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L. Flim. Thou genius of mischief, and best of brothers ! what can I do to thank you for your goodness to your poor Sissy? Frip. I'll tell you what you shall do
Confess to me sincerely whether you really like this Gulliver.
L. Flim. Why then sincerely, I do think him a prodigious fine animal-Aud when he is dress'd in his Nardue's robes, I am sure there will not be a female heart, but will pit-a•pat as he passes by.
Frip. Egad, he ought to make a fine figure I'm sure; for a hundred and fifty taylors have been working night and day_these six weeks to adorn this pretty creature of yours-But, my dear sister, do you like him as a fine man, or a fine monster.
L. Flim. Partly one, partly t'other.
Frip. Well, you have certainly a great soul, sister. I don't quite understand your taste ; but so much the bete ter, for I would have a woman of quality always a little incomprehensible.
Frip. For heaven's sake, let us make haste to join the ceremony; and be sure, brother, to prevent all conspiracies against my dear Gulliver-great men will always be envied What an honour will he be to Liliput !-had we but a few more such lords, how happy it would be for the nation, as well as the ladies !
Frip. You are certainly mad.
Enter a Mob of LILLIPUTIANS, buzzaing. ist Mob. What is the man mountain to be made a lord ?
zd Mob. To be sure, neighbour, he is.
ist Mob I suppose he is to be made a lord, because he is of so much service to the nation.
2d Mob. We shall pay dear for it tho'! for he eats more, and drinks more at a miale, than would serve my wife and nine children for a month I wish his lordship was out of the kingdom, for he'll certainly make free with us, should there be a scarcity of beef and mutton.
3d Mob. What countryman is this Gulliver, pray? ist Mob. Why, they say he comes from a strange country! the women there are very near as tall as the men, aye, and as bold too, and the children are as big as we are-All the people, they say, are brave, free, and happy ; and for fear of being too happy, they are always quarreling one amung another.
2d Mob. Quarrel! what do they quarrel for?
Ist Mob. Because they are brave and free; and if you are brave and free, why you may quarrel whenever, or with whom ever vou p ease.
ad Mob. What! have they no laws to keep them quiet?
1st Mob. Laws! ay, laws enough; but they never mind laws, it'they are brave and free.
20 Mob. La! what a slaughter an army of such menmou tains wou'd make ?
ist Mob. And so they wou'd, whilst they are brave and free, to be sure, or else they run away as well as lesser people. (Trumpets souud.) Hark! Neighbours, they are coming; now for a sight you never saw before, nor may-hap will ever see again. SCEN E, changes to MILDENDO, the Capital City of
Laleon, tbe Keeper, speaks witbout,
his majesty for thy residence-It has employed all the workmen belonging to the public works, these three months; and the bed here is the joint labours of all the upholsterers in this great metropolis.
Gul. I am bound to his majesty, for the honours he has done me; and to you, Sir, for your friendship and attention to me.
Lal. When your lordship pleases to take the air, you will find a large back duor in your bed-chamber, thro' which your lordship may creep into the palace gardens. 1 shall now leave you to repose after your fatigue-should any company desire to see your lordship may ihey be permitted to enter?
Gul. Without doubt, Sir But intreatem, if I should be asleep, not to run over my face, nor put their lances into my nose, or shoot their arrows into my eyes; for since the last time they did me that honour, I have been much afflicted with a violent sneezing and head-ach.
Lat. It would be death to disturb you now by our laws nobody can make free with a lord, but your lordship may make free with any body.
Gul. I shall not exert my priveleges.
Lal. Will your lordship be pleased to lie down as gently, and to turn in your bed as easily as possible, lest the move ing of your lordship’s body shou'd bring the palace about your ears.
Gul. I thank you, Sir, for your caution—I am a litle dry with my fatigue to-day, shali beg something to moisten my mouth.
Lal. I shall order a hogshead of wine, to quench your lordship's thirst, immediately.
(Exit. Gul. Notwithstanding the figure I make here, the honour I have received, and the greater things intended me, I grow sick of my situation shall either starve, or be sacrificed to the envy and malice of my brother peersThey'll never forgive the service I have done their country-I wish myself at home again, and plain Gulliver Every thing is in miniature here but vice, and ihat is so disproportioned, that I'll match our little rakes at Lilliput, with any of our finest gentlemen in England.
