SCENE vn PART FIRST
From skies above me and the air around Those callings which so long have circled me At last do whisper " Now." Now it shall be!
He seals a letter, and addresses it to his wife: then takes a dagger from his accoutrements that are hanging alongside, and, lying down upon his back on the bed, stabs himself determinedly in many places, leaving the weapon in the last wound.
Ungrateful master ; generous foes ; Farewell! VILLENEUVE dies; and the scene darkens.
KING GEORGE'S WATERING-PLACE, SOUTH WESSEX
The interior of the " Old Rooms " Inn. Boatmen and burghers are sitting on settles round the fire, smoking and drinking.
So they've brought him home at last, hey ? And he's to be solemnized with a roaring funeral ?
Yes, thank God. . . , Tis better to lie dry than wet, if canst do it without stinking on the road gravewards; And they took care that he shouldn't.
Tis to be at Paul's ; so they say that know. And the crew of the "Victory" have to walk in front, and Captain Hardy is to carry his stars and garters on a great velvet pincushion.