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Al A trifle, a mere trifle. Some a word? you will not speak? you few grains of rank hypocrisy, deceit, turn your eyes away from me? abomination, shameful deeds, foul Ca. (stands irresolute and anxious.) murder. That is something old, Al. So it is over then ? all over? however--happens every day-whose fare ye well. My Caroline, my Cary, wonder does it raise ? An honest, angel, serpent, devil, never do you aged fool, is, for his confidence and see me more. Adieu, for ever. (Éxit love, most cruelly betrayed. He
has, hastily.) however, what he well deserves. Why Ca. What? really gone? my God! was the fool so very foolish?
he is away! I must go after him. (she Ca. Albert, I conjure you, speak follows him in haste; Sophia meets her more plainly. Not a word I under- at the door.) stand.
So. Dear aunt! dear aunt! (CaroAl
. You do not understand me, line runs past her, without attending Ma'am? O you do right, Ma'am, to to what she says.) put on that innocent and simple manner-it becomes you mighty well. Ca. I vow, at last, you'll make me
SCENE XV. angry, if you don't explain yourself.
Sophia alone, afterwards Sirillo. Al
. Ay, make you angry! very right, Ma'am, bravo ! fall into a pas So. She neither hears nor sees; sion—that's the usual artifice of wo- and out my uncle rushes furiously am men, when they're caught in their gainst me; almost runs me down Ca. You now become uncivil, Sir.
upon the stairs.
There must have Al. - Uncivil! O yes, certain other been another quarrel---that I'm used people may show you more civility: te; but, before the sun is down, they
Co. If you continue talking in that will be reconciled. I don't know how tone, I shall not answer you.
it happens. Since Sirillo's brother Al. Not answer me, not answer me! came, I feel fresh hope. He seems to 'tis well, Ma'am-very soon shall all me a man of sense and breeding, could be so arranged, that I shan't need to not he be used to settle matters ? spcak, nor you to answer.
Neither with his brother nor the marCa. Do, pray, what you cannot riage is he fully pl ed. If I, with leave undone.
out reserve, confess the whole, perAl. As sure as I'm alive, I'll do it. haps he will assist us. There he I no longer love you.
Now, courage only ; I will Ca. That afflicts and grieves me make a trial--I will beat about the much.
bush. Al. O, it shall grieve you. Yes, by Si. (enters.) Ay, ay, there is our all that's sacred, it shall grieve you. little bride, and quite alone. Where (a pause, during which he looks at her are Albert and his lady then ? sidewise; then, with a milder tone,) So. O they're gone a walking. You'll never find a man to love you Si. Walking ? so? well, I am glad with his heart and soul, as I have to find you all alone, my pretty maid, done, no, never.
for I have something to confide to you. Ca. Who knows that, Sir ?
So. Oh, then, wits meet according Al. What! who knows? who to the saying, for I have also someknows? 'tis very well then, Ma'am, thing to confide to you. who knows? But I give you to know, Si. To ine? Oh, come then, let me that not only do I no more love you, hear. I'm all attention, speak. I abhor, detest you. The same house So. We women are accused of usshall no more harbour us. This day ing prefaces, but to you I'll speak Ig go, this hour, this very moment I quite openly, without the smallest set out. (he goes hustily away; his preface. The first look I had of you steps, however, become slower, the near- inspired me with a confidence I caner he is to the door ; at last he stops not well explain. and turns about.) How ? (approaches Si. Indeed ! continue. again, with a harsh voice.) How? So. 'Tis my uncle's pleasure I bewhat were you saying?
come your brother's wife. Ca. Nothing
Si. And you would wish to make Al. (guing nearer.) Nothing ? not him happy, would you not?
So. I know not, if possessing me So. Yes, probably he's very near. would make him happy; he deserves Si. And did he not arrive to-day? a better wife than I could be to So. (aside.) He must have seen my him. I value, I esteem him, but I Heimfeld. (aloud.) Yes. scarce dare utter it to you, I do not Si. He's dressed in blue? love him.
So. Yes, yes, quite right. Si. You do not love him! and Si. His hair is black? why? if I may ask.
So. With fine black eyes. So. Can we command our hearts?
Si. They're greyish, child, withal and then, to say the truth, he took he has a most engaging look. but little pains to gain this heart of So. He's elegant. mine.
Si. (surveying himself.) Yes, yes, Si. Ay, ay.
he's very tolerable. So. I am convinced you will not tell So. And in a word, a lovely man. him that ; I would do nothing to of Si. Yes, and in love, in love. fend him.
