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SCENE III.- The Street.

Clo. Oh, damned scandalous, sir-they use

their mistresses as bad as their wives, faith. I Enter D. Duart disguised with u sertant. tell you what, sir; I kuew a citizen's daughter D. Du. Where did you find him?

there, that run away with a lord, who, in the Serv. Hard by, sir, at an house of civil recrea first six months of her preferment, never stirred tion; he's now coming forth ; that's he. out, but she made the ladies cry at her

equipage; and, about eight months after, I think, Enter CLODIO.

one morning reeling pretty early into a certain D. Du. I scarce remember him. I would not house in the Savoy, I found the self-same, castwillingly mistake-I'll observe him.

off, solitary lady, in a room with bare walls, dressClo. So ! now if I can but pick up an honest ing her dear, pretty head there, in the corner bit fellow, to crack one healing bottle, I think I shall of a looking-glass, prudently supported by a quarfinish the day as smartly as the grand signior- ternbrandypot, upon the head of an oyster-barrel. Hold, let me see, what has my hasty refreshment D. Du. I find few mistresses make their forcost me here; umb-umb-umb-{Counts his tunes there; but pray, sir, among all your advenmoney.)-seven pistoles, by Jupiter; why, what tures, has no particular lady's merit encouraged a plagny income this jade must have in a week, you to advance your own marriage ? if she's thus paid by the hour!

C'lo. Sir, I have been so near marriage, that D. Du. 'Tis the same ! leave me -[Erit Ser- my weilding-day has been come; but it was never vunt.]-Your servant, sir.

over yet, split me! Clo. Sir—your humble servant.

D. Du. How so, sir? D. Du. Pardon a stranger's freedom, sir; but, Clo. Why, the priest, the bride, and the dinwhen you know

ner, were all ready dressed, faith ; but, before I Clo. Sir, if you'll take a bottle, I shall be could fall to, my elder brother, sir, comes nie in proud of your acquaintance; and if I don't do with a damned long stride, and a sharp stomach your business before we part, I'll knock under-says a short grace, and-whipped her up like the table.

an oyster. D. Du. Sir, I shall be glad to drink with you; D. Du. You had ill fortune, sir. but at present am incapable of sitting to it. Cl. Sir, fortune is not much in my debt ; for

Clo. Why, then, sir, you shall only drink as you must know, sir, though I lost my wife, I have long as you can stand; we'll have a bottle here, escaped hanging since, here in Lisbon. sir. Hey, Madona !

(Calls at the door. D. Du. That I know you have; be not amaD. . A very frank-humoured gentleman : zel, sir. I'll know him farther—I presume, sir, you are Clo. Hey! what the devil! have I been all not of Portugal ?

this while treating an officer, that has a warrant Clo. No, sir-I am a kind of a-what-d'ye against me?—Pray, sir, if it be no offenco-may I call-'um—a sort of a here--and-thereian ; I am beg the favour to know who you are ? a stranger no where.

D. Du. Let it suffice, I own myself your friend D. Du. Have you travelled far, sir?

-I am your debtor, sir ; you fought a gentleman Clo. My tour of Europe, or so, sir

they call Don Duari-I knew him well; he was

a proud insulting fellow, and my mortal foe: but Enter Servant with wine.

you killed him, and I thank you; nay, I saw you Clo. So, so! here's the wine! come; sir, to do it fairly, too; and for the action, I desire you our better acquaintance-faith, I like you might will command my sword or fortune. ily-Allons :-(Drinks.]—Morbleu! ce n'est pas Clo. Pray, sir—is there no joke in all this? mauvais ! Allons, encore, hey! Vive l'amour! 1. Du. There, sir; the little all I'm master of, Quand Iris, &c.

