• Enter ADRIANA and LUCIANA

    ADRIANA

    Ah, Luciana, did he tempt thee so?
    Mightst thou perceive austerely in his eye
    That he did plead in earnest, yea or no?
    Looked he or red or pale, or sad or merrily?
    5What observation mad’st thou in this case
    Of his heart’s meteors tilting in his face?

    LUCIANA

    First he denied you had in him no right.

    ADRIANA

    He meant he did me none; the more my spite.

    LUCIANA

    Then swore he that he was a stranger here.

    ADRIANA

    10And true he swore, though yet forsworn he were.

    LUCIANA

    Then pleaded I for you.

    ADRIANA

       And what said he?

    LUCIANA

    That love i begged for you he begged of me.

    ADRIANA

    With what persuasion did he tempt thy love?

    LUCIANA

    With words that in an honest suit might move.
    15First he did praise my beauty, then my speech.

    ADRIANA

    Did’st speak him fair?
  • ADRIANA and LUCIANA enter.

    ADRIANA

    Oh, Luciana, did he tempt you like that? Could you tell from his face if he was serious? Yes or no? Did he look flushed or pale? Sad or happy? Could you tell from his looks what he was feeling in his heart?

    LUCIANA

    First, he said you had no right to him.

    ADRIANA

    He meant he did nothing right for me—which is true, unfortunately.

    LUCIANA

    Then he swore he was a stranger here.

    ADRIANA

    And that’s true—he is being strange. And yet he lies as well, for he’s no stranger.

    LUCIANA

    Then I pleaded for you.

    ADRIANA

    And what did he say?

    LUCIANA

    That he felt for me the love that I begged him to feel for you.

    ADRIANA

    How did he try to persuade you to love him?

    LUCIANA

    With words that—if they were spoken honestly—might have moved me. First, he praised my beauty, then my eloquence.

    ADRIANA

    Did you praise him as well?