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FREDERICK's House, Enter FElix and FREDERIck.


. This hour has been propitious; I am reconcil'd to

Violante, and you assure me Antonio is out of danger. Fred. Your satisfaction is doubly mine.

Enter Liss A R Do.

Fel. What haste you made, sirrah, to bring me word if Violante went home. Liss. I can give vou very good reasons for my stay, sir.—Yes, sir, she went home. Fred. Oh your master knows that, for he has been there himself, Lissardo. Liss. Sir, may I beg the favour of your ear Fel. What have you to say : [Whispers, and Felix seems uneasy. Fred. Hal Felix changes colour at Lissardo's news | What can it be Fel. A Scots footman that belongs to Colonel Briton, an acquaintance of Frederick's, say you ? The devil! If she be false, by Heaven I'll trace her. Pr’ythee, Frederick, do you know one Colonel Briton, a Scotsman Pred. Yes; why do you ask me Fel. Nay, no great matter; but my man tell

that he has had some little differences with a servant of his, that's all.

Fred. He is a good, harmless, innocent fellow : I am sorry for it. The colonel lodges in my house; I knew him formerly in England, and met him here by accident last night, and gave him an invitation home. He is a gentleman of good estate, besides his commission; of excellent principles, and strićt honour, I assure you.

Fel. Is he a man of intrigue

Fred. Like other men, I suppose. Here he comes.—

Enter Colonel.

Colonel, I began to think I had lost you.' Col. And not without some reason, if you knew all. Fel. There's no danger of a fine gentleman's being lost in this town, sir. Col. That compliment don’t belong to me, sir; but, I assure you, I have been very near being run away with. Fred. Who attempted it? Col. Faith, I know not—only that she is a charming woman, I mean as much as I saw of her. Fel. My heart swells with apprehension—some accidental rencounter.— Fred. A tavern, I suppose, adjusted the matter. Col. A tavern I no, no, sir; she is above that rank, I assure you: this nymph sleeps in a velvet bed, and lodgings every way agreeable. Fel. Ha! a velvet bed 1–I thought you said but now, sir, you knew her not.

Col. No more I don’t, sir. Fel. How came you then so well acquainted with her bed Fred. Ay, ay; come, come, unfold. Col. Why then, you must know, gentlemen, that I was convey'd to her lodgings by one of Cupid's emissaries, called a chambermaid, in a chair, through fifty blind alleys, who, by the help of a key, let me into a garden. Fel. "Sqeath a garden I this must be Violante's garden. [Aside. Col. From thence condućted me into a spacious room, then dropt me a curtsey, told me her lady would wait on me presently; so, without unveiling, modestly withdrew. Fel. Damn her modesty I this was Flora. [Aside. Fred. Well, how then, colonel Col. Then, sir, immediately from another door issued forth a lady arm'd at both eyes, from whence such showers of darts fell round me, that had I not been covered with the shield of another beauty, I had infallibly fallen a martyr to her charms, for you must know I just saw her eyes—Eyes did I say no, no, hold ; I saw but one eye, though I suppose it had a fellow equally as killing. Fel. But how came you to see her bed, sir?— ’Sdeath I this expectation gives a thousand racks. [Aside. Col. Why, upon her maid’s giving notice her father was coming, she thrust me into the bed-chamber. • 1

Fel. Upon her father's coming Col. Ay, so she said; but putting my ear to the key-hole of the door, I found it was another lover. Fel. Confound the jilt I 'twas she without dispute. [Aside. Fred. Ah, poor Colonel I Ha, ha, hal Col. I discover'd they had had a quarrel, but whether they were reconcil'd or not I cann’t tell, for the second alarm brought the father in good earnest, and had like to have made the gentleman and I acquainted, but she found some other stratagem to convey him out. Fel, Contagion seize her, and make her body ugly as her soul | There is nothing left to doubt of now— 'Tis plain 'twas she.—Sure he knows me, and takes this method to insult me. 'Sqeath I cannot bear it. [Aside. Fred. So, when she had dispatch'd her old lover, she paid you a visit in her bed-chamber; hal colonel Col. No, pox take the impertinent puppy! he spoil'd my diversion; I saw her no more. Fel. Very fine I Give me patience, Heaven, or I shall burst with rage. [Aside. Fred. That was hard. Col. Nay, what was worse But, sir, dear sir, do hearken to this: [To Felix.] The nymph that introduced me conveyed me out again over the top of a high wall, where I ran the danger of having my neck broke, for the father, it seems, had locked the door by which I enter'd.

Fel. That way I miss'd him.—Damn her invention 1 [Aside.] Pray, colonel—Ha, ha, ha / it's very pleasant, ha, ha!—Was this the same lady you met upon the Terriero de passa this morning

Col. Faith, I cann’t tell, sir; I had a design to know who that lady was, but my dog of a footman, whom I had order'd to watch her home, fell fast asleep,-I gave him a good beating for his neglect, and I have never seen the rascal since.

Fred. Here he comes.

Enter GIBBY.

Col. Where have you been, sirrah Gib. Troth, Ise been seeking ye, an like yer honour, these twa hoors and mair. I bring ye glad teedings, sir. Col. What, have you found the lady ? Gib. Geud faith ha I, sir—and she’s called Donna Violante, and her parent Don Pedro de Mendosa, and gin ye will gang wi' me, an like yer honour, Ise mak ye ken the hoose right weel. Fel. Oh, torturel torture l [Aside. Col. Ha! Violantel that’s the lady's name of the house where my incognita is: sure it could not be her; at least, it was not the same house I’m confident. [dside. Fred. Violantel 'tis false; I would not have you credit him, colonel. Gib. The deel burst my bladder, sir, gin I lee. Fel. Sirrah, I say you do lie, and I’ll make you eat H

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