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Fred. He is the son of one of our grandees,
Enter FLORA. named Don Lopez de Pimentell, a very honest gentleman, but something passionate in what re- Flo. Don Felix is coming up, madam. lates to his love. He is an only son, which may, Isa. My brother! Which way shall I get out? perhaps, be one reason for indulging his passion. Dispatch him as soon as you can, dear Violante. Col. When parents have but one child, they
[Exit ISABELLA into the closet. either make a madman or a fool of him.
Vio. I will. Fred. He is not the only child; he has a sister; but I think, through the severity of his father,
Enter Felix, in a surly humour. who would have married her against her inclina- Felix, what brings you home so soon? Did I not tion, she has made her escape, and, notwithstand say to-morrow? ing he has offered five hundred pounds, he can Fel. My passion chokes me; I cannot speak. get no tidings of her.
-Oh, I shall burst ! Col. Ha! How long has she been missing ?
(Aside. Throws himself into a chair. Fred. Nay, but since last night, it seems. Vio. Bless me! Are you not well, my Felix ?
Col. Last night! The very time! How went Fel. Yes—10—I don't know what I am. she?
Vio. Hey-day! What's the matter, now? AnoFred. Nobody can tell ; they conjecture ther jealous whim! through the window.
Fel. With what an air she carries it! I sweat Col. I'm transported ! This must be the lady I at her impudence.
[Aside. caught. What sort of a woman is she?
Vio. If I were in your place, Felix, I'd choose Fred. Middle-sized, a lovely brown, a fine to stay at home when these fits of spleen are pouting lip, eyes that roll and languish, and upon me, and not trouble such persons as are seem to speak the exquisite pleasure her arms not obliged to bear with them. could give.
[Here he affects to be careless of her. Col. Oh! I am fired with this description Fel. I am very sensible, madam, of what you 'tis the very she. What's her name?
mean: I disturb you, no doubt; but, were I in a Fred. Isabella. -You are transported, colo- better humour, I should not incommode you less: nel.
I am too well convinced you could easily dispense Col. I have a natural tendency in me to the with my visit. flesh, thou knowest, and who can hear of charms Vio. When you behave yourself as you ought so exquisite, and yet remain unmoved?
-Oh, to do, no company so welcome—but when you how I long for the appointed hour! I'll to the reserve me for your ill-nature, I wave your merit
, Terriero de Passa, and wait my happiness: if she and consider what's due to myself. And I fails to meet me, I'll once more attempt to find must be free to tell you, Felix, that these humher at Violante's, in spite of her brother's jea- ours of yours will abate, if not absolutely deslousy.—[ Aside.}-Dear Frederick! I beg your troy, the very principles of love. pardon; but I had forgot I was to meet a gen- Fel. [Rising.) And I must be so free to tell eleman upon business, at five: I'll endeavour to you, madam, that since you have made such ill dispatch him, and wait on you again as soon as returns to the respect that I have paid you, all possible.
you do shall be indifferent to me for the future; Fred. Your humble servant, colonel.
and you shall find me abandon your empire with
[E.rit Frederick. so little difficulty, that I'll convince the world Col. Gibby, I have no business with you at your chains are not so hard to break as your present.
[Erit Colonel. vanity would tempt you to believe. I cannot brook Gib. That's weel. Now will I gang and seek the provocation you give. this loon, and gar him gang with me to Don Pe- Vio. This is not to be bornedro's house. Gin he'll no gang of himself, Ise abandon! you! whom I have so often forbad
him gang by the lug, sir. Godswarbit! Gib- ever to see me more! Have you not fallen at by hate's a leer.
[Erit.my feet? implored my favour and forgiveness ?
did you not trembling wait, and wish, and sigh, SCENE II.--Changes to VIOLANTE's lodgings. and swear yourself into my heart? Ungrateful
man! if my chains are so easily broke as you Enter VIOLANTE and ISABELLA.
pretend, then you are the silliest coxcomb living,
you did not break them long ago; and I must Isa. The hour draws on, Violante, and now my think him capable of brooking any thing, on heart begins to fail me; but I resolve to venture whom such usage could make no impression. for all that.
Isa. [Peeping.] A deuce take your quarrels ! Vio. What, does your courage sink, Isabella ? she'll never think on me.
Isa. Only the force of resolution a little re- Fel. I always believed, madam, my weakness treated; but I'll rally it again, for all that. was the greatest addition to your power; you
would be less imperious had my inclination been
less forward to oblige you.
