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Vio. To-morrow I will tell thee : my father is express my thanks, woman, for what you suffergone for two or three days to my uncle's; we have ed for my sake; my grateful acknowledgment shall time enough to finish our affairs.—But pr’ythee ever wait you, and to the world proclaim the faith, leave me now, lest some accident should bring truth, and honour of a woman.
Vov. Pr’ythee don't compliment thy friend, IsaFel. To-morrow ! then
bella.—You heard the colonel, I suppose. Fly swift, ye hours, and bring to-morrow on! Isab. Every syllable; and am pleased to find I But must I leave you now, my Violante ?
do not love in vain. Vio. You must, my Felix. -We soon shall Vio. Thou hast canght his heart, it seems, and meet, to part no more!
an hour hence may secure his person.—Thou hast Fel. Oh, rapturous sounds! Charming woman! made hasty work on't, girl. Thy words and looks have fill'd my heart
Isab. From thence I draw my happiness; we With joy, and left no room for jealousy. shall have no accounts to make up after consumDo thou like me each doubt and fear remove, mation. And all to come be confidence and love. [Exit.
She who for years protracts her lover's pain, Enter ISABELLA.
And makes him wish, and wait, and sigh in vain, Isab. I am glad my brother and you are recon To be his wife, when late she gives consent, eiled, my dear, and the colonel escaped without Finds half his passion was in courtship spent; his knowledge ; I was frighted out of my wits Whilst they who boldly all delays remove, when I heard him return. I know not how to Find every hour a fresh supply of love, [Éreunt.
Fred. Like other men, I suppose. Here he
Enter Colonel. Fel. This hour bas been propitious; I am re Colonel, I began to think I had lost you. concil'd to Violante, and you assure me Antonio Col. And not without some reason, if you knew is out of danger.
all. Fred. Your satisfaction is doubly mine. Fel. There's no danger of a fine gentleman's Enter LISSARDO.
being lost in this town, sir.
Col. That compliment don't belong to me, sir; Fel. What haste you made, sirrah, to bring me but, I assure you, I have been very near being word if Violante went home.
away with. Liss. I can give you very good reasons for my Fred. Who attempted it! stay, sir.--Yes, sir, she went home.
Gol. Faith, I know not-only that she is & Frea. Oh! your master knows that, for he has charming woman, I mean as much as I saw of her. been there himself, Lissardo.
Fel. My heart swells with apprehension-Some Liss. Sir, may I beg the favour of your ear? accidental rencounter? Fel. What have you to say ?
Fred. A tavern, I suppose, adjusted the matter. [Whispers, and Felix seems uneasy. Col. A tavern! no, no, sir; she is above that Fred. Ha! Felix changes colour at Lissardo's rank, I assure you: this nymph sleeps in a velvet news! What can it be?
bed, and lodgings every way agreeable.. Fel. A Scots footman that belongs to Colonel fel. Ha ! a velvet bed !- I thought you
said Briton, an acquaintance of Frederick's, say you? but now, sir, you knew her not. The devil! If she be false, by Heaven I'll trace Col. No more I don't, sir. her. Pr'ythee, Frederick, do you know one Co Fel. How came you then so well acquainted lonel Briton, a Scotsman ?
with her bed? Fred. Yes; why do you ask me?
Fred. Ay, ay; come, come, unfold. Fel. Nay, no great matter ; but my man tells Col. Why, then, you must know, gentlemen, me that he has had some little differences with a that I was convey'd to her lodgings by one of servant of his, that's all.
Cupid's emissaries, called a chamber-maid, in a Fred. He is a good, harmless, innocent fellow: chair, through fifty blind alleys, who, by the help I am sorry for it. The colonel lodges in my of a key, let me into a garden. house; I knew him formerly in England, and met Fel. "Sdeath! a garden! this must be Violante's him here by accident last night, and gave him an garden. invitation home. He is a gentleman of good Col. From thence conducted me into a spaestate, besides his commission ; of excellent prin cious room, then dropt me a courtesy, told me ciples and strict honour, I assure you.
her lady would wait on me presently; so, without Feb. Is be a man of intrigue ?
unveiling, modestly withdrew.
