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Theo. Her fondness indeed is very esiraAh! why should fate, pursuing ordinary. A wretched thing like me,
Sir H. Besides, could you give up the proHeap. ruin thus on ruin,
spect of being a counless, and mistress of this And add to misery
fine place ? The griefs I languish'd under
Theo. Yes, truly, could I.
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With the man that I love, was I destin'd to Is more than I can bear. [Exit.
dwell, SCENE II.-A Chamber in LORD AIMWORTH's
On a mountain, a moor, in a cot, in a cell;
Retreats the most harren, most desert, would be House.
More pleasing than courts or a palace to me. Enter Sir HarrY SYCAMORE and THEODOSIA. Let the rain and the venal in wedlock aspire
Sir H. Well but, Theodosia, child, you are To what folly esteems, and the vulgar admire; quite unreasonable.
I yield then the bliss, wbere their wisbes Theo. Pardon me, papa, it is not I am un
are plac'd, reasonable, but you; when I gave way to my Insensible creatures! 'tis all they can taste. inclinations for Mr. Mervin, he did not seem less agreeable to and you
Enter LADY SYCAMORE, my
mamma than he was acceptable to me. It is therefore you Lady S. Sir Harry, where are you? have been unreasonable, in first encouraging Sir H. Here, my lamb. Mr. Mervin's addresses, and afterwards for- Lady S. I am just come from looking over bidding him your house; in order to bring his lordship's family trinkets.-Well, miss Syme down here, to force me on a gentleman-camore, you are a happy creature, to bare
Sir H. Force you, Dossy'), what do you diamonds, equipage, title, and all the blessings mean? By the la, I would not force you on of life poured thus upon you at once. the czar of Muscovy.
Theo. Blessings, madam! Do you think Theo. And yet, papa, what else can I call then I am such a wretch as to place my feit? for though lord'Aimworth is extremely al- licity in the possession of any such trumpery? tentive and Robliging, I assure you he is by Lady S. Upon my word, miss, you have no means one of the most ardent of lovers, a very disdainful manner of expressing your
Sir H, Ardent, ah! there it is; you girls self; I believe there are very few young wonever think there is any love, without kissing men of fashion, who would think any sacri and hugging; but you should consider, child, fice they could make too much for them.my lord Aimworth'is a polite man, and has Did you ever hear the like of her, sir Harry? been abroad in France and Italy, where these Sir H. Why, my dear, I have just been things are not the fashion: I remember when talking to her in the same strain, but what
on my travels, among the madames ever she has got in her headand signoras, we never saluted more than the Lady S. Oh, it is Mr. Mervin, her geotletip of the ear.
man of Bucklersbury.–Fie, miss, marry a cil! Theo. Really, papa, you have a very strange Were is your pride, your vanity; have you opinion of my delicacy.
nothing of the person of distinction about you? Sir H. Well come, my poor Dossy, I see Sir 7. Well but, my, lady, you know! you are chagrin'd, but you know it is not my am a piece of a cit myself, as I may say, for fault; on the contrary, I assure you, I had my great-grandfather was a dry-salter. always a great regard for young Mervin, and Theo. And yet, madam, you condescended should have been very glad
to marry my papa. Theo. How then, papa, could you join in, Lady S. Well
, if I did, miss, I had but fire forcing me to write him that strange letter, thousand pounds to my portion, and sir Harry never to see me more? or how indeed could knows ! was past eight-and-thirty before 1 I comply with your commands? what must would listen to him. he think of me?
Sir H. Nay, Dossy, that's true, your mattSir H. Ay, but hold, Dossy, your mamma ma own'd eight-and-thirty before we were convinced me that he was not so proper a married: but by the la, my dear, you were son-in-law for us as lord Aimworth. a lovely angel; and by candle-light nobody
Theo. Convinced you! Ah, my dear papa, would have taken you for above Give-andyou were not convinced.
twenty. Sir H. What, don't I know when I am Lady S. Sir Harry, you remember the last convinced?
time I was at my lord duke's. Theo. Why no, papa; because your good Sir H. Yes, my love, it was the very day nature and easiness of iemper is such, that your little bitch Minxey pupt. you pay more respect to the judgment of Lady S. And pray what did the whole famamma, and less to your own, ihan you mily say? my lord John, and my lord Thoought to do.
mas,, and my lady duchess in particular? Sir H. Well, but Dossy, don't you see how Cousin, says her grace to me-for she always your mamma loves me? If the tip of my little called me cousin linger does but ache, she's like å bewitched Theo. Well but, madam, to cut this matter woman; and if I was to die, I don't believe short at once, my father has a great regard she would outlive the burying of me: way, for Mr. Mervin, and would consent to our sbe bas lold me as much herself.
union with all bis heart. 1) Dessy is an abbreviation of Theodosia.
