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Blin. Don't leave me, coz. (Taking her hand.) Blin. We have so much to say; the farm, the Why withdraw your hand? You would not be so settlements, the attorney, the suitcoy to my resemblance.
Mrs. B. But your head is so confused. How Ros. Oh! yes, I should, because I ought to over, there is no help, for he is already on the
stairs. Blin. But I shall be your father-in-law soon. Gov. (Wtlhout.) Easy, friend, easy; 'sblood!
Ros. True; but you are so like this friend, I you'll have arm and all; there, hang up my roqueshould think still of him.
laure, and let the sergeant wait. Blin. You tremble. Happy Blinval!
Blin. (Aside.) Now impudence stand my ally. (Aside.)
There's no alternative. (Turns on one side, draros up
the collar of his coat round his face, pulls his hat over Ros. Yes, and my heart beats quick, just as it his eyes, and stands with his arms folded.) does when I see him.
Blin. And mine just as it does when I see you-I Enter the GOVERNOR OF SORRENTO. mean your mother. She is like you.
Ros. My mother! Ah! you are as young as your Gov. (Speaking as he enters.) If they ask for mo likeness.
here, tell 'em, remember, I'm just gone there, Blin. Looks are deceitful. But, Rosina, you must honey. Well, here and I'm come, quicker than my love me, if not for my own sake, for the sake of my billet which got here
first. 'Faith! and the captain likeness.
will rejoice to be made known to an old veteran Ros. Ah! but I don't love him; he is unfortu- who has had some hard knocks to secure him a nata, and I feel interested in bis fate, that's all.
snug retreat, and a good flask of lachryma christi Blin. You pity him! I'll avow myself at once, to fight his battles over. Be introducing us, Widow; and-(Aside.) Dearest Rosina, I-1-(A footstep is
I must tell him about my last campaign. heard.) Oh! here's this teasing, amorous Widow; Mrs. B. Cousin; our friend, the Governor, she haunts me.
cousin. Count Murville! the Governor of the (Aside, and walking about.) castle. Enter MRS. BELMONT, with an unfolded note.
Blin. (Still with his back to them.) Three thousand.
and the enemy thought five, with the advantage of Mrs. B. We shall have an addition to our party
a wood, but his right flank left in the air. Cousin, you'll not object to an old friend of mine, traordinary fellow! how long will he keep in the
Gov. Eh? what? By Saint Patrick, the most eswhom I preparo you to esteem. Blin. A friend of yours? I shall be happy to see O'Donnel, Governor of Sorrento, and-whow!
air? Hallo! Count Murville, here's ould O'Rourke him. I wish him at the devil with all my heart. (Whistling.) 'Sblood! he's as deaf as my invalid (Aside.) Mrs. B. An honest, plain, rough Irishman. The sergeant of artillery. Och! and you'll have a nice
husband. laws of his country forbade him, as a catholic,
Blin. (Aside.) Psha! 'tis absurd, and I'll s'en serving in the armies of his own monarch, whom
brave the storm. be adores as the father of a great, free, and happy
Mrs B. Cousin, cousin ! our friend, the Governor. people. Blin. We have many brave Irish with our troops,
Blin. Eh! who? Oh! I bog pardon; I was aball much esteemed: but who is your friend ?
sorbed in a dull calculation. Mrz. B. A singular character; eccentric, and, at
Gov. (Advancing.) No excuses, jewel, to ould times, warm to a degree. His employment gives
O'Donnel. (Starts back on seeing his face.) Och! him an appearance of harsh authority, while, in reality, he is mild and humane. After this sketch, from the south tower? the strongest part of the
what?-devil burn me!-yet, how could he get you will allow for a rough diamond. He wishes to be introduced to a soldier of your merit, and being I had the keys all under locks in my own room?
whole castle, sure! Och! it's impossible! haven't within five minutes walk, comes without form-the
Blin. (At this time looks the Governor full in the Governor of the castle. Blin. (Starting.) Eh! who? the Governor? (Walks face, and turns occasionally, with affected surprise, to
Mrs. Belmont.) I'm fortunate in attracting your about agitated.) All my unlucky planets must have notice. P'rythee, widow, what can this mean? joined. (Aside.)
