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fluenced by the narrow prejudices so common Bell. Not at all: a soft lady-like gentleman, between the two nations, forbade the officer bis with a white hand, a mincing step, and a smooth house, but not before we were, by the most so- chin. Where does this pretty master come lemn engagements, secretly contracted to each from? other.
Emily. From my brother. Emily. May I ask the officer's name.
Bell. Who is he? Flo. Excuse me, madam. Till I see or hear Emily. A present to you. from him once more, my prudence, vanity, or Bell. A present to me! what d'ye mean? call it what you will, will scarce suffer nie to Emily. Why, did not my brother promise to mention it. Your brotner, indeed, is acquainted take care of you, before he went abroad? with
Bell. Well, and what then? Emily. I beg your pardon-I hope, however, Emily. What then! Why, he has taken care you have no reason to think yourself neglected of you-sent you a pretty tellow for a husband. or forgotten?
Could he possibly take better care of you? Flo. Oh no; far from it. He was soon recal- Bell. A husband a puppet, a doll, am led by orders from England; and on my father's Emily. A soldier, Bell !-a red coat, consider. pressing me to consent to another inatch, my Bell. A fine soldier, indeed -I can't bear to passion-I blush to own it-transported me see a red coat cover any thing but a man, sister. so far, as to depart abruptly from Belleisle. Il-Give me a soldier that looks as if he could love came over in an English ship to Portsmouth, me, and protect me; ay, and tame me, too, if I where I expected, according to letters he had deserved it. If I was to have this thing for a contrived to send me, to find the omcer. But, husband, I would set him at the top of the Iudia judge of my disappointment, when I learnt, that cabinet with the China figures, and bid the maid he einbarked, but three days before, for the siege take care she did not break him. of the Havannah.
Emily. Well, well; if this is the case, I don't Emily. The Havannah!-You touch me near- know what my brother will say to you. Here's ly-Pray, go on.
his letter; read it, and send him an answer yourFlo. In a strange kingdom-alone-and a wo- self. man—what could I do? In order to defeat iu- Bell. (Reads.] Dear sister, the bearer of this quiries after ine, I disguised myself in this babit, letter is a lady!' –So, so! your servant, madam! and mixt with the officers of the place : but your and your's, too, sister !- whose case is truly brother soon discovered my uneasiness, and saw compassionate, and whom I most earnestly rethrough my disguise. I frankly confessed to him commend to your protection,'-Um-um-um every particular of my story: in consequence of -take care of her,'--Um-um-um— not too which, he has thus generously recommended me many questions ;-Um-um-um- in town in to your protection.
a few days.'-I'll be whipt now, if this is not Emily. And you may depend on my friend-some mistress of his? ship. Your situation affects me strangely. Emiy. No, no, Bell. I know her whole bis
Flo. Oh, madam, it is impossible to tell you tory. It is quite a little novel. She is a Frenchhalf its miseries; especially since your brother woman, Mademoiselle Florival, run away from has convinced me that I ain so liable to be dis her father at Belleisle, and dying for an English covered.
gentleman at the Havannah. Emily. You shall throw off that dress as soon Bell. The Havannah!-- Not for Colonel as possible, and then I will take you into the | Tamper, I hope, sister? house with me and my sister
In the mean
Emily. If Colonel Tamper had been at the time, let me see you every day- every hour. taking of Belleisle, too, I should have been I shall not be afraid that your visits will affect frightened out of my wits about it. my reputation.
Bell. Suppose I should bring you some news Flo. You are too good to me. [W'eeping. of him? Emily. Nay, this is too much; it overcomes Emily. Of whom? Pray, be cheerful.
Bell. Colonel Tamper. Flo. I humbly take my leave.
Emily. What do you mean? Emily. Adieu, I shall expect you to dinner. Bell. Only a card, Flo. I shall do myself the honour of waiting Emily. A card! from whom? What card ?
Erit Flo. Bell. Oh, what a delightful flutter it puts her Émily. Poor woman! I thought my own un-into! easiness almost insupportable; and yet, how Emily. Nay, but tell me. much must her anxiety exceed mine!
Bell. Well then—while your visitor was here,
There caine a card from Major Belford; and I Enter BELL,
took the liberty of sending an answer to it. Bell. So, sister! I met your fine gentleman. Emily. Let ine see it ! Dear Bell, let me see Upon my word, the young spark must be a fa- it! vourite. You have had a tete-à-tête of above Bill. Oh, it was nothing but his compliments, half an hour together.
and desiring to have the honour of waiting on Emily. How d’ye like him?
you any time this morniog trom Colonel Tapiper.
