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dear husband, shew your manhood in a proper Ladies ! to fops and braggarts ne'er be kind; place, and you need not fear these sheep-biters. No charms can warm them, aud no virtues

Sir Sim. The abigail is pleasant, I confess—he, bind : he!

Each lover's merit by his conduct prove; Bid. I'm afraid the town will be ill-natured Who fails in honour, will be false in love. enough to think I have been a little coquettish in

[Exeunt, iny behaviour; but I hope, as I have been constant to the captain, I shall be excused diverting myself with pretenders.

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SCENE I.

would be useless; and, with these, not one of them

is necessary. Enter CARMINE, followed by the Boy. Car. Lay these colours in the window, by the

Enter Boy, with the slate. pallet. Any visitors, or messages ?

Car. Let's see- -Oh! lady Pentweazel from Boy. 'Squire Felltree has been here, and insists Blow-bladder-street-Admit her, by all means; upon Miss Racket's pictures being immediately and if Puff or Varnish should come, I am at finished and carried home-As to his wife and home. [Erit Boy ] Lady Pentweazel! ha, ha! children, he says, you may take your own time. Now, here's a proof, that avarice is not the only Car. Well

or last passion old age is subject to. -This suBoy. Here has been a messege too from my perannuated beldame gapes for flattery, like a nest lady Pen—I can't remember her name, but 'tis of unfledged crows for food; and with them, too, upon the slate. She desires to know if you will gulps down every thing that's offered her-nomatbe at home about noon.

ter how coarse. Well, she shall be fed; I'll make Car. Fetch it. [Erit Boy.) Was the whole of her my introductory key to the whole bench of our profession confined to the mere business of aldermen. it, the employment would be pleasing as well as profitable; but, as matters are now managed, the

Enter Boy with Puff. art is the last thing to be regarded. Family connections, private recommendations, and an easy, Boy. Mr Puff, sir. genteel method of flattering, is to supply the de- Car. Let us be private. What have you there? licacy of a Guido, the colouring of a Rubens, and Puff. Two of Rembrandt's etching, by Scrape the design of a Raphael—all their qualities in May's Buildings: a paltry affair; a poor tenecatering in one man, without the first requisite, I guinea job; however a sinall game

-you know the proverb

-What became of you yester- | tanners' yards, rounds of beef and roasted pigs day?

for Porridge island. Car. I was detained by sir Positive Bubble. Car. Hannibal Scratchi did the same. Jlow went the pictures ? The Guido, what did that Puff. From that contemptible state did not I fetch?

raise you to the Cat and Fiddle in Petticoat-lane; Puff. One hundred and thirty.

the Goose and Gridiron in Paul's Church-yard; Car. Hum! Four guineas for the frame, three the first live things you ever drew, dog? the painting; then, we divide just one hundred Car. Pox take your memory! Well, but, Mr and twenty-three.

Puff--you are soPuff. Hold-not altogether so fast-Var- Putt. Nor did I quit you, then : Who, sirrah, nish had two pieces for bidding against Squan- recommended you to Prim Stiff the mercer upon der, and Brush five for bringing sir Tawdry Ludgate-bill; how came you to draw the queen Trifle.

there?

[Loud knocks at the door. Car. Mighty well! Look ye, Mr Puff, if Car. Mr Puff, for Heaven's sake! Dear sir, these people are eternally quartered upon us, I you are so warm, we shall be blowndeclare off, sir ; they eat up the profit." There's that damned Brush-but you'll find him out. I

Enter Boy. bave, upon his old plan, given him copies of all Boy. Sir, iny lady Pen the work I executed upon his recommendation; Car. Send her to the-Show her up stairs. and what was the consequence? He clandestine- Dear Puffly sold the copies, and I have all the originals in Puff. Oh, sir! I can be calm ; I only wanted my Jumber-room.

