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Lis. A plague take his fists! Egad! these Britone Gibby. Aw my saul, sir, but Ise blythe to find thee are but a word and a blow. here now
Enter DON LOPEZ. Ls. Ha, brother; give me thy hand, boy.
Lop. So, have I found you, daughter? Then you Gibby. Na se fast, se ye me. Brether me ne have not banged yourself yet, I see. brothers; I scorn a lee as muckle as a thief, se ye Col. B. But she is married, my lord. now; and ye must gang intul this house with me, Lop. Married! Zounds! To whom? and justify to Donna Violante's face, that she was Col. B. Even to your humble servant, my lorde the lady that gang'd in here this morn, see ye me, If you please to give us your blessing. (Kreels.) or the deel ha my saul, sir, but ye and I shall be Lop. Why, harkye, mistress, are you really mare two folks.
ried. (To Isabella.) Lis. Justify it to Donna Violante's face, quotba! Isa. Really so, my lord. for what? Sure, you don't know what you say. Lop. And who are you, sir? (7'o Colonel Briton.)
Gibby. Troth, de I, sir, as weel as yo de; Col. B. An honest North Briton, by birth, and a therefore, come along, and make no mair words colonel, by commission, my lord. about it.
Lop. An beretic! the devil! (Holds up his hands.) Lis. Why, what the devil do you mean? Don't Ped. She has played you a slippery trick, indeed, you consider you are in Portugal? Is the fellow my lord. Well, my girl, thou hast been to see thy mad?
friend married. Next week thou shalt have a Gibby. Fellow! Ise none of yer fellow, sir: better husband, my dear. (To Violante.) and gin the place were hell, I'd gar yo do me F.I. Next week is a little too soon, sir; I hope to justice. (Lissardo going.) Nay, the deel a feet yo live longer than that. gang. (Lays hold of him, and knocks at the door.) Ped. What do you mean, sir? You have not
Lis. Ha! Don Pedro himself; I wish I were made a rib of my daughter too, havo you? fairly off.
(Aside.) Vio. Indeed, but he has, sir, I know not how; Enter DON PEDRO.
but he took me in an unguarded minute; when Ped. How now? What makes you knock so loud? my thoughts were not over-strong for a nunnery,
Gibby. Gin this be Don Pedro's house, sir, I would father. speak with Donna Violante, his daughter.
Lop. Your daughter has played you a slippery Ped. Ha! What is it you want with my daughter, trick too, seignior. pray?
Ped. But your son shall never be the better for Gibby. An she be your daughter, and lik yer it, my lord; her twenty thousand pounds were left honour, command her to come out, and answer for on certain conditions, and I'll not part with a shilherself, and either justify or disprove what this ling. cheeld told me this morn.
Lop. But we have a certain thing called law, sball Lis. So, here will be a fine piece of work. (Aside.) make you do justice, sir. Ped. Why, what did he tell you, ha?
Ped. Well, we'll try that: my lord, much good Gibby. By my sol, sir, Ise tell you aw the truth; may it do you with your daughter-in-law. my master got a pratty lady upon the how-de-call't Lop. I wish you much joy of your rib. Passa, here, at five this morn, and he gar me watch
(Exeunt Pedro and Lopez. ber heam: and, in truth, I lodged her here; and
Enter FREDERICK. meeting this ill-favoured thief, see yo me, I Fel. Frederick, welcome! I sent for thee to be speered who she was, and he told me her name partaker of my happiness; and pray give me leave was Donna Violante, Don Pedro de Mendoza's to introduce you to the cause of it. daughter.
Fred. Your messenger has told me all, and I Ped. Ha! My daughter with a man abroad at sincerely share in all your happiness. five in the morning! Death, hell, and furios! By Col. B. To the right-about, Frederick: wish thy St. Anthony, I'm undone.
friend joy. Gibby. Wounds, sir! ye put her saint intul bony Fred. I do, with all my soul; and, madam, I concompany.
gratulate your deliverance. (To Isabella.) Your Ped. Who is your master, you dog you?
suspicions are cleared now, I hope, Felix? Gibby. You dog you! 'Sbleed, sir! don't call Fel. They are; and I heartily ask the Colonel names. I won't tell you who my master is, se ye pardon, and wish him happy with my sister; for me now.
love has taught me to know, that every man's hape Ped. And who are you, rascal, that know my piness consists in choosing for herself. daughter so well? Ha! (To Lissardo, and holding Lis. After that rule, I fix here. (To Flora.) up his cane.)
