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Vas. Chocolate, ha! ha! ha! [With a sneer. Ped. Chocolate, ha! ha! ha! Don Fer. I'll teach you to laugh, sirrah ! [Beats PEDRILLO. Ped. Teach me to laugh! you may be a good master, but you've a very bad method—But, hey for cho
colate and the ladies. . [Ereunt PEDRILLO and Vasomzz.
Don Fer. Don Scipio shall render me an account for this treatment; bear his contempt, and become the butt for thejests of his insolcnt servants ! As I don't: like his daughter, I have now a fair excuse, and indeed a just cause to break my contract, and quit his castle; but then, I_leave behind the mistress of my soul— Suppose I make her a tender of my heart—but that might offend, as she must know my hand is engaged to another—When I looked, she turned her lovely eyes averted—-Doom’d to a nunnery !
' My fair one, like the blushing'rose,
l'Vith sighs each grace and charm I see
Till age shall chide the thoughtless maid,
Hey, who comes here? this is the -smart little girl who seems so much attached to the beautiful novice
Cutil. How do you do, Mr.—-[Pert and fainilian] I don't know your name.
Don Fer. Not know my name! You must know who I am though, and my business here, child?
Catil. Lord, man, what signifies your going about to sift me, when the whole family knows you're Don F ernundo's footman.
Don Fer. Am I faith? Ha! ha! ha! I'll humour this—Well then, my dear, you know that I am only Don Fcrnando's footman?
Catil. Yes, yes, we know that, notwithstanding your fine clothes. '
Don Fer. But where's my master?
Catil. Don Fernando! he's parading the gallery yonder, in his sham livery and morning gown.
Don Fer. Oh, this accounts for twelve covers at supper, and the embroider'd bed; but who could have set such ajest going? I'll carry it on though—[Asia'e.] So then after all‘ I am known here?
Catil. Ay, and if all the impostors in the castle were as well known, we shou'd have no wedding tomorrow night. ‘ .
Don Fer. Something else will out—l'll seem to be
Ay, ay, that piece of deceit is much worse than ours.
Catil. That! what then you know that this Italian lady is not Don Scipio's daughter, but Dame Isabel's, and her true name Lorenza?
Don Fer. Here's a discovery! [Aside] O yes, I know that.
Catil. You do! Perhaps you know too, that'the young lady you saw me speak with just now is the real Donna Victoria ?
Don. Fer. Is it possible! Here's a piece of villany! [Aside] Charming! let me kiss you, my dear girl.
Catil». Lord ! he's a delightful man!
Don Fer. My little angel, a thousand thanks for this precious discovery. Calil. Discovery !—-Well, ifyou did not know it be-
fore, marry hang your assurance, I say—but I must‘
about my business, can’t play the lady as you played the gentleman, I've something else to do; so I desire you won’t keep kissing me here all day. [E.rit.
Don Fer. Why what a villain is this Don Scipio! ungrateful to—but I scorn to think of the services I rendered him last night in the forest, a false friend to my father, an unnatural parent to his amiable daugh-_ tei‘ ! here my charmer comes. [Retires._
Vict. Yes, Catilina must be mistaken, it is impossiBible he can be the servant,—-no, no; that dignity of deportment, and native elegance of manner, can never be assumed ; yonder he walks, and my fluttering heart tells me, this is really the/amiable Fernando, that I must resign to Dame Isabel's daughter,
Don Fer. §tay, lovely Victoria! _
Vict. Did you call me, sir !—-Heavens, what have I said! [C0:_zfuse_d.] I mean, signor, would you wish tQ speak with Donna Victoria? l'll inform her, sir.
Don Fer. Oh, I could speak to her for ever, for ever gaze upon her charms, thus transfixed with won-_ der and delight. ,
Vict. Pray, signer, sufl“er me to withdraw.
Don Fer. For worlds I would not offend! but think not, lady, ’iis the knowledge of your quality that attracts my admiration. '
Vict. Nay, signor-. \
Don Far. I know you to be Dog Scipio’: daughter; the innocent victim_of injustice and oppression; there"; fore I acknowledge to you, and you alone, thati whatever you may have heard to the contrary, really am Eernwle dc Z.9lY3<9 '
Vict. Signor, how you became acquainted with the secret of my birth, I know not‘; but from an EC! quaintance so recent, your compliment I receive as a mode of polite gallantry without a purpose.
Don Fer. What your modesty regards as cold compliments, are sentiments, warm with the dearest purpose; I came hither to ratify a contract uith Don Scipio's daughter; you are she-,_ the beautiful VlCa toria, destined for the happy Fernando.
V ict. Pray rise, signor ;—My father perhaps, even to himself, cannot justify his conduct to me; But to censure that, or to pervert his intentions, would, in tne, be a breach of filial duty.
By woesthas surrounded, how vain the gay smile
Q/' the little blind archer, those icons to beguile!
His quiver exhausted, his arrows are lost.
Y our low, though sincere, on the olgjeet you lose, [Aside.] How sweet isthe passion.' Ah, must I refuse? I_f_fiIial afection that passion should szvay,
Then l0've's gentle dictates I cannot obey.
Dun Fer. And do you, can you wish me to espouse Donna Lorenza, Isabella's daughter?—Say, you do. not. do but satisfy me so far.
Vict. Signor, do not despise me if I own, that. be-. fore I saw in you, the husband of Don Scipio‘: daughter, I did not once regret that I had lost that title.
Don Fer. A thousand thanks-, for this generous, this amiable condesccnsion,—Oh, my Victoria! If fortune but favours my design, you shall yet triumph, over the malice of your enemies.
Vict. Yonder is Dame Isabel, if she sees you speaking to me, she'll be early to frustrate whatever you may purpose‘ for my advantage. Signor, farewell ! Don Fer. My life, my love, adieu !
Don Fer. So faitlful to my fair‘ I 'll prove,
Vict. S0 kind and constantzto my love,
Don Fer. " . I ’d never range,
Vict. I'd never change,
Both. Nor time, nor c/iance, my faith shall move.
Vict. 'No ruby clusters grace the 'vine,
Don Fer. Gay birds to sing,
Enter FERN ANDO.* _ Don Fer. This is fortunate ; the whole family, except Victoria, are firmly possessed with the idea, that I am but the servant.—Well, since they will have me an imposter they shall find me one;’ In Heaven's name, let them continue in their mistake, and bestow their mock Victoria upon my sham Fernando. I shall have a pleasant and just revenge for their perfiidy;h::nd,tpierhaps, obtain D_olr11 Sci;;iIo's real, loge-.ly aug er e sum o my wis es.— ere comes on Scipio—-‘Now to begin my operations.
‘Enter Don Scirio.
[As wishing Don Scuuo to overhear him.] I'm quite weary of playing the gentleman, I long to get into my livery again. Don Scipio. Get into his livery! [As:'de.