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Juan. That was no foolish part, I'll bear you | A spirit of more fury than this fire-drake. witness.
Leon. I see he's hasty, and I would give him Why art thou sent to me to be my officer,
Juan. What shall I do with this fellow?
Juan. How wilt thou escape with a bullet? If he go with thee.
Juan. About some week hence, sir,
You shall hear from me. Juan. This fellow hath some doubts in his Leon. I desire no better.
[Ereint. talk, that strike me.
SCENE V.-A chamber in MARGARITTA's Enter Aloxzo.
house. He cannot be all fool. Welcome, Alonzo.
Enter EsTIFANIA and PEREZ. Alon. What have you got there, Temperance into your company? 3
Per. You have made me too bountiful amnends, The spirit of peace we shall have wars by the lady,
For your strict carriage, when you saw me first.
These beauties were not meant to be concealed; Enter CACAFOGO.
It was a wrong to hide so sweet an object; Oh, here's another pumpion, the crammed son of I could now chide ye, but it shall be thus : a starved usurer, Cacafogo.
No other anger ever touch your sweetness. Both their brains, buttered, cannot make two Estif. You appear to be so honest and so cispoonfuls.
vil, Caca. My father's dead, I am a man of war, without a blush, sir, I dare bid you welcome. too,
Per. Now, let me ask your name. Monies, demesnes; I have ships at sea, too, cap- Estif. 'Tis Estifania, the heir of this poor tains.
place. Juan. Take heed of the Hollanders, your ships Per. Poor, do you call it? may leak else.
There's nothing that I cast mine eyes upon, Caca. I scorn the Hollanders, they are my But shews both rich and admirable; all the rooms drunkards.
Are hung, as if a princess were to dwell here; Alon. Put up your gold, sir, I will borrow it The gardens, orchards, every thing so curious. else.
Is all that plate your own, too? Caca. I am satisfied you shall not.
Estif. 'T'is but a little, Come out, I know thee; meet mine anger in-Only for present use; I've more and richer, stantly!
When need shall call, or friends compel me use Leon. I never wronged ye.
it; Caca. Thou hast wronged mine honour, The suits you see of all the upper chambers, Thou look’st upon my mistress thrice laciviously; Are those, that commonly adorn the house; I'll make it good.
I think, I have, besides, as fair as Seville, Juan. Do not heat yourself, you will surfeit. Or any town in Spain, can parallel. Caca. Thou want'st my money, too, with a Per. Now, it' she be not married, I have some pair of base bones,
hopes. In whom there was no truth, for which I beat Are you a maid? thee,
Eštif. You make me blush to answer; I beat thee much ; now will hurt thee danger-|I ever was accounted so to this hour, ously.
And that's the reason, that I live retired, sir. This shall proroke thee.
Per. Then would I counsel you to marry preAlon. You struck too low, by a foot, sir.
sently, Juan, You must get a ladder, when you would (If I can get her, I am made for ever) [Aside. beat this fellow.
For every ycar you lose, you lose a beauty: Leon. I cannot chuse but kick again; pray, A husband now, an honest, careful husband, pardon ine.
Were such a comfort. Will you walk above Cuca. Harlst thou not asked my pardon, I had stairs ? killed thee.
Estif: This place will fit our talk; 'tis fitter I leave thee, as a thing despised; baso las manos a far, sir; Tostru Signora.
[Erit Caca. Above, there are day-beds, and such temptations Alon. You have escaped by miracle ; there is I dare not trust, sir. Dos, in all Spain,
Per. She is excellent wise withal, too.
Estif. You named a husband; I am not so I'm young, you sec; able, I'd have you think, strict, sir,
If it please you know, try me before you take Nor tied unto a virgin's solitariness, But if an honest, and a noble one,
'Tis true, I shall not meet in eqal wealth with Rich, and a soldier, for so I've vowed he shall be,
ye; Were offered me, I think I should accept him. But jewels, chains, such as the war has given me, But, above all, he must love.
A thousand ducats, too, in ready gold, Per. He were base else.
As rich clothes, too, as any he bears arıns, lady. There's comfort ministered in the word, soldier. Estif. You're a gentleman, and fair, I see by How sweetly should I live!
ye, Estif. I'm not so ignorant,
And such a man I'd rather take-
Estif. And as suddenly
You will repent, too. If spent by my direction. To please my hus- Per. I'll be hanged or drowned first, band,
By this, and this, and this kiss. I hold it as indifferent in my duty,
Estif. You're a flatterer; To be his maid in the kitchen, or his cook, But I must say there was something, when I save As in the hall to know myself the mistress.
you Per. Sweet, rich, and provident ! now, fortune, First, in that noble face, that stirred my fancy. stick to me.
Per. I'll stir it better ere you sleep, sweet I am a soldier, and a bachelor, lady;
And then, sweet wench.-
SCENE I.-An Apartment in MARGARITTA’s Mar. Those I'll allow him; house.
They are for my credit. Does he understand
But little? Enter MARGARITTA, three ladies, and Altea.
Alt. Very little. Mar. Come in, and give me your opinions Nar. 'Tis the better. seriously.
Have not the wars bred him up to anger? 1 Lady. You say you have a mind to marry, Alt. No, he won't quarrel with a dog that bites lady.
him; Mar. 'Tis true, I have, for to preserve my Let him be drunk or sober, he's one silence. credit.
Mar. H'as no capacity what honour is; I desire my pleasure, and pleasure I must have. For that's a soldier's god? 2 Lady. What husband mean ye?
Alt. Honour's a thing too subtle for his wise Alt. A busband of an easy faith, a fool,
dom; Made by her wealth, and moulded to her plea- If honour lie in eating, he's right honourable. sure;
Mar. Is he so goodly a man, do you say? One, though he sees himself become a monster, Alt. As you shall see, lady; Shall hold the door, and entertain the maker. But, to all this, he's but a trunk.
2 Lady. You grant there may be such a man. Mar. I'd have him so. 1 Lady. Yes, marry; but how to bring him to Go, find me out this man, and let me see him. this rare perfection.
If he be that motion, that you tell me of, 2 Lady. They must be chosen so, things of no And make no more noise, I shall entertain him. honour,
Let him be here. Nor outward honesty.
Alt. He shall attend your ladyship. [E.reunt.
SCENE II.— A street.
Enter JUAN, ALONso, and Perez.
Juan. Why, thou’rt not married indeed? Alt. Yes, and a soldier; but as gentle as you'd Per. No, no, pray think so. wish him. A good fellow, and has good clothes, A las ! I am a fellow of no reckoning, if he knew how to wear them.
Nor worth a lady's eye.
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.