SCENE I.— -- CASSY is discovered sitting at a table covered with letters and papers, looking at a miniature.
I 'm tired! I 'm sick! I 'm dead! Dead? yes, dead at heart! dead at the root, and yet I live; so they say at least. O, to think of it! to think of it! Why don't I die? [She rises and paces the room, and sings.]
"Una beldad existe que mis ajos
Ah! that was his song! O, dear, why can't I ever forget it! My children too! O, Henry! O, Eliza! [She sits down, and covers her face. A carriage heard approaching, she rises quickly.] What! back already! [Looks out the window.] There! another fly in the spider web! Handsome? O, yes! and what? Yes; some mother's darling. Hah! could n't I kill him?
Legree. [Opens the door, and pushes EMMELINE in.]
This way, little mistress!
You wretch! another!
Shut your mouth!
I shall shut my mouth; but your time is coming. I see it! I see it! Go on, go on! go as fast as you can! I see where it will end!
Hush, Cassy! be quiet; I mean no harm. You may take this girl up stairs. Come, be peaceable!
Cas. [To EMMELINE.]
You have come to the gates of Hell! Come with me. I 'll show you the way.
The creature scares me lately! Her eyes look so dreadful! I 'll sell her, or get rid of her some way. Hang it, there 's no joke in it!