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The Lawyers, A Drama in Five Acts   By: (1759-1814)

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[Transcriber's note: Google: http://books.google.com/books?pg=PA11&dq=editions:OXFORDN10716921&id=6G MHAAAAQAAJv=onepage&q=&f=false]

THE

LAWYERS,

A

DRAMA,

IN FIVE ACTS,

TRANSLATED

FROM THE GERMAN

OF

AUGUSTUS WILLIAM IFFLAND.

BY C. LUDGER.

LONDON: PRINTED BV J. W. MYERS, FOR W. WEST, NO. 27, PATERNOSTER ROW,

1799. [ Price Two Shillings and Sixpence. ]

ADVERTISEMENT.

The Author of the following Drama is universally allowed to be the Garrick of the German Stage, and the Dramatic Rival of KOTZEBUE in the Closet. The great Object of MR. IFFLAND, in all his Dramatic Productions, is to render the Theatre what it was in the palmy Days of Terence a School of Morality, by exhibiting Virtue in all her native Charms, and Vice in all her Deformity; or, in the Language of Pope,

"To wake the Soul by gentle Strokes of Art, To raise the Genius, and to mend the Heart; In conscious Innocence to make Men bold, Live o'er each Scene, and be what you behold!"

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

Deputy CLARENBACH. CLARENBACH, Master Carpenter. FREDERICA, his Daughter. REISSMAN, Aulic Counsellor. SOPHIA, his Daughter. SELLING, Counsellor. GERNAU, Ranger. WELLENBERG, Lawyer. GROBMAN, Iron Merchant. LEWIS, Deputy Clarenbach's Servant. A Servant of the Aulic Counsellor.

THE

LAWYERS,

A

DRAMA.

ACT I.

SCENE I.

A plain Tradesman's Room, with old fashioned Furniture.

Master CLARENBACH. (Busied with a design.)

Clar. So! there is my design, and I think it is a pretty good one. It will make a substantial building. When I am gone, people will say, when they look at the pile, "Master Clarenbach was a man that knew what he was about."

SCENE II.

Enter Lewis.

Lew. Deputy Clarenbach presents his compliments to Master Clarenbach, and sends him something.

Clar. What?

Lew. Deputy Clarenbach presents his compliments, and sends something.

Clar. (takes off his spectacles.) So my son sends me his compliments? So! well, return him a good morrow from me. What is it he sends? money! (opens the paper;) for what? he has written nothing in it, a mere blank.

Lew. I do not know; I am to have a receipt for it.

Clar. Take the money back.

Lew. What the deuce!

Clar. (rises.) No deuce here! and take off your hat when you stand in my presence, Monsieur Lewis.

Lew. (takes off his hat reluctantly.) I am

Clar. The Deputy's footman, and I am the Deputy's father.

Lew. Aye, aye; Master Clarenbach, the

Clar. The carpenter, citizen and master, trustee of the hospital, ad Sanctum Mauritium in this town, master in my own house and in my own room; here is the money. I am busy, good bye. (Sits down to his design.)

Lew. Very odd. [Exit.

Clar. Odd? hem! aye, aye. Odd you are, both the master and the servant.

SCENE III.

Enter Fredericka, (with a glass of wine, and a crust of bread on a plate.)

Fred. Father, the weather is very rough this morning.

Clar. Do you think so, my dear?

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