[Going with NANETTE into a cell.]
God deal with you as you now deal with me!
Tramp of GUARDS outside.
[Crossing to cell and calling.]
Kauvar!—Be quick!—stand ready. By heaven!—A close shave!
OFFICER and GUARDS enter.
Honore Albert Maxime, Duc de Beaumont, you are called to the guillotine.
[PAUL comes forth in silence.]
Fall in.—Forward, march!
[As the GUARDS start with PAUL, DIANE rushes in with a cry of agony.
Father!—Father!—We have been deceived!
[DIANE rushes into PAUL’S arms; he embraces her passionately. GUARDS force them apart and go out with PAUL.]
[Held back by GOUROC and NANETTE, DIANE shrieks.]
Diane!—What is it?
[Turning in amazement and joy.]
What!—You are there?
Yes, saved by me.
And he—? Who was he they dragged away?
A man condemned to die—whom I disguised—to take your father’s place.
[Falling on her knees.]
O God! Spare this man all pain in death—and give him life eternal!
SCENE. Headquarters of Royalists in Vendee. Interior of hall in old chateau. Fireplace; large doorways with staircase leading to terrace, overlooking Granville; Faubourg de Calvaire in middle ground. Doors from hall. Bay window with large table covered with papers, maps, etc. Charts near table and fireplace.
DISCOVERED: SENTINEL on terrace; LA HOGUE seated at the table busy with papers.
At rise of curtain—drums and fifes heard in distance.
DENISE enters, goes to terrace, gazes anxiously, then turns and crosses quickly to LA HOGUE.
Monsieur La Hogue!