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The Love-chase   By: (1784-1862)

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THE HUNCHBACK. {1} THE LOVE CHASE.

BY JAMES SHERIDAN KNOWLES

CASSELL & COMPANY, LIMITED: LONDON , PARIS , NEW YORK & MELBOURNE . 1887.

THE LOVE CHASE.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

(AS ORIGINALLY PERFORMED AT THE HAYMARKET, IN l837.) Sir William Fondlove , an old Mr. STRICKLAND. Baronet Waller , in love with Lydia Mr. ELTON. Wildrake , a Sportsman Mr. WEBSTER. Trueworth , a Friend of Sir Mr HEMMINGS. William Neville , Friend to Waller Mr. WORRELL. Humphreys , Friend to Waller Mr. HUTCHINGS. Lash Mr. ROSS. Chargewell , a Landlord Mr. EDWARDS. George , a Waiter Mr. BISHOP. First Lawyer Mr. RAY. Widow Green Mrs. GLOVER. Constance , Daughter to Sir Mrs. NISBETT. William Fondlove Lydia , lady's Maid to Widow Miss VANDENHOFF. Green Alice , Housekeeper to Master Mrs. TAYLEURE. Waller Phoebe , Maid to Constance Miss WRIGHTEN. Amelia Miss GALLOT. First Lady Mrs. GALLOT.

SCENE LONDON.

ACT I.

SCENE I. The Lobby of an Inn.

[Enter CHARGEWELL, hurriedly.]

Charg . What, hoa there! Hoa, sirrahs! More wine! Are the knaves asleep? Let not our guests cool, or we shall starve the till! Good waiting, more than viands and wine, doth help to make the inn! George! Richard! Ralph! Where are you?

[Enter GEORGE.]

George . Here am I, sir!

Charg . Have you taken in more wine to that company?

George . Yes, sir.

Charg . That's right. Serve them as quick as they order! A fair company! I have seen them here before. Take care they come again. A choice company! That Master Waller, I hear, is a fine spirit leads the town. Pay him much duty. A deep purse, and easy strings.

George . And there is another, sir; a capital gentleman, though from the country. A gentleman most learned in dogs and horses! He doth talk wondrous edification: one Master Wildrake. I wish you could hear him, sir.

Charg . Well, well! attend to them. Let them not cool o'er the liquor, or their calls will grow slack. Keep feeding the fire while it blazes, and the blaze will continue. Look to it well!

George . I will, sir.

Charg . And be careful, above all, that you please Master Waller. He is a guest worth pleasing. He is a gentleman. Free order, quick pay!

George . And such, I'll dare be sworn, is the other. A man of mighty stores of knowledge most learned in dogs and horses! Never was I so edified by the discourse of mortal man.

[They go out severally.]

SCENE II. A Room.

[MASTER WALLER, MASTER WILDRAKE, MASTER TRUEWORTH, MASTER NEVILLE, and MASTER HUMPHREYS, sitting round a table.]

Wal . Well, Master Wildrake, speak you of the chase! To hear you one doth feel the bounding steed; You bring the hounds and game, and all to view All scudding to the jovial huntsman's cheer! And yet I pity the poor crowned deer, And always fancy 'tis by fortune's spite, That lordly head of his, he bears so high Like Virtue, stately in calamity, And hunted by the human, worldly hound Is made to fly before the pack, that straight Burst into song at prospect of his death. You say their cry is harmony; and yet The chorus scarce is music to my ear, When I bethink me what it sounds to his; Nor deem I sweet the note that rings the knell Of the once merry forester!

Nev . The same things Please us or pain, according to the thought We take of them. Some smile at their own death, Which most do shrink from, as beast of prey It kills to look upon. But you, who take Such pity of the deer, whence follows it You hunt more costly game? the comely maid, To wit, that waits on buxom Widow Green?

Hum . The comely maid! Such term not half the sum Of her rich beauty gives! Were rule to go By loveliness, I knew not in the court, Or city, lady might not fitly serve That lady serving maid!

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