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Sams. We'll soon try that, and cut Sams. Then I suppose, she went short your recollections and yourself to north. gether. Stop, you inamorato of a beg- Vit. What mean you? I comprehend garly Brahman.
you not. Speak out. Vas. Delightful words, proceed, you Sams. I swear by your head and my speak my praise.
feet that you may make yourself perfectly Sams. Let him defend you if he can easy. Dismiss all alarm - I have killed
Vas. Defend me! I were safe if he her. were here.
Vil. Killed her ! Sams. What! is he Sakra, or the son of Sams. What, you do not believe me? Bali- Mahendra, or the son of Rembha then look here, see this first proof of my -Kalanemi, or Subhandu-Rudra or the prowess. (Shews the body.) son of Drona - Jatayu - Chanakya — Vita. Alas, I die! (Faints.) Dhundhumara or Trisanku ? If he were Sams. Hey-day, is it all over with him? all these together, he could not aid you. Sthu. Revive, sir ; it is I who am to As Sita was slain by Chanakya, as blame, my inconsiderately bringing her Draupadi by Jatayu, so art thou by me. hither has caused her death. (Seizes her.)
Vit. (Reviving.) Alas, Vasantasena !! Vas. Oh my dear mother, oh my The stream of tenderness is now dried up, loved Charudatta !
And beauty Aies us for her native sphere. Too short and too imperfect are our Graceful and lovely wast thou, hapless loves
wench, Too soon I perish, I will cry for succour And fascinating in thy playful sportive. What! shall Vasantasena's voice be n ess : heard
Mirthful thy mind, affectionate thy heart, Abroad? Oh, that were infamy! No And gentle as the moonbeams were thy more
looks. But this. Bless_bless my. Charudatta. Alas! love's richest store, a mine ex
Sams. Still do you repeat that name, haustless once more, now (seizing her by the throat.) of exquisite delights, is here broke
Vas. (In a struggling tone.) Bless open, my Charudatta.
Plundered with reckless hand, and left 'Sams. Die, harlot, die. (Strangles her in ruins. with his hands.) 'Tis done, she is no This crime will amply be avenged. A more-this bundle of vice, this mansion deed of cruelty, has met her fate, instead of Done by such hands, in such a place him whom she came in her love to meet. committed, To what shall I compare the prowess of Will bring down infamy on all the state. this arm ? Vainly calling on her mother, The guardian goddess of our city flies she has fallen like Sita in the Bharat. For ever from its execrated walls. Deaf to my desires, she perishes in my Let me reflect-this villain may involve resentment. The Garden is empty-İ Me in the crime-I will depart from may drag her away unperceived. Who. hence. ever sees this, will say it was not the (The Prince lays hold of him.) deed of any other man's son. The old Detain me not, I have already been jackall will be here again presently. I Too long your follower and friend. will withdraw and observe him.
Sams. Very likely indeed. You have Enter the Vita and STHAVARAKA. murdered Vasantasena, and seek to ac
Vita. I have brought back Sthavaraka. cuse me of the crime: do you imagine Where is he? Here are foot-marks I am without friends ? these are women's.
Vit. You are a wretch. Sams. (Advances.) Welcome, master : Sams. Come, come, I will give you you are well returned, Sthavaraka. money, a hundred suvernas, clothes, a
Vit. Now render back my pledge. turban-Say nothing of what has hapSams. What was that?
pened, and we shall escape all censure. Vit. Vasantasena.
Vit. Keep your gifts. Sams. Oh, she is gone.
Stha. Shame, shame! Vit. Whither?
Sams. Ha! ha! ha! (Laughing.) Sams. After you.
Vit. Restrain your mirth. Let there Vit. She came not in that direction.
be hate between us. Sams. Which way went you?
That friendship that confers alone dis. Vit. To the east.
grace, Sams. Ah, that accounts for it; she Is not for me-it must no more unite us. turned off to the south.
I cast it from me, as a snapped l'it. I went south too.
And stringless bow.
