with the caution of a jockey, and pays no more compliment to her personal charms than if she were a
BEV. JUN. Are you sure that is not affected? I
have known some women sooner set on fire by that
sort of negligence than by --
MYRT. No, no! hang him, the rogue has no art;
|it is pure, simple insolence and stupidity. ||65|
BEV. JUN. Yet with all this, I don't take him for
MYRT. I own the man is not a natural; he has a
very quick sense, though very slow understanding.
circumstances of time and place to be very just and
|He says, indeed, many things that want only the ||70|
BEV. JUN. Well, you may be sure of me if you can
disappoint him; but my intelligence says the mother
articles for his marriage with Lucinda, though those
for mine with her are, by her father's order, ready
for signing. But it seems she has not thought fit to
consult either him or his daughter in the matter.
|has actually sent for the conveyancer to draw ||75|
Neither Lucinda nor her father will ever be brought
to comply with it; besides, I am sure Cimberton can
make no settlement upon her without the concurrence of his great-uncle, Sir Geoffry, in the west.
| MYRT. Pshaw! a poor, troublesome woman. ||80|
the very point that is now laid before her counsel, to
know whether a firm settlement can be made without this uncle's actual joining in it. Now pray consider, sir, when my affair with Lucinda comes -- as
|BEV. JUN. Well, sir, and I can tell you that's ||85|
sure that Cimberton's fortune may not then tempt
her father, too, to hear his proposals?
|it soon must -- to an open rupture, how are you ||90|
MYRT. There you are right, indeed; that must be
provided against. Do you know who are her counsel?
out that, too: they are Sergeant Bramble and old
Target -- by the way, they are neither of 'em known
in the family. Now, I was thinking why you might
not put a couple of false counsel upon her to delay
|BEV. JUN. Yes, for your service I have found ||95|
probably let you into the bottom of her whole design
|and confound matters a little; besides, it may ||100|
MYRT. As how, pray?
BEV. JUN. Why can't you slip on a black wig and
|a gown, and be old Bramble yourself? ||105|
MYRT. Ha! I don't dislike it. -- But what shall
I do for a brother in the case?
BEV. JUN. What think you of my fellow Tom?
The rogue's intelligent, and is a good mimic. All his
old Target's case. Nay, it would be an immoral
thing to mock him, were it not that his impertinence
is the occasion of its breaking out to that degree.
The conduct of the scene will chiefly lie upon you.
|part will be but to stutter heartily, for that's ||110|
Tom to my chambers I will give him full instructions.
This will certainly give me occasion to raise difficulties, to puzzle or confound her project for a while
| MYRT. I like it of all things. If you'll send ||115|
we are right, then. And now, Charles, your apprehension of my marrying her is all you have to get
|BEV. JUN. I'll warrant you success. So far ||120|
MYRT. Dear Bevil, though I know you are my
own interest in the thing, I know no objection she
can make to you or you to her, and therefore hope --
|friend, yet when I abstract myself from my ||125|
BEV. JUN. Dear Myrtle, I am as much obliged to
you for the cause of your suspicion as I am offended
ures for your certain security, and that all things
with regard to me will end in your entire satisfaction.
|at the effect; but be assured, I am taking meas ||130|
MYRT. Well, I'll promise you to be as easy and as
confident as I can, though I cannot but remember
|that I have more than life at stake on your fi ||135|
BEV. JUN. Then depend upon it, you have no
chance against you.
MYRT. Nay, no ceremony-you know I must
|be going. Exit MYRTLE. ||140|
BEY. JUN. Well! This is another instance of
the perplexities which arise, too, in faithful friendship. We must often in this life go on in our good
offices even under the displeasure of those to whom
and mistakes. -- But all this while poor Indiana is
tortured with the doubt of me. She has no support or comfort but in my fidelity, yet sees me daily
pressed to marriage with another. How painful, in
|we do them, in compassion to their weaknesses ||145|
me! I'll let her see at least my conduct to her is
not changed. I'll take this opportunity to visit her;
for though the religious vow I have made to my
father restrains me from ever marrying without his
|such a crisis, must be every hour she thinks on ||150|
seeing a virtuous woman that is the pure delight of
my eyes and the guiltless joy of my heart. But the
best condition of human life is but a gentler misery.
To hope for perfect happiness is vain,
|approbation, yet that confines me not from ||155|
|And love has ever its allays of pain. Exit. ||160|
Enter ISABELLA and INIDIANA in her own lodgings.
ISAB. Yes, I say 'tis artifice, dear child: I say to
thee again and again, 'tis all skill and management.
IND. Will you persuade me there can be an ill design in supporting me in the condition of a woman of
|quality -- attended, dressed, and lodged like ||5|
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Book title: British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan.
Contributors: George Henry Nettleton - Editor, Arthur Eillicot Case - Editor.
Publisher: Boston ; Houghton Mifflin company,..
Place of publication: Boston; New York.
Publication year: 1939.
Page number: 451.
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