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say, friend?

Trap. Well, sir, since I must speak, then. Trap. O lud! O lud! sir, as I hope to die in the first place, Í desire your honour will in my bed, these are the very words, he be pleased to command the officer to secure threaten'd to stab me if I wouldn't swear against that gentleman.

my master-I told him at first, sir, I was not Don M. How, friend ?

fit' for his business; I was never good at a Don P. Secure me, rascal ?

lie in my life. Trap. Sir, if I can't be protected, I shall Alg. Nay, sir, I saw this gentleman's sword never be able to speak.

at his breast out of my window. Don M. I warrani thee - What is it you Trap. Look ye there, sir!

Don P. Damnation ! Trap. Sir, as I was just now crossing the Omnes. Ha, ha, ha! street, this gentleman, with a sneer in bis face, Don M. Really, my friend, thou’rt almost takes me by the hand, claps five pistoles in turn'd fool in this business. If thou hadst my palm (here they are), shuts my fist close prevaild upon this wretch to perjure himself, upon 'em; “My dear friend,” says he, "you couldst thou think I should not have detected must do me a piece of service:" upon which, him? You may go, friend. [Exit Alguazil. sir, I bows me him to the ground, and desired Flora. Ha, ha! him to open his case.

Don P. Sir, you're imposed on: defer the Don P. What means the rascal ?

marriage but an hour. Don M. Sir, I am as much amazed as you; Don M. Ay, and in balf that time, I supbut pray let's hear him, that we may know pose, you are in hopes to defer it altogether. his meaning

Don P. Perdition seize me, if I have any Trap. So, sir, upon this be runs me over hope or thought but that of serving you. a long story of a sham and a flam?) he had Don M. Nay, now thou art a downright just contrived, he said, to defer my master's distracted man. - Dost thou expect I should marriage only for two days.

take thy bare word, wben here were two hoDon P. Confusion!

nest fellows that have just proved thee in a Flora. Nay, pray, sir, let's hear the evidence. lie to thy face?

Trap. Upon the close of the matter, sir, I found at last by his eloquence, that the whole

Enter Servant. business depended upon my bearing a little Serv. Sir, the priest is come. false witness against my master.

Don M. Is he so ? Then, sir, if you please, Hyp. O ho!

since you see you can do me no further serTrap. Upon this, sir, I began to demur: vice, I believe it may be time for you to go. “Sir," says I, “this business will never hold -Come, son, now let's wait upon the bride, water; don't let me undertake it, I must beg and put an end to this gentleman's trouble your pardon;" gare him the negative shrug, altogether.

[Erit. and was for sneaking off with the fees in my Hyp. Sir, I'll wait on ye. pocket.

Don P. Confusion! I've undone my friend. Don M. Very well !

[Walks about. Don P. Villain !

Flora. Trappanti! rogue, this was a masterFlora. Hyp. Ha, ha, ha!

piece.

[ Apart. Trap. Upon this, sir, he catches me fast Trap. Sir, I believe it won't be mended in bold by the collar, whips out his poker, claps haste. [Apart. Exeunt Flora and Trappanti. it within half an inch of my guts: “Now,

Hyp. Sir! dog," says he, "you shall do it, or within two Don P. Ha! alone! if we're not prevented hours rot upon the dunghill you came from." now- -[Aside] Well, sirDon P. Sir, if there be any faith in mortal Hyp. I suppose you don't think the favours

you have design'd me are to be put without Don M. Nay, nay, one at a time; you shall satisfaction; therefore I shall expect to see you be heard presently. - Go on friend.

early to-morrow, near the Prado, with your

[?o Trappanti. sword in your hand : in the mean time, sir, Trap. Having me at this advantage, sir, I I'm a little more in haste to be the lady's began to think my wit would do me more humble servant than yours.

[Going. service than my courage; so prudently pre- Don P. Hold, sir!-- you and I can't part tended out of fear to comply with his threats, upon such casy terms. and swallow the perjury: but now, sir, being

Hyp. Sir! under protection and at liberty of conscience, Don P. You're not so near the lady, sir, I have honesty enough, you see, to tell you perhaps, as you imagine. [Locks tire Door. the whole truih of the matter.

