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arrest for the debt of ten thousand pounds due to his uncle, would alone make me Thun him---but about my daughter, sir---did you see her at Mr. Orville's?
Ap Hazard. I did---I callid to give him a hint, and seeing her alone with him, I retir’d---but I can't stay---I must keep fighting while my hand's in--adieu !---London improves---fortune takes 2 turn, and come what will ---exit a man of honour!
[Exit. Mrs. Seymour. Last night I did not see her, and this morning lhe rose so early---what's to be done ? I'll go to Mr. Orville's house, I'll--hold---here she is---I'll observe. (Stands afide.) Enter Lady DANVERS.---(Her hat and cloak on.)
Lady. Mr. Orville has behav'd as I expected--he us’d to profess regard for me, but now I have put him to the proof.
Mrs. Seymour (behind.) To the proof!
Lady. He treats me like an enemy. (Mrs. Seymour advances. )---My mother !---oh! thank you for restoring your protection to me-thank you for the happiest night I have pass’d since I left you---and yet there is one thing--- I'm just come from Mr. Orville, and he has us'd me most uns kindly.
Mrs. Seymour. Indeed !
Lady. You us’d to praise him, mother, and wish me to return his love.
Mrs. Seymour. I did---my weakness is no apology
Lady. No--but I thought by reminding of former days---by saying that on your account I would try to regard him. Mrs. Seymour. Juliana, you'll break my heart--
after the struggles we have both encountered, I did expect we should part no more.
Lady. And shall we mother?
Mrs. Seymour. What can I do?---I could forgive you any thing, for life is agony without you--but your husband---how shall I tell Sir Charles ?
Lody. Tell him !---what?
Mrs. Seymour. Of your imprudence, your unfeeling conduct.
Lady. What conduct?
Mrs. Seymour. Have you not been alone at Ora ville's house? ---confefs'd--
Lady. Were you not my mother, I would noe condescend to answer you---yes madam ; tell Sir Charles, at the risk of being insulted, I went alone to Mr. Orville's---tell him I entreated, knelt, and wept to him---and if he asks the motive for all this, remind him of his own conduct last night at Mr. Ap-Hazard's, and tell him, that as you've ever taught me one act of generosity deserves another, your daughter scorn’d to be ungrateful or outdone !---there, madam--read that paper.
Mrs. Seymour (reading the paper.) “Receiv'd of Lady Danvers, jewels to the value of five hundred pounds; in consideration of which, I promise not to take legal measures against Sir Charles Danvers for one month from this day.--Henry Orville."--My child! my child! (embracing ber) was this the motive? Lady. I had no more to offer, but if
life would save him from a prison, I'd lay it down with pleasure.
Mrs. Seymour. Exalted girl !---and does he know your friendship?
Lady. He does, and will soon call to take leave of me-- he is going abroad, and I hope Mr. Or
ville will have no right to complain, since by his
Sir Charles. Juliana, the carriage is now waiting that conveys me perhaps for ever from you---Mrs. Seymour here !---I beg pardon.
Mrs. Seymour. Sir Charles, where are you going?
Sir Charles. Abroad, madam---that Lady has set me a bright example, and the hope that I may one day repay her generosity, drives me to another country; where, by industry and economy, I may fo adjust my affairs as to return to this country with wealth and honour.---Farewell.
Mrs. Seymour. Stay, Sir Charles, my daughter has, indeed, set a bright example !---an example, which not only you, but her mother may be proud to imitare !---I parted your hands---the least amends I can make is to join them, and if I've not the pow'r, I'll prove I have the wish to serve you--I'll apply to your uncle---exert myself every way in your interest, and, in atonement for my paft unkindness, I'll henceforth know no happiness, but in promoting yours,
Lady. Will you ? can you ?--we shall not then be parted.
Mrs. Seymour. Never---I'll go instantly to your uncle, and since Miss Union and Mr. Ap-Hazard no longer engross his attention---ha! here's my fon and Mr. Orville ! you had better not be feen, Sir
Charles; step into the next room; we'll soon return and bring you welcome news. (Sir Charles exit.)
Enter ORVILLE and Tom SEYMOUR. Tom. Mum! he's gone into dock, I see.
Mrs. Seymour. Mr. Orville, I'm this moment going to Sir Charles's uncle, and if you'll wait here till I return, all may be instantly adjusted--Come, Juliana---if I should fail, we'll join him in retirement, and all that I possess shall be devoted to my children's welfare. [Exit with Lady Danvers.
Tom. She settle Sir Charles's affairs !---why these women chop about like weather-cocks; but I'm steady ; firm as my own mainmast !
Orville. He has broke his agreement, and I'll break mine---if I once get him under lock and key, Lady. Danvers may be mine at last.---Sir Charles, (opens door) nay; we have seen you, fir. (Sir Charles enters) Come, fir, pay me the whole debt, or the bailiff below stairs
Sir Charles. You can't be ungenerous ; Mrs. Seymour is now gone to my uncle.
Tom. Pooh! he's still steer'd by Miss Union; so call up
the bailiff. Sir Charles. How! are you against me ? the brother of Lady Danvers !
Tom. 'Tis on her account I am against you, sir ; since you put to sea with Juliana, I and the Sprightly Kitty hav’nt fail'd ten leagues together; therefore, put him under hatches, Orville ; then one may fish or fight, or go on a voyage of discoveries, as it suits. Sir Charles. Hear me a moment, not on my
own, but her account I speak; we lately united again, and if our next meeting is to be in a prison
Orville. United again ! don't believe it, Mr. Seymour ; without there
Ap-Hazard. Oh! have I found you, Mr. Orville-hah! take your ground.
Orville. Blockhead! are you come to get into a new scrape.
Ap-Hazard. I get into a scrape ! pheu! my luck has turn'd---will you fight? (to Orville) ---or will you? (to Tom)---or you? (to Sir Charles) no, I know you will, so we'll shake hands ; last night it was my destiny to have no courage ; now it is my good fortune to have an overflow; therefore dispatch, there's your second, here's mine, as I thought ---you're a shy-cock.
Tom. Why, father, you're a different man.
Ap-Hazard. I'm nøt; I'm the same man with different fortune ; do you suppose Alexander was’nt sometimes a shy-cock ? yes, he had his nervous days, and I have had mine, hav'nt I, Sir Charles ? but now, fight me, do ; pray some of you fight me; here, I'll give any man ten guineas that will fight me!
Orville. You interrupt us, sir; where are these bailiffs ?
Ap-Hazard. Bailiffs ! oh! damme, they'll fight
Orville (at stage door.) Come up stairs, and arrest Sir Charles.
Ap-Hazard. Arreft Sir Charles.
Orville. Ay, Sir Charles Danvers, fir; have you. any objection.