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Lou. Presuming fool! were I inclined to save D. Lew. What, my little blossom! my gilliher life, (which, by my hopes of peace, I do not flower ! my rose ! my pink! my tulip! faith, I mean) canst thou believe this insolent concern must smell thee. (Salutes ANGELINA.] Odd, she's for her to my face would not provoke my ven- a delicate nosegay! I must have her touzed a geance?
little--Charles, you must gather to-night : I Car. Yet hold! forgive my rashness, I was to can stay no longer-Well, faith, I am heartily blame, indeed; but passion has transported both joyed to see thee, child.
Ang. I thank you, sir, and wish I may deLou. How he disarms my anger ! But must serve your love: our fortune, once again, is kind; my rival triumph, then?
but how it comes aboutAng. Charge me not with such abhorred in- D. Lew. Does not signify three-pence; when gratitude : be witness, Heaven, I'll for ever serve fortune pays me a visit, I seldom trouble myself you, court you, and confess you my preserver. to know which way she came-- I tell you, I am
Car. For pity, yet resolve, and force your glad to see you. temper to a moment's pause. See, at your feet, my humbled scorn imploring, crushed, and pros
Enter JAQUES. trate, like a vile slave, that falls below your last Jaq. Madam, here's the lord governor come contempt, and, trembling, begs for mercy. to wait upon your ladyship,
Lou. He buries my revenge in blushes. Now, Lou. At this late hour! What can his busilive long and happily; forgive my follies past, ness be ? Desire his lordship to walk in. and you have overpaid me. [Joins their hands. Cår. My Angelina' do I then live to hold thee
Enter Governor. thus? Oh, I have a thousand things to say, to ask, Gov. Pardon, madam, this unseasonable visit. to weep, and hear of thee-But, first, let's kneel Lou. Your lordship does me bonour. and pay our thanks to Heaven, and this our kind Gov. At least, I hope, my business will excuse preserver.
it. Some strangers, here below, upon their ofLou. Nay, now, you give me a confusion.- fered oaths, demanded my authority to search [Raises them. But if you dare trust me with the your house for a lost young lady, to whom the story of your love's distress, as far as my fortune one of them affirms himself the father: but the can, command it freely to supply your present respect I owe your ladyship, made me refuse wants, or any future means proposed to give you their search, till I had spoken with you. lasting happiness.
Ang. It must be they- Now, madam, your Cur. Eternal rounds of never-ending peace protection, or we yet are lost. reward your wondrous bounty !~But I have Lou. Be not concerned! would you avoid been too busy in my joy; I alınost had forgot my them? friendly uncle, the ancient gentleman that first Car. No, we must be found ; let them have came hither with me; how have you disposed of entrance; we have an honest cause, and would him?
provoke its trial. Lou. I think he's here, and safe-who waits Lou. Conduct the gentlemen without. (Erit there? (Enter Jaques.] Release the gentleman JAQUES.) My lord, I'll answer for their honesty; above, and tell him, that his friends desire him. and, as they are strangers, where the law's se(Erit Jaques.] You'll pardon, sir, the treatment vere, must beg you'd favour and assist them. I have shewn him; he made a little too merry Gov. You may command me, madam; though with my folly, which, I confess, at that time, there's no great fear: for having heard the most something too far incensed me.
that they could urge against them, I found, in Car. He's old and cheerful, apt to be free; their complaints, more spleen and humour than but he'll be sorry when his humour gives offence. any just appearance of a real injury.
Enter Don Lewis, JAQUES bowing to him. Enter Charino, Antonio, und Clodio.
D. Lew. Prithee, honest Dumb, don't be so Cha. I'll have justire. ceremonious. A pox on thee! I tell thee its very Ant. Don't be too hot, brother. well as it is, (only my jaws ache a little :) but as Cha. Sir, I demand justice. long as we're all friends, its no great matter- Car. My father! Sir, your pardon and your My dear Charles, I must buss thee, faith!-- blessing. Madam, your humble servant
Ant. Why, truly, Charles, I begin to be a little pardon, d'ye see-you understand me?
reconciled to the inatter; I wish you well, though
(Exit JAQUES. I can't join you together; for my friend and broLou. I hope we are all friends, sir.
ther here is very obstinate, and will admit of no D. Lew. I hope we are, madai---I am an satisfaction: but, however, Heaven will bless you, honest old fellow, faith : though, now and then, in spite of his teeth. I'm a little odd, too.
