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you, sir.

to our sex.

much my wonder, why a stranger, friendless and fades (as time leaves none unvisited) what charm unknown, should meet, unmerited, such floods of shall then secure my love? Your riches? Nocourtesy : for, if I mistake not, once this day be- an honest mind's above the bribes of fortune :fore, I've tasted of your bounty.

for, though distressed, a stranger, and in want, Lou. I have forgot that; but I confess I saw I thus returu them thankless. Be modest, and

be virtuous, I'll adınire you; all good men will Car. Why, then, was I forced hither? If you adore you; and, when your beauty and your forrelieved me only from a soft compassion of my tune are no more, will still deliver down your fortune, you could not think but such humanity name revered ages. might, on the slightest hint, have drawn me to Lou. If I appear too free a lover, and talk bebe grateful.

yond the usual courage of my sex, forgive me; Lou. I own I could not trust you to my for-I'll be again the fearful, softening wretch, that tune; I knew not but some other might' have you would have me : my wishes shall be dumb, seen you—beside, methought you 'spoke less kind unless my eyes may speak them: for pity speak, to me before.

for I confess your hard reproofs have struck upCar. If my poor thanks were offered in too on my heart ! Oh! say you will be mine, and plain a dress, (as I confess, I am little practised make your own conditions. If you suspect my in the rules of graced behaviour) rather think me temper, bind me by the most sacred tie, and let ignorant, than rude, and pity what you cannot my love, my person, and my fortune, lawfully be pardon.

yours. Lou. Fie, you are too modest-how could you Car. Take heed ! Consider yet, if even this charge yourself with such a thought? I scarce humility be not the offspring of your first unruly can think 'tis in your nature to be rude—at least passion : but since, at least, it carries something

a better claim to my concern, I'll be at once sinCar. 'Twere more unpardonable there. cere, and tell you, 'tis impossible that we should

Lou. Nay, now you are too strict on the other ever meet in love. side; for there may happen times, when, what Lou. Impossible! Oh, why? the world calls rudeness, a woman might be Car. Because my love, my vows, and faith, brought to pardon; seasons, when even modesty are given to another : therefore, since you find were ignorance- -Pray be scated, sir-nay, I dare be honest, be early wise, and now release I'll have it so. Suppose a woman were reduced me to my fortune. to offer love; suppose yourself the man so loved; Lou. I cannot part with you. where could you tind, at such a time, excuses for Car. You must! I cannot with my reasonyour modesty?

Pray, let me pass! Why do you thus hang upon Cur. If I could love again, my eyes would tell my arm, and strain your eyes, as if they had powher; if not, I should not easily believe, at least, er to hold me? in manners, would not seem to understand her. Lou. Ungrateful! Will you go? Take heed !

Lou. Oh, they have such subtle ways to steal for you bave proved I am not mistress of my into a lover's heart! way, if she's resolute, not all temper. your strength of modesty can guard you : she'd Car. I see it, and am sorry, but needed not press you still with plainer, stronger proofs; her this threat to drive me; for still I dare be just, lite, her fortune should be yours : for, where a and force myself away.

[Erit Carlos. woman loves, such gifts as these are trifles. Thus, Lou. Oh, torture ! left! refused ! despised ! like the lazy minutes, would she steal them on, Have I thrown off my pride for this? Oh, insupwhich once but past, are quite forgotten. portable ! If I am not revenged, may all the [Gives him jewels. well.

[Walks disordered. Car. Is't possible! can there be such a wo- D. Lew. What a pox! are all these fine man?

things come to nothing, then ?-Poor soul! she's Lou. Fie ! I could chide you now; you would in great heat, truly, -Ah, silly rogue ! -now, not, sure, be thought so slow of apprehension. could I find in my heart to put her into good hu

Cur. I would not willingly be thought so vain, mour again—I have a great mind, faith--Odd, or so uncharitable, to suppose there could be she's a hummer !

A strange mind, I ha'nt such a one.

had such a mind a great while-Hey! ay; I'll Lou. Nay, now, you force me to forsake my do't faith-if she does but stay now; ah, if she sex, and tell you plain-I cannot speak it-yet does but stay! [As he is getting from the balcon you must know-I am this creature so reduced ny, Louisa is speaking to JAQUES.]

Lou. Who waits there?
Cur. Monstrous !
Lou. What is't you start at?

Enter JAQUES. Car. Not for your beauty; though I confess Where's the stranger? you fair to a perfection, complete in all, that Jaq. Madam, I met him just now walking hasinay engage the eye: but, when that beauty tily about the gallery.

for you.

to fool away

Lou. Are all the doors fast?

