I will betray the interests of mankind so far as to
|show favor to such incendiaries. Take 'em||80|
Exeunt FULMER, etc.
CHARLES. Mr. Belcour, we have mistaken each other; let us exchange forgiveness. I am convinced
|you intended no affront to my sister, and I ask||85|
BEL. 'Tis enough, sir; the error began on my side, and was Miss Dudley here, I would be the first to atone.
|STOCK. Let us all adjourn to my house, and||90|
O'FLAHERTY. Most readily, Mr. Stockwell; a quarrel well made up is better than a victory hardly earned. Give me your hand, Belcour; o' my conscience you are too honest for the country you live
|in. And now, my dear lad, since peace is con||100|
|vile rogue of a lawyer, whose name I forget, at||105|
CHARLES. What conspiracy? Dear Major, recollect yourself.
O'FLAHERTY. By my soul, I've no faculty at
|recollecting myself; but I've a paper some||110|
CHARLES. Well, it must be in your own way; but
|I confess you have thoroughly roused my curi||115|
CAPTAIN DUDLEY, LOUISA, and STUKELY.
DUDLEY. And are those wretches, Fulmer and his wife, in safe custody?
STUKELY. They are in good hands; I accompanied them to the Tavern, where your son was to
|be, and then went in search of you. You may||5|
DUDLEY. What mischief might their cursed machinations have produced, but for this timely
LOUISA. Still I am terrified; I tremble with apprehension lest Mr. Belcour's impetuosity and Charles's spirit should not wait for an explanation, but drive them both to extremes, before the mis
|take can be unraveled.||15|
STUKELY. Mr. Stockwell is with them, madam, and you have nothing to fear; you cannot suppose he would ask you hither for any other purpose, but to celebrate their reconciliation and to receive
|Mr. Belcour's atonement.||20|
DUDLEY. No, no, Louisa, Mr. Stockwell's honor and discretion guard us against all danger or offence; he well knows we will endure no imputation on the honor of our family, and he certainly has invited
|us to receive satisfaction on that score in an||25|
LOUISA. Would to heaven they were returned!
STUKELY. You may expect them every minute; and see, madam, agreeable to your wish, they are
CHARLESenters, and afterwards STOCKWELL and O'FLAHERTY.
LOUISA. O Charles, O brother, how could you serve me so, how could you tell me you was going to Lady Rusport's and then set out with a design of fighting Mr. Belcour? But where is he; where
|is your antagonist?||5|
STOCK. Captain, I am proud to see you, and you, Miss Dudley, do me particular honor. We have been adjusting, sir, a very extraordinary and dangerous mistake, which I take for granted my friend
|Stukely has explained to you.||10|
DUDLEY. He has; I have too good an opinion of Mr. Belcour to believe he could be guilty of a designed affront to an innocent girl, and I am much too well acquainted with your character to sup
|pose you could abet him in such design; I have||15|
STOCK. He has only stepped into the compting
|house and will wait upon you directly. You||20|
|character, an inhabitant of a new world, and||25|
BELCOURenters, bows to MISS DUDLEY.
BEL. I am happy and ashamed to see you; no man in his senses would offend you; I forfeited mine and erred against the light of the sun, when I overlooked your virtues; but your beauty was predom