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THE DYNASTS                    ACT m
NAPOLEON
And what if they perceive Our Scottish route, and meet us eastwardly ?
DECR^S
I have thought of it, and planned a counterrnove ; I'll write the scheme more clearly and at length, And send it hither to your Majesty.
NAPOLEON
Do so forthwith ; and send me in Daru. Exit DECR&S.   Re-enter MONGE.
Our breakfast, Monge, to-day has been cut short, And those discussions on the ancient tongues Wherein you shine, must yield to modern moils. Nay, hasten not away ; though feeble wills, Incompetence, ay, imbecility, In some who feign to serve the cause of France, Do make me other than myself just now ! Ahhere's Darn.
DARU enters.   MONGE takes his leave,
Daru, sit down and write.    Yes, here, at once,
This room will serve me now.    What think you, eh ?
Villeneuve has just turned tail and run to Cadiz,
So quite postponedperhaps even overthrown
My long-conned project against yonder shore
As 'twere a juvenile's snow-built device
But made for melting!    Think of it, Daru,
My God, my God, how can I talk thereon !
A plan well judged, well charted, well upreared,
To end in nothing ! ... Sit you down and write.
NAPOLEON walks up and down, and resumes after a silence:
Write this.A volte-face 'tis indeed !Write   write!
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