Fel. Damn her modesty! this was Flora. Gib. Troth, Ise been seeking ye, an' like yer ho.
(Aside. nour, these twa hoors and mair. I bring ye glad Fred. Well, how then, colonel ?
ceedings, sir. Col. Then, sir, immediately from another door Col. Wliat, have you found the lady? issued forth a lady art'd at both eyes, from Gib. Geud faith ha I, sir-and she's called whence such showers of darts fell round me, that Donna Violante, and her parent Don Pedro de had I not been covered with the shield of another Mendosa, and gin ye will gang wi' me, an' like beauty, I had infallibly fallen a martyr to her yer honour, Ise make ye ken the hoose right weel. charms, for you must know I just saw her eyes Fel. Oh, torture ! torture !
(Aside. -Eyes, did I say? no, no, hold; I saw but one Col. Ha ! Violante! that's the lady's name of eye, though I suppose it had a fellow equally as the house where iny incognita is : sure it could killing.
not be her; at least, it was not the same house, Fel. But how came you to see her bed, sir? | I'm confident.
[ Aside. 'Sdeath! this expectation gives a thousand Fred. Violante! 'tis false; I would not have racks.
(Asule. you credit him, colonel. Col. Why, upon her maid's giving notice her Gib. The deel burst my bladder, sir, gin I lee. father was coming, she thrust me into the bed. Fel. Sirrah, I say you do lie, and I'll make you chamber.
eat it, you dog ; [Kucks him) and if your master Fel. Upon her father's coming!
will justify you Col. Ay, so she said ; but putting my ear to Col. Not I, faith, sir-I answer for nobody's lies the key-hole of the door, I found it was another but my own: if you please, kick him again.
Gib. But gin he does Ise na tak it, sir, gin be Fel. Confound the jilt !’twas she, without dis was a thousand Spaniards. pute.
(Walks about in a passion. Fred. Ah, poor colonel ! ha, ha, ha!
Col. I ow'd you a beating, sirrah, and I am Col. I discover'd they had had a quarrel, but oblig'd to this gentleman for taking the trouble off whether they were reconcil'd or not I cann't tell, my
therefore, say no more; d'ye hear, sir ? for the second alarm brought the father in good
[ Aside to GIBBY. earnest, and had like to have made the gentleman Gib. Troth de I, sir, and feel tee. and I acquainted, but she found some other stra Fred. This must be a mistake, colonel, for I tagem to convey him out.
know Violante perfectly well, and I am certain Fel. Contagion seize her, and make her body she would not meet you upon the Terriero de Passa. ugly as her soul! There is nothing left to doubt Col. Don't be too positive, Frederick: now I of now—'Tis plain 'twas she.-Sure he knows have some reasons to believe it was that very lady. me, and takes this method to insult me, 'Sdeath! Fel. You'd very much oblige me, sir, if you'd I cannot bear it.
(Aside. let me know these reasons, Fred. So, when she had dispatch'd her old lo Col. Sir! ver, she paid you a visit in her bed-chamber; ha ! Fel. Sir, I say, I have a right to enquire into colonel?
these reasons you speak of. Col. No, pox take the impertinent puppy! he Col. Ha, ha ! really, sir, I cannot conceive how spoild my diversion ; I saw her no more. you or any man can have a right to enquire into Fel. Very fine!-Give me patience, Heaven, or
my thoughts. I shall burst with rage.
[ Aside. Fel. Sir, I have a right to every thing that reFred. That was bard.
lates to Violanteand he that traduces her Col. Nay, what was worse -But, sir, dear fame, and refuses to give his reasons for't, is a sir, do hearken to this :-[ To Felix.] The nymph villain.
[Draws. that introduced me conveyed me out again over Col. What the devil have I been doing ! Now, the top of a high wall, where I ran the danger of blisters on my tongue by dozens ! [diside. having my neck broke, for the father, it seems, Fred. Prythee, Felix, don't quarrel till you had locked the door by which I enter'd. know for what: This is all a mistake, I'm positive.
