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DrammatisDramatisdramatis PersonæPersonaePersonae.

VermanderoVermandero, FatherFather toto BeatriceBeatrice.
TomazoTomazo dede PiracquoPiracquo, AA NobleNoble LordLord.
AlonzoAlonzo dede PiracquoPiracquo, HisHis brotherbrother, SuitorSuitor toto BeatriceBeatrice:
AlsemeroAlsemero, AA NoblemanNobleman, afterwardsafterwards marriedmarried toto (BeatriceBeatrice.

JasperinoJasperino, HisHis FriendFriend.
AlibiusAlibius, AA jealousjealous DoctorDoctor.
LollioLollio, HisHis manman.
PedroPedro, FriendFriend toto AntonioAntonio.
AntonioAntonio, TheThe ChangelingChangeling.
FranciscusFranciscus,,TheThe CounterfeitCounterfeit MadmanMadman.
DefloresDeflores, ServantServant toto VermanderoVermandero.
MadmenMadmen,
ServantsServants.

BeatriceBeatrice, DaughterDaughter toto VermanderoVermandero.
DiaphantaDiaphanta, HerHer Wayting-womanWaiting-woman.
IsabellaIsabella WifeWife toto AlibiusAlibius.


TheThe SceneScene AllegantAlicantAllegant.


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TheThe ChangelingChangeling.

ACTUSACTUS PRIMUSPRIMUS.

EnterEnter AlsemeroAlsemero.
TWas’TWas’twas inin thethe TempleTemple wherewhere II firstfirst beheldbeheld herher,
AndAnd nownow agenagain thethe samesame, whatwhat OmenOmen yetyet
FollowsFollows ofof thatthat? NoneNone butbut imaginaryimaginary,
WhyWhy shouldshould mymy hopeshopes oror fatefate bebe timeroustimorous?
TheThe placeplace isis holyholy, soso isis mymy intentintent:
II lovelove herher beautiesbeauties toto thethe holyholy purposepurpose,
AndAnd thatthat (me thinksmethinks) admitsadmits comparisoncomparison
WithWith mansman’s firstfirst creationcreation, thethe placeplace blestblessed
AndAnd isis hishis rightright homehome backback (ifif hehe atchieveachieve itit.)
TheThe ChurchChurch hathhath firstfirst begunbegun ourour interviewinterview
AndAnd that’sthat’s thethe placeplace mustmust joynjoin usus intointo oneone,
SoSo there’sthere’s beginningbeginning andand perfectionperfection tootoo.
EnterEnter JasperinoJasperino.
Jasp.JasperinoJasp.OO SirSir, areare youyou herehere? ComeCome, thethe wind’swind’s fairfair withwith youyou,
Y’areY’areYou’re likelike toto havehave aa swiftswift andand pleasantpleasant passagepassage.
Als.AlsemeroAls.SureSure y’arey’areyou’re deceiveddeceived friendfriend, ’tis’tis contrarycontrary
InIn mymy bestbest judgementjudgement.
Jas.JasperinoJas.WhatWhat forfor MaltaMalta?
IfIf youyou couldcould buybuy aa galegale amongstamongst thethe WitchesWitches,
TheyThey couldcould notnot serveserve youyou suchsuch aa luckylucky penyworthpennyworth
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AsAs comescomes aa’a GodsGod’s NameName.
Als.AlsemeroAls.EvenEven nownow II observ’dobserved
TheThe templestemple’stemples VaneVane toto turnturn fullfull inin mymy faceface,
II knowknow ’tis’tis againstagainst meme.
Jas.JasperinoJas.AgainstAgainst youyou?
ThenThen youyou knowknow notnot wherewhere youyou areare.
Als.AlsemeroAls.NotNot wellwell indeedindeed
Jas.JasperinoJas.AreAre youyou notnot wellwell sirsir?
Als.AlsemeroAls.YesYes, JasperinoJasperino.
UnlessUnless therethere bebe somesome hiddenhidden maladymalady
WithinWithin meme, thatthat II understandunderstand notnot.
Jas.JasperinoJas.AndAnd thatthat
II beginbegin toto doubtdoubt sirsir, II nevernever knewknew
YourYour inclinationsinclinations toto travelstravels atat aa pausepause
WithWith anyany causecause toto hinderhinder itit tilltill nownow.
AshoreAshore youyou werewere wontwont toto callcall youryour servantsservants upup,
AndAnd helphelp toto traptrap youryour HorsesHorses forfor thethe speedspeed.
AtAt seasea II havehave seenseen youyou weighweigh thethe anchoranchor withwith ’em’em,
HoystHoist sailssails forfor fearfear toto loselose thethe formostforemost breathbreath,
BeBe inin continuallcontinual prayersprayers forfor fairfair windswinds,
AndAnd havehave youyou chang’dchanged youryour orizonsorisons?
Als.AlsemeroAls.NoNo, friendfriend,
II keepkeep [···]thethe samesame churchchurch, samesame devotiondevotion.
Jas.JasperinoJas.LoverLover I’mI’m suresure y’arey’areyou’re nonenone, thethe StoickStoic
WasWas foundfound inin youyou longlong agoeago, youryour mothermother
NorNor bestbest friendsfriends, whowho havehave setset snaressnares ofof beautybeauty,
IAyI andand choycechoice onesones tootoo, couldcould nevernever traptrap youyou thatthat wayway
WhatWhat mightmight bebe thethe causecause?
Als.AlsemeroAls.LordLord, howhow violentviolent,
ThouThou artart; II waswas butbut meditatingmeditating ofof
SomewhatSomewhat II heardheard withinwithin thethe templetemple.
Jas.JasperinoJas.IsIs thisthis violenceviolence? ’tis’tis butbut idlenessidleness
Compar[*]dComparedCompared withwith youryour hasthaste yesterdayyesterday.
Als.AlsemeroAls.I’mI’m allall thisthis whilewhile a goingaa-goingagoinggoing, manman.EnterEnter ServantsServants.
Jas.JasperinoJas.BackwardsBackwards, II thinkthink, sirsir. LookLook youryour servantsservants.
11 Serv.ServantServ.TheThe sea-menseamen callcall, shallshall wewe BoordBoard youryour trunkstrunks?
Als.AlsemeroAls.NoNo, notnot to daytoday.
Jas.JasperinoJas.Tis’Tis thethe criticallcritical dayday,
ItIt seemsseems, andand thethe signesign inin AquariusAquarius.
22 Ser.ServantSer.WeWe mustmust notnot toto seasea to daytoday, thisthis smokesmoke willwill bringbring forthforth firefire.
Als.

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Als.AlsemeroAls.KeepKeep allall onon shoreshore, II doedo notnot knowknow thethe endend
(WhichWhich needsneeds II mustmust dodo) ofof anan affairaffair inin handhand
EreEre II cancan gogo toto seasea.