Flora. That's your mistake; I prefer my lady's Lis. What shall I say to make him give this service, and turn you over to her that pleaded right Scotch dog a good beating? (Aside.) I know your and title to you to-day. daughter, seignior? Not I; I never saw your Lis. Choose, proud fool ; I shan't ask you daughter in all my life.
twice. Gibby, (Knocks him down with his fist.) Deel ba Gibby. What say ye now, lass; will yo go yer my saul, sar, gin ye get no your carich for that leo hand to poor Gibby?
(To Inis.) now.
Inis. That I may not leave my lady, I take you at Ped. What, hoa! Where are all my servants ? your word. And though our wooing has been short, Enter COLONEL BRITON, FELIX, ISABELLA, I'll, by her example, love you dearly. and VIOLANTE.
Fel. Now, my Violante, I shall proclaim thy virRaise the house in pursuit of my daughter.
tues to the world. Col. B. Hey-day! What's here to do? Gibby. This is the loon-like tik, an lik yer honour,
Let us no more thy sex's conduct blame, that sent me hame with a lee this morn.
Since thou'rt a proof to thy eternal fame, Fel. This is a day of jubilec, Lissardo; no quar.
That man has no advantage but the name. relling with him this day.
SCENE I.-On the right hard, one of the towers of
the Castle of Sorrento; a ditch and parapet-wall dividing it from a large house placed on the left, with a latticed window over the door opening to a balcony. In the tower, a grated window about the height of the balcony. A picturesque view of the country in the distance, mountainous, and with vineyards.
ROSINA appears at the latticed window.
No; 'tis past, and silence reigns;
Pensive, still, 1 mourn his fate:
Here, alas! in vain I wait.
All is hush'd and calm around
Yes, I've caught the well-known sound. BLINVAL, in a red hussar jacket, his hair dishevelled,
and his whole appearance neglected, appears at the grated window of the prison.
DUET.-BLINVAL and ROSINA.
By turns I sigh, by turns rejoice;
SONG.-ROSINA. Evening's shadows now appear,
All is hush'd and calm around Hark! his well-known voice I hear;
Let me fly to catch the sound.
Blin. Oh! what joy, what bliss I feel !
Ger. She might as well have asked me to walk Ros. Ah! could my prayers your anguish heall in, Mighty pleasant, no doubt, this al fresco, to
those who relish it; but for a gentleman who does Blin. Sweet, heavenly maid, my griefs are past, Count Murville, captain in the death's head husMy prison now a palace seems;
sars, et cetera, the honour to adjust his moustachios, Speak, will the pleasing vision last ?
and to adorn his head, why, it's d-d scurvy treatOr are my raptures fleeting dreams?
ment. Hip, hallo! house within there! (Knocks at Ros. Ah! could Rosina's prayers avail,
Enter Footman, from the house.
Foot. Hallo! Who thunders so loudly?
Foot. You! and who the devil are you?
Ger. Is that your respect to a valet-de-chambre? Blin. The joys I feel,
Here, take my baggage, and know your distance. Ros. Bedews my cheek. Blin. No words reveal.
[Snatches up the portmanteau and hat-box, Ros. Alas! poor youth,
places them on the footman's shoulders, Blin. How bless'd my lot!
pushes him in, and follows.
My grief's forgot,
SCENE II. -À Drating-room at the Widow
Enter the Footman and GERMAIN.
Foot. My mistress is at the Governor's, and you
must wait, She will speak with you here. (Going.) Blin. I'm bless'd- indeed.
Ger. But, sir, respected sir, (bowing) if you are Ros. By all forgot.
to , Blin. My griefs are past.
can't you send me an omelet and a salad, with Ros. Compassion's tear
few of your half-emptied flasks? You understand ? Blin. Transporting sounds !
and I don't think, without offence, I should lament Ros. Your woes shall cheer.
your absence. Ah! would my fervent prayers ascend,
Fool. Oh, sir, your most obedient.
