TWO SERVANTS (running into the room from different sides), the rest as before
First Ser. Your ladyship, his excellency the Count!
| Second Ser. He is coming, your ladyship!|| 2|
| Fran. (running to the window). It is! it is he!|| 3|
| Min. Is it? Now, Tellheim, quick!|| 4|
| Maj. T. (suddenly recovering himself). Who, who comes? Your uncle, Madam! this cruel uncle!
Let him come; just let him come!
He shall not hurt you even by a look. He shall have to deal with me
You do not indeed deserve it of me.|| 5|
| Min. Quick, Tellheim! one embrace and forget all.|| 6|
| Maj. T. Ah! did I but know that you could regret|| 7|
| Min. No, I can never regret having obtained a sight of your whole heart!
Ah! what a man you are!
Embrace your Minna, your happy Minna: and in nothing more happy than in the possession of you. (Embracing.) And now to meet him!|| 8|
| Maj. T. To meet whom?|| 9|
| Min. The best of your unknown friends.|| 10|
| Maj. T. What!|| 11|
| Min. The Count, my uncle, my father, your father
My flight, his displeasure, my loss of propertydo you not see that all is a fiction, credulous knight?|| 12|
| Maj. T. Fiction! But the ring? the ring?|| 13|
| Min. Where is the ring that I gave back to you?|| 14|
| Maj. T. You will take it again? Ah! now I am happy
Here, Minna (taking it from his pocket).|| 15|
| Min. Look at it first! Oh! how blind are those who will not see!
What ring is that? the one you gave me? or the one I gave to you? Is it not the one which I did not like to leave in the landlords possession?|| 16|
| Maj. T. Heaven! what do I see! What do I hear!|| 17|
| Min. Shall I take it again now? Shall I? Give it to me! give it! (Takes it from him, and then puts it on his finger herself.) There, now all is right!|| 18|
| Maj. T. Where am I? (Kissing her hand.) Oh! malicious angel, to torture me so!|| 19|
| Min. As a proof, my dear husband, that you shall never play me a trick without my playing you one in return
. Do you suppose that you did not torture me also?|| 20|
| Maj. T. Oh you actresses! But I ought to have known you.|| 21|
| Fran. Not I, indeed; I am spoilt for acting. I trembled and shook, and was obliged to hold my lips together with my hand.|| 22|
| Min. Nor was mine an easy part.But come now|| 23|
| Maj. T. I have not recovered myself yet. How happy, yet how anxious, I feel. It is like awaking suddenly from a frightful dream.|| 24|
| Min. We are losing time
I hear him coming now.|| 25|