Lady S. Do you say so, sir Harry?
gry with I.
Sir H. Who I, love!
Lord A. Upon my word, fariner, you have Lady S. Then all my care and prudence made an excellent choice-It is a god-daughter are come to nothing.
of my mother's; madam, who was bred up Sir H. Well, but stay, my lady-Dossy, under her care, and I protest I do not know you are always making mischief.
a more amiable young woman.-But are you Theo. Ah! my dear sweet
sure, farmer, that Patty herself is inclinable Lady S. Do, miss, that's right, coax- to this match?
Theo. No, madam, I am not capable of Giles. O yes, my lord, I am sartain of that. any such meanness.
Lord A. Perbaps then she desired you to Lady S. ''is very civil of you to contradict come and ask my consent ? me however.
Giles. Why as far as this here, my lord; Sir H. Eb! what's that-band's off, Dossy, to be sure, the miller did not care to publish don't come near me.
the bans, without making your lordship ac
quainted_But I hope your honour's not anWhy how now, miss pert, you think to divert
Lord A. Angry, farmer! why should you My anger by fawning and stroking ? think so ? - what interest have I in it to be Would you make me a fool,
angry? Your plaything, your tool?
Sir H. And so, honest farmer, you are Was ever young mins so provoking? going to be married to little Patty Fairfield ? Get out of my sight!
She's an old acquaintance of mine: how long 'Twould be serving you right,
have you and she been sweethearts ? To lay a sound dose of the lash on:
Giles. Not a long while, an please your Contradict your mamma!
worship. I've a mind by the la
Sir H. Well, her father's a good warm But I won't put myself in a passion.
take care that she brings [Exit Theo. something to make the pol boil?
Lady S. What does that concern you, sir Enter LORD AIMWORTH and GILES.
Harry? How often must I tell you of meddLord A. Come, farmer, you may come in, ling in other people's affairs ? there are none here but friends. — Sir Harry, Sir H. My lord, a penny for your thoughts?). your servant,
Lord A. I beg your pardon, sir Harry; Sir H. My lord, I kiss your lordship's hands upon my word, I did not think where I was. -I hope he did not overhear us squabbling. Giles. Well then, your honour, I'll make
[Aside. bold to be taking my leave; I may say you Lord A. Well now, master Giles, what is gave consent for miss Patty and I to go on. it you have got to say to me? if I can do Lord A. Undoubtedly, farmer, if she apyou any service, this company will give you proves of it: but are you not afraid that her leave to speak.
education has rendered her a little unsuitable Giles. I thank your lordship; I has not got for a wife for you? a great deal to say; I do come to your lord- Lady S. Ob, my lord, if the girl's handyship about a little business, if you'll please to Sir H. Oh, ay-when a girl's handy give me the hearing.
Giles. Handy! Why, saving respect, there's Lord A. Certainly, only let me know what nothing comes amiss to her; she's cute at it is.
every varsal kind of thing. Giles. Why, an please you, my lord, being left alone, as I may say, feyther dead, and all Odd's my life, search England over, the business upon my own hands, I do think An you match her in her station, of settling and taking a wife, and am come I'll be bound to fly the nation: to as your honour's consent.
And be sure as well I love her. Lord A. My consent, farmer! if that be ne- Do but feel my heart a beating, cessary, you have it with all my heart-I hope Still her pretty name repeating; you have taken care to make a prudent choice. Here's the work 'tis always at, Giles. Why I do hope so, my lord.
Pitty, patty, pat, pit, pat. Lord A. Well, and who is the happy fair
When she makes the music tinkle, one ? Does she live in my house?
What on yearth can sweeter be? Giles. No, my lord, she does not live in
Then her little eyes so twinkle, your house, but she's a parson of your ac
'Tis a fcast to hear and see. [Erit. quaintance.
Sir H. By dad, this is a good, merry fellow; Lord A. Of my acquaintance !
is not he, love? with his pitty patly-And so, Giles. No offence, I hope, your honour. Lord A. None in the least: but how is she he shall
' marry your mother's old housekeep
iny lord, you have given your consent that an acquaintance of mine ?
er. Ah, well, I can seeGiles. Your lordship do know miller Fairfield?
