got a beard, inethinks.
(Strokes her under the chin. Euter Joe.
kitty. What! has Betty got a beard ? Ha, ha, Joe. Sir, here's a maid-servant come to be ha! Ah, Betty! why did not you shave closer? hirert.
But I told ye you was a fool! Sir John. Let her come in. I'll speak to her Sir John: Well--and what wages do you expresently.
[Exit with the hing. pect, my dear?
to try nie.
Kitty. Ay, what work do you design to do, my Enter King, GREENWOOD, and Courtiers. dear?
Sir John. How cleverly you have bit the old King. After what you have told me, I think fool, ha !
they cannot use him too ill. Madam, I wish you Kitty. And how charmingly we shall laugh at joy of your escape from the ruin which threatenhim by and by, ha! Sir John. Now don't you think you look like a Kitty. The king! I thank your majesty.
King. And I am glad to hear that you are reKitty. Poor sir Timothy! are you disappoint- conciled to an honest man that deserves you. ed, love? Come, don't nangry, and I'll sing it a Kitty. I see my error; and I hope, by my fu
ture conduct, to make amends for the uneasiness
I have given to so good a father.
Sir John. My dear child, I am fully satisfied:
and I hope thou wilt every day be more and Ah, luckless knight! I mourn thy case : more convinced, that the happiness of a wife Alas ! what hast thou done?
does not consist in a title, or fine appearance of Poor Betty! thou hast lost thy place; her husband, but in the worthiness of his sentiPoor knight! thy sex is gone!
ments, and the fondness of his heart.
King. And now, my good old man, henceforth Learn, henceforth, from this disaster,
be thou my friend. I will give thee an apartWhen for girls you lay your plots,
ment in my palace, that thou mayest always be That each miss expects a master
near :ny, person. And let me conjure thee ever In breeches, noi in petticoats.
to preserve this honest, plain sincerity. Speak
to me freely, and let me hear the voice of truth. Sir John and Kitty. Ha, ha, ha!
If my people complain, convey their grievances Sir Tim. Zoons! am I to be used in this man- faithfully to my ear; for how should kings rener: And do you think I will bear it unre- dress those ills, which flatterers hide, or wicked venged?
men disguise? Kitty. And have you the impudence to think Sir John. I thank your majesty for the confiyou are not well used?
dence you have in me: my heart, I know, is hoSir John. Nay, pay, if he's not satisfied, in- nest, and my affection to your majesty sincerestead of the entertainment he expected, suppose but as to my abilities, alas ! they are but small; we give him what he deserves. Who's within, yet, such as they are, if it clash not with my duty there
to the public, they shall always be at your ma
jesty's service. Enter three or four Servants, Sir Timothy runs
King. I'd have you just to both. off, and they after him.
But let your country's good be first your aim; Sir John. They'll overtake him; and I don't On this our honest miller builds his claim, doubt but they'll give him the discipline he de- At least for pardon; if you please, for fame. serves.
SCENE I.–Gayless's lodgings.
Sharp. After marriage, with all my heart, sir;
but don't let your conscience and honour so far Enter GAYLESS and SHARP.
get the better of your poverty and good sense, as Sharp. How, sir, shall you be married to-mor- to rely on so great uncertainty as a fine lady's row, eh? I'm afraid you joke with your poor mercy and good-nature. humble servant.
Gay. I know her generous temper, and am alGay. I tell thee, Sharp, last night Melissa con- most persuaded to rely upon it. What! because sented, and fixed to-morrow for the happy day. I am poor, shall I abandon my honour?
Sharp. Tis well she did, sir, or it might have Sharp. Yes, you must, sir, or abandon me. So, been a dreadful one for us in our present con- pray, discharge one of us; for eat I must, and dition: all your money spent; your moveables speedily too: and you know very well, that that sold; your honour almost ruined, and your hum- honour of yours wil neither introduce you to a ble servant almost starved; we could not possi- great man's table, nor get me credit for a single bly have stood it two days longer-But if this beef-steak. young lady will marry you, and relieve us, o' my Gay. What can I do? conscience I'll turn friend to the sex, rail no Sharp. Nothing, while honour sticks in your more at matrimony, but curse the whores, and throat. Do, gulp, master, and down with it. think of a wife myself.
