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Zapeter. This is a pleasant position for a diplomatist. I have to explain, diplomatically, to the Prince, that the bride he is coming to marry is at present being married to somebody else, and the news must be broken so diplomatically that he shall rather like it than otherwise. (Trumpets heard without.) Unless I am very much mistaken, there he is. He has arrived at last. Oh! Spirit of diplomacy – angel or devil – whichever you are – assist me in this emergency. (exit.)

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