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the curiosity to inquire into, nor I believe ever shall. I Gibby. 'Sbleed! gang your gate, sir, and I sall Joclination, quotha! Parents would have a fine follow ye. Ise te hungry to feed on compliments. time on't if they consulted their children's inclina
Ercunt Gibby and VASQUEZ. tions! No, no, sir, it is not a father's business to Frecko (Surveying Gibby as he passes.] Ha! ha! follow his children's inclinations till he makes him a comical fellow! Well, how do you like our self a beggar.
country, Colonel ? Fred. But this is of another nature, my lord. Col. B. Why, 'faith, Frederick, a man might pass
Lop. Look ye, sir; I resolve she shall marry Don his time agreeably enough within side of a nunnery; Guzman, the moment he arrives. Though I could but to behold such troops of soft, plump, tender, not govern iny son, I will my daughter, I assure you. melting, wishing, nay, willing girls too, through a
Fred. This match, my lord, is more preposterous damned grate, gives us Britons strong temptations than that which you proposed to your son, from to plunder. Hark ye, hast thou never a pretty acwhence arose this fatal quarrel. Don Antonio's quaintance now that thou wouldst consign over to a sister, Elvira, wanted beauty only, but Guzman friend for half an hour, ha ? every thing but
Fred. 'Faith, Colonel, I am the worst pimp in Lop. Money—and that will purchase every thing; Christendom; you had better trust to your own and so adieu.
(Erit. luck-the women will soon find you out, I warrant you. Fred. Monstrous ! these are the resolutions which Col. B. Ay, but it is dangerous foraging in an destroy the comforts of matrimony. Lissardo! from enemy's country; and, since I have some hopes of whence came you?
seeing my own again, I had rather purchase my Enter LISSARDO, in a riding habit.
pleasure than run the hazard of a stiletto in my
guts. Wilt thou recommend me to a wife then, ha, Liss, That letter will inform you, sir.
friend? Fred. I hope your master's safe ?
Fred. She must be very handsome, I suppose? Liss. I left him so. I have another to deliver, Col. B. The handsomer the better. which requires haste. Your most humble servant, Fred. And rich, I suppose ?
(Bouing. Col. B. Oh, very rich—I shall never be able to Fred. To Violante, I suppose ?
swallow the matrimonial pill, if it be not well gilded. Liss. The same.
(Erit. Fred. Pugh! beauty will make it slide down Fred. (Reads.). “ Dear Frederick, - The two chief nimbly. blessings of this life are a friend and a mistress ; to be Col. B. At first, perhaps, it may; but the second debarred ihe sight of these is not to live.
I hear no
or third dose will choke me. I confess, Frederick, thing of Antonio's death, and therefore resolve to ren- women are the prettiest playthings in nature; but ture to thy house this evening, impatient to see Violante, gold, substantial gold ! gives them the air, the mien, and embrace my friend. Yours, FELIX." the shape, the grace, and beauty of a goddess. 'Prav heaven he comes undiscovered! Ha! Colonel! Fred. And has not gold the same divinity in their Briton!
eyes, Colonel ? Enter Colonel BRITON.
Col. B. Too often
Nome marry now for love-no, that's a gest : Com B. Frederick, I rejoice to see thee.
The self-same bargain serves for wife and beast.
(Shake hands. Fred. What brought you to Lisbon, Colonel ?
Fred. You are always gay, Colonel. Come, shall Col. B. La fortune de la guerre, as the French we take a refreshing glass at my house, and consider
what has been said? sav. I have commanded these three last years in Spain ; but my country has thought fit to strike
Col. E. I have two or three compliments to disa peace, and give us good Protestants leave to hope charge for some friends, and then I shall wait on for Christian burial; so I resolved to take Lisbon you with pleasure. Where do you live? in my wav home.
Fred. At yon corner house, with the green rails. Fred. If you are not provided of a lodging, Co
Cul. B. In the close of the evening I will endealonel, pray command my house while you stay.
vour to kiss your hand. Adieu !