(Sings. may serve, at present, to convince you of my sinD. Du. I find, sir, you have taken a taste of cerity; I ask for no return, but to be informed how all the countries you have travelled through: but I may do you farther service. (Gives him a purse. I presume your chief amusement has lain among Clo. Sir, your health-I'll give you inforthe ladies. You fared well in France, I hope? mation presently:-Drinks.] –Pray, sir, do you

Clo. Yes, faith, as far as my pocket would go : know the gentleman's sister, that I fought with ? the devil a stroke without it: no money, no ina That is, do you know what reputation,

what fordemoiselle; no ducat, no duchess: no pistole, no tune she has ? princess-By the way,

let me tell you, sir, your D. Du. I know her fortune to be worth above Lisbonites are held up at a pretty smart rate, too twelve thousand pistoles; her reputation yet un

-1 was forced to come down to the tune of sullied; but pray, sir, why may you ask this? seven pistoles here--a man may keep a pad of Clo. Now, I'll tell you, sir-iwelve thousand his own cheaper than he can ride post, split me! pistoles, you say?

D. Du. I find, sir, you know England, then? D. . I speak the least, sir.

Clo. Ay, sir, and every woman there that's Clo. Why, this very lady, after I had killed her worth knowing:

brother, gave me the protection of her house; D. Di. But I wonder, sir, that, in a country hid mein her closet, while the officers that brought so famed for handsome women, the men are so ge in the dead body came to search for me; and, as nerally blamed for their scandalous usage of them. soon as their backs were turned, poor soul! hura

upon ?

ried me out at a private door, with tears in her search.-- Aside.]-May I depend on this for eyes, faith! Now, sir, what think you? Is not truth, sir? this lint broad enough for a man to make love Clo. Why, sir, you don't suppose I'd banter a

lady of her quality ? D, Du. Confusion !

(Aside. D. Du. Damnation (Aside. - Well, sir, I'NI Clo. Look you, sir, now, if you dare, give me take your letter ; but first let me be well aca proof of your friendship; will you do me the quainted with my errand. favour to carry a letter to her ?

Clo. Sir, I'll write this moment ; if you please, D. Du. Let me consider, sir_Death and we'll step into the house here, and finish the bufire! is all her height of sorrow but dissembled, siness over another bottle. then? A prostitute, even to the man supposed D. Du. With all my heart. my murderer! If it be true, the consequence is

Clo. Allons ! Entrez,

(Exeunt. soon resolved but this requires my farther


real cause of this mistaken mourning: 'tis true, SCENE I.-Elvira is discovered alone in but women's hearts and tongues, you know,

indeed, I gave it out 'tis for my brother's death; mourning, a lamp by her. Don DUART enters behind disguised.

must not always hold alliance ; you'd think us

fond and forward, should not we now and then D Du. Thus far I am passed, unknown to any dissemble. of the servants -now for the

proof of what I D. Du. How sball I forbear her? (Aside. fear-Ha! yonder she is -This close retire Elv. I grow impatient till he's wholly mine ment, those sable colours, the solemn silence to-morrow! 'tis an age! I'll make him mine 10that attends her, no friends admitted, nor even night-I'll write to him this minute-Can the day to visit her-these seem to speak a real you have patience, sir, till I prepare a letter for sorrow; if not, the counterfeit is deep indeed you? I'll fathom it.Madam

D. Du. You may command me, madam. Elo. Who's there? another murderer! where Elo. I'll dispatch immediately--will you are my servants? will nothing but my sorrows

walk this way, sir? wait upon me?

D. Du. Madam, I wait on you—-Revenge D. Du. Your pardon, lady; I have no evil and daggers !

[Exeunt. meaning; this letter will inform

you of my

business, and excuse this rude intrusion.

