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ACT 2

Dialogue

SANCHO and JOSÉ re-enter and come down. Meanwhile JUANITA and PEDRO are crossing bridge and coming down.

SANCHO: (coming down)
The poor gentleman has fainted. (to JOSÉ) Apothecary! the restoratives.

JOSÉ:
Restoration isn't much in our line. (They feel his pulse) I may as well take my fee in advance.

SANCHO: (taking his watch and chain)
There's a weight off his chest.

Re-enter INEZ.

INEZ:
How doth the patient?

JOSÉ:
He is already considerably relieved.

INEZ:
Leave him to me. (to SANCHO) Keep watch.

SANCHO:
I will. (aside) And chain.

INEZ: (to JUANITA)
Pinch him!

GRIGG: (starting up)
At . . . ch . . . (stops in middle of a sneeze) Inez - José - Juanita - Sancho - it's the gang!

ALL: (indignantly)
Sir!

GRIGG:
I apologize.

INEZ:
We accept your apology. And now what course do you mean to take?

GRIGG:
Well, I haven't got much appetite for anything.

INEZ:
No trifling. How will you deal with the facts?

GRIGG:
How? (puzzled) How? (suddenly and boldly) I shall deny them!

ALL: (PEDRO GOMEZ, JUANITA, SANCHO, JOSÉ coming down)
Witnesses!

INEZ: (showing photo taken in Act I)
The photograph!

GRIGG:
The photo! (He reels)

JUANITA:
Taken by Count Vasquez.

INEZ:
Signed by you, by me, by them!

SANCHO, JOSÉ, and PEDRO:
And Us!

JUANITA: (coming down)
Your wife and friends are returning.

GRIGG:
What's to be done?

INEZ:
Purchase the picture - and our silence.

All nod and put their fingers to their lips.

GRIGG:
Good! A hundred pounds!

INEZ:
Done!

GRIGG:
It's mine. (Stretching out his hand)

INEZ:
The money!

GRIGG:
I haven't got it!

INEZ:
Borrow.

GRIGG:
"Borrow in Spain" - (suddenly) of the Count! I will. In ten minutes you shall have it - here!

ALL:
Agreed! (They make a sign of silence) Mum!

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