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Trap. Well, sir, since I must speak, then. Trap. O lud! O lud! sir, as I hope to die in the first place, Í desire your bonour will in my bed, these are the very words, he be pleased to command the officer to secure threatend to stab me if I wouldn't swear against that gentleman.
my master--I told him at first, sir, I was not Don M. How, friend?
fit' for his business; I was never good at a Don P. Secure me, 'rascal ?
lie in my life. Trap. Sir, if I can't be prolected, I shall Alg. Nay, sir, I saw this gentleman's sword never be able to speak.
at his breast out of my window. Don 11. I warrani thee – What is it you Trap. Look ye there, sir !
Don P. Damnation ! Trap. Sir, as I was just now crossing the Omnes. Ha, ha, ba! street, this gentleman, with a sneer in his face, Don M. Really, my friend, thou'rt almost takes me by the hand, claps five pistoles in turn'd fool in this business. If thou hadst my palm (here they are), sbuts my fist close prevail'd upon this wretch to perjure himself, upon 'em; " My dear friend," says he, "you couldst thou think I should not have detected must do me a piece of service:" upon which, bim? You may go, friend. [Exit Alguazil. sir, I bows me bim to the ground, and desired Flora. Ha, ba! him to open bis case.
Don P. Sir, you're imposed on: defer the Don P. What means the rascal ?
marriage but an hour, Don M. Sir, I am as much amazed as you; Don M. Ay, and in half that time, I supbut pray let's bear him, that we may know pose, you are in hopes to defer it altogether. his meaning.
Don P. Perdition seize me, if I have any Trap. So, sir, upon this he runs me over hope or thought but that of serving you. a long story of a sham and a flam') he had Don M. Nay, now thou art à downright just contrived, he said, to defer my master's distracted man. – Dost thou expect I should marriage only for two days.
take thy bare word, when here were two hoDon P. Confusion!
nest fellows that have just proved thee in a Flora. Nay, pray, sir, let's hear the evidence. lie to thy face?
Trap. (pon the close of the matter, sir, I found at last by bis eloquence, that the whole
Enter Servant. business depended upon my bearing a little Sero. Sir, the priest is come. false witness against my master.
Don M. Is he so ? Then, sir, if you please, Hp. 0 ho!
you see you can do me no further serTrap. I'pon this, sir, I began to demur: vice, t believe it may be time for you to go. "Sir," says 1, "this business will never bold -Gome, son, now let's wait upon the bride, waler; don't let me undertake it, I must beg and put an end to this gentleman's trouble your par doo;" gave him the negative shrug, altogether.
(Exit. and was for sneaking off with the fees in my Hyp. Sir, I'll wait on ye. pocket.
Don P. Confusion! I've undone my friend. Don V. Very well!
[Walks about Don P. Villain !
Flora. Trappanti! rogue, this was a masterFlora. Hyp. Ala, ba, ha!
[ Apart. Trap. ( pon this, sir, he catches me fast Trap. Sir, I believe it won't be mended in buld by the collar, whips out his poker, claps haste. [Apart. E.reunt Flora and Trappanti. it wilbin half an inch of my guts: “Now,
Hyp. Sir! dog." says be, "you shall do it, or within two Don P. lla! alone! if we're not prevented bour's rot upon the dunghill you came from." now-[Aside] Well, sir Don P. Sir, if there be any faith in mortal Hyp. I suppose you don't think the favours
you have design'd me are to be put without Don M. Nay, nay, one at a time; you shall satisfaction; therefore I shall expeci to see you be beard presently: - Go on friend, early to-morrow, near the Prado, with your
[To Trappanti. sword in your hand: in the mean time, sir, Trap. Having me at this advantage, sir, I I'm a little more in haste to be the lady's began to think my wit would do me more humble servant than yours.
[Going berre than my courage; so prudently pre- Don P. Hold, sir! - you and I can't part leaded out of fear to comply with his threats, upon such easy terms. and swalow the perjury: but now, sir, being
Hyp. Sir! under protection and at liberty of conscience,
Don P. You're not so near the lady, sir, I have bopesty enough, you see, to tell you perhaps, as you imagine.
