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Car. Is't possible? Is there a wretch, so cursed | again; and, if he keeps his word, (as I've an odiamong maukind, to be her honourable lover? ous cause to fear he will) he yet, at least in my Lou. So!
[In anger. revenge, shall prove me woman. [Erit Louisa, Cur. Take heed, my love; avoid her as a disease to modesty,
SCENE III.-The Street. Lou. Very well!
Car. Oh, I have a shameful tale to tell thee of Enter D. DUART disguised, with a servant. her intemperance, as would subject her even to D. Du. Where did you find him! thy loathing,
Ser. Hard by, sir, at an house of civil recreaLou. Insolent !-well !
tion; he's now coming forth; that's he. Ang. You amaze me! pray, what is it? Car. This is no tiine to tell; I had forgot my
Enter CLODIO. danger. Let it suffice, the doors are barred D. Du. I scarce remember him. I would not against me; now, this moment I am a prisoner willingly mistake-I'll observe him. to her fury; if thou canst help me to any means Clo. So! now if I can but pick up an honest of safety, or escape, ask me no questions, but be fellow, to crack one healing bottle, I think I shall quick, and tell me.
finish the day as smartly as the grand signiorAng. Now, you frighten me; but here, through Hold, let me see, what has my hasty refreshment my apartment, leads a passage to the garden; at cost me here; umbumbumb--[Counts his the lower end, you'll find a mount; if you dare money.)---seven pistoles, by Jupiter; why, what drop from thence, I'll show you : but can't you a plaguy income this jade must have in a week, say, when I may hope again to see you?
if she's thus paid by the hour ! Car. About an hour hence, walking in the gar D. Du. 'l'is the same ! leave me—Exit Serdeu, ready for your escape; for if I live, I'll want.}-Your servant, sir. come provided with the means to make it sure Clo. Sir-your humble servant. Now I dare thank thee, fortune.
D. Du. Pardon a stranger's freedom, sir; but Ang. You will not fail?
when you know my businessCar. If I survive, depend on me. Till when, Clo. Sir, if you'll take a bottle, I shall be may Heaven support thy innocence !
proud of your acquaintance; and if I don't do Ang. Follow me
(Ereunt hastily. your business before we part, I'll knock under Lou. Are you so nimble, sir? Who waits the table. there?
D. Du. Sir, I shall be glad to drink with you;
but at present am incapable of sitting to it. Enter JAQUES.
Clo. Why, then, sir, you shall only drink as Run, take help, and stop the stranger; he is now long as you can stand; we'll have a bottle here, making his escape through the garden; Ay! sir, Hey, Madona! (Calls at the door. [Erit JAQUES.]—Love, and revenge, like vipers, D. Di. A very frank humoured gentleman; gnaw upon my quiet, and I must change their I'll know him farther-I presume, sir, you are food, or leave my being. No, if I forego a se not of Portugal ? coud time that dear support, my pride, may I be Clo. No, sir-I am a kind of a-what d'ye call come as miserable as that wretch, that destined l'um-a sort of a here--and-thereian; I am a fool, he doats on! Ha! she is returned ! yonder stranger no where. she passes; with what assured contentment in D. Du, Have you travelled far, sir? her looks -- how pleased the thing is !--strangely Clo. My tour of Europe, or so, sirimpudent-sure ! the ugly creature thinks I won't strangle her,
Enter Servant with wine.
Clo. So, so! here's the wine! come; sir, to Enter SAQUES.
our better acquaiotance-faith, I like you mightNow, have you brought him?
ily-Allons [Drinks.)-Morbleu! ce n'est pas Jag. Madam, we made what haste we could, mauvais ! Allons, encore, hey! Vive l'amour ! but the gentleman reached the mount before us, Quand Iris, &c.
[Sings. and escaped over the garden wall.
D. Du. I find, sir, you have taken a taste of Lou. Escaped, villain! durst thou tell me so ? all the countries you have travelled through: but
Jag. If your ladyship had called me a little I presume your chief amusement has lain among sooner, we had taken him. Who the devil is the ladies. You fared well in France, I hope? this stranger?