Emily. From Colonel Tamper !-What can Belf. He is very well, madam ; but this mean? I am ready to sink with fear-Why Emily. But what, sir-I am frighted beyond does he not come himself?
expression-Is he in England ? Bell. He's not arrived--not come to town yet, Belf. Yes, madam. I suppose.
Emily. In town? Einily. Oh, Bell ! I could supppose twenty Belf. Yes, madam. things that terrify me to death.
Emily. Why have we not the pleasure of setBell. I think now, such a message ought to ing him, then? put you quite out of your pain ; lic could not Belf. He'll be here immediately, madam. come from Colonel Tamper, if there was no Emily. Oh, well? such person in being.
Belf. But it was thought proper that I shonld Emily. Ay; but suppose any accidentskould wait on you first, to prepare you for his recephave happened to him! Heaven forbid ! Ilow tion. unfortunate it is to doat upon a man, whose pro- Emily. To pepare me! What does he mess? fession exposes him hourly to the risk of his Belf. Only to prevent you being alarmed at life!
his appearance, madam. Bell. Lord, Emily, how can you torment Emily. Alarmed! You terrisy me more and yourself with such horrid imaginations? Besides, more-what is the matter? should the worst come to the worst-It is but Belf. Nay, nothing-a trifle-a mere chance a lover lost; and that is a loss easily repaired, of war-la fortune de la guerre, as the French you know,
call it ; that's all, madam. Emily. Go, you mad-cap ! but you'll pay for Emily. I'm upon the rackDear sir, esall this one day, I warrant you, when you come plain. to be heartily in for it yourself. Bell, you will Belf. The colonel you know, madam, is a know, that when a pure and disinterested passion man of spirit-Having exposed his person very fills the breast, when once a woman has set her gallantly in the several actions before the topi heart upon a man, nothing in the world but that of the Havannah, he received many wounds: very man will ever make her happy.
one or two of which have been attended with Bell. I admire your setting your heart, as you rather disagreeable circumstances. call it, of all things. Your love, my dear Emily, Emily. But is the colonel well at present, sir is not so romantic. You pitch upon a man of Belf. Extremely well, madam. figure and fortune, handsome, sensible, good na- Emily. Are not the consequences of his wounds tured, and well bred; of rank in life, and credit likely to endanger his life. in his profession; a man that half the women Belf. Not in the least, madam. in town would pull caps for; and then you talk Emily. I am satisfied—Pray go on, sir. like a sly prude, of your pure and disinterested Belf. Do not you be alarmed, madam. passion!
Emily. Keep me no longer in suspence, I beEmily. Why, then, I declare, if he had not a seech you, sir. friend on earth, or a shilling in the world
Bell. What can all this mean? if he was as miserable as the utmost malice of Belf. The two principal wounds which the om ill fortune could make him, I would prefer Colo- lonel received, madam, were, one a little abore nel Tamper to the first duke in the kingdom. the knee, and another in his face. In conse
Bell. Oh, sister it is a mighty easy thing for quence of the first, he was reduced to the neces persons rolling in affluence, and a coach and six, sity of saving his life by the loss of a leg; and to talk of living on bread and water, and the the latter has deprived him of the sight of 23 comforts of love in a cottage.
eye. Emily. The coach-and-six, Bell, would give Emily. Oh, Heavens ! [Ready to fair little happiness to those who could not be happy Bell. Poor Emily! How could you be so ab without it. Wben once the heart has settled its rupt, sir? The violent agitation of her mind 2 affections, how mean is it to withdraw them for too much for her spirits. any paltry considerations, of wbat nature soever ! Belf. Excuse me, madam-I was afraide
Bell. I think the lady doth protest too much. making you uneasy; and yet it was necesser Emily. Ay, but she'll keep her word. you should be acquainted with these circumstayEnter Serdant.
ces, previous to your seeing the colonel.
Emily. (Recovering.] Lost a leg and an are. Ser. Major Belford, madam. [Erit. did you say, sir?
Emily. Show him in-Oh, Bell, I am ready Belf. No, not an arm-an eye, madam. to drop with apprehension !
Emily. An eye! worse and worse
colonel? Enter MAJOR BELFORD.