You have indeed Vio. Were it not to clear my fame, I would forbad me your sight, but your vanity, even then, not answer thee, thou black ingrate !—but I canassured you I would return, and I was fool not bear to be reproached with what I even enough to feed your pride.—Your eyes, with blush to think of---much less to act. By Heaven, all their boasted charins, have acquired their I have not seen the Terriero de Passa this day. greatest glory in conquering me- and the Fel. Did not a Scotch footman attack you in brightest passage of your life is wounding this the street neither, Vielante? heart with such arms as pierce but few persons Vio. Yes; but he mistook me for another-or of my rank. (Walks about in a great pet. he was drunk, I know not which.
Vio. Matchless arrogance ! True, sir, I should Fel. And do not you know this Scotch colhave kept measures better with you, if the con- onel? quest had been worth preserving ; but we easily Vio. Pray, ask me no more questions : this hazard what gives us no pain to lose. -As for night shall clear my reputation, and leave you my eyes, you are mistaken if you think they without excuse for your base suspicions. More have vanquished none but you : there are men, than this I shall not satisfy you ; therefore, pray above your boasted rank, who have confessed
leave me. their power, when their misfortune in pleasing Fel. Didst thou ever love me, Violante? you made them obtain such a disgraceful vic- Viv. I'll answer nothing- You was in haste tory.
to be gone just now; I should be very well pleaFel. Yes, madam, I am no stranger to your sed to be alone, sir. victories.
[She sits down, and turns aside. Vio. And what you call the brightest passage Fel. I shall not long interrupt your contemof my life, is not the least glorious part of yours. plation.—Stubborn to the lasi! [Liside.
Fel. Ha, ha! don't put yourself in a passion, l'io. Did ever woman involve herself as I have madam; for, I assure you, after this day, I shall done! give you no trouble. -You may meet your
Fel. Now would I give one of my eyes to be sparks on the Terriero de Passa at four in the friends with her, for something whispers to my morning, without the least regard to me--for, soul, she is not guilty.- -[He pauses, then pulis when I quit your chamber, the world shan't bring a chair, and sits by her at a little distance, lookme back.
ing at her some time without speaking, then Vio. I am so well pleased with your resolu- draws a little nearer to her.] Give me your tion, I don't care how soon you take your leave. hand at parting however, Violante, won't you-But what you mean by the Terriero de Passa (He lays his hand upon her knee several times.) at four in the morning, I can't guess.
-won't you ! Fel. No, no, no!
Vio. (Half regarding him.] Won't I do what? not upon the Terriero de Passa at four this Fel. You know what I would have, Violante. morning!
Oh, my heart ! Vio. No, I was not; but if I were, I hope I Vio. [Smiling.] I thought my chains were eamay walk where I please, and at what hour I sily broke.
(Lays her hand into his. please, without asking your leave.
Fel. [Draws his chair close to her, and kisses Fel. Oh, doubtless, madam! and you might her hand in a rapture.] Too well thon knowest meet colonel Briton there, and afterwards send thy strength.Oh, my charming angel! my your emissary to fetch him to your house-and, heart is all thy own. Forgive my hasty passion upon your father's coming in, thrust him into –'tis the transport of a love sincere, 'Oh, Vioyour bed-chamber-without asking my leave. lante, Violante ! Tis no business of mine, if you are exposed among all the footmen in town—uay, if they
Don Pedro, within. ballad you, and cry you about at a halfpenny Ped. Bid Sancho get a new wheel to my chaa piece—they may, without my leave.
riot presently, Vig. Audacious! don't provoke me-don't : Vio. Bless me, my father returned! What my reputation is not to be sported with (Going shall we do now, Felix? we are ruined past reup to him.) at this rate- -no, sir, it is not. demption. [Bursts into tears.] Inhuman Felix !- -Oh, Fel. No, no, no, my love; I can leap from the Isabella! what a train of ills hast thou brought closet window. on me!
(Aside. [Runs to the door where ISABELLA is, who Fel. Ha! I cannot bear to see her weep-a claps to the door, and bolts it withinside. woman's tears are far more fatal than our Isa. (Peeping.] Say you so ? But I shall preswords. [Aside.] Oh, Violante—'Sdeath! what vent you. a dog am I ! Now have I no power to stir.- Fel. Confusion! Somebody bolts the door Dost not thou know such a person as colonel withinside. I'll see who you have concealed Briton? Prithee tell me, didst not thou meet him here, if I die for it. On, Violante ! bast thou at four this morning upon the Terriero de Passa ? again sacrificed me to my rival? [Draws.