Clo. Yes, faith, as far as my pocket would go :
(Aside. the devil a stroke without it: no money, no maLou. Fool, that I am ! I betray myself to my demoiselle; no ducat, no duchess; no pistole, no own servants. Well, 'tis no matter, bid the bra- princess-By the way, let me tell you, sir, your voes stay; I have directions for them. Go-Lisbonites are held up at a pretty smart rate, too [Exit Jaques. He has not left me hopeless, -I was forced to come down to the tune of yet ; an hour hence, he promised to be here seven pistoles here-a man may keep a pad of
his own, cheaper than he can ride post, split | I desire you will command my sword or for
D. Du. I find, sir, you know England, then. Clo. Pray, sir—is there no joke in all this?
Clo. Aye, sir, and every woman there that's D. Du. There, sir, the little all I'm master of, worth knowing.
may serve, at present, to convince you of my sinD. Du. But I wonder, sir, that in a country so cerity; I ask for no return, but to be informed famed for handsome women, the men are so ge- how I may
farther service. nerally blamed for their scandalous usage of
[Gives him a purse. them.
Clo. Sir, your health I'll give you informaClo. Oh, damned scandalnus, sir—they use tion presently.-(Drinks.]—Pray, sir, do you their mistresses as bad as their wives, faith. I know the gentleman's sister, that I fought with? tell you what, sir; I knew a citizen's daughter l'hat is, do you know what reputation, what for, there, that run away with a lord, who, in the first tune she has ? six months of her preferment, never stirred out, D. Du. I know her fortune to be worth but she made the ladies cry at her equipage; above twelve thousand pistoles; her reputation and, about eight months after, I think, one mori yet unsullied; but pray, sir, why may you ask ing reeling pretty early into a certain house in the this? Savoy, I found the self-same, cast-off, solitary la Clo. Now, I'll tell you, sir-twelve thousand dy, in a room with bare walls, dressing her dear, pistoles, you say? pretty head there, in the corner bit of a looking D. Du. I speak the least, sir. glass, prudently supported by a quartern brandy Clo. Why, this very lady, after I had killed pot, upon the head of an oyster-barrel.
her brother, gave me the protection of her house; D. Du. I find few mistresses make their for- hid me in her closet, while the officers that tunes there; but pray, sir, among all your ad- brought in the dead body came to search for ventures, has no particular lady's merit encou me; and, as soon as their backs were turned, raged you to advance your own marriage ? poor soul! hurried me out at a private door,
Clo. Sir, I have been so near marriage, that with tears in her eyes, faith! Now, sir, what my wedding-day has been come; but it was never think you? Is not this hint broad enough for a over yet, split me!
man to make love upon? D. Du. How so, sir!
D. Du. Confusion ! Clo. Why, the priest, the bride, and the din
(-Aside. ner, were all ready dressed, faith; but, before I Clo. Look you, sir, now, if you dare, give me could fall to, my elder brother, sir, comes me in, a proof of your friendship; will you do me the with a damned long stride, and a sharp stomach favour to carry a letter to her? says a short grace, and whipped her up like D. Du. Let me consider, sir-death and an oyster.
fire! is all her height of sorrow but dissembled, D. Du. You had ill fortune, sir,
then? A prostitute, even to the man supposed Clo. Sir, fortune is not much in my debt; for my murderer! If it be true, the consequence is you must know, sir, though I lost my wife, I have soon resolved - but this requires my farther escaped hanging since, here in Lisbon.
search.Aside.]—May I depend on this for D. Du. That I know you have; be not ama- truth, sir? zed, sir.
Clo. Why, sir, you don't suppose I'd hanter a Clo. Hey! what the devil? have I been all lady of her quality? this while treating an officer, that has a warrant D. Du. Damnation !--[Aside.)-Well, sir, I'll against me-Pray, sir, if it be no offence-may I take your letter; bụt first let me be well acbeg the favour to know who you are?
quainted with my errand. D. Di. Let it suffice, I own myself your Clo. Sir, I'll write this moment; if
you please, friend—I am your debtor, sir; you fought a gen- we'll step into the house here, and finish the butleman they call Don Duart-I knew him well; siness over another bottle. he was a proud insulting fellow, and my mortal D. Du. With all my heart. foe: but you killed him, and I thank you; nay, Clo. Allons ! Entrez. I saw yw do it fairly, too; and for the action,
