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High Life Below Stairs...... .........GARRICK

1759 The Minor

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1760 The Old Maid

· MURPHY

1761 The Citizen

· Ditto

1761 The Liar

Foote

1762 The Orators

Ditto

1762 The Deuce is in Him

COLMAN

1763 Love in a Village

• BICKERSTAFF

1763 The Mayor of Garratt

• Foote

1763 The Patron

DITTO

1764 Midas

... ANONYMOUS

1764 The Maid of the Mill

..BICKERSTAFF ........

1765 The Commissary..

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1765 Neck or Nothing

GARRICK

1766 Peep behind the Curtain

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1767 Devil upon two Sticks

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1768 Padlock

BICKERSTAFF ........

1768 Dr Last in his Chariot

• BICKERSTAFF & FOOTE 1769 Lame Lover

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1770 Maid of Bath ...

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1771 Irish Widow

GARRICK

1772 Sultan

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1775 Bon Ton.

GARRICK

1776 Three Weeks after Marriage..

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MEN.

SCAPIN.
Turisty, an old miser, and father to Octavian. Suift, servant to Octavian.
Gripe, father to LEANDER.

Sly, servant to LEANDER.
LEANDER, son to Gripe, and privately married
to Lucia.

WOMEN. OCTAVIAN, son to Thrifty, and privately married | Lucia, in love with LEANDER. to CLARA.

Clara, in love with OCTAVIAN.

Scene London.

ACT I.

me.

SCENE I.

Oct. I am ruined' and undone ! prithee advise Enter OCTAVIAN and Shift.

Shift. Advise you? Oct. This is unhappy news! I did not expect Oct. Yes, advise me. Thou art as surly, as if my father in two months, and yet you say he is thou really couldst do me no good. Speak! Has returned already.

necessity taught thee no wit? Hast thou no shift? Shift. 'Tis but too true.

Shift. Lord, sir, I am at present very busy in Oct. That he arrived this morning?

contriving some trick to save myself! I am first Shift. This very morning.

prudent, and then good-natured. Oct. And that he is come with a resolution to Oct. How will my father rage and storm, when marry me?

he understands what things have happened in his Shift. Yes, sir, to marry you.

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Shist. Rcproaches! Would I could be quit of Oct. Besides, my present want must be consihim so easy; methinks I feel him already on my dered; I ain in rebellion without money. shoulders.

Sca. I have tricks and shifts, too, to get that: Oct. Disinheriting is the least I can expect. I can cheat upon occasion; but cheating is now

Shift. You should have thought of this before, grown an ill-trade: yet, Heaven be thanked, and not bave fallen in love with I know not there were never more cullies and fools; but the whom, one that you mét by chance in the Do- greatest rooks and cheats, allowed by public auver-coach : She is, indeed, a good snug lass; but thority, ruin such little undertraders as I am. God knows what she is besides; perhaps some- Oct. Well, get thee straight about thy busiOct. Villain !

ness. Canst thou make no use of my rogue here? Shift. I have done, sir, I have done.

Sca. Yes, I shall want his assistance; the Oct. I have no friend that can appease iny fa. knave has cunning, and may be useful. iber's anger, and now I shall be betrayed to Shift. Ay, sir ; but, like other wise men, I am want and misery.

not over-valiant. Pray, leave me out of this buShift. For my part, I know but one remedy in siness: My fears will betray you; you shall exour misfortunes.

ecute, I'll sit at home and advise. Oct. Prithee, what is it?

Sca. 1 stand not in need of thy courage, but Shift. You know that rogue and arch-cheat thy impudence; and thou hast enough of that. Scapin?

Come, come, thou shalt along : What, man, stand Oct. Well; what of him?

out for a beating? That's the worst ean happen. Shift. There is not a more subtle fellow breath- Shift. Well, well. ing: so cunning, be can cheat one newly cheat

Enter CLARA. en : 'tis such a wheedling rogue, I'd undertake, in two hours he shall make your father forgive you Oct. Here comes my dearest Clara. all; nay, allow you money for your necessary

Clara. Ah, me, Octavian ! I hear sad news debauches. I saw him, in three days, make an They say your father is returned. old cautious lan yer turn chemist and projectór ! (ct. Alas ! 'tis true, and I am the most un

Oct. lle is the fittest person in the world for fortunate person in the world; but 'tis not my my business; the impudent varlet can do any own misery that I consider, but yours. How can thing with the peerish old man. Prithee, go look you bear those wants to which we must be both him out; we'll set him a-work imn ediately. reduced? Shill. See where he comes-- Monsieur Scapin! Clara. Love shall teach me, that can make

all things easy to us; which is a sign it is the Enter Scapin.

chiefest good. But I have other cares. Will you Sca. Worthy sir !

be ever constant ? Shall not your father's seveSlijt. I bave been giving my master a brief rity constrain you to be false ?" account of tby most noble qualities: I told hiin Ort. Never, my dearest, never ! thou wert as valiant as a ridden cuckold, sincere Clara. They, that love much, may be allowed as whores, honest as pimps in want.

some fears. Sca. Alas, sir, I but cupy you : 'Tis you are Sca. Come, come; we have now no time to brave; you scorn the gibbets, halters, and pri- hear you speak fine tender things to one another, sons which threaten you, and valiantly proceed Pray, do you prepare to encounter with your fain cheats and robberies.

ther. Oct. Ob, Scapin! I am utterly ruined without Oct. I tremble at the thoughts of it. thy assistance.

