OAK. Upon my soul, she has not been in the house above --
MRS. OAK. Did not I hear you say you would take her a lodging? a private lodging? 265
OAK. Yes; but that --
RUS. Has not this affair been carried on a long time, in spite of my teeth?
OAK. Sir, I never troubled myself --
MRS. OAK. Never troubled yourself! Did 270 not you insist on her staying in the house, whether I would or not?
RUS. Did not you send to meet her, when she came to town? 275
MRS. OAK. Did not you deceive me about the letter this morning?
OAK. No, no, no. I tell you, no.
MRS. OAK. Yes, yes, yes. I tell you, yes. 280
RUS. Sha'n't I believe my own eyes?
MRS. OAK. Sha'n't I believe my own ears?
OAK. I tell you, you are both deceived.
RUS. Zounds, sir, I'll have satisfaction.
MRS. OAK. I'll stop these fine doings, I war 285 rant you.
OAK. 'Sdeath, you will not let me speak! And you are both alike, I think. I wish you were married to one another, with all my heart.
MRS. OAK. Mighty well! mighty well! 290
RUS. I shall soon find a time to talk with you.
OAK. Find a time to talk! You have talked enough now for all your lives.
MRS. OAK. Very fine! Come along, sir! Leave that lady with her father. Now she is in the 295 properest hands. Exit.
OAK. I wish I could leave you in his hands. (Going, returns.) I shall follow you, madam! One word with you, sir! The height of your passion, and Mrs. Oakly's strange misapprehension of this 300 whole affair, makes it impossible to explain matters to you at present. I will do it when you please, and how you please. Exit.
Manent RUSSET and HARRIOT.
RUS. Yes, yes; I'll have satisfaction. -- So, madam! I have found you at last. You have 305 made a fine confusion here.
HAR. I have, indeed, been the innocent cause of a great deal of confusion.
RUS. Innocent! What business had you to be running hither after -- 310
HAR. My dear sir, you misunderstand the whole affair. I have not been in this house half an hour.
RUS. Zounds, girl, don't put me in a passion! You know I love you; but a lie puts me in a passion! But come along; we'll leave this house directly. 315 (CHARLES singing without.) Heyday! what now?
After a noise without, enter CHARLES, drunk.
CHAR. But my wine neither nurses nor babies can
And a big-bellied bottle's a mighty good thing. (Singing.)
What's here, a woman? Harriot! Impossible! My dearest, sweetest Harriott! I have been 320 looking all over the town for you, and at last, when I was tired -- and weary -- and disappointed -- why then the honest Major and I sat down together, to drink your health in pint bumpers.
(Running up to her.)
RUS. Stand off! How dare you take any lib 325 erties with my daughter before me? Zounds, sir, I'll be the death of you!
CHAR. Ha, 'squire Russet too! You jolly old cock, how do you? But, Harriot! my dear girl! (Taking hold of her.) My life, my soul, my -- 330
Rus. Let her go, sir! Come away, Harriot! Leave him this instant, or I'll tear you asunder.
HAR. There needs no violence to tear me from a man who could disguise himself in such a gross manner, at a time when he knew I was in the utmost 335 distress. (Disengages herself, and exit with RUSSET.)
[CHAR.] Only hear me, sir! madam! My dear Harriot! Mr. Russet! Gone! She's gone; and 'egad in very ill humor, and in very bad company! I'll go after her. But hold! I shall only 340 make it worse, as I did, now I recollect, once before. How the devil came they here? Who would have thought of finding her in my own house? My dear turns round with conjectures. I believe I am drunk, very drunk; so 'egad, I'll e'en go and sleep 345 myself sober, and then enquire the meaning of all this. For, I love Sue, and Sue loves me, &c.
Enter MRS. OAKLYand MAJOR OAKLY.
MAJ. Well, well! but, sister!
MRS. OAK. I will know the truth of this matter. Why can't you tell me the whole story?
MAJ. I'll tell you nothing. There's nothing to tell. You know the truth already. Besides, 5 what have I to do with it? Suppose there was a disturbance yesterday, what's that to me? Was I here? It's no business of mine.
MRS. OAK. Then why do you study to make it so?