[Locks the Door the whole truch of the matter.
Hyp. What d'ye mean?
confess Don P. Come, sir-draw! to me that this gentleman picked you yp, not Hyp. My ruin now has caught me; this was bree bours ago, at the same inn where I the very spite of fortune.
[ Aside. akziated ? that he had own'd bis stealing my Don P. Come, sir, my time's but short. porimanteau at Toledo? that if he succeeded Hyp. And mine's too precious to be lost to marry the lady, you were to have a con- on any thing but love; besides, this is prodesablé sum for your pains, and these two per place. To-morrow, sir, I shall find a better. ose to sbare the rest of her fortune between Don P. No, now, sir, if you please_Draw,
villain, or expect such usage as I am sure don -) To pop a stre, er • lam, slaug for, lo deceive. Philip would not bear.
spare thy life.
Hyp. A lover, sir, may bear any thing to Ros. Truly, I began to be afraid I should make sure of his mistress —You know it is not lose my little husband.
[4part fear that
Hyp: Husband, quotha! Get me but once Don P. No evasion, sir; either this moment safe out of these breeches, if ever I wear 'em confess your villainy, your name, and fortune, again
[Apart. Exeunt. or expect no mercy: Hyp. Nay thenWithin there!
ACT V. Don P. Move but a step, or dare to raise
SCENE I.— The same. thy voice beyond a whisper, and this minute is thy last. [Seizes her, and holds a Sword
Enter TRAPPANTI. to her Breast.
Trap. What, in the name of roguery, can Hyp. Sir!
[Trembling. this new master of mine be? He's either a Don P. Villain! be quick, confess, or- fool or bewitch'd, that's positive. — First, be
Hyp. Hold, sir-I own I dare not fight with gives me fifty pieces for helping him to marry you.
the lady; and soon as the wedding is over, Don P. No, I see thou art too poor a vil- claps me twenty more into the other hand, to Jain-therefore be speedy, as thou hopest I'll help bim to get rid of her.- Nay, not only
that, but gives me a strict charge to observe Hyp. Nay then, sir-Mercy! mercy![Throws his directions, in being evidence against him herself at his Feet] And, since I must con- as an impostor, to refund all the lies I have fess, have pity on my youth, have pity on my told in his service, to sweep him clear out of love!
my conscience, and now to swear the robbery Don P. Thy love! What art thou ? Speak. against him! What the bottom of this can be
Нур. Unless your generous compassion I must confess, does a little puzzle my wil.spares me, sure the most wretched youth that There's but one way in the world I can solse ever felt the pangs and torments of a success- it.- He must certainly have some secret reason less passion
to bang himself, that he's asbamed to owo, Don P. Nay, then I must forgive thee. [Raises and so was resolved first to be married, tbal her] For I have known too well the misery his friends might not wonder at the occasion. not to pily-any thing in love. Yet hold — But here he comes, with his noose in his hand. nor flatter thy fond hopes too far: you must defer your marriage with this lady.
Enter HYPOLITA and ROSARA. Hyp. Sir, on my knees.
Hyp. Trappanti, go to don Pedro, be has Don P. Expect no more from me; either business with you. comply this moment, or my sword shall force Trap. Yes, sir.
Ros. Who's don Pedro pray? Hyp, Consider, sir
Hyp. Flora, madam; he knows her ret by Don P. Nay then, discover quick! Tell me no other name. Where's your father, madam thy name and family.
Ros. I saw him go towards his closel; Hyp. Hold, sir
believe he's gone to fetch you part of my los Don P. Speak, or thou diest.
tune-he seem'd in mighty good humour. Hyp. Sir, I will-[4 Noise at the Door]. Hyp. We must be sure io keep it up a Ha! they are entering - 0! for a moment's high as we can, that he may be the mor courage! Come on, sir.
stunn'd when he falls. [Breaks from him and draws, retiring Ros. With all my heart; methinks ! a
till Don Manuel, Flora, Trappanti, possess'd with the very spirit of disobedien
and Servants rush in and part them. -Now could I, in the humour I am in, co Don M. Knock him down! Force him out sent to any mischief that would but bearia of the room there; call ar officer; in the mean plague my old gentleman. time, secure him in the cellar. Don P. Hear me but one word, sir!