Gay. Prithee leave me to my thoughts. Gay. And yet, Sharp, when I think how I have Sharp. Leave you! No, not in such bad comimposed upon her, I am almost resolved to throw pany, Ú'll assure you. Why, you must certainly Dyself at her feet, tell her the real situation of be a very great philosopher, sir, to moralize and my affairs, ask her pardon, and implore her pity. declaim so charmingly as you do, about honou
and conscience, when your doors are beset with Gay. And, do you hear, Sharp, if it should be bailiffs, and not one single guinea in your pocket any body from Melissa, say I am not at home; to bribe the villains.
lest the bad appearance we make here, should Guy. Don't be witty, and give your advice, make them suspect something to our disadvansirrah.
tage. Sharp. Do you be wise, and take it, sir. But, Sharp. I'll obey you, sir; but I am afraid they to be serious, you certainly have spent your for- will easily discover the consumptive situation of tune, and out-lived your credit, as your pockets our affairs, by my chop-fallen countenance. and my belly can testify. Your father has dis
(Erit Sharp. owned you; all your friends forsook you, except Gay. These very rascals, who are now contimyself, who am starving with you. Now, sir, if nually dunning and persecuting me, were the you marry this young lady, who, as yet, thank very persons who led me to my ruin, partook of Heaven, knows nothing of your misfortnnes, and my prosperity, and professed the greatest friendby that means procure a better fortune than that ship. you have squandered away, make a good hus- Sharp. [Without.] Upon my word, Mrs Kitband, and turn economist, you still may be hap- ty, my master's not at home. py, may still be sir William's heir, and the Kitty, [Without.]-Look'e, Sharp, I must and lady too no loser by the bargain. There's reason will sec him. and argument, sir.
Gay. Ha! What do I hear? Melissa's maid ! Gay. 'Twas with that prospect I first made ( What has brought her bere? My poverty has love to her; and, though my fortune has been ill made her my enemy, too-She is certainly come spent, I have at least purchased discretion with with no good intent-No friendship there withit.
out fees-She's coming up stairs—What must I Sharp. Pray, then, convince me of that, sir, do? I'll get into this closet and listen. and make no more objections to the marriage.
[Exit Gayless. You see I am reduced to my waistcoat already; and when necessity has undressed me from top
Enter SuaRP and Kitty. to toe, she must begin with you, and then we shall be forced to keep house and die by inches. Kitty. I must know where he is; and will Look you, sir, if you won't resolve to take my know, too, Mr impertinence. advice, while you have one coat to your back, I Sharp. Not of me ye won't.-Aside.]- He's must e’en take to my heels while I have strength not within, I tell you, Mrs Kitty, I don't know to run, and something to cover me. So, sir, wish- myself. Do you think I can conjure? ing you much comfort and consolation with your Kitty. But I know you will lie abominably; bare conscience, I am your most obedient and therefore, don't trifle with me. I come from my half-starved friend and servant.
mistress, Melissa : you know, I suppose, what's to
[Going. be done to-morrow morning? Gay. Hold, Sharp! You won't leave me? Sharp. Ay; and to-morrow night too, girl.
Sharp. I must eat, sir ; by my honour and ap- Kitty. Not if I can help it.-[Aside.)-But petite, I must.
come, where is your master? For see him I Gay. Well, then, I am resolved to favour the cheat; and as I shall quite change my former Sharp. Pray, Mrs Kitty, what's your opinion course of life, happy may be the consequences : of this match between my master and your misat least of this I am sure
tress? Sharp. That you can't be worse than you are Kitty. Why, I have no opinion of it at all; at present
and yet most of our wants will he relieved by it, Gay. [A knocking without.]—Who's there? too: for instance, now, your master will get a
Sharp. Some of your former good friends, who good fortune; that's what I'm afraid he wants : favoured you with money at fifty per cent. and my mistress will get a husband; that's what she helped you to spend it, and are now become has wanted for some time; you will have the daily memento's to you of the folly of trusting pleasure of my conversation, and I an opporturogues, following whores, and laughing at my nity of breaking your head for your impertiadvice.
Gay. Cease your impertinence! To the door! Sharp. Madain, I'm your most humble serIf they are duns, tell them my marriage is now vant. But I'll tell you what, Mrs Kitty, I am certainly fixed; and persuade them still to for- positively against the match : for was I a man of bear a few days longer, and keep my circum- my master's fortune stances a secret, for their sakes as well as my Kitty. You'd marry if you could, and mend it own.
-Ha, ha, ha! Pray, Sharp, where does your Sharp: 0 never fear it, sir: they still have so master's estate lie? much friendship for you, as not to desire your Gay. Oh, the devil, what a question was there! ruin to their own disadvantage.
