BEL. Hell and vexation! Get out of the room, or I shall run distracted. Exit MRS. FULMER. Of a certain, Belcour, thou art born to be the fool
|of woman: sure no man sins with so much||145|
|everything protests against that. How shall||150|
|presented me with one; apt, obvious, honor-||155|
MRS. FULMERintroducing MISS DUDLEY.
MRS. F. Miss Dudley, this is the worthy gentleman you wish to see; this is Mr. Belcour.
LOUISA (aside). As I live, the very man that beset me in the streets.
|BEL. (aside). An angel, by this light! Oh I||5|
LOUISA. Mrs. Fulmer, sir, informs me you are the gentleman from whom my father has received such civilities.
|BEL. Oh! never name 'em.||10|
LOUISA. Pardon me, Mr. Belcour, they must be both named and remembered; and if my father was here --
BEL I am much better pleased with his repre
LOUISA. That title is my brother's, sir; I have no claim to it.
BEL. I believe it.
LOUISA. But as neither he nor my father were
|fortunate enough to be at home, I could not||20|
BEL. Nor I neither, by my soul, madam: let us improve it, therefore. I am in love with you to distraction; I was charmed at the first glance;
|I attempted to accost you; you fled; I followed;||25|
LOUISA. You astonish me! Are you in your
|senses, or do you make a jest of my misfortunes?||30|
BEL. Upon my life, no: as you are the handsomest
|woman I ever met, so you are the first to whom||35|
|LOUISA. Don't build upon that, sir; I must||40|
|BEL. Oh! ye gods and goddesses, how her||45|
MRS. F. Stay, sir; if you stir a step after her, I renounce your interest forever; why you'll ruin everything.
|BEL. Well, I must have her, cost what it will:||50|
MRS. F. 'Tis exactly as I told you; your money
|she calls dross; she's too proud to stain her||55|
BEL. Take 'em; let 'em go; lay 'em at her feet; I must get out of the scrape as I can; my propensity
|is irresistible: there! you have 'em; they are||60|
|MRS. F. How can I tell that? Don't you see||65|
|pockets with you -- Ha! ha! ha!||70|
LADY RUSPORT'S house.
MISS RUSPORTenters, followed by a Servant.
CHARLOTTE. Desire Mr. Stockwell to walk in.
STOCK. Madam, your most obedient servant: I am honored with your commands, by Captain Dudley; and have brought the money with me as
|you directed: I understand the sum you have||5|
CHARLOTTE. It is, sir; I am quite confounded at your taking this trouble upon yourself, Mr. Stockwell.
|STOCK. There is a bank-note, madam, to the||10|