Fel. That way I miss’d him.-Damn her in Col. Look ye, sir, that I dare draw my sword, vention! (Aside.] Pray, colonel -Ha, ha, ha! I think, will admit of no dispute.-But though it's very pleasant; ha, ha!-Was this the same fighting's my trade, I'm not in love with it, and lady you met upon the Terriero de Passa this think it more honourable to decline this business morning?
than pursue it. This may be a mistake : however, Col. Faith, I cann't tell, sir ; I had a design to I'll give you my honour never to have any affair, know who that lady was, but my dog of a foot directly or indirectly, with Violante, provided she man, whom I had order'd to watch her home, fell is your Violante; but if there should happen to fast asleep.- I gave him a good beating for his ne be another of her name, I hope you would not glect, and I have never seen the rascal since. engross all the Violantes in the kingdom. Fred. Here he comes,
Fel. Your vanity has given me sufficient rea
sons to believe I'm not mistaken. I'll not be imEnter GIBBY.
pos'd upon, Gol. Where have you been, sirrah?
Col. Nor I be bully'd, sir.
Vel. Bully'd! 'Sdeath! such another word, and (Aside.) Dear Frederick ! I beg your pardon; but I'll nail thee to the wall.
I had forgot I was to meet a gentleman upon busiCol. Are you sure of that, Spaniard ? [Draws. ness at five: I'll endeavour to dispatch him, and
Gib. (Draws.] Say na mair, mon. O' my saul, wait on you again as soon as possible. here'o twa to twa. Dinna fear, sir; Gibby stands
Fred. Your humble servant, colonel. (Erit. by ye, for the honour of Scotland.
Col. Gibby, I have no business with you at pre(Vapours about. sent.
[Exit Colonel. Fred. By St Anthony you sha'n't fight (Inter Gib. That's weel.-Now will I gang and seek poses) on bare suspicion : be certain of the injury, this loon, and gar him gang wi' me to Don Peand then
dro's hoose.-Gin he'll no gang of himself, Ise Fel. That I will this moment; and then, sirgar him gang by the lug, sir. Godswarbit ! Gibby I hope you are to be found.
hates a leer.
(Evita Col. Whenever you please, sir. [Exit Felix.
Gib. 'Sbleed, sir! there ne'er was a Scotsman SCENE II.-Changes to VIOLANTE's Lodging. yet that sham’d to show his face.
Enter VIOLANTE and ISABELLA. Fred. So, quarrels spring up like mushrooms, Isab. The hour draws on, Violante, and now in a minute. Violante and he were but just re my heart begins to fail me; but I resolve to venconcil'd, and you have furnish'd him with fresh ture, for all that. matter for falling out again ; and I am certain, Vio. What, does your courage sink, Isabella? colonel, Gibby is in the wrong.
Isab. Only the force of resolution a little reGib. Gin be, sir, the mon that tald me leed, treated, but I'll rally it again, for all that. and gin he did, the deel be my landlord, hell my winter-quarters, and a rape my winding-sheet, gin
Enter FLORA. I dee not lick him as lang as I can haud a stick Flo. Don Felix is coming up, madam. in my hond, now, see ye.
Isub. My brother! which way shall I get out! Col. I am sorry for what I have said, for the Dispatch him as soon as you can, dear Violante. lady's sake; but who could divine that she was
[Exit into the closet. his mistress ? Pr’ythee, who is this warm spark? Vio. I will.
Fred. He is the son of one of our grandees, nam'd Don Lopez de Pimentell, a very honest
Enter Felix, in a surly humour. gentleman, but something passionate in what re- Felix, what brings you here so soon ? did I not lates to his love. He is an only son, which may, say to-morrow? perhaps, be one reason for indulging his passion. Fel. My passion chokes me; I cannot speak
Col. When parents have but one child, they Oh, I shall burst ! (Aside.) either make a madman or a fool of him.
