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Lodged in the grave, I am not yet at home;
I mean, but what, alas ! talk I of wife?-
any out-cast parings, coarse and mouldy, Not lived divided thus! I could have begg'd For both; for't had been pity she should ever Have felt so much extremity.
Aurel. This is not Patience required in wrongs of such vile nature: You pity her; think rather on revenge.
Aur. Revenge! for what, uncharitable friend ? On whom? let's speak a little, pray, with reason. You found Spinella in Adurni's house ; 'Tis like he gave her welcome-very likely; Her sister and another with her; so! Invited, nobly done ; but he with her Privately chamber'd :-he deserves no wife Of worthy quality, who dares not trust Her virtue in the proofs of any danger. Aurel. But I broke ope the doors upon
them. Aur. Marry, It was a slovenly presumption, And punishable by a sharp rebuke. I tell you, sir, I, in my younger growth, Have by the stealth of privacy enjoy'd A lady's closet, where to have profaned That shrine of chastity and innocence, With one unhallow'd word, would have exiled
The freedom of such favour into scorn.
he alive then ventured there,
that The conscience of his fault, in coward blood, Blush'd at the quick surprisal.
Aur. O fie, fie! How ill some argue, in their sour reproof, Against a party liable to law ! For had that lord offended with that creature, Her presence would have doubled every strength Of man in him, and justified the forfeit Of noble shame; else 'twas enough in both With a smile only to correct your rudeness. Aurel. ?Tis well you make such use of neigh
bours' courtesy : Some kind of beasts are tame, and hug their in
juries; Such way leads to a fame too!
Aur. Not uncivilly, Though violently, friend.
Aurel. Wherefore, then, think you, Can she absent herself, if she be blameless? You grant, of course, your triumphs are pro
claim'd; And I in person told her your
return : Where lies she hid the while ?
3 Not uncirilly, Though violently,
friend.] i. e. Do not use rude language, however warm you may be.
Aur. That rests for answer In you ; now I come to you: we have exchanged Bosoms, Aurelio, from our years of childhood; Let me acknowledge with what pride I own
I A man so faithful, honest, fast, my friend; He whom, if I speak fully, never fail'd, By teaching trust to me, to learn of mine: I wish'd myself thine equal; if I aim'd Awrong, 'twas in an envy of thy goodness; So dearly (witness with me my integrity) I laid thee up to heart, that, from my love, My wife was but distinguish'd in her sex: Give back that holy signature of friendship, Cancell’d, defaced, pluck'd off, or I shall urge Accounts, scored on the tally of my vengeance, Without all former compliments.
Aurel. D’you imagine I fawn upon your fortunes, or intrude Upon the hope of bettering my estate, That you cashier me at a minute's warning ? No, Auria, I dare vie with your respects; Put both into the balance, and the poise Shall make a settled stand : perhaps the proffer, So frankly vow'd at your departure first, Of settling me a partner in your purchase, Leads you into opinion of some ends Of mercenary falsehood; yet such wrong Least suits a noble soul.
Aur. By all my sorrows, The mention is too coarse.
Aurel. Since then the occasion
Presents our discontinuance, use your liberty;
Aur. Pish! your faith
begg'd A speedy execution on her trespass; Then with a justice, lawful as the magistrate’s, Might I have drawn my sword against Adurni, Which now is sheath'd and rusted in the scabbard, Good thanks to your cheap providence !-Once
möre I make demand-my wife !--you,-sir
[Draws his sword. Aurel. Roar louder, The noise affrights not me;
your enemies, And prove a valiant tongue-man;- now must
follow, By way of method, the exact condition
which runs to mutiny in friendship.
Auria, come on, this weapon looks not pale
Aur. Honour and duty
Aurel. So, doubtless,
Aur. That's spoke cheerfully.
But look, Castanna's here!-welcome, fair figure