Clara Giorgio... (He stares) Giorgio... Giorgio... (Suddenly he remembers Clara's letter; he opens it and begins to read) I am writing to you, my angel, Though not long since you've been gone With a most unhappy heart. Because, in truth, as time goes on, I think of nothing else but you - And us. Oh, my love, my sweet, you've changed, I've watched you change, You're not the man I thought I knew. At times, these past few days together, I would wonder whether you were here Really here with me. I thought, was I naive to believe We'd continue year by year? Is it over forever? It seems to me the answer rests with you. Yes, I have obligations at home, Giorgio, but my heart is yours. When my son is older, when he goes off to school, there is the chance for us to be together. I will make the sacrifice you ask of me then. Please understand why I can't now. Will you wait for me, Giorgio? I have to know. We both have to know. Giorgio Just another love story. Clara No one is to blame. Giorgio A temporary love story. Clara But it needn't end the same. Giorgio I thought that we had more. Clara We had more - Giorgio We had something more - Both - than any other love story. Clara All that happiness - Giorgio You think that this is love? Clara - we had then - Giorgio This logical and sensible Practical arrangement - Clara We can have that happiness - Giorgio - this foregone conclusion - Clara - once again! Giorgio - You think that this is love? Love isn't so convenient. Love isn't something scheduled in advance, Not something guaranteed you need For fear it may pass you by. You have to take a chance, You can't just try it out. What's love unless it's unconditional? Love doesn't give a damn about tomorrow And neither do I! Clara All that happiness - Giorgio It was fine. Clara - in the past - Giorgio I was yours, you were mine. Clara That was not just happiness, Love was in that happiness That's why it will last. Giorgio Love is more, I want more. Both I thought I knew what love was - Clara I didn't know that Love was a complication. Giorgio I do know that it's not a negotiation. Clara We'll take it in our stride. Giorgio What we had - Clara You decide. Giorgio - wasn't bad. Clara We could have everything. I want you more than anything. Giorgio How sad - Clara To wait is nothing. We're young and time is nothing. Giorgio - that what we have is nothing... Clara Nothing... Both Nothing... (She disappears as the Colonel enters, brandishing a piece of paper) Colonel Bachetti, I found this letter at my cousin's bedside. This is your signature, isn't it? Giorgio Yes. Colonel You have taken advantage of my cousin's affections. Giorgio That was not my intention, sir. Perhaps you should discuss this matter with Signora Fosca. Colonel My Cousin is asleep. And in any event, I wouldn't subject her to such a question. No one can make me believe that a man such as yourself would desire a woman like Signora Fosca. Would ever write her a letter like this. Giorgio Why is that? Colonel The reason seems obvious. Giorgio Not to me. Forgive me, but you should not read that letter, nor should you take it from her room. Colonel My cousin is at the end of her life! She does not deserve to be led on in such a manner! Giorgio You don't know your cousin. She is not a child! She is not just a sick person. Signora Fosca is as responsible for her actions as I am for mine. Colonel You have abused my good faith, come into my house to dishonor it. Your attitude towards me is nothing short of contemptuous. I must demand a reparation from you - and mere words will not suffice. Giorgio What? A fight? A duel? Colonel I confided you. You know that my cousin has been taken advantage of before. (The Doctor enters and stands off to the side) We will meet tomorrow mornint at eight, behind the castle steps. Doctor (trying to make light of the situation) Gentlemen, please. Colonel, there is an explanation. Captain Bachetti, speak up. Say how she forced you - Giorgio Not at all. Nothing was forced on me. Doctor Oh please, let's come to our senses here. Colonel One thing more. My cousin knows nothing of this discovery. She must know nothing of what is going to happen. I need your word on that. Giorgio She will not hear of this matter from me. Colonel Very well. Tomorrow. (he exits) Doctor It's deplorable that that woman should have brought you to this. Let's not panic. The Colonel will calm down. There's still time to explain - Giorgio You will arrange for me to see Fosca. Doctor Are you totally mad? Giorgio Whatever the outcome of this duel, I will never see her again. You will arrange for me to see her as you did before. Doctor Impossible.