But I am Your painful sufferings soon should end. never purveyor, except where I'm a guest : you Blin. The prayers of virtue swift ascend,
(Exit. I feel my sufferings soon must end.
Ger. Well, now, as I'm a Christian sinner, that
fellow deserves the galleys. I wish my master
(Blinval retires.) would appear. Somehow, I'm never respected but Ros. Heigho! he sings no more. No, he is gone, I have it: the imprisonment of his young friend
for his sake. What can detain him at Naples? Oh, and I am still left in incertitude. It's very wicked of the Governor to keep so sweet a man cooped up nearly sabred his own colonel. What a cursed
Blinval; that fire-eating, mad rattlecap, who had in that huge, ugly tower.
scrape! Death by the articles of war. But he perEnter GERMAIN, with a portmanteau and hat-box. formed such prodigies in the last battle, and saved
Count Murvisle's life, so he'll move heaven, earth, Ger. (Knocks and calls at the door of the house.) | and the minister for his release. Oh! now I recolHallo, ho, hol Within there, ho!
lect, he in this district, close prisoner in the old Ros. What can that be?
castle of Sorrento: if I could speak to him-No, Ger. Are you all dead? Rub down my hack, and no, poor devil, he is trapped like a rat, and can only let me have a spanking supper, for I'm con- be peeped at through his gratings. foundedly sharp set.
Ros. Pray, where do you suppose yourself, that Enter BLINVAL, in the red hussar's jacket, without a you're so much at home? This is no inn.
sword. Ger. (Looking up, and taking off his hat.) Bumpers and Burgundy! there's a rogue's eye! (Aside.) Blin. (Looking about, but not perceiving. Germain.) Inn! Oh, no; Lord love your pretty face! the This apartment excels the last; am I awake, or is Widow Belmont would be quite shocked if I went it all a dream? to an Inn.
Ger. (Not seeing him.) He is as wild as a young Ros. Indeed! And who are you?
Tartar, as obstinate
as a young devil, but as soundGer. One of king Cupid's corps diplomatique; hearted as a young Englishman. Oh! & fine fellow ambassador of love; courier of Hymen; the that Blipval. faithful follower, though I precede my master, of Blin. (Turning quickly round.) Blinval! who calls Count Murville, captain in the death's head hus- me? sars, et cutera-Germain, at your service. (Bowing.) Ger. (Starting.) Eh! what? No, süre--yes, but
Ros. Oh! from our cousin Murville. Well, I'll it is; it is our mad lieutenant. (Runs and leaps on inform mamma. Provoking puppy!- at this mo- his neck.) ment-he has chosen this time. [Aside, and exit. Blin, Germain ! not hanged yet, but don't
strangle me, man. I'm here, you see, in spite of whistle his soft notes in a foul air and a close our old fasty colonel, safe, sound, and hearty, boy. cage.
Ger. But by what miracle? I thought you snug Blin. They visit me but twice a day; and till toin one of the four towers of that d-d castle.
morrow's noon I'm safe. Blin So thinks the governor, heaven help him, Ger. Granted; but will that negligée suit the at this hour. But tell me, whose is this house? lover? Ger. The Widow Belmont's.
Blin. Oh! let me see. (Pauses.) I have been Blin. Has she a daughter?
stopped by a banditti. Ger. Rosina; a great beauty; fresh, blooming, Ger. Ha, ha, ha! You're never at a loss; always and sixteen.
a tale at your tongue's end. But my scruples Blin Huzza! Then I shall bless the day I heard Blin. Have, like all other things, their price. the rusty hinges of Sorrento creak.
