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rogues ! dogs! slaves! where are my rascals ? | he made his escape; I saw him very busy in the Ah, my joy flows again— I can't bear it. street with Octavio and another gentleman ;
Trappanti dogged them, and brings me word they Enter several Servants.
just now went into the Corrigidore's in the next Sero. Did you call, sir?
street-therefore, what we do, we must do quickD. Man. Call, sir! aye, sir. What's the rea- ly. Come, come, put on your fighting face, and son you are not all out of your wits, sir! don't I'll be with them presently.
[Aside. you know that your young mistress is married, Hyp. (Aloud.] Sir, I have offered you very scoundrels?
fair; if you don't think so, I have married the 1st Ser. Yes, sir; and we are all ready to be lady, and take your course. mad as soon as your honour will please to give | Flo. Sir, our contract was a full third; a third any distracted orders.
part's my right, and I'll have it, sir. Hyp. You see, sir, they only want a little en D. Man. Hey! couragement.
Hyp. Then, I must tell you, sir, since you are D. Man. Ah, there shall be nothing wanting pleased to call it your right, you shall not have it. this day, if I were sure to beg for it all my life Flo. Not, sir ! after- Here, sirrah, cook ! look into the Ro Hyp. No, sir! Look ye, don't put on your man history; see what Mark Antony had for pert airs to me-'egad I shall use you very scursupper when Cleopatra first treated him cher en vily. tire : rogue, let me have a repast that will be six Flo. Use me ! You little son of a whore, draw. times as expensive and provoking-Go.
Hyp. Oh, sir, I am for you. 2d Ser. It shall be done, sir.
[They fight, Don Manuel interposesá D. Man. And d’ye hear? one of you step tool_Ros. Ah, help! murder!
Runs out. y Monsieur Vendevin, the king's butler, for the D. Man. Within there! help! 'murder! same wine that his majesty reserves for bis own | Why, gentlemen, are ye mad? pray, put up. drinking ; tell him he shall have his price for it. | Hyp. A rascal! 1st Ser. How much will you please to have, D. Man. Friends, and quarrel? for shame!
Flo. Friends! I scorn his friendship; and D. Man. Too much, sir : I'll have every thing since he does not know how to use a gentleman; on the outside of enough to day. Go you, sir- I'll do a public piece of justice, and use him like rah, run to the theatre, and detach me a regi- a villain. ment of fiddlers, and singers, and dancers; and Hyp. Let me go. you, sir, to my nephew, Don Lewis; give my ser D. Man. Better words, sir. [To FLORA. vice, and bring all his family along with him. Flo. Why, sir, d'ye take this fellow for Don
Hyp. Aye, sir, this is as it should be; now, it Philip? begins to look like a wedding.
D. Man. What do you mean, sir? D. Man. Ah, we'll make all the hair in the Flo. That he has cheated me as well as youworld stand an end at our joy.
but I'll have my revenge immediately. Hyp. Here comes Flora Now, madam, ob
TÉxit FLORA. serve your cue.
(HYPOLITA walks about, and Don MA
D. Man. Hey! what's all this? what is it
[To a servant.] bid my servant run, and hire me Hyp. Pshaw ! Prithee, don't plague me with a coach and four horses immediately. business at such a time as this.
Ser. Yes, sir.
[Exit Servant. Flo. My business won't be deferred, sir, 1 D. Man. A coach! Hyp. Sir? Flo. I suppose you guess it, sir; and I must
Enter VilETTA. tell you, I take it ill it was not done before. I Vil. Sir, sir! bless me! what's the matter, sir? Hyp. What d'ye mean?
are you not well? Flo. Your ear, sir.
[They whisper. D. Man. Yes, yes, I am-that is-ha! D. Man. What's the matter now, trow?
Vil. I have brought you a letter, sir. Ros. The gentleman seems very free, me D. Man. What business can he have for a coach? thinks.
Vil. I have brought you a letter, sir, from OcD. Man. Troth, I don't like it.
tavio. Ros. Don't disturb them, sir-We shall know D. Man. To me? all presently.
