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Double Falsehood: Act II, Scene 1

Double Falsehood
Act II, Scene 1

The prospect of a village.

  1. Enter Fabian and Lopez; Henriquez on the opposite side.

Lopez

1 - 2
  1. Aside.
  2. Soft, soft you, neighbor; who comes here? Pray you, slink
  3. aside

Henriquez

3
  1. Ha! Is it come to this? Oh the devil, the devil, the devil!

Fabian

4 - 5
  1. Lo you now! For want of the discreet ladle of a cool
  2. understanding, will this fellow’s brains boil over.

Henriquez

6 - 15
  1. To have enjoy’d her, I would have givenwhat?
  2. All that at present I could boast my own,
  3. And the reversion of the world to boot,
  4. Had the inheritance been mine: and now,
  5. (Just doom of guilty joys!) I grieve as much
  6. That I have rifled all the stores of beauty,
  7. Those charms of innocence and artless love,
  8. As just before I was devour’d with sorrow,
  9. That she refus’d my vows, and shut the door
  10. Upon my ardent longings.

Lopez

16
  1. Love! Love! Downright love! I see by the foolishness of it.

Henriquez

17 - 27
  1. Now then to recollectionwas’t not so? A promise first of
  2. marriagenot a promise only, for ’twas bound with surety of
  3. a thousand oathsand those not light ones neither.
  4. Yet I remember too, those oaths could not prevail;
  5. Th’ unpractis’d maid trembled to meet my love:
  6. By force alone I snatch’d th’ imperfect joy,
  7. Which now torments my memory. Not love,
  8. But brutal violence prevail’d; to which
  9. The time, and place, and opportunity,
  10. Were accessaries most dishonorable.
  11. Shame, shame upon it!

Fabian

28
  1. What a heap of stuff’s thisI fancy, this fellow’s head would make a good peddler’s pack, neighbor.

Henriquez

29 - 53
  1. Hold, let me be severe to myself, but not unjust. Was it a
  2. rape then? No. Her shrieks, her exclamations then had drove
  3. me from her. True, she did not consent; as true, she did
  4. resist; but still in silence all.
  5. ’Twas but the coyness of a modest bride,
  6. Not the resentment of a ravish’d maid.
  7. And is the man yet born, who would not risk
  8. The guilt, to meet the joy? The guilt! That’s true
  9. But then the danger; the tears, the clamors of the ruin’d
  10. maid, pursuing me to court. That, that, I fear will (as it
  11. already does my conscience) something shatter my honor.
  12. What’s to be done? But now I have no choice. Fair Leonora
  13. reigns confessed the tyrant queen of my revolted heart, and
  14. Violante seems a short usurper there. Julio’s already by my
  15. arts remov’d.—O friendship!
  16. How wilt thou answer that? Oh, that a man
  17. Could reason down this fever of the blood,
  18. Or sooth with words the tumult in his heart!
  19. Then, Julio, I might be, indeed, thy friend.
  20. They, they only should condemn me,
  21. Who born devoid of passion ne’er have prov’d
  22. The fierce disputes ’twixt virtue and desire.
  23. While they, who have, like me,
  24. The loose escapes of youthful nature known,
  25. Must wink at mine, indulgent to their own.
  1. Exit Henriquez.

Lopez

54 - 56
  1. This man is certainly mad, and may be mischievous. Prithee,
  2. neighbor, let’s follow him; but at some distance, for fear
  3. of the worst.
  1. Exeunt after Henriquez.
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