11 Serv.ServantServ.WellWell, youryour pleasurepleasure.
22 Ser.ServantSer.LetLet bimhimhim e’ne’en taketake hishis leasureleisure tootoo, wewe areare safersafer onon landland.
ExeuntExeunt (Serv.ServantsServ.
EnterEnter BeatriceBeatrice, DiaphantaDiaphanta, andand ServantsServants, JoannnaJoannna.
Jasp.JasperinoJasp.HowHow nownow! TheThe LawsLaws ofof thethe MedesMedes areare chang’dchanged suresure, salutesalute
aa womanwoman, hehe kisseskisses tootoo: wonderfullwonderful! wherewhere learntlearntlearned hehe thisthis? &and doesdoes itit
perfectlyperfectly tootoo; inin mymy conscienceconscience hehe nerene’er rehearstrehearsed itit beforebefore. NayNay, goego
onon, thisthis willwill bebe strangerstranger andand betterbetter newsnews atat ValentiaValenciaValentia, thenthanthen ifif hehe hadhad
ransom’dransomed halfhalf GreeceGreece fromfrom thethe TurkTurk.
Bea.BeatriceBea.YouYou areare aa ScholarScholar, sirsir.
Als.AlsemeroAls.AA weakweak oneone, LadyLady.
Bea.BeatriceBea.WhichWhich ofof thethe SciencesSciences isis thisthis lovelove youyou speakspeak ofof?
Als.AlsemeroAls.FromFrom youryour tonguetongue II taketake itit toto bebe musickmusic.
Bea.BeatriceBea.YouYou areare skilfullskilful in’tin’t, cancan singsing atat firstfirst sightsight.
Als.AlsemeroAls.AndAnd II havehave shew’dshowed youyou allall mymy skilskill atat onceonce.
II wantwant moremore wordswords toto expressexpress meme furtherfurther.
AndAnd mustmust bebe forc’dforced toto repetitionrepetition:
II lovelove youyou dearlydearlydear.
Bea.BeatriceBea.BeBe betterbetter advis’dadvised, sirsir:
OurOur eyeseyes areare CentinelsSentinelssentinels untounto ourour judgementsjudgements,
AndAnd shouldshould givegive certaincertain judgementjudgement whatwhat theythey seesee;
ButBut theythey areare rashrash sometimessometimes, andand telltell usus wonderswonders
OfOf commoncommon thingsthings, whichwhich whenwhen ourour judgementsjudgements findfind,
TheyThey cancan thenthen checkcheck thethe eyeseyes, andand calcall themthem blindblind.
Als.AlsemeroAls.ButBut II amam furtherfurther, LadyLady; yesterdayyesterday
WasWas minemine eyeseye’s imploymentemployment, andand hitherhither nownow
TheyThey broughtbrought mymy judgementjudgement, wherewhere areare bothboth agreedagreed.
BothBoth HousesHouses thenthen consentingconsenting, ’tis’tis agreedagreed,
OnelyOnly therethere wantswants thethe confirmationconfirmation
ByBy thethe handhand RoyallRoyal, that’sthat’s youryour partpart, LadyLady.
Bea.BeatriceBea.OhOhO there’sthere’s oneone aboveabove meme, sirsir, forfor fivefive dayesdays pastpast
ToTo bebe recal’drecalled; suresure, minemine eyeseyes werewere mistakenmistaken,
ThisThis waswas thethe manman waswas meantmeant meme, thatthat hehe shouldshould comecome
SoSo neernear hishis timetime, andand missmiss itit.
Jas.JasperinoJas.WeWe mightmight havehave comecome byby thethe CarriersCarriers fromfrom ValentiaValenciaValentia, II seesee andand
sav’dsaved allall ourour sea-provisionsea-provision: wewe areare atat farthestfarthest suresure, methinksmethinks II shouldshould
doedo somethingsomething tootoo, II meantmeant toto bebe aa venturerventurer inin thisthis voyagevoyage. Yonder’sYonder’s
anotheranother VessellVessel, I’leI’ll boardboard herher, ifif sheshe bebe lawfulllawful prizeprize, downdown goesgoes herher
top-sailtopsail.
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EnterEnter DefloresDeflores.
Def.DefloresDef.LadyLady, youryour fatherfather.
Bea.BeatriceBea.IsIs inin healthhealth, II hopehope.
Def.DefloresDef.YourYour eyeeye shallshall instantlyinstantly instructinstruct youyou, LadyLady.
He’sHe’s comingcoming hitherwardhitherward.
Bea.BeatriceBea.WhatWhat neededneeded thenthen
YourYour dutiousduteous prefacepreface? II hadhad ratherrather
HeHe hadhad comecome unexpectedunexpected, youyou mustmust stallstall
AA goodgood presencepresence withwith unnecessaryunnecessary blabbingblabbing:
AndAnd howhow welcomewelcome forfor youryour partpart youyou areare,
I’mI’m suresure youyou knowknow.
Def.DefloresDef.WiltWilt nevernever mendmend thisthis scornscorn
OneOne sideside nornor otherother? MustMust II bebe enjoyn’denjoined
ToTo followfollow stillstill whilstwhilst sheshe fliesflies fromfrom meme? WellWell,
FatesFates dodo youryour worstworst, I’leI’ll pleaseplease my selfmyself withwith sightsight
OfOf herher, atat allall opportunitiesopportunities,
IfIf butbut toto spitespite herher angeranger, II knowknow sheshe hadhad
RatherRather seesee meme deaddead thenthanthen livingliving, andand yetyet
SheShe knowsknows nono causecause for’tfor’t, butbut aa peevishpeevish willwill.
Als.AlsemeroAls.YouYou seem’dseemed displeas’ddispleased LadyLady onon thethe suddensudden.
Bea.BeatriceBea.YourYour pardonpardon SirSir, ’tis’tis mymy infirmityinfirmity,
NorNor cancan II otherother reasonreason renderrender youyou,
ThenThanThen hishis oror hershers, oror somesome particularparticular thingthing
TheyThey mustmust abandonabandon asas aa deadlydeadly poysonpoison,
WhichWhich toto aa thousandthousand otherother taststastes werewere wholsomewholesome,
SuchSuch toto minemine eyeseyes isis thatthat samesame fellowfellow therethere,
TheThe samesame thatthat reportreport speaksspeaks ofof thethe BasiliskBasilisk.
Als.AlsemeroAls.ThisThis isis aa frequentfrequent frailtyfrailty inin ourour naturenature,
There’sThere’s scarcescarce aa manman amongstamongst aa thousandthousand soundsound,
ButBut hathhath hishis imperfectionimperfection: oneone distastesdistastes
TheThe sentscent ofof RosesRoses, whichwhich toto infinitesinfinites
MostMost pleasingpleasing isis, andand odoriferousodoriferous.
OneOne oyleoil, thethe enemyenemy ofof poysonpoison,
AnotherAnother WineWine, thethe cheerercheerer ofof thethe heartheart,
AndAnd livelylively refresherrefresher ofof thethe countenancecountenance.