Elo. For me! whence comes it, sir?
D. Du. The contents, madam, will explain to

Enter LOUISA and JAQUES. you—She scems amazed! looks almost through

Lou. Is the lady seized : the letter-I should suspect the stranger had Juq. Yes, madam, and half dead with the belied her, but that he gave me such convincing fright. circumstances -Ha, she pauses! 'sdeath! a Lou. Let them be ready to produce her, as I smile tool fear her now !

directed. When the stranger's taken, bring me Elo. My prayers are heard; justice at length immediate notice ; 'tis near his time, away.has overtaken the murderer : his vowed protec- (Erit JAQUES.) Had he not loved another, me tion baving been strictly paid, I now, unperjured, thinks I could have borne this usage, sat me may revenge my brother's blood. It lies on me, down alone content, and found a secret pleasure if I neglect this fair occasion : but 'twere not in complaining ; but to be slighted for a girl, a safe to slew my thought; therefore, to be just, sickly, poor, unthinking wretch, incapable of I must dissemble. [Aside.) I ask your pardon for love; that, that stabs home! 'Tis poison to my my rudeness, şir; upon your friend's account thoughts, and swells them to revenge! My rival! you might, indeed, have claimed a better wel. no, she shall never triumph. Hark! what noise!

they have him sure! How now ! D. Du. So; then she's damned, I find. But I'll have more, and bring them face to face.

Enter JAQUES. (Aside) My friend, madam, thought his visits Jag. Madam, the gentleman is taken. would be unseasonable, before the sad solemnity Lou. Bring him in -Revenge, I thank thee of your brother's funeral.

now! Eir. A needless fear! My brother, sir ! Alas, I owe your friend my thanks, for having eased

Enter Bradoes with CARLOS disarmed. our fainily of so scandalous a burthen! A riot- So, sir, you are returned, it seems; you can love ous, unmannered fellow; I blush to speak of him. then! You have an heart, I find, though not for D). Du. Oh, patience! patience ! [Aside. me! Perhaps you came to seek a worthier misElo. Pray, let him know, his absence was the tress here; 'twould be uncharitable to disap



point your love I'll help your search; if she | above, and tell him, that his friends desire him. be here, be sure she's safe-Open that door there. (Exit JAQUES.] You'll pardon, sir, the treatment

I have shewn him; he made a little too merry Enter more Bradoes with ANGELINA, an handkerchief on her neck, which they hold ready to something too far incensed me.

with my folly, which, I confess, at that time, strungle her.

Car. He's old and cheerful, apt to be free; Now, sir, is this the lady?

but he'll be sorry when his humour gives offence. Cur. My Angelina! Oh!

Lou. Now, fet me see you smile, and rudely Enter Don LEWIS, JAQUES bowing to him. throw me from your arms; now scorn my love, D. Lew. Pr’ythee, honest Dumb, don't be so my passion, and my fortune; now, let your ceremonious. A pox on thee! I tell thee it's very squeamish virtue fly me as a disease to modesty; well as it is, (only my jaws ache a little :) but as and tell her, now, your shameful tale of my in- long as we're all friends, it's no great matter. temperance!

My dear Charles, I must buss thee, faith!Cur. Oh, cruelty of fate! that could betray | Madam, your humble servant

-I beg your such innocence !

pardon, d’ye see -you understand me? Lou. What, not a word to soften yet thy ob

(Exit JAQUES stinate aversion! Thou wretched fool, thus to Lou. I hope we are all friends, sir. provoke thy ruin-End her! [To the Bradoes. D. Lew. I hope we are, madam I am an

Car. Oh, hold! for pity hold, and hear me! honest old fellow, faith: though, now and then,

Lou. I've learned from you to use my pity-I'm a little odd, too. On one condition yet she lives an hour; but, if Car. He's a stranger, uncle. refused

D. Lew. What, my little blossom! my gilliCar. Name not a refusal ; be it danger, death, flower! my rose ! my pink! my tulip! faith, I or tortures; any thing that life can do to save her. must smell thee. (Salutes ANGELINA.J Odd, she's

Lou. Presuming fool! were I inclined to save a delicate nosegay! I must have her touzed a her life, (which, by my hopes of peace, I do not little-Charles, you must gather to-night: I mean) canst thou believe this insolent concern can stay no longer -Well, faith, I am heartily for her to my face would not provoke my ven- joyed to see thee, child.