to let you see I had not forgot, though, perhaps, Puff. Come, come, Carmine; you are no you may. great loser by that. Ah! that lumber-room! Car. Sir, you are very obliging. Well, but that lumber-room out of repair, is the best condi- now, as all is over, if you will retreat a small tioned estate in the county of Middlesex. Why, time-Lady Pentweazel sits for her picture, and now, there's your Susannah, it could not have she'sproduced you above twenty at most; and, by the Puff. I have some business at next door; 1 addition of your lanber-room, dirt, and the salu- suppose in half an hour's time tary application of the aspaltham-pot, it became Car. I shall be at leisure. Dear Puffa Guido, worth a hundred and thirty pounds.- Puff. Dear Carmine

[Erit Puff. Besides, in all traffic of this kind, there must be Car. Son of a whore! Boy, show the lady up combinations. Varnish and Brush are our jack-stairs. als, and it is but fair they should partake of the

Enter Lady PENTWEAZEL. prey. Courage, my boy! never fear. Praise be to folly and fashion, there are in this town dupes Lady Pent. Fine pieces ! very likely pieces ! enough to gratify the avarice of us all.

And, indeed, all alike. Hum! Lady FussockCar. Mr Puff

, you are ignorant, and scurrilous, and, ha, ha, ha! Lady Glumstead, by all that's and very impertinent, Mr Puff; and Mr Puff, I ugly- -Pray, now, Mr Carmine, how do you have a strange mind to leave you to yourselves, limners contrive to overlook the ugliness, and and then see what a hand you would make of it. yet preserve the likeness? Sir, if I do now and then add some tints of an- Cur. The art, madam, may be conveyed in tiquity to my pictures, I do it in condescension to two words: where nature has been severe, we the foible of the world; for, sir, age, age, sir, soften; where she has been kind, we aggrais all my pictures want to render them as good vate. pieces as the masters from whom they are taken; Lady Pent. Very ingenus, and very kind, truand let me tell you, sir, be that took my Susan-ly. Well, good sir, I bring you a subject that nah for a Guido, gave no mighty proofs of his will demand the whole of the first part of ignorance, Mr Puff,

your skill; and, if you are at leisure, you may Puff. Why, thou post-painter, thou dauber, begin directly, thou execrable white-washer, thou-have you so Car Your ladyship is bere a little ungrateful soon forgot the wretched state from whence I to nature, and cruel to yourself; even lady Pentdragged you? The first time I set eyes on you, weazel's enemies (if such there be) must allow what was your occupation, then? Scribbling, in that she is a fine woman. scarce legible letters, Coffee, tea, and chocko- Lady Pent. Oh, your servant, good sir! Why, late, on a bawdy-house window in Goodman's. I have had my day, Mr Carmine; I have had my fields.

day. Car. The mcanness of my original demon- Car. And have still, madam. The only differstrates the greatness of my genius.

ence I shall make between what you were, and Puff. Genius! Here is a dog! Pray, how what you are, will be no more than what Rubens high did your genius soar? To the daubing dia- has distinguished between Mary de Medicis, a bolical angels for ale-houses, dogs with chains for virgin, and a regent.

Lady Pent. Mr Carmine, I vow you are a man-she had but one eye, indeed, but that was very judicious person; I was always said to be a piercer ; that one eye got her three husbandslike that family. When my piece was first done, we were called the gimlet-eyed family. Oh, Mr the limner did me after Venus de Medicis, Carmine, you need not mind these heats in my which, I suppose, might be one of Mary's sis- face; they always discharge theinselves about ters: but things must change; to be sitting Christinas--my true carnation is not seen in my for my picture at this time day-ha, ha, ha! countenance. That's carnation ! Here's your But my daughter, Sukey, you must know, is just Aesh and blood. married to Mr Deputy Dripping, of Candle

[Shewing her arm. wick-ward, and would not be said nay; so it is Car. Delicate, indeed! finely turned, and of a not so much for the beauty, as the similitude.- charming colour! Ha, ha, ha!

Lady Pent. And yet it has been employed Car. True, madam : ha, ha, ha! But if I hit enough to spoil the best hand and arm in the the likeness, I must preserve the beauty. Will world- -Even before marriage never idle, your ladyship be seated?

