Don Carlos, the Works of Frederick Schiller, Vol. 3

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Author: Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Scene VIII.

The KING’s Antechamber.
DUKE ALVA and DUKE FERIA enter in conversation.

ALVA. The town is quieted. How is the king?

FERIA. In the most fearful state. Within his chamber He is shut up, and whatso’er may happen He will admit no person to his presence. The treason of the marquis has at once Changed his whole nature. We no longer know him.

ALVA. I must go to him, nor respect his feelings. A great discovery which I have made----

FERIA. A new discovery!

ALVA.
A Carthusian monk My guards observed, with stealthy footsteps, creep Into the prince’s chamber, and inquire With anxious curiosity, about The Marquis Posa’s death. They seized him straight, And questioned him. Urged by the fear of death, He made confession that he bore about him Papers of high importance, which the marquis Enjoined him to deliver to the prince, If, before sunset, he should not return.

FERIA. Well, and what further?

ALVA.
These same letters state That Carlos from Madrid must fly before The morning dawn.

FERIA. Indeed!

ALVA. And that a ship at Cadiz lies Ready for sea, to carry him to Flushing. And that the Netherlands but wait his presence, To shake the Spanish fetters from their arms.

FERIA. Can this be true?

ALVA.
And other letters say A fleet of Soliman’s will sail for Rhodes, According to the treaty, to attack The Spanish squadron in the Midland seas.

FERIA. Impossible.

ALVA.
And hence I understand The object of the journeys, which of late The marquis made through Europe. ’Twas no less Than to rouse all the northern powers to arms In aid of Flanders’ freedom.

FERIA.
Was it so?

ALVA. There is besides appended to these letters The full concerted plan of all the war Which is to disunite from Spain’s control The Netherlands forever. Naught omitted; The power and opposition close compared; All the resources accurately noted, Together with the maxims to be followed, And all the treaties which they should conclude. The plan is fiendish, but ’tis no less splendid.

FERIA. The deep, designing traitor!

ALVA.
And, moreover, There is allusion made, in these same letters, To some mysterious conference the prince Must with his mother hold upon the eve Preceding his departure.

FERIA.

That must be This very day.

ALVA.
At midnight. But for this I have already taken proper steps. You see the case is pressing. Not a moment Is to be lost. Open the monarch’s chamber.

FERIA. Impossible! All entrance is forbidden.

ALVA. I’ll open then myself; the increasing danger Must justify my boldness.

[As he is on the point of approaching the door it opens,
and the KING comes out.

FERIA.
’Tis himself.

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Chicago: Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, "Scene VIII.," Don Carlos, the Works of Frederick Schiller, Vol. 3, trans. R. D. Boylan in Don Carlos, the Works of Frederick Schiller, Vol. 3 (London: George Bell & Sons, 1881), Original Sources, accessed July 17, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=16KCWK2I1UWLQ94.

MLA: von Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich. "Scene VIII." Don Carlos, the Works of Frederick Schiller, Vol. 3, translted by R. D. Boylan, in Don Carlos, the Works of Frederick Schiller, Vol. 3, London, George Bell & Sons, 1881, Original Sources. 17 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=16KCWK2I1UWLQ94.

Harvard: von Schiller, JC, 'Scene VIII.' in Don Carlos, the Works of Frederick Schiller, Vol. 3, trans. . cited in 1881, Don Carlos, the Works of Frederick Schiller, Vol. 3, George Bell & Sons, London. Original Sources, retrieved 17 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=16KCWK2I1UWLQ94.