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Alon. Wou'dst steal a fortune,
The gracious state of matrimony stands with And inake none of thy friends acquainted with it, him. Nor bid us to thy wedding?
Come, let's to dinner; when Margaritta comes, Per. No, indeed.
We'll visit both; it may be then vour fortune. There was no wisdom it it, to bid an artist,
[Ereunt. An old seducer, to a female banquet. I can cut up my pie without your instructions,
SCENE III.- A chamber.
Enter MARGARITTA, ALTEA, and Ladies.
Mar. Is he come? Juan. And is she rich withal, too?
Alt. Yes, madam, he has been here this half Per. A mine, a mine; there is no end of hour. her wealth, colonel ;
I've questioned him of all that you can ask him, I am an ass, a bashful fool. Pr'ythee, colonel, And find bim fit as you had made the man. How do thy companies fill now?
Mar. Call him in, Altea. [Erit Altea. Juan. You're merry, sir;
Enter LEON and ALTEA, You intend a safer war at home, belike, now? Per. I do not think I shall fight much this A man of a comely countenance. Pray ye, come
year, colonel ; I find myself given to my ease a little.
Is his mind so tame? I care niot, if I sell my foolish company;
Alt. Pray question him, and, if you find him They're things of hazard. Alon. How it angers me,
Fit for your purpose, shake him off; there's no This fellow, at first sight, should win a lady,
harm done. A rich young wench-And I, that have con Mar. Can ye love a young lady? How he sumed
blushes! My time and art in searching out their subtleties, Alt. Leave twirling of your hat, and hold your Like a fooled alchymist, blow up my hopes still. head
up, When shall we come to thy house, and be freely And speak to the lady. merry?
Leon. Yes, I think I can; Per. When I bave managed her a little more. I must be taught; I know not what it means, I have an house to maintain an army.
madam. Alon. If thy wife be fair, thou'lt have few less Mar. You shall be taught. And can you, come to thee.
when she pleases, Per. Where they'll get entertainment, is the Go ride abroad, and stay a week or two? point;
You shall have men and horses to attend ye, Signior, I beat no drum.
And money in your purse. May be I'll march, after a month or two,
Leon. Yes, I love riding; To get a fresh stomach. I find, colonel, And when I am from home, I am so merry! A wantonness in wealth, methinks, I agree not Mar. Be as merry as you will. Can you as with.
handsomely, Tis such a trouble to be married, too,
When you are sent for back, come with obediAnd have a thousand things of great importance, ence, Jewels and plate, and fooleries molest me, And do your duty to the lady loves you? To have a man's brains whimsied with his wealth. Leon. Yes, sure, I shall. Before I walked contentedly.
Mar. And when you see her friends here,
Or noble kinsmen, can you entertain
Their servants in the cellar, and be busied, Set, My mistress, sir, is sick, because you're And hold your peace, whate'er you see or hear? absent.
Leon. 's were fit I were hanged else. She mourns, and will not eat.
Mar. Come, salute me. Per. Alas, my jewel!
Leon. Madam? Come, I'll go with thee. Gentlemen, your fair Mar. How the fool shakes! I will not eat
leaves; You see I am tied a little to my yoke ;
Can't you salute me? Pray, pardon me; would ye had both such lo Leon. Indeed, I know not; but, if your lady
ving wives! Juan. I thank ye
Please to instruct me, sure I shall learn. For your old boots. Never be blank, Alonzo, Mar. Come on, then. Because this fellow has outstripped thy fortune. Leon. Come on, then. [He kisses her. 'Tell me, ten days hence, what he is, and how Mar. You shall, then, be instructed.
now to town:
If I should be this lady, that affects ye;
SCENE IV.--A grand saloon.
Enter Clara and ESTIFANIA, with a paper. Mar. What money have ye?
Cla. What, have you caught him?
Estif. Yes, and the most kind man;
Cla. Hast thou married him? No, nor command in any thing.
Estif. What, dost thou think I fish without a Leon. I will not;
bait, wench? Alas, I am not able! I've no wit, madam. I bob for fools. He is mine own. I have him, Mar. Nor do not labour to arrive at any;
I told thee what would tickle him like a trout; 'Twill spoil your head. I take ye upon charity, And as I cast it, so I caught him daintily; And like a servant ye must be unto me.
