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The Emperor of the Moon

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Doctor Baliardo, a Neapolitan philosopher, has so applied himself to the study of the Moon, and is enraptured to such an extent with the mysteries of that orb, that he has come steadfastly to believe in a lunar world, peopled, ruled and regulated like the earth. This wholly fills and absorbs his every waking thought, and, in consequence, he denies his daughter Elaria and his niece Bellemante to their respective lovers, the Viceroy's two nephews, Don Cinthio and Don Charmante, as being men of men of mere terrestial mould. The girls are, however, secretly assisted in their amours by Scaramouch, the doctor's man, who is himself a rival of Harlequin, Cinthio's valet, for the hand of Mopsophil, duenna to the young ladies. 

By Aphra Behn.

Dramatis Personæ:

Doctor Baliardo

Scaramouch, his Man

Pedro, his Boy

Don Cinthio, Don Charmante, both Nephews to the Vice-Roy, and Lovers of Elaria and Bellemante 

Harlequin, Cinthio's Man

Officer and Clerk

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Elaria, Daughter to the Doctor 

Bellemante, Niece to the Doctor

Florinda, Cousin to Elaria and Bellemante

Mopsophil, Governante to the young Ladies

The Persons in the Moon, are Don Cinthio, Emperor; Don Charmante, Prince of Thunderland. Their Attendants, Persons that represent the Court Cards. Keplair and Galileus, two PhilosophersTwelve Persons, representing the Figures of the twelve Signs of the Zodiack, Negroes, and Persons that danceMusick, Kettle-Drums, and Trumpets.

The SCENE, NAPLES.


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