MRS. F. You are a hasty lover it seems; have you spirit to be a generous one? They that will please the eye mustn't spare the purse.
BEL. Try me; put me to the proof; bring me to an interview with the dear girl that has thus 80 captivated me, and see whether I have spirit to be grateful.
MRS. F. But how, pray, am I to know the girl you have set your heart on?
BEL. By an undescribable grace, that ac 85 companies every look and action that falls from her: there can be but one such woman in the world, and nobody can mistake that one.
MRS. F. Well, if I should stumble upon this angel in my walks, where am I to find you? 90 What's your name?
BEL. Upon my soul, I can't tell you my name.
MRS. F. Not tell me! Why so?
BEL. Because I don't know what it is myself; as yet I have no name. 95
MRS. F. No name!
BEL. None; a friend, indeed, lent me his; but he forbade me to use it on any unworthy occasion.
MRS. F. But where is your place of abode?
BEL. I have none; I never slept a night in 100 England in my life.
MRS. F. Hey-day!
FULMER. A fine case, truly, in a free country; a pretty pass things are come to, if a man is to be assaulted in his own house.
MRS. F. Who has assaulted you, my dear?
FULMER. Who! why this Captain Drawcansir,15 this old Dudley, my lodger; but I'll unlodge him; I'll unharbor him, I warrant.
MRS. F. Hush! Hush! Hold your tongue, man; pocket the affront and be quiet; I've a scheme on foot will pay you a hundred beatings, Why 10 you surprise me, Mr. Fulmer; Captain Dudley assault you! Impossible.
FULMER. Nay, I can't call it an absolute assault; but he threatened me.
MRS. F. Oh, was that all? I thought how it 15 would turn out -- a likely thing, truly, for a person of his obliging compassionate turn: no, no, poor Captain Dudley, he has sorrows and distresses enough of his own to employ his spirits, without setting them against other people. Make it 20 up as fast as you can: watch this gentleman out; follow him wherever he goes; and bring me word who and what he is; be sure you don't lose sight of him; I've other business in hand. Exit.
BEL. Pray, sir, what sorrows and distresses 25 have befallen this old gentleman you speak of?
FULMER. Poverty, disappointments, and all the distresses attendant thereupon: sorrow enough of all conscience: I soon found how it was with him by his way of living, low enough of all reason; but what 30 I overheard this morning put it out of all doubt.
BEL. What did you overhear this morning?
FULMER. Why, it seems he wants to join his regiment, and has been beating the town over to raise a little money for that purpose upon his 35 pay; but the climate, I find, where he is going is so unhealthy that nobody can be found to lend him any.
BEL. Why then your town is a damned good-for- nothing town; and I wish I had never come 40 into it.
FULMER. That's what I say, sir; the hard- heartedness of some folks is unaccountable. There's an old Lady Rusport, a near relation of this gentleman's; she lives hard by here, opposite to 45 Stockwell's, the great merchant; he sent to her a begging, but to no purpose; though she is as rich as a Jew, she would not furnish him with a farthing.
BEL. Is the Captain at home?
FULMER. He is upstairs, sir. 50
BEL. Will you take the trouble to desire him to step hither? I want to speak to him.
FULMER. I'll send him to you directly. -- I don't know what to make of this young man; but, if I live, I will find him out, or know the reason 55 why. Exit
BEL. I've lost the girl it seems; that's clear: she was the first object of my pursuit; but the case of this poor officer touches me; and, after all, there may be as much true delight in rescuing a fellow 60 creature from distress, as there would be in plunging one into it -- But let me see; it's a point that must be managed with some delicacy -- Apropos! there's pen and ink -- I've struck upon a method that will do. (Writes.) Ay, ay, this is the very thing; 65 'twas devilish lucky I happened to have these bills about me. There, there, fare you well; I'm glad to be rid of you; you stood a chance of being worse applied, I can tell you.
(Encloses and seals the paper.)
FULMERbrings in DUDLEY.
FULMER. That's the gentleman, sir. I shall make bold, however, to lend an ear.
DUDLEY. Have you any commands for me, sir?
BEL. Your name is Dudley, sir --?____________________