1) A yonng lady being once melancholy and thoughtful
in the presence of a gentleman for whom she had a Lord A. Well
sort of a tendre, which was returned on his part also, Giles. And Patty Fairfield, bis daughter, though neither party knew the sentiments of the other,
was thus accosted by the gentleman; “A penny for
your thoughts.” (I will give you a perny for your 'Lord A. Ay, is it her you think of marrying? thoughts.) “For the other odd (remaining) eleven
Giles. Why if so be as your lordship has pence you shall have thoughts and thinker," answered no objection; to be sure we will do nothing
the lady; the gentleman produced a shilling, and the
lady consented to marry him.-This is now often used, without your consent and approbation.
but not necessarily implying this meaning.
my lord ?
Lord A. Nobody doubts, sir Harry, that have not something to spare for poor Fanny you are very clear-sighted.
the gipsy. Sir H. Yes, yes, let me alone, I know what's Ralph. I tell you, Fan, the gentleman bas what; I was a young fellow once myself; no change about him; why the plague will and I should have been glad of a tenant to you be so troublesome? take a pretty girl off my hands now and then, Fan. Lord, what is it to you, if his booas well as another.
our has a mind to give me a trifle? Do Lord A. I prolest, my dear friend, I don't pray, gentleman, put your hand in your understand you.
Lady S. Nor nobody else--Sir Harry, you Mer. I am almost distracted! Ungrateful are going at some beastliness now.
Theodosia, to change so suddenly, and write Sir H. Who I, my lady? Not I, as I hope me such a letter! However, I am resolved to live and breathe; 'tis nothing to us you to have my dismission face to face; this letknow, what my lord does before he's married : ter may be forced from her by her mother, when I was a bachelor, I was a devil among who I know was never cordially my íriend the wenches myself; and yet I vow to George, I could not get a sight of her in London, but my lord, since I knew my lady Sycamore, here they will be less on their guard; and and we shall be man and wife eighteen years, see her I will, by one means or other, if we live till next Candlemas-day, I never Fan. Then your honour will not extent had to do
your charity ? Lady S. Sir llarry, come out of the room,
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I am young, and I am friendless,
alas! withal; I did not say any harm?
Sure my sorrows will be endless; Lady S. I see what you are driving at, you
In vain for help I call. want to make me faint.
Have some pity in your nature,
Though the gift be ne'er so small. come out this instant I shall fall down in the
[Mervin gives her Money chamber-I beg, my lord, you won't speak to him. Will you come out, sir Harry?
May you, possessing every blessing, Sir H. Nay but, my lady!
Still inherit, sir, all you merit, sir, Lady S. No. I will bave you out.
And never know what it is to want; [Exeunt Sir Harry and Lady Sycamore.
Sweet heaven your worship all happiness Lord A. This worthy baronet and his lady
(Eu are certainly a very whimsical couple; how- Ralph. Now I'll go and take that money ever, their daughter is perfectly amiable in from her; and I have a good mind to lick every respect and yet I am sorry I have her, so I have. brought her down here; for can I in honour Mer. Pho, pr’ythee stay where you are. marry her, while my affections are engaged, Ralph. Nay, but I hate to see a toad ss to another? To what does the pride of con- devilish greedy. dition and the censure of the world force me! Mer. Well, come, she has not got a great Must I then renounce the only person that deal, and I have thought how she may do te can make me happy; because, because what? a favour in her turn. because she's a miller's daughter? Vain pride Ralph. Ay, but you may put that out al and unjust censure! Has she not all the gra- your head, for I can tell you she won't. ces that education can give her sex, improved Mer. How so? by a genius seldom found among the highest ? | Ralph. How so, why she's as cunning as Has she not modesty, sweetness of temper, the devil. and beauty of person, capable of adorning a Mer. Oh, she is—I fancy I understand you rank the most exalted ? But it is too late to Well, in that case, friend Ralph-Your 82think of these things now; my hand is pro-me's Ralph, I think? mised, my honour cngaged: and if it was not Ralph. Yes, sir, at your service, for want so, she has engaged herself; the farmer is a of a better. person to her mind, and 'I have authorized Mer. I say then, friend Ralph, in that case, their union by my approbation,
we will remit the favour you think of, till the
lady. is in a more complying humour, and The madman thus, at times, we see,
try if she cannot serve me at present in some
other capacity— There are a good many gip With seeming reason blest ; His looks, his words, his thoughts are free,
sies hereabout, are there not? And speak a mind at rest,
Ralph. Softly - I have a whole gang of
them here in our barn; I bare kept them But short the calms of ease and sense, about the place these three months, and a And ah! uncertain too,
on account of she. While that idea lives from whence
Mer. Really. At first bis frenzy grew.
