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Heim. How can I express my graSirillo disguised, looking in.
titude for all your goodness !
Si. Just as I supposed. So ? All empty? No one here? hem ! Car. I am now wholly yours ; your hem! I saw, however, a young man constancy, your ardour, have convincome out, and on perceiving I was on ced me, that you really love and merit the stair, away he was like lightning, a return. I'll make you happy, do or I thought I heard some talking too. say my husband what he will. (looks into every corner.) Ay, ay, Si. (aside) Bravo! who can be playing here at hide and Heim. That assurance makes me seek? (lifts up the cloths by which the happy. tables are hung, and looks below.) A Car. Probably my husband will go youth unwilling to be seen---heard out this evening, and as that provok. talking here with somebody, and in a ing spy Sirillo is not here, we shall moment after neither he, nor yet not be disturbed. I have a world of that somebody, within the room. That things to say. looks strange, and from his years, it Si. (aside) Yes, I believe you have. is not only strange, but raises one's Car. As things are situated, stratasuspicion. Should my fair Sophia gem alone can lead us to our purpose. even-r? No, that's impossible; she I have also formed a plan of our malooks so very innocent, and such a næuvres. thing had reached my ears. In such Si. (aside.) How ? a little town as this, a girl can't even Heim. Implicitly I yield to you ; look kind upon her brother's dog, but but would it not perhaps be better, all comes out. Or Albert's wite, per- went we openly to work? haps ? hem! hem! It looks, indeed, Si. (aside.) What! as if she loved her husband, but, put Car. No, no, that will never do; let trust in none of them. She's best me direct. I leave you for the present, who is not tempted. I shall have con- -pray step back into my bed-room, viction soon. O blessed genius of nobody goes there. I would be glad wine, that didst inspire me with the to take you out of prison, but my husthought of this disguise ! I'll daily band is below. But, wait a little. drink a bottle more to do thee ho- I'll first hear if he is not gone out. nour. My disguise is such, I'm sure they go to the door.) they will not kuow me. What if I Si. (aside.) My worthy Albert ! should have a bout at hide and seek yon poor devil ! how I pity you! I myself? These tables seem to offer verily believe your wife will run 'ame their service : Yes, thou hospi- way with this young spark. table table, let me be thy inmate, nor Car. I hear him speaking still ; do betray what thou hast in thy keeping. you go back into the closet. Soon, (creeps below one of the tables.) Hea- perhaps, I shall be able to release you. ven bless my entrance. (after a short Heim. Do not let me wait too long. pause puts out his head.) Umph! it (kisses her hand before she goes. Siis not very comfortable here. I think rillo draws in his head. As Heimfeld I hee: a foot, down, Sirillo, down. wants to re-enter the bed-room, he finds (dra ys in his head.)
it locked.) Oh! how unlucky, by some chance the door is locked. What
now is to be done? (he tries the door SCENE IX.
agrin.) 'Tis locked, fast locked. (runs CAROLINE, HEIMFELD, SIRILLO. to the door, puts out his head to listen,
Car. (knocks at the bed-room door.) rerurns and looks about the room, at Come, Heimfeld, Heimfeld, open, Í last goes to the table where Sirillo is am here. (Heimfeld enters.) not, and creeps below it.)
Si. (putting out his head aside.) Si. (After a pause puts out his head.) 'Tis Albert's wife as I'm alive. I give Is he gone? I think I hear a noise. you joy, friend Albert, give you joy! (creeps back.)
Car. I come but for a moment, Sir, Heim. (After a pause, looking out.) to bid you welcome. Much I havé There's no one in the room, I think. been longing for you. Now's the No one; I must have been mistaken. time to act, and you yourself can't (draws in his head.) wish more ardently your love be
Si. What is that? I thought for crowned than I do.
certain somebody was speaking here.
The spark within that room is hold- know, the purest, the most ardent ing a soliloquy perhaps for his amuse- love has brought me to this house. ment. (druws in his head.)
