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THE CAPPADOCIAN

[Pointing to the cistern.]

What a strange prison!


SECOND SOLDIER

It is an old cistern.


THE CAPPADOCIAN

An old cistern! That must be a poisonous place in which to dwell!


SECOND SOLDIER

Oh no! For instance, the Tetrarch's brother, his elder brother, the first husband of Herodias the Queen, was imprisoned there for twelve years. It did not kill him. At the end of the twelve years he had to be strangled.


THE CAPPADOCIAN

Strangled? Who dared to do that?


SECOND SOLDIER

[Pointing to the Executioner, a huge Negro].

That man yonder, Naaman.


THE CAPPADOCIAN

He was not afraid?


SECOND SOLDIER

Oh no! The Tetrarch sent him the ring.


THE CAPPADOCIAN

What ring?

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