To the death.—I saved his life.
But suppose the Duke is called before the signal comes!—I must go and find some man to take his place.
GOUROC starts to go. PAUL’S face lights with a sudden resolution.
Stop! The man is found.
Who is he?
The man they call a traitor—Paul Kauvar.
[Suppressing a smile of surprise.]
Yes. When safely out of France, tell them of my fate. My death may convince them I loved too deeply to betray.
[A bell begins to toll.
[In the distance.]
Hubert, Marquis de Ferrand,—Mardoche, alias the Abbe de St. Simon—
They’re calling the condemned; there’s not an instant to be lost.
[Crossing to cell.]
In this cell there hangs an old man’s coat and wig, kept here to disguise the spies connected with the prison. Luckily they’ll serve your purpose well.
[Opening cell door.]
Quick!—Get ready to answer when the Duke is called.
Tell my wife I died for love of her, and honour.
Thank luck!—This man’s death clears my path, and saves the money I meant to pay the Abbe.
Enter DIANE and NANETTE.
Where is he? I must see him once again!—Paul! Paul!
[Starting at sight of GOUROC.]
Tis I! Here to save your father.
Comte de Vigny,—Andre de la Roche—
That’s the last call of the condemned.—Your father’s name stands next upon the roll.
Save him!—Save him!
Obey me instantly, or all is lost; hide quickly in this cell! Trust to me and wait.