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her conscience now, and never was against her conscience before! that's all nonsense. I'll warrant you
for al? this new bustle
make about it. Sist. I'd go with all my heart; but I tell you she is in such a passion, you had better let her alone; it will but make her worse.
Bro. Pr’ythee don't tell me: I will go to the park if the devil stood at the door. What, shan't I have the liberty to go out when I please? Sure I am past a boy, an't I ?
Sist. I tell you my mother is very positive, and better let her alone: you will but provoke ber. You may do as you will.
Bro, Not I, I won't provoke her at all, for I won't ask her: I'll go out without her. Sist. Then you
without a coach too; for I assure you, as I said before, you won't get Thomas to go.
Bro. Then I'll take a hackney, and go to the Mall.
Sist. Come, brother, we had better let it alone for once, my mother will be better conditioned another time, I hope this will be over.
Bro. Nay, I don't care. Come, let us read a book then. Have you never a play here? Come, I'll read a play to you.
Sist. Ay, what will you have ?
[She runs to her closet for a play-book, and finds plays, novels, song-books, and others of that kind, taken all away.]
Sist. Oh, thieves! thieves! I am robbed! Bro. Robbed! What do you mean, sister? [He runs to her.]
Sist. All my books are gone! they are all gone! all stole! I have not a book left!
[Here you may suppose her taking God's name in vain very much, and in a great passion.]
Bro. What, all your books?
nothing but a Bible, and an old foolish book about religion, I don't know wbat.
[Her brother looks.]
Bro. I think, as you say, they are all gone. No, hold, were's a Prayer-book, and here's the Practice of Piety,and here's the Whole Duty of Man.
Sist. Pr’ythee what signifies them to me? But all my fine books are gone. I had a good collection of plays, all the French novels, all the modern poets, Boileau, Dacier, and a great many more.
Bro. What's the meaning of this?
Bro. I believe so too. I wish my mother be not mad. This is horrid. What can my mother mean?
[The sister falls in a great passion of crying; the second brother comes up to them, and the father had been talking to him.]
2 Bro. What is the matter with my sister? What, is she not well ?
I Bro. I don't know what's the matter very well; but my mother bas been rufling her a little, and put her out of humour.
2 Bro. What has she done?
1 Bro. Why, she won't let her go to the park ; and when she said she would go, my mother struck her; and we find she has taken away all her books. I can't imagine what the meaning of all this is. I think my mother is mad.
2 Bro. No, no, brother, my mother is not mad. If she is mad, my father is so too. You will not wait long to know what the meaning of it is; for you will hear of it quickly too yourself, that I can assure you.
I Bro. I hear of it! What, from my father?
2 Bro. Yes, from my father. He has told me bis mind already, and the reason and occasion of it; and I know he is inquiring for you, to do the like.
I Bro. He may talk what he will to me; but I'll do what I please for all that.
2 Bro. Hark! you are called just now; you will be of another mind when you come back, I'll warrant you.
[The eldst son is called to come to his father.]
2 Bro. If my father's reasons do not persuade him, I can assure him his authority will, for he is resolved
Sist. What thing is it, brother? What is our father and mother going to do with us ? For my part, I cannot imagine what they mean.
2 Bro. Why, really, sister, I find they have begun with the youngest first; for my father has been upon me, and my mother has begun with my sister Betty; but, you will bave your turn too.
Sist. I think my mother has begun with me already; for I was but humming over a new song this afternoon, though church was done, and all over, and every body come home, but my
mother was in such a passion with me that I never had so many words with her in my life. She would not let me go to the park, and had much ado to keep her hands
2 Bro. I heard she was angry with you: but it seems you answered her rudely.
Sist. I said nothing but that I would go to the park.
2 Bro. Well, but you told her you would go to the park whether she would or not.
Sist. Why, was that such a crime? And so I would say again.
2 Bro. Well, but if you did, you would not say it was well done, would you? And it seems she told you then, so I can satisfy you now, she would not take it from you, por none of us, as she has done.
Sist. It may be so, and I have found it otherwise already.
2 Bro. What, bas she not taken some books out of your closet?
Bible and prayer
Sist. Some! Nay, she has only taken all my books away. 2 Bro. I warrant she has left
your books, and such as those.
Sist. Ay, those! What does that signify? She has taken away all my plays, and all my songs, and all the books that I had any pleasure in.
2 Bro. Yes, I have beard of it.
Sist. But I will have them again, or I'll lead her such a life, she shall have little comfort of me.
2 Bro. Truly, sister, you may fancy you may have them again; but I can satisfy you, most of them are past recovery; for I saw them
upon the parlour fire before I came up.
Sist. The fire! I'll go and pull them out before her face.
[Here she is raging, and in a violent passion at her mother, and makes as if she would run down stairs.]
2 Bro. Come, sister, you had as good be easy; for I find both our father and mother are agreed in the thing : and I must own I begin to see they have reason for it. For my part, I am inclined to submit to all the measures; for I think in my conscience we have all been wrong; and if my father and mother see reason to bave me alter
my conduct, and especially when I am convinced it is to be the better too, I think it is my part to submit,
Sist. I'll never submit.
2 Bro. Perhaps you will be persuaded, when my mother talks a little calmly to you. I believe my sister Betty is of another mind already.
Sist. I have had talk enough already. My mother tells me I shall not go to the park, nor to the play-bouse, nor patch, nor play at cards ; I think this is talk enough. What, does my
mother think to make a nun of me? 2 Bro. No, I dare say she does not. Sist. No; and if she does, she will be mistaken; for I
shall not be bindered of my innocent diversions, let my mother do what she pleases.
2 Bro. But, sister, I do not think you find my mother unreasonable in what she desires, if you will but allow yourself leisure to think of it a little.
Sist. Unreasonable in her desires! Pr’ythee can you tell me what it is she does desire; for I cannot imagine what my mother would be at?
2 Bro. As for my mother I cannot be particular; but if you are willing to hear me, I'll tell you what my father said to me.
Sist. You may tell me if you will, though I don't much are; I won't be made a fool of. What, I an't a baby te go to school again.
2 Bro. Why, look you, sister, you may stand out, if you will, a great while ; but I warrant you must be content at last, for I do not see how you will help yourself.
Sist. I warrant you I'll help myself.
2 Bro. Then you must renounce your father and mother, and leave the family: and I do not see what good that will do
you, for I am satisfied my father is resolute. I was going to tell you the short history of it, if you would have patience.
“ Early this morning, before we went to church, my father called me up into his chamber, and, after inquiring several things of me about my learning, my company, and my behaviour in the world, to which I made as good an answer as I could, he told me, with a great deal of tenderness, that he loved me so very dearly, that he intended to do very well for me, and that he had a particular kindness for me, that he had but one thing he desired of me, and that this was for my own good too, and desired to know if I was disposed to comply with him. I told him, I was very willing to do any thing to oblige him, who had been so good a father to me. He told me all he desired of me was this :-He had observed, that his family in general were running on into all kinds of levity and looseness,