Si. (laughing:) The purest love ! Heim. (A moment after looking out.) yes, yes. No, I cannot be mistaken, I. heard it Heim. A love which obstacles have too distinctly. (looks about him, listens but increased---a love beyond the a little while, and then draws in again.) power of time---which would not need
Si. Again! (lifts up the cloth on one to shun the eyes of men, did not unside, then on another all round the ta- toward eircumstances force it to make ble, and looks about him. After he use of mystery. has drawn in his head, Heimfeld looks Si. Untoward circumstances ! (aout, and then again Sirillo. These side.) Yes, yes, they are untoward for movements are repeated several times, poor Albert. and always at shorter intervals. At Heim. You appear to me a man of last they both put out their heads at too much sense, and in your face is once, and after staring at each other clearly seen a mind too noble and too for a moment.)
great for me to fear that you should Heim. Who are you, Sir ?
make improper use of what you know. Si. Who are you, Sir ?
Si. We shall consider and revolve Heim. What may you be doing what use is to be made of it. I own there below the table ?
that when the devil lays an egg, like Si. What may you be doing there this, within a house, it is not any below the table
other's part to cackle, but yet, young Heim. (creeping out.) Do you know, gentleman, I can't in silence see that Sir, it is very odd to come into a stran- you snap up another's property. ger's house, and lie concealed below a Heim. Another's property! What table, listening to what is said ? right can any other have to call that
Si. (coming out.) And do you know noble creature property of his? Here yourself that it is still more oud to say love alone gives property, and I have ought here that may be listened to ? made the acquisition. Heim. How so, good Sir?
Si. Well, but I think, however, Si. I am an old acquaintance in this with your leave-(aside) he has the house, a friend and guest; but you, strangest principles. Sir, who are you?
Heim. And it, besides, that other Heim. I---I belong to it as well as is a person, all whose merit ( mimicks you.
the counting of money) but consists Si. (laughing,) You're right, I did in counting o'er his heaps--a fool not think of that. Within a house- old coxcomb. hold well arranged, a helpmate such Si. (aside) If he heard. as you must not be wanting now-a Hein. How would this raildish days. However, Mr Albert might have dare say to the rose, you're mine? his objections to the office you assume. Si. Ha, ha, ha, a raddish!
Heim. What do you mean by that? Heim. I'm convinced that Mr AlExplain yourself.
bert, on reflection, will be sensible of Si. Young friend, be meek and this himself. humble ; violence is here misplaced. Si. (laughing) The deuce he will! Do not forget that I was lying here Young gentleman, your faith is strong. below the table, and of course have But I would not advise you to expect heard your conversation with his lady. it.
Heim. (aside.) Should we have be Heim. Pray, why not? He must trayed ourselves?
he cannot fail to see it-and if not Si. And so I know the whole. well thenHeim. What do you know?
Si. Well then, what then? You'll Si. I know the fine intrigue that even run off with her, perhaps ? Conyou have here, I know the whole, the sider what you do, young man, conwhole. And so, without delay, con- sider. fess the naked truth; be humble and Heim. I am just considering that submissive, Sir, for I could play you this is not my place, and think it bere an ugly trick.
more advisable to take my leave. Heim. (aside.) Good heaven! we Si. Pray listen for a moment, Sir, have betrayed ourselves. (aloud. Well, you have not had the goodness yet to if you know the whole, Šir, you must tell me who you are.
Heim. Another time, when more worthy friend, that I present to you convenient: at present you may easily your brother's bride. conceive that I'm in haste.
Si. So that is she? By heaven! he Si. Yes, that I can conceive. chooses well. I beg you'll let me kiss
Heim. Your servant, then. I once the pretty hand that is to make my more beg you'll be discreet, and not brother happy. breed mischief in this family by
Car. aside to Sophia.) Sophy, blabbing; in return, your lurking thank him for the compliment. under tables, which, to say the least
Al. What are you saying, Cary? of shews inost improper curiosity, Car. I was asking if she did not shall likewise be concealed. Your find the likeness to Sirillo very strikservant.
Si. That is true: We are so like,
the one is often taken for the other. Scene X.
Car. If you only did not wear Si. (alone) Sir, your servant.
hair. Well, then, there's a fine surprise: So. The eyes, dear aunt, are also for certain Albert will not match it. different. But the thing's too sad and serious to Car. You're right; I now begin to make a joke of. I, however, can't find it so. Methinks the nose toobe altogether mute. I must give Car. Yes, the nose is quite another him a hint, if merely to bring down nose. his haughtiness, and make him sober
Si. Excuse me, I should think it minded on that head. How oft has were the same. he derided other honest men who had
Car. I beg your pardon, Sir, your's the same mishap, and now-but so it has a different cut. goes; yes, so it goes; one sees his So. 'Tis not so long. neighbour taken in and laughs, (he Si. So? When I have the honour laughs,) and does not dream that he to be better known to you, I hope himself is taken in. But now I'll go that you will find still greater differand introduce myself.