Sharp. Lie! Lie! Why, it lies—faith, I can't they can, when they do; they are raw, ignorant, name any particular place; it lies in so many.— honest people. His effects are divided, some here, some there; Kitty. Well, I must run home: farewell—but his steward hardly knows himself.
do you hear, get something substantial for us in Kitty. Scattered, scattered, I suppose. But, the kitchen-a ham, a turkey, or what you will hark'e, Sharp, what's become of your furniture! we'll be very merry; and be sure to remove the You seem to be a little bare here at present. tables and chairs away there too, that we may Gay. What, bas she found out that, too? have room to dance : I can't bear to be confined
(Aside. in my French dances; tal, lal, lal—[Dancing.}. Sharp. Why, you must know, as soon as the Well, adieu! Without any compliment, I shall wedding was fixed, my master ordered me to re- die if I don't see you soon. move his goods into a friend's house, to make
[Exit Kurty, room for a ball which he designs to give here the Sharp. And, without any compliment, I pray day after the marriage.
Heaven you may ! Kitty. The luckiest thing in the world! For my mistress designs to have a ball and entertain
Enter GAYLESS. ment here, to-night, before the marriage; and that's my business with your master.
[They look for some time sorrowful at each Sharp. The devil it is!
other. Kitty. She'll not have it public; she designs Gay. Oh, Sharp! to invite only eight or ten couple of friends. Sharp. Oh, master! Sharp. No more?
Gay. We are certainly undone ! Kitty. No more: and she ordered me to de- Sharp. That's no news to me. sire your master not to make a great entertain- Gay. Eight or ten couple of dancers--ten or a
dozen little nice dishes, with some fruit-my lord Sharp. Oh, never fear
Stately's servants—ham and turkey! Kitty. Ten or a dozen little nice things, with Sharp. Say no more! the very sound creates some fruit, I believe, will be enough in all con- an appetite; and I am sure of late I have had
no occasion for whetters and provocatives. Sharp. Oh, curse your conscience ! [Aside. Gay. Cursed misfortune! What can we do?
Kitty. And what do you think I have done of Sharp. Hang ourselves. I see no other rememy own head?
dy, except you have a receipt to give a ball and Sharp. What!
a supper, without meat or music. Kitty. I have invited all my lord Stately's ser- Gay. Melissa has certainly heard of my bad vants to come and see you, and have a dance in circumstances, and has invented this scheme to the kitchen: Won't your master be surprised? distress me, and break off the match. Sharp. Much so indeed!
Sharp. I don't believe it, sir; begging your Kitty. Well, be quick and find out your mas- pardon. ter, and make what haste you can with your pre- Gay. No? Why did her maid, then, make so parations : you have no time to lose. Prithee, strict an inquiry into my fortune and affairs ? Sharp, what's the matter with you! I have not Sharp. For two very substantial reasons: the seen you for some time, and you seem to look a first, to satisfy a curiosity natural to her as a wolittle thin.
man; the second, to have the pleasure of my Sharp. Oh my unfortunate face !--[ Aside.]— conversation, very natural to her as a woman of I'm in pure good health, thank you, Mrs Kitty; taste and understanding. and I'll assure you I've a very good stomach; ne- Gay. Prithee, be more serious : is not our all ver better in all my life; and I am as full of vi- | at stake? gour, hussy
Sharp. Yes, sir; and yet that all of ours is oof
[Offers to kiss her. so little consequence, that a man, with a very Kitty. What, with that face! Well, bye, bye. small share of philosophy, may part from it with--Going.)-Oh, Sharp, what ill-looking fellows out much pain or uneasiness. However, sir, I'll are those, were standing about your door when convince you, in half an hour, that Mrs Melissa I came in? They want your master too, I sup knows nothing of your circumstances; and I'll pose?
tell you what too, sir, she shan't be here to-night, Sharp. Hom! Yes; they are waiting for him. and yet you shall marry her to-morrow mornThey are some of his tenants out of the country, ing. that want to pay him some money.
Gay. How, how, dear Sharp? Kitty. Tenants ! What, do you let his tenants Sharp. 'Tis here, here, sir! Warm, warm; and stand in the street ?
delays will cool it: therefore, I'll away to her, Sharp. They choose it: as they seldom come and do you be as merry as love and poverty will to town, they are willing to see as much of it as permit you. VOL. III.