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remains to be observed, that there still exist some minor pieces from the same pen, which, in the opinion of good judges, are well entitled to the honour of representation.
LA GITANILLA DE MADRID,
(The Gypsey of Madrid.)
COMEDIA FAMOSA DE
DON ANTONIO DE SOLIS.
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. .
This dramatic sketch is inserted, partly as a specimen of the author's style and spirit of analyzation, and partly because it affords a proof that, in 1804, the author despaired of seeing The Honey-moon represented.
THE GYPSEY OF MADRID.
Enter Don Juan and Julio with a Miniature Picture.
Julio. Como tan poco gustosa
Fue la causa de venirte
El retrato de tu Eposa
Pero yo pienso que ha sido
Diligencia del Cuidado.
Tu lengua, que eres ingrato. Don Juan. Dexa esso. This picture I must give to Don Henriquez, that by means of it he may the better follow my bride. "Julio. To Don Henriquez, signor? The picture of Isabel ?
Don Juan. Come nearer to me, and you shall know the history of it. You know that I came to court
Julio. True, sir, in obedience to your father you left Salamanca for Seville ; about which time, attentive, as he said, to your happiness, he engaged to marry you at this court to Donna Isabel de Oviedo, your cousin, whose picture you just now held in your hand. After receiving a thousand letters from your father, you resolved to come here, but determined not to marry the lady. Your friend Don Henrique accompanied you from Salamanca.
Don Juan gives a long account of his having fallen violently in love with a gypsey since his arrival at Seville, (which the more confirmed his dislike to the match which his father had made for him,) but that she treated him with disdain: that he had prevailed on his friend Don Henrique to personate him with Isabella, which he might easily do, as none of the lady's family had ever seen him, and his father was not expected for some days: that Don Henrique accordingly, carrying with him the letters which Juan had received from his father, had introduced himself, five days since, to Isabella and her family, as Don Juan, and in that capacity was making love to the lady. Don Juan then declares his reason for having turned gypsey, that he might the better pursue his new mistress.
Julio declares his readiness to join his master in the scheme.