|DUDLEY. It is.||5|
BEL. You command a company, I think, Captain Dudley?
DUDLEY. I did: I am now upon half-pay.
BEL. You've served some time?
|DUDLEY. A pretty many years; long enough||10|
BEL. Their merit I may have some doubt of; their interest I can readily give credit to; there is
|little promotion to be looked for in your profes||15|
DUDLEY. I believe so too. Have you any other business with me, may I ask?
BEL. Your patience for a moment. I was in
|formed you was about to join your regiment||20|
DUDLEY. I have been soliciting an exchange to a company on full-pay, quartered at James's Fort, in Senegambia; but, I'm afraid, I must drop the under
BEL. Why so, pray?
DUDLEY. Why so, sir? 'Tis a home question for a perfect stranger to put; there is something very particular in all this.
|BEL. If it is not impertinent, sir, allow me||30|
DUDLEY. Why really, sir, mine is an obvious reason for a soldier to have -- want of money;
BEL. May I beg to know the sum you have occasion for?
DUDLEY. Truly, sir, I cannot exactly tell you on a sudden; nor is it, I suppose, of any great conse
|quence to you to be informed; but I should||40|
BEL. And do you find a difficulty in raising that sum upon your pay? 'Tis done every day.
|DUDLEY. The nature of the climate makes it||45|
BEL. Oh! that's a circumstance may make for you, as well as against: in short, Captain Dudley, it so happens, that I can command the sum of two
|hundred pounds: seek no farther; I'll accom||50|
DUDLEY. Sir! do I understand you rightly? -- I beg your pardon; but am I to believe that you are in earnest?
|BEL. What is your surprise? Is it an un||55|
DUDLEY. I ask your pardon -- May I beg to
|know to whom? Do you propose this in the||60|
BEL. Entirely: I have no other business on earth.
DUDLEY. Indeed! you are not a broker, I'm persuaded.
|BEL. I am not.||65|
DUDLEY. Nor an army agent, I think?
BEL. I hope you will not think the worse of me for being neither; in short, sir, if you will peruse this paper, it will explain to you who I am, and upon
|what terms I act; while you read it, I will step||70|
DUDLEY. Humph! there's something very odd in
|all this -- let me see what we've got here --||75|
|Hold; here's a writing; perhaps that will show||80|
Enter MAJOR O'FLAHERTY.
MAJOR. Save you, my dear! Is it you now that are Captain Dudley, I would ask? -- Whuh! What's the hurry the man's in? If 'tis the lad that run out of the shop you would overtake, you might
|as well stay where you are, by my soul, he's as||5|
|man, read it; and I'll have a word with you, after||10|
DUDLEY. More miracles on foot! So, so, from Lady Rusport.
O'FLAHERTY. You're right, it is from her ladyship.
|DUDLEY. Well, sir, I have cast my eye over it;||15|
O'FLAHERTY. Not at all, my dear, not at all.
DUDLEY. Have you any message from Lady
O'FLAHERTY. Not a syllable, honey; only when you've digested the letter, I've a little bit of a message to deliver you from myself.
DUDLEY. And may I beg to know who yourself is?
|O'FLAHERTY. Dennis O'Flaherty, at your||25|
DUDLEY. So much for your name and title, sir; now be so good to favor me with your message.
O'FLAHERTY. Why, then, Captain, I must tell
|you I have promised Lady Rusport you shall do||30|
DUDLEY. Ay, indeed; have you undertaken so
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Publication information: 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: 732.