Erit. Col. B. If I were sure I should not be troublesome,
Fred. I shall expect you with impatience. [Exit. I would accept your offer, Frederick. Fred. So far from trouble, Colonel, I shall take
SCENE II.-A Room in Don Lopez's House. it as a particular favour. What have we here? Col. B. My footman-this is our country dress,
Enter ISABELLA and INIS. you must know; which, for the honour of Scotland, Inis. For goodness' sake, Madam, where are you Í make all iny servants wear.
going in this pet ? Enter Gieby, in an Highland dress.
Isab. Any where to avoid matrimony. The thoughts
of a husband are as terrible to me as the sight of a Gibby. What maud I de with the horses, and like hobgoblin. yer honour ? They will tack could gin they stand Inis. Ay, of an old husband; but, if you may choose in the causeway.
, I fancy matrimony would be no such Fred. On, I'll take care of them. What, hoa! frightful thing to you. Vasquez!
isab. You are pretty much in the right, Inis: but Enter VASQUEZ.
to be forced into the arms of an idiot, who has neither
person to please the eye, sense to charm the ear, nor Put those horses, which that honest fellow will show generosity to supply these defects! Ah, Inis ! what you, into my stable, do you hear ? and feed them pleasant lives women lead in England, where duty well.
wears no fetter but inclination! The custom of our Vas. Yes, sir. Sir, by my master's orders, I am, country enslaves us from our very cradles, first to sir, your must obsequious humble servant. [To our parents, next to our husbands; and, when heaGIBBY.) Be pleased to lead the way.
ven is su kind as to rid us of both these, our brothers
still usurp authority, and expect a blind obedience Isab. (Rising.) I never disobeyed before, and I from us ; so that, maids, wives, or widows, we are wish I had not reason now; but nature hath got the little better than slaves to the tyrant, man. There better of my duty, and makes me loathe the barske fore, to avoid their power, I resolve to cast myself commands you lay. into a monastery.
Lep. Ha! ha! -Very fine! ha! ha! Inis. That is, you'll cut your own throat to avoid Isab. Death itself would be more welcome. anoiber's doing it for you. Ah, madam, those eyes Lop. Are you sure of that? tell ine you have no nun's flesh about you. A mo- Isab. I am your daughter, my lord, and can boast nastery, quotba! Odslife, Madam, you are the first as strong a resolution as yourself. P'll die before ru woman that ever despaired in a Christian country. małty Guzman. Were I in your place
Lop. Say you so ? P'll try that presently. Į Drais, Isab. Why, what would your wisdom do if you Here, let me see with what dexterity you can were ?
breathe a vein now. Offers her his sword. The Inis. I'd embark with the first fair wind with all point is pretty sharp—"Twill do your business, I my jewels, and seek my fortune on t'other side the warrant you. water: Do sbore can treat you worse than your own. Inis. (Going between them.] Bless me, sir! What There's ne'er a father in Christendom should make do you mean, to put a sword into the hands of a me marry any man against my will.
desperate woman? Isab. I am too great a coward to follow your ad. Lop. Desperate! ha, ha, ha! you see how despevice. I must contrive some way to avoid Don Guz- rate she is. What, art thou frighted, little Bell, ha? man, and yet stay in my own country.
Isab. I confess I am startled at your morals, sir. Enter Don LOPEZ.
Lop. Ay, ay, child, thou hadst better take the Lop. Must you so, mistress ? but I shall take care man; he'll hurt thee least of the two. to prevent you. [ Aside.] Isabella, whither are you Isab. I shall take neither, sir : death has many going, my child ?
doors; and, when I can live no longer with plea Isab. To church, sir ?
sure, I shall find one to let him in at without your aid. Inis. The old rogue has certainly overheard ber! Lop. Say'st thou so, my dear Bell? Ods, I'm
[ Aside. afraid thou art a little lunatic, Bell. I must take Lop. Your devotion must needs be very strong, or care of thee, child. I shall make bold to secure thee, your memory very weak, my dear. Why, vespers my dear; I'll seek if locks and bars can keep thee are over for this night. Come, come, you shall have till Guzman come. Go, get into your chamber : a better errand to church than to say your prayers
(Locks her is inere. Don Guzman is arrived in the river, and I There I'll your boasted resolution trs, expect him a-shore to-morrow!
