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ACT 2

Dialogue

JUANITA:
No sign of the Captain.

INEZ:
My Ferdinand! What says our legal adviser and private astrologer, Pedro Gomez?

PEDRO:
The voice of the stars tells me that the Captain is somewhere about.

JUANITA:
If he be, we are safe to hear him singing the Captain's song.

INEZ:
"Caballero Capitano!" I should at once recognize the lovely voice and melody.

JUANITA:
Can he have gone to Buenos Ayres?

SANCHO:
If so, he may yet return by extraditional express.

INEZ:
He may! But what says the voice of the stars?

PEDRO:
The majority of the Voices of the Stars say that if our Chieftain has not already spent the money, he still has it with him, or at least part of it.

SANCHO:
The stars are brilliant!

JOSÉ:
When the stars tell you that sort of thing, Pedro Gomez, do they wink much?

INEZ:(with dignity)
José! Be cautious! (Observing DOLLY approaching under portico of Inn, and JUANITA.) Keep your eyes open!

Enter from Inn DOLLY, with her hat and sunshade as if for walking.

DOLLY: (speaking off)
Peter! once for all, if you cannot be ready in two minutes, I shall go without you. (Comes down buttoning her gloves. JOSÉ and SANCHO come down tip-toe, signalling to each other.) He has got into such a muddle with his portmanteau! When I'm not there to pack for him, he loses everything. (JOSÉ picks her pocket. PEDRO GOMEZ distracts the waiter's attention, but JUANITA attracts the attention of INEZ to what is going on.) Now I gave him two minutes, (pulls out watch) I've been here quite one, and now - there I sha'n't lose any more time.

INEZ has come down between SANCHO and DOLLY and prevents his taking her watch. DOLLY is going, finishing buttoning gloves and opening sunshade. GOMEZ sees waiter into Posada. INEZ draws dagger, threatens JOSÉ, who drops purse.

INEZ:
Madame -

DOLLY:
Did you speak to me?

JUANITA:
Madame has dropped something.

JUANITA presents purse.

DOLLY:
A thousand thanks.

JUANITA retires up.

INEZ:
Don't mention it.

JOSÉ: (introducing INEZ)
Permit me! La Duchesse Inez de Roxas.

INEZ:
Permit me! My physician, Dr. Sandrigo Valenado - my secretary, Don Plumita Calabaza - my majordomo, Don Ruggiero -- my lady-in-waiting, Senora Juanita de Bandana.

ALL:
Charmed!

DOLLY:
Delighted.

At a sign from INEZ they retire up R. and L., and exeunt.

DOLLY:
I am waiting for my husband.

INEZ:
A bond of union. I am in search of mine.

DOLLY:
Is he lost?

INEZ:
No; only gone before, - that is before we had time to prevent him.

Enter GRIGG.

DOLLY:
Ah! at last. Peter, dear -

GRIGG:
My own one.

DOLLY:
Let me introduce you. (aside) A lady of some importance. (Aloud.) Duchess - allow me - my husband.

GRIGG: (bowing)
. Duchess! . . . . (Recognizes INEZ, both start - aside) Inez! "The New Woman!"

INEZ: (aside, eyeing him, significantly)
"A woman - with a past!"

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