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1 Plan. I am a constant customer, captain. Stan. Jack, you are answered, I suppose. Wid. I am always ready money to you, captain. J. Stan. I'll have another pluck at her. 1 Plan. For that matter, mistress, my money
Wid. Mr Welldon, I am a little out of order ;: is as ready as yours.
but pray bring your sister to dine with me.Wid. Pray hear me, captain.
Gad's my life! I'm out of all patience with that Capt. Look
you, I have done my part by you; pitiful fellow; my flesh rises at him : I can't stay I have brought the number of slaves you bar- in the place where he is.
(Erit. gained for; if your lots have not pleased you, Blan. Captain, you have used the widow very you must draw again among yourselves.
familiarly. 3 Plan. I am contented with my lot.
Capt. This is my way; I have no design, and 4 Plan. I am very well satisfied.
therefore am not over civil. If she had ever a 3 Plan. We'll have no drawing again. handsome daughter, to wheedle her out of; or if
Capt. Do you hear, mistress ? you may hold I could make any thing of her booby sonyour tongue: for my part, I expect my money. Well. I may improve that hint, and make Wid. Captain, no body questions or scruples something of him.
[ Aside. the payment. But I won't hold my tongue; 'tis Goo. She's very rich. too much to pray and pay too: one may speak Cupt. I'm rich myself. She has nothing that for one's own, I hope.
I want: I have no leaks to stop. Old women Capt. Well, what would you say?
are fortune-menders. I have made a good voyWid. I say no more than I can make out.
and would reap the fruits of my labour. We Capt. Out with it then.
plough the deep, my masters, but our harvest is on Wid, I say, things have not been so fair car- shore. I'm for a young woman. ried as they might have been. How do I know Stan. Look about, captain, there's one ripe, but you have juggled together in my absence ? and ready for the sickle. You drew the lots before I came, I'm sure. Capt. A woman? indeed! I will be acquaint
Capt. That's your own fault, mistress : you ed with her: Who is she? might have come sooner.
Well. My sister, sir. Wid. Then here's a prince, as they say, among Capt. Would I were a-kin to her! If she were the slaves, and you set him down to go as a my sister, she should never go out of the family.
What say you, mistress ? You expect I should Capt. Have you a mind to try what a man he marry you, I suppose. is? you'll find him no more than a common man Luc. I shan't be disappointed if you don't. at your business.
[Turning away. Wid. Sir, you're a scurvy fellow to talk at Well. She won't break her heart, sir. this rate to me. If my husband were alive, Capt. But I mean
(Following her. gadsbodikins ! you would not use me so.
Well. And I mean [Going between him and Capt. Right, mistress, I would not use you at Lucy.) that you must not think of her without all.
marrying. Wid. Not use me! your betters every inch of Capt. I mean so too. you, I would have you to know, would be glad Well. Why then your meaning's out. to use me, sirrah. Marry come up here, who Capt. You're very short. are you, I trow? You begin to think yourself a Well. I will grow, and be taller for you. captain, forsooth, because we call you so. You Capt. I shall grow angry, and swear. forget yourself as fast as you can; but I remem- Well. You'll catch no fish, then. ber you; I know you for a pitiful paltry fellow, Capt. I don't well know whether he designs as you are; an upstart to prosperity ; one that to affront me, or no. is but just come acquainted with cleanliness, and Stan. No, no, he's a little familiar; 'tis his that never saw five shillings of your own, with way. out deserving to be hanged for 'em.
Capt. Say you so ? nay, I can be as familiar God. She has given you a broadside, captain; as he, if that be it. Well, sir, look upon me you'll stand up to her.
full: What say you? How do you like me for a Capt. Hang her, stink-pot, I'll come no nearer. brother-in-law ?