And see who'll get the better, you or I. Isab. Ha! to-morrow!
[Drives off Inis, and erit. Lop. He writes me word that his estate in Holland is worth twelve thousand crowns a-vear, which, together with what he had before, will make thee the happiest wife in Lisbon. Isab. And the most unhappy woman in the world.
ACT II. ( Takes his hand. Oh, sir! if I have any power in your heart-if the tenderness of a father be not quite extinct-hear me with patience.
SCENE I.-A Room in Don Pedro's House. Lop. No objection against the marriage, and I will hear whatsoever thou hast to say.
Enter Donna VIOLANTE, reading a Letter, and Isab. That's torturing me on the rack, and forbid.
Flora following. ding me to groan. Upon my knees I claim the pri- Flora. What, must that letter be read again ? vilege of flesh and blood.
[ Kneels. Vio. Yes, and again, and again, and again, s Lop. I grant it; thou shalt have an armful of flesh thousand times again ; a letter from a faithful love: and blood to-morrow. Flesh and blood, quotha !- can never be read too often; it speaks such kind, Heaven forbid I should deny thee flesh and blood, such soft, such tender things—
[Kisses it. my giri.
Flora. But always the same language. Inis
. Here's an old dog for you! [.4side. Vio. It does not charm the less for that. Isab. Do not mistake, sir. The fatal stroke which
Flora. In my opinion, nothing charms that does separates soul and body, is not more terrible to the not change: and any composition of the four-andthoughts of sinners, than the name of Guzman to my twenty letters, after the first essay, from the same
hand, must be dull, except a bank-note, or a bilio Lop. Puh, puh! you lie, you lie !
exchange. Isub. My frighted heart beats bard against my Vio. Tny taste is my aversion. breast, as if it sought a passage to your feet, to beg [Reads.] “ My all that's charming, since hife you'd change your purpose.
pot life exiled from thee, this night shall bring me Lop. A very pretty speech this; if it were turned to thy arms. Frederick and thee are all I trusi. into blank verse, it would serve for a tragedy. Why, These six weeks' absence have been in love's arthou hast more wit than I thought thou hadst, child. count six hundred years. When it is dark, espert I fancy this was all extempore ; I don't believe thou the wonted signal at thy window: till when, 3eu. didst ever think one word on't before.
Thine, more than his own
“ FELIL" Inis. Yes, but she has, my lord; for I have heard Flora. Who would not have said as much to a ber say the same things a thousand tiines.
lady of her beauty and twenty thousand pounds ?-Lop. How, how! What, do you top your second- Were I a man, methinks I could have said a hus. hand jests upon your father, bussy, who knows bet-dred finer things ter what's good for you than you do yourself? Remember, 'uis your duty to obey.
Vio. What would you have said ?
stars, your teeth to ivory, your lips to coral, your dam, and called me Violante: in short, I heard it so neck to alabaster, your shape to
often, that it became as familiar to me as my prayers. Vio. No more of your bombast! truth is the best Vio. You live very merrily then, it seems. eloquence in a lover.What proof remains ungiven Liss. Oh, exceeding merry, madam! of his love ? When his father threatened to disin.
(Kisses Flora's hand. herit him for refusing Don Antonio's sister, from Vio. Ha! exceeding merry !--Had you treats and whence sprung this unhappy quarrel, did it sbake balls ? his love for me?--and now, though strict inquiry Liss. Oh! yes, yes, madam, several. runs through every place, with large rewards to ap- Flora. You are mad, Lissardo; you don't mind prehend him, does he not venture all for me? what my lady says to you. (Aside to Lissardo.
Flora. But you know, madam, your fatber, Don Vio. Ha! balls !-Is he so merry in my absence ? Pedro, designs you for a nun-to be sure, you look And did your master dance, Lissardo ? very like a nun-and says, your grandfather left Liss. Dance, madam ! where, madam ? pou your fortune upon that condition.
