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Buck. I shall make a shift to transplant you, Luc. But come, a truce to gallantry, Gamut, I believe. and to the business of the day. Oh! I am quite Luc. You can't conceive how your absence enchanted with this new instrument; 'tis so lan- has distressed me. Demand of these gentlemen guishing and so portable, and so soft and so silly the melancholy mood of my mind. -But come ! for your last lesson.
Mar. But now that I'm arrived, we'll dance Gam. D’ye like the words ?
and sing, and drive care to the Ha! Luc. Oh, charming ! They are so melting, Monsieur Kitteau! Have you practised this morniand easy, and elegant. Now for a coup d'essai. ning? Gam. Take care of your expression; let
your Luc. I had just given my hand to Kitteau beeyes and address accompany the sound and sen- before you came. timent.
Mar. I was in hopes that honour would hare Luc. But, dear Gamut, if I am out, don't in- been reserved for me. May I fatter myself that terrupt me; correct me afterwards.
your ladyship will do me the honour of ventuGam. Allons, commencez. [Lucinda sings. ring upon the fatigue of another minuet this [An occasional song is here introduced by morning with me?
LUCINDA] Gam. Bravo, bravo!
Enter Buck briskly. Takes her hand. Buck. Bravo! bravissimo! My lady, what was the song
about? [Aside to MRS SUBTLE. Buck. Not that you know of, Monsieur. Mrs Sub. Love: 'tis her own composing. Mar. Hey! Diable ! Quelle bete! Buck. What, does she make verses then? Buck. Hårk'e, Monsieur Ragout, if you re
Mrs Sub. Finely. I take you to be the sub- peat that word bete, I shall make you wallow ject of these.
it again, as I did last night one of your countryBuck. Ah! d'ye think so? Gad! I thought men. by her ogling, 'twas the music-man himself, Mar. Quel saduge!
Luc. Well, Mr Gamut; tolerably well, for so Buck. And another word; as I know you can young a scholar?
speak very good English, if you will, when you Gam. Inimitably, Madam! Your ladyship’s don't, I shall take it for granted you're abusing progress will undoubtedly fix my fortune. me, and treat you accordingly.
Mar. Cavalier enough ! But you are protectEnter Servant.
ed here. Madeinuiselle, who is this officious
gentleman ? How comes he to be interested ? Luc. Your servant, sir.
Some relation, I suppose ?
1 Ser. Madam, your dancing-master, Monsieur Buck. No; I'm a lover. Kitteau.
Mar. Oh! Oh ! a rival! Ek morbleu ! a Luc. Admit him.
dangerous one too. Ha, ha! Well, Monsieur,
what, and I suppose you presume to give laws Enter KITTEAU.
to this lady; and are determined, out of your
very great and singular affection, to knock down Monsieur Kitteau, I can't possibly take a lesson every mortal she likes, a-la-mode d'Angleterre? this morning, I am so busy; but if you please, Hey, Monsieur Roast beef? I'll just hobble over a minuet, by way of exercise. Buck. No; but I intend that lady for my (A minuet here introduced. wife : consider her as such; and don't choose to
have her soiled by the impertinent addresses of Enter Servant.
every French fop, a-la-mode de Paris, Monsieur Ser. Monsieur le Marquis de
Fricassy! Luc. Admit bim this instant.
Mar. Fricassy! Mrs Sub. A lover of Lucinda! a Frenchman Buck. We. of fashion, and vast fortune.
Luc. A truce, a truce, I beseech you, gentleBuck. Never heed ; I'll soon do his business, men : it seems I am the golden prize for which I'll warrant you.
you plead; produce your pretensions ; you are
the representatives of your respective countries. Enter MARQUIS.
Begin, rnarquis, for the honour of France; let
me hear what advantages I am to derive from a Luc. My dear Marquis !
conjugal union with you. Mar. Asa chere adorable !
