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Col. Your humble servant, mistress. Pray, be Isa. I know not; I desired the stranger to careful of the lady:
convey me to the next monastery; but, ere I (Gides her two moidores, and exit. reached the door, I saw, or fancied that I
saw, Flo. Two moidores! Well, he is a generous Lissardo, my brother's man; and the thought fellow. This is the only way to make one care that his master . might not be far off, Aung me ful. I find all countries understand the constitu- into a swoon; which is all that I can remember. tion of a chambermaid..
Ha! What's here? [Takes up a letter.] . For
• Colonel Briton, to be left at the post-house in Enter VIOLANTE.
• Lisbon. This must be dropt by the stranger Vio. Was you distracted, Flora! to tell my which brought me hither. name to a man you never saw ! Unthinking Vio. Thou art fallen into the hands of a solvench! who knows what this may turn to ? dier; take care he does not lay thee. under conWhat, is the lady dead? Ah ! defend me, Hea- tribution, girl. ren! 'tis Isabella, sister to my Felix. What has Isa. I find he is a gentleman; and if he is but befallen her ? Pray Heaven he's safe.—Run and unmarried, I could be content to follow him all fetch some cold water.—Stay, stay, Flora. the world over.-But I shall never see him more, Isabella, friend, speak to me; Oh! speak to I fear.
(Sighs and pauses. me, or I shall die with apprehension !
Vio. What makes you sigh, Isabella? Flo. See, she revives !
Isa. The fear of falling into my father's Isa. Oh! hold, my dearest father! do not clutches again. force me; indeed, I cannot love him.
Vio. Can I be serviceable to you? Vio. How wild she talks !
Isa. Yes, if you conceal me two or three days. Isa. Ha! where am I?
Vio. You command my house and secresy. Vio. With one as sensible of thy pain, as thou Isa. I thank you,, Violante. I wish you would thyself canst be.
oblige me with Mrs Flora a while. *Isa. Violante ! what kind star preserved and Vio. I'll send her to you.-I must watch if dad lodged me here?
be still asleep, or here will be no room for Felix. t'l. It was a terrestrial star, called a man,
[Erit. madam; pray Jupiter he proves a lucky one ! Isa. Well, I don't know what ails me; me
Isa. Oh! I remember now. Forgive me, dear thinks I wish I could find this stranger out. Violante ! my thought ran so much upon the danger I escaped, I forgot.
Enter FLORA. Vio. May I not know your story?
Isab. Thou are no stranger to one part of it. Flo. Does your ladyship want me, madam? I have often told thee, that my father designed Isa. Ay, Mrs Flora: I resolve to make you my to sacrifice me to Don Guzman, who, it seems, confidante. is just returned from Holland, and expected Flo. I shall endeavour to discharge my duty, ashore to-morrow, the day that he has set to madam. celebrate our nuptials. Upon my refusing to Isa. I doubt it not, and desire you to accept obey him, he locked me into iny chamber, vow this as a token of my gratitude. ing to keep me there till he arrived, and force Flo. Oh, dear Seniora! I should have beca me to consent. I know my father to be positive, your humble servant without a fee. Tieter to be won from his design; and having no Isa. I believe it-But to the purpose Do hope left me to escape the marriage, I leaped you think, if you saw the gentleman who from the window into the street.
brought me hither, you should know him again? Vio. You have not hurt yourself, I hope ? Flo. From a thousand, madam; I have an ex
Isa. No; a gentleman, passing by accident, cellent memory, where a handsome man is concaught me in his arms: at first, my fright made cerned. When he went away, he said he would me apprehend it was my father, till he assured return again immediately. I admire he comes me to the contrary.
not. Flo. He is a very fine gentlemen, I promise Isa. Here, did you say? You rejoice meyou, madam, and a well-bred man I warrant though I'll not see hi:n, if he comes. Could nou him. I think I never saw a grandee put his you contrive to give him a letter? band into his pocket with a better air in my Flo. With the air of a duennawhole life-time ; then he opened his purse Isa. Not in this house - you must veil and with such a grace, that nothing but his man- follow him—He must not know it comes from Der of presenting me with the gold could equal. me.
