The Works of Frederick Schiller, Early Dramas and Romances: The Robbers, Fiesco, Love and Intrigue, Demetrius, the Ghost-Seer, and the Sport of Destiny

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ARABELLA (astonished). And could this dream haunt a woman's mind even at the nuptial shrine?

LEONORA. Yes, my Arabella,--well mayest thou be astonished -- to the bride it came, even in the joy of the bridal hour (more animated). I am a woman, but I feel the nobleness of my blood. I cannot bear to see these proud Dorias thus overtop our family. The good old Andreas--it is a pleasure to esteem him.--He may indeed, unenvied, bear the ducal dignity; but Gianettino is his nephew--his heir--and Gianettino has a proud and wicked heart. Genoa trembles before him, and Fiesco (much affected)--Fiesco--weep with me, damsels!--loves his sister.

ARABELLA. Alas, my wretched mistress!

LEONORA. Go now, and see this demi-god of the Genoese amid the shameless circles of debauchery and lust! hear the vile jests and wanton ribaldry with which he entertains his base companions!--That is Fiesco!--Ah, damsels, not only has Genoa lost its hero, but I have lost my husband!

ROSA. Speak lower! some one is coming through the gallery.

LEONORA (alarmed). Ha! 'Tis Fiesco--let us hasten away --the sight of me might for a moment interrupt his happiness. (She hastens into a side apartment; the maids follow.)


SCENE II.

GIANETTINO DORIA, masked, in a green cloak, and the MOOR. enter in conversation.

GIANET. Thou hast understood me?

MOOR. Well-----

GIANET. The white mask-----

MOOR. Well-----

GIANET. I say, the white mask-----

MOOR. Well--well--well-----

GIANET. Dost thou mark me? Thou canst only fail here! (pointing to his heart.)

MOOR. Give yourself no concern.

GIANET. And be sure to strike home-----

MOOR. He shall have enough.

GIANET. (maliciously). That the poor Count may not have long to suffer.

MOOR. With your leave, sir, a word--at what weight do you estimate his head?

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