Sams. Come, good master, be appea- lo! the rascally mendicant whom he sed. Let us go bathe.
had beaten and threatened to decapi. l'it. Whilst you were frce from crime tate with the sword like a radish. you might exact
How now?' “I can leap the broken My duty, but obedience to you now
wall-thus I fly as the monkey Ma. Would but proclaim myself alike un. hendra leaped through heaven, over worthy.
earth and hell, from Hanuman Peak I cannot wait on guilt, nor, though I
to Lanka. (Jumps down.)” The know
mendicant enters, and goes to hang My innocence, have courage to encoun
his mantle, newly washed and ochreter Those speaking glances every female eye
stained, to be a badge of his profesWill cast abhorrent upon one who holds
sion, on the heap of leaves. Murder Communion with a woman's murderer.
will out and here right speedily. Poor, poor Vasantasena! may thy vir
“I covet not the other world," quoth tues
the mendicant, “until Bauddha enaWin thee in after life a happier portion;
bles me in this to make some return And may the days of shame, and death
for the Lady Vasantasena's charity. of violence,
On the day she liberated me from That thou hast suffered in existence past, the gamester's clutches, she made me Ensure thee honoured birth, the world's her slave for ever. Hola! something regard,
sighed among yon leaves--or perAnd wealth, and happiness, in that to haps it was only their crackling, come. (Going.)
scorched by the sun, and moistened Sams. Where would you fly? In this by my damp garment. Bless me! my garden, you have murdered a female; they spread out like the wings of a come along with me, and defend yourself bird. (One of Vasantasena's hands before my brother-in-law. (Seizes him.) appears. A woman's hand, as I live!
Vil. Away, fool. (Draws his sword.) with rich ornaments—and another !
Sams. (Falls back.) Oh, very well, if Surely I have seen that hand before you are afraid, you may depart.
-it is-it is-it is the hand that was Vil. I am in danger here; yes, I will
once stretched out to save me!" join
He scatters the leaves, and Vasanta. Servillaka, and Chandana, and with them
sena stirring, expresses by signs the seek
want of water. He applies the wet The band that Aryaka has assembled.
garment to her face and mouth, and (Exit.”
fans her, and she revives. “Do you The murderer bribes his coach- not remember me, lady; you once man, with costly ornaments, to hold redeemed me with ten suvernas ? his peace, and orders him to conduct - Vas. I remember you; ought else the carriage to the porch of his I have forgotten. I have suffered palace, and there wait his coming. since.-Mend. How, lady ? - Vas. Nothing can be more natural and As my fate deserved." "He bids consistent with his character than her drag herself to the tree she the bebaviour of the murderer. He is Jying below, and take hold of a has not the sense to fear the flight creeper which he bends down to of the Vita, and says with a chuckle, her; thus she is enabled to rise to “ My worthy preceptor has taken her feet. To a Bauddha Ascetic, himself off in alarm, and will not female contact is unlawful; and his probably trust himself here again. observance of the prohibition, reAs to the slave, as soon as I return I marks the translator, in spite of his will put him in confinement; so my gratitude and regard for Vasantasesecret is safe, and I may depart na, is a curious and characteristic without apprehension.” He then delineation of the denaturalizing havdles the body to be sure that it tendency of such institutions. In a is dead-offers to cover it with his neighbouring convent, he tenderly mantle- a wise suggestion of the tells her, dwells a holy sister, with heart-but recollects it bears his whom she may rest for a while; and name. He then covers it with a they walk away, he calling on the heap of withered leaves, and will be people on the streets to make way off to the court to enter an accusae for a young female and a poor beg. tion of murder against Charudatta— gar: and so closes this harrowing murder for sake of her wealth! But Act.