Vio. There is but one common road to the Flo. What, do you take me for a novice in heart of a servant, and 'tis impossible for a love affairs? Though I have not practised the generus person to mistake it.-Go, leave art since I have been in Donna Violante's serus, Flora.—But how came you hither, Isa- vice, yet I have not lost the theory of a chambella?
bermaid-Do you write the letter and leave the
rest to me. Here, bere, here's pen, ink, and Fel. My heart's the proper sphere where love paper.
resides : could he quit that, he would be no where Isa. I'll do it in a minute.
found ; and yet, Violante, I'm in doubt.
[Sits down to write. Vio. Did I ever give thee cause to doubt, my Flo. So ! this is a business after my own Felix? heart. -Love always takes care to reward his Fel. True love has many fears, and Fear as labourers, and Great Britain seems to be his many eyes as Fame; yet sure, I think they see no favourite country. -Oh! I long to see the fault in thee. (Colonel taps again.] What's that? other two moidores with a British air-Methinks
[Taps again. there's a grace peculiar to that nation in making Vio. What? I heard nothing. [Again. a present.
Fel. Ha ! What means this signal at your Isa. So, I have done. Now, if he does but window? find this house again!
Vio. Somewhat perhaps, in passing by, might Flo. If he should not-I warrant I'll find him, accidentally hit it; it can be nothing else. if he's in Lisbon; for I have a strong prepossession Col. (Within.] llist, hist! Donna Violante ! that he has two moidores as good as ever was Donna Violante! told. [Puts the letter into her bosom. Fel. They use your name by accident too, do
they, madamn? Enter VIOLANTE. Vio. Flora, watch my papa; he's fast asleep
Enter FLORA. in his study: if you find him stir, give me notice. (Colonel taps at the window.] Hark, I hear Flo. There is a gentleman at the window, Felix at the window ! admit him instantly, and madam, whom I fancy to be him who brought then to your post.
Erit FLORA. Isabella hither. Shall I admit him?
[Aside to V10LANTE. come?
Vio. Admit distraction rather! Thou art the Vio. It is his signal at the window.
cause of this, unthinking wretch ! Isa. [Kneels.) Oh, Violante! I conjure you by
[Aside to Flora. all the love thou bearest to Felix, by thy owo gen Fel. What, has Mrs Scout brought you fresh erous nature, nay, more, by that unspotted virtue intelligence ? Death! I'll know the bottom of thou art mistress of, do not discover to my this immediately.
[Offers to go. brother I am here.
Flo. Scout! I scorn your words, senior. Vio. Contrary to your desire, be assured I Vio. Nay, nay, nay!
you must not leave me. never shall. But where's the danger ?
[Runs and catches hold of him. Isa. Art thou born in Lisbon, and ask that Fel. Oh! 'tis not fair not to answer the gentlequestion ! He'll think his honour blemished by man, madam; it is none of his fault that his iny disobedience, and would restore me to my visit proves unseasonable. Pray let me go; my father, or kill me; therefore, dear, dear girl ! presence is but a restraint upon you.
Vio. Depend upon my friendship ; nothing (Struggles to get from her. The Col. pats again.] shall draw the secret from these lips; not even Vio. Was ever accident so mischievous ! Felix, though at the hazard of his love. I hear
(Aside. him coming; retire into that closet.
Flo, It must be the colonel -Now to deIsa. Remember, Violante, upon thy promise liver my letter to him! my very life depends.
[Exit. The Col. taps louder. Vio. When I betray thee, may I share thy Fel. Hark! he grows impatient at your defate!
lay.-Why do you hold the man whose absence
would oblige you? Pray, let me go, madam. Enter FELIX.
Consider the gentleman wants you at the winMy Felix, my everlasting love!
dow. Confusion !
[Struggles still. [Runs into his arms. Vio. It is not me he wants. Fel. My life! my soul ! my Violante!
Fel. Death! not you! Is there another of your Vio. What hazards dost thou run for me? Oh, name in the house? 'But come on, convince me how shall I requite thee?
of the truth of what you say; open the window; Fel. If during this tedious painful exile, thy if his business does not lie with you, your conthoughts have never wandered from thy Felix, versation may be beard. This, and only this, can thou hast made me more than satisfaction. take off my suspicion. What, do you pause? Oh,
Vio. Can there be room within this heart for guilt, guilt-Have I caught you? Nay, then, I'll any but thyself? No; if the god of love were leap the balcony. If I remember, this leads lost to all the rest of human-kind, thy image to it. [Breaks from her, and goes to the door would secure him in my breast : I'am all
where Isabella is. truth, all love, all faith, and know no jealous Vio. Oh, heaven! what shall I do now! Hold, fears
hold, hold, hold; not for the world—you enter
there. Which way shall I preserve his sister ceived ? -'Sdeath! could you not have imfrom his knowledge?