IndeedIndeed thisthis faultfault (ifif soso itit bebe) isis generallgeneral,
There’sThere’s scarcescarce aa thingthing butbut isis bothboth lov’dloved andand loath’dloathed,
My selfMyselfmyself (II mustmust confesseconfess) havehave thethe samesame frailtyfrailty.
Bea.BeatriceBea.AndAnd whatwhat maymay bebe youryour poysonpoison sirsir? II amam boldbold withwith youyou.
Als.AlsemeroAls.AndAnd whatwhat mightmight bebe youryour desiredesire perhapsperhaps, aa cherrycherry.
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Bea.BeatriceBea.II amam nono enemyenemy toto anyany creaturecreature
MyMy memorymemory hashas, butbut yon’yon GentlemanGentleman.
Als.AlsemeroAls.HeHe doesdoes illill toto tempttempt youryour sightsight, ifif hehe knewknew itit.
Bea.BeatriceBea.HeHe cannotcannot bebe ignorantignorant ofof thatthat SirSir,
II havehave notnot spar’dspared toto telltell himhim soso, andand II wantwant
ToTo helphelp my selfmyself, sincesince he’she’s aa GentlemanGentleman
InIn goodgood respectrespect withwith mymy fatherfather, andand followsfollows himhim.
Als.AlsemeroAls.He’sHe’s outout ofof hishis placeplace thenthen nownow.
Jas.JasperinoJas.II amam aa madmad WagWag, wenchwench.
Dia.DiaphantaDia.SoSo me thinksmethinks; butbut forfor youryour comfortcomfort II cancan telltell youyou, wewe havehave
aa DoctorDoctor inin thethe CitieCity thatthat undertakesundertakes thethe curecure ofof suchsuch.
Jas.JasperinoJas.TushTush, II knowknow whatwhat PhysickPhysic isis bestbest forfor thethe statestate ofof minemine ownown
bodybody.
Dia.DiaphantaDia.’Tis’Tis scarcescarce aa wellwell govern’dgoverned statestate, II beleevebelieve.
Jas.JasperinoJas.II couldcould shewshow theethee suchsuch aa thingthing withwith anan IngredianIngredientingredient thatthat wewe
twotwo wouldwould compoundcompound togethertogether, andand ifif itit diddid notnot tametame thethe maddestmaddest
bloodblood i’thi’th’ towntown forfor twotwo hourshours afterafter, IleI’ll nerene’er professprofess PhysickPhysic agenagain.
Dia.DiaphantaDia.AA littlelittle poppypoppy SirSir, werewere goodgood toto causecause youyou sleepsleep.
Jas.JasperinoJas.PoppyPoppy; I’leI’ll givegive theethee aa poppop i’thi’th’ lipslips forfor thatthat firstfirst, andand beginbegin
therethere: PoppyPoppy isis oneone simplesimple indeedindeed, andand CuckowCuckoo (whatwhat youyou call’tcall’t)
anotheranother: I’leI’ll discoverdiscover nono moremore nownow, anotheranother timetime I’leI’ll shewshow theethee allall.
Bea.BeatriceBea.MyMy FatherFather, SirSir.EnterEnter VermanderoVermandero andand ServantsServants.
Ver.VermanderoVer.OhOhO JoannaJoanna, II camecame toto meetmeet theethee, youryour devotion’sdevotion’s endedended.
Bea.BeatriceBea.ForFor thisthis timetime, SirSir,
II shallshall changechange mymy SaintSaint, II fearfear meme, II findfind
AA giddygiddy turningturning inin meme; SirSir, thisthis whilewhile
II amam beholdingbeholding toto thisthis GentlemanGentleman
WhoWho leftleft hishis ownown wayway toto keepkeep meme companycompany,
AndAnd inin discoursediscourse II findfind himhim muchmuch desirousdesirous
ToTo seesee youryour castlecastle: HeHe hathhath deserv’ddeserved itit, SirSir,
IfIf yeye pleaseplease toto grantgrant itit.
Ver.VermanderoVer.WithWith allall mymy heartheart, SirSir.
YetYet ther’sthere’s anan articlearticle betweenbetween, II mustmust knowknow
YourYour countreycountry; wewe useuse notnot toto givegive surveysurvey
OfOf ourour chiefchief strengthsstrengths toto strangersstrangers, ourour citadelscitadels
AreAre plac’dplaced conspicuousconspicuous toto outwardoutward viewview,
OnOn PromontsPromonts’promont’s topstops; butbut withinwithin areare secretssecrets.
Als.AlsemeroAls.AA ValentianValencianValentian, SirSir.
Ver.VermanderoVer.AA ValentianValencianValentian,
That’sThat’s nativenative, SirSir; ofof whatwhat namename, II beseechbeseech youyou?
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Als.AlsemeroAls.AlsemeroAlsemero, SirSir.
Ver.VermanderoVer.AlsemeroAlsemero; notnot thethe sonson ofof JohnJohn dede AlsemeroAlsemero?
Als.AlsemeroAls.TheThe samesame SirSir.
Ver.VermanderoVer.MyMy bestbest lovelove bidsbids youyou welcomewelcome.
Bea.BeatriceBea.HeHe waswas wontwont toto callcall meme soso, andand thenthen hehe speaksspeaks
AA mostmost unfeignedunfeigned truthtruth.
Ver.VermanderoVer.OhOhO SirSir, II knewknew youryour fatherfather,
WeWe twotwo werewere inin acquaintanceacquaintance longlong agoeago
BeforeBefore ourour chinschins werewere worthworth JulanIulanJulan DownDown,
AndAnd soso continuedcontinued tilltill thethe stampstamp ofof timetime
HadHad coin’dcoined usus intointo silversilver: WellWell, he’she’s gonegone,
AA goodgood SouldierSoldier wentwent withwith himhim.
Als.AlsemeroAls.YouYou wentwent togethertogether inin thatthat, SirSir.
Ver.VermanderoVer.NoNo byby SaintSaint JaquesJaques, II camecame behindbehind himhim.
YetYet II havehave donedone somewhatsomewhat tootoo, anan unhappyunhappy dayday
SwallowedSwallowed himhim atat lastlast atat GibralterGibralter
InIn fightfight withwith thosethose rebelliousrebellious HollandersHollanders,
WasWas itit notnot soso?
Als.AlsemeroAls.WhoseWhose deathdeath II hadhad reveng’drevenged,
OrOr followedfollowed himhim inin FateFate, hadhad notnot thethe latelate LeagueLeague
Pre[···]tedPreuented〈◊〉Prevented meme.
Ver.VermanderoVer.IAyay, Iay, ’twas’twas timetime toto breathbreathe:
OhOhO JoannaJoanna, II shouldshould haheha’he toldtold theethee newsnews,
II sawsaw PiracquoPiracquo latelylately.
Bea.BeatriceBea.That’sThat’s illill newsnews.