How fares the murderer? Here should keep aloof from the anger of the he comes-splendidly dressed! He king.” speaks. . “ I have bathed in limpid All very fine and true, your Howater, and reposed in a shady grove, nour; yet have we a shrewd suspipassing my time like a celestial cho. cion that you are a knave. rister of elegant form, amidst an An officer of the Court calls — attendant train of lovely damsels, “ By command of his honour the now tying my hair, then twisting it Judge, I ask who waits to demand into a braid, then opening it in justice ? — Sams. (advancing.) Oh! flowing tresses, and again gathering ho! The Judges are seated—I deit into a graceful knot. Oh! I am mand justice-1, a man of rank-a a most accomplished and astonish. Vasudeva, and brother-in-law of the ing young Prince.” But be feels an Rajah-I have a plaint to enter.” “ interior chasm” wbich must be The Judge oracularly remarks “an filled up. And with what? He eclipse of the rising sun forewarns cannot be perfectly happy, till he the downfall of some illustrious goes to the Court, and registers an character”-but puts off the plaint accusation against Charudatta of the till to-morrow. The great man murder of Vasantasena by strangu. threatens to tell the Rajah-and the lation. Luckily the Court is sitting Judge remembers that it is one of —and he is at the gate. The Ninth his prime duties—" to keep aloof from Act is wholly occupied with the trial the anger of the king,” “The blockhead and condemnation of Charudatta has it in his power to procure my and is an extremely curious, and in dismissal-his plaint shall be heard." as far as Professor H. Wilson knows Samsthanaka then puts his hands on (and did another exist he would the Judge's head, and sitting down have known it), a solitary picture by his side, says, “ I will sit even of the practical administration of here.” He then states his charge Hindu law under Hindu govern- against Charudatta, plainly impli. ment. Then we have the door- cating himself by his blunders, and, keeper, who cries “ here comes the at one unlucky word, putting his Court, I must attend." Then the foot on the record, and wiping it Judge enters, with the Provost and out. Vasantasena's mother is called, Recorder, and others-and the Crier and most reluctantly confesses that sings out, “ Hear, all men, the Judge's her daughter had gone the night commands.” The Judge then den before to the house of Charudatta. livers his idea of the judicial cha- The Judge now thinks it time to orracter. “ Amidst the conflicting de- der the attendance of the accused. tails of parties engaged in legal con- _“ Officer, repair to Charudatta, troversy, it is difficult for the and say to him, the Magistrate, with Judge to ascertain what is really in all due respect, requests to see him their hearts. Men accuse others of at his perfect convenience.” He secret crimes, and even though the immediately appears-appalled by charge be disproved, they acknow- fearful omens. His left eye throbs ledge not their fault, but, blinded by --with repeated croak a crow anpassion, persevere; and whilst their swers his fellow's call-on his path friends conceal their errors, and their the black snake unfolds his spiry foes exaggerate them, the character length, and expands his hooded of the prince is assailed. Reproach neck between his venomed fangs, indeed is easy, discrimination of but protruding his hissing tongue-he rare occurrence, and the quality slips where there is no plashy mire. of a judge is readily the subject of
« Yes, death censure. A judge should be learned, Terrible death awaits membe it som sagacious, eloquent, dispassionate, It is not mine to murmur against destiny, impartial; he should pronounce Nor doubt that righteous which the gods judgment only after due delibera
ordain. tion and enquiry; he should be a Off. This is the court, sir, enter. guardian to the weak, a terror to Char. (Entering, and looking round.) the wicked; his heart should covet The prospect is but little pleasing. nothing, his mind be intent on no. The court looks like a sea-its counthing but equity and truth, and he sellors
Are deep enguli'd in thought; its toss. truth! The more one investigates, the ing waves
greater is the perplexity; the points Are wrangling advocates; its brood of of law are sufficiently clear here; monsters
but the understanding still labours Are these wild animals-deatli's mini- like a cow in a quagmire.” In this sters
quandary he turns to the prisoner Attorneys skim, like wily snakes, the
and says, “Come, Charudatia, speak surface
the truth.” He deplores affectingSpies are the shell-fish cowering 'midst ly the death of his beautiful and its weeds,
beloved handmaid; and the murAnd vile informers, like the hovering
derer now tells the Judges they will curlew Hang Auttering o'er, then pounce upon
be held as the defendant's friends
and abettors, if he allows him longer their prey : The bench, that should be justice, is un
to remain seated in his presence.
The officers remove him from his safe, Rough, rude, and broken by oppression's
seat, and he sits down on the ground. storms.
