[Stripping off his coat.]
PAUL and LA ROCHEJACQUELEIN exchange uniforms.
By heavens! I never thought to wear this colour on my back! I do it for King Louis’ sake.
And I wear this in honour of the King of Kings, who
is our common
Nay, your brother!
PAUL and LA ROCHEJACQUELEIN look in each other’s eyes a moment, then part in silence. JEAN and DENISE cross to panel in wall. LA ROCHEJACQUELEIN crosses and turns.
Long live the King!
[Saluting LA ROCHEJACQUELEIN.]
Long live the Republic!
[As LA ROCHEJACQUELEIN goes out,.]
Your comrades are there.
This key will set them free.
[Taking LA HOGUE’S hand.]
Our lives are yours!—Farewell!
Damme! I never thought I’d live to love a Sans Culotte!
[As LA HOGUE goes out, JEAN crosses to PAUL.
When you are recognized, our pursuit will recommence.
How much time is needed to make sure your escape?
At least one hour.—If your disguise is discovered in less time, you will have risked your life in vain.
I have your word, and no matter what happens, you will play your part for one whole hour?
You have my word, however tragic this comedy may become.
When the General is free, I shall return.
[A bell tolls the hour of Two.]
Listen! Remember, you have pledged your honour to endure all things for an hour. Till then—God help you!