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Wallenstein.
Ostavio Piccolomini.
Mar Piccolomini.
Terzty.
gllo.
Isolani.
V uttler.
Rittmeister Neumann.
Ein Adjutant.
Oberft Wrangel, von den Schweden gesendet.
Gordon. Commandant ron léger..
Major Geraldin.
Deverour,

Hauptleute in der Wallenfteinischen Priser.
Macdonald,
So wedisch er Hauptman:.
Eine Gesandid aft von Xürafiietch.
Bürgermeister von Eger.
Seni.
Herzogin von Friedland.
Grafin Terze 1.
Ihella.
fräulein Neubrunn, Hofdame der Prinzessin.
von Rosenberg, Stallmeifter der Prinzessin.
Dragoner.
Bedience, Pagen, Volt.
Die Scene ift in den drei exften Aufzügen zu Pusen in den mei legten zu

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THE ARGUMENT.

ACT І.

In an apartment, fitted up with all the machinery for astrological inquiry, Wallenstein is watching the observations of Seni, when Count Terzky interrupts him with the news that his agent Sesina is captured by Gallas and sent to Vienna Illo has joined them, and represents to the Duke the utter impossibility of a reconciliation with the Court, and urges him to come to a decisive arrangement with the Swedish envoy, who had that morning arrived.

They quit Wallenstein to send the Swedish Colonel Wrangel to him, while he soliloquises on the fatal circumstances which now irresistibly drive him onward. Wrangel enters, and hints, in the ensuing conversation, at the distrust of the Swedish Chancellor in Wallenstein's sincerity; he also doubts his power of inducing the army and officers to forget their oath and join the enemy, but after Wallenstein shows him the document signed by the officers, he declares that he has power to conclude the treaty, on condition that the fortresses of Egra and Prague are surrendered to the Swedes. When Wallenstein demurs to this, and wishes for time to consider, Wrangel leaves him, begging him to come to a speedy decision, but still insisting on his conditions. Wallenstein, again wavering in his designs, declares to Illo and Terzky his intention to break off the whole undertaking. The Countess Terzky joins them, and by skilfully arousing his passions, and by drawing a picture of the inglorious life of ease he would lead as a general in exile, so nettles his pride, that he shows himself ready for immediate action.

ACT II.

Wallenstein, now quite determined to proceed in his undertaking, sends Octavio to Frauenberg upon the mission to arrest Gallas and Altringer. Max enters, to whom, after Octavio has gone, Wallenstein unfolds his plans, representing the wrongs he has suffered at the Em. peror's hands and urging Max to join him. Max, violently excited, beseeches him to give up his plans, and rather to fall honourably than to save himself by a crime. Finding his remonstrances unavailing, he abruptly quits the Duke with apparent anguish. Illo and Terzky, who come in to learn his decision, hear that Octavio is to go to Frauenberg with troops, and energetically oppose this measure. Wallenstein reproves them, and at last relates a dream as the cause of his unwavering

a confidence in Octavio, stating that his faith is based on mystic reasons. The scene changes to Octavio's residence, who is ready for his journey, and awaiting some of the generals. Isolani is the first of these ; he declares his determination to abide by the Duke, and angrily refuses to answer Octavio's questions, till shown the Imperial letter, commanding all officers to obey no orders but those given by Lieutenant-General Piccolomini. He then at once declares his readiness to leave the Duke, alleging the treason of the latter as the cause of his inconsistency. After he is gone, Buttler enters. The motive of his conduct arising from other causes, Octavio's declaration of the Duke's treason makes no impression on him. As he is about to leave, Octavio calls him back, and asks whether he has been successful in his application for the title of “ Count.” Buttler, in a storm of passion at what he considers a sneer, says that he has been refused, though the Duke in a letter he himself has read, had backed his petition. Then Octavio shows him another letter which the Duke had actually sent to Vienna, advising the rejection of Buttler's suit. This treachery so enrages Buttler, that he vows vengeance, and begs Octavio to leave him and his regiment with the Duke, ominously hinting at the same time at his revengeful plans. Max enters, still in violent agitation bordering on despair. Octavio beseeches him to march to Frauenberg, but he sternly refuses, as he must first bid adieu" to Thekla ; he bitterly reproaches his father with his want of truth, and takes leave of him as if for ever.

ACT III.

Countess Terzky expresses her surprise at Thekla's not having heard from Max for several days, wondering that just now, after he knows everything, he should remain so quiet. At Thekla's request, she unfolds to her the Duke's plans, and the power she has of rendering her father an important service by binding Max to his cause, but Thekla, in despair at what she has heard, knows but too well what his decision will and must be. The Duchess then enters, and gives a vivid picture of the misery she has endured through her husband's ambition. Wal. lenstein joins them with Illo, whom he sends for Isolani. He asks Thekla to cheer up his gloomy mood by a song, but her soul is so overburdened, that after a vain attempt she throws down her instrument, and leaves the room. The Countess alleges her love of Max as the cause of her agitation. Wallenstein, surprised at Piccolomini's presumption, declares that no one but a sovereign shall win his daughter's hand. He informs the Duchess of his intention to send her to Holland, under the protection of the Duke of Lauenburg, 'the enemy of the Emperor,' from which she infers tremblingly, that he is deposed from his

