A DRAMAIN A PROLOGUE, AND FOUR ACTS.
and twice as dangerous; besides, she is well disguised. But is there any news from the Palace to-night, President? What is that bloody despot doing now besides torturing his only son? Have any of you seen him? One hears strange stories about him. They say he loves the people; but a king's son never does that. You cannot breed them like that.
PRES. Since he came back from abroad a year ago his father has kept him in close prison in his palace.
MICH. An excellent training to make him a tyrant in his turn; but is there any news, I say?
PRES. A council is to be held to-morrow, at four o'clock, on some secret business the spies cannot find out.
MICH. A council in a king's palace is sure to be about some bloody work or other. But in what room is this council to be held?
PRES. (reading from letter). In the yellow tapestry room called after the Empress Catherine.
MICH. I care not for such long-sounding names. I would know where it is.
PRES. I cannot tell,
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