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let that suffice Nay, sure you will not let my father find you here Distraćtion 1 Fel. Indeed but I shall—except you command this door to be opened, and that way conceal me from his sight. [He struggles with her to come at the door. Poio. Hear me, Felix Though I were sure the refusing what you ask would separate us for ever, by all that's powerful, you shall not enter here. Either you do love me or you do not : convince me by your obedience. Fel. That's not the matter in debate—I will know who is in this closet, let the consequence be what it will. Nay, nay, you strive in vain: I will go in. Poio. Thou shalt not go
are you, sir? Fel. 'Sdeath, what shall I say now Ped. Don Felix, pray what's your business in my house ha, sir? Poio. Oh, sir, what miracle returned you home so soon some angel 'twas that brought my father back to succour the distressed. This ruffian, he—I cannot call him gentleman—has committed such an
uncommon rudeness, as the most profligate wretch
would be ashamed to own. Fel. Ha! what the devil does she mean : [Aside.
Pio. As I was at my devotion in my closet, I heard a loud knocking at my door, mixed with a woman’s voice, which seemed to imply she was in danger— Fel. I am confounded ! [Aside. Pio. I flew to the door with the utmost speed, where a lady veiled rushed in upon me; who, falling on her knees, begged my protection from a gentleman, who she said pursued her. I took compassion on her tears, and locked her into this closet; but in the surprise having left open the door, this very person whom you see with his sword drawn ran in, protesting, if I did not give her up to his revenge, he'd force the door. Fel. What in the name of goodness does she mean to do? hang me? [Aside. Pio. I strove with him till I was out of breath, and had you not come as you did he must have entered— But he's in drink, I suppose; or he could not have been guilty of such an indecorum. [Leering at Felix. Ped. I’m amazed I Fel. The devil never failed a woman at a pinch:— what a tale has she formed in a minute!—In drink, quothal a good hint: I’ll lay hold on’t to bring myself off. [Aside. Ped. Fie, Don Felix 1–no sooner rid of one broil, but you are commencing another. To assault a lady with a naked sword, derogates much from the character of a gentleman, I assure you. Fel. [Counterfeits drunkenness.] Who, I assault a I
lady—upon honour the lady assaulted me, sir, and
Poio. [To Felix.] Get clear of my father, and follow me to the Terriero de passa, where all mistakes shall be rectified. [Exit with Isabella. [Don Felix offers to follow her. Ped. [Drawing his sword.] Not a step, sir, till the lady is past your recovery; I never suffer the laws of hospitality to be violated in my house, sir. I’ll keep Don Felix here till you see her safe out, Vio
lante. Come, sir, you and I will take a pipe and a bottle together. Fel. Damn your pipe, and damn your bottle l—I hate drinking and smoking, and how will you help yourself, old whiskers Ped. As to smoking or drinking you have your liberty; but you shall stay, sir. Fel. But I won’t stay—for I don't like your company; besides, I have the best reasons in the world for my not staying. Ped, Ay, what’s that Fel. Why I am going to be married, and so goodbye. Ped. To be married!—it cann’t be. Why, you are drunk, Felix. Fel. Drunk 1 ay, to be sure; you don't think I'd go to be married if I were sober—but drunk or sober, I am going to be married, for all that—and if you won't beiieve me, to convince you I'll shew you the contrači, old
Ped. No, not now—some other time—consider the lady
won't ; and then he will, and then he won't. [Exit.
Serv. Here's Don Lopez de Pimentell to wait on you, senior.
Ped What the devil does he want he is not going to be married too— Bring him up ; he’s in pursuit of his son, I suppose.
Enter Don Lopez. Lop. I am glad to find you at home, Don Pedro; I was told that you was seen upon the road to—this afternoon. Ped. That might be, my lord; but I had the misfortune to break the wheel of my chariot, which obliged me to return. What is your pleasure with me, my lord Lop. I am informed that my daughter is in your house. Ped. That’s more than I know, my lord; but here was your son, just now, as drunk as an emperor. Lop. My son drunk"—I never saw him in drink in my life.——Where is he, pray, sir? Ped. Gone to be married. Lop, Married! —to whom 7–I don’t know that he courted any bodv. Ped. Nay, I know nothing of that—but I’m sure he shewed me the contract—Within, therel