The Merry Widow


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    - - Castellano - -
 - "The City in the Sky" -
 - Capital of the Kingdom 
     of Monteblanco -
- embraced eternally by the 
encircling White Mountains -

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A people proud and 
brave -- fearing only
God -- loyal to their
king unto death --

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His Majesty - Nikita I -
 King and Gospodar of
 all free Monteblanco -

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Her Majesty - the
 Queen Milena -

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Baron Sadoja - whose
millions are the power
 behind the throne -

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A day's journey from 
Castellano, the heroic
army of Monteblanco,
homeward bound from
manoeuvres, halts for
    the night -

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The heir to the throne -
His Royal Highness,
Crown Prince Mirko -

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"- is this the best you
  could do for me? -"

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"- a pig sty! -"

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"- I'll remember this -"

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"- make a note of it -"

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"- make it now! -"

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Next in line to the 
throne, the cousin of
the Crown Prince --
His Royal Highness,
  Prince Danilo --

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"- where the devil did you
   get these pictures? -"

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"- from my barber -
 he said he got them
     in Paris -"

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"- Nice litle place! -"

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"- Nice litle pigs! -"

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"- Nice litle women! -"

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Sally O'Hara - premiere
 danseuse 'The Manhattan
       Follies' -

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"So this is Monteblanco!"

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"- I speak English - is
 there anything I can 
         do? -"

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"Oh, boy! - It's good
 to hear somebody
  talk sense! -"

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"- Sally O'Hara -"

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"The Manhattan Follies -"

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"Our next stop is Castellano
 - but we have to stay here
 over night, and we can't
 make Omar the Tentmaker
      understand -"

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"- pardon me - Colonel
 - what's your name? -"

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"- Danilo Petrovich -"

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"- he says the officers
 have taken all his
       rooms -"

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"- well - I might get
 some of our men to
 double up - so that
 at least the ladies
 will have rooms -"

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"- I'll gladly let you
    use my room! -"

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"- and I knew you'd
 be glad to double
 up - so that the girls
  will have rooms -"

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"That - beloved cousin
 - is the first clever
 thing you ever did -"

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"- while we are here
 I wish not to be called
 'Highness' - just plain
 Danilo Petrovich -"

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"Gentlemen - I drink to
 - 'just plain Danilo
     Petrovich' -"

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"- the world's champion
   of indoor sports! -"

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"- at last - the Crown
 Prince recognizes his
      superior! -"

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"- I'll gladly let you
   use my room! -"

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"Say! - must you
    do that? -"

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"- you're ruining my best
    pair of slippers -"

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"- Do you think that
   will stop me? -"

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"- if you don't, you'll
 be wearing wings and
   playing a harp! -"

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"- as an officer - and 
     a gentleman -"

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"- I feel it is my duty 
   - to warn you -"

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"- he is a Prince! -"

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"- and an unscrupulous
 despoiler of woman-
       hood! -"

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"- you know -"

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"- loves for a day -"

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"- then rides away -"

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"Say, Colonel -- your
 boy-friend here just
 tipped me off that you
 are -- a Prince? --"

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"- Miss Sally - if
  I am a Prince -"

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"- he is the Crown
      Prince! -"

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"- and me - I'm
   Pavlowa! -"

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"- but it's Baron Sadoja 
 - the richest man in 
     the country -"

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"- you've forgotten 
   - your card -"

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"- I will give you
 anything you ask -
 if you will have
 supper with me -"

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"- I'm sorry -- I have
 another engagement -"

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"- but I'll introduce you
     to my friends -"

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"- I'm sure they'll be
 glad to go with you -"

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"- I came to - ah -"

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"- to take you - ah -"

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"- to supper -"

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"- sorry - ah -"

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"- I have another
 engagement - ah -"

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"- when I - ah -"

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"- ask a lady - ah -"

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"- to supper - ah -"

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"- she generally -
     accepts -"

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"Well! - here's one -
    who won't! -"

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"- when a girl - ah -"

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"- is impudent with
     me - ah -"

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"- she generally
   regrets it -"

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"Get out of my way 
   you big bum!"

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"- how did you get
     in here?"

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"- you've got a lot
    of nerve -"

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"- what do you want?"

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"- to take you
  to supper -"

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"- sorry - I have another
      engagement -"

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"- very well then -"

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"- I suppose I ought
   to thank you -"

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"- take your things and
 go! -- I have to get
      dressed! -"

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"- I'm too tired - I want
       to sleep -"

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     - - "Francois" - -
-- The midnight rendezvous --
  - service par excellence 
  - a cellar worthy of an
          abbey -

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- weeping violins and joyous 
cymbals - the walls are thick
- the carpets muffle sound -
- and "Francois" is discreet -

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- For informal entertaining
- - Prince Danilo also
maintained an apartment
     at Francois' -

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"- you foreigners certainly
 know - how to do things
         nicely -"

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"- you must have had many
 admirers in your own
 country - who gave you
  suppers like this -"

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"- you'd be surprised - how
 many suppers I've run away
     from - hungry - !"

