SCENE--A corridor leading to the Audience-chamber.
GAUCELME, CLUGNET, MAUFROY and other Courtiers,round
GUIBERT,who is silently reading a paper: as he drops it
at the end--
Guibert. That this should be her birthday; and the
We all invested her, twelve months ago,
As the late Duke's true heiress and our liege;
And that this also must become the day...
Oh, miserable lady !
1st Courtier. Ay, indeed?
2nd Courtier. Well, Guibert?
3rd Courtier. But your news, my friend, your news!
The sooner, friend, one learns Prince Berthold's pleasure,
76 COLOMBE'S BIRTHDAY ACT I
The better for us all: how writes the Prince?
Give me! I'll read it for the common good.
Guibert. In time, Sir,--but till time comes, pardon me!
Our Old Duke just disclosed his child's retreat,
Declared her true succession to his rule,
And died: this birthday was the da . . .