So. I clearly see you know the Si. No, no, I shall never mention it. whole; now, do I need to tell you
So. You'll think it strange that, what I want of you? after an acquaintance of an hour, I Si. Oh, all the rest is understood. come to you with this confession ; (aside.) How rapidly she goes to work. but your look, as I have told you, gave So. So you are really inclined to me confidence. I felt myself attracted make me happy? to you all at once. You did not seem Si. Angelic maid, 'tis you make me a stranger, but I felt as if we had been a happy man from top to toe. old acquaintances.
So. But then your brother, what Si. Really? In truth? (aside.) I will he say to it? verily believe this new edition of my Si. As we so cordially agree, my self has charmed the little innocent. brother will be pleased with all we do.
So. I had obeyed, perhaps, my un- I promise you that he'll be satisfied, cle's will, although I do not love your completely satisfied. I have a paper brother ; your arrival has, however, in my pocket, with which I wanted to changed my mind, and opened up new surprise your uncle; you have heard hopes.
about his wager with my brother ? Si. Since you saw me then-me-- The surprise is double now. Ha, ha, you no more wish
brother? ha! delightful! So. (taking him by the hand.) To So. Well, the paper ? your hands I now commit myself and Si. That I give to you, and then destiny. On you it shall depend, on this evening, when we're all together, you alone, to make me happy.
you will give it to the happy some one Si. (aside.) Oh, as sure as death whom you love, and who returns your she is in love with me, and thinks she love most tenderly---whose dress is loves my brother; that's a funny story. blue, whose eyes are black or grey,
$o. Sir, my situation admits of no and then the plot's unravelled to the delay; it forces me to overcome re wish of every body, ha, ha, ha! How serve, all slyness of my sex, and freely funny, O how funny! adieu, my gento confess to you, that I---but you al- tle maid. There's some one in the ready understand me.
drawing room, I hear; they must not Si. Yes, yes, my pretty dove, I can know that we have laid our heads toimagine all, but out with it; one gether. Angel fair, adieu, adieu. (as likes to hear such things.
he goes off:) What eyes will Albert So. Well, then, I own to you I love make! what eyes ! (while Sirillo goes another.
out by the one side-door, Caroline ens Si. And that happy other? How? ters by the other.) Don't redden, angel. I will spare your blushes. Do not name him, for I know the whole. Your eyes were
Scene XVI. prompter than your mouth.
CAROLINE, SOPHIA. So, How, Sir, you know?
Si. Be calm, sweet little innocence. Car. (throwing herself upon a chair.) A girl can no more hide such things Alas! I cannot stand it longer. than fire its heat. That other is at So. What's the matter, aunt? How present near you, is he not?
out of breath you are !
Car. I have been running after him sinner? I hope you do not fear the ---& quarter---of an hour.
women ? Come, step up.-(To CaroSo. And after whom? my uncle : line.)–Pray, Madam, do you know
Car. Oh yes, up and down the stairs this gentleman ? ---up to the garret---to the court Car. I do, dear husband-1 yard---everywhere---he foremost, and Al. I don't know how I come to Í always after him.--the doors fly up such an honour, but now I beg him and to---the servants stand and gaze earnestly and kindly to explain his vi....I ask, I beg him, I conjure him to sit. stand still at leastm--at last he does Car. My dear Albert stand still a moment, casts a side So. Dearest uncleglance at me---then flies off like light Heim. Mr Albert, you'll allow ning. Never did I see him so before. me
So. What is the reason then? what Al. You two women, hold your has he in his head?
tongues; and you will speak, young Car. God knows! The best will be gentleman. Again I ask you what to let his rage boil out, and wait till you want? what you are doing here? he is calm and rational. Yet I con Car. He probably willjecture somebody has told him of our Al. Silence, Ma'am! little plot, and that your lover Heim So. Beyond a doubt hefeld is among us.
Al. Be you silent too, young lady. So. That I also fear. Sirillo's bro. Now, young gentleman, your answer ther knows, at least, the footing I am - please begin. on with Heimfeld.
Heim. I beg you, Mr Albert, not Car. What ! Sirillo's brother? to think that consciousness of guilt or So. Yes, he left me now. I thought views dishonourable have made me he might be serviceable, as he does dumb or disconcerted—'twas surprise not seem to like his brother or this alone, and fear of giving you offence. marriage much; so I took heart, and My view in coming here is pure, untold him all.
spottedCar. You did ?