Ver.VermanderoVer.He’sHe’s hothot preparingpreparing forfor thisthis dayday ofof triumphtriumph,
ThouThou mustmust bebe aa BrideBride withinwithin thisthis sevenightseven-night.
Als.AlsemeroAls.HaHa!HaHa!!!
Bea.BeatriceBea.NayNay goodgood SirSir, bebe notnot soso violentviolent, withwith speedspeed
II cannotcannot renderrender satisfactionsatisfaction
UntoUnto thethe deardear companioncompanion ofof mymy soulesoul,
VirginityVirginity (whomwhom II thusthus longlong havehave liv’dlived withwith)
AndAnd partpart withwith itit soso ruderude andand suddenlysuddenly,
CanCan suchsuch friendsfriends dividedivide nevernever toto meetmeet agenagain,
WithoutWithout aa solemnesolemn farewellfarewell?
Ver.VermanderoVer.TushTush, tushtush, there’sthere’s aa toytoy.
Als.AlsemeroAls.II mustmust nownow partpart, andand nevernever meetmeet agenagain
WithWith anyany joyjoy onon earthearth; SirSir, youryour pardonpardon,
MyMy affairsaffairs callcall onon meme.
Ver.VermanderoVer.HowHow SirSir? byby nono meansmeans,
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NotNot chang’dchanged soso soonsoon, II hopehope, youyou mustmust seesee mymy castlecastle,
AndAnd herher bestbest entertainmententertainment ereere wewe partpart,
II shallshall thinkthink my selfmyself unkindlyunkindly us’dused elseelse.
ComeCome, comecome, let’slet’s onon, II hadhad goodgood hopehope youryour staystay
HadHad beenbeen aa whilewhile withwith usus inin AlligantAlicantAlligant;
II mightmight havehave bidbid youyou toto mymy daughtersdaughter’s weddingwedding.
Als.AlsemeroAls.HeHe meansmeans toto feastfeast meme, &and poysonspoisons meme before handbeforebeforehandbefore hand hand,
II shouldshould bebe dearlydearlydear gladglad toto bebe therethere, sirsir,
DidDid mymy occasionsoccasions suitsuit asas II couldcould wishwish.
Bea.BeatriceBea.II shallshall bebe sorrysorry ifif youyou bebe notnot therethere
WhenWhen itit isis donedone sirsir, butbut notnot soso suddenlysuddenly.
Ver.VermanderoVer.II telltell youyou, sirsir, thethe Gentleman’sGentleman’s compleatcomplete,
AA CourtierCourtier andand aa GallantGallant, enrichtenriched
WithWith manymany fairfair andand noblenoble ornamentsornaments,
II wouldwould notnot changechange himhim forfor aa son-in-lawson-in-law,
ForFor anyany hehe inin SpainSpain, thethe proudestproudest hehe,
AndAnd wewe havehave greatgreat onesones, thatthat youyou knowknow.
Als.AlsemeroAls.He’sHe’s muchmuch boundbound toto youyou, sirsir.
Ver.VermanderoVer.HeHe shallshall bebe boundbound toto meme,
AsAs fastfast asas thisthis tietie cancan holdhold himhim, Il’eI’ll wantwant mymy willwill elseelse.
Bea.BeatriceBea.II shalshall wantwant minemine ifif youyou dodo itit.
Ver.VermanderoVer.ButBut comecome, byby thethe wayway, I’leI’ll telltell youyou moremore ofof himhim:
Als.AlsemeroAls.HowHow shallshall II daredare toto ventureventure inin hishis castlecastle,
WhenWhen hehe dischargesdischarges murderersmurderers atat thethe gategate?
ButBut II mustmust onon, forfor backback II cannotcannot goego.
Bea.BeatriceBea.NotNot thisthis SerpentSerpent gonegone yetyet?
Ver.VermanderoVer.LookLook GirleGirl, thythy glove’sglove’s falnfall’nfallen,
StayStay, staystay, DefloresDeflores helphelp aa littlelittle.
Def.DefloresDef.HereHere, LadyLady.
Bea.BeatriceBea.MischiefMischief onon youryour officiousofficious forwardnessforwardness,
WhoWho badebade youyou stoopstoop? theythey touchtouch mymy handhand nono moremore:
ThereThere, forfor t’otherst’other’stother’s sakesake II partpart withwith thisthis,
TakeTake ’um’em andand drawdraw thinethine ownown skinskin offoffwithoff withwith ’um’em.ExeuntExeunt
Def.DefloresDef.Here’sHere’s aa favourfavour comecome; withwith aa mischiefmischief: NowNow
II knowknow sheshe hadhad ratherrather wearwear mymy peltpelt tan’dtanned
InIn aa pairpair ofof dancingdancing pumpspumps, thenthan II shouldshould thrustthrust mymy fingersfingers;
IntoInto herher socketssockets herehere II knowknow sheshe hateshates meme,
YetYet cannotcannot chusechoose butbut lovelove herher:
NoNo mattermatter, ifif butbut toto vexvex herher, I’leI’ll haunthaunt herher stillstill,
ThoughThough II getget nothingnothing elseelse, Il’eI’ll havehave mymy willwill.ExitExit.
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EnterEnter AlibiusAlibius andand LollioLollio.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.LollioLollio, II mustmust trusttrust theethee withwith aa secretsecret,
ButBut thouthou mustmust keepkeep itit.
Lol.LollioLol.II waswas everever closeclose toto aa secretsecret, SirSir.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.TheThe diligencediligence thatthat II havehave foundfound inin theethee,
TheThe carecare andand industryindustry alreadyalready pastpast,
AssuresAssures meme ofof thythy goodgood continuancecontinuance.
LollioLollio, II havehave aa wifewife.
Lol.LollioLol.FieFie sirsir, ’tis’tis tootoo latelate toto keepkeep herher secretsecret, she’sshe’s knownknown toto bebe mar-marriedmar∣riedmarried
ried
allall thethe towntown andand countreycountry overover.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.ThouThou goestgoest tootoo fastfast mymy LollioLollio, thatthat knowledgeknowledge
II allowallow nono manman cancan bebe bar’dbarred itit;
ButBut therethere isis aa knowledgeknowledge whichwhich isis neerernearer,
DeeperDeeper andand sweetersweeter, LollioLollio.
Lol.LollioLol.WellWell sirsir, letlet usus handlehandle thatthat betweenbetween youyou andand II.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.’Tis’Tis thatthat II gogo aboutabout manman; LollioLollio,
MyMy wifewife isis youngyoung,
Lol.LollioLol.SoSo muchmuch thethe worseworse toto bebe keptkept secretsecret, sirsir.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.WhyWhy nownow thouthou meet’stmeet’st thethe substancesubstance ofof thethe pointpoint,
II amam oldold, LollioLollio.
Lol.LollioLol.NoNo sirsir, ’tis’tis II amam oldold LollioLollio.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.YetYet whywhy maymay notnot thisthis concordconcord andand sympathizesympathize?
