So! And how long had Franz and I been engaged? Now say.
Minna: [Beginning to be frightened.]
Hedwig: [Flinging her off.]
Of course. Everybody knows it. Every village this side the river knew we were to be married this summer. We've dreamed and worked for nothing else all these months. It had nothing to do with the war--our love, our marriage. So, you see, I am no war bride. [Walks scornfully away.] Not like you, anyway.
[They all stare at her.]
Hoffman: [Stepping forward indignantly.]
I don't know why you should have this contempt for our war brides, and speak like that.
Hedwig: [_Sits down, half turned away. She shrugs her shoulders, and her lips curl in a little smile._]
They are coming to the rescue of their country. Saving it; else it will perish.
Hoffman: [Waxing warmer.]