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this lucky meeting will, I flatter myself, put an end to my journey.
Air. As how ?
Gorget. If you will supply me with the sum till evening, I shall close the bargain without quitting the house.
Air. How much?
Air. Five hundred guineas ! what a cormorant the woman must be !
Go get. Not at all, when her husband is rich, and she is above accepting a trifle.
Air. Now, I should have thought that would have made her more reasonable. Gorget. Quite the reverse ; why, did
you ever know a wealthy courtier accept of a moderate pension
Air. That, indeedBut are you really serious ?
Gorget. So serious, that if you will lend me the
Air. No, it is not that; the money is quite at your service ; but you will repent, and then reproach me-What ! five hundred ? there can be no woman worth it. Gorget. You would alter your tone,
you saw her:
Air. Should I? Prithee tell me her name; perhaps I may know her.
Gorget. I durft not ; you know my honour is concerned.
Air. Honour with such a woman as that?
Gorget. But I waste time, and may lose the critical minute : Will you supply me, or must
Air. With the greatest pleasure in life: Here is in this bag the very fum, which I have just received for a draft in the city.
Gorget. Ten thousand thanks, my dear Mr.--
Gorger. Oh, it is not impossible but I may come off at an easier rate: With such a capital in hand, one may haggle, you know.
Air. True, true; I'd endeavour to get her for nothing : Chouse her, chouse her! do, colonel. If indeed she had asked for a ring with a poesy, or any such trifle as that-but such a monstrous demand ! I would give something to see her.
Gorget. Why, it is my opinion you know who she is.
Gorget. Now, if it should turn out that you had been happy with the lady yourself, would not that greatly surprise you?
Air. Me? ha, ha, ha! the deuce a bit : Tho', when I came first to the Temple, there was a lawyer's wife that lived in Quality-court, that I was exceedingly fond of her husband came home one night, and I crept under the bed, where I should have remained concealed, but for a little dog of Charles's breed; he went bow, wow, wow
Gorget. Oh, the devil !-But consider, time presses; I must away to the lady.
Air. True, true; and I to the shops with my boy. And I happy with the ha, ba, ha-However, if that be the case, colonel, it is a stronger reason for closing your purse-strings; for the devil take me if I ever knew a woman who was de
ferving a tythe of that fum in
life!_Yes; I lie! I did ; a Greek girl, they called Circassian
- I saw her at Tunbridge-where, by the bye, they have the oddeft pantile-walk-with the mufick on a shelf—and as the company walk to and fro, the fidlers go tal, lah, la
Gorget. Nay, but-[pushing him out). This is lucky beyond expectation ; what a civilized hufband, to supply me with the very money I wanted!
Is the lady at leisure ?
Tom. She knows her husband is gone out, and will be with you this instant,
Gorget. Very well ! take care, and watch his return. Tom. Here she is.
[Exit. Enter Mrs. Aircastle. Mrs. Air. What, you are come, my dear co. lonel! I have waited for you with the utmost impatience,
Gorget. And I, madam, have flown to obey your commands.
Mrs. Air. No more of that, colonel, I beg : I blush to confider
Gorget. Blush! and why so, madam?
Mrs. Air. At what you must think of my let. ter : But the high sense I entertain of your friend. ship, induced me, in such an exigence, to make the trial.
Gorget. and the wiseft step you could take.
Mrs. Air. Pardon me, Sir! I am not to learn how dangerous it is to have an obligation to you.
Gorget. And why fo? Can there be any thing more natural than to defire the affiftance of the person who loves us ? Of my attachment I hope you have no reason to doubt.
Mrs. Air. That, Sir, is the very source of my forrow, and has determined me to support every evil; nay, to apply even to Mr. Aircastle himself, rather than
Gorget. How, madam ! then it is plain I have lost your esteem. Fool that I was, to be lulled by the bewitching lines of your letter ! I thought that I had detected Love, that fly lurcher, lurk. ing under the mask of confidential-But now I unfortunately
find how far I am from your favour. Mrs. Air. "Cruel, unjust colonel Gorget!
Gorget. Ha! am I unjust ? you revive me ! you restore me tomBut banish every thought of an obligation to any but me; I should be jealous of
Mrs. Air. But really, colonel, the sum is
Gorget. Of no importance at all ; a mere trifle ; just nothing : I thall not feel it, believe me.
Mrs. Air. How can I be too grateful for such a generous proof of
your friendship? Sure you were born to
Enter Toby. What the deuće has brought that booby back!
[dfide. Toby. Father desires you would call in your way, and take him up at the sword-cutler's.
Gorget. How ! the young cub? This is lucky beyond expectation !-Here, madam, are the five hundred guineas, which you will be kind enough to pay, with my thanks, to Mr. Aircastle, your husband.
Mrs. Air. Finely taken and turned; what infinite wit and contrivance ! [afide. ]—But would it not be right, colonel, just to sign a receipt ?
Gorget. Unnecessary, madam ; but just as you please.
Mrs. Air. There is pen and ink in the room over head. Gorget. Give me leave to conduct you.
[Exeunt Gorget and Mrs. Air. Toby. I don't understand what father and mother's about. Here am I dizened, and skewered, and graced, just like a young colt that is a-breaking : Nay, they were going to advertise me too, as if I was really a horse ; but lawyer Flaw has made them alter their minds, and I am to be disposed of by private contract, I think. I can't say that I am over-fond of their ways. Oh, poor Betsy Blossom ! let them match me to whoever they will, I shall never love any like thee : I believe I should have put an end to their project, if I could but have found-Hey! who is this ? Mercy on me ! sure it must be her ghost! and yet that can't be ; because ghosts, they say, never comes but at night. Betsy !
Enter Betsy Blossom.
Toby. Well, and how ? Lord, I have ten thousand questions to ask you. Where haft been ? how dost do ? how comest here? Why, you are vast fine, Betsy, all of a sudden ; you be not married ?
Betsy. Married ! no, no; you have put that out of my power, you know.