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When Almanzor refuses, because of his attachment to Almahide, he uses imagery suggesting castration, and Lyndaraxa responds with allusions to the darkness and closeness of the sexual act, adding a pun on "charity": < previous page page_43 next page > < previous page page_44 next page > Page 44 Almanzor: My love's now grown so much a part of me, That life would, in the cure, endanger'd be. At least it like a limb cut off would show; And better dye than like a cripple goe. Lyndaraxa: You must be brought like mad men to their cure; And darkness first and next new bonds endure: Do you dark absence to your self ordain: And I, in charity, will find the chain.
Abdalla: Ungrateful maid, did I for this rebel? I say no more; but I have loved too well. Lyndaraxa: Who but yourself did that rebellion move? Did I e'er promise to receive your love? Is it my fault you are not fortunate? I love a king, but a poor rebel hate. Abdalla: Who follow fortune, still are in the right; But let me be protected here this night. Lyndaraxa: The place to-morrow will be circled round; And then no way will for your flight be found. ] Protect me but one hour till they are gone.
Soldier: I know you; but my charge is so severe, That none, without exception, enter here. Abdalla: Traitor, and rebel! thou shalt shortly see Thy orders are not to extend to me. Lyndaraxa [above]: What saucy slave so rudely does exclaim, And brands my subject with a rebel's name? Abdalla: Dear Lyndaraxa, haste; the foes pursue. Lyndaraxa: My lord, the Prince Abdalla, is it you? I scarcely can believe the words I hear; Could you so coarsely treat my officer? Abdalla: He forced me; but the danger nearer draws: When I am entered, you shall know the cause.
Acts of Implication: Suggestion and Covert Meaning in the Works of Dryden, Swift, Pope, and Austen by Irvin Ehrenpreis