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Jenny. [within.] Hands off, you rude ruffian! Sir H. What the deuce noise are they making?
Jenny. What, are they all dead in the house? no creature to lend me affiftance?
Sir H. What can this mean?,
Jenny. Or have you all conspired to betray me? For Heaven's fake, fome Christian body
Mrs. Min. [within.] It is my daughter's voice. Here, house?
Min. [within. ) Zounds, break down the door! Mrs. Min. Which room are they in?
Min. The noise came from this. Enter Mr. and Mrs. Minnikin, Mrs. Clack, Colonel,
O'Donnovan, and Codling.
any thing of my daughter, Şir Harry?
Sir H. Your daughter!
Jenny. Unhand me! this door too is locked. What, will no mortal come to me?
Mrs. Min. There she is.
Jenny. My mother? Oh, Madam!
Mrs. Min. Recover your fright; you are now out of danger. What has been the matter, my love?
Fenny. The greatest villain, the greatest monster! Min. Who? what?
Jenny. First got me into his power, by the pretended sanctity of his character Min. Well?
Jenny. Jenny. Finding his delusive offers rejected, proceeded to violence, when my cries brought you to my aid.
Min. This is some parle vou rascal! they don't mind a rape or a robbery here.
Mrs. Min. Not they; Lord send us safe to Old England, say I!
Min. Come out here! let us have a peep at your muns, Mounseer, if
you please. [Pulls out Viper.] Hey! who the devil-Why, this is Sir Harry's Domine Viper !
Omnes. Sure enough!
Min. His tuterer, as sure as a gun? But who the deuce is he, Sir Harry?
Sir H. Heaven knows!' I picked him up here in this town.
Mrs. Min. Some vagaboning feller, I warrant.
Min. The rascal won't make a reply. Come, friend! who and what are you?
Viper. What right have you to enquire ?
Min. Your villainous attack on my daughter gives me a right; and before we part I will know.
Viper. Will you? Then ask it of those that will tell you.
Min. What, can nobody
Clack. Perhaps his reverence here may; for he seems to know most of the folks in the town.
O'Don. Me? I know nobody out of the convent-I belaave I had better thaar off ; for
perhaps by-and-bye they may take it into their heads to make some enquiries after me of myself; and, for the present, it will be more convanient to drop the acquaintance. [Exit.
Min. But, what the deuce, can nobody give us an account who he is ? Where's landlord?
Colonel. You seem all strangers to this honest gentleinan.
Min. Oh, this perhaps is somebody who belongs to the town. Why, Sir, if you could give us some information
Colonel. Nay, I can't boast the honour of his acquaintance, nor, from the account of his countrymen, should I be very ambitious to make it.
Min. Ay, like enough; and pray, Sir, who
Colonel. The various particulars of his history would be rather too tedious at present: thus far I may venture to say; his residence here is not a mere matter of choice.
Viper. Is the preferring the genial climate of France, to the fogs of your favourite ifle, any great matter of wonder? In short, I like neither your country nor people.
Colonel. For which you have doubtless very good reasons: But believe this as a truth, Master Viper; no man ever yet deserted his country, unless he had been first by his country deserted.
Viper. You are very partial, Colonel (for I know you), considering England as a spot to which you can never lay any claim.
Colonel. Why not?
Viper. And are not you an officer in the ser. vice of France ?
Colonel. I was; but my present royal master, above the narrow prejudice of punishing the principles of parents in their unfortunate offspring, has accepted my service, and restored my family to the rights of their country. Clack. Well said !
Sir H. Ay, and well done too! to reclaim by clemency, is the noblest victory a monarch can gain over his subjects.
Min. But what can we do with this fellow? is there no method of punishing such a
Colonel. Let him alone; a gentleman of his particular turn can't long escape the prying eyes of the police in this town ; and I promise you they shan't want a key to his character.
Sir H. But, Colonel, I begin to suspect that I too have been bit by this Viper; couldn't I stop him, just to make him account for
Viper. Stop me? you had best take care of yourself: You forget a few obligations of your's I have in my pocket; which, as I find you are quitting this country, I shall endeavour to get btter secured:
[Exit. Sir H. Now there is a rascal!
Colonel. How came you to place any confidence in a man without the smallest recommendation?
Sir H. Lord, who could suppose that a countryman would impofe upon
Colonel. Your countrymen? the very last people, unless they are well known, you should trust or cherish in France.
Sir H. And why so?
Colonel. The necessity they lie under of shifting their quarters, is, with but too many of them, their only reason for crossing the Channel.
Colonel. And I will venture to say, without the concurrence of some of these gentry, no considerable fraud has ever been committed upon our young giddy travellers in this part of the world. Codl. Vast curus, indeed! that shall go into my journal. “ Obserwation : The French, who
'rob and cheat the British subjects in Paris, are “ all of them English.”
Mrs. Min. Ay, ay; all birds of a feather. Let us go home, and leave them, as fast as we can. Well, Jenny, I hope there is an end of all thy vagaries: Thee seest what premunirers thy wilfulness had near brought us into.
Clack. Nay, fifter, don't press the girl for the prefent : Let Mr. Codling continue his court fhip: and in time, I warrant, the girl will comply.
Codl. Why, father-in-law that was to have been, it seems to me, and to say truth, from the samples I have had, before I settles I should like to see a little more of the world.
Min. Nay, Master Codling, you may do as you list; nobody wants to compel you.
Mrs. Min. For the matter of that, if Dick Drugget's friends are inclined, they are well to pass in the world; and who can tell, in the end, but one match' may be as good as the other?
Codl. Why, as they are so vast fond of each other, I think it is the best step you can take. For my part, I have made up my mind : I'll part with my shop, voyage round the world for the rest of my life, and, like other great travellers, communicate my obserwations, for the good of my country.