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THE LADY'S TRIAL.
ACT I. SCENE I.
A Room in the House of AURLA.
Fut. The times' wonder!
Piero. Italy's darling, Europe's joy, and so forth ! The newest news ? unvamp'd ?!
Fut. I am no footpost, No pedler of avisos, no monopolist or forged corantos, monger of gazettes.
Piero. But, in pure earnest now, my fine Futelli, How trowls the common noise ?
Fut. Auria, who lately
I The newest news ? unvamp'd ?] i. e. fresh, genuine, not patched up. -GIPFORD.
Piero. Is all my signor's hospitality,
Fut. Hold thy peace, man;
let's part demurely.
[They take different sides. Enter ADURNI and AURIA. Adur. We wish thee, honour'd Auria, life and
Aur. My lord,
Piero. I present you
Fut. For my own part,
Adur. We dare not hinder
[Exeunt ADURNI, Piero, and FUTELLI. Aur. So leave the winter'd people of the north, The minutes of their summer, when the sun Departing leaves them in cold robes of ice, As I leave Genoa.
1 Call me your shadow's hench-boy.) A common expression in our old writers for a page ; a state attendant on court or municipal officers. -GIFFORD.
Enter TRELCATIO, SPINELLA, and CASTANNA.
Trel. I dare promise
Cast. My sister shall to me stand an example,
Aur. Gentle Castanna, thou 'rt a branch of goodness
[Exit. Aur. Nay, nay, Castanna, you may hear our
1 And then to take the wreck of our divisions,) i. e. to enjoy the rem gant of time which our separations have left us.-GIFFORD.
Spi. What friend have I left in your absence ?
Aur. Many: Thy virtues are such friends they cannot fai]
Spi. Admit, sir,
Cast. And such conclusion, sister,
Aur. 'Tis truth, Castanna.
Spi. I grant it truth; yet, Auria, I'm a woman, And therefore apt to fear: to show my duty, And not to take heart from you, I'll walk from
Aur. I thank thee,
(Cast. walks aside. Spi. Speak, good, speak.
Aur. The steps
As thine own jealousies from others' tongues
[Kisses her. Spi. Dear heaven! go, sister, go.
[Exeunt SPINELLA and CASTANNA. Aur. Done bravely, And like the choice of glory, to know mine One of earth's best I have forgonen
Aurel. Had I been
Aur. So the wrongs
1 In plainer language-"Do not appear abroad so particularly dressed as to invite attention, and prompt the gazer's eye, or voice (clamorous voice, if the reader pleases) to report (to prattle of) a handsome woman apparently neglected by her husband." --ĠIFFORD.