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Ros. I swear, and heaven befriend me as not ye give the poor girl a quarter of an I keep this vow inviolate.
hour's warning? Hyp. Rise, madam, and now receive a Hyp. My charmer! [Embraces her. secret, which I need not charge you to be Don M. Ab, my cares are over. careful of, since as well your quiet as my Hyp. 0! I told ye, sir-hearts and towns own depends upon it. A little common pru- are never too strong for a surprise. dence between us, in all probability, before Don M. Pr’ythee be quiet, I hate the sight night may make us happy in our separate of ye. Rosara! come hither, you wicked wishes.
thing, come bither, I say. Ros. What mean you, sir? sure you are Ros. I am glad to see you so well pleased, sir. some angel sent to my deliverance.
Don M. Oh! I cannot live-I can't live; it Hyp. Truly, madam, I have been often told pours upon me like a torrent, I am as full as so: but, like most angels of my kind, there a bumper-it runs over at my eyes, I shall is a mortal man in the world, who I have a choke. - Answer me two questions, and kill great mind should know that I am-but a me outright.
Ros. Any thing that will make you more Ros. A woman!
pleased, sir. Hyp. As arrant a woman from top to toe Don M. Are you positively resolved to marry as ever a man ran mad for.
this gentleman? Ros. Are not you don Philip?
Ros. Sir, I am convinced 'tis the first match Hyp. His shadow, madam, no more: I just that can make me happy. run before him — nay, and after him too. Don M. I am the miserablest dog aliveOctavio, madam, your lover, is my brother; and I warrant you are willing to marry him my name Hypolita; my story you shall know to-morrow morning, if I should ask you? at leisure.
Ros. Sooner, sir, if you think it necessary: Ros. Hypolita! nay then, from what you Don M. Oh! this malicious jade has a mind have said, and what I have heard Octavio say to destroy me all at once - Ye cursed toad!
I guess your story: but this was so how did you do to get in with her so? extravagant a thought!
[To Hypolita Hyp. That's true, madam; it-it-it was a Ros. Come, sir, take heart, your joy won't little round about indeed; I might have found be always so troublesome. a nearer way to don Philip: but these men Don M. You lie, hussy, I shall be plagued are such tetchy things, they can never stay with it as long as I live. one's time; always in haste, just as they please; Hyp. You must not live above two hours then. now we are to look kind, then grave; now
[Aside. soft, then sincere-so you see,
there is such Don M. I warrant this raking rogue will a plague, that - I don't know—one does not get her with child too-I shall bave å young care to be rid of them neither.
squab Spaniard upon my lap, that will so Ros. A very generous confession!
grandpapa me!Hyp. Well, madam, now you know me thoroughly, I hope you'll think me as fit for
Enter a Servant. a husband as anotber woman.
Well! what want you, gloomy face? Ros. Then I must marry ye?
Sero, Sir, here's a gentleman desires to Hyp: Ay, and speedily too; for I expect speak with you; he says he comes from Seville. don Philip every moment; and if we don't Don M. From Seville ! ha! prythee let him look about us he will be apt to forbid the banns. go thither again - Tell him I am a little busy
Ros. If he comes, what shall we do? about being overjoyed.
Hyp: I am provided for him—Here comes Hyp. My life on't, sir, this must be the your father-be's secure. Come, put on a fellow that my servant told you of, employed dumb consenting air, and leave the rest to me. by Octavio.
Ros. Well! this getting the better of my Don M. Very likely. wise papa, won't be the least part of my satisfaction.
Trap. Sir, sir-News, news!
Don M. Ay, this fellow has a good merry
face now-I like him. Well! what dost thou Don M. So, son! how does the battle go say, Jad? — But hold, sirrah! bas any body now? Ha’ye cannonaded stoutly? Does she told thee how it is with me? cry quarter?
Trap. Sir! Hyp. My dear father, let me embrace you Don M. Do you know, puppy, that I am --my life's too poor to make you a return.- ready to cry? You have given me an empire, sir, I would Trap. Cry, sir! for what? not change to be grand seignior.