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"- because my host
    got fresh -"

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"- did you always
     run away -"

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"- when your host -
    got fresh? -"

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"- always! -"

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"- do you still want me 
  to stay for supper? -"

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"- isn't your collar
    choking you? -"

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"- forgive me - don't
 let it spoil our evening
      - please -"

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"- you can slip into a 
  robe and wait in the
  other room - while I
  have your dress dried -"

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- the music - the charm of
Danilo - ardent - magnetic
- dangerous Danilo! - But
whatever reason whispered
- the heart denied - would
     not believe --

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"- you shouldn't have
    come in here -"

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"- I know I shouldn't
 - but - you shouldn't
 be so sweet, Sally -"

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"- besides - we needn't
 be so formal - with
 two chaperones -"

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"- exquisite little
      nails! -"

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"- I wonder if they'd
 scratch - if I took
  just one kiss? -"

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"- I - I think I'd better see
     if my dress is dry -"

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"- I thought - I hoped
 -- that you were
    different --"

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"- is it - because - you
  don't care enough? -"

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"- please - Sally 
  - answer me -"

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"- it's because I care
     - so much -"

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"- it's very strange -
 I brought you here
 as a whim of the
     moment -"

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"- and now - I never want
 to let you go out of my 
      life again -"

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"- you're so good - so
   sweet - so fine -"

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"- I love you -
     Sally -"

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"- Behold! - His Royal
 Highness - - Prince
      Danilo! -"

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"- be careful - sirs! -"

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"- you dare to insult
 the future Princess
     Petrovich! -"

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"- I always knew you
    were a swine! -"

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"- Madame la Princesse -"

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"- Monsieur le Prince! -"

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"- then it's all been
 a lie - - you are a
      Prince! -"

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"- I intended to tell
    you tonight -"

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"- yes - after fooling
        me! -"

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"- but I really love you,
    Sally - I swear! -"

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"- good-bye - Your
 Royal Highness! -"

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"- Sally - listen! -
      please! -"

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"- I just couldn't go -"

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"- Sally - you're going
 to be mine - always -"

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"- always! -"

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"- are you still drunk? -"

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"- or are you crazy? -"

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"- neither, Your Majesty -
 I'm going to marry Miss
 O'Hara because I love
        her! -"

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"- well - what's marriage
 got to do with love? -"

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"- yes - what has love to
   do with marriage? -"

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"- My boy - don't you
 see it's impossible - for
   you to marry her -"

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"- she ought to know that
 herself - if you haven't
     sense enough -"

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"- you know - really -
 one can't marry every
    woman - one -"

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"- of course it's absurd
  - a cheap dancer -"

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"- if you persist in this
 folly - - I'll make a
  beggar out of you! -"

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"- so help me God! -"

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"- I'm going to be
     married! -"

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"- to Prince Danilo? -"

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"- I wish to speak 
  to you alone -"

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"- does that include me? -"

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"- Danilo - you can't do
 this - consider what it
         means -"

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"- a Prince belongs to the
 State - body and soul -
    heart and hand -"

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"- you can take that 
     thing off! -"

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"- there will be no
     wedding! -"

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"- a prince has a duty to
 his country higher then
 his duty to himself - or
 even to the woman he 
        loves -"

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"- you are not the first
 of royal blood to love -
      and suffer -"

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"- I was in love - long ago
 - but I was a Princess,
 and he was a commoner -"

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"- I loved him - as much
 as you love this girl -"

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"- in these things, Danilo
 - we have no choice -
 we cannot even hesitate.
   What does our own
   happiness matter?"

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"- His Majesty requests
 that you leave the
 country - at once! -"

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"- and forever! -"

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"- but Prince Danilo
 graciously offers
       you -"

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"- through me -"

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"- fifty thousands francs -"

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"- to compensate you
 - for - ah - for - ah -"

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"- you mean to tell me
 that Prince Danilo
  knows of this? -"

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"- that's a lie! -"

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"- you'd better go before
 he finds you here! -"

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"- if you wait for 
  Prince Danilo -"

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"- you'll have a
   long wait -"

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"- I can't give her up!
     - I can't! -"

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"- I'll send your letter
 to her by messenger -
      at once -"

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"- as my wife - you
 would have wealth 
    and power -"

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"- and if my name -
 my millions - mean
 nothing to you - then
   think of this -"

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"- as my wife - the King
 and Queen would be
 obliged to fete you at
    the Palace! -"

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- Wedding night -
  holy night -

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- Release - a year of
 mourning in strictest
 seclusion - then Paris -

[dissolves to:]

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- And at last Monteblanco
 had news - startling news -
 of the widow of its banker -

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"- Honorable cousin! -
 Greetings! - I bring you
 news of a dear friend -"

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"- she is a lady whose
 beauty, charm - and
 millions - - are the
 sensation of Paris! -"

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"- to the world - she is
 known as - 'The Merry
        Widow' -"

