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month, and hang yourself the next. There, madam, I have done it roundly now. Oliv. I am undone—I am caught in my own snare!
[ Aside. Cæsar. After this true character of my daughter, I suppose, signor, we shall hear no more of your passion; so let us go down, and leave madam to begin her penance.
Julio. My ideas are totally confused.--You Donna Olivia de Zuniga, and the person I thought you, her maid! something too flattering darts across my mind.
Cæsar. If you have taken a fancy to her maid, I have nothing farther to say; but as to that violent creature
Julio. Oh, do not profane her.-Where is that spirit which you tell me of? Is it that which speaks in modest, conscious blushes on her cheeks? Is it that which bends her lovely eyes to earth ?
Cæsar. Ay, she's only bending them to earth, considering how to afflict me with some new obstinacyshe'll break out like a tygress in a moment.
Julio. It cannot be-are you, charming woman! such a creature ? Oliv. Yes, to all mankind—but one.
[Looking down. Julio. But one! Oh, might that excepted one, be
Oliv. Would you not fear to trust your fate with her, you have cause to think so hateful? Julio. No, I'd bless the hour that bound my
fate to her's permit me, sir, to pay my vows to this fair vixen.
Cæsar. What, are you such a bold man as that? Pho! but if you are, 'twill be only lost time-she'll contrive, some way or other, to return your vows upon your hands.
Oliv. If they have your authority, sir, I will return them-only with my own.
Cæsar. What's that! what did she say? my
head' is giddy with surprise.
Júlio. And mine with rapture. [Catching her Hard. Cæsar. Don't make a fool of me, Olivia. – Wilt
Oliv. When you command me, sir.
Cæsar. My dear Don Julio, thou art my guardian angel-shall I have a son-in-law at last? Garcia, Vincentio, could you have thought it?
Gar. No, sir; if we had, we should have saved that lady much trouble; 'tis pretty clear now, why she was a vixen.
Vin. Yes, yes, 'tis clear enough, and I beg your pardon, madam, for the share of trouble I gave you; but pray, have the goodness to tell me, sincerely, what do you think of a crash?
Oliv. I love music, Don Vincentio, I admire your skill, and whenever you'll give me a concert, I shall be obliged.
Vin. You could not have pleased me so well, if you had married me.
Enter Don Carlos and VICTORIA. Oliv. Hah! here comes Victoria and her Carlos. My friend, you are happy—'tis in your eyes; I need not ask the event.
Cæsar. What is this Don Carlos, whom Victoria gave us for a cousin ? Sir, you come in happy hour!
Car. I do indeed, for I am most happy.
Julio. My dear Carlos, what has new made thee thus, this morning?
Car. A wife! Marry, Julio, marry! Julio. What ! this advice from you? Car. Yes; and when you have married an angel, when that angel has done for you such things, as makes your gratitude almost equal to your love, you may then guess something of what I feel, in calling this angel mine.
Oliv. Now, I trust, Don Julio, after all this, that if I should do you the honour of my hand, you'll treat me cruelly, be a very
that I, like my exemplary cousin
Vict. Hold, Olivia! it is not necessary that a husband should be faulty, to make a wife's character exemplary.-Should he be tenderly watchful of your happiness, your gratitude will give a thousand graces to your conduct; whilst the purity of your manners, and the nice honour of your life, will gain you the approbation of those, whose praise is fame.
Oliv. Pretty and matronly! thank you, my dear. We have each struck a bold stroke to-day :--your's has been to reclaim a husband, mine to get one; but the most important is yet to be obtained the approbation of our judges.
That meed withheld, our labours have been vain;
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