And, as nothing of all thou wilt urge in opposition to my wish will avail to keep me from carrying it into effect, it is my desire, friend Lothario, that thou shouldst consent to become the instrument for effecting this purpose that I am bent upon, for I will afford thee opportunities to that end, and nothing shall be wanting that I may think necessary for the pursuit of a virtuous, honourable, modest and high-minded woman.
Neither forsooth; on the contrary, thou dost ask of me, so far as I understand, to strive and labour to rob thee of honour and life, and to rob myself of them at the same time; for if I take away thy honour it is plain I take away thy life, as a man without honour is worse than dead; and being the instrument, as thou wilt have it so, of so much wrong to thee, shall not I, too, be left without honour, and consequently without life?
Do with him as thou wilt! There is no good for him, no good for me, no good for thee.
Wilt thou yet purge it out of thee, and be once more human?
Wilt thou, my good Jacinta, be so kind As go down in the library and bring me The Holy Evangelists.
Give not thy soul to dreams: the camp -- the court, Befit thee -- Fame awaits thee -- Glory calls -- And her the trumpet-tongued thou wilt not hear In hearkening to imaginary sounds And phantom voices.
In this last book thou wilt
find nothing (or at most very little) of that nature.
My brother, if thou be fortunate, then wilt thou have one virtue and no more: thus goest thou easier over the bridge.
Man is something that hath to be surpassed: and therefore shalt thou love thy virtues,--for thou wilt succumb by them.--
Therefore come straightway with me hard by to the Sign of the Blue Boar, and if thou drinkest as thou appearest--and I wot thou wilt not belie thy looks--I will drench thy throat with as good homebrewed as ever was tapped in all broad Nottinghamshire."
But if thou knowest him, my jolly blade, wilt thou go with me and bring me to him?
As for thee, Scorn, if thou wilt
, the eternal laws of Heaven.