[Throws himself into a chair. Fred. He is not the only child; he has a sister; Vio. Bless me! are you not well, my Felix ? but I think, through the severity of his father, Fel. Yes-No, I don't know what I am. who would have married her against her inclina Vio. Hey-day! what's the matter now? another tion, she has made her escape, and, notwithstand jealous whim! ing he has offered five hundred pounds, he can Fel. With what an air she carries it!-) sweat get no tidings of her.
at her impudence.
(Aside. Col. Ha ! how long has she been missing? Vio. If I were in your place, Felix, I'd choose Fred. Nay, but since last night, it seems. to stay at home when these fits of spleen are upon
Col. Last night! the very time! How went me, and not trouble such persons as are not oblishe?
ged to bear with them. Fred. Nobody can tell; they conjecture through
[Here he affects to be careless of her. the window.
Fel. I am very sensible, madam, of what you Col. I'm transported! this must be the lady I mean: I disturb you, no doubt ; but were I in a caught. What sort of a woman is she?
better humour, I should not incommode you less: Fred. Middle-sized, a lovely brown, a fine pout- I am too well convinced you could easily dispense ing lip, eyes that roll and languish, and seem to with my visit. speak the exquisite pleasure her arms could give. Vio. When you behave yourself as you ought
Col. Oh! Í am fir'd with this description to do, no company 'so welcome—but when you 'tis the very she. -What's her name?
reserve me for your ill nature, I wave your merit, Fred. Isabella. -You are transported, colo- and consider what's due to myself.-Apd I must nel.
be free to tell you, Felix, that these humours of Col. I have a natural tendency in me to the yours will abate, if not absolutely destroy, the flesh, thou know'st, and who can hear of charms very principles of love. so exquisite, and yet remain unmov'd?-Oh, Fel. (Rising.) And I must be so free to tell how I long for the appointed hour! I'll to the you, madam, that since you have made such ill Terriero de Passa, and wait my happiness ; if she returns to the respect that I have paid you, all fails to meet me, I'll once more attempt to find you do shall be indifferent to me for the future; her at Violante's, in spite of her brother's jealousy. I and you shall find me abandon your empire with
so little difficulty, that I'll convince the world among all the footmen in town-nay, if they balyour chains are not so hard to break as your va lad you, and cry you about at a lialfpenny a-piece nity would tempt you to believe. I cannot brook they may without my leave. the provocation you give.
Vio. Audacious ! don't provoke me -don't: Vio. This is not to be borne-Insolent! you my reputation is not to be sported with (Going abandon! you! whom I have so often forbade up to him) at this rate—no, sir, it is not. [Bursts ever to see me more ! Have you not fall’n at my into tears.) Inhuman Felix !-Oh, Isabella! what feet? implored my favour and forgiveness ? did a train of ills thou hast brought on me! (Aside, you not trembling wait, and wish, and sigh, and Fel, Ha! I cannot bear to see her weep--a gwear yourself into my heart? Ungrateful man ! woman's
's tears are far more fatal than our swords, if my chains are so easily broke as you pretend, [Aside.) Oh, Violante-'Sdeath! what a dog then you are the silliest coxcomb living you did am 1! Now have I no power to stir.—Dost not break them long ago; and I must think him not thou know such a person as Colonel Bricapable of brooking any thing, on whom such ton? Pr’ythee tell me, didst not thou meet him usage could make no impression.
at four this morning upon the Terriero de Passa? Isab. (Peeping.) A deuce take your quarrels ! Vio. Were it not to clear my fame, I would not she'll never think on ine.
answer thee, thou black ingrate!
but I cannot Fel. I always believed, madam, my weakness bear to be reproached with what I even blush to was the greatest addition to your power ; you think of, much less to act. By Heaven, I have would be less imperious had my inclination been not seen the Terriero de Passa this day. less forward to oblige you.