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"- but we know her, beloved
 cousin, as - 'our sweet little 
         Irish Rose' -"

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"- now - I wouldn't have
 thought of marrying -
    Sally O'Hara -"

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"- but - I find myself
 extremely interested
 in - - the Baroness
       Sadoja -"

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"- and Papa doesn't want
 to let the Sadoja millions 
   out of the country -"

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"- so - I leave tonight
      for Paris -"

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"- no doubt the lady now
 has great social ambitions
 - and 'Crown Princess' 
 is a very alluring title -"

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- Paris - - the capricious -
- offering all things - to all
men - music - laughter - love
- and folly - and sometimes
   - - forgetfulness - -

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"- I went through the same
 damn thing with my first
      sweetheart! -"

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"- Gimme a match! -"

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"- Gimme a match! -"

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"- Baroness - of course
 - knows His Royal
     Highness -"

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"- Indeed! -"

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"- I've had the pleasure! -"

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"- Baroness - looks
  remarkably well
     tonight -"

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"- Your Royal Highness is
    unusually kind -"

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"- tonight -"

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"- His Royal Highness,
  Prince Danilo, has
      arrived -"

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"- Beloved cousin! -
    Greetings! -"

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"- why - so late? -"

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"- perhaps my business here
 - - is not so urgent - - as
         yours -"

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"- of course - Baroness knows 
 His Royal Highness - Prince
         Danilo? -"

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"- does this waltz remind
  Madame of something? -"

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"- I must finish an 
  interrupted dance
    of long ago -"

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"- with Prince Danilo! -"

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"- it is a surprise - to find
 Your Royal Highness still
      - a bachelor -"

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"- perhaps marriage is
 against your principles
 - you wisely avoid it -
  at the last moment -"

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"- you soon found
 consolation - really
 remarkably soon -"

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"- and now - I suppose
 someone will marry
 you for your money -"

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"- then Your Highness means
 that no one - could love me
      for myself? -"

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"- I mean - your money
 would frighten off a man
 honorably in love with
         you -"

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"- how could 'Your Royal
 Highness' possibly judge
 what a man honorably in
   love would do? -"

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Impossible for 'The Merry 
Widow' not to understand the
Crown Prince's attentions -
impossible for her not to 
suspect Danilo of the same 
         mission -

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"- can't Madame forget
      the past? -"

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"- and believe me
 when I say 'I love
       you'? -"

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"- I'm sincere - I mean to 
    make you my wife -"

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"- may I suggest that even
     a Crown Prince -"

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"- before he proposes
     to a lady -"

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"- should make sure she will
 not consider his proposal
     an impertinence -"

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"- well - if it isn't our
 very dear friend and 
       cousin -"

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"- 'just plain Danilo
    Petrovich!' -"

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"- Yes - I realize that my
 name is not as alluring
  as 'Crown Prince' -"

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"- really - you should take
 your failure in your mission
  - in a better spirit -"

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"- why - your mission to
    propose to me -"

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"- not my failure, Madame
 - one cannot fail at a thing
 one - has not attempted!"

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"- then - I am glad you
 did not waste - - your 
   valuable time - -"

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"- I have just become
 engaged to your cousin - 
  Crown Prince Mirko -"

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"- And of course Madame
 insists upon having you as
         best man! -"

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"- - for that - -"

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"- - you will die - -"

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"- I am at your disposal -"

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"- hadn't Your Royal
 Highness better get a
 bit of sleep before -"

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"- you think I won't be
   able to shoot? -"

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"- wait and see! -"

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"- why are you here 
 - at this hour? -"

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"- I want to speak to
    you - alone -"

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"- I came - to ask you -
 - to beg you - not to
   fight this duel -"

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"- why - are you afraid
       for him? -"

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"- you love him -
   that much? -"

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"- you love him so much -
 that you came here to beg
   me - for his life? -"

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"- Madame does not
    understand -"

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"- this is an affair of
        honor -"

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"- and I am the challenged
          party -"

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"- believe me - I would do
 anything for Madame - but,
 unfortunately - a duel -"

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- According to all rules
 and regulations of the 
    code Barbasetti -

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"- it is my duty as Impartial 
 - to at least endeavor a
     reconciliation -"

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"- I shall count - one - two
 - three! - - Between the
 counts of one and three
 the gentlemen may fire -"

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"- ready! -"

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"- observe the remarkable 
 chiseling on the barrel -"

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"- I've saved him for
         you! -"

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- - Then - - a King
died - - His Majesty,
    Nikita I - -

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"- Sally! - why are
    you here? -"

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"- because - I love you -"

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"- have always loved
        you -"

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"- and now - the
 Crown Prince -
 assassinated! -"

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"- May I be the first 
 to call Your Royal
 Highness - Majesty? -"

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- The King is dead -
 Long live the King! -

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"- Well - Sally O'Hara -"

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"- yes - Your Majesty -"

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"- 'just plain Danilo
     Petrovich' -"

The End

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