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SCENE I.--A Library in DON JEROME'S 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 daughter--this is a trap, isn't it? a
nice stroke of cunning, hey?
Don Jer. Excellent! excellent I 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, that's the truth on't.
Don Jer. Psha! they are cunning only when they have fools to deal with. Why don't my
girl play me such a trick? Let her cunning over- reach my caution, I say--hey, 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 daughter--you must carry on the siege by yourself, friend Isaac.
Isaac. Sir, you'll introduce----
Don Jer. No--I 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 beauty--now there is something consoling and encouraging in ugliness.