Belf. Rather unfortunate, to be sure. But Ft Belf. Ladies, your humble servant-[Salutes should consider, madam, that we have saved ha them.)- I rejoice to find you so well.
life; and these were sacrifices necessary for it Bell. And we congratulate you, major, on preservation. your safe return from the Havannah-how does Emily. Very true. Ay, ay, so as he has to your friend Colonel Tamper do?
his life, I am happy. And I ought now to be at- Emily. Never, colonel, never! it is surely no tached to him, not only from tenderness, but mark of want of affection to be so much hurt at compassion.
your misfortunes. Belf. After all, madam, his appearance is
Tam. Misfortunes! No misfortunes at all much better than you may imagine. His face, none at all to a soldier-nothing but the ordinary by the help of a black ribband, is very little disa incidents and common casualties of his lifefigured; and he has got a false leg, inade so na-warks of honour-and tokens of valour—I deturally, that, except a small bitch in his gait, clare I bear them about with me as the most there is no material alteration in his person and bonourables badges of my profession--am deportment-Besides which, in point of health proud of them I would not part with this and spirits, he is particularly well.
wooden leg for the best flesh and blood in Chris Emily. I am glad of it. But, alas! he, whose tendon. person was so charming! And then bis eyes, Emily. And can you really be so unconcerned that were so brilliant! So full of sensibility! at this accident?
Belf. This accident, madam, on his own ac. Tum. Really; and you shall be unconcerned count, gives him no uneasiness; to say the truth, too, Emily. You shall find morc in me still, than he seems rather vain upon it: I could wish, in half the battered rakes and fops about town. therefore, when he comes, that you would not It injures me no more than it does a fine tree, to seem too deeply affected, but rather assume an lop my branches. My trunk is heart of oak, and air of chearfulness, lest any visible uneasiness in I shall thrive the better for it. you should shock the colonel.
Emily. But is there no hope of recovering your Emily. Poor colonel! I know his sensibility. eye again? Oh, we must have the best advice Let me endeavour, therefore, to convince him, Is the sight quite lost? that he is as dear to me as ever! Oh, yes, cost Tum. Quite; blind as a mill-horse-blind as a me what it will, I must show him, that the pre- beetle, EmilyBut what does that signify ? servation of his life is an entire consolation to Love is blind, you know; and if I have lost one
eye, why, they say, I shall see the clearer with Enter Servant.
Emily. I cannot look at him without shudderSer. Colonel Tamper, madam.
[Retires, and sits doron. Emily. Eh! What?
Bell. What action was it you suffered in, coBell. Desire the colonel to walk up-compose
lonel? yourself, my dear; poor Emily! I am in pain for
Tam. Before the Moro Castle, madam, before [ Aside.
the Moro-hot work, hissing hot, by sea and land,
I assure you, madam. Ah, the Moro, the Moro! Enter COLONEL TAMPER-Runs up to Emily.
But if men go to run their heads against stone
walls, they must expect to have a sconce or two Tam. My dearest Emily! How happy am I to broken, before they make their way through them see you once again! I have brought back the —Eh, major? honest heart and hand which I devoted to you: bell. Major Belford was with you? as to the rest of my body, you see I did not care Tom. All the while. The major and I fought sixpence what became of it. Miss Bell, I rejoice side hy side, cheek by jowl, till I fell, madam! to see you so well-Major, I am yours—But, we paid the Dons-didn't we, major ? But Vemy Emily
lasco, poor Velasco! A fine brave Don, must be Emily. Oh, colonel !
owned-I had rather have died like Velasco, [Bursts into tears, and leans upon Bell. than bave lived to be generalissimo. Tam. How's this? Tears !
Bell. [To EMILY.]-How are you, sister? Bell. You should not have followed the major Tam. Nay, p’rythee, Emily, be comforted ! so soon, colonel; she had scarce recovered the More than al this might have bappened to me at first sbóck from his intelligence.
home. I might have thrown away my life in a Tam. My impatience would suffer me to delay duel, or broke my neck in a fox-chace: a fit of no longer—Why do you weep so, Emily? Are the yout, or an apoplexy, might have maimed me vou sorry to see me again?
ten times worse for ever; or a palsy, perhaps, Emily. Sorry to see you unfortunate. have killed one half of me at a single stroke--You
(Weeping. must not take on thus, If you do, I shall be exTam. Unfortunate! call ine rather fortunate; tremely uneasy. I am come back alive; alive and merry, Emily. Emily. Excuse me; I cannot help it-but, be Emily. I am glad you have saved your life. assured, I esteem you as much as ever, sir,
[Weeping. Tam, Esteem, and sir! This is cold language; Tam. I dare say you are. Look on me, then. I have not been used to hear you talk in that What, not one glance ! Won't you deign to look style, Emily. on your poor maimed soldier !--[Pausing.)-Is Emily. I don't know what I say, I am not it possible, then, that any little alteration of my well— let me retire. person can occasion a change in your senti
Tam. When shall we vame the happy day? I shall make shift to dance on that occasion
though as Withrington fought- on my stumps, | and honesty. Let me once see you behare like Emily. Tell me, when shall we be happy? a poltroon or a villain, and you know I would cat
Emily. I grow more and more faint-lead me your throat, colonel! to my chamber, Bell.