Ang. I thank you, sir, and wish I may doCur. Yet hold ! forgive my rashness, I was to serve your love: our fortune, once again, is kind; blame, indeed; but passion has transported both but how it comes about of us.

D. Lew. Does not signify three-pence ; when Lou. How he disarms my anger ! But must fortune pays me a visit, I seldom trouble myself my rival triumph then?

to know which way she came—I tell you, I am Ang. Charge me not with such abhorred in- glad to see you. gratitude: be witness, Heaven, I'll for ever serve you, court you, and confess you my preserver.

Enter JAQUES. Car. For pity, yet resolve, and force your Jug. Madam, here's the lord governor come temper to a moment's pause. See, at your feet, to wait upon your ladyship: my humbled scorn imploring, crushed, and pros Lou. At this late hour: What can his busitrate, a vile slave, that falls below

your last

ness be ? Desire his lordship to walk in. contempt, and, trembling, begs for mercy. Lou. He buries my revenge in blushes. Now,

Enter Governor. live long and happily; forgive my follies past, Gov. Pardon, madam, this unseasonable visit, and you have overpaid me. (Joins their hands. Lou. Your lordship does me honour.

Car. My Angelina ! do I then live to hold thee Gov. At least, I hope my business will excuse thus ? Oh, I have a thousand things to say, to ask, it. Some strangers, here below, upon their ofto weep, and hear of thee-But, first, let's kneel, fered oaths, demanded my authority to search and pay our thanks to Heaven, and this our kind your house for a lost young lady, to whom the preserver,

one of them affirms himself the father : but the Lou. Nay, now, you give me a confusion.- respect I owe your ladyship made me resuse (Raises them.) But if you dare trust me with the their search, till I had spoken with you. story of your love's distress, as far as my fortune Ang. It must be theyNow, madam, your can, command it freely to supply your present protection, or we yet are lost. wants, or any future means proposed to give you Lou. Be not concerned ! Would


avoid lasting happiness.

them? Car. Eternal rounds of never-ending peace Car, No, we must be found; let them have reward your wondrous bounty! But I have entrance; we have an honest cause, and would been too busy in my joy; I almost had forgot my provoke its trial. friendly uncle, the ancient gentleman that first Lou. Conduct the, gentlemen without. (Exit came hither with me; how have you disposed of JAQUES.) My lord, I'll answer for their honesty; him?

and, as they are strangers, where the law's scLou. I think he's here, and safe -Who waits vere, must beg you'd favour and assist them. there? (Enter JAQUES.) Release the gentleman Gov. You may command me, madam ; though

there's no great fear: for, having heard the most D. Du. There, sir -This to your lordship. that they could urge against them, I found, in

[Gives him a letier, und whispers. their complaints, more spleen and humour than Goc. Married to-night! and to this gentleman, any just appearance of a real injury.

sayest thou? I'm amazed !

D. Du. Here is her choice, my lord. Enter CHARINO, ANTONIO, and CLODIO.

Clo. [Reuding the letter.]--Um-um-charms Cha. I'll have justice.

--irresistible-excuse-so soon-passion-blushAnt. Don't be too hot, brother.

es—consent-provision-children-settlementCha. Sir, I demand justice.

marriage -If this is not plain, the devil's in't Car. My father! Sir, your pardon and your -Hold, here's more, faith— [Reads to himself. blessing.

Gov. 'Tis very sudden— but give my service, Ant. Why, truly, Charles, I begin to be a little I'll wait upon her. reconciled to the matter ; I wish you well, though Clo. Ha, ha, ha! poor soul! I'll be with her I cann't join you together; for my friend and bro presently; and, faith, since I have made my own ther here is very obstinate, and will admit of no fortune, I'll e'en patch up my brother's too. satisfaction: but, however, Heaven will bless you Hark you, my dear dad, that should ha' beenin spite of his teeth.