Vio. By Heaven, thou hast no rival in my heart! | much from the character of a gentleman, I assure let that suffice-Nay, sure, you will not let my you. father find you here- -Distraction!
Fel. (Counterfeits drunkenness.] Who, I asFel. Indeed, but I shall-except you com- sault a lady
-upon honour, the lady assaulted mand this door to be opened, and that way con- me, sir, and would have seized this body-politic ceal me from his sight.
on the king's bigh-way–Let her come out, and [He struggles with her to come at the door. deny it, if she can.- Pray, sir, command the Vio. Hear me, Felix-Though I were sure door to be opened; and let her prove me a liar, the refusing what you ask would separate us for if she knows how I have been drinking ever, by all that's powerful you shall not enter Claret, and Champaign, and Burgundy, and other here! Either you do love me, or you do not :
French wines, sir; but I love my own country, convince me by your obedience.
for all that. Fel. That's not the matter in debate-I will Ped. Ay, ay, who doubts it, sir? Open the know who is in this closet, let the consequence door, Violante, and let the lady come out. Come, be what it will. Nay, nay, you strive in vain : II warrant thee he shan't hurt her. will go
Fel. No, no; I won't hurt the dear creature. Vio. Thou shalt not go
-Now, which way will she come off? (Aside.
Vio. (Unlocks the door.] Come forth, madam; Enter Don PEDRO.
none shall dare to touch
veil -- I'll convey Ped. Hey-day! what's here to do? I will go you out with safety, or lose my life.--I hope in, and you shan't inand I will
[Aside. Why, who are you, sir?: Fel. 'Sdeath! what shall I
Enter Isabella, veiled, and crosses the stage. Ped. Don Felix, pray, what's your business in Isa. Excellent girl!
Erit. my house? ha, sir?
Fel. The devil a woman !—I'll see if she be Vio. Oh, sir, what miracle returned you home really so.
(Aside. so soon? some angel 'twas that brought my fa- Vio. [To Felix.] Get clear of my father, and ther back to succour the distressed.- -This ruf- follow me to the Terriero de Passa, where all fian, heI cannot call him gentleman-has com- mistakes shall be rectified. mitted such an uncommon rudeness, as the most [Exit with Isabella. Don Felix offers to profligate wretch would be ashamed to own.
follow her. Fei. Ha! what the devil does she mean? Ped. [Drawing his sword.] Not a step, sir, till
[-Aside. the lady is past your recovery; I never suffer the Vio. As I was at my devotion in my closet, Ilaws ot' hospitality to be violated in my house, sir. heard a loud knocking at my door, mixed with a -I'll keep Don Felix here, till you see her woman's voice, which seemed to imply she was safe out, Violante. —Come, sir, you and I will in danger
take a pipe and a bottle together. Fel. I am confounded !
[ Aside. Fel. Damn your pipe, and damn your bottle! Vio. I flew to the door with the utmost speed, -I hate drinking and smoking; and how will where a lady, veiled, rushed in upon me; who, you help yourself, old whiskers ? falling on her knees, begged my protection from Ped. As to smoking or drinking, you have a gentleman, who, she said, pursued her. I took your liberty; but you shall stay, sir. compassion on her tears, and locked her into Fel. But I won't stay—for I don't like your this closet; but, in the surprise, having left open company; besides, I have the best reason in the the door, this very person whom you see with his world, for my not staying. sword drawn, ran in, protesting, if I did not give Ped. Ay, what's that? her up to his revenge, he'd force the door.
Fel. Why, I am going to be married; and so, Fel. What, in the name of goodness, does she good bye. mean to do? hang me?
Aside. Ped. To be married it can't be. Why, you Vio. I strove with bim, till I was out of breath; are drunk, Felix. and had you not come as you did, he must have Fel. Drunk ! ay, to be sure; you don't think entered But he's in drink, I suppose; or he I'd go to be married, if I were sober—but, could not have been guilty of such an indecorum. drunk or sober, I am going to be married, for all
[Leering at Felix. that --and if you won't believe me, to convince Ped. I'm amazed !
you, I'll show you the contract, old gentleman. Fel. The devil never failed a
Ped. Ay, do; come, let's see this contract, pinch :---what a tale has she formed in a minute! then.
