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Gro. of the Cham.
But. Down with him !
ereux, falls at the entrance of the gallery).
[They rush over the body into the gallery_two
doors are heard to crash one after the other -voices deadened by the distance-clash of arms—then all at once a profound silence.
Coun. Ter. (with a light). Her bed-chamber is
empty; she herself Is nowhere to be found! The Neubrunn too, Who watch'd by her, is missing. If she should Be flown-But whither flown? We must call up Every soul in the house. How will the Duke Bear up against these worst bad tidings? O If that my husband now were but return'd Home from the banquet: Hark! I wonder wbether The Duke is still awake! I thought I heard Voices and tread of feet here! I will go And listen at the door. Hark! What is that? 'Tis hastening up the steps !
[Then observing the Countess. Countess ! Saya
Coun. You are come then from the Castle? Where's
my husband ? Gor. (in an agony of affright). Your husband !
Ask not !-To the Duke-
On this moment
Butler! Butler! God ! Coun. Why, he is at the Castle with my
husband ! [Butler comes from the gallery. Gor. 'Twas a mistake-'Tis not the Swedes-It is The Imperialist's Lieutenant-General Has sent me hither, will be here himself Instantly.—You must not proceed. But.
He comes Too late.
[Gordon dashes himself against the wall. Gor.
O God of mercy ! Coun.
What too late? Who will be here himself? Octavio In Egra ? Treason ! Treason! Where's the Duke?
[She rushes to the gallery.
SERVANTS run across the stage full of terror. The
whole scene must be spoken entirely without pauses.
[Other servants hasten in with torches Coun. What is it? For God's sake!
And do you ask? Within the Duke lies murder'd-and your husband Assassinated at the Castle.
[The Countess stands motionless, Fem. Ser. (rushing across the stage). Help! Help!
the Duchess ! Burg. (enters). What meant these confus'd Loud cries, that wake the sleepers of this house?
Gor. Your house is curs'd to all eternity.
Burg. (rushing out). Heaven forbid !
the Lieutenant-General ! [At these words the Countess starts from her
stupor, collects herself, and retires suddenly. Voices. (from behind the scene). Keep back the
people! Guard the door.
To these enter OCTAVIO PICCOLOMINI with all his
train. At the same time DEVEREUX and MACDONALD enter from the Corridor with the HALBERDIERS. WALLENSTEIN's deud body is carried over the back part of the stuge, wrapped in a piece of crimson tapestry.
Oct. (entering abruptly). It must not be! It is not
possible! Butler ! Gordon ! I'll not believe it. Say not
Gor. (without answering, points with his hand to
the body of Wallenstein as it is carried over the back of the stage. Octavio looks that
way, and stands overpowered with horror). Dev. (to Butler). Here is the golden fleece—the
Duke's swordMacd. Is it your order ? But. (pointing to Octavio). Here stands he
who now Hath the sole power to issue orders.
[Devereux and Macdonald retire with marks
of obesiance. One drops away after the other, till only Butler, Octavio, and Gordon
remain on the stage. Oct. (turning to Butler). Was that my purpose,
Butler, when we parted ?
Your hand is pure. You have
Merciless man !
And the fulfilment of it, doth beseem
To these enter the COUNTESS TERSTKY, pale and
disordered. Her utterance is slow and feeble, and unimpassion'd.
Oct. (meeting her). O Countess Tertsky! These
They are the fruits