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The Works of Charles Lamb (v. 10)

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Pages: 374

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Charles Lamb

Excerpt from book: So to great men the moral may be stretch'd : Men oft are valu'd high, when they 're most wretch'd. THE DEVIL'S LAW CASE: OR, WHEN WOMEN GO TO LAW, THE DEVIL IS FULL OF BUSINESS. A TRAGICOMEDY : By The Same Author. Contario challenges Ercole tofght with him for the possession of Jolenta, 'whom they both love. Con. Sir, my love to you has proclaim'd you one Whose word was still led by a noble thought, And that thought follow'd by as fair a deed. Deceive not that opinion : we were students At Padua together, and have long To the world's eye shown like friends : was it hearty on your part to me ? En. Unfeign'd. Con. You are false To the good thought I held of you, and now Join the worst part of man to you, your malice, To uphold that falsehood : sacred innocence Is fled your bosom. Signior, I must tell you, To draw the picture of unkindness truly, Is to express two that have dearly lov'd, And fallen at variance. 'Tis a wonder to me, Knowing my interest in the fair Jolenta, That you should love her. Erc. Compare her beauty and my youth together, And you will find the fair effects of love No miracle at all. Con. Yes, it will prove Prodigious to you : I must stay your voyage. Erc. Your warrant must be mighty. Con. 'T has a seal From heaven to do it, since you would ravish from What's there entitled mine : and yet I vow, By the essential front of spotless virtue, I have compassion of both your youths : To approve which, I have not ta'en the way Like an Italian, to cut your throat By practice, that had given you now for dead, And never frown'd upon you. You must fight with me. Erc. I will, sir. Con. And instantly. Erc. I will haste before you : point whither. Con. Why, you speak nobly : and for this fair dealing, Were the rich jewe...  


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