Gov. That Count Murville! Hubaboo! BotherMrs. B. Run, haste, Rosina, give directions that ation: 'Faith! it's a young wild devil of the death's the supper suit our guests. (Rosina, with her eyes heads, I have now snug enough there, between four fixed on Blincal, does not attend.) Why ain't you walls, not a stone's throw from us. ($trutting up to gone? Ros. Oh! the resemblance is astonishing.
him.) Sir, let me tell you, sir, that while O'Rourke
O'Donnel governs the castle, he will govern and (Aside and exit. keep his prisoners safe, though they do break
out. Mrs. B. How kind of our good friend, the very Blin. Ha, ha, ha! Widow, is your friend often first hour you arrive.
thus? What upon earth have I to say to your priBlin. (Still walking about.) Oh, kind! Yes, yes-soner? Here I'm Count Murville. d-d kind! (aside) — kind to a degree; but I'm so Gov. No, sir-'sblood! here you are-zounds! dreadfully fatigued after fighting with the robbers, here you are not Count Murville. Widow, he is as that I feel oppressed with sleep.
like one of my prisoners as two drops of whisky. Mrs. B. Well, we'll sup early, then.
Mrs. B. And this prisonerBlin. But can't we sup alone ? On the footing we Gov. Is a wild rogue that found the world not stand, a third is the devil.
wide enough for his mad pranks; and has the Mrs. B. (Smiling.) We will have opportunities happiness of exercising them at his liberty, in a enough of being tête-à-téte,
nice room, five yards by ten, in the south tower.
Blin. Ha, ha, ha! And you supposed he'd leaped, We met by a duck pond; cries bold Captain Norayour barrier, swam the wet ditch, and given your
ghan, whiskered sentries sleeping draughts.
“Pat Holloway I'll shoot you, you never shall snore Gov. Och! he's as safe as bolts, walls, bars and
again." chains can keep him. Sure, I know that, though he stands here just now.
Whack fal de diddle! &C. Mrs. B. Ah! poor young man! you treat him too harshly.
The Captain miss'd Pat, for it was not a lucky shot, Gov. 'Faith! my orders are positive. But I
Pat Holloway fired next, and a very fine duck he shot. soften as much as possible. Humanity has a com- Whack fal de diddle! &c. mand over me strict as the king's, and I obey both masters with pleasure. But this Blinval
Then I s epp'd in be ween 'em; 'twas full time to take Blin, Blinval! We served in the same corps, and were never asunder; he is as liko me as if we'd | For a duel now is one shot a-piece, and then make it been twins.
ир. Gov. Twins! Zounds! he's yourself. Well, well, as it's explained, you can't be he, and you're well
Whack fal de diddle! Shoot him through the off; he's in a pretty mess.
middle. Blin. I'm as much grieved and suffer as much as
Whack fal de diddle! Well-a-day! if I were in his place, we were such friends.
Whack fal de raddle! Shake each other's daddle, Gor. Were you so ? 'Faith! I have a mind-but
And fast friends they walk'd away. you must take your oath-No, no, I won't be satis
[Exit. fied with that; you must give me your honour. Blin. What do you mean?
Blin. (Aside.) I've no alternative; back to my Gov. (To Mrs. B.) I can't be satisfied till I see prison. them both in one spot, standing there, cheek by
Mrs. B. How happy this will make poor
Blinval! jowl, like two double cherries. Åe shall sup here. Come, you must oblige me and be reconciled; it Blin. Who?
is my first request, and I insist on your comGov. Blinval.
pliance. Blin. Sup here! Blinval!
Blin. Insist, madam! My injured honour brooks Mrs. B. It will be very kind.
no interference. Seek not to thwart me; some Blin. You must not think of it. If it were known dreadful consequences might ensue, some consehis confinement's so strict
quences you cannot foresee. lnsisi, medam ! I Gov. 'Faith! and I run some risk; but to oblige wish you a good night. (Rushes into the bed-chamber
and locks the door.) #friend--Och! be easy, he shall sup here. Blin. There will be bloodshed, then; we have
Mrs. B. What madness and rudeness! I thought quarrelled most furiously.
in Murville to have found mildness and sensibility. Gov. Quarrelled! Aha! that's the best news Ioh! man, man! tax us not with deceit, when have heard. It's the sure road to be as thick as
in your own proud sex there's such a proof
of the wide difference between professions and mustard. You shall be friends. Blin. I can never see him.
| actions. Gov. You shall be friends.
