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united authors, that are now performed : and though it has an unpleasing fable, with female characters perfectly detestable, yet it is constituted with parts so ably written, so forcible in sentiment and humour, that actors of a certain class of excellence must ever give it powerful effect in the exhibition. But to preserve its fame on the stage, no common performers can be entrusted with the charge.
Enter PEREZ and JUAN DE CASTRO,
Juan. No, not yet, sir :
Juan. And unexperienc’d:
Juan. But no harm done, nor ever meant, Don
Michael, That came to my ears yet; ask him a question, He blushes like a girl, and answers litile, To the point less; I never yet heard certainly Of any gentleman that saw him angry. Per. Preserve him, he'll conclude a peace if
need be; Many as stout as he will go along with us, That swear as valiantly as heart can wish. Their mouths charg’d with six oaths at once, and
That make the drunken Dutch creep into mole-hills. Juan. 'Tis true, such we must look for: but, Mi
chael Perez, When heard you of Donna Margarita, the great
heiress ? Per. I hear every hour of her, tho' I ne'er saw her; She is the main discourse: noble Don Juan de Castro, How happy were that man could catch this wench up, And live at ease! She's fair and young, and wealthy, Infinite wealthy, and as gracious too In all her entertainments, as men report.
Juan. But she is proud, sir, that I own for certain,
speak with you. Juan. Wait on them in. Per. Are they two handsome women ?
Vasco. They seem so, very handsome; but they're
veil'd, sir. Per. Thou put'st sugar in my mouth; how it melts
with me! I love a sweet young wench. Juan. Wait on them in, I say.
[Exit Vasco. Per. Don Juan.
Juan. How you itch, Michael ! how you burnish!
Per. There be two.
then ? Per. I wou'd fain see that; I've been in the Indies twice, ånd have seen strange
things, But for two honest women ;-one I read of once.
Juan. Pr'ythee, be modest.
veited. Juan. You're welcome, ladies.
Per. Both hooded ! I like 'em well though; They come not for advice in law, sure,
hither: They're very modest; 'tis a fine preludium. Juan. With me, or with this gentleman, wou'd
you speak, lady? Cla. With you, sir, as I guess, Juan de Castro. Per. Her curtain opens; she is a pretty gentle
Juan. I am the man, and shall be bound to for
tune, I may
any service to your beauties. Cla. Captain, I hear you're marching down to
am, sweet lady.