when you see my generous Charlotte, tell her -- but have a care, there is a selfishness even in gratitude,
|when it is too profuse; to be overthankful for any||5|
LOUISA. I understand you.
|CHARLES. We that are poor, Louisa, should||10|
|now going in search of him again: he may in||15|
|LOUISA. Think of him no more! Well, I'll||20|
|wove into its fabric, nor puts his work to harder||25|
|there is one amongst you, a forward, new in||30|
|resentment, only calls up love,||35|
BELCOUR enters to her.
BEL. Alone, by all that's happy!
BEL. Oh! shriek not, start not, stir not, loveliest creature! but let me kneel, and gaze upon your
LOUISA. Sir, Mr. Belcour, rise! What is it you do?
BEL. See, I obey you; mould me as you will, behold your ready servant! New to your country, ignorant of your manners, habits, and desires, I put
|myself into your hands for instruction; make||10|
LOUISA. I must not hear this, Mr. Belcour; go; should he that parted from me but this minute now
|return, I tremble for the consequence.||15|
BEL. Fear nothing; let him come: I love you, madam; he'll find it hard to make me unsay that.
LOUISA. You terrify me; your impetuous temper frightens me; you know my situation; it is not
|generous to pursue me thus.||20|
BEL. True; I do know your situation, your real one, Miss Dudley, and am resolved to snatch you from it; 'twill be a meritorious act; the old Captain shall rejoice; Miss Rusport shall be made happy;
|and even he, even your beloved brother, with||25|
|LOUISA. Hold, are you mad? I see you are 30|
BEL. Who that beholds such beauty can? By heaven, you put my blood into a flame. Provoking girl! is it within the stretch of my fortune to con
|tent you? What is it you can further ask that I||35|
LOUISA. Yes, with the same facility that you bestowed upon me Miss Rusport's diamonds. For shame! for shame! was that a manly story?
|BEL. So! so! these devilish diamonds meet me||40|
LOUISA. Go to her then, and contradict it; till
|that is done, my reputation is at stake.||45|
BEL. [aside]. Her reputation! Now she has got upon that, she'll go on forever. -- What is there I will not do for your sake? I will go to Miss Rusport.
LOUISA. Do so; restore her own jewels to her,
|which I suppose you kept back for the purpose of||50|
|BEL. I see where she points: she is willing||55|
|have others of tenfold their value.||60|
LOUISA. No, sir, you err most widely; it is my good opinion, not my vanity, which you must bribe.
BEL. [aside]. Why, what the devil would she have now? -- Miss Dudley, it is my wish to obey and
|please you, but I have some apprehension that||65|
LOUISA. I think we do: tell me, then, in few words, what it is you aim at.
BEL. In few words, then, and in plain honesty, I,
|must tell you, so entirely am I captivated with||70|