The Temptress

1
"Oh, Woman! Thou art not
 alone the creation of God -
       but of Man!"

			---Tagore

2
"Spring - and the nights 
      of Paris,
 Throb with love and
      desire."

3
"I want your answer -
         now!"

4
"Fontenoy, won't you
 understand - - I do
 not love you - I never
       shall."

5
"Mademoiselle - will you
 think me too bold - if
 I ask to see your face?"

6
"You are - beautiful!"

7
"How strange - and how
 wonderful - this meeting!
 It can't be just accident -
       chance - -"

8
"I must have you alone -
 I have so much to say 
 to you. I've waited so
 long - just for you -"

9
"You should make 
   a wish - -"

10
"All my life, I've been
 wishing to meet such
 a woman as you - on
 such a night as this!"

11
"Why - there are - tears
   in your eyes - -"

12
"They are - tears of
 happiness - my first
   happiness - - !"

13
"Tell me you are free
     to love me."

14
"There is a strange fear
 in my heart - of losing
 you. Won't you tell me
   your name - - ?"

15
"Let us keep for an
 hour the glamour of
 romance. I tell you 
 this - I belong to no
     one else."

16
"When - and where -
 am I to see you again?"

17
"Here - in this garden -
 tomorrow night - and
 every night for so long
  as you may love me."

18
"Remember this of me -
 there were tears in my 
 eyes when I said - -
   'I love you!'"

19
In a very smart quarter 
 of Paris was the town
residence of Monsieur le
Marquis de Torre Bianca -

20
"What brings you back 
 to Paris - - after so
 many years in the wild
      Argentine?"

21
"Business - - of course.
 And to see my old
      friends."

22
"And has the Argentine
   made you rich?"

23
"But you're the fellow
 that's rich, I see."

24
"A few trifles! I can afford
    but one luxury - -"

25
"- - a beautiful wife."

26
"Is she not beautiful?"

27
"Yes - she is beautiful."

28
"Last night you made me
 sacred vows of love -
 you swore you belonged
 to no other man - - !"

29
"If I lied - it was because
      I love you - -"

30
"Love - - what can you
    know of love?"

31
"I told you I loved you -
 I have never said that
 to any other man! I'll
 go away with you
 now - any where - - !"

32
"If that is the code of 
 your world, I am afraid
 I do not understand it."

33
"Fontenoy has taken it
 into his head to give a
 dinner in your honor, 
         Elena."

34
"And you are invited,
   too, Robledo."

35
"Fontenoy is the great
 banker - - and a dear
 friend of Elena's and
         mine."

36
"My friends, you are my
 guests for the last time - -
 the morning papers will an-
 nounce the ruin of Fontenoy,
        the banker."

37
"Back of every man's
 failure, there is a
 woman. I lift my glass
 to the lady - who has
     honored me!"

38
"To the Temptress - who
 asks for nothing - but 
 takes all a man can 
  give - and more!"

39
"We were discreet, my
 friends - - we let the
 world think her husband
 gave her these jewels!"

40
"But tonight I leave her
 another jewel - a name
 which men will not
 forget - - till we meet
       in hell!"

41
"Mon Dieu, how I suffer!
 I closed my eyes to your 
 intrigue - I wanted you
 to have the luxuries he
    could give - -"

42
"But I never thought you
 would disgrace my name!"

43
"Now who will pay our 
 bills - my debts of honor?"

44
"These jewels will more 
 than pay your - 'debts 
     of honor' - -"

45
"You're not going to 
 leave me - - after all
 I've done for you - ?"

46
"May God forgive you -
 for all you have done 
        for me."

47
"Now, see what you've 
 done - I'm late for my 
        tailor."

48
"It is my friend Robledo -
 I am ashamed to face 
          him."

49
"I am sorry for you -"

50
"- and for you, too, 
       Madame."

51
"Is there anything I can
 do for you? I am going
      away today."

52
"And - are you never
 coming back to Paris?"

53
"Would you - - could
 you - leave me like
       this?"

54
"Right or wrong - -
    I love you."

55
"What you call love
     is ended!"

56
"It has only begun -
 you may leave me -
 but I will not leave 
     you - -"

57
"I am a woman pleading 
 for her life - pride does 
    not matter - -"

58
"Robledo!"

59
"You have forgotten
  something - -"

60
"- - you love me."

61
The Argentine! Far from
 the artificial life of the
old world - land of Men -
and the work of Men! -
   The Argentine!

62
"Where they make songs for everything -
 Ay - Ay - Ay -
 Songs for loving and songs for hating! -
 Ay - Ay - Ay - THE ARGENTINE!"

63
Songs for the work which must be done!
       Ay - Ay - Ay! -
Songs for the desert which must be won,
       Ay - Ay - Ay! -

64
"Robledo is coming!"

65
"Robledo is coming!"