Al. Curse upon its purity! So. But all was known to him be Hein. And I need not blush to fore I spoke. The oddity seemed mention it aloud and franklyhighly pleased-he promised me the Al. (aside,) Devil take the fellow's plot should be unravelled to the wish impudence ! of every one. This paper I'm to give Heim. The only error I am conto Heimfeld in the evening—'tis con- scious of is this, that I have acted hinected with the bet, and, probably, therto in silence, and behind your contains this same unravelling of his. back. We long ago should have di
Car. Most singular ! I «only wish vulged the whole to you, and you for no mischief may ensue.
certain had consented to our wish. So. We soon shall see this even Al. The devil! Sir, are you beside ing elears it up.
yourself? Consented to your wish!
Heim. I know that many things Scene XVII.
oppose our love; but I have great reALBERT, with HEIMFELD, the former, dom--and I think you'll listen to the
liance on your goodness, on your wisAl. Walk in, Sir; pray walk in voice of love and reason. We'll find society.
Al. Reason, and my patience too, So. Oh, dreadful! Heimfeld and are almost quite exhausted. my uncle we're undone.
Heim. One thing only I shall name, al. (to Caroline,) I bring you, which favours me---with heart and Ma'am, a guest I happened to fall in soul I love her, and I have the please with in the garden. He's probably ing certainty that I am loved again. an amateur in gardening I found Al. What, Sir, you have the insohim near the new-ingrafted cherry- lence to say so to my face ! trees, concealed among the bushes. Heim. Why should a sentiment Is it not delightful to see how, in the that glows within my breast not pass spring, all sprouts, and buds, and my lips? Our love don't need to shun rises high? It is the devil's own de- the eyes of any one. light! Is that'not true, young friend ? Al. Now, Sir, I beg that you will Why stand you there like a repentant have the complaisance to get you gone.
Heim. Well, then, I see it is not truth.-(Going to his wife.)--And these now the proper time to speak, and I two likewiseno, they do not liesas shall leave you. Yet I might have I'm alive, they cannot lie. My Cary hoped a different reception, when I hear me, Cary—so I'm wrong then think how humble my request, my How? Give me your hand-you're suit how honourable. I forgive, how- angry, very angry. ever, all this heat in one whom I re Car. Certainly I should be angryvere as second father to the woman of and no other decent wife would let
escape so fine an opportunity of poutAl. Away with you !--you are a ing for a month at least ; but, as some blockhead with your second father. share of blame may tall on me, I'll Shameless fellow, instantly be gone. Al. (lets go her hand, and steps some
Heim. I go—and I again forgive paces back,) So, after all, youyou your abuse.
You'll see, when Car. I beseech you, be not terrified you are calmer, what a cruel thing it wit is not so I mean it. Hear me, is to sacrifice to humour and caprice these young people for a length of the happiness of her and me--for I time have been in love. can know no happiness without So So. Yes, uncle, it is near a year phia's haud. (Seizing it.) -Without that we have known each other. this dearest hand, life's but a blank Car. They thought proper to make for me.
me their confidant; and, partly a disAl. Who?
like to contradicting you, and partly, So. Dear uncle, dearest father too, a spice of vanity in over-reaching Al. How?
you a little, moved me to conceal the Cur. Dear Albert, I beseech you whole affair, and carry on a small in'too--make not the young things mi- trigue behind your back. My fault serable. Do bestow Sophia on him- lies there do you forgive me? he deserves her.
Al. Listen to me, love. A small Al. What? how?
intrigue, you say, behind my back So. (taking his hand,) If your wish to over-reach me—that is going niece's comfort-if her life has any far; but let it pass I do forgive you, value with you-never shall I love child: a man who has been steeped in another.
water does not mind a shower of rain. Al. What is this? How is it with Car. So we are quits with one anme? Do I understand you right? So other? that is she?-it is my niece Sophia Al. Done, with all my heart. O that you love?
how light I feel my breast !-so he Heim. Whom else?
must feel who dreams he was in hell, Car. O Mr Albert, I begin to guess. and on awaking finds himself in heaHow can it be? What evil spirit has ven. My dearest Caroline, such joy possessed you? Do you know your I feel in all my joints and limbs, that Caroline so little?
I could dance! Al. (He draws her aside,) But I Car. Dear husband, there are standfound him lurking in your sleeping- ing other two, who would with plea
sure join the dance, if you would play Car. That was a thoughtlessness of the tune they like-How is it fixed Sophy, who concealed him there. for them?