Cha. This is all contrivance, roguery! I am Car. Here's a stranger, uncle,
abused! I say, deliver my daughter she is an
I beg your
heiress, sir; and to detain her is a rape in law, | This business is all at an end-for, look you, I sir, and I'll have you all hanged; therefore, no find your daughter's engaged; and, to tell you more delays, sir; for I tell you beforehand, I am the truth, so am I, faith. If my brother has a a wise man, and 'tis impossible to trick me. mind to marry her, let him; for I shall not, split Ant. I say, you are too positive, brother;
you when you learn more wisdom, you'll have some. will do me the honour to grace mine and the la
Cha. I say, brother, this is mere malice, when dy Elvira's wedding, such homely entertainment, you know, in your own conscience, I have ten as my poor house affords, you shall be all heartitimes your understanding; for you see I am quitely welcome to. of another opinion : and so, once more, my lord, D. Lew. Thy house! ha, ha! Well said, puppy! I demand justice against that ravisher.
Clo. Ha! old Testy ! Gov. Does your daughter, sir, complain of any
Cha. What dost thou mean, man? violence ?
[To CLODIO. Cha. Your lordship knows young girls never Goo. 'Tis even so, I can assure you, sir; I complain, when the violence is over; he has have, myself, an invitation from the lady's own taught her better, I suppose.
hand, that confirms it : I know her fortune well, Ang. (To Charino, kneeling.] Sir, you are my and am surprised at it. father, bred me, cherished me, gave me my af- Ang. Blessed news! This seems a forward fections, taught me to keep them hitherto within step to reconcile us all. the bounds of honour and of virtue; let me con- Cha. If this be true, my lord, I have been jure you, by the chaste love my mother bore you, thinking to no purpose; my design is all broke when she preferred, to her 'mistaken parents' to pieces. choice, her being yours without a dower, not to Ant. Come, brother, we'll mend it as well as bestow my person, where those affections ne'er we can; and since that young rogue has rudely can follow-I cannot love that gentleman more turned tail upon your daughter, I'll fill up the than a sister ought; but here my heart's subdued, blank with Charles's name, and let the rest of even to the last compliance with my fortune : he, the settlement stand as it was. sir, has nobly wooed, and won me; and I am on- Cha. Hold ! I'll first see this wedding, and then ly his, or miserable.
give you my final resolution. Cha. Get up again.
Cio. Come, ladies, if you please, my friend will Gov. Come, sir, be persuaded; your daughter shew you. has made an honourable and happy choice; this
Lou. Sir, we wait upon you. severity will but expose yourself and her.
Cha. This wedding's an odd thing. Cha. My lord, I don't want advice : I'll consi- D. Lew. Ha, ha! if it should be a lie, now. der with myself, and resolve upon my own opi
[Exeunt. nion. Enter JAQUES.
SCENE III.- Elvira's apartment.Elvira
alone, with Clodio's letter in her hand. Jaq. My lord, here's a stranger without, enquires for your lordship, and for a gentleman that Elo. At how severe a price do women purcalls himself Clodio.
chase an unspotted fame, when even the justest Clo. Hey! Ah, mon cher ami!
title cannot assure possession ? When we reflect Enter Don Duart, disguised.
upon the insolent and daily wrongs, which men
and scandal throw upon our actions, 'twere enough Well, what news, my dear? Has she answered to make an honest mind despair : If we are fair
and chaste, we are proud ; if free, we are wanD. Du. There, sir This to your lordship. ton; cold, we are cunning; and if kind, forsa
[Gives him a letter, and whispers. ken—nothing we do or think on, be the motive Gov. Married to night! and to this gentleman, ever so just or generous, but still the malice, or sayest thou? I'm amazed !
the guilt of men, interprets to our shame. Why D. Du. Here is her choice, my lord.
should this stranger, else, this wretched stranger, Clo. [Reading the latter.]—Un—um-charms whose forfeit life I rashly saved, presume, from -irresistible-excuse—so soon--passion-blushes that mistaken charity, to tempt me with his love? -consent-provision--children - settlement, marriage If this is not plain, the devil's in't
Enter a Servant.
[Flourish. I'll wait upon her.
Sero. Madam, the gentlemen are come. Clo. Ha, ha, ha! poor soul! I'll be with her Elv. 'Tis well; are the officers ready? presently; and, faith, since I have made my own Sero. Yes, madam, and know your ladyship's fortune, I'll e'en patch up my brother's, too. orders. Hark you, my dear dad, that should ha' been- Elo. Conduct the company. Now, justice shall
uncloud my fame, and see my brother's death re- D. Du. Ha! venged.
Gov. What can this mean? Enter hautboys playing, Clodio singing, D. already?
