MR. SEAL. Why, sirrah, though you are a 30 country boy, you can see, can't you? You know whether she is at home, when you see her, don't you?
BOY. Nay, nay, I'm not such a country lad neither, master, to think she's at home because I see her. I have been in town but a month, and I 35 lost one place already for believing my own eyes.
MR. SEAL. Why, sirrah! have you learnt to lie already?
BOY. Ah, master! things that are lies in the country are not lies at London -- I begin to know 40 my business a little better than so. But an you please to walk in, I'll call a gentlewoman to you that can tell you for certain -- she can make bold to ask my lady herself.
MR. SEAL. Oh! then she is within, I find, 45 though you dare not say so.
BOY. Nay, nay! that's neither here nor there: what's matter whether she is within or no, if she has not a mind to see anybody?
MR. SEAL. I can't tell, sirrah, whether you are 50 arch or simple; but, however, get me a direct answer, and here's a shilling for you.
BOY. Will you please to walk in; I'll see what I can do for you.
MR. SEAL. I see you will be fit for your busi 55 ness in time, child. But I expect to meet with nothing but extraordinaries in such a house.
BOY. Such a house! Sir, you han't seen it yet. Pray walk in.
MR. SEAL Sir, I'll wait upon you. Exeunt. 60
ISAB. What anxiety do I feel for this poor creature! What will be the end of her? Such a languishing, unreserved passion for a man that at last must certainly leave or ruin her -- and perhaps both! Then the aggravation of the distress is, that she does 5 not believe he will -- not but, I must own, if they are both what they would seem, they are made for one another as much as Adam and Eve were, for there is no other of their kind but themselves.
So, Daniel! what news with you? 10
BOY. Madam, there's a gentleman below would speak with my lady.
ISAB. Sirrah, don't you know Mr. Bevil yet?
BOY. Madam, 'tis not the gentleman who comes every day, and asks for you, and won't go in till 15 he knows whether you are with her or no.
ISAB. Ha! that's a particular I did not know before. -- Well, be it who it will, let him come up to me.
Exit Boy, and re-enters with MR. SEALAND;
ISABELLA looks amazed.
MR. SEAL. Madam, I can't blame your being a little surprised to see a perfect stranger make a 20 visit, and --
ISAB. I am indeed surprised! -- [Aside.] I see he does not know me.
MR. SEAL. You are very prettily lodged here, madam; in troth, you seem to have everything 25 in plenty. -- (Aside, and looking about.) A thousand a year, I warrant you, upon this pretty nest of rooms and the dainty one within them.
ISAB. (apart). Twenty years, it seems, have less effect in the alteration of a man of thirty than of 30 a girl of fourteen -- he's almost still the same. But alas! I find by other men, as well as himself, I am not what I was. As soon as he spoke I was convinced 'twas he. How shall I contain my surprise and satisfaction! He must not know me yet. 35
MR. SEAL. Madam, I hope I don't give you any disturbance, but there is a young lady here with whom I have a particular business to discourse, and I hope she will admit me to that favor.
ISAB. Why, sir, have you had any notice con 40 cerning her? I wonder who could give it you.
MR. SEAL. That, madam, is fit only to be communicated to herself.
ISAB. Well, sir, you shall see her. -- [Aside.] I find he knows nothing yet, nor shall from me. 45 I am resolved I will observe this interlude, this sport of nature and of fortune. -- You shall see her presently, sir, for now I am as a mother, and will trust her with you. Exit.
MR. SEAL. As a mother! right; that's the old 50 phrase for one of those commode1 ladies, who lend out beauty for hire to young gentlemen that have pressing occasions. But here comes the precious lady herself. In troth, a very sightly woman!
IND. I am told, sir, you have some affair that 55 requires your speaking with me.
MR. SEAL. Yes, madam: there came to my hands a bill drawn by Mr. Bevil, which is payable tomorrow, and he, in the intercourse of business, sent it to me, who have cash of his, and desired me to send a 60 servant with it; but I have made bold to bring you the money myself.
IND. Sir, was that necessary?
MR. SEAL. No, madam; but, to be free with you, the fame of your beauty and the regard which 65 Mr. Bevil is a little too well known to have for you excited my curiosity.
IND. Too well known to have for me! Your sober____________________