Elo. I'll dispatch immediately will you
walk this way, sir? Elvira is discovered alone in mourning, a lamp
D. Du. Madam, I wait on you Revenge by her. Don Duart enters behind, disguised. and daggers!
[Ereunt. D. Du. Thus far I am passed, unknown to any of the servants -now for the proof of what I
SCENE II.-Louisa's house. fear-Ha! yonder she is—This close retirement, those sable colours, the solemn silence
Enter Louisa and JACQUES. that attends her, no friends admitted, nor even Lou. Is the lady seized ? the day to visit her- These seem to speak a real Jaq. Yes, madam, and half dead with the sorrow; if not, the counterfeit is deep indeed - fright. I'll fathom it-macam
Lou. Let them be ready to produce her, as I Eld, Who's there? another murderer! where directed. When the stranger's taken, bring me are my servants ? will nothing but my sorrows immediate notice : 'tis near his time, away.wait upon me?
[Erit JAQUES.] Had he not loved another, meD. Du. Your pardon, lady; I have no evil thinks I could have borne this usage, sat me meaning; this letter will inform you of my bu- down alone content, and found a secret pleasure siness, and excuse this rude intrusion.
in complaining ; but to be slighted for a girl, ą Elv. For me! whence comes it, sir?
sickly, poor, unthinking wretch, incapable of love: D. Du. The contents, madam, will explain to that, that stabs home ! 'Tis poison to my thoughts, you—She seems amazed ! looks alınost through and swells them to revenge! My rival! no, she the letter-I should suspect the stranger had shall never triumph. Hark! what noise! they belied her, but that he gave me such convincing have him sure ! How now ! circumstances -Ha, she pauses! 'sdeath! a smile too-I fear her now!
Enter JAQUES, Elv. My prayers are heard ; justice at length Jaq. Madam, the gentleman is taken. has overtaken the murderer : his vowed protec Lou. Bring him in -Revenge, I thank thee tion having been strictly paid, I now, unperjured, now! may revenge my brother's blood. It lies on me,
Enter Bravoes with Carlos disarmed. if | neglect this fair occasion : but 'twere not safe to shew my thought; therefore, to be just, So, sir, you are returned, it seems; you can love I must dissemble. [Aside.] I ask your pardon then! You have an heart, I find, though not for for
my rudeness, sir; upon your friend's account, me! Perhaps you came to seek a worthier misyou might, indeed, have claimed a better wel-tress here; 'would be uncharitable to disappoint
your love--I'll help your search: if she be D. Du. So; then she's damned, I find. But I'll here, bę sure she's safe --Open that door there. have more, and bring them face to face. [Aside.] My friend, madam, thought his visits would be Enter more Bravoes with Angelina, an handuseasonable, before the sad solemnity of your
kerchief on her neck, which they hold ready brother's funeral.
to strangle her. Elv. A needless fear! My brother, sir ! Alas, Now, sir, is this the lady? I owe your friend my thanks, for having eased Car. My Angelina! Oh! our family of so scandalous a burthen! A riotous, Lou. Now, let me see you smile, and rudely unmannered fellow; I blush to speak of him. throw me from your arms; now scorn my love,
D. Du. Oh, patience! patience ! [Aside. my passion, and my fortune ; now, let your
Elv. Pray, let him know, his absence was the squeamish virtue fly me as a disease to modesty; real cause of this mistaken mourning: 'tis true, and tell her, now, your shameful tale of my inindeed, I gave it out 'tis for my brother's death; temperance! but womens' hearts and tongues, you know, inust Car. Oh, cruelty of fate! that could betray not always hold alliance ; you'd think us fond such innocence. and forward, should not we now and then disa Lou. What, not a word to soften yet thy obsemble.
stinate aversion! thou wretched fool, thus to D. Du. How shall I forbear her? [.4 side. provoke thy ruin---End her! [to the Bravoes,
Elv. I grow impatient till he's wholly mine Car. Oh, hold ! for pity hold, and hear me ! to-morrow! 'tis an age! I'll make him mine to Lou. I've learned from you to use my pity-night--->I'll write to him this minute -Can On one condition yet she lives an hour; but, if you have patience, sir, till I prepare a letter refused for you?
Car. Name not a refusal; be it danger, death, D. Du. You may command me, madam. or tortures; any thing that life can do to save her,
Lou. Presuming fool! were I inclined to save D. Lew. What, my little blossom! my gilliher life, (which, by my hopes of peace, I do not flower ! my rose ! my pink! my tulip! faith, I mean) canst thou believe this insolent concern must smell thee. (Salutes ANGELINA.] Odd, she's for her to my face would not provoke my ven a delicate nosegay! I must have her touzed a geance?
little--Charles, you must gather to-night : I Car. Yet hold! forgive my rashness, I was to can stay no longer-Well, faith, I am heartily blame, indeed; but passion has transported both joyed to see thee, child.
