bowing to the ground, and talked, for all the world, as if you was before a justice of peace.
MARL. (aside). Egad, she has hit it, sure enough.
|(To her.) In awe of her, child? Ha! ha!||375|
|MISS HARD. O! then, sir, you are a favorite,||380|
MARL. Yes, my dear, a great favorite. And yet, hang me, I don't see what they find in me to follow. At the Ladies' Club in town,1 I'm called their
|agreeable Rattle. Rattle, child, is not my real||385|
(Offering to salute her.)
MISS HARD. Hold, sir, you are introducing me to your club, not to yourself. And you're so great
|a favorite there, you say?||390|
MARL. Yes, my dear. There's Mrs. Mantrap, Lady Betty Blackleg, the Countess of Sligo, Mrs. Langhorns, old Miss Biddy Buckskin,2 and your humble servant, keep up the spirit of the place.
|MISS HARD. Then it's a very merry place,||395|
MARL. Yes, as merry as cards, suppers, wine, and old women can make us.
MISS HARD. And their agreeable Rattle, ha! ha!
MARL. (aside). Egad! I don't quite like this chit. She looks knowing, methinks. You laugh, child?
MISS HARD. I can't but laugh to think what time they all have for minding their work or their family.
|MAID. (aside). All's well; she don't laugh||405|
MISS HARD. Ay, sure. There's not a screen or a quilt in the whole house but what can bear witness to that.
|MARL. Odso! then you must show me your||410|
Enter HARDCASTLE, who stands in surprise.
MISS HARD. Ay, but the colors don't look well by
|candlelight. You shall see all in the morning.||415|
MARL. And why not now, my angel? Such beauty fires beyond the power of resistance. -- Pshaw! the father here! My old luck: I never nicked seven that I did not throw ames ace three times following.3
|HARD. So, madam! So I find this is your||420|
|MISS HARD. Never trust me, dear papa,||425|
HARD. By the hand of my body, I believe his impudence is infectious! Didn't I see him seize your
|hand? Didn't I see him haul you about like||430|
MISS HARD. But if I shortly convince you of his modesty, that he has only the faults that will pass
|off with time, and the virtues that will im||435|
HARD. The girl would actually make one run mad! I tell you I'll not be convinced. I am convinced. He has scarcely been three hours in the
|house, and he has already encroached on all||440|
MISS HARD. Sir, I ask but this night to convince
HARD. You shall not have half the time, for I have thoughts of turning him out this very hour.
MISS HARD. Give me that hour, then, and I hope to satisfy you.
|HARD. Well, an hour let it be then. But||450|
MISS HARD. I hope, sir, you have ever found that I considered your commands as my pride; for your
|kindness is such, that my duty as yet has||455|
Enter HASTINGSand MISS NEVILLE.
HAST. You surprise me! Sir Charles Marlow expected here this night? Where have you had your information?
MISS NEV. You may depend upon it. I just saw____________________