Hyp. What d'ye mean? Don M. Ay, this is evidence indeed! Don P. Speak softly. Omnes. Ha, ha, ha!

Hyp. Ha! Don P. Dog! Villain! Did not you confess Don P. Come, sir-draw! to me that this gentleman picked you up, not Hyp. My ruin now bas caught me; this was three hours ago, at the same inn where I the very spite of fortune.

[Aside. alighted ? that he had own'd bis stealing my Don P. Come, sir, my time's but short. portmanteau at Toledo? that if he succeeded

Hyp. And mine's too precious to be lost to marry the lady, you were to have a con- on any thing but love; besides, this is no prosiderable şum for your pains, and these two per place. To-morrow, sir, I shall find a better. were to share the rest of her fortune between Don P. No, now, sir, if you please-Draw, them?

villain, or expect such usage as I am sure don 1) Tr pop a shism, or a flarn, slang for, lo deceive. Philip would not bear.

man

spare thy life.

Hyp. A lover, sir, may bear any thing to Ros. Truly, I began to be afraid I should make sure of his mistress —You know it is not lose my little husband.

[Apart. fear that

Hyp: Husband, quotha! Get me but once Don P. No evasion, sir; either this moment safe out of these breeches, if ever I wear 'em confess your villainy, your name, and fortune, again

[ Apart. Exeunt. or expect no mercy: Hyp. Nay then-Within there!

ACT V. Don P. Move but a step, or dare to raise

Scene I.The saine. thy, voice beyond a whisper, and this minute is thy last. [Seizes her, and holds a Sword

Enter TRAPPANTI. to her Breast.

Trap. What, in the name of roguery, can Hyp. Sir!

[Trembling. this new master of mine be? He's either a Don P. Villain be quick, confess, or- fool or bewitch'd, that's positive. — First, he

Hyp. Hold, sir-I own I dare not fight with gives me fifty pieces for helping him to marry you.

the lady; and soon as the wedding is over, Don P. No, I see thou art too poor a vil-claps me twenty more into the other hand, to lain-therefore be speedy, as thou hopest I'll help him to get rid of her. – Nay, not only

that, but gives me a strict charge to observe Hyp. Nay then, sir,Mercy! mercy![Throws his directions, in being evidence against him herself at his Feet] And, since I must con- as an impostor, to refund all the lies I have fess, have pity on my youth, have pity on my told in his service, to sweep him clear out of love!

my conscience, and now to swear the robbery Don P. Thy love! What art thou ? Speak. against him! What the bottom of this can be,

Нур. . Unless your generous compassion I must confess, does a little puzzle my wit. spares me, sure the most wretched youth that There's but one way in the world I can solve ever felt the pangs and torments of a success- it.- lle must certainly have some secret reason less passion.

to bang himself, that he's ashamed to own, Don P. Nay, then I must forgive thee. [Raises and so was resolved first to be married, that her] For I have known too well the misery his friends might not wonder at the occasion. not to pity-any thing in love. Yet hold But here he comes, with his noose in his hand. nor flatter thy fond hopes too far: you must defer your marriage with this lady.

Enter HYPOLITA and RosaRA. Hyp. Sir, on my knees.

Hyp. Trappanti, go to don Pedro, he has Don P. Expect no more from me; either business with you. comply this moment, or my sword shall force Trap. Yes, sir.

[E.rit. thee.

Ros. Who's don Pedro pray? Hyp. Consider, sir

Hyp, Flora, madam; he knows her yet by Don P. Nay then, discover quick! Tell me no other name. Where's your father, madam? iby name and family.

Ros. I saw him go towards his closet; I Hyp. Hold, sir

believe he's gone to fetch you part of my forDon P. Speak, or thou diest.

tune-he seem'd in mighty good humour. Hyp. Sir, I will-[A Noise at the Door] Hyp. We must be sure to kecp it up as Ha! they are entering - 0! for a moment's high as we can, that he may be the more courage! Come on, sir.

stunn'd when he falls. [Breaks from himn and draws, retiring Ros. With all my heart; methinks I am

till Don Manuel, Flora, Trappanti, possess'd with the very spirit of disobedience

and Servants rush in and part them. —Now could I, in the humour I am in, conDon M. Knock him down! Force him out sent to any mischief that would but heartily of the room there; call an officer; in the mean plague my old gentleman. time, secure bim in the cellar. Don P. Hear me but one word, sir!