And all, he has, I've stowed at my devotion. As I behold your duty, I shall love you;
Cla. Does the lady know this? she's coming Can you
mark these? Leon. Yes, indeed, forsooth.
Now, to live here, in this house. Mar. There is one thing,
Estif. Let her come, That, if I take ye in, I put ye from me,
She shall be welcome, I'm prepared for her; Utterly from me; you must not be saucy,
She's mad, sure, if she be angry at my fortune; No, nor at any time familiar with me,
For what I have made bold. Scarce know me, when I call ye not.
Cla. Dost thou not love him? Leon. I will not. Alas, I never knew myself Estif. Yes, entirely well. sufficiently !
As long as there he stays, and looks no farther Mar. Nor must not now.
Into my ends; but when he doubts, I hate Leon, I'll be a dog to please you.
him; Mar. Indeed, you must fetch and carry as I And that wise hate will teach me how to cozen appoint ye.
him. Leon. I were to blame else.
How to decline their wives, and curb their manMar. Kiss me again.
ners; If you see me
To put a stern and strong rein to their natures : Kiss any other, twenty in an hour, sir,
And holds he is an ass not worth acquaintance, You must not start, nor be offended.
That cannot mould a devil into obedience, Leon. No, if you kiss a thousand, I shall be I owe him a good turn for these opinions ; contented;
And, as I find his temper, I may pay him. It will the better teach me how to please ye.
Enter Perez. Alt. I told ye, madam. Mar. 'Tis the man I wished for, the less you O, here he is ! now you shall see a kind man. speak
Per. My Estifania, shall we to dinner, lamb? Leon. I'll never speak again, madam,
I know thou stay'st for me. But when you charge me; then I'll speak softly Estif. I cannot eat else.
Per. I never enter, but methinks a paradise Mar. Get me a priest; I'll wed him in- Appears about me. stantly.
Estif. You are welcome to it, sir. But, when you're married, sir, you must wait on Per. I think I have the sweetest seat in Spain, me,
wench, And see ye observe my laws.
Methinks the richest, too. We'll eat i' the garLeon. "Else you shall hang me.
den, Mar. I'll give you better clothes, when you In one of the arbours; there 'tis cool and pleadeserve them.
sant; Come in, and serve for witness.
And have our wine cooled in the running founOmnes. We shall, madam.
tain. Mar. And then away to the city presently;
Who's that? I'll to my new house, and new company.
Estif. A friend of mine, sir. Leon. A thousand crowns are thine; I'm a made Per. Of what breeding?
Estif. A gentlewoman, sir.
[Aside to Altea. Per. What business has she? Alt. Do not break out too soon.
Is she a woman learned in the mathematics? Leon. I know my time, wench.
Can she tell fortunes ?
Per. Or has she e'er a letter from a kinswo Estif. I'll wise your worship man,
Before I leave ye. [Aside.] Pray ye walk by, and That must be delivered in my absence, wife?
say nothing; Or comes she from the doctor to salute ye, Only salute them, and leave the rest to me, sir ; And learn your health ? she looks not like a con I was born to make ye a man. fessor.
Per. The rogue speaks heartily: Estif. What needs all this? why are you Her good-will colours in her cheeks: 1 am born troubled, sir?
to love her. What do you suspect? she cannot cuckold ye: I must be gentle to these tender natures : She is a woman, sir, a very woman.
A soldier's rude, harsh words befit not ladies; Per. Your very woman may do very well, sir, Nor must we talk to them, as we talk to Towards the matter; for, though she cannot per Our officers. I'll give her way, for 'tis for me form it
she In her own person, she may do it by proxy, Works now; I am husband, heir, and all she hasYour rarest jugglers work still by conspiracy. Estif. Cry ye mercy, husband! you are jealous,
Enter MARGARITTA, LEON, ALTEA, and Ladies. then,
Who are these ? I hate such flaunting things. And haply suspect me?
A woman of rare presence ! excellent fair; Per. No, indeed, wife.
This is too big, sure, for a bawdy house; Estif. Methinks you should not, till you
have Too open seated, too. more cause,
Estif. My husband, lady. And clearer, too. I'm sure you've heard say, Mar. You have gained a proper man. husband,
Per. Whate'er I am, I am your servant, lady. A woman forced will free herself through iron;
[Kisses. A happy, calm, and good wife, discontented, Estif. Sir, be ruled
now, [ Apart to PEREZ. May be caught by tricks.
