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Go. Curse on the interruption that detained us; we shall be rated for this failure.

Ri. Hush not so loud, {goes cautiously to the window of the cottage.) Ha! Lothair.

Go. Lothair! 'twas he then that marr'd our purpose; he shall smart for't.

Ri. Back—back ; he comes. On his return he dies; he cannot pass us both. (Music.)

(^hey retire as the Boaf draws up to the Bankthe Miller jumps ashoreLothair at the same moment enters from the Cottage.

Gri. Lothair ! (appears disconcerted.) Lot. Ay—my visit here displeases you, no doubt.

Chi. Nay, we are rivals, but not enemies, I trust. We love the same girl; we strive the best we can to gain her—if you are fortunate I'll wish you joy with all my heart; if 1 should have the luck on't, you'll do the same by me 1 hope.

Lot. You have little fear; 1 am poor, you, are rich. He needn't look far that would see the end on't.

Gri. But you are young and likely. 1 am bonest and rough; the chances are a,s much yours, as mine.

Lot. Well, time will shew. 1 bear you no enmity. Farewell!

Gri. He must not pass the forest (aside.) Whither go you?

Lot. To the village—I must haste, or 'twill be late ere I reach the ferry.

Gri. Stay,—my boat shall put you across the river.

Ri. (who with Golotz watches them from the side,) He will escape us yet.

Gri. Besides—the evening looks stormy, come —k will save your journey half a league.

Ri. It will save his life!

Lot. Well,l accept your offer,and 1 thank you. ,
Cri. Your hand.

Lot. Farewell ! (he goes to the boat.)
Jli. Curse on this chance; we have lost him.
Go. But a time may come (the boat goes off.)
Hi. A time shall come!

Gri. So I am rid of him; if he had metClaudine !—but she is safe—now then for Kelmar.

[£xir to the cottage.

SCENE II.

The Forestdistant ThunderKarl enters, dragging after him a Portmanteau.

Karl. Here's a pretty mess !—here a precious spot of work !—Pleasant upon my soul—lost in a labyrinth without love or liquor—the sun gong down, a storm got up, and no getting out of this vile forest, turn which way one will.

Fri. (without) Halloo, Karl! Karl!

Karl. Ah, you may call and bawl, master of mine; you'll not disturb any thing here but a wild boar or two, and a wolf, perhaps.

Enter Fribero.

Fri. Karl, where are you?

Karl. Where am I! that's what I want to know—this cursed wood has a thousand turnings, and not one that turns right.

Fri. Careless coxcomb; said you not you could remember the track?

Karl. So I should, Sir, if I could find the path—but trees will grow, and since I was here last, the place has got so busby and brie»y that —that 1 have lost the way.

Fri. You have lost your senses.

Karl. No, Sir, I wish I had—unfortunately, toy senses are all in the highest state of perfection.

Fri. Why not use them to more effect?: Karl. I wish I'd the opportunity; my poor stomach can testify that I taste— Fri. What?

Karl. Nothing, it's as empty as my head: hut 1 see danger, smell a tempest, bear the cry of wild beasts, and feel—

Fri. How?

Karl. Particularly unpleasant, (thunder.) Oh, We are in for it ; do you hear, Sir?

Fri, We must be near the river ; could we but reach the ferry, 'tis but a short league to the Chateau Friberg.

Karl. Ah! Sir ; I wish we were there, and I seated in the old arm chair in the servant's hall talking of—Holloa!

Fre. What now?

Karl. 1 felt a spot of rain on my nose as big as a bullet. (fZiwnrfer)There, there it's coming on again—seek some shelter, Sir; some hollow tree, whilst I, for my sins, endeavour once more to find the way, and endure another curry-combing among these cursed brambles.—Come, Sir, (storm increases) Lord, how it rumbles—this way, Sir —this way. [Exeunt, SCENE III.

A Room in the CottageDoor and Window, Fire on one . side, Table, Chairs, Sfc Grindoff and Kelmar discovered.

Kel. 'Tig a rough night, miller, the thunder roars, and by the murmuring of the flood the mountain torrents have descended—Poor Lothair, he'll scarcely have crossed the ferry.

Gri. Loth air by this is safe at home, old friend; before the storm commenced I passed him in my boat across the river (aside.) He seems less anxious for his daughter than for this bold stripling.

Kel. Worthy man, you'll be rewarded for all such deeds hereafter. Thank heaven, Claudine is safe! Hark! (Thunder heard)

Gri. She is safe by this time, or I am much mistaken, (aside.)

Kel. She will be here anon.

Gri. 1 doubt that (aside.) Come, here's to her health, old Kelmar; would I could call you father!

Kel. You may do soon, but even your protec-
tion would now, I fear, be insufficient to—
Gri. What mean you ?—Insufficient!
Kel. The robbers—this evening in the forest—.
Gri- Ha!

Kel. Did not Lothair then tell you?
Gri. Lothair!

Kel, Yes—but all's well; be not alarmed, see she is here.

Gri. Here! . .

(At this moment Claudine enters, and Grindoff endeavours to suppress his surprize.

Claudine! Curse on them both!

Kel. Both! how knew you there were two?

Gri. 'Sdeath—you, you said robbers, did you not? They never have appeared but singly, therefore I thought you meant two.

Kel. You are right; but for Lothair they had deprived me of my child.

Gri. How! Did Lothair? Humph! he's a courageous youth.

Cla. That be is; but he's gentle too. What has happened? .'

- Kel. Nothing, child ! nothing {aside to Gri.) do not speak on't, 'twill terrify her. Come, Claudine, now for supper. What have you brought us?

Cla. Thanks to the miller's bounty—plenty.

Kel. The storm increases ! (a voice heard without, " Holloa, Holloa !") and hark! I hear a

voice; listen !. (voice "without " Holloa.'') * Cla. The cry of some bewildered traveller. (The cry repeated,and a violent knock at the door.)

Kel. Open the door.

Gri. Not so! it may be dangerous.

Kel. Danger comes in silence and in secret ; my door was never shut against the wretched while I knew prosperity, nor shall it be closed uow tb my fellows in misfortune. Open the door I say. (The knock is repeated, and Claudine opens it.)

Karl enters with a Portmanteau.

Kar.Why in the name of dark nights and tempests didn't you open the door at first; have you no charity?

Kel. In our hearts plenty—in our gift but little—yet all we have is yours.

Kar.Then I'll share all you have with my master—thapk you, old gentleman; you wont fare the worse for sheltering honest Karl, and Count Frederick Friberg.

Gri. Friberg!

Kar.Xy, I'll soon fetch him—he's waiting now

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