OldOld treestrees andand youngyoung plantsplants oftenoften growgrow togethertogether,
WellWell enoughenough agreeingagreeing.
Lol.LollioLol.IAyay sirsir, butbut thethe oldold treestrees raiseraise themselvesthemselves higherhigher andand broaderbroader
thenthan thethe youngyoung plantsplants.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.ShrewdShrewd applicationapplication: there’sthere’s thethe fearfear manman,
II wouldwould wearwear mymy ringring onon mymy ownown fingerfinger;
WhilstWhilst itit isis borrowedborrowed itit isis nonenone ofof minemine,
ButBut hishis thatthat usethuseth itit.
Lol.LollioLol.YouYou mustmust keepkeep itit onon stillstill thenthen, ifif itit butbut lyelie byby,
OneOne oror otherother wilwill bebe thrustingthrusting into’tinto’t.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.ThouThou conceiv’stconceiv’stconceivest meme LollioLollio;;, herehere thythy watchfulwatchful eyeeye
MustMust havehave imploymentemployment, II cannotcannot alwayesalways bebe atat homehome.
Lol.LollioLol.II daredare swearswear youyou cannotcannot.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.II mustmust looklook outout.
Lol.LollioLol.II know’tknow’t, youyou mustmust looklook outout, ’tis’tis everyevery mansman’s casecase.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.HereHere II doedo saysay mustmust thythy imploymentemployment bebe.
ToTo watchwatch herher treadingstreadings, andand inin mymy absenceabsence
SupplySupply mymy placeplace.
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Lol.LollioLol.I’leI’ll dodo mymy bestbest, SirSir, yetyet surelysurely II cannotcannot seesee whowho youyou shouldshould
havehave causecause toto bebe jealousjealous ofof.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.ThyThy reasonreason forfor thatthat LollioLollio, ’tis’tis aa comfortablecomfortable questionquestion.
Lol.LollioLol.WeWe havehave butbut twotwo sortssorts ofof peoplepeople inin thethe househouse, andand bothboth un-underun∣derunder
der
thethe whipwhip, that’sthat’s foolsfools andand mad-menmadmen; thethe oneone hashas notnot witwit enoughenough
toto bebe knavesknaves, andand thethe otherother notnot knaveryknavery enoughenough toto bebe foolsfools.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.IAyI thosethose areare allall mymy PatientsPatients, LollioLollio.
II dodo professprofess thethe curecure ofof eithereither sortsort:
MyMy tradetrade, mymy livingliving ’tis’tis, II thrivethrive byby itit;
ButBut here’shere’s thethe carecare thatthat mixesmixes withwith mymy thriftthrift,
TheThe dailydaily VisitantsVisitants, thatthat comecome toto seesee
MyMy brainsickbrainsick PatientsPatients, II wouldwould notnot havehave
ToTo seesee mymy wifewife: GallantsGallants II dodo observeobserve
OfOf quickquick entisingenticing eyeseyes, richrich inin habitshabits,
OfOf staturestature andand proportionproportion veryvery comelycomely:
TheseThese areare mostmost shrewdshrewd temptationstemptations, LollioLollio.
Lol.LollioLol.TheyThey maymay bebe easilyeasily answeredanswered, SirSir, ifif theythey comecome toto seesee thethe
FoolsFools andand Mad-menMadmen, youyou andand II maymay serveserve thethe turnturn, andand letlet mymy Mi-MistressMi∣stressMistress
stress
alonealone, she’sshe’s ofof neitherneither sortsort.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.’Tis’Tis aa goodgood wardward, indeedindeed comecome theythey toto seesee
OurOur Mad-menMadmen oror ourour FoolsFools, letlet ’um’em seesee nono moremore
ThenThan whatwhat theythey comecome forfor; byby thatthat consequentconsequent
TheyThey mustmust notnot seesee herher, I’mI’m suresure she’sshe’s nono foolfool.
Loll.LollioLoll.AndAnd I’mI’m suresure she’sshe’s nono mad-manmadman.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.HoldHold thatthat BucklerBuckler fastfast, LollioLollio mymy trusttrust
IsIs onon theethee, andand II accountaccount itit firmfirm andand strongstrong.
WhatWhat hourhour is’tis’t LollioLollio?
Lol.LollioLol.TowardsTowards bellybelly hourhour SirSir.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.DinnerDinner timetime, thouthou mean’stmean’st twelvetwelve a clocko’clock.
Lol.LollioLol.YesYes SirSir, forfor everyevery partpart hashas hishis hourhour, wewe wakewake atat sixsix andand looklook
aboutabout usus, that’sthat’s eye-houreye-hour; atat sevenseven wewe shouldshould praypray, thatsthat’s knee-hourknee-hour;
atat eighteight walkwalk, that’sthat’s legleg hourhour; atat ninenine gathergather flowersflowers, andand pluckpluck aa
RoseRose, that’sthat’s nose-hournose-hour; atat tenten wewe drinkdrink, that’sthat’s mouthmouth hourhour; atat ele-elevenele∣veneleven
ven
laylay aboutabout usus forfor victualsvictuals, that’sthat’s handhand hourhour; atat twelvetwelve gogo toto din-dinnerdin∣nerdinner
ner,
that’sthat’s bellybelly hourhour.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.ProfoundlyProfoundly, LollioLollio itit wilwill bebe longlong
EreEre allall thythy ScholarsScholars learnlearn thisthis LessonLesson, andand
II diddid looklook toto havehave aa newnew oneone entredentered staystay
II thinkthink mymy expectationexpectation isis comecome homehome.
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EnterEnter PedroPedro andand AntonioAntonio likelike anan IdiotIdiot.
Ped.PedroPed.SaveSave youyou sirsir, mymy businessbusiness speaksspeaks it selfitself,
ThisThis sightsight takestakes offoff thethe labourlabour ofof mymy tonguetongue.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.IAyay, IayI SirSir, ’tis’tis plainplain enoughenough, youyou meanmean himhim forfor mymy patientpatient.
Ped.PedroPed.AndAnd ifif youryour painspains proveprove butbut commodiouscommodious,
ToTo givegive butbut somesome littlelittle strengthstrength toto hishis sicksick
AndAnd weakweak partpart ofof NatureNature inin himhim, thesethese areare
ButBut patternspatterns toto shewshow youyou ofof thethe wholewhole piecespieces
ThatThat willwill followfollow toto youyou, besidebeside thethe chargecharge
OfOf dietdiet,, washingwashing, andand otherother necessariesnecessaries
FullyFully defrayeddefrayed.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.BelieveBelieve itit, sirsir, therethere shallshall nono carecare bebe wantingwanting.
Lol.LollioLol.SirSir, anan officerofficer inin thisthis placeplace maymay deservedeserve somthingsomething,
TheThe troubletrouble willwill passpass throughthrough mymy handshands.
Ped.PedroPed.’Tis’Tis fitfit somethingsomething shouldshould comecome toto youryour handshands thenthen, sirsir.
