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DEATH OF WALLENSTEIN.
Scene-A Chamber in the House of the Duchess of
Countess Tertsky, Thekla, Lady Neubrunn.
Coun. (watching them from the opposite side) So you
have nothing, niece, to ask me ? Nothing?
(Thekla remaining silent, the Countess rises and
Why, how comes this?
Thek. To-day and yesterday I have not seen him.
Thek. No syllable.
And still you are so calm ?
(Exit Lady Neubrunn.
The Countess, Thekla.
Coun. It does not please me, Princess! that he holds Himself so still, exactly at this time.
Thek. Exactly at this time?
He now knows all. 'Twere now the moment to declare himself.
Thek. If I'm to understand you, speak less darkly.
Coun. 'Twas for that purpose that I bade her leave us.
Thek. Enough! no further preface, I entreat you,
Coun. You'll not be frighten'd-
Name it, I entreat you.
Lies within my power ?
Coun. He cleaves to the Emp'ror too.
Not more than duty
Thek. How ?
Thek. He will accompany my father gladly
Coun. He must not lay the sword aside, we mean; He must unsheath it in your father's cause.
Thek. He'll spend with gladness and alacrity His life, his heart's blood in my father's cause, If shame or injury be intended him.
Coun. You will not understand me. Well, hear then! Your father has fallen off from the Emperor, And is about to join the enemy With the whole soldieryThek.
Alas, my mother! Coun. There needs a great example to draw on The army after him. The Piccolomini
Possess the love and rev'rence of the troops ;
Coun. She will accommodate her soul to that
Thek. O my fore-boding bosom! Even now,
ing! Preserve you
father the firm friend,
Prove good ? What good ?
If indeed he loves you,
Thek. His resolution will be speedily taken
do not doubt of that! A resolution ! Does there remain one to be taken? Coun.
Thek. How shall I bear to see her ?
To them enter the Duchess.
Duch. (to the Countess) Who was here, sister? I heard
some one talking,
Nay! There was no one.
No, he has not.
No! never! Make your heart easy, sister, as to that.