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Laid her claws upon my master,
[He stumbles against Don MANUEL.
Cosm. Mute as any poor relation
D. Man. Doubtless this must be some servant
Cosm. Señor, both the house and owner
Cosm. Who am I? a drudge, a servant,
D. Man. And your master- Who is he?
D. Man. And his name?-
His name's Don Manuel
D. Man. Now, Heaven be with me!
Cosm. And Cosme Catiboratos
D. Man. You Cosme! You too here !
Tell me, did you
Cosm. Pleasant jesting, on my honour;
D. Man. Whose apartment then is this?
Cosm. Sleights like these are of the devil's
You'd have me
What is wanting
Through the door, into the passage,
D. Man. It is well,
[ISABEL enters gently through the secret door in the dark.
Cosm. (aside.) Why, this is worse and worse.
Isab. (aside.) Your master-who is lie?
Don Man. Come, you were right.
[She takes hold of Cosme by the hand, and draws him
out by the secret door.
Yet since some one,
So in the alcove I'll hide me, [Goes into the recess. Mean time Isabel, under the impres apparent confusion of Angela, insists sion that Don Manuel is her compan- on searching her apartments. A noise ion, introduces Cosme into the apart- is at the same time heard in the ment of Dona Angela. Though con- apartment to the left, and Don Luis fused at the mistake, the ladies are hurries out in pursuit, leaving Angela, resolved to keep up the mystification who in terror and anxiety resolves to of the servant; who is directed to re- seek protection with the father of fresh himself with a glass of wine, as Beatrice, till an opportunity for exhe has a journey of more than two planation with her brothers arrive. hundred miles to perform through the Thesceneagain changes to the apartair the same night. In the midst of ment of Don Manuel. It is dark; Isabel their merriment, however, Don Luis and Cosme enter hastily through the knocks, demanding admittance. Isa. secret door: almost at the same mobel precipitately retreats with Cosme ment, Don Manuel, hearing the sound through the door on the left. Beatrice of persons in the apartment, enters conceals herself behind the curtain. from the recess. Isabel, after depositDon Luis who, in consequence of over- ing Cosme in the room, hurries out by hearing the conversation between An- the centre door, forgetting, in her agigela and Beatrice in the Second Act, tation, to wheel the cabinet back into expects to surprise Beatrice and her its place. A light is seen behind, and brother together, enters, sees the traces Don Luis enters by the secret door. of the entertainment, and, observing the
D. Luis. Now, by Heaven, I saw a man!
How have they managed
Cosm. (aside.) Ha! the liglit comes : let the table I've encounter'd here conceal me.
[ Creeps under the table. D. Man. (advancing.) Let this mummery have an end. D. Luis. Don Manuel ! D. Man.
Don Luis !—who Ever witness'd such confusion ?
Cosm. So, 'twas thus the Goblin enter'd
D. Luis. Craven heart, dishonour'd knight,
D. Man. Yes! but only to defend me
D. Luis. Not with reasons, but with deeds,
D. Man. Yet a moment
D. Luis. Satisfy, how satisfy me?
D. Luis. What then do you here, enclosed
D. Man. (aside.) What shall I answer? (Aloud.) I am waiting for my servant.
D. Luis. When I saw you hide here, must I
D. Luis. And if my eyes
D. Man. Yes.
You alone, it seems, speak truth.
Don Luis raises the table in order to to be disposed of during the combat, barricade the secret passage, in doing so as to prevent his interfering on the which he discovers Cosme.
side of his master ; a precaution which then, is the servant for whom you the valet assures both parties is a very were waiting!” he exclaims, with a needless one. Don Manuel, however, sneer, to Don Manuel. “ Believe locks him up in a kind of press within what you please," answers Don Man- the alcove, and returns to meet his opuel,“the time is past for explanations." ponent. The question now is-how Cosme is
D. Man. Now we are alone together.
[ They fight.-Don Luis loses the guard of his sword. *D. Man. Never saw I cooler fencing !
D. Luis. Never saw I stronger force !
D. Man. 'Tis not from defect of valour;
D. Luis. You are courteous, you are valiant.
D. Man. Go you for a weapon ?
D. Luis. Yes, if you will wait my coming,
[Exit by the principal door.
That there was some secret entrance,
Cosme. (from the recess.) Gentle master, I ențreat you
D. Man. I will open, for I feel
Don Juan brings in ANGELA veiled.--Both remain in the back.
D. Ang. (alone.) Ah! unhappy I woe is me!
another follow My misfortunes. I am dying. Don Manuel and Cosme enter from the recess without seeing ANGELA.
Cos. Let's go quickly.
Cos. That this woman is the devil,
D. Man. Since we know now who she is,
have her enter ?
D. Man. Art thou shadow or illusion,
D. Ang. Don Manuel !
Attend and listen.