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Enter Preciosa as a gypsey and Juana. The Preciosa and Don Juan converse: she still proves disdainful. Julio makes loves to Juana. The Preciosa and Juana depart. A short conversation between Juan and Julio.
(I think a scene may be here introduced between Juan and Henrique, in which the latter may relate the progress he has made in the family.)
Enter Maldonado, an old gypsey. Sancho, Diego, Preciosa, and Juana, as gypsies. Juan and Julio are introduced, and accepted as gypsies. It is agreed that Juan shall be called Andres, and Julio, Hernando. Maldonado orders a couple of dresses to be brought for them. Juan, in changing his dress, lets fall the picture of Isabella, which Julio takes up. Preciosa gets it from him. A conversation between Juan and Preciosa, in which the latter accuses him of having another mistress, which he denies: she goes out with Juana: Juan follows her; and Julio also departs.
(Perhaps the scene between Juan and Henriquez would better come in here.)
The following is a bad scene altogether. Query, if not better to make Don Pedro fall from his mule on his journey to Madrid.-(Introduce scene from the Honey-moon.)
Enter Don Pedro and Martin his valet. Pedro observes that Don Alonzo, the sister of Isabella, lives somewhere thereabouts, but that he does not mean to visit them without his carriage and retinue. He sees the gypsies, and inquires of them the way to Don Diego Alvarado's, his friend, whom he is going to visit: but as Don Diego makes no part in the play, it might perhaps be better for him to inquire at once the way to Alonzo's. The gypsies go out; as do Pedro and Martin after a short conversation.
Don Henriquez and Fabio enter. Don Henriquez confesses his passion for Isabella, whom he has wooed. in the name of Don Juan. Don Alonzo enters; and Fabio should, I imagine, depart, as Alonzo communicates to Henriquez his attachment to the Preciosa, and departs. Scene between Donna Isabel and Henriquez, by which it appears they are mutually enamoured; but the lady is fearful of having been too forward in declaring her passion. Whilst they are talking
Enter Don Alonzo, Preciosa, and Juana. They admire the beauty of Preciosa : she tells the fortune of Isabel; and in dancing lets the picture fall, which Isabel takes up; they all become jealous but Henri, quez: the act finishęs,
ACT II. Enter Juan and Julio as gypsies. Julio informis Juan (which it appears afterwards he has learnt from Juana) that Preciosa has compared the picture with the original, and is convinced of his inconstancy.
Preciosa and Juana pass over the stage, affecting not to see Juan and Julio, who address them: Preciosa accuses Juan of falsehood; he attempts to defend himself; among other things says he never saw the lady: Julio proposes that, to clear up the matter, they should all go to Isabella's, when the truth would appear from her conduct to Don Juan. They go out. . . · Scene between Henriquez and Isabella : she accuses him of having given her picture to Preciosa; he defends himself as well as he is able: says that he lost the picture, and that probably it was found by the gypsies. ... , · Isabella -is informed that the gypsey is without. Enter Preciosa, Don Juan, Julio, and Juana. Preciosa relates that Andres (Juan's assumed name among the gypsies) pretended to be her lover, but that the admiration he had expressed of the beauty of Isabella had awakened her jealousy: Isabella
satisfies her upon that point, and in return requests to know where she got the picture that she had let drop. Preciosa informs her that Andres had found it, and brought it to her : this agrees with Henriquez's story, and all parties are satisfied. The arrival of Don Pedro is now announced: Henriquez pretends that he wishes, before he sees his father, to have some particular conversation with Isabel, and they retire.
Enter Don Pedro and Martin. He discovers Juan and Julio; inquires why they appear in the habit of gypsies; the Preciosa informs him that the guests who are met to celebrate the marriage of his son had amongst them undertaken to play a comedy of Cervantes, called La Gitanida; this satisfies him, and he proposes to go in with them, and see the bride ; they excuse themselves on the ground that she knows nothing of their intentions, and that they mean to surprize her with their performance. Isabella enters on one side, saying that Don Juan has left her in great confusion, and promised to return immediately, Pedro tells the gypsies he does not wish to interrupt their design: they depart. Isabel comes forward : Pedro talks of having conversed with his son in the character of a gypsey: Isabella is puzzled (jealous, in learning that Juan had departed in a gypsey's dress) : he requests that Alonzo might be informed of his arrival. They go out.
Enter Alonzo and Fabio. Alonzo talks of his passion for Preciosa: Preciosa and Juana enter. Preciosa inquires of Alonzó respecting Don Juan's coming to Madrid; this renews his jealousy; he informs her of Don Juan's having come to marry his sister; she inquires how it happens that his sister should not know him; Alonzo is confounded, but before she can explain herself Don Juan and Julio enter on one side, and Don Henriquez on the other: a general confusion takes place, and the act ends without any of the parties coming to an explanation.