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1910 Excerpt: ...condition to a Page, who is her messenger, --an
expedient equally needless, senseless, and absurd. The suspicion
and jealousy of the King, however, are shown to have been fomented
by her, and by the priest and Alva, and peril rapidly darkens
around the Prince and the Queen; but a fortunate chance causes
Philip to test the integrity of the Marquis de Posa and to raise
that nobleman to the rank of Prime Minister. In that station the
Marquis protects Carlos, --but without first explaining his plan to
the Prince, --by presently causing him to be arrested and
imprisoned, in order to keep him out of danger: and, after that,
the King having become persuaded of the Prince's guilt, the Marquis
contrives, through the prearranged miscarriage of a
self-incriminating letter, to shield Carlos, by assuming the whole
burden of his friend's offence. The climax is soon reached. King
Philip, convinced by the guileful letter that it is the Marquis who
loves the Queen, and that the Marquis is a traitor, causes him to
be shot, from an ambush, in the prison, just after he has explained
his friendly plot to Carlos, and made known the measures that have
been devised for the salvation of the good cause in the
Netherlands. Here, dominant over a scene of complex emotion,
genuine tragic import, and superb eloquence, Carlos turns upon the
King and overwhelms him with a torrent of passionate invective,
wild lamentation, and bitter rebuke. Carlos is now free; but his
foes have surprised the secret of his intended flight to Flanders,
--there to oppose his royal father's power; and they provide for
his capture. A midnight meeting between Carlos and the Queen
occurs, in the garden of the Escurial. Their mood is one of almost
celestial exaltation. The Prince would dedicate himself to the
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