Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Love Venice? Here's an excerpt from the book...


INT. GONZAGA'S PALAZZO - NIGHT



The ball is in progress. The rooms are candle-lit by huge

glass chandeliers, the walls are decorated with flowers

and tapestries, venetian glass glitters on chests and

tables.



Musicians play on a small stage, one sings gaily.



The guests, gorgeously dressed, chatter, laugh, move

gracefully. Some eat off heavily-laden tables lit by

candlebras, wine is served in goblets by retainers. A

group of young men and girls dance languidly.



Gonzaga works the crowd. Guido stands by a pillar, watching

the entrance.



Tancred enters, hands his cloak to a servant.



Guido moves quickly to Gonzaga's side.



GUIDO

He's here. That's him.



Gonzaga walks over to Tancred and stands in front of him.



GONZAGA

Good evening, Captain Tancred.



TANCRED

Good evening, sir. I thank you

for your invitation.



Guido is talking quietly to two men in masks.



GONZAGA

I hear you frightened off an

unwanted troop. For the Doge.



TANCRED

I was glad to have the opportunity.



GONZAGA

Well. Make it your last.



TANCRED

My last, Captain?



GONZAGA

You hear me. I don't want you

around Venice. I do the work the

Doge wants. All of it. Do you

understand me?



TANCRED

I understand the situation very

well, Captain.



GONZAGA

I'm glad to hear it. Enjoy your

evening. And stay away from my

ward.



He turns contemptuously away to welcome more guests.



Tancred surveys the crowd. Nods to a few acquaintances,

bows to others.



He sees Gabriella and moves quickly to her.



TANCRED

Donna Gabriella, good evening.



GABRIELLA

Oh! What are you doing here? You

should not stay.



TANCRED

I only came for one reason. When

we met at Bellini's, you said you

could not allow me to accompany

you. Why was that?



GABRIELLA

You must leave!



TANCRED

Tell me why.



GABRIELLA

The reason is my own. It is

private. Please go.



TANCRED

I cannot.



GABRIELLA

You must!



Tancred takes her arm and moves her behind a pillar.



TANCRED

We are safe here.



GABRIELLA

No, you are not! Not here! Go!



TANCRED

Tell me, Gabriella, why I cannot

accompany you. Surely not because

of this disagreement with Guido?



GABRIELLA

Yes! No! Yes!



TANCRED

Is that all? Tell me.



GABRIELLA.

Then I will! My grandfather was

a mercenary. He was killed in

battle. My father was a mercenary.

He was killed too. I was only a

child. My poor mother died of a

broken heart. So I made a vow to

myself. Never, ever to have

anything to do with mercenaries.

There! Now you know.



TANCRED

But you live with this family of

mercenaries.



GABRIELLA

I have no choice. For the moment.



A musician starts to sing Stefano Landi's beautiful "We

all have need of Love".



Gabriella and Tancred stay still. The verses mirror their

situation.



Gabriella breaks her glance away, looks around.



GABRIELLA

Please go. For me.



She indicates that Guido is approaching.



Tancred bows to her, turns and bows to Guido, brushes past

him and leaves.



GUIDO

He won't be bothering you again.









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