And I shall make you rich : this is my cousin; Per. No, no: I do but jest with ye.
That gentleman doats on her, even to death. Estif. To-iporrow, friend, I'll see you.
See how he observes her. Cla. I shall leave ye
Per. She is a goodly woman. Till then, and pray all may go sweetly with Estif. She is a mirror. ye.
(Erit. But she is poor, she were for a prince's side else;
[Knocking. This house she has brought him to as to her own, Estif. Why, where's the girl? who's at the And presuming upon me, and on my courtesy-, door?
(Knock. Conceive me short; he knows not but she's Per. Who knocks there?
wealthy: Is't for the king you come, ye knock so boister- Or if he did know otherwise, 'twere all one, ously?
He's so far gone. Look to the door.
Per. Forward; she's a rare face.
Estif: This we must carry with discretion, Enter Maid.
husband, Maid. My lady, as I live! mistress, my lady's And yield unto her for four days. come;
Per. Yield our house up, our goods and She's at the door; I peeped through, I saw her,
wealth! And a stately company of ladies with her.
Estif. All this is but seeming. Do you see Estif. This was a week too soon, but I must this writing? meet with her,
Two hundred pounds a year, when they are marAnd set a new wheel going, and a subtle one,
ried, Must blind this mighty Mars, or I am ruined. Has she sealed to for our good—The time is un
(Aside. Per. What are they at the door?
I'll sbew it you to-morrow. Estif. Such, my Michael,
Per. All the house? As you may bless the day they entered here; Estif. All, all; and we'll remove, too, to conSuch for our good.
firm him. Per. Tis well.
They'll into the country suddenly again, Estif. Nay, 'twill be better
After they are matched, and then she'll open to If you will let me but dispose the business,
him. And be a stranger to it, and not disturb me. Per. The whole possession, wife? Look what What have I now to do but advance your fortune?
A part of the house.
And take their pleasure too; 'tis for our advanI find thee a wise young wife.
tage, Vol. II.
Why, what's four days ? Ilad you a sister, sir, Per. 'Tis well then.
clear. Per. If easily it would come back.
Per. Well. Estif. I swear, sir, as easily as it came on. Estif. That little stuff we'll use shall follow Is't not pity To let such a gentlewoman for a little help. And a boy to guide ye. Peace, and we are made You give away no house.
both. Per. Clear but that question.
Mar. Come, let's go in. · Are all the rooms Estif. I'll put the writings into your hand. kept sweet, wench? Per. Well then.
Estif. They're sweet and neat. (Exit Perez. Estif. And you shall keep them safe.
Mar. Why, where's your
husband? Per. I'm satisfied. Would I had the wench Estif. Gone, madam. too!
When you come to your own, he must give place, Estif. When she has married him,
lady. So infinite his love is linked unto her,
Mar. Well, send you joy; you would not let You, I, or any one that helps at this pinch,
me know it, May have-Heaven knows what.
Yet I shall not forget ye. Per. I'll remove my trunks straight,
Estif. Thank your ladyship. And take some poor house by; 'tis but four days. Mar. Come, lead me,
[Ereunt. Estif. I have a poor friend; there we will be.
SCENE 1.-A Chamber.
And handsome servants at my will. Where's
my good husband? Enter MARGARITTA and ALTEA.
Where does he wait? Alt. Are you at ease now? Is your heart at Alt. He knows his distance, madam. rest,
I warrant ye he is busy in the cellar Now
you have got a shadow, an umbrella, Among his fellow-servants, or asleep, To keep the scorching world's opinion
Till your commands awake him.
Enter Leon and Lorenzo.
Mar. 'Tis well, Altea ; And be a master of that ignorance
It should be so; my ward I must preserve him. He outwardly professes, I am happy.
Who sent for him? How dare he come uncalled Alt. You're a made woman.
for? Mar. But if he should prove now
His bonnet on too!
Alt. Sure he sees you not.
Leon. Are all the chambers
Decked and adorned thus for my lady's pleaMar. That's it I ann at.
sure? That's it I hope too, then I'm sure I rule Irim : New hangings every hour for entertainment? For innocents are like obedient children, And new plate bought, new jewels to give lustre? Brought up under a hard mother-in-law, a cruel, Ser. They are, and yet there must be more Who, being not used to breakfasts and colla and richer; tions,
It is her will. When they have coarse bread offered, are thank Leon. Hurn, is it so? 'Tis excellent. ful,
Is it her will, too, to have feasts and banquets, And take it for a favour too.
