British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan

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MED. In a chair.

FOOT. [to DORIMANT]. You may have a hackney coach if you please, sir.

DOR. I may ride the elephant if I please, sir.

Call another chair and let my coach follow 595
to Long's.

Be calm ye great parents, etc.

Exeunt, singing.


ACT II

[SCENE I]

[LADY TOWNLEY'S house.]

Enter my LADY TOWNLEYand EMILIA.

L. TOWN. I was afraid, Emilia, all had been discovered.

EMIL. I tremble with the apprehension still.

L. TOWN. That my brother should take lodgings

i'the very house where you lie! 5

EMIL. 'Twas lucky we had timely notice to warn the people to be secret. He seems to be a mighty good-humored old man.

L. TOWN. He ever had a notable smirking way

with him. 10

EMIL. He calls me rogue, tells me he can't abide me, and does so bepat me.

L. TOWN. On my word, you are much in his favor then.

EMIL. He has been very inquisitive, I am 15
told, about my family, my reputation, and my fortune.

L. TOWN. I am confident he does not i'the least suspect you are the woman his son's in love with.

EMIL. What should make him, then, inform 20
himself so particularly of me?

L. TOWN. He was always of a very loving temper himself; it may be he has a doting fit upon him -- who knows?

EMIL. It cannot be. 25

Enter YOUNG BELLAIR.

L. TOWN. Here comes my nephew. -- Where did you leave your father?

Y. BELL. Writing a note within. Emilia, this early visit looks as if some kind jealousy would not

let you rest at home. 30

EMIL. The knowledge I have of my rival gives me a little cause to fear your constancy.

Y. BELL My constancy! I vow --

EMIL. Do not vow. Our love is frail as is our life

and full as little in our power; and are you sure 35
you shall outlive this day?

Y. BELL. I am not; but when we are in perfect health, 'twere an idle thing to fright ourselves with the thoughts of sudden death.

L. TOWN. Pray, what has passed between 40
you and your father i'the garden?

Y. BELL. He's firm in his resolution, tells me I must marry Mrs. Harriet, or swears he'll marry himself and disinherit me. When I saw I could not

prevail with him to be more indulgent, I dis­ 45
sembled an obedience to his will, which has composed his passion and will give us time -- and, I hope, opportunity -- to deceive him.

Enter OLD BELLAIR with a note in his hand.

L. TOWN. Peace, here he comes!

O. BELL. Harry, take this and let your man 50
carry it for me to Mr. Fourbe's1 chamber, my lawyer i'the Temple.2 [Exit YOUNG BELLAIR.] (To EMILIA.) Neighbor, a dod! I am glad to see thee here. -- Make much of her, sister; she's one of the
best of your acquaintance. I like her counte­ 55
nance and her behavior well; she has a modesty that is not common i'this age, a dod, she has!

L. TOWN. I know her value, brother, and esteem her accordingly.

O. BELL. Advise her to wear a little more 60
mirth in her face; a dod, she's too serious.

L. TOWN. The fault is very excusable in a young woman.

O. BELL. Nay, a dod, I like her ne'er the worse.

A melancholy beauty has her charms. I love 65
a pretty sadness in a face, which varies now and then, like changeable colors, into a smile.

L. TOWN. Methinks you speak very feelingly, brother.

O. BELL. I am but five and fifty, sister, you 70
know -- an age not altogether unsensible. -- (To EMILIA.) Cheer up, sweetheart! I have a secret to tell thee may chance to make thee merry. We three will make collation together anon; i'the mean
time, mum, I can't abide you! go, I can't abide 75
you!

Enter YOUNG BELLAIR.

-- Harry, come! you must along with me to my Lady Woodvill's. -- I am going to slip the boy at3 a mistress.

Y. BELL. At a wife, sir, you would say. 80

O. BELL. You need not look so glum, sir; a wife is no curse when she brings the blessing of a good estate with her; but an idle town flirt, with a painted face, a rotten reputation, and a crazy fortune, a dod!

____________________
1
'Fourbe' is a 'label' name, meaning a cheat.
2
The center of the life of the legal profession in London, lying between Fleet Street and the Thames.
3
Release the boy in pursuit of (a hunting term).
51
] Q1Q2 Fourbes: cf. V. ii. 13, 33.
77
, 78] Q2 to lady

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