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By Félix Arturo Lope de Vega y Carpio

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The puppy within the Manger
The Knight from Olmedo
Justice with out Revenge

translated through Jill Booty
Félix Arturo Lope de Vega y Carpio (25 November 1562 – 27 August 1635) used to be a Spanish playwright and poet. He was once one of many key figures within the Spanish Golden Century Baroque literature. His popularity on the planet of Spanish literature is moment merely to that of Cervantes, whereas the sheer quantity of his literary output is unmatched, making him probably the most prolific authors within the background of literature.

Nicknamed "The Phoenix of Wits" and "Monster of Nature" (because of the amount of his paintings) through Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega renewed the Spanish theatre at a time whilst it was once beginning to develop into a mass cultural phenomenon. He outlined the main features of it, and besides Calderón de los angeles Barca and Tirso de Molina, he took Spanish baroque theatre to its better limits. end result of the perception, intensity and simplicity of his performs, he's appeared among the finest dramatists of Western literature, his performs nonetheless being represented all over the world. He used to be additionally the most effective lyric poets within the Spanish language, and writer of varied novels. even supposing no longer renowned within the English-speaking global, his performs have been offered in England as past due because the 1660s, whilst diarist Samuel Pepys recorded having attended a few diversifications and translations of them, even supposing he omits stating the author.

Some 3,000 sonnets, three novels, four novellas, nine epic poems, and approximately 1,800 performs are attributed to him. even if he has been criticised for placing volume prior to caliber, however a minimum of eighty of his performs are thought of masterpieces. He was once a pal of the writers Quevedo and Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, and the quantity of his lifework made him envied via not just modern authors akin to Cervantes and Góngora, but in addition by means of many others: for example, Goethe as soon as wanted he were in a position to produce this type of great and vibrant oeuvre.

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None of your girls might dare admit a guy to you opposed to your will. I guarantee you, madam-----Diana. Anarda, come the following. I see it now. That guy didn't come to go to me in any respect, yet certainly one of my ladies. Am I correct? Anarda. Madam, I see you're offended, and because i do know that your anger is simply, i will not mislead you, even if I betray my friendship with Marcela. She loves a guy, and he loves her, even though who he's, i do know now not. Diana. Anarda, you might have confessed the higher half. there isn't any advantage in denying the remainder. Anarda. Madam, you know the way tricky it truly is for a girl to maintain another's mystery. don't strength me to inform you, allow it suffice that you simply understand it used to be Marcela he got here to determine. Take the problem no additional, madam, i encourage you. in spite of everything, they just speak jointly, and their conferences merely begun a number of days in the past. Diana. This habit is shameless. could those humans rob me and my apartment of our recognition, besmirch the mem­ ory of the count number, my father-----Anarda. Madam, permit me clarify a bit additional. the guy who talks with Marcela is not any intruder, so none will see him coming into or leaving the home to reason a scandal. Diana. Is it one among my servants then? 116 LOPE DE VEGA [act I Anarda. it really is. Diana. who's it? Anarda. Teodoro. Diana. My secretary? Anarda. I merely be aware of they communicate jointly. Diana. rather well, Anarda. that's all. Anarda. Madam, you're so much knowing. Diana [aside]. i think slightly calmer to grasp at the very least that the intruder didn't search to go to me. Marcela . . . Marcela. Madam . . . Diana. I desire to communicate to you. Marcela. What might you, madam? Diana. Marcela, have I no longer constantly relied on you? Marcela. Why, has anyone slandered me, so you might ask? i've got continually been unswerving to you, madam. Diana. Are you yes, Marcela? Marcela. What have I performed to offend you? Diana. have you ever no longer indignant me through retaining mystery concourse with a guy in my condominium, even in my deepest flats? Marcela. Forgive me, madam. Teodoro is younger and inconsiderate. He can't withstand conversing 100 loving phrases to me each time we meet, although or not it's occasionally on your chamber. Diana. 100? This has to be a list 12 months for romance if loving phrases come through the hundredweight! Marcela. I suggest easily that no faster does a suggestion strike him than it truly is translated instantly into phrases and desires needs to come flowing out at his mouth. Diana. Translated into phrases? What phrases? What does he say to you? Marcela. i can't take note them now, madam. Diana. i believe you could. Marcela. occasionally he says: My soul is demise with love of you, Marcela. once more he'll say: My soul lives for you on my own. Or: All evening i haven't slept for eager for your attractiveness. after which occasionally he'll inquire from me for a hair from my head to bind up his stressed options and provides him peace of brain. yet why do you ask? it is just infantile nonsense. Diana. And but you appear to get pleasure from it. Marcela. i've got no reason to whinge. For i do know that T H E D O G IN T H E M A N GER 117 Teodoro is a decent guy, and that his love is honorable, in that he desires to marry me. Diana. Marriage is certainly an honorable property. Do you need me to rearrange the wedding among you?

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