Vil. No, sir, to my mistress h e charged Hyp. But what have you done with Don Phi- me to deliver it immediately, for he said it conlip?
cerned her life and fortune. Flo. I drew the servants out of the way, while D. Man. How ! let's see it-There's what I
promised thee-begone. What can this be now ! |
Enter Don LOUIS. [Reads.] “The person whom your father igno D. Lou. Uncle, I am your humble servant. * rantly designs you to marry, is a known cheat, D. Man. I am glad to see you, nephew.
and an impostor ; the true Don Philip, who is D. Lou. I received your invitation, and am 'my intimate friend, will immediately appear come to pay my duty : but here I met with the with the Corrigidore, and fresh evidence a-most surprizing news. gainst him. I thought this advice, though from D. Man. Pray what is it? one you hate, would be well received, if it came D. Lou. Why, first your servant told me my time enough to prevent your ruin.
young cousin was to be married to-day to Don
Octavio. Philip de las Torres ; and, just as I was entering Oh, my heart! this letter was not designed to your doors, who should I meet but Don Philip, fall into my hands-I am affrighted-I dare not with the Corrigidore and several witnesses, to think on't.
prove, it seems, that the person whom you were
just going to marry my cousin to, has usurped Re-enter Servant.
his name, betrayed you, robbed him, and is, in Ser. Sir, your man is not within.
short, a rank impostor! Hyp. Careless rascal! to be out of the way Hyp. So, now, its come home to him. when my life's at stake Prithee, do thou go and D. Man. Dear nephew ! don't torture me. Are see if thou canst get me any post-horses.
you sure you know Don Philip when you see him? 1 -- D. Man. Post horses !
D. Lou. Know him, sir! were we not schoolApe
fellows, fellow-collegians, and fellow-travellers? Enter ROSARA.
D. Man. But are you sure you may not have Ros. Oh, dear sir, what was the matter? forgot him, neither? D. Man. Hey!
D. Lou. You might as well ask me if I had Ros. What made them quarrel, sir?
pot forgot you, sir. D. Man. Child !
D. Man. But one question more, and I am Ros. What was it about, sir? You look con dumb for ever--is that he? cerned.
D. Lou. That, sir! no, nor in the least like D. Man. Concerned!
him-But, pray, why this concern? I hope we Ros. I hope you are not hurt, sir. [To Hyp. are not come too late to prevent the marriage ? *; who minds her not. What's the matter with him, D. Man. Oh, oh, oh, oil! my poor child ! sir ? he won't speak to me. [To D. Man. Ros. Oh!
[Seems to faint. D. Man. A-speak!-a-go to him again, try what fair words will do, and see if you can
Enter VILETTA. pick out the meaning of all this.
Vil. What's the matter, sir ! Ros. Dear sir! what's the matter? To Hyp. D. Man. Ah! look to my child. D. Man. Ay, sir, pray what's the matter? D. Lou. Is this the villain, then, that has im
Hyp. I'm a little vexed at my servant's being posed on you? out of the way, and the insolence of this other Hyp. Sir, I'm this lady's husband, and, while rascal.
I'm sure that name can't be taken from me, I D. Man. But what occasion have you for shall be contented with laughing at any other you post-horses, sir?
or your party dare give me. Hyp. Something happens a little cross, sir. D. Man. Oh! D. Man. Pray, what is it?
D. Lou. Nay, then, within there-such a vilHyp. I'll tell you another time, sir.
lain ought to be made an example. D. Man. Another time, sir- pray, satisfy Enter Corrigidore and Officers, with Don Pui. me now.
Hyp. Lord, sir! when you see a man out of | LIP, Octavio, FLORA, und TRAPPANTI. humour.
Oh, gentlemen, we're undone! all comes too D. Man. Sir, it may be I'm as much out of late ! my poor cousin's married to the impostor! humour as you; and I must tell ye, I don't likel D. Phi. How! your behaviour, and I'm resolved to be satisfied. Oct. Confusion !
Hyp. Sir, what is it you'd have? [Peevishly. D. Man. Oh, oh!
D. Man. Look ye, sir in short-1-I have D. Phi. That's the person, sir, and I demand received a letter.
your justice. Hyp. Well, sir.
Oct. And I. .
Flo. And all of us,
D. Man. Matter, sir! In troth, I'm almost Cor. Well, gentlemen, let me rightly underafraid and ashamed to tell ye-but if you must stand what 'tis you charge him with, and I'll comseeds know-there's the matter, sir.
mit him immediately- First, sir, you say these . [Gives the letter. gentlemen all know you to be the true Don Philip! D. Lou. That, sir, I presume, my oath will bear to see the light, after this heap of ruin thou prove.
hast raised, by tearing thus asunder the most Oct. Or mine,
solemn vows of plighted love! Flo. And mine.
D. Man. Oh, don't insult me; I deserve the Trap. Ay, and mine, too, sir.
worst you can say—I'm a miserable wretch, and D. Man. Where shall I hide this shameful I repent me. head?