von.mand. Terzky sudilenly enters with the news that the Croats and (thasseurs, together with Isolani and Deodati, have left Pilsen, which evil tidings are followed up by Illo's communication, that most of the other generals, too, are gone. Wallenstein and Terzky notice from the window some mysterious movements of the troops, while Illo has gone tri relieve, as a precautionary measure, Tiefenbach's troops, and to let Terzky's Grenaliers mount guard. He returns in rage, they refuse oliedience to his orders, declaring that no one had a right to issue orders but Lieutenant-General Piccolomini, who has been invested with the supreme command in a patent from the Emperor. Wallenstein is at last forced to believe in Octavio's treachery, but when taunted by Terzky that, after all, the stars have lied, replies that this was a deed wrought counter to the stars' deoree. His bitter disappointment is soidewhat alleviated by the appearance of Buttler, whom he welcomes as a true-hearted friend. But his information is by no means ens couraging. He reports that the expected messenger from Prague has arrived, that the guards have captured him, and opened the letter which contained the news of the failure of the plot at Prague. The troops there have anew done homage to the Emperor, by whom Wallen.. stein, Terzky, Illo, and Kinsky are outlawed. The Duke, now obliged to proceed for his very safety, withdraws with the others, prepared to act. Countess Terzky enters, and is directly followed by Thekla and her mother, to the latter she now tells the whole truth of Wallenstein's treason, and that he is forsaken by the troops. The scene changes into another room in the palace. Wallenstein enters, his energetic activity revived by danger. He still feels himself the same who once before raised an army, and thinks himself capable of doing it again. Aide-deCamp Neumann announces ten of Pappenheim's Cuirassier's, who are admitted, and who ask the Duke to tell them straightforwardly whether he has betrayed the Emperor or not. He has almost won them by a clever delineation of his plans, whea Buttler comes, announcing that Terzky's Grenadiers had put up his coat-of-arms in the place of the Emperor's, whereupon the leader of the Cuirassiers commands them to march off. They have scarcely left, when the Duchess, followed by her daughter and the Countess, rushes in, full of despair at what she had heard. Wallenstein gives orders for the removal of the ladies to Egra. He inquires after Max, whom no one has seen, and whcm the Cuirassiers clamorously demand, believing that Wallenstein keeps him prisoner. Max suddenly arrives, saying that he merely comes to take leave of Thekla, not to stay. Wallenstein represents to him, that to him, and not to the Emperor, be is bound by every sacred tie. When information is brought that the troops attempt to storm the house, Wallenstein goes to try his personal influence, but is received by cries of “Vivat

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Ferdinandus !” Max appeals to Thekla to decide for him, but she bids him follow his first impulse. Wallenstein returns from his unsuccessful attempt to pacify the troops, and gives orders for his departure from Pilsen. The Cuirassiers force their way into the room, demanding Max, who at last tears himself away, and in the midst of his soldiers leaves the scene, while Thekla, fainting, sinks into her mother's arms.

ACT IV. Buttler has arrived with the Duke at Egra. Bent on his plan of murdering the Duke, he imparts it to Gordon, commander of Egra, who tries to dissuade him. Wallenstein enters in conversation with the Burgomaster of Egra, and directly after, Terzky arrives, with the news that a battle has been fought at Neustadt, that the Swedes are victorious and that an Imperial colonel has been killed. Illo con. firms the news, stating that the colonel is Max Piccolomini, when Neubrunn, Thekla's lady-in-waiting, rushes into the room, crying that the young princess is dying, and hurries away, followed by Wallenstein and Terzky. The reported victory confirms Buttler in his intention, and he fixes that very evening for the perpetration of the deed. Illo and Terzky return, full of triumph at the Sw lish victory, which they intend to celebrate that evening at a banquet given by Buttler. They go, and again Gordon tries in vain to move Buttler to mercy. The scene changes to Thekla's room. She is slowly recovering from a swoon, caused by hearing that Max had been killed in battle. She begs to be allowed to see the Swedish captain alone, or in the presence of Lady Neubrunn only. When he comes, she asks him for an exact account of the encounter, which he gives, after which she dismisses him, presenting him with a ring as a keepsake, She then beseeches Neubrunn to flee with her from Egra, as she must see the place where the remains of Max are. Her Master of the Horse, whom Neubrunn fetches, promises to provide her with horses and to accompany her. The Duchess comes to see if she has recovered, and, bidding her good night, Thekla takes leave of her.

ACT v. Buttler gives orders for the attack on Illo and Terzky at the banquet.' Dragoons are to be hidden in an adjoining room, and to rush upon them at a given signal. He then speaks to Deveroux and Macdonald, whom he selects as the murderers of the Duke. He easily wins them over to his plans, by telling them that the Duke is no longer able to help them to riches and power and that great rewards from the Emperor will be theirs, if they accomplish the deed. The scene then changes to Wallenstein's apartments. He is saddened by Piccolomini's death.

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