Foolish Wives

1    
Monte Carlo, Europe's 
  playground - -
irresponsible and gay
as ever when the
Armistice was signed.

2
The Villa Amorosa -
secluded, yet within
easy reach of Monte
Carlo - leased for the
season by three mem-
bers of the Russian
    aristocracy.

3
Her Highness, the
  Princess Olga
   Petchnikoff.

4
The Princess, Vera
   Petchnikoff.

5
Their cousin, His Excel-
 lency Captain Count
  Vladislaw Sergius
      Karamzin.

6
His "eyeopener," oxblood.

7
His "cereal", caviar.

8
"Apropos - Ventucci is
coming this afternoon
with twenty of the thou-
sand franc notes. He
says we can have more 
  in a few days -"

9
"Mon dieu, how I wish 
those notes were real!"

10
"And I also, you don't
know how it distresses 
me to do this sort of 
thing, I - a Karamzin."

11
"Signor Ventucci and
   his daughter."

12
"Do not fear - Ventucci
is an artist - they will
    pass anywhere!"

13
"Monte Carlo at last -
isn't it wonderful!"

14
"Our position here, Ser-
gius, is none too secure.
To be friends with those
important Americans
and to be seen with
them - would quiet
any possible suspicion
as to our identity -"

15
"- to be accepted by 
them would reassure
the people we now 
know - and to prevent
others from becoming 
inquisitive - at least
until we can make a big 
winning and get away."

16
"With your ability, my
dear Sergius, you
should not find it
difficult to make the
acquaintance of Mr.
     Hughes -"

17
"At twelve Mr. Hughes
has an audience with
the Prince - and Mrs.
  Hughes will be
     - alone."

18
"You have always found 
it so easy to make the
   acquaintance of -
lonely ladies - haven't
    you, Sergius?"

19
"But don't forget that
  this is business."

20
"You know, cousins, I 
have always had a 
weakness for American 
      women -"

21
"- I think I shall enjoy 
    this undertaking!"

22
         Monte Carlo!
Brine of the Mediterranean - -
Breeze from Alpine Snows - -
Roulette - - Trente-et-Quarante - -
Ecarte - Mondaine - Cocotta - -
Kings and Crooks - - Amoura!
Amoura! - - And Suicides - - And
waves - and waves - and waves!

23
"I'll be right down."

24
"- It's the Secretary of
         State -"

25
The Palace of
   Monaco -

26
"I want you to page me 
out on the terrace -
the louder, the better!"

27
"COUNT
WLADISLAW
SERGIUS
KARAMZIN!"

28
"COUNT
WLADISLAW
SERGIUS
KARAMZIN!"

29
"I'll give him an audience 
    at two o'clock."

30
"We were very happy 
to hear in Paris of your 
 husband's appoint-
      ment -"

31
His Serene Highness -
The Prince of Monaco.

32
"Your husband will 
never forgive us for 
having introduced 
this notorious 
heartbreaker - his 
  reputation is 
 international."

33
"I hope Mr. Hughes' business 
affairs will detain him - -
      indefinitely."

34
"Very good -"

35
"This is the first time, 
   Madame - that you
       are here?"

36
"It is a dangerous place 
  for strangers - so 
  many hungry sharks
  lying in wait to get 
    hold of one's 
       money -"

37
"If you, Madame, and 
your husband, will per-
mit me - I shall be 
happy to play the kind
protector - I have been
here and know the ins 
and outs quite well."

38
Again morning - sun-
draped terrace - Sap-
phire sea - all the world
on a holiday - Rifle Fire
- Brooding doves -
Brutality of man - and
    still the sun.

39
- And Night - Volup-
tuous - Sensuous -
Erotic - The Great
Procuress of the World!

40
"Where did you get the
     decorations?"

41
"You mean the orchids?
Count Karamzin sent
them up. It was very 
thoughtful of him, 
   wasn't it?"

42
"He'd better save his 
  money - he might 
      need it!"

43
The 'Barcarolle' -
Perfume of Night -
Murmur of Water -
Whispers - Sighs -
   and Kisses -

44
"The boats are small -
I trust you'll find my
 cousins congenial."