This business is all at an end-for, look you, I Chu. This is all contrivance, roguery! I am find your daughter's engaged; and, to tell you abused! I say, deliver my daughter-she is an the truth, so am I, faith. If my brother has a heiress, sir; and to detain her is a rape in law, mind to marry her, let him ; for I shall not, split sir, and I'll have you all hanged; therefore, no me—And now, gentlemen and ladies, if you more delays, sir ; for I tell you before-hand, I am will do me the honour to grace mine and the la. a wise man, and 'tis impossible to trick me. dy Elvira's wedding, such homely entertainment

Ant. I say, you are too positive, brother; and as my poor house affords, you shall be all heaitiwhen you learn more wisdom, you'll have some. ly welcome to.

Cha. I say, brother, this is mere malice, when D. Lew. Thy house ! ha, ha! Well said, pupyou know, in your own conscience, I have ten py! times your understanding; for you see I am quite Clo. Ila! old Testy! of another opinion : and so, once more, my lord, Cha. What dost thou mean, man? I demand justice against that ravisher.

[ To CLODIO. Gov. Does your daughter, sir, complain of any Guo. 'Tis even so, I can assure you, sir; I violence?

have, myself, an invitation from the lady's own Cha. Your lordship knows young girls never hand, that confirms it: I know her fortune weh, complain, when the violence is over; he has and am surprised at it. taught her better, I suppose,

Ang. Blessed news! This seems a forward Àng. (To CHIARINO, kneeling.] Sir, you are my step to reconcile us all. father, bred me, cherished me, gave me my

af. Cha. If this be true, my lord, I have been fections, taught me to keep them hitherto within thinking to no purpose; my design is all broke the bounds of honour and of virtue; let me con to pieces. jure you, by the chaste love my mother bore you, Ant. Come, brother, we'll mend it as well as when she preferred, to her mistaken parents' we can; and since that young rogue has rudely choice, her being yours without a dower, not to turned tail upon your danghter, I'll fill up the bestow my person, where those affections ne'er blank with Charles's pame, and let the rest of can follow I cannot love that gentleman more the settlement stand as it was. than a sister ought; but here my heart's subdued, Chu. Hold ! I'll first see this wedding, and even to the last compliance with my fortune: he, then give you my final resolution. sir, has nobly wooed and won me; and I am on Clo. Come, ladies, if you please, my friend ly his, or miserable,

will shew you. Chú. Get up again.

Lou. Sir, we wait upon you. Gov. Come, sir, be persuaded; your daughter Cha. This wedding's an odd thing. has made an honourable and happy choice ; this D. Lew. Ha, ha! if it should be a lie, now. severity will but expose yourself and her.

(Excunt. Cha. My lord, I don't want advice: I'll consider with myself, and resolve upon my own opi- SCENE III.-ELVIRA's Apartment - ELVInion.

RA alone, with Clodio's letter in her hand. Erter JAQUES.

Elv. At how severe a price do women parJaq. My lord, here's a stranger without, in- chase an unspotted fame, when even the justest quires for your lordship, and for a gentleman title cannot assure possession! When we reject that calls himself Clodio.

upon the insolent and daily wrongs which mnen Clo. Hey! Ah, mon cher ami!

and scandal throw upon our actions, 'were

enough to make an honest mind despair ! If we Enter Don DUART, disguised.

are fair and chaste, we are proud ; if free, we Well, what news, my dear ? Has she answered my are wanton; cold, we are cunning; and if kind, letter?

forsaken nothing we do or think on, be the

motive ever so just or generous, but still the ma You ha'n't the right use of one of your senses
lice, or the guilt of men, interprets to our shame. In short, you have it. Now, my princess, have
Why should this stranger, else, this wretched not I nicked it ?
stranger, whose forfeit life I rashly saved, pre Elo. I am sorry, sir, you know so little of
sume, from that mistaken charity, to tempt me yourself, or me.
with his love?

Enter a Servant.
Enter a Servant,

Sero. Madam, the priest is come.
Hark! what music's that?

