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By Alexandre Dumas père

Written in 1847, whilst Dumas used to be on the peak of his powers, this play recounts the occasions prime as much as the Saint Bartholomew's Day bloodbath of the French Huguenots, and the following loss of life of King Charles IX. The playwright specializes in the folk inadvertently stuck up within the slaughter, which, as soon as all started, can't be suppressed.

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THE KING And regardless of this caution, you didn’t flee? COCONNAS We had no cause to escape, sire. we're not with Monsieur d’Alençon. DUKE they didn't flee simply because their horses have been a ways method. COCONNAS i urge Your Majesty’s pardon, Milord. We have been keeping our horses through the bridal—and in truth, i used to be already on horseback while those gents seemed, after which I dismounted. Isn’t it actual, gents, that lets flee, and that we didn't desire to? LIEUTENANT It’s real. MADAME DE NEVERS pricey Hannibal—go on! How i admire you! DUKE yet those pack horses, those mules, and those loaded trunks? COCONNAS that's not our obstacle in any respect, Milord. Are we solid valets? seek the groom who was once guarding them and he'll solution. DUKE (furious) The groom has disappeared. COCONNAS Then it’s simply because he acquired worried. What do you predict, Milord, you can't anticipate a serf to have the calm of a gentleman. THE KING good, well—we shall investigate all this. Henry, your notice to not flee. HENRY I supply it, Sire. THE KING go back to Paris—and take the prisoners in your room. Your swords, gentleman. (Coconnas and los angeles Môle give up their swords) THE KING Now, let’s depart. (He staggers. ) MARGUERITE What’s fallacious with you, brother? What ache do you are feeling? this can be the second one time because the starting of the search. THE KING Oh, I feel—I suppose what Portia should have felt while she swallowed burning coals. My horse! My horse! HENRY (to Marguerite) What’s unsuitable with him back? MARGUERITE I don’t know—but not anything stable, absolutely. THE KING My legs shake—I can't see. mercy! i'm burning—I am burning! aid me, gents, support me! HENRY The King feels ill, gentlemen—a stretcher, a muddle to take the King again to Paris. MARGUERITE good, brother? THE KING It’s getting a bit greater. To Paris, gents, to Paris. (The suite of the King is going off crossing the woodland. ) MARGUERITE (to l. a. Môle as she leaves) Me deide! COCONNAS What did she say to you? los angeles MÔLE phrases in Greek—meaning “fear not anything. ” COCONNAS rather a lot the more serious, l. a. Môle, quite a bit the more severe. That bodes us no reliable. whenever that be aware has been acknowledged to me within the manner of encouragement, i've got got, virtually on the related moment—either a gunshot wound, or a sword reduce to the physique or a pot of plants on my head—fear nothing—be it in Greek, Latin or French has regularly intended to me—“Watch out below”. LIEUTENANT En course, gents. COCONNAS And the place are we being taken, in case you please? LIEUTENANT To Vincennes, i feel. COCONNAS i might a lot like to pass in other places yet one can't continuously cross the place one needs. Let’s move, l. a. Môle. CURTAIN ACT IV, SCENE 10 The King’s fingers Room—the Louvre. The King, supported by way of a captain of the defend, sits on a few cushions observed by means of de Nancey. THE KING enable an individual tell grasp Ambrose Paré that i've got develop into indisposed through the hunt, and i order him immediately to the Louvre. Then inform Henry that I desire to converse to him. (They depart. He collapses at the cushions. Henry enters. ) HENRY Sire, you requested for me. THE KING (giving him his hand and gesturing along with his head) sure.

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