The Duchess of Padua
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.
Good morrow, neighbour Anthony.
Good morrow, neighbour Dominick.
This is a strange day for Padua, is it not?--the Duke being dead.
I tell you, neighbour Dominick, I have not known such a day since the last Duke died.
They will try him first, and sentence him afterwards, will they not, neighbour Anthony?
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.
Well, well, it will go hard with him I doubt not.
Surely it is a grievous thing to shed a Duke's blood.