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Act U.
what it was to love one of the many children you
have lost, or that dear girl who is now left to you, ,
do not pursue your vengeance to the blood of my ;
poor boy—do not involve him in our common ruin. :
Let the destruction of the father and the mother— !
let the ruin of our ancient house, satisfy your resent, j
ment. Believe that, if your ears are shut against the
cry of a despairing mother, those which are open to
the cry of all who sorrow will hear my petition and
your answer.
Major B. Madam, I would I had the means of
relieving your distress; but your husband must to
London, there to be dealt with as the laws decide. '
Your son, for the present, shall remain a prisoner ;
with me.
Jul. I know not if this separation be well or ill <
meant on your part, Master Bridgenorth; but, on
mine, I am only desirous to share the fate of my
dear parents.
Lady P. Do not say so, Julian; abide with Mas- i
ter Bridgenorth. My mind tells me he cannot
mean so ill by us, as his rough conduct would now
lead us to infer.
Sir G. And I know, that, between the doors of '
my father’s house and the gates of Beelzebub, there
steps not such a villain on the ground. And now '
they may do their worst, for I will not utter a word
more while I am in the company of such knaves.
Major B. Perhaps, Sir Geoffry, you would bet¬
ter have consulted your own safety had you adopt-
ed that resolution a little earlier. You, Master Ju¬
lian, will please to follow me, and without remon- L
strance or resistance; for you must be aware that I 1
have the means of compelling.
Jul. Sir, in obedience to a mother’s wishes, I 1
obey you. Yet, ere I go, dearest and beloved father,
grant me your blessing.