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eine Nachahmung des Molierischen Tartuffe, in den Betanns ten Tompionschen Miscellantes abgedruckt ist; so schone ich des Raumes, und gebe keine Probe, wozu ich fonft eine oder andre Scene aus dem besten Stücke dieses Dichters, The Careless Husband, wählen würde.

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Sir Richard Steele erwarb sich durch seinen Untheil an den drei: lo vortheilhaft betannten Wochenblättern, dem Tatler, Spectator und Guardian, ben ruhmoolen Rang eines llargschen Steibenten, und verdient auch seiner dramatischen Arbeiten wegen noch immer die Aufmertfamteit

2 und den Beifall, welche denselben bei threr ersten Erscheir nung gu Theil wurden. Er wurde in Irland um das Jahr 1676 geboren, und starb zu Londoni, 1729. Schon in seis nem fiebzehnten Jahre“ machte er zu. Drford, wo er beim Postwefen-ange fellt war, den Bersuch, eine Komddie zu Schreiben, die er aber hernach unterdrückte. Sein Tender Husband, or, The Accomplished Fools, fand sehr viel Beifall; dagegen nahm man ein zweites Luftfpiel von ihm, The Lying Laver, or, the Ladies' Friendship, fo gleichs gületg auf, daß er aus Mövergnügen darüber die dramatis fche Laufbahn verließ, und fichi an die Uusarbeitung der ges Dadoser Wochenschriften machte. Der große Ruhm, den er Rich Dadurch erwarb, und der Antheil, iden er in der Folge selbst an der Unternehmung des Sniglichen Theaters in Drus rylone erhielt, veranlastey ihn in der Folge zur Berfertigung eines neuen, in seiner Art wirklich meisterhaften, Schaus spiels, The Conscious Lovers, welches mit ungemeinem Beifal im Jahr 1721 guerst gespielt wurde. Auffer diesen Angeführten drei Komödien schrieb:!er nod: The Funeral,



or, Grief à la Morte, und zwei unvollendete, audo, so viel ich weiß, noch ungedruckte, Stúde: The Gentleman und The School of Action.,

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Zu den Conscious Lovers, welches wohl unstreitig Steele's bestes dramatisches Produkt ist, nahm er die Haupts idee aus der Andris des Tereny. Es hat wirtlid meifters hafte Scenen, rührende Situationen, und durchaus nichts anstoßiges, sondern vielmehr viel Lehrreiches in Unsehung der Sitten. In der Vorrede sagt er, daß er dieß gange Schauspiel wegen der @cene im vierten Att geschrieben habe, in welcher Bevil der Ausfoderung zu einem Zweitampfe mit vieler Klugheit ausiveicht ; und diese Scene diene hier zur Probe:

Myrtle. The Time, the Place, our long Acquaintance, and many 'other Circumstances, which affect me on this Occasion, oblige me, without any Ceremony or Conference, to delire, you would not only, as you already have, acknowledge the Receipt of ny Letter, but also comply with the Request in it. I'inuft have farther Notice taken of my Message than these half Lines I have


I fhall be at home. -
Bevil. Sir, I own, I have received a Letter froin

you, in a very unusual Style; but as I design, every
thing in this Matter shall be your own Action, your
own Seeking, I shall understand' nothing, but what
you are pleased to confirm, face to face; and I have
already forgot the Contents of your Epiftle.

Myrtle. This cool Manner is very agreeable to the Abuse, you have already inade of my Siinplicity and Frankness; and I see, your Moderation tends to your own Advantage, and not mine; to your own Safety, not Consideration of your Friend. Bevil. My own Safety, Mr. Myrtle ?


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!" Alyrtle, , Your own Safety, Mr. Bevil.
C Bevilis: Look you, Mr. Myrtle, there's no difgui.
sing that I understand what you would be at - Buư,
Sir, you know I have often dared to disapprove of the
Decisions, a tyrant Custom las introduced, to the
Breach of all Laws, both divine and luman.

. Mr. Bevil, Mr. Bevil, it would be a
good first Principle, in those who have lo tender a Con-
science in that Way, to have as much Abhorrence of
doing Injuries, as :
:: Bevil. As what?

