[Impressed with his sincerity.]
Then his widow swears to keep her word with you.
[She extends her hand to GOUROC.
LA HOGUE crosses, up steps, to GUARDS, and directs them silently to exit.—They about-face, and go out.
[Aside, triumphantly kissing DIANE’S hand.]
[Howls of execration outside.]
What is that?
The mob howling at some captured rebels.
[Enter ORDERLY, who presents paper.]
[Reading paper, LA ROCHEJACQUELEIN speaks to ORDERLY.]
Conduct the prisoner here.
[Turning to DIANE.]
Cousin, I must ask you to retire. We have secret business to transact.
[Giving DIANE his arm.]
We will await you in my daughter’s room.
Marquis, we can complete the plans for your marriage
and escape to
[Exeunt DIANE, DUKE, JEAN, DENISE and GOUROC.
[Aside, as he goes out.]
Now I know that I shall triumph!
[To LA HOGUE.]
When and where were these prisoners secured?
At dawn this morning, in the centre of the Faubourg. They fought like fiends! Their leader is a veritable lion.—Though overcome by numbers, he don’t seem conquered in the least!—Hang my hide! I cannot help but like him!
[Howls renewed outside.
The prisoner is here, General.
Bring him in.
[ORDERLY beckons.—Yells outside. GUARDS enter and form on terrace behind entrance.—Enter PRISONER, who strides haughtily in.]
Retire and guard the doors.
[ORDERLY right-faces.—GUARD goes of with ORDERLY.]
[Politely to PRISONER.]
I see, sir, you’re an officer.
Yes.—Captain of Volunteers in the ranks of the Republic.
To what corps do you belong?