Enter Don MANUEL. Don M. Stop his mouth--out with him. [They Don M. Ah, my little conqueror! let hurry him of} ] Come, dear son, be pacified. embrace thee — That ever I should live lo s
Hyp. A villain! [Walks in a Heat. this day! this most triumphant day, this
Flora. Why should he be concern'd, now of all days in my life! he's secure? Such a rascal would but conta- Hyp. Ay, and of my life too, sir. minate the sword of a man of nonour.
[Embraces in Hyp. I am sorry, sir, such a fellow should Don M. Ay, my cares are over
-llow bave it in his power to disturb me-but- nothing to do but to think of the other voc
for I've done all my business in this: gut Enter Rosara.
many children as I could; and now I'm g! Don M. Look! bere's my daughter in a fright old, have set a young couple to work. I to seek for you.
you bere, children, I have brought you sa Hyp. Then I'm composed again.
baubles that will make you merry as locis
[Runs lo Rosara. you live; twelve thousand pistoles are Ros. I heard lighting here! I hope you are least value of 'em; and the rest of your not wounded, sir?
tune shall be paid in the best Barbary Hyp. I have no wound but what the priest to-morrow morning. can heal.
Hyp. Ay, sir, this is speaking like a fai Don M. Ah! well said, my little champion ! this is encouragement indeed!
Hyp. Oh, madam! I have such a terrible Don M. Much good may do thy beart escape to tell you! [Apart to Rosara. 'soul with 'em-and heaven bless you to e
-I've had a great deal of care and trouble this day! If I were sure to beg for it all my to bring it about, children; but, thank my life after-Here, sirrah, cook! look into the stars, 'tis over — 'tis over Now I may Roman history, see what Mark Anthony had sleep with my doors open, and never have for supper, when Cleopatra first treated him my slumbers broken with the fear of rogues with chere entiere: rogue, let me have a reand rivals.
past that will be six times as expensive and Ros. Don't interrupt him, and see how far provoking-Go.-And, d'ye hear? One of you his bumour will carry him?
step to monsicur Vendevin, the king's builer,
[Apart to Hypolita. for the same wine that his majesty reserves Don M. But there is no joy lasting in this for his own drinking; tell him he shall have world; we must all die when we have done his price for't
. our best; sooner or later, old or young, prince 1 Serv. How much will you please to have, sir? or peasant, high or low, kings, lords, and Don M. Too much, sir! I'll have every thing common whores, must die! Nothing certain ; upon the outside of enough to-day. Go you, we are forced to buy one comfort with the sirrah, run to my nephew, don Lewis, give loss of another.—Now I've married my child, my service and tell him to bring all his family I've lost my companion- I've parted with my along with him. girl!-Her heart's gone another way now- Hyp. Ay, sir! this is as it should be! now she'll forget her old father!-I shall never have it begins to look like a wedding. her wake me more, like a cheerful lark, with Don M. Ab! we'll make all the hair in the ber prelty songs in a morning, - I shall have world stand an end at our joy. nobody to cbat at dinner wiih me now, or Hyp. Here comes Flora - Now, madam, obtake up a godly book and read me to sleep serve your cue. in an afternoon. Ah! these comforts are all
Enter FLORA. Hip. How very near the extreme of one Flora. Your servant, gentlemen-I need not passion is to another! Now he is tired with wish you joy - You have it, I see-Don Phijos, till be is downright melancholy. [Aside. lip, I'must needs speak with you. Ros. What's the matter, sir?
Hyp. Pshaw! prythee don't plague me with Don M. Ab! my child! now it comes to the business at such a time as this. test, methinks I don't know how to part with Flora. My business won't be deferred, sir. tbee.