Vio. Why, at those balls you speak of. Vio. Not without my approbation, girl, when I Liss. Balls ! what balls, madam ? come to one-and-twenty, as I am informed. But, Vio. Why, sure you are in love, Lissardo! Did however, I shall run the risk of that. Go, call in not you say, but now, you had balls where you have Lissardo.
been ? Flora. Yes, madam. Now for a thousand verbal Liss. Balls, madam! Odslife, I ask your pardon, questions.
(Exit. madam. I, I, I, had mislaid some wash-balls of my Re-enter FLORA, with LISSARDO.
master's t'other day; and, because I could not think Tio. Well, and how do you do, Lissardo ? where I had lain them, just when he asked for them,
Liss. Ah, very weary, madam.- 'Faith, thou look'st he very fairly broke my head, madam: and now, it wondrous pretty, Flora!
(Aside to Flora. seems, I can think of nothing else. Alas! he dance, Vio. How came you ?
madam! No, no, poor gentleman, he is as melanLiss. En chevalier, madam, npon a hackney jade, choly as an unbraced drum. which they told me formerly belonged to an Eng. Vio. Poor Felix! There, wear that ring for your lish colonel; but I should have rather thought she master's sake, and let him know I shall be ready to had been bred a good Roman Catholic all her life. receive him.
[Erit. time-for she dowu'd on her knees to every stock Liss. I shall, madam. [Puts on the ring). Meand stone we came along by:-My chops water for thinks a diamond ring is a vast addition to the little a kiss; they do, Flora.
(dside to Flora. finger of a gentleman. (Admiring his hand. Flo. You'd make one believe you are wond'rous Fivra. That ring must be mine.--Well, Lissardo, fond, now.
what haste you make to pay off arrears now! Look Vio. Where did you leave your master ?
how the fellow stands ! Liss. Odd, if I had you alone, housewife, I'd show Liss. (admiring his hand.] Egad, methinks I have you how fond I could be !
| Aside to Flora. a very pretty hand and very white—and the shape ! Tio. Where did you leave your master ?
-Faith, I never minded it so much before.—In my Liss. At a little farm-house, madam, about five opinion, it is a very fine-shaped hand-and becomes miles off. He'll be at Don Frederick’s in the even- a diamond ring as well as the first grandee's in ing.-Od, I will so revenge myself of those lips of Portugal. thine!
| To Flora, Flora. The man's transported! Is this your love, Tio. Is he in health ?
this your impatience ? Flora. Ob, you counterfeit wond'rous well.
Liss. (Takes snuf:] Now, in my mind, I take
( To Lissardo. spuff with a very jaunty air.-Well, I am persuaded Lis, No; every body knows I counterfeit very I want nothing but a coach and a title to make me [ To Flora. a very fine gentleman.
Struts about. t'io. How say you? Is Felix ill? What's his dis- Flora. Sweet Mr. Lissardo! (Cour lesying.) If I temper? ba?
may presume to speak to you without affronting Liss. A prize on't, I hate to be interrupted.-- your little fingerLove, madam, love. In short, madam, I believe he Liss. Odso, madam, I ask your pardon.- Is it to has thought of nothing but your ladyship ever since me, or to the ring, you direct your discourse, madam? he left Lisbon. I am sure he could not, if I may Flora, Madam ! Good lack! how much a diamond judge of his heart by my own.
ring improves one! [ Looking loringly upon Flora. Liss. Why, though I say it, I can carry myself as Pio. How came you so well acquainted with your well as any body.—But what wert thou going to say, master's thoughts, Lissardo ?
child ? Liss. By an infallible rule, madam: words are the Flora.. Why I was going to say that I fancy you pictures of the mind, you kuow; now, to prove he had best let me keep that ring; it will be a very thinks of nothing but you, he talks of nothing but pretty wedding ring, Lissardo, would it not? you. For example, madam, coming from shooting, Liss, Humph! ah!-But-but-but-I believe I i'other day, with a brace of partridges, Lissardo, said sha'n't marry yet awhile. he, go bid the cook roast me these Violantes.-I Flora. You sha’n’t, you say !~Very well! I supflew into the kitchen, full of thoughts of thee, cried, pose you design that ring for Inis. here. cook, roast me these Flora... [To Flora. Liss. No, no; I never bribe an old acquaintance.