SCENE II.-Changes to another room. Jaq. All barred, madam. Lou. Put out all your lights, too, and on your

Enter ANGELINA with a light. lives let no one ask or answer him any question : Ang. I cannot like this house; for now, as but be you still near to observe him.

going to my rest, my ears were alarmed with the

[Erit Jaques. cries of one, that called for help. I've seen Ah!

(Don Lewis drops down. strange faces, too, that carry guilt and terror in D. Lew. Odso, my back!

their looks; and yet the officer, that placed me Lou. Bless me, who's this ? what are you? here, appeared of honest thought-what can this D. Lew. Not above fifty, madam.

mean? no matter what, since nothing but the Lou. Whence come you? What is your busi- / loss of him I love, can worse befal me! hark, ness?

what noise! is the door fast ? ah ! D. Lew. Finishing.

[Going to shut it. Lou. Who shewed, who brought you hither? D. Lew. Dumb, honest Dumb.

Re-enter Carlos and JAQUES, listening. Lou. Will you be gone, sir? I have no time Car. Ha, another lady! and alone !

Ang. Ha, that voice !

[Amazed. D. Lew. Yes, but you have; what ! don't I Car. Save me, ye powers! and give me strength know?

to bear this insupportable surprise of rushing joy! Lou. Pray, sir, who? What is't you take me Ang. My Carlos-oh! for?

Car. 'Tis she! my long lost love, my living D. Lew. A delicate piece of work, truly, but Angelina! Aot finished; you understand me?

[Embraces her. Lou. You are mad, sir !

Jaq. Say you so, sir? this shall to my lady. D. Lew. I say, don't you be so modest ; for

[Erit Jaques. there are times, do you see, when even modesty Ang. Oh, let me hold you ever thus, lest fate is ignorance, (pray be seated, madam—nay, l'il again should part us. have it so) ah!

Car. 'Twas death, indeed, to part; but from so [Sits down, and mimics her behaviour to Carlos.) hard a separation, thus again to meet, is life re

Lou. Confusion! have I exposed myself to stored. this wretch, too !- had witnesses to my folly! Ang. Ob! I were happy, blessed above my pay, I deserve it.

[Stunds mute. sex, could but my plain simplicity of love deD. Lew. So, so, I shall bring her to ternis pre- serve your kind endearnients. sently-you have a world of pretty jewels here, Car. Is't possible, thou miracle of goodness, madam--ay, these now-these are a couple of that thou canst thus forget the misery, the want, fine large stones, truly; but, where a woman loves, the ruin my unhappy love has brought thee to? such gifts as these are trifles. [Mimics again. Trust me, that stormy thought has clouded even Lou. Insupportable ! within there!

the very joy I had to see thee.

Enter JAQUES and Louisa at a distance. Enter Servants and Bravoes.

Jaq. They are there; from hence, your ladyD. Lew. Hey!

[Rising. ship may hear them. Ser. Did your ladyship call, madam?

Lou. Leave me. D. Lew. I don't like her looks, faith. [Aside.

[Erit JAQUES, and Louisa listens. Lou. Here, take this fool, let him be gagged, Ang. I cannot bear to see you thus: for my tied neck and heels, and locked into a garret; sake, don't despond; for, while you seem in hope, away with him !

I shall easily be cheerful. D). Leu. Dumb! Dumb ! help, Dumb! Dumb! Car. Oh, thou engaging softness ! thy courage stand by me, Dumb! a pox of iny finishing, awe ! has revived ine; no, we'll not despair; the guarawe!

[They gag him, and carry him off dian power, that hitherto has saved us, may now Lou. The insolence of this fool was more pro- protect, and fix us happy. voking than the other's scorn; but I shall yet find Lou. Ila! so near acquaintedways to measure my revenge. [Exit Louisa.

[Behind.

Car. And yet our safety bids us part this moRe-enter Los in the dark.

ment. How came you hither?

Ang. The other, that made me captive, proved Car. What can this evil woman mean me? a worthy man, and placed me here, as a compaThe doors all barred; the lights put out; the nion to the lady of this dwelling. servants mute, and she with fury in her eyes now Car. Ha, to what end? shot regardless by me. I would the worst would Ang. He said, to be the advocate of his sucshew itself! Ha! yonder's a light; I'll follow it, cessless love; for he confessed he wooed her toand provoke my fortune.

[Erit. nourably.

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

me !

tune.

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

do
you

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,

[Ereunt,

ACT V.

SCENE I,

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,

come.

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