The Rover (HarperPerennial Classics)
trustworthy and good-looking, the Englishman Belvile is in love with the Italian girl Florinda, who's betrothed to a different. Willmore, the rover, is in love with Hellena, sister of Florinda and destined for the convent. And Angellica Bianca, a courtesan, is in love with Willmore. opposed to the backdrop of Naples in the course of Carnival time, this assorted solid of characters pursue existence, honour, and enjoyment during this comedic drama.
Author and playwright Aphra Behn created a essentially male-centric international in The Rover, yet doesn't brush aside the ability of her woman characters, who're keen to visit severe measures to meet their wants. The Rover used to be written for revenue at a time whilst Behn had misplaced her resource of source of revenue, yet grew to become the most renowned performs of the recovery period, and it truly is nonetheless studied and greatly played in sleek times.
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Of an identical mercenary crime? while a woman is proposed to you for a spouse, you by no means ask, how reasonable, discreet, or virtuous she is; yet what’s her fortune—which if yet small, you cry—she won't do my business—and basely depart her, although she languish for you.—Say, isn't really this as bad? WILLMORE it's a barbarous customized, which i'm going to scorn to safeguard in our intercourse, and do despise in yours. ANGELLICA Thou artwork a courageous fellow! publish thy gold, and be aware of, That have been thy fortune huge, as is thy soul, Thou.
For an errant harlot. BELVILE rattling your debauched opinion: inform me, sot, hadst thou quite a bit feel and lightweight approximately thee to differentiate her to be a lady, and couldst no longer see anything approximately her face and individual, to strike an lousy reverence into thy soul? WILLMORE religion no, I thought of her as mere a lady as i may want. BELVILE ’Sdeath i've got no patience—draw, or I’ll kill you. WILLMORE allow that on my own until the following day, and if I set now not o.k. back, use your excitement. BELVILE the following day, rattling.
It. The spiteful gentle will lead me to no happiness. the following day is Antonio’s, and maybe courses him to my undoing;—oh that i'll meet this rival, this robust lucky. WILLMORE What then? BELVILE enable thy personal cause, or my rage educate thee. WILLMORE I can be finely educated then, doubtless; pay attention me, colonel—hear me—show me the fellow and I’ll do his enterprise. BELVILE i do know him not more than thou, or if I did, I are usually not want thy reduction. WILLMORE This you assert is Angellica’s condo, I.
Hither, boy—is no longer this he you converse of? HELLENA I think—it is; i will not swear, yet I vow he has simply such one other mendacity lover’s glance. [HELLENA appears in his face, he gazes on her.] WILLMORE Hah! don't i do know that face?— via Heaven, my little gypsy! what a lifeless puppy used to be I? Had I yet seemed that method, I’d recognized her. Are all my hopes of a brand new girl banished? [Aside.] —Egad, if I don’t healthy thee for this, grasp me. —Madam, i've got discovered the plot. HELLENA Oh Lord, what does he say? am i found.
Fail we're all broke. FREDERICK Oh allow him on my own for that topic, he’s of a damned stingy caliber, that might safe our inventory. i do know no longer in what hazard it have been certainly, if the jilt should still faux she’s in love with him, for ’tis a type believing coxcomb; differently if he half with greater than a bit of eight—geld him: for which provide he may possibly probability to be overwhelmed, if she be a whore of the 1st rank. BELVILE Nay the rogue are not simply crushed, he’s stout adequate; possibly in the event that they speak past his.