[Exit. Ralph. Yea, — but for your life don't say
a word of it to any Christian-I am in love Scene III. – A Village.
Mer. Indeed! Enter Ralpy, with Mervin in a riding Dress,
Ralph. Feyther 'is as mad with me abou followed by Fanny.
it as old Scratch; and I gets the plague and Fan. Ah, pray, your honour, try if you all of anger; but I don't mind tbal.
Mer. Well, friend Ralph, if you are in, Fan. This is a thing the most oddest, love, no doubt you have some influence over Some folks are so plaguily modest: your mistress; don't
Were we in the case,
Ralph prevail upon her, and her companions, to To be in their place,
Fan. supply me with one of their habits, and let (We'd carry it off with a disferent face. me go up with them to-day. to my lord Giles. Thus I take her by the lily hand, Aimworth's ?
So soft and wbite: Ralph. Why, do you want to go a mum- Ralph.
Why now that's right; ming ? 1) We never do that here but in the And kiss her too, mon, never stand. Christmas holidays.
What words can explain Mer. No matter; manage this for me, and My pleasure--my pain? manage it with secrecy, and I promise you Pat. It presses, it rises, shall not go unrewarded.
Giles. My heart it surprises, Ralph. Oh, as for that, sir, I don't look I can't keep it down, though I'd never for any thing I can easily get you a bundle
so fain. of their rags; but I don't know whether you'll Fan. So here the play ends, prevail on them to go up to my lord's, be- The lovers are friends, cause they are afraid of a big dog that's in Ralph. Hush. the yard; but I'll tell you what I can do; I Fan. Tush! can go up before you and have the dog fast- Giles.
Nah! (ned, for I know his kennel.
Pbaw! Mer. That will do very well—By means of All. What torments exceeding, what joys this disguise I shall probably get a sight of
are above, her; and I leave the rest to love and fortune. The pains and the pleasures that wait
[Ereunt. Why quits the merchant, blest with case, The pleasures of his native seat,
ACT II. To tempt the dangers of the seas,
Scene 1.-A marble Portico, ornamented And climes more perilous than these,
with Slatues, which opens from LORD 'Midst freezing cold, or scorching heat ? AIMWORTH's House; two Chairs near the He knows the hardships, knows the pain,
Enter LORD AIMWORTH, reading.
. the situation I am now in show me to most
Lord A. In how contemptible a light would SCENE IV. -The Mill.
of the fine men of the present age? In love
with a country girl; rivalled by, a poor fellow, Enter Patty, Ralph, Giles, and Fanny.
one of my meanest tenants, and uneasy at it! Giles. So bis lordship, was as willing as If I had a mind to ber, I know they would the flowers in May—and as I was coming tell me I ought to have taken care to make along, who should I meet but your father myself easy long ago, when I had her in my and be bid me run in all haste and tell you power. But I have the testimony of my own - for we were sure you would be deadly heart in my favour; and I think, was it to do glad.
again, I should act as I have done. Let's see Pat. I know not what business you had to what we have here. Perhaps a book may go to my lord's at all, farmer.
compose my thoughts. [Reads, and throws Giles. Nay, I only did as I was desired— the Book away] It's to no purpose; I can't Master Fairfield bid 'me tell you moreover, as read, I can't think, I can't do any thing. how be would have you go up to my lord, out of hand, and thank him.
Ralph. So she ought; and take off those Ah! how vainly mortals treasure clothes, and put on what's more becoming Hopes of bappiness and pleasure, ber station: you know my father spoke to Hard and doubtful to obtain! you of tbat this morning tov.
By what standards false we measure; Pat. Brother, I shall obey my father.
Ways to ruin,
Pat. Now comes the trial: no, my sentence Giles. Miss Pat!
is already pronounced, and I will meet my What!
fate with prudence and resolution,
Nay, I only spoke. Lord A. Who's there?
Pat. I humbly beg pardon, my lord, for 1) The mummers are generally a number of young men who go about in the country towns, dressed up with pressing so abruptly into your presence: but fine gold and silver paper sewed to their cloaths. I was told I might walk this way; and I am at Christmas time, to get something for repeating an old come by my father's commands to thank your mystery in rhyme, something about si: George and lordship for all your favours. the Dragon,-i remember a couple of lines ibus : “I am the bold Si. George, the knight,
Lord A. Favours, Patty; what favours? I Go forth with sword and shield to fight." have done you none: but why this metamor
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knees I pray
prospects in life.