45
"Your husband seems a 
little piqued tonight -
  did he mind the 
     flowers?"

46
"Oh, no - that's just his
way. Andrew is so
thoughtless about such 
things - and like most
husbands he doesn't
like to be reminded 
       of it."

47
"Yes - husbands are
stupid; with them a
  woman won is a
  woman secure -"

48
"But Andrew means 
well - and underneath 
it all he really loves 
         me -"

49
"Why shouldn't he?
That's nothing to his 
      credit -"

50
"You had a pretty good 
  time tonight - eh?"

51
"Yes, - you don't like 
  the Count much, do 
         you?"

52
"I - certainly - why
not? What makes you 
  think I don't?"

53
"Because you act that 
         way."

54
"I think the Count is an 
 unusually interesting 
         man -"

55
"- and please, Andrew, 
don't try to choose 
my friends for me -
remember - I'm free
  - white - and
   twenty-one!"

56
 "Well, I'm married -
sunburned - and forty-
         one -"

57
"But - my eyes are 
 pretty good yet!"

58
The Count had permitted 
his "cousin" to suggest
the Hôtel des Rêves as
the first point of interest 
     to be visited.

59
   Woman's Vanity -
 Flattery - Subtle -
Insistent - Busy Hus-
bands - Idle - Foolish
      - Wives.

60
"The country here 
is very charming -
Would you like to walk 
    a little -"

61
"If you two would like it,
don't mind me - I shall 
  enjoy sitting here
       quietly."

62
"Don't go far and, don't
lose yourselves. It looks 
  as if it might rain."

63
The Count knew the
country so well, he
was soon able to get
himself - - "hopelessly
        lost!"

64
For hours the storm had
 kept Olga prisoner at
 the Hôtel des Rêves.

65
"Your wife is safe with us
at the Hôtel des Rêves.
The storm has washed 
roads and bridges away -"

66
- Dense Marshes -
Slimy - Sombrous -
Betraying - Then -
     Night.

67
"We must leave in spite 
of the storm - my hus-
band will be worried."

68
"I'll have to be firm -
your foot needs com-
plete rest - besides, it
would be impossible to
find our way in the
       storm"

69
"Promise me you'll not
worry about your hus-
   band - and try
     to sleep -"

70
"Pardon - I saw your
light. I have lost my 
  way and must beg 
      shelter."

71
Just before daybreak -

72
The Hôtel des Rêves.

73
"You poor dear - I'm
so sorry this had 
   to happen -"

74
"- and in spite of the 
fact that I hate lies, -
if your husband be-
comes too inquisitive, I
think you had better 
tell him that we all 
spent the night at the 
        Inn -"

75
"And did Sergius
behave himself?"

76
  "And has Mother Garoupe's
'hotel' improved its accommo-
  dations, my dear friend?"

77
"I hope in your zeal for
the chase, you'll not
forget it's the money,
  not the woman, we
         want."

78
"Thanks for having Princess 
Olga phone me last night."

79
"I knew you would 
 worry, my dear."

80
"Send for my breakfast,
        please."

81
"Are you reading that 
  fool book through 
       again?"

82
"I may."

83
"Your Excellency, when
are you going to keep 
   your promise to
      marry me?"

84
A section in Monte Carlo
  where the losers in
  Life's game abide.

85
"She is not well - the
head again - my poor
carrissima, since her
mother went to heaven,
 she has only me to
   care for her -"

86
"Pater miserecoro et
dens titius, consola-
tiones have porvalum
 infirman a lecto
sigritudimus erigore."

87
"Father of mercies and
God of all consolations,
rise up this little child
   from her bed of
      sickness -"

88
"She is my one treasure,
Signor. And if anyone
  should harm her -"

89
"Please, your Excellency,
you did mean it - -
when you promised to 
     marry me?"

90
"Certainly, my dear. But, as
you know, my estates in
Russia are still unsettled."

91
"I am now absolutely with-
out funds, Marushka - on
the charity of my cousins."

92
"Marushka, how long have 
   you been serving?"

93
"I began service when 
 I was but twelve - 
 twenty years ago."

94
"You have been a frugal 
girl, I hope, Marushka?"

95
"I am sure you have 
a tidy fortune put 
      away."

