Don Jer. Then, when she smiles, youll see a little dimple in one cheek only; a beauty it is certainly, yet you shall not say which is prettiest, the cheek with the dimple, or the cheek without.
Isaac. Pretty rogue!
Don Jer. Then the roses on those cheeks are shaded with a sort of velvet down, that gives a delicacy to the glow of health.
Isaac. Pretty rogue!
Don Jer. Her skin pure dimity, yet more fair, being spangled here and there with a golden freckle.
Isaac. Charming pretty rogue! pray how is the tone of her voice?
Don Jer. Remarkably pleasingbut if you could prevail on her to sing, you would be enchantedshe is a nightingalea Virginia nightingale! But come, come; her maid shall conduct you to her antechamber,
Isaac. Well, egad, Ill pluck up resolution, and meet her frowns intrepidly.
Don Jer. Ay! woo her brisklywin her, and give me a proof of your address, my little Solomon.
Isaac. But holdI expect my friend Carlos to call on me here. If he comes, will you send him to me?
Don Jer. I will. Lauretta![Calls.]Comeshell show you to the room. What! do you droop? heres a mournful face to make love with!
Scene II.Donna Louisas Dressing-Room.
Enter Isaac and Maid.
Maid. Sir, my mistress will wait on you presently.
[Goes to the door.
Isaac. When shes at leisuredont hurry her.[Exit Maid.]I wish I had ever practised a love-sceneI doubt I shall make a poor figureI couldnt be more afraid if I was going before the Inquisition. So, the door opensyes, shes comingthe very rustling of her silk has a disdainful sound.
Enter Duenna, dressed as Donna Louisa.
Now darnt I look round for the soul of meher beauty will certainly strike me dumb if I do. I wish shed speak first.
Duen. Sir, I attend your pleasure.
Isaac. [Aside.] So! the ice is broke, and a pretty civil beginning too![Aloud.] Hem! madammissIm all attention.
Duen. Nay, sir, tis I who should listen, and you propose.
Isaac. [Aside.] Egad, this isnt so disdainful neitherI believe I may venture to look. NoI darntone glance of those roguish sparklers would fix me again.
Duen. You seem thoughtful, sir. Let me persuade you to sit down.