You have indeed Fel. Did not a Scotch footman attack you in forbade me your sight, but your vanity even then the street neither, Violante? assured you I would return, and I was fool enough Vio. Yes; but he mistook me for another to feed your pride.--Your eyes, with all their or he was drunk, I know not which. boasted charms, have acquired the greatest glory Fel. And do not you know this Scotch colo in conquering me and the brightest passage nel ? of your life is wounding this heart with such arms Vio. Pray ask me no more questions: this night as pierce but few persons of my rank.
shall clear my reputation, and leave you without (Wulks about in a great pet. excuse for your base suspicions. More than this Vio. Matchless arrogance ! True, sir, I should I shall not satisfy you, therefore pray leave me. have kept measures better with you, if the con Fel. Didst thou ever love me, Violante? quest had been worth preserving; but we easily Vio. I'll answer nothing You was in haste hazard what gives us no pain to lose. -As for to be gone just now; I should be very weil pleamy eyes, you are mistaken if you think they have sed to be alone, sir. vanquished none but you : there are men above
[She sits down, and turns aside, your boasted rank who have confess’d their power, Fel. I shall not long interrupt your contemwhen their misfortune in pleasing you made them
-Stubborn to the last. (Aside. obtain such a disgraceful victory.
Vio. Did ever woman involve herself as I have Fel. Yes, madam, I am no stranger to your vic- done! tories.
Fel. Now would I give one of my eyes to be Vio. And what you call the brightest passage friends with her, for something whispers to my of my life is not the least glorious part of yours. soul she is not guilty. He pauses, then pulls
Fel. Ha, ha! don't put yourself in a passion, a chair, and sits by her at a little distance, lookmadam; for I assure you, after this day I shall ing at her some time without speaking, then draws give you no trouble.—You may meet your sparks a little nearer to her.] Give me your hand at parton the Terriero de Passa at four in the morning, ing, however, Violante, won't you—[He lays his without the least regard to me-for, when I quit hand upon her knee several times)—won't you— your chamber, the world sha'n't bring me back. won't you won't you?
Pio. I am so well pleased with your resolution, Vio. (Half regarding him.] Won't I do what? I don't care how soon you
Fel. You know what I would have, Violante. But what you mean by the Terriero de Passa at
heart! four in the morning I cann't
Vio. (Smiling.) I thought my chains were easily Fel. No, no, no, not you.—You was not upon broke.
(Lays her hand into his. the Terriero tle Passa at four this morning.
Fel. [Draws his chair close to her, and kisses Vio. No, I was not; but if I were, I hope I may her hand in a rapture.] Too well thou knowest walk where I please, and at what hour I please, thy strength. -Oh, my charming angel! my without asking your leave.
heart is all thy own. Forgive my hasty passionFel. Oh, doubtless, madam!_and you might 'tis the transport of a love sincere. Óh, Violanmeet Colonel Briton there, and afterwards send te, Violante ! your emissary to fetch him to your house
Don PEDRO within. and, upon your father's coming in, thrust him in. to your bed-chamber-without asking my leave. Ped. Bid Sancho get a new wheel to my cha'Tis no business of mine, if you are exposed | riot presently.
Vio. Bless me, my father returned! What shall | entered But he's in drink, I suppose, or he we do now, Felix? We are ruined past redemp could not have been guilty of such an indecorum. tion.
[Leering at Felix. Fel. No, no, no, my love, I can leap from the Ped. I'm amazed ! closet window.
Fel. The devil never failed a woman at a (Runs to the door where Isabella is, who clays pinch :—What a tale has she formed in a minute ! to the door, and bolts it within-side.
In drink, quoth-a ! a good hint : l’ll lay hold Isub. (Peeping.) Say you so ? But I shall pre- on't to bring myself off.
(Aside. vent you.
Ped. Fie, Don Felix ! -no sooner rid of one Fel. Confusion! Somebody bolts the door with broil, but you are commencing another. To esin-side. I'll see who you have concealed here, if sault a lady with a naked sword derogates much I die for’t. Oh, Violante ! hast thou again sacrifi- from the character of a gentleman, I assure you. ced me to my rival.
