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Gent. I beg, madam, you will have patience; it is necessary before I can open my business that I should hear your name from yourself.
Cec, Why, Sir, I think you can scarcely have come to this house, without kuowing that its owner is Ce: cilia Beverly. Gent. That, Madam, is your
Gent. It is more properly Madam, the name of your busband, that I mean to ask.
Cec. And by what authority, Sir, do you make those extraordinary enquiries ?
Gent. I am deputed, Madam, by Mr. Eggleston who is next heir to your uncle's estate, if you die without children, or change your name when you marry. I am authorized by a letter of attorney from him to make. these enquiries and I presume, Madam, you will not de tiy his authority. He has been credibly informed, you are married; and as you continue to be called Miss Beverly he wishes to know your intention, as he is deeply interested in knowing the truth.
Cec. This demand Sir, is so extremely (stamering) 60---80 little expected--
Gent. The better way, Madam, in these cases, is to keep close to the point. Are you married, or are you not?
Ceç. This is dealing very plainly, indeed, Sir. ButGent. It is, Madam; and very seriously too; but it is a business of no slight concern. Mr. Eggleston has a large family and a small fortune, and that, very much encumbered. It cainot therefore be expected that he will see himself wronged by your enjoying an estate to which he is entitled.
Cec. Mr. Eggleston, Sir, has nothing to fear from in. position. Those with whom he has or may have any transactions in this affair, are not used to practice fraud.
Gent, I am far from meaning any offence, Madam ; my commission from Mr. Eggleston is simply this ; to beg you will satisfy him upon what ground you now invade the will of your late uncle; which till explaineds "pears to be a point much to his prejudice.
Cec. Tell him then, Sir, that whatever he wishes to know, shall be explained in abont a week. At present I carr give no other answer.
Gent. Very well, Madam, he will wait tiff that time, I am sure; for Ire does not wish to put you to any inconvenience. But when he 'heard the Gentleman was gone abroad without owning his marriage, he thought it high time to take some notice of the matter.
Cec. Pray, Sir, let me ask, how you came to any knowledge of this affair
Gent. I heard it Madam, from Mr. Eggleston himself, who has long known it.
Cec. Long, Sir ? impossible !-it is not yet a fortnight-nor ten days, or not more, that
Gent. That Madam, may perhaps be disputed; for when this business comes to be settled, it will be very essential to be exact as to the time, even to the very hour; for the income of the estate is large, madam; and if f your husband keeps his own name, you must not only give up your uncle's inheritance, from the time of changing your name ; 'but refund the profits from the very day of your marriage.
Cec. There is not the least doubt of that, nor will the least difficulty be made.
Gent. Please then to recollect, Madam, that the sum to be refunded is every hour increasing, and has been ever since last September, which made half a year to be accounted for last March. Since then there is now added
Cec, For mercy's sake, Sir, what calculations are you making out ? Do you call last week last September? Gent. No, Madam ; but I call last September the month in which you were married.
Ces. You will then find yourself extremely mistaken; and Mr. Eggleston is preparing himself for much disappointment, if he supposes me so long in arrears with him.
Gent. Mr. Egglestoni, Madam, happens to be well informed of this transaction, as you will find, if any dispute should arise in the case. He was the next occupier of the house you hired last September; the woman who kept it, informed him that the last person who hired it was a tady who stayed one day only, and came to town,
she found, merely to be married. On enquiry he discovered that this lady was Miss Beverly,
Cec. You will find all this, Sir, end in nothing. • Geni. That, Madam, reinains to be proved. If a young lady is seen--and sbe was seen going into the church at eight o'clock in the morning, with a young gentleman and one female friend ; -and is afterwards seen coming out of it followed by a clergyman and one other person -and is seen to get into a coach with the same young gentleman and saine female friend, why the circumstances are pretty strong.
Cec. They may seem so, Sir; but all conclusions diawn from them will be erroneous: I was not married then, upon my honour. . Gent. We have little to do, Madam, with professions ; the circumstances are strong enough to beara irial-auda,
Cec. A trial?
Gent. We have fouvd many witnesses to prove a number of particulars, and eight months share of such an estate as this, is well worth a lit. le trouble..
Cec. I am amazed, Sir ; surely Mi. Eggleston never authorised you to make use of this language to me.
