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Gri. To—to do you service.
Fre. At such aii hour! i . i
Gri. 'Tis never too late to do good—
Gri. Yes—you bave been in danger.
Kar. Have we? Thank you for your
Gri. You bave been watched by tbe banditti.
Fre. So it appears.
Kar. But how did you know it?
Gri. (Confused) There is my proof (pointing to the body of Riber.)
Kar. But how tbe plague got you into the house—thro' a rat-hole?
Fre. Explain t
Gri. Few words will do that:—On my returntp the mill I found you might repose there better than in this house ; at all events, 1 knew you would be safer in my care.
Fre. Safer ! Proceed—what mean you .?
Kar. Safer! (aside.)
Gri. Had you no suspicion of him—no mistrust of his wish to—to detain you? Fre. 1 confess, I—
Gri. (to Karl) the poniard you obtained in the forest, that you refused to give me. Kar. This! Gri. - -is Kelmar's. Fre. Wretch!
Kar. 1 thought so; I found the sheath here.
Gri. I knew it instantly—my suspicions were aroused—-now they are confirra'd; Kelmar is in league with these marauders—1 found the door open, you still slept. I searched the house for him, he is no where to be found, he and hii daughter have absconded —are you satisfied?
Fre. I am.
Kar. 1 am not; 1 wish we were safe at home. I'm no coward by day-light, but I hate adventures of this kind in the dark.
Gri. Follow me—you cannot mistake, see'tis day-break—at the cottage close to the narrow bridge that passes the ravine you will find repose.
Fre. We'll follow you.
Kar. Lord! how a man may be deceived? I took you for a great rogue now, but I find you are a good christian, tho' you are a very ill looking man.
Gri. We can't all be as handsome as you-—
Kar. No, nor as witty as you.—-I don't half like that fellow yet (gets the portmanteau.) Now the sooner we are off the better, Sir. As for this fellow, the rats may take care of him.
(A shriek heard zsithout., Frederick, draws his sword.a/uf rusftesout. '' •
Fre. Karl—follow me!
Kar. What, more adventures! I'm ready. I lay, (to.the body of Riber) take care of the portmanteau, wilT y.ou? [Exit.
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Grindoff enters with Claudine in his arms, and is sten concealing her and himself in the-Secret Rock; he lets down the fiat stone and disappears as Frederick in haste
Fre. Gone! vanish'd! Can it be possible? Sure 'tis witchcraft. I was close upon him— Karl! The cries of her he dragg'd with him too have ceased, and not the faintest echo of his retiring footstep can be heard—Karl!
Kar. O Lord—pho! that hill's a breather, why where is lie? didn't you overtake him?
Fre. No, in this spot he disappeared and sunk as it should seem, ghost-like into the very earth —Follow! \.
Kar. Follow! follow a Will-o'-the-wisp!
Fre. Quick..—aid me to search.
Kar. Search out a ghost; mercy on us not I.
Fre. He must be near.
Kar. So much the worse. I hate spirits and bugaboos, and all their kin—can't abide 'em. Fre Ridiculous.
Kar. So 1 think—I'll follow you thro' the world—Bghtfor you—the best cock giant robber of'em all—but if you are for hunting gobblins—I'm off—Hey, where the devil's the woman tho'? If she was a spirit, she made more noise than any lady alive. >';
Fre. Perchance the villain so closely pursued has destroyed his victim^ .
Kar. No doubt on't; he's kill'd her to a certainty; nothing but death can stop a woman's tongue, . V J i v > - , , , , \i. • ,>
Fre. (Having searched in vain) From the miller we may gain assistance; Grindoff no doubt is acquainted with every turn an'd outlet of the forest;—quick, attend roe to the mill.
Music. Robbers discovered asleep in different parts of the stage. Lothair as on guard, with a Carbine, stands beneath the MagazineLot. Ere this it must be day-light—yet Grindoff returns not—perchance their foul intent has fail'd—the fatal blow design'd for Friberg may have fallen upon himself. How tedious drags the time when fear, suspense, and doubt thus weigh upon the heart !—Oh, Kelmar, beloved Claudine, you little know my peril (looks at the wrious groupes of Banditti, and carefully rests his carbine at the foot of the rugged steps leading to the Magazine) While yet this drunken stupor makes their sleep most death-like—let me secure a terrible but just revenge.—If their infernal purpose be accomplished, this is their reward—(draws a Coil of fuze from his bosom) These caverns that spread beneath the mill, have various outlets, and in the fissures of the rock the train will lie unnoticed.—Could I but reach the magazine! Music. Lothair ritires cautiously as he places his foot over tlie body of a Robber, who is seen asleep on the steps Hading to the- Magazine; by accident he touches the carbine which slips down; the Robber being disturbed alters-hit position while Lothair stands over him—but aguin re
poses.*—Lothair advances up the steps. As he arrives at the - magazine, Wolfs signal ?'s heardfrom above, the Robbers instantly start up, and Lothair at the same moment springs from the steps, and seizing his carbine stands in his previous attitude; immediately Wolf is seen descending the opening on the right with Claudine senseless in hit arms.
Bobbers. The signal! Go. Wolf! We rejoice with you. Lot. Have you been successful? Gri. (Having set down Claudine) So far, I have.
Lot. Claudine—merciful powers! (aside) But Jtelmar—
Gri, Shall not long escape me—Kelmar once secure, his favourite, my redoubted rival, young Lothair, may next require attention. Where ii Ravina ?—Oh, you are come.
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Ra. 1 am; what is your will? Gri. That you attend Claudine—treat her as you would treat me. Ha. I will, be sure on't.
Gri. Look you, fail not. Lead her in (Raving assisted leads off Claudine. ) I cannot wait her re^ covery, danger surrounds us.
Gri. Ay, every eye must be vigilant, every ]ieart resolved—Riber has been stabbed. Lot. Then Friberg— Gri. Has escaped.
Lot. Thank heaven! [Re-enter Ravina,
Lot. Friberg is still reserved for me.
Gri. Be it so*—your firmness shall be proved.