Wid. By this good light, it would make a wo- Well. Why, yes, faith, you'll do my business, man do a thing she never designed; marry again, (Turning him about.] if we can agree about my though she were sure to repent it, to be reven- sister's. ged of such a
Capt. I don't know whether your sister will J. Stan. What's the matter, Mrs Lackitt; like me or not: I can't say much to her: but I can I serve you?
have money enough; and if you are her brother, Wid. No, no, you can't serve me: you are as you seem to be a-kin to her, I know that will for serving yourself, I'm sure. Pray, go about recommend me to you. your business, I have none for you: you know Well
. This is your market for slaves; my sisI have told you so. Lord! how can you be so ter is a free woman, and must not be disposed troublesome? nay, so unconscionable, to think of in public. You shall be welcome to my house that every rich widow must throw herself away if you please; and, upon better acquaintance, if upon a young fellow that has nothing ?
my sister likes you, and I like your offers
Capt. Very well, sir, I'll come and see her. I did design to carry him to England, to have
Gov. Where are the slaves, captain? They shewed him there ; but I found him troublesome are long a-coming.
upon my hands, and I'm glad I'm rid of himBlan. And who is this prince that's fallen to Oh, ho, here they come. my lot, for the lord-governor? Let me know something of him, that I may treat him accord
Black Slaves, Men, Women, and Children, pass ingly: Who is he?
across the Stage by two and two; ABOAN, and Capt. He's the devil of a fellow, I can tell you;
olhers of OROONOKO's attendants, two and a prince every inch of him. You have paid dear two: OROONOKO, last of all, in chains. enough for him, for all the good he'll do you: Luc. Are all these wretches slaves ? I was forced to clap him in irons, and did not Stan. All sold, they and their posterity, all think the ship safe neither. You are in hostility slaves. with the Indians, they say; they threaten you Luc. O miserable fortune! daily: you had best have an eye upon him. Blan. Most of 'em know no better; they Blan. But who is he?
were born so, and only change their masters. Goo. And how do you know him to be a But a prince, born only to command, betrayed prince?
and sold ! My heart drops blood for him. Capt. He is son and heir to the great king of Capt. Now, governor, here he comes; pray Angola ; a mischievous monarch in those parts, observe him. who, by his good will, would never let any
of his Oro. So, sir, you have kept your word with me. neighbours be in quiet. This son was his gene- Capt. I am a better Christian, I thank you, ral, a plaguy fighting fellow: I have formerly than to keep it with a heathen. had dealings with him for slaves, which he took Oro. You are a Christian, be a Christian still: prisoners, and have got pretty roundly by him. If you have any god that teaches you But, the wars being at an end, and nothing more To break your word, I need not curse you more: to be got by the trade of that country, I made Let him cheat you, as you are false to me.bold to bring the prince along with me.
You faithful followers of my better fortune, Goo. How could you do that?
We have been fellow-soldiers in the field; Blan. What! steal a prince out of his own
[Embracing his friends. country? Impossible !
Now we are fellow-slaves. This last farewell. Capt. 'Twas hard indeed; but I did it. You Be sure of one thing that will comfort us ; must know this Oroonoko
Whatever world we next are thrown upon Blan. Is that his name?
Cannot be worse than this. Capt. Ay, Oroonoko.
[All Slaves go off but OROONOKO. Gov. Oroonoko.
Capt. You see what a bloody pagan he is, go Capt. Is naturally inquisitive about the men vernor; but I took care that none of his followand manners of the white nations. Because I ers should be in the same lot with him, for fear could give him some account of the other parts they should undertake some desperate action, to of the world, I grew very much into his favour : the danger of the colony. in return of so great an honour, you know I Oro. Live still in fear; it is the villain's curse, could do no less, upon my coming away, than | And will revenge my chains : fear even me, invite him on board me. Never having been in Who have no power to hurt thee. Nature aba ship, he appointed his time, and I prepared my hors, entertainment: he came the next evening as pri- And drives thee out from the society vately as he could, with about some twenty along and commerce of mankind, for breach of faith. with him. The punch went round; and as many Men live and prosper but in mutual trust, of his attendants as would be dangerous, I sent A confidence of one another's truth : dead drunk on shore; the rest we secured: and That thou hast violated. I have done ; so you have the prince Oroonoko.
I know my fortune, and submit to it. i Plan. Gad a-mercy, captain, there you were Gov. Sir, I am sorry for your fortune, and with him, i'faith.
would help it, if I could. 2 Plan. Such men as you are fit to be em- Blan. Take off his chains. You know your ployed in public affairs: the plantation will thrive condition ; but you are fallen into honourable by you.
hands : you are the lord-governor's slave, who 3 Plan. Industry should be encouraged. will use you nobly: in his absence, it shall be Capt. There's nothing to be done without it, my care to serve you. boys: I have made my fortune this way.
