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JULIO DE Varana, lord of Camerino.
CASTAMELA, sister to Livio.
THE FANCIES, CHASTE AND NOBLE.
ACT I. SCENE I.
A Room in the House of Livio.
Enter ROMANELLO and CASTAMELA.
Cast. You importune
Rom. Why, Castamela, I have shaped thy virtues, Even from our childish years, into a dowry Of richer estimation, than thy portion, Doubled a hundred times, can equal: now I clearly find, thy current of affection Labours to fall into the gulf of riot, Not the free ocean of a soft content. You'd marry pomp and plenty: 't is the idol, I must confess, that creatures of the time Bend their devotions to; but I have fashion'd Thoughts much more excellent of you.
Rom. Sure some dotage
Čast. Fy! fy! how ill this suits.
Rom. A devil of pride
Cast. Worse and worse, I vow.
Rom. But that some remnant of an honest sense
Cast. Romanello, know
Rom. A dog, a parrot,
Cast. This is uncivil;
Rom. My grief you are ;
Cast. So is my chief opinion of your worthiness,
ACT II. SCENE I.
An Apartment in Julio's House.
Flav. Not yet returned ?
Flav. The lord our husband,
Des. With your gracious favour, Peers, great in rank and place, ought of necessity To attend on state employments.
Cam. For such duties Are all their toil and labour; but their pleasures Flow in the beauties they enjoy, which conquers All sense of other travail.
Flav. Trimly spoken. When we were common, mortal, and a subject, As other creatures of Heaven's making are (The more the pity), bless us! how we waited For the huge play-day, when the pageant flutter'd About the city ;' for we then were certain, The madam-courtiers would vouchsafe to visit us, And call us by our names, and eat our viands;
1 On the huge play-day, when the pageant flutter'd
About the city. The huge play-day (for Ford's Sienna is only another name for London) was probably the lord-mayor's day, when the company to which he belonged exhibited, in honour of his installation, those rude but splendid pageantries and processions which, however they may now excite a smile, were then viewed with equal wonder and delight, and not altogether, perhaps, without profit, which is more than can be said of the tattered remnants of them that are annually dragged abroad to shame us. They were not, however, contined to one festival; but “fluttered about the city" on every joyous occasion. There is truth as well as humour in Flavia's pleasant description of the condesceusion of the "madam-courtiers" on these huge play-days. The satire is not yet quite obsolete.-GIFFORD.
Nay, give us leave to sit at the upper end
Ves. With best observance,
Cam. We are creatures
Flav. Believe 't you are so;
Flav. Let him stay;
Fab. Your poor creature, lady;
Flav. Give it from him.
and delivers it to Flav. who walks aside with it.]
-Mark, Vespucci, how the wittol Stares on his sometine wife!
1 All hope of my last fortunes.) Meaning probably (for the language 19 constrained) “my final hope, my last resource." The object of this request appears to be more money to enable him to expatriate himself, -GIFFORD.