-In drink, quotha ! a good hint: I'll lay hold Fel. Yes, yes; I'll shew you the contracton't to bring myself off.
(Aside. I'll shew you the contract- Here, sir-here's Ped. Fy! Don Felix !-- ne - no sooner rid of one the contract.
[Draws a pistol. broil, than you are commencing another.-To Ped. (Starting.) Well, well, I'm convincedassault a lady with a naked sword, derogates go, go-pray go, and be married, sir.
woman at a
Fel. Yes, yes; I'll go I'll go and be married; have an hankering kindness after the slut-we but shan't we take a bottle, first?
must be reconciled. Ped. No, no-pray, dear sir, go, and be married.
Enter GIBBY. Fel. Very well, very well; (Going.) but I insist upon your taking one glass, though.
Gib. Aw my sal, sir, but Ise blithe to find ye Ped. No, not now—some other time-consider here now. the lady waits.
Lis. Ha, brother ! give me thy hand, boy. Fel. What a cross old fool! first he will, and Gib. No se fast, se ye me-Brether me ne brethen he won't; and then he will, and then he thers; I scorn a leer as muckle as a thiefe, se ye won't.
[Exit. now, and ye must gang intul this house with me,
and justifie to Donna Violante's face, that she Enter Servant.
was the lady that ganged in here this morn, se ve Ser. Here's Don Lopez de Pimentell to wait me, or the deel ha my saul, sir, but ye and I shall on you, senior.
be twa folks. Ped. What the devil does he want? he is not Lis. Justify it to Donna Violante's face, quogoing to be married, too! Bring him up; he's tha! For what? Sure you don't know what you in pursuit of his son, I suppose.
Gib. Troth de I, sir, as weel as ye dee; there Enter Don LOPEZ.
fore, come along, and make na mair words about Lop. I am glad to find you at home, Don Peit. dro-I was told that you was upon the road Lis. Why, what the devil do ye mean? Don't to Don Juan's chateau this afternoon.
you consider you are in Portugal? Is the fellow Ped. That might be, my lord; but I had the mad ? misfortune to break the wheel of my chariot, Gib. Fellow! Ise none of yer fellow, sir; and which obliged me to return. What is your gin the place were hell, I'd gar ye do me justice. pleasure with me, my lord ?
(LISSA RDO going.) Nay, the deel a fit ye gang. Lop. I am informed that my daughter is in
(Lays hold of him, and knocks.
Lis. Ha! Don Pedro himself: I wish I were Ped. That's more than I know, my lord; but fairly off.
[ Aside here was your son, just now, as drunk as an em
Enter Don PEDRO. peror,
Lop. My son drunk !-I never saw him in Ped. How now? What makes you knock so drink in my life.—Where is he, pray, sir? loud ? Ped. Gone to be married.
Gib. Gin this be Don Pedro's house, sir, I would Lop. Married !-to whom!- I don't know that speak with Donna Violante, his daughter. he courted any body.
Ped. Ha! what is it you want with my daughPed. Nay, I know nothing of that—but, I'm ter, pray? sure, he showed me the contract— Within, there! Gib. An she be your daughter, and lik your
honour, command her to come out, and answer Enter Servant.
for herself now, and either justify or disprove Bid my daughter come hither; she'll tell you an- what this chield told me this morn. other story, my lord.
Lis. So, here will be a fine piece of work! Ser. She's gone out in a chair, sir.
[Aside. Ped. Out in a chair —what do you mean, sir? Ped. Why, what did he tell
ha ? Ser. As I say, sir—and Donna Isabella went Gib. By my saul, sir, Ise tell you aw the truth. in another just before her.
- My master got a pratty lady upon the how de Lop. Isabella!
callit-Passa-here at five this morn, and he Ser. And Don Felix followed in another—I gard me watch her heam--and, in troth, lodged overheard them all bid the chair go to the Ter- her here; and, meeting this ill-favoured thiete, riero de Passa.
se ye me, I speered wha she was—and he tald Ped. Ha! what business has my daughter me her name was Donna Violante, Don Pedro there? I am confounded, and know not what to de Mendosa's daughter. think-within there.
[Erit. Ped. Ha! my daughter with a man, abroad at Lop. My heart misgives me plaguily. -Call five in the morning! Death, hell, and furies! By me an alguazil—I'll pursue them straight. [Erit. St Anthony, I'm undone !