Revels and masques ? Are the rooms made ready
Ser. She ever loved them dearly; To entertain my friends ? I long to dance now. And we shall have the bravest house kept now, Let me have a song. Is the great couch up
sir. The duke of Medina sent?
I must not call ye master; she has warned me; Alt. Your house is nothing now but various Nor must not put my hat off to you. pleasures.
Leon. 'Tis nos fashion, The gallants begin to gaze too.
What though I be her husband, I'm your fellow; Mar. Let them gaze on,
I may cut first?
Enter a Lady.
And bills nailed up with horns before your doors,
To rent out wantonness. 1 Lady. Madam, the duke Medina, with some Mar. Do you hear him talk? captains,
Leon. I've done, madam : Will come to dinner, and have sent rare wine, An ox once spoke, as learned men deliver ; And their best services.
Shortly I shall be such, then I'll speak wonders. Mar. They shall be welcome.
'Till when I tie myself to my obedience. (Erit. See all be ready in the noblest fashion.
Mar. First I'll untie niyself. Did you mark Go, get your best clothes on; but, till I call ye, the gentleman, Be sure you be not seen. Dine with the gentle- How boldly and how saucily he talked, women,
And how unlike the lump I took him for ! And behave yourself handsomely, sir; 'tis for my The piece of ignorant dough! he stood up to me, credit.
And rated my commands.
This was your providence,
Your wisdom, to elect this gentleman, 2 Lady. Madam, the lady Julia
Your excellent forecast in the man, your knowLéon. That's a bawd;
ledge! A three-piled bawd; bawd major to the army. What think
ye 2 Lady. Has brought her coach to wait upon All. I think him an ass still. your ladyship,
This boldness, some of your people have blown And to be inforined if you will take the air this into him, morning.
This wisdom too, with strong wine; 'tis a tyrant, Lcon. The neat air of her nunnery.
And a philosopher also, and finds out reasons. Mar. Tell her no; i' the afternoon Ill call on Mar. I'll have my cellar locked, no school kept her.
there, 2 Lady. I will, madam,
(Erit. Nor no discovery. I'll turn my drunkards, Leon. Faith, madain, in my little understand- Such as are understanding in their draughts, ing,
And dispute learnedly the whys and wherefores, You'd better entertain your honest neighbours, To grass immediately: I'll keep all fools ; Your friends about ye, that may speak well of Sober or drunk, still fools that shall know noye,
thing. And give a worthy mention of your bounty. Nothing belongs to mankind but obedience, Mar. How now, what's this?
And such a hand I'll keep over this husband. Leon. 'Tis only to persuade ye
Alt. He'll fall again : iny life, he cries by this Courtiers are tickle things to deal withal,
tiine : A kind of march-pane men that will not last, Keep him from drink; he's a high constitution. madam;
Enter Leon. An egg and pepper goes farther than their portions;
Leon. Shall I wear my new suit, madam? And in a well-knit body, a poor parsnip
Mur. No, your old clothes.
And see my hawks well trained: you shall have Leon. He, that shall counsel ladies,
victuals, That have both liquorish and ambitious eyes, Such as are fit for saucy palates, sir, Is either mad or drunk, let him speak gospel, And lodgings with the hinds; it is too good too. Alt. Jle breaks out modestly.
Leon. Good madam, be not so rough with reLeon. Pray ye be not angry;
pentance ! My indiscretion has made bold to tell ye
Alt. You see how he's come round again. What you'll find true.
Mar. I see not what I expect to see. Mar. Thou dar'st not talk?
Leon, You shall see, madam, if it please your Leon. Not much, inadam;
ladyship. You have a tie upon your servant's tongue;
Alt. He's humbled ; lle dare not be so bold as reason bids hiin; Forgive, good lady. Twere fit there were a stronger on your temper.
Mar. Well, go, get you handsome,
I'll pinch you to the bones then, my proud lady. Such husbands as this monstrous world produces,
[Erit. And you will scarce find such strange deforsnities; Mar. See you preserve him thus, upon my faThey're shadows to conceal your venal virtues ; Sails to your mills, that grind with all occasions; You know his temper, tie him to the grindstone; Balls that lie by you, to wash out your stains ; The next rebellion I'll be rid of him,