Queen Alexandra is in exile, and Prince Rudolf in the stables for a
(The kitchen of Griselda's house. The kitchen is filthy and cluttered. The time is a year after the wedding. There is no-one on stage and there is a knocking at the door.)
Griselda (enters carrying a candle): All right, all right. I'm coming. No need to break the door down.
(She opens the door and a cloaked figure stands outlined against the night.)
Griselda: Who are you and what do you want?
(The figure lowers the cloak to reveal the face of Queen Alexandra.)
Queen Alexandra: It is I!
Griselda: I had no idea, Your Majesty. Please forgive my rudeness.
Queen Alexandra: You are excused. Now get out of the way and let me in.
Griselda: The footman would usually answer the door, but he sleeps so soundly. He is not a young man you see, but he's the best we could find. Frederick! Frederick!
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