Enter ROSINA. Blin. We two can't meet.
Gor. Och! be easy; I am the best hand in Italy Ros. Alone, madam! where is your company? at an accommodation. Didn't I make up the quar- Mrs. B. Oh! Count Murville has retired to his rel at Balmuddery, when honest Pat Holloway apartment for the night. had put Captain Noraghan's nose clean out of Ros. He is unwell, then; poor young man ! joint.
Mrs. B. No, no; he is quite well; but he chose to Blin. And how had he done that?
retire. Gov. 'Faith! he had squeezed it tight, between Ros. Sure, that's a little ungallant. Then our his finger and thumb a little.
nice supper's of no use.
Mrs. B. His place will be supplied. The Gover
nor conceives there's a resemblance betwen MurSONG.-GOVERNOR.
ville and one of his prisoners, and is gone for the
captive. Arrah! what a big nose had the bold Captain Nora
Ros. What, the gay prisoner in the tower? Oh! ghan!
there's a great resemblance; so striking! there's Pat Holloway he pull'd it till he made him to roar
no mistaking it. again.
Mrs. B. Indeed! Pray, Rosina, how came you to Whack fal de diddle! Shoot him through the remark it. middle.
Ros. (Embarrassed.) I heard it. Ah! dear madam, Whack fal de diddle ! Well-a-day!
I'll tell you all : every evening I've seen the prisoner Whack fal de diddle! Captain, through the from the staircase balcony. I have sat there whole middle,
hours to hear him sing. He bewails his captivity, Och ! shoot Paddy Holloway.
Complains that all the world forsakes him, except
Could I hear this and not be sorry for his But they chose me their seconds, and I gave my word to
Mrs. B. Rosina, your simplicity affects me; to *For second man to two men, is one man that's third to pity him in his distress is amiable; but to love him both.
would be imprudent. Be cautious, then, Rosina ;
nor sully with a fault one of the heart's best yirtues, Whack fal de diddle! dr.
-compassion for the unfortunata
ture, that's all. But I've some pleasure in reserve;
there's an old friend hard by, though you've quarFrom pity's power thou need'st not fly;
relled, and you shall sup with him to-night; I am The tear she sheds adorns the eye;
determined you shall be reconciled; and, though And when down beauty's cheek it flows,
Blin. (With affected surprise.) Murville! I esteem
him more than I can express; but I cannot forget But there's a sigh, and there's a tear,
having cheated him out of a fine girl. It was my That bids youth's roses disappear;
fault; we are so alike, I easily passed in his place. Beware lest thine their influence prore,
Gov. Like! 'Slife! but you had the same father, Beware lest pity turn to love.
How it happened that's not my business, but you're That tear is love's, and love's that sigh;
brothers, or I'm not governor. Come, shall we
Blin. Willingly; and if you bring us together,
you will have worked a miracle.
Gov. Hubaboo ! honey, leave all to me. 'Taith!
I'll not rest till you are face to face.
Blin. Then your rest's gone in this world, take
my word. For soon ihy pity would be love.
Gov. Allons, donc. Nous verrons. [Exeunt. [Exeunt.
SCENE IV-Mrs. Belmont's. SCENE IIT.-Blinval's Room in the Prison. A large
stone seen rolled from one cornir of a trap-door, Enter MRS. BELMONT and ROSINA, GERMAIN and open opposite to it; the ordinary prison door
following. closed and secured by iron plates, large nails, &c. The tables and chairs in confusion, a bureau over
Mrs. B. Acquaint your master, Count Murville, turned and broken.
and from me, that the sooner he attends to his af
fairs elsewhere, the better. It must be equally unEnter BLINVAL by the trap-door. He hurries in, pleasant to us both while he remains. rolls the stone back, and puts the tables and chairs in
Ger. Dear, dear! was there ever such an unlucky their places.
son of Adam? (Aside.)--Most honoured madam,
my master would break my head if I were so imperBlin. There, then, I'm safe. Now Mr. Governor, tinent; and you yourself-Lovers' quarrels are, you one instant to derange this mad head, and I'm at know, madam-(goes to the bed-room, and tri’s the your service. (Pulls his hair out of form, and gives door.) - Lord! it's no use; I could as soon get atas much disorder as he can to his appearance. A even the prisoner in the south tower. clanking heard of a chain.) Hark! "Oh! my old Mrs. B. Well, when the Governor comes, we buck, I must have had a few dips in the Shannon, shall see. too, not to outwit your excellence.