(Shaking a purse.) Fifty louis for their repose. Ger. And were I in your place, I should curse it Ger. They're hushed. Taking the purse.) most furiously. But what with hunger, thirst, and Blin. But if I appear in this identical dress, I curiosity, I'm in a desperate case ; pity me, sir, I shall be known instantly by Rosina, and it would have a craving appetite for your adventures. not be prudent to discover myself, even to her, too
Blin. Shut up in the south tower, I one day saw soon, the daughter of this house at a latticed balcony; Ger. What say you to my master's riding-coat woodbines and jessamines were round the wall
, and military hat? but they weren't half so fresh as the sweet little Blin. The very thing; run and fetch them; creature who eclipsed them.
quick, quick. (Germain runs out and returns with Ger. Oh, Lord! oh, Lord ! I'm likely to be them immediately.) famished still, if we're to creep through the wood- Ger. (Helping Blinval on with his hat and coat.) bines.
So. And here comes the Widow, too, most opporBlin. To the point, then: she kept her eyes long tune. fixed on me; I tried to move her by croaking in my Blin. Attention, then, and to our posts. Red-d hoarse voice, some melancholy ditties about member, I have been robbed. captivity and so on. Every day, fresh attentions, fresh songs. This very evening my gaoler called
Enter MRS. BELMONT. me from a charming interview. I thrust him out, and, in a moment of passion, dashed an old ward- Mrs. B. (To Germain.) Is it you, sir, who wish to robe in a dark corner of my room to atoms. speak with me! folded paper caught my eye, I seized it eagerly; it Ger. Yes, madam, it was I who galloped on joywas directed
fully to announce Count Murville, but-oh, heaGer. How?
vens! Blin. “To the unfortunate who succeeds me." Mrs. B. You alarm me. What has befallen Ger. And the contents ?
him ? Blin. A legacy from a poor devil of a prede- Ger. Oh! bitter news! Speak, sir, yourself, for cessor: he had been shut up in the same part of I want words, and impudence. the tower for ten years; but love had softened the
(Aside.) hardships of his captivity. In short, the paper marked a secret avenue leading to the next house. Mrs. B. What, is it you, cousin ? I descended, crept through a subterraneous pas- Blin. As you perceive, and in no better plight. sage, clijnbed a cork-screw staircase, reached a (Looking at his dress.) small door, and, upon pressing back a spring, Mrs. B. What has happened ? jumped into that bedroom.
Blin. Friendship, love, and anxiety, all urged me Ger. And the entrance
to hasten here; unfortunately, a bandittiBlin. Is concealed by that looking-glass. But Mrs. B. Robbers ? tell me now, what brings your rogue's face to Blin. Stopped me some leagues from this. Sorrento?
Ger. Five minutes later, and I had shared his Ger. Marriage. Your friend Murville is cousin to fate. Oh, terrible! the Widow; they have been long involved in a Mrs. B. Robbers ! law-suit, and were compelled to correspond: the first letters were cold, the second more civil, the third touched on arrangements, and in the last they TRIO.-BLINVAL, GERMAIN, and MRS. BELsettled it, to wind up all in the old-fashioned way,
MONT. by a marriage. Blin. Excellent! When will they solemnize ? Blin. Affection induced me all dangers to brave,
Ger. The day's not fixed, for they have never I mounted my horse in the dead of the night. met.
Ger. This love had nigh shown him the way to his Blin. Not seen each other! Then I'm established
grave; in the house.
When you hear h's escape, you'll be seiz'd with Ger. Eh! how do you make that out?
affright. Blin. Dolt, dunderhead! I shall pass for Mur- Mrs. B. Such a hazard was wrong. ville; the Widow Belmont will receive, caress, Ger.
But his reasons wer strong. feed, lodge, and
Blin. From the forest they rush'd full a score, at Ger. Marry you?
the least Blin. No, no; but I'll obtain an interview with Ger
How he brags, how he lies ! my Rosina ; speak to her frequently, and breathe
(Aside.) my vows of love and constancy in a purer air. Blin.
Taken thus by surpriseGer. In the meantime, they'll visit the south Mrs. B. Alas! all my fears, my alarms are ine tower, find the bird flown, and send him back to
| fusea, I can think only
of our approaching
Mrs. B. But I expected, I confess, a man of middle Ger. Seventeen urih drawn swords remain'd cir- age, and you appear quite young. cling him round.
Blin. True; I have ever been thought young, and Mrs. B. Alas! could no aid, could no sumour be surely, cousin, that's no misfortune. found?
