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and, for any thing else, if I were to comply now, I suppose you have some ungrateful brother, or cousin, who would want to cut my throat for my civilityso, truly, you had best go home again.
Louisa. Odious wretch ! [Aside.] But, good sig. nior, it is Antonio d’Ercilla, on whose account I have eloped.
Isaac. How! what ! it is not with me, then, that you are in love?
Louisa. No, indeed, it is not.
Isaac. Then you are a forward, impertinent simpleton ! and I shall certainly acquaint your father.
Louisa. Is this your gallantry?
Isaac. Yet hold-Antonio D'Ercilla, did you say? egad, I may make something of this Antonio D'Ercilla.
Louisa. Yes; and, if ever you hope to prosper in love, you will bring me to him.
Isaac. By St lago and I will too Carlos, this Antonio is one who rivals me (as I have heard) with Louisa--now, if I could hamper him with this girl, I should have the field to myself; hey, Carlos ! A lucky thought, isn't it?
Carlos. Yes, very good-very good
Isaac. Ah! this little brain is never at a loss cunning Isaac! cunning rogue! Donna Clara, will you trust yourself a while to my friend's direction ?
Louisa. May I rely on you, good signior.
Carlos. Lady, it is impossible I should deceive you.
Had I a heart for falsehood framed,
I ne'er could injure you ;
Your charms would make me true.
To you no soul shall bear deceit,
No stranger offer wrong ;
And lovers in the young.
But when they learn that you have blesť
Another with your heart,
And act a brother's part;
Nor fear to suffer wrong;
And brothers in the young.
Isaac. I'll conduct the lady to my lodgings, Car. los; I must haste to Don Jerome-perhaps you know Louisa, ma'am. She is divinely handsome isn't she ?
Louisa. You must excuse me not joining with you. Isaac. Why, I have heard it on all hands.
Louisa. Her father is uncommonly partial to her; but I believe you will find she has rather a matronly air.
Isaac. Carlos, this is all envy-you pretty girls never speak well of one another-hark ye, find out Antonio, and I'll saddle him with this scrape, I warrant! Oh,'twas the luckiest thought I-Donna Cļara, your very obedient-Carlos, to your post.
Isaac. My mistress expects me, and I must go to her,
Or how can I hope for a smile? Louisa. Soon may you return a prosperous wooer,
But think what I suffer the while :
Alone, and away from the man whom I love,
forced to confide. Isaac. Dear lady, my friend you may trust, and he'll
If in aught thou'rt false to me.
ACT THE SECOND,
A Library in Don Jerome's House.
Enter Don JEROME and Isaac.
Jerome. Ha ! ha! ha! run away from her father! has she given him the slip? Ha! ha! ha! poor Don Guzman !
Isaac. Ay; and I am to conduct her to Antonio; by which means you see I shall hamper him so that he can give me no disturbance with your daughterthis is trap, isn't it? a nice stroke of cunning, heh? Jerome. Excellent! excellent !
yes, yes, carry her to him, hamper him by all means, ha! ha! ha!
poor Don Guzman! an old fool! imposed on by a girl!
Isaac. Nay, they have the cunning of serpents, that's the truth on't.
Jerome. Psha! they are cunning only when they have fools to deal with-why don't my girl play me such a trick- let her cunning overreach my caution, I say—heh, little Isaac !
Isaac. True, true; or let me see any of the sex make a fool of me-No, no, egad, little Solomon, (as my aunt used to call me) understands tricking a little too well.
Jerome. Ay, but such a driveller as Don Guzman, Isaac. And such a dupe as Antonio.
Jerome. True; sure never were seen such a couple of credulous simpletons; but come, 'tis time you should see my daughter-you must carry on the siege by yourself, friead Isaac.
Isaac. Sir, you'll introduce
Jerome. No- I have sworn a solemn oath not to see or speak to her till she renounces her disobedience; win her to that, and she gains a father and a husband at once.
Isaac. Gad, I shall never be able to deal with her alone; nothing keeps me in such awe as perfect beauty-now there is something consoling and encouraging in ugliness.
Give Isaac the nymph who no beauty can boast,
Whate'er her complexion, I vow I don't care,
Let her locks be the reddest that ever were seen,
'Tis true I'd dispense with a throne on her back,
Jerome. You will change your note, my friend, when you've seen Louisa.