(She sits. none of your galloping, gossiping, Ranelagh Lady Pent. I have heard, good sir, that every romps, like the forward minxes of the presen body has a more betterer and more worserer side age. I was always employed either in painting of the face than the other—now, which will you your lamskips, playing upon the haspicols, machoose?

king paste, or something or other-All our famiCar. The right-side, madam-the left-now, ly had a geno; and then I sung! Every body if you please, the full

—Your ladyship's coun- said I had a monstrous fine voice for music. tenance is so exactly proportioned, that I must Car. That may be discerned by your ladyhave it all; no feature can be spared.

ship's tones in conversation. Lady Pent. When you come to the eyes, Mr Lady Pent. Tones! You are right, Mr CarCarinine, let me know, that I may call up a mine ; that was Mr Purcell's word. Miss Molly look.

Griskin, says he (my maiden namc), you have Car. Mighty well, madain ! your face a little tones. nearer to the left, nearer me--your head more Car. As your ladyship has preserved every up-shoulders back-and chest forward. thing else so well, I dare swear you have not

Lady Pent. Bless me, Mr Carmine, don't lost your voice. Will you favour me with an mind my shape this bout; for I am only in air? juinps. Shall I send for my tabbies?

Lady Pent, Oh, sir! you are so polite, that Car. No, madam, we'll supply that for the it's impossible -But I have none of your new present-Your ladyship was just now mentioning play-house songs- -I can give you one that was a daughter-Is she-your face a little more to- inade on myself by Laurence Lutestring, a neighwards me-Is she the sole inheritor of her mo- bour's son. ther's beauty? Or-have you

Car. What you please, madam. Lady Pent. That? ha, ha, ha! Why, that is Lady Pent. [Sings.] my youngest of all, except Caleb. I have had, Mr Carmine, live-born and christened-stay- As I was walking by the side of a river, don't let me lie now-One-two-three-four- I met a young damsel so charming and clever ; five-In short, I have had twenty as fine babes Her voice to please it could not fail, as ever trode in shoe of leather.

She sung like any nightingale, Car. Upon my word, madam, your ladyship is Fal, de, rol! hugh, hugh, &c. an admirable member of the commonwealth ;'us a thousand pities that, like the Romans, we Bless me! I have such a cough; but there are have not some honours to reward such distinguished merit.

Car. Inimitable ones. Lady Pent. Ay, ay, Mr Carmine, if breeding Lady Pent. But, Mr Carmine, you limners are amongst Christians was as much encouraged as all ingenus men-you sing? amongst dogs and horses, we need not be ma- Car. A ballad, or so, madam; music is a sisking laws to let in a parcel of outlandish locusts ter art; and it would be a little unnatural not to to eat us all up.

cultivate an acquaintance there. Car. I am told, madam, that a bill for some Lady Pent. Why, truly, we ought not to be asuch purpose is about to pass. Now, inadam, I shamed of our relations, unless they are poor ;am come to the eyes-Oh, that look, that, that and then, you knowI must despair of imitating!

Enter Boy. Lady Pent. Oh, oh, good sir! Have you found out that! Why, all my family by the mother's Boy. Alderman Pentweazel, and Mr Puff. side were famous for their eves : I have a great Lady Pent. Oh, he was to call upon me; we aut among the beauties at Windsor; she has a go to the auction. Desire him to walk up-Mr sister at Hampton-court, a perdigious fine wo- Pentweazel, you must know, went this morning Vol. IIL.

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to meet Caleb, my youngest boy, at the Bull and the t'other two went after; so only the monkey Gate. The child has been two years and three and I came to town together. quarters at school, with Dr Jerk, near Doncas- Car. Upon my word, the young gentleman ter, and comes to-day by the York waggon : for gives a good account of his travels! it has always been iny maxum, Mr Carmine, to Lady Pent. Ay, ay, Mr Carmine, he's all over give my children learning enough; for, as the old the blood of the Griskins. I warrant the child saying is,

will make his way. Go, Caleb, go and look at When house and land are gone and spent,

them pretty paintings—Now, Mr Carmine, let Then learning is most excellent.

us see if my goodman can find me out.