Ger. (Alarmed.) The-the-the what, ma'am ? (Walks about in a melancholy manner with Mrs. B. Certainly. What can that be to you? his arms crossed.)
Ger. Oh! nothing, ma'anı! nothing to me.
(Aside.) Here's a cursed scrape-But I have such a Enter the GOVERNOR of SORRENTO. kind of a sort of a dread of a prison ever since in
old hag of a gipsy told me I should live to be Gov. Och! and you're there. Well, then, I'm an hanged.-(Aside.) And, if I could make him hear ould blockhead, and that's all. You may go back. -And, madam, the very name (loud) of a Gover(To the Guard outside.) Ah! what, my little Kill nor makes my teeth chatter, madam. Colonel! Well, but what makes you so dismal ? Mrs. B. Well, well, you may retire. Desire my Don't be faint-hearted, boy; joy sometimes pene- people to take care of you; and, when your master trates even the walls of a prison.
chooses to appear, you shall be called. Blin, Joy! You are too generous, too much a Ger. Truly, most benevolent lady, I most puncman of honour, to add the pangs of raillery to my tually obey your orders. What, hoa! Gasp:1rd, distress. Am í released ?
Diego, Janfron! here, you must take care of me. Gov. 'Faith! and who told it you? Fair and (Gets near the bed-room door, and calls loudly.) The softly; only six months, and tired so soon! That's Governor's coming. Somo more champagne. no great compliment I must confess. Blin. Psha! why, then, am I thus beased.
(As he goes out he mee's Blinval and the
Governor of Sorrento enterin); Banval (Dashes down one of the chairs in a passion.)
in his hussar jacket. Germain start
back, and Blinval catches his arm, and Gov. And is there any other part of the king's
threatens him.) furniture you would like to destroy? Pray, make as free as with your own.
Blin. (Speaking as he enters.) Ah! my head's giddy Blin. I beg pardon; you've been very kind to me, with confinement. I feel oppressed with the pure Governor; you've been very kind.
air, Gov. Och! my dear boy, not a word more, I Ros. It is the prisoner. would attend you to the scaffold with the greatest Mrs. B. The resemblance is striking. pleasure imaginable; only don't break the furni- Ger. (Aside.) The resemblance! then all is safe, (Advancing to Blinral.) Ah! sir, I am glad to see
Jork! He ausrers-No. you.
Ros. He doesn't stir-I'm sure 'tis so. Gov. (Putting him back.) And who the devil told Blin. Be satisfied, he answers - No. you to be glad? Arrah! stand back, or I'll-stand Ros. Did you hear him? back, I say! Ladies, I bring you a recluse, who, for
(To Belmont.) some time has virtuously renounced the fickle vanities and false allurements of this life; and, like Mrs. B. No. Did you hear him? most penitents, per force.
Gov. No. Did you hear him? Blin. Past troubles are but as dreams, and this Blin.
No. blessed moment (Looking at Rosina.) cheaply pur- Ros. He didn't stir-I'm sure 'tis so. chased by ages of captivity.
Blin. Be satisfied, he answers-No. Gov. But where's Murville ? Surely, he's not ob- Mrs. B.
2 stinate still,
Gov. He didn't stir-I'm sure 'tis so. Blin. I was in hopes a difference in our youth- Ros.
Gov. 'Slife! and my government. Scarcely an Blin. Be satisfied, he answers – No. hour passes without such disputes at a mess dinner; 'faith, and they're commoner than toasts, ay, and
[E.reunt. pass off as quickly.
Mrs. B. He refuses all overtures. (The Governor and Mrs. B. talk apart) Blin. I lament it; but my misfortunes and my
ACT II. acknowledgments must, in the end, prevail. Ros. (Aside.) Charning young man ! What &
SCENE II.-An Apartment at Mrs. Belmont's. A good heart. (To Blinval, first in a faltering voice, then more firmly.) I really tremble when I reflect,
table spread with wines and a dessert. sir. how you have suffered in that ugly tower.