Hyp. Sir! Ros. O, sir, we shall be better friends than Flora. I suppose you guess it, sir; and I ever.
must tell you, I take it ill it was not done Don M. Uh! uh! shall we? Wilt thou come before. aod see the old man now and then? Well, Hyp. What d'ye mean? bearen bless thee, give me a kiss--I must kiss Flora. Your ear, sir. [They whisper. thee at partiog! Be a good girl, use thy hus
Don M. What's the matter now, 'tro? hand well, make an obedient wife, and I shall Ros. The gentleman seems very free, methinks. die contented.
Don M. Troth, I don't like it. Hip. Die, sir! Come, come, you have a Ros. Don't disturb 'em, sir-We shall know great while to lise-Hang these melancholy all presently. troughes, they are the worst company in the Hyp. But what have you done with don world at a wedding --Consider, sir, we are Philip?
[-Apart to Flora. Toong: if you would oblige us, let us have a Fiora. I drew the servants out of the way, ielle Life and mirth, a jubilee to day at least; while he made his escape; what we do we war your servants, call in your neighbours, let must do quickly: come, conie, put on your se see your whole family mad for joy, sir. fighting face, and I'll be with 'em presenily: Don M. Ha! shall we be merry then?
[Aside. Hip. Merry, sir! ah! as beggars at a feast. Hyp: [Aloud] Sir, I have offer'd you very W bat, shall a dull Spanish custom tell me, fair; if you don't think so, I have married the
to I am the happiest man in the kingdom, lady, and take your course. Istan't be as mad as I have a mind to? Let Flora. Sir, our contract was a full third ; me ve the face of nothing to-day but revels, a third part's my right, and I'll have it, sir. IneodIrasts, and music, sir.
Don M. Hey! Don M. Ab! thou shalt have thy humour- Hyp. Then I must tell you, sir, since you lbou start hare thy humour! Hey, within there! are pleased to call it your right, you shall not tozoosdogs! slaves! where are my rascals? have it. 10! my joy flows again-I can't bear it. Flora. Not, sir?
Hyp. No, sir-Look ye, don't put on your Enter several Servants.
pert airs to me—'Gad, I shall use you very Sere. Did you call, sir?
scurvily. Doa M. Call, sir! ay, sir: what's the reason Flora. Use me!-You little son of a whore, 12 are not all out of your wits, sir? Don't draw,
sa know that your young mistress is mar- Hyp. Ob! sir, I am for you. sed, scoundrels?
(They fight, and Don Manuel interposes. i Sero. Yes, sir, and we are all ready to be Ros. Ah! help! murder! [Runs out. nd, as soon as your honour will please to Don M. Within there! help! murder! Why, se any distracted orders.
scntlemen, are ye mad? Pray put up. Hyp. You see, sir, they only want a little Hyp. A rascal! s-soragement.
Don M. Friends, and quarrel! for shame. Don Y. Ab! there shall be nothing wanting! Flora. Friends 'I scorn his friendship; and
since he does not know how to use a gentle-1. Hyp. I'm a little vex'd at my servant's beman, I'll do a public piece of justice, and use ing out of the way, and the insolence of this bim like a villain.
olher rascal. Don M. Better words, sir. [To Flora. Don M. But what occasion have you for
Flora. Why, sir, d'ye take this fellow for post-horses, sir ? don Philip?
Hyp. Something happens a little cross, sir.
Don M. Pray what is't?
(Hyp. walks about, and Don M. stares. now.
of humour. Hyp. Hey! who waits there? Here, you ! Don M. Sir, it may be I'm as much out of [To a Servanl] Bid my servant run, and hire humour as you; and I must tell ye, I don't me a coach and four borses immediately. like your behaviour, and I'm resolu'd to be Serv. Yes, sir.
[Exit Servant, satisfy'd. Don M. A coach!
Hyp. Sir, what is't you'd have? [Peevishly.
Don M. Lookye, sir-in short-1-I have
receiv'd a letter.
Don M. I wish it may be well, sir. Don M. Yes, yes,I am-that is—ha! Hyp. Bless me, sir! what's the matter with Vil. I have brought you a letler, sir.
you? Don M. What business can be have for a Don M. Matter, sir! in troth I'm almost coach?
afraid and ashamed to tell ye; but if you must Vil. I have brought you a letter, sir, from needs know—there's the matter, sir. Octavio.