Don M. Joy! joy! you whelp! my cares Don M. Ah, rogue! he has done it; he has are over; madam's to marry your master, done it! he has her! ha! is't not so, my little sirrah; and I am as wet with joy as if I had champion?
been thrown into a sea of good luck — Why Hyp. Victoria, sir, the town's my own. don't you cry, dog? Look here! and here, sir! thus have I been Trap. Uh! well, sir, I do--But now if you plundering this half hour; and thus, and thus, please let me tell you my business. and thus, till my lips ache again. [Kisses her. Don M. Well, what's the matter sirrah
Don M. Ab!' give me the great chair-I Trap. Nay, nó great matter, sir, onlycan't bear my joy. You rampant rogue, could Slylooks is
Don M. Slylooks! what, the bamboozler ? Don M. Impudent rogue! the freedom of ha, ha!
my house! yes, that he may be always at Trap. He, sir, he.
hand to secure the main chance for
friend Don M. I'm glad of it, faith—now I shall Octavio :-But now I'll have a touch of the bave a little diversion to moderate my joy- bamboozle with him. [Aside]-Look ye, sir, I'll wait on the gentleman myself; don't you while I see nothing to contradict what you be out of the way, son, I'll be with ye pre- say you are, d'ye see, you shall find me a sentlv.–O my jaws! this fit will carry me off. gentleman. Ye dear toad, good by: [E.xit, with Trappanti. Don P. So my father told me, sir.
Hyp. Ha, ha, ha! The old gentleman's as Don M. But then, on the other hand, d'ye merry as a Gddle; how he'll start when a see, a man's honesty is not always writien in string snaps in the middle of his tune! his face; and (begging your pardon), if you
Ros. Ai least we shall make him change should prove a damned rogue now, d'ye see, it, I believe.
Don P. Sir, I can't in reason take any thing Hyp. That we shall; and here comes one ill that proceeds only from your caution. that's to play upon bim.
Don M. Civil rascal. [Aside] No, no, as Enter FLORA, hastily.
you say, I hope you wont take it ill' neither;
for how do I know, you know, but what you Flora. Don Philip! where are ye? I must tell me (begging your pardon again, sir), may Deeds speak with ye. Begging your ladyship's be all a lie? pardon, madam. [Whispers Hypolita) Stand Don P. Another man indeed might say the to your arms, the enemy's at the gate faith. same to you: but I shall take it kindly, sir, But I've just thought of a sure card to win if you suppose me a villain no oftener than the lady into our party:
you have occasion to suspect me. Ros. Who can this youth be she's Don M. Sir, you speak like a man of honour, familiar with?
'lis confessed; but (begging your pardon again, Hyp. I like your advice so well, that to tell sir) so may a rascal too sometimes. ve ibe truth, I bave made bold to take it Don P. But a man of honour, sir, can before you gave it me. Come, I'll introduce never speak like a rascal. ye.
[To Flora. Don M. Why then, with your honour's Flora. Then the business is done. leave, sir, is there nobody here in Madrid Hyp. Madam, if your ladyship pleases. that knows you?
[To Rosara. Don P. Sir, I never saw Madrid till within Ros. Is this gentleman your friend, sir? these two hours, though there is a gentleman
Hyp. This friend, madam, is my gentle-in town that knew me intimately at Seville; woman, at your service.
I met him by accident at the inn where I Rus. Gentlewoman! what, are we all going alighted; he's known here; if it will give you into breecbes then?
any present satisfaction, I believe I could casily Flora. That used to be my post, madam, produce him to vouch for me. wben I wore a needle: but now I have got a Don M. At the inn, say ye, did you meet sword by my side, I shall be proud to be this gentleman? What's his name pray? yoor ladyship’s humble servant.
Don P. Octavio Cruzado. Ros. Truth I think it's a pity you should Don M. Ila! my bully confessor: this agrees either of you ever part with your swords: 1 word for word with honest Trappanti's inneser saw a prettier couple of adroit cavaliers telligence. [ Aside) Well, sir, and pray what in my life.-Come, ladies-gentlemen, I beg does he give you for this job? Four pardon,
[Exeuni. Don P. Job, sir?
Don M. Ay, that is, do you undertake it ACT IV.
out of good fellowship? or are you to have SCENE I.-The same.
a sort of fellow-feeling in the maiter?
