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one say she was hearing them still?... And what depth is in her gaze!... I can hardly bear it.......  

CHARLES VII

I am not so easily convinced. I still have my doubts.... There is a thing no one knows... And I tremble.... (After a pause) No, this doubt will never disappear from my soul. 

JOAN, whom the King's voice has brought around.

Gentle Dauphin, if I were alone with you, I would tell you the secret no one knows and make your doubts disappear.

CHARLES VII, very moved.

What? You know?... No, it's impossible... However, I am willing to have my courtiers stand off to the side for a moment.

He makes a gesture with his hand and the courtiers retire to the back of the apartment, where they watch from afar the touching scene that takes place before their eyes.

THE DUKE OF ALENÇON says to the other courtiers as they retire:

What a sight! A trembling monarch, threatened with the loss of his crown, and a shepherdess who comes with assurance to reaffirm that crown and give him back his power!....

JOAN approaches the Prince and says to him softly:

 
 
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By my God, gentle Prince, I know the prayer you made this morning after Communion, in your private oratory, with no one but God as witness. "Lord, if I am the rightful heir of the noble house of France and if this kingdom ought legitimately to belong to me, grant, I beg You, that I may preserve it and defend it against the attacks of the English. If that is not the case, I ask for the grace to escape death or captivity and let me escape to Scotland or Spain where I hope to find refuge." ( The king seems very moved. He weeps. Joan, in a louder voice:) And I tell you, on God's part, that you are the true heir of the kingdom of Franceand the King's son. I was sent to bring you to Reims that you might there receive the consecration and the crown.

THE KING, pressing Joan's hand between his own and speaking softly.

0 Joan! you are truly the envoy of Heaven. From now on you have only to speak and I will carry out your orders. (Rais­ing his voice, he says to the courtiers:) You may approach!... (The courtiers approach in silence and take up their places.)

THE KING

I now have great confidence in this girl, for she has told me secrets that  

 

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only God could have revealed to her.

LA TRÉMOUILLE, containing his discontent.

Sire, what must be done to compensate her? Do you wish her to be heaped with honors?...

 CHARLES VII

I wish that she be obeyed.... Speak, Joan. What do you want?

JOAN

Gentle Dauphin, I wish.....

REGNAULT, interrupting her.

Why do you call the king dauphin instead of king?.

JOAN

I shall not call him king until after he has been consecrated and crowned at Reims, where I have a mission to lead him. First, the army must hold itself ready for me to lead it very soon to Orléans, since by me the English must be driven out of all of France.

THE DUKE OF ALENÇON

Joan, do you want arms, horses?... I offer to furnish you with whatever you'll need.

JOAN

Gentle Duke, I am very much obliged and I accept a white horse. As for arms, the sword of Saint Catherine will be enough, though I do not count on using it. It's with my banner I'll bring home the victory.

REGNAULT, sarcastically.

 

 

 

 

   
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Why, then, don't you fight alone? Since you are sure of victory, it's useless to raise a whole army, and the glory that came to you would be even greater...

JOAN

I do not seek my own honor, but that of God. On the other hand, given only a handful of soldiers, I will win as well as with a vast army. But the attack must not begin without me! ...

CHARLES VII

Joan, I want the entire army to obey you and I promise you that the attack will begin only on your orders. Now let us retire and make your ' arrangements; I want you to choose the people who will make up your company. I grant you the rights and the following of a count, with all the equipment of a general of the army.

JOAN, leaning towards the King.

Gentle Dauphin, God Himself will reward you; soon you 1 see your glorious reign and your kingdom free of foreign tyr­anny.

All exit.

Scene 2

 JOAN and JEAN D'AULON, her squire.

 

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JEAN D'AULON

Joan, victory seems assured to me; in a matter of days you have known how to transform the army. There was no one, not
even the old La Hire, who did not want to go to Confession and receive Communion before the battle.

JOAN

Jean d'Aulon, it is not I who has worked these wonders. God alone could thus change the hearts of these brave soldiers, and my venerable confessor, Br. Jean Pasquerel, has done much to convert them. Right now I fear nothing; I have only brave men to command, since God Himself lives in them.

JEAN D'AULON

However, much patience is required of you, for if all the great men of the court fear and respect you, there is a great number of others who harbor a secret jealousy. You've already had very painful proofs of that.... It seems to them so hard to obey a girl!...

JOAN

That's true. Count Dunois deceived me in passing with the army by the Sologne region and not, as I had ordered him, di­rectly to the front where the English are.... But I have no fear, the counsel of my God is more certain than that of the great ones of the world. He has a book in which no cleric reads, how­ever

            

 

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