Enter Don MANUEL. Don M. Stop his mouth-out with him. [They Don M. Ah, my little conqueror! let me hurry him off] Come, dear son, be pacified. embrace thee — That ever I should live to see

Hyp. A villain! [Walks in a Heat. this day! this most triumphant day, this day

Flora. Why should he be concern'd, now of all days in my life! be's secure? Such a rascal would but conta- Hyp. Ay, and of my life too, sir. minate the sword of a man of honour.

[Embraces him. Hyp. I am sorry, sir, such a fellow should Don M. Ay, my cares are over- -Now I've bave it in his power to disturb me-but- nothing to do but to think of the other world;

for I've done all my business in this: got as Enter ROSARA.

many children as I could; and now I'm grown Don M. Look! bere's my daughter in a fright old, have set a young couple to work. Look to seek for you.

you here, children, I have brought you some Hyp. Then I'm composed again.

baubles that will make you merry as long as

[Runs lo Rosara. you live; twelve thousand pistoles are the Ros. I heard fighting here! I hope you are least value of 'em; and the rest of your fornot wounded, sir?.

tune shall be paid in the best Barbary gold Hyp. I have no wound but what the priest to-morrow morning. can heal.

Hyp. Ay, sir, this is speaking like a father! Don M. Ah! well said, my little champion! this is encouragement indeed!

Hyp. Oh, madam! I have such a terrible Don M. Much good may do thy heart and escape to tell you! (Apart in Rosara. soul with 'em--and heaven bless you logether

now

now,

gone now!

ever.

- I've had a great deal of care and trouble this day! If I were sure to beg for it all my to bring it about, children; but, thank my life after-Here, sirrah, cook ! look inio the stars, 'tis over-'tis over

Now I may Roman history, see what Mark Anthony had sleep with my doors open, and never have for supper, when Cleopatra first treated bim my slumbers broken with the fear of rogues with chere entiere: rogue, let me have a reand rirals.

past that will be six times as expensive and Ros. Don't interrupt him, and see how far provoking-G0.-And, d'ye hear? One of you his humour will carry him?

step to monsieur Vendevin, the king's builer,

[4part to Hypolita. for the same wine that his majesty, reserves Don M. But there is no joy lasting in this for his own drinking; tell him he shall have world; we must all die when we have done bis price for't. our best; sooner or later, old or young, prince 1 Serv. How much will you please to have, sir? or peasant, high or low, kings, lords, and Don M. Too much, sir! I'll have every thing common whores, must die! Nothing certain ; upon the outside of enough to-day. Go you, we are forced to buy one comfort with the sirrah, run to my nephew, don Lewis, give loss of another.—Now I've married my child, my service and tell him to bring all his family I've lost my companion—I've parted with my along with him. girl!-Her heart's gone another way now Hyp. Ay, sir! this is as it should be! now she'll forget her old father! – I shall never have it begins to look like a wedding. her wake me more, like a cheerful lark, with Don M. Ah! we'll make all the hair in the her pretty songs in a morning, - I shall have world stand an end at our joy. nobody to chat at dinner with me

Hyp. Here comes Flora - Now, madam, obtake up a godly book and read me to sleep serve your cue. in an afternoon. Ah! these comforts are all

[Weeps.

Enter FLORA. Hyp. How very near the extreme of one Flora. Your servant, gentlemen-I need not passion is to anoiber! Now he is tired with wish you joy - You have it, I see-Don Phijoy, till he is downright melancholy. [Aside. lip, I must needs speak with you, Ros. What's the matter, sir?

Hyp. Pshaw! prysbee don't plague me with Don M. Ah! my child! now it comes to the business at such a time as this. test, methinks I don't know how to part with Flora. My business won't be deferred, sir. thee.

Hyp. Sir! Ros. O, sir, we shall be better friends than Flora. I suppose you guess it, sir; and I

must tell you, I take it ill it was not done Don M. Uh! ub! shall we? Wilt thou come before. and see the old man now and then? Well, Hyp. What d'ye mean? heaven bless thee, give me a kiss-I must kiss Flora. Your ear, sir. [They whisper. thee at parting! Be a good girl, use thy hus- Don M. What's the matter now, 'tro? hand well, make an obedient wife, and 'I shall Ros. The gentleman seems very free, methinks. die contented.