Don P. Sir, if you believe me to be the Enter Dor Manuel and Don Philip, son of don Fernando, I must tell ye your Don M. Well, sir! and so you were robbed manner of receiving me is what you ought of your portmanteau, you say, at Toledo, in not to suppose can please him, or I can thank which were all your letters and writings re- you for. If you think me an impostor, I'll lating to your marriage with my daughter, case you of the trouble of suspecting me, and and isat's the reason you are come without'em? leave your house till I can bring better proofs
Don P. Sir, I was not robbed of the regard who I am. I owe my father's friend: that, sir, I have Don M. Do so, friend; and in the mean brought with me, and would have been ill time, d'ye see, pray give my humble service banners not to bare paid it on my first arrival. 10 the politician, and tell him that to your
Don M. Ab! how smooth the spark is! certain knowledge, the old fellow, the old (1side] Well, sir, I am pretty considerably rogue, and the old put, d'ye see, knows how glad to see you: but I hope you'll excuse me, to bamboozle as well as himself.
in a matter of this consequence, I seem a Don P. Politician, and bamboozle! Pray, Little cautious.
sir, let me understand you, that I may know Don P. Sir, I shan't propose any immediate bow to answer you. Frogress in my affair till you receive fresh Don M. Come, come, don't be discouraged, adrice from my father; in the mean time, I friend-sometimes, you know, the strongest
all think myself obliged by the bare freedom wits must fail; you have an admirable head,
your bouse, and such entertainment as you'd 'tis confess’d, with as able a face to it as ever at least afford a common stranger.
Istuck opon two shoulders; but who the devil can help ill luck?. for it happens at this time, I'm inform'd an impudent young rascal bas d'ye see, that it won't do.
picked it out of some writings in the portDon P. Won't do, sir?
manteau he robb’d nie of, and has brought Don M. Nay, if you won't understand me it hither before me. d'ye know any such, sir? now, bere comes an honest fellow now, that Flora. The fellow really does it very well
, sir. will speak you point blank to the matter.
[Apart to Don Manuel.
Don M. Oh! to a miracle! [Apart. Enler TRAPPANTI.
Hyp. Pr'ythee, friend, how long dost thou Come hither, friend: dost thou know this expect thy impudence will keep thee out of gentleman?
gaol? Could not the coxcomb that put thee Trap. Bless me, sir, is it you? Sir, this upon this, inform thee too that this gentleman is my old master I lived with at Seville. was a magistrate ?
Don P. I remember thee: thy name's Trap- Don M. Well said, my little champion. panti; thou wert my servant when I first went Don P. Now, in my opinion, child, that to travel.
might as well put thee in mind of thy own Trap. Ay, sir, and about twenty months condition; for suppose thy wit and impudence after you came home too.
should so far succeed, as to let thee ruin this Don P. You sce, sir, this fellow knows me. gentleman's family, by really marrying his
Don M. 0! I never questioned it in the daughter, thou canst not but know 'ris imposleast, sir.—Prythee what's this worthy gentle- sible thou shouldst enjoy ber long; a very inan's name, friend?
few days must unavoidably discover thee; in Trap. Sir, your honour has heard me talk the mean time, if thou wilt spare me the of him a thousand times; his name, sir, bis trouble of exposing thee, and generously conname's Guzman; his father, sir, old don Guz- fess thy roguery, thus far rl forgive thee; man, is the most eminent lawyer in Seville; but if ihou still proceedest upon bis credulity was the very person that drew up the settle-to a marriage with the lady, don't flatter thyment and articles of my master's marriage sell that all her fortune shall buy off my eviwith your honour's daughter: this gentleman dence; for I'm bound in bonour, as well as knows all the particulars as well as if he had law, to hang thee for the robbery. drawn 'em up himself. But, sir, I hope there's Hyp. Sir, you are extremely kind. no mistake in 'em that may defer the marriage? Flora. Very civil, 'egad! Don P. Confusion!
