Monna Vanna: A Play in Three Acts

Monna Vanna: A Play in Three Acts

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Monna Vanna: A Play in Three Acts

Monna Vanna: A Play in Three Acts

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ACT I

SCENE.—A hall in the palace of GUIDO COLONNA. Discovered: GUIDO and his lieutenants, BORSO and TORELLO, near an open window, from which a view is gained of the country about Pisa.

GUIDO

The extremity to which we are reduced has forced the Council to confess disasters that they have long hidden from me. The two armies sent to our aid by Venice are themselves besieged by the Florentines, one at Bibbiena, the other at Elci. The passes of the Vernia, of Chiusi and Montalone, Arezzo, and all the defiles of the Casentine are in the hands of the enemy. We are cut off from the whole world, given over defenceless to the wrath of Florence, that pardons only when she fears. Our bands and the populace are yet ignorant of these defeats; but rumors fly among them, more and more disquieting. What will they do when they shall know the truth? Their anger and their despairing terrors shall fall upon us and upon the Council. They are stirred to the verge of madness by three months of siege, of famine, and of hardships the like of which scarce a city hath ever borne. The only hope that still held them submissive despite their sore trouble is about to crumble before their eyes—and then there is naught but revolt, the insweeping of the foe, and so an end of Pisa!

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