Makers of Madness eBook

Hermann Hagedorn
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 33 pages of information about Makers of Madness.

“The King suggests to the Foreign Office that these facts be put before our Ambassadors abroad, and, to pacify the public mind, be given at once to the newspapers.”

My God, and you want peace!

MINISTER OF WAR

[Harshly.

Well, how do you like it?

CHIEF OF STAFF

He’s backed down, he’s backed down.  All the world will be shouting tomorrow how our King has backed down. Christo! To accept defeat before you’ve begun to fight!

[He turns again to the map.

If this other plan should be frustrated by the enemy’s navy, look, we could land here and here and—­

[The door opens and the PRIME MINISTER enters.  He is a stern, titanic figure in the sixties, sallow-skinned, gray-haired.

PRIME MINISTER

[Standing in the doorway.

Good evening, gentlemen.  Counting your battalions?

CHIEF OF STAFF

[Absorbed.

And here, joining our armies at—­

MINISTER OF WAR

Thank God, you’re here.  Where in sin have you been?

PRIME MINISTER

Home on my estates, saying good-bye to my family.

[He smiles grimly, and with his cane makes a thrust in carte and tierce.

MINISTER OF WAR

You think you are going to war?

PRIME MINISTER

I know.

MINISTER OF WAR

[Taking up the paper the CHIEF OF STAFF has let fall on the desk.

Read that.  It came from your office.

PRIME MINISTER

[Takes it and begins to read.

Eh?  The King?  Mediation on his own hook?

[With growing anger.

So?  So?  So?

[He lets the paper flutter to the floor.

Very good.  He can find a new Prime Minister.  I resign.

CHIEF OF STAFF

[Turning abruptly.

No, you don’t!

MINISTER OF WAR

[Hotly.

We stick together in this.  You are not going to resign.

PRIME MINISTER

My good friends, I am going to resign.

[He picks up the paper off the floor.

Give me your seat at the desk.  On the back of this ignoble parley, my resignation goes to him.

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