Scene I.A Library in Don Jeromes House.
Enter Don Jerome and Isaac.
Don Jer. Ha! ha! ha! run away from her father! has she given him the slip? Ha! ha! ha! poor Don Guzman!
Isaac. Ay; and I am to conduct her to Antonio; by which means you see I shall hamper him so that he can give me no disturbance with your daughterthis is a trap, isnt it? a nice stroke of cunning, hey?
Don Jer. Excellent! excellent! yes, yes, carry her to him, hamper him by all means, ha! ha! ha! Poor Don Guzman! an old fool! imposed on by a girl!
Isaac. Nay, they have the cunning of serpents, thats the truth ont.
Don Jer. Psha! they are cunning only when they have fools to deal with. Why dont my girl play me such a trick? Let her cunning over-reach my caution, I sayhey, little Isaac!
Isaac. True, true; or let me see any of the sex make a fool of me!No, no, egad! little Solomon (as my aunt used to call me) understands tricking a little too well.
Don Jer. Ay, but such a driveller as Don Guzman!
Isaac. And such a dupe as Antonio!
Don Jer. True; never were seen such a couple of credulous simpletons! But come, tis time you should see my daughteryou must carry on the siege by yourself, friend Isaac.
Isaac. Sir, youll introduce
Don Jer. NoI have sworn a solemn oath not to see or to speak to her till she renounces her disobedience; win her to that, and she gains a father and a husband at once.
Isaac. Gad, I shall never be able to deal with her alone; nothing keeps me in such awe as perfect beautynow there is something consoling and encouraging in ugliness.
Give Isaac the nymph who no beauty can boast,
Whateer her complexion, I vow I dont care;
Let her locks be the reddest that ever were seen,
Tis true Id dispense with a throne on her back,
Don Jer. You will change your note, my friend, when youve seen Louisa.
Isaac. Oh, Don Jerome, the honour of your alliance
Don Jer. Ay, but her beauty will affect youshe is, though I say it who am her father, a very prodigy. There you will see features with an eye like mineyes, ifaith, there is a kind of wicked sparklingsometimes of a roguish brightness, that shows her to be my own.
Isaac. Pretty rogue!