[Gives the Leiter. Don M. To me ? Vil. No, sir, to my mistress — he charged
Enter Don LEWIS. me to deliver it immediately; for he said it concerned her life and fortune.
Don L. Uncle, I am your humble servant. Don M. How! let's see it - There's what I Don M. I am glad to see you, nephew. promised thce—be gone. What can this be Don L. I received your invitation, and am now?
[Reads. come to pay my duty: but here I met with The person whom your father ignorantly the most surprising news. designs you to marry, is a known cheat, Don M. Pray what is it? and an impostor; the true don Philip, who Don L. Why, first your servant told me, is my intimate friend, will immediately ap- my young cousin was to be married to-day pear with the corregidore, and fresh evi-to don Philip de las Torres; and just as I dence against him. I thought this advice, was entering your doors, who should I meet though from one you hate, would be well but don Philip with the corregidore, and sereceived if it came time enough to prevent veral witnesses to prove, it seems, that the
OCTAVIO. person whom you were just going to marry O, my heart! this letter was not designed to my cousin to, has usurp'd his name, betray d fall into my hands-I am frightened -1 dare you, robb'd him, atid is in short a raok im not think on't.
Don M. Dear nephew, don't torture me: Re-enter the Servant.
are ye sure you know don Philip when you
see him? Serv. Sir, your man is not within. Hyp. Careless rascal! to be out of the way fellows, fellow collegians, and fellow travellers ?
Don L. Know him, sir? were not we schoolwhen my life's at stake-Pr’ythee do thou go and see if thou canst get me any post
Don M. But are you sure you mayn'i hare
forgot him neither? Don M. Post horses!
Don L. You might as well ask me if I had Re-enter RosaRA.
not forgot you, sir.
Don M. But one question more and I am Ros. O; dear sir, what was the matter? dumb for ever-Is that he ? Don M. Hey!
Don L. That, sir? No, nor in the least like Ros. What made 'em quarrel, sir? him.—But pray why this concern? I hope ve Don M. Child!
are not come too late to prevent the marriage? Ros. What was it about, sir? You look Don M. Ob! oh! oh! 'ob! my poor child: concern'd.
[Seems to faintDon M. Concern'd!
Don M. Ab! look to my child. Ros. I bope you are not hurt, sir.. [To Don L. Is this the villain then that has imHypolita, who minds her not]-Wbat's the posed on you? malter with bim, sir ? he won't speak to me. Hyp. Sir, I'm this lady's husband; and whil
[To Don Manuel
. I'm sure that name can't be taken from me Don M. A-speak! --a--go to bim again, I shall be contented with laughing at try what fair words 'will do, and see if you other you or your party dare give me can pick out the meaning of all this.
Don M. Oh! Ros. Dear sir, what's the matter?
Don L. Nay then, within there!- suel Don M. Ay, sir, pray what's the matter? villain ought to be made an example.
Enter Corregidore and Officers, with Don Don M. Oh! oh!
Philip, Octavio, FLORA, TRAPPANTI, and Oct. Can she repent her falsehood then at VILETTA.
last? Is't possible ? then I'm wounded too! 0 O gentlemen, we're undone! all comes too my poor undone Rosara! [Goes to her] Unlate! my poor cousin's married to the impostor. grateful! cruel! perjured man! Don P. How!
Don M. Oh! don't insult me! I deserve the Oct. Confusion !
worst you can say.—I'm a miserable wretch, Don M. Oh! oh!
and I repeal me. Don P. That's the person, sir, and I de- V'il. So! here's the la ly in tears, the lover mand your justice.
in rage, the old gentleman out of his senses, Oct. And 1.
most of the company distracted, and the brideTrap. And I.
groom . in a fair way to be banged. — The Flora. And all of us.
inerriest wedding that ever I saw in my life. Don M. Will my cares never be over?
