The Assassin, a Play in Three Acts

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ACT THREE

SCENE II

ADMIRAL VESPERY'S office at headquarters. The next afternoon. A court-martial is in progress. Seated as judges behind a long table are GENERAL ROUCHEAU, GENERAL KLEY, GENERAL MOUSSET, and other judges. There are guards at the door. Seated quietly . . . ROBERT, looking pale and composed. ROBERT'S defense-counsel, a young CAPTAIN, a little fat, is speaking.

CAPTAIN

The defendant wishes to make no efforts in his own defense.

PROSECUTOR

Does the defendant confess to the murder of Admiral Vespery?

ROBERT

(With a little smile)

The defendant confesses that he fired seven shots from a .45-calibre pistol into Admiral Vespery. This probably had something to do with his death.

PROSECUTOR

(Coldly)

Does the defendant confess to the murder of Admiral Vespery?

CAPTAIN

(Goes over to ROBERT, whispers to him. ROBERT shakes his head. CAPTAIN addresses the Court)

The defendant confesses. The defense wishes to bring to

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Table of contents

  • By Irwin Shaw ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Act One 1
  • Scene I 3
  • Scene II 39
  • Scene III 52
  • Act Two 63
  • Scene I 65
  • Scene II 75
  • Scene III 96
  • Act Three 127
  • Scene I 129
  • Scene II 137
  • Scene III 145
  • Scene IV 157
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