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don't amićt yourself: I have been somewhat hasty with regard to the farmer; but since I see how deeply you are interested in his affairs, I may possibly alter my designs with regard to him-You knowYou know, Patty, your marriage with him is no concern of mine-I only speak

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My passion in vain I attempt to dissemble;

Th' endeavour to hide it, but makes it appear : Enraptur'd I gaze , when I touch her I tremble,

And speak to and hear her, with falt'ring and fear.

By how

many

cruel ideas tormented! My blood's in a ferment; it freezes, it burns : This moment I wish, what the next is repented;

While love, rage, and jealousy, rack me by turns. 119

SCENE III.

PATTY, Giles. Giles. Miss Pat-Odd rabbit it, I thought his honour was here ; and I wish I may die if my heart did not jump into my mouth-Come, come down in all haste, there's such rig below as you never knew in your born days.

« Pat. Rig!

Giles. Ay, and fun”—There's as good as forty of the tenants, men and maidens, have got upon the lawn before the castle, with pipers and garlands; just for all the world as tho'f it was May-day; and the quality's looking at them out of the windows--'Tis as true as any thing; on account of my lord's coming home with his new lady—“ Look here, I have brought “ a string of flowers along with me.”

133 Pat. Well, and what then?

Giles. Why I was thinking, if so be as you would come down, as we might take a dance together: little Sal, farmer Harrow's daughter, of the Green, would fain have had me for a partner; but I said as how I'd go for one I liked better, one that I'd make a partner for life.

140 Pat. Did you say so ?

Giles. Yes, and she was struck all of a heapshe had not a word to throw to a dog—for Sal and I kept company once for a little bit.

Pat. Farmer, I am going to say something to you, and I desire you will listen to it attentively. It seems you think of our being married together.

Giles. Think! why I think of nothing else ; it's all over the place mun, as how you are to be my spouse ; and you would not believe what game folks make of

151 Pat. Shall I talk to you like a friend, farmerYou and I were never designed for one another; and I am morally certain we should not be happy,

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Giles. Oh! as for that matter, I never has no words with nobody.

Pat. Shall I speak plainer to you then I don't ,

like you.

me

Giles. No!
Pat. On the contrary, you are disagreeable to

161 Giles. Am I! Pat. Yes, of all things : I deal with you sincerely.

Giles. Why, I thought, Miss Pat, the affair between you

and I was all fix'd and settled. Pat. Well, let this undeceive you~Be assured we shall never be man and wife. No offer shall persuade, no command force me.--You know my mind, make your advantage of it.

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Wealth with others success will insure you,

Where your wit and your person may please ;
Take to them your love, I conjure you,
And in mercy set me at ease.

180 SCENE IV.

GILES. Here's a turn! I don't know what to make of it: she's gone mad, that's for sartin; wit and learning have crack'd her brain- -Poor soul, poor soulIt is often the case of those who have too much of them.—Lord, Lord, how sorry I be—But hold, she says I baint to her mind-mayn't all this be the effect of modish coyness, to do like the gentlewomen, because she was bred among them? And I have heard say, they will be upon their vixen tricks, till they go into the very church with a man. Icod there's nothing more likelier; for it is the cry of one and all, that she's the moral of a lady in every thing: and our farmer's daughters, for the matter of that, tho'f they have nothing to boast of but a scrap of red ribbon about their hats, will have as many turnings and windings as a hare, before one can lay a fast hold of them. There can no harm come of speaking with master Fairfield, however.

Odd rabbit it, how plaguy tart she was I am half vext with myself now that I let her go off so.

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When a maid, in way of marriage,

First is courted by a man,
Let un do the best he can,

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Changes to a view of Lord Aimworth's house, and im

provements; a seat under a tree, and part of the garden wall, with a Chinese pavilion over it; several country people appear dancing, others looking on; among whom are, MERVIN, disguised, RALPH, FANNY, and a number of gipsies. After the dancers go off, Theo: DOSIA and Patty enter through a gate supposed to have a conneciion with the principal building.

The. Well then, my dear Patty, you will rùn away from us : but why in such a hurry, I have a thousand things to say to you?

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