Tum. I don't doubt you, major; but if she Bell. She is very ill don't tease her now, don't love me for my own sake, for myself, as I colonel; but let us try to procure her some re- said, how can I ever be certain that she will not pose.
transfer that love to another? Tam. Ay, ay, a short sleep and a little reflec- Belf. For your own sake! for yourself again! tion, and all will be well, I dare say; I will be why, what, in the name of commou sense, is the here again soon, and adıninister consolation, I self of yours, that you make such a rout about' warraut you. Adicu, my dear Emily! Your birth, your fortune, your character, you Emily. Adieu ! Oh, Bell!
talents, and, perhaps, sweet colonel, that sweet (Erit in tears with Bell, person of yours-all these may have taken ber Tam. (Assuming his natural uir and munner.] --and habitude, and continual intercourse, nes -Ha, ha, ha! Well, Belford, what is your opi- increase her partiality for them in you, there nion, now? Will she stand the test or no? than in any other person. But, after all, Dore
Belf. If she does, it is more than you de- of these things are yourself. You are but lite serve. I could wish she would give you up, with ground; and these qualities are woven into your all my heart, if I did not think you would run frame. Yet it is not the stufi, but the richines stark mad with vexation.
of the work, that stamps a value on the piece. Tum. Why so?
Tam. Why, this is downright sermonizing, Belf. Because, as I have often told you be jor. Give you pudding-sleeves, and a grizzle fore, this is a most absurd and ridiculous scheme; 'wig, you might be chaplain to the regimert. Ve a mere trick to impose upon yourself, and, most matrimony is a leap in the dark, indeed, if we probably, end in your losing the affections of an connot before-hand make ourselves at all certain amiable lady.
of the fidelity and affection of our wives. Tam. You know, Belford, there is an excess Belf. Marriage is precarious, I grant you, ani of sensibility in my temper
must be so. You may play like a wary gameste Belf. That will always make you unhappy.
I would not marry a notorious protTam. Rather say it will ensure the future hap- gate, nor a woman in a consumption : but there piness of my life. Before I bind myself to abide is no more answering for the continuance of be? by a woman at all events, and in all circumstan- good disposition, than that of her good health. ces, I must be assured that she will, at all events, Tam. Fine maxims ! make use of them your and in all circumstances, retain her affection for self: they won't serve me. A fine time, indeer me.
to experience a woman's fidelity-after teas Belf. 'Sdeath, I have no patience to hear you. riage! a time when every thing conspires to llave not you all the reason in the world to restrender it her interest to deceive you! No, na ; assured, that Emily entertains a most sincere no fool's paradise for me, Belford? passion for you?
Belf. A fool's paradise is better than a wise Tam. Perhaps so; but then I am not equally acre's purgatory. assured of the basis on which that passion is Tam. 'Sdeath, Belford! who comes here founded.
shall be discovered ! Belf. Her fully, I am afraid.
[Resuming his counterfeit marec Tam. Nay, but I am serious, major. Belf. You are very ridiculous, colonel.
Enter PeaTTLE. Tam. Well, well; it does not signify talking : I must be convinced that she loves me for my Pra. Gentlemen, your most obedient; mights own sake, for myself alone; and that, were I di- sorry, extremely concerned, to hear the bassi vested of every desirable gift of fortune and of na- taken ill — I was sent for in a violeat hurriture, and she was to be addressed by fifty others, bad forty patients to visit-resolved to see bet, who possessed them all in the most eminent de- however-Major Belford, I rejoice to see wa gree, she would continue to prefer me to all the in good health-Have I the honour of knowing rest of mankind.
This gentleman ? Belf. Most precious refinement, truly! This [Pointing to Tamper and going up to huru is the most high-flown metaplıysics in sentiment Tum. Hum, hum ! I ever heard in my lite! picked up in one of [Limping away from PRATTLE, and putting your expeditions to the coast of France, I sup
his handkerchief to his face. pose-No plain Englishman ever dreamed of Belf. An acquaintance of mine, Mr. Prattle such a whim--Love you for yourselt! for your You don't know him, I believe - A little hurt own sake! not she, truly.
in the service that's all. Tam. How then?
