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He left us when of an age to enter the college, and there completed his education and nineteenth year ; for as he was not born to an estate, his friends thought it incumbent on them to give him the best education which could be had for love or money ; and a great deal of money consequently was spent upon him at college and Temple. He was a very little altered for the worse by what he saw there of the great world; for when he came down into the country, to pay us a visit, we thought him just the same man as ever, hand and glove with every one, and as far from high, though not without his own proper share of family pride, as any man ever you see. Latterly, seeing how sir Kit and the Jewish lived together, and that there was no one between him and the Castle Rackrent estate, he neglected to apply to the law as much as was expected of him ; and secretly many of the tenants, and others, advanced him cash upon his note of hand value received, promising bargains of leases and lawful interest, should he ever come into the estate. All this was kept a great secret, for fear the present man, hearing of it, should take it into his head to take it ill of poor Condy, and so should cut him off for ever, by levying a fine, and suffering a recovery to dock the entail. Sir Murtagh would have been the man for that; but sir Kit was too much taken up philandering to consider the law in this case, or any other. These practices I have mentioned, to account for the state of his affairs, I mean sir Condy's, upon his coming into the Castle Rackrent estate. He
could not command a penny of his first year's income; which, and keeping no accounts, and the great sight of company he did, with many other causes too numerous to mention, was the origin of his distresses. My son Jason, who was now established agent, and knew every thing, explained matters out of the face to sir Conolly, and made him sensible of his embarrassed situation. With a great nominal rent-roll, it was almost all paid away in interest; which being for convenience suffered to run on, soon doubled the principal, and sir Condy was obliged to pass new bonds for the interest, now grown principal, and so
Whilst this was going on, my son requiring to be paid for his trouble, and many years' service in the family gratis, and sir Condy not willing to take his affairs into his own hands, or to look them even in the face, he gave my son a bargain of some acres, which fell out of lease, at a reasonable rent. Jason set the land, as soon as his lease was sealed, to under tenants, to make the rent, and got two hundred ayear profit rent; which was little enough considering his long agency. He bought the land at twelve years' purchase two years afterwards, when sir Condy was pushed for money on an execution, and was at the same time allowed for his improvements thereon. There was a sort of hunting-lodge upon the estate, convenient to my son Jason's land, which he had his eye upon about this time ; and he was a little jealous of sir Condy, who talked of setting it to a stranger, who was just come into the country-Captain Moneygawl was the man. He was son and heir to the
Moneygawls of Mount Juliet's town, who had a great estate in the next county to ours; and my master was loth to disoblige the young gentleman, whose heart was set upon the lodge; so he wrote him back, that the lodge was at his service, and if he would honour him with his company at Castle Rackrent, they could ride over together some morning, and look at it, before signing the lease. Accordingly the captain came over to us, and he and sir Condy grew
the greatest friends ever you see, and were for ever out a-shooting or hunting together, and were very merry in the evenings; and sir Condy was invited of course to Mount Juliet's town; and the family intimacy that had been in sir Patrick's time was now recollected, and nothing would serve sir Condy but he must be three times a-week at the least with his new friends, which grieved me, who knew, by the captain's groom and gentleman, how they talked of him at Mount Juliet's town, making him quite, as one may say, a laughingstock and a butt for the whole company; but they were soon cured of that by an accident that surprised 'em not a little, as it did me. There was a bit of a scrawl found upon the waiting-maid of old Mr. Moneygawl's youngest daughter, miss Isabella, that laid open the whole ; and her father, they say, was like one out of his right mind, and swore it was the last thing he ever should have thought of, when he invited my master to his house, that his daughter should think of such a match. But their talk signified not a straw, for, as miss Isabella's maid reported, her young
mistress was fallen over head and ears in
love with sir Condy, from the first time that ever her
says, they were talking of stage-plays, having a playhouse, and being great play-actors at Mount Juliet's town; and miss Isabella turns short to my master, and says, “Have you seen the play-bill, sir Condy?” “No, I have not,” said he. “ Then more shame for you,” şaid the captain her brother, “not to know that my sister is to play Juliet to-night, who plays it better than any woman on or off the stage in all Ireland.” “I am very happy to hear it,” said sir Condy; and there the matter dropped for the present. But sir Condy all this time, and a great while afterwards, was at a terrible nonplus; for he had no liking, not he, to stage-plays, nor to miss Isabella either ; to his mind, as it came out over a bowl of whiskey punch at home, his little Judy M'Quirk, who was daughter to a sister's son of mine, was worth twenty of miss Isabella. . He had seen her often when he stopped at her father's cabin to drink whiskey out of the eggshell, out hunting, before he came to the estate, and, as she gave out, was under something like a promise of marriage to her. Any how, I could not but pity my poor master, who was so bothered between them, and he an easy-hearted man, that could not
disoblige nobody, God bless him! To be sure, it was not his place to behave ungenerous to miss Isabella, who had disobliged all her relations for his sake, as he remarked ; and then she was locked up in her chamber, and forbid to think of him any more, which raised his spirit, because his family was, as he observed, as good as theirs at any rate, and the Rackrents a suitable match for the Moneygawls any day in the year : all which was true enough ; but it grieved me to see, that upon the strength of all this, sir Condy was growing more in the mind to carry off miss Isabella to Scotland, in spite of her relations, as she desired.
“It's all over with our poor Judy!” said I, with a heavy sigh, making bold to speak to him one night when he was a little cheerful, and standing in the servants' hall all alone with me, as was often his custom. “Not at all,” said he ; “I never was fonder of Judy than at this present speaking ; and to prove it to you,” said he, and he took from
hand a halfpenny, change that I had just got along with my tobacco, “and to prove it to you, Thady,” says he, “it's a toss up with me which I should marry this minute, her or Mr. Moneygawl of Mount Juliet's town's daughter-so it is.” “Oh, boo! boo!"* says I, making light of it, to see what he would go on to next; “your honour's joking, to be sure; there's no compare between our poor Judy and miss Isabella, who has a great fortune, they say.”
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* Boo! boo ! an exclamation equivalent to pshaw or nonsense.