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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

The more so, as his conscience fain acquits him
Of guilt incurred for purposes of State.
But, Lady Bradburn, are you ready now
Your secret to reveal?

Elsie.

[Who all this time has been lying as in a swoon.]
[Faintly.] I will, I will!

Santa Anna.

That is a word as pleases me to hear,
And proves that Reason, from her seat dethroned
By momentary self-forgetfulness
In visionary illusions, has resumed
Her wonted place and wields again her power;
To tell the truth, it is what I expected
When I came hither, for I know too well
The practical and innate common-sense
Of all that hail from the United States.

[He bows to lift Elsie up. She, in the act of rising, with a quick move, draws the sword-blade from Santa Anna's scabbard, and raises it on high, while Santa Anna, covering his eyes with his hands, reels back in utter dismay.]

Elsie.

[With the utmost contempt.] Thou knowest, tyrant.?
[Triumphantly.] No, thou knowest not!