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Opinion of unfitting carriage to you,
Mat. You prevent the nicety;
BENATZI rushes in with his sword drawn, followed by
LEVIDOLCHE and MARTINO.
Aurei. What's the matter?
Ben. Adurni and Malfato found together!
Lev. Hold, oh, hold him!
sword. Aur. Yield it, or force it; [Ben. is disarmed] set
you up your shambles Of slaughter in my presence ?
Adur. Let him come.
Ben. I am prevented;
Adur. Thy wife! I know not her, nor thee.
I fell into some lapses, which our sex
Ben. I joy in the discovery, am thankful
Aur. Let wonder henceforth cease,
Mart. Welcome, and welcome ever.
of rashness; such attempt Was mine, and only mine.
'I joy in the discovery, am thankful
Unto the change.] Benatzi takes the matter with all due composure. That his precious moiety should recognize him through bis
rags, his formidable mustachoes, and his Pistol-like demeanour, is natural enough; the wonder is, that Benatzi should not recollect her. She wore no disguise ; she retains the name by which he married ber; she still lived, as before, with her foolish uncle, and she confides to him a part of her history, in which he was a sharer. The author seems to have discovered all this, when it was too late ; and has just allowed us to surmise, from Auria's next speech, that the re-married gentleman' might not be so complete
” a dupe as he appears. VOL. II.
Mal. You have found a way
Adur. Then I am freed.
. Mart. Now all that's mine is theirs.
Adur. But let me add
(Gives her money.) Aur. How likes Spinella this? our holiday Deserves the kalendar.
Spin. This gentlewoman Reform’d, must in my thoughts live fair and
(Offering her money.) Cast. And mine; the novelty Requires a friendly love.
Lev. You are kind and bountiful.
Enter TRELCATIO, FUTELLI, AMORETTA, PIERO,
driving in Fulgoso and GUZMAN.
Trel. By your leaves, lords and ladies ! to your
jollities, I bring increase with mine too; here's a youngster Whom I call son-in-law, for so my daughter Will have it.
(Presenting Fut.) Amor. Yeth, in sooth thee will.
Piero. Stand forth, stout lovers.
Trel. Top and top-gallant pair-and for his
Amor. Tith no matter.
Fut. You are in all unfellow'd.
Aur. Piero, yes;
Ful. I'll follow
. But for my martial brother Don, pray ye make
him A-what-d'ye callt-a setting dog,-a sentinel ; I'll mend his weekly pay.
Guz. He shall deserve it.
Aur. Unfit to lose him.
We must be thrifty in them. None, I trust, Repines at these delights, they are free and harm
less : After distress at sea, the dangers o'er, Safety and welcomes better taste ashore.
This Drama, like Perkin Warbeck, has been somewhat too lightly regarded. The plot, indeed, is simple, and the poet has not availed himself of the interest of which even that simplicity was susceptible; but the characters are well discriminated, and strongly marked. The high-spirited, pure-minded Spinella; the uxorious, sensitive, and noble Auria; and the rash, repentant, and dignified Adurni, do credit to the author's powers of conception: nor is the next trio, the faithful sister, the silent devoted lover, and the suspicious, gloomy, and selfish friend, to be passed without praise. The more serious scenes are beautifully written ; and the situation, if not the language of some of the speakers in them, is well calculated to excite that tender feeling which melts the heart in almost every drama of this pathetic writer.
Either by accident or design, the humbler characters of the Lady's Trial are inoffensive; they are occasionally even amusing, and lead us to wish that Ford had suspected bis want of genuine humour, and recollected, before he closed his theatrical career, (for this was probably his last play,) that a dull medley of extravagance and impurity was poorly calculated to supply the defect.