Flo. Ha! ha! excellent ! - You mimic your mas. Perhaps I might let it sparkle in the eyes of a ter, then, it set ms.
stranger a little, till we come to a right understand. Lis. I can do every thing as well as my master, ing—but then, like all other mortal things, it would yoa little rogue.-Another time, nadam, the priest return from whence it came. came to make him a visit ; he called out hastily, Flora. Insolent !- Is that your manner of dealing? Lissardo, said he, bring a Violante for my father to Liss. With all but thee-Kiss me, you little rogue, sit down on. Then be often mistook my name, ma-1 you.
Flora. Little rogue! Prythee, fellow, don't be -Siay, stay, Flora.—Isabella, friend, speak to me; so familiar: (Pushing him away.) If I mayu't keep oh! speak to me, or I shall die with apprehension. your ring, I can keep my kisses.
Isab. Oh, hold, my dearest father! do not force Liss. You can, you say! Spoke with the air of me; indeed I cannot love him. a chambermaid.
Vio. How wild she talks ! Flora. Replied with the spirit of a serving-man. Isab. Ha! where am I ?
Liss. Prythee, Flora, don't let you and I fall out. Vio. With one as sensible of thy pain as theu I am in a merry humour, and shall certainly fall in thyself canst be. somewhere
Isab. Violante! what kind star preserved and Flora. What care I where you fall in!
lodged me here? Enter Donna VIOLANTE.
Flora. It was a terrestrial star, called a man, miVio. Why do you keep Lissardo so long, Flora, dam; 'pray Jupiter he proves a lucky one: when you don't know how soon my father may Violante; my thoughts run so much upon the daa.
Isab. Oh, I remember now. Forgive me, dear awake His afternoon naps are never so long. Floru. Had Don Felix been with her, she would ger I escaped, I forgot.
Vio. May I not know your story? not have thought the time long. These ladies con
Isab. Thou art no stranger to one part of it. I sider nobody's wants but their own. (Aside.
have often told thee that my father designed to saVio. Go, go, let him out.
critice me to Don Guzman, who, it seeins, is just Flora. Yes, madam.
returned from Holland, and expected asbore toLiss. I fly, madam.
! Ereunt Lissardo and Flora. morrow, the day that he has set to celebrate our Vio. The day draws in, and night, the lover's nuptials. Upon my refusing to obey him, he locked friend, advances-night, more welcome than the me into my chamber, vowing to keep me there will
he arrived, and force me to consent. I know my sun to me, because it brings my love.
Flora. (Shrieking within.) Ah! thieves! thieves ! father to be positive, never to be won from his do Murder! murder!
sign; and, having no hope left me to escape tás Vio. (Shrieking and running.) Ah! defend me, marriage, I leaped from the window into the street
Vio. You have not hurt yourself, I hope ? Heaven! What do I hear! Felix is certainly pur. sued, and will be taken.
Isab. No; a gentleman passing by, by accidect,
caught me in his arms; at first, my fright ma ie the Enter FLORA, running.
apprehend it was my father, till he assured me to How now ? why dost stare so ? Answer me quickly; the contrary, what's the matter ?
Fiora. He is a very fine gentleman, I promise Flora. Oh, madam, as I was letting out Lissardo, you, madam, and a well-bred man, I warrant biza a gentleman rushed between him and I, struck down I think I never saw a grandee put his hand int. Las my candle, and is bringing a dead person in his pocket with a better air in my whole lifetime; thea arms into our house.
he opened his purse with such a grace that nothing Vio. Ha! a dead person? Heaven grant it does but his manner of presenting me with the gula not prove my Felix!
could equal. Floru. Here they are, madam.
Vio. Go, leave us, Flora.-But how care you Vio. I'll retire till you discover the meaning of hither, Isabella ? this accident.