Pra. Accidents, accidents will happen-No Belf. Why for her own, to be sure—and so less than seven brought into our infirmary reset would any body else. I am your friend, and love terday, and ten in the hospital- Did you you as your friend : and why? because I am glad hear, Major Belford, tha: pour Lady Di. Rachei to have commerce with a man of talents, honour,
broke her arm last night, by an overturn, from shortly.- -But are you not ashamed, Tamher horses taking fright among the vast croud of per, to give her all this uneasiness? coaches getting in at Lady Thunder's rout; and Tum. No matter-I'll make her ample yesterday morning, Sir Helter Skelter, who is so amends at last — What could possess them to remarkably fond of driving, put out his collar- send for this blockhead ? He'll make her worse bone by a fall from his own coach-bux?
and worse- He will absolutely talk her to Tam. Pox on his chattering! I wish, he'd be death. gone!
[dpurt to BELFORD. Bolf: Oh, the puppy's in fashion, you know. Belf. But your fair patient, Nr. Prattle
Tam. It is lucky enougb the fellow did not I am afraid we detain you.
He's a downright he-gossip!-and Prat, Not at all;- -I'll attend her inme- any thing he knows might as well be published diately-[Going, relurns.]- -You have not in The Daily Advertiser. But come, for fear of heard of the change in the ministry?
discovery, we had better decamp for the present. Tam. Psha !
March ! Belf. I have.
Belf. You'll expose yourself confoundedly, Prat. Well, well- Going, returns.] Tamper. Lady Sarah Melville brought to bed, within these Tam. Say no more. I'm resolved to put her two hours—a boy -Gentlemen, your affection to the trial. If she's thorough proof, servant; your very humble servant. [Erit. I'm made for ever. Come along! [Going Tam. Chattering jacknapes !
Belf. Tarnper ! Belf. So, the apothecary's come already- Tam. Oh!'I am lame-I forgot. (Limping. we shall have a consultation of physicians, the Belf Lord, Lord! what a fool self-love makes knocker tied up, and straw laid in the street of a man
SCENE I. Emily's dressing-room.
Bell. Is it true, Mr. Prattle, that Sir John
Medley is going to the south of France, for the EMILY, BELL, Prattle, sitting on a sofa.
recovery of his health?
Prat. Very true, ma'am, very true, that he's Bell. I think you seem to be a good deal re- going, I promise you : but not for the recovery covered, Emily.
of his health. Sir John's well enough himself Emily. I am much better than I was, I thank but his affairs are in a galloping consumption, I you- -Ileigh-ho!
assure you. No less than two executions in his Prat. Ay, ay, I knew we should be better house. I heard it for fact, at Lady Modish's. by and by -These little nervous disorders Poor gentleman, I have known bis chariot stand are very common all over the town-merely at Arthur's till eight o'clock in the morning. He owing to the damp weather, which relaxes the has bad a sad run a long time; but that last aftone of the whole system. The poor Duchess of fair at Newmarket totally undid him.- Pray, Porcelain has had a fever on her spirits these ladies, have you heard the story of Alderman three weeks—Lady Teaser's case is absolutely Manchester's lady? hysterical; and Lady Betty Dawdle is alınust Bell. Oh, no. Pray what is it? half mad with lowness of spirits, headaches, Prat. A terrible story indeed ?- Eloped from tremblings, vain fears, and wanderings of the ber husband, and went off with Lord John mind.
Sprightly. Their intention, it seems, was to go Emily. Pray, Mr. Prattle, how does poor Miss over to Holland; but the alderman pursued Compton do?
them to Harwich, and catched them just as they Prat. Never better, ma'am.-Somebody has were going to embark. He threatened Lord removed her disorder, by prescribing very effec- John with a prosecution: but Lord John, who tually to the Marquis of Crantord. His intend- knew the alderman's turn, came down with a ed match with Miss Richman, the hundred thou- thousand pounds; and so the alderman received sand pound fortune, is quite off; and so, ma'am, bis wife, and all is well again. Miss Compton is perfectly well again-By the Bell. I vow Mr. Prattle, you are extremely bye too, she has another reason to rejoice; for amusing. You know the chit-chat of the whole her cousin, Miss Dorothy, who lives with her, town. and began, you know, to grow rather old-maid- Prat. Can't avoid picking up a few slight anish, as we say, ma'am, made a sudden conquest of ecdotes, lo be sure, ma'am-Go into the best Mr. Bumper, a Lancashire gentleman of a great houses in town-attend the first families in the estate, who came up to town for the Christmas; kingdom-nobody better received nobody and they were married at Miss Compton's yes-takes more care–nobody tries to give more saterday evening.