66
"ROBLEDO IS COMING!!"

67
"Robledo is coming!"

68
"Canterac - old friend!"

69
"Pirovani - it is good
     to see you!"

70
"And you, too, my good
       Timoteo."

71
"You come with God,
  friend Rojas!"

72
"God has kept you fair
 as ever, Señorita Celinda!"

73
"Canterac - I saw your 
 wife in France. She 
 gave me this for you."

74
"A message for you, 
 Pirovani, from the
 little girl in Italy."

75
Men's work! - - to the
  martial music of 
hammer blows - - the
shriek of steam whistles -
Work that would reclaim
the wasteland - - Men's
      work! - - 

76
"He is coming!"

77
"You sent for me, Señor
 Engineer? You honor
 me by remembering me."

78
"Manos Duras has an
 unpleasant way of
 reminding us of his
     existence!"

79
"Manos Duras, we are
 giving our lives to this
 great work - - and no
 man is big enough to 
      stop it!"

80
"Bravo, Señor!"

81
"Many horses are missing
 from our ranches - -
 many of our men have
 been enticed from honest 
   work to join you!"

82
"But, Señor, your men
 are all over twenty-one."

83
"True - but our horses
  are more youthful."

84
"Does the Señor suggest
 that I become a nurse 
   for his horses?"

85
"I suggest that you take
 your men and get out
 of this country at
 once - or there will be
      bloodshed."

86
"Whose blood, Señor?"

87
"Not mine, Manos Duras -
  do you understand?"

88
"Señor is so expressive -
       in words!"

89
"God be with you,
 Señor - till we meet
      again!"

90
"The Devil will be with
 me, Manos Duras -
 when we meet again!"

91
Men's work! - and the
  memory of Paris -
the Temptress - grew
fainter each day - -

92
"And where may one
 find Señor Robledo -
  the Engineer?"

93
"My friend - you have
 come to begin over!"

94
"This is not a country
 for European women!
 Why did you bring 
    your wife?"

95
"She wanted to come -
 and her jewels paid
      the way."

96
"Have you no welcome -
       for me?"

97
"Don't they call this -
 'the land of the second
     chance' - - ?"

98
"My housekeeper will 
 find a room for you.
 But Madame will see
 this is not Paris."

99
"Elena wanted to save
 some of her pretty things
    from the wreck."

100
"The Señora will soon
 be down - - she is
    undressing."

101
"Madame, this is a 
 country of work and 
 hardship. We do not 
 dress for dinner here!"

102
"I shall always dress
    for dinner!"

103
"Have some onions -
 they'll make you fat!"

104
"To Paris! - which has
 given us such a woman
 as Madame la Marquise!"

105
"To the Argentine! -
 whose lovers are - -
     faithful!"

106
"Ah, the night was made 
 for love
 Ay, Ay, Ay!
 And so was a lady fair
 Ay, Ay, Ay!"

107
"Maté? What is Maté?
 Well, I've tried everything
 else and I'm still here."

108
"Appear at the window,
 Ay, Ay, Ay!
 Dove of my soul!
 Ay, Ay, Ay!"

109
"Manos Duras, I told you
 we didn't want you here!
 Your singing hasn't
 made me change my
       mind."

110
"You are cruel, Señor.
 How can I leave until
 the beautiful lady 
 rewards me with her
       smile?"

111
"The lady doesn't want
 to hear you - - nor to
       see you!"

112
"You are mistaken, Señor.
 From yonder window
 she looks and listens."

113
"I have the advantage, 
 Señor. I defy you to
 make music - - I defy
   you to stop it!

114
"So you are the bold
 Manos Duras - whom
 men fear? I do not 
 fear you - - Manos 
       Duras."

115
"I have been misunder-
 stood, beautiful lady.
 But there is nothing I
 would not do - for you."

116
"Your protectors are well
   armed - - my brave
      Manos Duras."

117
"My caballeros are gentle
 as lambs, Señor - they
 would not harm a fly -"

118
"- but I am less tender,
 and I would prove it to
 you! When would it 
    please you?"

119
"Here and now! Guns 
    or knives?"

120
"Neither, Señor. We will
 fight - - 'Argentine'."

121
"You don't know the
 'Argentine', Robledo -
 he is master of it!"

122
"Mio Dio! He will cut
 your eyes out. It is
      his way!"

123
"The first man who 
 steps outside the circle
      is beaten!"

124
"You try to hate me,
 Robledo - but - you
   fought for me!"

125
"For you! I didn't fight
 for you - I fought for 
   the mastery here!"

126
Work of men - death of
  men - friendship of
men - and a woman! -

127
"Ride like the devil!
 And remember - the
 best perfumes you
     can buy!"

128
"Perfume - - the fool!
 That won't hold her
 here - I shall give her
  a glorious fiesta."

