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Pio. Oh, quick, quick I shall die with apprehension.
Flo. Be sure you don't speak a word.
Fel. Not for the Indies but I shall observe you closer than you imagine. [Aside.
Ped. [Within..] Violante, where are you, child
Enter Don PED Ro.
Why, how came the garden door open —Ha! how now, who have we here Pio. Humph!—he'll certainly discover him. [Aside. Flo. 'Tis my mother, an’t please you, sir. [She and Felix both curtsey. Ped. Your mother! by St. Andrew she's a strapper why, you are a dwarf to her.—How many children have you, good woman Pio. Oh, if he speaks we are lost. [Aside. Flo. Oh, dear senior, she cannot hear you ; she has been deaf these twenty years. Ped, Alas, poor woman 1–Why, you muffle her up as if she were blind too. Fel. Would I were fairly off. [Aside. Ped. Turn up her hood. Joo. Undone for ever ! St. Anthony forbid. Oh, sir, she has the dreadfullest unlucky eyes— Pray don't look upon them; i made her keep herhood shut on purpose.—Oh, oh, oh, oh! Ped. Eyes | Why, what’s the matter with her eyes }
Flo. My poor mother, sir, is much afflićted with the cholic, and about two months ago she had it grievously in her stomach, and was over-persuaded to take a dram of filthy English Geneva which immediately flew up into her head, and caused such a defluxion in her eyes, that she could never since bear the day-light.
Ped. Say you so Poor woman! Well, make her sit down, Violante, and give her a glass of wine.
Pio. Let her daughter give her a glass below, sir: —For my part, she has frighted me so I sha’n’t be myself these two hours—I am sure her eyes are evil eyes.
** Fel. Well hinted.”
Ped. Well, well, do so.-Evil eyes! there are no evil eyes, child.
Flo. Come along, mother [Speaks loud.]— [Exeunt Felix and Flora. Pio. I’m glad he's gone. [Aside.
Ped. Hast thou heard the news, Violante Žio. What news, sir? Ped. Why, Vasquez tells me that Don Lopez’ daughter Isabella is run away from her father: that lord has very ill fortune with his children.— Well, I’m glad my daughter has no inclination to mankind, that my house is plagued with no suitors. [Aside. , Pio. This is the first word ever I heard of it: I pity her frailty—
Ped. Well said, Violante. Next week I intend thy happiness shall begin.
Enter Flo R.A. Pio. I don't intend to stay so long, thank you, papa. [Aside.
Ped. My Lady Abbess writes word she longs to see thee, and has provided every thing in order for thy reception. Thou wilt lead a happy life, my girl—fifty times before that of matrimony— where an extravagant coxcomb might make a beggar of thee, or an ill-natured surly dog break thy heart.
Flo. Break her heart 1 she had as good have her bones broke, as to be a nun; I am sure I had rather of the two. You are wondrous kind, sir; but if I had such a father I know what I would do.
Ped. Why, what would you do, minx, ha :
Flo. I would tell him I had as good a right and title to the law of nature and the end of the creation as he had.
Ped. You would, mistress I who the devil doubts it - A good assurance is a chamber-maid’s coat of arms, and lying and contriving the supporters. Your inclinations are on tiptoe, it seems.If I were your father, housewife, I'd have a penance enjoined you so strict, that you should not be able to turn you in your bed for a month.—You are enough to spoil your lady, housewife, if she had not abundance of devotion.