[Aside. posed upon me for this one night? Could neither Fel. What, have I touched you? Do you fear iny faithful love, nor the hazard I have run to your lover's life?
see you, make me worthy to be cheated on? Oh, Vio. I fear for none but you. For goodness' thousake, do not speak so loud, my Felix! If my fa Vio. Can I bear this from you! [Weeps. ther hear you, I am lost for ever; that door Fel. (Repeats.] When I left this house toopens into his apartment. What shall I do, if night-To-night! the devil! return so soon! he enters? There he finds his sister.-If he goes Vio. Oh, Isabella! what hast thou involved me out, he'll quarrel with the stranger. -Felix, in!
[Aside. Felix ! Nay, do not struggle to be gone, Fel. [Repeats.[ This house contains my
soul. Felix. - If I open the winduw, he
dis Vio. Yet I resolve to keep the secret. [ Aside. cover the whole intrigue; and yet, of all evils, Fel. (Repeats.] Be careful of my life; for it is we ought to chuse the least. -Your curiosity in your keeping. Damnation ! shall he satisfied. [Goes to the window, and she appears !
(Looking at her. throus up the sash.] \Vhoe'er you are, that, with Vio. Do not look so sternly on me; but besuch insolence, dare use my name, and give the lieve me, Felix, I have not injured you; nor am neighbourhood pretence to reflect upon my con- | I false. duct, I charge you instantly to be gone; or ex Fel. Not false! not injured me! Oh, Violante! pect the treatment you deserve.
lost and abandoned to thy vice! Not false ! Oh, Col. I ask pardon, madain, and will obey: but monstrous ! when I left this house to-night
Vio. Indeed, I am not.—There is a cause which Fel. Good!
I must not reveal.- Oh, think, how far honour Vio. It is, most certainly, the stranger. What can oblige your sex—then allow a woman may will be the event of this, Heaven knows! [Aside.] be bound by the same rule to keep a secret. You are mistaken in the house, I suppose, sir ? Fel. Honour! what hast thou to do with ho
Fel. No, no; he's not mistaken.--Pray, ma nour, thou that canst adınit plurality of lovers? A dam, let the gentleman go on.
secret! ha, ha, ha! his affairs are wondrous safe, l'io. Wretched misfortune! Pray, begone, sir; who trusts his secret to a woman's keeping. But I know of no business you have here.
you need give yourself no trouble about clearing Col. I wish I did not know it neither — But this point, madam; for you are become so indifthis house contains my soul; then, can you blame ferent to me, that your truth and falsehood are my body for hovering about it? Fel. Excellent!
Vio. My love! (Offers to take his hand. Vio. Distraction! he will infallibly discover Fel. My torment! [Turns from her. Isabella.—1 tell you again you are mistaken; Flo. So, I have delivered my letter to the colohowever, for your own satisfaction, call to-mor- nel, and received my fee. [Aside.) Madam, your
father bade me see what noise ihat was.-For Fel. Matchless impudence! an assignation be goodness sake, sir, why do you speak so loud? fore my face! No, he shall not live to meet Fel. I understand my cue, mistress; my ab
sence is necessary; I'll oblige you. [Takes out a pistol, and goes towards the
[Going, she takes hold of him. window. She cutches hold of him.
Vio. Oh, let ine undeceive you first! Vio. Ah! (Shrieks.] Hold, I conjure you ! Fel. Impossible!
Col. To-morrow's an age, madam! may I not Vio. 'Tis very possible, if I durst. be adınitted to-night?
Fel. Durst ! 'ha, ha, ha! Durst, quotha ! Vio. If you be a gentleman, I coinmand your Vio. But another time; I'll tell thec all. absence.--Unfortanate! what will my stars do Fel. Nay, now or neverwith me?
[ Aside. Vio. Now it cannot be. Col. I have done-only this be careful Fel. Then it shall never be- Thou most iof my life; for it is in your keeping.
grateful of thy sex, farewell ! (Exit from the window.
[Breaks from her, and erit. Feh. Pray, observe the gentleman's request, Vio. Oh, exquisite trial of my friendship! Yet, madam.
(Walking off from her. not even this shall draw the secret from me. l'io. I am all confusion.