Mrs. B. No; but as reason and friendship form Such a risk, such a state !
the basis of our union, though tempted to regard Ger. Faith! his perils were great.
it as a defect, I am wilıing to hope we shall be Blin. The blood of six others soon redden'd my both happy. I shall now leave you to give direc. sword
tions for your comfort and accommodation. Ger.
What a bounce, what a lie ! (Aside.)
(Pointing.) And six thrusts in the side, I fought till my blood in a torrent was
Blin. (Aside.) By all that's fortunate, the secret
door. pour'd. Ger. He foug..t till his blood in a torrent was immediately; but recollect, a father-in-law should
Mrs. B. I'll prepare my daughter to receive you pour'd. Blin.
be grave and sedate. Adieu !
[Exit. Mrs. B. Alas! what a state by such odds overpower'd!
VicBlin. Allons, Germain! the day's our own.
tory, my boy! I'm grown so grave and steady, Dlin. Stretched on the ground for dead, the they'll not suspect I could invent this trick. cowards rifled me, but fled on the approach of tra- Ger. Steady, with a vengeance! Ah! if you're Fellers, who, coming up, gave me every assistance other than Blinval, I shall look out for the world's in their power.
end. Mrs. B. Good heavens! I fear you must have Blin. But I'm determined to reform. suffered much from the wounds you received. Ger. Which way? Have you kept your chamber long?
Blin. By marrying. Blin. Hum! I have been a good while confined; Ger. Why, faith! if anything can tame a man, I haven't I, Germain ?
believe that may. Ger. That you have; I can prove it.
Blin My stars all shine 'propitious! and every Blin. But, excepting a weakness, no inconvenience time my presence is required, I'll lock my door, follows.
glide to my prison, and whip back, no one the Mrs. B. He is younger than I conceived, well wiser. made, and elegant. (Aside.) My last letter must Ger. But my master in the meantime appears ; have convinced you I was desirous to have all off goes my livery, and I'm cooped up in your points explained.
agreeable south tower, for having touched upon Blin. Oh! we'll explain ourselves off hand. Ger- the secret spring. main, endeavour to get me some decent clothes;
Blin. I shall rejoice in such good company. But I ashamed to see myself; I have the appear- see, the sun peeps forth; fogs, mists, and vapours ance
fly; here comes Rosina. Ger. Of a mountebank, precisely.
Ger. Then you'll dispense with me; so I'll escape
(Exit to the more foggy regions, where savoury fumes Mrs. B. Now we're alone, we can discourse on
exhale from the stew-pans, and the jolly butler disbusiness
tributes his rich gifts from the Widow's cellar. Dl.n. Certainly; but at this moment, I'm so con
[Exit. fused; the blows those rascals dealt, have made me so light-headed, so absent
Enter ROSINA. Mrs. B. Only one thing: it will be right to send a scttlement to an attorney's.
Ros. (Aside.) This, then, is my step-father; and Blin. Why, yes, it certainly will be quite right I must be respectful, and so forth : so says mamma. and necessary.
Heigho! Mrs. B. You consent, then, to keep the farm ?
Blin. (Aside.) She'll be astonished when she Blin. The farm! Oh! decided. Yes, yes, we'll perceives the prisoner. keop the farm.
(Going towards her.) Mfrs. B. But we must recollect my daughter: she Las just claims.
Ros. (Starting.) Oh, heavens! Can I believe my Blin. The greatest possible. She is so beau- eyes ? His very features! tiful! such a soft, tender air! so interesting, so Blin. What startles you, my little cousin ? have I charıning!
already the misfortuno to displease? Mrs. B. Really! How can you tell all this? Have Ros. No, sir; no, certainly not that; but I was you seen her?
struck with the resemblance to a friend; yes, sir, Blin. Seen her! Yes, I-Oh! no; but I speak an absent friend, too little known, and alas! too from report which is loud in her praise ; so, oblige unfortunate. Pardon me, sir, but my tongue falters, me, and drop the suit.
my heart throbs, and my face burns. I must beg Mis. B. Why, you forget-you drop tho suit. to retire.