129
"My friends, we've
 fought and sweated
 together - - to finish
    this work - -"

130
"- we're making history -
 and we can't let any-
 one - man or woman -
       stop us!"

131
"Pirovani - there's a little
 girl in Italy - - longing
         for you."

132
"And your wife, Canterac -
 are you going to fail her?"

133
"God makes men - and
 woman makes fools!"

134
"Busy?"

135
"Happy?"

136
"You have not been
 happy since - - she
       came."

137
"And I have not been
 happy - - since she
      came - -"

138
"- - and she has not
  been happy - -"

139
"You wanted to see
  me - Robledo?"

140
"This is no place for you,
 Elena. Your world is
 Paris - - you must go
     back there."

141
"You - want me -
     to go?"

142
"The men are neglecting 
  their work for you."

143
"I've arranged your
 passage on the next
        boat."

144
"Must I - - go alone?"

145
"Robledo - why don't
 you come with me?"

146
"Once you told me you 
      loved me."

147
"Then - - not now."

148
"Are these not the same
 hands you kissed in 
    Paris - - ?"

149
"- - are these not the 
      same lips?"

150
Men from the dam to
  make a fiesta for
the Marquise! - Men -
Men - - what are men
for - - if not to amuse
      a woman!

151
"Why are only half the
 men here? I gave orders
 for every man to be at
  his post tonight!"

152
"Canterac has taken the
 men to make a fiesta
 for the foreign Señora."

153
"But Pirovani - -
 Timoteo - have they
  gone mad, too?"

154
"You mustn't go away
 tomorrow - give me a
 chance to prove how
 much you mean to me."

155
"Elena - I love you -
 I want you! I'd give my
 life for one kiss from you."

156
"Do you think you can 
 buy the love of such a 
  woman - you swine?"

157
"I have killed my friend."

158
"See what you've done,
 you fool! Get away
  while you can!"

159
"May I say goodbye -
   to - to her?"

160
"In hell - would you
 offer prayers to the 
       devil?"

161
"Tonight a man killed
 his friend - - another
 life upon your soul!"

162
"Why upon my soul?
 What have I done?"

163
"Your husband met his
 death - because of you!"

164
"Because of me, perhaps -
 but not through any
   fault of mine!"

165
"You let Fontenoy ruin
  himself for you! You
    sent him to his 
      damnation!"

166
"My husband - - sold
 me - - to Fontenoy."

167
"Men have died for 
 you - forsaken work
 and honor - for you!"

168
"Not for me - but for
 my body! Not for
 my happiness, but 
   for theirs!"

169
"But there is one thing
 about me that is a part
      of God - -"

170
"- my love - for you."

171
"You lie - damn you -
 you lie! You have
 destroyed others - -
 but you shall not
   destroy me!"

172
"If we can build a barricade
 to turn the water from
 washing over the broken
 portion - we can still save 
     most of the dam!"

173
An endless - - gruelling
  night - straining muscles -
breaking backs - weariness -
  despair - rebellion -

174
"I'll shoot the first man 
  who deserts his work!"

175
"Save yourselves - the
 floods - - the floods!"

176
"Kneel, my children, and
 thank God for saving
 the life of our brave 
       Robledo."

177
"God - if there is a
 God - this woman
 shall destroy no one 
       else!"

178
"I hate you - I want
 to kill you! But - -
      I can't!"

179
"You've beaten me -
      Elena."

180
"I am yours - do what
 you will with me. I'll
 go away with you to-
 morrow - anything -"

181
"You can't give up your
 work. I won't let you 
 be beaten - - even by
 me! I love you - -
     too much."

182
"I haven't strength to 
 begin over. Nothing
 counts for me now -
      but you."

183
"Dear God - why can't
 You give me back the
 past - - to do better
     with - - ?"

184
"Thou that takest away
 the sins of the world -
   have mercy on me!"

185
Woman - born to rule
    the world!

186
It was six years before
 Robledo left the Argen-
tine again - this time
his work would stand -

187
Paris - the Temptress -
  that never loses her 
      lovers - -

188
"They are waiting to
 see Robledo - the great
 Argentine engineer,
  and his fiancée."

189
"Go on - - I'll follow
         later."

190
"Elena!"

191
"Elena - - don't you 
      know me?"

192
"Elena - you couldn't
 have - forgotten?"

193
"I meet so many men."

194
"Elena - Elena - you
 must remember! Our
 first meeting - our
 love - the bitterness -
   and the joy - ?"

195
"I meet so many men."

196
"Elena - - isn't there
 something I can say -
 something I can do -"

197
"Buy me a drink."

198
"You may not care now,
 Elena - - nor even
 remember - but for the
 sake of the past, let me
       help you."

199
"- in all my useless
 life - one thing - -"

200
"- a ruby - You will
 understand - - You
  died for love -"

201
"Mon Dieu! The ruby
     is real!"

The End

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