The Chieftain
 
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ACT 2

Dialogue

RITA:
Is there any news of our English friend, Mr. Grigg?

VASQUEZ:
This letter is from my secretary. He says, "The brigands had moved their camp, so I have had great difficulty in finding your friend."

RITA:
Then that accounts for Mr. Grigg's not having returned in time for our wedding.

VASQUEZ:
Precisely.

RITA:
But we brought on his luggage from the hotel.

VASQUEZ:
And discharged Mr. Grigg's bill. Ransom paid, bill settled. So, attended by my secretary and free from all responsibility, he can come on with his wife.

RITA:
His wife! Not the chieftainess!

VASQUEZ:
No. His genuine wife - the prima donna herself - not the "understudy." Mrs. Grigg travelled from England to meet him, and my secretary informs me that a first-rate courier is personally conducted them straight here.

RITA:
How glad she must have been to see her husband again. Fancy my being separated from you!

VASQUEZ:
Or you from me! But why think of such a thing during our honeymoon!

RITA:
Our honeymoon! It seems only yesterday that I was at school.

VASQUEZ:
Au Couvent des Oiseaux.

RITA:
In Paris.

VASQUEZ:
Were we met for the first time.

RITA:
And as you were Spanish -

VASQUEZ:
And as you were English -

RITA:
We both hit on the happy idea of conversing in French -

VASQUEZ:
So that none of the Parisian visitors could possibly understand us.


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