"Your Intentions Are Honorable"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Count Almaviva, a Spanish grandee, in vain effort to be with his lady love, the fair Rosine, follows her from Madrid to Seville and assumes, first, the guise of a soldier named Lindor, and then that of a music teacher named Alonzo, but the most he accomplishes is to slip her a letter. The cause of his failure is Dr. Bartholo, the crafty old guardian, who plans to marry his ward himself. Even with the able assistance of Figaro, Barber of Seville, Count Almaviva is thwarted at every turn. At last his efforts seem crowned with success when he and Figaro manage to enter the doctor's house via a window and come face to face with Rosine. However, Rosine has been poisoned against her lover by the insidious Bartholo, who has convinced her that she is to be snatched away and sold to the unknown Count Almaviva. When, therefore, the count, known to her as Lindor, makes advances, she spurns them. The crowning insult, she implies, would be to have him pretend that his intentions are honorable. The quoted line appears in the following dialogue:

You, Rosine! the companion of an unfortunate man without fortune, without birth! . . .
Birth, fortune! Don't talk of things that come by chance, and if you assure me that your intentions are honourable. . . .