Snt JOHN. Poor Lovewell, he can't bear it, I see. She charged you20 not to kiss and tell, eh, Lovewell? However, though you will not honor me with your confidence, I'll venture to trust you with mine. What dy'e think of Miss Sterling?
LOVEWELL. What do I think of Miss Sterling?
SIR JOHN. Ay, what dy'e think of her?
LOVEWELL. An odd question! But I think her a smart, lively girl full of mirth and sprightliness.
SIR JOHN. All mischief and malice, I doubt
SIR JOHN. But her person--what dy'e think of that?30
LOVEWELL. Pretty and agreeable.
SIR JOHN. A little grisette thing.
LOVEWELL. What is the meaning of all this?
SIR JOHN. I'll tell you. You must know, Lovewell, that notwithstanding all appearances-- (Seeing Lord Ogleby, etc.) We are interrupted. When they are gone I'll explain.
Enter Lord Ogleby, Sterling, Mrs. Heidelberg, Miss Sterling, and Fanny.
LORD OGLEBY. Great improvements indeed, Mr. Sterling! Wonderful improvements! The four seasons in lead, the flying Mercury, and the basin with Neptune in the middle are all in the very extreme of fine taste. You have as many rich figures as the man at Hyde Park40 Corner.
STERLING. The chief pleasure of a country house is to make improvements, you know, my Lord. I spare no expense, not I. This is quite another-guess sort of a place than it was when I first took it, my Lord. We were surrounded with trees. I cut down above fifty to make the lawn before the house and let in the wind and the sun-- smack-smooth, as you see. Then I made a greenhouse out of the old laundry, and turned the brew-house into a pinery. The high octagon summer house you see yonder is raised on the mast of a ship given me by an East India captain who has turned many a50 thousand of my money. It commands the whole road. All the coaches and chariots and chaises pass and repass under your eye. I'll mount you up there in the afternoon, my Lord. 'Tis the pleasantest place in the world to take a pipe and a bottle, and so you shall say, my Lord.
LORD OGLEBY. Ay--or a bowl of punch, or a can of flip, Mr. Sterling, for it looks Eke a cabin in the air. If flying chain were in use, the____________________