Draws. Fel. (Counterfeits drunkenness.] Who? I asVio. By Heaven, thou hast no rival in my heart, sault a lady! Upon honour, the lady assaultlet that suffice-Nay, sure you will not let my ed me, sir, and would have seized this body polifather find you here—Distraction!
tic on the king's highway-Let her come out, Fel. Indeed but I shall-except you command and deny it if she can -Pray, sir, command this door to be opened, and that way conceal me the door to be opened; and let her prove me a from his sight.
liar, if she knows how - I have been drinking [He struggles with her to come at the door. Claret, and Champaign, and Burgundy, and other Vio. Ilear me, Felix Though I were sure French wines, sir; but I love my own country the refusing what you ask would separate us for for all that. ever, by all that's powerful, you shall not enter Ped. Ay, ay, who doubts it, sir ?-Open the here. Either you do love me, or you do not: con- door, Violante, and let the lady come out. Come, vince me by your obedience.
I warrant thee he sha'n't hurt her. Fel. That's not the matter in debate
Fel. No, no, I won't hurt the dear creature. will know who is in this closet, let the conse -Now which way will she come off? (Aside. quence be what it will. Nay, nay, you strive in Vio. (Unlocks the door.] Come forth, mada; vain: I will go in.
none shall dare to touch your
veil - I'll convey Yio. Thou shalt not go.
you out with safety, or lose my life. I hope she understands me.
[dside. Enter Don PEDRO. Ped. Hey-day! what's here to do? I will go in,
Enter ISABELLA, veiled, and crosses the stage. and you sha'n't go in--and I will go in—Why, Isab. Excellent girl !
[Exil. who are you, sir?
Fel. The devil !-a woman !-1'll sec if she fel. 'Sdeath! what shall I say now?
be really so.
(Aside. Ped. Don Felix, pray what's your business in Vio. (To FELIX.) Get clear of my father, and my house? ha, sir?
follow me to the Terriero de Passa, where all mis. Vio. Oh, sir, what miracle returned you home takes shall be rectified. [Exit with ISABELLA. so soon? Some angel'twas that brought my father
(Don Felix offers to follow her. back to succour the distressed This ruffian, Ped. (Drawing his sword.] Not a step, sir, till he–I cannot call him gentleman-has commit- the lady is past your recovery; I never suffer the ted such an uncommon rudeness, as the most pro- laws of hospitality to be violated in my house, sir. fligate wretch would be ashamed to own.
-I'll keep Don Felix here till you see her safe Fel. Ha! what the devil does she mean? out, Violante.
-Come, sir, you and I will take
(Aside. a pipe and a bottle together. Vio. As I was at my devotion in my closet, I Fel. Damn your pipe, and damn your bottle ! beard a loud knocking at my door, mixed with a I hate drinking and smoking, and how will you weman's voice, which seemed to imply she was help yourself, old whiskers? in danger
Ped. As to smoking or drinking you have your Fol. I am confounded !
(Aside. liberty; but you shall stay, sir. Vio. I few to the door with the utmost speed, Fel. But I won't stay—for I don't like your where a lady, veiled, rushed in upon me; who, company; besides, I have the best reasons in the falling on her knees, begged my protection from world for my not staying. a gentleman, who she said pursued her. I took Ped. Ay, what's that? compassion on her tears, and locked her into this Fel. Why I am going to be married, and so closet; but in the surprise having left open the good bye. door, this very person whom you see with his Ped. To be married ! — It cann't be: Why, you sword drawn ran in, protesting, if I did not give are drunk, Felix. her up to his revenge, he'd force the door. Fel. Drunk! ay, to be sure; you don't think
Fei. Wbat, in the name of goodness, does she I'd go to be married if I were sober—but drunk mean to do? hang me?
(Aside. or sober, I am going to be married, for all that Vio. I strove with bim till I was out of breath ; —and if you won't believe me, to convince you, and, had you not come as you did, he must have I'll shew you the contract, old gentlemar.