ELIZABETH, Queen of England.
MARY STUART, Queen of Scots, a Prisoner in England.
ROBERT DUDLEY, Earl of Leicester.
GEORGE TALBOT, Earl of Shrewsbury.
WILLIAM CECIL, Lord Burleigh, Lord High Treasurer.
EARL OF KENT.
SIR WILLIAM DAVISON, Secretary of State.
SIR AMIAS PAULET, Keeper of MARY.
SIR EDWARD MORTIMER, his Nephew.
COUNT L’AUBESPINE, the French Ambassador.
O’KELLY, Mortimer’s Friend.
COUNT BELLIEVRE, Envoy Extraordinary from France.
SIR DRUE DRURY, another Keeper of MARY.
SIR ANDREW MELVIL, her House Steward.
BURGOYNE, her Physician.
HANNAH KENNEDY, her Nurse.
MARGARET CURL, her Attendant.
Sheriff of the County.
Officer of the Guard.
French and English Lords.
Servants of State belonging to ELIZABETH.
Servants and Female Attendants of the Queen of Scots.
A common apartment in the Castle of Fotheringay.
HANNAH KENNEDY, contending violently with PAULET, who is about to break open a closet; DRURY with an iron crown.
How now, sir? what fresh outrage have we here?
Back from that cabinet!
Whence came the jewel?
I know ‘twas from an upper chamber thrown;
And you would bribe the gardener with your trinkets.
A curse on woman’s wiles! In spite of all
My strict precaution and my active search,
Still treasures here, still costly gems concealed!
And doubtless there are more where this lay hid.
[Advancing towards the cabinet.]
Intruder, back! here lie my lady’s secrets.
Exactly what I seek.
[Drawing forth papers.]
Mere trifling papers;
The amusements only of an idle pen,
To cheat the dreary tedium of a dungeon.
In idle hours the evil mind is busy.