see me downstairs, and leave the lover to think of his last game for the prize. Exeunt TOM and PHILLIS.
MYRT. I think I will instantly attempt this wild
|expedient. The extravagance of it will make||85|
|of me -- I know not how to reassume myself and||90|
The next delight to transport with the fair,
Is to relieve her in her hours of care. Exit. 95
Scene, SEALAND'S, house.
Enter PHILLIS, with lights, before MYRTLE, disguised like old SIR GEOFFRY, supported by MRS. SEALAND, LUCINDA, and CIMBERTON.
MRS. SEAL Now I have seen you thus far, Sir Geoffry, will you excuse me a moment while I give my necessary orders for your accommodation?
Exit MRS. SEALAND.
MYRT. I have not seen you, cousin Cimberton,
|since you were ten years old; and as it is incum||5|
|into our house,||10|
LUC. (aside). Deuce on 'em! Am I a merchant because my father is?
MYRT. But is he directly a trader at this time?
CIMB. There's no hiding the disgrace, sir; he trades
|to all parts of the world,||15|
MYRT. We never had one of our family before who descended from persons that did anything.
CIMB. Sir, since it is a girl that they have, I am, for the honor of my family, willing to take it in again, and to sink her into our name, and no harm done.
MYRT. 'Tis prudently and generously resolved. Is this the young thing?
CIMB. Yes, sir.
PHIL. [aside to LUCINDA]. Good madam, don't be
|out of humor, but let them run to the utmost of||25|
MYRT. Can't I see her nearer? My eyes are but weak.
PHIL. [still aside]. Beside, I am sure the uncle has
|something worth your notice. I'll take care to||30|
CIMB. Madam, this old gentleman, your great- uncle, desires to be introduced to you and to see you
|nearer. -- Approach, sir.||35|
MYRT. By your leave, young lady. (Puts on spectacles.) -- Cousin Cimberton! She has exactly that sort of neck and bosom for which my sister Gertrude was so much admired in the year sixty-one,
|before the French dresses first discovered any||40|
LUC. (aside). What a very odd situation am I in!-- though I cannot but be diverted at the extravagance of their humors, equally unsuitable to their age. -- Chin, quotha! I don't believe my passionate 45 lover there knows whether I have one or not. Ha! ha!
MYRT. Madam, I would not willingly offend, but I have a better glass --- (Pulls out a large one.)
Enter PHILLISto CIMBERTON.
PHIL. Sir, my lady desires to show the apartment
|to you that she intends for Sir Geoffry.||50|
CIMB. Well, sir, by that time you have sufficiently gazed and sunned yourself in the beauties of my spouse there, I will wait on you again.
Exeunt CIMBERTONand PHILLIS.
MYRT. Were it not, madam, that I might be
|troublesome, there is something of importance,||55|
LUC. [aside]. There is something in this old fellow, methinks, that raises my curiosity.
|MYRT. To be free, madam, I as heartily con||60|
LUC. Surprising!- I hope, then, sir, you will not
|contribute to the wrong you are so generous as to||65|
MYRT. This hand of mine shall never be employed to sign anything against your good and happiness.
LUC. I am sorry, sir, it is not in my power to make
|you proper acknowledgments, but there is a||70|
MYRT. All the thanks I desire, madam, are in your power to give.
|LUC. Name them, and command them.||75|
MYRT. Only, madam, that the first time you are alone with your lover you will with open arms receive him.
LUC. As willingly as his heart could wish it.
|MYRT. Thus, then, he claims your promise. --||80|
LUC. Oh! a cheat! a cheat! a cheat!____________________