The Chieftain
 
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ACT 1

Dialogue

INEZ:
That is settled. The first stranger who arrives will be our Captain.

SANCHO:
The sooner the better. Our funds are low.

JOSÉ
As, when your husband disappeared -

SANCHO:
He took our cash box with him.

INEZ:
His motto was always "Ready! aye, ready!"

JOSÉ
And we have only one prisoner in hand.

SANCHO:
The English girl with the Spanish name of Rita.

INEZ:
That proves she has Spanish friends or relatives - or a lover.

José and SANCHO:
Aha!

INEZ:
A lover - a real, true, devoted lover - who will risk his money or his life for his love - (she says this with intention, eyeing SANCHO and JOSÉ) - and who will himself bring her ransom.

JOSÉ
And be ransomed himself in turn. Aha!

SANCHO:
Aha! Ransom for two.

INEZ:
In the meantime, the captaincy is in commission.

JOSÉ
And couldn't the husbandry be in commission too?

INEZ: (proudly)
Gentlemen! gentlemen!


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