``Say to him, then, to his beard,'' continued Malvoisin, coolly, ``that you love this captive Jewess to distraction; and the more thou dost enlarge on thy passion, the greater will be his haste to end it by the death of the fair enchantress; while thou, taken in flagrant delict by the avowal of a crime contrary to thine oath, canst
hope no aid of thy brethren, and must exchange all thy brilliant visions of ambition and power, to lift perhaps a mercenary spear in some of the petty quarrels between Flanders and Burgundy.''
"Then perhaps canst tell me the name of a great loathly lump of a brother wi' freckled face an' a hand like a spade.
"Canst change thy robe for a jerkin once more at the Abbey, unless perchance you have a friend near at hand."
CREON Thou art good at parry, and canst fence about Some matter of grave import, as is plain.
canst thou not see That e'en this question irks me?
And yet what pleasure canst thou find In forcing friendship on unwilling foes?
And if When born to misery, as born I was, I met my sire, not knowing whom I met or what I did, and slew him, how canst thou With justice blame the all-unconscious hand?
Thou canst not choose Freedom and go in bondage to the delight of life."'
Once, long ago, if thou canst believe, a Sahib looked on me with favour.
But for one little moment - thou canst overtake the dooli in ten strides - if thou wast a Sahib, shall I show thee what thou wouldst do?' -
Luscinda in her feebleness was on the point of falling to the ground when Don Fernando released her, but Cardenio, who stood near, having retreated behind Don Fernando to escape recognition, casting fear aside and regardless of what might happen, ran forward to support her, and said as he clasped her in his arms, "If Heaven in its compassion is willing to let thee rest at last, mistress of my heart, true, constant, and fair, nowhere canst
thou rest more safely than in these arms that now receive thee, and received thee before when fortune permitted me to call thee mine."