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And therefore kept from me your demon's plot
O cruel traitor !
your fate. Farewell !
Auranthe. Albert, you jest; I'm sure you must. You, an ambitious Soldier! I, a Queen, One who could say,-here, rule these Provinces ! Take tribute from those cities for thyself! Empty these armouries, these treasuries, Muster thy warlike thousands at a nod ! Go! conquer Italy ! Albert.
Auranthe, you have made The whole world chaff to me. Your doom is fix'd.
Auranthe. Out, villain ! dastard !
Look there to the door! Who is it?
Let him in.
Do not affect amazement, hypocrite,
No more insult, sir. Albert. Ay, clutch your scabbard; but, for prudence
sake, Draw not the sword; 'twould make an uproar, Duke, You would not hear the end of. At nightfall Your lady sister, if I guess aright, Will leave this busy castle. You had best Take farewell too of worldly vanities.
Albert. Tomorrow, when the Emperor sends
Auranthe. You 'll be seen!
See the coast clear then.
Auranthe (as he goes). Remorseless Albert ! Cruel, cruel wretch !
[She lets him out. Conrad. So, we must lick the dust? Auranthe.
I follow him. Conrad. How? Where? The plan of your escape? Auranthe.
He waits For me with horses by the forest-side, Northward.
Conrad. Good, good ; he dies. You go, say you ? Auranthe. Perforce.
Conrad. Be speedy, darkness! Till that comes, Fiends keep you company!
And you! And you ! And all men! Vanish!
[Retires to an inner apartment.
SCENE II.-An Apartment in the Castle.
Enter LUDOLPH and Page. Page. Still very sick, my lord; but now I went, And there her women, in a mournful throng, Stood in the passage whispering; if any Moved, 'twas with careful steps, and hush'd death: They bade me stop.
Good fellow, once again
0, unbenignest Love, why wilt thou let
[Enter GERSA and Courtiers.
Do me the courtesy, Gentlemen, to pass on. 1st Knight.
We are your servants.
[Exeunt Courtiers. Ludolph. It seems then, sir, you have found out
the man You would confer with ;-me? Gersa.
If I break not Too much upon your thoughtful mood, I will Claim a brief while your patience.