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The Duchess of Padua

ACT I
SCENE
The Market Place of Padua at noon; in the background is the great Cathedral of Padua;
the architecture is Romanesque, and wrought in black and white marbles; a flight of
marble steps leads up to the Cathedral door; at the foot of the steps are two large stone
lions; the houses on each aide of the stage have coloured awnings from their windows,
and are flanked by stone arcades; on the right of the stage is the public fountain, with a
triton in green bronze blowing from a conch; around the fountain is a stone seat; the bell
of the Cathedral is ringing, and the citizens, men, women and children, are passing into
the Cathedral.
[Enter GUIDO FERRANTI and ASCANIO CRISTOFANO.]
ASCANIO
Now by my life, Guido, I will go no farther; for if I walk another step I will have no life
left to swear by; this wild-goose errand of yours!
[Sits down on the step of the fountain.]
GUIDO
I think it must be here. [Goes up to passer-by and doffs his cap.]
Pray, sir, is this the market place, and that the church of Santa
Croce? [Citizen bows.] I thank you, sir.
ASCANIO
Well?
GUIDO
Ay! it is here.
ASCANIO
I would it were somewhere else, for I see no wine-shop.
GUIDO
[Taking a letter from his pocket and reading it.] 'The hour noon; the city, Padua; the
place, the market; and the day, Saint Philip's Day.'
 
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