Don M. 'Iroth, I don't like it. Hyp. Die, sir! Come, come, you have a Ros. Don't disturb 'em, sir-We shall know great while to live-Hang these melancholy all presently. thoughts, they are the worst company in the Hyp. But what have you done with don world at a wedding;-Consider, sir, we are Philip?

[Apart to Flora. young; if you would oblige us, let us have a Flora. I drew the servants out of the

way, little life and mirth, a jubilee to day at least; while he made his escape; what we do we stir your servants, call in your neighbours, let must do quickly; come, conie, put on your me see your whole family mad for joy, sir. fighting face, and I'll be with 'em presenily. Don M. Ha! shall we be merry then?

[Aside. Hyp. Merry, sir! ah! as beggars at a feast. Hyp: [Aloud] Sir, I have offer'd you very What, shall a dull Spanish custom tell me, fair; if you don't think so, I have married the when I am the happiest man in the kingdom, lady, and take your course. I shan't be as mad as I have a mind to? Let Flora, Sir, our contract was a full third; me see the face of nothing to-day but revels, a third part's my right, and I'll have it, sir. friends, feasts, and music, sir.

Don M. lley! Don M. Ah! thou shalt have thy humour- Hyp. Then' I must tell you, sir, since

you thou shalt hare thy humour! Hey, within there! are pleased to call it your right, you shall not rogues! dogs! slaves! where are my rascals? have it. Ab! my joy flows again—I can't bear it. Flora. Not, sir?

Hyp. No, sir-Look ye, don't put on your Enter several Servants.

pert airs to me—'Gad, I shall use you very Serv. Did you call, sir?

Scurvily Don M. Call

, sir! ay, sir: what's the reason Flora. Use me!-You little son of a whore, you are not all out of your wits, sir? Don't draw. you know that your young mistress is mar- Hyp. Oh! sir, I am for you. ried, scoundrels?

(They fight, and Don Manuel interposes. 1 Serv. Yes, sir, and we are all ready to be Ros. Ah! help! murder! [Runs out. mad, as soon as your honour will please to Don M. Within there! help! murder! Why, give any distracted orders.

gentlemen, are ye mad? Pray put up. Hyp. You see, sir, they only want a little Hyp. A rascal! encouragement.

Don M. Friends, and quarrel! for shame. Don M. Ab! there shall be nothing wanting Flora. Friends I scorn his friendship; und you?

since he does not know how to use a gentle-1. Hyp. I'm a little vex'd at my servant's beman, I'll do a public piece of justice, and use ing out of the way, and the insolence of this bim like a villain.

other rascal. Don M. Better words, sir. [To Flora. Don M. But what occasion have you for

Flora. Why, sir, d'ye take this fellow for post-horses, sir ? don Philip?

Hyp. Something happens a little cross, sir. Don M. What d'ye mean, sir ?

Don M. Pray what is't? Flora. That he has cheated me as well as you Hyp. I'll tell you another time, sir. ---But I'll have my revenge immediately. [Erit. Don M. Another time, sir-pray satisfy me

[Hyp.walks about, and Don M. stares. now. Don M. Hey! what's all this? What is it Hyp. Lord, sir, when you see a man's out -My heart misgives me.

of humour. Hyp. Hey! who waits there? Here, you ! Don M. Sir, it may be I'm as much out of [To a Servant] Bid any servant run, and hire humour as you; and I must tell ye, I don't ine a coach and four borses immediately. like your behaviour, and I'm resolv'd to be Serv. Yes, sir.

[Exit Servant, satisfy’d. Don M. A coach!

Hyp. Sir, what is't you'd have? [Pcevishly.

Don M. Lookye, sir-in short-1-I have Enter VILETTA.

receiv'd a leller. Vil. Sir, sir!-bless me! What's the matter, Hyp. Well, sir. sir? Are not you well?

Don M. I wish it may be well, sir. Don M. Yes, yes-I am-that is-ha! Hyp. Bless me, sir! what's the matter with Vil. I have brought you a letter, sir.