Blv. My captivity would have been insupport. The GOVERNOR, MRS. BELMONT, ROSINA, able, but I was soothed by such an agreeable ob- and BLINVAL, in his own character, seated at ject.
supper. Ros. (Aside.) Heigho! I hope that agreeable object presented itself from my balcony.
Gov. 'Faith, and upon my honour, but it's the Gór. (Advancing with Mrs. B.) Shut up! But it most extraordinary thing I ever saw, either in shan't be; I am determined to see whether they be England, Ireland, or all Italy. Such an obstinate the same person, as they stand separately face to mule! Oh! if I had him for a few weeks in the face.
castle! Mrs. B. (Smiling.) Your prisoner appears Blin. Things more unlikely have happened. younger.
Goo. Well, let ne catch him there, and he shall Ros. He has a softer voice.
be in charity with all mankind before I let bim Gov. 'Faith! and I see no difference. But I'll loose. There's nothing on the whole earth so bad not stir, till he comes out: and, if he won't capitu- as obstinacy! I'm resolved never to quit this spot late, by your leave, Widow, we must proceed to till he comes from that room. If I give up this" storm.
point, it will be for the first time since I was christened by my surname O'Flagherty,
Blin. He will no more come from that room than QUARTETTO.-MRS. BELMONT, BLINVAL, and I shall-who sit here. ROSINA.
Gov. Then, by your leave. Widow, here I'm
posted. He shall come out, by the god of war! Gov.
Knock, knock, knock!
Enter the Corporal of the Guard.
this house? Blin. I doubt him much, but soon you'll see
Corp. Governor, a stranger's arrived, and brings He'll ne'er come face to face with me;
orders about the prisoner, Blinval. Yet on the watch he's forc'd to keep,
Gov. Ah! this looks serious. (They all rise.) While Blinval wakes-he'll never sleep.
'Faith, my young gentleman, I am concerned; but Gov. a headstrong devil, won't he stir ?
you must make up your mind to the worst; and,
for the present, back to the south tower.
Ros. I'm distressed at this cross accident.
Gov. Come, come, this is all very pleasant; but
(Knocking.) we've no time to lose. You must give up the ladies Ros. & Our joint endeavours must prevail,
for the corpor M 19. B. When we request. he can't refuse ;
Mrs. B. Through the indulgence of the Governor
we shall soon meet. Their enmity's of no arail, ; They must be friends, they can't but | Corporal, conduct the prisoner to the guard-room,
Gov. Oh! I'll be as indulgent as you please. choose. Blin.
and hid your officer lodge him safe in the south Be silent, friends, his voice I hear. AIL
tower, and post a sentry at his door. l'll follow He ansvers-listen, listen-S0. Be silent ! drau, with caution, near.
presently, Be silent
(Exeunt Blinval and Corporal
It's a bad business, I'm afraid. Drawn on his
SONG.-ROSINA. Colonel! breach of subordination. Charge upon charge! These young fellows are so hot-brained,
Together, then, we'd fondly stray,
o'er meadows green, thro' woodian is deep, they think a dash of bravery comprises all military duties; it's the least part. Who obeys best, best
Rejoicing riew the lambkins play,
And in the gurgling streamlet peep: commands, too; that is the soldier's creed. But this Murville-I'm resolved to keep up the block
No cankering cares our sleep molest, ade: here I'm posted.
No frowning gaoler part; Ros. Heigho!
Above the world, supremely blest,
His throne Rosina's heart. Gov. 'Sblood! my fair violet, what makes you say “heigho!" on! if I could but knock off From haunts of surly men we'd fly. thirty of these hard years, 'faith, I'd soon change
My pris'ner safe I'd guard; your note.
Secure from envy's prying eye, Mrs. B. (Smiling.) You'd have no chance.
And love our bright reward. Gov. No chance! 'Slife! but an honest Irish
For him I'd cull Pomona's store, heart is worth the conquest. (Rosina shakes her
Nor from his side depart, head, and sighs.) Again! Widow, the little blind Thus bless'd, could Blinval ask for more! urcbin has been at work. Come, ehild, confess
His throne Rosina's heart. what happy name would have been wafted on that
(E... deep-drawn sigh: make me your confidant, and you'll find me a good ally.
