amount: your jewels are in safe hands, and will be delivered to you directly. If I had been happy in being better known to you, I should have hoped you would not have thought it necessary to place
|a deposit in my hands for so trifling a sum as||15|
CHARLOTTE. The baubles I sent you may very well be spared; and, as they are the only security, in my present situation, I can give you, I could wish
|you would retain them in your hands: when I||20|
STOCK. It is obvious, Miss Rusport, that your charms will suffer no impeachment by the absence
|of these superficial ornaments; but they should||25|
|CHARLOTTE. Mr. Stockwell is determined not||30|
STOCK. I have only to request, madam, that you will allow Mr. Belcour, a young gentleman in whose happiness I particularly interest myself, to
|have the honor of delivering you the box of||35|
CHARLOTTE. Most gladly; any friend of yours cannot fail of being welcome here.
STOCK. I flatter myself you will not find him totally undeserving your good opinion; an ed 40 ucation, not of the strictest kind, and strong animal spirits, are apt sometimes to betray him into youthful irregularities; but an high principle of honor, and an uncommon benevolence, in the eye of candor, will,
|I hope, atone for any faults, by which these||45|
CHARLOTTE. I dare say Mr. Belcour's behavior wants no apology: we've no right to be over strict in canvassing the morals of a common acquaintance.
|STOCK. I wish it may be my happiness to see||50|
CHARLOTTE. Nor need you, Mr. Stockwell: I
|shall be studious to deserve his friendship; and,||55|
|me less worthy your good opinion and regards.||60|
StocK. Miss Rusport, I sincerely wish you happy: I have no doubt you have placed your affection on a deserving man; and I have no fight to combat your choice. Exit.
|CHARLOTTE. How honorable is that behavior!||65|
BELCOUR enters, preceded by a Servant.
SERV. I ask your honor's pardon; I thought my young lady was here: who shall I inform her would speak to her?
BEL. Belcour is my name, sir; and pray beg your
|lady to put herself in no hurry on my account;||5|
In the name of all that's mischievous, why did Stockwell drive me hither in such haste? A pretty figure, truly, I shall make: an ambassador
|without credentials. Blockhead that I was to||10|
|at twice their value. Now must I trust to my||15|
|thought of one word in my excuse.||20|
CHARLOTTE. Mr. Belcour, I'm proud to see you: your friend, Mr. Stockwell, prepared me to expect this honor; and I am happy in the opportunity of being known to you.
|BEL. (aside). A fine girl, by my soul! Now||5|
CHARLOTTE. You are newly arrived in this country, sir?
BEL. Just landed, madam; just set ashore, with
|a large cargo of Muscovado1 sugars, rum-||10|
CHARLOTTE. May I ask you how you like London, sir?
|BEL. To admiration: I think the town and||15|
|CHARLOTTE. Are these all the observations||20|
BEL. No, madam; I have observed the women are very captivating, and the men very soon caught.____________________