Sca. You must appear resolute at first : Tell Sca. Why, what's the matter, good Mr Octa- him you can live without troubling him; threaten vian ?

him to turn soldier: or, what will frighten bim Oct. My father is this day arrived at Dover worse, say you'll turn poet. Come, l'il warrant with old Mr Gripe, with a resolution to marry you we bring him to composition.

Oct. What would I give 'twere over !
Sca. Very well.

Sca. Let us practise a little what you are to
Oct. Thou knowest I am already married : do. Suppose me your father, very grave, and
Ilow will my father resent my disobedience? I very angry:
ar for ever lost, unless thou can'st find some

Oct. Well. meaus to reconcile me to him.

Sca. Do you look very carelessly, like a small Sru. Does your father know of your marriage? courtier upon his country acquaintance: A little

Oct. I am afraid he is by this time acquainted more surlily: Very well. Now, I am full of with it.

my fatherly authority.--Octavian, thou makest Sca. No matter, no matter; all shall be well. me weep to see thee; but, alas! they are not I am public spirited; I love to help distressed tears of joy, but tears of sorrow. Did ever so young gentlemen: and, thank Heaven, I have good a father beget so lewd a son? Nay, but for laad good success enough.

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nounce thou art not mine! Newgate-bird, rogue, Thrifty. Upon what reason! Hast thou not villain! what a trick hast thou played me in my heard what hath happened in my absence ? absence? Married! Yes. But to whom? Nay,

Sca. I heard a little idle story. that thou knowest not. I'll warrant you some Thrifty. A little idle story, quotha! why, man, waiting-woinan, corrupted in a civil family, and my son's undone ; my son's undone ! reduced to one of the play-houses; removed from Sca. Come, come, things have not been well thence by some keeping coxcomb, or

carried; but I would advise you to make no more Clara. Hold, Scapin, hold

of it. Sca. No offence, lady, I speak but another's Thrifty. I'm not of your opinion; I'll make the words.—Thou abominable rascal, thou shalt not whole town ring of it! have a groat, not a groat! Besides, I will break Sca. Lord, sir, I have stormed about this busiall thy bones ten times over! Get thee out of ness as much as you can do for your heart! but my house !—Why, sir, you reply not a word, what are we both the better? I told him, indeed, but stand as bashfully as a girl that is examined Mr Octavian, you do not do well to wrong so by a bawdy judge about a rape!

good a father : I preached him three or four Oct. Look, yonder comes my father!

times asleep; but all would not do; till, at last, Sca. Stay, Shift; and get you two gone: Let when I had well examined the business, I found me alone to manage the old fellow,

you had not so much wrong done you as you ima[Exeunt Oct. and Clara. gine.

Thrifty. How! not wrong done me, to bave Enter THRIFTY,

my son married, without my consent, to a beggar? Thrifty. Was there ever such a rash action? Sca, Alas! he was ordained to it.

Sca. He has been informed of the business, Thrifty. That's fine, indeed! we shall steal, and is now so full of it, that he vents it to him-cheat, murder, and so be hanged—then say, we self.

were ordained to it! Thrifty. I would fain hear what they can say Sca. Truly, I did not think you so subtle a phifor themselves.

losopher! I mean, he was fatally engaged in this Sca. We are not unprovided. [At a distance. affair. Thrifty. Will they be so impudent to deny the Thrifty. Why did he engage

hiinself? thing >

Sca. Very true, indeed, very true; but fye Sca. We never intend it.

upon you, now! would you have him as wise as Thrifty. Or will they endeavour to excuse it yourself? Young men will have their folliesSca. That, perhaps, we may do.

witness my charge, Leander, who has gone and Thrifty. But all shall be in vain.

thrown away himself at a stranger rate than your Sca. We'll try that.

son. I would fain know, if you were not once Thrifty. I know how to lay that rogue my son young yourself. Yes, I warrant you, and had fast, Sca. That we must prerent.

Thrifty. Yes; but they never cost me any Thrifty. And for the tatterdemallion, Shift, I'll thing : A man may be as frail and as wicked as thresh him to death; I will be three years a cud- he please, if it cost hiin nothing. gelling him!

Scu. Alas! he was so in love with the young Shift. I wondered he had forgot me so long. wench, that if he had not had her, he must have

Thrifty. Oh, ho! Yonder the rascal is, that certainly hanged himself. brave governor! he tutored my son finely! Shift. Must! why, he had already done it, but Sca. Sir, I am overjoyed at your

safe return.

that I came very seasonably, and cut the горе. Thrifty. Good-morrow, Scapin.-- Indeed you Thrifty. Didst thon cut the rope, dog? I'l

! have followed my instructions very exactly; my murder thee for that! thou shouldst have let hin son has behaved himself very prudently in my hang ! absence has he not, rascal, has he not?