(Flourish. Elo. Let him wait, we've no occasion yetSero. Madam, the gentlemen are come. Within, there-seize him. Eiv, 'Tis well; are the officers ready?

(Sederul Officers rush in, who seize CLODIO, Serv. Yes, madam, and know your ladyship’s

and bind him. orders.

D. Du. Ha ! Eir. Conduct the company. Now, justice shall Gov. What can this mean? uncloud my fame, and see my brother's death re Clo. Gads me! what, is my deary in her frovenged.

lics already?

Eld. And now, my lord, your justice on that Enter hautboys playing, Clodio singing, D.

murderer. DUART, Governor, D. MANUEL, LOUISA,


Clo. That bitch, my fortune! and D. Lewis.

D. Lew. Madam, upon my knees, I beg you Clo. Well, madam, you see I am punctual- don't carry the jest too far; but if there be any you've nicked your man, faith ; I am always criti- real hopes of his having a halter, let's know it in cal—to a minute. You'll never stay for me. La three words, that I may be sure at once for ever, dies and gentlemen, 1 desire you'll do me the ho- that no earthly thing but a reprieve can save nour of being better acquainted here-my lord him.

[Apart to Elvira. Gov. Give you joy, madam:

Ant. Pray, madam, who accuses him ? Clo. Nay, madam, I have brought you some Elo. His own confession, sir. near relations of my own, loo This Don An Chu. Of murder, say you, madam? tonio, who will shortly, have the honour to call Elo. The murder of my brother. you daughter.

Gov. Where was that confession made ? Ano. The young rogue has made a pretty Elo After the fact was done, my lord, this choice, faith!

man, pursued by justice, took shelter here, and, C'lo. This Don Charino, who was very near ha- trembling, begged of me for my protection : he ving the honour of calling me son.



el seemed, indeed, a stranger, and his complaints der brother and this my noble uncle, Don Cho so pitiful, that I, little suspicious of my brother's leric Snapshorto de Testy.

death, promised, by a rash and solemn vow, I D, Lew. Puppy!

would conceal him: which vow, Heaven can Clo. Peevish!

witness with what distraction in my thoughts I D. Lew. Madam, I wish you joy with all my strictly kept, and paid ; but he, alas! mistaking heart; but, truly, I can't much advise you to this my hospitable charity for the effects of a marry this gentleman; because, in a day or two, most vile, preposterous love, proceeds upon his you'll really find him extremely shocking: those, error, and in his letter, here, addresses me for that know him, generally give him the title of marriage; which I, once having paid my vow, Don Dismallo Thickscullo de Halfwitto.

answered in such prevailing terms, upon his folClo. Well said, nuncle-ha, ha !

ly, as now have, unprotected, drawn him into D. Du. Are you provided of a priest, sir? the hands of justice.

Clo. Ay, ay, pox on him! would he were D. Du. She is innocent, and well has disapcome, though?

pointed my revenge.

(Aside. D. Du. So would J. I want the cue to act D. Lew. So, now I am a little easy-the pupthis justice, on my honour; yet I cannot read py will be hanged. the folly in her looks.

(Asude. Goo. Give me leave, madam, to ask you yet Gov. You have surprised us, madam, by this some farther questions. sudden marriage.

Clo. Ay,- I shall be hanged, I believe. El. I may yet surprise you more, my

lord. Cha. Nay, then, 'tis time to take care of my D. Du. Sir, don't you think your bride looks daughter ; for I am convinced that my friend melancholy?

Clody is disposed of and so, without comCio. Ay, poor fool, she's modest—but I have pliment, do you see, children, Heaven bless you a cure for that -Well, my princess, why that together. demure look, now?

[Joins CARLOS and ANGELINA's hands, Elv. I was thinking, sir

Car. This, sir, is a time unfit to thank you as Clo. I know what you think of -You don't we ought. think at ali -You don't know what to think Ant. Well, brother, I thank you, however ; You neither see, hcar, feel, smell, nor taste Charles is an honest lad, and well deserves her;

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