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An Apartment in the Alderman's House.
Enter Project and CAPTAIN ARABLE.
Capt. Ar. Yes, sir, I am most happy in the opportunity of thanking you for the care you have taken of this unfortunate girl-her escape proves she has relaps'a.
ProjeEt. It does: for had she been herself, she would have scorn'd to elope from the care of her guardian—you say she has left Cecilia's lodgings.
Capt. Ar. Not an hour ago she and Cecilia went away together, but where I know not.
Projet. Well-well---I'll go send the young Nabob after them, and I'll likewise consult with her old physician about the best mode of securing her for the future --good day Captain, and remember, whoever first discovers her, gives information to the other.
Capt. Ar. Agreed.
-if you should see her first, don't let your wishes get the better of your judgment---lhe may perhaps have a lucid interval, and talk with apparent rationality---but be on your guard---be convinc'd she has relaps’d, and don't leave her till you see her safe in my custody.
Capt. Ar. Rest assur'd I shall do every thing her unhappy situation demands---good evening---(exit Projesi )---Oh my loft Emmeline !---three tedious years are past since laft I saw thee, and in that time we've both endur'd so much, that I did hope our
meeting might be happy-but 'tis denied--if we should meet—'tis but to divide with added griefwell, I'm prepar’d-let me restore the hapless wanderer to her friends, and then once more abroadin the heat of war, I may forget the treasure I have loft; or in a glorious death, bury at once my love and misery! Cits down in great agitation.)
Vickery. The Alderman is in the next room ma'am.
Emme. Then tell him that a relation who was once dear to him requests an interview. (exit Vickery.) Is every moment to bring new affliction?but now I heard, that he who charmed my heart, and stole away my senses—that he was coming home to wed Cecilia --can falfhood be fo-l'll not suspect him in this very room Edward first proffer'd me his love, and no tongue but Edward's shall make me think him faithless.
Capt. Ar. (having observed her, rises.) Sure I'm not mistaken-it is herself! Emmeline!
Emme. I am discover'd—who can it be?--perhaps some agent of my Guardian's fent to secure
(as she is going he stands before her.) Capt. Ar. What avoid me Emmeline!-have you forgot
Emme. Edward! my long lost only friend !... (puts her handkerchief to her eyes.)---pardon me--my prospects have so long been darken'd, that the least flash of light quite blinds me.
Capt. Ar. You must not weep---I came not to encrease
Emme. What I have suffer'd since we parted last-.-a heated brain---painful confinement---mer
ciless keepers---and if an interval of reason came, to bring your form before me, and then remember that our love was hopeless---Oh! but 'now I've found
you, and we'll ne'er part again---(Edward turns away from her. ) ---why that averted look ?--why those tears ?---speak !---you are not chang'd !--I have not forfeited your love?
Capt Ar. No...it is not that, but I could wish--Emme. Name it and I will fly
Capt. Ar. That during those lucid moments, I could persuade you to accompany me to your Guardian’s---to return to an asylum form’d to relieve, to succour, and restore you.
Emme. What does he conspire against me ?--he that hath caus'd all this ?---lir, I was told the motive for this conduct, but I disdain'd suspicion !--nay---alk not an explanation---I shall not condefcend to answer you.
Capt. Ar. You cut me to the foul---what motives can I have but those of pity and humanity.
Emme. Humanity !---is it hurnanity to harrass a mind already thatter'd and impair'd ?---to encrease rather than iemove the fever you have occasion'd? ---to combine with enemies in cloistering me in a shameful seclusion, while false and unfeeling as you are, you humanely give your hand to another !---Oh my poor brain !---why did your sense return, only to make you feel encreasing injuries ?
Capt. Ar. To another!---hear me Emmeline--
Emme. No sir,---'tis now too late---I shall go instantly to your father and throw myself under his protection---farewell, sir!
Capt. Ar. (bolding her). Stay---you know not what you do---by heaven you shall not leave me thus---think of our past love--
Emme. I do fir': I remember in the hours of happiness and prosperity we exchang'd hearts, and you have now set me an example which I fcorn to imitate---my heart is still your own! I shall banish this last conversation from my memory, and think of Edward, only as he was.--the friend of Emmeline.-- the foe to those who wrong'd her---this will be ту
best solace in retirement, and cheer a mind that has no: long to Itrugg'e.
Capt. Ar. I cannot part with you; and to prove no other or a moment can engross my thoughts, I'll henceforth watch you in your milady--- jeep as you weep, and nurse cach finile that waits you--and if but one day in the year, returning reason should adorn your mind, I will forego all other women's churros, to pass that day with Enneline---Ch! I have suffer'd in my turn, and were you always thus--
Emme. Why still so credulous ?---why now believe!
Capt. Ar. I do not! will not ! or if you are the sufferer they describe, there is a charm about your malady so far exceeding all their boasted sense, that it enhances, doubles my affection! (embraces ber) in losing you I knew what I had lost, and I have caus'd a wound which it shall be the business of my life to heal.
Emme. Shall we be happy then?---I am moit grateful---my Guardian has deceiv'd you--- he has involv'd my fortune.
Capt. Ar. This I heard, and that by marriage with his East Indian cousin, the debt was to be cancel'd---but I'll know all hereafter---at present I am loft in joy.
Vickery. Madam, the Alderman desires to fee you in the next room.
Emme. What shall we do ?---to separate so foon?
Capt. Ar. 'Tis hard my Emmeline,. but to secure our union, you must persuade your Uncle to befriend you
Emme. I know it, and he is so bigotted to my Guardian---but since you desire it---Shew me the way---(to Vickery)---adieu my generous friend! Should but the father imitate the son, my sufferings will be recompenc'd at last---adieu ! [Exit.
Capt. Ar. Fool that I was to credit what they told me; but they shall answer forely for their guilt--- here comes the fop who was to be her hufband---how the empty coxcomb kisses his hand to her! --I'll humble him---I'll
Tanjore. (Speaking as he enters.) Success sweet Emmeline, and if Obadiah don't take pity on you, Tom Tanjore will!---if the succeeds I'll give her such a kiss---ah Ned !--- how's Fred?
Capt. Ar. Be more respectful I infift, fir.
Tanjore. Respectful !---what makes you so proud Neddy?---Oh! oh! I fee---better dressed !---and you think that new coat and waistcoat makes you look like a gentleman !---heh?
Capt Ar. Answer me, fir---what brings you here?
Tanjore. To sve your sweetheart, Ned, and if the Princess Nuncomoree was to know that she prefer'd your tragic Scowl to my comic grin