Sca. Besides, her kindred surprised him with

[To Shift. her, and forced him to marry her. Sca. I hope you are very well.

Thrifty, Then should he have presently gone, Thrifty. Very well—Thou say'st not a word, and protested against the violence at a notary's. parlet; thou say'st not a word!

Sca. O Lord, sir! he scorned that. Sra. Had you a good voyage, Mr Thrifty? Thrifty. Then might I easily have disannulled

Thrifty. Lord, sir! a very good voyage --Pray, the marriage. give a man a little leave to vent his choler! Sca. Disannul the marriage? Sca. Would you be in choler, sir?

Thrifty. Yes. Thrifty. Ay, sir, I would be in choler.

Sca. You shall not break the marriage,
Sca. Pray, with whom?

Thrifty. Shall not I break it?
Thrifty. With that confounded rogue there! Sca. No,
Sca. Upon what reason?

Thrifty. What! shall gou I çlạiin the privilege

your frailties.

Shift. Reproaches! Would I could be quit of Oct. Besides, my present want must be consihim so easy; methinks I feel him already on my dered; I am in rebellion without money. shoulders.

Sca. I have tricks and shifts, too, to get that: Oct. Disinheriting is the least I can expect. I can cheat upon occasion; but cheating is now

Shift. You should have thought of this before, grown an ill-trade: yet, Heaven be thanked, and not have fallen in love with I know not there were never more cullies and fools; but the whom, one that you met by chance in the Do- greatest rooks and cheats, allowed by public auver-coach : She is, indeed, a good snug lass; but thority, rúin such little undertraders as I am. God knows what she is besides; perhaps some- Oct. Well, get thee straight about thy busiOct. Villain !

ness. Canst thou make no use of my rogue here? Shift. I have done, sir, I have done.

Sca. Yes, I shall want his assistance; the Oct. I have no friend that can appease my fa- knave has cunning, and may be useful. iber's anger, and now I shall be betrayed to Shift. Ay, sir ; but, like other wise men, I am want and misery.

not over-valiant. Pray, leave me out of this buShift. For my part, I know but one remedy in siness: My fears will betray you; you shall exour misfortunes.

ecute, I'll sit at home and advise. Oct. Prithee, what is it?

Sca. 1 stand not in need of thy courage, but Shift. You know that rogue and arch-cheat thy impudence; and thou hast enough of that. Scapin?

Come, come, thou shalt along: What, man, stand Oct. Well; what of him?

out for a beating? That's the worst can happen. Shift. There is not a more subtle fellow breath- Shift. Well, well. ing: so cunning, he can cheat one newly cheateri: 'tis such a wheedling rogue, I'd undertake, in

Enter Clara. two hours he shall make your father forgive you Oct. Here comes my dearest Clara. all; nay, allow you money for your necessary

Clara. Ah, me, Octavian ! I hear sad news debauches. I saw him, in three days, make an | They say your father is returned. old cautious lawyer turn chemist and projector ! (ict. Alas! 'tis true, and I am the most un

Oct. He is the fittest person in the world for fortunate person in the world; but 'tis not my my business; the impudent varlet can do any own misery that I consider, but yours. How can thing with the peevish old man. Prithee, go look you bear those wants to which we must be both him out; we'll set bim a-work imn ediately. reduced? Shift. See where he comes—Monsieur Scapin! Clara. Love shall teach me- that can make Enter Scapin.

all things easy to us; which is a sign it is the

chiefest good. But I have other cares. Will you Sca. Worthy sir !

be ever constant ? Shall not your father's seveShift. I bave been giving my master a brief rity constrain you to be false? account of tby most noble qualities: I told hiin Oct. Never, my dearest, never ! thou wert as valiant as a ridden cuckold, sincere Clara. Tbey, that love much, may be allowed as whores, honest as pimps in want.

some fears. Sca. Alas, sir, I but cupy you : 'Tis you are Sca. Come, come; we have now no time to brave; you scorn the gibbets, halters, and pri- hear you speak fine tender things to one another. sons which threaten you, and valiantly proceed Pray, do you prepare to encounter with your fain cheats and robberies.

ther. Oct. Oh, Scapin! I am utterly ruined without Oct. I tremble at the thoughts of it. thy assistance.

Sca. You must appear resolute at first : Teu Sca. Why, what's the matter, good Mr Octa- him you can live without troubling him; threaten vian?

him io turn soldier : or, what will frighten hian Oct. My father is this day arrived at Dover worse, say you'll turn poet.

Come, I'll warrat with old Mr Gripe, with a resolution to marry you we bring him to composition.

Oct. What would I give 'twere over! Sca. Very well.

Sca. Let us practise a little what you are Oct. Thou knowest I am already married : do. Suppose me your father, very grave, and Ilow will my father resent my disobedience? I very angry. arn for ever lost, unless thou can'st find some Oct. Well. means to reconcile me to him.

Sca. Do you look very carelessly, like a su vall Sca. Does your father know of your marriage courtier upon his country acquaintance: A1 tule

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