Don M. Wbat business can he have for a Don M. Matter, sir!- in troth I'm almost coach?

afraid and ashamed to tell ye; but if you must Vil. I have brought you a lelter, sir, from needs know-there's the matter, sir. Octavio.

[Gives the Letter. Don M. To me ? Vil. No, sir, to my mistress — he charged

Enter Don LEWIS. me to deliver it immediately; for he said it concerned her life and fortune.

Don L. Uncle, I am your humble servant. Don M. How! let's see it - There's what I Don M. I am glad to see you, nephew. promised thee-be gone. What can this be Don L. I received your invitation, and am now?

[Reads. come to pay my duty: but here I met with The person whom your father ignorantly the most surprising news. designs you to marry, is a known cheat, Don M. Pray what is it? and an impostor; the true don Philip, who Don L. Why, first your servant told me, is my intimate friend, will immediately ap- my young cousin was to be married to-day pear with the corregidore, and fresh evi- to don Philip de las Torres; and just as I dence against him. I thought this advice, was entering your doors, who should I meet though from one you hate, would be well but don Philip with the corregidore, and sereceived if it came time enough to prevent veral witnesses to prove, it seems, that the

Octavio. person whom you were just going to marry heart! this letter was not designed to my cousin to, has usurp'd his name, betray'd fall into my hands-I am frightened -1 dare you, robb’d bim, and is in short a rank imnot think on't.

postor.

Don M. Dear nephew, don't torture me: Re-enter the Servant.

are ye sure you know don Philip when you Serv. Sir, your man is not within. Hyp. Careless rascal! to be out of the way fellows, fellow collegians, and fellow travellers?

Don L. Know him, sir? were not we schoolwhen my life's at stake—Pr'ythee do thou go

Don M. But are you sure you mayn't bare and see if thou canst get me any post horses. Don M. Post horses!

forgot him neither?

Don L. You might as well ask me if I had Re-enter RosaRA.

not forgot you, sir.

Don M. But one question more and I am Ros. O, dear sir, what was the matter? dumb for ever-Is that he ? Don M. Hey!

Don L. That, sir ? No, nor in the least like Ros. What made 'em quarrel, sir? him. But pray why this concern? I hope we Don M. Child!

are not come too late to prevent the marriage? Ros. What was it about, sir? You look Don M. Oh! oh! oh! oh! my poor child! concern'd.

Ros. Oh!

[Seems to faint Don M. Concern'd!

Don M. Ab! look to my child. Ros. I hope you are not hurt, sir. [To Don L. Is this the villain then that has imHypolita, who ininds her not]-What's the posed on you? matter with him, sir ? be won't speak to me. Hyp. Sir, I'm this lady's husband; and while

[To Don Manuel. I'm sure that name can't be taken from me, Don M. A-speak! go to him again, I shall be contented with laughing at any try what fair words will do, and see if you other you or your party dare give me. can pick out the meaning of all this.

Don M. Oh! Ros. Dear sir, what's the matter?

Don L. Nay then, within there!- such a Don M. Ay, sir, pray what's the matter? villain ought to be made an example.

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Enter Corregidore and Officers, with Don! Don M. Oh! oh!

PHILIP, Octavio, FLORA, TRAPPANTI, and Oct. Can" she repent her falsehood then at VILETTA.

last? Is'i possible ? then I'm wounded too! O O gentlemen, we're undone all comes too my poor undone Rosara! [Goes to her] Unlate! my poor cousin's married to the impostor. grateful! cruel! perjured inan! Don P. How!

Don M. Oh! don't insult me! I deserve the Oct. Confusion!

worst you can say.—I'm a miserable wretch, Don M. Ob! ob !

and I repext me. Don P. That's the person, sir, and I de- Vil. So! here's the la!y in tears, the lover mand your justice.

in rage, the old gentleman out of liis senses, Oct. And I.

most of the company distracted, and the brideTrap. And I.

groom

to be hanged. — The Flora. And all of us.

merriest wedding that ever I saw in my life. Don M. Will my cares never be over ?

