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[Exit VASQUEZ. Isab. Servant Pedrillo ! Ay, this is Fernando himself.
[ Apart, joyfully to Scipio. Don Fer. Oh, then the fellow has found his way at last. Don Scipio-Ladies—excuse me a moment.
(Exit FERNANDO. Lor. What a charming fellow ! Don Scipio. What an impudent rascal! Ped. [Without.] Is my master this way? Don Scipio. Master ! ay, this is Fernando.
Enter PEDRILLO, with a Portmanteau. Ped. Oh dear! I've got among the gentlefolks I ask pardon.
Isab. How well he does look and act the servant !
Don Scipio. Admirable; yet I perceive the grandee under the livery:
Isab. Please to sit, sir. [With great respect.
Ped. Sit down ! [Sits.] Oh, these must be the upper servants of the family-her ladyship here is the housekeeper, I suppose--the young tawdry tit, lady's maid-(Hey, her mistress throws off good clothes,) and old Whiskers, Don Scipio's butler.
[Aside, Enter Don FERNANDO. Don Fer. Pedrillo! how! seated ? what means this disrespect?
Ped. Sir. .[Rises to him.] Old Whiskers the buta ler there asked me to sit down by Signora the waita ing maid here.
Don Fer. Sirrah
Don Scipio. Sir and sirrah ! how rarely they act their parts! I'll give them an item, though, that I understand the plot of their comedy. [Aside.
D. Scipio. Signor! [TO PEDRILLO.)
Your wits must be keener,
Your fine plot,
Tho' so pat,
Will do you little good.
My fine plat!
If I know what
These gentlefolks are åt.
Tempests, darkness, rude alarms,
In the lustre of your charms:
So polite a cavalier !
And homage due to beauty.
How sweet his honey words,
How noble is his mien !
The footman's to be seen.
But both deserve a basting!
I could cry
So could I.
D. Scipio. Ha! ha! ha! I'm in a fit.
Ha! ha! ha!
Oh! oh! oh!
A very pleasant party!
But master and man, accept a welcome
hearty. D. Fer. Accept our thanks sincere, for such a welcome Ped. S hearly.
ACT THE SECOND
An antique Apartment in the Castle.
Enter Don CÆSAR, with precaution. Don Cæsar. Thus far I've got into the castle una perceived—I'm certain Sanguino means the old gentleman a mischief, which nature bids me endeavour to prevent. "I saw the rascal slip in at the postern below; but where can he have got to! (A sliding pannel opens in the wainscot, and SANGUINO comes out.] Yes, yonder he issues, like a rat or a spider.--How now, Sanguino!
Sang. Captain Ramirez !
Don Cæsar. On enterprize without my knowledge! What's
Sang. Revenge! Look.-[Shows a stilletto.] If I meet Don Scipio
Don Cæsar. A stilletto! I command you to quit your purpose.
Sang. What, no satisfaction for my wound last night, and lose my booty too!
Don Cæsar. Your wound was chance-Put up We shall have noble booty here, and that's our business~But you seem to know your ground here, Sanguino ?
Sang. I was formerly Master of the Horse to Count D’Olivi, the last resident here, so am well acquainted with the galleries, lobbies, windings, 'turnings, and every secret lurking place in the castle.
Don Cæsar. I missed Spado at the muster this morning-did he quit the cave with you?
Spado. (Without.] As sure as I'm alive it's fact,
Don Cæsar. Isn't that Spado's voice?
Enter Don Scipio and SPADO. Don Scipio. Yes, I've heard of such places; but you say you've been in the cave where these ruffian banditti live?
Spado. Most certainly, sir; for after having robbed me of five hundred doubloons, the wicked rogues barbarously stripped, and tied me neck and heels, threw me across a mule, like a sack of corn, and led me blindfold to their cursed cavern.
Don Scipio. Ah, poor fellow!
Spado. There, sir, in this skulking hole the villains live in all manner of debauchery, and dart out upon the innocent traveller, like beasts of prey.
Don Scipio. Oh, the tigers ! just so they fastened upuu ime last night, but your sham Fernando, and I,
made them run like hares; I gave him
my purse for his trouble.
Spado. And he took it! what a mean fellow !-you ought not to have ventured out unarm’dI always take a blunderbuss when I go upon the road-the rascal banditti are most infernal cowards.
Don Scipio. What a glorious thing to deliver these reprobates into the hands of justice !
Spado. Ab, sir, 'twould be a blessed affair -Oh, I'd hang them up, like mad dogs!
Don Scipio. Well, you say you know the cave?
my eyes, and took a peep, made particular observations of the spot; so get a strong,guard, and I'll lead you to the very trap-door of their den.
Don Scipio. Egad, then we'll surprise them, and you'll have the prayers of the whole country, my honest friend.
Spado. Heav'n knows, sir, I have no motives for this discovery but the public good, so I expect the country will order me a hundred pistoles, as a reward for my honesty.
Don Cæsar. Here's a pretty dog! [ Apart. Sang. Ay, ay, he han't long to live. [Apart. Don Scipio. An hundred pistoles !
Spado. Sir, have an eye upon their captain, as they call him ; he's the most abandon'd, impudent profligate-Suddenly turning, sees CÆSAR, who shows a pistol.] Captain did I say? [Terrifiedi] Oh, no; the captain's a very worthy good-natured fellowmeant a scoundrel, who thinks he ought to be captain, one Sanguino, the most daring, wicked and bloody villain that-[Turning the other way, perceives SANGUINO with a pistol.] but indeed, I found Sanguino an honest, good-natured fellow too
[With increased terror. Don Scipio. Hey, a bloody, wicked, honest, goodnatured fellow! what is all this?
Spado. Yes; then, sir, I thought, I saw these two