96
"Not much, your Excellency
- only about two thousand 
        francs."

97
"But even so small a sum
might save me now - -
I, who have given all to
     my country."

98
Evening --- restful --- cool
--- caressing --- lamps
glowing --- exquisite
limbs --- in high-heeled
slippers --- frou-frou of
satin --- muted violins --- 
"con amore." --- and auto
horns --- and clattering
   horses hoofs ---  

99
"Hell's Paradise."

100
Salon de Roulette - the
sound of rakes on green
cloth - and chips on
chips - rustling paper
       money -

101
"Faites vos joux, Mesdames
     et Messieurs."

102
"Make your play, ladies
    and gentlemen."

103
"Fortune is with you 
tonight. She is a 
fickle goddess - I am
afraid I have lost 
    her favor."

104
"Why, what is wrong?"

105
"I cannot tell you now
  - perhaps later -"

106
"Why don't you make
the most of your luck
 - and dare a coup
   worth while -"

107
"And lose all this? -"

108
"No - win a hundred
thousand francs. To
   me this means 
      life -"

109
"But sometimes it
  means death."

110
"Messieurs, faites vos
        jeux!"

111
"I'm not going to let you 
forget, Princess Olga,
that you promised me
some poker tonight -
I haven't had a game
since I left home -"

112
"Indeed, I have not for-
gotten - on Fridays we
have a small casino of
our own, for the amuse-
ment of our friends -
and we are counting 
upon the presence of
  yourself and Mrs. 
      Hughes -"

113
"Please - you must ex-
cuse me - I've such a 
headache. But Andrew
must go - just drop me
at the hotel first -"

114
"A new system to break
  the bank, Count?"

115
"No - I am writing a 
love letter to your 
       wife."

116
"Do you want me to 
play the postman?"

117
"No, thank you. I'll give 
it to her when you're 
    not looking."

118
At the casino in the Villa
  Amorosa, guests lost
   good money and won
Ventucci's nice looking
      bank notes.

119
Preparing to stroke the 
  white doe - Brass 
 buttons were strong 
        magic.

120
"Open the tower room,
Maruschka, and place
refreshments. I expect 
      a guest."

121
"Is it a lady, your
   Excellency?"

122
"I'm so sorry. Can you
     forgive me?"

123
"I've had a most 
delightful evening
Princess - and now
 I'll be going -"

124
"Oh - must you - so
       early."

125
"I'm afraid I must, your
Highness - you know
my wife wasn't feeling
well, and I don't want to
  leave her alone. -"

126
"You will see that no 
  one disturbs me - 
    be so good -"

127
"That it should come to 
        this -"

128
"- to be compelled to
ask help of a woman!"

129
"If it were only my life 
at stake, I would not 
        mind -"

130
"But the honor of my 
       name -"

131
"- my father's 
   name -"

132
"Is there anything I can
do? Please tell me - I'd
gladly help you - be-
cause I know how brave 
and sincere you are -"

133
"No - I can't tell you -"

134
"By tomorrow morning
I must have ninety 
thousand francs - a
debt of honor that must
be paid either with 
   money or with
      blood -"

135
"But I have given all to 
my country - and now
that I need - I have 
        not."

136
"I place my life in your 
         hands -"

137
"I'm so proud that you
consider me worthy of
your confidence, Count
      Karamzin."

138
"You were supposed to 
compromise her, but you
didn't have to call out 
 the fire department!"

139
"Nothing serious - a
severe shock and some
   slight burns -"

140
"It was rather an embar-
rassing situation - you
see Mrs. Hughes hadn't 
the courage to jump 
and as an officer and a 
gentleman, I had to 
jump first, to show 
        her -"

141
"Take off that monocle!"

142
"Go to hell!"

143
"As an officer and a gen-
  tleman, I demand an
        apology!"

144
"Officer and gentleman
hell. You're not even a 
         man!"

145
"And the quicker you
and your two dear 'cou-
sins' get out of Monte
 Carlo, the better!"

146
Three hours after mid-
night - the Villa Amo-
 rosa silent and in
     darkness -

147
"Do you realize what you 
are doing? It will cost 
you your career - I am
    Princess Olga
    Petchnikoff!"

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