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Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1821. Excerpt: ... ACT V. SCENE L--A Hall in the Castle: Enter Livia and the Baron, talking as they enter. Liv. Yes, Baron; you and your friends have, by this plot of yours, taught me a severe lesson; and I thank you for it, though my own understanding ought to have made it unnecessary.. Bar. Dear Livia; why should a young woman like you be so much affronted at finding her understanding--for you are mighty fond of that word understanding--not quite infallible? At the age of 68, an age I shall henceforth honestly own I have attained, one is not surprised at some small deficiencies even in one''s own understanding. One can then, as I shall henceforth do, give lip the vanity of being a wise man. Liv. And a poet, too, Baron? That were too much to give up in one day. Bar. Posterity will settle that point, Madam, and I shall give myself very little concern about the matter. Liv. Which one can easily perceive is perfectly indifferent to you. (Noise without.) What encreased noise is that? Since your poor victim is already sacrificed, (for they tell me he is gone, on pretence of violent illness, to the vaults under the castle,) why continue this mock-war any longer? Enter Servant. Bar. By this man''s looks one might suppose that our mockery, had turned to earnest. Liv. (to Serv.) What is the matter? Serv. A party of the real enemy, Madam, has come to attack the castle, and is now fighting with the Chevalier''s men at the gate. Liv. Why did you not open the gate to receive the Chevalier''s men? Serv. They called to us to get in; but we could not distinguish them from the enemy, who were close on their heels; so we let down the portcullis, an''t please you, and they must fight it out under the walls as they can. Bar. Is the Chevalier in the castle? Serv. O lud, no, Sir! he sallied out by t...