Alur. Abstracted from those which I think since I saw you.
are pretty visible, a perpetual residence in this Luc. Oh! an eternity ! But 'tis your own paradise of pleasures; to be the object of unifault, though.
versal adoration; to say what you please, go Mar. My misfortune, ma princesse ! But now where you will, do what you like, form fashions ; I'll redeem my error, and root for ever here. bate your husband, and let him see it; indulge
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your gallant, and let the other know it; run in | I could give you a more cheerful welcome: but debt, and oblige the poor devil to pay it. He! we have no time to lose in ceremony; you are Ma chere! There are pleasures for you. arrived in the critical minute; two hours more
Luc. Bravo, marquis! these are allurements would have placed the inconsiderate couple out for a woman of spirit: but don't let us conclude of the reach of pursuit. hastily; hear the other side. What have you to Sir John. How can I acknowledge your kindoiler, Mr Buck, in favour England ?
ness? You have preserved my son; you have saBuck. Why, madam, for a woman of spirit, vedthey give you the same advantages at London as Clas. I have done my duty; but of thatat Paris, with a privilege forgot by the inarquis, Rog. Maister and the young woman's coan indisputable right to cheat at cards, in spite ming. of detection.
Clas. Sir John, place yourself here, and be a Alar. Pardon me, sir, we have the same; but witness how near a crisis is the fate of your faI thought this privilege so known and universal, mily. that 'twas needless to mention it. Buck. You give up nothing, I find: but to tell
Enter Buck and LUCINDA. you my blunt thoughts in a word, if any woman Buck. Psha! What signifies her? 'Tis odds can be so abandoned, as to rank amongst the whether she would consent, from the fear of my comforts of matrimony, the privilege of hating father. Besides, she told me we could never be ber husband, and the liberty of committing every married here; and so pack up a few things, and folly and every vice contained in your catalogue, we'll off in a post-chaise directly. she may stay single for me; for, damn me, if I Luc. Stay, Mr Buck, let me have a moment's am a husband fit for her humour! that's all. reflection- What am I about? Contriving, in Mar. I told you, mademoiselle !
concert with the most profligate couple that ever Luc. But stay; what have you to offer as a disgraced human nature, to impose an indigent counterbalance for these pleasures?
orphan on the sole representative of a wealthy Buck. Why, I have, madam, courage to pro- and honourable family! Is this a character be tect you, good-nature to indulge your love, and coming my birth and education? What must be health enough to make gallants useless, and too the consequence? Sure detection and contempt; good a fortune to render running in debt neces- contempt even from him, when his passions cool. Find that here, if you can.
I have resolved, sir. Alar. Bagatelle !
Buck. Madam! Luc. Spoke with the sincerity of a Briton; Luc. As the expedition we are upon the point and, as I don't perceive that I shall have any use of taking, is to be a lasting one, we ought not to for the fashionable liberties you propose, you'll be over hasty in our resolution. pardon, marquis, my national prejudice; here's my
Buck. Pshaw! Stuff! When a thing's resolved, hand, Mr Buck.
the sooner 'tis over the better. Buck. Servant, monsieur.
Luc. But before it is absolutely resolved, give Mar. Serviteur,
me leave to beg an answer to two questions. Buck. No offence?
Buck. Make haste, then. Mar. Not in the least; I am only afraid the Luc. What are your thoughts of me? reputation of that lady's taste will suffer a little; Buck. Thoughts! Nay, I don't know; why, and to shew her at once the difference of her that you are a sensible, civil
, handsome, bandy choice, the preference, which, if bestowed on me, girl, and will make a devilish good wife. That would not fail to exasperate you, I support with is all, I think. out murmuring; so, that favour which would Luc. But of my rank and fortune? probably have provoked my fate, is now your
Buck. Mr Subtle says they are both great; protection. Voila la politesse Francoisc, madam; but that's no business of mine; I was always deI have the honour to be-Bon jour, monsieur. termined to marry for love. Tol de rol!
(Erit Mar. Luc. Generously said! My birth, I believe, Buck. The fellow bears it well. Now, if won't disgrace you; but for my fortune, your you'll give me your hand, we'll in, and settle friend, Mr Subtle, I fear, has anticipated you matters with Mr Subtle.
there. Luc. 'Tis now my duty to obey.