Erler Lalcon. Lal. A hundred and fifty taylors are without to pay their duty to vour lordship, and have brought their bills
Gul. Their bills !--they are very pressing sure
Lal. They have done nothing but work at your lordship's robes these six weeks and therefore hope your indulgence, for the sake of their wives and families.
Gul. I am so much fatigu’d, that I must desire 'em to give me till to-morrow, and assure them, that notwithstandVol. II.
ing ing my titles and priveleges, I shall give 'em very little trouble.
[Exit Lalcon. My greatness begins to be troublesome to me now.
Enter Lalcon. Lal. Two ladies of the court to wait on your lordship.
[Erit. Enter Lady FLIMNAP and TOADEL. Gul. Lady Flimnap again ! what can this mean? Toad. Wou'd your ladyship have me retire ?
L. Flim. Out of hearing only-should you leave us quite to ourselves, people might be censorious.
Toad. I will walk into that gallery, and amuse myself wjih the pictures.
L. Flim. Do so, Toadel, but be within call.
[Erit. L. Flim. I cou'd not defer any longer wishing you joy of the honours which you have deservedly received this dav-I take a particular interest in your welfare, I assure you.
Gul. And I a particular pride in your ladyship's good opinion.
L. Flim. I hope you don't think me imprudent, in thus laying aside, the formality of my sex, to make you thus frequent visits-Dɔ the ladies of your country ever take these liberties?
Gul. O! yes, madam ; our Englisb ladies are allowed some liberties, and take a great many more.
L. Flim. What, the married ladies?
Gul. Our married ladies, indeed, are so much employ'd with the care of their children, and attention to their families, that they would take no liberties at all, did not their husband's oblige 'em to play at cards now and ther, lest their great attachment to domestic affairs should throw 'em into fits of the vapours.
L. Flim. Bless me! how different people are in different nations! I must confess to your lordship, tho’ I have some children, I have not seen one of them these six months ; and tho'l am married to one of the greatest men in the kingdom, and, as they say, one of the handsomest, yet I don't imagine that I shall ever throw myself into a fit of
sickness, by too severe an attention to him or his family.
Gul. What a profligate morsel of nobility this is ! ( Aside,) I must own your ladyship surprizes me greatly for in England I have been so used to see the ladies employ'd in matters of affection and economy; that I cannot conceive, without these, how you can possibly pass your time, or amuse yourself.
L. Flim. What! are not tormenting one's husband, and running him in debt, tolerable amusements ! It is below a woman of quality to have either affection or economy; the first is vulgar, and the last is mechanic And yet had I been an English lady, perhaps I might have seen an object that might have raised my affection, and even persuaded me to live at home.
[Looking at bim and sigbing. Gul. In the name of queen Mab, what is coming now ! Sure I have not made a conquest of this fairy ! [Aside.
L. Flim. What a prodigious fine hand your lordship has!
Gul. Mine, madam ! 'tis brown sure, and somewhat of the largest.
L. Flim. O! my lord, 'tis the nobler for that I assure you that it was the first thing about your lordship that struck me-But, to return-1 say, my lord, had I been happy ea nough to have been born-bred-and married in England, I might then have been as fond as now I am sick of matrimony.
[ Approaching tenderly. Gul. (retreating.) Perhaps your ladyship has taken some just aversion to our sex.
L. Flim. To one of it I have my husband-but to the sex-oh no! I protest I have not far from it-I bonour and adore your sex, when it is capable of creating tenderness and esteem-Have my visits to your lordship denoted any such aversion ? My present visit, which I have imprudently made, rather indicates, that to one of your sex at least, I have not taken so just an aversion as perhaps I ought. Gul. ( Aside.) That is home, indeed-What can I
possibly say to her, or do with her!
1. Flim. A married woman, to be sure, ought not to visit a gentleman; she ought not to despise her husband; she ought to prefer no company to hini--and yet, such is my weakness, I have visited a gentleman; 1 do despise my husband, heartily despise him ;-and I am afraid I might