Al. (as before, with a low voice,) But Al. Aha! that had escaped me altothen Sirillo's brother, with his ears, gether. Well, young friend, your has heard you talk of love-rewarding, name? who are you, pray? happy-making, and a rendezvous. Heim. I wish I could conceal my
Car. He heard it, but has falsely name—it will recal no pleasant recol-understood it, as you see. And you lections, I'm afraid. My name is could trust a stranger's cars, without Heimteld. inquiry, more than you would trust a Al. Heimfeld! So you are the son of heart which you should know by this ~! Heimfeld? Yes, yes, you're righttime? Albert! Albert !
the name don't please my ear. Ten Al. Was it really so then? Can I years ago your father was my friend possibly believe it?-(placing himself -now we are friends no more! How. before Heimfeld and Sophia, and look- ever, I know you, by, reputation, to ing at them stedfustly.) — Yes, love be a worthy, sensible, young fellow, speaks in these four eyes, and says the -and, as you have had the complais
ance to love my niece, and not my give her up, and took the present ophem!—This moment I'm so pleased portunity to gain the bet by this surand merry, I could give away the prise ? world, and even myself into the bar Al. Not quite improbable. You're gain I am therefore sorry I cannot right-it might be, if the hard three give you Sophy; but it is impossible thousand dollars were not in the case. -she's promised to Sirillo, should I So. The thing is certain, uncle ;flinch I lose three thousand dollars the brother said himself, he did it for that, however, were no motive to pre- the wager's sake. vent her happiness, had I not given Al. He did ?-hem ! hem !-So he my promise.
has caught me then ?-(Drawing CaCar. O three thousand dollars ! roline aside.)—But then how could he Come, dear husband, can one give a- wish to make me jealous, knowing way a young girl's heart and hand that? How could hefor money, as a merchant sells his Car. O! some joke, perhaps-some goods? or as some princes their do- joke to teaze you. mains with the inhabitants ?
Al. Ay! the devil take the joke! Al. Why did you let it come so far, I do not like your jokes which cut one through your sly arts and fine contri· to the quick. It might have ended vances? Why not tell the truth at sadly, were I not so foolishly good-naonce? Now we must wait at least un- tured. til we see Sirillo, and know if he will Car. Yes, and were not I so too.let me off. Until he comes, I beg you, But now, what's to be done with these Sir, you will not set a foot within my two people standing there? house or garden.
Al. Well, well, the thing will be So. Dearest uncle, it perhaps will explained ; if he is satisfied, and quits not be necessary to wait Sirillo's com me of the dollars, I am likewise satis. ing, for his brother here, to whom I fied, and therefore you may have the have disclosed the whole
girl for me, (leads Sophia' to HeimAl. What? how? what?
feld.) So. Gave me this paper, which, he Só. My dearest uncletold me, would unravel all, to every Heim. Mr Albertbody's satisfaction.
Al. But, young man, remember, on Al. What ? Sirillo's brother! condition that your father give cone
So. I'm to give it to the man I love sent. -so, Heimfeld, here it is; do take Heim. O he will not refuse, I'm and read it. True, it should have happened in the evening, when we were all together ; but a moment ear SCENE XVIII. and last. lier or later cannot signify.
SIRILLO, and the former. Al. Well, read, and let us hear.
Heim. (opens the paper, and runs Si. (is hastening in, but stops at the over it,) Good heavens! what do I door.) see? Can it be true? Well, hear. Al. O come in, come in; I must, The underwritten, moved by weighty acknowledge I have lost—your broreasons, hereby cedes, most solemn- ther has the bet. ly, and after due consideration, all Si. (approaches, always looking sides pretensions and all rights he may ways at Heimfeld,) Sir, how? What have gained, or may hereafter gain, to do you say ? the possession and the hand of Miss Al. For a surprise of such a sort I Sophia, niece of Mr Albert, irrevoc- certainly was not prepared. ably to the man who shall receive this Si. How do you mean? paper from the hands of that young Al. Such generosity I did not look lady. Further, he releases Mr Albert for from your brother. fully from his promise.—Sirillo. Si. Generosity! pray how ?
Ål. What is that then? Give it Al. I must confess I like to lose in here As I'm alive, his hand and seal ! such a manner. the deuce! what can he mean? Si. Have you then
Car. A thought has struck me So. The paper was unsealed, inmight it not be this, that, knowing deed too early, but the circumstances the connection between her and were so pressingHeimfeld, he had long resolved to Si. Ay, ay, now I understand the