Oct. Repent! canst thou believe whole years Flo. And for the robbery, that I can prove of sorrow will atone thy crime? No; groan on; upon him; he confessed to me at Toledo he sigh and weep away thy life to come, and, when stole this gentleman's portmanteau there to carry the stings and horrors of thy conscience have on his design upon this lady, and agreed to give laid thy tortured body in the grave-then, then me a third part of her fortune, for my assistance, -as thou dost me, when it is too late, I'll pity which he refusing to pay as soon as the marriage thee. was over, I thought myself obliged, in honour, Vil. So ! here's the lady in tears, the lover in to discover him.
rage, the old gentleman out of his senses, most Hyp. Well, gentlemen, you may insult me if of the company distracted, and the bridegroom you please; but, I presume, you'll hardly be able in a fair way to be hanged-the merriest wedto prove that l'ın not married to the lady, ording that ever I saw in my life! have not the best part of her fortune in my Cor. Well, sir, have you any thing to say, bepocket: so, do your worst; I own iny ingenuity, fore I make your warrant? [To HYPOLITA, and am proud on't.
Hyp. A word or two, and I obey ye, sir-GenD. Man. Ingenuity, abandoned villain ! But, tlemen, I have reflected on the folly of my acsir, before you send him to gaol, I desire he may tion, and foresee the disquiets I am like to unreturn the jewels I gave him as part of my dergo in being this lady's husband; therefore, as daughter's portion.
I own myself the author of all this seeming ruin Cor. That can't be, sir-since he has married and confusion, so I am willing (desiring first the the lady, her fortune is lawfully his. All we can officers inay withdraw), to offer something to the do, is to prosecute him for robbing this gentle- general quiet. man.
Oct. What can this mean? D. Man. Oh, that ever I was born!
D. Phi. Psha! some new contrivance-Let's Hyp. Return the jewels, sir! If you don't pay be gone. me the rest of her fortune to-morrow morning, D. Lou. Stay a moment; it can be no harm you may chance to go to gaol before me.
to hear him-Sir, will you oblige us ? D. Man. Oh, that I were buried! will my Cor. Wait without- TEreunt Officers. cares never be over?
Vil. What's to be done now, trów? Hyp. They are pretty near it, sir; you can't Trap. Some smart thing, I warrant ye: the have much more to trouble you.
little gentleman hath a notable head, faith! Cor. Come, sir, if you please, I must desire to Flo. Nay, gentlemen, thus much I know of take your affidavit in writing.
him, that if you can but persuade him to be Goes to the table with FLORA. honest, 'tis still in his power to make you all D. Phi. Now, sir, you see what your own amends, and, in my opinion, 'tis high time he rashness has brought ye to. How shall I be should propose it. stared at when I give an account of this to my D. Man. Ay, 'tis time he were banged, indeed, father, or your friends in Seville! you'll be the for I know no other amends he can make us. public jest; your understanding, or your folly, Hyp. Then, I must tell you, sir, I owe you no will be the mirth of every table,
reparation; the injuries which you complain of, D. Mun. Pray forbear, sir.
your sordid avarice, and breach of promise here, Hyp. Keep it up, madam. [Aside to ROSARA. I have justly brought upon you-Had you, as you
Ros. Oh, sir! how wretched have you made were obliged, in conscience and in nature, first me! Is this the care you have taken of me, for given your daughter with your heart, she had my blind obedience to your commands ? this my now been honourably happy; and, if any, I the reward for filial duty ?
only miserable person here. D. Man. Ah, my poor child!
D. Lou. He talks reason. Ros. But I deserve it all for ever listening to D. Phi. I don't think him in the wrong there, your barbarous proposal, when my conscience ) indeed. might have told me iny vows and person, in jus- Hyp. Therefore, sir, if you are injured, you tice and honour, were the wronged Octavio's. may thank yourself for it. D. Man. Oh, oh!
D. Man. Nay, dear sir-I do confess my Oct. Can she repent her falsehood then, at blindness, and could heartily wish your eyes, or last! Is't possible ! then I'm wounded, too! Oh, mine, had dropped out of our heads before ever my poor, 'undone Rosara! [Goes to her.] Un-we saw one another. grateful! cruel! perjured inan! how canst thou Hyp. Well, sir, (however little you have de
served it) yet, for your daughter's sake, if you'll | Hyp. Examine well your heart; and, if the oblige yourself, by signing this paper, to keep fierce resentment of its wrongs has not extinyour first promise, and give her, with her full for- guished quite the usual soft compassion there, tune, to this gentleman, I'm still content, on that revive at least one spark, in pity of my woman's condition, to disannul my own pretences, and resign her.