Lol.LollioLol.YesYes, sirsir, ’tis’tis II mustmust keepkeep himhim sweetsweet, andand readread toto himhim, whatwhat isis
hishis namename.
Ped.PedroPed.HisHis namename isis AntonioAntonio, marrymarry wewe useuse butbut halfhalf
ToTo himhim, onelyonly TonieTonytony.
Lol.LollioLol.TonieTonytony, TonieTonytony, ’tis’tis enoughenough, andand aa veryvery goodgood namename forfor aa foolfool,
what’swhat’s youryour namename TonieTonytony?
Ant.AntonioAnt.HeHe, hehe hehe, wellwell II thankthank youyou cousincousin, hehe hehe, hehe.
Lol.LollioLol.GoodGood BoyBoy holdhold upup youryour headhead: hehe cancan laughlaugh, II perceiveperceive byby
thatthat hehe isis nono beastbeast.
Ped.PedroPed.WellWell sirsir, ifif youyou cancan raiseraise himhim butbut toto anyany heightheight,
AnyAny degreedegree ofof witwit, mightmight hehe attainattain
(AsAs II mightmight saysay) toto creepcreep butbut onon allall fourfour,
TowardsTowards thethe chairchair ofof witwit, oror walkwalk onon crutchescrutches,
’Twould’Twould addadd anan honourhonour toto youryour worthyworthy painspains,
AndAnd aa greatgreat familyfamily mightmight praypray forfor youyou,
ToTo whichwhich hehe shouldshould bebe heireheir, hadhad hehe discretiondiscretion
ToTo claimclaim andand guideguide hishis ownown; assureassure youyou sirsir,
HeHe isis aa GentlemanGentleman.
Lol.LollioLol.NayNay, there’sthere’s no bodynobody doubteddoubted thatthat, atat firstfirst sightsight II knewknew himhim
forfor aa GentlemanGentleman, hehe lookslooks nono otherother yetyet.
Ped.PedroPed.LetLet himhim havehave goodgood attendanceattendance andand sweetsweet lodginglodging.
LolLol.LollioLol.AsAs goodgood asas mymy MistressMistress lieslies inin sirsir, andand asas youyou allowallow usus timetime
andand meansmeans, wewe cancan raiseraise himhim toto thethe higherhigher degreedegree ofof discretiondiscretion.
Ped.PedroPed.NayNay, therethere shallshall nono costcost wantwant sirsir.
Lol.LollioLol.HeHe willwill hardlyhardly bebe stretchtstretched upup toto thethe witwit ofof aa MagnificoMagnifico.
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Ped.PedroPed.OhOhO nono, that’sthat’s notnot toto bebe expectedexpected, farfar shortershorter
WillWill bebe enoughenough.
Lol.LollioLol.IleI’ll warrantwarrant youyou makemake himhim fitfit toto bearbear officeoffice inin fivefive weeksweeks,
I’leI’ll undertakeundertake toto windwind himhim upup toto thethe witwit ofof ConstableConstable.
Ped.PedroPed.IfIf itit bebe lowerlower thenthenthan thatthat itit mightmight serveserve turnturn.
Lol.LollioLol.NoNo fiefie, toto levelllevel himhim withwith aa HeadboroughHeadborough, BeadleBeadle, oror Watch-WatchmanWatch∣manWatchman
man,
werewere butbut littlelittle betterbetter thenthan hehe isis; ConstableConstable I’leI’ll ableable himhim: ifif hehe
dodo comecome toto bebe aa JusticeJustice afterwardsafterwards, letlet himhim thankthank thethe KeeperKeeper. OrOr I’leI’ll
gogo furtherfurther withwith youyou, saysay II dodo bringbring himhim upup toto mymy ownown pitchpitch, saysay II
makemake himhim asas wisewise asas my selfmyself.
Ped.PedroPed.WhyWhy therethere II wouldwould havehave itit.
Lol.LollioLol.WellWell, gogo toto, eithereither I’leI’ll bebe asas erranterrant aa foolfool asas hehe, oror hehe shallshall
bebe asas wisewise asas II, andand thenthen II thinkthink ’twill’twill serveserve hishis turnturn.
Ped.PedroPed.NayNay, II doedo likelike thythy witwit passingpassing wellwell.
Lol.LollioLol.YesYes, youyou maymay, yetyet ifif II hadhad notnot beenbeen aa foolfool, II hadhad hadhad moremore
witwit thenthan II havehave tootoo rememberremember whatwhat statestate youyou findfind meme inin.
Ped.PedroPed.II wilwill, andand soso leaveleave youyou: youryour bestbest carescares II beseechbeseech youyou.Ex.ExitEx. Ped.PedroPed.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.TakeTake youyou nonenone withwith youyou, leaveleave ’um’em allall withwith usus.
Ant.AntonioAnt.OhOhO mymy cousinscousin’s gonegone, cousincousin, cousincousin, ohoho.
Lol.LollioLol.PeacePeace, PeacePeace TonyTony, youyou mustmust notnot crycry childchild, youyou mustmust bebe whiptwhipped
ifif youyou dodo, youryour cousincousin isis herehere stillstill, II amam youryour cousincousin, TonyTony.
Ant.AntonioAnt.HeHe, hehe, thenthen I’leI’ll notnot crycry, ifif thouthou bee’stbe’stbeest mymy cousincousin, hehe, hehe, hehe.
Lol.LollioLol.II werewere bestbest trytry hishis witwit aa littlelittle, thatthat II maymay knowknow whatwhat FormForm toto
placeplace himhim inin.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.IAyay, doedo LollioLollio, doedo.
Lol.LollioLol.II mustmust askask himhim easieeasy questionsquestions atat firstfirst; TonyTony, howhow manymany
truetrue fingersfingers hashas aa TaylorTailortailor onon hishis rightright handhand?
Ant.AntonioAnt.AsAs manymany asas onon hishis leftleft, cousincousin.
Lol.LollioLol.GoodGood, andand howhow manymany onon bothboth?
Ant.AntonioAnt.TwoTwo lessless thenthan aa DewceDeucedeuce, cousincousin.
Lol.LollioLol.VeryVery wellwell answeredanswered; II comecome toto youyou agenagain, cousincousin TonyTony, HowHow
manymany foolsfools goesgoes toto aa wisewise manman?
Ant.AntonioAnt.FourtyFortyforty inin aa dayday sometimessometimes, cousincousin.
Lol.LollioLol.FourtyFortyforty inin aa dayday? HowHow proveprove youyou thatthat?
Ant.AntonioAnt.AllAll thatthat fallfall outout amongstamongst themselvesthemselves, andand gogo toto aa LawyerLawyer toto
bebe mademade friendsfriends.
Lol.LollioLol.AA parlousparlousperilous foolfool, hehe mustmust sitsit inin thethe fourthfourth FormForm atat leastleast, II per-perceiveper∣ceiveperceive
ceive
thatthat: II comecome againagain TonyTony, HowHow manymany knavesknaves makemake anan honesthonest
manman?
