Fiesco; or, the Genoese Conspiracy. A Tragedy. The Works of Friedrich Schiller, Vol. 4

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Author: Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Scene X.

The former; FIESCO.

GIANETTINO (stepping back). Ha!

FIESCO (with politeness). Prince, you spare me a visit which I was just now about to pay.

GIANETTINO. And I, too, count, am pleased to meet you here.

FIESCO (approaching JULIA courteously). Your charms, signora, always surpass expectation.

JULIA. Fie! that in another would sound ambiguous—but I’m shocked at my dishabille—excuse me, count—(going).

FIESCO. Stay, my beauteous lady. Woman’s beauty is ne’er so charming as when in the toilet’s simplest garb (laughingly). An undress is her surest robe of conquest. Permit me to loosen these tresses----

JULIA. Oh, how ready are you men to cause confusion!

FIESCO (with a smile to GIANETTINO). In dress, as in the state—is it not so? (To JULIA.) This ribbon, too, is awkwardly put on. Sit down, fair countess—your Laura’s skill may strike the eye, but cannot reach the heart. Let me play the chambermaid for once. (She sits down, he arranges her dress.)

GIANETTINO (aside to LOMELLINO). Poor frivolous fellow!

FIESCO (engaged about her bosom). Now see—this I prudently conceal. The senses should always be blind messengers, and not know the secret compact between nature and fancy.

JULIA. That is trifling.

FIESCO. Not at all; for, consider, the prettiest novelty loses all its zest when once become familiar. Our senses are but the rabble of our inward republic. The noble live by them, but elevate themselves above their low, degenerate tastes. (Having adjusted her toilet, he leads her to a glass.) Now, by my honor! this must on the morrow be Genoa’s fashion—(politely)—may I have the honor of leading you so abroad, countess?

JULIA. The cunning flatterer! How artfully he lays his plans to ensnare me. No! I have a headache, and will stay at home.

FIESCO. Pardon me, countess. You may be so cruel, but surely you will not. To-day a company of Florentine comedians arrive at my palace. Most of the Genoese ladies will be present this evening at their performance, and I am uncertain whom to place in the chief box without offending others. There is but one expedient. (Making a low bow.) If you would condescend, signora----

JULIA (blushing, retires to a side apartment). Laura!

GIANETTINO (approaching FIESCO). Count, you remember an unpleasant circumstance----

FIESCO (interrupting him). ’Tis my wish, prince, we should both forget it. The actions of men are regulated by their knowledge of each other. It is my fault that you knew me so imperfectly.

GIANETTINO. I shall never think of it without craving your pardon from my inmost soul----

FIESCO. Nor I without forgiving you from my heart’s core. (JULIA returns, her dress a little altered.)

GIANETTINO. Count, I just now recollect that you are going to cruise against the Turks----

FIESCO. This evening we weigh anchor. On that account I had some apprehensions from which my friend Doria’s kindness may deliver me.

GIANETTINO (obsequiously). Most willingly. Command my utmost influence!

FIESCO. The circumstance might cause a concourse toward the harbor, and about my palace, which the duke your uncle might misinterpret.

GIANETTINO (in a friendly manner). I’ll manage that for you. Continue your preparations, and may success attend your enterprise!

FIESCO (with a smile). I’m much obliged to you.

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Chicago: Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, "Scene X.," Fiesco; or, the Genoese Conspiracy. A Tragedy. The Works of Friedrich Schiller, Vol. 4, trans. Henry G. Bohn in Fiesco; or, the Genoese Conspiracy. A Tragedy. The Works of Friedrich Schiller, Vol. 4 (London: G. Bell & Sons, 1881), Original Sources, accessed July 18, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1GXYDQABKPC7V4S.

MLA: von Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich. "Scene X." Fiesco; or, the Genoese Conspiracy. A Tragedy. The Works of Friedrich Schiller, Vol. 4, translted by Henry G. Bohn, in Fiesco; or, the Genoese Conspiracy. A Tragedy. The Works of Friedrich Schiller, Vol. 4, London, G. Bell & Sons, 1881, Original Sources. 18 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1GXYDQABKPC7V4S.

Harvard: von Schiller, JC, 'Scene X.' in Fiesco; or, the Genoese Conspiracy. A Tragedy. The Works of Friedrich Schiller, Vol. 4, trans. . cited in 1881, Fiesco; or, the Genoese Conspiracy. A Tragedy. The Works of Friedrich Schiller, Vol. 4, G. Bell & Sons, London. Original Sources, retrieved 18 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1GXYDQABKPC7V4S.