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Enter Col. HUBBUB. Col. Won't he? But he will tho'! Tho' I love a lad of spirit, I detest premeditated villainy as much as any man-Your brother Clairville is in prison, my Lord; and I'm told by your means.

Hon. Yes, Sir-'tis fo-by his, his brother's


Lady A. Peace! and let me speak—Colonel, notwithstanding your prejudices against me and Lord Jargon, I know when you hear the conduct of this mean avaricious girl, you'll confess, that his Lordship has a greater claim to her than any other man-You'll allow fine diamonds are rare things!

Col. Yes; next to modesty and good fense, the rarest things now-a-days to be met with.

Lady A. Then, Sir, with share I mention it, she has receiv'd a necklace from his Lordship, worth a thousand pounds.

Col. How ! Is this true, my Lord ?
Lord Jar. I can't answer you—but I won't de-

Lady A. She will tell you, that I compellid her to accept the necklace; but even if that were the case, she might have returned it to his Lordthip long ere this time.

Col. 'Tis too plain! I see it by her blushesBase, sordid girl! where are the diamonds ? Produce and give them back to his Lordship, or I swear-Go fetch them instantly-What do

ny it.

you hesitate ?

Hon. I have not the necklace by me, Sir-ICol. What have you done with it then ?

Hon. To confess the truth, Sir I have fold it!



Col. and Lady. Sold it!
Hon. Yes, Sir ; to redeem a picture-to--

Col. A picture! give a thousand pounds for a picture_Let's see that!

Lady 1. See ! she hesitates again! Oh! it's all an imposition, and my Lord has been defrauded out of his diamonds.

Hon. Wait but a moment, and I'll shew you how he has been defrauded.

Opens glass doors, and leads out CLAIRVILLE. Here is the jewel the necklace has redeemedHere is a treasure worth ten times it's value! and here is the man I shall adore as long as I live[embracing bim.]

Col. Clairville !

Clair. Yes ; that Clairville, who must have sunk a victim to your's [t0 Lady) and his Lordship’s artifices, had not this lovely angel stretched out her hand, and saved me from destruction.

Col. Well ! this is the prettiest picture I ever saw! Look, my Lord; Look, Lady Acid.

Lord Jar. I never was better pleased in my life-ha, ha !-Damnation !

Col. Nay, pray look-you'll not see such a picture again, and what's better, you'll never see your diamonds again-Clairville, I give you joy, and almost wish you Honoria's husband; but I've left all that to my ward--the dear boy has the sole dispofal of her.

Lady A. Has he ? then I hope he'll marry her himself-Any thing rather than she fhould be thrown away on a pitiful younger brother.

Enter NOMINAL with SOPHIA. Ncm. Here we are !-the two wonders of the age-The elopement's all over the town already“.


And now what do you think is the next piece of mischief we're resolved on ?

Col. What?
Nom. Marriage.
Col. Marriage !

Nom. Ay; so it is-I never thought of itbut two such eccentric creatures are fit for nothing but each other-We've hurried ourselves into it, and what's more, we've hurried Sir Andrew into it-And now, if you'll consent—but dispatchintreat you be quick--for the Lady's on fire and I'm—ugh!

Col. Why, Sophia, is this true?

Sophia. Even so, Colonel! You were so inconstant, that I was obliged to accept another gay deceiver.

Col. Well, well; take her with all my heart; so the glorious breed is preferved, I don't care who it's by-But, you rogue, you must give up singularity now.

Nom. Must I! No-I'll be more singular than ever-I'll be so true, so faithful, and so constant a husband, that the whole fashionable world shall laugh at me !

Lady A. [aside to Lord] This is fortunate !Now he's married himself, perhaps he inay give you Honoria.--ask him.

Lord Jar. I will [afide.] Nominal, a word. Nom. What, my little antagonist ! Lord Jar. I know you are as much above receiving a bribe, as I am of offering one ; but if you'll make Honoria mine, ill give you all her fortune.



Nom. If you'd give me your own into the bargain, I wou’dn't dispose of her so dishonourably --No, no ; your brother is my friend, and if I have any interest in Honoria, I hope she may be his for ever---And now, all I recommend to you, and my old acquaintance here [to Ledy Acid] is, to leave the world and take the waxfigure along with you!

(Exit Lady. Col. That's right, my boy!---Every thing shall be joined to-night---Hands, hearts and estates ! I'll give Clairville property, and if his Lordship has any more presents, another diamond necklace---Why, he may settle it on the first child.

Nom. Won't you follow her, my Lord ?

Lord Jar. I follow her! not for a thousand worlds !---Lady Acid !

[Exit, calling Lady Acid. Enter SIR ANDREW. Sophia. Sir Andrew, I hope you've forgiven me every thing. Sir Andrew. Yes, yes ; you,


kindred genius have tormented me so much, that I could not be better revenged, than by marrying you together--- I've lost a wife, and the student has found one, that's all.

Col. “ Which has the better bargain.”---Ods life ! old boy, an't you delighted to see us all

fo merry.

Sir Andrew. Faith ! I think I am---but don't be too hard upon me--.don't be tco merry--left the devil that's within me, should tempt me to make long faces again.


Nom. If he does, it must be at another times and in another place.

Good humour reigns fo absolutely bere,
That when there's cause for censure, none we fear.
So great their candour! they so feldom blame,
That even Nominal may get a name ;
And Notoriety-be crown'd with fame,



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