Hyp. But mayn't I presume, my dear friend, Don M. Now, sir, what sort of answer d'ye this wheedle was offer'd as a trial of this genthink fit to make me?
tleman's credulity? Ha, ha, ha! Don P. Now, sir, I'm obliged in honour Don M. Indeed, my friend, 'tis a very not to leave your house, till I at least have shallow one. Canst thou think I'm such a seen the villain that calls bimself don Philip, sot as to believe, that if he knew 'twere in that has robh'd me; and would you, sir, of thy power to hang him, he would not have your honour, and your daughter.-As for this run away at the first sight of thee? rascal
Trap. Ay, sir, he must be a dull rogue Trap. Sir, I demand protection.
indeed that would not run away from a halter. [Runs behind Don Manuel. Ha, ha, ha!
[an laugh. Don M. Hold, sir, since you are so brisk, Don P. Sir, I ask your pardon: I begin and in my own house too, call your master, now to be a little sensible of my folly I friend; you'll find we have swords within can perceive this gentleman has done his business
with you effectually : however, sir, the duty Trap. Ay, sir, I may chance to send you I owe my father obliges me not to leave your one will take down your courage. [Exit
. cause, though I leave your house immediately; Don P. I ask your pardon, sir, I must con- when you see me next, you'll know don Phifess, the villany I saw designed against my lip from a rascal. father's friend had transported me beyond good Don M. Ah! ''will be the same thing, if I manners: but be assured, sir, use me hence- know a rascal from don Philip: but if you forward as you please, I will detect it, though please, sir, never give yourself any further I lose my life. Nothing shall affront me now, trouble in this business; for what you have till I have proved myself your friend indeed, done, d'ye see, is so far from interrupting my and don Fernando's son.
daughter's marriage, that, with this gente Don M. Nay, lookye, sir, I will be very man's leave, I'm resolved to finish it this very civil too-I won't say a word—you shall e'en hour; so that when you see your friend the squabble it out by yourselves: not but at the politician, you must tell him you had cursed same time thou art to me the merriest fellow luck, that's all. Ha, ha, ha! that ever I saw in my life.
Don P. Very well, sir; I may have better
when I see you next. Re-enter TRAPPANTI, with HYPOLITA and
Hyp: Lookye, sir, since your undertaking FLORA.
(though you design'd it otherwise) bas proHyp: Who's this that dares usurp my name, moted my happiness, thus far I pass it by and calls himself don Philip de las Torres ? though I question if a man, that stoops to do
Don P. Ha! this is a young competitor such base injuries, dares defend 'em with bi indeed.
[Aside. sword. However, now at least you're warn'd Hora. Is this the gentleman, sir?
but be assured your next attempt Don M. Yes, yes, ihat's he-ba, ha! Don P. Will startle you, my spark: In Don P. Yes, sir, I'm the man, who but afraid you'll be a little bumbler when you ar this morning lost that name upon the road. band-cuff'd. Though you won't take my wor
as soon as
against him, sir, perbaps another magistrate Trap. Sir, I will, and a great deal more: may my oath; wbich, because I see his mar- but pray, sir, give me leave to recover my riage is in haste, I am obliged to make im- courage – 1 protest the keen looks of that mediately: if he can out-face the law too, I instrument have quite frighted it away. Pray sball be content to be the coxcomb then you put it up, sir. think me.
. Don P. Nay, to let thee see I had rather Don M. Ah, poor fellow! he's resolved to be thy friend than enemy, I'll bribe thee to carry it off with a good face, however. Ha, ha! be honest: discharge thy conscience like a
Trap. Ay, sir, that's all he has for't indeed. man, and I'll engage to make these live, ten
Hyp. Trappanti, follow him, and do as I pieces. directed.
[Apart to Trappanti. Trap. I warrant ye, sir.
Enter a Servant. Don Y. Ha! my little champion, let me Trap. Sir, your business will be done kiss thee; thou hast carried the day like a effectually. hero! man nor woman, nothing can stand Don P. Here, friend! will
your master before thee. I'll make thee monarch of my I desire to speak with him? [E.xit Servant. daughter immediately.
Oct. Don Philip! Hyp. That's the Indies, sir.
