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this scene goes entirely for what we call situa- 160
tion and stage effect, by which the greatest
applause may be obtained, without the assistance
of language, sentiment, or character: pray mark!

Enter the two Nieces. Ist Niece. Ellena here !

She is his scorn as much as I—that is
Some comfort still !"

Puf. O dear, madam, you are not to say that to her

face !-aside, ma'am, aside. The whole scene

is to be aside. 66 Ist Niece. She is his scorn as much as I–that is 170 Some comfort still.

[ Aside. 2nd Niece. I know he prizes not Pollina's love ;

But Tilburina lords it o'er his heart. [Aside. Ist Niece. But see the proud destroyer of my peace. Revenge is all the good I've left.

[Aside. 2nd Niece. He comes, the false disturber of my quiet. Now, vengeance do thy worst.

[Aside. Enter Don Ferolo Whisker andos. Whisk. O hateful liberty-if thus in vain I seek

my

Tilburina !
Both Nieces. And ever shalt !

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Sir Christopher Hatton and Sir Walter Raleigh come

forward. Sir Christ. and Sir Walt. Hold ! we will

avenge you. Whisk. Hold you—or see your nieces bleed !

[The two Nieces draw their two daggers

to strike Whiskerandos : the two Uncles at the instant, with their two swords drawn, catch their two Nieces' arms, and turn the points of their swords to Whiskerandos, who immediately draws two daggers, and holds them to the two Nieces' bosoms.

Puff. There's situation for you! there's an heroic

group!-- You see the ladies can't stab Whisker-
andos—he durst not strike them, for fear of
their uncles—the uncles durst not kill him, be-
cause of their nieces- I have them all at a dead
lock !—for every one of them is afraid to let go

first. Sneer. Why, then they must stand there for 190

ever! Puff. So, they would, if I hadn't a very fine contrivance for't.-Now mind

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Enter Beefeater, with his balberd. Beef. In the queen's name I charge you all to drop Your swords and daggers !

[They drop their swords and daggers.Sneer. That is a contrivance indeed ! Puf. Ay,—in the queen's name.

Sir Christ. Come, niece ! Sir Walter. Come, niece !

[Exeunt with the two Nieces. Whisk. What's he, who bids us thus renounce our

guard?
Beef. Thou must do more—renounce thy love !
Whisk. Thou liest-base Beefeater !
Beef:

Ha! hell! the lie !
By Heaven thou'st roused the lion in my

heart! Off, yeoman's habit !—base disguise ! off! off! [Discovers himself, by throwing off his upper dress,

and appearing in a very fine waistcoat. Am I a Beefeater now? Or beams my crest as terrible as when

In Biscay's Bay I took thy captive sloop?” Puff. There, egad! he comes out to be the very captain of the privateer who had taken Whisker

andos prisoner-and was himself an old lover 210

of Tilburina's. Dang. Admirably managed, indeed! Puff. Now, stand out of their way. Whisk. I thank thee, Fortune, that hast thus bestowed A weapon to chastise this insolent.

[Takes up one of the swords. Beef. I take thy challenge, Spaniard, and I thank thee,

Fortune, too! [Takes up the other sword.Dang. That's excellently contrived !-It seems as

if the two uncles had left their swords on pur-
pose for them.

220 Puff. No, egad, they could not help leaving them.

Whisk. Vengeance and Tilburina ! Beef

Exactly so [They fightand after the usual number of

wounds given, Whiskerandos falls. Whisk. O cursèd parry!—that last thrust in tierce

Was fatal.Captain, thou hast fenced well!
And Whiskerandos quits this bustling scene

For all eter
Beef.

-nity-he would have added, but stern death Cut short his being, and the noun at once!”

Puff Oh, my dear sir, you are too slow: now mind

me.—Sir, shall I trouble you to die again? 229 Whisk. And Whiskerandos quits this bustling scene

For all eter-
Beef. -nity-he would have added,
Puff. No, sir—that's not it-once more, if you

please.
Whisk. I wish, sir, you would practise this without

me-I can't stay dying here all night. Puf. Very well; we'll go over it by-and-by.—

[Exit Whiskerandos.] I must humour these

gentlemen! “ Beef. Farewell, brave Spaniard ! and when

next Puff. Dear sir, you needn't speak that speech, as 2 40

the body has walked off. Beef. That's true, sir—then I'll join the fleet. Puff. If you please.—[Exit Beefeater.] Now,

who comes on ? Enter Governor, with his hair properly disordered. Gov. A hemisphere of evil planets reign!

And every planet sheds contagious frenzy !
My Spanish prisoner is slain ! my daughter,

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