phosis? I protest, if you had not spoke , Il. Pat. Upon my knees, upon my should not have known you; I never saw you it; may every earthly bliss attend you! mas wear such clothes as these in my mother's your days prove an uninterrupted course of life-time,
delightful tranquillity, and your mutual friendPat. No, my lord, it was her ladyships ship, confidence, and love, end but with your pleasure I should wear better, and therefore I lives obeyed; but it is now my duty to dress in a Lord A. Rise, Patty, rise; say no moremanner more suitable to my station and future I suppose you'll wait upon miss Sycamore
before you go away_at present I have a little Lord A. I am afraid, Patty, you are too business-As I said, Party, don't afflict youhumble-come sit down -- nay, I will have it self: I have been somewhat hasty with regard so. [They sit) What is it I have been told to the farmer; but since I see how deeply to-day, Patty? It seems you are going to be are interested in his affairs, I may possibly married.
alter my designs with regard to bim - You Pat. Yes, my lord.
know-you know, Patty, your marriage with Lord A.' Well, and don't you think you bim is no concern of mine-I only speatcould have made a better choice than farmer Giles? I should imagine your person, your
A I R. accomplishments, might have entitled you to My passion in vain I attempt to dissemble: look higher.
'Th' endeavour to hide it, but makes it appear Pat. Your lordship is pleased to over-rate Enraptur'd I gaze; when I touch ber I tremble, my little merit: the education I received in And speak to and hear her with falt'ring your family does not entitle me to forget my
and fear. origin; and the farmer is my equal.
By how many cruel ideas tormented! Lord A. In what respect? The degrees of My blood's in a ferment; it freezes, it buras
! rank and fortune, my dear Patty, are arbitrary This moment I wish, what the next is repented: distinctions, unworthy the regard of those who
While love, rage, and jealousy rack me by consider justly; the true standard of equality
. is seated in the mind: those who think nobly
Enter GILES. Pat. The farmer, my lord, is a very honest man. Giles. Miss Pat - Odd rabbit it, I thought Lord A. So he may: I don't suppose he his honour was here; and I wish I may
die would break into a house, or commit a rob-lif my heart did not jump into my mouthbery on the highway: what do you tell me of Come, come down in all haste; there's such a his honesty for?
rig below as you never køew in your bern Pat. I did not mean to offend your lordship. days. There's as good as forty of the tenants,
Lord A. Offend! I am not offended, Patty; men and maidens, have got upon the Japan not at all offended — But is there any great before the castle, with Pipers
; merit in a man's being honest?
just for all the world as tho'f it was MayPat. I don't say there is, my lord. day; and the quality's looking at them out of
Lord A. The farmer is an ill-bred, illiterate the windows - 'tis as true as any thing; c booby; and what happiness can you propose account of my lord's coming home with his to yourself in such a society? Then, as to his new lady. person, I am sure - But perhaps, Pally, you
Pat. Well, and what then? like him; and if so, I am doing a wrong thing, Giles. Why I was thinking, if so be as Pat. Upon my word, my Jord
you would come down, as we might take a Lord Å. Nay, I see you do: he has had the dance together: little Sall, farmer Harrow's good fortune to please you; and in that case daughter, of the green, would fain bave had you are certainly in the right to follow your me for a partner; but I said as how I'd go inclinations. I must tell you one thing, Patty, for one I liked better, one that I'd make a however-I hope you won't think it unfriendly partner for life. of me, but I am determined farmer Giles shall Pat. Did you say so? not stay, a moment on my estate after next Giles. Yes; and she was struck all of a quarter-day.
heap-she had not a word to throw to a dogPat. I hope, my lord, he has not incurred for Sall and I kept company once for a your displeasure
little bit. Lord A. That's of no signification. — Could Pat. Farmer, I am going to say something I lind as many good qualities in bim as you to you, and I' desire you will listen to it atdo, perhaps-But 'tis enough, he's a fellow entively. It seems you think of our being don't like; and" as you have a regard for him, married together. I would bave you advise him to provide Giles. Think! why I think of nothing else: himself.
it's all over the place, mun, as how you are Pat. My lord, I am very unfortunate.
to be my spouse; and you would not believe Lord A. She loves him, 'tis plain. [ Aside] what game folks make of me. Come, Patty, I would not willingly do any Pat. Shall I talk to you like a friend, farthing to make you uneasy. Have you seen mer? — You and I were never miss Sycamore yet?– I suppose you kniiw she one another; and I am morally certain we and I are going to be married?
should not be bappy. Pat. So I hear, my lord.—Heaven make you Giles. Oh! as for that matter, I Berer bar both happy
no words with nobody. Lord A. Thank you, Patty; I hope we shall Pat. Shall I speak plainer to you be happy.
I don't like you.