[Apart to Hypolita. Cor. Well, gentlemen, let me rightly un- Cor. Well, sir, have you any thing to say derstand what 'tis you charge him with, and before I make your warrant? I'll commit him immediately – First, sir, you Hyp. A word or two, and I obey ye, sir. say, these gentlemen all know you to be the - Gentlemen, I have reflected on the folly of true Don Philip?

my action, and foresee the disquiets I am like Don L. That, sir, I presume my oath will prove. to undergo in being this lady's husband; thereOct. Or mine.

fore, as I own myself the author of all this Flora. And mine.

seeming ruin and confusion, so I am willing Trap. Ay, and mine too, sir. [head? (desiring first the officers may withdraw) lo Don M. Where shall I 'bide this shameful offer something to the general quiet.

Flora. And for the robbery, that I can prove Oct. What can this mean? upon him: he confess'd to me at Toledo, he Don P. Pshaw! some new contrivancestole this gentleman's portmanteau there, to Let's be gone. carry on his design upon this lady, and agreed Don L. Stay a moment, it can be no harm to give me a third part of her fortune for my to hear bim-Sir, will you oblige us? assistance; which he refusing to pay as soon Cor. Wait without. [Ereunt Officers. as the marriage was over, thought myself Vil. What's to be done now, 'trow? obliged in bonour to discover him.

Trap. Some smart thing, I warrant ye; the Hyp. Well, gentlemen, you may insult me little gentleman hath a notable bead, faith. if you please; but I presume you'll hardly be Flora. Nay, gentlemen, thus much I know able to prove that I'm not married to the lady, of him: that if you can but persuade him to or hav'n't the best part of her fortune in my be honest, 'tis still in his power to make you pocket; so do your worst: I own my inge- all amends; and, in my opinion, 'lis high time nuity, and am proud on't.

he should propose it. Don M. Ingenuity, abandon'd villain !-But, Don M. Ay, 'lis time he were hang d indeed: sir, before you send him to gaol, 1 desire he for I know no other amends he can make us. may return the jewels I gave him as part of Hyp. Then I must tell you, sir, I owe you my daughter's portion.

no reparation; the injuries which you comCor. That can't be, sir-since he has mar- plain of, your sordid 'avarice, and breach of ried the lady, her fortune's lawfully bis: all promise here have justly brought upon you: we can do, is to prosecute him for robbing therefore, sir, if you are injured, you may this gentleman.

thank yourself for it. Don M. O that ever I was born.

Don M. Nay, dear sir, I do confess

my Hyp. Return the jewels, sir! if you don't blindness, and could heartily wish your eyes pay me the rest of her fortune to-morrow or mine had dropp'd out of our heads before morning, you may chance to go to gaol be- ever we saw one another. fore me.

Hyp. Well, sir (however little you have Don M. O įhat I were buried! Will my deserved it), yet for your daughter's sake, if cares never be over?

you'll oblige yourself, by signing this paper, Hyp. They are pretty near it, sir; you can't to keep your first promise, and give her, with have much more to trouble you.

her full fortune, to this gentleman, I'm still Cor. Come, sir, if you please; I must desire content, on that condition, to disannul my to take your deposition in writing.

own prelences, and resign her. [Goes to the Table with Flora. Don M. Sir, I don't know how to answer Don P. Now, sir, you see what your own you: for I can never believe you'll have good rashness has brought ye to.

nature enough to hang, yourself out of the Don M. Pray forbear, sir.

way to make room for him ? Hyp. Keep it up, madam. [Aside to Rosara. Hyp. Then, sir, to let you see I have not

Ros. Oh, sir! how wretched have you made only an honest meaning, but an immediate me ! is this the care you have taken of me for power too, to make good my word, I first my blind obedience to your commands ? this renounce all title to her fortune : these jewels, my reward for filial duty? [To Don Manuel. which I received from you, I give him free Don M. Ah! my poor child!

possession of; and now, sir, the rest of her Ros. But I deserve it all, for ever listening fortune you owe him with her person. to your barbarous proposal, when my con- Don M. This is unaccountable, I must conscience might have told me, my, vows and fess-But still, sir, if you disannul your preperson in justice and bonour were the wronged tences, how you'll persuade that gentleman, to Octario's.

whom I am obliged in contract to part with bis

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