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The Duchess of Padua

ACT IV
SCENE
The Court of Justice: the walls are hung with stamped grey velvet: above the hangings
the wall is red, and gilt symbolical figures bear up the roof, which is made of red beams
with grey soffits and moulding: a canopy of white satin flowered with gold is set for the
Duchess: below it a long bench with red cloth for the Judges: below that a table for the
clerks of the court. Two soldiers stand on each side of the canopy, and two soldiers
guard the door; the citizens have some of them collected in the Court; others are coming
in greeting one another; two tipstaffs in violet keep order with long white wands.
FIRST CITIZEN
Good morrow, neighbour Anthony.
SECOND CITIZEN
Good morrow, neighbour Dominick.
FIRST CITIZEN
This is a strange day for Padua, is it not?--the Duke being dead.
SECOND CITIZEN
I tell you, neighbour Dominick, I have not known such a day since the last Duke died.
FIRST CITIZEN
They will try him first, and sentence him afterwards, will they not, neighbour Anthony?
SECOND CITIZEN
Nay, for he might 'scape his punishment then; but they will condemn him first so that he
gets his deserts, and give him trial afterwards so that no injustice is done.
FIRST CITIZEN
Well, well, it will go hard with him I doubt not.
SECOND CITIZEN
Surely it is a grievous thing to shed a Duke's blood.
 
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