is in a different age. The city of Thek is scarcely civilised.
But everybody lives in Barbul-el-Sharnak.
The old prophet is coming.
He believes as much in the gods as you or I do.
Yes, but we must not speak as though we knew that.
[Voice-of-the-Gods (a prophet) walks across the stage.]
Ichtharion, Ludibras, and Harpagas: [rising]
The gods are good.
They are benignant. [exit]
Listen! Let him prophesy to the King. Let him bid the King go hence lest they smite the city.
Can we make him do it?
I think we can make him do it.
The King is more highly civilised even than we are. He will not care for the gods.
He cannot ignore them; the gods crowned his forefather and if there are no gods who made him King?
Why, that is true. He must obey a prophecy.
If the King disobey