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with me: I have charged her; but the stoutly denies it.
L. Cath. Mess, you munna be bashful: An you folecit a cure, your physician must ken the cause o’your malady:
Miss Lin. Your ladyship may believe me, madam, I have no complaint of that kind.
L. Cath. The lass is obftinate. Mestress Linnet, cannot yoursel gi a guess?
Mrs. Lin. I can't say that I have observed Indeed, some time ago, I was inclined to believe
, Mr. Button
L. Cath. What! yon taylor in Stall-Street? Ah, Mrs. Linnet, you are aw oot in your guess: The lass is twa weel bred, and twa faunzy to gi her heart to fik a burgis as he: Wully Button ? nae, he is nae the lad avaw.
Mrs. Lin. Major Racket, I once thoughtbut your ladyship knows his affairs took a different turn.
L. Cath. Ah! Racket! that's another man's mater: Lasses are apt enow to set their hearts upon scarlet; a cockade has muckle charms wi our sex; yes. Well, Mess, comes the wind fra that corner
Miss Lin. Does your ladyship think, to dislike Mr. Flint, it is absolutely necessary to have a prepoffefsion for somebody else?
L. Cath. Mrs. Linnet, an you wull withdraw for a while, perhaps Mess may throw aff her reserve, when there's nobody by but ourselves; a mother, you ken weel, may prove ane too many fome times.
Mrs. Lin. Your ladyship is most exceedingly kind.-D'ye hear, Kitty? mind what her ladyC4
ship fays; do, my dear; and be ruled by your friends; they are older and wiser than you. (Exit.
L. Cath. Well, Mess, what's the cause of aw this ? what makes you so ,averse to the wull of
Miss Lin. Your ladyship knows Mr. Flint.
Miss Lin. Can your ladyship then be at a loss for a cause? L. Cath. I canna say Mr. Flint is quite an
. Adonis; but wha is it that in matrimony gets aw they wish? When I entermarried with Sir Launcelot Coldstream, I was e'en fik a sprak lass as yoursel, and the baronet bordering upon his grand climacteric. You mun ken, Mess, my fa. ther was so unsaunzy as to gang out wi' Charley in the forty-five ; after which, his fidelity was rewarded in France by a commission that did na bring him in a bawbee, and a pension that he never was paid.
Mijs Lin. Infamous ingratitude !
L. Cath. Ay; but I dinna think they will find ony mair fik fools i the North.
Miss Lin. I hope not.
L. Cath. After this, you canna think, Mess, there was mickle Gller for we poor bairns that were left ; so that, in troth, I was glad to get an establishment; and ne'er heeded the disparity between my guid mon and mysel. Miss Lin. Your ladyship
gave great proofs of your prudence; but my affairs are not altogether so desperate.
L. Cath. Gad's mercy, Mefs ! I hope you dinna make any comparison between Lady Catharine Coldstream, wha has the best blood in Scotland that runs in her veins
Miss Lin. I hope your ladyship does not suppose
L. Catb. A lady lineally descended fra the great Offian himself, and allied to aw the illustrious houses abroad and at home
Miss Lin. I beg, madam, your ladyship- ,
L. Cath. And Kitty Linnet, a little play-actor, wha gets applauded or hissed just e'en as the mobility wulls.
Miss Lin. I am extremely concern'd, that
L. Catb. Look’ye, Mess, I will cut maters short: You ken weel enow, the first notice that e'er I took of you was on your acting in Allan Ramsay's play of Patie and Roger ; ere fin I hae been your falt friend ; but an you continue obftinate, and will na succumb, I shall straightway withdraw my protection.
Miss Lin. I shall be extremely unhappy in lofing our ladyship’s favour.
L. Cath. Mess, that depends entirely on yourfel.
Miss Lin. Well, madam, as a proof how highly I rate it, and how desirous I am of obeying the commands of my parents, it sha'n't be my
fault if their wishes are not accomplished.
L. Cath. That's aw wright now, Kitty : Gi me a kiss ! you are the prudent lass that I thought you. Love, Mess, is a pastime for boys and green girls ; aw stuff, fit for nothing but novels and romances; there is nathing solid, na stability.
Miss Lin. Madam
L. Catb. But to fix your fortune at once, to get above the power o' the world, that, child, is a serious concern.
Mrs. Lin. (without.] With your ladyship’s leave
L. Cath. You may come in, Mrs. Linnet ;
- Enter Mrs. Linnet.
your daughter is brought to a proper sense of her duty, and is ready to coincide with your wish.
Mrs. Lin. We are infinitely bound to your ladyship! This is lucky, indeed! Mr. Flint is now below, madam, and begs to be admitted.
L. Cath. Ah! the mon comes in the nick : Shew him in, the instant. [Exit Mrs. Lin. Now, Kitty, is your time ! do na be shy, lass; but throw out aw your attractions, and fix him that he canna gang back: Miss Lin. Madam, I hope to behave
I L. Cath. Gad's mercy, how the girl trembles and quakes! Come, pluck up a heart, and consider your aw is at stake.
Miss Lin. I am afraid I shall be hardly able to say a single
L. Cath. Suppose then you fing; gi him a song; there is nothing moves a love-lick loon mair than a song-[Noise without.] I hear the
lad on the stairs. But let the words be aw melting and soft : The Scotch tunes, you ken, are unco pathetic ; sing him the Birks of Endermay, or the Braes of Balendine, or the
Enter Flint and Mrs. Linnet.
Maister Flint, your servant! There, Sir, you ken the lass of your heart : I have laid for you a pretty solid foundation ; but as to the edifice, you must e'en erect it yoursel.
Flint. Please your ladyship, I will do my en. deavour.-Madam Linnet, I have made bold to bring you a present, a small paper of tea, in my pocket : You will order the tea-kettle on.
Mrs. Lin. Oh, Sir, you need not have
Exit Mrs. Lin. Well, Miss; I understand here by my lady, that the-that is, that you—with respect and regard to the-ah! ah ! won't you please to be seated ?
[Reaches two chairs. Miss Lin. Sir?-My lover seems as confused as myself.
[ Aside. Flint. I say, Miss, that as I was a-laying, your friends have spoke to you all how and about it.
Miss Lin. About it! about what ?
Flint. About this here business that I come about. Pray, Miss, are you fond of the country?
Miss Lin. Of the country!
Flint. Ay: Because why, I think it is the most prettiest place for your trụe lovers to live in ; something so rural! For my part, I can't see what pleasure pretty Miffes can take in galloping to plays, and to balls, and such expensive vagaries; there is ten times more pastime in fetching walks in the fields, in plucking of daifies
Miss Lin. Haymaking, feeding the poultry, and milking the cows.
Flint. Right, Miss.
Miss Lin. It must be owned they are pretty employments for ladies.
Flint. Yes; for my mother used to say, who, between ourselves, was a notable housewife,