Aside. Fel. You are all truth, all lore, all faith! That I'll preserve, let fortune frown or smile; ob, thou all woman !-How have I been de And trust to love my love to reconcile. [Exit.
in her escape.
SCENE I.-A chamber in Don Lopez's house. see her face, it shall go hard if I don't know
where she lives. -Gibby! Enter DON LOPEZ..
Gib. Here, an
Col. Follow me at a good distance; do you Lop. Was ever man thus plagued? Odsheart, hear, Gibby? I could swallow my dagger for madness. I know Gib. In troth dee I, weel eneugh, sir. not what to think : sure Frederick bad no hand
Col. I am to meet a lady upon the Terriero She must get out of the win- de passa. dow; and she could not do that, without a lad Gib. The deel an mine eyn gin I ken her, sir. der; and who could bring it to her but him? Ay, Col. But you will, when you come there, sirit must be so. The dislike he shewed to Don rah. Guzman, in our discourse to-day, confirms my Gib. Like eneugh, sir ; I have as sharp an eye suspicion; and I will charge him home with it. tull a bonny lass, as ere a lad in aw Scotland. Sure children were given me for a curse! Why, And what mun I dee wi' her, sir ? what innumerable misfortunes attend us parents! Col. Why if she and I part, you inust watch when we have employed our whole care to edu- her home, and bring me word where she lives. cate and bring our children up to years of matu Gib. In troth sall I, sir, gin the deel tak her rity, just when we expect to reap the fruits of our labour, a man shall, in the tinkling of a bell, see Col. Come along, then; it is pretty near the one hanged, and t’other whored. This graceless time.- I like a woman that rises early to pursue baggage! – But I'll to Frederick immediately; I'll her inclination. take the Alguazil with me, and search his house; and if I find her, I'll use her-by St Anthony, Thus we improve the pleasures of the day, I don't know how I'll use her!
While tasteless mortals sleep their time away. [Erit.
SCENE II.- Changes to the Street. SCENE III.—Changes to FREDERICK's house. Enter COLONEL with ISABELLA's letter in his
Enter Inis and LISSARDO. hand, and Gibby following:
Lis. Your lady run away, and you know not Col. Well, though I could not see my fair in- whither, say you? cognita, Fortune, to make me amends, has flung Inis. She never greatly cared for me, after another intrigue in my way. Oh, how I love finding you and I together. But you are very these pretty, kind, coming females, that won't grave, methinks, Lissardo. give a man the trouble of racking his invention Lis. [Looking on the ring.] Not at all-I to deceive them. -Oh, Portugal ! thou dear have some thoughts, indeed, of altering my course garden of pleasure--where love drops down his of living: there is a critical minute in every mellow fruit, and every bough bends to our man's life, which if he can but lay hold of, he hands, and seems to cry, Come, pull, and eat! may make his fortune. how deliciously a man lives here, without fear of Inis. Ha! what do I see? a diamond ring! the stool of repentance !- This letter I received Where the deuce had he that ring ? You have from a lady in a veil -some duenna, some got a very pretty ring there, Lissardo? necessary implement of Cupid, I suppose. The Lis. Ay, the trifle is pretty enough
---but style is frank and easy; I hope, like her that writ the lady who gave it to me is a bona roba in beauit. [Reads.] 'Sir, I have seen your person, and like ty, I assure you. [Cocks his hat, and struts. • it; --very concise !— and if you'll meet me at Inis. I can't bear this.--The lady! what la• four o'clock in the morning, upon the Terriero dy, pray? de passa, half an hour's conversation will let me Lis. O fy! there's a question to ask a gentle
into your mind.:-Ila, ha, ha! a philosophical inan! wench! This is the first time I ever knew a wo Inis. A gentleman! why, the fellow's spoiled! man had any business with the mind of a man! Is this your love for me? Ungrateful man! you'll
- If your intellects answer your outward ap- break my heart; so you will. [Bursts into tears. pearance, the adventure may not displease you. Liss. Poor tender-hearted fool !I expect you'll not attempt to see my face, nor Inis. If I knew who gave you that ring, I'd offer any thing unbecoming the gentleman I tear her eyes out; so I would. take you for.? -Huinph, the gentleman she Lis. So, now, the jade wants a little coaxing. takes me for! I hope she takes me to be flesh | Why, what dost weep for now, my dear? ha! and blood, and then I'm sure I shall do nothing Inis. I suppose Flora gave you that ring; but unbecoming a gentleman. Well, if I must not I'll
Lis. No; the devil take me if she did ! you Inis. How, how, sirrah? crooked legs ! Ods, I make me swear now.—So, they are all for the could find in my heartring; but I shall bob them.—I did but joke;
[Snatching up her petticoat a little. the ring is none of mine; it is my master's; I Lis. Here's a lying young jade now! pr’ythee, am to give it to be new set, that's all; therefore, my dear, moderate thy passion. [Couringly. pr’ythee, dry thy eyes, and kiss me; come. Inis. I'd have you to know, sirrah, my legs
-Your master, I hope, understands Enter FLORA. legs better than you do, sirrah.
