The Rover Part I

by Aphra Behn (1677)

Act 1 Scene 1

Hellena - Female, Under 25 yrs

Scene partner - Florinda

Monologue - Comedic, 1:00 to 2:00 min

Hellena:

’Tis true, I was never a Lover yet — but I begin to have a shreud Guess, what ’tis to be so, and fancy it very pretty to sigh, and sing, and blush and wish, and dream and wish, and long and wish to see the Man; and when I do, look pale and tremble; just as you did when my Brother brought home the fine English Colonel to see you — what do you call him? Don Belvile.

[Florinda: Fie, Hellena.]

That Blush betrays you — I am sure ’tis so — or is it Don Antonio the Vice-Roy’s Son? — or perhaps the rich old Don Vincentio, whom my father designs for your Husband? — Why do you blush again?

[Florinda: With Indignation; and how near soever my Father thinks I am to marrying that hated Object, I shall let him see I understand better what’s due to my Beauty, Birth and Fortune, and more to my Soul, than to obey those unjust Commands.]

Now hang me, if I don’t love thee for that dear Disobedience. I love Mischief strangely, as most of our Sex do, who are come to love nothing else — But tell me, dear Florinda, don’t you love that fine Anglese? — for I vow next to loving him my self, ’twill please me most that you do so, for he is so gay and so handsom.

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