tremely fond of her, I am sure. You can't imagine how happy I was in her company. Poor Charles! she soon made a conquest of him, and no wonder. She has so many elegant accomplishments! such
|an infinite fund of cheerfulness, and good||90|
MRS. OAK. Lord! you seem quite in raptures about her.
OAK. Raptures! not at all. I was only telling you
|the young lady's character. I thought you||95|
MRS. OAK. O, Charles! True, as you say, Charles will be mighty happy.
|OAK. Don't you think so?||100|
MRS. OAK. I am convinced of it. Poor Charles! I am much concerned for him. He must be very uneasy about her. I was thinking whether we could be of any service to him in this affair.
|OAK. Were you, my love? that is very good||105|
|MRS. OAK. Well, what is it? (Eagerly.)||110|
OAK. That is so kind! Lord, my dear, if you would but always consider things in this proper
|light, and continue this amiable temper, we||115|
MRS. OAK. I believe so. But what's your proposal?
OAK. I am sure you'll like it. Charles, you know,
|may perhaps be so lucky as to meet with this||120|
MRS. OAK. True.
OAK. Now I was thinking, that he might, with your leave, my dear --
|MRS. OAK. Well?||125|
OAK. Bring her home here.
MRS. OAK. How!
OAK. Yes, bring her home here, my dear! It will make poor Charles's mind quite easy; and you
|may take her under your protection, till her||130|
MRS. OAK. Amazing! this is even beyond my expectation.
OAK. Why, what --
|MRS. OAK. Was there ever such assurance!||135|
OAK. Nay, I never conceived -- I thought you would have approved --
|MRS. OAK. What! make me your con||140|
OAK. Lord, this is the strangest misapprehension! I am quite astonished.
|MRS. OAK. Astonished! Yes; confused, de||145|
OAK. The letter! why, sure that --
MRS. OAK. Is sufficiently explained. You have made it very clear to me. Now I am convinced. I have no doubt of your perfidy. But I thank you
|for some hints you have given me, and you may||155|
|OAK. Nay, but --||160|
MRS. OAK. Go, go! I have no doubt of your falsehood. Away! Exit.
[ OAK.] Was there ever anything like this? Such unaccountable behavior! Angry I don't know why!
|jealous of I know not what! pretending to be||165|
[Enter] TOILET crossing the stage.
|Toilet! where are you going?||170|
TOIL. To order the porter to let in no company to my lady to-day. She won't see a single soul, sir.
OAK. What an unhappy woman! Now will she sit all day, feeding on her suspicions, till she has
|convinced herself of the truth of them.||175|
[Enter] JOHN crossing the stage.
Well, sir, what's your business?
JOHN. Going to order the chariot, sir. My lady's going out immediately. Exit.
OAK. Going out! what is all this? But every way
|she makes me miserable. Wild and ungovern||180|
Enter LADY FREELOVEwith a card. Servant following.
L. FREE. (reading as she enters). 'And will take the liberty of waiting on her ladyship en cavalier, as____________________