Little Yniold, son of Golaud (by a former marriage).
Servants, Beggars, etc.
Pelleas and Melisande.
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SCENE I.—The gate of the castle.
Open the gate! Open the gate!
Who is there? Why do you come and wake me up? Go out by the little gates; there are enough of them!...
A MAIDSERVANT (within).
We have come to wash the threshold, the gate, and the steps; open, then! open!
ANOTHER MAIDSERVANT (within).
There are going to be great happenings!
THIRD MAIDSERVANT (within).
There are going to be great fetes! Open quickly!...
Wait! wait! I do not know whether I shall be able to open it;... it is never opened.... Wait till it is light....
It is light enough without; I see the sunlight through the chinks....
Here are the great keys.... Oh! oh! how the bolts and the locks grate!... Help me! help me!...
We are pulling; we are pulling....
It will not open....
Ah! ah! It is opening! it is opening slowly!
How it shrieks! how it shrieks! it will wake up everybody....
[Appearing on the threshold.] Oh, how light it is already out-of-doors!
The sun is rising on the sea!
It is open.... It is wide open!... [All the maidservants appear on the threshold and pass over it.]
I am going to wash the sill first....
We shall never be able to clean all this.
Fetch the water! fetch the water!
Yes, yes; pour on water; pour on water; pour on all
the water of the
Flood! You will never come to the end of it....
SCENE II.—A forest. MELISANDE discovered at the brink of a spring.
I shall never be able to get out of this forest again.—God knows where that beast has led me. And yet I thought I had wounded him to death; and here are traces of blood. But now I have lost sight of him; I believe I am lost myself—my dogs can no longer find me—I shall retrace my steps....—I hear weeping.... Oh! oh! what is there yonder by the water’s edge?... A little girl weeping by the water’s edge? [He coughs.]—She does not hear me. I cannot see her face. [He approaches and touches MELISANDE on the shoulder.] Why weepest thou? [MELISANDE trembles, starts up, and would flee.]—Do not be afraid. You have nothing to fear. Why are you weeping here all alone?