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When scarce in their teens, they have wit to perplex us,
Wrangling and jangling,
Flouting and pouting, Oh, what a plague is an obstinate daughter ! Enter Louisa, dressed as the DUENNA, with Cardi
nal and Veil, seeming to cry. Jerome. This way, mistress, this way-what, I warrant, a tender parting; sohl tears of turpentine down those deal cheeks-Ay, you may well hide your head-yes, whine till your heart breaks ; but I'll not hear one word of excuse-So you are right to be dumb,_this way, this way.
[Exeunt. Enter DueNNA. Duenna. So speed you well, sagacious Don Jerome! Oh, rare effects of passion and obstinacy-now shall I try whether I can't play the fine lady as well as my mistress, and if I succeed, I may be a fine lady for the rest of my life I'll lose no time to equip myself.
The Court before Don Jerome's House.
Enter Don Jerome and Louisa.
Jerome. Come, mistress, there is your way- The world lies before you, so troop, thou antiquated Eve,
thou original sin-hold, yonder is some fellow skulking, perhaps it is Antonio go to him, d'ye hear, and tell him to make you amends, and as he has got you turned away, tell him I say it is but just he should take you himself, go. (Exit LouiSA.) Soh! I am rid of her, thank Heaven! and now I shall be able to keep my oath, and confine my daughter with better security
Enter CLARA and her MAID.
Maid. But where, madam, is it you intend to go?
Clara. Any where to avoid the selfish violence of my mother-in-law, and Ferdinand's insolent importunity.
Maid. Indeed, ma'am, since we have profited by Don Ferdinand's key, in making our escape, I think we had best find him, if it were only to thank him. Clara. No he has offended me exceedingly.
Louisa. So I have succeeded in being turned out of doors--but how shall I find Antonio? I dare not enquire for him, for fear of being discovered; I would send to my friend Clara, but that I doubt her prudery would condemn me.
Maid. Then suppose, ma'am, you were to try if your friend Donna Louisa would not receive you.
Clara. No, her notions of filial duty are so severe, she would certainly betray me.
Louisa. Clara is of a cold temper, and would think this step of mine highly forward.
Clara. Louisa's respect for her father is so great, she would not credit the unkindness of mine.
(LOUISA turns, and sees CLARA and MAID. Louisa. Ha! who are those ? sure one is Claraif it be, I'll trust her-Clara!
(Advances. Clara. Louisa ! and in masquerade too!
Louisa You will be more surprised when I tell you, that I have run away from my father.
Clara. Surprised indeed! and I should certainly chide you most horridly, only that I have just run away from mine. Louisa. My dear Clara !
[Embrace. Clara. Dear sister truant! and whither are you going?
Louisa. To find the man I love, to be sure-And, I presume, you would have no aversion to meet with my brother?
"Clara. Indeed I should-he has behaved so ill to me, I don't believe I shall ever forgive him.
Wept o'er the flowers her breath did cheer,
Wakes its beauty with a tear;
One hour from love and care to rest,
He vow'd he came to save me
But soon I chid him thence,
And he had press'd again,
Louisa. Well, for all this, I would have sent him to plead his pardon, but that I would not yet a while have him know of my flight. And where do you hope to find protection?
Clara. The Lady Abbess of the convent of St Catherine is a relation and kind friend of mine-I shall be secure with her, and you had best go thither with me.
Louisa. No; I am determined to find Antonio first; and, as I live, here comes the very man I will employ.to seek him for me.
Clara. Who is he? he's a strange figure !
Louisa. Yes; that sweet creature is the man whom my father has fixed on for my husband.
Clara. And will you speak to him ? are you mad? - Louisa. He is the fittest, man in the world for my purpose--for, though I was to have married him tomorrow, he is the only man in Seville, who, I am sure, never saw me in his life.
Clara. And how do you know him?
Louisa. He arrived but yesterday, and he was shown to me from the window, as he visited my father.
Clara. Well, l'll begone.
Louisa. 'Hold, my dear Clarama thought has struck me-will you give me leave to borrow your name, as I see occasion ?
Clara. It will but disgrace you but use it as you please—I dare not stay—[Going.]but, Louisa, if you should see your brother, be sure you don't inform him, that I have taken refuge with the Dame Prior of the convent of St Catherine, on the left-hand side of the piazza, which leads to the church of St Anthony,
Louisa. Ha! ha! ha! I'll be very particular in
my directions where he may not find you. [Exeunt CLARA and Main.) So! my swain, yonder, has done admiring himself, and draws nearer.
(Retires, Enter Isaac and CARLOS; ISAAC with a Pocket
Glass. Isaac. [Looking in the Glass.] I tell you, friend Carlos, I will please myself in the habit of my chin.
Carlos. But, my dear friend, how can you think to please a lady with such a face?
Isaac. Why, what's the matter with the face ? I think it is a very engaging face; and, I am sure, a lady must have very little taste, who could dislike
my beard. (Sees Louisa.] See now !-I'll die if here is not a little damsel struck with it already.
Louisa. Signior, are you disposed to oblige a lady, who greatly wants your assistance ?
Unveils. Isaac. Egad, a very pretty black-eyed girl! she has certainly taken a fancy to me, Carlos-first, ma'am, I must beg the favour of your name.
Louisa. So ! it's well I am provided. [Aside.] My name, sir, is Donna Clara d’Almanza.
Isaac. What ! Don Gusman's daughter? I'faith, I just now heard she was missing.
Louisa. But sure, sir, you have too much gallantry and honour to betray me, whose fault is love?
Isaac. So! a passion for me! poor girl! Why, ma’am, as for betraying you, I don't see how I could get any thing by it; so you may rely on my honour; but as for your love, I am sorry your case is so desperate.
Louisa. Why so, signior?
Isaac. Because I am positively engaged to another -an't I, Carlos ?
Louisa. Nay, but hear me.
Isuac. No, no; what should I hear for? It is im. possible for me to court you in an honourable way ;