SCENE I.—The gate of the castle.
Open the gate! Open the gate!
Who is there? Why do you come and wake me up? Go out by the little gates; there are enough of them!…
A MAIDSERVANT (within).
We have come to wash the threshold, the gate, and the steps; open, then! open!
ANOTHER MAIDSERVANT (within).
There are going to be great happenings!
THIRD MAIDSERVANT (within).
There are going to be... more...