D. Man. How! a woman! Oct. Ha ! what says he?
D. Phi. Whither wouldst thou carry me? D. Lou. This is strange!
Hyp. Not but I know you generous as the D. Man. Sir, I don't know how to answer you; heart of love ; yet let me doubt if even this low for I can never believe you'll have good-nature submission can deserve your pardon-don't look enough to hang yourself out of the way, to make on me: I cannot bear that you should know me room for him.
yet. The extravagant attempt I have this day Hyp. Then, sir, to let you see I have not only run through, to meet you thus, justly may suban honest meaning, but an immediate power, to Lject ine to your contempt and scorn, unless the make good my word, I first renounce all title to same forgiving goodness that used to overlook the her fortune; these jewels, which I received from failings of Hypolita prove still my friend, and you, I give him free possession of; and now, sir, soften all with the excuse of love." the rest of her fortune you owe him with her Oct. My sister! Oh, Rosara! Philip! person.
[All seen amazed. Oct. I am all amazement !
D. Phi. Oh, stop this vast effusion of my transD. Lou. What can this end in?
ported thoughts ! ere my offending wishes break D. Phi. I am surprized, indeed!
their prison through my eyes, and surfeit on forD. Man. This is unaccountable, I must con- bidden hopes again : or, if my tears are false, if fess— But still, sir, if you disannul your pre | your relenting heart is touched at last in pity of tences, how you'll persuade that gentleman, to my enduring love, be kind at once, speak on, and whom I am obliged by contract, to part with awake me to the joy, while I have sense to hear his
you. D. Phi. That, sir, shall be no let; I am too | Hyp. Nay, then I am subdued indeed! Is it well acquainted with the virtue of my friend's ti- | possible, spite of my follies, still your generous tle, to entertain a thought that can disturb it. I heart can love? 'Tis so! Your eyes confess it,
Hyp. Then my fears are over.--[Aside and my fears are dead. Why, then, should I Now, sir, it only stops at you.
blush, to let at once ihe honest fulness of my D. Man. Well, sir, I see the paper is only heart gush forth? conditional, and, since the general welfare is con Oh, Philip! Hypolita is—yours for ever! cerned, I won't refuse to lend you my helping [They advance slowly, and at last rush into hand to it; but, if you should not make your
one another's arms. words good, sir, I hope you won't take it ill if a D. Phi. Oh, ecstasy! Distracting joy! Do I man should poison you ?
then live to call you mine? Is there an end, at D. Phi. And, sir, let me, too, warn you how | last, of my repeated pangs, my sighs, my toryou execute this promise; your flattery and dis ments, and my rejected vows? Is it possible---is sembled penitence have deceived me once already, it she? Oh, let me view thee thus with aching which makes me, I confess, a little slow in my eyes, and feed my eager sepse upon the transbelief; therefore, take heed ! expect no second port of thy love confessed! What, kind! and mercy; for, be assured of this, I never can for-yet-it is, it is Hypolita! and yet 'tis she! I give a villain.
know her by the busy pulses at my heart, which Hyp. If I am proved one, spare me not- I only love like mine can feel, and she alone can ask but this-Use ine as you find me.
[Eagerly embracing her. D. Phi. That you may depend on.
Hyp. Now, Philip, you may insult our sex's D. Man. There, sir.
pride, for I confess you have subdued it all in (Gives HYPOLITA the writing signed. me; I plead no merit but my knowing yours; I Ros. Now, I tremble for her.
own the weakness of my boasted power, and now
Aside. I am only proud of my humility. Hyp. And now, Don Philip, I confess you are D. Phi. Ob, never! never shall thy empire the only injured person here.
cease! 'Tis not in thy power to give thy power D. Phi."I know not that-do my friend right, away: this last surprise of generous love has and I shall easily forgive thee.
bound me to thy heart, a poor indebted wretch, Hyp. His pardon, with his thanks, I am sure I for ever. shall deserve; but how shall I forgive myself? | Hyp. No more; the rest the priest should say Is there, in nature, left a means that can repair -but now our jovs grow rude-here are our the shameful slights, the insults, and the long friends, that must be happy, too. disquiets you have known from love?
D. Phi. Louis! Octavio! my brother now ! D. Phi. Let me understand thee !
oh, forgive the hurry of a transported heart !