Ang. I thank you, sir, and wish I may deLou. How he disarms my anger ! But must serve your love: our fortune, once again, is kind; my rival triumph, then?
but how it comes aboutAng. Charge me not with such abhorred in D. Lew. Does not signify three-pence; when gratitude : be witness, Heaven, I'll for ever serve fortune pays me a visit, I seldom trouble myself you, court you, and confess you my preserver. to know which way she came-- I tell you, I am
Car. For pity, yet resolve, and force your glad to see you. temper to a moment's pause. See, at your feet, my humbled scorn imploring, crushed, and pros
Enter JAQUES. trate, like a vile slave, that falls below your last Jaq. Madam, here's the lord governor come contempt, and, trembling, begs for mercy. to wait upon your ladyship,
Lou. He buries my revenge in blushes. Now, Lou. At this late hour! What can his busilive long and happily; forgive my follies past, ness be ? Desire his lordship to walk in. and you have overpaid me. [Joins their hands. Cår. My Angelina' do I then live to hold thee
Enter Governor. thus? Oh, I have a thousand things to say, to ask, Gov. Pardon, madam, this unseasonable visit. to weep, and hear of thee-But, first, let's kneel Lou. Your lordship does me bonour. and pay our thanks to Heaven, and this our kind Gov. At least, I hope, my business will excuse preserver.
it. Some strangers, here below, upon their ofLou. Nay, now, you give me a confusion.- fered oaths, demanded my authority to search [Raises them. But if you dare trust me with the your house for a lost young lady, to whom the story of your love's distress, as far as my fortune one of them affirms himself the father: but the can, command it freely to supply your present respect I owe your ladyship, made me refuse wants, or any future means proposed to give you their search, till I had spoken with you. lasting happiness.
Ang. It must be they Now, madam, your Cur. Eternal rounds of never-ending peace protection, or we yet are lost. reward your wondrous bounty !~But I have Lou. Be not concerned! would you avoid been too busy in my joy; I alınost had forgot my them? friendly uncle, the ancient gentleman that first Car. No, we must be found ; let them have came hither with me; how have you disposed of entrance; we have an honest cause, and would him?
provoke its trial. Lou. I think he's here, and safe-who waits Lou. Conduct the gentlemen without. (Erit there? (Enter Jaques.] Release the gentleman JAQUES.) My lord, I'll answer for their honesty; above, and tell him, that his friends desire him. and, as they are strangers, where the law's se(Erit Jaques.] You'll pardon, sir, the treatment vere, must beg you'd favour and assist them. I have shewn him; he made a little too merry Gov. You may command me, madam; though with my folly, which, I confess, at that time, there's no great fear: for having heard the most something too far incensed me.
that they could urge against them, I found, in Car. He's old and cheerful, apt to be free; their complaints, more spleen and humour than but he'll be sorry when his humour gives offence. any just appearance of a real injury.
Enter Don Lewis, JAQUES bowing to him. Enter Charino, Antonio, und Clodio.
D. Lew. Prithee, honest Dumb, don't be so Cha. I'll have justire. ceremonious. A pox on thee! I tell thee its very Ant. Don't be too hot, brother. well as it is, (only my jaws ache a little :) but as Cha. Sir, I demand justice. long as we're all friends, its no great matter Car. My father! Sir, your pardon and your My dear Charles, I must buss thee, faith!-- blessing. Madam, your humble servant
Ant. Why, truly, Charles, I begin to be a little pardon, d'ye see-you understand me?
reconciled to the inatter; I wish you well, though
(Exit JAQUES. I can't join you together; for my friend and broLou. I hope we are all friends, sir.
ther here is very obstinate, and will admit of no D. Lew. I hope we are, madai---I am an satisfaction: but, however, Heaven will bless you, honest old fellow, faith : though, now and then, in spite of his teeth. I'm a little odd, too.