Isab. I know not; I desired the stranger to cos. Enter Colonel Briton, with Donna Isabella in vey me to the next monastery; but ere
le his arms ; sets her down in a chair, and addresses the door, I saw, or fancied that I saw, Li-sards, zv
brother's man-and the thought that his caset himself to Flora.
might not be far off flung me into a swo3, Col. B. Madam, the necessity this lady was under is all that I can remember.-la! whai's bere? of being conveyed into some house with speed and (Takes up a letter.) For Colonel Briton, to be into a secrecy, will, I hope, excuse any indecency I might ihe post-house at Lisbon. This must be dropped by be guilty of in pressing so rudely into this. I am the stranger who brought me hither. an entire stranger to her name and circumstances- l'io. Thou art fallen into the ban is of a an! Ter; 'would I were so to her beauty too! (Aside.] I com- take care he does not lay thee under coatindi ting mit her, madam, to your care, and fly to make her girl. retreat secure. If the street be clear, permit me to Isab. I find he is a gentleman, and if he is k: return, and learn from her own mouth if I can be unmarried, I could be content to follow him ais tae further serviceable. Pray, madam, how is the lady world over.—But I shall never see him more. I fear. of this house called ?
(Sighs and pause Flora. Violante, signior.
Vio. What makes you sigh, Isabella? Col. B. Are you she, madam ?
Isab. The fear of falling into my father's ciuices ] Flora. Only her woman, signior.
again. Col. B. Your humble servant, mistress. Pray be Vio. Can I be serviceable to you? careful of the lady. (Gives her two moidoes, and Erit. Isab. Yes, if you conceal me two or threr diure
Flora. Two moidores! Well, he is a generous Vio. You may command my house and setti". fellow! This is the only way to make one careful. Isab. I thank you, Violaute; I wish you *** Enter DONNA VIOLANTE.
oblige me with Mrs. Flora awhile.
Vio. I'll send her to you.-I must watch it was Vio. Were you distracted, Flora, to tell my name be still asleep, or here will be no room for Feat. to a man you never saw! Unthinking wench! who
F knows what this may turn to ?-What, is the lady Isab. Well, I don't know what ails me! DELA dead ? Ah! defend me, Heaven! 'tis Isabella, I wish I could find this stranger oul sister to my Felix! What has befallen her! Pray Heaven he's safe !-Run and fetch some cold water.
Isuó. Ay, Mrs. Fiora : I resolve to make you may Fel. If, during this tedious painful exile, thy confidante.
thoughts have never wandered from thy Felix, thou Flora. I shall endeavour to discharge my duty, hast made me more than satisfaction. madam.
Vio. Can there be room within this heart for any Ixub. I doubt it not, and desire you to accept this but thyself? No, if the god of love were lost to all as a tuken of my gratitude.
the rest of human kind, thy image would secure Flora. Oh, dear Signora ! I should have been him in my breast: I am all truth, all love, all faith, your humble servant without a fee.
and know no jealous fears. Isab. I believe it-But to the purpose-Do you Fel. My heart's the proper sphere where love rethink, if you saw the gentleman who brought me sides: could he quit that, he would be nowhere hither, you should know himn again?
found; and yet, Violante, I'm in doubt. Flora. From a thousand, madam; I have an ex. Vio. Did I ever give thee cause to doubt, my Felix ? cellent memory where a handsome man is con- Fel. True love has many fears, and fear as many cerned. When he went away, he said he would eyes ás fame; yet sure I think I see no fault in thee. return again inmediately. I admire he comes not. (Colonel taps again.] What's that? (Taps again. Isab. Here, did you say?. You rejoice me- Vio. What! I heard nothing.
(Ayain. though I'll not see him if he comes.
Fel. Ha! What means this signal at your window? not contrive to give him a letter?
Vio. Somewhat, perhaps, in passing by, might Flora. With the air of a duenna!
accidentally hit it; it can be nothing else. Isah. Not in this house-you must veil, and fol. Cul. B. (Within.] Hist, hist, Donna Violante ! low him-He must not know it comes from ine. Donna Violante !
