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1827 Excerpt: ...To whom my brother, without my consent Or
knowledge, has contracted me in Flanders. Don Octavio. Antonio the
man to whom you are contracted? Porcia the bride whom he is come to
marry? Porcia. The very same. Don Octavio. Why did you not acquaint
me with it sooner t Porcia. Alas, I have not seen you since I knew
it; But those few hours such wonders have produc'd, As exceed all
belief, and ask more time Than your unsafe condition, in this
place, Will allow me, to make you comprehend it. Camilla. Cousin, I
cannot blame your apprehensions, Nor your suspicion of Antonio's
friendship; But 1 am so possess'd with the opinion Of his virtue, I
shall as soon believe Impossibilities as his apostacy From honour.
Don Octavio. What's her concernment in Antonio, Porcia? Porcia. 0,
that's the strangest part of our sad story, And which requires most
time to let you know it. A blaze of light appears at the window,
and a noise without. See, Flora, at the window, what's that light
And noise we hear. Flora goes to the window. Flora. O madam, we are
all undone I see Henrique, Carlos, and their servants, with
torches, All coming hither; and, which is wonderful, Antonio
leading them with his sword drawn. Camilla. Thou dream'st,
distracted wench? Antonio false? It is impossible Camilla runs to
the window, and turning back, says: All she has said is in
appearance true. There is some hidden mystery which thus Abuses us;
for I shall ne'er believe Antonio can trangress the rules of
friendship. Don Octavio. Friendship's a specious name, made to
deceive Those whose good-nature tempts them to believe: The traffic
of good offices 'mongst friends, Moves from ourselves, and in
ourselves it ends: When competition brings us to the test, Then we
find friendship is self-interest. Porcia. Ye pow'r...
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