Cha. This is all contrivance, roguery! I am Car. Here's a stranger, uncle,
abused! I say, deliver my daughter she is an
I beg your
heiress, sir; and to detain her is a rape in law, | This business is all at an end-for, look you, I sir, and I'll have you all hanged; therefore, no find your daughter's engaged; and, to tell you more delays, sir; for I tell you beforehand, I am the truth, so am I, faith. If my brother has a a wise man, and 'tis impossible to trick me. mind to marry her, let him; for I shall not, split Ant. I say, you are too positive, brother;
you when you learn more wisdom, you'll have some. will do me the honour to grace mine and the la
Cha. I say, brother, this is mere malice, when dy Elvira's wedding, such homely entertainment, you know, in your own conscience, I have ten as my poor house affords, you shall be all heartitimes your understanding; for you see I am quitely welcome to. of another opinion : and so, once more, my lord, D. Lew. Thy house! ha, ha! Well said, puppy! I demand justice against that ravisher.
Clo. Ha! old Testy ! Gov. Does your daughter, sir, complain of any
Cha. What dost thou mean, man? violence ?
[To CLODIO. Cha. Your lordship knows young girls never Goo. 'Tis even so, I can assure you, sir; I complain, when the violence is over; he has have, myself, an invitation from the lady's own taught her better, I suppose.
hand, that confirms it : I know her fortune well, Ang. (To Charino, kneeling.] Sir, you are my and am surprised at it. father, bred me, cherished me, gave me my af Ang. Blessed news! This seems a forward fections, taught me to keep them hitherto within step to reconcile us all. the bounds of honour and of virtue; let me con Cha. If this be true, my lord, I have been jure you, by the chaste love my mother bore you, thinking to no purpose; my design is all broke when she preferred, to her 'mistaken parents' to pieces. choice, her being yours without a dower, not to Ant. Come, brother, we'll mend it as well as bestow my person, where those affections ne'er we can; and since that young rogue has rudely can follow-I cannot love that gentleman more turned tail upon your daughter, I'll fill up the than a sister ought; but here my heart's subdued, blank with Charles's name, and let the rest of even to the last compliance with my fortune : he, the settlement stand as it was. sir, has nobly wooed, and won me; and I am on Cha. Hold ! I'll first see this wedding, and then ly his, or miserable.
give you my final resolution. Cha. Get up again.
Cio. Come, ladies, if you please, my friend will Gov. Come, sir, be persuaded; your daughter shew you. has made an honourable and happy choice; this
Lou. Sir, we wait upon you. severity will but expose yourself and her.
Cha. This wedding's an odd thing. Cha. My lord, I don't want advice : I'll consi D. Lew. Ha, ha! if it should be a lie, now. der with myself, and resolve upon my own opi
[Exeunt. nion. Enter JAQUES.
SCENE III.- Elvira's apartment.Elvira
alone, with Clodio's letter in her hand. Jaq. My lord, here's a stranger without, enquires for your lordship, and for a gentleman that Elo. At how severe a price do women purcalls himself Clodio.
chase an unspotted fame, when even the justest Clo. Hey! Ah, mon cher ami!
title cannot assure possession ? When we reflect Enter Don Duart, disguised.
upon the insolent and daily wrongs, which men
and scandal throw upon our actions, 'twere enough Well, what news, my dear? Has she answered to make an honest mind despair : If we are fair
and chaste, we are proud ; if free, we are wanD. Du. There, sir This to your lordship. ton; cold, we are cunning; and if kind, forsa
[Gives him a letter, and whispers. ken—nothing we do or think on, be the motive Gov. Married to night! and to this gentleman, ever so just or generous, but still the malice, or sayest thou? I'm amazed !
the guilt of men, interprets to our shame. Why D. Du. Here is her choice, my lord.
should this stranger, else, this wretched stranger, Clo. [Reading the latter.]—Un—um-charms whose forfeit life I rashly saved, presume, from -irresistible-excuse—so soon--passion-blushes that mistaken charity, to tempt me with his love? -consent-provision--children - settlement, marriage If this is not plain, the devil's in't
Enter a Servant.
[Flourish. I'll wait upon her.
Sero. Madam, the gentlemen are come. Clo. Ha, ha, ha! poor soul! I'll be with her Elv. 'Tis well; are the officers ready? presently; and, faith, since I have made my own Sero. Yes, madam, and know your ladyship's fortune, I'll e'en patch up my brother's, too. orders. Hark you, my dear dad, that should ha' been Elo. Conduct the company. Now, justice shall