[BLANDFORD applying to hitr. Blan. Unheard-of villainy!
Oro. I hear you, but I can believe no more. Stan. Barbarous treachery!
Gov. Captain, I'm afraid the world won't Blan. They applaud him for't!
speak so honourably of this action of yours as Gov. But, captain, methinks you have taken a you would have 'em. great deal of pains for this prince Oroonoko; Capt. I have the money. Let the world speak why did you part with him at the common rate and be damned, I care not. of slaves?
Oro. I would forget myself. Be satisfied, Capt. Why, licutenant-governor, I'll tell you ;
I am above the rank of common slaves ; Should give you new disquiets, I presume Let that content you. The Christian there, that To call Cæsar. knows me,
Oro. 'I am myself; but call me what you For his own sake will not discover me.
please. Capt. I have other matters to mind. You Stan. A very good name, Cæsar. have him; and much good may do you with your Gov. And very fit for his character. prince.
(Erit. Oro. Was Cæsar then a slave? The planters pulling and staring at OROONOKO.
Gov. I think he was; to pirates too: he was Blan. What would you have there? You friends
a great conqueror, but unfortunate in his stare as if you never saw a man before. Stand
Oro. His friends were Christians ? farther off.
(Turns them away. Blan. No. Oro. Let'em stare on;
Oro. No! that's strange. I am unfortunate, but not ashamed
Gov. And murdered by 'em. Of being so: no, let the guilty blush,
Oro. I would be Cæsar then. Yet I will livc. The white man that betray'd me: honest black Blan. Live to be happier. Disdains to change its colour. I am ready:
Oro. Do what you will with me. Where must I go? dispose me as you please. Blan. I'll wait upon you, attend, and serve I am not well acquainted with my fortune,
you. (Erit with OROONOKO, But must learn to know it better : so I know,
Lucy. Well, if the captain had brought this you say,
prince's country along with him, and would Degrees make all things easy.
make me queen of it, I would not have him, Blan. All things shall be easy.
after doing so base a thing. Oro. Tear off this pomp, and let me know
Well. He's a man to thrive in the world, sismyself :
ter: he'll make you the better jointure. The slavish habit best becomes me now.
Lucy. Hang him, nothing can prosper with Hard fare, and whips, and chains, may over- him. power
Stan. Inquire into the great estates, and you The frailer flesh, and bow my body down:
will find most of 'em depend upon the same title But there's another, nobler part of me,
of honesty: the men who raise 'em first are Out of your reach, which you can never tame. much of the captain's principles. Blun. You shall find nothing of this wretch
Well. Ay, ay, as you say, let him be damn'd edness
for the good of his family. Come, sister, we are You apprehend. We are not monsters all.
invited to dinner. You seem unwilling to disclose yourself:
Goo. Stanmore, you dine with me. (Ereunt. Therefore, for fear the mentioning your name
SCENE I.- l'idow LACKITT's House. his death-bed, obliged me to see my sister dis
posed of, before I married myself; 'tis that sticks Enter Widow LACKITT and WELLDON.
upon me. They say, indeed, promises are to be Well. This is so great a favour, I don't know broken or kept; and I know 'tis a foolish thing how to receive it.
to be tied to a promise; but I can't help it; I Wid. O dear sir! you know how to receive, don't know how to get rid of it. and how to return a favour, as well as any body, Wid. Is that all ? I don't doubt it: 'tis not the first you have had Well. All in all to me. The commands of a from our sex, I suppose.
dying father, you know, ought to be obeyed. Well. But this is so unexpected.
Wid. And so they may. Wid. Lord, how can you say so, Mr. Welldon! Well. Impossible, to do me any good. I won't believe you. Don't I know you hand- Wid. They shan't be your hinderance. You some gentlemen expect every thing that a wo- would have a husband for your sister, you say: man can do for you? And by my troth, you're he must be very well to pass too in the world, I in the right on't: I think one can't do too much for a handsome gentleman; and so you shall find it. Well. I would not throw her away.
Well, I shall never have such an offer again, Wid. Then marry her out of hand, to the sca that's certain: What shall I do? I am mightily captain you were speaking of. divided
(Pretending a concern. Well. I was thinking of him, but 'tis to no Wid. Divided! O dear, I hope not so, sir. If purpose; she hates him. I marry, truly I expect to have you to myself. Wid. Does she hate him? nay, 'tis no matter;
Weil. There's no danger of that, Mrs Lackitt, an impudent rascal as he is, I would not advise I am divided in my thoughts. Mş father, upon ber to marry hiui.
