The lights come up on a bleak room in a small villa outside Algiers. GENERAL MOUSSETis sitting on a plain table, his coat on, his collar up, his hat on. He has a swagger stick that he plays with slowly. He is smoking. There is a knock on the door.
(The door opens and MALASSIScomes in, also in his overcoat.)
What's his name again?
De Mauny. Robert de Mauny. He says he's related to you. Second cousin. Your father's side.
Uh-h. That's good. Father's side. I'll remember it. Are you sure he'll do?
I think so. I've checked fifty others, and he looks like the most likely candidate. He's very brave. He's challenged people in half the bars in town. And he's just the right age. A little