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gentle slumber, or half an hour's dozing, if it were only for the novelty of the thing
Ferd. Peace, booby, I say !Oh Clara, dear, cruel disturber of my rest!
Lopez. And of mine too.
Ferd. 'Sdeath! to trifle with me at such a juncture as this-now to stand on punctilios- love me ! I don't believe she ever did.
Lopez. Nor I either.
Ferd. Or is it, that her sex never know their de. sires for an hour together?
Lopez. Ah, they know them oftner than they'll own them.
Ferd. Is there, in the world, so inconstant a creature as Clara?
Lopez. I could name one.
Ferd. Yes; the tame fool, who submits to her ca. price.
Lopez. I thought he couldn't miss it. .
Ferd. Is she not capricious, teazing, tyrannical, obstinate, perverse, absurd ? ay, a wilderness of faults and follies; her looks are scorn, and her very smiles -'sdeath! I wish I hadn't mentioned her smiles ; for she does smile such beaming loveliness, such fascinating brightness-Oh, death and madness! I shall die if I lose her.
Lopez. Oh, those damned smiles have undone all !
Forgetting every charm,
The tyrant Love disarm.
Each failing of her mind,
And sees while Reason's blind.
Lopez. Here comes Don Antonio, sir.
Ferd. Well, go you home I shall be there presently. Lopez. Ah, those cursed smiles !
[Exit. Enter ANTONIO. Ferd. Antonio, Lopez tells me he left you chaunting before our door--was my father waked ?
Art. Yes, yes ; he has a singular affection for mu. sic, so I left him roaring at his barred window, like the print of Bajazet - in the cage. And what brings you out so early ?
Ferd. I believe I told you, that to-morrow was the day fixed by Don Pedro and Clara's unnatural stepmother, for her to enter a convent, in order that her brat might possess her fortune; made desperate by this, I procured a key to the door, and bribed Clara's maid to leave it 'unbolted; at two this morning, I entered, unperceived, and stole to her chamber-I found her waking and weeping.
Ant. Happy Ferdinand ! Ferd. 'Sdeath! hear the conclusion I was rated as the most confident ruffian, for daring to approach her room at that hour of night.
Ant. Ay, ay, this was at first?
Ferd. No such thing; she would not hear a word from me, but threatened to raise her mother, if I did not instantly leave her.
Ant. Well, but at last?
Ferd. At last! why, I was forced to leave the house, as I came in.
Ant. And did you do nothing to offend her?
Ferd. Nothing, as I hope to be saved—I believe, I might snatch a dozen or two of kisses.
Ant, Was that all? 'well, I think, I never heard of such assurance !
Ferd. Zounds! I tell you, I behaved with the ute most respect.
Ant. O Lord! I don't mean you, but in her-but, hark ye, Ferdinand, did you leave your key with them?
Ferd. Yes; the maid, who saw me out, took it from the door.
Ant. Then, my life for it, her mistress elopes after you.
Ferd. Ay, to bless my rival, perhaps I am in a humour to suspect every body-you loved her once, and thought her an angel, as I do now.
Ant. Yes, I loved her, till I found she wouldn't love me, and then I discovered that she hadn't a good feature in her face.
I ne'er could
that would not look on me ;
Is her hand so soft and pure ?
Besides, Ferdinand, you have full security in my love
of our family, you know I will; but there must be no eloping
Ant. And yet, now, you would carry off Clara?
Ferd. Ay, that's a different case—we never mean that others should act to our sisters and wives, as we do to others'-But, to-morrow, Clara is to be forced into a convent.
Ant. Well, and am not I so unfortunately circumstanced ? To-morrow, your father forces Louisa to marry Isaac, the Portuguese-but come with me, and we'll devise something, I warrant.
Ferd. I must go home.
Ferd. But, Antonio, if you did not love my sister, you have too much honour and friendship to supplant me with Clara.
Friendship is the bond of reason ;
But if beauty disapprove,
In the heart that's true to love.
faith which to my friend I swore,
As a civil oath I view;
'Tis religion to be true.
Ferd. There is always a levity in Antonio's manner of replying to me on this subject that is very alarming 'Sdeath! if Clara should love him after all!
A Room in Don JEROME's House.
Enter LOUISA and Duenna.
Louisa. But, my dear Margaret, my charming Duenna, do you
think we shall succeed? Duenna. I tell you again, I have no doubt on't; but it must be instantly put to the trial-Every thing is prepared in your room, and for the rest, we must trust to fortune.
Louisa. My father's oath was, never to see me till I had consented to
Duenna. 'Twas thus I overheard him say to his friend, Don Guzman, “ I will demand of her to-morrow,
once for all, whether she will consent to marry Isaac Mendoza; if she hesitates, I will make a solemn oath never to see or speak to her, till she returns to her duty.”- These were his words.
Louisa. And on his known obstinate adherence to what he has once said, you have formed this plan for my escape-But have you secured my maid in our interest?
Duenna. She is a party in the whole; but remember, if we succeed, you resign all right and title in little Isaac, the Jew, over to me.
Louisa. That I do with all my soul ; get him, if you can, and I shall wish you joy, most heartily. He is twenty times as rich as my poor Antonio.