Well. Can you think of nobody else? it better for you to have one of his mother's Wid. Let me see !
making than your own; 'twill save you the Well. Ay, pray do; I should be loth to part trouble. with my good fortune in you, for so small a mat- Lucy. I thank you; you take a great deal of ter as a sister: but you find how it is with me. pains for me: but, pray, tell me what you are
Wid. Well remembered, i'faith: Well, if I doing for yourself all this while? thought you would like of it, I have a husband Well. You were never true to your own sefor her. What do you think of my son? crets; and therefore I won't trust you with mine. Well. You don't think of it yourself.
Only remember this, I am your elder sister, and Wid. I protest but I do: I am in earnest, if consequently, laying my breeches aside, have as
He shall marry her within this half much occasion for a husband as you can have. hour, if you'll give your consent to it.
I have a man in my eye, be satisfied. Well. I give my consent! I'll answer for my sister, she shall have him: you may be sure Í Enter Widow LACKITT, with her Son DANIEL shall be glad to get over the difficulty.
Wid. Come, Daniel, hold up thy head, child; Wid. No more to be said then, that difficulty look like a man: You must not take it as you is over. But I vow and swear you frightened have done; Gad's my life! there's nothing to me, Mr. Welldon. If I had not had a son now be done with twirling your hat, man. for your sister, what must I have done, do you Dan. Why, mother, what's to be done then? think? Were not you an ill-natured thing, to Wid. Why look me in the face, and mind boggle at a promise? I could break twenty for
what I say to you. you.
Dan. Marry, who's the fool then? What shall Well, I am the more obliged to you: but this I get by minding what you say to me? son will save all.
Wid. Mrs Lucy, the boy is bashful, don't disWid. He's in the house; I'll go and bring courage him; pray come a little forward, and him myself. [Going] You would do well to
let him salute you. break the business to your sister; she's within,
(Going between Lucy and DANIEL. I'll send her to you.— (Going again, comes back. Lucy. A fine husband I am to have, truly. Well. Pray do.
[To WELLDON. Wid. But do you hear? Perhaps she may Wid. Come, Daniel, you must be acquainted stand upon her maidenly behaviour, and blush, with this gentlewoman. and play the fool, and delay; but don't be an- Dan. Nay, I'm not proud, that is not my swered so: What! she is not a girl at these fault: I am presently acquainted, when I know years. Shew your authority, and tell her roundly, the company; but this gentlewoman is a stranger she must be married immediately. I'll manage my son, I warrant you.- [Goes out in huste. Wid. She is your mistress, I have spoke a good
Well. The widow's in haste, I see; I thought word for you; make her a bow, and go and kiss I had laid a rub in the road, about my sister; her. but she has stept over that. She's making way Dan. Kiss her! have a care what you say; I for herself as fast as she can; but little thinks warrant she scorns your words. Such fine folk where she is going: I could tell her she is going are not used to be slopt and kiss’d. Do you to play the fool: but people don't love to hear think I don't know that, mother? of their faults; besides, that is not my business Wid. Try her, try her, man. [DANIEL borcs, at present.
she thrusts him forward.] Why, that's well done;
go nearer her. Enter Lucy.
Dan. Is the devil in the woman? Why so I So, sister, I have a husband for you
can go nearer her, if you would let a body alone. Lucy. With all my heart: I don't know what (To his Mother.) Čry your mercy, forsooth. confinement marriage may be to the men, but My mother is always shaming one before comI'm sure the women have no liberty without it. pany: she would have me as unmannerly as her. I am for any thing that will deliver me from the self, and offer to kiss you.
[TO Lucy. care of a reputation, which I begin to find im- Well. Why won't you kiss her? possible to preserve.
Dan. Why, pray, inay 1? Well. I'll ease you of that care: you must be Well. Kiss her, kiss her, man. married immediately.
Dan. Marry, and I will. [Kisses her.) GadLucy. The sooner the better; for I am quite sooks! she kisses rarely! An' please you, mis tired of setting up for a husband. The widow's tress, and seeing my mother will have it so, I foolish son is the inan, I suppose.
don't much care if I kiss you again, forsooth. Well. I considered your constitution, sister,
(Kisses her again. and finding you would have occasion for a fool, Lucy. Well, how do you like me now? I have provided accordingly.