Don P. Octavio! This is fortunate indeedDon M. Well said, my lad-Oh, my heart's the only place in the world I would have going to dance again-Prythee let's in before wish'd to have found you in. it gets the better of me, and give the bride Oct. What's the matter? an account of thy victory
Don P. You'll see presently—but pr'ythee
how stands your affair with your mistress? Enter Octavio, with a Letter. Oct. The devil take me if I can tell ye-1 Oct. Rosara false! distraction! Sure this letter don't know what to make of her; about an must be but artifice, a humour, to try how hour ago she was for scaling walls to come far my lose can bear—and yet methinks she at me, and this minule-whip, she's going to can't but know the impudence of my young marry the stranger I told you of; nay, con, rival, and her father's importunity, are too fesses too, it is with her own consent; and pressing to allow her any time to fool away: yet begs by all means to see me and if she were really false, she could not her wedding's over.—Isn't it very pretty ? take a pride in confessing it. Death! I know not what to think; the sex is all a riddle, and
Re-enter a Servant. we are the fools that crack our brains to ex- Don P. Something gay indeed. pound it
Serv. Sir, my master will wait on you Enter VILETTA.
(Exit. Now, dear Viletta!
Oct. But the plague on't is, my love cannot vil. Sir, she begs your pardon; they have bear this jesting.–Well now, how stands your just sent for the priest; but they will be glad affair? Have you seen your mistress yet? to see you about an hour hence, as soon as Don P. No; I can't get admittance to her ibe wedding's over.
Oct. How so? Oct Viletta!
Don P. When I came to pay my duty Fil. Sir, she says, in short, she can't pos- here to the old gentlemansibly speak with you now, for she's just going Oct. Here! lo be married.
Don P. Ay, I found an impudent young Oct. Death! daggers! blood! confusion! and rascal here before me, that had taken my ten thousand furies!
name upon him, robb'd me of my portFil. Hey-day! what's all this for? manteau, and by virtue of some papers there, Oct. My brains are turn'd, Viletta. knew all my concerns to a tittle; he has told
Fi. Ay, by my troth, so one would think, a plausible tale to her father, faced him down if one could but believe you had any at all; that I'm an impostor, and if I don't this miif you have three grains, I'm sure you can't nule prevent bím, is going to marry the lady. bui koow ber compliance with this match must Oci. Death and hell? [Xside] What sort of are ber a liule liberty; and can you suppose fellow was this rascal? sted desire to see you an hour hence, if she Don P. A little pert coxcomb; by his imdid not design to make use of it?
pudence and dress,' I guess him to be some Ot. Don't flatter me, Viletta.
Fal Faith, sir, I'll be very plain, you are Oct. Confusion! my friend at last my rival to me the dullest person I ever saw in my too-Yet hold! my rival is my friend, he life: but if you have a mind, I'll tell her you owns be has not seen her yet- [ Aside. Kon't come.
Don P. You seem concern'd. Oct No, don't say so, Viletta.
Oct. Undone for ever, unless dear Philip's 112. Then pray, sir, do as she bids you: still my friend! don't stay here to spoil your own sport: you'll Don P. What's the matter? kare the old gentleman come thundering down Oct. Let me conjure ye, by all the ties of opos ye br-and-by, and then we shall have honour, friendship, and pily, never to altempt ye at your ten thousand furies again--hist! her more! bere's company! good bye t'ye. [Erit. Don P. You amaze me! Re-enter Don Philip, with his Sword drawn, Oct. 'Tis the same dear creature I so pasand TRAPPANTI.
sionately dote on. Don P. Come, sir, there's no retreating Don P. Is't possible? Nay then, he
in 25*, this you must justify.
thy thoughts, Octario; and now I dare con-'
fess the folly of my own: I'm not sorry thou’rt stand a little fairer for you; all I beg is bat my rival here. In spite of all my weak pbilo- your patient hearing. sophy, I must own the secret wishes of my Don M. Well, sır, you shall have it-Here soul are still Hypolita's
. -I know not why, he comes, bring him io trial as soon as you but I can't help thinking that my fortune still please. resolves, spite of her cruelty, to make me one day happy.