Gent. Mr. Eggleston, madam, has behaved very honorably; tho' he knew the whole affair, he supposed Mr. Delvill had good reasons for a short concealment, and expected every day when the matter would become pupile. He therefore did not interfere. But on hearing that Mr. Delvili had set out for the continent, he was advised to claim his rig ats.
Cew. His claims, Sir, will doubtless be satisfied without threatening or law suits.
Gent. The truth is, Madam, Mr. Eggleston is a little embarrassed for want of some money.
This makes it a point with him, to have the affair settled speedily, unless you chuse to compromise, by advancing a particular sum till it suits you to refund the whole ihat is due to him, and guit the premises.
Cec. Nothing, Sir, is due to him; at least nothing worth inentioning. I will enter into no terms: I have no coinpromise to make. As to the premises, I will quit them as soon as possible.
Genl. You will do well, madam, for the truth is, il
will not be convenient for him to wait any longer. (be goes out.)
Eec. How weak and blind have I been, to form a secret plan of defrauding the heir to my uncle's estate: I am betrayed-and I deserve it. Never, never more will I disgrace myself by.such an act.
Scene between CECILIA and HEMRIETTA.
THAT is the matter with my dear Henri
that kind heart, which I am now compelled to affigt for myself.
Hen. No madam, not afflicted for you! it would be strange if I was, while I think as I now do,
Cea I am glad you are not, for was it possible I would give you nothing but pleasure and joy,
Hen. Ah, madam, wh will you sav so, when you don't care what becomes of me! When you are going to cast me offl--and when you will soon be top bappy to think of me more !
Cec. Iflam never happy till then, sad indeed will be my life! no, my gentlest friend, you will always hare your share in my heart : and to me would always have been the welcomest guest in iny house, but for those unhappy circuipstances which make our separating ineviables
Hın. Yet ou suffered me, madam, to hear from any body that you was married and going away, and all the cominon servants in the house knew it before me.
Cac. I am ainazed! How and wbickoy ay can they have heard it
Hen. Tbe man that went to Mr. Eggleston brought the first news of it, for be said all the servants there talked of nothing else, and that their master was to come and take possession here next Thureday.,
Cec. Yet you envy me, thus l am fosced to leave my house! tlio’1 am not provided with any other! and tho he for whom I relinquished it is far off, without the means of pro:ecting me, or the power of returning home.
Hen. But you are married to him, Madam.
Hex, O how differently do the great think írom the little Was I married and so married, I should want
neither house nor fine clothes, nor riches, nor any thing -I should not care where I lived every place would be a paradise to me.
Cec. o Henrietta . Should Ierer repir,e at iny situation, I will call to mind this heroio declaration of yours, and blush for my own 'weakness. Scene between Dr. Lyster, Mr. Delvili, MR. MOR
TIMER DELVILL, and Cecilia' his wifes and LADY
, in the course
of my long practice I have found it impossió ble to study the human frame, without looking a linle into the mind; and from all that I have yet been able to
out, either by observation, reflection or compari. son, it appears to me at this moment, that Mr. Mortimer Delvill has got the best wife, and you, Sir, (To Mr. Dela vill] the most faultless daughter in law, that any husband or any father in law jo' the kingdom can have or desire.
Lady, Hun. When you say the best and most faultless, Dr. Lyster, you should always add, the rest of the com. pany excepted.
Dr. Lys. Upon my word I beg your Ladyship's par don ; but sometimes an unguarded warmth comes across a man, that drives ceremony from his head, and makes him speak truth before he well knows wiiere he is.
Lady Hon. Oh terrible! this is sinking deeper and deeper ; I had bopes the town air had taught you better things; but l tosd you have visited Delvill Castle, till you are fit for no other place.
Delv. Coffended] Whoever, Lady Honoria, is fit for Delvill Casile, must be fit for every other place; tho every other place may by no means be fit for him.
Lady Hon. O yes, Sir, every possible place will be fit for him, if he can once bear with that. Don't you think so, Dr. Lister?
Dr: Lys. Why, when a man has the honour to see your Ladyship, he is apt to think too much of the person to care about the place. + Lady Hon. Come, I begin to have some hopes of you, for I see, for a Doctor, you really have a very pretty no. tion of a complainent. Only you have one great fault