The Countess X. receives during a party a young man, who brings her a message from a friend, whom she believed to be in exile, asking her to come and see him the same evening in order to arrange with him how they can revenge themselves on their mutual enemy, the prince. The conversations is heard by a young diplomat, Baron Lerche, who has been concealed behind a curtain. He hurries away from the company and soon after returns in a different dress. He watches the countess, follows her in the night to a remote house, makes his way in, and overhears a plan to kill the prince. Soon after the prince gives a masked ball. The Countess, in Spanish costume, and the baron, in red domino, are among the guests. As the countess sees that the red domino keeps watching her, she boldly addresses him, takes his arm and leads him towards a group of guests, who are her friends and accomplices. There she writes, with the hands at her back, on her ball-card: "Get the red domino out of the way." The card ...
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