ence in our characters. My brother [Exit laughing. is a headstrong man-will always
know things best-(he looks at them SCENE XI.
all-all are silent) a little vain, conSophia (hastens in by another door, ceited, purse-proud man-he thinks
and opens the bed-room.) CAROLINE himself much wiser than his neigh(enters.)
bours, (looks at them again ) boisterSo. (from the bed-room.) Dear ous, severe, and often even malicious. aunt, my Heimfeld is not here. (a pause) It looks as if you thought
Car. So much the better, child, I me in the right. wanted just to let him out; and as
Al. O no, but yetSirillo's brother is arrived, our con
Si. Confess it only-Don't say sultation can't take place to-night.
the truth? So. I only hope my uncle did not
Car. Show mercy; every body has find him here.
his foibles. Car. O no; for then we should
A. Had he none, he would not be have had a thunder-storm. The poor young man began to weary, and went
Car. Your brother is, upon the off: or he perhaps was hungry; for whole, a worthy character. alas ! my child, those happy times
Al. A man I value and esteem with
heart. are past, when lovers did not need to eat. A lover now is not all heart; he
Car. You really say too much afeels he has a stomach also.
gainst him: As to vanity, indeed, So. Have you seen Sirillo's brother? perhaps you're not entirely wrong. Car. Yes, they're
Al. Ha, ha, ha! He, for example, like-I must
very confess, however, I prefer the brother. laid a bet with me to-day—a bet he There they come.
lost before, and probably will lose
again, SCENE XII.
Si. So? So ?
Al. Without some confidence, howALBERT, SIRILLO, the former.
ever, in one's self, a person can do noAl. O here's our niece. Allow, my thing great.
Si. Without the smallest doubt. Si. I? I? Yes, I am married. What says our little bride to that? Al. So-so-(aside) he has cerI must confess, the more I look at tainly a cross at home. these bright eyes, the more I can ex Si. (with significant pantomine.) cuse my brother; for, to say the truth, There are especially unpleasant this marriage did not please me quite: thingsbut now I find his purpose very na Al. I understand-No help for tural—It goes with him as with a that, indeed; but patience,-(iaking person looking at the sun-he can't his hand) patience, friend. (aside) refrain from sneezing.
Poor devil ! Al. Well, we'll make a bow, and Si. But suppose one loves his wife? say, God bless him. May he live as Al. Why, he must cease to love her blessed as I with my dear wife. from that moment.
Si. (aside) I do not join you Si. But, Sir, honour?-honour? there. ( aloud) So you're as happy as Al. Does our honour, pray, depend a man can be
upon a person who has none? Al. Yes, that I am, and every one Si. When one suspects such things would be so in my place, whose heart as little as yourselfis sound. A spacious house, a pretty Al. I pity you with all my heartfortune, lucrative employment, and, but that is fate! 'tis fate. what is more than all, a wife who Si. You pity me? loves me tenderly.
Al. I do, with all my soul. Si. Yes, that I have remarked. Si. But hear me, dearest Sir, I am Al. She is so prudent, she divides not here concerned. my years by my affection, and in the Al. No? Pardon me, I thought quotient finds me always young. And you were the happier man are you. when you know her better, you will Și. And you the more unhappy. see, how good, how faithful, kind and Al. I? complaisant, how active and
Si. You-for, to speak without Car. O stop, my friend, praise disguise, you are the person to be pio, pleases ; but we should not hear our tied. praise. Our guest has just been Al. My worthy man, what is it you travelling, and probably would like can mean? repose. I'll go and put a room to Si. I mean—I mean—your wife : rights. Come, Sophy, come along Well, that your wife-Now don't you
When I am gone, bestow understand me? Well, the deuce ! a little praise, if you think proper, that she is carrying on a love-affair in [Exit with Sophia. secret, with a young-young man.
Al. You must be crazy, Sir.
Si. Have patience only listen to
me coolly. ALBERT, SIRILLO.
Al. I repeat it, Sir, you must be Al. Well, you see, for ever gay, crazy: That is false, it is not possible. for ever cheerful, ever full of love and Si. Possible it must be, for the patience, notwithstanding all my freaks thing has happened. and humours, then her sense, her Al. How were you informed? who
saw it? Si. I am convinced of it.
