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this scene goes entirely for what we call situa- 160
“ Enter the two Nieces. Ist Niece. Ellena here !
She is his scorn as much as I—that is
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
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-
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
“ 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
Ha! hell! the lie !
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
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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-
220 Puff. No, egad, they could not help leaving them.
“Whisk. Vengeance and Tilburina ! Beef
Exactly so [They fight—and 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!
For all eter
-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-
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 !