Buck. Much good may it do him; I have
[E.reunt. enough for both : but we lose time, and may be Enter Roger, peeping about.
Luc. By whom? Rog. The coast is clear; sir, sir, you may come Buck. By Domine; or, perhaps, father may in now, Mr Classic.
Luc. Your father! You think he would preEnter Mr Classic and Sir John Buck.
vent you, then? Clas. Roger, watch at the door. I wish, sir John, Buck. Perhaps he would.
Luc. And why?
tion with these people, and from the scheme Buck. Nay, I don't know; but, pshaw! 'zooks! which my presence has interrupted, I have susthis is like saying one's catechise.
picions-of what nature, ask yourself. Luc. But don't you think your father's con- Luc. Sir, you have reason; appearances are sent necessary?
against me, I confess; but when you have heard Buck. No: why 'tis I am to be married, and my melancholy story, you'll own you have not he. But come along: old fellows love to be wronged me, and learn to pity her, whom you obstinate ; but, 'ecod I am as mulish as he; and
now hate. to tell you the truth, if he had proposed me Sir John. Madam, you misemploy your time; a wife, that would have been reason enough to there, tell your story, there it will be believed; make me dislike her; and I don't think I should I am too knowing in the wiles of women to be be half so hot about marrying you, only I thought softened by a syren-tear, or imposed on by an 'twould plague the old fellow damnably. So, artful tale. my pretty partner, come along; let us have no Luc. But hear me, sir; on my knee I beg it,
nay, 1 demand it; you have wronged me, and
must do me justice. Enter Sir John Buck, and Classic.
Clas. I am sure, madam, sir John will be glad Sir John. Sir, I am obliged to you for this de- to find his fears are false; but you cannot blame claration, as, to it, I owe the entire subjection of him. that paternal weakness which has hitherto sus- Luc. I don't, sir; and I shall but little trespended the correction your abandoned libertin- pass on his patience. When you know, sir, that ism has long provoked. You have forgot the I am the orphan of an honourable and once duty you owe a father, disclaimed my protection, wealthy family, whom her father, misguided by cancelled the natural covenant between us; 'tis pernicious politics, brought with him, in her eartime I now should give you up to the guidance | liest infancy, to France; that dying here, he of your own guilty passions, and treat you as a bequeathed me, with the poor remnant of our stranger to my blood for ever.
shattered fortune, to the direction of this rapaciBuck. I told you what would happen if he ous pair; I am sure you'll tremble for me. should come; but you may thank yourself.
Sir John. Go on. Sir John. Equally weak as wicked, the dupe Luc. But when you know that, plundered of of a raw, giddy girl. But, proceed, sir; you the little fortune left me, I was reluctantly comhave nothing farther to fear from me; compelled to aid this plot; forced to comply, under plete your project, and add her ruin to your the penalty of deepest want; without one hospi
table roof to shelter me; without one friend to Buck. Sir, as to me, you may say what you comfort or relieve me; you must, you can't but please; but for the young woman, she does not pity me. deserve it; but now she wanted me to get your Sir John. Proceed. consent, and told me that she had never a penny Luc. To this, when you are told, that, previ. of portion into the bargain.
ous to your coming, I had determined never to Sir John. A stale, obvious artifice! She knew wed your son, at least without your knowledge the discovery of the fraud njust follow close on and consent, I hope your justice then will credit your inconsiderate marriage, and would then and acquit me. plead the merits of her prior candid discovery. Sir John: Madam, your tale is plausible and The lady, doubtless, sir, has other secrets to moving; I hope 'tis true. Here comes the exdisclose; but as her cunning revealed the first, plainer of this riddle. her policy will preserve the rest. Luc. What secrets ?
Enter Mr and MRS SUBTLE. Buck. Be quiet, I tell you ; let him alone, and Mr Sub. Buck's father! he'll cool of himself by-and-by.
