MRS. OAK. He is certainly gone after this young flirt. His confidence, and the Major's insolence, provoke me beyond expression.
Re-enter TOILETwith PARIS.
Where's your master? 30
PAR. Il est sorti.
MRS. OAK. Where is he gone?
PAR. Ah, madame! Je n'en sais rien. I know nothing of it.
MRS. OAK. Nobody knows anything. Why 35 did not you tell me he was going out?
PAR. I dress him; Je ne m'en soucie pas plus. He go where he will; I have no bisness wis it.
MRS. OAK. Yes, you should have told me; that was your business: and if you don't mind your 40 business better, you sha'n't stay here, I can tell you, sir.
PAR. Voilà quelque chose d'extraordinaire!
MRS. OAK. Don't stand jabbering and shrugging your shoulders; but go, and enquire-go -- 45 and bring me word where he is gone.
PAR. I don't know vat I am do: I'll ask-a Jean.
MRS. OAK. Bid John come here.
PAR. De tout mon coeur. Jean! ici! Jean! Speak mi ladi! Exit. 50
MRS. OAK. Impudent fellow! his insolent gravity and indifference are insupportable. Toilet!
MRS. OAK. Where's John? Why don't he come? Why do you stand with your hands before you? 55 Why don't you fetch him?
TOIL. Yes, ma'am: I'll go this minute. Ohl! here! John! my lady wants you.
MRS. OAK. Where's your master?
JOHN. Gone out, madam. 60
MRS. OAK. Why did not you go with him?
JOHN. Because he went out in the Major's chariot, madam.
MRS. OAK. Where did they go to?
JOHN. To the Major's, I suppose, madam. 65
MRS. OAK. Suppose! Don't you know?
JOHN. I believe so; but can't tell for certain, indeed, madam.
MRS. OAK. Believe! and suppose! and don't know! and can't tell! You are all fools! Go about 70 your business! (JOHN going.) Come here! (Returns.) Go to the Major's -- No; it does not signify. Go along! (JOHN going.) Yes, hark ye! (Returns.) Go to the Major's, and see if your master is there. 75
JOHN. Give your compliments, madam?
MRS. OAK. My compliments, blockhead! Get along! (JOHN going.) Come hither! (Returns.) Can't you go to the Major's, and bring me word if Mr. Oakly is there, without taking any further 80 notice?
JOHN. Yes, ma'am!
Man. OAK. Well! why don't you go, then? And make haste back. And, d'ye hear? John!
JOHN, going, returns.)
JOHN. Madam. 85
MRS. OAK. Nothing at all: go along! (JOHN goes.) How uneasy Mr. Oakly makes me! -- Hark ye! John! (JOHN returns.)
MRS. OAK. Send the porter here. 90
JOHN. Yes, madam. Exit JOHN.
TOIL. So! she's in a rare humor! I shall have a fine time on't. (Aside.) -- Will your ladyship choose to dress?
MRS. OAK. Prithee, creature, don't tease me 95 with your fiddle-faddle stuff: I have a thousand things to think of. Where is the porter? Why has not that booby sent him? What is the meaning --
JOHN. Madam, my master is this moment returned with Major Oakly, and my young mas 100 ter, and the lady that was here yesterday.
MRS. OAK. Very well. (Exit JOHN.) Returned! Yes, truly, he is returned; and in a very extraordinary manner. This is setting me at open defiance. But I'll go down, and show them I have too 105 much spirit to endure such usage. (Going.) Or, stay; I'll not go amongst his company; I'll go out. Toilet!
MRS. OAK. Order the coach; I'll go out. 110 ( TOILETgoing.) Toilet! stay! I'll e'en go down to them. No. Toilet!
MRS. OAK. Order me a boiled chicken: I'll not go down to dinner. I'll dine in my own room; 115 and sup there: I'll not see his face these three days.
Scene changes to another room.
Enter OAKLY, MAJOR OAKLY, CHARLES, and
CHAR. My dear Harriot, do not make yourself so uneasy.
HAR. Alas! I have too much cause for my uneasiness. Who knows what that vile lord has done with my father? 5
OAK. Be comforted, madam. We shall soon hear of Mr. Russet; and all will be well, I dare say.
HAR. You are too good to me, sir! But, I can____________________