[Passionately. Inis. And do you really speak truth now? Lis. My master ! so, so ! Lis. Why, do you doubt it?
[Shaking his head, and winking. Flo. So, so; very well! I thought there was an Flo. I am glad I have done some mischief, intrigue between him and Inis, for all he has however.
[Aside. forsworn it so often.
[ Aside. Lis. (To Inis.) Art thou really so foolish to Inis. Nor ha’nt you seen Flora since you mind what an enraged woman says? Don't you came to town?
see she does it on purpose to part you and I?Flo. Ha! how dares she name my name? [Runs to Flora]. Could not you find the joke,
[Aside. without putting yourself in a passion, you silly Lis. No, by this kiss I ha'nt. [Kisses her. girl you? Why, I saw you follow us plain enough, Flo. IIere's a dissembling varlet ! [Aside. mun, and said all this, that you might not go back Inis. Nor don't you love her at all?
with only your labour for your pains.—But you Lis. Love the devil! Why, did I not always are a revengeful young slut though, I tell you tell thee she was my aversion?
that; but come, kiss and be friends. Flo. Did you so, villain?
Flo. Don't think to coax me; hang your [Strikes him a bor on the ear. kisses ! Lis. Zounds, she here! I have made a fine Fel. [Within.] Lissardo! spot of work on't.
Aside. Lis. Ods-heart, here's my master! The devil Inis. What's that for? ha! [Brushes up to her. take both these jades for me! What shall I do
Flo. I shall tell you by and by, Mrs Frippery, with them? if you don't get about your business.
Inis. Ha ! 'tis Don Felix's voice! I would not Inis
. Who do you call Frippery, Mrs Trollop? have him find me here with his footman for the - Pray get about your business, il vou go to that.world.
[Aside. I hope you pretend to no right and title here? Fel. (Within.] Why, Lissardo, Lissardo! Lis. What the devil! do they take me for an Lis. Coming sir. What a pox
do! acre of land, that they quarrel about right and Flo. Bless me, which way shall I get out? title to me?
[Aside. Lis. Nay, nay, you must e'en set your quarrel Flo. Pray, what right have you, mistress, to aside, and be content to be mewed up in this ask that question ?
clothes-press together, or stay where you are Inis. No matter for that; I can show a better and face it out-there is no help for it. title to him than you, I believe.
Flo. Put me any where rather than that; Flo. What, has he given thee nine months ear come, come; let me in. nest for a living title? ha, ha!
[He opens the
in. Inis. Don't fling your flaunting jests to me, Inis. I'll see her hanged before I'll go into the Mrs Boldface, for I won't take them, I assure place where she is.—I'll trust fortune with my you.
deliverance. Here us'd to be a pair of back Lis. So ! now I am as great as the famed stairs, I'll try to find them out.
(Erıt Inis. Alexander. But, my dear Statira and Roxana,
Enter Felix and FREDERICK.
Lis. I did hear
Fel. Go, get the horses ready; I'll leave Lisbon Inis. No, nor I, neither.-What! do you make to-night, never to see it more. no difference between us ?
Lis. Hey-day! what's the matter now? Flo. You pitiful fellow you! What! you fan
Erit LISSARDO. cy, I warrant, I gave myself the trouble of dog Fred. Pray, tell me, Don Felix, what has ging you out of love to your filthy person; but ruffled your temper thus ? you are mistaken, sirrah--it was to detect your Fel. A woman-Oh, friend! who can name treachery. -How often have you sworn to woman, and forget inconstancy ! me, that you hated Inis, and only carried fair for Fred. This, from a person of mean education, the good cheer she gave you; but that you could were excuseable; such low suspicions have their never like a woman with crooked legs, you said ? source from vulgar conversation; men of your Vol. II.