take him for using it, and the macaronies for
|blunder upon that word? Now the deuce ||100|
A room in STOCKWELL'S house.
STOCK. Gratify me so far, however, Mr. Belcour,
as to see Miss Rusport; carry her the sum she wants,
and return the poor girl her box of diamonds, which
Dudley left in my hands; you know what to say
your commission I leave to your own discretion, and
you may season it with what gallantry you think fit.
|on the occasion better than I do; that part of ||5|
BEL. You could not have pitched upon a greater
bungler at gallantry than myself, if you had rum
court of aldermen into the bargain: part of your
errand, however, I will do; but whether it shall be
with an ill grace, or a good one, depends upon the
caprice of a moment, the humor of the lady, the
|maged every company in the city, and the whole ||10|
able small circumstances that nevertheless determine
us upon all the great occasions of life.
|mode of our meeting, and a thousand undefin ||15|
STOCK. I persuade myself you will find Miss
Rusport an ingenuous, worthy, animated girl.
but name her not to me, as a wife! No, if ever I
marry, it must be a staid, sober, considerate damsel,
with blood in her veins as cold as a turtle's; quick
of scent as a vulture when danger's in the wind,
|BEL. Why, I like her the better, as a woman; ||20|
treachery is on foot: with such a companion at my
elbow, forever whispering in my ear -- 'Have a
care of this man, he's a cheat; don't go near that
woman, she's a flirt; over head there's a scaffold,
|wary and sharp-sighted as a hawk when ||25|
might lead me up and down this great city without
difficulty or danger; but with a girl of Miss Rusport's
complexion, heaven and earth! Sir, we should
be duped, undone, and distracted, in a fortnight.
|under foot there's a well'; oh! sir, such a woman ||30|
wondrous circumspect of a sudden, pupil; and if
you can find such a prudent damsel as you describe,
you have my consent -- only beware how you choose;
discretion is not the reigning quality amongst the
|STOCK. Ha! ha! ha! Why you are become ||35|
Miss Rusport's particular I have given you no
|fine ladies of the present time; and I think in ||40|
BEL. Well, well, if you'll fetch me the jewels,
I believe I can undertake to carry them to her;
with that; Dudley would be your fittest ambassador
on that occasion; and, if I mistake not, the most
agreeable to the lady.
|but as for the money, I'll have nothing to do ||45|
STOCK. Why, indeed, from what I know of the
find its way into his pockets. Exit.
|matter, it may not improbably be destined to ||50|
BEL. Then depend upon it these are not the
only trinkets she means to dedicate to Captain
Dudley. As for me, Stockwell indeed wants me
this incognita, out of my head, I can never think
of any other woman.
|to marry; but till I can get this bewitching girl, ||55|
Servant enters, and delivers a letter.
Hey-day! Where can I have picked up a correspondent already? 'Tis a most execrable manu
is Martha Fulmer? Pshaw! I won't be at the
trouble of deciphering her damned pothooks. Hold,
hold, hold! What have we got here?
|script -- Let me see -- Martha Fulmer -- Who ||60|
smitten with, and can procure you an interview with
her; if you can be as generous to a pretty girl as you
was to a paltry old captain -- (How did she find
that out!) -- you need not despair: come to me im
|I've discovered the lady you was so much||65|
|mediately; the lady is now in my house, and ||70|
O thou dear, lovely, and enchanting paper, which I
devoutly I entreat thy pardon: I have slighted thy
contents, which are delicious; slandered thy characters, which are divine; and all the atonement I
can make is implicitly to obey thy mandates.
|was about to tear into a thousand scraps, ||75|
letter encloses bills for the money; and, if you will
deliver it to Miss Rusport, you'll have no farther
trouble on that score.
|STOCK. Mr. Belcour, here are the jewels; this ||80|
BEL. Ah, sir! the letter which I've been reading
you have been writing: I have other game on foot;
the loveliest girl my eyes ever feasted upon is
started in view, and the world cannot now divert
me from pursuing her.
|disqualifies me for delivering the letter which ||85|
thus on a sudden?
|STOCK. Hey-day! What has turned you ||90|
BEL. A woman: one that can turn, and overturn
me and my tottering resolutions every way she
will. Oh, sir, if this is folly in me, you must rail____________________
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Book title: British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan.
Contributors: George Henry Nettleton - Editor, Arthur Eillicot Case - Editor.
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Place of publication: Boston; New York.
Publication year: 1939.
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