Ant.AntonioAnt.II knowknow notnot thatthat cousincousin.
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Lol.LollioLol.NoNo, thethe questionquestion isis tootoo hardhard forfor youyou: I’leI’ll telltell youyou cousincousin,
there’sthere’s threethree knavesknaves maymay makemake anan honesthonest manman, aa SergeantSergeant, aa JaylorJailor,
andand aa BeadleBeadle; thethe SergeantSergeant catchescatches himhim, thethe JaylorJailor holdsholds himhim, andand
thethe BeadleBeadle lasheslashes himhim; andand ifif hehe bebe notnot honesthonest thenthen, thethe HangmanHangman
mustmust curecure himhim.
Ant.AntonioAnt.HaHa, haha, haha, that’sthat’s finefine sportsport cousincousin.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.ThisThis waswas tootoo deepdeep aa questionquestion forfor thethe foolfool LollioLollio.
Lol.LollioLol.YesYes, thisthis mightmight havehave serv’dserved your selfyourself, thothough II say’tsay’t;
OnceOnce moremore, andand youyou shallshall goego playplay TonieTonytony.
Ant.AntonioAnt.IAyay, playplay atat push-pinpush-pininin cousincousin, haha, hehe.
Lol.LollioLol.SoSo thouthou shaltshalt, saysay howhow manymany foolsfools areare herehere.
Ant.AntonioAnt.TwoTwo, cousincousin, thouthou andand II.
Lol.LollioLol.NayNay, y’arey’areyou’re tootoo forwardforward therethere, TonieTonytony markmark mymy questionquestion, howhow
manymany foolsfools andand knavesknaves areare herehere? aa foolfool beforebefore aa knaveknave, aa foolfool be-behindbe∣hindbehind
hind
aa knaveknave, betweenbetween everyevery twotwo foolsfools aa knaveknave, howhow manymany foolsfools, howhow
manymany knavesknaves?
Ant.AntonioAnt.II nevernever learntlearntlearned soso farfar cousincousin.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.ThouThou putstput’stputst tootoo hardhard questionsquestions toto himhim, LollioLollio.
Lol.LollioLol.I’leI’ll makemake himhim understandunderstand itit easilyeasily; cousincousin standstand therethere.
Ant.AntonioAnt.IAyI cousincousin.
Lol.LollioLol.MasterMaster, standstand youyou nextnext thethe foolfool.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.WellWell, LollioLollio.
Lol.LollioLol.Here’sHere’s mymy placeplace: markmark nownow TonieTonytony, therethere aa foolfool beforebefore aa knaveknave.
Ant.AntonioAnt.That’sThat’s II cousincousin.
Lol.LollioLol.Here’sHere’s aa foolfool behindbehind aa knaveknave, that’sthat’s II, andand betweenbetween usus twotwo foolsfools
therethere isis aa knaveknave, that’sthat’s mymy MasterMaster, ’tis’tis butbut wewe threethree, that’sthat’s allall.
Ant.AntonioAnt.WeWe threethree, wewe threethree, cousincousin.Mad-menMadmen withinwithin.
11 WithinWithin.Put’sPut’s headhead i’thi’th’ pillorypillory, thethe breadsbread’sbreads tootoo littlelittle.
22WithinWithin.FlyFly, flyfly, andand hehe catchescatches thethe swallowswallow.
3.3.WithinWithin.GiveGive herher moremore oniononion, oror thethe DivellDevil putput thethe roperope aboutabout
herher craggcrag.
Lol.LollioLol.YouYou maymay hearhear whatwhat timetime ofof dayday itit isis, thethe ChimesChimes ofof BedlamBedlam
goesgoes.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.PeacePeace, peacepeace, oror thethe wyerwire comescomes.
33 withinwithin.CatCat whorewhore, CatCat whorewhore, herher permasantparmesanpermasant, herher permasantparmesanpermasant.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.PeacePeace, II saysay, theirtheir hour’shour’s comecome, theythey mustmust bebe fedfed, LollioLollio.
Lol.LollioLol.TheresThere’sthere’s nono hopehope ofof recoveryrecovery ofof thatthat WelshWelsh mad-manmadman,
WasWas undoneundone byby aa MouseMouse, thatthat spoildspoiledspoilt himhim aa PermasantParmesanPermasant,
LostLost hishis witswits for’tforfor’tfor ’t ’t.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.GoGo toto youryour chargecharge, LollioLollio, I’leI’ll toto minemine.
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Lol.LollioLol.GoeGo youyou toto youryour mad-mensmadmen’s WardWard, letlet meme alonealone withwith youryour
foolsfools.
Alib.AlibiusAlib.AndAudAnd rememberremember mymy lastlast chargecharge, LollioLollio.ExitExit.
Lol.LollioLol.OfOf whichwhich youryour PatientsPatients dodo youyou thinkthink II amam? ComeCome TonieTonytony youyou
mustmust amongstamongst youryour School-fellowsSchoolfellows nownow, there’sthere’s prettypretty ScholarsScholars
amongstamongst ’um’em, II cancan telltell youyou there’sthere’s somesome ofof ’em’em atat stultusstultus, stultastulta, stul-stultumstul∣tum
tumstultum
.
Ant.AntonioAnt.II wouldwould seesee thethe mad-menmadmen, cousincousin, ifif theythey wouldwould notnot bitebite meme.
Lol.LollioLol.NoNo, theythey shallshall notnot bitebite theethee, TonieTonytony.
Ant.AntonioAnt.TheyThey bitebite whenwhen theythey areare atat dinnerdinner, dodo theythey notnot cuzcoz.
Lol.LollioLol.TheyThey bitebite atat dinnerdinner indeedindeed, TonieTonytony; wellwell, II hopehope toto getget creditcredit
byby theethee, II likelike theethee thethe bestbest ofof allall thethe ScholarsScholars thatthat everever II broughtbrought
upup, andand thouthou shaltshalt proveprove aa wisewise manman, oror I’leI’ll proveprove aa foolfool my selfemyself.
ExeuntExeunt.




ACTUSACTUS SECUNDUSSECUNDUS.

EnterEnter BeatriceBeatrice andand JasperinoJasperino severallyseverally.
Bea.BeatriceBea.OHOHO SirSir, I’mI’m readyready nownow forfor thatthat fairfair serviceservice,
WhichWhich makesmakes thethe namename ofof friendfriend sitsit gloriousglorious onon youyou.
GoodGood AngelsAngels andand thisthis conductconduct bebe youryour guideguide,
FitnessFitness ofof timetime andand placeplace isis therethere setset downdown, sirsir.
Jas.JasperinoJas.TheThe joyjoy II shallshall returnreturn rewardsrewards mymy serviceservice.ExitExit.
Bea.BeatriceBea.HowHow wisewise isis AlsemeroAlsemero inin hishis friendfriend?
ItIt isis aa signsign hehe makesmakes hishis choycechoice withwith judgementjudgement.
