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dressed as LOUISA:
Now dar'n't I look round, for the soul of me:-her beauty will certainly strike me dumb, if I do. I wish she'd speak first.
Duenna. Sir, I attend your pleasure.
Isaac. So! the ice is broke, and a pretty civil beginning, too! Hem! madam-miss-I'm all attention.
Duenna. Nay, Sir,' 'lis I who should listen , and you propose
Isaac. Egad, this isn't so disdainful neither. I believe I may venture to look. No I dar'n'-one glance of those roguish sparklers would fix me again.
Duenna. You seem thonghtful, Sir. Let me persuade you to sit down.
Isauc. So, so; she mollifies apace-she's struck with my figure! This attitude has had its effect.
Duenna. Come, Sir, here's a chair.
Isaac. Madam, the greatness of your goodness overpowers me. That a lady so lovely should deign to turn her beauteous eyes on me som
[She takes his hand-he turns und sees her. Duenna. You seem surprised at my condescension.
Isaac, Why, yes, madam, I am a little surprised at it. Zounds! this can never be Louisa :-she's as old as my mother!
[A side. Dienna. But former prepossessions give way to my papa's commands.
Isaac. [ A side.] Her papa! Yes, 'tis she, then Lord! Lord ! how blind some parents are!
Duenna. Signior Isaac.
Isaac. Truly, the little damsel was right:-she has rather a matronly air, indeed! Ah!'tis well my affections are fixed on her fortune, and not her person.
Duenna. Signior, won't you sit? [She sits.
Isaac. Pardon me, madam; I have scarce recovered my astonishment at-your condescension, madam. She has the devil's own dimples, to be sure ![ A side.
Duenna. I do not wonder, Sir, that you are surprised
at my affability. I own, Signior, that I was vastly prepossessed against you, and being teased by my papa, I did give some encouragement to Antonio; but then, Sir, you were described to me as quite a different person.
Isaac. Ay, and so were you to me, upon my soul, madam.
Duenna. But when I saw you, I was never more struck in my life.
Isaac. That was just my case too, madam: I was struck all on a heap, for my part.
Duenna. Well, Sir, I see our misapprehension has been mutual. You expected to find me haughty and averse, and I was taught to believe you a little, black, snub-nosed fellow, without person, manners,or address.
Isaac. Egad, I wish she had answered her picture as well!
Duenna. But, Sir, your air is noble—something so liberal in your carriage, with so penetrating an eye, and so bewitching a smile!
Isaac. Egad, now I look at her again, I don't think she is so ugly.
Duenna. So little like a Jew, and so much like a gentleman!
Isaac. Well, certainly there is something pleasing in the tone of her voice.
Duenna. You will pardon this breach of decorum in praising you thus; but my joy at being so agreeably deceived has given me such a flow of spirits!
Isaac. 0, dear lady, may I thank those dear lips for this goodness? [Kisses her.] Why, she has a pretty sort of velvet down, that's the truth on't! [ Aside.
Duenna. O Sir, you have the most insinuating manner; but indeed you should get rid of that odious beard -one might as well kiss a hedge-hog.
Isaac. Yes, ma'am the razor wouldn't be amissfor either of us, [A side.] Could you favour me with a song?
Duenna. Willingly, Sir, though I am rather hoarse. --Ahem!
[Begins to sing.
Isaac. Very like a Virginia nightingale ! Ma'am, I perceive you're hoarse I beg you will not distressDuenna. Oh, not in the least distressed. Now, Sir.
When a tender maid
Is first assay'd
If she meets his eyes,
While a pit-a-pat, &c.
But in time appear
Fewer signs of fear, -
If her hand he grasps,
And a pit-a-pat, &c. Her heart ayows her love, Isaac. Charming, ma'am! Enchanting! and, truly, your notes put me in mind of one that's very dear to me; a lady, indeed, whom you greatly resemble!
Duenna. How! is there, then, another so dear to you?
Isaac. O, no, ma'am,—you mistake; it was my mother I meant.
Duenna. Come, Sir, I see you are amazed and confounded at my condescension, and know not what
Isaac. It is very true, indeed, ma'am,—but it is a judgment, I look on it as a judgment on me, for delaying to urge the time when you'll permit me to complete my happiness, by acquainting Don Jerome with your condescension.
Duenna. Sir, I must frankly own to you, that I can never be yours with my papa's consent.
Isaac. Good lack! how so?
Duenna. When my father, in his passion, swore he would never see me again till I acquiesced in his will, I also made a vow, that I would never take a husband from his hand: nothing shall make me break that oath: but, if you have spirit and contrivance enough to carry me off, without his knowledge, I'm yours.
Isaac. l' faith, no bad whim this. If I take her at her word, I shall secure her fortune , and avoid making any settlement in return: thus, I shall not only cheat the lover, but the father too. Oh, cunning rogue, Isaac! Ay, ay, let this little brain alone. Egad l'll take her in the mind.
Duenna. Well, Sir, what's your determination ?
Isaac. Madam, I was dumb only from rapture. I applaud your spirit, and joyfully close with your proposal; for which, thus let me on this lily hand express my tude.
Duenna. Well, Sir , you must get my father's consent to walk with me in the garden. But by no means inform him of my kindness to you.
Isaac. No, to be sure; that would spoil all: but, trust me, when tricking is the word-let me alone for a piece of cunning: this very day you shall be out of his power.
Duenna. Well, I leave the management of it all to you. I perceive plainly, Sir, that you are not one that can be easily outwitted.
Isaac. Egad, you're right, madam-you're right, i'faith.
Enter MAID. Maid. Here's a gentleman at the door, who begs permission to speak with Signior Isaac.
Isaac. A friend of mine, ma'am , and a trusty friend - let him come in. [Exit Maid.] He is one to be depended on,
[Aside. Carlos. I have left Donna Clara at your lodgings but can no where find Antonio.
Isaac. Well, I will search him out myself. Carlos, you rogue, I thrive, 1 prosper.
Carlos. Where is your mistress?
[Stops his mouth. Duennu. What is your friend saying, Signior?
Isaac. Oh, ma'am, he is expressing his raptures al such charms as he never saw before,-eh, Carlos?
Carlos. Ay, such as I never saw before, indeed!
Duenna. You are a very obliging gentleman. Well, Signior Isaac, I helieve we had better part for the present. Remember our plan.
Isaac. Oh, ma'am, it is written in my heart, fixed as the image of those divine beauties. Adieu, idol of my soul!-yet once more permit me [Kisses her.
Duenna. Sweet', courteous Sir, adieu !
Isaac. Your slave eternally. Come, Carlos, say something civil at taking leave.
Carlos. l'faith, Isaac, she is the hardest woman lo compliment lever saw: however, I'll try something I had studied for the occasion.
Ah! sure a pair was never seen,
So justly form’d to meet by nature;
Oh, how happy are such lovers,
For surely she
Was made for thee,