bookmate game
Friedrich Schiller

The Robbers

  • mettenielsenmettehas quoted3 years ago
    Then do ye have mercy on me, disciples of murder!
  • mettenielsenmettehas quoted3 years ago
    CHARLES. Hold! dare it! Moor's Amelia shall die by no other hand than Moor's. (He strikes her dead.)
  • mettenielsenmettehas quoted3 years ago
    CHARLES (with his eyes fixed on the body). One more pang and all will be over. She is immolated! Now, look on! have you any farther demand? Ye staked a life for me, a life which has ceased to be your own—a life full of infamy and shame! I have sacrificed an angel for you. Now! look upon her! Are you content?
  • mettenielsenmettehas quoted3 years ago
    CHARLES (releasing her hand). It is past! I would arise and return to my father; but heaven has said, "It shall not be!" (Coldly.) Blind fool that I was! why should I wish it? Is it possible for a great sinner to return? A great sinner never can return. That ought I long since to have known. Be still! I pray thee be still! 'Tis all as it should be. When He sought me I would not; now that I seek him, He will not. What can be more just? Do not roll about thine eyes so wildly. He—has no need of me. Has He not creatures in abundance? One he can easily spare, and that one am I. Come along, comrades!
    AMELIA (pulling him back). Stay, I beseech you! One blow! one deadly blow! Again forsaken! Draw thy sword, and have mercy upon me!
    CHARLES. Mercy has taken refuge among bears. I will not kill thee!
    AMELIA (embracing his knees). Oh, for heaven's sake! by all that is merciful! I ask no longer for love. I know that our stars fly from each other in opposition. Death is all I ask. Forsaken, forsaken! Take that word in all its dreadful import! Forsaken! I cannot survive it! Thou knowest well that no woman can survive that. All I ask is death. See, my hand trembles! I have not courage to strike the blow. I shrink from the gleaming blade! To thee it is so easy, so very easy; thou art a master in murder—draw thy sword, and make me happy!
    CHARLES. Wouldst thou alone be happy? Away with thee! I will kill no woman!
  • mettenielsenmettehas quoted3 years ago
    CHARLES. Stay! one word more before we proceed elsewhere. Mark me, ye malicious executioners of my barbarous nod! from this moment I cease to be your captain.*
  • mettenielsenmettehas quoted3 years ago
    Thou needest not the hand of man! But it is not in my power to recall the past; that which is ruined remains ruined; what I have thrown down will never more rise up again. Yet one thing is left me whereby I may atone to the offended majesty of the law and restore the order which I have violated. A victim is required—a victim to declare before all mankind how inviolable that majesty is—that victim shall be myself. I will be the death-offering!
    ROBBERS. Take his sword from him—he will kill himself.
    CHARLES. Fools that ye are! doomed to eternal blindness! Think ye that one mortal sin will expiate other mortal sins? Do you suppose that the harmony of the world would be promoted by such an impious discord? (Throwing his arms at their feet.) He shall have me alive. I go to deliver myself into the hands of justice.
  • mettenielsenmettehas quoted3 years ago
    ith shame and horror I here lay down the bloody staff, under which you thought yourselves licensed to perpetrate your crimes and to defile the fair light of heaven with deeds of darkness. Depart to the right and to the left. We shall never more have aught in common.
    THE ROBBERS. Ha! coward! where are thy lofty schemes? were they but soap-bubbles, which disperse at the breath of a woman?*
    *[In lieu of this soliloquy and what follows, to the end, the
    acting edition has:—
    R. MOOR. Dare not to scrutinize the acts of Moor. That is my last
    command. Now, draw near—form a circle around me, and receive the
    last words of your dying captain. (He surveys them attentively for
    some time.) You have been devotedly faithful to me, faithful
    beyond example. Had virtue bound you together as firmly as vice,
    you would have been heroes, and your names recorded by mankind with
    admiration. Go and offer your services to the state. Dedicate
    your talents to the cause of a monarch who is waging war in
    vindication of the rights of man. With this blessing I disband
    you. Schweitzer and Kosinsky, do you stay. (The others disperse
    slowly, with signs of emotion.)]
  • mettenielsenmettehas quoted3 years ago
    FRANCIS. There, take this sword! Quick! Run it right through my body, that these fiends may not be in time to make holiday sport of me. (The fire increases.)
  • mettenielsenmettehas quoted3 years ago
    o you see it now? What abuse you used to heap on me! Now you feel it! Is it not so!
  • mettenielsenmettehas quoted3 years ago
    fire into his halls.
    FRANCIS (praying). Oh Lord! I have been no common murderer—I have been guilty of no petty crimes, gracious Lord—
Drag & drop your files (not more than 5 at once)