HAST. (aside). Pretty encouragement, this, for a lover!
TONY. I have seen her since the height of that. She has as many tricks as a hare in a thicket, 760 or a colt the first day's breaking.
HAST. To me she appears sensible and silent.
TONY. Ay, before company. But when she's with her playmates, she's as loud as a hog in a gate.
HAST. But there is a meek modesty about 765 her that charms me.
TONY. Yes, but curb her never so little, she kicks up, and you're flung in a ditch.
HAST. Well, but you must allow her a little beauty. -- Yes, you must allow her some beauty. 770
TONY. Bandbox! She's all a made-up thing, mun. Ah! could you but see Bet Bouncer of these parts, you might then talk of beauty. Ecod! she has two eyes as black as sloes, and cheeks as broad and red as a pulpit cushion. She'd make two 775 of she.
HAST. Well, what say you to a friend that would take this bitter bargain off your hands?
HAST. Would you thank him that would take 780 Miss Neville, and leave you to happiness and your dear Betsy?
TONY. Ay; but where is there such a friend, for who would take her?
HAST. I am he. If you but assist me, I'll 785 engage to whip her off to France, and you shall never hear more of her.
TONY. Assist you! Ecod, I will, to the last drop of my blood. I'll clap a pair of horses to your chaise that shall trundle you off in a twinkling, and 790 may be get you a part of her fortin besides, in jewels, that you little dream of.
HAST. My dear Squire, this looks like a lad of spirit.
TONY. Come along then, and you shall see 795 more of my spirit before you have done with me.
We are the boys
That fears no noise
Where the thundering cannons roar.
HARD. What could my old friend Sir Charles mean by recommending his son as the modestest young man in town? To me he appears the most impudent piece of brass that ever spoke with a tongue. He has taken possession of the easy chair by the 5 fireside already. He took off his boots in the parlor, and desired me to see them taken care of. I'm desirous to know how his impudence affects my daughter. -- She will certainly be shocked at it.
Enter Miss HARDCASTLE, plainly dressed.
HARD. Well, my Kate, I see you have changed 10 your dress, as I bid you; and yet, I believe, there was no great occasion.
Miss HARD. I find such a pleasure, sir, in obeying your commands, that I take care to observe them without ever debating their propriety. 15
HARD. And yet, Kate, I sometimes give you some cause, particularly when I recommended my modest gentleman to you as a lover to-day.
MISS HARD. You taught me to expect something extraordinary, and I find the original exceeds 20 the description.
HARD. I was never so surprised in my life! He has quite confounded all my faculties!
MISS HARD. I never saw anything like it: and a man of the world, too! 25
HARD. Ay, he learned it all abroad -- what a fool was I, to think a young man could learn modesty by travelling. He might as soon learn wit at a masquerade.
MISS HARD. It seems all natural to him. 30
HARD. A good deal assisted by bad company and a French dancing-master.
MISS HARD. Sure, you mistake, papa. A French dancing-master could never have taught him that timid look -- that awkward address -- that 35 bashful manner.
HARD. Whose look, whose manner, child?
MISS HARD. Mr. Madow's: his mauvaise honte, his timidity, struck me at the first sight.
HARD. Then your first sight deceived you; 40 for I think him one of the most brazen first sights that ever astonished my senses.
MISS HARD. Sure, sir, you rally! I never saw any one so modest.
HARD. And can you be serious! I never saw 45 such a bouncing, swaggering puppy since I was born. Bully Dawson2 was but a fool to him.
MISS HARD. Surprising! He met me with a respectful bow, a stammering voice, and a look fixed on the ground. 50
HARD. He met me with a loud voice, a lordly air, and a familiarity that made my blood freeze again.
MISS HARD. He treated me with diffidence and respect; censured the manners of the age; admired the prudence of girls that never laughed; tired 55 me with apologies for being tiresome; then left the____________________