ThenThen II appearappear inin nothingnothing moremore approv’dapproved,
ThenThanThen makingmaking choycechoice ofof himhim; forfor ’tis’tis aa PrinciplePrinciple, HeHe thatthat cancan chusechoose
ThatThat bosomebosom wellwell, whowho ofof hishis thoughtsthoughts partakespartakes,
ProvesProves mostmost discreetdiscreet inin everyevery choycechoice hehe makesmakes.
Me thinksMethinksmethinks II lovelove nownow withwith thethe eyeseyes ofof judgementjudgement.
AndAnd seesee thethe wayway toto meritmerit, clearlyclearly seesee itit.
AA truetrue deserverdeserver likelike aa DiamondDiamond sparklessparkles,
InIn darknessdarkness youyou maymay seesee himhim, that’sthat’s inin absenceabsence,
WhichWhich isis thethe greatestgreatest darknessdarkness fallsfalls onon lovelove,
YetYet isis hehe bestbest discern’ddiscerned thenthen
WithWith intellectuallintellectual eye-sighteyesight; what’swhat’s PiracquoPiracquo
MyMy FatherFather spendsspends hishis breathbreath forfor, andand hishis blessingblessing
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IsIs onelyonly minemine, asas II regardregard hishis namename,
ElseElse itit goesgoes fromfrom meme, andand turnsturns headhead againstagainst meme,
Tranform’dTransformed intointo aa CurseCurse; somesome speedyspeedy wayway
MustMust bebe remembredremembered, he’she’s soso forwardforward tootoo,
SoSo urgenturgent thatthat wayway, scarcescarce allowsallows meme breathbreath
ToTo speakspeak toto mymy newnew comfortscomforts.
EnterEnter DefloresDeflores.
Def.DefloresDef.YondersYonder’syonder’s sheshe
What everWhateverwhatever ailsails meme, nownow a lateaa-latea late late especiallyespecially,
II cancan asas wellwell bebe hang’dhanged asas refrainrefrain seeingseeing herher;
SomeSome twentytwenty timestimes aadayaaday dayday, naynay notnot soso littlelittle,
DoeDo II forceforce errandserrands, frameframe wayesways andand excusesexcuses
ToTo comecome intointo herher sightsight, andand II havehave smallsmall reasonreason for’tfor’t,
AndAnd lessless incouragementencouragement; forfor sheshe baitsbaits meme stillstill
EveryEvery timetime worseworse thenthan otherother, doesdoes professprofess herselfherself
TheThe cruellestcruelest enemyenemy toto mymy faceface, inin towntown,
AtAt nono handhand cancan abideabide thethe sightsight ofof meme,
AsAs ifif dangerdanger, oror illill luckluck hunghung inin mymy lookslooks.
II mustmust confessconfess mymy faceface isis badbad enoughenough,
ButBut II knowknow farfar worseworse hashas betterbetter fortunefortune,
AndAnd notnot endur’dendured alonealone, butbut doteddoted onon,
AndAnd yetyet suchsuch pickhairdpickhaired facesfaces, chinschins likelike WitchesWitches,
HereHere andand therethere fivefive hairshairs, whisperingwhispering inin aa cornercorner,
AsAs ifif theythey grewgrew inin fearfear oneone ofof anotheranother,
WrinklesWrinkles likelike troughstroughs, wherewhere swineswine deformitydeformity swilsswills
TheThe tearstears ofof perjuryperjury thatthat lielie therethere likelike washwash,
FallenFallen fromfrom thethe slimyslimy andand dishonestdishonest eyeeye,
YetYet suchsuch aa oneone plucktplucked sweetssweets withoutwithout restraintrestraint,
AndAnd hashas thethe gracegrace ofof beautybeauty toto hishis sweetsweet,
ThoughThough mymy hardhard fatefate hashas thrustthrust meme outout toto servitudeservitude,
II tumbledtumbled intointo th’worldth’world aa GentlemanGentleman.
SheShe turnsturns herher blessedblessed eyeeye uponupon meme nownow,
AndAnd I’leI’ll indureendure allall stormsstorms beforebefore II partpart with’twith’t.
Bea.BeatriceBea.AgenAgain thisthis ominousominous ill-fac’dill-faced fellowfellow moremore disturbsdisturbs meme,
ThenThan allall mymy otherother passionspassions.
Def.DefloresDef.Now’tNow’t beginsbegins agenagain,
IleI’ll standstand thisthis stormstorm ofof hailhail thoughthough thethe stonesstones peltpelt meme.
Bea.BeatriceBea.ThyThy businessbusiness? What’sWhat’s thythy businessbusiness?
Def.DefloresDef.SoftSoft andand fairfair, II cannotcannot partpart soso soonsoon nownow.
Bea.BeatriceBea.TheThe villain’svillain’s fixtfixed ThouThou standingstanding toad-pooltoad-pool.
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Def.DefloresDef.TheThe showreshower fallsfalls amainamain nownow.
Bea.BeatriceBea.WhoWho sentsent theethee? What’sWhat’s thythy erranderrand? leaveleave mymy sightsight.
Def:DefloresDef:MyMy LordLord youryour fatherfather charg’dcharged meme toto deliverdeliver aa messagemessage toto youyou.
Bea:BeatriceBea:WhatWhat anotheranother sincesince, do’tdo’t andand bebe hang’dhanged thenthen, letlet meme bebe ridrid ofof (theethee.
Def:DefloresDef:TrueTrue serviceservice meritsmerits mercymercy.
Bea:BeatriceBea:What’sWhat’s thythy messagemessage?
Def:DefloresDef:LetLet beautybeauty settlesettle butbut inin patiencepatience, youyou shallshall hearhear allall.
Bea:BeatriceBea:AA dallyingdallying triflingtrifling tormenttorment.
Def:DefloresDef:SigniorSignior AlonzoAlonzo dede PiracquoPiracquo LadyLady, solesole brotherbrother toto TomazoTomazo dede
 (PiracquoPiracquo
.
Bea:BeatriceBea:SlaveSlave, whenwhen wil’twiltwil’t makemake anan endend?
Def:DefloresDef:TooToo soonsoon II shallshall.
Bea:BeatriceBea:WhatWhat allall thisthis whilewhile ofof himhim?
Def:DefloresDef:TheThe saidsaid AlonzoAlonzo, withwith thethe foresaidforesaid TomazoTomazo.
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ToTo bringbring theethee toto mymy sightsight?
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II doedo butbut taketake breathbreath toto bebe lug’dlugged agenagain.
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LostLost inin thisthis smallsmall disturbancedisturbance andand forgotforgot.
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The Changeling.

AfflictionsAffliction’sAfflictions fiercerfiercer torrenttorrent thatthat nownow comescomes,
ToTo bearebear downdown allall mymy comfortscomforts.
EnterEnter VermanderoVermandero, AlonzoAlonzo, TomazoTomazo.
Ver.VermanderoVer.Y’areY’areYou’re bothboth