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Guardy, if you

would lend him two hundred pounds.

Flush. Two hundred pounds, child !
Gingham. Ay, two hundred pounds, father!

Flush. Who bid you speak, sir?-Why, Clara, in money matters there is an etiquette.

Clara. True : but this is your friend.

Gingham. So it is, ma’ain : the man he has a great regard for.

Clara. And when you consider the charms of Mrs. Darnley, and the wants of her children

Ginghan. He can't refuse, ma'am-indeed he don't intend it and therefore as I fee he means to grant the favour, I'll save him the trouble of putting his hand in his pocket-Here ma'am! (taking out bank notes) here are two bank notes of a hundred each-they belong to Mr. Flushnow they belong to Mr.Darnley---(Flush gets in his way and prevents Clara's taking them)—he begs you'll give them to his friend—and present his compliments—and say, he'll double the suin.

Flush. Stand off-stand off-or by heavens I'll

Gingham. (Offering Clara the notes across his father) Double the sum, whenever called upon, ma'am.

Fluß. Hold your tongue, or I'll knock it down your throat, firrah.--I say, Clara, in the the

way of business, I've no objection to do Mr. Darnley a service; that is, if I can make a profit by it-first, he should send me his note.

Clara. Here it is, fir. (Giving it to Flush.)

Flush. That's right-now 'we can proceedhere, fir--(Giving the note to Gingham.) take the note to my agent, and tell him to give Mr. Darnley thirty pounds—I can afford it.

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Gingham. This is too bad—take in his own friend, and a man with a family. (afide.) Sir,-a word if you please—I told you, we were all blown upon—now here's an opportunity for retrieving our reputation—lend him the two hundred pounds-prove, for once, we can behave like gentlemen, and hark’ye—we Than't reach the top of the profession. (Putting up his neckclorh.)

Flush. This is beyond bearing-quit the room directly—'sdeath! leave my houfe, fir, begone !--I disinherit you-I

Clara. Lord !-why so angry, guardian ? I'm sure he is a good young man, and as warın in his heart

Fluf. Warm in his heart !--nonsense !-will he be warm in the funds ? no--never-while he is so candid-so

Clara. Not while he is candid, fir ?

Flus. No-do you think I made my fortune by.candour or openness; answer me, fir-did I ever get a shilling by speaking the truthspeak!

Gingham. (In a melancholy voice.) No, fir, I never faid you did I know the contrary, fir ; madam, I'm of a communicative disposition, I own; but there are many secrets of my father's I never blabb'd.

Flush. Are there, sir?
Gingham. Yes, that there are, fir.
Flush. I don't recollect them.

Gingham. Don't you? Why, now, did I ever mention, fir, that you got these pictures by sueing out execution ? That you got that plate, by its being pawn’d to you for half its value ; that you intrigue with a female money-lender ; and that the last time you were made a bankrupt,

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you went to get your certificate signed in a new vis-a-vis ? did I, or will I ever mention these things?

Flush. Begone, fir—I'll never see you moreYet, stay-you have papers in your poffesfion; meet me in an hour's time at my agent's, firat Mr. Ready's.

Gingham. Forgive me this once, father ; I'll never let the cat out any more.

Flush. No, fir, I never will forgive youI am engaged, fir, and you know we great men are select in our company.

Gingham. Well, if it must be so-farewell, father! the world is all before me, and what trade to follow, Heaven only knows. Good bye, madam-- your sex will never befriend me, because I can't keep a secret, you see.

Clara. I will befriend you, fir; for while there is so much deception and hypocrisy in the world, it would indeed be unjuít not to approve such frankness and honesty. Guardy, let me intercede for him ; I'll answer for his conduct.

Gingham. Ay; and if ever I mention ducking or swindling again—There, you see he's fix'd, ma'am.

Clara. At present he is, and therefore leave him; perhaps by the time you meet him at the agent's I shall have talk'd bim into good hu

Adieu: depend on't, I than't forget your generous intentions.

Gingham. Nor shall I, yours: and if Fortune smiles on me, I'll prove that I deserve your kindness-If ever my father pardons—but I fee he's more and more angry, 1o I take my leave. May every blessing attend you—may you meet with a heart as liberal as your own-May your

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cousins' distresses vanish-may your guardian once more value a fon, who can't help speaking the truth for the foul of him.

[Exit. Clara. Upon my word he's a charming man! and pardon him you must, Guardy, if it's only to please me.

Fluß. No-I'm determined.

Enter a Servant. Servant. The dinner's ready.

Fluß. Come, Clara, you shall dine with me; I want to talk to you, and if I cou'd see my joint guardian, Sir Paul

Clara. I met him at your door-he's only just gone by.

Fluß. Just gone by! that's a mistake ; for the old beau has been gone by these thirty years : however, come income, and eat and drink what you like. Call for burgundy, champagne, or tokay-Ay, call for tokay, at a guinea a pint; I can afford it, my dear ward, I can afford it.

[Exeunt.

SCENE

SCENE II.—The Crescent and the surrounding

country.

Enter Lady SARAH SAVAGE, and Sir GEORGE

GAUNTLET.

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Lady Sarah. Sir George, I own my weakness; the proud, the haughty Lady Sarah is humbled : Darnley has enfnared my heart, and, one way or other, I must ensure his pity-Heigho! you are his friend, Sir George.

Sir George. You see I am; and that he esteems me more than ever, is evident from his bringing Mrs. Darnley to my house---did you mind his orders to her ? ---take an airing, my dear, with Sir George in his phaeton! it will raise your spirits, my love !-Ha! ha! he absolutely throws her into my arms.

Lady Sarah. Yes; but the absolutely contrives to get out of them again.

Sir George. She does; and therefore, there is no way but the one I mentioned; we must make Darnley jealous.

Lady Sarah. True :—I'll tell him that you love his wife.

Sir George. Nay, nay, not me-fix on somebody cle--we'll soon find an object, and then, by convincing him of her falsehood, he naturally turns his thoughts to another woman; which is you, you know---and she wanting a protector, consequently flies to another man, which is me, you know---we'll add the Signor to the confederacy.

Lady

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