Clo. Gads me! what, is my deary in her frolics DUART, GOVERNOR, D. MANUEL, LOUISA,
Elv. And now, my lord, your justice on that Carlos, ANGELINA, ANTONIO, CHARINO, und murderer. D. LEWIS.
Gov. How, madam! Clo. Well, madam, you see I'm punctual- Clo. That bitch, my fortune! you've nicked your man, faith ; I'm always criti- D. Lew. Madam, pon my knees, I beg you cal—to a minute. You'll never stay for me. La- don't carry the jest too far; but it there be any dies and gentleinen, I desire you'll do me the ho- real hopes of his having a halter, let's know it in nour of being better acquainted here-my lordthree words, that I may be sure at once for ever, God. Give you joy, madam.
that no earthly thing but a reprieve can save him. Clo. Nay, madam, I have brought you some
[Apart to Elvira. near relations of my own, tooThis Don An- Ant. Pray, mada:n, who accuses liim? tonio, who will shortly have the honour to call Elv. His own confession, sir. you daughter.
Cha. Of murder, say you, madam? Ant. The young rogue has made a pretty choice, Elo. The murder of my brother. faith!
Gov. Where was that confession made? Clo. This Don Charino, who was very near ha- Elv. After the fact was done, my lord, this ving the honour of calling me son. This my el man, pursued by justice, took shelter here, and, der brother—and this my noble uncle, Don Cho- trembling, begged of ine for my protection; leric Snapshorto de Testy.
he seemed, indced, a stranger, and his comD. Leu. Puppy!
plaints so pitiful, that I, little suspicious of my Clo. Peevish!
brother's death, promised, by a rash and solemn D. Lew. Madam, I wish you joy with all my vow, I would conceal him : which vow, Heaven heart; but, truly, I can't much advise you to can witness with what distraction in my thoughts marry this gentleman; because, in a day or two, I strictly kept, and paid; but he, alas! misyou'll really find him extremely shocking : those, taking this my hospitable charity, for the effects of that know him, generally give him the title of a most vile, preposterous love, proceeds upon Don Dismallo Thickscullo de Halfwitto.
his error, and in his letter, here, addresses ine Cio. Well said, nuncle--ha, ha!
for marriage; which I, once having paid my vow, D. Du. Are you provided of a priest, sir? answered in such prevailing terms, upon his folly,
Clo. Ay, ay, pox on him ! would he were come, as now have, unprotected, drawn him into the though!
hands of justice. D. Du. So would I; I want the cue to act this D. Du. She is innocent, and well has disapjustice, on my honour; yet I cannot read the fol-pointed my revenge.
[ Aside. ly in her looks.
puppy Gov. You have surprised us, madain, by this will be hanged. sudden marriage.
Gov. Give me leave, madam, to ask you yet
Clo. Ay,,I shall be hanged, I believe. melancholy?
Cha. Nay, then, 'tis time to take care of my Clo. Ay, poor fool, she's modest but I have daughter; for I am convinced that my friend a cure for that- -Well, my princess, why that Clody is disposed of -and so, without comdemure look, now?
pliment, do you see, children, Heaven bless Eld. I was thinking, sir
you together. Clo. I know what you think of- -You don't
[Joins Carlos and ANGELINA's hands. think at all- -You don't know what to think- Car. This, sir, is a time unfit to thank you as You neither see, hear, feel, smell, nor taste- we ought. You han't the right use of one of your senses- Ant. Well, brother, I thank you, however; In short, you have it. Now, my princess, have Charles is an honest lad, and well deserves her ; not I nicked it?
but poor Clody's ill fortune I could never have Elo. I am sorry, sir, you know so little of your suspected, self, or me.
D. Lew. Why, you would be positive,
though you know, brother, I always told you, Enter a Servant.
Dismal would be hanged; I must plague him Sero. Madam, the priest is come.
a little, because the dog has been pert with Eld. Let him wait, we've no occasion yet
-Clody, how dost thou do? Ha! why you Within, there-seize himn.
[Several Officers rush in, who seize Clodio, Clo. I hate this old fellow, split me! and bind him.
D. Lew. Thou hast really made a damned Vol. II.
are tied !
blunder here, child, to invite so many people to Clo. Here, Testy, prithee do so much as untie
D. Lew. Why, so I will, sirrah; I find thou
hast done a mettled thing; and I don't know D. Lew. Well, my dear, I'll provide for thy whether it is worth my while to be shocked at going off, however; let me see-you'll only have thee any longer. occasion for a nosegay, a pair of white gloves, Elo. I ask your pardon for the wrong I have and a coffin : look you, take you no care about done you, sir; and blush to think how much I the surgeons, you
shall not be anatomized I'll owe you, for a brother thus restored. get the body off with a wet finger-Though, Clo. Madam, your very humble servant; it is methinks, I'd fain see the inside of the puppy, mighty well as it is.
