The Tower of Nesle: A Play in Five Acts and in Nine Tableaux (Google eBook)

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Gowans & Gray, 1906 - 103 pages
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Page 65 - ... There are poisons so strong that they break the glass that holds them. Your secret is one of those poisons. Buridan, when a man like you is arrested, he is bound as you are bound, he is placed in a dungeon like this one. If it is not desired to destroy his soul as well as his body, at midnight a priest and a hangman are brought into his prison: the priest begins. There is, in that prison, an iron ring like this one, walls as silent and as thick as these, walls that deaden cries, that stifle sobs,...
Page 64 - ... there, it lives there at the expense of his honour, of his good faith, of his pledged word; and you confided to the word, the good faith, the honour of a man in love, in love with me, the proof, the only proof you had against me! See, there it is, the precious leaf from your tablets, there it is! / die assassinated by the hand of Marguerite of Burgundy. Philippe d'Aulnay. Last adieu of brother to brother, given by that brother to me. Why, look, look! (Taking the lamp) Perish, with this last flame,...
Page 65 - ... hangman are brought into his prison: the priest begins. There is, in that prison, an iron ring like this one, walls as silent and as thick as these, walls that deaden cries, that stifle sobs, that absorb the death-agony. The priest goes out first, the hangman next; then, next morning, when the warden enters the prison, he mounts again in alarm, and tells that the criminal, whose hands had imprudently been left free, has strangled himself, a proof that he was guilty. And now your pride revolts...
Page 63 - ... utters another secret from the past that makes her blanch, and untie his bonds, promise to give him half the power of her rule, and herself lead him out of the dungeon. MARGUERITE (Entering by a secret door, holding a lamp in her hand; to Orsini) Is he bound so that I can approach him without fear? Then wait for me there, Orsini; and at the slightest cry come to my assistance. (Exit Orsini) (Approaching) Did you not expect to see some one again before you died? No, you counted on my coming. But...
Page 64 - ... die assassinated by the hand of Marguerite of Burgundy. Philippe d'Aulnay. Last adieu of brother to brother, given by that brother to me. Why, look, look! (Taking the lamp) Perish, with this last flame, your last hope!... Am I free now, Buridan? Can I do with you what I choose? Are you not arrested as the murderer of Philippe d'Aulnay? What is done with murderers? A tribunal? Why, you are mad! Are men tried who carry such secrets within them? There are poisons so strong that they break the glass...
Page 63 - ... particular pleasure in sealing his fate: "No, no, you cannot escape me, and I go." She's of course mistaken. He calls her back, utters another secret from the past that makes her blanch, and untie his bonds, promise to give him half the power of her rule, and herself lead him out of the dungeon. MARGUERITE (Entering by a secret door, holding a lamp in her hand; to Orsini) Is he bound so that I can approach him without fear? Then wait for me there, Orsini; and at the slightest cry come to my assistance....
Page 63 - ... power of her rule, and herself lead him out of the dungeon. MARGUERITE (Entering by a secret door, holding a lamp in her hand; to Orsini) Is he bound so that I can approach him without fear? Then wait for me there, Orsini; and at the slightest cry come to my assistance. (Exit Orsini) (Approaching) Did you not expect to see some one again before you died? No, you counted on my coming. But without hope, did you not? You know me well enough to know that, after having reduced me to fear, brought...
Page 42 - I shall address you standing and uncovered, Marguerite, because you are a woman and not because you are a queen.
Page 4 - A most exciting play in which every speech, every word tells with tremendous force.
Page 61 - I am about to tell you, and the sum is yours : it is all I possess. If I had more, I would give you more.

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