The murderer then ejaculates to (As he advances, he knocks his head against himself, “Ha! ha! my deeds are the door frame.)
now safely deposited on another's More inauspicious omens--they attend head. I will go and sit near CharuEach step I take-fate multiplies its fa- datta. Come, Charudatta, look at vours."
me-confess; say honestly, I killed
Vasantasena.” For a while things do not look
“ Char. Vile wretch, away. Alas, my
« Char. Vile wri very black, and the Judge is anxious
humble friend to establish his innocence. “How My good Maitreya, what will be thy grief can such a man have committed To bear of my disgrace, and thine, dear such a crime? He has exhausted in
wife, lavish munificence the ocean of his The daughter of a pure and pious race! disregarded wealth, and is it possible Alas! my boy, amidst thy youthful sports, that he, who was among the best, and How little think'st thou of thy father's who has ever shewn the most prince shame? ly liberality, should have been guilty Where can Maitreya tarry? I had sent of a deed most hateful to a noble him mind, for the sake of plunder ?" But To seek Vasantasena, and restore Charudatta had at first hesitated. The costly gems ber lavish love bestowed from sbame_to acknowledge his Upon my child—where can be thus deliaison with the Courtezan-nor Jay?". would nor could he say more-than Maitreya is passing the court gate, " that he did not see her depart from and bearing of the jeopardy of his his house, and knew not how.” At best friend, rushes in, and after some this juncture in comes Viraka, the touching appeals to the Judge on the kicked Captain of the Watch, and impossibility of such a crime by swears to having heard the driver of such a man, he strikes Samsthanaka, Cbarudatta's coach say that he was who had called him “a hypocritical driving Vasantasena to the gardens scoundrel ;” and in the struggle of Pushpakarandaka to meet his which ensues, out of his girdle fall master.
Vasantasena's jewels given by her to But where is the body of the mur. the little lad to purchase a GOLDEN dered woman ? Viraka is sent to look Toyocart. The proof is complete, for it in the gardens, and returning and Charudatta is condemned to instanter, says, “I have been to the death. “Let the ornaments of Va. garden, and have ascertained that a santasena be suspended to the neck female body has been carried off by of the criminal_let him be conductthe beasts of prey.-Judge. How ed by beat of drum-to the southern know you it was a female body ? - cemetery, and there let him be im. l'ir. By the remains of the hair, paled, that by the severity of this and the marks of the hands and feet." punishment, men may be in future The Judge is at a loss what to be- deterred from the commission of lieve--and thus gives vent to his per- such atrocious acts." He bequeaths plexity before a crowded court: his helpless family to Maitreya “How difficult it is to discover the asking him to befriend his wife, and be a second parent to his child. The the court is dissolved, and the Chandalas-whose caste makes them procession is on its way to the cepublic executioners — are called, metery.
Enter CHARUDATTA, with two CHANDALAS as Executioners. Ist Chan. Out of the way, sirs, out of the way; room for Charudatta, adorned with the Karavira garland, and attended by his dexterous executioners; he approaches his end, like a lamp ill fed with oil. Char. Sepulchral blossoms decorate my limbs,
Covered with dust, and watered by my tears,
Impatient to enjoy their promised prey.
That heaven await me, and reward my sutferings. 1st Chan. Stand out of the way-what crowd you to see? There are four things not to be looked at. Indra carried forth-the birth of a call-the falling of a starand the misfortune of a good man. Look, brother Chinta-the whole city is under sentence! What! does the sky weep, or the thunderbolt fall, without a cloud ?
2d Chan. No, brother Goba; not so: the shower falls from yonder cloud of women-let them weep-their tears will at least help to lay the dust. Char. From every window lovely faces shed
The kindly drops, and bathe me with their tears. Ist Chan. Here, stop, strike the drum, and cry the sentence-Hear ye-Hear ye- This is Charudatta, son of Sagaradatta, son of Provost Vinayadatta, by whom the courtezan Vasantasena has been robbed and murdered : he has been convicted and condemned, and we are ordered by king Palaka to put him to death : 80 will his Majesty ever punish those that commit such crimes as both worlds abhor. Char. Dreadful reverse-to hear such wretches herald
My death, and blacken thus with lies my fame :
Of poison, brewed by infamy and shame? (Puts his hands to his ears. )
Their faces with their raiment, turn away,
But scant their number in adversity.
(Behind.) Father! father! My friend my friend.
Char. My worthy friends, grant me this one indulgence.