COUNTESS (aside to the DUKE).
Leave her in this belief. Thou seest she cannot
Support the real truth.
To them enter COUNT TERZKY.
What ails him? What an image of affright!
He looks as he had seen a ghost.
TERZKY (leading WALLENSTEIN aside).
Is it thy command that all the Croats—
We are betray’d.
They are off! This night
The Jaegers likewise—all the villages
In the whole round are empty.
Him thou hast sent away. Yes, surely.
No! Hast thou not sent him off? Nor Deodati?
They are vanish’d both of them.
To them enter ILLO.
Has Terzky told thee?
He knows all.
That Esterhatzy, Goetz, Maradas, Kaunitz,
Kolalto, Palfi, have forsaken thee.
WALLENSTEIN (winks at them).
COUNTESS (who has been watching them anxiously from the distance and now advances to them).
Terzky! Heaven! What is it? What has happen’d?
WALLENSTEIN (scarcely suppressing his emotions).
Nothing! let us be gone!
TERZKY (following him).
Theresa, it is nothing.
COUNTESS (holding him back).
Nothing? Do I not see that all the life-blood
Has left your cheeks—look you not like a ghost?
That even my brother but affects a calmness?
An Aide-de-camp inquires for the Count Terzky.
[TERZKY follows the PAGE.]
WALLENST. Go, hear his business.
This could not have happen’d
So unsuspected without mutiny.
Who was on guard at the gates?
Let Tiefenbach leave guard without delay,
And Terzky’s grenadiers relieve him.
[ILLO is going.]
Hast thou heard aught of Butler?
Him I met;
He will be here himself immediately.
Butler remains unshaken.
[ILLO exit. WALLENSTEIN is following him.]
Let him not leave thee, sister! go, detain him!
There’s some misfortune.
DUCHESS (clinging to him).
Gracious Heaven! What is it?