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as a lion.
Pray what does Miss Horneck ? Take courage, come, do!
losses as bold
Come, give me five cards.
is to venture for't twice? I advise, cries the lady, to try it I own; Ah! the Doctor is lood. Come Doctor, put down. Thus playing and playing I still grow more eager, And so bold and so bold, I'm at last a bold beggar. Now, ladies, I ask if law matters you're skilled in, Whether crimes such as yours should not come before
Fielding ; For giving advice that is not worth a straw, May well be called picking of pockets in law; And picking of pockets with which I now charge ye, Is by Quinto Elizabeth, death without clergy. What justice, when both to the Old Bailey brought ! By the gods I'll enjoy it, tho’ ’tis but in thought ! Both are placed at the bar with all proper decorum, With bunches of fennel and nosegays before 'em ; Both cover their faces with mobs and all that, But the Judge bids them angrily take off their hat. When uncover'd, a buzz of enquiry goes round, Pray what are their crimes? They've been pilfering found.
But, pray whom have they pilfer'd ? A Doctor, I hear; What, yon solemn-faced odd-looking man that stands near ?
What a pity! How does it surprise one !
There's the parish of Edmonton offers forty poundThere's the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch, offers forty pound—There's the parish of Tyburn, from the Hog in the Pound to St. Giles's Watchhouse, offers forty poundI shall have all that if I convict them.
But consider their case, it may yet be your own,
I challenge you all to answer this. I tell you, you cannot. It cuts deep ; but now for the rest of the letter; and next-but I want room.-So I believe I shall battle the rest out at Barton some day next week. - I don't value you all. .
SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER; OR THE MISTAKES OF A NIGHT,"
Spoken by Mrs. Bulkley, in the Character of Mrs. Hardcastle. (1)
Well, having stooped to conquer with success,
(1) (This comedy was first acted at Covent Garden Theatre, on the 15th of March 1773. In a letter to Mr. Craddock, written immediately after the representation of the piece, Goldsmith says:—“ I thank you sincerely for your epilogue, which, however, could not be used, but with your permission shall be printed. The story in short is this ; Murphy sent me rather the outline of an epilogue than an epilogue, which was to be sung by Mrs. Catley, and which she approved. Mrs. Bulkley hearing this, insisted on throwing up her part, unless, according to the custom of the theatre, she were permitted to speak the epilogue. In this embarrassment I thought of making a Quarrelling Epilogue between Catley and her, debating who should speak the epilogue, but then Miss Catley refused after I had taken the trouble of drawing it out. I was then at a loss indeed; an epilogue was to be made, and for none but Mrs. Bulkley. I made one, and Colman thought it too bad to be spoken; I was obliged, therefore, to try a fourth time, and I made a very mawkish thing as you'll shortly see. Such is the history of my stage adventures, and which I have at last done with. I cannot help saying that I am very sick of the stage; and though I believe I shall get three tolerable benefits, yet I shall on the whole be a loser, even in a pecuniary light; my ease and comfort I certainly lost while it was in agitation." See Life, ch. xxii.]
Her second act displays a livelier scene-
SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER,"
Enters Mrs. BulKLEY, who curtsies very low as beginning to
speak. Then enters Miss Catley, who stands full before her, and curtsies to the Audience.
Mrs. BULKLEY. Hold, Ma'am, your pardon. What's your business here?
Yes, the Epilogue, my dear.
(1) (This is the “ Quarrelling Epilogue” to which allusion is made by Goldsmith in the preceding note. A copy, in his own hand-writing, given to the late Dr. Farr, who was a fellow student at Edinburgh, remains in the family of that gentleman.)