Dan. Like you! marry, I don't know. You Lucy. I don't know what occasion I may have have bewitched me, I think : I was never so in for a fool when I am married; but I find none my born days before. but fools have occasion to marry.
Wid. You must marry this fine woman, D3Well. Since he is to be a fool then, I thought 'niel,
Dan. Hey-day, marry her! I was never mar- Blan. They won't all take your counsel. ried in all my life. What must I do with her
[ Aside. then, mother?
Oro. You know my story, and you say you Wid. You must live with her, eat and drink with her, go to bed with her, and sleep with her. | A friend to my misfortunes: that's a name
Dan. Nay, marry, if I must go to bed with Will teach you what you owe yourself and me. her, I shall never sleep, that's certain : she'll Blan. I'll study to deserve to be your friend. break me of my rest, quite and clean, I tell you When.once our noble governor arrives, beforehand. As for eating and drinking with With him you will not need my interest; her, why, I have a good stomach, and can play He is too generous not to feel your wrongs. my part in any company. But how do you think But be assured I will employ my pow'r, I can go to bed to a woman I don't know? And find the means to send you home again. Well, You shall know her better.
Oro. I thank you, sir.-My honest, wretched Dun. Say you so, sir ?
friends, Well. Kiss her again. (DANIEL kisses Lucy. Their chains are heavy: they have hardly found Dan. Nay, kissing, I find, will make us pre
[Sighing. sently acquainted. We'll steal into a corner to So kind a master. May I ask you, sir, practise a little, and then I shall be able to do What is become of them ? Perhaps I should not. any thing.
You will forgive a stranger. Well. The young man mends apace.
Blan. I'll enquire, Wid. Pray don't baulk him.
And use my best endeavours, where they are, Dan. Mother, mother, if you'll stay in the To have 'em gently us’d. room by me, and promise not to leave me, I
Oro. Once more I thank you. don't care for once, if I venture to go to bed You offer every cordial that can keep with her.
My hopes alive, to wait a better day. Wid. There's a good child ! go in and put on What friendly care can do, you have applied. thy best clothes; pluck up a spirit; I'll stay in But, oh! I have a grief admits no cure. the room by thee. She won't hurt thee, I war- Blan. You do not know, sir rant thee.
Oro. Can you raise the dead, Dan, Nay, as to that matter, I'm not afraid of Pursue and overtake the wings of time, her: I'll give her as good as she brings: I have And bring about again the hours, the days, a Rowland for her Oliver, and so you may tell The years that made me happy? her.
(Erit. Bian. That is not to be done. Wid. Mrs Lucy, we shan't stay for you; you Oro. No, there is nothing to be done for me. are in a readiness, I suppose.
[Kneeling, and kissing the earth. Well. She's always ready to do what I would Thou god ador'd! thou ever-glorious sun! have her, I must say that for my sister.
If she be yet on earth, send me a beam
Her beauty to the skies to be a star; Well. And then, Mrs Lackitt, look to your- O tell me where she shines, that I stand self.
(Exeunt. Whole nights, and gaze upon her!
Blan. I am rude, and interrupt you.
Oro. I am troublesome;
But pray give me your pardon. My swollen Enter OROONOKO and BLANDFORD.
heart Oro. You grant I have good reason to suspect Bursts out its passage, and I must complain. All the professions you can make to me? 0! can you think of nothing dearer to me? Bian. Indeed you have.
Dearer than liberty, my country, friends, Oro. The dog that sold me did profess as Much dearer than my life, that I have lost? much
The tenderest, best belov'd, and loving wife.
Oro. Do pity me:
Of that soft kind, is welcome to my soul.
Blan. I dare not ask 'Tis that prevails upon me to believe you. More than you please to tell me: but if you Blan. You may believe me.
Think it convenient to let me know Oro I do believe you.
Your story, I dare promise you to bear From what I know of you, you are no fool: A part in your distress, if not assist you. Fools only are the knaves, and live by tricks; Oro. Thou honest-hearted man! I wanted Wise men may thrive without 'em, and be ho
Just such a friend as thou art, that would sit