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I am thy daughter. Pray you, let me weep.
Weep on, my child—weep on; for sighs and tears
Oh! then dam up the outlet to these tears ;
No—the trickster Lester. What villany
Oh! I faint.--(Faints in Grimes's arms.)
Go fetch some wine: my daughter's in a swoon.
( As Grimes is placing Iola on the sofa, Annette enters
with wine.) I pray you take my place. I will retire awhile.
(Retires to window.)
IOLA. Oh! give me air—where am I?
ANNETTE. With those who love you.
IOLA. Where is my father?
Here, my child !
IOLA (clinging to Annettej. Annette, save me, save me, pray !
Dear lady, drink this wine.
Oh, give me poison !
GRIMES (very passionately).
Then fly, affection ! duty ! homage! All
(Exit R. U. E.)
Poor lady—yet will I try to save thee !
Exit R. U. E.)
SCENE IV.-A hall in the Royal Oak. Servants pass and repass.
an occasional table.
Sir William and GRIMES come forward through door in
GRIMES. 'Tis pity that thy conscience rears its head After the many years it has seemed dead, And in the easiest path of all thy sin ! Remember, then, the young hearts you've destroyedThe noble youth, the portly citizen, The green apprentice, and the blushing dames:Homes—homes made desolate by thy crafty hand, Which sharpers educated, and which sharpers crushed ! And talkest to me of conscience ! Go, pay thy honourable debts—from empty purse ! Restore your victims to once happy homes ! Heal up the wounds you've made in parents' hearts ! And then then talk of conscience !
SIR WILLIAM. Most cruel mocker !
(Enter Annette, led on by the Landlady.
She is dressed as Iola.)
Why, this is well. Pray lead her to the door. (Pass.)
SIR WILLIAM (lifting the veil, discovers Annette).
What witchcraft's here? What lying baggage is 't
She's lost, she's lost again!
I have no words to waste upon a fool. (Exit in haste.)
SIR WILLIAM (laying hold on Annette.)
(A scream heard.) Ha, they have her !—unhand me, sir !
(Enter Grimes, bearing Iola, fainting in his
He advances to centre, and gives her to Sir William Stanton.
Sir William Stanton, she is now your own!
(Sir William supports Iola. Grimes looks
on in triumph. Annette faints, and