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Excerpt from Opera Stories: Most Persons Attending an Opera Wish to Know Only Its Story Without Reading Its Entire Libretto; Opera Stories Is Published for This Reason and Contains, in a Few Words, the Stories (Divided Into Acts) Of About 200 Operas and Ballets; Also Portraits of Le
Napoleon is told that Neipperg is on his way to Vienna; he has words with his sisters whom he dismisses. The Duchess is announced. Napoleon upbraids her. She retaliates by producing an unpaid bill of his, of years ago. After repartee she is about to leave; she espies a man making for the Empress' boudoir; she tells the Emperor. The man is found to be Neipperg, who draws on Napoleon. He is over powered. Napoleon orders that Neipperg be executed by morning.
Act III The Duchess wishes to save Neipperg, duly grateful for his having once rescued her. She secures aid of her husband; tells him her plan. Fouche enters: they enlist his offices, also. They succeed. Catherine furthermore persuades Napoleon that he is mistaken about Neipperg and that the Empress is true to her Lord and Master. All ends happily.
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