The Duchess of Padua HTML version
A state room in the Ducal Palace, hung with tapestries representing the Masque of Venus;
a large door in the centre opens into a corridor of red marble, through which one can see
a view of Padua; a large canopy is set (R.C.) with three thrones, one a little lower than the
others; the ceiling is made of long gilded beams; furniture of the period, chairs covered
with gilt leather, and buffets set with gold and silver plate, and chests painted with
mythological scenes. A number of the courtiers is out on the corridor looking from it
down into the street below; from the street comes the roar of a mob and cries of 'Death to
the Duke': after a little interval enter the Duke very calmly; he is leaning on the arm of
Guido Ferranti; with him enters also the Lord Cardinal; the mob still shouting.
No, my Lord Cardinal, I weary of her!
Why, she is worse than ugly, she is good.
Your Grace, there are two thousand people there
Who every moment grow more clamorous.
Tut, man, they waste their strength upon their lungs!
People who shout so loud, my lords, do nothing;
The only men I fear are silent men.
[A yell from the people.]
You see, Lord Cardinal, how my people love me.
[Another yell.] Go, Petrucci,
And tell the captain of the guard below
To clear the square. Do you not hear me, sir?
Do what I bid you.