[Apart to Hypolita. Cor. Well, gentlemen, let me rightly un- Cor. Well, sir, have you any thing to say derstand whal 'tis you charge him with, and before I make your warrant? I'l commit him immediately -- First, sir, you Hyp. A word or two, and I obey ye, sir. say, these gentlemen all know you to be the -Gentlemen, 1 bave reflected on the folly, of true Don Philip?
my action, and foresee the disquiets I am like Don L. That, sir, I presume my oath will prove. to undergo in being this lady's husband; thereOct. Or mine.
fore, as I own myself the author of all this Flora. And mine.
seeming ruin and confusion, so I am willing Trap. Ay, and mine too, sir. [head? (desiring first the officers may withdraw) 10 Don M. Where shall I hide this shameful offer something to the general quiet. Flora. And for the robbery, that I can prove Oct. What can this mean? upon bim: he confess'd to me at Toledo, he
Don P. Pshaw! some new contrivancestole ibis gentleman's portmanteau there, to Let's be gone. carry on bis desiga upon this lady, and agreed Don L. Stay a moment, it can be no harm to give me a third part of her fortune for my to hear him-Sir, will you oblige us? assistance; wbich he refusing to pay as soon
Cor. Wait without. [Ereunt Officers. as the marriage was over, thought myself Vil. What's to be done now, 'trow? obliged in bonour to discover him.
Trap. Some smart thing, I warrant ye; the Hyp. Well
, gentlemen, you may insult me little gentleman bath a notable head, faith. if you please; but I presume you'll hardly be Flora. Nay, gentlemen, thus much I know able to prove that I'm not married to the lady, of him: that if you can but persuade him to or bara's the best part of her forlune in my be honest, 'tis still in his power to make you pocket
; so do your worst: I own my inge-all amends; and, in my opinion, 'tis high time auty, and am proud on'.
he should propose it. Don M. Ingenuity, abandon'd villain !-But, Don M. Ay, 'tis time he were hang'd indeed: sir
, before you send him to gaol, I desire he for I know no other amends he can make us. may relurn tbe jewels I gave him as part of Hyp. Then I must tell you, sir, I owe you my daughter's portion.
no reparation; the injuries which you comCor. That can't be, sir-since he has mar- plain of, your sordid avarice, and breach of ried the lady, ber fortune's lawfully his: all promise here bare justly brought upon you: the can do, is to prosecute him for robbing therefore, sir, if you are injured, you may this gentleman.
thank yourself for it. Don M. O tbal ever I was born.
Don M. Nay, dear sir, I do confess my Hyp. Return the jewels, sir! if you don't blindness, and could heartily wish your eyes pape me the rest of her fortune to-morrow or mine had dropp'd out of our heads before morning, you may chance to go to gaol be- ever we saw one another.
Hyp. Well, sir (however little you have Don M. O that I were buried! Will my deserved it), yet for your daughter's sake, if Carte never be over?
you'll oblige yourself, by signing, this paper, Hyp. They are pretty near it, sir; you can't io keep your first promise, and give her, with bare much more to trouble you.
ber full fortune, to this gentleman, I'm still Car. Come, sir, if you please; I must desire content, on that condition, to disannul my to take your deposition in writing.
own pretences, and resign her. (Goes to the Table with Flora. Don M. Sir, I don't know how to answer Don P. Now, sir, you see what your own you: for I can never believe you'll have good raskeness has brought ye to.
nature enough to hang yourself out of the Don M. Pray forbear, sir.
way to make room for him? Hyp. Keep it up, madam. [Aside to Rosara. Hyp. Then, sir, to let you see I have not Ros. Oh, sir! bow wretched bave you made only an honest meaning, but an immediate me! is this the care you have taken of me for power too, to make good my word, I first a, blind obedience to your commands? this renounce all title to her fortune : these jewels, a reward for filial duty?. [To Don Manuel, which I received from you, I give him free Don M. Ab! my poor child!
possession of; and now, sir, the rest of her Ros. But I deserve it all, for ever listening fortune you owe him with her person. to your barbarous proposal, when my con
Don M. This is unaccountable, I must contoence might have told me, my vows and sess—But still, sir, if you disannul your preoson in justice and honour were ibe wronged tences, how you'll persuade that gentleman, to
whom I am obliged in contract to part with bis