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Aye, let me sorrow for this sudden chauce,
1 Jew. Come, let us leave him in this ireful mood, Our words will but increase his extasy.
2 Jew. On then; but trust me 'tis a misery To see a man in such affliction:
Farewell Barabas! [Exeunt.
Bar. Aye, fare you wejl.
Enter Abigail, the Jew's daughter.
Abig. Not for myself, but aged Barabas,
And rend their hearts with tearing of my hair.
Bar. No, Abigail, things past recovery
Abig. Where father?
Bar. In my house, my girl.
Abig. Then shall they ne'er be seen of Barabas: For they have seiz'd upon thy house and wares. Bar. But they will give me leave once more, I trow, To go into my house.
Abig. That may they not: For there I left the governor placing nuns, Displacing me; and of thy house they mean To make a nunnery, where none but their own sect Must enter in; men generally barr'd.
Bar. My gold! my gold! and all my wealth is
You partial heavens, have I deserv'd this plague?
And knowing me impatient in distress,
Abig. Father, whate'er it be to injure them
Bar. Why, so; then thus, thou told'st me they
have turn'd my house Into a nunnery, and some nuns are there.
Abig. I did.
Bar. Then, Abigail, there must my girl Intreat the abbess to be entertain'd.
Abig. How, as a nun?
Bar. Aye, daughter, for religion ,
Hides many mischiefs from suspicion.
Abig. Aye, but father they will suspect me there.
Bar. Let 'em suspect, but be thou so precise
A BIG. Thus father shall I much dissemble. BAR. Tush! as good dissemble that thou never mean'st, As first mean truth and then dissemble it, A counterfeit profession is better Than unseen hypocrisy. AB1G. Well father, say I be entertain'd, What then shall follow 2 BAR. This shall follow then; There have I hid close underneath the plank That runs along the upper chamber floor, The gold and jewels which I kept for thee. But here they come; be cunning, Abigail. ABIG. Then father go with me. BAR. No, Abigail, in this It is not necessary I be seen. For I will seem offended with thee for’t. Be close, my girl, for this must fetch my gold. Enter three FRIARs and two NUNs. 1 FRI. Sisters, we now are almost at the new-made nunnery. 1 NUN. The better; for we love not to be seen : 'Tis thirty winters long since some of us Did stray so far amongst the multitude. 1 FRI. But, madam, this house And waters of this new-made nunnery Will much delight you. NuN. It may be so; but who comes here 2 AB1G. Grave abbess, and you, happy virgins guide, Pity the state of a distressed maid. WOL. I. 14
Abb. What art them daughter?
Abig. The hopeless daughter of a hapless Jew, The Jew of Malta, wretched Barabas; Sometime the owner of a goodly house, Which they have now turn'd to a nunnery.
Abb. Well, daughter, say, what is thy suit with us?
Abig. Fearing the afflictions which my father
Proceed from sin, or want of faith in us,
1 Fai. No doubt, brother, but this proceedeth of
2 Fb.i. Aye, and of a moving spirit too, brother
but come, Let us intreat she may be entertain'd.
Abb. Well, daughter, we admit you for a nun.
Abio. First let me as a novice learn to frame
Bar. As much I hope as all I hid is worth. [Aside.
Abb. Come, daughter, follow us.
Bar. Why how now, Abigail, what mak'st thou Amongst these hateful Christians?
1 Fbi. Hinder her not, thou man of little faith, For she has mortified herself.