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Gessler. When all's ready.
Tell. Well! lead on!
SHERIDAN KNOWLES: William Tell.
in stinct'ive ly, without stopping to think, by instinct; fe ro'cious, fierce; gust, an old word for "liking"; man'gle, tear; cleave, split; bolt, thunderbolt, — a bolt was originally an arrow.
1. Read in dialogue form, one pupil taking Tell's part; one, Albert's; another, Gessler's. Study your parts so that you can. read with expression, and make your classmates feel as if they were really watching the scene. 2. Who was Tell? Gessler? 3. Why does Tell at first repeat Gessler's words, sentence by sentence? 4. Why does he allow his chains to be taken off, and then order them put on again? 5. Why is Albert so much more confident of the result than his father? 6. Why does. Tell say to his boy, "Speak not to me"? 7. Explain "Earth should be dumb and Heaven."
WILLIAM TELL (Concluded)
Enter, slowly, Citizens and Women, GESSLER, TELL, ALBERT, and Soldiers one bearing TELL's bow and quiver, another with a basket of apples.
Gessler. That is your ground. Now shall they meas ure thence
A hundred paces. Take the distance.
Tell. Is the line a true one?
Gessler. True or not, what is't to thee?
A very little thing
-a yard or two
were it a wolf
Gessler. Be thankful, slave,
Our grace accords thee life on any terms.
Tell. I will be thankful, Gessler! — Villain, stop!
You measure to the sun!
Gessler. And what of that?
What matter whether to or from the sun?
Tell. I'd have it at my back. The sun should shine 10 Upon the mark, and not on him that shoots.
I cannot see to shoot against the sun
I will not shoot against the sun!
Gessler. Give him his way! Thou hast cause to bless
Tell. I shall remember it. I'd like to see
The apple I'm to shoot at.
Gessler. Stay! show me the basket! — There—
Tell. O! do you?-But you see
The color on't is dark- I'd have it light,
Gessler. Take it as it is:
Thy skill will be the greater if thou hit'st it.
Tell. True true! I did not think of that — I
I did think not of that. Give me some chance
To save my boy!
I will not murder him,
5 If I can help it for the honor of
The form thou wearest, if all the heart is gone.
Gessler. Well, choose thyself.
Tell. Have I a friend among the lookers on?
[Throws away the apple with all his force
He is a friend runs out into a storm
Must not stand still. Let not to-morrow's sun
Set on the tyrant's banner! Verner! Verner!
Tell. How looks he?
Verner. Clear and smilingly.
you doubt it look yourself.
Tell. No-no-my friend.
25 To hear it is enough.
Verner. He bears himself so much above his years-
Verner. With constancy so modest!
Tell. I was sure he would
Verner. And looks with such relying love
And reverence upon you—
Tell. Man! Man! Man!
No more! Already I'm too much the father
I would be flint - flint-flint. Don't make me feel
I'm not you do not mind me! - Take the boy
More briefly than I tell it thee.
Verner. Come, Albert!
[Leading him out. Albert. May I not speak with him before I go? Verner. No.
Albert. I would only kiss his hand.
Verner. You must not.
Albert. I must! I cannot go from him without.
Verner. It is his will you should.
Albert. His will, is it?
I am content, then
Tell. If thou canst bear it, should not I?-Go, now, 25
and keep in mind that I can shoot
be thou steady, I will hit
The apple-Go! - God bless thee
Thou art stanch - stanch. - Let me see my quiver.
Tell. Do you shoot?
Soldier. I do.
That's all the use 'tis fit for.
Tell. Is it so you pick an arrow, friend? The point, you see, is bent; the feather jagged;
20 Bring it!
Gessler. Let him have another.
Tell. Why, 'tis better than the first, But yet not good enough for such an aim
As I'm to take — 'tis heavy in the shaft:
I'll not shoot with it! [Throws it away.] Let me see
'Tis not one arrow in a dozen
I'd take to shoot with at a dove, much less
A dove like that.
Gessler. It matters not.
Show him the quiver.
Tell. See if the boy is ready.
Tell. I'm ready, too! Keep silence for