see me downstairs, and leave the lover to think of his last game for the prize. Exeunt TOM and PHILLIS.
MYRT. I think I will instantly attempt this wild expedient. The extravagance of it will make 85 me less suspected, and it will give me opportunity to assert my own right to Lucinda, without whom I cannot live. But I am so mortified at this conduct of mine towards poor Bevil. He must think meanly of me -- I know not how to reassume myself and 90 be in spirit enough for such an adventure as this. Yet I must attempt it, if it be only to be near Lucinda under her present perplexities; and sure --
The next delight to transport with the fair,
Is to relieve her in her hours of care. Exit. 95
Scene, SEALAND'S, house.
Enter PHILLIS, with lights, before MYRTLE, disguised like old SIR GEOFFRY, supported by MRS. SEALAND, LUCINDA, and CIMBERTON.
MRS. SEAL Now I have seen you thus far, Sir Geoffry, will you excuse me a moment while I give my necessary orders for your accommodation?
Exit MRS. SEALAND.
MYRT. I have not seen you, cousin Cimberton, since you were ten years old; and as it is incum 5 bent on you to keep up our name and family, I shall, upon very reasonable terms, join with you in a settlement to that purpose. Though I must tell you, cousin, this is the first merchant that has married into our house, 10
LUC. (aside). Deuce on 'em! Am I a merchant because my father is?
MYRT. But is he directly a trader at this time?
CIMB. There's no hiding the disgrace, sir; he trades to all parts of the world, 15
MYRT. We never had one of our family before who descended from persons that did anything.
CIMB. Sir, since it is a girl that they have, I am, for the honor of my family, willing to take it in again, and to sink her into our name, and no harm done.
MYRT. 'Tis prudently and generously resolved. Is this the young thing?
CIMB. Yes, sir.
PHIL. [aside to LUCINDA]. Good madam, don't be out of humor, but let them run to the utmost of 25 their extravagance -- hear them out.
MYRT. Can't I see her nearer? My eyes are but weak.
PHIL. [still aside]. Beside, I am sure the uncle has something worth your notice. I'll take care to 30 get off the young one, and leave you to observe what may be wrought out of the old one for your good.
CIMB. Madam, this old gentleman, your great- uncle, desires to be introduced to you and to see you nearer. -- Approach, sir. 35
MYRT. By your leave, young lady. (Puts on spectacles.) -- Cousin Cimberton! She has exactly that sort of neck and bosom for which my sister Gertrude was so much admired in the year sixty-one, before the French dresses first discovered any 40 thing in women below the chin.
LUC. (aside). What a very odd situation am I in!-- though I cannot but be diverted at the extravagance of their humors, equally unsuitable to their age. -- Chin, quotha! I don't believe my passionate 45 lover there knows whether I have one or not. Ha! ha!
MYRT. Madam, I would not willingly offend, but I have a better glass --- (Pulls out a large one.)
Enter PHILLISto CIMBERTON.
PHIL. Sir, my lady desires to show the apartment to you that she intends for Sir Geoffry. 50
CIMB. Well, sir, by that time you have sufficiently gazed and sunned yourself in the beauties of my spouse there, I will wait on you again.
Exeunt CIMBERTONand PHILLIS.
MYRT. Were it not, madam, that I might be troublesome, there is something of importance, 55 though we are alone, which I would say more safe from being heard.
LUC. [aside]. There is something in this old fellow, methinks, that raises my curiosity.
MYRT. To be free, madam, I as heartily con 60 temn this kinsman of mine as you do, and am sorry to see so much beauty and merit devoted by your parents to so insensible a possessor.
LUC. Surprising!- I hope, then, sir, you will not contribute to the wrong you are so generous as to 65 pity, whatever may be the interest of your family.
MYRT. This hand of mine shall never be employed to sign anything against your good and happiness.
LUC. I am sorry, sir, it is not in my power to make you proper acknowledgments, but there is a 70 gentleman in the world whose gratitude will, I am sure, be worthy of the favor.
MYRT. All the thanks I desire, madam, are in your power to give.
LUC. Name them, and command them. 75
MYRT. Only, madam, that the first time you are alone with your lover you will with open arms receive him.
LUC. As willingly as his heart could wish it.
MYRT. Thus, then, he claims your promise. -- 80 O Lucinda!
LUC. Oh! a cheat! a cheat! a cheat!____________________