Flora. Wnat, do you take me for a novice in love Fel. They use your name by accident too, do affairs? Theugh I have not practised the art since they, madam ? I have been in Donna Violante's service, yet I have
Enter Flora, not lost the theory of a chambermaid. (Isabella sits Flora. There is a gentleman at the window, maat a table, and writes.) Do you write the letter, and dam, which I fancy to be him who brought Isabeila leave the rest to me.-Here, here; here's pen, ink, hither. Shall I admit him? (Aside w Violante.
Vio. Admit distraction rather! Thou art the cause Isab. I'll do it in a minute.
of this, unthinking wretch! (Aside to Floru. Flora. So! this is a business after my own heart. Fel. What, has Mrs. Scout brought you fresh -Love always takes care to reward his labourers, intelligence ? and Great Britain seems to be his favourite country. Flora. Scout! I scorr your words, signior. -Oh! I long to see the other two moidores with a Tio. Nay, nay, nay, you must not leave me. British air !-Methinks there's a grace peculiar to
(Catches hold of him. that nation in making a preseut.
Fel. Oh! 'tis but fair to answer the gentleman, kab. So, I have done. Now, if he does but find madam! it is none of his fault that his visit proves this house again!
unseasonable ! Pray let me go; my presence is but Flora. If he should not-I warrant I'll find him, a restreint upon you. (Struggles to get from her. if he's in Lisbou ; for I have a strong prepossession Vio. Was ever accident so mischievous! (Aside. that he has two moidores as good as ever were told. Flora. It must be the colonel. Now, to deliver
[Puis the litter into her busom. my letter to him. Erit, the Colonel taps louder. Enter Donna VIOLANTE.
Tio. Hark! he grows impatient at your delay: Vio. Flora, watch my father; he's fast asleep in Why do you hold the man whose absence would his study: if you find him stir, give me notice. oblige you? Pray, let me go, madam. Consider, Colonel Briton laps at the window.) Hark! I hear the gentleman wants you at the window. Felix at the window! admit him instantly, and then
(Struggles siill. to your post.
[Exit Flora. Vio. It is not me he wants. Ísab. W kat say you, Violante? is my brother come? Fel. Death! not you! Is there another of your Vio It is his signal at the window.
name in the house ? But come on, convince me of Isch. į Kneels.) Oh Violante! I conjure you, by the truth of what you say; open the window; if his all the love thou bear'st to Felix, by thy own gene- business does not lie with you, your conversation tous nature-nay, more, by that uns; otted virtue may be heard. This, and only this, can take off thou art mistress of, do not discover to my brother my suspicion. What, do you pause ? Oh! guilt, I am here.
guilt! Have I caught you ? Nay, then, I'll leap Vio. Contrary to your desire, be assured I never the balcony. If I remember, this way leads to it. sball. But where's the danger?
[Breaks from her, and yoes to the door where Isab. (Rises.] Art thou born in Lisbon, and ask Isavella is. that question?' He'll think his honour blemished Vio. | Stopping him at the door.] Ilold! hold! by my disobedience, and would restore me to my hold! hold! not for the world you enter there. father, or kill me; therefore, dear dear gir- Which way shall I preserve his sister from his knowViv. Depend upon my friendship; nothing shall ledge ?
(Aside. draw the 'secret from these lips, not even Felix, Fel. What, have I touched you? Do you fear though at the hazard of his love. I hear him com- your lover's life ? ing; retire into that closet,
Vio. I fear for none but you. For goodness sake, kah. Remember, Violante, upon thy promise my do not speak so loud, my Felix. If my father hears Fery life dupends.
įErit you, I ain lost for ever: that door opens into his Vio. When I betray thee, may I share thy fate. apartment. [ Aside.) What shall I do it he enters ? Enter Don Felix.
There he finds his sister. If he goes out he'll quarMy Felix, my everlasting love! (Runs into his arms.rel with the stranger. Felix ! Felix ! your curiosity Fel . My life! my soul! my Violaute!
shall be satistied. [Goes to the window and throu's Vio. What hazards dost thou run for me!--0h, up the sash.] Whoe'er you are, that with such inhow shall I requite thee?
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