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BELLOWS. Sammy Saw, you be out of pleace.
SAW. I bean't in yours, be I ?
BELLOWS. "T were loike enough you would though.
SAW. Not till you've paid that two odd shillings which thee ow'st for beer.
LANDLORD. Silence ! Order! Here's the health of the two cavaliers.
Gentlemen, we are much obliged to you for the handsome manner in which you have drunk our healths; and, in return, beg leave to propose the health of the members of this excellent and harmonious meeting. Gentlemen, I trust that the clouds of sorrow may never dim its sky of happiness. Applause. You will excuse my friend, he has cause enough to make him sad !
He do look as moloncholoy as that ’ere young lady did this marn, who was riding behind Sir William Stanton!
LESTER (starting up). What's that?
No offence, Sir! La ! how he sters.
Speak, fellow, speak! Who was it?
Why, as I and old Bellows was a toiking our mernin poipe, a hoz comed gollaping buy, with two folks on her
bock, mun. There were Sir William Stangton, and a most perty, and beautifoulmost, and moloncholsist yung lerdy. I never—they went to Stanton House, which is close by.
'Tis he-'t is he-follow-follow, Percy !
(Exit R. H. v.)
LANDLORD. Pray, sir, is that gentleman mad?
There is your money. Shew us Stanton House.
SCENE III.- A Picture-Gallery in Stanton House. —Grimes enters cautiously.
Now all goes well—the priest, he is below.
(Enter Sir William Stanton in haste.)
SIR WILLIAM. Lola is nowhere to be found.
(Clash of weapons.) Clash of arms !
(Sir William hesitates.)
-Hark! the passage-doors are being forced ! Away!
(Rushes out, followed by Sir William.)
SCENE IV.-An ancient Corridor.
( Enter LESTER and Percy, L. H. U. E.)
Yes, the topmost chamber !-let us search at once!
Should it be slain?
(They rush out R. ''
SCENE THE LAST.--A very gothic Apartment-panelled throughout-half dark. Enter Iola in a state of great excitement-her hair hanging down her
back. She walks wildly up and down.
(Trampling without-clash of arms-noises
during the whole of this speech.)
HARK ! hark !-after me ! after me! Is there no way
(Starts, and runs to R wing.)
(Iola runs along by panels, one flies open.) What's this? A secret way? A secret way? Here will I fly until they pass this room; And then my fondest—my most guileless love Shall find repose in death. Steps in and panel closes.)
(Enter Sir William and Grimes.)
SIR WILLIAM (agitated).
GRIMES (sword drawn),
(Goes to panel.) Ha ! (Lester and Percy rush in.—Percy fights with Sir
LESTER (rushing to Grimes.
Where's Lola ?
(A furious fight. Grimes is disarmed: he rushes to
the panel, touches the spring, and it flies open. Iola rushes out to Lester. Sir Willian is down on
one knee-Percy's sword over him. Picture. What dream is this? Iola! lola ! Art thou a spirit-or am I gone mad ?
IOLA. It is-it is-Lester Burton ! (Faints in Burton's arms.)
(Grimes draws his dagger and makes a pass at Lola.
Percy and Sir William simultaneously rush to her assistance and seize Grimes. Struggle. Grimes frees himself—keeps off adversaries with dagger.
Murderer ! this time thy hand has failed !
Death to my hopes! Death to my deep revenge !
Oh ! horrible!