Myrtle, As fear of anfering forlem.. ning

Bevil. As fear of answering for'em! But that Aa. prehension is just or blameable, according to the Object of that Fear, I have often told you in Confidence of Heart, I abhorr’d the Daring to offend the Author of Life, and rushing into his Presence. - I say, by the very fame Act., to comınit the Crime against him, and ininediately to urge on his Tribunal.

Myrtle. Mr, Bevil, I must tell you, this Coolness, this Gravity, this Shew of Conscience, shall never cheat me of my Mistress. You havę, indeed, the best Excuse for Lise, the hopes of possessing Lucinda: but consider, Sir, I have as much reason to be weary of it, if I am to lose her; and my first Attempt to recover her, shall be to let her see the dauntless Man, who is to be her Guardian and Protector, ps. Bevil. Sir, shew mę but the least glimpse of Argument, that I am authoriz'd, by my own Hand, to vindicate any lawlefs. IŅlult of this nature, and I will Chew thee - to chastize thee - hardly deserves the Name of Courage — flight, inconsiderate Man!There is, Mr. Myrtle, no such Terror in quick


Anger; and you shall, you know not why, be coply as you have, you know not why, been warm.

Myrtle. Is the Woman, one loves, fo little an Occasion of Anger? You perhaps, who know not what it is to love, who have your Ready, your Comino: dious, your Foreign Trinket, for your loose Hours: and from your Fortune, your fpecious outward Carę riage, and other lucky Circumstances, as easy a Way to the Poffefsion of Woman' of Honolir; you know nothing of what it is to be alarm'd, to be distracted with Anxiety and Terror of losing more than Life. Your Marriage, happy Man, goes on like common Business, and in the Interim, you have your Rainbling Captive, your Indian Princess, for your soft Moments of Dalliance, your Convenient, your Ready Indiana.

Bevil. You have touched me beyond the Patience of a Man; and I am excusable in the Guarct of Innocence (or from the Infirmity of human Nature, which can bear no more) 'to accept your Invitation, and obl serve your Letter. - Sir, I'll attend you.

Enter Tom. Tom. Did you call, Sir? I thought you did; ! heard you speak aloud.

Bevil. Yes, go call a Coach.

Tom. Sir Master Mr. Myrtle - Friends, Gentlemen -- what d'ye mean? I am bụt a Servant,

Bevil. Call a Coach, (Exit Tom.)

(A long Pause, walking fullenly by each other.)

Beyil. (alide) Shall I, tho? provokid to the Uttermoft, recover myfelf at the Entrance of a third Person, and that my Servant too, and not have. Respect


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enough to all I have ever been receiving hom Infancy, the Obligation to the best of Fathets-,' to an unhappy Virgin too, whole Life depends of mine. (Shutting the door; to Myrtle :) I have, thank Heaven, had time to recollect myself, and shall not for fear of what such a rash Man, as you, think of ie, keep longer unex. plain'd the false Appearances, under which your Infirmity of Temper makes you suffer; when, perhaps too much Regard to a false Soint of Honour, makes ine prolong that Suffering.

Myrtle. I am sure, Mr. Bevil cannot doubt, but I had rather have Satisfaction from his Innocence, than his Sword.

Bevil. Why then would you ask it first that Way?

Myrtle. Consider, you kept your Temper yourself no longer, than till I spoke to the Disadvantage of

I ber you lov'd.

Bevil. True. But let me tell you, I have saved you from the most exquisite Distress, even tho' you had succeeded in the Dispule; I know you so well, that I am sure to have found this Letter about a Man you had kill'd, would have been worse than Death to your self, Read it - When he is throughly mortify'd, and Shame has got the better of Jealouly, when he has seen himself thoroughly, he will deserve to be assisted towards obtaining Lucinda.

Myrtle. With what a Superiority has he turn'd the Injury on' me, 'as the Aggressor! I begin to fear I have been too far transported A Treary in our Fa. mily! Is not that saying too much?' I shall relapse

But I find, on the Postscript, something like Jealousy - With what face can I see my Benefactor? My Advocate! whom I have treated like a Betrayer! – Oh, Bevil, with what words shall I

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