Re-enter FLORA and HYPOLITA. Oct. Quit but Rosara, I'll engage she shall Flora. So Trappanti has succeeded, he's
come without the officers. [Apart to Hypolita. Don P. Not only that, but will assist you Hyp. Hearing, sir, you were below, I didn't with my life to gain her: I shall easily excuse care to disturb the family by putting the of myself to my father for not marrying the ficers to the trouble of a needless search; let mistress of my dearest friend.
me see your warrant, I'm ready to obey it. Oct. Dear Philip, let me embrace ye.-But Don M. Ay, where's your officer? how shall we manage the rascal of an im- Flora. I thought to have seen bim march postor?. Suppose you run immediately, and in state, with an alguazil before him. swear the robbery against him?
Don P. I was afraid, sir, upon second Don P. I was just going about it, but my thoughts, your business would noi stay for a accidental meeting with this fellow has luckily warrant, though 'tis possible I may provide prevented me; who, you must know, has been for you, for I think this gentleman's a machief engineer in the contrivance against me; gistrate in the mean time=0! here, I have but between threats, bribes, and promises, prevailed with an alguazil to wait upon ye. has confessed the whole roguery, and is now ready to swear it against him: so, because I
Enter Alguazil. understand the spark is very near his marriage, Alg. Did you send for me, șir? I thought this would be the best and soonesi Don P. Ay, secure that gentleman. way to detect him.
Don M. Hold! hold! sir, all things in order: Oct. That's right! the least delay might have this gentleman is yet my guest; let me be first lost all; besides, I am here to strengthen his acquainted with his crime, and then I shall evidence, for I can swear that you are the better know how he deserves to be treated; true don Philip
and that we may have no hard words upon Don P. Right!
one another, if you please, sir, let me first Trap. Sir, with humble submission, that talk with you in private. [They whisper. will be quite wrong?
Hyp. Undone!'that fool Trappanti, or that Oct. Why so?
villain, I know not which, has at least misTrap. Because, sir, the old gentleman is taken or betray'd me! Ruin'd, past redemption! substantially convinced that 'tis you who have
[Apart to Flora. put don Philip upon laying his pretended claim Flora. Death! what d'ye mean? that hanging io his daughter, purely to defer the marriage, look were enough to confirm a suspicioa; bear that in the mean time you might get an op-up, for shame.
[ Apart portunity to run away with her; for which Hyp. Impossible! I am dash'd, confounded; reason, sir, you'll find your evidence will but if thou hast any courage left, show it quickly; fly in your face, and hasten the match with go speak before my fears betray me. (Apart.
Don M. If you can make this appear by Don P. Ha! there's reason in that; all your any witness, sir, I confess 'twill surprise me endeavours will but confirm his jealousy of me. indeed. Oct. What would you have me do?
Flora, Ay, sir,
you have any witnesses, Trap. Don't appear at the trial, sir. we desire you'd produce 'em.
Don P. By no means; ra her wait a little Don P. Sir, I have a witness at your service, in the street: be within call and leave the and a substantial one. Hey! Trappanti! management to me. Oct. Be careful, dear Philip.
Re-enter TRAPPANTI, Don P. I always used to be more fortunate Now, sir, what think ye? in serving my friend than myself.
Hyp. Ha! the rogue winks — Then there's Oct. But hark ye! here lives an alguazil at life again. [Aside] Is this your witness, sir? the next house; suppose I should send him to Don P. Yes, sir, this poor fellow at last, it you, to secure the spark in the mean time? seems, bappens to be honest enough to con
Don P. Do so; we must not lose a moment. fess bimself a rogue, your accomplice. Oct. I won't stir from the door.
Hyp. Ha, ha! Don P. You'll soon hear of media vo macio.
Don P. Ha, ha! You are rery merry, sir.
Don M. Nay, there's a jest between ye, that's Trap. So now I have divided the enemy, certain-But come, friend, what say you to there can be no great danger if it should conie the business? Have ye any proof to offer upon lo a baule [ Aside]-Basta! here comes our oath, that this gentleman is the true don Philip, party.
and consequently this other an impostor? Don P. Stand aside till I call for you.
Don P. Speak boldly. [Trappanti retires. Trap. Ay, sir, but shall I come to no barm
if I do speak? Re-enter Don MANUEL.
Don M. Let it be the truth, and I'll protect thee. Don M. Well, sir! what service have you Trap. Are you sure. I shall be safe, sir? to command me now, pray?
Don M. I'll give thee my word of honour; Don P. Now, sir, I hope my credit will speak boldly to the question.