You believe Lindenschmied intends to have Godfrey’s life?
I have said nothing. If I expose their plot, they will burn my house over my head. And if I do nothing—
[Walks up and down.]
ANDREW (was about to rise, but sits down again).
To save that fellow? Let happen to him what God permits. I will not turn a finger to save him.
HOST (as before).
What shall I do?
Father says: When a person is in distress every decent man must come to his assistance, and when it’s all over he may ask: Whom did I assist?
[Illustration: MOSES ON MT. SINAI SCHNORR VON CAROLSFELD].
Perhaps I had better inform? But—
ANDREW (rises with sudden decision).
I am going. I will see whether I can find Godfrey. I am sure nothing will happen to William. It is only a few steps from here to the house. What am I looking for? My muffler. There in my temples something is hammering and buzzing. What did I do with it? I tied it around the gun.
[When he cannot find it.]
But where is my gun?
You miss your gun?
I put it right here. The one with the yellow strap.
Only a moment ago I saw it standing there.
Did you take it up, perhaps?
I? I have not touched it. Good heavens! If Lindenschmied—you were resting, and I was just counting. What is to be done?
Nothing. I go without my gun. I have no time to get another one from home.
Never mind! If that pain in my chest only does not become worse.
[At the door.]
I only hope I shall not be too late.
In the Dell. Picturesque forest glen; in the background the brook right across the stage; on the other side rocks, along which a steep, narrow path runs parallel with the brook. Twilight.
Enter ROBERT with a gun on his shoulder; KATHARINE.
How gruesome it is here! We have gone a long way from the mansion. Where are we now, Mr. Robert?
In the Dell, Katharine.
In the Dell? Where one is never safe? Where there are always poachers from across the Duchy’s frontier?
[Looks about timidly.]
Don’t be afraid, little one. We have a reliable companion with us—
[Putting his hand on his gun.]
Do you see over there?