A Russian Village. An open square before a church. The tocsin is heard. GLEB, ILIA, and TIMOSKA rush in, armed with hatchets.
|GLEB (entering from a house).||Why are they running?|
|ILIA (entering from another house).||Who has toll'd the bell?|
|TIMOSKA.||Neighbours, come forth! Come all, to council come!|
[Enter OLEG and IZOR, with many other Peasants,
Women, and Children, who carry bundles.
|GLEB.||Whence come ye hither with your wives and children?|
|IGOR.||Fly, fly! The Pole has fallen upon the land|
At Maromesk, and slaughters all he finds.
|OLEG.||Fly into the interior--to strong towns!|
We've fired our cottages, there's not a soul
left in the village, and we're making now
Up country for the army of the Czar.
|TIMOSKA.||Here comes another troop of fugitives.|
[IWANSKA and PETRUSCHKA, with armed Peasantry
enter on different sides.
|IWANSKA.||Long live the Czar! The mighty Prince Dmitri!|
|GLEB.||How! What is this!|
|ILIA.||What do you mean?|
|TIMOSKA.||Who are you?|
|PETRUSCHKA.||Join all, who're loyal to our princely line!|
|TIMOSKA.||What means all this? There a whole village flies|
Up country, to escape the Poles, while you
Make for the very point whence these have fled,
To join the standard of the country's foe!
|PETRUSCHKA.||What foe? It is no foe that comes; it is|
The people's friend, the emperor's rightful heir.