Mrs. B. Rosina, child, the Governor is an old SCENE II.-Blinval's Apartment in the prison. The friend; your confidence will be well placed. slone is so removed as just to admit of the possibili'y (During the end of this dialogue, the bed-room door
of his passing. A lamp burning on the table. The opens, and Blinval with the great coat on, disguised as
camp bid, near the secret avenue. Curtains draun Murville, peeps through, stealing in quietly, and unper
close and opposite to the common entrance. ceived by any of the party.)
Gov. (Without.) Well, well! I shall be satisfied in Gov. And has this lover of yours my little dear, a moment. Sentry, your prisoner's safe? no name?
Sentry. (Without.) All's well! Blin Oh! yes, yes, yes; he has a name, Gov. Safe, you say; all's well? Corporal, post and I know it. (They all turn round towards Blin- your guard on the stairs, and let nobody pass. (The val.)
keys are heard turning, the bars removing, and the Gov. Och! are you there at last, Mr. Murville ? chains falling.) Come, if you please ; you shall just step with me to the castle, where you shall shake hands with my Enter the GOVERNOR OF SORRENTO holding prisoner; and let me see you both in the same BLINVAL, who is wrapped in his surtout. person, and together, and then I will believe you are not him. (Blinval creeps back to the bed-chamber. Gov. Come, come-'faith! and you've been more and nearly gains the door, when the Governor, per-tractable than I had hoped - But what makes you ceiving his intention, catches his arm, and brings him tremble? (Blinval appears smothering a laugh.) Oh! back.) No, honey, no! no, pot quite so young. You he's a mighty, pretty, well-behaved, civil spoken must come fairly, or I shall call the guard.
fellow, and will make you any apology you please. Blin. (Struggling.) Sir, do you know, I - (Looking round.) Hallo! Why, 'sblood and ouns! am
where has he hidden himself? Zounds! is it posGov. (Holding him.) Och! now be easy, friend, sible ? Oh! no, no, no; he must be gone to bed. it is to know whether you are my prisoner or your- Stand here a moment, Count, while I wake him. self; and to make you both come together, while (Goes towards the bed. Blinval watches his opportuyou are separate, that I oblige you with my com- nity; and, at the instant the Governor has reached the pany to the south tower. So, now be easy, or I bed, whips off the great coat, throws it into the opening must call the guard. Come, come-och! to be sure. behind the stone, which he moves back to its right now, and you're not friends.
place, concealing the trap-door, and slips behind the Blin. Well, sir-(Aside.) Zounds! what shall I bed, and into it.)-Ay, ay, poor deyil! he has just bit on, now ?- Well, sir, I'll attend y?2; I'll follow laid down to take a comfortable bit of a nap. Blin- follow you presently.
val, Blinval! 'Faith, he sleeps like a top! Who'd Guv. Follow! 'faith, in my comtry, friends think a man could sleep so sound in misfortune ? always link themselves so doatingly-so, if you Blinval! (Throwing open the curtains.) please, I must desire your arm, (Keeps hold of Blin. (Putting his head from the bed.) What do you Blintal, and drags him off)
want? Mrs. B. (Having been previously talking apart with Gov. Och! and you're there! Well, and why Rosina.), Rosina, I must now have some serious did you not spake out, when you first saw my voice talk with you. Follow me to my dressing-room, | in your sleep? and look for the indulgence of a fond mother, if I Blin. (Coming forward.) What can this mean? experience the candour and truth of a dutiful child. Governor, let me tell you, your behaviour, to a man
[Erit. in distress, is inexcusable. Why am I thus torRos. Ah! my heart beats go quick! If I could mented, sir? Leave me this instant, I insist! steel for an instant to my balcony, and catch one Gov. Leave you! Faith and be easy, boy? good, fair view. But my mamma needn't mind | Haven't I brought Murville? You shall be friends poor Blinval, he will soon be removed. These - (Turning to the spot where he had left Blinral.) despatches make me tremble. Oh! if I could but Why, zounds! how ! that other fellow is off! steal him fairly from that ugly tower, they should There, I see him! Hallo! Sentry, sergeant, cornever see him again
porall bring him back here.