how it is, and it would not be kind to say all I know. I dare not tell you what I have heard. Only be on your guard: there can be no harm in that. Do you be against giving the girl any countenance, and see
|what effect it has.||340|
MRS. OAK. I Will. I am much obliged -- But does it appear to your ladyship, then, that Mr. Oakly --
L. FREE. No, not at all. Nothing in't, I dare say.
|I would not create uneasiness in a family: but||345|
MRS. OAK. I think so. Your ladyship's humble
L. FREE. Your servant, madam. Pray don't be alarmed; I must insist on your not making yourself uneasy.
MRS. OAK. Not at all alarmed; not in the least
|uneasy. Your most obedient. Exit.||355|
L. FREE. Ha, ha, ha! There she goes, brimful of anger and jealousy, to vent it all on her husband. Mercy on the poor man!
Enter LORD TRINKET.
Bless me, my lord! I thought you were gone.
|L. TRINK. Only into the next room. My||360|
L. FREE. How the silly creature took it! Ha,
L. TRINK. Ha, ha, ha! My dear Lady Freelove, you have a deal of ingenuity, a deal of esprit, 'pon honor.
L. FREE. A little shell thrown into the enemy's
|works, that's all.||370|
BOTH. Ha, ha, ha, ha!
L. FREE. But I must leave you. I have twenty visits to pay. You'll let me know how you succeed in your secret expedition.
|L. TRINK. That you may depend on.||375|
L. FREE. Remember then that to-morrow morning I expect to see you. At present your lordship will excuse me. Who's there? (Calling to the Servants.) Send Epingle into my dressing-room.
LORD TRINKET solus.
|L. TRINK. So! If O'Cutter and his myr||380|
|knows the world too, assisting me in this de||385|
|when I have had the entamure,1 let who will||390|
Scene changes to MR. OAKLY'S.
Enter HARRIOT, following a Servant.
HAR. Not at home! are you sure that Mrs. Oakly is not at home, sir?
SERV. She is just gone out, madam.
HAR. I have something of consequence -- If you
|will give me leave, sir, I will wait till she returns.||5|
SERV. You would not see her, if you did, madam. She has given positive orders not to be interrupted with any company to-day.
HAR. Sure, sir, if you were to let her know that I
|had particular business --||10|
SERV. I should not dare to trouble her, indeed, madam.
HAR. How unfortunate this is! What can I do? Pray, sir, can I see Mr. Oakly then?
|SERV. Yes, madam: I'll acquaint my master,||15|
HAR. Pray do, sir.
SERV. Will you favor me with your name, madam?
|HAR. Be pleased, sir, to let him know that a||20|
SERV. I shall, madam. Exit Servant.
[HAR.] I wish I could have seen Mrs. Oakly! What an unhappy situation am I reduced to! What
|will the world say of me? and yet what could I||25|
|Mr. Oakly's protection; a circumstance (all||30|
|by my father's obstinate perseverance to force||35|
OAK. (at entering). Where is this lady? (Seeing her.) Bless me, Miss Russet, is it you? -- (Aside.) Was ever anything so unlucky? [Aloud.] Is it pos
|sible, madam, that I see you here?||40|