Si. I myself–have patience and I'll Al. But after all, I'm master in my
Al. No, do not tell me : all is false Si. So? Yes, yes, such a marriage but yes, do tell me in the devil's is a heaven on earth. But even the name, say on-I'm on the rack. best of marriages has still a but or if. Si. Have patience; half an hour Al. It may be so.
ago, as I was on the staircase, I obSi. Unpleasant things occur, of served a handsome youth who left this which one never dreamt. At. That I believe.
Al. What do you say? Si. Dear Mr Albert, it is hard to
Si. Who left this room-but who know the women well : In any point retreated quickly when he saw me. whatever, one has always trusted them Al. What ? too little or too much.
Si. I came up and heard some Al. Are you a married man? talking here.
Al. You heard some talking ? will find it quite impossible to justify
Si. Yes, I did, and when I enter- her conduct. ed
Al. You are right. I'll wait till Al. Well, what then?
evening.--I'll be moderate---I will be Si. I did not find a living soul. cool---the devil, don't you see I can Al. You want to make a fool of me. command myself? I'm cool! quite
Si. Have patience, I beseech you ; cool ! curiosity now worked-I hid myself Si. I see you are. below a table--not long after came a woman, and behold, it was your wife
SCENE XIV. - she went up to the bed-room, called, and somebody came out, and
CAROLINE, the former. only think, it was the same young Ca. Now, if you please to follow,
Sir, I'll show you to your room. Al. ( with a faint voice.) The same Si. At your command. (to Al) young man, and from the bed-room? Once more, have patience ; patience is
Si. From the bed-room. Then the word. Adieu. they spake of things most unequivo Al. (who, at his wife's entrance, flew cal-of love-fidelity-rewarding--- up to her and walked round her, now making happy---of a meeting in when she is going, says,) Madam. the evening when you were not at Ca. Pray, are you calling me? home.
Al. I am. Al. A meeting?
Ca. I'll come directly. (Exit with Si. Yes. Then followed tears of Sirillo.) gratitude, the warmest kisses on her Al. (stands a while in a reverie.) 0 hand, and all the rest.
that this man had never set a foot Al. And all the rest?
within my house. I was so happy Si. Yes. Nothing could I see in- when in igporance! But no, I'm pleasdeed, but one can guess, when a duett's ed, the film is taken from my eye, so very tender, the accompaniment. even though the light should kill me! Al. Can guess !
o'tis dreadful ! it is hideous! the Si. Yes. But I beg you don't be serpent! in what human face can one so cast down, my friend, 'tis fate, 'tis put trust, since her's deceived ? I'll fate.
leave the place---I will away---I'll far Al. Ah! and so heartily I loved her. away from all mankind---I'll to the
Si. Courage, courage, friend, a man woods, and live among wild beasts! should show a force above misfortune. they but devour you---don't deceive Al. To betray me so!
you. (walks violently up and down.) Si. There is no remedy but patience, Ca. (entering:) Here I am again, patience.
my dear, what do you wish ? (Albert A. No, it is not true, Sir, you're pays no attention.) Good God! what a fool---you're raving mad---it can't is the matter? Only speak---you make be true.
me quite uneasy---do stand still and Si. I should be pleased to think so, speak---is any thing a-wanting? but my ears know better---how it is, Al. Wanting ? No, there's nothing you can convince yourself this even- wanting---there is only here too much. ing.
Ca. Good heaven! what can it be? Al. Evening ! so this evening is the Pray, Albert, are you ill ? have you meeting ?
again your toothache ? Si. Yes.
Al. Headache! headache! Al. I shall be there, by heaven! Ca. Well, the doctor must be sent I shall be there ; but where's the for-don't you think so ? man? the monster, devil, where is Al. Stand there opposite to me, and he? I'll search him out. I'll kill him. fix your eyes on mine. No, no. I will to her, to her. I'll Ca. Well, here I am. dash her to the ground. With my Al. It is not possible ! all lies, all contempt I will annihilate her. I'll--- lies. (is walking up to her, but sudden
Si. O what! she would deny the ly stops short.) No, go, go, turn away whole. All you would gain would be from me those faithless eyes. They to put her more upon her guard. shall no more impose on me. Wait rather till their interview. Ca. O Albert, Albert, tell me what You'll be convinced yourself, and she it is.