Ald. Lack-a-day! Well, I profess they are all Car. Your ladyship is quite right. Too much so bandsome, that I am puzzled to know which is money cannot be employed in so material an ar- thine, chuck. ticle.

Puff. I am surprized at your want of discernLaity Pent. Nay, the cost is but small; but ment, Mr Alderman; but the possession of a poor ten pounds a-year, for head, back, books, jewel destroys its value with the wearer: now, to bed, and belly; and they say the children are ine, it seems impossible to err; and though Mr all wonderful Latiners, and come up-lack-a-Carmine is generally successful, in this instance day! they come up as fat as pigs. Oh! here he is particularly happy. Where can you meet they are odds ine! he's a thumper. You with that mixture of fire and softness, but in the see, Mr Carmine, J breed no starvelings-Come eyes of lady Pentweazel ? hither, cbiid. Mind your haviours. Where's Lady Pent. Oh, sir ! your best bow? Turn out your toes. One would Puff. That clearness and delicacy of complexthink he had learnt to dance of his father. I am ion, with that flow of ruddiness and health? sure my family were none so awkward. There Lady Pent. Sir! Sır! Sir! was my brother George, a perfect picture of a Putt. That fall of shoulders, turn of neck, setman: he danced, lud! But come, all in good on head, full chest, taper waist, plumptime-llold up thy head, Caleb.

Lady Pent. Spare me, sweet sir! You see, Mr Ald. Prithee, sweet honey, let the child ar Pentweazel, other people can find out my charms, love. His master says he comes ou wonderful though you overlook them—Well, I profess, sir

, in his learning ; and, as to your bows and your you are a gentleman of great discernment: and, congees, never fear, he'll learn thenı fast enough if business should bring you into the city- for, at home.

alas ! what pleasure can bring a man of your reLady Pent. Lack-a-day! Well said—we now fined taste there? -if he does, I know who must teach him. Well, Puff. Oh, madam! child, and dost remember me? Hey? Who am Lady Pent. I say, sir, if such an accident I!

should happen, and Blowbladder-street has any Caleb. Anan?

charmsLady Pent. Dost know me?

Puff: Oh! Madam! Madam! Madam! MaCalib. Yes; vou be inother.

dam! Lady Pent. Nay, the boy had always a good Lady Pent. It is not impossible but we may

And what hast learnt, Caleb, hey? receive you, though not equal to your merits Caleb. I be got into Æsop's Fables, and can Puff. Madam? say all As in presenti by heart.

Lady Pent. Yet in such a manner as to show Lady Pent. Upon my word--that's more than our sense of them. Sir, I'm your very obediever thy father could.

Ald. Nay, nay, no time has been lost; I ques- Puff. Your ladyship’s mosttioned the lad as we came aloug; I asked him Lady Pent. Not a step. himself

Puff. Madam Ludy Pent. Well, well; speak when you are Lady Pent. Sir-Mr Alderman, your bow to spoken to, Mr Alderman. How often must 1- the gentleman. The very finestWell, Caleb, and badst a good deal of company Puff Madam! in the waggon, boy?

Lady Pent. Sir, your most obedient.
Culeb. O la! Powers of company, mother.- Pujt. Your devoted.
There was lord Gorman's fat cook, a blackamore

[Ereunt Ald. and Wife. drumming-man, two actor people, a recruiting Car. Ha, ha! Well said, Puff! What a calaserjcant, a monkey and I.

mity hast thou drawn upon the knight! Thou Laily Pent. Upon my word, a pretty parcel ! hast so tickled the vanity of the harradan, that

Caleb. Yes, indeed; but the the fat cook the poor helpmate will experience a double porgot drunk at Coventry, and so fell out at the tail tion of her contempt. of the waggon; so we left she behind. The next Puff. Rot them! But to our business. The day the serjeant ran away with the showman's wife; auction is about beginning; and I have promised

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