D. Du. We are, indeed, his debtors both; Clo. Oh, rot him! I can't bear this,
and sister, there's but one way now of being D. Lew. Well, I won't trouble you any more grateful. For my sake, give him such returns now, child; if I am not engaged, I don't know of love, as he may yet think fit to ask, or you, but I may come to the tree, and sing a stave or with modesty, can answer. two with thee- Nay, I'll rise on purpose- Clo. Sir, I thank you; and when you don't though you will hardly suffer before twelve think it impudence in me to wish myself well o'clock, neither-ay, just about twelve-about with your sister, I shall beg leave to make use of twelve you'll be turned off.
your friendship Clo. Oh, curse consume him!
D. Du. This modesty commends you,
sir. Gov. I am convinced, madam; the fact ap- Ant. Sir, you have proposed like a man of pears too plain.
honour; and if the lady can but like it, she D. Lew. Yes, yes, he'll suffer. (Aside. shall find those among us, that will make up a
Gov. What says the gentleman? Do you con- fortune to deserve her. fuss the fact, sir?
Car. I wish my brother well; and as I Clo, Will it do me any good, my lord? once offered him to divide my birth-right,
Gov. Perhaps it may, if you can prove it was I'm ready still to put my words into perfornot done in malice. Clo. Why, then, to confess the truth,
lord, D. Lew. Nay, then, since I find the rogue's I did pink him, and am sorry for it; but it was no longer like to be an enemy to Charles, as none of my fault, split me.
far as a few acres go, I'll be his friend, too. Elv. Now, my lord, your justice.
D. Du, Sister! D. Du. Hold, madam, that remains in me Elv. This is no trifle, brother; allow me a to give ; for know, your brother lives, and convenient time to think, and if the gentleman happy in the proof of such a sister's virtue. continues to deserve your friendship, he shall not
[Discovers himself: much complain I am his enemy. Elv. My brother! Oh, let my wonder speak D. Lew. So, now it will be a wedding again,
faith! Člo. Hey!
Car. Come, my Angelina, (Ciodio and his friends seem surprised. Our bark, at length, has found a quiet harbour, Gov. Don Duart! living and well! How came And the distressful voyage of our loves this strange recovery?
Ends not alone in safety, but reward. D. Du. My body's health the surgeon has re- Now we unlade our freight of happiness, stored ; but here's the true physician of my Of which, from thee alone my share's derived ; mind: the hot, distempered blood, which lately For all my former search in deep philosophy, rendered me offensive to mankind, his just, re- Not knowing thee, was a mere dream of lite : senting sword let forth, which gave me leisure But love, in one soft moment, taught me more to reflect upon my follies past; and, by reflec- Than all the volumes of the learned could reach; tion, to reform,
Gave me the proof, when nature's birth began, Elu. This is indeed a happy change.
To what great end the ETERNAL formed a man. Gov. Release the gentleman.
SCENE I-A chocolate house.
Fain. Confess, Millamant and you quárrelled
last night, after I left you; my fair cousin has MIRABELL and Fainall, rising from cards. some humours, that would tempt the patience of Betty waiting
What, some coxcomb came in, and Mira. You are a fortunate man, Mr Fainall. was well received by her, while you were by? Fain. 1 e we done?
Mira. Witwould and Petulant ! and what was Mira. What you please. I'll play on to en- worse, her aunt, your wife's inother, my evil ge
nius; or, to sum up all in her own name, my old Fuin. No, I'll give you your revenge another lady Wishfort came intime, when you are not so indifferent; you are Fain. O, there it is, then !- -She has a lasting thinking of something else now, and play too ne passion for you, and with reason -What! then gligently; the coldness of a losing gamester les- my wife was there? sens the pleasure of the winner. I'd no more Mira. Yes, and Mrs Marwood, and three or play with a man, that slighted his ill fortune, than four more, whom I never saw before; seeing me, I'd make love to a woman, who undervalued the they all put on their grave faces, whispered one loss of her reputation.
another, then complained aloud of the vapours, Mira. You have a taste extremely delicete, and after, fell into a profound silence. and are for refining on your pleasures.
Fain. They had a mind to be rid of
you. Fain. Prithee, why so reserved? something has Mira. For which reason, I resolved not to stir. put you out of hunour.
At last, the good old lady broke through her painful Mira. Not at all : I happen to be grave to- taciturnity with an invective against long visits. day; and you are gay; that's all.
I would not have understood her, but Millamang