· D. Mun. A woman ! and Octavio's sister! | rogue to your ladyship and, if you had not part
Oct. That heart that does not feel, as 'twere ed with your moneyits own, a joy like this, ne'er yet confessed the Hyp. Thou hadst not parted with thy honesty. power of friendship nor of love.
Trap. Right, madam ; but how should a poor
[Embracing him. naked fellow resist, when he had so many pisD. Man. Have I then been pleased, and toles held against him? plagued, and frighted out of my wits by a wo
[Shews money. man all this while? Odsbud, she is a notable D. Man. Aye, aye; well said, lad. contriver! Stand clear, ho! for if I have not a Vil. La! a tempting bait, indeed! let him offair brush at her lips-nay, if she does not give fer to marry me again, if he dares, me the hearty smack, too, odswinds and thunder!
[Aside. she is not the good-humoured girl I took her for. D. Phi. Well, Trappanti, thou hast been ser
Hyp. Come, sir, I won't baulk your good hu viceable, however, and I'll think of thee. mour. He kisses her. And now I have a fa Oct. Nay, I am his debtor, too. vour to beg of you : you remember your pro- | Trap. Ah, there's a very easy way, gentlemen, mise; only your blessing here, sir.
to reward me; and, since you partly owe your [OCTAVIO and ROSARA kneel. happiness to my roguery, I should be very proud D. Man. Ah! I can deny thee nothing; and, to owe mine only to your generosity. since I find thou art aot fit for my girl's business Oct. As how, pray? thyself, odzooks! it shall never be done out of Trap. Why, sir, I find, by my constitution, that the family—and so, children, Heaven bless you it is as natural to be in love as an hungry, and together! Come, I'll give you her hand inyself, that I ha'nt a jot less stomach than the best of you know the way to her heart; and, as soon as my betters; and, though I have often thought a the priest has said grace, he shall toss you the wife but dining every day upon the same dish, rest of her body into the bargain. And now my yet, methinks, it's better than no dinner at all : cares are over again.
and, for my part, I had rather have no stomach Oct. We'll study to deserve your love, sir. to my meat, than no meat to my stomach : upon Oh, Rosara!
which consideration, gentlemen and ladies, IdeRos. Now, Octavio, do you believe I loved you sire you'll use your interest with Madona herebetter than the person I was to marry?
to let me dine at her ordinary. Oct. Kind creature! you were in her secret, D. Man. A pleasant rogue, faith! Odzooks ! then?
the jade shall have him. Come, hussy, he's an Ros. I was, and she in mine.
ingenious person. Oct. Sister! what words can thank you ?
Vil. Sir, I don't understand his stuff; when he Hyp. Any that tell me of Octavio's happi- speaks plain, I know what to say to him. ness.
Trap. Why, then, in plain terms, let me a lease D. Phi. My friend successful too ! Then, my of your tenement-marry me. joys are double. But how this generous attempt Vil. Aye, now you say something I was was started first ; how it has been pursued, and | afraid, by what you said in the garden, you had carried with this kind surprise at last, gives me only a mind to be a wicked tenant at will. wonder equal to my joy.
Trap. No, no, child; I have no mind to be Hyp. Here is one, that, at more leisure, shall | turned ont at a quarter's warning. inform you all : she was ever a friend to your Vil. Well, there's my hand--and now meet love, has had a hearty share in the fatigue, and me as soon as you will with a canonical lawyer, now I am bound in honour to give her part of and I'll give you possession of the rest of the the garland, too.
premises. D. Phi. How! she?
D. Man. Odzooks ! and well thought of! I'll Flo. Trusty Flora, sir, at your service. I have send for one presently. Hear you, sirrah! run to had many a battle with my lady upon your ac- Father Benedict again, tell him his work don't count; but I always told her we should do her hold here; his last marriage is broke to pieces; business at last.
but now we have got better tackle, he must come D. Man. Another metamorphosis! Brave girls, and stitch two or three fresh couple together, as faith! Odzooks, we shall have them make cam- fast as he can. paigns shortly! Ž), Phi. Take this as an earnest of my thanks ;
Entèr Servant. in Seville, I'll provide for thee.
Hyp. Nay, here's another accomplice, too-con- Ser. Sir, the music's come, federate I cannot say; for honest Trappanti did' D. Man. Ah, they could never take us in a not know but that I was as great a rogue as him- better time—let them enter-Ladies, and sons
and daughters, for I think you are all akin to me Trap. 'Tis a folly to lie; I did not indeed, ina- now, will you be pleased to sit? dam-But the world cannot say I have been a
[After the entertainment VOL. II.