Gib. Wounds, sir! ye put yer saint intul bonSCENE III.-Changes to the street before Donny company. Pedro's house.
Ped. Who is your master, you dog you? Ads
heart, I shall be tricked of my daughter and moEnter LISSARDO.
ney, too, that's worst of all. Lis. I wish I could see Flora-methiuks I Gib. You dog you! 'Sblead, sir! dinna ca'
names—I wunna tell you who my master is, se ye, my thoughts were not over-strong for a nunnery, me now?
father. Ped. And who are you, rascal, that know my Lop. Your daughter has played you a slippery daughter so well? ha! [Holds up his cane. trick, too, signior. Lis
. What shall I say, to make him give this Ped. But your son shall never be the better Scotch dog a good beating? (Aside. I know for it, my lord; her twenty thousand pounds was your daughter, signior ! Not I; I never saw your left on certain conditions, and I'll not part with daughter in all my life.
a shilling Gib. [Knocks him down with his fist.] Deel ha Lop. But we have a certain thing, called law, my saul, sar, gin ye get no your carich for that shall make you do justice, sir.
Ped. Well, we'll try that-my lord, much good Ped. What, hoa! where are all my servants ? may it do you with your daughter-in-law. [E.rit.
Lop. I wish you much joy of your rib. (Exit. Enter Colonel, Felix, ISABELLA, and V10
Enter FREDERICK. Raise the house in pursuit of my daughter! Fel. Frederick, welcome !-I sent for thee to Ser. Here she comes, signior.
be partaker of my happiness; and pray give me Col. Hey-day! what's here to do?
leave to introduce you to the cause of it. Gib. This is the loon-like tike, an lik your ho- Fred. Your messenger has told me all, and I nour, that sent me heam with a lee this morn. sincerely share in all your happiness.
Col. Come, come; 'tis all well, Gibby; let him Col. To the right about, Frederick; wish thy rise.
Ped. I am thunderstruck—and have no power Fred. I do, with all my soul-and, madam, I to speak one word.
congratulate your deliverance.—Your suspicions Fel. This is a day of jubilee, Lissardo; no are cleared now, I hope, Felix? quarrelling with him this day.
Fel. They are; and I heartily ask the colonel Lis. A pox take his fists !- Egad! these Bri- pardon, and wish him happy with my sister; for tons are but a word and a blow,
love has taught me to know, that every man's
happiness consists in choosing for himself. Enter Dox LOPEZ.
Lis. After that rule, I fix here. (To FLORA.
Flo. That's your mistake; I prefer my lady's Lop. So, have I found you, daughter? Then service, and turn you over to her that pleaded you have not hanged yourself yet, I see. right and title to you to-day. Col. But she is married, my lord.
Lis. Choose, proud fool! I sha'nt ask you Lop. Married! Zounits ! to whom?
twice. Col. Even to your humble servant, my lord. Gib. What say ye now, lass ?-will ye gee yer If you please to give us your blessing.' [Xneels
. hond to poor Gibby ?-What say you? will you Lop. Why, hark ye, mistress, are you really dance the reel of Bogie with me? married?
Inis. That I may not leave my lady, I take you Isa. Really so, my lord.
at your word; and, though our wooing has been Lop. And who are you, sir?
short, I'll, by her example, love you dearly. Col. An honest North Briton by birth, and a
[Music plays. colonel by commission, my lord.
Fel. Hark! I hear the music; somebody has Lop. An heretic! the devil!
done us the favour to call thein in. [Holding up his hands.
A country-dance. Ped. She has played yon a slippery trick, in- Gib. Wounds, this is bonny music! How deed, my lord.-Well, my girl, thou hast been to caw ye that thing that ye pinch by the craig, and see thy friend married---next week thou shalt tickle the weamb, and make it cry grum, grum? have a better husband, my dear,
Fred. Oh! that's a guitar, Gibby.
[T! VIOLANTE. Fel. Now, my Violante, I shall proclaim thy Fel. Next week is a little too soon, sir ; I hope virtues to the world. to live longer than that.
Ped. What do you mean, sir? You have not Let us no more thy sex's conduct blame, made a rib of my daughter, too, have you? Since thou'rt a proof, to their eternal fame,
Vio. Indeed but he has, sir; I know not how, That man has 110 advantage, but the name. but he took me in an unguarded minute--when