Anselmo and Luigi ANSELMO. What think you, lies there any truth in the tale The King will wed again? LUIGI. Why not, A nselmo? A king is no less lonely than a collier When his wife dies, And his young daughter there, For all her being a princess, is no less A motherless child, and cries herself to sleep Night after night, as noisily as any, You may be sure. ANSELMO. A motherless child loves not, They say, the second mother. Though the King May find him comfort in another face, As it is well he should the child, I fancy, Is not so lonely as she is distraught With grief for the dead Queen, and will not lightly Be parted from her tears. LUIGI. If tales be true, The woman hath a daughter, near the age Of his, will be a playmate for the Princess, cURTAIN ACT IS cene 1S cene: A garden of the palace at Fiori; four years later. D iscovered seated Laura, Francesca and Fidelio, Laura embroidering, Fidelio strumming his flute, Francesca lost in thought. LAURA.
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