Sir John. I'll take some other time, sir, to Luc. Sir, I am yet the protectress of my own thank you for the last proofs of your friendhonour; in justice to that, I must demand an ship to my family; in the mean time be so canexplanation. What secrets, sir?
did as to instruci us in the knowledge of this laSir John. Oh, perhaps, a thousand ! But I am dy, whom, it seems, you have chosen for the part10 blame to call them secrets; the customs of ner of my son. this gay country give sanction, and stamp merit Mr şub. Mr Buck's partner I choose upon vice! and vanity will here proclaim, what I-I modesty would elsewhere blush to whisper. Sir John. No equivocation or reserve; your
Luc. Modesty! You suspect my virtue, then ? plot is revealed, known to the botton. Who is
Sir John. You are a lady; but the fears of a the lady? father may be permitted to neglect a little your Mr Sub. Lady, sir? the lady's a gentlewoman, plan of politeness: therefore, to be plain, from sir. your residence in this house, from your connec- Sir John. By what means?
Mr Sub. By her father and mother.
Sir John. You are: your father was my first Sir John. Who were they, sir?
and firmest friend; I mourned his loss; and long Ur Sub, Her mother was of- -I forget her have sought for thee in vain, Lucinda. maiden name.
Buck. Pray, han't I some merit in finding her?
Sir John. Yours! First study to deserve her; Sir John. Tell it, then.
she's mine, sir; I have just redeemed this valuaSub. She has told it you, I suppose. ble treasure, and shall not trust it in a spendSir John. No matter; I must have it, sir, from thrift's hands. you. Here's some mystery.
Buck. What would you have me do, sir? Jír Sub. 'Twas Worthy.
Sir John. Disclaim the partners of your riot, Sir John. Not the daughter of sir Gilbert ? polish your manners, reform your pleasures, and, Ur Sub. You have it.
before you think of governing others, learn to Sir John. My poor girl!- -1, indeed, have direct yourself. And now, my beauteous ward, wronged, but will redress you. And pray, sir, we'll for the land whcre first you saw the light, after the many pressing letters you received and there endeavour to forget the long, long froin me, how caine this truth concealed? But I bondage you have suffered here. I suppose, sir, guess your motive. Dry up your tears, Luciuda; we shall have no difficulty in persuading you 10 at last you have found a father. Hence, ye de- accompany us; it is not in France I am to hope generate, ve abandoned wretches, who, abusing for your reformation. I have now learned, that the confidence of your country, unite to plunder he, who transports a profligate son to Paris, by those ye promise to protect.
way of mending his manners, only adds the vi(Eveunt Mr and Mrs SUBTLE. ces and follies of that country to those of his Luc. Am I then justihed?
SCENE I.-A room.
rious Trifle, was a sufficient motive for his ad
vancing what money I wanted by way of mort. HARTOP and JENKINS discovered.
gage; the hard terms he imposed upon me, and Jen. I siould not chuse to marry into such a the little regard I have paid to economy, has family.
made it necessary for me to attempt, by some Har. Choice, dear Dick, is very little con- scheme, the re-establishment of my fortune. cerned in the matter; and, to convince you that This young lady's simplicity, not to say ignorlove is not the minister of my counsels, know, ance, presented her at once as a proper subject that I never saw but once the object of my pre- for my purpose. sent purpose; and that too at a time, and in a Jen. Success to you, Jack, with all my
soul! a circumstance, not very likely to stamp a favour fellow of your spirit and vivacity, mankind ought able impression. What think you of a raw to support, for the sake of themselves. For whatboarding-school girl at Lincoln-Minster, with a ever Seneca and the other moral writers may mind unpolished, a figure uninformed, and a set have suggested in contempt of riches, it is plain of features tainted with the colour of her on their maxims were not calculated for the world wholesome food?
as it now stands. In days of yore, indeed, when Jen. No very engaging object indeed, Hartop. virtue was called wisdoin, and vice folly, such
Har. Your thoughts now were mine then; but principles might have been encouraged: but as some connexions I have since had with her fa- the present subjects of our enquiry are, not what ther, have given birth to my present design upon a man is, but what he has; as to be rich, is to be her. You are no stranger to the situation of my vise and virtuous, and to be poor, ignorant, and circumstances : my neighbourhood to sir Penu- vicious—I heartily applaud your plan.