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But you have squeezed it dry enough, in truth;
Sir, this is trifling; and I have no time
The money, sir !
Now really, Master Grimes, I pray you smile ; For, by the gay gallants which throng your door, ’T is plain some bright-eyed maid does dwell with you !
The money, sir !
Oh! you grow worse and worse, like the approach
Sir, art here to heap upon me insult ?
PERCY (crossing R. and taking out a note-book). Then give thou up the foul-faced bond, For here are bills to free it from thee. (Offering bills.) I'm fearful you 're surprised ?
GRIMES (startled for a little time). Notes on a house in Guernsey ! Drawn too-by whom? One Lester Burton ! Who is he, I pray?
GRIMES (going to the table and offering a pen to Percy). Hem ! I pray you, pass your name across this line.
Is there no other plan
(Grimes gives the bond to Percy.)
PERCY (taking the bond).
This is an unexpected blow, and bad
(Takes out his watch.)
(Enter Margaret.) Margaret, bid Mistress Iola bring the case Which on my dressing-table stands. (Exit Margaret, R.) Ha! my private signal. (Goes to door-enter Sir
sir willIAM STANTON (advancing L.).
GRIMES (sitting down). More gold—more gold !
Yes, Master Grimes, I come for gold again!
Can you not hunt her down?
The agent whom you sent is ruined quite !
What dost thou offer in security?
Why, Stanton House and Park-you know it well;
(Enter IOLA, with case, R. She starts when she sees Sir
William ; but eventually approaches Grimes, gives the
SIR WILLIAM (starting).
GRIMES (rising-puts the notes in the case). Hear me, Sir William Stanton ! ( With great energy.) THAT GIRL's an orphan! and her mother died Even as she gave her to this bitter world: The father sought his fortunes on the deep, And left his infant to a stranger's care !
_’T was on a summer's eve, as calm as this, When not a breath of air swept o’er the leaves
Of the cool perfumed grove wherein I mused-
SIR WILLIAM (agitated).
Depeltier. We call her lola.
SIR WILLIAM. How beautiful she is !
Beautiful indeed; and oh! most innocent—and very young.
She is dependent then on you?
Yes, sir; but if she wed the man I like,